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Mexican Boleros Songs Of Heartbreaking Passion And Pain, 1927-1957
The way-over-the-top soundtrack of the dancehalls, brothels, cabarets, bedrooms, domestics and dens of Mexico City at this time.



Mahmoud Ahmed Tsedenia Gebre-Marqos
The great man meeting up with the American big-band, the Either/Orchestra rehearsals, interviews, and finally a joint performance at the 2006 Banlieues Bleues Festival.





Ibrahim Ferrer Mi Sueno
Beautiful, small-group boleros. Ibrahim's last, attenuated sessions before his passing in 2005.



Zanzibara 4: Bi Kidude
'Little Thing' began her singing career in the 1920s. This spans the last twenty years, with illustrious ensembles like the Culture Music Club and the Zanzibar Taarab All Stars.



Bombshell Baby Of Bombay Bouncin' Nightclub Grooves From Bollywood Films, 1959-1972
Music from Bollywood dive-bar and club scenes. Triple measures of jazz, rock and roll, surf and beat; sitars, bongos, wailing saxophones and twangy guitars; exoticism, sex, booze and adrenaline.



Awon Ojise Olorun Popular Music In Yorubaland, 1931-1952
Wonderful survey of the earliest Yoruba recordings: Muslim sakara music, Lagos guitarists, and the first apala percussion groups. Presented in fine style too, with complete English translations of the lyrics.



Vieux Farka Toure Vieux Farka Toure
Also featuring his dad Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate.



Tartit Abacabok
Fabulous rocking Saharan trance from this band five women and four men formed in a refugee camp during the Tuareg uprising of the early nineteeen-nineties. Via the team behind Congotronics.




Solomon Ilori And His Afro-Drum Ensemble Igbesi Aiye / Gbogbo Omo Ibile
Vinyl debut of 1964 Blue Note recordings Donald Byrd, Elvin Jones and co in amongst resplendent Nigerian drumming. Around thirteen minutes of classic Pharoah and Alice Coltrane vibes, each side.



Refugee All Stars Living Like A Refugee
Thrown together in a Guinean camp now touring the world this band of refugees tries to make sense of terrible ordeals with a get-up stand-up mixture of reggae and West African roots. Watch out for the film too.