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Orchestre National De Mauritanie
Vintage regional highlife traditional instruments, swinging brass, funky flute, wah wah guitars the more precious for the national toll since of dictatorship, religious psychosis, and racism to the bone.



Origins Of Guitar Music Southern Congo And Northern Zambia, 1950-52, 57-58
From the copper mining towns of Katanga province, within the likembe tradition of the Luba peoples; and from the Zambian Copperbelt, diversely influenced by tradition or by American music from the radio.



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.



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.



Rob Funky Rob Way
Afro-Funk, boogie and dancefloor prog banged out zealously by Rob 'Roy' Raindorf and an army band named Mag-2, from Ghana.







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



S.E. Rogie The Sounds Of S.E. Rogie Volume 1
Gorgeous, lilting Palm Wine classics from the venerable Sierra Leonean.
A bit of a windfall for his estate, presumably.



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.



Senegal Sufi Brotherhood Chant
Fervid vocal intensity from the venerable Tijaniyya and Muridiyya brotherhoods, singing hymns and poems to the glory of the Lord, live in concert.



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...