Abdelmoniem Ekhaldi - "Droob A Shoag (Paths To Love)" (5:27)
Samira Dunia - "Galbi La Tahwa Tani (My Heart, Don't Fall In Love Again)" (4:33)
Mohammed Wardi - "Al Sourah (The Photo)" (9:01)
Abdullah Abdelkader - "Al Zaman Zamanak (It's Your Time)" (6:12)
Mustafa Modawi & Ibrahim El Hassan - "Al Wilaid Al Daif (The Youth Who Came As A Guest)" (7:46)
Ibrahim El Kashif - "Elhabeeb Wain? (Where Is My Sweetheart?)" (1:55)
Mohammed Wardi - "Al Mursal (The Messenger)" (11:36)
Review: Ostinato Records is still in its infancy but the label has well and truly impressed us since they first launched last year. That initial string of reissue material from Cape Verde was sensational to say the least, and we're doubly impressed to see that the label heads have now sprawled out to Sudan, a corner of Africa that is comparatively less known in terms of music. With 16 tunes that have been selected for this essential double album, there is so much to explore and take in, especially given that this music is not something to be consumed superficially; let's the rhythms take you, revel in them, learn your surroundings. This is you being launched in Sudan. Hotly tipped!
Dur Dur Band - "Duruuf Maa Laygu Diidee (Rejected Due To My Circumstance)" (feat Muqtar Idi Ramadan) (4:22)
Iftiin Band - "Anaa Qaylodhaankaan" (feat Mahmud Abdalla "Jerry" Hussen) (5:23)
Review: In 1988, on the eve of the civil war that began to tear apart Somalia in the early 1990s, an intrepid band of broadcasters and journalists secretly salvaged some 10,000 cassettes of homegrown music from the archives of Radio Hargeissa in Somaliland. Almost 30 years on, those tapes have finally been mined for Sweet as Broken Dates, a brilliant compilation that finally showcases some of the multitude of gems that were recorded and released in the country between the late '60s and early '90s. It's a brilliant collection, all told, full of exotic music that combines Western styles - soul, funk, disco, pop, reggae, boogie, psychedelic rock and even early hip-hop- with musical influences from the wider region (most notably Arabic and tropical music from islands in the Indian Ocean). In other words, it should be an essential purchase.
Elisio Gomes & Joachim Varela - "Chuma Lopes" (5:29)
Tchiss Lopes - "E Bo Problema" (3:27)
Americo Brito - "Babylon 79" (3:31)
Jose Casimiro - "Djozinho Cabral" (5:06)
Nho Balta - "Posse Bronck" (2:25)
Kola - "Lameirao" (5:18)
Cabo Verde Show - "Nova Coladeira" (3:29)
Tam Tam 2000 - "Melhor Futuro" (3:48)
Pedrinho - "Chema" (3:11)
Dionisio Maio - "Mie Fogo" (3:45)
Bana - "Canta Cu Alma Sem Ser Magoado" (3:34)
Review: After that magnificent compilation from Analog Africa from summer 2016, we have become increasingly obsessed with the sound of the Cape Verde islands, an archipelago off the coast of West Africa. Until recently, its musical culture hadn't quite permeated the Western world, but things have changed. Thanks to that aforementioned compilation, and now this new collection of stupendous tunes compiled by the young Ostinato Records, we have realised just how amazing the island's music tradition really is, particularly in the 70s and 80s. These guys were ahead, using a mixture of local Creole singing and visionary synth experimentation, the have constructed a sound of their own, utterly inimitable and instantly recognisable. The same familiar names appear on this new comp, including Abel Lima, Tchiss Lopes, Jose Casimiro, and a whole slew of previously untapped artists. To us, this is the best form of outernational on the market at the moment, and we couldn't recommend this enough. KILLER.