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 12inch.
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.
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 include previously unpublished photos and extensive interviews by temitope kogbe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.
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.
strut present the first ever new international studio album by one of the all-time great african big bands. orchestre les mangelepa. “last band standing” is out now! comprising congolese musicians who settled in kenya. les mangelepa helped drive the east african evolutionary spur of one of the greatest musical artforms. african rumba. during the 1970s.
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.
>afro rock vol. 1< is one of the most important compilations of heavy original 70s afro funk and soul to be released in recent years. originally surfacing on duncan brookers indie kona label in early 2001. the album single-handedly kick-started the thirst among jazz. funk and soul fans and diggers to rediscover lost music from africa made during the 60s and 70s from a time when many countries were gaining independence and celebrating a pan-african identity within their music. the album was one of the first to reach a far different audience to the traditional ?world music? market and spawned many further projects and labels in its wake. a year later. the >nigeria 70< compilation surfaced on strut and labels like soundway and analog africa would continue to unearth amazing lost gems from the motherland.
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.
our hero. jo tongo (born joseph ekambi tongo mpondo) was born and raised in douala cameroon. in 1964 he headed off to paris to begin pharmaceutical studies. somewhere along the way the music in his soul eventually won out and he embarked on a life of music. in the latest of our series of funk experimentals lps we dig for the funk. not necessarily the artists greatest hits but most definitely the funkiest ear benders. we proudly compile together tracks from 1968 to 3 new brand new exclusive tracks from present day 2017. and yes. they all have the funk. in spades.
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.
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.
first pressing of 1000 individually numbered copies on 180 gram pink vinyl.
demon fuzz’s extraordinary album afreaka! demonstrates their excellence in playing psychedelic soul. dub-heavy funk. progressive rock. afro-jazz and black acid rock.
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!
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
-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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
der nigerianische musiker fela kuti gilt als begründer des afrobeat. das label knitting factory legt nun verschiedene werke aus dem backcatalogue als neue vinyl-edition vor. diese entstammen ursprünglich dem von brian eno zusammengestellten set -vinyl box 3/compiled by brian eno- und waren einzeln nicht erhältlich. schwarzes vinyl / 180g. das 1971 aufgenommene album -shakara- begründet das genre des afrobeat und experimentiert mit dem einsatz musikalischer mittel: erstmals mit zwei gitarristen. die ihre riffs parallel anlegen. werden Überlagerungseffekte geschaffen. die der musik einen starken drive und eine hypnotische wirkung verleihen
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
limited edition 180 gram vinyl in gatefold sleeve. includes download code and 60x30cm poster.
in early 1978. vincent ahehehinnou left the orchestre poly-rythmo de cotonou without explanation. he had been one of their principal vocalist since 1968 and had helped transform them from a hard-charging nightclubband into a musical powerhouse and africa-wide sensation. by the end of 1977. after an explosive performance at the pan-african arts and culture festival (festac77) in lagos. the band had reached the very pinnacle of their success.
for nearly forty years. the reasons behind vincent’s sudden departure have remained a mystery. until now. in an interview included with analog africa’s new reissue of best woman – vincent’s first post-poly-rythmo album. which has been out-of-print for close to four decades and nearly impossible to find outside west africa – the great singer finally breaks his silence. he didn’t leave … he was pushed.
an mini lp of works by denis mpunga and paul k. combining elements of traditional african music with experimental electronics. the belgian/congolese duo released only a handful of tracks. scattered across a few rare lp and cassette compilations that were put out in the mid eighties by obscure european labels . this release also includes a few previously unreleased songs that were found on the original master tapes. 180gram pressing. big tip!
before he was nigeria’s self-proclaimed mr lover boy. felix lebarty was an upcoming musician in the country’s edo-delta region. his big brother. aigbe. was a legendary highlife bandleader. but felix paid his dues playing guitar with thony shorby nwenyi and the collection of stars. along with fellow star mighty flames bassist. willy nfor. perversely. girls for sale was released after lover boy. the slick disco album that cemented his place in nigerian music history. it is a collection of tracks lebarty made early in his career. when his music was rawer and his pickup lines less sophisticated and less practised.
robo arigo is an extraordinary multi-instrumentalist from nigeria’s ogun state. a founding member of pogo ltd. he played bass. guitar and organ on both their albums and plays all kinds of instruments. including cowbell. on sexy thing too. one listen to the record. however. (and a quick look at the back of the cover). and it’s pretty clear that playing bass is where robo’s heart lay. especially when he gets to slap it.
in the early 1980s. nigerian was booming and recording studios used the oil money sloshing around to fit their studios with the latest state-of-the-art recording equipment. with the equipment came a new. slicker sound and a new breed of producers like lemmy jackson. jake sollo. tony okoroji and nkono teles who became bigger stars than the musicians they recorded. such was the fate of sony enang with don’t stop that music
with the super wings in mutiny and a trail for the manslaughter of his former bandmate. spuds nathan. still hanging over his head. manford best came out swinging with come go with me. it’s a chirpy. calypso-influenced insight into the state of his mind and his first solo album.
in 1979. emma dorgu decided it was time to act. he’d torn up the lagos live scene with the thermometers and conquered the airwaves with the single. ‘world people’. but there were injustices afoot. not just in nigeria. but in south africa and zimbabwe and across the continent as well. and he felt that something needed to be done. roverman was his politicized call to action. blackman akeeb kareem lent him the instruments and let him rehearse in his sitting room. dorgu sets his stall out early in the reggae-tinged ‘free my people’ calling for freedom for south africa. freedom for zimbabwe. indeed. freedom for all. thankfully political injustice hadn’t rid emma completely of his urge to get on down. the new york ghetto funk of ‘roverman’ and ‘loving’ and the straighthead boogie of ‘afro fever’ leaven the message with a funky beat and an irresistible pull towards the dancefloor. on roverman emma dorgu has achieved that that rarest of beats. an album that challenges your mind while it speaks to your feet. protest music has never sounded so funky.
it’s hard to get a handle on nigerian musicians nash dodoo. charlie cuul and jonas caulley. in 1980 they released an album of face-melting gospel boogie as the bml chapels. and in the same year. calling themselves the beta yama group. they put out free love. a belated love letter to san francisco’s summer of love and an album altogether focused on more worldly concerns. free love is a small slice of haight-ashbury transported to the polygram studios in lagos. ‘te revoir’ is mamas and papas jamming with sergeant pepper’s beatles. ‘free love’ offers a respectful nod towards je t’aime-era serge gainsbourg. sure. ‘revolution’ gets hard and funky and ‘rain’ flirts briefly with a calypso reggae sound. but the majority of the album is cheesecloth and flowers in your hair. insanely rare – and worth buying for the freaky cover art alone – free love is a funky. reverb heavy call for love. peace and sweet. sweet loving. what more could you want from an album?
a bona-fide nigerian prince and probably the only musician to have ever played with fela kuti. miles davis and bob marley. eji oyewole combined african highlife with western jazz to create a hybrid so that was as smooth as it was funky. his first album. charity begins at home was an angry tirade against corruption in nigeria. me & you is his ‘relationship’ album. a brighter and happier set of songs that sees eji all loved up. presumably with the mysterious ‘cameleon’ featured on the cover. eji’s flute is no longer a strident voice raised in anger. instead. on ‘me & you’ and ‘i’m a dancer’ it is a playful line of seduction. on the wonky and woozy ‘eniafelamo’ his sax is a post-coital salutation. even the one political track. ‘long live nigeria’. is a loved up call for peace. progress and trust. chilled. assured and dexterious. me & you is a sophisticated showcase of eji oyewole’s chops. ‘this is the beginning of an atomic musical evolution.’ he declares on the cover. ‘brothers and sisters. stay cool.’
how do you follow up a stone-cold afro funk classic like village boogie? simple. gather together some of the hottest players in nigeria. take them down to the phonodisk studios in ijebu igbo and let them loose on a bunch dancefloor fillers you spent the last four years ‘road testing’ in kaduna. and don’t forget to get lady franka and mariam pledge in on backing vocals. those girls know how to fire up a party. it helps. of course. if you’re steve ‘dudu’ black. steve had a god-given knack for writing combustible dance tunes and the contacts in the industry to get the likes of willy nfor. willy roy and felix lebarty to make them explode. from the opening track. ‘osasuima’. the heat never stops. on ‘no stopping me now’ and ‘ololufe/ stay the night’. it’s almost too hot to handle. polished in a studio in london while musical youth recorded pass the dutchie in the next room. happy birthday to u is the gift that keeps on giving – an irresistible blend of highlife. afro beat and afro funk that is guaranteed to start a party on any dance floor.
kiki gyan’s star didn’t burn long. but it burned bright. drafted into the afro funk super group. osibisa. at 15. he was millionaire by 18 and regarded as one of the best keyboardists in the world by 21. ‘life was good. man.’ he told journalist kweku sakyi-addo. ‘too good!’. in 1983 he dived head first into the new york party scene. he took a lot of drugs. spent a lot of time in clubs and got together a team of crack local musicians to record feelin’ alright. his third and final solo album. all the kiki gyan trademark elements are present and correct. the album is unique a blend of highlife music with electronic funk and disco. ‘rosemary’ follows the formula most closely and was a hit across nigeria and ghana. but on ‘give it to me’. ‘love to love you’ and the title track. you’ll hear a slicker. boogie-influenced sound that has made feelin’ alright one of his most sought-after albums. kiki gyan would never hit such heights again. his addictions eventually took hold and he died aged 47. destitute and alone. feelin’ alright remains one of the brightest stars in his extraordinary constellation.
it’s the forgotten place. lying between the mountains of northwest tunisia and the algerian border. the bargou valley and the village named after it lie isolated. away from the world. it’s poor. barren country. but standing apart. bargou has developed its own culture that had never been documented until nidhal yahyaoui began the task. born in the valley. he grew up hearing his parents and family sing the songs that belong to the region. and he was determined that the music and traditions shouldn’t slip away into obscurity. with targ. the album he’s made with his band bargou 08. yahyaoui has perfectly fused the past and the present to place bargou on the map.
the 180 gram vinyl comes in a gatefold sleeve with download code included.
shamrock grew up in the township called ‘kwathema’. in the east of johannesburg. he has being crazy for music since he was a young child. and at primary school he sang as the soloist in the choir. everyone now knows that south africa is the house music capitol of the world! most young upcoming producers look up the american and european producers. but shamrock’s sound is standing out from the rest. as he’s been digging into his african roots to come up with his own style of music. working with mainly south african musicians. only using the computer to record the audio. on this album he’s also featured international musicians han litz.flutist from the netherlands. asali. vocalist from kenya. andy compton. from the uk. and jimmy gabriel on sax from nigeria.
AKWABA ABIDJAN - AFROFUNK IN 1970S IVORY COAST (2X12 LP)
2x12" Vinyl lp UK20.02.17
some serious 1970’s afro dancefloor hits. surely a promising favorite among deejays. afrofunk and tropical music revival aficionados. vinyl diggers can finally play some of ivory coast’s hardest to find deep funk. afrobeat. manding and tropical rhythms tunes recorded by such legends as moussa doumbia. de frank jr or francis kingsley.
available on vinyl for the first time!
richard bona remains true to his roots with african rhythms reflected in each of his albums. reverence is the second studio album originally released in 2001 and displays his unique approach to storytelling through sounds. his unique style is situated at the crossroads of a horde of influences - jazz. bossa nova. pop music. afro-beat. traditional song. and funk. the song -reverence (the story of a miracle)- features a guest appearance by prominent jazz guitarist pat metheny.
pressing on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
after 25 years of silence. the ethiopian legend girma bèyènè is back alongside one of the best ethio groups akalé wubé. comes in a double lp gatefold 180g vinyl! girma bèyènè is a true legend when it comes to ethiopian music. after an exile to the united states and a radio silence that lasted 25 years. he jubilantly accepted the invitation from the french group akalé wubé to return to the spotlight and perform once more. the comeback took place last september during a memorable concert alongside akalé wubé at the studio de l’ermitage (paris 20). french medias like tracks (arte). le monde. libération relayed this major event. which aroused many strong emotions amongst fans of ethiopian music. the adventure could not stop just yet.
ghana soundz was the first ever soundway compilation and became recognised worldwide due to the licensing of the oscar sulley track. ‘bukom mashie’ to the soundtrack of hollywood blockbuster. ‘last king of scotland’.
pounding rhythms. blaring horns and pumping vocals – the music is a document of a time forgotten when flares and cuban heels strutted the streets and night-spots of accra. the sizzlingly hot and humid capital of ghana. influenced as much by traditional rhythms and local highlife as by the music of fela kuti. james brown and santana. these tunes had almost become extinct – until now!
ghana soundz was the first of three collections of rare afro-beat. afro-funk and afro-fusion that miles cleret painstakingly travelled the length and breadth of ghana to assemble. the third compilation to be released late 2009.
2017 repress - double vinyl in gatefold sleeve.
on the one hand. there s cheveu. the french three-member band. whose soundtrack has never ceased to question music codes by exceeding various genres and pushing back their limits. on the other hand. you have group doueh. a combo of tuaregs coming from the sahara desert (dahkla). their music spans across many styles and hammers tradition with unprecedented finds. vinyl lp + 8 pages insert + download code
after starting his musical carrer back in 1968. the nigerian artist. drummer. singer. multi-instrumentalist and producer steve black released his fantastic and unique album -village boogie!- in 1979. -village boogie!- really deserves the status of a legendary rarity and holy grail for fans of afro funk music.
this amazing still unheard monster album crosses many styles. from synth music merged with bel-air and gwo ka. cosmic reggae. electronic proto disco zouk and spacey jazz funk. the whole album is amazing and will please many collectors. way ahead on its time. big tip! french west indies continue to deliver some obscure gems and this one. after a long waiting in the dust and anonymity. resurfaces. this private press was originally conceived in 1982. in a context where many french carribean musicians were searching for their own style and fusing traditional heritage (gwo-ka. bel air. biguine) and synthetic music
limited to 500 copies only! emma ogosi has worn a lot of different hats in his career: former air force officer. guitarist with benin-based pogo limited. and husband and manager of nigerian reggae superstar. evi-edna ogholi. in 1981. he donned a sequined cowboy hat and released nobody knows. nobody knows is arguably the nigeria’s best – and perhaps only – disco country album.
the mighty flames were a crack bunch of cameroonian musicians. drawn to nigeria by the heavy funk sounds booming across the border like musical moths. for a short time in the late sentries they ‘owned’ port harcourt. destroying dancefloors with an incendiary sound that burned so heavily that it was phosphorescent. metalik funk band is the band at their most deadly.
grill by gbubemi amas is as smooth as the red cardigan artfully slung around his shoulders on the cover. whether he is running through the scales on a cover version of ‘fire and rain’. or trying on his calypso highlife moves on ‘ereyon’. you know amas is a man with a smooth line for every occasion.
jungle juice is a paean to the redemptive powers of boogie – a slab of new york ghetto grooves getting its freak on in the jungles of africa. joe kemfa promises a magical party and that s what you get - from the straight-ahead party grooves of ‘jungle magic music’ to the more slinky and sinuous ‘jungle juice.’