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Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri Gawlo
A rolling, resplendent tribute to griot life — 'gawlo', Fula for 'griot' — spear-headed by none other than Baaba Maal. Expressive interjections by a trio of talking drums are especially lucid on the instrumental.



Mirror To The Soul Music, Culture And Identity In the Caribbean 1920-72
A lucky-bag of fabulous music, from Cachao to Count Ossie, plus on DVD a freewheeling assemblage of Pathe newsreel, ranging from voodoo to flying fish. Tremendous work by SJ... warmly recommended.


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George Moxey Plays Music For Dancing
Caribbean lounge-jazz from the veteran pianist, supported by the Ernest Ranglin Trio. Japanese import.



Leslie Butler We've Only Just Begun
Soul jazz from the jazz pianist plus trio. The first half's a bit soft, before Aquarius marks the dawning of the funky stuff — Evil Ways, Shaft, Booty Butt — ending with a cooking cover of The Meters' Funky Miracle...



Kenya Special Selected African Recordings From The 1970s And 1980s
Kikuyu ‘liquid soul’, Luo benga with its rat-tat-tat beat and layered guitars, Swahili afrobeat, Congolese rumba, plus influences from SA and Zambia, disco and funk, coastal rhythms like chakacha. Mostly from 45s. ...



C.S. Crew Funky Pack
A late-70s Nigerian blend of Kool And The Gang, Mandrill, and the Ohio Players... with a Moog synthesizer thrown in for good measure.



C'Est Chic! French Girl Singers Of The 1960s
Great-fun, expertly-assembled, well-presented collection of ye-ye girl pop, featuring Francoise Hardy (of course) alongside BB, Anna Karina (from the Godard films) and co. An LP now, too.




Theppabutr Productions The Man Behind The Molam Sound, 1972-75
Profiling producer Theppabutr Satirodchompu — the first in a series of albums celebrating the key-players of modern molam music, from Northeast Thailand. Limited vinyl from Light In The Attic.



Colomach
Collectors' Afro-rock from 1974, fusing traditional Sahel music with the style of raw, garage psych explored by the likes of Hedzoleh Soundz and Edzayawa. Limited 180g vinyl in rigid, paste-on sleeves.



Ramesh
'In 1970s Tehran, the classically-trained Ramesh played the serious, quiet marquesa against Googoosh’s languorous pop princess.' Vintage Iranian pop from rare singles: lutes, goblet drums, brass, strings, synths.





Super Mama Djombo Festival
Fabulous dance music from Guinea Bissau, done full justice by Lisbon's Valentim de Carvalho studios in 1979. The title track sticks it to imperialism; the love-song Julia is a Djombo masterpiece.