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Seguida Love Is
Firing Latin rock with a doubled-up horn section, conjunto-style from Puerto Rico via the South Bronx. They opened the Fania showcase at Yankee Stadium; supported Sly. Mambo Rock was their big hit.



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The Semi-Colon Ndia Egbuo Ndia (Afro-Jigida)
Bee's knees Nigerian Afro-rock from 1976. The CDs are exceptionally well-presented, with plenty of musical extras, and a book of photos, notes and translations.







Mark Ernestus Meets Ben Zabo Wari Vo Dubwise
Hard-grooving Malian blues-rock stripped to its bad self.



Eno Louis Move
Storming vintage boogie from the Afrodisia studio, loose and thunderous, with killer freaky effects and old-school rapping. You can hear Eno's Edo roots in Papa French's scorching horns chart. Leroy Burgess goes to...



Afro-Beat Airways 2: Return Flight To Ghana, 1974-1983
Ghanaian highlife bombs: giants like K. Frimpong, African Brother Nana Ampedu, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (with The Complex Sounds); unfamiliar names like Los Issufu and his Moslems, Waza Afrika, Funky Afrosibi.


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Tito Puente Dance Mania
Superlative, thrilling, real-deal big-band mambo, cha-cha and guaguanco from 1958, featuring Ray Barretto and vocalist Santos Colon. Essential Latin jazz.



Alpay Yekte
A compilation of the early-seventies singles of this Turkish footballer turned lawyer turned singer: doleful folk and classical Anatolian melodies shot through and through with heavy wah-wah.




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Qat, Coffee And Qambus Raw 45s From Yemen
Vintage 60s and 70s oud and vocal music part of the classical Arabic musical tradition, yet taking its rhythmic lead as much from the East African coast (just twenty miles across the Red Sea).


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