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Orchestra Super Mazembe Mazembe At 45 RPM
Mazembe finally arrived in Nairobi in 1975, having left Zaire some five years earlier. The first years were lean, but in 1977 they smashed it with the single Kassongo... Magnificent East African rhumba 45s.



Orchestre National De Mauritanie
Vintage regional highlife traditional instruments, swinging brass, funky flute, wah wah guitars the more precious for the national toll since of dictatorship, religious psychosis, and racism to the bone.



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.




Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou
The first album, straight no chaser, from 1973 superlative Beninese Afrobeat.



Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk 1969-1980
A staggering third helping of raw Benin funk. Check YouTube for a totally knockout film of the band performing the second track, Houzou Houzou Wa.




Origins Of Guitar Music Southern Congo And Northern Zambia, 1950-52, 57-58
From the copper mining towns of Katanga province, within the likembe tradition of the Luba peoples; and from the Zambian Copperbelt, diversely influenced by tradition or by American music from the radio.




Orlando Julius Super Afro Soul
Two albums repackaged Super Afro Soul and Orlando's Afro Ideas 1969-72. Sublime Nigerian soul, jazz and funk grooves.





Other Musics From Zimbabwe Southern Rhodesia, 1948, '49, '52, '57, '58, '63
Assorted mbira, mouth bows, karimba, story-songs, mulanji flutes, panpipes, drums.



Ouaga Affair Hard Won Sound Of The Upper Volta 1974 - 1978
Digging in Burkina Faso by this lovely label. Plenty of aces on parade. Some of the originals sound a bit knackered, but so what, we'd much rather hear them than not.