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Give Me Love Songs Of The Brokenhearted, Baghdad, 1925-1929
'Beautiful, haunting... spiritual reflection is sung with carnal force, songs of romance are rendered like hymns. For a few moments, on these ancient records, Baghdad sounds like paradise' (Rolling Stone).



John Berberian Expressions East
Early-sixties grooving out in the Arabic styles of the Middle East, Berberian's oud leading a small group including clarinet, qanun and percussion.
Heavy vinyl.



John Berberian Oud Artistry
Partner of the Expressions East set. Heavy vinyl, too.



Living Is Hard West African Music In Britain, 1927-1929
'So it is that Honest Jon's has (again) unearthed an episode of black music history in Britain: these are tough cuts — in no way easy listening, but absolutely essential' (**** The Observer).




Liberdade Grande Lua Cheia
Very tasty contemporary recordings from a nine-piece in Bahia, lit up by seventies Brazilian jazz dance, afrobeat and funk, and samba and soulful disco.



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Jackson Conti Sujinho
Madlib and Azymuth's Ivan Conti!




Steel An' Skin Afro Punk Reggae Dub
From our heartlands — the late 70s Grove — a stupendous mixture of stomping disco, dub and steel band, in its lineage crossing Ginger Johnson (from London Is The Place For Me) with The Twentieth Century Steel Band.



Ersen Ersen
Anatolian funk rock revive.




Hector Rivera At The Party
Classic shingaling soul-Latin fusion, plenty of jazz dance in there too (even calypso) — firing and infectious, to get that party started right.



Jonas Gwangwa And African Explosion Who (Ngubani)?
A funky afro-rock classic, his 1969 debut for Ahmad Jamal’s label by this future director of Amandla (the cultural ensemble of the ANC). Tipped ages ago by the excellent matsuli.blogspot.com.



Son Palenque Samba
Three new recordings from Colombia — a delirious brew of highlife and chalupa, Afrobeat and champeta.