new music by hailu mergia. featuring tony buck (drums) and mike majkowski (upright bass). the culmination of mergias remarkable worldwide tours over the past few years. these new recordings celebrate an evolving. youthful soul. lala belu completes a realistic portrait of hailu mergia
strut presents the new album from the modern day leader of afrobeat. seun kuti. the youngest son of afrobeat legend fela kuti is as incensed by injustice as his father ever was and. with his mighty new album black times including a feature from carlos santana. he honours the revolutionaries who have gone before and rallies the torch-bearers to come.
drums of passion was the first album released by babatunde olatunji (1927-2003) in 1960. olatunji was a drummer. social activist and musician. born in ajindo. nigeria. in this album he has recaptured some of his early impressions in his drum beats and giving them new zest. the african drum rhythms are not only musical melodies and songs but also ways of communication. for instance. the first track -akiwowo- was the name of a train conductor who shouted his humorous cry against the fading rhythm of the freight train. -baba jinde- is a dance play and the title track -gin-go-lo-ba- was sampled by many contemporary artists (santana and fatboy slim amongst others) and covered in 1979 by latin jazz/percussionist candido for his disco chart smash -jingo-. drums of passion is mainly a danceable album and often cited as one of the first african albums recorded in (then called) stereophonic sound in the united states in 1960. pressing on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
sparrow s visit of jamaica. “the isle of springs”. during the month of june 1963. has left him with very pleasant and joyful reminiscences of the love. warmth and hospitality of its people. well! and it s from there it all started. for like oliver twist. sparrow continued. where ever he went to ask for more. and. obviously when the drinks are in. the wits are out. you are therefore left to deduce whatever you may during his presentation of this contribution. “i ll be around” (bossa-nova) is a warning to one of his lovers of her promiscuous traits towards him and the retribution she would eventually suffer for so doing. theses two calypso songs were recorded with the famous bert inniss national recording orchestra. this single 7” is absolutely impossible to find and will warm any dances in the world.
mix righteous fuzz guitar. bad-ass keyboards and ecstatic african rhythms and what have you got? celebration by aktion - a slab of of heavy afro-funk-pysch-rock from the hardest working band in 70s nigeria.
baad john cross’s new revolution is a afro-electro-funk-boogie-disco banger that could only come from 1980s nigeria. bright. optimistic. with an unrelenting eye on the dance floor. it is regarded by many as a prototype of the electro rhythms that would become the signature sound of nigerian boogie.
nyege nyege tapes proudly announces the first international release of electro acholi pioneer otim alpha s incredible body of work recorded over a period of 11 years. otim alpha together with his early producer leo palayeng began in 2001 taking traditional acholi larakaraka wedding songs and reinterpreting them with music software on computers. the results are a fast paced poly-rhythmic music ready for dance floor madness.
for the past 15 years the tanzanian megalopolis of dar es salaam has had one of the most exciting underground electronic music scenes in east africa. a constellation of micro-scenes from mchiriku. sebene and segere all the way to its latest mutation of singeli that finally after years of lurking in the underground has exploded into the mainstream and taken over bongo flava as the music of choice amongst tanzania s youth. born in the sprawling working class neighborhoods of tandale and manzese. singeli s signature sound consists of fast paced frantic loops interlocking with each other. with influences from zanzibars tarab music all the way to south african afro-house coupled with mc s who often spit satirical lyrics about the challenges facing tanzania s youth. from police corruption to the complications of dating girls when you are broke. if there is one studio that stands out amongst the hundreds that dot dar es salaam s musical landscape it is sisso records. centered around producers. bwax. sisso. bampa pana and yung keyz morento and mc s dogo niga and makavelli. they were early pioneers of the singeli sound. whilst some singeli artists have begun fusing their music with more traditional tanzanian hip hop. sisso have remained uncompromising in their sound. always raw. fast with a punk diy aesthetic that can at times verge on noise and gabber. to produce a spell binding music that is like no other sound system culture in the region.
releasing an album into the world is a special moment for any artist but when you re an artist who grew up in remote northern ghana with no schooling. spending a life herding cows and goats. building your own instruments and teaching yourself to sing. then there s a particular sense of occasion and celebration in finding recognition and an audience for that music. this is the case for guy one. an utterly unique artist who is writing and performing frafra music. a style that originates from a small area in the north of ghana. whilst guy one is already loved and adored locally by now - building up a fervent following in local villages in which no funeral or wedding would take place without his soaring voice and deeply rhythmic playing. before then transforming into an award-winning. tv appearing artist in ghana - his music is now to find a much wider audience through max weissenfeldt s philophon label (jimi tenor. hailu mergia. alemayehu eshete) on this berlin meets bolgatanga release.
2018 repress of this album by the drummer of fela kuti. produced by doctor l. incl asiko as sampled by jaydee for commons hot shit! featuring remastered versions and ariya (psyche juju mix) as bonus track. which was not part of the original release. tony allen completely rewrote the books on what was possible within the afrobeat genre with his stunning 1999 album. black voices. when one considers exactly what is going on throughout black voices. it is quite mind boggling. as it is almost impossible to associate a minimalist. electronic feel with the massive walls of sound which allen was known to create.
following the release of baba commandants debut album juguya in 2014 on the mighty sublime frequencies label. mawimbi is proud to present wasso. one of the best cut from the album in brand new mixing shape alongsides killer electronic remixes from the likes of mawimbi signee loya and mr. boom.
awa poulo is a singer of peulh origin from dilly commune. mali. near the border with mauritania. largely pastoral and often nomadic. peulh- (or fula-) speaking peoples are found from senegal to ethiopia but predominate in the sahel region of west africa.
the vinyl lp includes a download code.
hamad kalkaba and his golden sounds 1974 - 1975- i remember the day clearly. i was searching for treasures in a record shop in yaoundé. the capital city of cameroon. when suddenly i came across a 7-inch record with a picture of a young man wearing a traditional hat and bearing the marks of several imposing vertical scars on the side of his face. carved when he was just a boy as a reminder of his heritage in the musgum tribe of the northern part of the country.
first official reissue of nigerian boogie disco grail lp produced by grotto for emi nigeria and originally released in 1978. contains dance classic bad city girl. liner notes by nigerian music expert uchenna ikkone. include previously unpublished photos and extensive interviews by temitope kogbe
search the name ‘burnis moleme and the returns are sparse. you’ll discover that his track ‘where is the answer’ appeared on soundway’s excellent nigerian disco compilation. doin’ it in lagos. and there are a few entries about this pmg re-issue of light my fire. but other than that. he seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. he’s not even a minister of religion. the career path most nigerian stars from the 80s chose to follow. thankfully. we still have light my fire. produced by former funkee jake sollo and backed by a hot team of session musos including friday pozo. nkono teles and joseph ‘jojo’ kuo. burnis delivered a slab of slick afro disco boogie for the ages.
heaven sent from nigeria’s tumultuous east. the apostles have been preaching a particular blend of funky psychedelic soul/rock fusion for over forty years. on banko woman they threw a little afrobeat into the mix. creating an afro-funk disco bomb that has been energising dance floors ever since.
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.
invisible city returns with the hotly anticipated reissue of amajovi jovi by durban’s o.g. kwaito giant. sandy b. originally self-released on cassette and a white label 12”. rumour has it sandy had to remake the tracks from memory because even he couldn’t find a copy. . in its original post-apartheid context. amajovi jovi was a sign of youthful subversiveness. rebellious creativity and a neck snapping rejection to the fascist groove of a silenced nation. while the pantsulla hustler nods to house legends like jamie principle and pal joey. its hip hop breaks and interludes show a clear affection for snoop dogg’s doggystyle. at its slowed down tempo however. this low-fi kwaito masterpiece turns away from its american influence and looks towards baldelli and his cosmos. best of all are sandy’s vocals— deep. melodic zulu rap. sung flippantly—the way that only a true gangster could. it now stands as one of the finest glimpses of 90s party music to ever be blasted at the underground parties of the south african townships. a huge fave of jamie tiller. tako and ice. we are proud to present a limited vinyl and cassette reissue from one of the godfathers of kwaito. remastered and restored from the original cassette tape. designed by zeitype.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
• all female outfit with a heavy dance floor version of nina simone’s “see line woman”. done in afrobeat style • co-written by tom brenneck (of the dapkings. the budos band and the menahan street band) • engineered by sydney mills of steel pulse • unreleased music from the vaults
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
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.
double vinyl re-issue of the classic lord echo debut. features the huge single thinking of you. available for the first time on general release outside japan. look out for the brand new album harmonies from lord echo - part 3 in the trilogy.
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.
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.
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.
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.