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Vincent Ahehehinnou - Best Woman

Vincent Ahehehinnou - Best Woman (LP, Analog Africa, 2017)


The latest Analog Africa reissue is up for pre-order on Bandcamp! The album, originally a 1978 release by Orchestre Poly Rythmo's singer Vincent Ahehehinnou, is rare-as-shit, worth nearly 4 figures if you can find a decent copy. There's only 4 tunes, two afrofunk monsters and two ballads, but they're all nearly 10 minutes-long. The LP is what we call a "solo" release, even though it's...

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Shadow - Sweet Sweet Dreams

Shadow - Sweet Sweet Dreams (CD/2LP, Analog Africa, 2016)


The 22nd Analog Africa release is a beauty people couldn't begin to imagine how the feeling would be to actually be playing it - until now. As rare as it's insanely great, this long-awaited reissue is the holy grail of Shadow albums. The one featuring the monster cosmic soca disco track 'Let’s Get It Together', one of the heaviest island synth dancefloor thunderstorms of all time. Winston Bailey...

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Papa Chango - The Lost Moon of Bellaris

Papa Chango - The Lost Moon of Bellaris (Limited LP, self-released, 2016) - Exclusive album stream


Mebourne-based Papa Chango put out in 2012 the band a massive cinematic Ethio-funk album, 'The Matador'. After being featured in four episodes of our podcast and one of our afro compilations, they released in 2014 an epic 4-tracks EP , 'Enter The Dragonfly'. They're now back with a new great record, 'The Lost Moon of Bellaris', but be warned, the vinyl LP will be pressed at 200 copies — 72 of...

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Kologbo - Dont Mind Them

Kologbo - Don't Mind Them (Digital Single, Paris DJs, 2016)


'Don't Mind Them' is the first single extracted from Oghene Kologbo's long-awaited second album 'Africa Is The Future' , to be released in december 2016 on Paris DJs. Kologbo was Fela Kuti's tenor guitar player in Afrika 70. It was only in 2007 that he put out his first solo album, 'Remember Fela' , with the berlin-based Afrobeat Academy (which would later on evolve into Ebo Taylor's band for his...

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Bitori - Legend Of Funana

Bitori - Legend Of Funaná (The Forbidden Music of The Cape Verde Islands) (CD/LP, Analog Africa, 2016)


Until 1975 and the independence of Cape Verde, the Portuguese colonial leaders had prohibited Funaná, the local, rural, very rhythmic music containing accordion. It then could develop with many variations, but it's only in the middle of the Nineties that Victor Tavares, better known as Bitori, could finally go into the studio, and record with singer Chando Graciosa what is regarded today as the...

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STEPAK-TAKRAW - Slugfest

STEPAK-TAKRAW - Slugfest & Gazelle (2x7", Soul Garden, 2016)


Two new singles of Japanese afrobeat band STEPAK-TAKRAW have been released on Soul Garden Records, who kindly sent us a copy of each! The first one, 'Slugfest' is afrofunk at a seamingly exaggerated uptempo pace — but the tune quickly drops into a darker vibe, a more psych rock setting, with the guitar then playing only half the notes, before a spaghetti western comes in — a mad transition the...

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Tanbou Toujou Lou - Merengue Kompa Kreyou Vodou Jazz & Electric Folklore From Haiti 1960-1981

Various - Tanbou Toujou Lou: Merengue, Kompa Kreyou, Vodou Jazz & Electric Folklore From Haiti 1960-1981 (CD/2LP, Ostinato Records, 2016)


The fantastic archeological work of labels such as Analog Africa, Soundway, Strut and a few others surely must have inspired this compilation of Haitian grooves. The selection is sharp, but in the end built from a majority of unstoppable tunes on any kind of sunshiny dancefloor. The booklet is generous, with lots of photos, et the musical consistency is without blinkers. English DJ Hugo Mendez...

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Ocote Soul Sounds - A Pesar La Vida feat. Quantic and Chico Mann

Ocote Soul Sounds - A Pesar La Vida feat. Quantic & Chico Mann (7", Wonderwheel Recordings, 2016)


The last time Antibalas was in Paris, we had the chance to listen to a few new tracks from the Ocote Soul Sounds project - extracted from recent recording sessions gathering Martin Perna (Antibalas), Adrian Quesada (Brownout/Echocentrics) and Quantic (Tru Thoughts) — three of the most talented producers of their generations working together! After many months' wait, here's finally some vinyl news...

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Sunburst - Ave Africa - The Kitoto Sound Of East Africa 1973-1976

Sunburst - Ave Africa - The Kitoto Sound Of East Africa: 1973-1976 (2CD/2LP, Strut Records, 2016)


English label Strut Records — known for its quality, rather luxurious reissues — puts out a retrospective fo the complete 1970s works from brilliant Tanzanian Afrosoul band Sunburst : their unique 1976 'Ave Africa' album, a few singles and some unreleased radio sessions dating from the group's early days in 1973. Close to Zambian rock, their music called "Kiktoto Sound" comes from a...

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Hard Proof Public Hi-Fi Sessions 03

Hard Proof - Public Hi-Fi Sessions 03 (12", Public Hi-Fi, 2016)


Worthy heirs to Fela and Antibalas, the ten musicians from Hard Proof deliver a storming blend of afrobeat and funk. Six years after their first album, the band is back with some new vertiginous compositions, including powerful horns answering to vintage keyboards and frantic percussion. The six pieces were recorded live in only one take, without reworkings or overdubs, in Jim Eno's studio (Spoon)...

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