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Le Grand Kalle His Life, His Music
Thirty-eight sizzlers spanning 1951-1970 from the great Congolese band-leader, with contributions from Dr Nico, Tabu Ley Rochereau and Manu Dibango, amongst other luminaries. 104-page booklet.



Lewlewal De Podor Yiilo Jaam
As featured on the terrific Ishilan n-Tenere compilation Pulaar guitar music from northern Senegal, ranging from acoustic bliss to edgier head-nodders. A co-production with the excellent Sahelsounds.



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).




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.



Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri Xale
A next-level three-tracker, intense and roiling, featuring a mesmeric six-minute instrumental, with Thierno Sarr grooving out on the top string of his bass, adding an elusive Manding flavour to the deep Mbalax mix.



Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri Casamance
A traditional Jola rhythm, with tuned, talking and kit drums swarming across scraps of guitar and the Mboups singing; then a more deeply dug-in, spaced-out funk, spun from a Serer rhythm. With full instrumentals.



Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri Bamba
Rock-steady, slow-burning, hard funk, a kind of fatback Mbalax, in no mood to be messed with, with full vocal and instrumental versions; plus two vivid sketches, talking drums to the fore.



Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri Gawlo
A rolling, resplendent tribute to griot life 'gawlo', Fula for 'griot' spear-headed by none other than Baaba Maal. Expressive interjections by a trio of talking drums are especially lucid on the instrumental.





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....



Moreno Sister Pili
Classic, headlong Congolese dance album recorded in Nairobi in 1983 (plus a couple of 1977 extras) by the siver-throated, husky Moreno Batamba, mainstay of the Orchestra Virunga and Samba Mapalanga.



Nguenang Wouck
Tear-up late-seventies afro-funk and soulful soukous from the Ivory Coast.



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.