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Amadou Balake
Bar Konon Mousso Bar

KINDRED SPIRITS

Sensational music by the Burkinabe, from 1978. Hard, JB-injected funk and traditional warba, highlife and Afro-Cubanismo; pumping bass, hypnotic guitars, salsero percussion and burning horns. Fabulous.




Radio Niger
Pop, pissed-up sages, shout-outs to the missus, comedy skits intercut with Zarma string-playing, Denke-denke mollo from Burkina Faso, Malian kora, the Koran, Bori folk, Tuareg guitar, bits of BBC news...



Highlife Underground Mpese Mpese Band, Canadoes Dance Band
Drumtalk folds the Ghanaian highlife of Mpese Mpese into a future-bass fault, from Hackney to Accra; on the flip, Sofrito dusts down some whirling, deep, minor-key business from Nigeria, 1982.



Boma-Liwanza And The International Orchestra Kibush Mambo
Sweet, mid-seventies Congolese soukous… via Nairobi.
UK pressing; original copies. Mint vinyl, excellent sleeves.



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.



Le Grand Kalle His Life, His Music
Thirty-eight sizzlers spanning 1951-1970 from the great Congolese band-leader, with contributions from Dr Nico, Tabu Ley Rochereau and Manu Dibango, amongst other luminaries. 104-page booklet.



Christie Azumah And The Uppers International Din Ya Sugri
Knockout Ghanaian music from the mid-1970s — urgent, killer Afro-funk and super-charged highlife, female-fronted for a change. Lovely artwork, too, beautifully printed; precious photos on the insert. Scorcher.



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.



Freedom Family Ayentsoo
Terrific West African funk from 1974. The FF backed Geraldo Pino for years, before recording with Odion Iruoje (Ofege, SJOB Movement, Fela etc etc). Stone classic from start to finish. Ace notes, too.



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.



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.



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.





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.



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