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Forgotten Treasures
Reggae

Dadawah “Peace & Love: Wadadasow” (1974, Dug Out)

A true Jamaican gem of a record. “Peace and Love” was Dadawah’s debut and remains his only album released under this artist name. It is a dark but deeply spiritual reggae LP (originally released in 1974 on Wild Flower) that shares hymns of Rastafarian love, nationality, and hope. Constructed with …

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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
Ambient

Forgotten Treasure: Mort Garson “Mother Earth’s Plantasia” (1976)

Canadian composer, arranger, and songwriter Mort Garson was born in 1924 in New Brunswick. He is probably the most accomplished early electronic Canadian composer to date. After graduating from the prestigious Juilliard School of music in the late 60’s, Garson started his deep exploration and mastery of Moog synthesizers. Following his …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Yasuaki Shimizu ‎”Kakashi” (1982)

A wonderful and rare record, wrapped in a mysterious yet playful ambiance. Yasuaki Shimizu is a Japanese composer, producer, and saxophone player born in 1954. He worked with a number collaborators: Ryuchi Sakimoto on certain arrangements, the South Korean artist Nam June Paik on art+sound installation pieces, and even DJ Towa …

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Forgotten Treasures
Brazil

Forgotten Treasure: Trio Mocoto “Não Adianta” (1977, Arlequim)

At the bottom of a crate laid an abandoned record with a mysterious cover featuring 7 musicians depicted in pointillism style with a funky orange and pink font. I later found out that this version was the Italian edition released on CAM (pictured below). It was the visual that caught …

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