Bitori Legend Of Funana (The Forbidden Music Of Cape Verde Islands)

    Analog Africa
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    • Bitori – Nha Bibinha
    • Bitori – Rabelado
    • Bitori – Cruz Di Pico
    • Bitori – Cabalo
    • Bitori – Munana
    • Bitori – Natalia
    • Bitori – Julinha
    • Bitori – Didi Di Réz
    • 1. Nha Bibinha
    • 2. Rabelado
    • 3. Cruz Di Pico
    • 4. Cabalo
    • 5. Munana
    • 6. Natalia
    • 7. Julinha
    • 8. Didi Di Réz

    The follow up to the highly acclaimed "Space Echo" compilation is another offering from the magical Cape Verde islands. 

    In 1997, a quiet, unassuming man of 59 years old named Victor Tavares - better known as Bitori walks into a studio for the very first time to record a masterpiece which many Cabo Verdean consider to be the best Funaná album ever made.

    Another sterling effort from the Analogue Africa camp!

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    • Les Pachas Du Canape Vert – Samba Pachas No. 2
    • Ibo Combo – Souffrance
    • Les Shleu Shleu – Diable La
    • Shupa Shupa – Epoque Chaleur
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    Haiti Direct EPSofrito Super Singles

    infectious island funk on Sofrito featuring some real rarities from the likes of Claudette & Ti Pierre, Ti Marcel, Ibo Combo and Les Loups Noirs!

    • Claudette & Ti Pierre – Zanmi Camarade (Tropical Treats Edit)
    • Ti Marcel – Nan Point La Vie (Siwo Version)
    • Ibo Combo – Mateau (Trio Select)
    • Les Loups Noirs – Pile Ou Face
    • 1. Claudette & Ti Pierre – Zanmi Camarade (Tropical Treats Edit)
    • 2. Ti Marcel – Nan Point La Vie (Siwo Version)
    • 3. Ibo Combo – Mateau (Trio Select)
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    Space, Energy and LightSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Space, Energy and Light is a collection of music by early electronic and synthesizer pioneers (from the 1960s through the 1970s), mid-1970s proto-new age gurus and 1980s guerrilla D-I-Y cassette-era electronic artists, spanning in total over a near 30-year time frame. All of these artists used electronic advancements in music technology as a means of exploring not only space and the idea of the future, but also of looking inwards to the soul and of creating music in harmony with the natural world.

    From computer software and hardware experimentalists and sound pioneers such as Laurie Spiegel and Kevin Braheny, as well as Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company – the first synthesizer ensemble created in collaboration with Robert Moog – through to musique concrète experimentation, the album shows how technological advancements and creative artistic expression often went hand in hand.

    In the mid-1970s artists Steven Halpern and Iaxos were instrumental in creating proto-new age music, experimenting in both the healing properties of sound and its relationship with the natural world. These artists also pioneered a new self-contained and underground D-I-Y approach to music, creating their own record labels, forming new distribution networks (with albums sold in meditation centres, health food stores and ashrams) far away from the commercialism of the mainstream music industry. In the early 1980s after the revolution of punk, these D-I-Y attitudes and ideas appeared once more in the growth of the distinctly anti-commercial and underground cassette-only careers of artists such as Germany’s Stratis and Carl Matthews in Britain.

    This album is available as a heavyweight triple vinyl album (plus download code), CD and digital release. Artwork includes some of the earliest photography of the Plieades star cluster dating from the 1880s.

    • J.B. Banfi – Gang (For The Rock Industry)
    • Michael Garrison – To The Other Side Of The Sky
    • Iasos – Lueena Coast
    • Carl Matthews – As Above, So Below
    • Tim Blake – Midnight
    • Stratis – By Water
    • Laurie Spiegel – Improvisation On A 'Concerto Generator'
    • Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company – Ceres Motion
    • Michael Stearns – In The Beginning
    • Beverly Glenn-Copeland – Ever New
    • Richard Pinhas – Variations VII Sur Le Thème Des Bene Gesserit
    • Tod Dockstader – Piece #1
    • Kevin Braheny – Ancient Stars
    • Steven Halpern – Starborn Suite (Part 1)
    • 3×LP + Download Code £24.00
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    • CD£12.00
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    • MP3 Release£8.99
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    Senegal 70 Sonic Gems & Previously Unreleased Recordings From The 70sAnalog Africa

    Analog Africa focus on the musical adventures that were taking place in the major Senegalese cities during the 60s and 70s. This compilation, reflects the unique fusions of Funk, Mbalax, Cuban Son and Mandigue guitar sounds that transformed Dakar into West Africa's most vibrant city. 

    • Fangool – Mariama
    • Orchestre G.M.I. – Africa
    • Orchestre Bawobab – Thiely
    • Le Sourouba de Louga – Bour Sine
    • King N'gom – Viva Marvillas
    • Orchestre Laye Thiam – Massani Cissé
    • Amara Touré – El Carretero
    • Le Tropical Jazz – Kiko Medina
    • Orchestre Laye Thiam – Kokorico
    • Dieul Dieul de Thiès – Ariyo
    • Orchestre Bawobab – Ma Penda
    • Orchestre Laye Thiam – Sanga Té
    • 2×LP£22.99
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    • CD£15.99
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    Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-84Analog Africa

    Analog Africa release 'Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-84' an explosive compilation highlighting the period when funk and disco sounds began to infiltrate the Makossa style popular throughout Cameroon. Features essential cuts by the likes of Pasteur Lappe, Eko Roosevelt, Mystic Djim and more!

    • Dream Stars – Pop-Makossa
    • Mystic Djim – Yaounde Girls
    • Bill Loko – Nen Lambo
    • Pasteur Lappe – Sanaga Calypso
    • Eko Roosevelt – Monguele Mam
    • Olinga Gaston – Ngon Engap
    • Emmanuel Kahe & Jeanette Kemogne – Ye Medjuie
    • Nkodo Si Tony – Mininga Meyong Mese
    • Pasteur Lappe – Sekele Movement
    • Bernard Ntone – Mussoliki
    • Pat´Ndoye – More Love
    • Clement Djimogne – Africa
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    • CD + Book£18.99
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    Rhythm Based LoversFrequency Illusion / Number GamesFuture Times

    Skewed, proto-deep house house tracks from Rhythm Based Lovers - landing on Future Times! 

    • – Frequency Illusion
    • – Number Games
    • 12"£6.99
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    Soul of A Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black PowerSoul Jazz Records

    This album coincides with the massive new exhibition Soul of A Nation - Art in the Age of Black Power at Tate Modern, London.


    Watch Channel 4 news piece here

    Read Guardian feature here

    The album shows how the ideals of the civil rights movement, black power and black nationalism influenced the evolvement of radical African-American music in the United States of America in the intensely political and revolutionary period at the end of the 1960s following the assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the rise of the Black Panther party.

    Featuring groundbreaking artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Ayers, Don Cherry, Oneness of Juju, Sarah Webster Fabio, Horace Tapscott, Phil Ranelin and many others, Soul of A Nation shows how political themes led to the rise of ‘conscious’ black music as new afro-centric styles combined the musical radicalism and spirituality of John Coltrane and radical avant-garde jazz music alongside the intense funk and soul of James Brown and Aretha Franklin and the urban poetry and proto-rap of the streets.

    The Soul of a Nation exhibition draws on the links between Black art forms – art, music, poetry - and how they came together during the civil rights and black power era as part of the wider black arts movement across the United States.

    Iconic African-Amercian revolutionary figures such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Angela Davis, John Coltrane, Muhammad Ali all appear in the radical artworks of Barkley L. Hendricks, Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady and Betye Saar.

    Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records) will appear with the curators on the panel of Jazz for Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power discussion at the gallery as part of the show. You can book a ticket for this event here

    The Soul of a Nation album comes with extensive sleeve-notes and exclusive photography in a large 36-page outsize booklet and slipcase. Double gatefold vinyl album edition comes with full colour inners + bonus download code and includes full sleeve-notes/photography.

    Read More Reviews of the Soul of A Nation Exhibition:

    Independent

    Time Out

    The Telegraph

    Frieze

    BBC News

    • Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
    • Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
    • Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
    • Philip Cohran and The Artistic Heritage Ensemble – Malcolm X
    • Sarah Webster Fabio – Sweet Songs
    • Phil Ranelin – Vibes From The Tribe
    • Horace Tapscott with the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – Desert Fairy Princess
    • David McKnight – Strong Men
    • Joe Henderson – Black Narcissus
    • Oneness Of Juju – African Rhythms
    • Doug Carn – Suratal Ihklas
    • Duke Edwards and The Young Ones – Is It Too Late ?
    • Carlos Garnett – Mother Of The Future
    • 1. Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
    • 2. Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
    • 3. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
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    SunburstAve Africa (Reissue)Strut

    A definitive collection of recordings on Strut from one of Tanzania’s most revered but short-lived bands of the 1970s, Sunburst. Covering their entire output from 1973 to 1976, this first retrospective features music from their 45 RPM singles “Moto Moto” and “TFC,” as well as their sole album, Ave Africa, and an unreleased radio session recorded in Tanzania in 1973.

    • – Kitoto Sound
    • – Ukuti Ukuti
    • – Ba Motoka Na Castle
    • – Kamungulwe
    • – Your Day Will Come
    • – Ani Uni
    • – Wakulu Wa Kuno
    • – We Need Each Other
    • – Alhamdullilahi
    • – Ntambwa
    • – How Can I Get To You
    • – Ave Africa
    • 2×LP + Bonus CD£20.99
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    • 2×CD£12.99
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    HotlineYou Are MineJamwax

    Reissue of this HUGELY sought-after Nigerian boogie funk gem album from Hotline group, recorded at Decca studio (Lagos) in 1986. Essential reissue!

    • – Can You Do It?
    • – Stay Close
    • – Let's Merge
    • – Doing It In Lagos
    • – Desire
    • – You Are Mine
    • LP£22.99
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    Sun RaNuclear WarModern Harmonic

    Sun Ra's atomic, x-rated jazz anthem gets reissued on this limited 10" edition. Also features two originally unissued tracks! 

      • 10"£18.99
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      The Orchestra SoledadVamonos / Let's Go!Futuro Records

      Originally released in 1970 by little-known Chicago imprint Futuro, 'Vamonos / Lets Go!' is the first and only album recorded by Brooklyn neighbourhood salsa band The Orchestra Soledad Led by trombonist and singer Hector Ramos. This ultra rare record was brought to the attention of BBE by DJ Amir and is one of the finest examples of raw, authentic 70s street salsa. Killer!

      • – El Ritmo Soledad
      • – I'll Make You A Queen
      • – Cuero
      • – Vamonos / Let's Go
      • – La Puerta Esta
      • – Problems
      • – Just Like A Fool
      • – Candela
      • – Uptight
      • LP£19.99
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      Voltage 8 / Erick CosaqueThe Kaloukera Percussions EPSofrito Super Singles

      Sofrito release this four track E.P. that focuses on a more traditional Guadeloupean music, Gwo-Ka. This is music recorded in the late 80's, reinforced by the old school drum machine and club ready!

      • – Flan'm Cho
      • – Banbou La
      • – Kowidow Man'm Boe
      • – Bazouka
      • 12"£9.99
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      Mungo's Hi Fi x Marina PSoul RadioScotch Bonnet

      Mungo’s Hi Fi cement their long-standing connection with Italian-born, Paris-based singer Marina P, by releasing eagerly awaited concept album Soul Radio. Over six years in the making, Soul Radio is an ambitious representation of the artistic fullness of Marina P, expanding into multiple genres while keeping its roots in rocksteady, reggae and ska. Born in Italy to jazz loving parents, Marina P travelled to Paris to get involved in its music scene. Word reached Mungo’s HiFi of this rising singer with a cool yet emotive tone, and the Scottish sound system and label reached across the Channel to voice her on their industrial strength Belly Ska riddim.

      The result was 2007’s massive and enduring Divorce à l'Italienne, which was included on Mungo’s 2009 Sound System Champions LP. That track is present on Soul Radio, alongside an inspired rocksteady cover of Smashing Pumpkins’ Soma, plus ska smash, And The Beat Goes SKA!, an adaptation of Sonny and Cher’s And The Beat Goes On. Having worked up a sweat on the ska and rocksteady dancefloor, the album relaxes into a more chilled space, with the haunting Nice To Meet You and the serene Great Wave. These calming, secluded sonic spaces combine Mungo’s forward-thinking production with a retro 90s-meets-50s, triphop-in-a-jazz club nostalgia. Taken as a whole, Soul Radio celebrates Marina P’s depth and versatility as an artist. It’s also the perfect soundtrack to both the night before - and the morning after.

      • – Soma
      • – Mama Was Right
      • – Divorce a L'Italienne
      • – The Beat Goes SKA ft. Tippa Irie & Dennis Alcapone
      • – Troubles & Worries
      • – Searching
      • – Nice To Meet You
      • – Great Wave
      • – My Reminder
      • – Wouldn't It Be Something
      • LP£17.99
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      Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm ForceYermandeNdagga

      Five years into the project, with two acclaimed albums and dozens of triumphant international performances to its name, Yermande announces a thrilling new phase for this Dakar-Berlin collaboration: emphatically a giant step forward. This new music is tangibly permeated with deadly intent from the off. Percussive venom and thumping bass against the soaring, open-throated spirituality of Mbene Seck’s singing. The drumming is unpredictable, exclamatory, zinging with life. Likewise the production: intuitive and fresh but utterly attentive. Six chunks of stunning, next-level mbalax, then, funky as anything. 

      • – Lamb Ji
      • – Walo Walo
      • – Simb
      • – Jigeen
      • – Ndiguel
      • – Yermande (Kick & Bass mix)
      • LP + Download Code£14.99
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