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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.


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Guelewar Halleli N'Dakarou
Heady, grooving, moog-driven, next-level mbalax from Gambia. Recordings of the legendary twelve-piece live in a Senegalese nightclub in 1982, out here for the first time.



Guelewar Touki Ba Banjul: Acid Trip From Banjul To Dakar
Lip-smacking distillation of their four legendary LPs, from 1977-82. Real-deal Afro Manding: a Senegalese crossing of traditional and regional rhythms like boogaraboo and sawrouba with soul, funk and rock.



Kiki Gyan 24 Hours In A Disco, 1978-82
Grooving Ghanaian boogie from the wizz keyboardist.


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Gyedu-Blay Ambolley Simigwa
Heavy Ghanaian funk and highlife from 1975, still revered there today by the Hip Life flag-bearers of the hip-hop nation (not to mention high-end record dealers).



Hedzoleh
Faisal Helwani's early-seventies project, mixing Ghanaian folklore and musical roots with jazz and rock. The debut of material re-vamped as the Masekela vehicle, Introducing Hedzoleh Sounds, with added trumpet.


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Itadi
Outstanding, funky Afro-soul from Togo, 1977. Engaged songs in English, Mina, and Akposo; full, laidback and grooving, with tasty percussion. 180g in an old-school tip-on jacket.





KG Band Disco Train
A reissue of the original Kiki Gyan LP from 1980.



Lewlewal De Podor Yiilo Jaam
As featured on the terrific Ishilan n-Tenere compilation Pulaar guitar music from northern Senegal, ranging from acoustic bliss to edgier head-nodders. A co-production with the excellent Sahelsounds.



Living Is Hard West African Music In Britain, 1927-1929
'So it is that Honest Jon's has (again) unearthed an episode of black music history in Britain: these are tough cuts in no way easy listening, but absolutely essential' (**** The Observer).




London Is The Place For Me 4: African Dreams And The Piccadilly High Life
'*****', The Times, Independent On Sunday, Daily Telegraph, What's On, Evening Standard, The Independent. 'Marvellous pop catchy, fun, young, effortless', The Times; 'one of the delights of the age', Songlines.



Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri Xale
A next-level three-tracker, intense and roiling, featuring a mesmeric six-minute instrumental, with Thierno Sarr grooving out on the top string of his bass, adding an elusive Manding flavour to the deep Mbalax mix.



Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri Casamance
A traditional Jola rhythm, with tuned, talking and kit drums swarming across scraps of guitar and the Mboups singing; then a more deeply dug-in, spaced-out funk, spun from a Serer rhythm. With full instrumentals.



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