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    A group of ritual musicians and former slaves brought from sub-Saharan Africa to Morocco, the Gnawa heal those they believe to be possessed, using incense, music, and trance. But their practice is hardly of only local interest: the Gnawa have long participated in the world music market through collaborations with African-American jazz musicians and...
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    When they were creating and releasing their most influential albums in the mid to late 1970s, Kraftwerk were far from the musical mainstream - and yet it is impossible now to imagine the history of popular music without them. Today, Kraftwerk are considered to be an essential part of pop's DNA, alongside artists like the Beatles, the Velvet Underground,...
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    Arguably the most influential force in Jamaican music, Lee Perry brought Bob Marley to international stardom and has since collaborated with artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, The Clash and The Beastie Boys. The book delves behind the myth of Perry to give a fuller examination of his life and work through extensive interviews with family members, fellow...
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    Mid-70s, Carlos still in the zone. Latin rock-salsa-soul fusions.
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    Skewed r'n'b/twisted funk experimentalist Morgan Zarate produces the first 12" from Hyperdub of 2011! 'Hookid' is a hazy psychedelic collison between grime and dubstep; swirling synth melodies, hard hand claps and tuff bass. Half-time 'Buy Bye' oozes emotion with crying synthwork, intricate layered electronics and half-heard vocal snippets. 'SP' rounds...
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    This book celebrates the power of music, dance, and oral narrative to create identities by imaginatively connecting performers and audiences with ethnic and political groupings, global and sacred landscapes, histories and heroes, spirits and gods. Three distinct cultural eras of Mongolian society are represented. Many Mongols are now performing publicly...
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    Southern Florida, 1984. The Sonarphonic sound was pioneered by James McCauley aka Maggotron/DXJ/Basstech. Originally produced for Bound Sound records in 1984, this is one of the earliest and rarest recordings from McCauley and marks the beginning of the underground Miami Bass electro movement. In the following years he recorded hundreds of tracks including...
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    Very decent 3 track 12" on this cool swiss label, LUX REC! Crossing over into a number of territories on a JAK tip... strong release! TIP!As Drumman, Jori Hulkkonen is taking his live music back to the roots. Illustrating his multifaceted musical skills he is redefining his gigs using drum machines, analog sequencers and synths. After a number...
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    Following on from his debut on Soul Jazz Records 'Future Bass' compilation, Distal returns a collabo with Hxdb and Mayhem. Distal uses dynamic sound that integrates dubstep with Chicago’s juke sounds on these two shuffling skippy bass numbers that will appeal to fans of Night Slugs and Hessle Audio!
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    Set in Barbados, this is the story of a fading colonialist society and a rising independent afro-caribbean world meet. Belafonte is a strident local union boss about to become a politician. James Mason plays the old-school colonialist who is about to fall from his place as the traditional structures are about to fall. American liberal Zannuck also used...
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    By the mid-1920s, the Harlem Renaissance was underway. As an effort to secure economic, social and cultural equality with white citizens, the Renaissance years were a proving period for black composers and performers. This book explores black music in the United States and England during the 1920s and its relationship to other arts of the time. It seeks...
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    Every year, on a weekend before Christmas, the small Caribbean island of Carriacou, Grenada, holds its annual Parang Festival, featuring concerts, performances of local quadrille dance, Hosannah band (a cappella singing) competitions, and the climactic string band competition. Born in the years leading up to Grenada's 1979 Socialist Revolution, the...
    Introducing the debut single from new label Surely Bassy! Judging by the name of the label the guys have a sense of humour but the music is no joke bruv. Four tracks from four new producers with varying different bass styles. Definitely worth watching this label.
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    Alex Haley's "Roots" introduced griots to the world outside of West Africa and generated an enormous amount of interest in their profession. "Griots and Griottes" is the first comprehensive portrait of the world of this uniquely African profession, starting with their discovery by the outside world in 1352 by a North African traveller, Ibn Battuta,...
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    Intonations tells the story of how Angola's urban residents in the late colonial period (roughly 1945-74) used music to talk back to their colonial oppressors and, more importantly, to define what it meant to be Angolan and what they hoped to gain from independence. Author Marissa J. Moorman presents a social and cultural history of the relationship...
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    Following on from our Bossa Nova album and deluxe book (compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker) comes this incredible collection of bossa nova tracks from Brazil’s infamous Elenco Records, the legendary record label  whose releases represent a who’s who of bossa nova artists in Brazil in the 1960s – Vinicius de Moraes, Edu...
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    1978 self-titled debut album from the Philly jazz-fusion group. Featuring a warm, smooth aesthetic and flawless production, Breakwater's cohesive sound shines through on tracks like the rare groove classic "Work It Out" and "Feel Your Way." Striking the perfect balance between jazz and soul, Breakwater's classic debut, now packaged in a five-inch paste-on...
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    Documents the thriving cultural richness of black New Orleans and captures the expressions of urban black folk culture.
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    In the late 1950s to 1970s, an Afro-Peruvian revival brought the forgotten music and dances of Peru's African musical heritage to Lima's theatrical stages. The revival conjured newly imagined links to the past in order to celebrate--and to some extent recreate--Black culture in Peru. In this groundbreaking study of the Afro-Peruvian revival and its...
    Showcasing American music and music making during the Great Depression, "Hard Luck Blues" presents more than two hundred photographs created by the New Deal's Farm Security Administration photography program. With an appreciation for the amateur and the local, FSA photographers depicted a range of musicians sharing the regular music of everyday life,...
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    26 songs in melody line arrangements for voice and guitar, with chord boxes and full lyrics in English and Portuguese. Fully illustrated throughout with background notes for each song. Includes a CD containing classic recordings of every song in the book performed by the original artist.
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    Produced by Truth & Soul's Jeff Dynamite and Leon Michels, who were responsible for the mindblowing retro soul groups 'El Michels Affair' and 'Menahan Street Band'.  Over the course of two years the Fabulous 3 recorded everything from Reggae to Spiritual Jazz to Psychedelic Soul.
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    Benny More (1919-1963) was one of the giants at the centre of the golden age of Cuban music. Arguably the greatest singer ever to come from the island, his name is still spoken with reverence and nostalgia by Cubans and Cuban exiles alike. Unable to read music, More nevertheless wrote more than a dozen Cuban standards and his band helped shape what...
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    Mobutu Sese Seko, who ruled Zaire (now the Democratic Republic Congo) from 1965 until 1997, was fond of saying "happy are those who sing and dance," and his regime energetically promoted the notion of culture as a national resource. During this period Zairian popular dance music (often referred to as la rumba zairoise) became a sort of musica franca...
    Limited supply. Sbtrkt turns UK singer Alex Clare’s song “Up All Night” into something sinister. Diplo and Switch produced the original and it’s a smoky tune, now remixed 100% for clubs. And at about 1:40, it shakes off its Clare remix suit and turns into an alien and launches into a different stratosphere
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    Mark Dimond is a bad mutha! Little known except to those who know, Dimond's couple of albums on Cotique/Fania in the mid-70s are killer salsa. Recommended.
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    The small axe guide to albums by deejays with over 400 reviews of albums by more than 200 deejays plus photos of some of these legendary artists. Essential reading!!
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    The legacy of Jeannie Reynolds is more than just her Chicago steppers classic "The Fruit Song". With a voice that could heat ice and melt hearts, Jeannie Reynolds pulled from the depths of her soul and infused her songs with a hard-won truth. Her 1976 debut album showcased the capricious quality of her voice and how effortlessly she adapted it to each...
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    Superb dark keyboard instrumental from the keyboard king repressed on heavy vinyl and a pressure sounds special limited sleeve.
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    'You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off' and other seminal lines. Caine, Coward and the crew camp it up in the greatest Italian car crime caper of all time with groovy clothes, groovy minis and groovy music. It's fab, it's groovy, it's now, it's then. Region 2 (Europe)
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    Essential first Tribe album featuring all the hits. 'I Left My Wallet In El Segundo', 'Bonita Applebum', 'Can I Kick It', 'Description Of a Fool' and more!
    Classic 1964 Braziliian film released on DVD! This is the film that launched the Brazilian Cinemo Novo move ment - a kind of equivalant to the French Nouvelle Vague and bearing certain similarities to the Brazilian Tropicalia movement - in which young directors with a singular vision set out to challenge poiitical and artistic expectations by...
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    Pre-Eno artiness. This is Mick Ronson-era rocktastically fabtastic mate. David is definitely on one and ziggyed to the max. Come on baby, Let's make love...
    This is simply the first of many posthumous collections of Bobs music. It is also one of the best of these later albums. Maybe that's not so surprising since many of the songs that were compiled here by Island Music were from some of the more creative and productive recording sessions of the Wailers. A lot of the songs are from 1978-79 and are out-takes,...
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    Straight from the legendary vaults of Dopebrother Records comes an hour-plus, 18-song collection of heavy funk, sweet soul and neck-snapping disco. While a few of these tracks have previously seen the light of day on ridiculously rare vintage vinyl or severely limited Dopebrother reissues, many have never made it outside the confines of Studio A, the...
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    Groovy 50s Jazz film from Chicago featuring the first recorded performance of Sun Ra in this truly fascinating film.  Region 0 (All Regions)
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    Rare 10" live album.
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    Jazz fusion recorded in 1981.
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    Isaac Hayes in intimate setting. 1972 LP (a re-release of his 1967 debut on Enterprise) with Isaac Hayes (piano & vocals), Duck Dunn (bass) and Al Jackson (drums).  sleeve fair only
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    Kraftwerk's vision of a keyboard-driven world of clicking metronomic rhythms and digitised sound bites may have been the stuff of avant fantasy in the 1970s (the decade that saw the band's first groundbreaking albums), but it is a reality in the new millennium. Their visionary style is explored in KRAFTWERK AND THE ELECTRONIC REVOLUTION, a study of...
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    Cool album! Rare! Recorded in Atlanta in 1981.
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    Dark, hypnotic, tripping nyabinghi from 1974! Led by Ras Michael over four extended excursions, the music is organic, sublime and expansive, grounation?drums and bass heavy (with no rhythm guitar, rather Willie Lindo brilliantly improvising a kind of dazed blues). Lloyd Charmers and Federal engineer George Raymond stayed up all night after the session,...
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    New wave electronic, syntheticness sounding surprisingly fresh 30 years on.
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    Recorded in 1972 for Nonesuch Records! Lu-Sheng Ensemble is from Taiwan and play instruments including the shona, sheng, cheng, and ti. 12 tracks.
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    Seminal concept album with all killer tracks. So good it hurts!Special edition vinyl available - 2003 Mix at Abbey Road Studios!
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    White Eagle is an overlooked studio recording from the peak of one of Tangerine Dream's arguably two greatest creative periods, the mid-1970s being the other. This was recorded in the same era as the cosmic 'Hyperborea'.
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    Wicked party Roots /  DJ / Dancehall tune !
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    On the "rougher yet" old studio 1 rhythm redone in 80s dancehall style
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    Classic dee jay album produced by Jah Thomas at Channel One now reissued
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    never released on 7" before tuff vocal cut from the 1983 from the cultural roots
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