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Mombasa Vikings - Kibe Kibe / Mama Matotoya
Mombasa Vikings
Kibe Kibe / Mama Matotoya
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Afro7)
9,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Two sides of killer chakacha flavoured jazzy afro-beat from Kenyas Coast, finally reissued by Afro7 records with original artwork and bespoke jacket. Limited release!
David Waciuma & The Rapture Voices - Devil Go / Jesu Kristo
David Waciuma & The Rapture Voices
Devil Go / Jesu Kristo
7" | 1976 | EU | Reissue (Afro7)
9,99 €*
Release:1976 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Reissue of a tough gospel doublesider from Nairobi 1976! Devil Go is a great R&B shaker while Jesu Kristo is a funky afro-ruck numbers. Comes with original label design and bespoke afro7 jacket!
Etuk Ubong - Black Debtors / Collaboration Of Doom (C.O.D.)
Etuk Ubong
Black Debtors / Collaboration Of Doom (C.O.D.)
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Afro7)
9,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
New music from Nigeria's Etuk Ubong! Call it 'Earth Music' Raw and rhythmical drawing traditions from funk, high-life, jazz and afrobeat…with a political message! Limited Afro7 release comes in bespoke packaging!
Black Savage - Black Savage
Black Savage
Black Savage
LP | 1975 | EU | Reissue (Afro7)
19,99 €*
Release:1975 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Fantastic new compilation of the Kenyan Afro-Rock group Black Savage, 9 tracks taken from one extremely rare LP and two singles 1975-78. Comes with digital download codes, colorful insert and CD with bonus tracks not available on the lp, liners written by Kenyan music journalist Emmanuel Mwendwa. The Black Savage band came out of the Duke of York school in Nairobi, the group had prominent members like renowned world musician Job Seda (Ayub Ogada) they released one album on EMI East Africa in 1975 and three others singles, two in 76 and 78, and one in the early 80s. This LP (CD inside the jacket) is a compilation with half of the album and two of the singles. The music is somewhat rock hybrid with politically fueled lyrics and funky undertones and even folkloric at times, drawing influences from Deep Purple, Pink Floyd to Mandrill and Ohio Players – It’s a must listen!
Scorpios, The - The Scorpios
Scorpios, The
The Scorpios
LP+CD | 2017 | EU | Original (Afro7)
19,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Scorpios is a a London outfit combining new and old in a classic traditional setting. First contemporary release on our own in-house label. The full album is here! Package includes CD and Digital Download. Front artwork by Toronto's own A man called Warwick! “Hailing from Central Sudan and now based in London after fleeing the fundamentalist takeover in that region, the Scorpios are a septet that melds Arabic rhythms and guitar chops (and a kind of swooning cyclical ecstasy) with a raw Eastern funk feel, properly dismantling cultural barriers in pursuit of a unifying rhythmic bliss. Heavy bass, synths, horns and percussions drive through traditional Sudanese forms to create a sound that owes as much to Detroit as it do to Khartoum” – Tusk “The Scorpios translate Sudanese music from past decades into the now while maintaining a raw, unplugged sound.” – Thomas Gesthuizen (africanhiphop.com) “Truly beautiful and hypnotic Sudanese sounds for the mind, body and soul. Clap your hands, tap your feet and then rewind.” – Rickard Masip (Tropical Treats)
L’Ochestre Kyaddondo Int. / Mwenge Jazz - Gkinumanze / Kizunguzungu
L’Ochestre Kyaddondo Int. / Mwenge Jazz
Gkinumanze / Kizunguzungu
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Afro7)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Two tracks from the Doromy archives in Nairobi. Gkinumanze delivers a knockout bassriff in an uptempo frenzy of a tune sung by Charles Sonko from Uganda. Kizunguzungu is a a funky coastal groover from Mwenge Jazz band of Tanzania. Never before on vinyl! Secure your copy today!
Mac & Party - Harambe / Liverpool
Mac & Party
Harambe / Liverpool
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Afro7)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
One of the most prolific Kenyan taarab musicians from the 1950s and ‘60s was Yaseen Mohamed. Born in Mombasa in 1922 to a Omani mother and Kenyan father, Yaseen got professionally involved in music while working for a Mombasa-based music store as a radio technician during the second world war. Assanand, which would later grow into a well known music store brand with branches in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam and whose name is still on a store front in Nairobi today, started recording local musicians for Columbia Records to meet demand of a growing market for East African music on 78 rpm shellac records. Around 1950 Yaseen joined the recording sessions at Assanand as a singer, cutting a couple of songs for Columbia Records. In the next fifteen to twenty years many more followed on a number of labels, including Jambo, which released songs he recorded as Yaseen & Radio Singers for Sauti ya Mvita, a local radio station. Towards the early ‘60s Assanand started its own label called Mzuri, which would continue to put out an impressive range and number (hundreds) of songs from Kenya and Tanzania up to the 1970s on 78 rpm records and 45 rpm singles.One of the first releases on Mzuri was indeed by Yaseen; ‘Harambe/Africa Twist’ (Mzuri HL 2) carried the enigmatic name of Mac & Party (a group name that was not remembered by anyone we met in Mombasa) but an early Mzuri master catalog mentions Yaseen as the artist. Other Yaseen releases on Mzuri were under the name of Yaseen & Party. At least some of the songs were available both on fragile 78 rpm records as well as the handy and modern 7 inch format. While many of Yaseen’s releases under his own name (sometimes accompanied by his wife Saada, also known as Mimi) were Swahili songs in a number of styles loosely based around the increasingly eclectic Mombasa taarab, this and following Mac & Party singles were mostly sung in English, and musically the Mac & Party songs related to the international pop styles of the era. As Yaseen explained in the ‘60s to musicologist John Storm Roberts: “There is no certain thing which is tarabu. Even rock is tarabu if people just sit and listen”. Rather than explaining the genre by its borrowing from Arabic or Indian musical traditions, to Yaseen it was mostly the way the audience experienced the performance – sitting down – that made taarab unique, while “style depends on the people’s choice”. This would explain the experimentation and innovation during the era, and the introduction of new instruments such as tabla, a drum kit or the taishogoto, a Japanese harp.
Loi Tok Tok Eboma - Chakacha / Mungwana
Loi Tok Tok Eboma
Chakacha / Mungwana
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Afro7)
7,49 €* 9,99 € -25%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Loi Toki Tok band started out as a nondescript musical group. But irrefutably, the band’s star scaled the heights and shone brightly on the early 1970s Kenyan capital, Nairobi’s burgeoning live music circuit. And basking on the top of the pops charts, was vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Leon Kabasela aka Kalle. He also doubled as band’s composer and songwriter – earning credits for among other tracks, this mellow ‘ballad’ aptly titled Mungwana – loosely translated in Swahili, is descriptive of a selfless and conscientious gentleman. Kalle is one of handful surviving remnants of the band, whose lifespan was somewhat short-lived. It lasted barely three years – circa 1971 to mid-1973. Mungwana’s lyrics, sang in Congolese lingala dialect, mirror his roots and musical dream, which lured the youthful artiste during late 1960s to pack bags, and desert the rural fringes of Lubumbashi – then Zaire’s second largest city. On the 45 single flipside is a soulful, funky hit Chakacha – a seemingly timeless afro-soul flavoured cut. Its catchy and hypnotic lyrical refrains, easily grow on the listeners. The vocals of the band’s one-time frontman, singer Kasim Combo, ooze with an unmistakable tinge of late 1960s to early 70s American soul rhythms, propelled onto the global showbiz spotlight by US pop stars Otis Redding, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. Their popular hits gained massive, almost staple airplay on Kenya’s then sole broadcaster’s twin national radio stations. The fact that this record was pressed on an obscure Athi River label, is perhaps symbolic of Loi Toki Tok’s last band phase – shifting base from Club Arcadia in the heart of Nairobi, to the Small World Club in Athi River – an equally nondescript urban town, tucked away along the Mombasa highway.
Mombasa Roots - Mombasa Roots EP
Mombasa Roots
Mombasa Roots EP
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Afro7)
18,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Only one per customer! We bring you the latest news from the Kenyan coast! Afro7 presents Mombasa Roots… This 5-track EP features the group's synth excavations from the 80s: Karibishe, Mezea Tu (Lele Mama) and Kasha Langu. On the flip side both tracks from their late seventies private disco seven inch, What Is It That You Want and My Everything. Frank the Carvery has inserted new life in all tracks and mastered them loud for dancefloor action! EP comes in super deluxe cardboard jacket made in Thailand with silk screened coastal-inspired artwork made by California resident Steve Roden. This is the first time these tracks are being reissued. Limited release, one copy per customer. Read the story of the Band by Jumanne Thomas on the front page.
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