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    Senegalese traditional harp performed by a hereditary master, Sourakata Koite. This deep and entrancing solo kora music was originally recorded in 1984 and now reissued via Awesome Tapes From Africa!
    Nigerian composer Hama presents a groundbreaking album of traditional electronic desert folk songs. A truly unique release with production touches that hover somewhere between early 90s techno and synthwave!
    The first commercial vinyl edition of this classic of modern African music, from Burkinab musician and singer-songwriter Victor Deme. The album is a unique mosaic of folk blues melodies, intimate Mandingo ballads, and Latin influences, salsa and flamenco!
    Dhafer Youssef is a Tunisian Oud player, vocalist and composer born in 1967 in Teboulba. The son of a modest family from this Tunisian Centre-Eastern fishing village, he comes from a long line of muezzins. Mastering vocal performances is to him a heritage and a family tradition. Following the outstanding success of his album Birds Requiem, the great...
    Another roots reggae sure shot from Ghanian sensation Y-Bayani. He is backed again by the lushly grooving Band of Enlightenment, Reason and Love.
    This collection brings together rarities from more known artists such as Abstract Truth, Suck, Otis Waygood, Freedom's Children, John & Philipa Cooper, McCully Workshop and Hawk, as well as lesser known acts like Buzzard, The Fireflies, The Idiots, Tidal Wave, and The Invaders. Although the South African rock movement of the late sixties and early seventies...
    Analog Africa reissue some impposibly rare material from "the funkiest Togo band", Orchestre Abass! This limited release features the band's extremely rare 1972 singles and some unreleased music from the same period. Limited edition LP in a gatefold sleeve with liner notes and previously unseen photos. Superb release!
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    "Bitteschon, Philophon!" is a "best of" selection taken from the fifteen 7" releases by the Berlin-based label Philophon. Features Jimi Tenor, Alemayehu Eshete and Hailu Mergia as well as new discoveries such as Guy One, Alogte Oho and Y-Bayani. Recommended!
    Ghanaian vocalist and multi-instrumentalist K.O.G, meets producer iZem on this tasty 7” that encompasses soul, African music and hip hop. After his 2016 long-player on Soundway Records ‘Hafa’, and remixes for the likes of Elza Soares, iZem brings his production talents to this release. It also features Leon Brichard (of Ill Considered) on keys...
    Strut reissue reissue this stunning (and now very rare) original album from the early career of Nigerian juju star Shina Peters, ‘Sewele’ from 1986!
    WICKED BOOK! USA IMPORT PAPERBACK 60% OFF!!!! Highlife Saturday Night captures the vibrancy of Saturday nights in Ghana-when musicians took to the stage and dancers took to the floor-in this penetrating look at musical leisure during a time of social, political, and cultural change. Framing dance band "highlife" music as a central medium through which...
    Two late 80s Ghanaian highlife cuts taken from the catalogue of Nakasi Records. Jon K reworks a traditional Fanti language Asafo company song, 'Asafo Beesuon' as Pat Thomas' features on the b-side with the tune, 'Enye Woa' has evaded a reissue until now!
    Rare Zimbabwe boogie VG vinyl, G sleeve.
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    Now known internationally through the recordings of King Sunny Ade and others, juju music originated more than fifty years ago among the Yoruba of Nigeria. This history and ethnography of juju is the first detailed account of the evolution and social significance of a West African popular music. Enhanced with maps, color photographs of musicians and...
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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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    Afro disco boogie Rare Original Nigerian vinyl.Tony Okoroji's first solo effort - a monumental record as he was one of the first Nigerian boogie producers to play all the instruments on a record.
    • Original LP£18.00
      Vinyl condition: VG-Sleeve condition: GOriginal Nigerian Vinyl VG - (Lots of marks, has noise)/Sleeve G
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    1982 release
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      Vinyl condition: VG+Sleeve condition: VG+Original pressing GERMAN Vinyl
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    Rare Nigerian LP
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      Vinyl condition: VG+Sleeve condition: VGOriginal Nigerian LP - Vinyl is great, sleeve is solid but wavy.
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    Reissue of this incredibly sought-after, South African electronic / Hi-NRG disco album! Features the KILLER title track ‘Dance’, written by Belgian composer Frank Degrijse, which became a hit in the underground clubs throughout Europe in 1980!
    Hive Mind release a compilation of songs by Moulay Ahmed El Hassani, a master of modern Moroccan music, who updates traditional folk forms with drum machines, autotune and incredible psychedelic guitar! Highly recommended!
    Rare recording of contemporary takamba music. Tallawit Timbouctou are champions of 'takamba', a hypnotic traditional music from northern Mali.
    Bongo Joe issue this killer highlife LP from Nigerian star, General Franco Lee Ezute!
    Archival recording, never before available. Limited release of 500 copies. Sweet and sublime school recordings from elementary school group in Northern Niger from the 1980s.
    Spiritual, contemporary African sounds via France - more killer wares via the Bongo Joe label!
    First ever experimental Tuareg guitar soundtrack. Original soundtrack recording to the film Zerzura, the first ever Saharan acid Western, telling the story of a nomad’s search for a magic city of gold. Evoking the desert journey with free form guitar improvisations, the soundtrack is a meditation on the mysteries of the Sahara.
    From a self-taught musician exploring his Nubian people’s musical roots to a professional, successfully leading his various bands into new, vibrant, international pop territory – Ali Hassan Kuban became an international star when his music finally went global in the 1980s. “From Nubia to Cairo” is the first milestone in urban Nubian Pop. The...
    **Repress of the in-demand 'Kenya Special: Remixes & Edits' 12" from 2013!** Includes a killer 1977 remix of Mbiri Young Stars from Batida and a wicked Frankie Frances edit of Nairobi Matata Jazz's monster 'Mapenzi Hayana Daktari'. Wicked peak time dance floor business!
    Africa Seven presents A7 Edits, a new sister label aimed directly at the dancefloor featuring killer original cuts and edits. First up is Stefano Ritteri who offers up tempo, dancefloor versions of Ekambi Brillant’s 1976 Nyambe and Bunzu Soundz, Zinabu. Don't sleep!
    It's back! The wildly eclectic 'Screamers, Bangers & Cosmic Synths' series returns with another exemplary selection of the weird and wonderful from around the globe! Features gems from Brazil such as the incredibly rare 'A Gira' by Trio Ternura; the fx-heavy, Afro-disco of Tecumsay Roberts's 'It Makes Me Dance and Sing'; highly-sought after gospel from...
    Kalita present a 12” EP comprised of four of Nana Tuffour’s greatest electronic "burger highlife" tracks. This release features two highly sought-after tunes from his 1993 release ‘Genesis’ - namely ‘Sikyi Medley’ and ‘M’Anu Me Ho’ - alongside two lesser known yet equally deserving tracks ‘Asamando’ and ‘Jesus’ from his 1997...
    Stunning, contemporary African music from, Thabang Tabane. His debut solo album, 'Matjale' is a driving, percussion-heavy, joyous and worldly version of the malombo genre!
    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...
    A comprehensive guide to the music of this complex and diverse continent. 1st edition UK s/hand hardback in great condition w/dustjacket (is ex-library w/stamps)100% Guarantee on this and all Original Books at Sounds Of The Universe - 'if you're not happy we're not happy' money-back guarantee!
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    Beninese singer, Angélique Kidjo tackles an album-length 're-imagining' of Talking Heads’ 1980 landmark album, 'Remain in Light'. The album features appearances by Alicia Keys, Questlove of The Roots, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Blood Orange and Tony Allen!
    Official, remastered reissue of this disco tinged, afro funk treasure and the first time the ‘Karam Bani’ single has been cut to 12” – Killer Ghanian highlife soul from Sidiku Buari.
    Zairian electronic dance floor banger “Nakombe Nga” by Les Choc Stars, backed with the, largely unheard Belgium new beat version on the flip from the Teknokrat's. Both tracks were originally released in 1989 and this is the first time they appear together on 12". Reissue co-curated by 'Outro Tempo' complier, John Gomez!
    Legendary Ghanian album given the reissue treatment by Mr Bongo! Highlife, afrobeat, folk and funk all present on this Ambolleys debut solo album originally released in 1975, written and produced with Ebo Taylor. Essential!
    French label, Lorem Ipsum reissue Nigerian musician, Hycentto Junior's 1991 LP, ' Mama Groove' (complete with key tracks from his first 1984 album, 'At A Party Last Night'). The unique variety of sounds cover the genres of electro, hip-hop, digi-reggae and disco-funk!
    Hot Casa reissued the rare 'Toute L'Afrique Danse Vol. 10' by Congolese funk band, The Soul Kids! This reissue of their impossible to find debut album is an essential listening for anyone interested in West African funk and features versions of some well known tunes!
    A collection of hypnotising early singles by the renowned Zimbabwean Mbira master and a true African music icon. The songs were mostly recorded in the 1970’s, during the buildup to the Chimurenga revolution, and were only ever released in Stella’s home country.
    Excellent book covering fela, King Sunny Ade, Manu Dibango, Franco, Olatunji and more. Sections include Highlife, AfroBeat, Juju, Griots and more. Good clear writing and wicked photographs.Out-of-print paperback. in good condition
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    Features on Fela Kuti, Kanda Bongo Man, Docteur Nico, Sonny Okosuns, Afro-Beat and more.
    African Musics in Context discusses the place of performing arts in Ugandan society, archiving music and music sources, performing archival music, performing health and religious issues in music, music and identity in East Africa as well music in motion, which tackles how identity shifts when people move from one place to another. All these are key...
    Superb follow up to the essential 'Sweet As Broken Dates' and 'Synthesize the Soul', this gem, 'Two Niles to Sing a Melody' revives the enchanting harmonies, haunting melodies, and relentless rhythms of Sudan's brightest years, fully restored, remastered and packaged luxuriously in a triple LP gatefold and double CD bookcase to match the regal repute...
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    Reissue of the band’s first two albums - the first installment in a three-part series dedicated to Dur-Dur Band - represents the first fruit of Analog Africa’s long labours to bring this extraordinary music to the wider world. Remastered from the best available audio sources, these songs have never sounded better. Some thirty years after they first...
    Secondhand book in good condition, stickers on cover, insides cleanFrom the unique voice of Salif Keita and the hard funk of Fela Kuti to the poignant blues of Cesaria Evora and the upbeat swing of South African township jazz, African music has shaken the planet. This book traces its history through thirty portraits. Instead of offering biographical...
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    Africa is such a large and diverse continent. Outside Africa, there is often only talk about Africa as one country: For example Tunisia and Tanzania could not be more different in their culture. This is also expressed in the music, which is really different and has different influences. The book gives an exciting insight into the musical culture of...
    NEARLY 70% OFF ORIGINAL PRICE! LOVELY USA IMPORT HARDBACK BOOK! CHEAPER THAN AMAZON!! Like Fela Kuti and Bob Marley, singer, composer, and bandleader Thomas Mapfumo and his music came to represent his native country's anticolonial struggle and cultural identity. Mapfumo was born in 1945 in what was then the British colony of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)....
    Brooklyn composer-saxophonist Marcus Strickland and his band Twi-Life will release the new album People of the Sun via Blue Note/Revive Music. Strickland traces the African diaspora in a voyage of self-discovery.
    The latest offering from the exciting Senegalese label, Teranga Beat. This 80's recording of Gambian band, Guelewar, hits deep and put's them amongst the most experimental, psychedelic, bands out of Africa. Wonderfully poignant songs and some killer playing. Check!