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Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri Bamba
Rock-steady, slow-burning, hard funk, a kind of fatback Mbalax, in no mood to be messed with, with full vocal and instrumental versions; plus two vivid sketches, talking drums to the fore.



Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri Gawlo
A rolling, resplendent tribute to griot life 'gawlo', Fula for 'griot' spear-headed by none other than Baaba Maal. Expressive interjections by a trio of talking drums are especially lucid on the instrumental.





Marvellous Boy Calypso From West Africa
Marvellous Boy is the West African counterpart of the 1950s Soho scene of our series London Is The Place For Me. Calypso, highlife and jazz, brimming over with lust for life, topicality, and extravagant creativity....



Nguenang Wouck
Tear-up late-seventies afro-funk and soulful soukous from the Ivory Coast.



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.



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.


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S.E. Rogie The Sounds Of S.E. Rogie Volume 1
Gorgeous, lilting Palm Wine classics from the venerable Sierra Leonean.
A bit of a windfall for his estate, presumably.



Super Mama Djombo Festival
Fabulous dance music from Guinea Bissau, done full justice by Lisbon's Valentim de Carvalho studios in 1979. The title track sticks it to imperialism; the love-song Julia is a Djombo masterpiece.



Tal National Kaani
Terrific, headlong, dense, hypnotic guitar-music from Niamey, the capital of Niger, lashing together Tuareg blues, the Songhai of Malian griots, and Hausa percussion, amongst other influences.



Ebo Taylor Twer Nyame
Outstanding seventies Ghanaian LP, layering together lashings of calypso, highlife, funk and jazz. Side Two cooks. Limited reissue to superfly standards: 180g vinyl, Japanese sleeves.



The World Is Shaking Cubanismo From The Congo, 1954-55
Fired-up, originary African pop, conjuring the Congolese rumba from imported Latin 78s with thumb pianos, kazoos, banjos, bottles, violins, and irresistible little songs about pimps, dope, clubbing, sex, death.



Voltaique Panoramique Popular Music In Ouagadougou And Bobo-Dioulasso 1968-1978
Precious sevens from Burkina Faso, infusing local mossi and dioula styles with Cubanismo and Congolese rumba, US r'n'b, Afro-beat and French pop. Electric guitars, organs, balafons, burning horns.



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