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Rikki Ililonga And Musi-O-Tunya Zambia
Zambia's first independently released pop record. 'Loose, woozy African spinoff of the Velvet Underground: folk-rock and garage-rock that still didn’t stint on the fuzz-tone' (New York Times).



Rikki Ililonga Sunshine Love
Solo Ililonga — a combination of traditional Zambian rhythms, deep funk and unrestrained fuzz rock.



Jagwa Music Bongo Hotheads
Casio and percussion nut-outs from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Songs about the concrete jungle, infidelity and voodoo, Mchiriku-style.




Jonas Gwangwa And African Explosion Who (Ngubani)?
A funky afro-rock classic, his 1969 debut for Ahmad Jamal’s label by this future director of Amandla (the cultural ensemble of the ANC). Tipped ages ago by the excellent matsuli.blogspot.com.




Kalimba And Kalumba Songs Zambia And Northern Rhodesia, 1952 And 1957
The kalimba is part of the mbira family, a 'thumb-piano'; the kalumbu is a one-string gourd bow related to the Brazilian berimbau.



Kenya Special Selected African Recordings From The 1970s And 1980s
Kikuyu ‘liquid soul’, Luo benga with its rat-tat-tat beat and layered guitars, Swahili afrobeat, Congolese rumba, plus influences from SA and Zambia, disco and funk, coastal rhythms like chakacha. Mostly from 45s. ...



Kenyan Songs And Strings 1950 And 1952
From his home in South Africa, Hugh Tracey — son of a Devonshire doctor — travelled throughout southern, central and eastern Africa every year between 1948 and 1963, amassing his pioneering field recordings.

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Dick Khoza Chapita
Fat, glorious mid-seventies South African afro-jazz classic from the vaults of As-shams, the first in a series, beautifully re-presented by Matsuli in a limited edition of 500 hand-numbered 180g LPs.



Madagascar Antanosy Country, Sarandra
Eastern vibes and high emotions in this singing, accompanied by the sosolu flute, rocking mandaly and jejo bory lutes, the atranatra xylophone-on-legs, the lokanga fiddle.



Madagascar Merina Country
Various songs — and valiha zither, made from a bamboo trunk, the sodina flute, the angorodao accordion, the kabosy lute, and the amponga tany, a ground zither made of plant rope, wood, and dung.



Madagascar Antandroy Country
Puffing-and-blowing rimotsy singing for possession rituals and burials, a cappella polyphony with its image of blues and spirituals, erotic chin-shaking, solo marovany zither...



Les Mangalepa Endurance
Scintillating East African dance music, from seventies Nairobi. The band's name mangles 'marquez le pas', meaning 'mark time': sure enough, the beat is irresistible.



Foster Manganyi Ndzi Teke Riendzo
Sublimely convulsive Shangaan electro-gospel by a South African pastor, brimming with aching, mournful spirituality.