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Bitter Funeral Beer Band Live In Frankfurt 82 — With Don Cherry And K. Shridhar
Mixing the funeral music of the Lo-Birifor people of northern Ghana, and jazz improvisation, with a Nordic touch. The debut was on ECM; one more, Praise Drumming, on the Swedish Dragon label.



Tony Allen / Hypnotic Brass Ensemble / Salah Ragab Sankofa / One Tree / Ole
The shimmering, refined funk of Sankofa takes T's Losun for its departure point; the Cairo side is a burning basement session in the Ra big-band tradition, heavy on the percussion and choca with fine solos.



Tony Allen / Carl Craig Kilode Remixes / Original
Carl Craig back on Honest Jon's, in devastating form: nervy and urgent, epic and apocalyptic, kicking and funky as anything. The juiciest bits from Lagos (that drumming!) in fine and nasty Detroit style.




Awon Ojise Olorun Popular Music In Yorubaland, 1931-1952
Wonderful survey of the earliest Yoruba recordings: Muslim sakara music, Lagos guitarists, and the first apala percussion groups. Presented in fine style too, with complete English translations of the lyrics.



Solomon Ilori And His Afro-Drum Ensemble Igbesi Aiye / Gbogbo Omo Ibile
Vinyl debut of 1964 Blue Note recordings — Donald Byrd, Elvin Jones and co in amongst resplendent Nigerian drumming. Around thirteen minutes of classic Pharoah and Alice Coltrane vibes, each side.



Fela Kuti Roforofo Fight / The Fela Singles
From 1972, Roforofo Fight is a classic — together with Shakara one of Afrika Bambaataa's favourites from back in the day — and appears here with rare singles.



Funsho Ogundipe The Afrobeat Chronicles Vol. 2
Warm, relaxed, West London afro-jazz from our friend Funsho and his friends.



Royal Court Music From Uganda 1950 And 1952
The royal music of the Ganda, Nyoro and Ankole peoples, lost when the palaces were burned down in 1966, and many of the musicians killed, and their instruments (some of them over four hundred years old) destroyed.



At The Court Of The Mwami Rwanda, 1952
From the court of the Kingdom of Rwanda — abolished nine years later when the Republic was formed: the royal drums and courtly music disappeared along with the Mwami, or 'king-shepherd', after five centuries.



London Is The Place For Me 3: Ambrose Adekoya Campbell
Modern Nigerian music starts here.
'*****', Mojo; 'these songs leap out of the past like madeleines soaked in palm wine', The Observer; 'impeccably curated and packaged', The Wire.



Tony Allen Lagos No Shaking
'CD Of The Week... the best soul album — in the real sense of the word — you'll hear this year... classic, blistering afro-beat', Daily Telegraph; 'as tight as a pressure cooker... fierce and fun', The Wire.



Funsho Ogundipe The Afrobeat Chronicles Vol. 1
The 2002 5-tracker that made us sit up to Funsho's 'jazz side of afrobeat'.



Lagos Chop Up Fuji And Afrobeat, Highlife And Juju
‘*****’, The Independent; 'a vibrancy and energy that make it impossible to sit still’, Metro; 'shines from Shina to Shina', The Beat; 'CD Of The Week... astonishing', Daily Telegraph; 'incendiary', The Observer.



Lagos All Routes Juju And Highlife, Apala And Fuji
'*****', The Independent; 'captivating... Q Recommends'; 'there is no end of exhilarating music on this beguiling album', The Sunday Times; 'full of heartstopping musical twists and turns', The Beat.