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Rob - Rob
Rob
Rob
LP | 1977 | EU | Reissue (Mr Bongo)
23,99 €*
Release:1977 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Accra-born pianist and frontman only released a few albums in small quantities, yet two of them are among the most sought-after records from 70’s Africa. This was the first.

So what do we know? After learning his craft in Benin and playing with the likes of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, ROB returned to Accra to write his own material and find a sound.
Hooked on the driving funk and raw soul of stars such as James Brown and Otis Redding, he would often imitate his heroes on his father’s piano during school holidays.
The title track sets the pace with a JBs-like rhythm, ROB almost shamanic with his sparse yet commanding vocal. The organ and wah-wah guitar spin us out before those imperious horns bring us back in.
And what better way to close this set than with ‘More’, swept up in a call and response between Rob and his backing singers as a ‘Blow Your Head’ synth flares and the brass blasts. Good times guaranteed.
As the man himself says, “Funky music is in my blood. What you hear is the coming out of my mind.” No one sounds like Rob, because there is no one like Rob.
Kokoroko - Kokoroko
Kassav - Love And Ka Dance Record Store Day 2019 Edition
Kassav
Love And Ka Dance Record Store Day 2019 Edition
2LP | 1979 | EU | Reissue (Heavenly Sweetness)
23,99 €*
Release:1979 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Unavailable for years, the reissue of Kassav' legendary first album released for the RSD. Founding album of the modernization of Guadeloupe music, it will give birth a few years later to the global zouk phenomenon. This version gathers for the first time the original version as the American version of the album (4 different tracks).
Fela Kuti x Carhartt WIP - Live In Detroit 1986 Carhartt WIP Edition
Fela Kuti x Carhartt WIP
Live In Detroit 1986 Carhartt WIP Edition
4LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Knitting Factory)
35,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Fela Kuti, the Afrobeat music innovator from Nigeria, toured with his legendary second band Egypt 80 through the USA in 1986. His concert in Detroit has been recorded but never released before 2012.

To accompany the Fela Kuti x Carhartt WIP tribute collection, the out of print „Live In Detroit 1986“ album now gets a limited to 500 copies 4 x 12“ vinyl re-release, available only at a few selected shops worldwide.

Format: 4 x Vinyl 12“ LP Gatefold Cover
African Vibration - Hinde Julien Dyne Rework
African Vibration
Hinde Julien Dyne Rework
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (Soundway)
12,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Continuing the series of 12” dancefloor singles, Soundway Records presents the highly sought after track “Hinde” by African Vibration, now re-mastered from the original master tapes.
Originally pressed on 7” vinyl in 1987, it was the group’s last release together. A unique piece of East African synthesised electronic soul from 1980s Kenya, it was reissued by Soundway as part of the Kenya Special: Volume Two compilation in 2016, but following the recent acquisition of the master tapes it has now been revitalised to a standard surpassing its former glory, and cut loud on 12” vinyl for the dancefloor.
The B Side features a deep, extended rework with cruising synth stabs and slick production from one of Soundway’s recent recruits, Julien Dyne, who released his critically acclaimed album “Teal” in 2018.
Sea Bee - I Wanda Why?
Sea Bee
I Wanda Why?
12" | 1984 | EU | Reissue (Afrosynth)
13,99 €*
Release:1984 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Originally released in South Africa in 1994 on the Mighty Good Sounds imprint, Sea Bee’s debut album was a hit in the earliest days of kwaito, the house-infused soundtrack of a newly democratic nation. While it may have been Sea Bee’s release, key to the album’s success was the magic touch of Spokes H, who composed, produced and arranged all the tracks. Sea Bee would soon disappear off the radar, while Spokes remained an influential and popular figure in SA until his untimely death in 2013.
The latest release on DJ Okapi’s Afrosynth Records removes two tracks from the original six-track album, keeping four of the choicest downtempo dancefloor bombs – ‘Home Boy’, ‘I Wanda Why’, ‘Thiba’ and ‘Stoppa - all heavy on the bass, with uplifting vocals and unique lyrics guaranteed to not let any discerning (or aspiring) DJ down – ever!
Henry Wenceslas Thenard - Ne Dis Pas Cela
Henry Wenceslas Thenard
Ne Dis Pas Cela
12" | 1985 | EU | Reissue (Atangana)
13,99 €*
Release:1985 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Founded in 2018 by DJ & Producer Déni-Shain & Thomas Vicente, Atangana Records is the fruit of a friendship and an unlikely alliance between Déni, a true digging globe-trotter, who has spent over twenty years traveling the world in search of artists and uncovering tropical hits, and Thomas an entrepreneur, who reached beyond his career in hospitality, to make a move on his and Deni’s passion for tropical music.
The objective is simple: It’s to share the love of music and find the pleasure of hearing voices, percussions, and harmony's sadly gone amiss in social outings and in our homes. After the success of the label first two releases, notably the Fedia Laguerre – Divizion, Atangana is back on the saddle and is re-editing the Guadeloupean gem from Henry Wenceslas Thenard, “Ne Dis Pas Cela”, originating in 1985 from LM PRODUCTION.
After months of searching for the artist, Déni finally found Henry in his home in Saint-Anne in Guadeloupe. Meeting Henry was a moving moment, he unraveled the story on his title “Ne Dis Pas Cela” being the single of an album that never saw the light, and the version of the title engraved on the vinyl at the time was the not the final version of the song.
The new maxi that Henry considered to be at the time “the new sound of Guadeloupe” will be accompanied by a remix from Mr. Bird, and an instrumental version comprising his additional production.
Djeuhdjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson - El Nino / Fontaine
Djeuhdjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson
El Nino / Fontaine
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Hot Casa)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson is a French composers and afro-soul singer’s duo. T’es qui ? is their first album, fruit of an intense collaboration during many years, on stage and in studio. They call their music as “Afropean songs”, a collection of Jazzy-Pop melodies, Afro-Soul and Funk arrangements.
They'll be back in November with a tremendous Afro-Jazz and Funky album titled Aimez ces airs. Until then, they present “El Nino”, an Afro-Funk gem about climate change, and “Fontaine”, an Afro hit with a great combination of analog take and electronic dancefloor ingredients.
After massive support from national radios and prestigious DJs such as Gilles Peterson, it could be the funky summer hit 2018!
Limited press on a deluxe vinyl designed by the artist Felix.
Tata - It's A Mess
Tata
It's A Mess
12" | 1985 | EU | Reissue (Sharp Flat)
13,99 €*
Release:1985 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Two sizzling South African boogie tracks from Kabasa’s Tata Sibeko. A killer producer, arranger and bass wizard, Tata channels the gloomy current affairs landscape of 1985 into a glimmering Afro-synth nugget. As South African pop embraced 1980s synth sounds, Maxi Singles on 12-inch vinyl became a new canvas of expression with wider grooves for fat beats and extended mixes that suited dancefloors.
The supergroups of the 1970s fragmented into solo recording artists with the likes of Harari’s Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse releasing his seminal “Burnout” single in 1984. Former Kabasa frontman Tata Sibeko dropped “It’s A Mess” in 1985, addressing the world’s Cold War climate with an appeal to “learn to love each other” and “save ourselves from catastrophe.” The B-side “Afro Breakdance” marked the evolution of Tata’s Afro-global sensibilities from “Afro Funkin’” that had appeared five years earlier on Kabasa’s self-titled debut in 1980. Tata Sibeko (RIP) passed away in 2017 after approving the restoration and reissue of this single. This release is dedicated to his kindness, charm and creative zeal.
N’Draman Blintch - Cosmic Sounds
N’Draman Blintch
Cosmic Sounds
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (Hot Mule & Secousse)
23,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Tired of reading the words ‘classic’, ‘masterpiece’, ‘missing link’, ‘cult’, in every press release? Just trust us on this one: We have no choice but to use those words and urge you to (re)discover one of the ultimate Afro-Disco lost classics.
How could such a masterpiece stay in obscurity for so long? Well, no one knows where N’Draman is. He’s presumed dead, and so is Mr Patrick, the label owner, an ex-football player who turned his focus into fashion after suffering a career ending injury. Selling jeans from an outlet in Monrovia (Liberia), he only ventured in the music business for a short period of time, releasing a handful of incredible albums on his Cosmic Sounds imprint.
The word on the street was that Nigerian legend William Onyeabor was somehow involved with the production of the album, or maybe playing synths on it. Both were inaccurate, although N’Draman Blintch’s previous and first record Cikamele, was indeed recorded at Willfilms, Onyeabor’s studio. And some of the musicians playing here were also key members in his pool of session musicians.
Cosmic Sounds is many things: Psychedelic, politically engaged, funky to death, full of synths, with an artwork to die for, a perfect crossover of African and Western culture: Music for the body and soul, Cosmic disco before the genre even existed. Did DJ Danielle Baldelli hear it? Was it ever played by Larry Levan or Mancuso? In a pre-internet era, it’s unlikely but not impossible.
We are extremely honored in carrying the reissue of this gem and have treated the task with utmost respect: both artwork and audio were restored by specialists, and liner notes were written by Temitope Kogbe, Afro-Funk expert who runs the Odion Livingston label, founded with legendary producer Odion Iruoje. 38 years after its original release, the world is finally ready to hear Cosmic Sounds in all its glory.
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.
Dexter Story - Bahir
Dexter Story
Bahir
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Soundway)
22,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Dexter Story is an artistic spirit in the truest sense of the phrase. From his work as a multi-instrumentalist for acts like the Sa-Ra Creative Partners, to his management role with Snoop Dogg and his turn producing Daymé Arocena’s 2017 album Cubafonia, Story understands the business from every conceivable angle.
Initially inspired by the music and cultures pervasive throughout the Horn of Africa, Story translated his experiences there into his previous album Wondem, followed closely by the single Wejene Aola featuring jazz luminary Kamasi Washington, both on Soundway Records. If Wondem was a brief glance into Story’s new creative vision, Bahir is a pinpoint refinement of that purpose, the fine-tuning and expanding of the world he created on his Soundway debut.
On Bahir, Story steps in front of those influences and melds his world into the one he fell in love with so strongly while in Africa. One way in which he’s done so is by incorporating musicians from both sides of this coin. LA luminaries are featured throughout, as are African contemporaries he encountered throughout his travels. Sudan Archives gives a show-stealing vocal performance on “Gold”, while the Ethiopian producer Endeguena Mulu adds impenetrable and psychedelic texture to the album’s title track.
So Bahir finds the polymath musician not stuck between two worlds, but as a member of both. We get Ethiopian jazz tonalities, Tuareg grooves, ekista dance rhythms, Afro-funk, Somalian soul and forays into more contemporary jazz rhythms, too. Angelenos like Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Josef Leimberg give the record its backbone, while African artists like the Ethiopian singer Hamelmal Abate give Bahir its glimmer and shine.
Wilfred Percussion - Untitled
Wilfred Percussion
Untitled
LP | 1983 | EU | Reissue (Libreville)
24,99 €*
Release:1983 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 26.04.2019
Born in the 1940s in Istanbul, Italian painter and percussionist Wilfred Copello had, from the onset, a predisposition for exotic sounds.
Indeed, his interest for latin music was manifest early on in his career. In 1970 he was an uncredited member of the Italian band Latins 80 who released the same year the LP Foglie Gialle All’Imbrunire which has now gained cult status.
From that period onwards, Wilfred settled in Rome where he gained an excellent reputation as a studio player; he participated in a large number of projects and albums, especially on the jazz scene with his friend Romano Mussolini (The Latin Taste, Jam Session , Soft & Swing, etc.).
But it is the music from Brazil that had the greatest impact on Wilfred. In 1974 he recorded ‘Viva Brasil’ with the group Expo 80, an album which was an ode to Brazilian music.
A few years later, at the turn of the 80s, he formed the band Wilfred Percussion. He brought with him an all-star cast of the jazz and Latin scene in Rome which included Argentinean drummer Osvaldo Mazzei and respected trumpet player Cicci Santucci.
It was actually in Cicci Santucci’s Audio Sound Studio that was recorded Wilfred Percussion’s only album.
Recorded in 1983, the album is a musical gem. Self-produced, Wilfred Percussion is composed of covers and original compositions. Covers include original titles by the unclassifiable Hermeto Pascoal as well as Milton Nascimento, and are reinterpreted here in a totally unique fashion with that distinctive Italian groove.
Wilfred Percussion is an album which allies funk to MPB with jazz undertones, introducing the listener to a singularly fresh and evocative opus.
Black Savage / Majek / Ovid - CBS EP
Black Savage / Majek / Ovid
CBS EP
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (Afro 7)
17,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Afro7 is back and this time we’ve dug deep in the CBS Kenya vaults and found four fantastic soulful reggae tracks of early 80’s origin! First song is the bouncy ‘FIRE’ by Kenyan Black Savage Band (played out on the Worldwide show by Gilles Peterson back in the start of Summer 2018) Track two on the first side is Nigerian Sheila and Desmond Majek’s laidback soulful ‘GOT THE FEELIN’ and flip it for two fantastic tracks by the Kenya coastal outfit Ovid, check out the synth drum machine laden KARIBUNI and the party number OPERATOR. Mastered by Frank The Carvery. EP comes in super deluxe cardboard jacket made in Thailand with silk screened coastal-inspired artwork made by California resident Steve Roden. Limited to 500 copies, one copy per customer.
Jimi Tenor - Vocalize My Luv
Jimi Tenor
Vocalize My Luv
7" | 2019 | EU | Original (Philophon)
10,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Jimi Tenor delivers another 7" on Philophon. This time he teamed up with the two glorious gospel queens Florence Adooni and Lizzy Amaliyenga from Bolgatanga/Northern Ghana. This release is a first insight into the next album by Jimi on Philophon, which will be released later the year.
Vocalize My Luv is a charmingly presented lure for love. The secret of the song is that drummer Ekow Alabi Savage's upfront high-life beat is triggering a Jimi-operated Korg MS-20 bass synth. Man and machine are melting down into a light and sportive groove, which irresistibly invites you to do some frisky aerobic moves on the 3am dancefloor. Ki'igba is a classic Frafra gospel song by Alogte Oho, completed with some jubilating flute by master Jimi.
Max Rambhojan - Max Rambhojan
Max Rambhojan
Max Rambhojan
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (Hot Mule / Secousse)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Guadeloupe 1986. The football World Cup has all the Islanders' eyes riveted to their TV sets. At every half time breaks, local TV channel RFO broadcasts a music video on repeat: ‘’Tou’t Jou Pa Min’m". Max Rambhojan, the local singer responsible for this monster tune, has arrived.
In the video, he effortlessly sings and kickstarts a joyous street party with his band, Show Man, his dancers, kids, friends, family and what seems like the whole neighbourhood. The song will gain cult status from then on, cementing the power of the 'Zouk Chiré' sound, a high tempo version of Zouk, highly influenced by Guadeloupe's Carnival mass drum bands. Max self-releases his first solo album on vinyl in 1985, enrolling some of the best musicians the scene has to offer: his band leader King Klero, Guy Jacquet of les Vikings de la Guadeloupe fame on production duties, Ramon Pyrmée on synths, Claude Vamur, Meliza… In 1992 a new solo album follows. By then the artists have familiarized themselves with computers and the sound has gone full-on digital. In that album Max records an updated version of his “Tou’t Jou Pa Min’m” anthem to great effect.
Reducing Max Rambhojan to a zouk artist would be a mistake. He’s first and foremost a master of Gwo-Ka, a musical practice born during the transatlantic slave trade and performed by all ethnic and religious groups of Guadeloupe. It has never ceased to exist and has become a major part of the Island folk music culture. Max Rambhojan was schooled as a kid by Gwo-Ka pioneer Guy Conquette, and quickly joined the backing band of another legend, Ti-Sélès. That sound is the root of his particular style, especially vibrant on two tracks in his repertoire: “Cecilia” and “On Jou Matin”, both featured on this release's b-side. A touch of Spiritual Jazz is also palpable, allowing a magical vibe to spread, giving birth to some of the deepest music from this era.
In 2019, Max still performs Gwo-Ka every week-end in Guadeloupe and also hosts a show on local radio Media Tropical, 88.1FM. Secousse and Hot Mule are proud to present those 4 lost gems on wax and digital, carefully restored and remastered.
V.A. - The Triassic Tusk EP
V.A.
The Triassic Tusk EP
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (Mukatsuku)
9,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Two monster funk fuelled afro disco monsters released in conjunction with the Triassic Tusk label from Scotland and their 2018 compilation Screamers Bangers & Cosmic Synths Vol II. Now presented here on a fat 180 gram 12'' remastered both tracks get a whole side of wax for the first time and now sound better than ever ! ''It Makes Me Dance And Sing'' is pulsating afro disco groove and comes from Liberian artist Tecumsay Roberts who originally released one album in 1979 - ''Getting It On'' which is extremely hard to track down. On the flipside Commy Bassey gives us the main track from her ''Let's Dance'' long player from 1980 with the catchy ''We Want Togetherness''.
V.A. - Togo Soul 70 Edits & Rarities
V.A.
Togo Soul 70 Edits & Rarities
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Hot Casa)
19,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following the critically acclaimed compilation Togo Soul 70, here comes a 12inch including a side of edits and revisited versions of original funky tracks by Yta Jourias and Roger Damawuzan and a side of rare and unreleased Togolese soul tracks from Napo De Mi Amor and Sewavi Jacintho.
Bosq (Ubiquity/FaniaRecords) and DJ Pushin Wood (Loft Party, Holland) deliver a hot funky and soulful versions specially oriented for the dancefloors and the disco fans. And before the awaited release of Togo Soul 70 Vol.2 (July 2019), you can find on the B side, two tremendous soul tracks by Napo de Mi Amor (“The voice of Lomé”) and the tremendous artist Sewavi Jacyntho also known as Frejus Jacyntho signed on the famous SID label in Abidjan.
Soulful Music for the dancefloor and the connoisseur!
Orange Tree Edits - Afro Edits Volume 4
Orange Tree Edits
Afro Edits Volume 4
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Orange Tree Edits)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
More heat from OTE on their fifth release featuring reworks of two highly sought after afro gems. TIP!
Gigi - Illuminated Audio
Gigi
Illuminated Audio
2LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Time Capsule)
24,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Preorder 09.05.2019
Limited to 800 copies.

The incredible third release of Kay Suzuki’s Time Capsule imprint rejuvenates Bill Laswell’s dub reinterpretations of Ethiopian singer Gigi
Following reissues of Japanese fusionist Yuji Toriyama and Italian new age visionary Il Guardiano Del Faro, the third Time Capsule is a body of dub reinterpretations by celebrated producer Bill Laswell of Ethiopian singer Gigi. Curated by Tokyo record collector, music researcher and seasoned reissue supervisor Ken Hidaka, it is the first time Illuminated Audio is pressed to vinyl after its CD release in 2003.

Ejigayehu Shibabaw was born in 1974 in Chagni, northwestern Ethiopia and by pursuing a career as a singer, went against her father’s strict, traditional gender roles. As Gigi, she embraced the same musical freedom she had strived for in her personal life, incorporating the Ethiopian church, funk, hip-hop, West and South African music into her work. She first settled in Nairobi, then Addis Ababa, where she quickly established herself as one of the city’s leading singers. A move to San Francisco in 1998 led to a long and fruitful creative partnership with bassist and producer Bill Laswell.

Around the same time, Chris Blackwell had stepped away from Island Records to start the art house film company and label Palm Pictures. He took an interest in Gigi and together with Laswell, pulled together an all-star cast of musicians for her self-titled US debut album, including Herbie Hancock, Pharoah Sanders and Wayne Shorter. It won international critical acclaim, not just for its musicianship but for making Gigi a “defining voice for the Ethiopian expatriate community”, as journalist Tyran Grillo praises in his Time Capsule liner notes. From the nation-defining 1896 victory over Italian invaders to the quiet revolutionaries who wear simple shemma garments, Grillo believes the themes in Gigi make it “a shower of sunlight on her homeland for those ignorant of its struggles.”

After its success, Blackwell encouraged them to go back into the studio to rethink the album and Illuminated Audio was born. “Anyone can make a voice sound worldly”, Grillo remarks, “but rare are those who can make one sound inner-worldly.” Gigi was clear with Laswell to give her vocals a minor role “because it’s already been done.” Instead her Amharic verse is fleeting, exhaling through the textures like ghostly fragments; soaring yet muted. Yet the album is still titled under her name, an assertion by Laswell of her central role in the album’s creation. Not only was it a fully endorsed project by Gigi, but she would be present throughout its development, giving feedback on half-finished ideas as Laswell played them back in the studio. “It works perfectly”, she reflected after the album’s release. “We wanted to capture the whole spirit of each track, and Bill’s remixes create a different music language that really puts you in a pleasant place”.

This new vocabulary takes its lead from a technical approach that Laswell had been perfecting during a furtive creative period at the turn of the millennium. Much like his ambient interpretations of Miles Davis (Panthalassa, 1998), Bob Marley (Dreams of Freedom, 1997), and Carlos Santana (Divine Light, 2001), Laswell approached Illuminated Audio by returning to the original multitrack masters. Gigi wasn’t just reworked, but recomposed into an expansive lattice of instruments, submerged in a watery ambience of dub and trance undercurrents.

Sonically, this new language that Gigi refers to, is manifested by the original album’s more understated parts being pushed to the fore. Explaining his contrasting methods, Laswell saw Gigi as being “put together in a way that fits”. Contrastingly, in Illuminated Audio, “a lot of things that I featured in the remix weren’t as audible in the original.” Instrumentation laying near-dormant, deep in the mix, are brought to the fore: the acid rock guitar and Wayne Shorter’s saxophone on ‘Tew Ante Sew’, Graham Haynes’ flugelhorn on ‘Nafekeñ’, Laswell’s bass on ‘Kahn’, the melodica in Mengedegna or the floating synths and talking drums in ‘Gud Fella’.

Brought to his attention by mentor DJ Nori, Hidaka describes Illuminated Audio as a “masterful sonic exploration into ethereal ambience and dub” and made sure this reissue also contained a full remaster to give its “deep musicality” much better dynamics and density in the overall sound. Hidaka admits that Laswell's music “is sometimes so out-there, it is often misunderstood” and, indeed, to dub album non-believers this might seem like a prolific producer imposing himself on another artist’s work; eternally developing rearrangements that never quite get to its destination. But that’s missing its true power and triumph. This is more than the reissue of a remix, but “a wholly unique musical entity”, as Hidaka describes. Illuminated Audio refers to the illuminated manuscripts that comprise the major part of Ethiopian art and its new compositions stand in proud solitude as a rare body of reworks that both informs and enhances their originals.
Kings Aigbologa Bucknor & His Afrodisk Beat Organisation - Katakata
Kings Aigbologa Bucknor & His Afrodisk Beat Organisation
Katakata
LP | 1978 | EU | Reissue (Hot Casa)
23,99 €*
Release:1978 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Amazing Afro-beat album from a Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s disciple. A sublime spiritual & political session recorded at Phonogram studio (Lagos, Nigeria) in 1979, on a 16 tracks.
After the critically acclaimed second album we're very proud to present the first and really hard to find vinyl reissue of Kingsley Bucknor. Also know as "King Bucknor" the famous Nigerian producer, arranger and singer delivered two brilliant, hypnotic and long traditional afro-beat tracks .All the ingredients of the afro-beat definition are here, killer drums, straight riff guitars, hypnotic bass, heavy horns chorus, strong political lyrics with beautiful melodies.
Ultra-Rare, unique, Essential!
Akofa Akoussah - Akofa Akoussah
Akofa Akoussah
Akofa Akoussah
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Mr Bongo)
24,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Rich, deep, percussive soulful folk album from master Togolese singer, Akofa Akoussah. The album moves through uptempo afro-folk-funk on ‘Tango’ to deep ballads of ‘Ramer Sans Rame’ and ‘I Tcho Tchass’ and lighter moments on ‘G Blem Di’ and ‘Mitso Aseye’. Akofas exceptional songs and soaring vocals are decorated with percussion, guitar lines, subtle backing vocals and horns to create a unique, rich sonic. The album was recorded for release by French label Sonafric in 1976. Produced by Gérard Akueson; founder & owner of African record label, ‘Akue’, based in Paris.
Music was truly in the blood of Julie Akofa Akoussah. She began singing at the age of three, inspired and led by her mother and older sister and became principal soloist in her school choir, St. Peter & Paul Choir of our Immaculate Conception Parish of Nyékonakpoé, at the age of 8. From there her career blossomed, and singing often took precedence over her studies. In order to master her art she spent time studying and working closely with local groups including Mélo Togo, Rocka Mambo, Rio Romamcero, Ok Fiesta, Eryco Jazz, Afro Cubano, Los Muchacho, Elégance Jazz and Togo Star amongst others. In her own words: ”Luck opened the door in January 1966 where I had the honour of being selected to share the stage with Bella Below – one of the best voices of
Africa – at the 1st ‘Negro Arts Festival’ in Dakar. On my return, I was approached by Ambroise Ouyi, the highly respected singer & poet, and we wrote ‘Tu Ne M'Écris Plus’, my very first opus.“
The popularity of her work led to an increased exposure for Togolese music outside of the country, in neighbouring Ghana and Benin most notably. During her career she collaborated and performed with greats including Manou Djibango, Queen Pelagie, Abeti Massikini, Aycha Koné and Myriam Makeba. Akoussah was also dedicated to, and widely recognised for, her work for social causes, championing and nurturing young musical talent, and the fight against AIDS. She was president of the National Union of Artists Musicians of Togo (UNAM) before sadly passing away in April 2007 after a long illness, at the age of 57.
Emma Baloka - Freedom
Emma Baloka
Freedom
LP | 1982 | EU | Reissue (Ketu)
26,99 €*
Release:1982 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Kêtu Records is a new afrolabel based in afrika. We work with an ethic and Panafrican vision.
We are proud to present you the official reissue of Emma Baloka's album Freedom, published in Nigeria in 1982, in coproduction with the artist himself.
This exceptional guitarist born in Cameroon in 1959 was very interested in music and instruments at a very early age. Influenced by US and UK music, his musical flame was born and moved him to the Funk music genre. Emma Baloka adds his personal touch and re-enacts it in “Makossa Funk” and “Afro Funk” in the 1980’s. His first album at 21 was with the legendary band, Mighty Flames. After three albums he became a guitarist of Nigeria’s biggest disco-funk stars for more than 10 years: Kris Okotie, Eric Kol, Harry Mosco to name just a few.
Mangase / Hafi Deo - Shaluza Max / Tabu Ley Rochereau
Mangase / Hafi Deo
Shaluza Max / Tabu Ley Rochereau
12" | 2014 | UK | Original (Soundway)
14,99 €*
Release:2014 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Soundway Records present a special summer tribute double a-side 12" with two tracks from African musicians that both passed away within a couple of months of each other at the end of 2013 / start of 2014. Both tracks are perfect smooth summer tropical DJ fodder for the dancefloor.

On the first side South African singer Shaluza Max's massive Mashkandi / house anthem from 2002 gets a first release on vinyl. This track was a huge hit in South Africa and around the world on its release. With a soaring Zulu vocal and big sound it's a fitting reminder of a very talented musician who worked as a very well respected producer, composer and arranger who died tragically young at the age of 47 in January of 2014.

On the flip we drop a fairly unknown track from the mid 1980s from one of the biggest names in African music, Tabu Ley Rochereau. With a kind of almost balearic proto-house congolese pop cut with drum machines, and trademark sweet congo horn section, Hafi Deo is a beautiful track that fell into obscurity by perhaps being too smooth for the world music crowd in the mid 80s. Tabu Ley passed away in November 2013 in his late 70s with over 250 albums and 3000 songs to his name. A true pioneer of the congolese soukous sound, he was also one of the most influential African musicians of his generation.
Nakara Percussions - Nakara Percussions
Nakara Percussions
Nakara Percussions
LP | 1984 | EU | Reissue (Komos)
17,99 €*
Release:1984 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Hypnotic percussion tracks and organic soundscapes drawing on African, Asian, Indian & South American traditions, recorded deep in the French countryside in 1984. First-time reissue of a much sought-after French private press rarity at the intersection of jazz, percussion and experimental sounds - long a secret dancefloor weapon for open-minded DJs.
Star Band De Dakar - Psicodelia Afro-Cubana De Senegal
Star Band De Dakar
Psicodelia Afro-Cubana De Senegal
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Ostinato)
27,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, when the Cuban way won hearts, minds, and ears across Africa. This album is the soundtrack to a time when Cuban music was the future for 1970s Senegal.

Changüí, Guajira, Salsa, and Son mingle with cosmic Mbalax guitars, Sabar rhythms, Afro-Latin horns, and Spanish vocals spiced with a Senegalese twang. The finest gumbo of Cuban and Senegalese sounds.

With just two microphones and a four-track Revox tape recorder, Star Band recorded their entire catalog in Dakar's iconic Miami nightclub. Each album contained one stand-out Afro-Cuban tune. Six of Star Band's most psychedelic Afro-Cuban tracks, an ode to their finest hour, are selected here.
Jon K / Pat Thomas - Asafo / Enye Woa
Jon K / Pat Thomas
Asafo / Enye Woa
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Soundway)
13,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
After much online hype shrouded in mystery, Soundway presents the first in a new series of 12” releases which will make available many hard-to-find and in-demand dancefloor tracks on loud, DJ-friendly pressings.
On this first 12” are two late 1980s Ghanaian highlife cuts taken from the catalogue of Nakasi Records. Nakasi was run by the late producer Nana Asiedu (Big Joe) - a well-known figure in the Ghanaian and African music community of 1980s London.
The A-side showcases a track from Jon K’s second solo album, which was a re-working of a traditional Fanti language Asafo company song Asafo Beesuon. Made famous by C.K.Mann on his seminal album ‘Funky Highlife’, this version very much reflects the more westernised late 1980s sound of highlife music recorded in the UK, Holland, Canada and Germany for both ex-pat Ghanaian audiences and those back home in West Africa.
The album features the stalwart session musician Alfred Bannerman, the go-to Ghanaian guitarist known for the classic cut of ‘Let Me Love You’ by Bunny Mack, among many other tracks over the last 40 years, including his work on contemporary releases for Soundway such as Konkoma and Ibibio Sound Machine.
On the B-side, Pat Thomas (the brother in-law of Big Joe) needs little introduction having been touring the world extensively in recent years with the Kwashibu Area Band. Somehow this dancefloor-heavy cut has eluded recent compilations and reissues. With horns arranged by long time friend and collaborator Ebo Taylor, it’s an instantly recognisable sound that also features Rex Gyamfi - himself a well-known purveyor of 1980s ‘burger-highlife’.
Tony Allen - Black Voices
Tony Allen
Black Voices
2LP | 1999 | EU | Reissue (Comet)
21,99 €*
Release:1999 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Comet presents the reissue of Black Voices (1999), featuring remastered versions and “Ariya (Psyche Juju Mix)” as bonus track, which was not part of the original release.
Tony Allen completely rewrote the books on what was possible within the AfroBeat genre with his stunning 1999 album, Black Voices. When one considers exactly "what" is going on throughout Black Voices, it is quite mind boggling, as it is almost impossible to associate a minimalist, electronic feel with the massive walls of sound which Allen was known to create.
Yet these walls of sound are still very present, yet they gain an entirely new feel due to the presence of the producer, Doctor L. He takes the mesmerizing rhythms that Allen creates and he spins them into a stunningly modern sound. While Doctor L's production work throughout Black Voices is truly fantastic, it is clear that the genius behind the album lies within the mind of Tony Allen. With the absolutely mesmerizing, funky grooves that Allen creates, it comes a little surprise that the vocal collaborations are handled by members of one of the funkiest bands in history: Parliament-Funkadelic.
For almost two decades, Black Voices has remained a stunning example of the fantastic results that can occur when seemingly unrelated genres clash.
Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu of Ethiopia
Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu of Ethiopia
LP | 1972 | US | Reissue (Worthy)
15,99 €*
Release:1972 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Oh so classic album of Mulatu, the spearhead of the Ethiopian sound export. 180g vinyl!
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.
V.A. - Mr Bongo Record Club Volume 3
V.A.
Mr Bongo Record Club Volume 3
2LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Mr Bongo)
22,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 31.05.2019
Volume three in the Mr Bongo Record club series. Another showcase of recent vinyl finds and favourites from our DJ sets and radio shows. This is an extra special one however, as it lands in 2019, the year that we celebrate 30 years since it all began way back in 1989.
In celebration of the 30 years of Mr Bongo, 2019 will see a host of exciting events and even more releases. We take over Brighton Dome on the opening weekend of the Brighton Festival in May, an in-store takeover at Rough Trade East, in July a week long ‘Album Club’ at Spiritland, more at RAPPCATS in LA, record fairs in Utrecht and New York, alongside the digging (and no doubt surfing!) trips to Brazil, India, Australia, Portugal and France…
We’re releasing brand new music from punk-reggae superstars, The Skints; the previously undiscovered 25-year old master composer & arranger, Kit Sebastian; and crossover UK hip hop live show dons, Jungle Brown, this year.
Compiled by David Buttle and Gareth Stephens, assisted by Graham Luckhurst and Gary Johnson.
Atangana Pascal - Ye Mot Ai Kare Mot
Atangana Pascal
Ye Mot Ai Kare Mot
LP | 1979 | EU | Reissue (Nanga Boko)
21,99 €*
Release:1979 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
For its 2nd release, Nanga boko Records is very proud to present you Ye Mot Ai Kare Mot, the official 40 years anniversary reissue of the first album of the Cameroonian musician Atangana Pascal “Quelqu’un”.
7 raw Bikutsi & Soukous tracks (+ one exclusive bonus track !), recorded after midnight in a single recording session in a nightclub of Yaoundé.
Deluxe hand-numbered edition, limited to 300, includes a bonus track never released on vinyl before!
Each record comes with an insert that includes exclusive pictures and very detailed biographies in both English and French languages, an HQ Digital Download Card and a A2 format (40 x 60cm) poster!
Approved by the artist himself, 100 % legit, all 8 tracks are under exclusive license of Nanga Boko Records.
Christy Essien - Give Me A Chance
Polyversal Souls, The - Addis Abeba Bete
Polyversal Souls, The
Addis Abeba Bete
7" | 2019 | EU | Original (Philophon)
10,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
This is part three and the last of the collaboration series between Ethopia's legendary soul singer Alemayehu Eshete and the Philophon house band The Polyversal Souls.
On the A-side you hear Alemayehu's classic song Addis Abeba Bete in an intimate live performance. This recording happend during a cultural exchange programm organized by Galerie Listros, Berlin's finest gallery for Ethopian art, with support from the Bundeskulturstiftung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
The flip side is the complimentary portrait to the recently released Portrait of Alemayehu (Daytime) - now, on Portrait of Alemayehu (Night-time), you get an idea of the masters fiery stage persona as it is documentated on the A-side. It's night-time now - booooooom!
DJeudjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson - Aimez Ces Airs
DJeudjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson
Aimez Ces Airs
2LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Hot Casa)
26,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The French-Afropean duo is back with a new funky masterpiece album! DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson are French composers and afro-soul singers. The duo are creating a new vibe with French sounds and mixing it with Jazz, Afrobeat, Electronic and Soul.
T’es qui ? was their first album released in 2015 and re-released a year later under the name Remets t'es qui? It was result of an intense collaboration that has lasted many years, on stage and in the studio. They call their music “Afropean songs”, a collection of Jazzy-Pop melodies, Afro-Soul and Funk arrangements.
This new album has 15 songs, and features a tribute to the famous poet Aimé Césaire on the title. The Antilles are also honored with creole lyrics, and if you listen carefully – you’ll hear them distilled within the album. La Montagne Pelée's eruption in 1902 is evoked under the prism of “August Cyparis”, one of the three survivors. The rhythms are tight and focused, with some Antilles, but also Detroit elements thrown in, accompanied with a strong horns section, vibraphone and analog drums. There are lots of echoes from the era of Jazz funk and the lyrical French Mode, mixed with some slightly warmer currents that show their wider love of modern funk and eclectic tastes.
It is a unique sound, an original recipe, using French wordplay with a universal message. Last summer, they presented the now critically acclaimed first single “El Nino”, an Afro-Funk gem about climate change, and “Fontaine”, an Afro hit with a great combination of analog take and electronic dance floor ingredients. With massive support from national radios and prestigious international DJs such as Gilles Peterson, Aimez ces airs could be one of the Top funky albums of 2019!
Limited press on a deluxe double vinyl cover designed by the artist Felix, mastered by Dj Vas.
V.A. - Nouvelle Ambiance
V.A.
Nouvelle Ambiance
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Ambiance)
28,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Deluxe double vinyl pressing with 28 page magazine format booklet featuring in-depth interviews with musicians and producers plus previously unpublished photos from the archive of photographer Bill Akwa Bétotè. / Paris - Brazzaville - Kinshasa - Abidjan - Douala.
A celebration of the underground Pan-African music scene centred around Paris in the 80s featuring never-before-reissued productions and dancefloor sure-shots taking in new forms of dancefloor-ready Rumba, Bikutsi, Soukous, Boogie and more.

In the early 80s a perfect storm of social, technological, political and cultural developments brought about a unique music scene centred around Paris, away from the major labels and pop charts. Musicians, ideas and styles flew between the small independent studios and labels of the French capital and Francophone Africa and the Caribbean, experimenting with new technology and drawing in a dizzying array of influences to soundtrack clubs, bars and radio stations.

Release comes with 28 page magazine format booklet featuring previsouly unpublishedphotos from the archives of photographer Bill Akwa Bétotè as well as interviews with producers Cyriaque Bassoka and Rigo Makengo, musicians Michel Alibo, Denis Hekimian & John Jongos and Studio Caroline owner Jacky Reggan.
Fedia Laguerre - Divizion
Fedia Laguerre
Divizion
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Atangana)
13,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Founded in 2018 by DJ and producer Deni-Shain – the man behind acclaimed compilations Space Echo and Pop Makossa -, Atangana Records is the logical follow-up to more than 20 years of travels, constantly on the lookout for new artists and music around the world. As a “tropicalist globetrotter”, in this new project Deni-Shain, in partnership with Thomas Vicente, co-owner of the French restaurant “Le Verre Volé”, aims to dig, reproduce & transmit cross-cultural music, usually unreachable and/or less known by the public.
The goal is simple: share the love of music and to rediscover the pleasure of voicings, percussions and sadly forgotten harmonies, whether you find yourself in a jam packed club or the intimacy of your home.
Atangana’s first releases will be looking at the Caribbean’s Islands, especially into Haiti with the reissue – highly expected by various diggers – of the acclaimed single « Divizion » by singer Fedia Laguerre. Originally released in 1981, this first 12" comes with a remix by Voilaaa and an instrumental cut exclusively based on the additional work by the French afro-collective.
Jeremy Spellacy - Jeremy Spellacy presents Crown Ruler Sound
Jeremy Spellacy
Jeremy Spellacy presents Crown Ruler Sound
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Spacetalk)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Don’t be fooled by Spellacey’s lower profile: amongst those who know, the Melbourne-based New Zealander is widely regarded as a seriously dustyfingered digger, capable of unearthing and championing ridiculously good records from all four corners of the globe. He sells some of these exceptional finds through his Crown Ruler online store, though there are many more that he keeps hidden from the public.
From synth-laden Zambian reggae and sumptuous orchestral Afro-soul, to humid Trinidadian boogie and horizontal Italian jazz-funk, Spellacey offers a whirlwind trip through the most kaleidoscopic and exotic parts of his epic collection. As you’d expect from a man who has traveled the world hunting down records, the majority of the 15 tracks will be unknown to all but a handful of similarly minded crate diggers. In fact, some are so obscure that you’ll struggle to find any mention of them at all online. This could be your only chance to own the boogie-era reggae-disco brilliance of Le Banda De Martin’s “Mi Dueno” and the tear-jerking Afro-soul shuffle of Kosmik 3’s “I’m Gonna Pack” (here featured in exclusive Jeremy Spellacey re-edit form).
Highlights come thick and fast, from the first note to the last. Check, for example, the wild P-funk of Acayouman’s “Funk Around”, the dancing marimbas and undulating grooves of Feladey’s “Forest Music” and the impeccable South African jazz-funk of Stimela’s sought-after 1983 debut single, “I Love You”.
Other notable highlights include Ezy & Isaac’s spellbinding 1977 cut “Let Your Body Move (Oba Balu Balu)”, seemingly the missing link between Rotary Connection, Fela Kuta and soundscape disco, Devon Russell’s inspired reggaesoul cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move on Up”, and Mike Fabulous’ “Wang East”, a sublime chunk of summery electro-reggae from Spellacey’s native New Zealand. We could go on, but we don’t want to spoil all the surprises. Suffice to say, Crown Ruler Sound will surprise and entertain you in equal measure.
Pulo Ndj - Desert To Douala
Pulo Ndj
Desert To Douala
7" | 2019 | EU | Original (Wonderwheel)
16,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
An exploration of traditional Chadian music with an electronic twist...
Chad is in many ways a blind spot on the map of today's global musical conversation. Overlooked, misunderstood and misrepresented, outside observers rarely concede the country an autonomous voice over its past, present and future. N'Djamena, the dusty capital of Chad with its well-kept stories of boundary-breaking musical collaborations and thirst for experimentation is a city that reflects the country's diversity: the arid North, bordering the Sahara, where nomadic tribes revere the endless desert with their handcrafted instruments. The lush tropical South, where the frenetic drumming of local initiation ceremonies blends with sounds of neighboring Congo and Cameroon. Right in the middle: N'Djamena, a forgotten melting pot of cultures and peoples bursting with unrecorded stories of life at the margins of the world's attention.
Tackling this view is precisely one of the aims of Pulo NDJ. In May 2018, Nickodemus accepted an invitation from Hape Collective to travel to N'Djamena to teach a group of young adults DJ'ing and electronic music production, which resulted in the encounter between and a group of talented artists from Cameroon, Chad, Congo and Togo. After a weeklong series of listening to original songs & demos, the recordings continued in a pop-up studio created by DJ Buosis & Nickodemus which culimated in Desert To Douala, an album featuring 11 songs, all originally written and recorded in N'Djamena.
The project found its inspiration in the city's un-narrated diversity and seeks to explore the possibilities offered by technology to demonstrate how the country's rich heritage connects with existing musical conversations. It strives to create bridges in a world of walls. It has been a yearlong creative process that built friendships and fostered understanding among people united by a passion for music and creation.
Sammy Massamba - Propriete Privee
Sammy Massamba
Propriete Privee
LP | 1987 | EU | Reissue (Secousse)
19,99 €*
Release:1987 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Propriété Privée is the pinnacle of Congolese musician Sammy Massamba’s style: a successful fusion of African and American music heritage, halfway between Franco and Otis Redding, Fela and Wilson Picket, King Sunny Ade and Aretha Franklin.
Home made in Paris, self-released in 1987, with only 1000 copies hand distributed, the 4 tracks EP features the nastiest funk, boogie, soukous, rumba and electro pop soundclash the Eighties could offer.
Carefully restored, remastered and repackaged in total respect with its original release. The vinyl lacquer reissue was even made by its original author, the legendary André ‘Dédé’ Perriat. Sammy Massamba’s life story is printed together with photos and liner notes on the inner sleeve of the 12". He still lives in France and is available for interviews, showcases, live shows and any sign of the gratitude he deserves.
Buari - Buari Record Store Day 2019 Edition
Buari
Buari Record Store Day 2019 Edition
LP | 1975 | US | Reissue (Nature Sounds)
24,99 €*
Release:1975 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Afrobeat pioneer Sidiku Buari is a singer, percussionist, and composer, and a musical luminary in his homeland of Ghana. His debut album Buari was one of the first mainstream afro-funk albums to hit stores in the United States. Released in 1975 shortly after Buari moved the New York City, the album features the legendary Bernard Purdie on drums. Balancing American funk sensibilities with heavy African rhythms, Buari has become a rare and expensive treasure for record collectors. Now, for the first time in years, this classic LP is back in print on limited-edition vinyl.
Buari - Karam Bani
Buari
Karam Bani
12" | 1975 | EU | Reissue (RCA)
10,99 €*
Release:1975 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Official, remastered reissue of this disco tinged, afro funk treasure and the first time the ‘Karam Bani’ single has been cut to 12” – maximising every ounce of highlife soul from Sidiku Buari’s productions.
Kumasi - I Know You Feel It
Kumasi
I Know You Feel It
12" | 1982 | US | Reissue (Smiling C)
25,99 €*
Release:1982 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Much anticipated re-release of South African disco funk outfit Kumasi's catalogue! Incl the known tunes Picnic (Moger) & Anomakoliwa. Strong from start to finish! TIP!
Kumasi was a group comprised of Ray Phiri, Jabu Sibumbe, Isaac Mtshali and Lloyd Lelosa. Sometime between their formation as The Cannibals (*needing reissues*) and the almighty group Stimela, Kumasi released one album and a couple of singles. The artists had contracts under Gallo and couldn't reveal that they were linked to the music in any way, leading Kumasi to have only a brief mysterious run in the early 80s.
But the secrets out! This release presents a collection of five songs from their incredibly rare full length LP, and adds to that their version of the South African classic, ‘Picnic’. Pressed as a 2x12” compilation, sounding incredible! Kumasi brings a unique blend of disco funk with that special South African tinge.
Ray Phiri died in 2017 - this album goes out in dedication.
T.Z. Junior - Sugar My Love
T.Z. Junior
Sugar My Love
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Jamwax)
13,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Thandi Zulu known as T.Z. Junior was a young girl from Soweto. She started her musical career with Peter Moticoe who produced "Love Games" with The Young Five on Heads label in 1984. Then, Peter Moticoe brought her to Phil Hollis at Dephon Entertainment who then teamed them up with Attie Van Wyk who was the producer for Yvonne Chaka Chaka at that time.
Phil Hollis started Dephon Promotion (Dephon Entertainment) in the late 70's and developed into the largest independent record company in South Africa. He describes himself as the only person who has been involved in recording of major hit songs in nearly all genres of music in all the languages in South Africa. Phil Hollis was involved in all aspects of the Entertainment industry from production of recordings, recording company, distribution, marketing and promotion, events management, staging major events and filming.
"Sugar My Love" and "Are You Ready for Love" were produced and arranged by Attie Van Wyk. “Back in the 80's I was a songwriter for a band called Ballyhoo when I got an offer from the Dephon Record Company to join them as a music producer. So I quit the band and joined them, producing records mainly for music targeted at the black market in those days,” he says. Between 1982 and 1992, Attie Van Wyk produced over 120 albums, including many for Yvonne Chaka Chaka.
Dur-Dur Band - Dur Dur of Somalia
Dur-Dur Band
Dur Dur of Somalia
3LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
35,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Analog Africa are proud to present the 27th release of their Analog Africa Series. A fantastic, hypnotic and funky compilation from the Dur-Dur Band of Somalia that comes out on a Triple LP.

When Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb arrived in Mogadishu in November of 2016, he was informed by his host that he would have to be accompanied at all times by an armed escort while in the country. The next morning, a neighbour and former security guard put on a military uniform, borrowed an AK-47 from somewhere and escorted him to Via Roma, an historical street in the heart of Hamar-Weyne, the city’s oldest district. Although previous Analog Africa releases have demonstrated a willingness to go more than the extra air-mile to track down the stories behind the music, the trip to Mogadishu was a musical journey of a different kind. It was the culmination of an odyssey that had started many years earlier.

In 2007 John Beadle, a Milwaukee-based musicologist and owner of the much loved Likembe blog, uploaded a cassette he had been handed twenty years earlier by a Somalian student. The post was titled ‘Mystery Somali Funk’ and it was, in Samy’s own words, “some of the deepest funk ever recorded.” The cassette seemed to credit these dense, sonorous tunes to the legendary Iftin Band. But initial contact with Iftin’s lead singer suggested that the ‘mystery funk’ may have actually been the work of their chief rival, Dur-Dur, a young band from the 80s.

Back then, Mogadishu had been a very different place. On the bustling Via Roma, people from all corners of society would gather at the Bar Novecento and Cafe Cappucino, watch movies at the famous Supercinema, and eat at the numerous pasta hang-outs or the traditional restaurants that served Bariis Maraq, a somali Beef Stew mixed with delicious spiced rice. The same street was also home to Iftinphone and Shankarphone, two of the city’s best known music shop. Located opposite each other, they were the centre of Somalia’s burgeoning cassette distribution network. Both shops, run by members of the legendary Iftin Band, would become first-hand witnesses to the meteoric rise of Dur- Dur, a rise that climaxed in April of 1987 with the release of Volume 2, their second album.

The first single ‘Diinleya’ had taken Somalian airwaves by storm in a way rarely seen before or since. The next single, ‘Dab,’ had an even greater impact, and the two hits had turned them into the hottest band in town. In addition to their main gig as house band at the legendary Jubba Hotel, Dur-Dur had also been asked to perform the music for the play “Jascyl Laba Ruux Mid Ha Too Rido” (May one of us fall in love) at Mogadishu’s national theatre. The play was so successful that the management had been forced to extend the run by a month, throwing the theatre’s already packed schedule into complete disarray, and each night, as soon as the play had finished, Dur-Dur had to pack their instruments into a Volkswagen T1 tour bus that would shuttle them across town in time for their hotel performance.

The secrets to Dur-Dur’s rapid success is inextricably linked to the vision of Isse Dahir, founder and keyboard player of the band. Isse´s plan was to locate some of the most forward-thinking musicians of Mogadishu´s buzzing scene and lure them into Dur-Dur. Ujeeri, the band’s mercurial bass player was recruited from Somali Jazz and drummer extraordinaire Handal previously played in Bakaka Band. These two formed the backbone of Dur-Dur and would become one of Somalia’s most extraordinary rhythm sections.

Isse also added his two younger brothers to the line-up: Abukar Dahir Qassin was brought in to play lead guitar, and Ahmed Dahir Qassin was hired as a permanent sound engineer, a first in Somalia and one of the reasons that Dur-Dur became known as the best-sounding band in the country.

On their first two albums, Volume 1 and Volume 2, three different singers traded lead-vocal duties back and forth. Shimaali, formerly of Bakaka Band, handled the Daantho songs, a Somalian rhythm from the northern part of the country that bears a striking resemblance to reggae, Sahra Dawo, a young female singer, had been recruited from Somalia’s national orchestra, the Waaberi Band. Their third singer, the legendary Baastow, whose nickname came from the italian word ‘pasta’ due to the spaghetti-like shape of his body, had also been a vocalist with the Waaberi Band, and had been brought into Dur-Dur due to his deep knowledge of traditional Somali music, particularly Saar, a type of music intended to summon the spirits during religious rituals. These traditional elements of Dur-Dur’s repertoire sometimes put them at odds with the manager of the Jubba Hotel who once told Baastow “I am not going to risk having Italian tourists possessed by Somali spirits. Stick to disco and reggae.”

Yet from the very beginning, Dur-Dur’s doctrine was the fusion of traditional Somali music with whatever rhythms would make people dance: Funk, Reggae, Soul, Disco and New Wave were mixed effortlessly with Banaadiri beats, Daantho and spiritual Saar music. The concoction was explosive and when they stormed the Mogadishu music scene in 1986 with their very first hit single, ‘Yabaal,’ featuring vocals from Sahra Dawo, it was clear that a new meteorite had crash-landed in Somalia. As Abdulahi Ahmed, author of Somali Folk Dances explains: “Yabaal is a traditional song, but the way it was played and recorded was like nothing else we had heard before, it was new to us.” ‘Yabaal’ was one of the songs that resurfaced on the Likembe blog, and it became the symbolic starting point of this project.

It initially seemed that Dur-Dur’s music had only been preserved as a series of murky tape dubs and YouTube videos, but after Samy arrived in Mogadishu he eventually got to the heart of Mogadishu’s tape-copying network – an analogue forerunner of the internet file-sharing that helped to keep the flame of this music alive through the darkest days of Somalia’s civil strife – and ended up finding some of the band’s fabled master tapes, long thought to have disappeared.

This triple LP / double CD reissue of the band’s first two albums – the first installment in a three-part series dedicated to Dur-Dur Band – represents the first fruit of Analog Africa’s long labours to bring this extraordinary music to the wider world. Remastered from the best available audio sources, these songs have never sounded better. Some thirty years after they first made such a splash in the Mogadishu scene, they have been freed from the wobble and tape-hiss of second and third generation cassette dubs, to reveal a glorious mix of polychromatic organs, nightclub-ready rhythms and hauntingly soulful vocals.

In addition to two previously unreleased tracks, the music is accompanied by extensive liner notes, featuring interviews with original band members, documenting a forgotten chapter of Somalia’s cultural history. Before the upheaval in the 1990s that turned Somalia into a war-zone, Mogadishu, the white pearl of the Indian Ocean, had been one of the jewels of eastern Africa, a modern paradise of culture and commerce. In the music of the Dur-Dur band – now widely available outside of Somalia – we can still catch a fleeting glimpse of that golden age.
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Khalab - Black Noise 2084
Mombasa Vikings - Kibe Kibe / Mama Matotoya
Mombasa Vikings
Kibe Kibe / Mama Matotoya
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Afro7)
9,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Two sides of killer chakacha flavoured jazzy afro-beat from Kenyas Coast, finally reissued by Afro7 records with original artwork and bespoke jacket. Limited release!
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.
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.
International Soleil Band - Ta Lassa
International Soleil Band
Ta Lassa
12" | 2016 | UK | Original (Soundway)
13,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 26.04.2019
Composed by Gnamakoron Sidi Diabaté it was featured originally on an album released in 1983 by French Warners offshoot WAM (West African Music) - a short lived label that recorded about 20 releases of West African music released in France. This 12” features an extended Hide & Smile edit on the A side and the original album version on the flip. Better be fast!
K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas / Ebo Taylor - Kyenkyen Bi Adi M'awu / Heaven
K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas / Ebo Taylor
Kyenkyen Bi Adi M'awu / Heaven
7" | 2015 | UK | Original (Mr Bongo)
9,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Ghanian musician K. Frimpong. In the 1970s, he recorded with two different bands, Vis-A-Vis and Cubano Fiestas. 'Kyenkyen Bi Adi M'awu' fuses heavy afrobeat drums and horns with a highlife guitar line and is his most well known track. Taken from the legendary 'K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas' LP released in 1977 on Continental Records out of Ghana.

Licensed from Ofo brothers, a Ghanian independent. As sampled by Gnarls Barkley on his 'Storm Coming' track.

Taken from Ebo's self titled LP released on Esibons in 1977, original copies of which regularly fetches upwards of $500. Ebo still tours extensively with his incredible band, their performances come very highly recommended.
Margino - Happy People
Margino
Happy People
LP | 1985 | EU | Reissue (Jamwax)
22,99 €*
Release:1985 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 26.04.2019
Margino (real name Kim Kallie) is a South African artist. She recorded her first song at the age of eight, when she performed ''Montreal'' with her mother Judy Page. She sang with the reggae group Kariba and jazz rock outfit Turbo in the early 80's, and later did backing vocals for Future and others. She first shot to fame as a solo star with a version of ''Holiday'' (written by Lisa Stevens and Curtis Hudson, credited as Cathy Hudson), which was released at the same time as Madonna's version. Margino also had a hit in 1983 with a cover of In-Deep's ''Last Night a DJ Saved My Life'', that went to #16 on the South-African Top 30 and charted for 10 weeks. She now runs a Performance Academy from her studio, and continues to perform on stage at events around Cape Town.
Recorded at RPM Recording Studios (Johannesburg, South Africa) in 1985, Happy People is a flawless album with dancefloor hits such as ''Happy People'', ''I'm Getting Out'' and ''One Hot Night'' and downtempo tunes such as ''You Turn Me On'', ''You Need A Woman'' and ''You''. All rhythm tracks were played by Attie Van Wyk (Keyboards, Synthesizer, Drum Machine) and Danny Bridgens (Guitar). The full album is a cream of boogie funk, disco and pop.
For this reissue, Jamwax took the pleasure to remaster the sound from the original tape. The artwork was also remake with Andy Warhol ''Marilyn Monroe'' pop art style, for your eyes pleasure.
Ethiopian Brothers, The - Ashadwa Part 1 / Part 2
Bees, The - She's A Witch - Tikoloshi
Bees, The
She's A Witch - Tikoloshi
LP | 1988 | EU | Reissue (Afrosynth)
13,99 €*
Release:1988 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 21.06.2019
Little-known trio The Bees put out only one full album, 1988’s She’s A Witch (Tikoloshi). Its six tracks all offer dancefloor-ready, distinctively South African grooves that show how bubblegum in the late 80s embraced house music. Produced by Steve Cooks, who would go on to work with heavyweights Senyaka, Spokes H and Umoja in the years that followed. Searing vocals and percussive synth basslines are best on ‘Hlabalaza’ (already a DJ favourite) and the title track, it lyrics telling the spooky tale of an evil woman who rules the night - ‘Tikoloshi’ being the mischievous creature of Zulu folklore (usually a man) who is still widely blamed for all manner of mysterious happenings in the middle of the night.
Duke - Uingizaji Hewa White Vinyl Edition
Duke
Uingizaji Hewa White Vinyl Edition
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Nyege Nyege Tapes)
20,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Nyege Nyege Tapes deliver another volley of breathless Singeli from Tanzania, this time the vinyl debut of Duke showcasing the sound of Pamoja Records, following multiple zingers from the scene’s core Sisso Studios
Peter Yamson / Tala A.M. - Afro Funk & Disco Gems Volume 10
New Tutenkhamen - I Wish You Were Mine
New Tutenkhamen
I Wish You Were Mine
LP | 1979 | EU | Original (Nyami Nyami)
19,99 €*
Release:1979 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
A lost piece of Zimbabwean musical history: the only album from local legends the New Tutankhamen, combining Jazz, Soul, Folk and Township rhythms. With only 2 copies of the original LP known to exist and no trace anywhere on the internet, the band's magnum opus is available for the first time in over 40 years.
Polyversal Souls, The - Feqer Feqer Nèw (Feat. Alemayehu Eshete)
Polyversal Souls, The
Feqer Feqer Nèw (Feat. Alemayehu Eshete)
7" | 2019 | EU | Original (Philophon)
10,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Polyversal Souls are back with another collaboration with Ethopia's No. 1 soul singer Alemayehu Eshete. As they did on their first mutual release Alteleyeshegnem (PH45011), one more time the band presents a new interpretation of one of Alemayehu's classic songs. Feqer Feqer Nèw is heavy soul at his best, completed by Alemayehu's trade mark vocal style. On Portrait of Alemayehu (Daytime), the Polyversal Souls are admiringly painting a picture of the master's gentle aura which surrounded him during the session.
Leon X Leon - Rokanbo EP
Leon X Leon
Rokanbo EP
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (Cracki)
11,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
A doctor by day and a musician by night, Leon x Leon has been producing songs in his Parisian home studio since 2013, where house, italo-disco and boogie are mixing. When he was younger, he was immersed in music by taking jazz drum lessons at the conservatory, and especially by seeing his father, a sound engineer, who had been building his own synthesizers since the 1970s. As a tribute, he used one of these unique synthesizers on a title of the disc.
After a remarkable remix of Cerrone's "Funk Makossa" and several tracks on various from “Red Laser Disco”, he released his project My Solar Brass on the same English label in 2017. Organizer of many Parisian parties, he also participated in the founding of the publishing label “Good Plus". With the release of Rokanbo on Cracki Records, Leon x Leon signs a mature EP with the influence of different styles.
The first eponymous title is a manifesto mixing Acid, House and Zouk. As soon as we launch the track, the pop & acid 80's sounds takes us to another world... A UFO from the Islands! The other parts of the EP don't leave us in the lurch! “Formant Sweep” delivers a soft and groovy bass that responds to an endless, spatial synthetic takeoff. On “Red Footpath”, the harder kick cleverly blends with an atmospheric blanket and a bright, lively flute solo straight from an abandoned piece of bamboo on a deserted beach. After that, “Jungle Juice” lets a crazy keyboard solo resonate in the middle of tropical fauna and flora, and finally on “Horizon”, the EP ends in beauty with an airy atmosphere. This last piece sounds like a beautiful sunset at the end of a long summer day.
Through all these tracks, Rokanbo EP offers us a clever contrast between synthetic notes and the warmth of tropical groove, and places our gaze towards the horizon, seeking the groove to disturb its line on the infinite sea.
Majeks, The - Green Leaves
Majeks, The
Green Leaves
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Superfly)
24,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Reggae / Dancehall
One per customer please! Nigerian ecological Soul from 1989, this record is a superb dubby manifesto to nature preservation and sounds like nothing else, sublime vocals by Sheila Majekodunmi, all tracks are good! Quality Superfly pressing strictly limited to 1000 copies, with obi and insert. Liner notes by Uchenna Ikone.
Asnakech Worku - Asnakech
Asnakech Worku
Asnakech
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
- Backed by Hailu Mergia - Legendary singer/instrumentalist at her mid-1970s prime -
Double LP carefully extracted from cassette and remastered by ATFA family engineer
Jessica Thompson There is perhaps no woman more cherished in modern Ethiopian
history than Asnakech Worku. As a musician, actress, dancer and cultural icon, Asnakech
inspired and challenged society for decades, until her death in 2011. From her beginnings
as Ethiopia's first theater actress in 1952 to her climb to become one of the most famous
actresses at the National Theater to her days as a club owner-turned-master musician,
Asnakech's inimitable confidence and charm made her a household name. She earned
endless accolades across the artistic spectrum. She made seminal recordings of
unforgettable original compositions, as well as legendary renditions of traditional songs,
that became national staples. With a singular sense of style, glamour and sex appeal that
sometimes stunned mainstream society, Asnakech wore clothes no one else wore and
said things no one else said. Staid notions of how women should dress and behave didn't
apply to her. Battling a mentality that until the early 1950s had men wearing dresses to
play female roles in the theater, Asnakech became a national treasure on her own terms.
Her family wasn't pleased with Asnakech becoming an azmari_an itinerant praise
musician who sings, often in bars, for tips_and didn't bother her, especially after Emperor
Haile Selassie I began to emphasize theater and music in society, officially legitimizing her
career. Asnakech became an internationally-celebrated performer of Ethiopia's ancient
harp, the krar, making her one of the most visible female musicians of the 20th century.
All this while leaving controversy, broken hearts and a changed cultural landscape in her
wake. In 1975, keyboardist and bandleader Hailu Mergia got a call from the owner of
Misratch Music Shop to do a recording with Asnakech and he went for it. This recording
is a nearly-forgotten artifact of the remarkable icon's singular legacy, remastered and
available outside Ethiopia for the first time. It also provides a rare glimpse into Mergia's
work as a arranger-sideman in the Addis Ababa music scene. This trio recording
featuring Mergia on organ and Temare Harege on drums using only brushes is starkly
minimal but deeply evocative. The minimalist arrangements ensure the focus is on
Asnakech's incisive_and occasionally romantic_lyrics and her virtuosic krar performance.
Gyedu Blay Ambolley - Simigwa
Gyedu Blay Ambolley
Simigwa
LP | 2018 | UK | Reissue (Mr Bongo)
20,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Legendary Ghanain album – with one of the music iconic covers ever! – that fuses Highlife, afrobeat, folk and funk. Ambolleys debut solo album originally released in 1975, written and produced with Ebo Taylor. Ambolley grew up during the peak of Highlife in Ghana and was a key figure in its fusion with soul and funk influences from the USA. He played in many bands including Houghas Extraordinaires, Meridians Of Tema, Ghana Broadcasting Band and the Uhuru Dance Band, for which he was recruited by his friend, Ebo Taylor. The group went to Nigeria in 1973 to play with Fela at his legendary Shrine spot. ‘Simigwa’ was a chance for Ambolley to release his own productions and to experiment to a certain extent. A main inspiration for this album was the work of the mighty Mr. James Brown, something that is evident from the rhythm section, horns, vocal stabs and percussion breaks throughout the record. Official Mr Bongo reissue, replica original artwork. Licensed from Essiebons.
Nana Tuffour - Sikyi Medley
Nana Tuffour
Sikyi Medley
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Kalita / CC:Editions)
14,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Kalita Records and CC:Editions (a new venture by
Australia’s CC:Disco) jointly announce a 12” EP
comprised of four of Nana Tuffour’s greatest electronic
burger highlife tracks, accompanied by interview-based liner
notes. Here, in partnership with Nana, we select two highly
sought-after songs from his 1993 release ‘Genesis’, namely
‘Sikyi Medley’ and ‘M’Anu Me Ho’, and pair them his with two
lesser known yet equally deserving tracks ‘Asamando’ and
‘Jesus’ from his 1997 CD-only release ‘Highlife Tropicana’.
Dizzy K. Falola - Sweet Music Volume 1
Dizzy K. Falola
Sweet Music Volume 1
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Sticky Buttons)
31,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Having previously featured on Comb and Razor's popular compilation 'Brand New Wayo', Caribou's 'The Longest Mixtape: 1000 Songs For You' (twice) and remixed by numerous DJs including Kornel Kovacs. It has long been over due that Nigerian synth-funk legend Dizzy K gets the reissue he deserves, teaming up with London based record label Sticky Buttons for a very special double LP compilation. Dizzy K Falola is one of Nigeria's most adored disco funk artists form the early 80's. His career was propelled by EMI Nigeria who brought him to notoriety with his first album 'Excuse Me Baby', released in 1982. Excuse Me Baby became an instant success in Nigeria and within 3 months he was back in the studio recording his second album and touring with international superstars such as The Whispers. The success of his work came both from the creative collaboration of musicians and their progressive style of synth-funk and disco influenced heavily by western artists. The team included Nkono Teles, Felix Liberty and Dizzy K's mentor and manager Tony Okoroji amongst others who together formed the disco funk that infected the homes, streets and clubs of Lagos. Noted in 'Hip Hop Africa: New African Music in a Globalizing World', Dizzy K's song titled Saturday Night Raps which features on Excuse Me Baby is thought to have been on of the earliest examples of commercial African Rap music. It was examples like this that showed Dizzy K was bringing something new to the Nigerian boogie scene. With careful restoration by Colin Young at See Why Audio, (who's expertise and talents have graced some of the most iconic reissues of recent years, including "Who Is William Onyeabor" and Charanjit Singh's "Synthesizing: Ten Raga's to a Disco Beat") and vinyl mastering conducted by The Carvery, cutting the masters on a Neumann VMS70 mastering lathe originally used in Nashville's CBS studio to cut Motown classics. This is an uncompromising vinyl package covering Dizzy K's first 3 albums from '82-'84. Compiled for the dance floor and offering Sticky Buttons take on the bright boogie goodness of Dizzy. With personal liner notes from the artist and fresh artwork by the team this is a record that cuts to the point.
David Waciuma & The Rapture Voices - Devil Go / Jesu Kristo
David Waciuma & The Rapture Voices
Devil Go / Jesu Kristo
7" | 1976 | EU | Reissue (Afro7)
9,99 €*
Release:1976 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Reissue of a tough gospel doublesider from Nairobi 1976! Devil Go is a great R&B shaker while Jesu Kristo is a funky afro-ruck numbers. Comes with original label design and bespoke afro7 jacket!
Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats - Afro Soco Soul Live
Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats
Afro Soco Soul Live
LP | 1972 | EU | Reissue (Oom Dooby Dochas)
19,99 €*
Release:1972 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
He was born in Sierra Leone in the 1930s. Fact is that Gerald Pine was son to a lawyer working in Nigeria, lost his mother and sister at a very young age and found relief in music. He played social clubs by the early 60s with his newly founded band THE HEARTBEATS delivering cover-versions of American hits and Congolese rumba tunes that were then utterly popular in the West Africa area. Due to the influence of Congolese popular musicians Franco and Dr. Nico he adopted the more exotic sounding stage name of Geraldo Pino and he moved on from there. THE HEARTBEATS literally played until their fingers bled in popular night clubs in Sierra Leone, became one of the highest earning bands of Western Africa and were even able to put up their own television show after television had been introduced in Sierra Leone in 1962. All those developments put Geraldo Pino and his band in the position as leading figures in the African popular music that even a legend such as Nigerian cult musician Fela Kuti, who is often credited with originally creating the so called “Afro Beat” style stated Geraldo Pino and THE HEARTBEATS as major influence which even made him setting sail to the USA to introduce his musical vision over there for he could not match with Geraldo Pino concerning popularity in Africa. This of course is a whole different story. Geraldo Pino lived and played in his area, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria and created some of the hottest funky sounds with sophisticated sound gear, outstanding clothing and songs that made your blood boil. After a few 7” releases throughout the 1960s the first real album of GERALDO PINO & THE HEARTBEATS hit the scene in 1972. “Afro soco soul live” is as the title suggests an album that has been recorded at a concert and Geraldo Pino often communicates with the utterly enthusiastic audience, gives longer announcements between the songs or introduces his lead guitarist before he starts a simmering solo. All songs here have an average length of six minutes and despite their composed parts they show this free jammy flow. The basic style is funk with soulful vocals which gets mixed up with traditional African percussion grooves. This album swallows you with its mesmerizing rhythms. It's afro funk at best with a frantic atmosphere whirling up from the ever flashing percussive arrangements. The funky Hammond B – 3 organ is omnipresent on all the tracks and duels with the wild and completely unleashed lead guitar from time to time. Repetative chord progressions and harmonies decorate the solid rhythmmical base and deprive you of your senses while you get deeper and deeper into a trance like state moving and floating along on the dancefloor. Due to the crisp and clear sound this record gives you the feeling of being right at the scene, everything sounds and feels so vivid, even after more than four decades. So it is no wonder that this record is a popular gem in Western Africa but how is the reception from the European and American fans of furious funk music? Well, Geraldo Pino has become a legend in his home area but just a short time before his death in 2008 people from the Western World really discovered him and his amazing band. Original copies of this album go for several hundred USD if they ever turn up. So a reissue of this sacred gem of African funk music from the early 70s has been long overdue. A record that is made to let dancefloors smoke and tremble and the musicianship is sheer amazing!
Mulatu & His Ethiopian Quintet - Mulatu Of Ethiopia Colored Vinyl Edition
Shina Williams & His African Percussionists - African Dances
Shina Williams & His African Percussionists
African Dances
LP | 1979 | EU | Reissue (Mr Bongo)
21,99 €*
Release:1979 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
First official reissue of the extremely rare full-length album by Lagos-based bandleader Shina Williams. Clean copies of the original currently sell for up to £500.
The record was born in 1979 when Shina put Biddy Wright, Fred Fisher, Saliu Alabi, Prince Bola, Tutu Shoronmu, Tunde willimas and several other decorated Nigerian musicians – who played with the likes of Fela Kuti, SJOB Movement, Sonny Okoson, King Bucknor amongst others – together to record. The result is ‘African Dances’, a timeless fusion of afrobeat, electronics, boogie and disco. Includes his most well-known song, ‘Agboju Logun’ that Williams knew was ground breaking – “I want to show the whole wide world that Africa is alive with modern musicians to reckon with anywhere,”. This album version is a different mix to the two-track 12” that came out under on Earthworks, Rough Trade in 1984.
Official Mr Bongo reissue. Replica original artwork. Licensed direct from Shina Williams.
Heavenly Sweetness presents - We Are 10 - The Birtdhay Presents
Heavenly Sweetness presents
We Are 10 - The Birtdhay Presents
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Heavenly Sweetness)
10,39 €* 25,99 € -60%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Hip Hop, Organic Grooves
Limited edition vinyl!

Transcendent : “Surpassing the ordinary; exceptional”
2007 - 2017 : Heavenly Sweetness is turning 10 years old!
They are celebrating with 3 birthday parties, and 2 compilations! One is a best of the label’s production, and the 2nd one is made of exclusive tracks, composed for this occasion.
The artists make the strength of a label, that’s why each Heavenly Sweetness artist has been offered a birthday present: the opportunity to collaborate with someone he appreciates, of just to record a new track.
The result is a great collection of new tracks or remixes with prestigious guests such as Ken Boothe (the golden voice of Reggae, recorded by Blundetto), the impressive encounter of Guts, Patrice, Féfé and DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson, a new intimist session with Roger Raspail, Alain Jean Marie and Vincent Ségal, remixes by Lefto and Hugo LW, new recording by Florian Pellissier Quintet and Cotonete, as well as the new artists joining the label: The Mule, and Edmony Krater. Indeed, Heavenly Sweetness is also moving forward and constructing its future!
Heavenly Sweetness presents - 2007-2017 – 10 Years Of Transcendent Music
Heavenly Sweetness presents
2007-2017 – 10 Years Of Transcendent Music
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Heavenly Sweetness)
14,29 €* 25,99 € -45%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Hip Hop, Organic Grooves
Limited edition vinyl!

Transcendent : “Surpassing the ordinary; exceptional”
2007 - 2017 : Heavenly Sweetness is turning 10 years old!
They are celebrating with 3 birthday parties, and 2 compilations! One is a best of the label’s production, and the 2nd one is made of exclusive tracks, composed for this occasion.
This compilation is a very subjective best of the label’s production, from each album or single we had the chance to produce, with great artists.
A journey through 10 years of music, a great introduction to the label’s universe, but even the experts will discover unknown tracks.
Including well known artists such as Guts, Blundetto, Sly Johnson, Anthony Joseph, but also more confidential artists: Robert Aaron, Jacaranda Muse, Patchworks (and his tribute to Gil Scott-Heron) and many others!
V.A. - Voice Whispers 001
V.A.
Voice Whispers 001
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Voice Whispers)
8,99 €* 9,99 € -10%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Beautiful and floor-friendly collection of rare tracks ranging from South African Kawito to British Libary. Tracks by M'Bamina, Supa Frika, Trevor Bastow and The Winners.
V.A. - Wanted Afrobeat
Megaloh x Tony Allen - Regenmacher: Afrobeat Session
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band - Wede Harer Guzo
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band
Wede Harer Guzo
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
26,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
On June 17, Awesome Tapes From Africa releases Wede Harer Guzo, a smokey excursion through Ethiopian songbook classics by Hailu Mergia and legendary Dahlak Band. This 1978 cassette-only release has never been available on vinyl until now.

The house band at the fancy Ghion Hotel in Addis Ababa, Dahlak Band were known for a soulful approach and attracted a slightly younger audience than Mergia’s main group the Walias, who were house band at the Hilton. The vocal arrangements alone make this recording a must for Ethiopian music fans, never heard anything like it. "Wede Harer Guzo" ("Journey to Harer,” which is a town in Eastern Ethiopia) was recorded during a period of military-imposed curfews when clubs had to stay jamming until sunrise because people weren’t allowed on the streets at night.

This recording was painstakingly excavated and remastered by Jessica Thompson at Coast Mastering. Hailu’s tape was not in good condition and no others could be located
V.A. - Nigeria 70: Funky Lagos
V.A.
Nigeria 70: Funky Lagos
3LP+3CD | 2009 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
37,99 €*
Release:2009 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut repress one of the all-time classic compilations of Afro-funk and Afrobeat for 2016, the first volume of the mighty Nigeria 70 series. Originally released in 2001, the album followed the death of Fela Kuti and a renewed interest in original Afrobeat among younger club-goers. Put together over a three-week trip to Lagos, it documented for the first time the explosive era when domestic bands fused traditional highlife and juju with funk, soul, rock and Disco.Alongside two cuts by Fela Kuti, Nigeria 70 shone the spotlight on the incredible musicianship of artists like Segun Bucknor, Joni Haastrup and his Monomono band, Orlando Julius, saxophonist Peter King, “Guitar Boy” Victor Uwaifo, Lijadu Sisters and quirky keyboard wizard William Onyeabor among many others. Spread over 3LPs, the original edition also included a one-hour audio documentary featuring exclusive interviews with many original musicians and industry figures from the ‘70s scene, narrated by Wunmi.As well as being a valuable document of an under-rated era, Nigeria 70 was one of the first crossover albums to dig deep into the African music archives and effectively market the music to a new online audience hungry for rare grooves and unique dancefloor sounds. Since Nigeria 70, this market has widened hugely with labels like Soundway, Analog Africa and Hot Casa all working tirelessly to document rare African beats. This new pressing of the Nigeria 70 3LP set is limited to 500 copies and features the full CD version and CD audio documentary as a bonus within the package. Full artwork is also featured including John Armstrong’s extensive sleeve note history alongside rare photos. Limited new 15th Anniversary repress of classic Afro-funk and Afrobeat collection, 500 copies only Definitive format: 3LP set including 2CD version and 1CD audio documentary as bonus one of the most influential of all recent African music collections which helped spawn a new market for African rare grooves album fully remastered for this reissue.
V.A. - Chug-A-Lug - Exotic Blues & Rhythm Volume 8
V.A.
Chug-A-Lug - Exotic Blues & Rhythm Volume 8
10" | 2015 | EU | Original (Stag-O-Lee)
13,99 €*
Release:2015 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Enjoy amazing and danceable tunes from the late 50s and early 60s - a handful of popcorn dancefloor smashes, a few grinding tittyshakers, awesome rhythm & blues - most of them with an exotic twist! 12 songs each on nice 10" vinyl (only)!
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.
Funkees, The - Dancing Time: The Best Of East Nigeria's Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77
Funkees, The
Dancing Time: The Best Of East Nigeria's Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77
2LP | 2012 | UK | Original (Soundway)
22,99 €*
Release:2012 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
‘Dancing Time: The Best of Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Exponents 1973 – 77’ by The Funkees is the latest title on Soundway to mine the rich musical output of 60s and 70s Nigeria. For the 5 year period this compilation spans The Funkees output crackled with dance floor fire.

Having featured on three of Soundway’s most popular titles, across the definitive Nigeria Special compilation series, we felt The Funkees output deserved closer inspection. Presented here (on CD, download & double gatefold LP) are 18 slices of funky Afro-rock grooves hand picked by Soundway’s Miles Cleret from a selection of the bands 45s and 2 long players.

In the early 1970s The Funkees were the number-one east Nigerian band and the only outfit to seriously challenge the popular Lagos based rock combos MonoMono and BLO.

It wasn't long before promoters in the UK came calling and The Funkees packed up their instruments and moved to London where they quickly established a fierce reputation on the live circuit.

Here they recorded two seminal albums before finally breaking up in 1977 amidst some controversy. This collection features for the first time all of their Nigerian 45s alongside the best of their UK album material and is accompanied by a full interview with original member Sonny Akpan, who still lives in the capital.
Walko - Afrobeat Trance
Walko
Afrobeat Trance
7" | 2012 | EU | Original (Soulshine)
9,99 €*
Release:2012 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
15 piece afro-group from Nantes, France!
Da Lata - Oba Lata
Da Lata
Oba Lata
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (Da La Music)
12,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Written by Chris Franck and Davide Giovaninni, Oba Lata draws on traditional Yoruban chant blending it with a live afro-beat groove. Edgy, rhythmical analogue synths, vocals, guitars and percussion tied together by the clave and driving afro bassline make this a credible dance floor contender. The vocals honour "Obatala", one of the main Orishas in Yoruban culture. He is seen as the creator of earth and a lover of peace and harmony.
NameBrandSound are IG Culture and Alex Phountzi. The duo were part of the original West London broken beat scene and are known for their involvement with New Sector Movements and Bugz in the Attic. This remix draws on some of the modern African rhythms like Gqom (Durban - South Africa) and Coupé-Décalé (Ivory Coast via Paris) and combines them with their own "bruk" sound. Stripped back vocals and instrumentation make this a remix focused heavily on groove.
This instrumental track 'Dakar' is the result of a recent trip to Senegal during the period of Ramadan. It features an 8 piece woodwind/horn section recorded in Belo Horizonte (Brazil) which has been beautifully arranged by Rafael Martini. A mid tempo groove leaning heavily towards north africa combining acoustic and electronic elements to create a deep modal feel and mood.
V.A. - Bulawayo Blue Yodel
Kingdom Of Kaffa - Ch'erek'a Bereha Yellow Vinyl Edition
Kingdom Of Kaffa
Ch'erek'a Bereha Yellow Vinyl Edition
7" | 2017 | CH | Original (That's Why)
13,99 €*
Release:2017 / CH – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 26.04.2019
Kingdom Of Kaffa return with their 4th installment and it might be their strongest one yet. Heavy syncopated Funk rhythms pair with synth sounds and hypnotizing Fakir inspired jazzy flute - intense, beautiful and fantastic!
The flip is a straighter Funk affair with a touch of the 70ies Blaxploitation soundtrack sounds.
Mahbunzi Nahgo Pihndi - D Ebando
Mahbunzi Nahgo Pihndi
D Ebando
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (Good Morning Tapes)
14,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following a run of sought-after releases on cassette from artists including Anthony Naples, Xvarr and E Ruscha V, Good Morning Tapes switch to vinyl for their latest (and first with HJ). By Mahbunzi Nahgo Pihndi ("All the Healing Green Leaves of the Forest”) aka Brian Close, one half of New York avant-garde duo Georgia: “This record is an extension of a foray into trance ritual music. It is structured as a companion for film, meditation, vision seeking & sound rest. It is by nature a nature worship record, combining acoustic percussive improvisation, sensory foley, vocalized staccatos, and a specific brew of physical / metaphysical sound relations... mind hush / thought flush / spirit rush / sun rise. Inspired by an initiation ceremony of the Bwiti / Fang people of Gabon. This collection relays a fragmented branch of timings of this ceremony and proposes other paths for the sacred (Mougongo) instrument. Recoded + Restructured + Reflected as a time capsule, with fullest respect / blessings to breeze the Bwiti understandings through the current climate. Proceeds of this record will be donated to Tata-Yo (Nganga), Ebando.”
Okyerema Asante - Sabi (Get Down)
Jay Mitta - Tatizo Pesa Blue Vinyl Edition
Jay Mitta
Tatizo Pesa Blue Vinyl Edition
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Nyege Nyege Tapes)
20,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The hyper blaze of Jay Mitta’s debut LP ‘Tatizo Pesa’ kicks off a trio of searing Singeli albums from the sound’s ground zero - the Sisso Studios of the Mburahati ghetto, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. A breathtaking boost of 180bpm+ rhythms, syncopated loops and nagging hooks, ‘Tatizo Pesa’ notably introduces 14 year old MC sensation Dogo Janja alongside nine knockout instrumentals that make much western dance musics seem prissy and pedestrian.
Sheila Tetteh-Quaye - Miss Uncertainty
Sheila Tetteh-Quaye
Miss Uncertainty
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (That's Why Records)
13,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Yet another sure shot from That's Why. Label head honcho and one half of Kingdom Of Kaffa penned this funky number for Singer Sheila. Sharon Jones would have been impressed... we are too!
Nkotti Francois & The Black Styl - Muwaso Mwa Longe / Nja Ka
Nkotti Francois & The Black Styl
Muwaso Mwa Longe / Nja Ka
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Ketu)
21,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Kêtu Records started as a project which sells original vinyl discs with the aim of promoting African music of the Golden Age (1960-70). We have developed a large network in Africa to trace these original vinyl discs. We also organize events and sell the discs. Part of the profit is reverted to support local initiatives such as local orchestras, O.N.G. that help disables and schools.
For this first single release, NKOTTI FRANCOIS, great Cameroonian artist of the 70s-80s and still active on the African scene, signs for a reissue of “MUWASO MWA LONGE” and “NJA KA”; two amazing titles from the LP Retro 2000.
Jungle Fire / Palov - Snake Pit / Lokums & Matches
Jungle Fire / Palov
Snake Pit / Lokums & Matches
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Melting)
14,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The second edition of Beats & Culture’s exclusive 7” series is all about transparent orange. That’s the color of the vinyl, and the music itself has a warm glow, almost like an African sunset. This is the sound of exotic mixtures, afrobeat and Latin styles intertwining; dubby vibes mingling with funk, and even evidence of a Turkish influ- ence. The two sides of this 7” travel far and wide.
Los Angeles combo Jungle Fire — a Gilles Peterson favorite — deliver “Snake Pit (Stove Mix)” on the A-side, intro’ing with an introspective dub feel, as plaintive horns and a tuneful flute carry the melody. The song explores Latin elements as the percussion gets intricate and the guitars get twangy. This one grooves and moves in a deliberate manner.
Veteran Athens-based producer Palov (Cast-a-Blast, Palov & Mishkin) is on the flip side, collaborating with his friend Angelos Angelides on the evocative “Lokums and Matches.” It’s a boom-bap flavored funk track that features exquisite guitar played in Turkish-afro style. It’s truly original sound, tailor-made for global b-boys to strut their stu on the magic carpet. On numara!

''Snake Pit (Stove Mix)'' Produced by Jungle Fire. Exclusive mix for Melting Records. Original mix was released on the LP ''Tropicoso'' by Nacional Records. Under license from & copyright to Jungle Fire.

''Lokums and Matches'' Produced by Palov & A.Angelides. Originally released on the LP ''He Mucho Por Ti''. Under license from & copyright to Spang Recordings.
Hoodna Orchestra - Ofel I / Breathe
Hoodna Orchestra
Ofel I / Breathe
7" | 2019 | EU | Original (Agogo)
9,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Hoodna Orchestra is a 12 member orchestra who studies and investigates the African origins of western popular music. The Orchestra was formed in 2012, in the south side of Tel Aviv, by a group of musicians, and it functions as a collective and a record label.
Hoodna's musical director is the guitarist and composer Ilan Smilan. The cultural and musical environment that surrounds the group has a great effect on its creative process. Exposure to Ethiopian', Eritrean and Arabic musical traditions, coupled with an ongoing study and exploration of different jazz styles, creates a unique blend which has made The Hoodna Orchestra one of the most appreciated and sought-after live shows in Israel.
Orchestre Abass - Orchestre Abass
Orchestre Abass
Orchestre Abass
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
28,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In 1972, Orchestre Abass released two incredible singles on Polydor. These records - featuring Samarin Banza, Haka Dunia and other afrofunk masterpieces - were powerful enough to knock any music head out, but it wasn’t until the discovery of some unreleased material by the band that the seeds for this project were planted.

All the music was licensed directly from the various composers of these songs. The vinyl is pressed on 180 High Quality Virgin Vinyl and the gatefold contains previously unseen pictures and a detailed biography of the might band.
Vaudou Game - Otodi
Vaudou Game
Otodi
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Hot Casa)
27,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
No one had been through those doors in years. Unchanged, seemingly untouched, just a Guard watching over it, one wondered whether the place would ever see the light of day again. Built in the 70s by Scotch, there were only twenty such places in the entire world. Twenty studios, all identical. Most had undergone a digital makeover in the 80s, but not this one; situated in Lomé, this studio had stayed true to its original form. Silent and uninhabited but waiting for one thing, and one thing only: for the sacred fire to be lit once again. That of the Togolese Recording Office, is studio OTODI for those in the know. Through thick layers of dust, the console was vibrating still, impatient to be turned on and spurt out the sound so unique to analog. That sound is what Peter Solo and his band Vaudou Game came to seek out.
The original vibrations of Lomé’s sound, resonating within the studio space, an undercurrent pulsing within the walls, the floor, and the entire atmosphere. A presence at once electrical and mystical sourced through the amps that had never really gone cold, despite the deep sleep that they had been forced into. In taking over the studio’s 3000 square feet, enough to house a full orchestra, Vaudou Game had the space necessary to conjure the spirits of voodoo, those very spirits who watch over men and nature, and with whom Peter converses every day.
For the most authentic of frequencies to fully imbibe this third album, Peter Solo entrusted the rhythmic section to a Togolese bass and drum duo, putting the groove in the expert hands of those versed in feeling and a type of musicianship that you can’t learn in any school. This was also a way to put OTODI on the path of a more heavily hued funk sound, the backbone of which maintains flexibility and agility when moving over to highlife, straightens out when enhanced with frequent guest Roger Damawuzan’s James Brown type screams, and softens when making the way for strings. Snaking and undulating when a chorus of Togolese women takes over, guiding it towards a slow, hypnotic trance. Up until now, Vaudou Game had maintained their connection to Togo from their base in France. This time, recording the entire album in Lomé at OTODI with local musicians, Peter Solo drew the voodoo fluid directly from the source, once again using only Togolese scales to make his guitar sing, his strings acting as channels between listeners and deities…
Tunde Mabadu - Viva Disco
Tunde Mabadu
Viva Disco
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Mr Bongo)
20,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Official Mr Bongo reissue of the ultra-rare Nigerian disco-boogie, ‘Viva Disco’, album from 1980. Originally released on the Afrodisia label, this one is unknown to even the most knowledgable collectors out there.
Tunde Mabadu recorded two albums in the 70’s – ‘Viva Disco’ and ‘Bisu’ as Tunde Mabadu & His Sunrise. Perfect examples of golden-era Nigerian disco & boogie, that still hold their own today.
Licensed from Tunde Mabadu and PMG.
Mac Gregor - Abidjan
Mac Gregor
Abidjan
12" | 1981 | EU | Reissue (Hot Casa)
19,99 €*
Release:1981 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Rare and in High demand Afro digital Soul EP, recorded in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) in 1981.
Originally from Martinique, Clem Marise Voltine aka Mac Gregor moved to Abidjan in 1979 searching for, what she called, her “negritude quest”. She sang about her love for her adoptive city until her death in April 2004 at CHU of Abidjan, Trechville Hospital.
A visionary composer, poet and singer, mixing Creole, French and Nouchi, she made a brilliant musical bridge between the West-Indies and Ivory Coast, backed by a soulful group of top Ivorian musicians such as the great Houon Pierre.
This unique and must have record is a pure dancefloor killer and will definitely be the next Afro Tropical Hit of the next decade!
Fully Licensed in Abidjan, remastered at Carvery Studio on a 12inch vinyl (45 RPM).
Alma Negra - Mayola EP
Alma Negra
Mayola EP
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Alma Negra)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strong Alma Negra Reworks EP. The second of Alma Negra’s 12 Rhythms Series is dedicated to the Maloya sound from La Réunion, a tiny island where a melting pot of cultures is reflected strongly in its music. Maloya’s roots go back to the time of slavery, its quick tempo and raw energy making it not only a popular dance music but also a powerful protest through movement. On their Maloya EP, the Basel collective pay tribute to the hypnotic rhythms that were feared both by the Catholic Church and the French government for the musical form’s subversive part in the rebellion against colonialism. The release revolves around two contrasting Alma Negra re-workings of Lindigo’s Tany Be. The first takes a classic call & response structure in 12/8 and 6/8 rhythms, adding a driving bass line and guitar licks. A solid 909-kick locks things in step, along with a sax flourish and FM synths.
V.A. - Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa
V.A.
Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa
3LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Soundway)
29,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In 1980s black South Africa a local form of pop music evolved as the disco boom died down and slowly mutated. It was often ubiquitously described as Bubblegum - usually stripped-down and lo-fi with a predominance of synths, keyboards and drum-machines and overlaid with the kind of deeply soulful trademark vocals and harmonies that South African music is famous for.
Compilers Miles Cleret (Soundway) and DJ Okapi (Afrosynth Records) present a selection of 18 rare, handpicked 1980s cuts that highlight the period that nestles in between the ‘70s (where American-influenced jazz, funk and soul bumped shoulders with local Mbaqanga) and the ‘90s when Kwaito and eventually house-music ruled the dancefloors of urban South Africa.
Alongside French-Caribbean Zouk this kind of music has slowly been making its way into the DJ sets of many of the most open minded selectors around the world. This compilation is in many ways a sister release to the hugely popular compilation of Nigerian boogie and disco that Soundway released in late 2016 : “Doing it In Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980s Nigeria”.
The album takes its name from the band Ashiko’s track of the same name Gumba Fire that features on the compilation. The term is derived from gumba gumba, the term given to the booming speakers of the old spacegram radios that
broadcast music into South Africa’s townships and villages. The phrase later evolved into Gumba Fire to refer to a hot party. Put this record on and feel the heat!
Jule Henri Malaki - Makiyaj / Tes Idees
Jule Henri Malaki
Makiyaj / Tes Idees
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Secousse)
12,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following the success of the Retro-Zouk mixtapes series (4 volumes / 15k plays on Soundcloud), Secousse Radio proudly presents its first official vinyl reissue of a long lost Zouk banger.
Originally released in 1993-1994, those two tracks have been road-tested in various clubs and parties for months and the feedback is clear: it’s dancefloor devastation business.
Their author is Jules Henri Malaki, an established and self-produced artist from Guadeloupe, a French overseas island in the Southern Caribbean Sea.
As the popularity of Zouk music keeps growing every day in Europe, America and Asia, just whisper the name “Makiyaj” to any of the best DJs from the current tropical diggers scene and watch their eyes scintillate… This secret weapon shall not remain secret very long.
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