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    90 Degrees Of ShadeSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new album 90 Degrees of Shade features the music of the Caribbean – Mambo, Calypso, Mento, Merengue, Latin Jazz and much more. The music of Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and more all feature in this lightning journey through the many island sounds.

    This is the sound of independence, righteous and hot jump-up sounds from the 1950s and 60s, an exciting period of endless new musical styles that would travel across the world – Mento, the Jamaican precursor to reggae; mambos and descargas from Cuba, Dominican merengue, Haitian compas – and more.

    This album coincides with the release of Soul Jazz Records’ massive new deluxe large format hardback book 90 Degrees of Shade: 100 Years of Photography In The Caribbean (with foreward by Paul Gilroy) featuring hundreds of fascinating and unique photographs spanning one hundred years of Caribbean history.

    The new album comes as a deluxe two-CD pack complete with large outsize booklet, packed full of info and original artwork. There are also two limited edition separate heavyweight double LP vinyl editions, each one housed in gatefold sleeves complete with insert, full text and free download code. Also comes as a worldwide digital release.

    • The Eloise Trio – Come To The Caribbean
    • Cachao – Trombon Criollo
    • Duke Of Iron – Bambouche
    • Lucho Azcarraga – Tamboritos Panamenos
    • Alfredito – Timbales
    • King Scratch – Christmas Time In Nassau
    • Guy De Rosier Orchestra – Panono M'Tombe
    • Noro Morales Orchestra – Mississippi Mambo
    • Peanuts Taylor – Nassau Blues
    • Katherine Dunham Ensemble – Nago
    • Hubert Porter – Rum and Coconut Water
    • The Bay Street Boys – Donkey Wants Water
    • Guy Du Rosier Orchestra – Anatole
    • Sonny Burke Orchestra – West Indies
    • Dioris Valladares – Los Dos Merengues
    • Julio Gutierrez – Theme For Conga
    • Hubert Porter – Mary's Lamb
    • Count Lasha – Perseverance
    • Tito Puente – Swingin' Mambo
    • The Duke Of Iron – Fifty Cents
    • Katherine Dunham Presents The Singing Gods – Maiz
    • Fajardo y sus Estrellas – El Aguardiente
    • The Eloise Trio – Anna Macao
    • Lord Fly – Whai, Whai, Whai
    • Gina Martin – Omo Belli
    • Billo's Caracas Boys – Bombele
    • King Scratch – Liza See Me Hear
    • Cortijo – Con La Punta Del Pie Teresa
    • The Calypso Steel-O-Rama Band – Java
    • Super Ensemble Nemours Jean-Baptiste – Rinmin Ce Folie
    • Lord Lebby – Dr. Kinsey Report
    • Celia Cruz – Yembe Laroco
    Carnival Music Of Eastern CubaConga De Los HoyosSoul Jazz Records

    CONGA DE LOS HOYOS, founded in 1902, is one of the oldest and best-known carnival groups in Santiago, Cuba today. Group members are exclusively from the Los Hoyos neighbourhood of Santiago and feature over 50 percussionists and singers who play everything from car brake drums, hubcaps and frying pans to the distinctive Chinese trumpet – a sound unique to eastern Cuba’s carnival groups. This CD comes with accompanying text, booklet and exclusive photography.

    • – Un Solo Golpe
    • – Apertura
    • – Ahora Si !
    • – Vereda Tropical (Version 1)
    • – La Invacion / Viene El Cocoye
    • – Hasta Santiago A Pie
    • – Vereda Tropical (Version 2)
    • – Recordando Viejos Tiempos
    Grupo Oba IluDrums Of Cuba : Afro-Cuban Music From The RootsSoul Jazz Records

    New album of heavyweight Afro-Cuban rhythms recorded in Havana, Cuba by Soul Jazz Records.

    Comes with extensive sleeve-notes. This album features the many Afro-Cuban rhythms associated with the various religious cults existing in Cuba today. These drums are used to bring spirits and gods (Orishas) into the body of worshippers who are then possessed.

    The music originally came from Africa and spread into the new world through the movement of slaves; Soul Jazz Records have recorded and released similar projects in Haiti (Voodoo Drums, Spirits of Life) and Brazil and these new recordings from Cuba feature heavyweight complex rhythms played by some of Cuba’s finest master drummers, all of whom are initiated in the cults including members of the secret Masonic-type Abakua faith.

    Featuring an array of instrumentation – Bata Drums, Conga drums, Bongo, Eribo – many of which are sacred in themselves and only used for religious ceremonies. The music and dance of the Abakuá (or ñáñigo) secret societies are considered by many the most original not least because the history of the societies themselves, the most complex and impassioned of all the organizations of African origin established in Cuba and linked to key political and social events. For anyone interested in Latin music this is a fascinating guide into the roots of Afro-Cuban music and features extensive sleeve-notes giving the music a cultural and social context.

    Recorded at the Cuban state-owned ICAIC studios, these are high quality recordings and the vinyl comes on super-loud heavyweight vinyl for all DJs!

    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Ochosi (Aguere)
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Makuta
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Abakua
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Arara (Variant 1 - Mase)
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Oggun
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Arara (Variant 2 - Soyi)
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Palo
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Arara (Variant 3 - Gervioso)
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Elegua (Latopa)
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Iyesa (Variant 1)
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Iyesa (Variant 2)
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Agayu:Toque (Chango-rumba)
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Guiro
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Oya:Abakua (Tuitui)
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Bembe
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Yuka
    • Grupo Oba Ilu – Chango (Bayuba)
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    Soul Jazz Records presents Gwo KaMusic of Guadeloupe, French West Indies by Tradisyon KaSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records continues its journey into the world of Afro-Caribbean roots music with this album of newly recorded music of Gwo Ka music recorded and produced by Soul Jazz Records on the island of Guadeloupe, French West Indies.

    Gwo Ka music is a fantastic fusion of  African-­derived musical form ( call and response), with vocal styles that draw upon the equally powerful French chanson singers to create a truly unique combination.

    Tradition Ka, made up of some of the island’s finest singers and master drummers, is part of a powerful network of politicised Gwo Ka groups on the island – upholding the traditions and cultural importance of Gwo Ka as part of a larger process of defining the identity of Guadeloupe and its culture.

    This album is newly studio recorded in Pointe-­A-­Pitre, Guadeloupe by Soul Jazz Records. Like   the cult music of Haiti’s Vodou and Cuba’s Santeria or the roots music of Belize’s Garifuna (all of which Soul Jazz have also released), Gwo Ka is the musical and cultural product of the region’s African ancestry, forcibly brought to the Caribbean through slavery.

    Gwo Ka exists only in Guadeloupe, a very different island from much of the Caribbean, in that it remains a ‘department’ of its original colonial master, France. Here, the currency is the Euro and   the baker sells croissant and café au lait.

    This constant ‘European-­ising’ of the island means that Gwo Ka plays a fundamental and important role in the defining of Guadeloupean identity. As an African-­derived music, its position    as a counter-­balance to French influence means that the definition of how and what Gwo Ka represents is also in a constant state of flux. 

    These new recordings show how Gwo Ka is both a modern Caribbean music form and one firmly rooted in ancestral history.

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    Over the last 20 years Soul Jazz Records have been documenting and presenting the often hidden histories and deep musical worlds of Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Belize, Trinidad, the Bahamas and more. This documentation encompasses reissuing lost recordings, such as the mighty Studio One catalogue of reggae, producing films/dvds (such as the 3-­hour documentary  Mirror To The Soul in conjunction with British Pathé, and Dub Echoes), books (check the forthcoming photography book on the Caribbean 90 Degrees of Shade, with text by Paul Gilroy, and Kanaval) as well as travelling to the region to produce new recordings.

    • Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – Adam é Eve
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Henri Louis – Ansanm pou dèmen
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – Konsyans
    • Tradisyon Ka feat William Casse – Elwa
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Leonard Zozio – Yenki Sa An Pa Enme
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Francois Dinane – Kan La Line Lévé
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Thierry Dernault – La Gwadloupéyen
    • Tradisyon Ka feat William Casse – Latilyé Valo
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Francois Dinane – Lékiri a Misié O
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Francois Dinane – O La Ou Té Yé
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – O Moman Lesclavaj
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – Yo pé ké jen chanjé
    • 1. Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – Adam é Eve
    • 2. Tradisyon Ka feat Henri Louis – Ansanm pou dèmen
    • 3. Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – Konsyans
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    Rara in HaitiStreet Music of HaitiSoul Jazz Records

    Anarchic carnival street music from Haiti. Traces of New Orleans' Second Line jazz meets Cuban carnival Comparsas and Brazilian afro blocs and the ancient to modern spirit of Kinshasa's Konono no.1 meets the Art Ensemble of Chicago!

    To coincide with the release of the new Kanaval book on Soul Jazz Publishing, Soul Jazz Records are releasing this new CD, "Rara in Haiti: Street music of Haiti".

    Rara is the music played throughout Kanaval, an anarchic folk-meets-punk collision of drums, voices and bamboo sticks which all creates an exciting, energising soundtrack to Kanaval in Haiti. Rara bands tour the countryside for days at a time accosting people, car drivers and anyone in their way, demanding payment before they move on and the crowd of musicians and singers gets bigger all the time.

    This music was recorded by Soul Jazz Records in Port-au-Prince. CD comes with sleenotes by Richard Fleming (author of 'Walking to Guantanamo"), and stunning photography on the cover by Leah Gordon.

    Guardian Review:

    "Recorded in Port-au-Prince, featuring musicians who literally stop traffic in Haiti with their edgy, rousing and hypnotic dance music. Rara is both a distinctive style, with its roots in Africa's slavery days, and the name give to parades in which crowds dance through the streets following bands, in events that can be political or religious.

    This is DIY music at its best, with percussion instruments made from bottles, sticks or old car parts; konet horns, made from the flattened tin of food cans, and vaksins, constructed from lengths of bamboo or even plastic water pipes.

    The result is a furious noise that sounds at times as if football fans were attempting psychedelic marching tunes on vuvuzelas, with lengthy passages of repeated riffs against drumming and chanting vocals. There are similarities with bands in present-day Kinshasa that use homemade instruments to create trance music." (Robin Denslow)

    • – Rara 1
    • – Rara 2
    • – Rara 3
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    Tumba Francesa: Afro-Cuban Music From The RootsTumba Francesa la Caridad de CubaSoul Jazz Records

    Tumba Francesa la Caridad de Oriente is a 140-year old institution in Cuba.

    The music of Tumba Francesa is a unique combination of African drums and French patois vocals alive in Cuba today.

    This is the first in a series of albums reflecting Afro-Cuban culture newly recorded by Soul Jazz Records in Cuba. The Tumba Francesa La Caridad de Oriente won Cuba’s National Award for Community Culture and, in 2003, the title of UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the first such award to be bestowed on Cuba. This music was recorded in EGREM studios, the state owned studio in Santiago, eastern Cuba.

    Tumba Francesa la Caridad de Oriente is situated in the economically poor Los Hoyos district of the city, a vibrant epi-centre of Afro-Cuban culture. In the 19th century there were hundreds of Tumba Francesa throughout Cuba. Now only two remain; Tumba Francesa of Santiago de Oriente and nearby Tumba Francesa de Guantanamo.

    Originally mutual aid societies for the ex-slaves who fled the neighbouring Haitian Revolution, Tumba Francesas would put on elaborate shows during carnival dressed in ballroom costumes of 18th century France playing purely African music. Tumba Francesa La Caridad de Oriente continue this tradition today. The music of Tumba Francesa la Caridad de Oriente is at once both modern and traditional, both an important aspect of contemporary Cuba and coming with a vast cultural legacy.

    The CD / LP comes complete with extensive sleevenotes and spoken introduction by the Afro-Cuban poet and writer Pedro Perez-Sarduy and photography by the New York writer, musician and broadcaster Ned Sublette (author of Cuba and It's Music).

    • Tumba Francesa – Camaguey
    • Tumba Francesa – Muerive Yo Dila (Mason)
    • Tumba Francesa – Mapua Live (Yuba)
    • Tumba Francesa – Vamos A Dividir (Mason)
    • Tumba Francesa – Tambores 1
    • Tumba Francesa – Ven Mi Morena (Tahona)
    • Tumba Francesa – Muedine Consa (Yuba)
    • Tumba Francesa – Tambores 2