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Pop Makossa - The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984
Pop Makossa
The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
An explosivecompilation highlighting the era when funk and disco soundsbegan to infiltrate Cameroon's Makossa style. The beat thatholds everything together originate's from the Sawa people'srhythms. When these rhythms collided with merengue, high-life,Congolese rumba, and, later, funk and disco, modern Makossa wasborn. Makossa, the beat that long before football, managed tounify the whole of Cameroon. Some of the greatest Makossa hitsincorporated the electrifying guitars and tight grooves offunk, while others were laced with cosmic synth flourishes.However, most of this music's vibe came down to the bass, and'Pop Makossa' demonstrates why many Cameroonian bass playersare among the most revered in the world.
Bitori - Legend Of Funana - The Forbidden Music Of The Cape Verde Islands
Bitori
Legend Of Funana - The Forbidden Music Of The Cape Verde Islands
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
21,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Bitori (Ferro Gaita's teacher) has long been overlooked. The time has come to put the spotlight back on the 'Legend of Funaná.Originally recorded in 1998 in Rotterdam, the album 'Bitori Nha Bibinha' revolutionized the uplifting 'funana' genre from the Cabo Verdian island Santiago. The album is named after bandleader Bitori, who is hailed for his unique style on the gaita diatonic accordion.In the early 50's, Victor (Bitori) Tavares embarked to the island of Sao Tomé & Principe and returned to Cabo Verde with an accordion. Self taught, Bitori developed his own style, an infectious blaze, that quickly caught the attention of the older generation on Santiago Island. Initially the rural accordion-based sound of funaná was banned and frowned upon. Following Cape Verde´s independence in 1975 the sound spread like a wildfire. Analog Africa's founder Samy Ben Redjeb has been preparing to release this signature ablum for a while and happy to reunite three of the original musicians on this album, plus groove meastro Jorge Martins of Buli Mundo and explosive talentAntonio Sanches.
Bro. Valentino - Stay Up Zimbabwe / Ah Wo (Band New Revolution)
Bro. Valentino
Stay Up Zimbabwe / Ah Wo (Band New Revolution)
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
We are proud to announce our 6th release in the Limited Dance Edition Serie, this time with our very first 12" Maxi Single by Anthony Emrold Phillip better known as "Bro. Valentino”. The Side A, Stay Up Zimbabwe is a legendary Shango / Orisha / Calypso tune from 1979 that invaded the Carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago, filling the lips and boots of everyone, singing and marching to its infectious chorus. Bro. Valentino again stunned the world with Ah Wo (Band New Revolution), a year later with a tune that championed the new mood of the Islands and the new-found fame of the Caribbean, no doubt spurned on by the very Grenadian revolution, a year earlier. These refreshing Caribbean Calypso Afro tunes, which have been constantly played during our DJ sets, will come in a wonderful Silk-Screen printed cover and Turquoise Colored vinyl. Limited to 1500 copies.
V.A. - Afro-Beat Airways Volume 1
V.A.
Afro-Beat Airways Volume 1
2LP | 2010 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2010 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Organ-driven Afro-beat, cosmic Afro-funk and raw, psychedelic boogie … just some of the flavours to be found on this highly danceable compilation by Samy Ben Redjeb, founder of Analog Africa. No effort has been spared! To document these 15 irresistible tracks and the music scene from the'70s, Samy crisscrossed the lengths of Ghana and Togo in search of the producers and artists - or their relatives. In the process he recorded a dozen interviews, scanned 90 pictures and transferred 120 master tapes. All the evidence can be seen in the 44-page full colour booklet accompanying these 75 minutes of heavy West African sounds. Afro-Beat Airways showcases an amazing diversity of local rhythms spiced with Afro-American funk, soul and jazz.
V.A. - Senegal 70
V.A.
Senegal 70
2LP | 2015 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2015 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Sonic gems and previously unreleased recordings from the '70s!This collection on double-LP offers an insight into the musical adventures that were taking place in the major Senegalese cities during the '60s and '70s. The compilation reflects the unique fusions of funk, Mbalax, Cuban Son and Mandigue guitar sounds that transformed Dakar into West Africa's most vibrant city. The comprehensive 12-page booklet (biographies, pix, and more) is a precious document attesting to the decades of transformation that led to modern Senegalese music.
V.A. - Afro-Beat Airways Volume 2
V.A.
Afro-Beat Airways Volume 2
2LP | 2013 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
20,99 €*
Release:2013 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
From the coastal cities of Accra and Cape Coast, basked in a tropical sound heavily influenced by highlife, to the semi-Saharan cities of Tamalé and Bolgatanga (part of a self-proclaimed 'Islamic Funk Belt') via the central city of Kumasi, Analog Africa has criss-crossed Ghana in search of rare tracks for the Afrobeat Airways series.
V.A. - Bambara Mystic Soul
V.A.
Bambara Mystic Soul
2LP | 2011 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2011 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
For its commemorative 10th release, Analog Africa indulges in Burkina Faso, one of the jewels of the Sahel, a harsh and arid strip that straddles the southern Sahara, stretching from Dakar in the west to Djibouti in the east. Formerly known as Haute Volta, Burkina Faso's sound was organized and nurtured during the country's time as part of a vast patchwork making up French colonial West Africa.
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Echos Hypnotiques
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou
Echos Hypnotiques
2LP | 2009 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2009 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Four years in the making, Analog Africa finally presents the second volume of Africas funkiest band, the mythical Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou.
Vincent Ahehehinnou - Best Woman
Vincent Ahehehinnou
Best Woman
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
28,49 €* 29,99 € -5%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In early 1978, Vincent Ahehehinnou left the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou without explanation. He had been one of their principal vocalist since 1968 and had helped transform them from a hard-charging nightclubband into a musical powerhouse and Africa-wide sensation. By the end of 1977, after an explosive performance at the pan-African arts and culture festival (Festac77) in Lagos, the band had reached the very pinnacle of their success.For nearly forty years, the reasons behind Vincent’s sudden departure have remained a mystery. Until now. In an interview included with Analog Africa’s new reissue of Best Woman – Vincent’s first post-Poly-Rythmo album, which has been out-of-print for close to four decades and nearly impossible to find outside West Africa – the great singer finally breaks his silence. He didn’t leave … he was pushed.Poly-Rythmo were already popular in their native Benin but, in the aftermath of Festac ’77, the band were poised for break-out success throughout Africa. One of the people who stood to benefit most was the band’s manager Adissa Seidou, whose label Albarika Store had released most of the band’s recordings. However Adissa’s vision for Poly-Rythmo didn’t always line up with that of the musicians and, more often than not, it was Vincent who spoke up for the band.The two men grew increasingly estranged until one day – at the funeral for Adissa’s father no less – Adissa gave Vincent an ultimatum of sorts. In Vincent’s own words: ‘I asked him if there is a way we could sort out our differences to which he replied that the only solution was for me to leave the band, adding, “if not I will kill you”’. And so Vincent found himself forced out of the band he had helped build. He tried his hand at various business ventures, but soon realised that the pull of music was too strong. On a business trip to Nigeria, Vincent met with Ignace de Souza of Benin’s Black Santiago band, who agreed to arrange Vincent’s songs, assemble musicians, and book a session at the legendary Decca Studios in Lagos.With everything in place Vincent returned to Cotonou, gathered together all the money he had saved over the years and set out again for Lagos. But the simple bus journey to Nigeria turned into a nightmarish odyssey of military corruption … and had it not been for the random kindness of an unknown woman on the bus, this album – along with Vincent’s subsequent solo career – might never have existed. Vincent tells the full story in the liner notes to this LP.But Vincent did make it to Lagos and the sessions went ahead. The nine-piece band, handpicked by de Souza, learned the songs and set them to tape in the span of only a week … but the results are as timeless and essential as anything to emerge from West Africa in the late 1970s.Vincent’s afrobeat credentials are in full evidence on opening track ‘Best Woman’ (English) whose driving beat, focussed horns and intricate vocal melody recall the raucous intensity of Poly-Rythmo. But the deep funk of the title track turns out to be only a warm-up for album-highlight ‘Maimouna Cherie’ (French), a moving expression of love and longing which kicks off with a hi-hat and wah-wah guitar workout but shifts gears mid-way into a more concentrated and contemplative groove.The funk and afrobeat gems on Best Woman are balanced by songs that draw upon Sato, one of the many Vodoun rhythms of Vincent’s native Benin. Side one concludes with ‘Vi Deka’ (Mina), an epic slow-burner propelled by some of the record’s most soulful vocals, while album closer ‘Wa Do Verite Ton Noumi’ (Fon) all but dares you not to lose yourself in its sublime hypnotic trance.Best Woman was released on Nigeria’s Hasbunalau Records in 1978, and original pressings are now highly-prized collector’s items. With this reissue on Analog Africa’s Dance Edition imprint – newly mastered by Nick Robbins, cut by to vinyl by Frank Merritt at the Carvery, and approved by Vincent himself – Best Woman makes a welcome and long-overdue return to turntables around the world.
Amara Toure - Amara Toure 1973 - 1980
Amara Toure
Amara Toure 1973 - 1980
2LP | 2015 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
24,99 €*
Release:2015 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The enigmatic Amara Touré from Guinée Conakry finally getting a well deserved compilation showcasing all of the 10 songs ever released between 1973 and 1980. Cuban influenced music of a different kind featuring amazing spaced-out guitar works!!Analog Africa compiles a complete collection of Amara Touré’s Afro-Cuban compositions, originally released between 1973 and 1980.
Diablos Del Ritmo - The Colombian Melting Pot 1960 - 1985 Part 2
Diablos Del Ritmo
The Colombian Melting Pot 1960 - 1985 Part 2
2LP | 2012 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
20,99 €*
Release:2012 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
There are a number of theories as to how, in the mid-20th century, African music made its way to Colombia’s vibrant port city of Barranquilla, today's mecca of Caribbean tropical music flled with the chaos of loud music, frenetic taxis, delicious Sancocho soup aromas and a charminglycolourful aura. Some maintain that a man named “Boquebaba” remains responsible. Others claim that seafaring traders and merchants imported the frst sizeable amount of African vinyl.An absolute certainty is that in March 2007 Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb arrived in Barranquilla, by some still considered the “Golden Gate of Colombia”. Unaware the impact it would have, he brought along several African records to be used as trading currency for Colombian music. Ben Redjeb’s collection allowed contemporary diehard music collectors to fnally hold their cherished records and learn the real names of many of their favourite songs, which they had heard through coastal sound systems for nearly three decades. In return, the gesture opened pathways to depths of Colombian music the likes of which he would not have encountered otherwise.After half a decade in which seven expeditions were made to Barranquilla, Analog Africa is honoured to present “Diablos del Ritmo,” an anthology of - and tribute to - the immense sound of 1970s Colombia. Thousands of records were collected, boiling down to a colourfully diverse selection of 32 tracks (available on double CD, 2 x double LP and digital format), split between Afrobeat, Afrofunk, Psychedelia-inspired rhythms on Part 1 and an array of danceable tropical rhythms on Part 2.Perhaps nothing epitomizes the lush tropical character of Colombia’s Caribbean coast more than Barranquilla’s carnival, the city's most important cultural event. The pridefully celebrated occasion was once a grand stage on which record labels of the ‘70s would competitively showcase their best material for the frst time to an endearing public. Competitions continue to take place these days to crown the collector with the most exclusive tracks - and some have been won in recent years with records provided by Analog Africa’s founder. This sort of exchange between African and Colombian music typifes what was happening beneath the surface in 1970s Colombia.Colombian music in general, especially the music from the Caribbean coast, is heavily infuenced by the drums, percussion and chanting of African rhythms. Music from big players of the day – from Nigeria, Congo, Ivory Coast and Cuba - entered Barranquilla constantly. Afrobeat, Terapia and Lumbalú clashed efortlessly with the tropical sounds of Puya, Porro, Gaita, Cumbiamba, Mapelé and Chandé to create a rich amalgam of irresistible dance music while traditional styles were refned by an elite cadre of accordion players that included Alejandro Duran, Alfredo Gutierrez, Calixto Ochoa, Anibal Velasquez and Andres Landero.Signifcantly, Colombia is home to the largest black population in the Hispanic world and second only to Brazil in Latin America. And, as such, communities of African descendants, like the Champetuos and the Cimarrones, were empowered by the thick African ether consuming the country, and stirred the musical melting pot even more. The heights Afro-Colombian music had reached by the early ‘80s was nothing short of exceptional. But, none of it could have been possible without two vital engines. One was the Picó sound systems - roaming street clubs dedicated to mobilizing and spreading the rawest music of Africa, the Caribbean and the rest of the transatlantic black world. The second were forwarding-thinking producers. Discos Tropical, named after the palm tree-flled tropical character of Barranquilla, Felito Records and Machuca, amongst several other key players, governed and diversifed the psychedelic and coastal music scene of Colombia.
Angola Soundtrack - Volume 1: The Unique Sound Of Luanda 1965-1978
Angola Soundtrack
Volume 1: The Unique Sound Of Luanda 1965-1978
2LP | 2010 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
20,99 €*
Release:2010 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Superbly melodic, highly danceable, hypnotic, raw and quintessentially beautiful and totaly addictive … revolutionary Angolan grooves from the 60s and 70s!
Los Camaroes - Resurrection Los Volume 1
Los Camaroes
Resurrection Los Volume 1
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Cameroon, 1978: it’s like any good western movie. A man drifts through the plains at the furthest edge of the country in search of two former gunslingers, hoping to coax them out of retirement for one last showdown. Except this time, the weapons are guitars and the gunslingers are Jean Gabari and Messi Martin – the calm sheriff and his hot-headed deputy – who had led the band Los Camaroes to superstardom at the beginning of the decade.Los Camaroes emerged at the end of the 1960s from the town of Maroua in the northern, predominantly Islamic area of Cameroon. After changes in name, in lineup and in management, they worked their way south to the capital to make a name for themselves, in the span of only a few years they changed Cameroon’s music scene forever, leaving a trail of sold-out nightclubs and monster radio hits in their wake. Then, at the height of their popularity, they broke up.The band had been led from the beginning by Jean Gabari, whose level-headedness and evenhandedness inspired the respect and devotion of his musicians. But it was Gabari’s alchemical collaborations with guitarist Messi Martin that drove the band to its greatest heights. Martin had developed an innovation that would earn him fame throughout Cameroon as the “king of Bikutsi”, as Johnny Cosmos explains:“The primary instrument in Bikutsi is the balafon, and Messi came up with a trick that consisted of chewing small pieces of paper until they reached the right consistency and then stuck them between the strings of the guitar. This trick, which made a guitar sound like a balafon, catapulted him to stardom and turned him into the founder of Modern Bikutsi.” (Check the song “Bezimbi” to hear Messi Martin´s wizardry on a Bikutsi tune)Martin’s extraordinary talents were matched by a character of great unpredictability. He had been lured away from the band before by the promise of success and, in 1975, when Los Camaroes were at the peak of their power, he left them once again. Gabari tried to keep the band going, but his own longstanding battles with ill health eventually forced him to return to his hometown. With Gabari and Martin gone, the rest of the musicians drifted away in search of other gigs. By 1978, Los Camaroes were no more than a rapidly fading memory.But then came the resurrection.From out of nowhere, a businessman named Atangana Joseph appeared in northern Cameroon. His goal: to track down the original members of Los Camaroes and get them back together for their one final shot at immortality. The musicians reconvened at the legendary Mango Bar in the capital city of Yaoundé, the very place where, years earlier, they had established their reputation as one of Cameroon’s most fearsome live bands.Producer Nicolas Mongué and engineer Emmanuel Guyssot were called in from Douala to record what was being billed as a comeback album. There was talk of going into a studio, but Los Camaroes had always thrived on the energy of the nightclub scene, they decided instead to record it live to two-track in the Mango Bar.The six tracks on the album were performed by a mixture of new recruits and veterans from the original Camaroes lineup – including Mpouli “Dodo” Emmanuel and Boloko Michel on Guitars, Eyango Claude on Organ, the percussion duo of Ndi Bellui and Enama Leon, and vocal contributions from Sala Bekono Joseph and Ngoebang Jean Marie – but the urgent rhythms and shimmering guitars sound like a band who simply picked up where they had left off. It seemed that everyone on the record was inspired by the exhuberant reunion between Martin and Gabari, the two magicians from which Los Camaroes had been born and born againThe album, Resurrection Los Vol. 1, was completed in only a few days. There would be no Volume 2. The music that emerged during the Mango Bar sessions was the culmination of a fifteen year musical bond between Gabari and Martin, and what was supposed to be a comeback album ended up being a last testament — Gabari would die only a few years later and Martin, without his foil, would never find the same level of musical success. Even at the time, these two titans of Cameroon’s music scene seemed to realise it would be the last time they would ever work together. The resurrection of Los Camaroes was short-lived … but it produced a masterpiece.The Analog Africa Dance Edition reissue of Resurrection Los was remastered by Frank Merritt at the Carvery and comes with a wonderful poster housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve featuring the story of the band as told by original keyboardist Mbambo “Johnny Cosmos” Simon, as well as new interviews with the production team who supervised the now legendary Mango Bar sessions. This essential slab of Cameroon’s musical history, previously unreleased outside of Africa, is available on LP for the first time since 1979.
V.A. - Space Echo
V.A.
Space Echo
2LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
24,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In the spring of 1968 a cargo ship was preparing to leave the port of Baltimore with an important shipment of musical instruments. Its final destination was Rio De Janeiro, where the EMSE Exhibition (Exposição Mundial Do Son Eletrônico) was going to be held. It was the first expo of its kind to take place in the Southern Hemisphere and many of the leading companies in the field of electronic music were involved. Rhodes, Moog, Farfisa, Hammond and Korg, just to name a few, were all eager to present their newest synthesisers and other gadgets to a growing and promising South American market, spearheaded by Brazil and Colombia.The ship with the goods set sail on the 20th of March on a calm morning and mysteriously disappeared from the radar on the very same day. One can only imagine the surprise of the villagers of Cachaço, on the Sao Nicolau island of Cabo Verde, when a few months later they woke up and found a ship stranded in their fields, in the middle of nowhere, 8 km from any coastline.After consulting with the village elders, the locals had decided to open the containers to see what was inside – however gossip as scintillating as this travels fast and colonial police had already arrived and secured the area. Portuguese scientists and physicians were ordered to the scene and after weeks of thorough studies and research, it was concluded that the ship had fallen from the sky. One of the less plausible theories was that it might have fallen from a Russian military air carrier. The locals joked that again the government had wasted their tax money on a useless exercise, as a simple look at the crater generated by the impact could explain the phenomena. “No need for Portuguese rocket scientists to explain this!” they laughed.What the villagers didn’t know, was that traces of cosmic particles were discovered on the boat. The bow of the ship showed traces of extreme heat, very similar to traces found on meteors, suggesting that the ship had penetrated the hemisphere at high speed. That theory also didn't make sense as such an impact would have reduced the ship to dust. Mystery permeated the event.Finally, a team of welders arrived to open the containers and the whole village waited impatiently. The atmosphere, which had been filled with joy and excitement, quickly gave way to astonishment. Hundreds of boxes conjured, all containing keyboards and other instruments which they had never seen before: and all useless in an area devoid of electricity. Disappointment was palpable. The goods were temporarily stored in the local church and the women of the village had insisted a solution be found before Sunday mass.It is said that charismatic anti-colonial leader Amílcar Cabral had ordered for the instruments to be distributed equally in places that had access to electricity, which placed them mainly in schools. This distribution was best thing that could have happened - keyboards found fertile grounds in the hands of curious children, born with an innate sense of rhythm who picked up the ready-to-use instruments. This in turn facilitated the modernisation of local rhythms such as Mornas, Coladeras and the highly danceable music style called Funaná, which had been banned by the Portuguese colonial rulers until 1975 due to its sensuality!The observation was made that the children who came into contact with the instruments found on the ship inherited prodigious capabilities to understand music and learn instruments. One of them was the musical genius Paulino Vieira, who by the end of the 70s would become the country´s most important music arranger. 8 out of the 15 songs presented in this compilation had been recorded with the backing of the band Voz de Cabo Verde, lead by Paulino Vieira, the mastermind behind the creation and promulgation of what is known today as “The Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde”.
Verckys & Orchestre Vévé - Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rumba
Verckys & Orchestre Vévé
Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rumba
2LP | 2014 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
21,99 €*
Release:2014 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Analog Africa has the privilege to present 11 tracks by Verckys et L’Orchestre Vévé at the height of their most funky capabilities. Compiled over the course of many years in a land of hardship, we welcome you to the grooviest era of the Congo!
Diablos Del Ritmo - The Colombian Melting Pot 1960 - 1985 Part 1
Diablos Del Ritmo
The Colombian Melting Pot 1960 - 1985 Part 1
2LP | 2012 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2012 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
There are a number of theories as to how, in the mid-20th century, African music made its way to Colombia’s vibrant port city of Barranquilla, today's mecca of Caribbean tropical music flled with the chaos of loud music, frenetic taxis, delicious Sancocho soup aromas and a charminglycolourful aura. Some maintain that a man named “Boquebaba” remains responsible. Others claim that seafaring traders and merchants imported the frst sizeable amount of African vinyl.An absolute certainty is that in March 2007 Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb arrived in Barranquilla, by some still considered the “Golden Gate of Colombia”. Unaware the impact it would have, he brought along several African records to be used as trading currency for Colombian music. Ben Redjeb’s collection allowed contemporary diehard music collectors to fnally hold their cherished records and learn the real names of many of their favourite songs, which they had heard through coastal sound systems for nearly three decades. In return, the gesture opened pathways to depths of Colombian music the likes of which he would not have encountered otherwise.After half a decade in which seven expeditions were made to Barranquilla, Analog Africa is honoured to present “Diablos del Ritmo,” an anthology of - and tribute to - the immense sound of 1970s Colombia. Thousands of records were collected, boiling down to a colourfully diverse selection of 32 tracks (available on double CD, 2 x double LP and digital format), split between Afrobeat, Afrofunk, Psychedelia-inspired rhythms on Part 1 and an array of danceable tropical rhythms on Part 2.Perhaps nothing epitomizes the lush tropical character of Colombia’s Caribbean coast more than Barranquilla’s carnival, the city's most important cultural event. The pridefully celebrated occasion was once a grand stage on which record labels of the ‘70s would competitively showcase their best material for the frst time to an endearing public. Competitions continue to take place these days to crown the collector with the most exclusive tracks - and some have been won in recent years with records provided by Analog Africa’s founder. This sort of exchange between African and Colombian music typifes what was happening beneath the surface in 1970s Colombia.Colombian music in general, especially the music from the Caribbean coast, is heavily infuenced by the drums, percussion and chanting of African rhythms. Music from big players of the day – from Nigeria, Congo, Ivory Coast and Cuba - entered Barranquilla constantly. Afrobeat, Terapia and Lumbalú clashed efortlessly with the tropical sounds of Puya, Porro, Gaita, Cumbiamba, Mapelé and Chandé to create a rich amalgam of irresistible dance music while traditional styles were refned by an elite cadre of accordion players that included Alejandro Duran, Alfredo Gutierrez, Calixto Ochoa, Anibal Velasquez and Andres Landero.Signifcantly, Colombia is home to the largest black population in the Hispanic world and second only to Brazil in Latin America. And, as such, communities of African descendants, like the Champetuos and the Cimarrones, were empowered by the thick African ether consuming the country, and stirred the musical melting pot even more. The heights Afro-Colombian music had reached by the early ‘80s was nothing short of exceptional. But, none of it could have been possible without two vital engines. One was the Picó sound systems - roaming street clubs dedicated to mobilizing and spreading the rawest music of Africa, the Caribbean and the rest of the transatlantic black world. The second were forwarding-thinking producers. Discos Tropical, named after the palm tree-flled tropical character of Barranquilla, Felito Records and Machuca, amongst several other key players, governed and diversifed the psychedelic and coastal music scene of Colombia.
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - The Vodoun Effect
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou
The Vodoun Effect
2LP | 2008 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
21,99 €*
Release:2008 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou is West Africa's best-kept secret. Their output, both in quantity & quality was astonishing, thrived by mixing the coolest parts of funk, soul, latin & vodoun rhythms into a new sound!
Shadow - Sweet Sweet Dreams
Shadow
Sweet Sweet Dreams
LP | 2016 | EU | Reissue (Analog Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
When it came out in 1984 the far-out album 'Sweet Sweet Dreams' by Trinidad & Tobago's Shadow (aka Winston Bailey) wasdescribed as "way ahead of its time". Undeservedly it was panned by critics and, unable to reach markets, disappearedinto the dusty record collections of a few music aficionados. Now, more than three decades later that cosmic dance-floor UFOis about to take off again, change all that and set the record straight. Remastered and cut by Frank Meritt at The Carvery the album is truly a masterpiece.
Amara Toure - Amara Toure
Amara Toure
Amara Toure
CD | 2015 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
16,99 €*
Release:2015 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The enigmatic Amara Touré from Guinée Conakry finally getting a well deserved compilation showcasing all of the 10 songs ever released between 1973 and 1980. Cuban influenced music of a different kind featuring amazing spaced-out guitar works!!Analog Africa compiles a complete collection of Amara Touré’s Afro-Cuban compositions, originally released between 1973 and 1980.
Mestre Cupijo E Seu Ritmo - Siria
Mestre Cupijo E Seu Ritmo
Siria
CD | 2014 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
11,99 €* 15,99 € -25%
Release:2014 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Analog Africa are ferociously proud and honoured to have the chance to present these carefully selected tracks from Mestre Cupijó’s six studio albums.
V.A. - Afro-Beat Airways Volume 2
V.A.
Afro-Beat Airways Volume 2
CD | 2013 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
14,44 €* 16,99 € -15%
Release:2013 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
From the coastal cities of Accra and Cape Coast, basked in a tropical sound heavily influenced by highlife, to the semi-Saharan cities of Tamalé and Bolgatanga (part of a self-proclaimed 'Islamic Funk Belt') via the central city of Kumasi, Analog Africa has criss-crossed Ghana in search of rare tracks for the Afrobeat Airways series.
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou
The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk
2LP | 2013 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
21,99 €*
Release:2013 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Take funk, soul, psychedelia and rumba, mix it up with a thick dose of heavy local rhythms and throw everything in a Benin grinder. The brew is then mixed up with hypnotic Farfisa solos, gritty guitar riffs, distorted bass lines, warm horns and the result, of exorcizing proportion, will lead to frenetic body movements. Some people bang their heads, others jerk their feet or feel an urgent need to get up and start shaking their hips. One thing is common, though, to everyone who submits their ears to a spinning record by the mighty Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou: you simply can't stand still. And this new compilation is proof of that - here are 14 funky tracks by the legendary ensemble from Benin that has been deemed as "West-Africa's best kept secret," or as the "The D.N.A. of voodoo groove".
V.A. - Legends Of Benin
V.A.
Legends Of Benin
2LP | 2009 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2009 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
A collection of super rare and highly danceable masterpieces recorded between 1969 - 1981 in Benin!
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Analog Africa Organic Grooves

Analog Africa is a Frankfurt-based record label, founded in 2004 by Samy Ben Redjeb and specialized in rarities and reissues. Samy Ben Redjeb (b. 1961), of Tunisian origin, focuses especially on African music of the 1960s and 1970s. It is the fusion of Western instruments and ancient African music genres he is interested in. He collected more than 30.000 records before he turned this hobby into a business. Speaking six languages (German, Arabian, French, Italian, English and Spanish) which are the languages of the former colonialists alleviates the access to the people and their cultures. He started his label in 2004 with the release of songs of the Zimbabwean band The Green Arrows. The band fronted by singer Zexie Manatsa has been one of the most famous bands of the country in the 1970s. Analog Africa does not only aim to rediscover musical treasures, but also wants to impart knowledge about music history. All releases of Analog Africa are accompanied with a detailed booklet.

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