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The Afro Sound Of Colombia Volume 1
Going on three hours of firing salsa, cumbia, boogaloo, tropical funk and chicha, from the dazzling catalogue of Discos Fuentes. As a selection, mind, a bit zany and Route One.



Afro-Beat Airways 2: Return Flight To Ghana, 1974-1983
Ghanaian highlife bombs: giants like K. Frimpong, African Brother Nana Ampedu, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (with The Complex Sounds); unfamiliar names like Los Issufu and his Moslems, Waza Afrika, Funky Afrosibi.



Afrolatin Via Kinshasa
Glittering sixties and seventies gems from Franco, Rochereau, Grand Kalle, Dr. Nico and co.



Afrolatin Via Dakar
Fabulous dusties from Baobab, Sabor Band De Dakar, Idy Diop, Laba Sosseh, Amara Toure and co.



Afrolatin Via Cotonou
Nuff Poly-Rhythmo, Gnonnas Pedro and co.



Afrolatin Via Conakry
Sublime Afro-Cuban styles from Guinea, the 1960s and 70s Bembeya Jazz, Keletigi, Horaya Band, Orchestre Paillote and co.



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.



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.




Airto Free
With George Benson, Keith Jarrett (nice version of Lucky Southern), Chick Corea (likewise Return To Forever), Stanley Clarke, Ron Carter and on the outstanding, rootsy, title-track freak-out Flora Purim.




Edip Akbayram Edip Akbayram
'The best psych from his first two albums and many singles... full of fuzz guitar, electric sax and great percussion. His dark voice makes you shiver and you feel like dancing right away.'





Mohammed Ismail al-Khamisi Song And Percussion
A copper plate is balanced on the thumbs the left hand fingers embellish the melody, played by the right (a bit like a Yemenite Bongo Joe). The songs are in the national tradition of courtly love.