NEXT STOP SOWETO 4: ZULU ROCK. AFRO DISCO AND MBAQANGA 1975-1986 (2X12 LP + CD)
2x12" Vinyl lp + cd UK07.12.17
strut’s acclaimed series of south african music stops in at 1975 to 1985 when the township jive / mbaqanga sound had begun to embrace soul and post-punk and a slew of rock bands following the huge success of homegrown heroes harari. hidden classics from the movers. elias maluleke. kabasa and many more.
180 gram 2x12 lp in gatefold sleeve with cd-copy included.
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 include previously unpublished photos and extensive interviews by temitope kogbe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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
umeko ando (1932-2004) was a folk singer from japan. she is a representative of the ainu culture on the hokkaido island in the north of japan. iuta upopo was released on her last cd upopo sanke in 2003. produced by oki kano (oki dub ainu band). upopo is the name of a particular singing style which involves repetition. while iuta simply means song. umeko ando performs this minimalistic vocal in a brittle. emotional manner which is framed by a slow. percussive pulse and oki’s tonkori patterns (the tonkori is a string instrument of the ainu). when pingipung’s andi otto toured japan in 2017. he came across this enchanting. folkloristic and danceable song in a dj set of a friend. he made contact with oki kano who agreed to license the track from his own label chikar studio. it is pressed on vinyl for the first time. this single is part of pingipung’s ongoing concentrical series of 7inches. we are very pleased to have a m.rux remix on the b side. he is not only a brilliant original producer. as his ep in the hold (ynfnd 2016) has proved. his claim to fame is a sublime collection of edits & cuts (for free on his bandcamp) which skillfully takes classics by nina simone. townes van zandt and others to the slowhouse dancefloor. his remix adds a gliding subbass. a kickdrum and occasional claps to the enhanced percussive structures of the original. umeko ando’s vocals adapt seamlessly to m.rux’s powerful electronic production
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
betinos records proudly presents its third release: an ep by the very sharp collective the big hustle. the band founded in 2014 by bass player and composer sébastien levanneur. brings together 70’s old school funk with the hippest actual sound with influences spanning from steely dan to snarky puppy. from mandrill to lettuce and from herbie hancock (manchild era) to soulive.
das bandprojekt drums off chaos war eines der zentralen und kontinuierlichen projekte des erst kürzlich verstorbenen schlagzeugers jaki liebezeit (der zuerst meist mit der kölner band can assoziiert wird). anfang der 1980er jahre hatte er eine zunächst lose zusammenkunft von trommlern initiiert. die sich anhand einfacher. sehr verbindlicher vereinbarungen ein rhythmisches konzept schufen. das die möglichkeit zu weit ausgreifenden improvisationen gab. mit den jahren verkleinerte die gruppe die anzahl ihrer mitglieder und verfeinerte ihr zusammenspiel. welches durch repetetive modelle und deren variation gekennzeichnet ist. -monoton musst du spielen-. hatte einmal ein zuhörer schon in den 1960er jahren zu liebezeit gesagt. das nahm er sich zu herzen und konnte diesen vorsatz in kaum einer formation so regelmäßig und inspiriert zu leben erwecken wie mit drums off chaos. in über dreißig jahren entwicklung dieser außergewöhnlichen band. die sich eigentlich nie als eine solche verstanden hat. sind zwar zahlreiche aufnahmen. aber kaum je veröffentlichungen entstanden. in den letzten monaten seines lebens hat jaki liebezeit jedoch mit seinen kollegen reiner linke. maf retter und manos tsangaris einige stücke ausgesucht. die bald auf vinyl und auf cd - in je unterschiedlichen sammlungen - erscheinen sollten. nun. nach dem ableben liebezeits. soll es erst recht auch dazu kommen. - mitglieder: jaki liebezeit. maf retter. reiner linke und manos tsangaris
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.
-meet tino baroza- is an album in which the virtuose guitar style of the cameroun guitar player tino baroza is mixed with other musical influences. it s a journey between traditional african music. like soukouss. coupé décalé. or ndombolo with more european and electronic elements. the singer kongo k is from kinshasa and sings in lingala and french. the track a3 grande sage is a very special “bush techno” track played on the thumb – piano called kalimba.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
susso. aka bassist / producer huw bennett. creates music inspired by. and directly sampling. the magnificent sounds of the mandinka people. recorded during a recent trip to gambia. initially travelling with the aim of gaining perspective as a musician and to discover a new world of music first hand. huw found himself humbled by such a welcoming community of artists. mostly belonging to the celebrated susso and kuyateh griot families.
the tracks are composed entirely from original source material. field recordings and huw’s talents as a multi-instrumentalist. performing tuned percussion from the region including the mandinka balafon. kutiringding drum. aswell drawing on his skill as a professional upright / electric bassist. the music produced has a contemporary electronic sound. whilst still paying homage to a traditional gambian aesthetic. keira (meaning peace) guides the listener through huw’s journey up the river gambia. being welcomed into remote dusty villages. where your people are the most important thing in life.
the vinyl release includes a download code.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
re issue of timmy thomas s long sought after -afrcaino- 12- excavated from the deepest realms of the tk disco vaults. when it comes to this deep disco cut. africano is one of those tracks that became a dancefloor favorite of danielle baldelli who during the 80s played disco. african records. american r&b. and reggae to create what has been since become known as the afro-cosmic scene at the height of club culture in the discotheques of northern italy. remastered. represented and brought back into focus for 2017 s dj bags and dance-floors! as usual. these tk represses are always done in the proper manner. 100% legit re-edits. from the archive. remastered and released in conjunction with henry stone music / tk disco - miami fl.
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.
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.
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.
n.e.w.s. welcomes music mania reprise. ghent record store music mania amazes vinyl lovers with stunning reissue of new beat classic elle et moi by max berlin.elle et moi. will be out recordstoreday 22nd april 2017. brought to you by music mania reprise. the new sub label of music mania records.
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.
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
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.
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
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!”
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.
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.
the second single from the cultures of soul compilation. boogie breakdown: south african disco 1980 to 1984. benjamin ball’s -i just keep dancing- is a synth and drum machine-fueled track that also reveals ball as one of south africa’s earliest rappers. boston-bred djs. soul clap provide an excellent rework of the track adding some big room club flavor to the track for djs around the world. soul clap are the globe trotting dj duo of eli goldstein and charles levine who ve done everything from headlining clubs in ibiza to creating dj mix albums for fabric and dj kicks to making records with george dj/producer and co-founder of the running back label. gerd janson provides two funked up rerubs of the track. one with vocals and one without. licensed directly from the artist and housed in a custom disco sleeve these edits won t be available on the compilation.
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.
following his 2015 release s/t. ant orange is back with another groove-laden 12inch on karaoke kalk. arkupe is a prime slice of laid-back beats and bass-heavy jazz breaks. each track oozes soulfulness. from the smooth-as-silk fender rhodes on the opening title track to the downbeat afro rhythms of fog walk. and the nonchalant guitar riffs and synth lines on little wing. side 1 closes with feld. a sun-drenched slo-mo house jam. side 2 presents another handful of diverse ant orange cuts. starting with the more uptempo toe-tapper big lils. lb offers more tasty jazz-n-bass drumming. while the closing track my man has a breezy still-awake-on-sunday swagger. with his latest 12inch on karaoke kalk. ant orange shows the wide range of styles he has to offer. arkupe is loaded with some of the mellowest vibes youre likely to hear all year.
LIFE STORIES (HIGHLIFE & AFROBEAT CLASSICS 1973-1980 (2X12)
2x12" Vinyl lp UK01.06.17
2017 reissue - following his recent studio album with afrobeat academy. >love and death<. his first international release. ghanaian highlife guitar legend ebo taylor teams up again with strut for a long overdue definitive compilation of his seminal 1970s recordings. >life stories<.
tracks include the anthemic >heaven<. sampled by usher on his hit with ludacris. >she dont know. the original version of the poignant >love and death< and the rare 15-minute nugget. >aba yaa<. the package features rare photos. original album artwork and sleeve notes by soundway records miles cleret.
the drums smack. the bass is too loud. liberia. ghana. all the way across to uganda. 1970 s tinpot dictatorships birth colourful sounds. magnetic tape. linn drums and bucket brigade delay units confuse the mix. sub-cultural colonialism to destroy the dance. still. it sounds good. and it looks nice. nice sleeve art. move along. move along...
limited edition 3x12 inch lp collectors set - features the original 1972 stereo album plus previously unreleased mono mix and studio out-takes from 2” tapes. official reiisue featuring new interview with mulatu astatke. mixed and remastered by the carvery. pressed by pallas.
segun bucknor fell in love with american soul music as a student at new york’s columbia university. otis redding. wilson pickett. sam cooke and ray charles hadn’t made much of a splash in africa at the time and when bucknor returned to nigeria in 1968. he was determined to bring the sound to a wider audience.
the result was brand of afro-soul that in turn became a proto-type of afrobeat. with his bands. the assembly and the revolution. he released a few politically charged tracks. but even with his energetic dance trio. the sweet things. turning up the heat. bucknor couldn’t compete with fela kuti.
ofo the rock company (originally known as ofo the back company) were nigeria’s first acid-rock band. blending hendrix and deep purple with shamanism and a pro-black philosophy. they cut their teeth at fela kuti’s afrika shrine. developing a fearsome live reputation that intimidated every other band in lagos. no one wanted to follow the guys from ofo. not even fela himself.
the self-proclaimed funkiest band on the west coast of africa. the heads funk band. could arguably make that claim for the whole continent. featuring the slick guitar of felix ‘feladey’ odey. the slinky drumming of eddie offeyi and the swirling keyboard chops of kevin ‘fortune’ coburn. nobody was funkier. and that’s not even taking into account the dance floor monsters they were releasing at the same time as akwassa.
in mid-seventies. nigerian bands came and went with alarming regularity. rising meteorically from the slums to stardom and falling back again just as quickly. masisi mass funk from anamara state was one such band. but during their brief moment in the stratosphere. they produced a funk gem in i want you girl.
at a time when bandleaders in nigeria used titles as an affectation. dr. adolf ahanotu was the real deal. he had a phd in music compilation and master’s degrees in education and communication. he also played a mean tenor sax. an instrument he mastered touring owerri with the mirabels.