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Ghana Special Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds And Ghanaian Blues, 1968-81
Another triumphant release in the Ghana Soundz series, digging deeper than funk this time. The CDs are case-bound, 44 pages, the bollocks of a dog; the 180g-LP box has a few extras, the Mensah a full side long.



Panama! Volume 3: Calypso Panameno, Guajira Jazz And Cumbia Tipica On The Isthmus 1960-7
Rare recordings from the golden age of Panamanian music bilingual calypsos to guajira jazz, tropical guarachas to cumbia tamboreras.



Franco Et Le Tout-Puissant OK Jazz Francophonic 2
Reviewing the eighties (up till his death in 1989), including big hits like Mario, with no let-up in quality since the early fifties.



Romica Chansons Tziganes
The spell-binding Romanian gypsy singer, kicking off a mouth-watering, bargain new series Musical Treasures Of Eastern Europe.




Aicha Redouane Egypt
Intense Moroccan singer improvisatorially lighting up the rare, refined nineteenth century wasla style, in suite form, with chamber orchestra qanun zither, ud lute, kaman violin and riqq percussion.



Africa Boogaloo The Latinization Of West Africa
Rocking the party and ramming the dancefloor is the first priority of this review of Latin styles in classic West African dance music, as it emerged with 1950s anti-colonialism, and ran on gloriously into the 70s.



Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Echos Hypnotiques, 1969 - 1979
Much better sound than the first volume, and presented in the fine style of this label, with a 44-page booklet full of great photos, low-down and interviews.



Mulatu Astatke The Story Of Ethio Jazz 1965 - 1975
From his first, 1965 recordings in the UK, through the Worthy sides in New York, to the key seventies' stuff in Addis on Amha, Phillips and Axum. Compiled with full notes by Soundway's Miles Cleret.




The Golden Ring Iranian Styled 60s Garage And Other Exotic Sounds
The complete recordings of this Tehran band from late-sixties, early-seventies sevens (only) all the better for their strong Middle Eastern flavours.



Beyond Istanbul Urban Sounds Of Turkey, 2
Turkish-styled hip hop, trip hop, electronica, soul, Balkan Beats, you name it, from Istanbul club and chillout culture.



Ouled Bambara Portraits Of Gnawa
Unmissable film footage, as it says in The Wire, and a full CD.



Blo Chapters And Phases
The first two of their six albums Chapter One (1973) and Phases (1975) groundblazing, out-there Afro rock.