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    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...
    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!
    Malian blues pioneer Ali Farka Touré is one of the most important artists in African music. His extensive catalogue of solo albums and collaborations with Ry Cooder and Toumani Diabaté have won him 3 Grammys. Savane was his last album, released in 2006 just after his death. Often acclaimed as his finest album, it has been remastered for this release.
    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!
    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.
    Habibi Funk return with another album from Casablanca. A completely unreleased album which was recorded in Morocco in 1973 by three generation family band. A unique blend of Gnawa, Funk and Rock. Traditional Moroccan music meets electronic guitars and dense layers of percussion by a band that used to run in the same circles as Fadoul...
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    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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    Soundway reissue Free Youth’s long sought-after 1985 single “We Can Move” - one of the first known examples of Ghanaian hip hop, emerging at the dawn of ‘hip-life’ (hip hop meets highlife). It was the trio’s only release and originally pressed on 7” vinyl, but now comes fully restored, remastered and available for the first time on 12”...
    BBE reissue 'For The Love Of Money’ - a along lost Afro-disco-boogie-reggae masterpiece from Liberian duo Zack & Geebah!
    '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”.
    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.
    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...
    Extremely hard-to-obtain album from the Ghanaian master composer, producer and musician. Originally released in 1982 by the WEA International label and then again in Germany in 1985 by Ambolley himself. The album is a potent mix of highlife, disco and boogie sonics perfectly and features the monster, club-friendly cut, 'Highlife'!
    Rare and heavy original drums/roots Ghanain LP
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    BBE reissue 'Trumpet King Zeal Onyia Returns', a rare and sought-after highlife album from 1975 by Zeal Onyiah, one of the pioneers of West African highlife in both Ghana and Nigeria. Reissued for the very first time with replica artwork and liner notes from John Armstrong.
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    Sweet and joyful sounds from the early 1960’s, Tanzania. Salum Abdallah and Cuban Marimba Band were at the forefront of “muziki wa dansi”, the emerging dance music scene influenced by Cuban 78’s, crazes like the twist and cha cha cha, and the local sounds of their home country.
    Drummer, dancer, folklorist, and researcher, Sule Greg Wilson studied drumming under Baba Ngoma as well as the premier students of Baba Ishangi, Ladji Camara, and Chief Bey and performed with many of the finest artists and groups in the field, including Babatunde Olatunji, the International Afrikan-American Ballet, Africa in Motion Dance Theater, and...
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    .. an ethnographically rich contribution to the historical understanding of West African culture, as well as an exploration of the continued vitality of that culture in the changing environments of the Americas." —African Studies Review
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    Rare independent Nigerian 90s high-energy digital highlife Original Nigerian vinyl. Vinyl VG+, sleeve VG+ +High-end Audio Desk Systeme Pro Machine Utrasonic cleaned+
    Kalita records release a compilation focusing on the musical career of Julie Coker, the queen of Nigerian television! Here we collate seven of Julie’s most sought-after Afro disco and hauntingly-beautiful Itsekiri highlife recordings, accompanied by extensive interview-based liner notes and never-before- seen photos.
    Seventh studio album from London born, Sudanese artist Sinkane. 'Dépaysé' tells a psychedelic, politically-charged tale via the medium of funk, afrobeat, reggae, acid rock and Sudanese pop!
    Little-known trio, The Bees' 1988 album 'She’s A Witch (Tikoloshi)' features six dancefloor-ready, distinctively South African tracks that show how the 'bubblegum' sound in the late 80s embraced house music.
    Reissue of this rare and in demand South African house / kwaito monster from the early 00s. Backed with a brand new remix from Esa!
    Original Nigerian Vinyl! Vinyl/sleeve VG Lots of surface scratches plays well /sleeve F/G- +High-end Audio Desk Systeme Pro Machine Utrasonic cleaned+
    Originally released in 1982 on the short-lived Lyncell Records imprint, BBE reissue the brilliant and ultra-rare album ‘African Sunset’ by South African band Kabasa!
    Reissue of a sought-after disco album from South African group, The Space Cats! The raw, stripped back style of 'Something New' was originally released in 1981. Killer release via Cultures Of Soul!
    Key tracks from a 1993, CD only release by famed Nigerian artist, Jay U Xperience. Here, modern club styles (particularly that which where happening in NYC at the time) merge with ancestral, African rhythms.
    Kawito tracks from cult South African producer, Sandy B, who was responsible for the sought after 'Amajovi Jovi' release of 1994 (subsequently reissued via Invisible City Editions).
    Third album from Soweto sensations BCUC (aka Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness) with guest appearances from Afrobeat king Femi Kuti and renowned spoken word artist Saul Williams.
    Mr Bongo reissue this hard-to-obtain, vintage highlife from three true giants of the sound - Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas & Uhuru Yenzu. Originally released in 1982. In ‘Hitsville Re-Visited’, the mighty trio add a dose of uptempo funk into traditional highlife grooves!
    Another gem from the Philophon camp! Polyversal Souls bring the Bolga All-Stars from the north of Ghana to the party - they're a choir consisting of the leading local Kologo and Frafra-Gospel artists.
    Original Nigerian vinyl (Afrodesia label) Vinyl VG ( surface marks plays well), sleeve F/G- (wear, spines split/taped)+High-end Audio Desk Systeme Pro Machine Utrasonic cleaned+
    Reissue of this sought-after, late 80's Nigerian highlife obscurity - uplifting!
    Nice out of print hardback book with nice sheet music of African based songs
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    Official reissue of Emma Baloka's highly sought-after album 'Freedom', first released in Nigeria in 1982.
    Reissue of this rare South African boogie album from 1985 by SA musical icon, Margino!
    'Propriété Privée' is the pinnacle of Congolese musician Sammy Massamba’s style: a successful fusion of African and American music heritage, halfway between Franco and Otis Redding, Fela and Wilson Picket, King Sunny Ade and Aretha Franklin!
    Official reissue of 'Ye Mot Ai Kare Mot', the official 40 years anniversary reissue of the first album by Cameroonian musician, Atangana Pascal. Raw, Bikutsi and Soukous music!
    Kapingbdi hail from Liberia, West Africa and have their own imitable style. They effortlessly combine traditional African music in a modern mix of jazz, funk, soul and rock. The band is a fusion of both the old and new traditions.