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Benin Bariba Music
Griot music with delicate dambararou lute; ritual possession songs with gogue fiddle and gon and karou drums; and a women's choir.



Zimbabwe Ambuya Nyati
Judith Juma's wonderful mbira playing shona ritual music, with singing, drum and rattle.



Itadi
Outstanding, funky Afro-soul from Togo, 1977. Engaged songs in English, Mina, and Akposo; full, laidback and grooving, with tasty percussion. 180g in an old-school tip-on jacket.



Stand Up, People Gypsy Pop Songs from Tito's Yugoslavia, 1964-1980
Predominantly Muslim, Ottoman-influenced mix of Bollywood and Turkish songs, Slavic folk, organ-driven Brit and US beat and pop. Love, loss, tradition, modernity, the road. Fantastic stuff, hotly recommended.






Salah Ragab Egyptian Jazz
Recorded in Heliopolis, Egypt, 1968-1973, with influences like Mongo Santamaria, Randy Weston, and Sun Ra (with whom Ragab toured extensively a decade later).



Mukunguni New Recordings From Coast Province, Kenya
Stefan Schneider and Sven Kacirek's scintillating recordings of the Mijikenda tribes, made in different spots in and around Mukunguni village, coastal Kenya: spiritual and healing music, and love-songs.



Brokenhearted Dragonflies Insect Electronica From Southeast Asia
Cicadas, dragonflies and other insects boogie down live and direct from Laos, Thailand and Burma.



Charanjit Singh Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat
Astounding 1982 attempt to feed ancient raga forms to the synths (and temperament) which would define Acid, the Roland TB-303 and TR-808. Pulsating, minimal grooves, a living Indian antecedent of House.



Five Days Married And Other Laments Song and Dance from Northern Greece, 1928-1958
Tremendous, unearthly, unhinged music ranging from plaintive, ancient dirges to hypnotic, droning dance pieces. 78s, mostly reissued for the first time. Decent notes, translations; lovely, original Crumb artwork.



The Nkengas Destruction
Raw, funky, sweet Afro-beat, Afro-rock and highlife originally issued by Orbitone in 1973. The Nkengas became well-known as the Ikenga Super Stars Of Africa. (We included them on Lagos Chop Up.)



Tito Puente El Rey, Tambo
The El Rey album from 1962, including his first go at Oye Como Va; and the stupendous LP Tambo with Ray Barretto and Patato Valdes from two years previously. Essential Latin jazz.