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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.



Rudy Smith Quartet Still Around
Very assured jazz settings for Rudy's masterful pan playing, from 1984.




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



Lula Cortes E Ze Ramalho Paebiru
A lost Brazilian classic from 1975, hideously rare. A seamless blend of Tropicalia, laid back latin, jazz, fried psych and South American tribal sounds — in four stunning suites. A beauty!




Vinicius Cantuaria Cymbals
Traditional latin rhythms meet jazz and Brazilian folk, via a stellar cast including Brad Mehldau, Marc Ribot, saxophonist Dave Binney, trumpeter Michael Leonard and cellist Erik Friedlander.





Steel An' Skin Reggae Is Here Once Again
Great, great rewind from Afro-Caribbean London, 1979. The 20th Century Steel Band compounds intricate Afro-Trini rhythms with reggae and dub, funk, disco and soul, not to mention the eco-operatics.



Toumani Diabate The Mande Variations
How many fingers has the guy got? Truly jaw-dropping skill, from dazzling torrents of notes to beautiful simplicity, with a deeply spiritual undercurrent. In short, stunning and essential.