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Franco Et Le Tout-Puissant OK Jazz Francophonic 2
Reviewing the eighties (up till his death in 1989), including big hits like Mario, with no let-up in quality since the early fifties.



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.



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.




Ghana Special Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds And Ghanaian Blues, 1968-81
Another triumphant release in the Ghana Soundz series, digging deeper than funk this time. The CDs are case-bound, 44 pages, the bollocks of a dog; the 180g-LP box has a few extras, the Mensah a full side long.



Guelewar Halleli N'Dakarou
Heady, grooving, moog-driven, next-level mbalax from Gambia. Recordings of the legendary twelve-piece live in a Senegalese nightclub in 1982, out here for the first time.



Guelewar Touki Ba Banjul: Acid Trip From Banjul To Dakar
Lip-smacking distillation of their four legendary LPs, from 1977-82. Real-deal Afro Manding: a Senegalese crossing of traditional and regional rhythms like boogaraboo and sawrouba with soul, funk and rock.



Kiki Gyan 24 Hours In A Disco, 1978-82
Grooving Ghanaian boogie from the wizz keyboardist.



Gyedu-Blay Ambolley Simigwa
Heavy Ghanaian funk and highlife from 1975, still revered there today by the Hip Life flag-bearers of the hip-hop nation (not to mention high-end record dealers).



Hedzoleh
Faisal Helwani's early-seventies project, mixing Ghanaian folklore and musical roots with jazz and rock. The debut of material re-vamped as the Masekela vehicle, Introducing Hedzoleh Sounds, with added trumpet.



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.



I Have My Liberty! Gospel Sounds From Accra, Ghana
Recent church recordings: distorted PAs, female lead singers, claps, tambourines, ramshackle guitars move the earth to get congregations on their feet. Crossing Opika Pende and Johnny L. Jones, says the label.



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.