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    Add N To X - On The Wires Of Our Nerves (Special Limited Edition RSD 2021 silver vinyl)Record Store Day Exclusive #4Soul Jazz Records

    Super special 20th anniversary SILVER vinyl!

    Incredibly inspired electronic retro-futurists who were so ahead of their time that they eventually imploded. This is a classic album!

    In the space of five short years (and as many albums) at the end of the 20th century Add N To X caused havoc with their unique retro-futurist electronic music. Add N To X’s musical intensity proved too much for the group who split up in 2002. Their album On The Wires of Our Nerves, complete with its classic cover image, recorded on Soul Jazz Records’ then new offshoot label Satellite Records, launched them into the spotlight and included two NME Singles of the Week ‘Black Regent’ and ‘King Wasp’. Over twenty years since it was first released and long out of print the album 'On The Wires of Our Nerves’ stands up one of the most forward-looking electronic albums of then and now.

    This classic album is released in a very limited one-off pressing transparent vinyl edition as an Record Store Day exclusive title

    • Add N To X – The Black Regent
    • Add N To X – Planet Munich
    • Add N To X – Nevermind
    • Add N To X – We Are Add N To X
    • Add N To X – Murmur One
    • Add N To X – Sound Of Accelerating Concrete
    • Add N To X – Gentle Germans
    • Add N To X – King Wasp
    • Add N To X – Orgy Of Bubastus
    • Add N To X – Grey Body, Green Gun
    • Add N To X – On The Wire Of Our Nerves
    • Add N To X – Hit Me
    • Add N To X – Sir Ape
    Voguing: Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City 1989-92Photographs and interviews by Chantal Regnault, Introduction by Tim LawrenceSoul Jazz Books

    BACK IN PRINT!!! The ESSENTIAL book about Voguing featuring 200+ photographs, interviews and text on the LEGENDS of the House Ballroom Scene of New York City 1989-92.

    Introductory essay is by Tim Lawrence, author of the seminal music books: 'Life and Death on The New York Dance Floor',‘Love Saves the Day: A History of American dance music culture, 1970-79’ and ‘Hold on to your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92’.

    Voguing came out of the extraordinary house ballroom scene that emerged in Harlem, New York in the 1980s where men competed against one another for their dancing skills, the realness of their drag and their ability to walk on a catwalk runway like a model.

    These wild years of voguing and the house ballroom scene are vividly captured at its height in hundreds of amazing, previously unpublished photographs. A visual riot of fashion, gender, polysexuality and subversive style, Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York 1989-92 is also a fascinating and timely document on sexuality and race.

    In 2018 a new American TV drama series, Ryan Murphy's POSE premiered, set in the Voguing and House Ballroom world.

    Photographer Chantal Regnault lived in New York between 1989-92, photographing the hidden and underground Voguing and House Ballroom Scene at its height – the book features the dancers Willi Ninja, Jose and Luis Xtravaganza (who all worked with Madonna) – LEGENDARY ‘mothers’ of the gay and transgender world – Avis Pendavis, Peppa LaBeija, Carmen Xtravaganza, Dorian Corey, Paris Dupree and more.


    SELECT REVIEWS:

    "Photographer Chantal Regnault immersed herself in the Voguing scene with passion, accumulating a treasure trove of unpublished photographs now gathered in this book. A beautiful subversive and rare document but also a sociological testimony of a musical movement undeniably linked to sexual and cultural identity." PARIS VOGUE

    "Fabulous images documenting the phenomenon of Voguing in New York's house ballrooms in the 1980s and early 90s" THE GUARDIAN

    "An amazing insight into the roots of music, polysexuality and subversive style that defined a party era." EVENING STANDARD

    "This photography book captures all the fierce shade-throwing, catwalk-walking competition of gay ballroom culture in the 1980s ... 10,10,10." GAY TIMES

    Read Quietus feature here

    Read Guardian interview with Chantal Regnault here

    See Guardian photo gallery here

    200 page deluxe 24x30cm flexibound book,

      Soul Jazz Club Flyer #5100% Dynamite (at Blue Angel)Soul Jazz Records

      Postcard-sized flyer from surely the best club in the world ever! Queues round the block to get in every night for about 15 years! Dynamite created its own world - the best secret ever for the people who used to come every two weeks listening to reggae, funk and soul (later jungle and ragga too) it nevertheless began attracting curious famous people (who nevertheless all had to pay their £4 to get in!). Sinead O'Connor (who came with Adrian Sherwood!), Kylie Minogue, Peaches Geldof, Richard Branson's son (who tried to get in free) ...

      This is from the early days at the Blue Angel in Islington and lists the Soul Jazz Sound System with regular guests Jerry Dammers, Pete Holdwsorth (Pressure Sounds), Manassah, Dave Hill (Nuphonic), Mark Ainley (Honest Jons), Wilbur Wilberforce and The Equaliser. Not bad for £4

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        Soul Jazz Club Flyer #2100% Dynamite Xmas Specials + Saturday Night Fish FrySoul Jazz Records

        Double-sided flyer with two of our favourite clubs - 100% Dynamite and Saturday Night Fish Fry. 100% Dynamite was Saturdays every two weeks and Fish Fry was Saturdays every four weeks - which gave us one night off a month!

        This flyer was for three Xmas specials which featured the Blood and Fire Soundsystem among other specials. Admission £4!

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          Soul Jazz Club Flyer #6Lone Ranger/Andrew Weatherall/David HolmesSoul Jazz Records


          Dynamite flyer - Xmas special with Lone Ranger, New Year's eve special, followed by Andrew Weatherall in January and David Holmes in February - £5 to get in! Geenie max!

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            Soul Jazz Club Flyer #1Nicky Siano's Gallery at Elektrowerkz (2004)Soul Jazz Records

            Soul Jazz Records one-night only club event in 2004 - The legendary Nicky Siano flew in for a one-off recreation of his legendary 70s New York club The Gallery, which as Nicky often says, 'more of a party than a disco'. This night was no exception with the whole of Electrowerkz covered in tinsel and balloons and about 1500 peeps shaking their thang to Nicky's awesome DJing style mixing funk, soul and disco. Good night!

            The event coincided with the release of Nicky's Gallery compilation which was Soul Jazz Records' 100th release at the time!

            Driving home after the event we had to stop someone running down Islington High Street with one of the massive six-foot tall blown up photographs - this one of Nicky Siano dressed up as the Statue of Liberty - that decorated the space. The person kindly gave it back - we still have it!

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              Soul Jazz Club Flyer #4Nu Yorica! at Notting Hill Arts ClubSoul Jazz Records

              Very groovy club night that we like a lot! Monday nights at the Notting Hill Arts Club ran for a few years circa 2000. A very mad but successful mix of latin and disco. My favourite memory is of one evening that started off with Yoruban-dressed people dancing to ritual Santeria music and ended the evening with formation line-dancing to Eddie Drennon's Latin Hustle! Best seguing of two tracks was always Ocho's 'What Are You Doing For The Rest of Your Life' into The Trammps 'Disco Inferno' - worked every time!

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                Soul Jazz Club Flyer #3Nu Yorica! Opening night at GossipsSoul Jazz Records

                Opening night! Latin, disco, soul and funk - a great combination! Our Nu Yorica night had been up and running for a couple of years in Notting Hill on Monday nights and we decided to move to Gossips in Soho, London to make it a weekend club. Gossips was a fantastic 70s throwback club - complete with mirror balls and walls and red velvet-esque furniture - very faded glamour which suited us just fine. It soon became apparent that there were a few idiosyncrasies to the space - depsite its long history the club always had problems with neighbours so the music could never be pumped up loud enough. This got really weird when the DJ booth had to be moved to a different room to the people dancing! (try it!). Lots of good nights despite this!

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                Here's someone yibbedy-yabbadying about visiting the club on instagram - see what you missed!

                "#london ... circa 2000 #gossipsnightclub #soho #soholondon #soholondon... I’m almost positive this is a small hotel now. #londontube from #kingscrossstation over to #coventgardenstation and a little May humidity walk to #nuyorica #souljazzrecords #souljazzsoundsystem champion selectors had that ish on lock and it was all new sound to me. I went because of the flyer. Either way I got drenched into the real world of #soul #funk #latin #jazz #brazilian vibes all meshed to one and the vibes were crisp and welcoming. @souljazzrecords shop, slick label .. releases (which I started getting an ear for years later and would buy on spot), and nights to educate your ear drums = a rounded out influence in all aspects"

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                  Soul Jazz Club Flyer #7Saturday Night Fish FrySoul Jazz Records

                  Two-sided flyer - Andy Weatherall guested at our Fish Fry Night monthly all night funk and soul session held in a fetish club in South London. Andy Weatherall played a few times playing only funk 45s and rocked it every time!

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                  Here's someone talking about the night back in the day (somewhere around the end of the 1990s):

                  "Tiny little blink-and-you-miss-it venue currently home to the fab Saturday Night Fish Fry night, The Fringe is a sweaty, grubby place - just the way we like it. The main dancefloor is downstairs and always rammed. Upstairs there's a smokey chillout room which comes complete with a bizzare S&M cage and plenty more fetish accessories. Look but don't touch is our advice".



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                    Black RiotSoul Jazz Records

                    VINYL FACTORY COMPILATION OF THE YEAR 2020!!!

                    See chart here

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                    LIMITED EDITION COMES WITH FREE GRAPHIC STORY!

                    Soul Jazz Records’ new Black Riot: Early Jungle, Rave and Hardcore is a brand new collection of heavyweight ragga-influenced hardcore jungle tracks from the early 1990s. Dark and heavy!

                    Featuring classic and seminal tracks from the likes of Levictus and Krome &Time, alongside a host of rare and little-known ragga & junglist hardcore tunes from the likes of Babylon Timewarp’s hypnotic Durban Poison, Rhythm for Reasons’ mad ‘The Smokers Rhythm’, The Freaky rave-y breakbeat sound of ‘Time and Age,’ Trip One’s super dark ‘Snowball’ and loads more!

                    Expect super heavy basslines, equally heavy twisted Amen drum loops, even heavier ragga vocals! Original jungle style - roots and culture - from the earliest days of drum and bass.

                    Included with the album is a free limited-edition graphic mini-novel “Black Riot: The Mysterons save Planet Earth from the Xatheroid Angels.” This is the third collaboration between Soul Jazz Records and writer/illustrator Paulo Parisi, the highly respected author of graphic books on Jean Michel Basquiat and John Coltrane.

                    This new graphic story continues the story of black electronic dance music – this time set around the birth of Jungle and continues onwards from Soul Jazz’s earlier ‘Invasion of the Killer Mysterons’ (Jamaican electronic Dub, co-compiled by Kevin Martin (The Bug)) and Mysterons Invade the Jackin’ Zone (about Chicago Acid & Experimental House).


                    • Rhythm For Reasons – The Smokers Rhythm
                    • Babylon Timewarp – Durban Poison
                    • The Terrorist – RK1
                    • DJ Dubplate – Tings A Go On
                    • Leviticus – Burial (Lovers Rock Mix)
                    • The Freaky – Time and Age
                    • Trip One – Snowball Remix
                    • DJ Krome & Mr. Time – Ganja Man
                    • New Vision – Way Of Life
                    • DJ Dubplate – Original Rubadubstyle
                    • Hi Fi Power – Chill Out (Raggafunks U)
                    • Nu Jacks featuring Ivory Ranks – House Sensation
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                    Space Funk - Afro Futurist Electro Funk In Space 1976-84Soul Jazz Records

                    ‘Space Funk – Afro Futurist Electro Funk in Space 1976-84’, is an intergalactic journey into black space, fuelled by funk, powered by computers.

                    ‘Space Funk’ is a lovingly compiled collection of superb, rare and off-the-wall space funk and electro releases mostly released on small independent labels in the late 1970s and 1980s.

                    Reactors are reacting, boosters are boosting, pack your funk and shake your booty! Computer funk … makes you jump! This is the space funk program!

                    The album comes in deluxe artwork and three formats – digipack + slipcase CD, a very limited deluxe 2xLP + bonus 7” single + download vinyl version, and a standard 2xLP + download standard vinyl version.

                    Features music by Jamie Jupitor, Solaris, Robotron 4, Juju & the Space Rangers and many more intergalactic space warriors!

                    The shuttle program has been altered – there is no Star Wars only electro funk jam joyriders in Space – hold tight!


                    • L E O – Fee Fi Fo Fum
                    • The Sonarphonic – Super Breaker
                    • Santiago – Bionic Funk
                    • Frank Cornilius – Computer Games
                    • JUJU & The Space Rangers – Plastic
                    • Jamie Jupitor – Computer Power
                    • Solaris – Space Invaders
                    • Copperfield – Make It Good To Me Baby
                    • Robotron 4 – Electro-?
                    • Ernest Flippin II – Supersonic Space Lady
                    • Funk Machine – Funk Machine
                    • Ramsey 2C-3D – Fly Guy and The Unemployed
                    • Osé – Computer Funk
                    • 7 Below Zero Band – Seven (We Are)
                    • Rodney Stepp – Break-Out
                    Soul Jazz Records presents Brasil featuring Sivuca, Joyce, Raul de Souza and moreRecorded in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilSoul Jazz Records

                    Brand new edition of Soul Jazz Records’ Brasil album recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 1994 with a host of legendary Brazilian musicians including Sivuca, Raul de Souza and singer Joyce Moreno – which has remained one of the key defining early releases from the record label. Out-of-print for over 20 years (!!!) the album has now been fully digitally re-mastered for this new 2018 edition.

                    The album was recorded at the height of the first wave of interest in Brazilian music in London in the 1990s. Joyce and a group led by husband drummer Tutty Moreno had just been brought to the UK for the first time ever by Gilles Peterson and Brazilian music obsessive Joe Davis (and future head of Far Out Records) and performing to over 2,000 new young fans.

                    Singer-songwriter Joyce has been a living legend in her native Brazil ever since the Bossa Nova movement of the 1960s and had made her first record when she was just 20, and described by Antonio Carlos Jobim as ‘one of the greatest singers of all time.’

                    Joyce Moreno agreed to be involved in the project to record an album in Brazil produced with a UK sensibility and Tutty Moreno’s group signed up as the house-band for the project. Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records) and Joe Davis then flew to Rio de Janeiro, searching out studios and rehearsal spaces.

                    During this time in Brazil more artists signed up for the project including legendary figureheads of the Brazilian music Sivuca (who brought his own group) and trombonist Raul de Souza. Other key figures included singer/guitarist Celia Vaz who worked extensively as arranger with the legendary Quarteto Em Cy and drummer Dom Um Romao); Wanda Sá, who played in Sergio Mendes’ original seminal bossa nova group Brasil 65 (during which time she married the artist Edu Lobo); and legendary saxophone/flautist Teco Cardoso whose bio reads like a who’s who of Brazilian music and includes work with Edu Lobo, Dori Caymmi, Baden Powell, Joao Donato, Carlos Lyra and others.

                    The final piece to this Brazilian jigsaw was the addition of percussionist Pirulito – whose stunning display of self-made instruments allowed him to magically create the massive sound of Rio’s Samba Schools live inside the studio. The album was recorded over one hot summer, mixed in London and then released at the end of 1994.

                    Over 20 years on and Soul Jazz records’ Brasil album manages to capture both an important cross-cultural musical moment in time between Brazil and London while at the same time sounding as fresh as if it was recorded today! Following the original success of this album Soul Jazz Records’ continued its love affair with Brazil and went on to release a host of Brazilian albums including classics such as Tropicalia, Brazil 70, Bossa Nova, a Bossa Nova cover art deluxe book with Gilles Peterson and releases by Sergio Mendes, Baden Powell, Edu Lobo and more

                    This new edition album is released with full original artwork and now comes as limited edition remastered vinyl edition (+ free download), limited edition Japanese heavy card CD edition and digital album.


                    • Pirulito – Introduction
                    • Pirulito – Batucada No.1
                    • Celia Vaz & Wanda Sa – Zanzibar
                    • Celia Vaz & Wanda Sa – Amazon River
                    • Tutti Moreno & Group – Berimbau
                    • Pirulito – Capoeira
                    • Joyce – Magica
                    • Sivuca – Forro
                    • Tutti Moreno & Group – Misturada
                    • Pirulito & Raul De Souza – Batucada No.2
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                    DancehallPOSTERSoul Jazz Records

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                      Boombox 3POSTERSoul Jazz Records

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                        Space FunkPOSTERSoul Jazz Records

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                          Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3POSTERSoul Jazz Records

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                            Untouchable Machine ShopMachine Shop Part 1 / Part 2Soul Jazz Records

                            EXCLUSIVE NEW 45rpm - ONLY available direct from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe.

                            KILLER rare groove funk bomb! This is a monster HEAVY FUNK double-sider!

                            THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. It is a very limited 500-copies pressing and you need to buy it now!

                            See all the EXCLUSIVE Funk and Soul 45s titles only available here

                            See all the EXCLUSIVE Reggae 45s titles only available here

                            • – Machine Shop Part 1
                            • – Machine Shop Part 2
                            Arnold BlairTrying To Get Next To YouSoul Jazz Records

                            NEW LTD. FIRST EDITION 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

                            Stone-cold CLASSIC monster soul anthem! Sounds wicked!

                            THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop.  

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                            • – Trying To Get Next To You
                            • – I Won The Big Deal
                            Richard BrownSweet and Kind / Don't Listen To The GrapevineSoul Jazz Records

                            CHECK THIS OUT!!! SUPERB sweet, sweet rare uplifting soul 45!

                            ONLY  available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

                             Richard Brown's Sweet and Kind was originally released and distributed locally in Gary, Indiana, in the mid-west of USA on the tiny Steeltown Inc Records, a label which despite it's size was nonetheless the first ever to sign the Jackson Five (pre-Motown) in 1968, the same year as this little-known gem.

                            Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe continues its SOUL 7-inch series in fine style with this FANTASTIC cut following on from Brief Encounter, Arnold Blair, Johnny Adams & other earlier exclusive soul 45.

                            THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. 


                            • – Sweet and Kind
                            • – Don't Listen To The Grapevine
                            Iron in the Soul: The Haiti Documentary Films of Leah GordonSoul Jazz Records

                            Soul Jazz Records/Films presents Iron in the Soul, a stunning new DVD collection of documentary films about the world of Haiti – Vodou, art & culture by filmmaker and photographer Leah Gordon.

                            Gordon’s photography book ‘Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti’ was published by Soul Jazz Records/Books in 2010. Her stunning photographs also feature on a number of Soul Jazz Records releases including Spirits of Life; Haitian Vodou and Rara in Haiti.

                            Leah Gordon is co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, curator of the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale & co-curator of ‘In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art’ show in 2012 at the Fowler Museum, UCLA.

                            This DVD is a collection of her three documentaries about Haitian art, music and culture made over an 11-year period.

                            A Pig’s Tale (52 min)

                            A feature-length documentary linking Haitian pigs, Vodou and North American economic imperialism, commissioned for Channel 4.

                            Atis Rezistans: The Sculptors of Grand Rue (32 min)

                            Contemporary Haitian artists Celeur, Eugène, Claude and Guyodo all grew up in Port au Prince. Their work references their shared African and Haitian cultural heritage and a dystopian sci-fi view of the future.

                            A multi-layered film, a portrait of a neighbourhood materially poor but culturally rich, and a meditation on the links between sex, death and creativity as expressed through the Vodou spirit Gede, who influences all their work.  

                            Bounda pa Bounda: A Drag Zaka (20 min)

                            A documentary about Bounda pa Bounda (Cheek by Arse), a character from Jacmel carnival, who dresses in drag inside a sacred Vodou altar space before going onto the streets with his rara music group.

                            Documentary/Rating exempt

                            Region Free  

                            NTSC/PAL dual disc

                            Watch trailer for Bounda pa Bounda: A Drag Zaka here:


                              Soul Jazz Records 'Classic' WhiteT-shirtSoul Jazz Records

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                                It's a classic! "Soul Jazz Records" T-shirt - Red and white on black.

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                                    Jende Ri Palenge CD/DVD/LP Box SetPeople of Palenque - Afro ColombiaSoul Jazz Records

                                    Soul Jazz Records presents this amazing 3 disc/5LP + dvd Box set Afro-Colombian music and film project made in Colombia.

                                    Film-makers/music producers Santiago Posada and Simon Meija came to Palenque, near the Caribbean coast of Colombia,  to record the music of the area and to make a documentary film about the music and people of Palenque.

                                    Palenque, the location of the first free slave (or Maroon) community in the Americas, is also a central location for Afro-Colombian culture. With its own unique style of music and language, heavily influenced by its African heritage, it holds a unique position in the world and is today proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

                                    The Colombian-born film-makers, who were fascinated by this culture, traveled to Palenque to build a studio in the remote town, west of Cartegena, in order to record the highly percussive roots music that uniquely mixes African and Latin traditions in equal flavours. They stayed in the town for three months, filming the everyday life and recording music from the area and once finished left the studio for the people of the area to use.

                                    Once back home they enlisted a select number of like-minded electronic, house and dubstup artists to produce a mindblowing second disc of remixes - including some incredible music from Osunlade, Mattias Aguayo, Kromestar and others to interpret the original works.

                                    This set includes the DVD, the CD of original music and the CD of remixes. It comes in a stunning three case box set with sleeve notes  about the project and the history of Palenque and exclusive photography.

                                    There is also an extremely limited (1000 worldwide) incredible 5LP (comes with free DVD) box set available.

                                    NB Digital Download is for music only.

                                    Read more about the project here.

                                    Jende ri Palenge from Simón Mejía on Vimeo.

                                    • Son Malagana – Rama De Tamarindo
                                    • To Ane E Lo Memo Sexteto – Nena
                                    • Estrellas Del Caribe – Kunchuzo
                                    • Son San – Pueblo Mi
                                    • Son Malagana – Malagenero Soy
                                    • Santiago Ospino – Mi Gallina
                                    • Haner Amariz – Haner Alegre 5
                                    • Curramberos De Gamero – Destápame La Botella
                                    • Estrellas De Caribe – La Candela
                                    • Manuela Torres – Palenque Un Rincón De Africa
                                    • Cumbia 20 De Enero – Candela
                                    • To Ane E Lo Memo Sexteto – La Mato Donde La Encuentre
                                    • Sikito – Padre No Mande En Su Casa
                                    • Manuela Torres – Pajarito
                                    • Curramberos De Gamero – La Preñá
                                    • Son Malagana – Culebra
                                    • Sikito – Untitled
                                    • To Ane E Lo Memo Sexteto – Mi Neno Gabo Riele
                                    • Epifanio – Décimas
                                    • Santiago Ospino – Instrumental
                                    • Osunlade – La Preñá
                                    • Deadbeat – Nena
                                    • Felipe Venegas – Untitled
                                    • Aurelien Riviere – Candela
                                    • Kalabrese – Palenque Un Rincón De Africa
                                    • Santiago Posada – El Mango
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                                    KanavalVodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti by Leah GordonSoul Jazz Books

                                    Currently out of print

                                    “This book contains the most disturbing but exhilarating photographs you are ever likely to see" Bill Drummond

                                    Soul Jazz Records' new photography book release is a fascinating combination of stunning photographs (by Leah Gordon), cultural, historical and anthropological text (with essays by Madison Smartt Bell, Don Cosentino, Myron Beasley, Richard Fleming and Kathy Smith) and unique oral histories.

                                    Vodou, sex, death and revolution are key ingredients in the stunning themes and visual imagery of the street theatre of Kanaval in Jacmel, Haiti, where the men drag-up, wear diabolic cow horns, whip lassos and carry around dismembered doll parts. Light years away from the sanitized corporate-sponsored tourist parades of carnival throughout the world, this event is a vessel for everyday Haitians to shock and sexualize through masquerade, to mock local politicians, replay the slave revolt that gave birth to Haiti, the world’s first Black Republic, and to commune with the dead, with both personal and historical ancestors.

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                                    “After the devastation of the 2010 earthquake, Carnival was cancelled in Haiti — no one can remember the last time that happened,if ever. Thank the Lord and the Lwa that we have Leah Gordon’s astounding new book — which shows us all the beauty and awe

                                    of Haitian carnival and also teaches us, with its masterful photographs and prose, what that celebration means to Haiti and also to the human race.” Amy Wilentz (author of ‘The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier’)

                                    These photographs were taken in Haiti between 1995 -2009, the year before the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti. A percentage of the profit from this book will go to Ciné Institute, teaching video skills in Jacmel and Brand Aid, rebuilfding the artisanal community in Jacmel.

                                    “This book reveals a beautiful and strange worldJeremy Deller, Turner Prize Artist

                                    “This book is an adventure, full of horror, humour, sex, sensuality. The pictures have all the doubleness and capriciousness so typical of the Haitian psyche. Leah Gordon has been there again and again, year after year, digging almost forgotten details out, she has done her work. That’s what makes this book outstanding. Jorgen Leth, Filmmaker

                                    “This book contains the most disturbing but exhilarating photographs you are ever likely to see. One can only assume that Haiti is the most creative place on the globe. My advice is that you never go there in case you, in some small way, pollute their creativity with our bland western consumerist tastes. It is bad enough you are even holding the book. Buy it now and burn it before you have a chance to read it.” Bill Drummond

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                                    From Don Consentino's text (extract):

                                    "There’s a lot of weird shit going down during Kanaval in Jacmel, and not much of it has to do with Comus and Rex tossing “throw” to sequined revellers in New Orleans, or hot babes shaking their booties in Bahia, or all those belching, farting, goosing, pissing crowds Mikhail Bakhtin panted after on the Carnival streets of Renaissance Paris.   Forget all the conventional wisdom and all the conventional images of other peoples’ Carnivals to dig what’s happening way down south in Jacmel.  Make it a Naked Lunch moment.  Look at Leah Gordon’s photographs the way William Borroughs told you to look at the end of your fork before sliding that pronged sausage into your mouth.  See it in all its naked weirdness before you consume it."

                                    From Richard Fleming's text (extract):

                                    "In Jacmel, on Haiti’s south coast, an army of aggressive youths swagger down the street. Smeared from head to toe with a vile concoction of cane syrup and powdered charcoal, they dart at the crowd, snarling like wild, rabid animals. As if the throng lining the road hasn’t already recoiled enough at the fearful spectacle, they swing long hemp whips through the air in whistling arcs. Adorned with Beelzebub’s horns, these demonic metaphors for the experience of slavery look as if they have just emerged from the La Brea tar pits, or bathed in a fresh geyser of black crude oil. They are the lanceurs de corde, the “rope-throwers”." 

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                                    To coincide with the release of this book, Soul Jazz are also releasing a CD: "Rara in Haiti; Street Music of Haiti", recorded in Port au Prince by Soul Jazz Records. To accompany the riotous carnival sounds on this CD there is also excellent text by Richard Fleming (author of 'Walking to Guantanamo') and the striking photography of Leah Gordon. For more information or to buy this CD go here.

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