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    Sixth release in Africa Seven's essential compilation series, 'Africa Airways'. High-flying, Afro-boogie goodness, featuring big hitters and sought-after gems from the likes of Akwassa, Airto Fogo, Eko and more!
    Morroccan producer Guedra Guedra debuts an EP of frenetic club tracks that demonstrates the rich product of North Africa’s fertile club music scene. Another crucial release from On The Corner Records!
    Deep Ghanaian roots/reggae vibes from Y-Bayani and Baby Naa & The Band of Enlightenment Reason and Love! Produced by Maxy Weissenfeldt of Poets of Rhythm and Whitefield Brothers - spiritual music!
    Nkem Njoku & Ozzobia Sound’s one and only album 'Ozobia Special' is an early 80s Igbo Highlife masterpiece, drawing on Ghana Highlife as well as traditional Ogene 6/8 bell tempos.
    One copy for sale £368 on Discogs! Buy it here for £268 less! 29 cds + dvd! The whole kaboodle, the whole nine yards, the big whammy. Complete indeed! Phew!
    Limited edition deluxe 7 album box set compiled by Erykah Badu
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    Modiehi' was originally released in 1982 and covers a wide number of genres from Sotho soul, Mbaqanga, disco-funk, gospel and bubblegum. Tracks have been popular spins in the sets of Motor City Drum Ensemble, Invisible City Editions and Floating Points.
    Afro futurist sensations Onipa unleash their debut album, combining Afro grooves, electronics and fierce energy. Featuring guest vocals from Ghanaian star Wiyaala, and also collaborations with South African rapper Spoek Mathambo.
    This Ghanaian 45 comes from singer, Olando who lives as a Frafra in the diaspora of Kumasi, capital of the Ashanti people. This title tune is a driving, contemporary 'hiplife' beat, backed with 'Ba Han Toora Ho Sina', characterised by its hypnotic, repetitive motif.
    Reissue of Kenya's Orchestra Les Mangelepa's hypnotic jam from 1978, 'Nyako Konya'! Remastered for today's club demands and given the remix treatment by Uproot Andy, Yuksek and Umoja!
    Dig This Way put the spotlight on the music released through Nigerian label Jicco Funk in the late 70s and early 80s. The first volume in the series focuses on the label's reggae and funk releases, particularly the intersection where the two genres converge as a hybrid production that at times is neither one nor the other...
    Reissue of this classic African LP originally released in 1981. Under the direction of the percussionist/saxophonist Issa Sissokho and recorded at the Golden Baobab studio in Dakar.
    This is the first in Soul Jazz Records’ new series of one-off pressings of limited-edition 1000 copies vinyl-only releases of Afro-funk/Afro-beat exact-replica, super-rare albums that were previously only ever released in Nigeria. The series starts with Kollington Ayinla’s celebrated 1978 album ‘Blessing,’ a rare lost classic of Nigerian Fuji...
    First ever and long overdue official reissue of this long lost Nigerian disco classic from 1979. For fans of 5th Dimension, The Temptations, Hot Chocolate, Earth, Wind & Fire.
    Reissue of a Nigerian afro-beat classic, one that never really made it out the country at the time. This is the first ever and long overdue official reissue of this long lost afro beat classic from 1974. Haunting, commanding brass and farfisa organ driven soul, funk, rocksteady and rock crossover. Fela Kuti, Mixed Grill, Ofege, Witch, Zam Rock, Afro...
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    Segun Bucknor was one of the most important figures in the Nigerian music scene of the 70s, despite having only a brief career with his afrobeat unit which in 1972 released this superb album of which originals usually not turn up at any price. Long overdue reissue of one of the politically and musically most explosive albums from the afro beat genre.
    Reissue of a long lost afro beat and Nigerian funk classic from 1978, a killer collection of captivating grooves and haunting melodies. For fans of Fela Kuti, Ofege, Assagai, The Funkees, Mixed Grill, Bob Marley etc
    Reissue of The Faces' awesome 'Wake Up Today' that was originally released in 1975. The album differs from the Afro-Funk productions of that time by its innovative Afro-Rock/Afro-Funk Garage fusion - ace!
    Soul Jazz Records new ‘Apala: Apala Groups in Nigeria 1967-70’ is the first ever collection of Apala music to be released outside of Nigeria. The album focusses on a wide selection of recordings made in Nigeria in the 1960s, a time when Apala music was at the height of its popularity. Apala is a deeply rhythmical, hypnotic and powerful musical...
    Six lengthy, powerful and energetic tunes make up this superb album from US' finest pioneers of the contemporary Afrobeat groove - Antibalas!
    The debut album from the sensational live act Dekula Band. Centered around the legendary guitar player Dekula Kahanga (who was in the leading dance orchestra in Tanzania during the 70’s and 80’s: Orchestra Maquis Original).Dekula Kahanga and the singer Gaby are both from Congo and with the other members coming from Kenya, Uganda, Senegal and Sweden...
    Rare live album from Ghanaian Disco legend Sidiku Buari, never before reissued and originally released in 1979. In-demand from collectors across the world - THE heavyweight Afro-Disco album!
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    Afrosynth focuses on six songs by South African disco star, Kamazu, spanning his career from 1986 to 1997: two of his biggest hits, ‘Korobela’ and ‘Indaba Kabani’, two more obscure songs from his catalogue, ‘Victim’ and ‘Why’, and two tracks from his kwaito comeback, ‘Mjukeit’ and ‘Atikatareni’. Big release!
    New Dawn reissue of the fantastic and in-demand Guinea-Bissau album 'Tustumunhos Di Aonti...' by Zé Manel & 2M G-B! Originally released in 1982.
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    Very Rare Original Nigerian LP/EP vinyl - digital roots/reggae dancehall Nigerian stylee, check the audio!
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      Second-hand hardback, in great condition ex-library with stamps, dustjacket plastic covered
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    Official first reissue of the first album of Ismaël Lô, one of the greatest Senegalese musician, initially released in 1980 and produced by Ibrahima Sylla.Remastered from the original tapes, available on a limited LP.
     
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    Rare Nigerian vinyl.HEAVY! Quality Fuji sounds!
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    iZem pumps new energy into Les Frères Smiths’ afro funk tune 'Ekolo' and Guts' infections tune 'L’Origine du Mond'. Two killer reworks for the dancefloor!
    Fela Kuti stories Nigeria’s attempt at ‘democracy’ in 1979 after more than a decade ofmilitary rule told through this album, originally released in 1985 on Celluloid records. Features a long version of 'Government Chicken Boy'.
    Fela Kuti made some frantic albums in his career--ones that popped with his enthusiastic political disobedience and ones that roared with fury at the Nigerian system and Africa's disadvantaged position in the late-20th century. But Coffin for Head of State is a different tiger. It's a downturned, sad, melancholic 22-minute work that signaled how Fela...
    Originally released in 1977, ‘Johnny Just Drop (J.J.D.)’ features Fela lampooning Nigeria’s ‘been-tos’, people who had been to Europe or America to work or study and then returned (dropped) home with European social pretensions and an inferiority complex about African culture.
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    Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba’s double-bill Lesotho concert was a daring, defiant and ultimately dazzling act. For the first time since its limited release in South Africa in 1981, Matsuli Music re-issue this gem of a pan-African, funk-infused, extended audio double album with unpublished photographs and new liner notes.
    Performed by Fela and his Afrika 70 at the renowned Berlin Jazz Festival in 1978, this live recording of V.I.P. is possibly Fela’s most profound vilification of the Nigerian government. In his very public address to the European crowd, Fela explains that V.I.P., in this context, stands for “vagabonds in power”, a direct jab both at the Nigerian...
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    Reissue of the classic ‘Music Of Many Colours’, the joint album between Roy Ayers and Fela Kuti, recorded after a three week tour of Nigeria’s major cities in 1979, duringwhich Roy Ayers performed as the opening act for Fela’s band. The two artists decided to record the album as a round-up to the tour. ESSENTIAL!
    Wicked kwaito/afro-house music vibes from Casablanca based producer, Polyswitch!
    Reissue of Don Laka's in-demand, second album from 1984. Features floor-filling classics such as 'Let's Move The Night'; the silky-smooth stepper 'Need to Love' and the killer title track - a South African disco classic!
    Wicked Ghanian ashanti style 7" from Ahemaa Nwomkro on new Philophon offshoot label Lokalophon. Recommeded!
    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.
    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....
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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...
    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!
    ‘No Agreement’ is sometimes overlooked among Fela’s 1977 releases, eclipsed by albums such as ‘Johnny Just Drop (J.J.D.)’ and ‘Sorrow Tears and Blood’, yet it is among his best albums of the period. It includes an outstanding Afrika 70 instrumental, ‘Dog Eat Dog’. The track includes a solo by the American trumpeter Lester Bowie of...
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    Reissue of one of Fela's later recordings, comprised of two extended tracks, the title cut and the classic, 'Pansa Pansa'.