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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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Les Vikings de la Guadeloupe - Enko on Ti Tou

Les Vikings de la Guadeloupe - Enko on Ti Tou (CD/2LP, Heavenly Sweetness, 2016)


The famous band from the French Antilles in the 60s/70s is back with a new compilation, to be followed by a tour all over Europe. Selected by leader and saxophonist Camille Sopran'n, guitarist Guy Jacquet and bassist Pierre-Edouard Décimus (with some help from tropical DJ Hugo Mendez, among a discography of roughly 20 albums published since 1967, this best-of of what would next become Kassav and...

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Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band New Morning

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band - Thursday, June 2nd at New Morning (Paris)


It was one of the highlights of 2015, both on record (full review and album stream here) or live (october 8th at New Morning in Paris). This thursday Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band will be back with their funky & soulful Ghanean vibes on the New Morning stage and we can't advise you enough not to miss this show!...

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Etienne de la Sayette - Maputo Queens

Etienne de la Sayette - Maputo Queens (CD/LP, Paris DJs, 2016)


Composer/arranger/producer Etienne de la Sayette is a frenetic globe-trotter and a relentless collector of musical instruments. Founder and headhunter of, among others, the Frix and Baeshi Bang groups, co-founder/saxophonist for Parisian Ethio-Jazz band Akalé Wubé, Etienne might mostly be a live musician, he manages nonetheless to find the time for audio production, remixes and synch music....

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Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids - We Be All Africans

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - We Be All Africans (CD/LP, Strut Records, 2016)


The San Francisco ensemble The Pyramids is back after the reissues of its 1970s cult albums, a tour all over Europe in 2015, and an unstoppable 45 released right afterwards, last summer, on the German label Philophon: 'Rhapsody In Berlin'. A little gem of spiritual, funky afro-jazz produced by Max Weissenfeld (Poets Of Rhythm/Whitefield Brothers), to be found also on this cosmic jazz album, an...

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The Peace - Black Power

The Peace - Black Power (CD/LP, Now-Again, 2016)


Originally released in 1975, bootlegged on a very small pressing in 2008, 'Black Power' is one of the rarest and most sought-after psychedelic albums of 1970s African music. Recorded by The Peace, a band from the rock scene in Zambia (Central Africa), the record is one of those strange afro/rock/psych marvels — in the same way as those from bands such as The Witch, Amanaz ou Question Mark —...

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Space Echo - The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed

Various - Space Echo - The Mystery Behind the “Cosmic Sound” of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed (CD/2LP, Analog Africa, 2016)


The German label specialized in reissues of African and Afro-Latin music releases every year a new and totally essential themed record. After a splendid 'Senegal 70' compilation at the end of last year, Analog Africa is back with some Cabo Verde cosmic grooves, selected with taste by Samy Ben Rejdeb, who runs the label, and Celeste/Mariposa, a duet of Lisbon trailblazing DJs. Expect a tasty...

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Nikhil P Yerawadekar and Low Mentality - Everything Lasts Forever

Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality - Everything Lasts Forever (CD/LP, 3rd Generation Recordings, 2016)


Low Mentality is the band from Nikhil P. Yerawadekar, bass player in Antibalas (if you're following Paris DJs, you've already heard about this famous afrobeat orchestra from Brooklyn), The Sway Machinery and Akoya Afrobeat. We had introduced them to the world in the october 2013 compilation 'Have You Ever Been To Electric Afroland', now here comes finally the full length album, a cosmopolitan...

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Paris DJs Soundsystem - African Mashed Potato Popcorn Vol 10 - When Afrobeat Meets Jazz

Paris DJs Soundsystem - African Mashed Potato Popcorn Vol.10 - When Afrobeat Meets Jazz


This mix was cooked with only one person in mind: Collen Chandler, from Liverpool, who supported our 15 CDs anthology crowdfunding campaign and asked us to try on a "when afrobeat meets jazz" theme, mixing the modern & old with an emphasis on the modern. While preparing the selection, we found out this new mix fitted perfectly our decade-old 'African Mashed Potato Popcorn' series!...

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