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




Diabel Cissokho Kanabory Siyama
Irresistible kora-led Manding melodies, surging and hypnotic; original songs rooted in the musical traditions of Senegal and Mali.



Colomach
Collectors' Afro-rock from 1974, fusing traditional Sahel music with the style of raw, garage psych explored by the likes of Hedzoleh Soundz and Edzayawa. Limited 180g vinyl in rigid, paste-on sleeves.



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.




George Danquah Hot And Jumpy
A seventies bolt from the blue by this graduate of the Uhuru Dance Band. 'New Dimensions in African Hustle! Reggae! Native! Soul!' Not to mention the monster funk.



Edzayawa Projection One
Moody, experimental, Ghanaian Afro-Rock — recorded by these teenagers in 1973 for EMI Nigeria, after a run at Fela's Shrine.



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



Mark Ernestus Masikulu Dub
The Basic Channel maestro takes on Konono in his hardest, best solo mix yet. So brawling and bad-minded, dense and intense, and musically expert, it amounts to a ritual humiliation of the genre Dub Techno.



Etoile De Dakar The Birth Of Mbalax, 1979-1981
The explosive, smash compound of Latin, African and psychedelia, spearheaded by Youssou N'Dour. With a dollop of rarities, never sounding better, and a good booklet. Great stuff.



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.



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