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Unknown Artist - Decent International 01
Unknown Artist
Decent International 01
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Decent International)
11,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
The drums smack. The bass is too loud. Liberia, Ghana, all the way across to Uganda. 1970's tinpot dictatorships birth colourful sounds. Magnetic tape, Linn drums and Bucket Brigade delay units confuse the mix. Sub-cultural colonialism to destroy the dance. Still, it sounds good. And it looks nice. Nice sleeve art. Move along. Move along....
Pop Makossa - The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984
Pop Makossa
The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
26,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
An explosivecompilation highlighting the era when funk and disco soundsbegan to infiltrate Cameroon's Makossa style. The beat thatholds everything together originate's from the Sawa people'srhythms. When these rhythms collided with merengue, high-life,Congolese rumba, and, later, funk and disco, modern Makossa wasborn. Makossa, the beat that long before football, managed tounify the whole of Cameroon. Some of the greatest Makossa hitsincorporated the electrifying guitars and tight grooves offunk, while others were laced with cosmic synth flourishes.However, most of this music's vibe came down to the bass, and'Pop Makossa' demonstrates why many Cameroonian bass playersare among the most revered in the world.
Robert Helms - Sekele I Like It / Feet On The Ground
Robert Helms
Sekele I Like It / Feet On The Ground
| 2017 | EU | Original (Betino's)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 07.07.2017
Unearthed by groove archeologist Betino Errera, this black gem was cut in Paris in 1980 by American vocalist Robert Helms. His French career being rather confidential with releases under his own name as well as Bobby Helms or simply Bobby, the Lay Down Girl album remained a well-kept secret for decades despite the fact that it contained two very strong disco-funk tunes.Helms was backed by a seasoned studio band including Donny Donable (of Lafayette Afro Rock Band) on drums, Christophe Zadire (of Zulu Gang fame) on bass and Beckie Bell on backing vocals. The session was led by master musician Jacob Desvarieux on guitar, piano and synths, who was already at that time one of the founders of Kassav. These recordings were made under the supervision of Pierre Jaubert, who was a major player on the independent French production scene from the late 60s onward, operating his own studio, famous for also being a much appreciated meeting point for musicians. He is responsible for bringing forth works from legendary bluesmen like John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, Roosevelt Sykes and jazz greats including Mal Waldron, Archie Shepp and Charlie Mingus. But to funk lovers, Pierre Jaubert is mostly known for his involvement with the mythical Lafayette Afro Rock Band whose prominent breaks and riffs have been sampled by the most illustrious rappers including Public Enemy, De La Soul, Naughty by Nature, Digital Underground, Wu Tang Clan and Ice Cube to name just a few.Today, Betino's Records reissues two very sought after tracks from the original album: "Feet On The Ground", cowritten by Desvarieux and Helms and "Sekele I Like It", written by Desvarieux and Pasteur Lappe, the latter hailing from Cameroon was the first one to record the song in 1979. In addition, both tunes get the contemporary rework treatment. Baptman and Betino editing the vocals out of "Sekele I Like It" then turning it into a very danceable Philly inspired dub. For his part, DJ Vas digs the Afrobeat seam on "Feet On The Ground", thickens the sauce with thumping bass lines and adds an "Earth Wind & Fire" feel by putting the emphasis on the horn section.And last but not least, this 12inch pressing is limited to 700 copies worldwide.
Fela Kuti Vs. De La Soul - Fela Soul Deluxe Editon
Fela Kuti Vs. De La Soul
Fela Soul Deluxe Editon
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Fela Soul)
21,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop, Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Limited edition for Record Store Day 2015! Gummy Soul's Amerigo Gazaway mashes up Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti with acapellas from De La Soul to killer effect! A fantasic journey into the "world of afrobeat rhythms, funky horn riffs & classic hip-hop gems". Bonus track added, now on colored vinyl in a full color picture sleeve!
Megaloh x Tony Allen - Regenmacher: Afrobeat Session
Megaloh x Tony Allen
Regenmacher: Afrobeat Session
LP | 2016 | DE | Original (Nesola)
12,99 €*
Release:2016 / DE – Original
Genre:Hip Hop, Organic Grooves
Exklusiv bei hhv.de und limitiert auf 1000 Stück: die Kollabo des Jahres!Megaloh ist nicht nur einer der besten Rapper Deutschlands, sondern auch ein leidenschaftlicher Musiker und Musik-Fan, der auf seinem letzten Album »Regenmacher« die Einflüsse der nigerianischen Heimat seiner Mutter in Form von Afrobeat-Samples und Versatzstücken von Drumspuren des Afrobeat-Pioniers Tony Allen verarbeitete.Nun entstand im Nachgang noch eine echte, lebendige Kooperation zwischen Megaloh und Tony Allen: Zwei Tage arbeiteten der deutschsprachige MC mit den nigerianisch-holländischen Wurzeln und der nigerianische »Erfinder des Afrobeat«, der in den 1970er Jahren mit Fela Kuti und Africa 70 spielte, gemeinsam an live eingespielten HipHop-meets-Afrobeat-Versionen einiger »Regenmacher«-Stücke — und einem brandneuen Song, der im Wege einer echten Jam-Session entstand. Nach zwei intensiven, inspirierenden und whiskygeschwängerten Tagen und Nächten war die EP »The Afrobeat Session« schließlich im Kasten: Produziert, arrangiert und gemischt von Elektronik-Legende Christian Prommer, eingespielt mit einer Band von unglaublicher musikalischer Qualität, geleitet durch den preisgekrönten Jazz-Pianisten Kelvin Sholar (u.a. Q-Tip, Carl Craig) und unter Mitwirkung von Alan »Ghanaian Stallion« Mensah (Producer), Charles Sammons (Bass), Johannes Brecht (bass), Sergio Manuel (Gitarre), Loomis Green (Gitarre), Ben Abarbanel-Wolff (Saxofon), Andrej Ugoljew (Posaune), Philip Sindy (Trompete) und natürlich Tony Allen (Drums), zu einer wahrhaftigen Zusammenkunft von Beats, Raps, Musik. »The Afrobeat Session« verfolgt einen der wichtigsten Erzählstränge des »Regenmacher« Albums noch einmal in die Tiefe — als Ergänzung, Fortführung und Dokument einer unvergesslichen Session in den Red Bull Studios Berlin.
Haile M. Ghiorgis - Man Biye / A Happy Disco Song
Haile M. Ghiorgis
Man Biye / A Happy Disco Song
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (The Artless Cuckoo)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Totally unique and basically undiscovered Ethophian synth groove single by blind keyboardist Haile Mariam G. Ghiorgis. 500 copy press - fully licenced release which comes with a thick high quality picture sleeve. Tip!As a first release on this newly founded label, here's two totally unique and undiscovered Ethophian synth groove recordings by blind keyboardist Haile Mariam G. Ghiorgis. Both tracks are taken from the highly collectable and extremely rare debut solo album “Tigill Lemenor (Survival)”. An album that Ghiorgis released privately in 1985 on his own Pentaton label.Born in Ethiopia in 1952, Haile M. Ghiorgis originally worked as a music instructor after school and played music together with several prominent groups of his countrymen – he was the keyboardist of Mahmoud Ahmed & Ibex Band and played for national stars like Tilahun Gessesse, among others. Due to the communist revolution in Ethiopia in 1974, Haile decided to leave his motherland and he was allowed to leave the country due to his blindness in 1977. Finding a new home in Hamburg, he performed together with various bands, including the afro pop group Soulful Dynamics and Jah Love (an early band of funk drummer and reggae artists Curvin Merchant aka Jamaica Papa Curvin). When those groups disbanded, Ghiorgis was retrained as a piano-tuner but also focussed on his own music.Haile M. Ghiorgis was particularly fascinated by the digital-controlled synthesizer and rhythm-machines, whose operation he mastered without any difficulties in spite of his blindness. The drums came from a Yamaha drum computer and were recorded first. On top of that, bass and the melodies were added. Haile was using a Yamaha DX-7 keyboard, an old small Roland synth as well as an organ by Solton.On the album, which was recorded in his small home studio in Hamburg on a TEAC 8-track tape machine, Haile M. Ghiorgis harmoniously blends western pop and jazz music with his native country’s folklore. On the A side, “Man biye?” is a sort of melancholic love song – it means “What shall I call you?”. A man searches for something though in vain to compare with the beauty of his beloved. The atmospheric instrumental features brilliant synth solos over deep downtempo beats – sort of like jazzy ethno synth funk in slow motion.Side B of the single is the uplifting disco track “A Happy Disco Song”. As it says in the liner notes of the LP, the song esteems Ethiopian hospitality and relates how welcome every stranger is and how even the poorest is ready to share with him. The track got a charming “private” vibe and surely should appeal to DJs and disco/boogie aficiandos.The original LP “Survival” was primarily sold on live shows when he was on tour in the late 1980s throughout Europe, accompaning fellow Ethopian musicians including jazz legend Mulatu Astatke, among others, and almost never pops up.
Apostles - Banko Woman
Apostles
Banko Woman
7" | 2017 | US | Original (Cultures Of Soul)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
For over forty years, the Apostles of Aba have stood as the jewel in the crown of the music scene in Eastern Nigeria. Since their formation in 1973, the band has turned out memorable performances in a variety of styles including rock, soul, funk, pop andreggae. Even today, the Apostles continue to thrill audiences in their hometown of Aba with dazzling shows. Cultures of Soul is proud to present one of the Apostles’ more obscure—yet relentlessly funky recordings in a full-color custom reverse board jacket. BankoWoman, originally released on the eponymous LP on Love Day Records in 1977. Straddling the world realms of afro-funk and disco, the track has long been a coveted dance floor filler amongst DJs, and for the first time is available for a wider audience. On the B-side is “Faith, Luck & Music,” also from the original Banko Woman album.
Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Of Ethiopia Deluxe Edition
Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu Of Ethiopia Deluxe Edition
3LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Strut)
29,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut present the first official reissue of a landmark album in the field of African music, Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ from 1972. Recorded in New York, the album arrived at a time when Astatke had begun to master the delicate fusion of styles needed to create Ethio jazz.This definitive reissue of the album comes in a limited edition 3LP 6-panel gatefold set featuring the stereo album master, a pre-mix mono master and a selection of out-takes from the sessions, giving the listener rare access to the DNA of the studio process.
Kiki Gyan - 24 Hours In A Disco 1978-82
Kiki Gyan
24 Hours In A Disco 1978-82
2LP | 2012 | UK | Original (Soundway)
19,99 €*
Release:2012 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Soundway Records present ’24 Hours in A Disco 1978 - 82’, 7 cuts of relentless disco grooves from the sublimely gifted Kiki Gyan. Hailed as Africa’s answer to Stevie Wonder, Ghanaian multi-instrumentalist Kiki Gyan was a musical wunderkind who by 1975 had risen from the lowly status of high school dropout to being ranked eighth in a poll of the greatest keyboardists in the world (occupying the rarefied air of the top ten with heavyweights like Steve Winwood, Billy Preston, and Stevie Wonder) as well as becoming an in-demand session player in the top recording studios of London - all before his twenty-first birthday.
Orlando Julius & Ashiko - Love , Peace & Happiness
Orlando Julius & Ashiko
Love , Peace & Happiness
LP | 1978 | EU | Reissue (Hot Casa)
22,99 €*
Release:1978 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Official reissue of one of the hardest to find albums by the Afro Soul maestro, a pure Afro Funk spiritual grail from 1978!Born in 1943 in Ikole-Ekiti in Ondo State, Nigeria, Orlando Julius Ekemode (“Orlando was really a nickname, taken from the Nigerian actor, Orlando Martins“) had started in music from an early age, becoming the school drummer and learning flute, bugle and other instruments at St Peters Anglican School in Ikole-Ekiti. Nigerian musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he is credited as one of the first musicians to fuse US R&B into traditional highlife music, creating his own influential Afrobeat sound during the mid-‘60s.From his time playing in the USA during the 1970s onwards, he is credited with bringing African music to a broader audience and famously co-composed the song “Going Back To My Roots” with Lamont Dozier. In 1978, Orlando Julius Ekemode decided to produce himself this amazing session, originally recorded between Maryland and West Virginia (USA) and released in limited quantity in Nigeria by the obscure label Jungle Records. 6 stunning Afro-Funk monster tracks, recorded by 8 musicians based in Oakland.Fully licensed with the artist and remastered by The Carvery. Essential!
Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Of Ethiopia
Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu Of Ethiopia
LP | 1972 | US | Reissue (Worthy)
13,99 €*
Release:1972 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Oh so classic album of Mulatu, the spearhead of the Ethiopian sound export.
Senyaka - Bayanyonyoba
Senyaka
Bayanyonyoba
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Rush Hour)
13,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 30.06.2017
Two South African mastercuts by the legendary Senyaka Kekana. The unexpected deep house jam "Bayanyonyoba (1993)" and the illustrious soul song "Don't Judge Me Bad (1987)" are big RH favorites. Original copies are absolutely impossible to find, now released on 12inch for the first time.Esa Williams - "I had the pleasure of performing alongside Senyaka at the Alexander Theatre, Johannesburg back in 2012 which would have probably been his last most iconic gig before his passing in 2015. These two tracks really showcase the sounds of South Africa around the early to late 80’s, the influences from American synth pop and House that would then lead later into many of these records being played at the wrong speed which ultimately became the original Kwaito sound from South Africa."
Ebo Taylor - Love And Death
Ebo Taylor
Love And Death
2LP | 2010 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
24,99 €*
Release:2010 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut re-visit the comeback studio album by one of the true greats of Ghanaian music, Ebo Taylor. Originally released in October 2010, ‘Love And Death’ was recorded with the Berlin-based Afrobeat Academy band featuring members of Poets Of Rhythm, Kabu Kabu (Jimi Tenor collaborators) and Ghanaian legends Marijata and represented his first ever internationally released album.
Ebo Taylor - Life Stories
Ebo Taylor
Life Stories
2LP | 2011 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
27,99 €*
Release:2011 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
New repressing of the essential Ebo Taylor compilation ‘Life Stories’ in its original 2LP gatefold format.
Vincent Ahehehinnou - Best Woman
Vincent Ahehehinnou
Best Woman
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
29,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In early 1978, Vincent Ahehehinnou left the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou without explanation. He had been one of their principal vocalist since 1968 and had helped transform them from a hard-charging nightclubband into a musical powerhouse and Africa-wide sensation. By the end of 1977, after an explosive performance at the pan-African arts and culture festival (Festac77) in Lagos, the band had reached the very pinnacle of their success.For nearly forty years, the reasons behind Vincent’s sudden departure have remained a mystery. Until now. In an interview included with Analog Africa’s new reissue of Best Woman – Vincent’s first post-Poly-Rythmo album, which has been out-of-print for close to four decades and nearly impossible to find outside West Africa – the great singer finally breaks his silence. He didn’t leave … he was pushed.Poly-Rythmo were already popular in their native Benin but, in the aftermath of Festac ’77, the band were poised for break-out success throughout Africa. One of the people who stood to benefit most was the band’s manager Adissa Seidou, whose label Albarika Store had released most of the band’s recordings. However Adissa’s vision for Poly-Rythmo didn’t always line up with that of the musicians and, more often than not, it was Vincent who spoke up for the band.The two men grew increasingly estranged until one day – at the funeral for Adissa’s father no less – Adissa gave Vincent an ultimatum of sorts. In Vincent’s own words: ‘I asked him if there is a way we could sort out our differences to which he replied that the only solution was for me to leave the band, adding, “if not I will kill you”’. And so Vincent found himself forced out of the band he had helped build. He tried his hand at various business ventures, but soon realised that the pull of music was too strong. On a business trip to Nigeria, Vincent met with Ignace de Souza of Benin’s Black Santiago band, who agreed to arrange Vincent’s songs, assemble musicians, and book a session at the legendary Decca Studios in Lagos.With everything in place Vincent returned to Cotonou, gathered together all the money he had saved over the years and set out again for Lagos. But the simple bus journey to Nigeria turned into a nightmarish odyssey of military corruption … and had it not been for the random kindness of an unknown woman on the bus, this album – along with Vincent’s subsequent solo career – might never have existed. Vincent tells the full story in the liner notes to this LP.But Vincent did make it to Lagos and the sessions went ahead. The nine-piece band, handpicked by de Souza, learned the songs and set them to tape in the span of only a week … but the results are as timeless and essential as anything to emerge from West Africa in the late 1970s.Vincent’s afrobeat credentials are in full evidence on opening track ‘Best Woman’ (English) whose driving beat, focussed horns and intricate vocal melody recall the raucous intensity of Poly-Rythmo. But the deep funk of the title track turns out to be only a warm-up for album-highlight ‘Maimouna Cherie’ (French), a moving expression of love and longing which kicks off with a hi-hat and wah-wah guitar workout but shifts gears mid-way into a more concentrated and contemplative groove.The funk and afrobeat gems on Best Woman are balanced by songs that draw upon Sato, one of the many Vodoun rhythms of Vincent’s native Benin. Side one concludes with ‘Vi Deka’ (Mina), an epic slow-burner propelled by some of the record’s most soulful vocals, while album closer ‘Wa Do Verite Ton Noumi’ (Fon) all but dares you not to lose yourself in its sublime hypnotic trance.Best Woman was released on Nigeria’s Hasbunalau Records in 1978, and original pressings are now highly-prized collector’s items. With this reissue on Analog Africa’s Dance Edition imprint – newly mastered by Nick Robbins, cut by to vinyl by Frank Merritt at the Carvery, and approved by Vincent himself – Best Woman makes a welcome and long-overdue return to turntables around the world.
Alemayehu Eshete - Alteleyeshegnem / Temar Ledje
Alemayehu Eshete
Alteleyeshegnem / Temar Ledje
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Philophon)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 23.06.2017
Alemayehu Eshete is considered the golden voice of Ethopia. Since his first hit single "Seul" in 1961 he has become the father figure of the soulful stream of Ethopian music. In Ethiopia no other musician adapted the newest trends from the US soul scene as consequently as Alemayehu did. With this new 7" he continues his soulful approach on Ethopian music. His funky classic Alteleyeshegnem is here re-interpretated by the Philophon house band in an even funkier way than the original. A tough beat is crisscrossed by mystic harmonies and a pumping bassline. Temar Ledje points out the sweet side of master Alemayehu. This is another classic tune that comes dosed with a rejuvenating cure by the Philophon production team. Just listen!
V.A. - Welcome To Zamrock Volume 1
V.A.
Welcome To Zamrock Volume 1
2LP | 2017 | US | Original (Now Again)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
How Zambia’s Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution. 1972-1977By the mid-1970s, the Southern African nation known as the Republic of Zambia had fallen on hard times. Though thecountry’s first president Kenneth Kaunda had thrown off the yoke of British colonialism, the new federation found itselfunder his self-imposed, autocratic rule. Conflict loomed on all sides of this landlocked nation. Kaunda protected Zambiafrom war, but his country descended into isolation and poverty.This is the environment in which the ’70s rock revolution that has come to be known as Zamrock flourished. Fuzz guitarswere commonplace, as were driving rhythms as influenced by James Brown’s funk as Jimi Hendrix’s rock predominated.Musical themes, mainly sung in the country’s constitutional language, English, were often bleak.In present day Zambia, Zamrock markers were few. Only a small number of the original Zamrock godfathers that remainedin the country survived through the late ’90s. AIDS decimated this country, and uncontrollable inflation forced the Zambianrockers that could afford to flee into something resembling exile. This was not a likely scene to survive - but it did. WelcomeTo Zamrock!, presented in two volumes, is an overview of its most beloved ensembles, and a trace of its arc from itsascension, to its fall, to its resurgence.
Hotline - You Are Mine
Hotline
You Are Mine
LP | 1983 | EU | Reissue (Soundway)
19,99 €*
Release:1983 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 14.07.2017
A very rare LP originally released in 1983 has made its way to Soundway and been mastered with the utmost care.The only known recorded album by the band, it also features the track “Fella’s Doing It In Lagos” which was included on and inspired the name for Soundway’s hit compilation in 2016.Band members: Austing D. Ilukhor, Charles Chiagoro, Geofrey Ochiagha, Hawly Adeyefa Jnr, Klesye Edward Doja, Shola Damole, Stanley Ifejoku.
Kondi Band - Salone
Kondi Band
Salone
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Strut)
22,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut present an inspired new Afro-electronic project for June 2017, Kondi Band, a collaboration between Sierra Leonean kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi and US producer / DJ Chief Boima, who himself has Sierra Leonean roots.
V.A. - Mr Bongo Record Club Volume 1
V.A.
Mr Bongo Record Club Volume 1
2LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Mr Bongo)
26,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The first instalment in our new ‘Mr Bongo Record Club’ compilation series – aselection of favourites, recent discoveries and sought after obscurities, whichform the basis of our DJ sets and our radio show of the same name. Includingcuts by Claudia, Cortex, Dave Pike Set, Fruko, Neno Exporta Som, ConnieLaverne, Barbosa and more.The original concept for ‘Mr Bongo Record Club’ was a radio show that allowedus to air our treasured record collections, recorded and broadcast once amonth. We wanted to create an outlet free from any genre or BPM restrictions,not constrained by the need to beat-mix every record, a space where we couldplay latest finds alongside favourites. The only self-imposed rule being thatit had to be played from vinyl.We have always DJ’d across-the-board, but playing in an eclectic way hasn’talways been easy. Recently DJ’s such as MCDE, Floating Points, Nick The Record,Leon Vynehall, Four Tet, Jeremy Underground, Antal (Rush Hour), Sassy J andYoung Marco – to name a few – have opened things up with very diverse sets toyounger audiences; Brazilian samba-rock, next to modern soul, highlife, disco,boogie, jazz, house, techno and beyond.We’re seeing a rare groove like sensibility. A shift towards the attitude oflegendary club nights hosted by the likes of Mr Scruff and Gilles Peterson,where you could hear house, hip hop, Turkish funk, boogie, jazz, dub and Latinback to back. At the same time it isn't a nostalgic or retro movement, peoplehave a progressive attitude and a thirst for new-old music. It is a vibrant andexciting time – we are proud to be a part of it.
Ikebe Shakedown - Stone By Stone
Ikebe Shakedown
Stone By Stone
LP | 2014 | US | Original (Ubiquity)
16,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop, Organic Grooves
Recorded at the famed “House of Soul” Daptone Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn!
Zimba - Baleka
Zimba
Baleka
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Nyami Nyami)
14,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In the mid-'70s, musician and songwriter Phil Arosa fled the apartheid of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to settle in the Netherlands and pursue his musical career under more mundane skies. With his partner Marga he started the band Zimba, which enjoyed a 10-year career of playing clubs around the country.During its active days Zimba released only one song, 'Baleka', which stayed under the radar back in 1983. This 12-inch contains not only the original recording of 'Baleka', but also two new versions courtesey of London's The Comet Is Coming and Blackjoy (Siwo) from Paris. This minimal and powerful mix of African rhythms with new wave vocals, and an irresistible mbira gimmick won't stay unnoticed this time around. And now get your ass over to that dancefloor
Nu Guinea - The Tony Allen Experiments - Afrobeat Makers Volume 3
Nu Guinea
The Tony Allen Experiments - Afrobeat Makers Volume 3
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Comet)
15,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Comet is pleased to announce the third volume of the Afrobeat Makers Series: Nu Guinea - The Tony Allen Experiments.By re-working the original magic drum patterns from the Afrobeat master Tony Allen, Nu Guinea created a compilation of tracks which is charged by a voluminous electronic jazz-Psyche funk imprint.For this release, Comet Records teamed up with Early Sounds Recordings, the berlin label, also home to duo Berliners Nu Guinea.The Naples formed, Berlin-based duo, is a project that arose out of jam sessions, melting synthesizers with instruments, containing a handmade sound that is not aiming for perfection but genuineness. It can be understood as a steadily shaping form, always open for collaborations with other musicians.They've previously collaborated with singer Wayne Snow (fellow berliner artist on Comet) for the vocal edit of Nu-World, also delivered a remix for Wayne Snow’ ʻRosie Epʼ both recently released on Tartelet Records.
Rob - Make It Fast, Make It Slow
Rob
Make It Fast, Make It Slow
LP | 2012 | UK | Original (Soundway)
16,99 €*
Release:2012 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Soundway re-issue ROB’s second album for the first time outside Ghana on CD, vinyl and digital.ROB was an enigmatic recording artist from Ghana who cut two albums for the legendary Essiebons label in 1977. Neither of these were big domestic hits at the time and have since become prized amongst collectors in recent years. The title track from this LP was always one of the most popular on the first Soundway release Ghana Soundz and over the years we have been asked many times to re-issue the LP in it’s entirety. A stranger, slower offering than his more dancefloor funk-laden and Spartan first LP, this record sees ROB in similar territory but with the tempo switched down and the introspection turned up. ROB’s trademark horns dominate and are supplied by the Mag-2, an army band founded by leader Amponsah Rockson, who named it after the army unit the band played for – the “magnificent” second battalion. In 1977, Rob traveled to the coastal town of Takoradi in search of Mag-2, which had an entire section of its line-up dedicated to horns, with the intension of laying out his proposal to them. Luckily for Rob, the band took him up on it.With religious overtones and a broody, slightly off-key atmosphere at points it’s certainly one of the stranger afro-funk records to come out of West Africa but with tracks like Loose up Yourself and Make it Fast, Make it Slow he nails it for sure.
Shadow - D'Hardest
Shadow
D'Hardest
12" | 1980 | EU | Reissue (Jamwax)
13,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 23.06.2017
After Sweet Sweet Dreams album, Jamwax is very proud to finally release D'Hardest on its original maxi 12'' format. “D'Hardest” was recorded at K.H. studios in Trinidad in 1980 and another version/mix was released on the Wake Up album. This song is everything, thanks to Winston Bailey aka Shadow and all his team.
Umoja - 707
Umoja
707
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
15,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Originally recorded in the 1980's in South Africa the release is a cosmic blend of disco, soul and pop. Umoja were one of the key figures in a genre which has since become known as 'Bubblegum Music' with the group recording their music during the violent era of apartheid in Africa.
Lord Echo - Harmonies
Lord Echo
Harmonies
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Soundway)
19,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Finally! Almost four long years after his afro-beat-excursion "Curiosities", Lord Echo steps up for his third and long-awaited longplayer "Harmonies" on the infamous label Soundway. A combination which couldn't fit better and warms our hearts in anticipation!
Susso - Keira
Susso
Keira
LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Soundway)
20,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Susso, aka bassist / producer Huw Bennett, creates music inspired by, and directly sampling, the magnificent sounds of the Mandinka people, recorded during a recent trip to Gambia. Initially travelling with the aim of gaining perspective as a musician and to discover a new world of music first hand, Huw found himself humbled by such a welcoming community of artists, mostly belonging to the celebrated Suso and Kuyateh griot families. The tracks are composed entirely from original source material, field recordings and Huw’s talents as a multi-instrumentalist; performing tuned percussion from the region including the Mandinka Balafon, Kutiringding drum, aswell drawing on his skill as a professional upright / electric bassist. The music produced has a contemporary electronic sound, whilst still paying homage to a traditional Gambian aesthetic. Keira (meaning peace) guides the listener through Huw’s journey up the River Gambia, being welcomed into remote dusty villages, where your people are the most important thing in life.
Mugwisa International Xylophone Group - Santuri's Embaire Umeme
Mugwisa International Xylophone Group
Santuri's Embaire Umeme
12" | 2016 | UK | Original (On The Corner)
16,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Preorder 23.06.2017
Santuri's Embaire Umeme E.P. got a Worldwide Premiere fromGilles Peterson"On a never-ending quest to support and exposure far off musical cultures around the world, the nextOn The Cornerreleases sees them look to Uganda. Teaming up withSanturi(an East African electronic music innovation project) andSoundthread(a creative development non-profit), they have worked alongside the Mugwisa International Xylophone Group with modern recording techniques and further re-arrangement on two remixes. The first, by Sam Jones, wasPremiered last week by Stamp The Wax,and today ushers in the second by Alejandro Mosso.
V.A. - Welcome To Zamrock Volume 2
V.A.
Welcome To Zamrock Volume 2
2LP | 2017 | US | Original (Now Again)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
How Zambia’s Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution. 1972-1977By the mid-1970s, the Southern African nation known as the Republic of Zambia had fallen on hard times. Though thecountry’s first president Kenneth Kaunda had thrown off the yoke of British colonialism, the new federation found itselfunder his self-imposed, autocratic rule. Conflict loomed on all sides of this landlocked nation. Kaunda protected Zambiafrom war, but his country descended into isolation and poverty.This is the environment in which the ’70s rock revolution that has come to be known as Zamrock flourished. Fuzz guitarswere commonplace, as were driving rhythms as influenced by James Brown’s funk as Jimi Hendrix’s rock predominated.Musical themes, mainly sung in the country’s constitutional language, English, were often bleak.In present day Zambia, Zamrock markers were few. Only a small number of the original Zamrock godfathers that remainedin the country survived through the late ’90s. AIDS decimated this country, and uncontrollable inflation forced the Zambianrockers that could afford to flee into something resembling exile. This was not a likely scene to survive - but it did. WelcomeTo Zamrock!, presented in two volumes, is an overview of its most beloved ensembles, and a trace of its arc from itsascension, to its fall, to its resurgence.
Tounami Diabate / Sidiki Diabate - Lamomali
Lancelot Layne - Blow Way
Lancelot Layne
Blow Way
2LP+7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Cree)
26,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In 1971 two songs were released in Trinidad & Tobago that represented completely new directions in the musical and lyrical expression of Trinidad's place in the diaspora, Indian on one hand and African on the other. Nanny & Nana by Sundar Popo and “Blow 'Way” by Lancelot Layne were revolutionary and ground breaking and spawned two distinctly new genres in Trinidad & Tobago music – Chutney music in the case of Sundar Popo and Rapso, in Lance's case. Brother Resistance calls Lancelot Layne the father of Rapso music.During the early 1970s Lance recorded at least a dozen startlingly original songs including “Blow 'Wa”y, “Afro'Dadian”, “Bringing' Off”, “Dat Is Horros” and “Kaiso For Mout' Band”. Each one expanding his talent for musical arrangements and dramatic counterpoint with chorus responses and vocal variation. He enlisted musicians, each exciting and pioneering in their own right, breaking ground in the post 1970 cultural revolution: calypso/jazz pianist, Clive Zanda; composer, guitarist, singer and flautist, Andre Tanker; Mau Mau Drummers including the young Jah Jah Onilu, Mansa Musa Drummers; vocalists, including Ann Marie Innis and Ella Andall.The result is exciting, confident and musically ground-breaking. Until his death in 1990 he kept commenting and educating T&T'ssociety with songs like Get Off The Radio, Kamboulay, Jambalasie Dance and Strike Squad.This release is pressed on 180-gram virgin vinyl and contains an additional 45RPM single. Everything is housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with 20-page booklet (8.2” x 8.2”) with extensive liner notes by Lancelot's daughter, Niasha Layne-Forde, and Christopher Laird. Cover and booklet artwork were created by famous Scottish painter, Peter Doig, one of the most renowned living figurative painters who settled in Trinidad since 2002.
Mighty Flames - Metalik Funk Band
Mighty Flames
Metalik Funk Band
LP | 1978 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1978 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Mighty Flames were a crack bunch of Cameroonian musicians, drawn to Nigeria by the heavy funk sounds booming across the border like musical moths. For a short time in the late sentries they ‘owned’ Port Harcourt, destroying dancefloors with an incendiary sound that burned so heavily that it was phosphorescent. Metalik Funk Band is the band at their most deadly. Willy ‘Pazz’ Nfor is on bass, Nfrackie ‘Jazz’ Song on synth, Didi Lead on lead guitar, Emma ‘Wah Wah’ Baloka on rhythm and Stormy ‘Booga’ Jimmy on percussion. There is not a single dud track. ‘Music Is The Answer’ is a psychedelic head spin. ‘Funky Child’ is an irresistible call to the dancefloor. And I guarantee you’ll need a good lie down after listening to ‘Search Out! Watch Out!’. Sadly, things did not end well for the Mighty Flames. Their manager was a tyrant and when they tried to escape to Lagos with all the band’s gear he promptly had then arrested. Metallik Funk Band was their last album, but what a way to go out: with an incendiary batch of Afro Funk monsters that need to be in every funk lover’s collection. - Peter Moore
Jimi Lee / Mona Finnih & The Sensationals - A Stroll In The Moonlight
Jimi Lee / Mona Finnih & The Sensationals
A Stroll In The Moonlight
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Jimi Lee was a Nigerian guitar god, famous for his incendiary lead breaks with Aktion and Monomono. Mona Finnih was one of Nigeria's first female band leaders who went off to the US and became a big deal in the New Jazz scene there. It should be no surprise then that when Jimi Lee and Monah Finnih got together in 1980 for 'A Stroll In The Moonlight', an Afro Jazz cosmic funk masterpiece was born.
Dexter Story - Wejene Aola Feat. Kamasi Washington
Dexter Story
Wejene Aola Feat. Kamasi Washington
7" | 2016 | UK | Original (Soundway)
6,99 €* 9,99 € -30%
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
For his next release on Soundway Records, Los Angeles-based Dexter Story hooks up with long time friend and compatriot of music, the saxophonist, jazz composer, producer and band-leader Kamasi Washington. A fierce, rumbling electro Ethio-Funk groove provides the platform for an intense and powerful interplay between Washington on tenor sax and Todd Simon on trumpet. An instrumental cover version of Tilahun Gessesse's 1970s cut of the same name, it's Story's homage to the oppressed Oromo people of Southern Ethiopia. Backed on the flip by the one cut from Story's 'Wondem' long-player that did not make it to vinyl when the LP version was cut, Nia Andrew's sublime and atmospheric collaboration on Eastern Prayer will keep all those happy who grumbled at it's exclusion from wax first time around. This is a record that no lover of Ethio-Jazz, Afro-Beat or Funk should be excused for not owning.
Tee Mac & Marjorie Barnes - Night Illusion
Tee Mac & Marjorie Barnes
Night Illusion
LP | 1980 | UK | Reissue (Soul Jazz)
21,99 €*
Release:1980 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Soul Jazz Records’ are releasing Tee Mac’s ‘Night Illusion’, a lost classic Nigerian Afro soul meets disco boogie funk album originally released in Nigeria in 1980 as a private-press release of 1000 copies on the enigmatic artists’ own label.Impossibly hard to find, the record remains practically unknown outside of Nigeria. Tee Mac Omatshola Iseli is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger and features on Soul Jazz Records’ recent collection Nigeria Soul Fever – Afro Funk Disco and Boogie alongside Joni Haastrup, Christy Essien and others, as well as on a recent compilation ‘Nepa Oh Nepa’ (released on Hot Casa earlier this year). The timelessness of this soulful, ground-breaking funk jazz lost masterpiece ‘Night Illusion’ leads to comparisons with James Mason’s legendary lost classic album Rhythm of Life, with his unique individualism and intensity hinting at the boogie funk of groups such as Mass Production and Slave so loved by artists such as Moodyman and Theo Parrish. While Fela Kuti isnow a cultural icon of Nigerian music throughout the world, the recent crossover success of William Onyeabor shows just how much undiscovered Nigerian music remains waiting to be explored outside of the country.Tee Mac was born in Lagos, the son of a Nigerian princess and a Swiss diplomat. He picked up the flute at age 7 and ten years later was studying classical musical in Switzerland under his uncle the composer J.J. Direndirger. Returning to Lagos, Nigeria in 1970 heformed the heavyweight afro rock group Tee Mac and Afro Collection (which included Johnny Haastrup on keyboards and The Lijadu Sisters on vocals). This band was famously joined by the legendary Cream drummer GingerBaker who came to Nigeria to play with them in 1971 (captured in the film Ginger Baker in Africa).At age 24, Tee Mac moved to Germany where he co-wrote and recorded the European disco group Silver Convention (whose ‘Fly Robin Fly’ became number one in the USA charts). This enabled him to return to Nigeria where he formed his own label SKJRecords to release his self-financed album Night Illusion, as well as buying two nightclubs and also investing in a number of mineral mining companies!Tee Mac continues to live in Lagos today and travels the world as a composer – one of whose pieces is The City of Mer Kailash (2009), a two-hour ballet featuring over 60 dancers and a 100+ piece orchestra.
Soul Jazz Records presents - Nigeria Soul Fever! - Afro Funk, Disco and Boogie: West African Disco Mayem!
Soul Jazz Records presents
Nigeria Soul Fever! - Afro Funk, Disco and Boogie: West African Disco Mayem!
3LP | UK | (Soul Jazz)
28,99 €*
Release:UK –
Genre:Organic Grooves
Soul Jazz Records’ new Nigeria Soul Fever is their first release to explore the vast wealth of Nigerian music recorded in the 1970s. The new album comes with introductory sleeve-notes by Bill Brewster (author of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life).Packed-full with Afro-Funk, Disco and Boogie all from Nigeria, this triple album/double CD set brings together a stunning collection of diverse West African sounds. Whilst a small handful of the artists featured (Joni Haastrup, Tee Mac, Christy Essien) have seen the light of day outside Africa, this is essentially a collection of killer tracks by an array of artists completely unknown outside of Nigeria. Artists such as Don Bruce & The Angels, Akin Richards & The Executives, Angela Starr, Jimmy Sherry & The Music Agents. It’s no surprise that these records are extremely rare and expensive to buy individually so this album will save you going broke trying to find them.These recordings were made at a time when Nigeria’s trade restrictions banned imported records. Whilst new musical trends (such as American soul, funk, disco etc) entered and influenced the country, the local music scene remained just that – local. Consequently, these recordings remain practically unknown to anyone outside of the country.
Voilaaa - Des Promesses
Voilaaa
Des Promesses
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Favorite)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Voilaaa is one of the many projects led and produced by Bruno “Patchworks” Hovart, who’s proven over the past 15 years, his place amongst the finest producers of groove music in all genres. This time exploring the wide spectrum of the African and Tropical Disco scene, he received a massive international support for Voilaaa’s first album, On te l’avait dit, released late 2015 on Favorite Recordings. Following to that success and pursuing the same direction combining of the festive, yet sometime futile nature of Disco, and the instinctive, deep, sometimes rough nature of African music, Voilaaa’s now presenting its 2nd efforts, Des Promesses. The 13 tracks of the album are again up to expectations, and Voilaaa has not finished feeding international dancefloors with heavy Afro-Disco music. Alongside Bruno at the production, singers Pat Kalla and Sir Jean are back providing their carefree lyrics and Afro vibes, and Senegalese artist Doctor Lass comes to extend the team, with 3 brilliant titles, including a great Funky cover of the classic “Mandjou” by Salif Keita and Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux..
Inna Baba Coulibaly Feat. Ali Farka Toure - Sahel
Inna Baba Coulibaly Feat. Ali Farka Toure
Sahel
10" | 2017 | EU | Original (World Circuit)
13,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Limited edition for Record Store Day 2017!In the mid-1970s, the young Peul singer Inna Baba Coulibaly, was a regular visitor to the Bamako home of Amadou Djeli Ba, master of the ngoni from her village of Dilly. It was there that she met Ali Farka Touré who was already famous thanks to his regular broadcasts on Radio Mali. It took her some time to overcome her shyness and come out from behind the door where she would hide, singing the songs softly to herself while the two great musicians played together. After a while Ali suggested they go to the Radio Mali studio to record a few songs. This album is the result of those recordings.
Jake Sollo - Coming Home
Jake Sollo
Coming Home
LP | 1977 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
17,99 €* 19,99 € -10%
Release:1977 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
In 1977 Jake Sollo returned to Nigeria to record his first solo album, Coming Home. His long-term band, The Funkees, had imploded in London. And his big break with the Afro super band, Osibisa, was cut short when he went on strike with Kiki Gyan and promptly got sacked. Rather than sit at a bar and feel sorry for himself, Jake returned to Nigeria and got his mates together – including the aforementioned Mr. Gyan – and headed into the EMI studios in Lagos. The result was Coming Home, a triumphant album that combined the raw power of The Funkees with the slick tricks he learned in London. The opening instrumental, '404', is the track Carlos Santana would have recorded if he'd been born in Nigeria rather than Mexico. 'Raise Your Hands' and 'I Just Wanna Dance' are slick boogie monsters and 'Deiyo Deiyo' sees Jake displaying some mad synth skills on Africa's only Prophet-5, a hot piece of hardware that was transforming music in Europe and America. Coming Home is the sound of an artist at the heights of his power. And a precursor of the skills and sounds that would make Sollo the most sought after producer in Nigeria. - Peter Moore.
V.A. - Original Sound Of Mali
V.A.
Original Sound Of Mali
2LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Mr Bongo)
23,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Original Sound of Mali’ compiled by David ‘Mr Bongo’ Buttle, Vik Sohonie (Ostinato Records) and 
Florent Mazzoleni.Malian music is a deep, lyrical form of African music. Those of us deeply entranced by Malian culture, and, in particular, the immense hypnotic beauty of Malian music, have put together a selection of songs from across the country.Includes a 24 page booklet on Malian Music written by Florent Mazzoleni. Includes MP3 download.
V.A. - Kenya Special Volume 2: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s
V.A.
Kenya Special Volume 2: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s
3LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Soundway)
26,99 €* 29,99 € -10%
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Kenya Special was one of Soundway Records’ most popular releases and is considered a milestone in East African compilations.Soundway is now proud to present ‘Kenya Special : Volume Two’. This time the team of compilers have gone to even greater lengths to share a small part of what is slowly being accepted as an essential element of East Africa’s cultural heritage: the history of recorded popular music.The featured songs on Kenya Special : Volume Two bend the rules, break away from existing genres and sometimes experiment with foreign music trends. The approach to musical rediscovery behind Kenya Special : Volume Two has its origins in a youthful movement of vinyl collecting as well as, to some extent, club culture.
V.A. - Hot Shit! Dope Afro Funk Volume 2
V.A.
Hot Shit! Dope Afro Funk Volume 2
LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Hot Shit)
17,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Volume two of the "Dope Afro Funk" compilation series including some highly sought-after funk obscurities! Excavating another choice batch of rare grooves ranging from afro-rock, boogie-funk, psychedelic beats and beyond!!!
Ata Kak - Obaa Sima
Ata Kak
Obaa Sima
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
A 1994 tape by Ghanaian musician Ata Kak called Obaa Sima is being reissued by Awesome Tapes From Africa. The release is the culmination of a 13-year story for Awesome Tapes From Africa founder Brian Shimkovitz, who bought a cassette copy of Obaa Sima from a roadside stall in Cape Coast, Ghana, in 2002. The tape was the subject of the first post on his Awesome Tapes From Africa blog in 2006—the blog spawned a full record label in 2011. Shimkovitz began searching for Ata Kat and says "Google and endless phone calls provided no leads." It was eventually discovered the musician, real name Yaw Atta-Owusu, had recorded Obaa Sima in Toronto before moving back to Ghana in 2006. The restoration of the tape proved challenging. Only about 50 copies of the original tape were produced, and Atta-Owusu's master DAT had disintegrated, so the second-hand copy purchased by Shimkovitz was used as the source for the reissue.
Tony Allen - Ole Moritz Von Oswald Remix
Tony Allen
Ole Moritz Von Oswald Remix
12" | 2007 | UK | Original (Honest Jon's)
9,99 €*
Release:2007 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
/ Ise Nla Wareika Hill Sounds Remix
Ennanga Vision - Ennanga Vision Black Vinyl Version
Ennanga Vision
Ennanga Vision Black Vinyl Version
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Soundway)
18,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Standard Edition on black Vinyl. This post-modern African soundtrack follows London producer Jesse Hackett’s heady musical journey into the heart of Uganda - recording with chief collaborator, multi instrumentalist and singer Albert Ssempeke and featuring assorted vocal legends from the north of the country. The music blends a fully electronic sensibility with unusual, hand-crafted, African one-string fiddles, a 200-year-old harp and an enormous, group-played xylophone. It mixes traditional Ugandan folk songs and modern pop forms into a new plastic organic vision.
Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Of Ethiopia
Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu Of Ethiopia
LP | 1972 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
19,99 €*
Release:1972 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut present the first official reissue of a landmark album in the field of African music, Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ from 1972. Recorded in New York, the album arrived at a time when Astatke had begun to master the delicate fusion of styles needed to create Ethio jazz.
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.
V.A. - Akwaba Abidjan: Afrofunk In 1970's Ivory Coast
V.A.
Akwaba Abidjan: Afrofunk In 1970's Ivory Coast
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Oriki Music)
20,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
This new Oriki Music compilation includes serious 1970’s Afro dancefloor hits, surely a promising favorite among deejays, Afrofunk and Tropical music revival aficionados.Vinyl diggers can finally play some of Ivory Coast’s hardest to find deep funk, Afrobeat, Manding and Tropical rhythms tunes recorded by such legends as Moussa Doumbia, De Frank Jr, or Francis Kingsley.The consistent liner notes focus on the original label history, Société Ivoirienne du disque, based on interviews with the producer. Original unreleased pictures of the artists and 1970’s Abidjan city, a great artwork and a limited press gatefold double LP and digipack CD make it a beautiful collectible object.Compiled by pioneer African music digger and respected deejay Greg de Villanova, a legend among Afro/Tropical music collectors and deejays, it signs the great return of the dormant French record label, which released such wonders as Orchestra Baobab’s A Night At Club Baobab or Moussa Doumbia’s Keleya.
Wild Fire - Check It Out / The Dealer
Wild Fire
Check It Out / The Dealer
7" | 2016 | EU | Original (Black Pearl Records)
13,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Right for the cold season of the year comes another outstanding Island Funk vinyl to heat you up again. Continuing with their series "Message from the Islands" of rare funky & soulful tunes from Trinidad & Tobago, Black Pearl releasing another two outstanding tracks of the legendary band WILD FIRE.Both tracks are carefully remastered for a much fresher sound and an enjoyable listening pleasure. Comes in a wonderful, authentic and special old-fashioned cardboard cover with vintage haptics.
Sir Waziri Oshomah & His Traditional Sound Makers - Volume 3
Sir Waziri Oshomah & His Traditional Sound Makers
Volume 3
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (Superfly)
20,69 €* 22,99 € -10%
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Jaw-dropping Highlife all the way, the type of record that will not sleep on your shelf for too long, because it’s such a good listen. This sounds like nothing else and it gets a quality reissue, limited to 1000 copies. Records are pressed on 180-gram vinyl with beautiful hard cardboard sleeves made in Japan with Obi. This release also contains liner notes by Uchenna Ikone.
Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet - Afro-Latin Soul Volume 2
Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
Afro-Latin Soul Volume 2
LP | 1966 | US | Reissue (Worthy)
16,99 €*
Release:1966 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Exact repro vinyl reissue. The second volume of the 'Afro-Latin Soul' releases from Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet. This superb LP ws originally issued in 1966.
Shadow - Sweet Sweet Dreams
Shadow
Sweet Sweet Dreams
LP | 2016 | EU | Reissue (Analog Africa)
20,69 €* 22,99 € -10%
Release:2016 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
When it came out in 1984 the far-out album 'Sweet Sweet Dreams' by Trinidad & Tobago's Shadow (aka Winston Bailey) wasdescribed as "way ahead of its time". Undeservedly it was panned by critics and, unable to reach markets, disappearedinto the dusty record collections of a few music aficionados. Now, more than three decades later that cosmic dance-floor UFOis about to take off again, change all that and set the record straight. Remastered and cut by Frank Meritt at The Carvery the album is truly a masterpiece.
Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Guebru - Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Guebru
Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Guebru
Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Guebru
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Mississippi)
20,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The second LP in Mississippi Record's ongoing series of releases from Tsege Mariam Gebru! Here are more '60s recordings of her truly unique solo piano performances. Tsege Mariam Gebru (or spelled here as Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guèbru) is a true original withb a style somewhere between Erik Satie, Debussy, Coptic liturgical music and Ethiopian traditional music. It is some of the most moving piano music you will ever hear! These original compositions appear on vinyl for the first time since their super rare original releases in the early 1960s. The LP comes in an old school "tip on" cover with gold foil printing.
Niagara - Niagara
Niagara
Niagara
LP | 1970 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1970 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
This was more a project than an actual band formed by German jazz drum legend Klaus Weiss. He formerly worked with another jazz legend from his mother country, Klaus Doldinger and gained some fame in the German jazz circuit of the 60s and 70s. His 1971 works with Niagara was the offspring of the vision to create an orchestra made entirely of drummers and percussionists. Despite the fact that there is definitely no regular melody instrument to be heard on this album, the two lengthy compositions are arranged in such an enthralling way, that they have a rather catchy and memorable feel. Among the cult drummers featured on this album are Udo Lindenberg (yes, this icon of German rock and pop started as a drummer) and session hero Keith Forsey. So what both compositions offer is an ever pulsating rhythm inferno, a maelstrom of different grooves and sounds. If you go for this album to find some pop tunes you better change your mind. If you wish to be enchanted and hypnotized by a massive wall of percussion sounds and be dragged deeper and deeper into a state of trance which is utterly addictive you are welcome. This album goes deeper as most psychedelic rock with dreamy melodies and heavy organ work. You cannot compare it to anything ,so open your mind for the ultimate rhythm experience and join in if you dare. Only if you dare.
Idrissa Soumaoro - Ampsa
Idrissa Soumaoro
Ampsa
LP | 1978 | US | Reissue (Mississippi)
19,99 €*
Release:1978 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
A classic and seldom heard LP from Bamako! Not just your average Malian LP, 'Ampsa' features has to be heard to be believed organ, hypnotic guitar and amazing sweet vocals. A truly great LP and must have for fans of Malian music. A faithful reproduction of the original with the addition of liner notes by Florent Mazzoleni. A co-release with Singasongfighter.
Muyei Power - Sierra Leone in 1970s USA
Muyei Power
Sierra Leone in 1970s USA
LP | 2014 | UK | Original (Soundway)
15,19 €* 18,99 € -20%
Release:2014 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Muyei Power or Orchestre Muyei (muyei means ‘our country’) was one of the top dance bands of the1970s in Sierra Leone. Soundway Records' first collection of music from this West African country (‘Muyei Power: Sierra Leone in 1970s USA’) is an album of rock-infused, 'afro' music from a group that traveled the world throughout the mid 1970s. Fusing elements of electric Congolese and Nigerian music with fast, syncopated, uptempo modernised arrangements of traditional music, Muyei Power produced a series of unique single-only releases that have been unavailable for 35 years. The rare recordings featured here are a glimpse of a dynamic and powerful band at the very height of its powers.
King Bucknor Jr - African Woman
King Bucknor Jr
African Woman
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Hot Casa)
23,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 07.07.2017
A fantastic afro-beat album from a Fela Anikulapo Kuti disciple and Kalakuta Republic member. A sublime spiritual and political session recorded in 1979 at the Emi studio in Lagos (Nigeria). Arranged and self-produced, this second Kingsley Bucknor‘s album, hopelessly obscure and impossible to find ranks alongside the best afro-beat album in history!At the age of 19, King Bucknor Jr, also known as the Black Isaiah of Africa, released his second album backed by a 16 band members called “The Afrodisk” and 10 background singers .Two long and hypnotic grooves with all the afro -beat ingredients, fluid and complex drums patterns, strong horns, female voices on chorus, strong lyrics, beautiful keys and horns solos .Essential for all the afro collectors and music lovers.
Masisi Mass Funk - I Want You Girl
Masisi Mass Funk
I Want You Girl
LP | 1979 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1979 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
In mid-seventies, Nigerian bands came and went with alarming regularity, rising meteorically from the slums to stardom and falling back again just as quickly. Masisi Mass Funk from Anamara State was one such band. But during their brief moment in the stratosphere, they produced a funk gem in I Want You Girl. The band was championed by Ebere Ikoro from the Hygrades. He took them under his wing after an ill-advised collaboration with Soly Dibong. They were originators not imitators, he said. He produced I Want You Girl and played on it as well. It’s easy to see what appealed to Ebere Ikoro. The title track has a Manfred Mann sixties vibe. ‘Care To Love Me’ is a wonky, off-kilter reggae calypso number. And ‘Ungrateful People’ bounces along with a Sly And The Family Stone chirpiness. However, it’s the gospel numbers that really stand out. ‘Heavenly Father’ rocks out with strident keyboards and plaintive vocals. And the relentless ‘He Is To Be Praised’ is an afro-funk-rock-gospel monster, guaranteed to raise your eyes to heaven while keeping your feet firmly planted on the dance floor. Sadly, Masisi Mass Funk only released one album, their star burning as quickly as it did brightly. They went on to form First Planet, an Afro Boogie band that tore up Lagos dancefloors in the ‘80s. But that’s another story for another day. - Peter Moore
Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats - Let's Have A Party
Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats
Let's Have A Party
LP | 1974 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1974 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
It’s no exaggeration to say that Geraldo Pino and his band the Heartbeats kickstarted the whole soul/funk/afrobeat scene in West Africa. Mixing highlife, funk and jazz, and using the latest equipment, they laid waste to all before them. In 1966 Fela Kuti was a jobbing musician, eeking out a living with highlife bands. When Gerlado Pino came to town, it changed his life. “Pino tore up the scene,” he recalls in an interview with Carlos Moore. “I knew I had to get my shit together. And fast!”. Produced by Odion Iruoje and engineered by Emmanual Odenusi, Let’s Have A Party is Geraldo Pino’s masterpiece. It’s slick and heavy, tough and uncompromising, with musicianship that will blow your mind. It’s all killer, no filler, with ‘Heavy Heavy Heavy’ and ‘Let Them Talk’ bonafide, nailed on funk classics. The Heartbeats are exactly that, a tight and efficient engine that keeps the groove moving. This is US-style funk, with an emphasis on extended percussion workouts and organ wigouts. You can’t listen to ‘Power To The People’ without being impressed – or compelled to dance. The extended call out to each Heartbeat in ‘Let’s Have a Party’ is well deserved. If my house caught on fire, this is the one album I’d rescue. After one listen, I reckon you’d do the same. - Peter Moore
V.A. - Afrosonique Volume 1
V.A.
Afrosonique Volume 1
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Africa Seven)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
This is the ideal first instalment of a series of compilations bridging African tracks from the '70s and '80s with the most talented artists of today into a remix and re-edit series. With no multi-tracks available, the artists have gone through an incredible work of editing and overdubbing - almost remixing the original works. The result is a frenetic and fresh blend of styles ranging from modern Afro-jazz cuts to heavyweight dancefloor gear, almost spiritual hypnotic club anthems and low-tempo dreamscapes. In a time in which African music is coming back prominently as one of the primary influences of electronic music, 'Afrosonique Vol. 1' effortlessly goes full circle bringing together the original energy of African classics with the disruptive talent of today's innovators.
Andre Tanker & The Mansa Musa Drummers - Back Home
Voilaaa - African Music
Voilaaa
African Music
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Favorite)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Voilaaa is one of the many projects led and produced by Bruno “Patchworks” Hovart, who’s proven over the past 15 years, his place amongst the finest producers of groove music in all genres.This time exploring the wide spectrum of the African and Tropical Disco scene, he received a massive international support for Voilaaa’s first album, On te l’avait dit, released late 2015 on Favorite Recordings.With a second effort already planned for spring 2017, Voilaaa has not finished to feed international dancefloors with heavy Afro-Disco vibes.Here comes the first single from Voilaaa’s upcoming second efforts, made of 3 new killer tunes featuring Lass, Sir Jean, and Pat Kalla.
Kelenkye Band - Moving World
Kelenkye Band
Moving World
LP | 1974 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1974 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
In 1974, a brash young designer called Augustus Kerry Taylor had an idea. He'd gather together the hottest musicians in Ghana and record an album of the heaviest and funkiest sounds coming out of America. And this time, he wouldn't just design the cover, like he'd done with Fela Kuti, he'd even release it on his new label, Emporium, as well. Local Accra legends Joe Wellington, Jagger Botchway, Leslie Addy, Officer Toro, Oko Ringo, Soldier and Steve answered the call. They were christened the Kelenkye Band and gelled immediately. Moving World, is a funky, disparate album that exudes a rare warmth, enthusiasm and togetherness. 'Moving World' and 'Brotherhood of Man' are hard, grinding funk. 'Jungle Music' has a more soulful groove. There's also a bit of reggae, 'Dracula Dance', and old-skool highlife, 'Wale Tobite'. Accra's leading DJ, Charlie Sam, declared his mind 'well and truly boggled.' The Kelenkye Band never recorded another album. Augustus Kerry Taylor shut down Emporium and went back to designing album covers. But in Moving World they delivered a perfect moment of funk alchemy that has rightly become the Holy Grail of 70's Ghanian groove. - Peter Moore, www.africanrevolutions.com / Licensed by the bandleaders and songwriters of the album, Joe Wellington and Jagger Botchway.
Wells Fargo - Watch Out
Wells Fargo
Watch Out
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Now Again)
19,99 €* 24,99 € -20%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Just as the hippie era came to an end in America, a second 60s was beginning. In what is now Zimbabwe,young people created a rock and roll counterculture that drew inspiration from hippie ideals and the soundsof Hendrix and Deep Purple. The kids in the scene called their music “heavy,” because they could feel itsimpact, and it resonated from Zambia to Nigeria.At its peak in the mid-70s, the heavy rock scene united tens of thousands of young progressives of all racialand social backgrounds. The country was called Rhodesia then, one of the last bastions of white rule in Africa,and heavy rockers defied segregation laws and secret police to make a stand for democratic change.Wells Fargo was at the forefront of the scene, and the title track of this album, Watch Out, was the anthem ofthe counterculture. This is the first time their music has been issued outside of Zimbabwe.Matthew Shechmeister tells the story of Wells Fargo drawing on interviews with the band's remainingmembers and numerous trips to Zimbabwe to investigate the genesis of the heavy rock scene under IanSmith's oppressive government, and its dissipation after Zimbabwe's liberation. Never-before-publishedphotographs and rare ephemera color the vibrant era of which this band was part.Bundled with a download card for WAV files and 72 page digital PDF that details the history of Zimbabwe’sheavy rock scene and the trajectory of Wells Fargo.
Harmonious Thelonious - International Dance Record
Harmonious Thelonious
International Dance Record
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Italic)
16,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Brighter than the sun of Africa and hotter than the desert wind Scirocco: Harmonious Thelonious returns with his fourth album. It comes with the enticing title “International Dance Record” and as always, much of it revolves around the vertical component of music: Harmony. The Düsseldorf producer has been exploring the infinite possibilities of electronic music production under pseudonyms like Antonelli Electr. since the late 1990s. He has produced contemporary voodoo art as part of the trio The Durian Brothers. Yet the new album is not a standard procedure. Rather, he shifts the harmonies of African music and juxtaposes them by a whole tone, generating simple harmonic changes with a magical effect. His unusual tonal game runs through half of his album, yet is not its major theme. That, rather, is hypnosis. All of his new tracks run through without detailed arrangements, have heavily infectious melodic passages and create a repetitive pull of mythical power.Overall, his music today is airier and more receptive than anything he has presented to the world to date as Harmonious Thelonious. The brute force beats his previous albums “Talking”, “Listen” and “Santos” have been replaced by simple rhythm box grooves. They are repeatedly joined by short highlife guitar themes, bright flute melodies and feathery keyboard hooks. Africa is also only partially a reference for this unclassifiable and cheerful dance sound, which is entitled “International Dance Record” for good reasons. Because this time the priority is on immediate movement and pieces like “Talking About” or the remake of “Muziek”, still crude on his 2012 EP “Ting Tong”, both nod to House without directly being that. A longplayer between worlds that creates its very own – and despite all its exoticism, somehow remains absolutely grounded.
Pat Thomas - Coming Home (Classics 1967-1981) - Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics
Pat Thomas
Coming Home (Classics 1967-1981) - Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics
3LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Strut)
25,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Ghanaian highlife master and “The Golden Voice Of Africa”, Pat Thomas, returns with his first full career retrospective on Strut this Autumn, covering his late ‘60s big band highlife recordings through to the “burger highlife” movement of the early ‘80s. Growing up with music around him (“my uncle, King Onyina, was an important highlife musician”), Thomas was inspired to become a singer after hearing vocalist Joss Aikins: “He sang with Broadway Dance Band and Decca in Ghana chose him to sing with any group that came into their studios.”When a new incarnation of Broadway Dance Band was created in ‘67, led by Ebo Taylor, Thomas received his first big break. “Ebo started to write new songs. I added the lyrics and sang them and it worked well.” The partnership with Taylor would become one of the enduring forces in Ghanaian music during the ‘70s, creating a fresh, progressive new highlife sound. They played with the Blue Monks band before, in 1974, forming Sweet Beans with the backing of Ghana’s Cocoa Marketing Board: “The album, ‘False Lover’, was the first under my own name and my first for Gapophone,” Pat reflects. “Reggae was “on” at that time - Jimmy Cliff was the guy - so I tried reggae fusions and brought in some soul.” The album established Thomas across Ghana. Sweet Beans disbanded but the musicians stayed together as Marijata. “The guys initially used Jewel Ackah as their vocalist but they involved me and I re-vocalled the album. This became the ‘Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata’ LP. At that time, I would go to George Prah at Gapophone to ask for money and he would say, ‘if you want me to pay you, go and write a song!’ So, tracks like ‘Coming Home’ came about that way, written on the spot.” A second Marijata album followed before a damaging coup in Ghana in 1979. “Jerry Rawlings’ “house-cleaning” was designed to stop corruption but it seriously damaged our country’s music culture.”Thomas left for Berlin and stayed true to his highlife roots, becoming the first Ghanaian to record highlife there. “In Ghana, people ex-pats living in Germany called themselves ‘burgers’, so the scene became ‘burger highlife’.” Thomas travelled to Togo and London, before settling in Canada: “I ended up there for ten years playing for universities, Ghanaian societies and festivals.”
Vaudou Game - Kidayu
Vaudou Game
Kidayu
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Hot Casa)
23,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
When faced with the decision to take a different direction at the risk of getting lost in a synthetic sound or to further explore the same musical path, Vaudou Game didn’t need to consult the oracle for very long when putting together their new album. Since their first acclaimed album, Apiafo and its irresistible single "Pas Contente", these Lyon natives never turned down the heat on over 130 stages across Europe, Africa, America and Asia. Peter Solo has displayed his amulets, charisma and yellow pants around the globe. When time came for them to harness their Afro-Funk sound for the second time, they turned their attention once again to their analog strengths. Vintage material, instruments produced in the 70's and cassette tapes were the "grigris" (or lucky charms) which proved most effective to ward off digital corruption of their music and return them to a tight-knit group with a solid groove. This unbeatable trance rhythm, inherited from James Brown and Fela, icons of Funk and Afrobeat, becomes trident when joined by Mawu, the creative voodoo divinity hidden in each of the group's notes. This inspiration transcends their spirit of communion, plunges them deeply into Mother Earth and results in the telepathic trance which is directly connected to Togo Peter's native Togo. Each song then becomes a celebration where the listener becomes the group's voodoo doll, embraced by the rhythm, submitting itself to the mercilessly metronomic cutting of guitars, struck by the copper-colored flashes of lightning forged by the African voodoo deity Hevioso, pierced by the psychedelic visions generated by the organs and a six-string guitar, cheerful songs, and hypnotic incantations.
Aleke Kanonu - Aleke
Aleke Kanonu
Aleke
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
After spending much of the ‘70s humping his congos around New York as a session musician, Nigerian Aleke Kanonu pulled in some favours to record an album of his own. The result was Aleke, a criminally obscure Afrobeat/Funk/Jazz masterpiece featuring Buddy Williams on drums, George Davis on guitar and a cameo from Wynton Marsalis on flugelhorn. There are only four tracks on the album but they are all killers. N’Gwode sounds like Fela Kuti and Manu Dibangu hanging out with Bobby Womack, probably somewhere across 110th Street. ‘Keep New York Clean’ struts like Shaft after a successful bust. And ‘Mothers Day’ keeps things sweet and soulful, before Wynton Marsalis brings back the groove with his flugelhorn on ‘Home Sweet Home’. Until recently you would have had to take out a second mortgage to get hold of Akele. And sold a kidney for the Happiness/Nwanne, Nwanne, Nwanne 12’’ Kanonu released a year later. Thankfully PMG has re-issued the LP and the EP, with the CD version containing both. - Peter Moore.
V.A. - Space Echo
V.A.
Space Echo
2LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
24,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In the spring of 1968 a cargo ship was preparing to leave the port of Baltimore with an important shipment of musical instruments. Its final destination was Rio De Janeiro, where the EMSE Exhibition (Exposição Mundial Do Son Eletrônico) was going to be held. It was the first expo of its kind to take place in the Southern Hemisphere and many of the leading companies in the field of electronic music were involved. Rhodes, Moog, Farfisa, Hammond and Korg, just to name a few, were all eager to present their newest synthesisers and other gadgets to a growing and promising South American market, spearheaded by Brazil and Colombia.The ship with the goods set sail on the 20th of March on a calm morning and mysteriously disappeared from the radar on the very same day. One can only imagine the surprise of the villagers of Cachaço, on the Sao Nicolau island of Cabo Verde, when a few months later they woke up and found a ship stranded in their fields, in the middle of nowhere, 8 km from any coastline.After consulting with the village elders, the locals had decided to open the containers to see what was inside – however gossip as scintillating as this travels fast and colonial police had already arrived and secured the area. Portuguese scientists and physicians were ordered to the scene and after weeks of thorough studies and research, it was concluded that the ship had fallen from the sky. One of the less plausible theories was that it might have fallen from a Russian military air carrier. The locals joked that again the government had wasted their tax money on a useless exercise, as a simple look at the crater generated by the impact could explain the phenomena. “No need for Portuguese rocket scientists to explain this!” they laughed.What the villagers didn’t know, was that traces of cosmic particles were discovered on the boat. The bow of the ship showed traces of extreme heat, very similar to traces found on meteors, suggesting that the ship had penetrated the hemisphere at high speed. That theory also didn't make sense as such an impact would have reduced the ship to dust. Mystery permeated the event.Finally, a team of welders arrived to open the containers and the whole village waited impatiently. The atmosphere, which had been filled with joy and excitement, quickly gave way to astonishment. Hundreds of boxes conjured, all containing keyboards and other instruments which they had never seen before: and all useless in an area devoid of electricity. Disappointment was palpable. The goods were temporarily stored in the local church and the women of the village had insisted a solution be found before Sunday mass.It is said that charismatic anti-colonial leader Amílcar Cabral had ordered for the instruments to be distributed equally in places that had access to electricity, which placed them mainly in schools. This distribution was best thing that could have happened - keyboards found fertile grounds in the hands of curious children, born with an innate sense of rhythm who picked up the ready-to-use instruments. This in turn facilitated the modernisation of local rhythms such as Mornas, Coladeras and the highly danceable music style called Funaná, which had been banned by the Portuguese colonial rulers until 1975 due to its sensuality!The observation was made that the children who came into contact with the instruments found on the ship inherited prodigious capabilities to understand music and learn instruments. One of them was the musical genius Paulino Vieira, who by the end of the 70s would become the country´s most important music arranger. 8 out of the 15 songs presented in this compilation had been recorded with the backing of the band Voz de Cabo Verde, lead by Paulino Vieira, the mastermind behind the creation and promulgation of what is known today as “The Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde”.
Mulatu Astatke - Yegelle Tezeta / Yekatit
Jean-Marie Bolangassa - Brazzaville Percussions EP
Jean-Marie Bolangassa
Brazzaville Percussions EP
12" | 2015 | UK | Original (Sofrito)
12,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The founder member of Afro-disco legends M'Bamina wickedly go-betweening Congolese roots and swingeing techno: three boom shots of raw, virtuosic percussion, threaded with complex drum-machine programming and sparse synths.
Verckys & Orchestre Vévé - Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rumba
Verckys & Orchestre Vévé
Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rumba
2LP | 2014 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
21,99 €*
Release:2014 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Analog Africa has the privilege to present 11 tracks by Verckys et L’Orchestre Vévé at the height of their most funky capabilities. Compiled over the course of many years in a land of hardship, we welcome you to the grooviest era of the Congo!
Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics - Jaiyede Afro
Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics
Jaiyede Afro
2LP+CD | 2014 | EU | Original (Strut)
24,99 €*
Release:2014 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Heliocentrics team up with the legendary Orlando Julius this time. Expect nothing but another slammer like their collaborations with Mulatu Astatke or Lloyd Miller!
Orlando Julius - Disco Hi-Life
Orlando Julius
Disco Hi-Life
LP | 1976 | EU | Reissue (Hot Casa)
18,99 €*
Release:1976 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Hot Casa Records proudly presents the reissue of Disco Hi-Life, a real treasure album composed and interpreted by Afro-Soul maestro, Orlando Julius. Here comes the remastered version of a real mindblower piece from 1976 including four unreleased tracks, all recorded with the best Nigerian musicians, between Ginger Baker’ Studio in Lagos and the American Star Studio in West Virginia, USA.
Batsumi - Batsumi Clear Vinyl Edition
Batsumi
Batsumi Clear Vinyl Edition
LP | 1974 | UK | Reissue (Matsuli)
23,99 €*
Release:1974 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Matsuli Music continues its reissue program of rare indigenous afro-jazz sounds from South Africa with the release of Sowetan group Batsumi's self-titled debut from 1974. The reissue has been lovingly re-mastered from the original tapes.The album arrived amidst a period of intense political, intellectual and artistic ferment stimulated in large part by the teachings of Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness Movement. ‘“Say it loud! I’m black and I’m proud”. This is fast becoming our modern culture,’ wrote Biko in 1971, ‘a culture of defiance, self assertion and group pride and solidarity.’ Drawing partly on the insights of Frantz Fanon and the poets of Négritude, and partly on the contemporary US Black Power politics of figures such as Eldridge Cleaver and Stokely Carmichael, Biko forged a visionary and potent message of South African redemption, pride and defiance. It took culture to its heart, and the wake of Biko’s message a burgeoning arts scene rooted in the black and African experience began to flourish. Batsumi is a masterpiece of spiritualised afro-jazz, and a prodigious singularity in the South African jazz canon. There is nothing else on record from the period that has the deep, resonant urgency of the Batsumi sound, a reverb-drenched, formidably focussed pulse, underpinned by the tight-locked interplay of traditional and trap drums, and pushed on by the throb of Zulu Bidi’s mesmeric bass figures. The warm notes of Johnny Mothopeng’s guitar complete a soundscape that is at once closely packed with sonic texture and simultaneously vibrating with open space, and in whose shimmer and haze Themba Koyana and Tom Masemola soar. A sonorous echo emanating from an ancient well, reverberant with jazz ghosts and warmed by the heat of soul and pop, Batsumi is nothing short of revelatory.Many groups from this period did not issue recordings at all, and Batsumi are unusual in even having left an official recorded legacy. Out of print since the 1970s, and never issued outside of South African in its entireity, Batsumi is a landmark South African jazz recording, and a key musical document of its time.
Tony Grey - Time Factor / You Are The One
Tony Grey
Time Factor / You Are The One
LP | 2013 | UK | Original (Voodoo Funk)
12,99 €*
Release:2013 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The legendary digger re-ignites the Lagos Disco Inferno and kicks off his own mouth-watering imprint with these two sides of boogie-down bliss. Irresistible Afro-disco, layered with delirious syn-drums and sick keys, and featuring a horn-line bumptiously whipped from Louis 'Thunder Thumbs' Johnson's bass-playing on MJ's Workin' Day And Night. Originally from Warri where he stayed throughout most of his career, Tony's first band was the Famous Latin And His Dominant Seven. He gigged for a while as a James Brown imitator with The Great Peters, before his breakthrough fronting the Magnificient Zeinians, with some amazing 45s on EMI's HMV imprint — best of all the psych-rock-funk monster Ije Udo. From the early to mid 1970s, his EMI sides range from Afrobeat to rock and pop. All Tony's records are great. He came up with various names for his backing bands — the Black 7, the Super 7, the Black Kings... From the early-eighties, with the Ozimba Messengers, Grey's two recordings here were originally released on different LPs. Limited, top-notch pressing from Pallas via Abbey Road; with a lovely 12-by-24-inch poster.
Lord Echo - Harmonies DJ Friendly Edition
Lord Echo
Harmonies DJ Friendly Edition
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Soundway)
22,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 30.06.2017
DJ friendly 2xLP version, cut loud for your pleasure!Harmonies is the new long player from underground super-producer Lord Echo. Hotly anticipated for the last few years by his growing entourage of fans, many were frustrated by his descent into obscurity in the industrial backwaters of New Zealand where he lived alone and went completely insane trying to complete the record. But those frustrations are finally at an end, and the wait was worth it - for fans at least.The new album solidifies his already distinctive mutations of reggae and rock steady with disco, African soul, techno and spiritual jazz. In other words, the Lord has returned from the wilderness with a bounty for his followers. Eat of the bread of life and enjoy access to his crazy World of Sound.
Oumou Sangare - Mogoya White Vinyl Edition
Oumou Sangare
Mogoya White Vinyl Edition
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (No Format)
19,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Die malische, 1968 geborene Wassoulou-Musikerin Oumou Sangaré ist so etwas wie die Diva der Weltmusik.Seit 1990 hat die UN-Botschafterin mit Künstlerinnen wie Alicia Keys, Tracy Chapman, Bela Fleck und DeeDee Bridgewater kollaboriert, ist mehrfach weltweit getourt und hat sechs überaus erfolgreiche Alben beiWorld Circuit veröffentlicht, die einen nicht unwesentlichen Beitrag zum Boom malischer Musik leisteten."Mogoya" kommt nun allerdings via Nø Førmat! in den Handel. Nicht die einzige Veränderung, auch dasKlangbild wurde modifiziert. Zwar fußen die neuen Songs nach wie vor tief in den Traditionen Malis, doch derSound wirkt viel frischer und kraftvoller, als man das von früheren Aufnahmen kennt. "This time round Iwanted to go for more of a modern sound, to satisfy young people in Mali but being careful, all the while, torespect my culture and tradition", wie Sangaré unterstreicht. Neben herkömmlichen afrikanischenKlangerzeugern wie dem Saiteninstrument Kamele N’goni oder der Röhrenglocke Karignan kamen zu diesemZweck elektrische Gitarren, Bass, Keyboards, Synthesizer und Tony Allen an den Drums zum Einsatz. Fürdie Produktion von "Mogoya" zeichnen der Schwede Andreas Unge und das französische Kollektiv A.l.b.e.r.t.(Ludovic Bruni, Vincent Taurelle, Vincent Taeger), das bereits für Air, Tony Allen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beckund Franz Ferdinand tätig war, verantwortlich.
Pasteur Lappe - Na Man Pass Man
Pasteur Lappe
Na Man Pass Man
LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Africa Seven)
20,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following on from the Pasteur Lappé compilation 'African Funk Experimentals' on Africa Seven, here's a repress of his second album from 1979, 'Na Man Pass Man'. The album is full of diverse sounds, ranging from driving funk, sweeping disco grooves, syrupy ballads, reggae and Jackson-five-esque pop to finger-lickin' soul.
Blay Ambolley - Ketan
NST Cophie's - Bian Kou
NST Cophie's
Bian Kou
| 2017 | EU | Original (Kalita)
12,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 22.09.2017
Kalita Records are extremely proud to announce their first release, the three choice cuts from NST Cophie's 1980 private press Ivory Coast Afro-disco album 'Mon'Da Center'. After moving to Paris in 1976 and having played with other well-known bands such as N'Bamina, Osibisa, and with numerous artists including Jimmy Hyacinthe and Papa Wemba, 'Mon'Da Center' was Ernest's first solo album. Recorded at Studio Caroline in Paris's 20th sector over the space of one week, this self-funded ultra-rare album regularly exchanges hands for eye-watering prices. Pretty much unknown except to the most hardened of diggers, 'Bian Kou', 'E Clolo' and 'Mioukouna' are guaranteed to set any dance floor alight, with hypnotic Afro-disco grooves, killer drums and angelic female vocals. We hope that you love the tracks as much as we do, and invite you to join us in celebrating the musical world of NST Cophie's, all on glorious 180 gram vinyl! Accompanied with liner notes and exclusive photos!
Tony Allen & Africa 70 - Afro Disco Beat Disco Afro Reedit Volume 2
Tony Allen & Africa 70
Afro Disco Beat Disco Afro Reedit Volume 2
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Comet)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In 1976, Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Afrika 70 released a total of 8 albums including the hit Zombie. At the time of their height, Tony Allen, Fela's drummer, decided to release a follow-up album to Jealousy. Progress was the result of a series of studio sessions, featuring Fela himself with a tenor solo on the title-track. The b-side contains the dancefloor filler “Afro Disco Beat”.Today, Comet proudly presents the 2nd release of the Tony Allen & Africa 70 (Disco Afro Series): featuring remastered original versions of “Afro Disco Beat” and remixes by Africaine 808 & Mexican Institute of Sound.Africaine 808, the Berlin-based duo of Dirk Leyers and DJ Nomad (Hans Reuschl), have been challenging the norm with their distinctive flavor of West African bass, rhythms and samples mixed into moreish disco and house tracks.Camilo Lara, known as the Mexican Institute of Sound is a musician, remixer, producer, Dj and label manager for Casete Records in Mexico, which has distributed albums from artists such as Radiohead, Bjork, Jamie XX and Nick Cave.
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)
SJOB Movement - Friendship Train
SJOB Movement
Friendship Train
LP | 1977 | US | Reissue (Cultures Of Soul)
22,99 €*
Release:1977 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
SJOB Movement's “Friendship Train” was the second LP by the group and one which saw the group rise to new heights. It's a masterpiece of African music with it's fluid afro beat grooves and spaced out Moog synthesizer sounds. Here is an excerpt from the liner notes written and researched by Uchenna Ikonne: ""Prince Bola Agbana might hardly be the most immediately recognizable name in the constellation of Nigerian music stars, but for a significant portion of the last half-century he labored in the shadows, dutifully serving as one of the key movers in its development: An in-demand session musician. An early and respected exponent of funk. A catalyst in the retrofit of juju into a modern pop genre. Most of all, though, he is recognized as the founder, leader, drummer and principal vocalist of the SJOB Movement. SJOB: Sam, Johnnie, Ottah, Bola. For a moment in the mid-1970s, they were le dernier cri in modern Nigerian music, representing the next step in the evolution of afro rhythms, and a new paradigm for the band economy. Their first album, 1976’s “A Move in the Right Direction”, was a minor sensation and was swiftly followed by “Friendship Train” in 1977. Then it appeared that the movement stopped moving, and SJOB disappeared from the scene.
L’Ochestre Kyaddondo Int. / Mwenge Jazz - Gkinumanze / Kizunguzungu
L’Ochestre Kyaddondo Int. / Mwenge Jazz
Gkinumanze / Kizunguzungu
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Afro7)
8,99 €* 9,99 € -10%
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!
V.A. - Wake Up You Volume 2: The Rise & Fall Of Nigerian Rock Music (1972 - 1977)
V.A.
Wake Up You Volume 2: The Rise & Fall Of Nigerian Rock Music (1972 - 1977)
2LP | 2016 | US | Reissue (Now Again)
19,99 €* 24,99 € -20%
Release:2016 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Western world was in the throes of peace, love and flower power as Nigeria descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel Fela to stardom after conflict ended in 1970. “Wake Up You!” tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s.
Aigbe Lebarty - Unity
Aigbe Lebarty
Unity
LP | 1979 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1979 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
In 1979, long-time Highlife veteran Aigbe Lebarty decided to try his hand at high-energy disco funk. Checking the Lebartone Aces at the door, he borrowed the Sex Bombers from Prince Omo Lawal-Osula and created Unity, a sure-fire dance floor stomper that channels ‘Ring My Bell’ into a clarion cry for, well, unity ... and a good time. The title track is the undisputed highlight of the album. It rattles along in a wonky, skittish fashion, with the high-pitched toms dueling with the Sex Bombers in a musical game of Space Invaders. ‘His Highness Erediauwa 1 Oba Of Benin (Part 1 &2)’, sees Aigbe slips back into Highlife like a comfortable pair of slippers. The tracks were a gift to Erediauwa, who had just been crowned the 38th ruler of the Edo people in Benin City. Like eastern Nigeria, Benin City had remained a haven for highlife, so no surprises there. Spookily, the re-issue of this album by PMG coincides with the passing of his Highness Erediauwa 1 and the coronation of his successor. There is no word whether a follow-up is in the works. - Peter Moore
V.A. - Mushroom House EP 2
V.A.
Mushroom House EP 2
12" | 2016 | EU | Original (Toy Tonics)
8,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Toy Tonics going Afro House. The MUSHROOM HOUSE compilation series part brings 4 unreleased tracks. Including two of the most relevant names of the growing scene: AUNTIE FLO from UK and mysterious producer HYENAH. Hyenah is a favourite of the scene’s main man Black Coffee and DJ’s like Dixon and the Innervisions circle are heavy fans. Also on this EP a new track by Toy Tonics very own ZHUT & KAPOTE. Kids from Berlin with a good buzz right now. Inside their track Afro Rico an Senegalese child choir meets some Zappaesque Marimbas going crazy… And as a bonus track you find Munk’s Nigerian Jam: A Nigerian Funk band rolling over an heavy disco beat. Very deep, but very effective.
Stormmers, The - Lovers Song
Sunburst - Ave Africa
Sunburst
Ave Africa
2LP+2CD | 2016 | EU | Original (Strut)
28,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut presents a definitive collection of recordings from one of Tanzania’s most revered bands of the early 1970s, Sunburst. Covering their output from 1973 to 1976, this first retrospective features their singles for the Moto Moto and TFC labels, their sole album, ‘Ave Africa’ and an unreleased radio session recorded in Tanzania in 1973.
Calypso Rose - Far From Home
Calypso Rose
Far From Home
2x10"+CD | 2016 | EU | Original (Because)
21,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Calypso is a musical genre that was popularised in the 50’s and exclusively made by men for a long time. But if there is one queen of this movement, it is Calypso Rose. Life hasn’t always been easy for the Caribbean Diva and she willingly praises a di
Akwassa - La'ila
Akwassa
La'ila
LP | 1975 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1975 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Akwassa were among the best Afro-Beat bands coming from Nigeria. They released La'ila in 1975 and were one of the early Nigerian Funk bands to get an album out. They were related to the Heads Funk Band and most members were part of both bands. They managed to release two albums as Akwassa. Their debut La'ila came out on a well known Afro-Beat label Afrodisia Records. Akwassa were originally a duo made of Felix Day (guitar and vocals) and Kevin Coburn (organ, synthesizer and vocals). Felix Day is actually Feladey, the guitarist in Aktion (another top notch Nigerian band reissued by PMG). On La'ila the band used a lot of synthesizers and the overall sound is very pleasing. Overall the album has a raw and unpolished sound, but that's what brings that certain spark for being among the very best in the Afro-Beat genre.
Heads Funk Band - Hard World
Heads Funk Band
Hard World
LP | EU | Reissue (PMG)
17,99 €* 19,99 € -10%
Release:EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Hard World is the first of three albums released by Heads Funk Band and it's one of the most rare LPs coming from Nigeria. What we have here is a pure, well crafted Afro-Funk. Heads Funk Band is related to Akwassa, where both are two exceptional bands with the same members, but co-existed simultaneously featuring Felix Odey (Feladey) on guitar and Eddie Offeyi on drums. The original forming duo of Akwassa was Felix Day / Feladey (guitar, vocals) and Kevin Coburn (keyboards, synths, vocals), who collaborated with guest musicians, which later turned out to be the actual Heads Funk Band. Some rumours say all of them were in both bands and musically speaking we can hear a lot of similarities. Akwassa released two incredibly rare albums, while Heads Funk Band managed to release three LPs, of which Hard World is the most hard to find.
Berkely Ike Jones - Nation Building
Berkely Ike Jones
Nation Building
LP | 1979 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
17,99 €* 19,99 € -10%
Release:1979 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Nation Building is a real forgotten gem from the late '70s and is among the very best Afro-Beat Disco Lps ever. Berkely Ike Jones is one of the icons of the Nigerian scene being the guitarist and founder of BLO (forthcoming on PMG). BLO were one of the very best progressive bands from Nigeria and managed to release several albums for EMI (Nigeria) and Afrodisia Records. BLO are definitely a ground-breaking band, that managed to further establish the entire Afro-Funk genre. At the time Ginger Baker of Cream went to travel to Nigeria and invited Berkely Ike Jones to be part of session-band Salt. They went back to UK and toured in Europe. Berkely Ike Jones played with many bands like with Ofege on their Try and Love album and he also appeared on many other great albums by artists like Steve Black, Lijadu Sisters, Tee Mac, Kris Okotie, Sonny Okosuns Ozziddi, 'Blackman' Akeeb Kareem, Mixed Grill, Don Bruce And The Angels and Felix Lebarty. Nation Building is his solo project recorded in the late 1970s on Skylark Records. The original LP is extremely rare and very expensive, so this is your chance to grab your copy and listen to some really great Afro-Beat music.
Nigeria 70 - Volume 3: Sweet Times - Afro, Funk, Highlife & Juju From 1970s Lagos
Nigeria 70
Volume 3: Sweet Times - Afro, Funk, Highlife & Juju From 1970s Lagos
2LP+CD | 2011 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
22,49 €* 24,99 € -10%
Release:2011 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The third instalment in Strut’s essential trip through the rich archives of Nigerian music brings together ‘70s Afrobeat and highlife from Victor Olaiya, Rex Williams, Zeal Onyia and more.
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