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Victor Deme Victor Deme
Beatiful, lyrical and direct 'the classic sound of good-time West Africa', for Mojo.



Aly Keita Akwaba Inisene
The exceptionally soulful balaphonist in amongst a guitar band and rocking brass.



El Hadj N'Diaye Geej
Scintillating Senegalese finger-picking.



Wendo Kolosoy On the Rumba River
A kind of retrospective of the old-school Congolese rumbero, in his eighties now, combined with performances from a recent film portrait.




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).




Balla Et Ses Balladins The Syliphone Years
Thrilling vintage Guinean dance rarities, imperiously meshing local traditions with jazz and Cuban music.








Refugee All Stars Living Like A Refugee
Thrown together in a Guinean camp now touring the world this band of refugees tries to make sense of terrible ordeals with a get-up stand-up mixture of reggae and West African roots. Watch out for the film too.



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.