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Africa Boogaloo The Latinization Of West Africa
Rocking the party and ramming the dancefloor is the first priority of this review of Latin styles in classic West African dance music, as it emerged with 1950s anti-colonialism, and ran on gloriously into the 70s.



Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Echos Hypnotiques, 1969 - 1979
Much better sound than the first volume, and presented in the fine style of this label, with a 44-page booklet full of great photos, low-down and interviews.


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The Golden Ring Iranian Styled 60s Garage And Other Exotic Sounds
The complete recordings of this Tehran band from late-sixties, early-seventies sevens (only) all the better for their strong Middle Eastern flavours.


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Tumbele! Biguine, Afro And Latin Sounds From The French Caribbean, 1963-74
The lovely, overlooked music of Guadeloupe and Martinique, which mixes the heavy drums and rhythms of Haiti, the Congo and Puerto Rico into jazz and calypso, and the lilting gentility of the local biguine.


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A Hawk And A Hacksaw The Way The Wind Blows
Partly recorded in a remote Moldovan village with members of Fanfare Ciocarlia (and polished off in Albuquerque with a little help from a nineteen-year-old, pre-Beirut Zach Condon).





Gozalo! Bugalu Tropical Vol. 3
Torrid Peruvian boogaloo, guaracha and other sixties styles, jacked up by a sense of world-wide political change in musical tradition, the bridge between mambo and salsa.


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Pax Nicholas And The Nettey Family Na Teef Know The Road Of Teef
Addo-Nettey was a conga player and singer for Fela's Africa 70 when he cut this heavy afro-funk album in 1973, with the Martin Brothers Band from Portharcort, for the Tabansi label.



Brazilika: Gilles Peterson Explorations Deep Inside The Vaults
Happy returns to Far Out on its fifteenth birthday; hats off to the legendary Joe Davis' accomplishments must be the greatest Brazilian music label of all time, outside Brazil. Gilles rises to the occasion.





Ouaga Affair Hard Won Sound Of The Upper Volta 1974 - 1978
Digging in Burkina Faso by this lovely label. Plenty of aces on parade. Some of the originals sound a bit knackered, but so what, we'd much rather hear them than not.


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