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Mali The Fulani Hoddu
Deep, rough, hypnotic recordings of the Fulani lute (and singing), made by this inspirational French label around Douentza and Bamako, Mali, between 2002-2004.



AfricaVision Volume 2: Musical Anthology Of African Cinema
Drawn from over fifty years of amazing films, diverse music by legends like Mulatu, Henri Guedon, Francis Bebey and Xalam.



Fela Kuti Roforofo Fight / The Fela Singles
From 1972, Roforofo Fight is a classic together with Shakara one of Afrika Bambaataa's favourites from back in the day and appears here with rare singles.



Bulawayo Jazz Southern Rhodesia, 1950, '51, '52
In front, trumpet and tenor saxophone, dominated by a wailing alto sound you can trace through to Dudu Pukwana; the bottom end, trombone or tuba or double bass; banjos strumming away; military-style drumming.



Colonial Dance Bands Kenya, Tanganyika, Portuguese East Africa, Northern Rhodesia, Belgian Congo
1950 and 1952. A variety of dance-band styles, nostalgic, exotic and pioneering all at the same time: pros playing to Europeans in hotels; or enthusiasts, copying the radio, to African audiences.



World Circuit Presents...
Ex-Honest Jon's employee Nick Gold celebrates 20 years of his World Circuit label with this double. Includes previously unissued tracks plus smashers from Buena Vista, Ali Farka Toure et al.



Tumba Francesa Afro-Cuban Music From The Roots
Originally organized by ex-slaves fleeing the Haitian Revolution, only two Tumba Francesa survive in Cuba nowadays, combining African drums and French patois.



African Pearls Mali: One Day On Radio Mali, 1965-1985
Third in the African Pearls series charts the two decades following Malian independence. Besides the rail bands and orchestras, refreshingly strong on 'folklore'.



The Legendary George Sibanda Southern Rhodesia, 1948, '49, '50, '52
His fine guitar-picking and upbeat, carefree songs brought George Sibanda from Bulawayo the fame throughout southern Africa and he was versioned in the US which drove him to drink and an early grave.




African Pearls Guinee: Cultural Revolution, 1957-1986
Home of one of the great African bands, Bembeya Jazz, adopted home of Stokely Carmichael and Miriam Makeba, Guinea 'was the musical beacon of Africa', as this splendid comp shows. Addictive.



Forgotten Guitars From Mozambique Portuguese East Africa, 1955, '56, '57
The roots of marrabenta compelling guitar-playing, and gritty songs about everyday issues, like having kids, sleeping around, snobbery and the supernatural.



African Pearls Congo: Rumba on the River, 1954-67
What a start to this series! Wonderful Congolese rumba from Kinshasa and Brazzaville the dazzling, voluptuous soundtrack to convulsive, bloody anti-colonial struggle by Franco, Nico, Tabu Ley and full crew.



Secular Music From Uganda Uganda, 1950 And 1952
Likembe thumb-piano get-togethers, yodels and ekidongo harps, leg-rattles, vocal knees-ups, magwala horn groups, flutes, xylophones and drums.



Tanzania Vocals Tanganyika, 1950
Six hundred Chagga singing on the slopes of Mt. Meru; one hundred Gogo on the plains near Dodoma. Funny songs by the Nyamwezi in Dar-es-Salaam; wigasha dance songs by the Sukuma near Lake Victoria; Masai chants.