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Africa Boogaloo The Latinization Of West Africa
Rocking the party and ramming the dancefloor is the first priority of this review of Latin styles in classic West African dance music, as it emerged with 1950s anti-colonialism, and ran on gloriously into the 70s.



Togo Kabiye Orchestras And Lithophones
Highly rhythmic ensembles of percussion, flutes, whistles and trumpets from the mountainous north of the country; and brilliant pichanchalassi playing, five flat stones struck with two oval stones.



Sierra Leone Traditional Music
Fula flute and keronaru lutes, the wedding music of Karanko xylophone ensembles, Mandingo three-string harps and Christian hymns, the ceremonial music of Themne and Mende secret societies...



Gabon Myene Songs
Mainly for rituals of initiation, possession and mourning, with the women singing and shaking a tchege, besides drums, a palm branch hit with a stick, a harp, and a bow played with the mouth.



Gabon Music Of The Bibyak Pygmies
Polyphonic song a kind of broken, yodelling counterpoint accompanied by drums, sticks, sanza, vegetal trumpets, hand-clapping.



Gabon Atege Songs
Terrific recordings of Atege (or Bateke) contrapuntal polyphony from the past sixty years, with its elaborate tertiary structure, each part called a different name and using a different vocal technique.



Ivory Coast Dan Masks
For each mask a song, wearers transforming their voice into a supernatural being's distorting it, or speaking into an instrument, or secretly substituting an instrument. With rattles, bells, drums.



Senegal Wolof Music
Music for love and thanks, circumcision, tattoing and wrestling (though not all at the same time), usually sung by women, accompanying themselves on calabash or water-drum. The men play drums and xalam lute.



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.



Keletigui Et Ses Tambourins The Syliphone Years
Saxophonist and keyboard-player Keletigui Traore's classic Guinean dance music.



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.



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....



Staff Benda Bilili Tres Tres Fort
Cooking James Brown Congotronics style, featuring the brilliant teenager Roger Landu on his home-made one-off one-string satonge lute. (Check Youtube.) Championed by Massive Attack, amongst others.



Franco Et Le Tout-Puissant OK Jazz Francophonic
The first volume of a long-awaited retrospective spanning 1953 to 1980 of the Congolese colossus.



Ry-Co Jazz Bon Voyage!!
'Rhythme Congolais From Africa To The Antilles, 1963-77.'