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Mirror To The Soul Music, Culture And Identity In the Caribbean 1920-72
A lucky-bag of fabulous music, from Cachao to Count Ossie, plus on DVD a freewheeling assemblage of Pathe newsreel, ranging from voodoo to flying fish. Tremendous work by SJ... warmly recommended.



George Moxey Plays Music For Dancing
Caribbean lounge-jazz from the veteran pianist, supported by the Ernest Ranglin Trio. Japanese import.



Music, Race And Nation  Musica Tropical In Colombia Peter Wade
A fascinating historical overview stuffed with interviews, histories and fresh information, intertwining porro, vallenato and cumbia with issues of sexuality, race, nation, tradition. Nothing better on the subject.



Omara Portuondo Gracias
The Buena Vista diva, nostalgic but still experimenting check her duets with Brazilian legend Chico Buarque, and Richard Bona, the bassist from Cameroon.





Panama! Volume 3: Calypso Panameno, Guajira Jazz And Cumbia Tipica On The Isthmus 1960-7
Rare recordings from the golden age of Panamanian music bilingual calypsos to guajira jazz, tropical guarachas to cumbia tamboreras.



Luis Perez Ipan In Xiktli Metztli
Amazing, deeply grooving, cosmic ethnography from Mexico in 1981, magically combining ancient percussion and wind instruments with electric guitar, tape delay and synths. Lovely silk-screened sleeves.



Peru Julio Benavente Diaz, Charango And Songs From Cuzco
On a kind of miniature guitar, laminated, with steel strings wonderful, virtuosic performances of the poignant, melancholic music of the Campesinos and the Cholos of Peru.



Peru Maravilloso Vintage Latin, Tropicalia And Cumbia
Refreshing, ricocheting tangle of 60s and 70s cumbia, guaracha and chicha, and soul jazz, Latin fusion, rock and psychedelia, and traditional Andean, Peruvian criollo and Afro-Latin traditional styles.



The Pierced Heart And The Machete Olivia Wyatt
Vivid, unflinching film of two annual Haitian Vodou pilgrimages for Ezili Danto, goddess of love, art and passion, and her old man Ogoun, god of war, iron, healing. Ecstatic, bloody, intensely musical.



Puerto Plato Mujer De Cabaret
From 2008, the great Dominican traditionalist in full and saucy voice, his Cuban-style music led by brilliant, virtuoso guitar-playing.



Remolino De Oro Coastal Cumbias from Colombia's Discos Fuentes 1961-73
Twelve more tear-up cumbias from this mighty label's treasure-rooms, handsomely sleeved.



The Rhythms Of Black Peru
Marvellous selection of Afro-Peruvian music including giants like Nicomedes Santa Cruz, Chabuca Granda, and Zambo Cavero, with the cajon (wooden box drum) in full effect in lando, festejo and vals styles.