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Obaa Sima
Obaa Sima (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATFA 014LP. Rel: 23 Feb 15
 
International
Obaa Sima
Moma Yendodo
Adagya
Medofo
Daa Nyinaa
Yemmpa Aba
Bome Nnwom
Review: This latest reissue from Awesome Tapes From Africa is the whole reason for founder Brian Shimkovitz starting the blog and the label that grew out of it. Some 13 years ago, Shimkovitz stumbled across a cassette copy of Obaa Sima whilst travelling Ghana and his love for Ata Kak's music lead to the foundation of the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog and the commencement of a long running effort to track down the Ghanaian musician. Some four years after ATFA became a label, Shimkovitz finally tracked down the musician, real name Yaw Atta-Owusu, and was granted permission to reissue Obaa Sima, using the second hand tape purchased in Ghana as the source. The seven tracks on this LP are a winning tinny combination of highlife, rap, pop, and more with "Daa Nyinaa" sounding like a cover version of William De Vaughn's "Be Thankful For What You've Got".
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 in stock $16.09
Asafo
Asafo (12")
Cat: SNDW 12030. Rel: 30 Nov 18
 
International
Jon K - "Asafo" (4:45)
Pat Thomas - "Enye Woa" (extended intro) (6:25)
 in stock $9.86
Everything You Do You Do For Yourself
Cat: PH 45013. Rel: 07 Dec 17
 
International
Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself (4:27)
Estre (feat Florence Adooni) (5:02)
Review: Philophon is a Berlin-based label run by Max Weissenfeldt. Part of Philophon is the Tonstudio Bluetenring in Kreuzberg, operated by Benjamin 'Stibbo' Spitzmueller. The label's essential motivation is to support any form of local culture with reason, freedom and ludic drive. North-Ghanaian singer Guy One presents his first international release here. He promises what his name is saying: he is the number one artist of Frafra music, named after his people. "Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself" is a driving Highlife rhythm and his only song having a phrase in English. "Estre" features one of the leading voices of Frafra-Gospel named Florence Adooni. She interweaves perfectly with the horn arrangements by Weissenfeldt and the drummer. Washington's Hailu Mergia, San Francisco's Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids and the legendary Scandinavian producer Jimi Tenor have also released on the label over the last year too.
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Tags: African | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $8.82
Angola Soundtrack 2: Hypnosis Distortions & Other Sonic Innovations 1969-1978
Samy Ben REDJEB / VARIOUS
Cat: AALP 075. Rel: 19 May 21
 
International
Os Anjos - "Avante Juventude" (3:34)
Quim Manuel - "Senhor Doutor" (3:35)
Tony Von - "N'Hoca" (2:57)
Urbano De Castro - "Kia Lomingo" (3:33)
Jovens Do Prenda - "Bina" (4:13)
Oscar Neves - "Mabele" (2:27)
Africa Ritmos - "Agarrem" (3:03)
Os Kiezos - "Saudades De Luanda" (2:43)
Kito - "Bongololo" (3:24)
Muhongo - "N' Ga Kunu M'Butu" (2:35)
Negoleiros Do Ritmo - "Lemba" (3:28)
Dicanzas Do Prenda - "Snipes" (4:08)
Carlo Lamartine & Aguias Reais - "Bazooka" (3:26)
Cisco - "Divua Diami" (3:17)
Levis Vercky's - "Meca" (3:35)
Elias Dia Kimuezo - "Chamavo" (5:08)
Africa Ritmos - "Olha O Pica" (3:24)
Urbano De Castro - "Fatimita" (4:00)
Africa Show - "Inspiracao De Nito" (3:30)
Dimba Diangola - "Despedida" (5:19)
Review: A unique political story told in 20 chapters, Angola 2 Soundtrack delves deep into the nine year history of recorded music culture that was born out of the live music oppression set in place by Portuguese rule. Between three labels over 800 recordings were released during this fertile period, each one reflecting Angolan folk and distinctive Latin influences. And these are 20 of the most creative highlights. From the frenetic guitar rhythms and harmonic chants of "Mabele" to the psychedelic highlife shimmers of "Avante Juventude" via the insistent, street-bound sermon of "Snipes", this collection is entrenched in a rich musical history. Complete with well researched booklet and powerful imagery, it's an immaculate lesson in modern music history.
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Tags: African | Highlife
 in stock $24.14
Borga Revolution! Ghanaian Dance Music In The Digital Age 1983-1992 Volume 1
VARIOUS
Cat: KALITALP 009. Rel: 17 Jun 22
 
International
Uncle Joe's Afri-Beat - "Eshe Wo Kon Ho" (4:21)
Thomas Frempong - "Mada Meho So" (6:28)
Native Spirit - "Odo San Bra Fie" (5:49)
George Darko - "Medo Menuanom" (12" version) (6:21)
Wilson Boateng - "Mabre Agu" (3:35)
Paa Jude - "Odo Refre Wo" (8:58)
Aban - "Efie Nny" (8:11)
Wilson Boateng - "Asew Watchman" (4:38)
Uncle Joe's Afri-Beat - "Mr DJ" (5:24)
George Darko - "Obi Abayewa" (5:44)
Dr K Gyasi's Noble Kings - "Damfo Agoo/David Akofo/ Obegyaa Nowa/Okwantuni Moboro" (Medley) (13:53)
Review: Were you aware of the burger highlife phenomenon that swept through Ghana in the 1980s? Taking the West African sound of highlife and infusing it with the synths and drum machines of disco and boogie, a vibrant fusion culture emerged with hit upon hit of infectious, funky-as-hell party gear undeniably rooted in African culture. This diligent compilation from Kalita looks to some of the most important artists from this wave of electrified highlifers, including Thomas Frempong and George Darko, and of course looking between the cracks for the more obscure gems that should get even the well-schooled excited to check this one out.
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Basa Basa
Cat: PH 45014. Rel: 22 Mar 18
 
International
Basa Basa (4:08)
Sahara Akwantuo (3:46)
Review: Those with a deep knowledge of Berlin's Ghanaian ex-pat "burger-highlife" scene may already be familiar with Lee Dodou, a singer who recorded a number of classic singles and albums during the 1980s as part of bands Georg Darko and Kantata. He retired from music in 1991, but has been persuaded to return to action by the Philophon team. This comeback single is pretty impressive all told, with A-side "Basa Basa" - a triumphantly celebratory chunk of 1960s "concert party" highlife rich in punchy horn lines and Dodou's full-throated vocals - being joined on the flipside by the slower, synth-laden "Sahara Akwantou". Brilliantly, the label describes this as "kraut-life" due to its unique (and rather good) fusion of highlife and German kosmiche.
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Tags: African | Highlife
 in stock $9.86
Nigeria 70: Sweet Times Afro Funk Highlife & Juju From 1970s Lagos
VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 079LP. Rel: 13 May 11
 
International
Moneyman & The Super 5 International - "Life"
Ali Chukwumah & His Peace Makers International - "Henrietta"
Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats - "E Ma S'eka"
Dr Victor Olaiya's International All-Stars - "Kinrinjingbin"
Zeal Onyia & His Music - "Idegbani"
Sina Bakare - "Inu Mimo"
Eji Oyewole - "Unity Of Africa"
Tunde Mabadu - "Viva Disco" (instrumental)
The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination - "Ire"
Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes - "Ama Mbre Ewa"
Soki Ohale's Uzzi - "Bisi's Beat"
Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His International Brothers - "Ajoyio"
 in stock $15.31
Yinne
Yinne (7")
Cat: PH 45029. Rel: 06 Oct 22
 
Jazz
Yinne (4:21)
Fo Yelle (4:50)
Review: Florence Adooni's relationship with Philophon goes back some time. She was the voice of Guy One's group and featured on his hit 'Estre' while she also provided vocals for Jimi Tenor's club classic 'Vocalize My Luv'. Under her own name, she has also dropped a series of top albums that have earned her the title of "the queen of Frafra-Gospel". This super sweet 45rpm typifies that sound with shakers and hand clapping, acoustic guitars and earthy drum sounds. 'Yinne' is upbeat and sunny and rich in melody and 'Fo Yelle' is much more heartfelt and introspective. Both are great.
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Tags: African | Highlife
 in stock $11.16
African Experimentals 1972-1979
Cat: ASVN 068. Rel: 25 Oct 18
 
International
Jokenge (3:08)
Push Am Forward (3:39)
Mr Who You Be (5:11)
Gowa (3:24)
Sonjo (4:03)
Money Palava (4:42)
Dem Kick (6:11)
Money Nor Bataya (6:15)
Mother In Law (4:41)
Review: After forming from the ashes of a lauded jazz group in 1972, Sierra Leone's Afro National went on to release countless killer singles and albums that effortlessly joined the dots between jazz, highlife, funk and more traditional West African sounds. Here, the laudable Africa Seven label celebrates the band's legacy not by gathering together their most famous tracks, but rather cuts with the most insatiable dancefloor chops. The hits come thick and fast, from the punchy Afrobeat/highlife fusion of opener "Jokenge" and the rolling, low-slung goodness of "Mr Who You Be", to the jaunty, celebratory brilliance of the Juju-influenced "Sonjo" and fuzzy sweetness of the compilation's closing track, "Mother In Law" (which, incidentally, is far more enjoyable than any weekend visit from the in-laws).
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Tags: Afrobeat | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $20.50
Yen Ara
Yen Ara (LP)
Cat: MRBLP 155. Rel: 15 Jun 18
 
International
Poverty No Good (4:33)
Mumudey Mumudey (4:40)
Krumandey (3:36)
Aboa Kyirbin (5:08)
Yen Ara (3:08)
Mind Your Own Business (5:08)
Ankoma'm (5:20)
Abenkwan Puchaa (3:50)
Aba Yaa (5:12)
 in stock $16.09
Lololi Lomko
Cat: MSR 023. Rel: 12 Nov 20
 
Funk
Lololi-Lomko (4:32)
Lololi-Lomko (Renegades Of Jazz edit) (4:36)
Review: Over the last couple of years, Matasuna Records has developed a tried-and-tested formula. It revolves around finding and licensing killer cuts - think funk, Afrobeat, tropical flavours and Latin beats - and then pairing them with a fresh, floor-friendly re-edit. Their latest find is something of an overlooked gem: a gorgeously sunny 1983 number from Ghanaian musician Mawuli Decker that's piled high with infectious, EWE-language vocals, Highlife guitars, spacey Moog sounds and cute electric piano solos. The accompanying Renegades of Jazz re-edit is pleasingly faithful to its source material, deftly showcasing Decker's brilliant music while beefing up the bass, subtly tightening up the drums and layering on some complimentary hand percussion.
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Tags: Afrobeat | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $5.97
Ahyewa Special (Deluxe Edition)
Cat: HC 65. Rel: 05 Feb 20
 
Funk
Osaw/Samaniwa/Mfofoo/Kyiri Owio/Otwie/Komfo Adu (15:54)
Susuansu/Nana Bue Me/Yewo Adaagye/Krokrohinko/M'anoma/Moma Yen Sore (15:36)
Review: Essential Hi-Life & Afro-Funk from Ghana! The legendary K. Frimpong's fantastic rare second album recorded in 1975 at Ghana Films Studio. As a prolific songwriter and singer, this is reissue of his 2nd album, a modern fusion of Hi-life and the traditional beat called Ahyewa. The excellent background is given by the Super Complex Sounds band which makes the Ahyewa beat suitable for specialist dancefloors.A must have vinyl of percussive Afro-Funk & modern Hi-life . Remastered by Frank Merritt at The Carvery, pressed on Deluxe Replika format, fully licensed to the Alhadji Kwame Frimpong Family.
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Tags: African | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $28.29
Invisible Joy
Invisible Joy (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: PH 33001LP. Rel: 02 Jul 15
 
International
Yelle Be Bobre (5:16)
Starlet Road Filling Station Romance (3:47)
Momaminka (3:48)
Sad Nile (4:46)
Love In Outer Space (3:08)
Asembi Ara Amba (4:17)
Race (2:22)
Goin' In (4:23)
Dunia Dela Da'a (4:23)
Invisible Joy (3:44)
 in stock $19.21
Blue G (reissue)
Blue G (reissue) (blue vinyl 7")
Cat: ROC 048R. Rel: 01 Dec 22
 
International
Blue G (5:07)
That Good Thing (4:57)
Review: Spanish reissue label Rocafort present this wonderful slice of highlife from Konkolo Orchestra, this time on nice blue wax as well as a plain black version. It's not exactly clear where, or indeed when, exactly the band came from, but their sound is all you need to worry about. 'Blue G' is a lilting, shuffling message of love and support for future generations, and from the message to the effervescent musicality, it's a no-brainer. On the flip, 'That Good Thing' is an instrumental that spirals outwards on the sweetest keys, joyous brass and dreamy guitar, driven by a pattering drum section to radiate good vibes wherever it's played.
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Tags: Afrobeat | European | Highlife
 in stock $10.38
Nigeria 70: No Wahala Highlife Afro Funk & Juju 1973-1987
Duncan BROOKER / VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 197LP. Rel: 29 Mar 19
 
International
Odeyemi - "Oni Suru" (5:29)
Prince Nico Mbarga & Rocafil Jazz - "Sickness" (7:36)
Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7 - "Obonogbozu" (6:50)
Felixson Ngasia & The Survivals - "Black Precious Colour" (7:12)
Sina Bakare - "Africa" (5:29)
Saxon Lee & The Shadows International - "Special Secret Of Baby" (8:45)
International Brothers Band - "Onuma Dimnobi" (8:19)
Don Bruce & The Angels - "Kinuye" (5:50)
Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes - "Psychedelic Shoes" (6:14)
Rogana Ottah & His Black Heroes Int - "Let Them Say" (8:48)
Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - "Iziegbe (Ekassa No 70)" (7:16)
MA Jaiyesimi & His Crescent Bros Band - "Mundiya Loju" (3:04)
Review: As part of their 20th anniversary celebrations, Strut has decided to bring back the compilation series that first put the label on the map: "Nigeria 70". Curated by Duncan Brooker, this latest volume in the series is the first for eight years. It's another history lesson, with Brooker largely focusing on exposing the musical links between the music of Nigeria and Benin. You get a white-hot mixture of Highlife, Afro-Funk and Ju-Ju, mostly hand-picked from albums and singles that are near impossible for mere mortals to find. Interestingly, this edition doesn't just contain heavy cuts from the '70s, but also more synth-powered songs from the 1980s, too. As you'd expect, it makes for terrific listening.
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Tags: African | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $27.25
Roi Du Ziglibithy
Roi Du Ziglibithy (gatefold heavyweight vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: AADE 015. Rel: 17 Oct 22
 
International
Nini (5:03)
Ziglibithiens (8:47)
Bliwana (5:01)
Golozo (7:03)
Review: Ernesto Djedje is rightly known as the king of Ziglibithy and has been since not long after he first made his mark back in the 60s. He started out as a guitar player and leader of Ivoiro Star, before eventually going it alone and moving to Paris. He later returned to his native Cote d'Ivoire in 1974 and created his own musical mix of funk, soul, Makossa and disco before dying in odd circumstances in 1983. This Roi Du Ziglibithy, LP was first released in 1997 and now gets reissued on Analog Africa. One of his best-known works, it's a perfect example of his unique fusion sound.
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Tags: African | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $28.01
Simigwa (remastered)
Cat: MRBLP 175. Rel: 31 Oct 18
 
International
Kwaakwaa (5:19)
Akoko Ba (5:27)
This Hustling World (4:17)
Toffie (6:52)
Adwoa (4:09)
Fa No Dem Ara (4:39)
Review: 1975's "Simigwa" album not only launched the career of Afro-funk fusionist and eventual Highlife great Gyedu Blay Ambolley, but also inspired a Ghanaian dance craze. The album was co-produced by another Highlife great, Ebo Taylor, and has long been exceptionally hard to find on vinyl. For this official vinyl reissue on Mr Bongo, Ambolley's landmark set has been fully re-mastered for the very first time. It sounds spectacular, with great clarity on the ear-catching brass solos, serious weight to the bass and superb stereo separation. Highlights include - but certainly aren't limited to - the Afro-blues brilliance of "Toffie", the jaunty dancefloor fuzziness of "This Hustling World" and the heavyweight swing of ear-catching opener "Kwaakwaa".
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Tags: African | Afrobeat | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $19.21
Leon Keita
Leon Keita (limited numbered 180 gram vinyl LP + MP3 download code in screen-printed sleeve (indie exclusive))
Cat: AADE 016. Rel: 09 Oct 23
 
International
Diarabi Mana (7:14)
Ifarana (6:36)
Dalaka (7:57)
Gnanassouma (8:34)
Dakan Sate, Korotoumi (9:18)
Review: This is a new record of unearthed delights by Leon Keita, a longtime singer and multi-instrumentalist from Mali. On the eponymous 'Leon Keita', we hear Malian music fused with sensibilities from Sudan-Guinea and Burkina Faso, with modern pop and electronic influences, impeccably played in a smattering of crisp guitars, love-sung lyrics and laboured rhythms. All laid to a fresh pressing, the A-side hears three rather relaxed beauties, while the B moves into more idealistic and hedonic directions, not least the conclusive 'Dakan Sate, Korotoumi'. Brought back to our attention by Analog Africa, 'Leon Keita' serves yet another top serving and reminder of Mandingue culture, the influence of which stretches across the world; 'Dalaka' was a recent hit, making it as far as the Colombian coast.
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Tags: African | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $28.01
Borga Revolution! Volume 2: Ghanian Dance Music In The Digital Age 1983-1996
VARIOUS
Cat: KALITALP 010. Rel: 09 Mar 23
 
International
Atta Frimpong - "Bepo So Dua" (5:50)
Alan Cosmos & His Bam-Baara Soundz - "Soca For Your Pleasure" (7:23)
AB Crentsil - "Mama Dwen Meho" (6:16)
DJ Lawyer Okyere - "Ohia KanNye Ya" (Medley) (7:39)
Alan Cosmos & His Bam-Baara Soundz - "Onua Gyae" (6:02)
Pope Flyne Ackah - "I Think You Are Right (Jepense Que Tu A Raison)" (3:20)
Atta Frimpong - "Yaako" (5:20)
Pat Thomas - "Obae" (6:40)
Mawuli Decker - "Mawu Nafako Nam" (6:59)
Nana Aboagye Da-Costa - "Sikyi" (Medley) (7:13)
Alan Cosmos & His Bam-Baara Soundz - "Yebi/Fontonfrom" (11:58)
Review: Kalita's Borga Revolution compilations are pure joy, tapping into the boom in electronic music in Ghana in the 80s and 90s. The first volume came out last year and carried work from the likes of Thomas Frempong and George Darko. On this second instalment we get a whole host of new names to bring us more of that West African heat, and the hits just keep spilling out. Check the urgent stomp of 'Soca For Your Pleasure' by Alan Cosmos & His Bam-Baara Soundz, or the rugged soul and deadly grooves bursting out of Pope Flyne Ackah's 'I Think You Are Right (Jepense Que Tu A Raison)'. If you were into the first edition, this is only going to bring you more delights from an overlooked corner of Africa's musical history.
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 in stock $26.98
Party Time (Odo Ye Wu) (reissue)
Cat: KALITALP 11. Rel: 02 Nov 23
 
Disco/Reediciones
Wonma Yenko Po (5:38)
Mumunde (3:18)
Yaaya Nkoba (4:48)
Dofo Bi Afre
Odo Ye Wu
Me Bo Me Zanku Daa
Review: Kalita are proud to present the first ever reissue of Papa Yankson's highly sought-after 1989 disco-infused highlife masterpiece 'Party Time'! Showcasing the late Ghanaian superstar at his very best, 'Party Time' encapsulates the blending of deep, rhythmic West African highlife with synthesizers and electronic styles that had exploded during the decade. Now, thirty-five years after initial release and with original copies having reached grail status on the second-hand collector's scene, Kalita brings this phenomenal record back to life, with extensive liner notes detailing Papa Yankson's musical career.
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 in stock $27.25
Nsem Nyinaa Nyame
Cat: PH 45026. Rel: 27 May 21
 
International
Nsem Nyinaa Nyame (4:10)
Nana Kodajayen (4:03)
Review: Victoria Osei and Theresa Owusuaa are Ahemaa Nwomkro, which is a phrase that translates as 'queens of Nwomkro.' Nwomkro is an Ashanti style music that influenced Highlife, a style of music closely linked to Kumasi, Ghana's cultural capital and a city in the middle of the jungle. The pair link up with young highlife talents here and the results are pure, good time sounds that trill with energy, pickle rhythms and earthy percussion as well as some subtle synth work that brings a contemporary edge.
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Tags: African | Highlife
 in stock $11.16
UK To GH
UK To GH (12")
Cat: GCEP 1645. Rel: 13 Mar 23
 
Dancehall/Ragga
Try To Test (3:45)
Last Chance (4:13)
Nyura (3:17)
Telephone No Wire (4:37)
Review: British producer Burland and Ghanaian vocalist Zongo Abongo join forces here for UK to GH, a new collaboration that collides the respective backgrounds of each artist. Reggae, highlife, dancehall, UK bass and rave all meet in a world of fresh rhythm and melodic invention. 'Telephone No Wire' opens with a feel-good highlife sound on a 2-step beat with vocalist Adotey Johnson in fine form. 'Nyura' heads to the club with weighty bottom ends and enchanting melodies then things get darker on the flip with 'Try To Test' exploring another take on 2-step with hints of UKG and grime overlaid with catchy vocal hooks. 'Last Chance' pairs dancehall vocals with downtempo breaks for a superb conclusion.
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 in stock $14.27
Sugar Daddy
Sugar Daddy (LP + insert)
Cat: STRUT 150LP. Rel: 10 Feb 17
 
Funk
Sugar Daddy (15:37)
Come Back Lina (7:35)
All Fingers Are Not Equal (6:59)
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 in stock $12.34
World Spirituality Classics 3: The Muslim Highlife Of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah
Cat: LPLBOP 0100. Rel: 23 Sep 22
 
International
Forgive Them Oh God Amin - Amin (8:40)
Jealousy (12:52)
Alhaji Yesufu Sado Managing Director (17:45)
Omhona - Omhona (8:36)
Ovini Omoekeke Alhaji Inu Umoru (10:40)
Okume Ukhaduame (8:57)
My Luck (feat Madam Hassanah Waziri & Her Velvet Voice) (8:57)
Review: David Byrne's Luka Bop label does a wonderful job of serving up some superbly obscure and unknown sounds but in a accessible and enjoyable fashion. Next up for the tirelessly digging label is a third volume of their World Spirituality series: The Muslim Highlife Of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah is an international collection of Afro rhythms that cut deep. Alhaji Waziri Oshomah hails from Edo State in southern Nigeria and is someone who holds sermon and serves up lyrics that warn about the vice of jealousy but the grovers also make his gathered crowd want to get down. He brings together both Muslims and Christians and this record will too.
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Tags: African | Highlife
 in stock $31.13
Abrabo (remastered)
Abrabo (remastered) (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: HC 74. Rel: 18 May 22
 
International
Abrabo (9:43)
Abusuafo (6:46)
Enaa (9:54)
Susu Dwa W'anum (7:35)
 in stock $40.74
No Condition Is Permanent
Cat: MRI 136LP. Rel: 04 Aug 22
 
International
Ejina Uwa Nya Isi (5:54)
Okwukwe Na Ncheckwube (6:13)
Onwunwa (5:00)
Ilo Abu Chi (5:51)
Tomorrow Is So Uncertain (9:55)
Review: "The message was clear: this was not necessarily music for dancing - even though the rhythms were compelling enough. This was music for the thinkers." When it came to the music of Celestine Ukwu, from where was this message communicated? In his case, it was the coalescing of his fashion sense and performance style, which combined unorthodox dress for highlife musicians - turtlenecks and drab coats - with a polyrhythm-focused, less intense highlife sound. With his bands, most notably The Philosophers National, Ukwu pioneered a more pensive and slow-burning version of the West African style, earning his place in musical history and this compilation of his greatest works.
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Tags: African | Highlife
 in stock $22.58
Afrobeat Experience Vol 1
VARIOUS
Cat: 342110 6. Rel: 09 Feb 23
 
Funk
Manu Dibango - "The Panther" (2:27)
Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu - "Love & Death" (8:18)
Mulatu Astake - "Yegelle Tezeta" (3:14)
Super Elcados - "Get Up & Do It Good" (4:04)
Teaspoon & The Waves - "Oh Yeh Soweto" (4:09)
Pat Thomas - "Awurade Mpaebo" (3:23)
Wallias Band - "Muziqawi Silt" (instrumental) (3:45)
Marumo - "Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae?" (3:42)
Roger Damawuzan & Les As Du Benin - "Wait For Me" (3:14)
Shina Williams & His African Percussionists - "Agboju Logun" (Mr Bongo 7" edit) (4:02)
Girma Beyene - "Enken Yelelebesh" (3:21)
Tee Mac & Majorie Barnes - "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" (5:40)
Yta Jourias - "Adore Nyueto" (5:27)
Peter King - "African Dialects" (4:54)
Alemayehu Eshete - "Tchero Adari Nègn" (4:26)
Tesfa-maryam Kidane - "Heywete" (5:14)
Amadou Balake - "Super Bar Konon Mouso" (5:24)
Kelekye Band - "Jungle Music" (5:40)
Orlando Julius & Ashiko - "Get The Funk" (5:28)
Review: A new week means yet another new compilation from Wagram. The French label has become expert at myriad different genres from staples like house and techno to more esoteric world genre niches. This time out they launch a new series that looks into the rich sounds of Afrobeat, first pioneered by the likes of Fela Kuti and his drummer Tony Allen. Neither of them feature here but the four sides of tunes we do get all make for a deep dive into this compelling rhythmical music.
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Intérprete: Afro Beat Foundation
 in stock $24.39
Odo Gu Ahorow
Cat: LPWABB 075LE. Rel: 26 Jan 21
 
International
Odo Gu Ahorow/Maye Pentoa/Ohianiwa/Osu A Ono Nkoaa (15:17)
Sunsum Me Gu Mu (3:35)
Odo Fever (3:23)
Abofra Ketewa (3:35)
Ebeto Dabi (3:55)
Review: Vis-A-Vis released a hugely impressive 13 albums between 1975 and 1982. Both talented studio artists and live musicians, the band was led by vocalist Isaac "Superstar" Yeboah with Sammy Cropper on guitar, Slim Manu on bass and Gybson "Shaolin Kung-Fu" Papra on drums. The We Are Busy Bodies label is in the process of rolling out reissues of plenty of those records and this is one fo the best . A real listening joy, it brings with afro grooves and noodling jazz melodies, richly textured organ and bass work that all help take you to warmer, earthier climes in an instant.
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Tags: African | Highlife
 in stock $27.25
Village Boogie!
Cat: PMG 007LP. Rel: 06 May 16
 
International
Igholoye (6:42)
Precious Time (5:32)
Step Out When You're Down (4:39)
Brand New Wayo (4:53)
Village Boogie (5:24)
When You Know What's Wrong (4:51)
Fun In The Street (4:21)
Intérprete: Iga
Tags: African | Afrobeat | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $23.61
Caribe: Colombian Singles Series Vol 3
Caribe: Colombian Singles Series Vol 3 (12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: GCCOLSING 3. Rel: 06 Mar 24
 
Deep House
Rompecuero (4:13)
Caribe (5:10)
Kampangola (3:31)
Papasukus (3:56)
El Bailador (2:49)
Review: ARN4L2's first-ever solo vinyl project is a doozy. Across five cuts he looks to the dance floor from his own unique perspective and mixes up Congolese soukous, Colombian Bullerengue, Nigerian highlife, Caribbean soca, and good old house music. His style is colourful and psychedelic and it really is fresh across the hurried, skittish percussive rhythms of 'Rompecuero' and deeper Afro-funk and soul of 'Caribe.' 'Kampangola' brings great instrumental displays and 'Papasukus' is pure summer music. A super strong EP from an artist well worth watching this year.
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Intérprete: Galletas Calientes
 in stock $17.39
Money Is The Root Of Evil
Money Is The Root Of Evil (translucent orange vinyl 7")
Cat: ES 75LPC1. Rel: 17 Nov 22
 
Funk
Money Is The Root Of Evil (short version) (5:11)
Duodu Wuo Ye Ya (short version) (5:05)
Review: Dan Boadi left his native Ghana to take his highlife sound to American audiences after he had his 1967 breakout debut 'Abrabo'. That was a regional hit and soon after came this tune which was recorded at Paul Serrano's studio in Chicago. It showcased the real breadth and depth of his sound as it called upon reggae, acrobat, halide and funk to demand your ear with a chugging drum groove. Add in the colourful orchestration that makes the tune soar and a you have a record that is a true musical melting pot that stood Boadi pat in his new home of the Windy City.
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Tags: African | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $12.97
Rex Omar
Rex Omar (12")
Cat: SNDW 12048. Rel: 28 Sep 23
 
International
Dada (5:42)
Tokota (5:05)
Konka (5:22)
Osisi (5:31)
Kele Ngele (4:25)
Dada (Aroop Roy rework) (5:45)
 in stock $14.52
Obi Baa Wiase (reissue)
Cat: HTML 009SEC014. Rel: 10 Jun 22
 
International
Obi Baa Wiase (5:54)
Sika Be Ba (5:06)
Review: A 10" featuring the finest that highlife has to offer, Crentsil was a figurehead of Ghanian music during the 70s and 80s who was introduced to highlife music at the turn of the 90s - a combination of pop, jazz, disco, and funk. 'Obi Baa Wiase' and 'Sika Be Ba' are two tracks with a close-knit message of gratitude, hope and faith between them, with the former being the staple track of Crentsil's long career after being played at weddings, festivals, and live concerts by local bands. A pair of incredible tracks produced by Charles Amoah utilising limited equipment to create an authentic party atmosphere, jovial flutes and plucky strings are the accompaniment to A.B. Entsils's proclamation of joy - put this on at the party and the room are sure to start moving.
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 in stock $20.24
Money Is The Root Of Evil
Cat: ES 75LP. Rel: 17 Nov 22
 
Funk
Money Is The Root Of Evil (short version) (5:11)
Duodu Wuo Ye Ya (short version) (5:05)
Review: Dan Boadi left his native Ghana to take his highlife sound to American audiences after he had his 1967 breakout debut 'Abrabo'. That was a regional hit and soon after came this tune which was recorded at Paul Serrano's studio in Chicago. It showcased the real breadth and depth of his sound as it called upon reggae, acrobat, halide and funk to demand your ear with a chugging drum groove. Add in the colourful orchestration that makes the tune soar and a you have a record that is a true musical melting pot that stood Boadi pat in his new home of the Windy City.
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Tags: African | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $10.38
Wagadu Grooves: The Hypnotic Sound Of Camara 1987-2016
VARIOUS
Cat: HTML 010. Rel: 14 Feb 24
 
International
Mamadou Tangoudia - "Kori" (7:43)
Halima Kissima Toure - "Koolo Fune" (4:30)
Lassana Hawa Cissokho - "Nogome" (7:39)
Hadja Soumano - "Nteri Diaba" (6:32)
Nainy Diabate - "Sankoy Djeli" (4:56)
Mah Kouyate - "Soso" (7:16)
Halima Kissima Toure - "Alla Da Fo Na" (4:56)
Ami Traore - "Tenedo" (4:19)
Babani Kone - "Soyeba" (5:24)
Kaniba Oule Kouyate - "Songne Bela" (4:49)
Diaby Doua - "Bolinaame" (5:50)
Diobo Fode - "Yexu" (4:54)
Halima Kissima Toure - "Duna" (4:13)
Hadja Soumano - "Ayebo" (5:01)
Review: In 1977, Gaye Mody Camara, a young Soninke raised in Mali's Kayes region, settled in France to found his own empire modelled psychically after the great Soninko empire. Initially selling wax, kola nuts and other goods in his Parisian outlets, he rapidly started distributing cassette tapes and eventually producing a multitude of recordings for his own label, Camara Production. Crossing paths and collaborating over the next four decades with legendary artists, griots and industry moguls like Boncana Maiga and Jean-Philippe Rykiel, Camara became one of the great independent music producers of his generation, and a pillar of the Parisian Soninke diaspora. Released in close collaboration with Camara and with the assistance of Daouda N'diaye, one of A.P.S' (Association pour la Promotion de la langue et de la culture Soninke) historical members, this selection of songs and accompanying notes aim to shed a light on an intricate culture and its modern music, unjustifiably unknown outside of West Africa and the various diasporas around the world.
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Tags: African | Highlife | Zouk
 in stock $33.99
Di Wo Ho Ni
Di Wo Ho Ni (limited LP)
Cat: WABBLE 105. Rel: 10 Dec 21
 
International
Di Wo Ho Ni (12:29)
Obaa Mansah (4:10)
Maye Nsusuan Nsuo (10:56)
Minhyia Na Mahwehwe (4:29)
Review: Fans of international sounds will know just how big Vis A Vis's contribution has been to the scene over the years. In all they put out around 13 albums between 1975 and 1982 and were both talented studio artists and live musicians. Vocalist Isaac "Superstar" Yeboah led the group with able assistance from Sammy Cropper on guitar, Slim Manu on bass and Gybson "Shaolin Kung-Fu" Papra on drums. Di Wo Ho Ni is one of their many vital albums and this limited edition repress means you won't have to fork out eye waveringly high prices for an OG.
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Tags: African | Latin | Highlife
 in stock $24.08
Control
Control (LP)
Cat: MRBLP 199. Rel: 17 Sep 19
 
International
Control (7:10)
Woye De Adolfo (7:36)
Don't Go (5:57)
Mercy Kae Dabi (3:56)
Take Am So (5:48)
The Message (God Is Love) (7:49)
 in stock $17.39
Lo Life!
Cat: LHS 045. Rel: 10 Jul 23
 
International
Appellation Of Elevation (3:25)
Flashback (4:07)
Holy Shoulders (4:57)
The World Is Here For You (5:30)
What A Love (4:26)
Sunsum Dware (5:10)
Nyame Kasa (6:08)
Right With No Wrong (6:00)
Palm Wine Elixir (3:09)
Review: Immanuel 'Immy' Kwabena Dreessens-Owusu is based in Torquay but is of Ghanaian-Dutch heritage. His musical upbringing straddled the worlds of rock'n'roll and the West African culture of his roots. His grandfather is a legendary musician, Koo Nim, and this debut album was recorded with his father Kojo Noah Owusu and Ghanaian drummer Julius Sackey. Across nine glorious cuts he mixes highlife and Afro rhythms, Afro rock and psychedelic sounds with spiritual vocals into an energising and cathartic brew that is steeped in classic and authentic styles but with plenty of modern perpsective.
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 in stock $28.81
Off The Grid
Off The Grid (coloured vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: LPRW 253. Rel: 05 Oct 23
 
International
No Commando (feat David Walters) (3:15)
Marching Over (feat Dele Sosimi) (2:21)
Gospel (feat Luazy) (3:43)
Machine 2 (3:25)
Menua (feat Lamisi) (3:23)
Danger (feat Moonchild Sanelly) (3:02)
SH33ME (3:43)
Ayo (3:08)
Fine Tho (feat Theon Cross & Jally Kebba Susso) (3:41)
The Juggler (3:06)
Joy (3:11)
 in stock $25.69
Yebre Ma Owuo
Cat: PH 45031. Rel: 03 Aug 23
 
International
Yebre Ma Owuo (4:07)
Nana Koda Gya Me (3:03)
Review: Ahemaa Nwomkro means queens of Nwomkro, an old Ashanti Musial style that was hugely influential in the early formation of genres like the Highlife take on Kumasi, which is the cultural capital of Ghana in the middle of the jungle. Those queens are Victoria Osei and Theresa Owusua and here they team up with young Highlife musicians generation Akule Pepe on guitar. He worked for many years with Highlife legend Alex Konadu and these songs here show just how well pure Nwomkro work with textbook Highlife.
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Tags: African | Highlife
 in stock $11.16
Vol 1-5: 1978-1984
Vol 1-5: 1978-1984 (limited 5xLP box set + book + postcard)
Cat: LPLBOP 8007. Rel: 01 Dec 22
 
International
Forgive Them Oh God Amin (LP1: Vol 1 - 1978) (8:39)
Emoi Khakiegwi Aghumheile (8:43)
Igwegi Baba (8:28)
Iyuchele Opomumhe (LP2: Vol 2 - 1979) (8:32)
Alhaji Yesufu Sado/Managing Director/Alhaji Y Sado & Sons Ltd (17:35)
Chief J Aigbokhaode Electrical Contractor/Ikhin/Benin (10:33)
Ikwekiame Nedumhe (7:31)
Omhona/ Omhona (LP3: Vol 3 - 1980) (8:33)
Eyemaya Erayemare (8:29)
Oshiomegie Idonigie (10:18)
I Forget Not Mother (5:51)
Iyere: Mecca London (LP4: Vol 4 - 1982) (9:20)
Chief Joe Omo Agba (9:33)
Imirunolu Agizoane (9:28)
Hungry Man Osamiogbewa (9:42)
Ame-ogiegie Udo-ogiegie (LP5: Vol 5 - 1984) (11:12)
Wegieme Khayeya (8:27)
Amie Khagieguegbe (9:09)
Chief Danesi Aidoviogie (9:29)
Review: Alhaji Waziri Oshomah is a master of Afro sounds and rhythms that cut deep. He is from the Edo State in southern Nigeria and always as making music and often holds local sermons. His music was highlighted by David Bryne's always-excellent Luaka Bop label in September with World Spirituality Classics 3: The Muslim Highlife Of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah and now comes another bumper collection of his tunes. As the title suggests, Vol 1-5: 1978-1984 pulls together his best work from that six-year period across five 12"s and a special booklet.
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Tags: African | Highlife
 in stock $88.22
Stage Two
Stage Two (limited 180 gram clear vinyl LP with obi-strip)
Cat: TWM 73LITA. Rel: 04 Aug 21
 
International
Let's Think It Over (3:59)
La La La La La La (4:17)
We're Coming Home (5:55)
Think About It (3:10)
Sweet Gloria (2:33)
I Need You Around (7:06)
Fishes (Mankind) (3:37)
Let's Do It Now (2:56)
Let Me Feel As I Am (4:16)
Review: Recorded and initially released in 1976, Stage 2 was one of a trio of killer albums that highlife legend Pat Thomas recorded with the Marjarita backing band. Although amongst his most popular sets in his native Ghana, the album has never been released outside Africa - until now. This remastered edition, which comes pressed on clear vinyl, is therefore long overdue. It remains a superb set all told, with Thomas and his collaborators serving up a fuzzy, sometimes fiery fusion of Afro-Soul, highlife, Afro-funk, rocksteady, reggae and Afro-rock. Thomas is in terrific form throughout, delivering effortlessly soulful and impassioned vocals that turn an otherwise excellent album into a genuinely terrific one.
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 in stock $24.62
Akalaka/The Power
Akalaka/The Power (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: BBE 508ALP. Rel: 06 Nov 20
 
International
Victor Chukwu - "Ogbu Mmadu" (8:30)
Victor Chukwu - "Nwanne Bu Nwanne" (8:44)
Victor Chukwu - "Born Throw Away" (8:26)
Victor Chukwu - "Akalaka" (8:12)
Uncle Victor Chuks & The Black Irokos - "Onwu Uwa" (8:00)
Uncle Victor Chuks & The Black Irokos - "Anya Ukwu" (7:36)
Uncle Victor Chuks & The Black Irokos - "Oge Chukwu Ka Nma" (16:27)
 in stock $23.35
Mosese
Mosese (180 gram vinyl LP + insert)
Cat: BBE 546ALP. Rel: 08 Oct 19
 
International
Dadavi Pitie (7:32)
Thina Dekula (8:41)
Mosese (7:05)
Meaculpa Mawewe (8:59)
 in stock $18.67
Le Sato 2 (reissue)
Cat: AJXLP 771. Rel: 23 Nov 23
 
International
General Gowon (10:14)
Gendemou Na Wili We Gnannin (8:37)
A Non Zoun Mi (5:34)
La Verite Blesse (6:24)
Je N'en Peux Plus (4:15)
Review: Acid Jazz has got an ongoing deal to issue and reissue music from Benin funk supergroup Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou and the latest fruits of that is this reissue of their Le Sato album. It is a follow-up to the one they dropped back in 2021 and is another section of traditional voodoo ceremonial music from the group from the mid-seventies. The name of the album is taken from the large ceremonial Sato drum, which is played with wooden stick beaters at special ceremonial occasions. Here it can be heard in all its glory making traditional rhythms and deeply ritualistic grooves that will leave you in a trance.
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 in stock $27.50
Ebo Taylor & The Pelikans (reissue)
Cat: COMET 121. Rel: 12 Apr 23
 
International
Enye Wo Nyame Nko (6:34)
Gyae Su Na Nkomo (5:01)
Reality (8:18)
Egya Edu (6:50)
Mber No Aso (3:06)
Come Along (5:57)
If You Care (3:34)
Review: Ebo Taylor And The Pelikans were Afro-funk masters of the seventies. Their self-titled 1976 record is one of the most well-regarded and highly sought-after Ghanaian funk offerings and now it gets a high-quality reissue by Comet Records. This album contains the legendary 'Come Along' and is the first time revered artist, arranger, musician and producer Ebo sang the seminal Ghana funk tune. He is joined throughout by the 12-piece Cape Coast collective The Pelikans led by Bessa Simmona with rhythm guitarist Fifi Orleans Lindsay.
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Tags: African | Highlife | Afro Funk | Afro Soul
 in stock $28.55
Debut Album
Cat: BBCD 138. Rel: 29 Sep 20
 
International
Peba
Rew Be Me
Femme Africaine
Montealla
La Musique
Ldesouse
Lseo
Timtitu
Tags: African | Highlife
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 in stock $10.51
World Spirituality Classics 3: The Muslim Highlife Of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah
Cat: CDLBOP 0100. Rel: 29 Sep 22
 
International
Forgive Them Oh God Amin - Amin
Jealousy
Alhaji Yesufu Sado Managing Director
Omhona - Omhona
Ovini Omoekeke Alhaji Inu Umoru
Okhume Ukhaduame
My Luck (feat Madam Hassanah Waziri & Her Velvet Voice)
Tags: African | Highlife
 in stock $11.81
Future Pasts
Future Pasts (red vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ROCLP 012R. Rel: 04 Apr 24
 
International
Blue G (feat Nongoma) (8:13)
Future Pasts (feat Nongoma) (6:51)
Yese Yese (feat Sir Frank Karikari) (5:40)
That Good Thing (instrumental) (5:25)
Count Your Blessings (feat Nongoma) (8:16)
Cover Up The Bruises (feat Nongoma) (6:24)
Le Secret (feat Kitio Batola) (5:53)
How We Got Here (instrumental) (6:41)
 in stock $23.61
Off The Grid
Cat: CDRW 253. Rel: 05 Oct 23
 
International
Bore
No Commando (feat David Walters)
Marching Over (feat Dele Sosimi)
Gospel (feat Luazy)
Kaneshie Joo
Machine 2
Menua (feat Lamisi)
Danger (feat Moonchild Sanelly)
SH33ME
Ayo
Fine Tho (feat Theon Cross & Jally Kebba Susso)
My Father
The Juggler
Joy
Tags: Afrobeat | Highlife
 in stock $11.41
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