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    Ghanaian highlife star and renowned saxophonist, singer and guitarist Gyedu-Blay Ambolley returns with '11th Street, Sekondi' his 31st studio album since his debut in 1973. The Ghanian legend shows off a pride of heritage, and his honed talent for mixing highlife with other genres like rap, Afro-funk and disco. Recommended!
    Reissue of this very rare 1976 LP from Zambia. Deep minimal African music featuring primitive drum machines and fuzz guitars. Beautiful music with a spiritual message!
    Mr Bongo reissued 'Omo Lewa' by Nigerian born band leader and multi- instrumentalist Peter King came into the world in 1976. From start to finish, King weaves Afro beat, highlife, and jazz with mesmerising skill. This album contains some of the prolific artist's finest work.
    Killer new 7" on Lokalophon, the newly established sub-label of Philophon. Lokalophon is designed to unearth the best beats from around the world, starting with this amazing Ghanaian Frafra-Gospel from singer Chris De Wise Shepherd.
    Mr Bongo delve further into the back catalogue of Nigerian bandleader, Shina Williams, with the first official reissue of his self-titled classic. A deep, hypnotic, Afro-beat mega-rarity!
    Reissue of Antoinette Konan's self-titled, electro-Baoulé blaster from 1986! This eponymous album features nothing more than her ahoko on the cover. The deceptively simple traditional percussion instrument transformed Ivory Coast’s Baoulé music scene when Konan deployed it against a roaring electrified backdrop of synth, bass guitar and drum machines....
    Previously-unreleased, original recordings from Konono No. 1, Sankayi, Orchestre Bambala, Orchestre Bana Luya made during 1978, as well as brand-new reconstructions made by Martin Meissonnier, the highly-respected French producer who worked with the likes of Fela Kuti, Haruomi Hosono and many more.
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    The acclaimed Saharawi singer-songwriter and activist Aziza Brahim, returns for her third Glitterbeat album. Produced in Barcelona by Aziza with Amparo Sanchez (Amparanoia, Calexico), 'Sahari' is her most adventuresome and sublime work to date...
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    Legendary Lagos saxophonist Bukky Leo continues his celebration of Fela Kuti with a second volume in his 'Tribute To Fela Kuti' series, recorded live at London's Jazz Cafe!
    Following a string of lauded 7" singles, Philophon Records release the full length album from Alogte Oho & His Sounds of Joy. Alogte Oho is the number one Frafra gospel artist from within the explosive music scene of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana. Amazing album that features the now sought after single 'Zota Yinne'. Ace!
    First release on promising, London-based record label Night Dreamer who recapture the unique essence of direct to disc recording with the release of new album by Afrobeat legend Seun Kuti! Gathering Fela’s original backing band Egypt 80, this session was done in one take, recorded direct-to-disc and captured both the spirit of the technique and of...
    Musician, political critic, and hedonist, international superstar Fela Anikulapo-Kuti created a sensation throughout his career. In his own country of Nigeria, he was simultaneously adulated and loathed, often by the same people at the same time. His outspoken political views and advocacy of marijuana smoking and sexual promiscuity offended many, even...
    DESCRIPTION:The sounds of Africa have been infiltrating Western music and culture for some time. This book traces the development of the various musical styles, from their ancient and traditional forms to the hybrid fusions that have evolved as a result of collaboration between African musicians such as Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba. Describing the...
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    **A superb collection of recordings from Somalia!** The music on this album was all recorded in one town, Baraawe which is on the Somali coast about 120 miles south of the capital, Mogadishu. The musicians heard here play regularly together in various combinations. Like almost all African musicians, they are part-timers. Some are shoemakers. Two are...
    BBE reissued this rare Nigerian disco/boogie gem by soulful vocalist Eric Kol, arranged by The Funkees legend, Jake Sollo!
    Seriously rare, killer and classic Nigerian 70s Afro-Funk, Afro-Disco & Afro-Rock tunes bought together. Originally released as a now-long-out-of-print collectors’ 7” RSD box, this fully expanded album release now also includes extra tracks from Sonny Okosuns, Wings, Chief Kollington Ayinla and more. Soul Jazz Records’ Nigeria Soul Power 70...
    BBE are behind this first ever reissue of ‘Disco Soccer’, the 1979 album from Ghanaian sportsman turned musician Alhaji Sidiku Buari! Having popularity is the US, Buari went on to collaborate with Bernard Purdie, Sugar Hill’s Steve Jerome and Salsoul’s bassman, Gordon Edwards; a signature with Polydor in 1979 produced Disco Soccer, and if you’re...
    This stunning new release looks at the explosion of music that came out of the Congo in the years leading up to independence in 1960. Congolese rumba, a wild combination of African, Jazz and Latin influences, created future stars of its now legendary creators – Franco, Grand Kalle, Tabu Ley, Dr. Nico, Papa Wemba - and all feature here in their ground-breaking...
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    'Obiaa!' is a deep and soulful journey into the heart of Ghana’s indigenous highlife music celebrating the timeless and iconic voice of Pat Thomas, the 72 year-old “Golden Voice of Africa”.
    Very groovy small hardback book 1968, republished 74. Secondhand hardback
    Reissue of this insanely rare, Nigerian psychedelic Juju Funk album recorded in the Acorn studios in Oxford, UK in 1977. If you are into the intense, raw, hypnotic funk sounds then this is the one for you! Check the funky anthem ‘Africa Is Free For Us' and the rest of the album is a blast in the genre!
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    Mega rare and sought after nigeria synth reggae pop lp on ondinga holdings!!!Fantastic digital dancehall meets Nigerian stylee (and looking like Fingers Inc!)
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    Revealing the hidden facts of this African superstar's complex personality and the truth about his tumultuous existence, this unique biography is based on hours of conversation and close interaction with the legend himself. The full spectrum of Fela's experience is here: the spirits and trances, the paranoia and drugs, the queens (as he called his wives),...
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    This is the fourth, and until now, unreleased album by Kapingbdi, a six-piece band from West Africa, which billed itself as "African Jazz-Funk-Rock from Liberia". Skilful mix of African and Western elements, with a spiritual heart and dynamic grooves. Ace
    Bibi Ahmed, head and bandleader of Group Inerane, is from Agadez, Niger, which is one of the most volatile, unbridled and dangerous parts of the world. Bibi was soon confronted with the oppression and marginalization of the Tuareg by the national governments of Mali and Niger. Just as early awakened his love for music. As a child, Bibi Ahmed taught...
    A compilation of the best early 7inch releases of the near-mythical Cameroonian band, Los Camaroes. Tracks taken from various singles from 1968 to 1975, representing the musical diversity played by those seven young people: Bikutsi, Afro-Funk, Jerk, Soukous, Rumba & Blues music. The band led by the charismatic lead vocal Messi Martin who was instrumental...
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    New album from Chief Udoh! A veteran artist, singer, songwriter and virtuoso percussionist whose musical journey took him from the traditional rhythms of his village to Swinging Lagos in the 70s, where Udoh apprenticed with Dr. Victor Olaiya’s Highlife Band while still too young to reach the tops of the congas onstage. (They stood him on a Coca Cola...
    2nd release from Comet Records' 'Disco Highlife Re-edit' series, featuring remastered originals by Ghanaian legends Ebo Taylor & Pat Thomas and disco re-edits by Monsieur Scott and 2 Paris Septembre.
    Rare boogie album from Gabon recorded sometime in the early 80s - now reissued via BeauMonde!
    Extremely hard-to-find Ghanaian LP from legendary musician Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, originally released in 1980.The third in the series of Gyedu Blay Ambolley albums that Mr Bongo have reissue, following the seminal ‘Ambolley’ and ‘Simigwa’ recordings. 'Control' is tough, synthesized Highlife, funk and boogie at its best!
    BBE presents two back-to-back, impossibly scarce and NYC Afrodisco by Sidiku Buari & His Jambusters, originally released on short-lived and highly collectible imprint ‘Precious Records’. Accra funk, village-party, anthem-packed LPs from the prolific output of Alaji Sidiku Buari, gold-winning sprint athlete, dancer, singer, arranger, composer, cinema...
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    Wicked highlife 45 via the ever reliable Philophon label! 'Siakwaa / Nana Agyei' are two songs taken from Dr. K. Gyasi & His Noble Kings' album 'Sikyi Highlife'! Ace!
    BBE unearth ‘Palaver’, a long-lost, previously unreleased 1980 album from Ghanaian guitarist and songwriter, Ebo Taylor. If Fela Kuti was the king of Nigerian Afrobeat, then Ebo Taylor is the king of funky, Ghanaian Highlife!
    Killer disco/boogie cut lifted from his 1990 album, 'Beni Soit Ton Nom'. 100% party-starting tune backed with an up-to-date remix/edit from label boss, Aroop Roy!
    Compiled by South African DJ and producer Esa Williams, 'Music To The People', compiling an exemplary selection of South African kwaito house to Brazilian zouk and Tanzanian fusion, its 10-tracks include songs by Penny Penny, Mim Suleiman, Alaska and Esa himself.
    Mr Bongo reissue this tough, rare, mid-tempo Ghanaian funk & Highlife album from Ebo Taylor Junior, son of the mighty Ebo Taylor, originally released in 1978.
    Africa Seven focus in on the music of female artists from Africa. Featuring essential cuts by the likes of Oby Onyioha, Christy Essien, Diane Solo, Miriam Makeba and more!
    Long overdue reissue of Gideon Nxumalo 1962 album 'Jazz Fantasia', widely regarded as a seminal South African jazz record. With a limited pressing at the time, the album has become a revered foundation of modern South African jazz music, even though it is a rare album to find. Features legendary jazz altoists Kippie Moeketsi and a very young Dudu Pukwana....
    Elder statesman of Malian music, Cheikh Tidiane Seck, sends an Afro Jazz prayer to his friend and colleague Randy Weston over this album, propelling his Pan-African vision into the future over a sea of soulful piano and complex percussion!
    Strut reissue an all-time classic of South African music, the definitive remastered edition of Miriam Makeba’s ‘Pata Pata’, her first album recorded for Reprise in 1966. Remastered from the original reel to reel tapes, ‘Pata Pata’ is released in its mono and stereo versions for the first time. Feature brand new sleeve notes alongside rare...
    Nigerian digi-dub/boogie rarity, reissued via Dig This Way Records! The album was originally released in Nigeria by Tabansi Records and recorded at Afrodisia/Decca studio in Lagos, though the LP never saw a commercial issue, and was probably pressed in low quantities for promotional purposes, making an original copy near impossible to find. Killer,...
    The adventure that links Damien Cluzel (guitars) and Lionel Martin (tenor sax), the two founders of the group, with the Ethiopian singer Asnake Guebreyes continues and, with this album, takes on new colours and a new dimension. High tempo rock energy, with subtle Ethiopian vocal ornamentations, and killer grooves driven by Adrien Spirti's synth bass...
    An entirely improvised live album recorded in one take in the inner city of Johannesburg, featuring some of the city’s finest experimental musicians. Deep, African music with heavy layers of percussion and tribal chant.
    Four track EP with some of the best 'bubblegum' cuts from DIY South African label, ON Records. South African house vibes featuring tracks from The Bees and Little Big Man.
    Second part of Egoli Records 12" focus of the mighty South African label, ON Records. Amazing, DIY, bubblegum music out of South Africa, this time putting the music of Mafika under the spotlight. Killer house, disco and post punk under the bubblegum guise.
    Third part of Egoli Records 12" focus on the mighty South African label, ON Records. Amazing, DIY, bubblegum music out of South Africa, 4 killer tracks from Whoosha and Pamela Nkutha . Killer house, disco and post punk under the bubblegum guise.
    Originally released in the late 70s, BBE reissue the rare and sought-after 'highlife-soukous' album from Nigerian troupe, Ondigui and Bota Tabansi International.
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    BBE reissue 'For The Love Of Money’ - a along lost Afro-disco-boogie-reggae masterpiece from Liberian duo Zack & Geebah!
    BBE reissue this obscure juju album from 1985. Popularised all over the globe by King Sunny Ade in the 1980s, juju music had actually been around for decades before. Resembling highlife music in many ways, juju could be described as a more traditionally African form, mainly played by Yoruba people for Yoruba audiences.
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    BBE focus in on the music of Nkono Teles with this crucial reissue. Cameroun-born and Nigeria-bred, this innovative multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and engineer was one of a select handful of backroom boffins that West African artists and producers would habitually call upon when they wanted a ‘modernist’ Afro-pop sound that would appeal...