Future Classics
Afro

Future Classic: Los Sospechos “Postales OST” (Menahan Street Band, Budos Band)

Sometimes a record finds you. I was at a Charles Bradley concert perusing a crudely set up merch table when the LP caught my eye. Its cover featured the word “Cuzco”, and the Peruvian police uniform I had learned to recognize in my many months spent in Peru. On the …

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Forgotten Treasures
Afro

Forgotten Treasure: Doing It In Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco In 1980’s Nigeria

Soundway Records present a new compilation of twenty rare and mostly unavailable tracks from the slick and sassy world of Nigerian pop music and club culture of the early 1980s. Buoyed by an explosive oil boom and a return to democracy after a series of military dictatorships, Nigeria’s economy in …

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Forgotten Treasures
Afro

Forgotten Treasure: Francis Bebey “La Condition Masculine” (1976, Ozileka)

Born in 1929, Francis Bebey was a multi-instrumentalist, composer, poet, story-teller, musicologist, writer, journalist, and an icon and innovator of contemporary african music. He had a profound impact on the Cameroon music scene, releasing over 20 albums from the late 60’s until he passed away in 2001. The “La Condition Masculine” album released in 1976 …

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Forgotten Treasures
Afro

Forgotten Treasure: Mor Thiam ‎”Dini Safarrar” (1973)

Originally released in small numbers as a custom pressing in 1973, the compelling ‘Dini Safarrar’ by Senegalese drummer Mor Thiam has gained cult status around the world amongst enthusiasts of jazz, funk, hip hop & African music, and grail status among LP collectors. Here is the first official reproduction of …

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Forgotten Treasures
Afro

Forgotten Treasure: Tee Mac Night Illusion (1980)

Soul Jazz Records’ are releasing Tee Mac’s ‘Night Illusion’, a lost classic Nigerian Afro soul meets disco boogie funk album originally released in Nigeria in 1980 as a private-press release of 1000 copies on the enigmatic artists’ own label. Impossibly hard to find, the record remains practically unknown outside of …

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Forgotten Treasures
Afro

Forgotten Treasure: V.O. “Mashisa” (1990, Roi Music)

via Invisible City: In the pivotal period before the end of Apartheid, the fluff of bubblegum was starting to boil over into what later became the tougher township-centric sounds of kwaito. Amidst this volatile and transitional climate a mysterious kid named Eddie Magwaza started making moves in the studio, creating …

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Future Classics
Afro

Future Classic: Big Mean Sound Machine “Blank Slate 014”

via Blank Slate: Big Mean Sound Machine is a twelve-piece Afrobeat band native to Ithaca, New York. They tour 150 days a year and have a large and dedicated following up and down the East coast. Still, it is a crime that Big Mean Sound Machine is not well known …

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New Releases
Afro

“Space Echo” The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed!

via Analog Africa: In the spring of 1968 a cargo ship was preparing to leave the port of Baltimore with an important shipment of musical instruments. Its final destination was Rio De Janeiro, where the EMSE Exhibition (Exposição Mundial Do Son Eletrônico) was going to be held. It was the …

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Forgotten Treasures
Afro Disco

Forgotten Treasure: Nel Oliver “Nel Oliver” (1980)

Over the last few years, under appreciated artists like Leon Ware and Leroy Hutson seem to have been rediscovered by a whole generation of new listeners. But another overlooked gem from the early 80’s soulful (last days of) disco era is this self-titled album by Benin singer-songwriter Nel Oliver. Recorded at Studio …

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Forgotten Treasures
Afro

Forgotten Treasure: Ebo Taylor “Twer Nyame” (1978)

via Mr. Bongo: Originally released in 1978 on Philips-West African-Records. Classic highlife sounds; uptempo grooves, vocals, tons of percussion, guitar, horns and organ lines. Featuring the stand-out ‘Atwer Abroba’. Ebo Taylor is one of Ghanaʼs finest producer/arrangers. Taylor was heavily influential in the unique sound that emerged from the country in …

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New Releases
Afro

The Sound of Durban, South Africa – Compilation by Gqom Oh!

via Gqom: ‘The Sound of Durban Vol.1’ represents the first full length compilation collecting the sound of the suburbs and townships of Durban, South Africa known as “gqom”. The album unites many of the local young producers of this fresh genre over 15 tracks on double LP and digital (with …

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Afro Worldwide Sounds

Future Classic: Afriquoi “Kolaba”

South-London outfit Afriquoi dropped their first album Kolaba in September following 4 years of anticipation, largely due to their famously feverish live performances. With roots spread across multiple continents, their sound fuses traditional African instrumentation and contemporary electronica. Soca, UK Funky, Dub, Dancehall and House run through the veins of Kolaba. …

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