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AfricaVision Volume 2: Musical Anthology Of African Cinema
Drawn from over fifty years of amazing films, diverse music by legends like Mulatu, Henri Guedon, Francis Bebey and Xalam.



Colonial Dance Bands Kenya, Tanganyika, Portuguese East Africa, Northern Rhodesia, Belgian Congo
1950 and 1952. A variety of dance-band styles, nostalgic, exotic and pioneering all at the same time: pros playing to Europeans in hotels; or enthusiasts, copying the radio, to African audiences.




African Pearls Guinee: Cultural Revolution, 1957-1986
Home of one of the great African bands, Bembeya Jazz, adopted home of Stokely Carmichael and Miriam Makeba, Guinea 'was the musical beacon of Africa', as this splendid comp shows. Addictive.



African Pearls Congo: Rumba on the River, 1954-67
What a start to this series! Wonderful Congolese rumba from Kinshasa and Brazzaville the dazzling, voluptuous soundtrack to convulsive, bloody anti-colonial struggle by Franco, Nico, Tabu Ley and full crew.



Forest Music Northern Belgian Congo, 1952
Two Mangbetu communities from the rainforest, the Mayogo and the Meje: drum ensembles, mass singing, likembe. Also the xylophone and kundi harp of the Azande people; more harp songs by the Balendu.



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.



Kanyok And Luba Southern Belgian Congo, 1952 And 1957
Two-thirds from the townships of the copper mines of Katanga Province, showing the early urbanisation of traditional sounds, the guitar taking over the thumb-piano parts.



On The Edge Of The Ituri Forest Northeastern Belgian Congo, 1952
Musical as well as economic interaction between the Mbuti pygmies and the Nande, Bira, Mangbele and Budu peoples living on the edge of the Ituri rainforest in the northeastern Belgian Congo.



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.