TAITU - SOUL-FUELLED STOMPERS FROM 1960S-1970S ETHIOPIA (3X12 LP)
3x12" Vinyl UK19.02.18
ernesto chahoud’s ‘taitu’ is a collection of soul-fuelled stompers straight from the dancefloors of 1970s addis ababa. a breathless journey through the unique ethio sound that bands were forging at the time. the 24-track compilation is the result of the lebanese dj and crate digger’s decadelong love affair with the ‘golden age’ of ethiopian music.
nyege nyege tapes proudly announces the first international release of electro acholi pioneer otim alpha s incredible body of work recorded over a period of 11 years. otim alpha together with his early producer leo palayeng began in 2001 taking traditional acholi larakaraka wedding songs and reinterpreting them with music software on computers. the results are a fast paced poly-rhythmic music ready for dance floor madness.
for the past 15 years the tanzanian megalopolis of dar es salaam has had one of the most exciting underground electronic music scenes in east africa. a constellation of micro-scenes from mchiriku. sebene and segere all the way to its latest mutation of singeli that finally after years of lurking in the underground has exploded into the mainstream and taken over bongo flava as the music of choice amongst tanzania s youth. born in the sprawling working class neighborhoods of tandale and manzese. singeli s signature sound consists of fast paced frantic loops interlocking with each other. with influences from zanzibars tarab music all the way to south african afro-house coupled with mc s who often spit satirical lyrics about the challenges facing tanzania s youth. from police corruption to the complications of dating girls when you are broke. if there is one studio that stands out amongst the hundreds that dot dar es salaam s musical landscape it is sisso records. centered around producers. bwax. sisso. bampa pana and yung keyz morento and mc s dogo niga and makavelli. they were early pioneers of the singeli sound. whilst some singeli artists have begun fusing their music with more traditional tanzanian hip hop. sisso have remained uncompromising in their sound. always raw. fast with a punk diy aesthetic that can at times verge on noise and gabber. to produce a spell binding music that is like no other sound system culture in the region.
releasing an album into the world is a special moment for any artist but when you re an artist who grew up in remote northern ghana with no schooling. spending a life herding cows and goats. building your own instruments and teaching yourself to sing. then there s a particular sense of occasion and celebration in finding recognition and an audience for that music. this is the case for guy one. an utterly unique artist who is writing and performing frafra music. a style that originates from a small area in the north of ghana. whilst guy one is already loved and adored locally by now - building up a fervent following in local villages in which no funeral or wedding would take place without his soaring voice and deeply rhythmic playing. before then transforming into an award-winning. tv appearing artist in ghana - his music is now to find a much wider audience through max weissenfeldt s philophon label (jimi tenor. hailu mergia. alemayehu eshete) on this berlin meets bolgatanga release.
growing bin burst into 2018 with a bang. crash and symbol splash. uniting a premier pair of per-cussion obsessives for a supernatural mission into the heart of the rhythm. dressed in the pitch black of dü.sseldorf stands wolf mü.ller. master of the tropical drums and seven time salon des amateur breakdance champion. repping cologne and berlin is niklas wandt. germany’s funkiest drummer and a mixed musical artist as adept in experimental jazz as demen- ted euro dance. standing toe to toe in a no holds barred. no drum unstruck groove contest. these two titans will make you swing your pants like a crash bandicoot victory dance... so stretch out and step in to ‚instrumentalmusik von der mitte der world
last years on the corner underground smash release. the 12inch ep santuris embaire umeme. introduced uganda’s mugwisa international xylophone group (m.i.x.g) to the world. the recordings center on the embaire. a giant xylophone native to ugandan folk music. which is dug into a pit for a natural. earthy bass resonance as gargantuous as the instrument itself. the instrument performs a key role in village life. with ceremonial playing sessions lasting for hours on end. these recordings may be esoteric in nature but they add important context to the santuri’s embaire umeme 12inch and are a vital documentation of the iganga village’s culture. as well as that of uganda. jones has artfully chopped the epic session into a series of short evocative chapters to create a pioneering masterpiece. remix duties are led by griot house innovators. the diabolcal liberties. who have raved-up some sun ra frequencies for the cosmic junglist crew. last but never least. victoria topping has created beautiful artwork using the session photography taken by jones during the recordings
2018 repress of this album by the drummer of fela kuti. produced by doctor l. incl asiko as sampled by jaydee for commons hot shit! featuring remastered versions and ariya (psyche juju mix) as bonus track. which was not part of the original release. tony allen completely rewrote the books on what was possible within the afrobeat genre with his stunning 1999 album. black voices. when one considers exactly what is going on throughout black voices. it is quite mind boggling. as it is almost impossible to associate a minimalist. electronic feel with the massive walls of sound which allen was known to create.
following on from the critically acclaimed penya investigations cassettes and the 12inch acelere ep. afro-latin-electronic collective penya conclude an intensely creative period with a long player collection of tracks super liminal. liminal an in-between state references the transitional process the four piece band entered during a series of self-produced recording sessions held at penyas multi-instrumentalist magnus pis home studio between march 2016 and may 2017. penyas percussive and futuristic afro-latin sound also owes its genesis to the concept of liminality: the threshold of disorientation occurring during ritual practices. penya s hypnotic groovescapes. led by jim lem s bata drumming.ancient chants. sung by lilli elina. dubbed-out improvisations on trombone by viva msimangand lo-fi electronic production by magnus p.i create a sound that has garnered significant support on bbc 6 music via tom ravenscroft. worldwide fm via gilles peterson. on bbc radio 3s late junction. as well as being praised by a host of producers including dj khalab. will lv. dj jose marquez and dengue dengue dengue. penya s energised and engaging live show has also toured across uk festivals this summer. including brainchild. wilderness. farmfest and big love.
following the release of baba commandants debut album juguya in 2014 on the mighty sublime frequencies label. mawimbi is proud to present wasso. one of the best cut from the album in brand new mixing shape alongsides killer electronic remixes from the likes of mawimbi signee loya and mr. boom.
alan abrahams aka portable aka bodycode is an artist very much defined by his past and his journey from south africa to paris via berlin and lisbon has seen him develop into a critically acclaimed producer. singer and video artist working with some of the biggest players in house and techno. part of his constant drive to evolve and challenge himself. this autumn abrahams launches new project ranger. teaming up with london label waella s choice for the debut release. the five tracks on portable presents ranger are a delicate mélange of jazz . soul and electronic and one of abraham s most explicit nods to his south african roots. on the a-side. the ep makes a steady start with bazokonwaba accompanied by a lullaby from south african a capella group korus. hailing from the small township of mbekweni in the western cape. they also feature heavily on the ep s most exuberant moment in nomaliso - already a favourite in esa s recent boiler room - and the more languid b-side opener indaba with a choir of cowbells all harmonizing in unison. reset and vessel provide a self-reflective conclusion to the ep. holding their own as instrumentals with cameroonian bass player stan on bass and parisian saxophonist chisneg lending a hand on the latter. early support from tama sumo. lakuti. gilles peterson. rinse fm. esa. stamp the wax. dimensions recordings
PANTSULA! THE RISE OF ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC IN SOUTH AFRICA 1988-90 (2LP)
2x12" Vinyl NL21.12.17
late 80s south african dance floor winners only! selected by dj okapi and antal. the compilation holds tracks by jivaro. the hard workers. ayobayo band. s.y.b. & many more. this is the sharp electronic music that fuelled the local pantsula dances during the 80s and 90s . a must have for fans of bubblegum and kwaito music. top tip! the 12 tracks selected for pantsula! come from a very unique. very different time and place. they represent the birth of electronic dance music in south africa. through the songs of one particular independent label from the time: music team. the sound represents the culmination of the bubblegum era. when south africa’s disco artists outgrew their american influences and forged an increasingly electronic and ‘local’ pop sound.
hamad kalkaba and his golden sounds 1974 - 1975- i remember the day clearly. i was searching for treasures in a record shop in yaoundé. the capital city of cameroon. when suddenly i came across a 7-inch record with a picture of a young man wearing a traditional hat and bearing the marks of several imposing vertical scars on the side of his face. carved when he was just a boy as a reminder of his heritage in the musgum tribe of the northern part of the country.
for this album. ebo joined forces with 12-piece band ‘the pelikans’ — from the cape coast region of ghana — led by bessa simmona. with rhythm guitarist fifi orleans lindsay. a genuine ‘holy-grail’ of ghanaian music and one of ebo’s most saught-after.
the album was released on the small abookyi label. named after a nightclub they played in called pelikans. and sung in english and fante. this was the first album where ebo sang on tracks. such as the classic ‘come along’. on which he also plays keyboard. this song clearly defined a new direction in highlife and has become a ghanaian funk anthem. ‘come along’ formed the basis of sadat x’s ‘remember that’ hip hop jam from 2011.
this official mr bongo re-issue is packaged in our new & improved heavyweight ‘tip-on’ sleeves. printed in japan. pressed on high quality vinyl. audio restored to the best of our ability. with label designs and artwork as per the original release.
isle of jura go back to 1976 to resurrect anambra. the jewel in the crown of dub. soul & funk outfit ozo. anambra is something of a classic. a unique song thats slow. ritualistic and spiritual. mixing african & nyabinghi drumming with a buddhist sanskrit mantra om mani padme hum. an alternate version anambra river appears for the first time on the same 12 inch.
on the corner’s dj tool and eclectic favourite. versus is back for a second instalment. there are some familiar faces occupying this tasty wax and some new comers pushing the needle further-out on the corner. as 2015’s versus sold-out we d already acquired some fresh production talents and sent stems over to new and old friends alike. get your atlases out as we criss-cross the globe introducing you to artists from afar-afield as nairobi. manchester. pune. iringa. detroit. and south london.
first official reissue of nigerian boogie disco grail lp produced by grotto for emi nigeria and originally released in 1978. contains dance classic bad city girl. liner notes by nigerian music expert uchenna ikkone. include previously unpublished photos and extensive interviews by temitope kogbe
search the name ‘burnis moleme and the returns are sparse. you’ll discover that his track ‘where is the answer’ appeared on soundway’s excellent nigerian disco compilation. doin’ it in lagos. and there are a few entries about this pmg re-issue of light my fire. but other than that. he seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. he’s not even a minister of religion. the career path most nigerian stars from the 80s chose to follow. thankfully. we still have light my fire. produced by former funkee jake sollo and backed by a hot team of session musos including friday pozo. nkono teles and joseph ‘jojo’ kuo. burnis delivered a slab of slick afro disco boogie for the ages.
heaven sent from nigeria’s tumultuous east. the apostles have been preaching a particular blend of funky psychedelic soul/rock fusion for over forty years. on banko woman they threw a little afrobeat into the mix. creating an afro-funk disco bomb that has been energising dance floors ever since.
ote maloya ist die fortsetzung von dem ebenfalls auf strut records erschienenen album >soul sok sega<. diese beiden genres. die ihren ursprung im indischen ozean haben. wurden vor jahrhunderten auf von sklaven zuckerplantagen entwickelt und geben die einmalige verschmelzung von europ§ischen und afrikanischen einfl?ssen wieder
nigeria’s kingsley bucknor’s ‘just u and me’ lp gets the long-awaited reissue treatment from melbourne’s left ear records. after cutting his teeth playing with fela in the 70’s and releasing two afrobeat lp’s kingsley travelled the globe before finding himself in london. it’s here that he laid down 6 distinctive electro-funk tunes inspired by african rhythms and music he’d heard through his travels in the states and in europe. originally issued on kinglsley’s own kab records in ’85 and according to kingsley the release was well received at the time. but due to constraints of international marketing the record remained mostly unknown outside of his homeland. fast-forward to 2017 and the stage is set for a new global audience to appreciate the distinct sound of kb.
one of the most pivotal figures in the history of malian music is sorry bamba. his work spans five decades and his music bridges the gap between mali s cultural traditions and new the music which arose from the musical cross overs which occurred in mali s post-colonial period. bamba was born in 1938 in mopti. this is dissected by both the niger and bani rivers and known for its rich cultural diversity. bamba s father was a distinguished veteran of emperor samory toure s military and a nobleman in malian society. however. this meant young sorry was forbidden to make music. as under the nation s caste system. music was an art form reserved for the griots.
in 1977 sorry produced his second lp for the paris based sonafric group. long out of print africa seven is pleased to be re-issuing the lp. the re-issue benefits from extensive restoration and re-mastering to a spectral analysis level. bringing and polishing long lost and distorted sounds.
check out african seven for further re-issues of sorry bamba third and first lp.
next stop soweto vol. 1 - township sounds from the golden age of mbaqanga is the first volume of struts groundbreaking series of south african music. exploring lesser known township jive and mbaqanga 45s. artists include mahotella queens. izintombi zesi manje manje and lucky strike sisters.
strut present the first in a series of essential original lp reissues exploring rare and under-rated african. latin and caribbean music classics. curated by duncan brooker. in january 2017. the series kicks off with ‘sugar daddy’. an experimental highlife / disco outing by nigerian highlife guitarist joe king kologbo.
issued in 1975. this is the articulation of zambia’s zamrock ethos. while other albums - rikki ililonga’s zambia. witch’s lazy bones!! - are competitors. it’s hard to best this album as it covers each major quadrant of the zamrock whole: it came from the mines. its musicians were anti-colonial freedom fighters. it envelops zambian folk music traditions. and it rocks - hard.
this 2x12 inch reissue contains reverb mixes of all tracks on vinyl 2.
the 3rd lp in the series air afrique records presents is a journey which leads more to club-tracks. it starts with an uprising afro-track performed by the camroun rapper the tale (a.k.a. zeegee) in pidgin english. the last track of the a side is a tribute to the fast techno-like style funana which is very popular on cabo verde islands. the b-side is going straight into tropical bass and ends with an pure simple straight foreward electro-tech track.
last year’s on the corner underground smash release. the 12” ep santuri’s embaire umeme. introduced uganda’s mugwisa international xylophone group (m.i.x.g) to the world. the recordings center on the embaire. a giant xylophone native to ugandan folk music. which is dug into a pit for a natural. earthy bass resonance as gargantuous as the instrument itself. the instrument performs a key role in village life. with ceremonial playing sessions lasting for hours on end. these recordings may be esoteric in nature but they add important context to the santuri’s embaire umeme 12” and are a vital documentation of the iganga village’s culture. as well as that of uganda. jones has artfully chopped the epic session into a series of short evocative chapters to create a pioneering masterpiece. remix duties are led by griot house innovators. the diabolcal liberties. who have raved-up some sun ra frequencies for the cosmic junglist crew. last but never least. victoria topping has created beautiful artwork using the session photography taken by jones during the recordings
die neuauflage erscheint als dreifach-lp mit beiliegenden bonus-cds in einer limitierten auflage von 500 exemplaren.
strut present a definitive vinyl edition of the groundbreaking compilation nigeria 70. originally released in 2001. the collection set the benchmark for a new generation of archive labels and releases mining the vaults for rare afro funk and afro jazz fusions and helped to paint the wider picture of the 1970s lagos scene beyond fela kutis catalogue for a legion of soul. funk and dance music enthusiasts.
invisible city returns with the hotly anticipated reissue of amajovi jovi by durban’s o.g. kwaito giant. sandy b. originally self-released on cassette and a white label 12”. rumour has it sandy had to remake the tracks from memory because even he couldn’t find a copy. . in its original post-apartheid context. amajovi jovi was a sign of youthful subversiveness. rebellious creativity and a neck snapping rejection to the fascist groove of a silenced nation. while the pantsulla hustler nods to house legends like jamie principle and pal joey. its hip hop breaks and interludes show a clear affection for snoop dogg’s doggystyle. at its slowed down tempo however. this low-fi kwaito masterpiece turns away from its american influence and looks towards baldelli and his cosmos. best of all are sandy’s vocals— deep. melodic zulu rap. sung flippantly—the way that only a true gangster could. it now stands as one of the finest glimpses of 90s party music to ever be blasted at the underground parties of the south african townships. a huge fave of jamie tiller. tako and ice. we are proud to present a limited vinyl and cassette reissue from one of the godfathers of kwaito. remastered and restored from the original cassette tape. designed by zeitype.
MUKATSUKU PRESENTS BIOSIS NOW / AFRO TRAIN BAHAMAS TROPICAL FUNK VS IVORY COAST AFRO FUNK (7 INCH)
7" Vinyl UK08.11.17
after mukatsuku records summer hammond organ screamer from billy hawks (mukat 052) the label goes deep on an international funk tip. few years ago label manager nik played in france and the promoter pulled out a biosis now 45 that he never knew existed up till then and was generally thought to be a long album track only. an extensive search revealed nothing online including popsike/discogs/ebay except a tropical seller who d just bought a huge caribbean collection with the record included saying he d never seen it before either and he was keeping itâ€.¦failing to secure a copy themselves the label licensed it instead and created their own 45 edit which retains all the funk & soul of the elongated album version into a 7 inch friendly format. on the flipside and 1973 tumba safari from afro train get s a funky afrobeat re touch for peak time club play that would save you several hundred pounds on an original if you could actually find a copy !
reissued from the spanish version of this awesome cuban records with a unique picture cover. probably one of the best 70’s areito releases. for sure ahead of his times. the entire record minus two tracks of 10 total are all upbeat with afro-latin breaks. dope choral vocal arrangements and chunky bass and conga lines. but don’t sleep. the lower bpm songs are great mellow gems. gilles peterson says: “if a cuban record had come out on sleeping bag records in 1982. i think it would ve sounded a bit like this. it’s an eccentric middle ground between latin-styled pop and disco.”
soundway records presents the debut solo album from the ever-energetic diron animal. lead singer of the band throes + the shine.
born and raised in the ghettos of cazenga in the angolan capital of luanda. the portugal-based artist is known for his incredible stage presence and unique fashion sense. influenced by traditional african music. diron brings modern electronic production and multilingual vocals to his album. which explores the realities of growing up in harsh conditions. the impact of such a life on himself and his local community is thematically apparent: pessimism. greed. and ambition feature - and yet the overarching message is that of opportunity. hope and channelling one’s struggles into creativity.
spell-binding rhythms. bass hooks and original lyrics abound. spanning portuguese. kimbundu and english.
professor rhythm is the production moniker of south african music man thami mdluli. throughout the 1980’s. mdluli was member of chart-topping groups taboo and cjb. playing bubblegum pop to stadiums. mdluli became an in-demand producer for influential artists (like sox and sensations. among many others) and in-house producer for important record companies like eric frisch and tusk. during the early ’80s. mdluli projects usually featured an instrumental dance track. these hot instrumentals became rather popular. fans demanded to hear more of these backing tracks without vocals. he says. so mdluli began to make solo instrumental albums in 1985 as professor rhythm. he got the name before the recordings began. from fans. and positive momentum from audiences and other musicians drove him to invest himself in a full-on solo project. it was the era just before the end of apartheid and house music hadn’t taken over yet. there wasn’t instrumental electronic music yet in south africa. as the ’80s came to a close. that was about to change.
recorded in the beginning of the 80s and self-produced by itadi in 1983. this obscure album contained deep soul and controversial rare grooves backed by the 5 band members called the afro funk band de lome. itadi s music is unique. in his second album. he kept the same recipe: a mixture of soul. reggae. hi-life and funk. with heavy lyrics which sounds like slogans and caused him big trouble after its release. he was obliged to escape the country to usa.a real definition of a revolutionary musician! this deluxe lp contains also two unreleased tracks. interview. and photos and was fully licensed with his family.
hell yeah is back with more beach ready and boat party styled summer tunes. this time from riccio. this italian producer has long been making essential edits. off kilter grooves and soul kissed house sounds that demand to be played loud and these new ones are no different. described by the label boss as balearic big beat. this ep kicks off with afro chemy. a scorching seven minute tune that builds on a bed of fat drums. the scattered percussion is loose and organic and when the funky bass and colourful xylophone sounds comes in you can t help but cut loose. add in a sexy trumpet line and you have the sound of summer distilled into seven sensational minutes. funky cave will get any party started with its old school drum breaks and cymbal splashes sounding like the ocean when you plunge in on a hot day. busted bass lines add a certain fatness and cosmic keys and steamy guitar licks make this another perfect outdoor anthem. last of all is the blissed out heather. one to drop at sundown after a long day s dancing. the beats are warm and lumpy. the synths smear out to the horizon like gently breaking waves and soulful leads really get your heart swelling. proper.
summers here! ransom note records continue their search for the finest dance music from planet earth with a carnival-ready curveball of a new release the sleazy. playful ghanaian afro-ghetto-techno-pop that is brytes word-of-mouth classic i like your girlfriend. originally surfacing on a couple of youtube dance videos. the shitty quality video rip of brytes bizarro lyrics leaping over gafaccis impeccable grime-meets-afrohouse beat has been a much-loved secret weapon in the sets of djs that know for a minute now - bok bok. mixpak and gang fatale have all supported heavily. coming from accras booming azonto dance scene. where tracks are knocked out in makeshift home-built studios then swapped through social media apps on smartphones. a proper release of i like your girlfriend has long remained a holy grail. now. after months of searching. several western union transfers. hundreds of whatsapp messages and no lack of determination. ransom note have finally managed to legitimately sign the track. and are all set to give a modern classic the 12inch release it deserves making history with what is quite possibly the first azonto track to be released on vinyl. alongside brytes crazy vocal version. the release features the original beat from producer gafacci its bouncing techy minimalism carving a unique path between techno. house and uk funky that defies genre with glee. vinyl buyers get a special bonus brytes acapella. coming in at 128 bpm. is the perfect mixing tool
the second lp in the series air afrique records presents takes us into more electronic fields. mid-tempo house songs mixed with different elements like samples from all over the world or acoustic instruments and some weird electronic sounds create a very unique sound.
ugly papas were one of the leading acts in the belgian rock scene in the early part of the 90s. 23 years after their final release. they are back with their third full-length album. feisty indie rock. jazzy loops. zappa-esque episodes and fela kuti rhythms. with luc dufourmont (two russian cowboys. id!ots. bevergem) on vocals.
the vinyl release includes a download code.
canada’s fastest moving and hardest working collective are back with one of their finest albums to date. a brand new journey into tropical. soul and jazz styles on their scorching new release. “under burning skies”. turbulent times call for strong voices and the souljazz orchestra’s new set packs a suitably heavy lyrical punch. with wry observations and an urge for progressive change. musically. the band continue to push the limits. dusting off 80s vintage synthesizers and early drum machines for the first time. bringing lo fi disco. boogie and electro touches to their trademark horn arrangements and earthy analogue sound. the fruits are a-plenty and the group sound at their confident and versatile best from start to finish. opener “dog eat dog” powers in with mabinuori idowu and philippe lafreniÞre lambasting the powerful and the corrupt over an infectious afro-disco groove. “lufunki” takes the group right back to their b-boy roots. bringing the afro vibes to beat street and “is yeelyel” delivers a killer rework of an obscure original by somalian super-group dur-dur band.
back available as a limited vinyl edition (500 only) for the first time since 1985. featuring key players like bernie worrell. bill laswell. mory kanté and herbie hancock ! manu dibango needs little introduction. born in cameroon in 1933. manu developed a musical style fusing jazz. funk. and traditional cameroonian music. he’s definitely among the best known african artists outside of africa. collaborations were numerous and include top acts like fela kuti. herbie hancock. bill laswell. sly & robbie. don cherry and bernie worrell. in addition to selling hundreds of thousands of copies of the albums he recorded. he played such huge venues as yankee stadium and madison square garden.
tafi allstars is a collaborative recording project between optimo music artists thomas lea clarke (mr tc) and conal blake (whilst) and members of the tafi cultural institute of tafi atome. ghana. after having previously visited tafi atome to take part in the music of the volta region study tours that are organised by tci in collaboration with green door studio. clarke and blake secured funding from creative scotland to travel back to tafi in november 2016 to record a mini-album of tracks that blend the rhythms and melodies of traditional borborbor and agbadza drumming forms and ewe songwriting with electronic instrumentation and dub recording techniques.
the electrifying final album from cameroons legendary los camaroes. available on lp for the first time since 1979. recorded live to two track at the mango bar in yaounde. resurrection los was the last collaboration between bandleader jean gabari and groundbreaking guitarist messi martin. deluxe lp reissue features notes on the history of the band by original keyboardist mbambo johnny cosmos simon. plus all new interviews with producer nicolas mongue and engineer emmanuel guyssot.
in 1973. emi records nigeria released the 45 rpm disc fuel for love b/w soundway. credited to a mysterious band called wrinkar experience. the record was a finely-crafted gem of pop-rock and funky soul as had never before been heard coming out of the countryÆs nascent rock scene. and it ended up being the biggest selling nigerian single up until that point. the success of wrinkar experience effectively demonstrated that was a market for homegrown pop and rock. and sent record labels scrambling to sign similar bands. kicking off the nigerian rock revolution that is still being celebrated and discovered by new generations today. but while wrinkar experience launched the movement. the group itself would be short-lived: after another hit single in 1973. the bands frontman danie ian split for a solo career. the remaining principal players in the group cameroonian musicians ginger forcha and edjoo jacques racine tried to keep the wrinkar name going before giving it up and rebranding themselves as rock town express. rock town expresss debut lp funky makossa was recorded in 1974 for arc records. the cutting-edge studio and label established in lagos by english drum legend ginger baker. the album showcased in long format the qualities that had only been hinted at on the wrinkar experience singles: bright. confident pop melodies. articulate lyrics. and darkly potent funk-rock. comb & razor sound is proud to present a new. fully-authorized reissue of funky makossa. featuring the seven tracks from the original release. plus i am a natural man and i dont want to know. from wrinkar experiences seldom-heard third and final single.
1977’s fire woman is perhaps the finest (and rarest) of foundars 15’s albums. offering a spicy buffet of groovy pop. reggae. native rock and dense. off-kilter funk. long sought after by aficionados. fire woman has been an lp that is more often heard about than actually heard.
that is about to change.
comb & razor sound is proud to present a new. fully-authorized reissue of fire woman. featuring eight crucial cuts representing the gold standard of the golden age of nigerian pop music. here’s your chance to catch the fire!
nachpressung von 1979 mit extrem rarer. südafrikanischer disco-funk-fusion.
obwohl die movers während der siebziger in den townships südafrikas eine große nummer im disco-sektor waren und am laufenden band höchst erfolgreich zahlreiche schallplatten veröffentlichten. ist die formation heute nur noch spezialisten wie den experten bei soundway ein begriff. den londoner archivgräbern um labelchef miles cleret haben wir nun die nachpressung der erstmals 1979 herausgebrachten lp -kansas city- zu verdanken. die bietet exakt den sound. für den die movers seinerzeit berühmt waren. nämlich eine zündende fusion aus funk. disco. jive und marabi. einem etwa 1920 in südafrika entwickelten genre. das afrikanische musikstile und afroamerikanisch geprägten jazz verband. das line-up der movers wechselte häufig. an den aufnahmen der sechs stücke auf -kansas city- waren jabu sibumbe. l rhiko. lloyd lelosa und sankie chounyane beteiligt. die produktion verantwortete david thekwane.
das zweite album des von den ostafrikanischen reunion-inseln stammenden pariser produzenten labelle. univers-ile. ist laut wdr cosmo ein werk zwischen maloya-tradition. experimenteller elektronik und field recordings. aufgenommen mit traditionellen afrikanischen und indischen instrumenten. sowie slide-gitarre und sampler. und eingesungen in kreolischer sprache.
for over forty years. the apostles of aba have stood as the jewel in the crown of the music scene in eastern nigeria. since their formation in 1973. the band has turned out memorable performances in a variety of styles including rock. soul. funk. pop and reggae. even today. the apostles continue to thrill audiences in their hometown of aba with dazzling shows. cultures of soul is proud to present one of the apostlesã more obscure¨yet relentlessly funky recordings in a full-color custom reverse board jacket. banko woman. originally released on the eponymous lp on love day records in 1977. straddling the world realms of afro-funk and disco. the track has long been a coveted dance floor filler amongst djs. and for the first time is available for a wider audience. on the b-side is faith. luck & music. also from the original banko woman album.
you take a trio of the finest traditional griot musicians from mali and put them in the studio with a revolutionary western string quartet - and the outcome is one of the most unusual and rewarding musical collaborations you are ever likely to encounter.
reissue of the highly sought after nigerian funk-rock album. moving effortlessly between reggae. jazzy afrobeat and psych rock. soundway fans first got a taste of jay-u’s infectious beats with the track ‘some more’. featured on the soundway compilation “nigeria disco funk special: the sound of the underground lagos dancefloor 1974-79”. originally released by emi nigeria in 1977. this now-rare album was written by jay-u and engineered by disco-boogie artist goddy oku. opening with the up-tempo reggae number “reggae deluxe”. the album descends into mind-blowing jazz-funk featuring several killer saxophone solos. the journey ends with a trip into psych-prog rock. with a sound not dissimilar to that coming out of the early 70s british rock scene.
including 2 remixes by osunlade under the collective name of yoruba soul! since their first acclaimed album apiafo. vaudou game turned down the heat over 160 stages across the world. peter solo has displayed his vaudou chants and charisma around the globe. on the road he and osunlade met and shared their musical visions. kidayu is the name of the 2nd opus and means “sharing”: it’s exactly what those versions of “on se pousse” are about. ! limited press.
obey the chief - you cant go wrong the path: percussive syncopated beauty and wobbly synth fun wake up: liberian afro funk with analog delights on heavy rotation with nick the record. the idjuts. rune linbaek dan tyler says: bend over and obey the chief! he got the beef!
we are extremely happy to have malouane. co-founder of in any case records on board with us at lagaffe tales. this fourth vinyl release consists of what could be reckoned as a mini-lp that travels through malouane s personal space of influences. the release is filled with rich and soulful samples accompanied by warm saturated drum work with an ethnic feel from start to end.
a collection of long out of print recordings by artists from tanzania (biashara jazz band). democratic republic of congo (baba ilunga wa ilunga. orch. bana ekanga and orch. moja one band) and western kenya (victoria chomeka and international de nelly) recorded in nairobi between 1976 and 1996.
previously released on labels such as doromy. jojo. ochimbo ja-yon go and editions dokan. with the exception of “nakuomba”. which is seeing the light of day here for the first time.
no wahala sounds take great pleasure in bringing you this second volume of lost gems from east africa.
triple lp and bonus 7 inch with 8 page booklet. includes free mp3 download with 8 extra tracks.
soundway records present kenya special: selected east african recordings from the 1970s & 80s - a treasure-trove of rare and unusual recordings from east africa. kenya special is accompanied by detailed liner notes. original artwork and photographs. it follows on from soundways much acclaimed african special series that to date has focused on the highlife and afrobeat output from 1970s nigeria and ghana.
collection of recordings from one of tanzania’s most revered but short-lived bands of the 1970s. sunburst. covering their entire output from 1973 to 1976. this first retrospective features music from their 45 rpm singles on moto moto and tfc label. as well as their sole album. “ave africa”. and an unreleased radio session recorded in tanzania in 1973.
this release comprises of the double vinyl and a copy of the cd version. which contains extra tracks.
keope is the musical brainchild of toni bruna and marcus rossknecht. with the aim to record an album they ve met in an abandoned quarry on the slovenian border. the outcome tropicalni seems to exist in a vacuum. stylistically. all tracks here owe something to multiple genres and reference points - from folk. balearic. psychedelic and electronica. but none really fit well. synths drift in breezily. floating around the wistful melodies. acoustic guitars sparkle. while flutes & the beats hint at a deeper connection to dance rituals.
limited 12 inch vinyl edition of 250 only coming in a handmade and numbered artwork. each record is highly unique as it goes through an artisan process of hand-printing. folding. glueing and numbering which highlights the aim for creating unique and long-lasting pieces of art.
ion din dorobanti is one of the many monikers of the ubiquitous producer ion dumitrescu from bucharest. his 7” single on pingipung shows the oriental influences on bass music in his hometown. this release carries the manele. romanias wedding music which dominates contemporary pop styles since 30 years. towards new sonic realms. on the two tracks. he drag psychedelia and analog electro into the manele-sphere. the first one presents a radical afro-electro rework of alex puș...tiu’s “mi-e poftă... de tine ră...u”. ion din dorobanț...i’s original production on the other side is a track pulsating on a 9/8 groove infested with synth nostalgia. all is spiced up by nicu chinezu’s on clarinet. ion dumitrescu is the co-initiator of the future nuggets label and its sub-label p-balans. they are both based in bucharest and run in heavy rotation at the pingipung office and in our dj sets. if he is not ion din dorobanț...i he appears as australopitecus oltensis or utopus as a producer. among his productions are the brilliant debut lp by steaua de mare. the first lp of the legendary band rodion g.a together with strut records (london). the raze de soare ep and both volumes of -sounds of the unheard from romania-. these two summer anthems are part of the ongoing series of 7”-releases on pingipung. other singles recently came from ya tosiba. sven kacirek. andi otto or f.s. blummbastic.
available now soul jazz records’ record store exclusive limited-edition soul 7” box set comprising five heavyweight 70s afro-funk. afro-disco & afro-rock seven-inch singles all with unique bespoke label artwork and all digitally re-mastered. seriously rare. killer and classic nigerian 70s afro-funk. afro-disco & afro-rock tunes bought together here in this unique one-off record store day box-set edition. this unique box-set edition is only available as a one-off pressing especially for record store day 2017.
the independent. south african record label mushroom hour half hour presents open letter to adoniah. the moving albums by talented guitarist and songwriter sibusile xaba. who improvises the musical legacy of kwazulu-natal into an exciting. genreless future!
• all female outfit with a heavy dance floor version of nina simone’s “see line woman”. done in afrobeat style • co-written by tom brenneck (of the dapkings. the budos band and the menahan street band) • engineered by sydney mills of steel pulse • unreleased music from the vaults
we are proud to announce our 6th release in the limited dance edition serie. this time with our very first 12- maxi single by anthony emrold phillip better known as -bro. valentino”. the side a. stay up zimbabwe is a legendary shango / orisha / calypso tune from 1979 that invaded the carnival season in trinidad and tobago. filling the lips and boots of everyone. singing and marching to its infectious chorus. bro. valentino again stunned the world with ah wo (band new revolution). a year later with a tune that championed the new mood of the islands and the new-found fame of the caribbean. no doubt spurned on by the very grenadian revolution. a year earlier. these refreshing caribbean calypso afro tunes. which have been constantly played during our dj sets. will come in a wonderful silk-screen printed cover and turquoise colored vinyl. limited to 1500 copies.
a fantastic afro-beat album from a fela anikulapo kuti disciple and kalakuta republic member. a sublime spiritual and political session recorded in 1979 at the emi studio in lagos (nigeria). arranged and self-produced. this second kingsley bucknor‘s album. hopelessly obscure and impossible to find ranks alongside the best afro-beat album in history!
classic alert! jamwax teams up with happy milf records to release ‘you are mine’. the nigerian boogie funk gem album from hotline group. recorded at decca studio (lagos) in 1986. the album comes with liner notes and exclusive photos from hotline s personal collection.
(180 gr) mark barrott steps away from the balearic sound hes become synonymous with to take a journey back to the territory he first explored with bepu ngali. the pathways of our lives is a joyous. life affirming piece of 70s afro soul with amodern twist. continuing barrotts love affair with african polyrhythms and 70s philly strings.
we’re excited to announce the first in a series of rare nigerian releases we’re putting out with the help of uchenna ikonne. sjob movement’s friendship train was the second lp by the group and one which saw the group rise to new heights. it’s a masterpiece of african music with it’s fluid afro beat grooves and spaced out moog synthesizer sounds.
official mr bongo reissue. licensed from george prah. founder of gapophone records.
marijata was a group made up of three members – kofi electric addison on drums. bob fischlan on organ and nat osmanu on guitar. hailing from ghana. ‘this is marijata’ is the groups first lp. released originally on the gapophone label – it is pure. rootsy. raw. driving african funk music of the highest order. now highly sought-after in both its original and previously reissued forms.
so far we landed to vol.10. this time with a stunning release from l.u.c.a. of edizioni mondo francesco de bellis is one of our favorite producer with tons of releases as francisco. jolly music over the last two decades his music is a kaleidoscopic universe of beautiful harmonies reminiscent of master italian composer like morricone. stelvio cipriani and alessandro alessandroni. blending together soundtracks. “summer of lov ” atmospheres and balearic pleasure.
quite scarce and demanded record from os apolos recorded in the netherlands. featured an off the hook afro beat song time of war . limited warehouse find. these records have been remaining for years in original boxes straight from the press plant. never played mint condition.
classic alert! ltd 180g lp in tip-on sleeve
a very rare lp originally released in 1983 has made its way to soundway and been mastered with the utmost care. the only known recorded album by the band. it also features the track “fella’s doing it in lagos” which was included on and inspired the name for soundway’s hit compilation in 2016. band members: austing d. ilukhor. charles chiagoro. geofrey ochiagha. hawly adeyefa jnr. klesye edward doja. shola damole. stanley ifejoku.
in the final chapter of the theory of flo story. we ve enlisted the services of the mighty dj sotofett to remix the closing track for mihaly . and what a job he s done! dark. weird and percussive -just how we like it. we also include brand new versions featuring occasional live drummer. laurie pitt and a reprise with poppy ackroyd. credits remixed & reproduced by dj sotofett at wania 1. guitar solo by jeks. synthesizers. percussion & programming by dj sotofett percussion & violin by laurie pitt and poppy ackroyd
with releases from lerosa. andy mac and piezo already under our belts. idle hands strides towards the summer with a transmission from a kindred spirit across the pond. area. sometimes known as m50. has been flying the flag for forward thinking electronic music in chicago for a long time. his radio shows on wnur have a distinctive quality one step to the side of the music his hometown is best known for. while his label kimochi sound has released incredible music from the likes of benjamin brunn. strategy and many more besides. as a producer area has been equally prolific since first emerging in 2007. from ethereal sound and steadfast to untilmyheartstops and sequencias. his various approaches to rhythm and texture are all bound together by a meditative quality that feels like a perfect fit for idle. on this single. both sides of the 12- continue the theme of dusty. dusky 4/4 area is most widely known for. locking on to a house groove while sporting the abstract atmosphere of techno. -rlgl- is an understated. emotional heater that uses looped up fragments as a counterpoint to the more lilting strings and static that bed the track. notice takes a more overtly melancholic approach with its lingering. heavily processed keys that drift in between a tough set of drums. theres a punch to the track that will translate beautifully to a big system. even as the melodics spell out a more intimate listening experience.
it s all going on for cervo at the moment. having just launched the banana hill label with an excellent record from majid bekkas (that he also did an edit for). the uk-based producer has now been snapped up by marcel vogels lumberjacks in hell label to drop more of his worldly edit science. on rhythm leads the charge with confidence on the a-side. using a bubbling. afro-infused disco-funk source and making it lean and mean for the floor. there s a distinctly nigerian lilt to the guitars that cluck away through dancing dream. but it s accompanied by bright chiming chords and a solid beat that will stand up to any contemporary house jam. banku is even more explicitly modern. although still layered up with gorgeous vocals and percussion from africa
after a successful first collaboration for a 12inch in 2016. zimbabwean mbira maestro jacob mafuleni and his wife percussionist / singer martha thom have teamed up once again with french electro-funk producer gary gritness. this time for an album recorded in paris during the last red bull music academy festival.
pop makossa - the invasive dance beat of cameroon 1976–1984 the pop makossa adventure started in 2009. when analog africa founder samy ben redjeb first travelled to cameroon to make an initial assessment of the countrys musical situation. he returned with enough tracks for an explosive compilation highlighting the period when funk and disco sounds began to infiltrate the makossa style popular throughout cameroon.
double vinyl in gatefold sleeve. includes download code. 20 pages lp size booklet and 30x30cm poster.
auf -ennanga vision- begleiten wir den londoner produzenten jesse hacke (owiny sigoma band. elmore judd. gorillaz) auf einer klangreise. die uns von der englischen kapitale nach uganda führt. und damit von der hauptstadt des pop mitten ins herz von afrika. co-steuermann und erster kollaborateur von hacke ist der ugandische sänger und multiinstrumentalist albert ssempeke. bei ihrer eigenwilligen. um nicht zu sagen abenteuerlichen unternehmung erhalten die beiden beistand durch eine reihe von gastsängern aus dem norden ugandas. die unter der dortigen bevölkerung einen legendären ruf genießen. damit setzt sich die formation aus einer runde von experten zusammen. welche die dj-ikone gilles -acid jazz- peterson zu den worten -one of the finest musicians. thinkers and world selectors in the uk- hinriss. sie sorgen für einen hypnotischen sound. der traditionelle ugandische folk-musik mit aktuellem pop der westlichen hemisphäre zu einem organischen ganzen verschmilzt. dabei findet die einsaitige. für afrika so typische geige genauso ihren platz wie eine 200 jahre alte mundharmonika. für das infektiöse klangbild bestimmend sind jedoch in erster linie elektronische instrumente aller art sowie parallel gespielte xylophone.
in 1975. tony allen recorded his debut album. jealousy. the first of three made with afrika 70 and produced by fela kuti. jealousy is according to many still the highlight of his 4 solo-albums. featuring 2 afro-beat gems jealousy and hustler. recorded at decca s 16 track abule-oja studio in lagos. nigeria. originally released on soundworkshop records in 1975
sorgfältig zusammengestellte vinyl-kompilation mit remasterten afro-highlights.
aus dem ghanaischen musikstil highlife und us-amerikanischem jazz der 1960er-jahre fusionierte fela kuti einst das genre afrobeat. es hat in den vergangenen jahrzehnten schon so manche mutation erfahren. blieb aber immer eins: vitaler ausdruck ungebremster lebensfreude. wie attraktiv dieser auch für europäische ohren klingt. unterstreicht einmal mehr die lp-kompilation -wanted afrobeat-. sie ist bestandteil der exklusiven serie -wanted collection- des französischen labels wagram. die reihe widmet sich mit vier parallel veröffentlichten zusammenstellungen auf 180-gramm-vinyl den genres afrobeat. soul. funk und reggae. und damit dem besten. was black music zu bieten hat. was die editionen so besonders macht. ist neben dem sorgsam ausgewählten und remasterten songmaterial das ansprechende erscheinungsbild. das auf fotos des britischen fotografen chris steel-perkins zurückgeht. -wanted afrobeat- enthält neun songs von größen wie mulatu astatke. livy ekemezie. pat thomas und peter king.
it’s no exaggeration to say that geraldo pino and his band the heartbeats kickstarted the whole soul/funk/afrobeat scene in west africa. mixing highlife. funk and jazz. and using the latest equipment. they laid waste to all before them. in 1966 fela kuti was a jobbing musician. eeking out a living with highlife bands. when gerlado pino came to town. it changed his life.
“pino tore up the scene.” he recalls in an interview with carlos moore. “i knew i had to get my shit together. and fast!”
drummer amir bresler. born in 89. has been established as one of the most sought after israeli drummers. performing in israel and abroad at prominent local and world stage jazz festivals. starting his musical education at the age of 13. amir was first exposed to jazz music at the age of 15 upon his enrollment for the jazz program at the thelma-yellin national high school of the arts from which he graduated with honors. in 2010 amir joined the world renowned bass player. singer and composer avishai cohen. in concerts globally. avishai cohen is considered to be one of the most successful jazz artists in the world today. amir also performed alongside visiting musicians like sam yahel. joel fraham. mark turner. kirk lightsay. dwayne bruno. in addition. amir played with various israeli artists among these are. daniel zamir. omer klein. kutiman. nitai hershkovits. yotam silbrestein. amos hoffman. gilad abro. shai maestro. to name a few. this release is comprised of two tracks. originally composed and recorded for meinl cymbals drummers-videos-series. these tracks were later chosen by amir to be officially released. the first track. afro golden line. is inspired by 70s african high-life music (specially from ghana and nigeria) this is an odd-meter afro-beat track. featuring sefi zislings distinct trumpet melody and uzi ramirez s playful guitar. the second track. fish. is taken from lbts old mixtapes (originally with vocals by kerendun). it was re-recorded at amirs studio while bassist beno hendler & keyboardist nomok composed the third part of the track. both tracks were produced with rejoicer.
for its eleventh release italian label what ever not. founded by dodi palese and dan mela. crosses the world to catch up with japanese producer keita sano for a release of singular. no specific style. the contributions debt to disco. house and techno. all of which boast an old school sprint making one move from the inside. the four-track pack melts afro funk contaminations with scented. crunchy and deeply varied patterns. sampled vocal elements and looping melodies.
saine & smith consists of jaja saine and leo smith. two talented djs/producers from stockholm. both are diaspora kids - jaja saine s background is in west africa and leo s in barbados. so their debut release is a kind of heritage reflection. with twisted elements of decadent scandinavian dance music. which echoes generally in their sound. a. lord vanlig - inspired from afro-caribbean traditional folk music from the 60s. a melodramatic blend of cheer and sorrow. with capturing and repetitive drums combined with a compact kick and sweet overlay of melodious keys and child laughter. b. sir viktig – a deep house banger with haunting ghost like pads. catchy afrobeat samples and vocal snippets.