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    New album for 2019 from afro-funk/disco outfit Ibibio Sound Machine. Long lauded for jubilant, explosive live shows, Ibibio Sound Machine fully capture that energy on Doko Mien.
    This is part three and the last of the collaboration series between Ethopia's legendary soul singer, Alemayehu Eshete and the Philophon house band The Polyversal Souls.
    These are some of the mightiest Senegalese Afro-Cuban tracks the world has ever heard. Remastered in original mono format with 12-page booklet containing an essay on Cubanismo in Senegal, a rare interview with Star Band guitarist Yakhya Fall and vintage photos from his personal collection!
    UK-based Afro-fusion 8-piece band, K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade release of their debut album ‘Wahala Wahala’. Under the guidance of the outrageously talented Ghanaian force of nature Kweku Sackey, aka K.O.G, and the whirlwind of energy that is Jamaican rapper Franz Von, the Zongo Brigade deliver infectious, high-energy West African grooves, drawing...
    New album by the legendary group, África Negra! 'Alia Cu Omali' features material and some popular classics recorded between Lisbon and São Tomé.
    Nyami Nyami reissue a lost piece of Zimbabwean musical history - the only album from local legends the New Tutenkhamen, combining jazz, soul, folk and township rhythms.
    First-time reissue of a Deep Taarab masterpiece from legendary Swahili singer Zuhura Swaleh, recorded in Nairobi in 1981.
    Amazing collection of African music sourced and recorded by Francis Ayamga, King Ayisoba's drummer. This compilation features styles from gospel, kologo, rap, bass and highlife. Highly recommended!
    London-based trio Hejira announce their second LP Thread of Gold, released through their own Lima Limo Records. 'Thread of Gold' tells the story of vocalist, bass guitarist and co-songwriter Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne’s changing relationship with her homeland of Ethiopia after the death of her father. The music explores her Ethiopian heritage via pop,...
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    Accra-born pianist and frontman only released a few albums in small quantities, yet two of them are among the most sought-after records from 70’s Africa. This was the first. Afro-funk at it's finest. Another killer Reissue from the Mr Bongo camp!
    **Limited to 300 copies only!** A brilliantly curated selection of tracks from the SA underground in the decade recorded between the early 70s to the early 80s! Expect a wild combination of Sax Jive, Zulu Soul, Xhosa, Zulu Disco, Kwela, Bump Jive, and Sotho Soul from the likes of Soweto Boys, Golden City Sisters and loads more. Essential!
    Fifth release in Africa Seven's premiere compilation series, 'Africa Airways'. Brace yourselves for ten slices of Afro-boogie goodness, featuring big hitters and sought-after gems from the likes of Charly Kingson, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Tala AM and more!
    Kel Assouf return with a new transformative collection, 'Black Tenere'. Produced by the band's keyboardist, Sofyann Ben Youssef, the mastermind behind the highly touted AMMAR 808, the new album strips things back to a power trio lineup and focuses on the crackling, forward-looking energy of Nigerien front man Anana Ag Haroun's next level Kel Tamashek...
    Two sizzling South African boogie tracks from Kabasa’s, Tata Sibeko. Party-starting productions from 1985, reissued via Sharp Flat.
    The Polyversal Souls are back with another collaboration with Ethopia's number one soul singer, Alemayehu Eshete. Heavy soul at his best, completed by Alemayehu's trade mark vocal style!
    Reissue of this rare and sought-after, mid 80s, electronic disco jam from Lungile Masitha - the short-lived studio name for renowned SA artist Sello ‘Chicco’ Twala, who played with such iconic bands as Harari and Umoja.
    Official, remastered reissue of this disco / afro funk treasure and the first time the ‘Karam Bani’ single has been cut on a 12” – killer Ghanian highlife soul from Sidiku Buari!
    South African harmony group.
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    Rich, deep, percussive soulful folk album from master Togolese singer, Akofa Akoussah! A rare 1976 album release reissued via Mr. Bongo!
    Strut reissue reissue this stunning (and now very rare) original album from the early career of Nigerian juju star Shina Peters, ‘Sewele’ from 1986!
    Beauty & The Beat split this release with Beating Heart to focus on talent from the scene in South Africa. A showcase of superb tracks that range from upbeat house cuts to slow cosmic jams; plus proceeds from the release support gender equality in South Africa through the Women’s Legal Centre, as well as helping to teach music production skills to...
    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...
    Deep stuff!Recorded in August 2015 in Ougadougou, Burkina FasoThis is neo-traditional griot music featuring the kamale N'goniThis is Dembele's initial release on Iznit, a Washington DC label run by Tody Dodds
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    'Two Tribes' gives an insight into how musicians living in Europe today incorporate and transfer musical traditions (particularly from the African continent) into their own. This superb compilation features music from the likes of Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Jacob Mafuleni, The Sorcerers, Mr Raoul K and more!
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    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...
    The Yoruba Singers released several recordings during their imperial period in the nineteen 70s and 80s, but what is broadly regarded as the group’s magnum opus is the 1981 album 'Fighting for Survival'. The album sums up the group’s first decade of operation, serving up a heavy mix of calypso, jazzy funk, reggae and afrobeat. Reissued via Cultures...
    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!
    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...
    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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    Rare Nigerian LP
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    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.
    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...
    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!
    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...
    A selection of singles recorded by Congolese band Shika Shika in Kenya between 1981-1984. Intricate interwoven guitar leads, bustling bass, the high-hat ticking along, saxes bleating in response to the vocals – nine-minute fables about passion, adultery, ambition, a girl’s name – echoing the heartbeat of a generation.
    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!
    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!
    Repress! On the A-side South African singer, Shaluza Max's massive Mashkandi / house anthem from 2002 gets a first release on vinyl. This track was a huge hit in South Africa and around the world on its initial release. With a soaring Zulu vocal and big sound it's a fitting reminder of a very talented musician who worked as a highly respected producer,...