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Sekouba Bambino The Griot's Craft
From his teens the lead singer of the great Bembeya Jazz National here in more intimate, all-acoustic settings, spotlighting his voice and songs and those rolling, melancholic Guinean grooves.




Rupert Clemendore Le Jazz Primitif From Trinidad
Precious Emory Cook recordings from 1961: Clemendore playing drums, percussion and vibes in jazz, calypso, r'n'b and Latin settings; bassist John Buddy Williams leading a more
straight-up calypso set.



Moreno Sister Pili
Classic, headlong Congolese dance album recorded in Nairobi in 1983 (plus a couple of 1977 extras) by the siver-throated, husky Moreno Batamba, mainstay of the Orchestra Virunga and Samba Mapalanga.



Mahmoud Ahmed
Almaz, the legendary Ethiopian singer's first LP, heavy and hypnotic, accompanied by the Ibex Band in 1973, on the eve of the break-up of Haile Sellassie's Imperial Body Guard Band.



Bollywood Steel Guitar Bollywood Steel Guitar
The most comprehensive collection of steel guitar pop instrumental music from India: film hits from 1962-1986; and all the masters of the steel guitar sound from the period are represented. Vinyl at last.



Elis Regina Um Dia
At the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1979 with Hermeto Pascoal, in full. Stunning, triumphant.






Pazy And The Black Hippies Wa Ho Ha
Edire Etinagbedia's second EMI album, from 1978: a Benin-City blend of highlife, Afrobeat and reggae, with satisfaction-guaranteed funky horns, call-and-response vocals and psychedelic guitar.






Belenou Chimen Ta La
Traditional bele from Martinique warmly organic and rootsy, body-rocking, communal and defiant, with flavours of grounation, calypso, jazz, Latin, compas, zouk and West African dance.