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Play That Beat Mr Raja Selected Oddities From The Tamil Film Industry, 1984-1991
The hyper, uproarious Kollywood music of Ilayaraja, Shankar Ganesh, Hamsalekha and co. Widescreen strings, analogue synths, roots percussion, disco stompers, candlelit bontempi, unhinged vocals... Recommended!


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T. R. Mahalingam Portrait Of A Prodigy: His Early Years, 1940s-50s
The earliest recordings by flautist T.R. Mahalingam, a legendary figure in the Carnatic music of South India, at the peak of his powers here, with violinist T. Chowdiah and mridangam master Palghat Mani Iyer.



Fela Kuti Live In Detroit 1986
This was the year he was released from prison in Nigeria after a political conviction for 'currency trafficking'; and these are unbridled, charged performances, thirty to forty minutes apiece.




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Le Mystere-Jazz De Tombouctou
Breathtaking, guitar-led Malian roots, from the same government-funded series of releases as L'Orchestre Kanaga De Mopti, also recently reissued.




Ebo Taylor Twer Nyame
Outstanding seventies Ghanaian LP, layering together lashings of calypso, highlife, funk and jazz. Side Two cooks. Limited reissue to superfly standards: 180g vinyl, Japanese sleeves.




Alkibar Gignor La Paix
Underground garage rock from Mali smoking, lo-fi, punky, crunchy riff-outs side by side with beautiful acoustic performances, full of soul and rapture. Co-presented with Sahel Sounds.



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Afro Funk Body Music
Rocking, fuzzed-out funk and afro-beat recorded by West Africans in London in 1975. Excellent.