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Sam Mangwana / Dino Vangu - Sam Mangwana Sings Dinu Vangu
A return to the Golden age of Congolese rumba brings singer mangwana back together with guitarist Dino Vanguand create a rumba sound that harkens back to the days of Franco. With Nana Akumu (formerly with T.P.OK Jazz) and bassist Miguel Yamba (Zaiko Langa Langa) at the core of the band, Sam Sings Dino is unsweetened, mellow rumba without the pyrotechnics that begat speed soukous.

Western Jazz Band - Songs Of Happiness, Poison & Ululation
Formed in 1959, Western Jazz Band was both a band and a social club who derived their name from their home of Western Province in Tanzania, which many of the original members came from, and the ubiquitous term ‘jazz’ which for many decades denoted all things modern in African music. This compilation showcases songs from 1973 – 1975, a time when their singles were hits throughout Africa, a time now impossible to recreate. All tracks diligently re-mastered from earliest available sources, complete with rare images, song translations from the original Swahili and notes from East African musical expert Douglas Paterson. Listen http://www.sternsmusic.com/playlist.php?tp=mp3&dskid=STCD3052

Les Ambassadeurs - Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako
(price reduced) A specially mastered double album compilation of the original 1975 - 1977 recordings by one West Africa's greatest bands, the one which first set Salif Keita on his road to worldwide success. Including tracks never released digitally or on CD before, also containing the first ever release of two recordings from the vaults of Radio Mali. The whole album reveals both the traditional and international side of this inspired band. In 1969 an ambitious army lieutenant, a key member of the new junta which had seized power only the previous year, decided that a band was needed to entertain customers at the Motel De Bamako, then a popular venue set in the shade of mango trees on the banks of the river Niger. With his patronage, a group coalesced and in 1972 it attracted guitarist Kanté Manfila, followed a year later by perhaps its most famous member, Salif Keita. The band took its job seriously.

Orchestres Nationaux and Federeaux - Authenticite - The Syliphone Years: 1965-1980
(price reduced) 2 CD set, with excellent packaging and notes, of classic, 'golden age' music from two of Guinea's finest ensembles, Orchestre Nationaux and Orchestre Federeaux, in recordings from 1965 to 1980

Titina - Titina Canta B.Leza
(price reduced) A landmark Cape Verdean album, re-mastered and re-packaged to celebrate its 25th anniversary. In the Creole town of Mindelo in Cape Verde, Titina used to be bewitched by sounds of legendary Cape Verdean composer, poet and activist B. Leza (1905, 1958). Produced and arranged by Paulino Vieira who also produced and arranged for Cesaria Evora, the album 'Titina Canta B. Leza' was immediately applauded as a classic. Now this definitive edition will bridge the gap that the many years of it being unavailable has created. It has been 25 years since Titina recorded these songs and like her music, the islands of Cape Verde are also becoming better known because of icons such as B. Leza who gave them their sound. As these sounds made their way to seduce across the world, it is B. Leza who led this great voyage and Titina who lent her voice to his magnetic and inspiring songs.

Vieux Kante - The Young Man's Harp
(price reduced)The blind kamale ngoni virtuoso Vieux Kanté had many fans in Bamako, thanks to his electrifying shows in the city, but he was practically unknown outside of Mali. He had just finished recording an album that almost certainly would have launched him and his band on a brilliant global trajectory when he died unexpectedly at age 31 This is the first time the album has been released. Exemplified on this album, his signature techniques and dazzling abilities, with the skills and sensibilities of his bandmates, makes this a musical revelation. The album notes are by the author Banning Eyre, who also contributes his unpublished photos of Vieux Kanté.

Dawda Jobarteh - Transitional Times
Dawda Jobarteh was born in Gambia, part of a family of hereditary musicians, including his grandfather, the legendary Alhaji Bai Konté. His new CD is a blend of tradition remembered and an immigrant's vision of new worlds. The music swerves from pure solo strings to jarring, modern motifs. He plays with pop and jazz idioms, but it always feels very rooted in the old world. This is a RootsWorld CD choice. These CDs are donated byt eh labels and artists to help RootsWorld raise money to remain online and on the air. All of your purchase gos to support those efforts.

Dawda Jobarteh - Northern Light, Gambian Night
Taking his musical training from a Mande griot upbringing, Dawda Jobarteh creates an intense contemporary vision of an ancient tradition. With the support of long-term friends and band members, Preben Carlsen on guitar, Nana Osibio on bass and Salieu Dibba on percussion and including some deeply personal statements Dawda weaves his distinctive kora playing through modern musical landscapes. Jobarteh's musical heritage carries considerable weight. His grandfather was Alhaji Bai Konte, the first kora player to take the instrument to the US, Dawda's father is kora player Amadou Bansang Jobarteh and his uncles Malamini Jobarteh and Dembo Konte together 26 years ago recorded the seminal kora album Jaliya for Sterns Music. Listen

Le Grand Kalle (Joseph Kabasele) - Le Grand Kallé:His Life His Music (2-CDs and Book)
Joseph Kabasele and The Creation of Congolese Music - an epic collection by one of the seminal forces in modern African popular music, compiled, annotated with a 100+ page book written by Ken Braun (in English and French) traces the life and times of Le Grand Kallé. This is an indispensable collection for anyone who wants to hear the music presented in a beautiful package and relive the glory days of Congolese music.

Balla Et Ses Balladins - Authenticité: The Syliphone Years
2 CD collection by one of Guinea's most interesting and influencial bands. Listen

Kandia Kouyate - Renascence
The Mandé art of jeliya carries a long and complex tradition of fine distinctions and endless debates about the qualities that earn its hereditary poets, musicians and soothsayers the highest accolades and honorifics. But on the great jelimusolu (female singers) of our time, there is near-unanimity regarding Kandia Kouyaté: she is a ngara. More than a skilled singer, a ngara is the extraordinary artist who possesses what many would say is a paranormal aura of majesty. Read more and listen.

various - African Typic Collection
A classic collection of extended dancefloor hits in the pan-African style of the 80s by Sam Fan Thomas, Charlotte Mbango, Tam Tam 2000 and Koko Ateba, at a really nice price

Africando - Viva Africando
Africando's 8th studio album, this is the first not recorded primarily in New York. This time the Africando masterminds, producer Ibrahima Sylla and arranger Boncana Maďga, bring New York's top Latin musicians, led by pianist Oscar Hernandez, to Paris. There they reunite with the group's vocal stars, Medoune Diallo, Sékouba Bambino, Amadou Ballaké and Shoubou, along with distinguished guest singers from diverse African and American countries, singing, all told, in 10 different languages.

Various South African Artists - The Indestructible Beat of Soweto Vol 1
The original recording that broke down the barriers and brought the music of South Africa to the world... reissued.

Various Algerian Artists - Rai Rebels
The classic Earthworks collection reissued at a pretty nice price! Includes Cheb Khaled, Chaba Fadela and other founders of the rai movement in the 1980s.

Ismael Isaac - Black System
Ivory Coast reggae

Ba Cissoko - Seno
2009 release by Guinean kora player Ba Cissoko and his band. Born in Guinea Bissau, he moved to Guinea Conakry, eventually working with Kourou and Sékou Mbady, who now play bass, kora and electric kora in the ensemble. Hot, hard and defiantly modern. The Guardian writes "This third album takes a step back towards tradition, however. There are still bursts of sonic wizardry - wah wah kora, growling fuzz guitar - but the spirit of change is as much in the use of Latin, funk and reggae flavours."

Nyboma et Kamale Dynamique - Nyboma Mwan'dido and Kamale Dynamique
Classics from one of the great stars of Congolese music - 10 of his greatest hits, recorded with his best band from 1981 to 1985. Fine music from that magic moment when soukous was still made by musicians and not machinery.

Andrea Marquee - Zumbi
High-tech Brazilian pop by great singer interpreting contemporary songwriters like Caetano Veloso and Jorge Ben, with a strong African element.

Vijana Jazz Band - The Koka Koka Sex Battalion
The 2nd of January 1975 was a Thursday. Sometime that day, members of the Vijana Jazz Band from Tanzania entered the Hi-Fi Studios at Pioneer House on Government Road in Nairobi, Kenya, and recorded 6 tracks under the pseudonym of the Koka Koka Sex Battalion. Along with Rumba, Kamata Sukuma (grab 'n' push), Koka Koka was a style of music, but the band's name was a scam. Painting a picture of the unique energy that was East African rumba in the 1970s the intriguingly titled The koka Koka Sex Battalion includes hits and rarities while standing as the only available album of Vijana Jazz Band, one of the most popular groups of their time. Listen

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