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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

Various artists - Urgent Jumping!: East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics
A collection of 27 East African classics from 1972 to 1982 compiled by the British DJ and journalist John Armstrong. This 2 CD set is a wonderful collection of two and one half hours of music from 21 Kenyan, Tanzanian and Congolese bands. Features: L'Orch. Dar International, Afro 70, Kauma Boys Band, Super Mambo Jazz Band "69", Maquis du Zaire, Victoria Jazz Band, Orchestre Conga Internationale, The Golden Kings Band, Sunburst Band, Urafiki Jazz Band, L'Orchestre Grand Piza, Hafusa Abasi, Slim Ali and the Kikulacho Yahoos Band, L'Orch. Moja One, Sega Sega Band, L'Orchestre Super Mambo, Earthquake Jazz Band, Vijana Jazz Band, Orchestre Special Liwanza, Juwata Jazz Band and Orchestre Super Jambo.

Vieux Kante - The Young Man's Harp
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.

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.

Moreno and L'orch First Moja-One - Sister Pili + 2
Still fondly remembered in Kenya, this is the first international release for Moreno Batamba since his sad death in 1993. Named for his girlfriend, a Tanzanian model, it contain his hit album of 1983 plus two ultra-rare tracks from 1977, all catching him at a peak of energy Carefully mastered from the original magnetic audio tapes, it shows just why the music of this time and region retains its popularity today.

Franco and TPOK Jazz - Francophonic, Vol. 2: 1980-1989
2 CDs - Volume 2 of the stunning Stern's collection of the Congolese master's work. Essential!

Sory Kandia Kouyate - La Voix De La Revolution (2 CD set)
Sory Kandia Kouyaté moved from the royal court of a local ruler to the urbane company of revolutionary artists and future politicians until in 1958, the year of Guinea's independence, his powerful, sonorous voice was at its peak. Here is where our story begins... This authoritative 2 CD album with 40-page booklet including rare, intimate photos never before seen outside his immediate circle charts both sides of his music, the contemporary and the traditional, to explain why today, almost four decades after his death, he is still the ultimate point of reference for all West African griots. 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

D.O. Misiani and Shirati Jazz - The King of History
Classic 1970s Benga Beats from Kenya - They did not invent benga, the energetic dance music of Kenya and Tanzania, but they defined its modern form, with its hypnotic electric guitars and fabulously active bass, and made it popular throughout East Africa. Their records, released internationally in the late 1980s and early 90s, introduced benga to the world. Because of benga, D.O. Misiani, who was born in Tanzania in 1940 and died in Kenya in 2006, is probably now the second-most famous Luo in the world.

Issa Juma and Super Wanyika Stars - World Defeats The Grandfathers
Wanyika Stars was the defining sound of Kenyan Swahili rumba in the late 70s and early 80s, and Issa Juma was a pivotal figure in both creating and giving it new directions. His powerful baritone voice was indisputably the best of the Wanyika clan and, constantly experimenting, his style could change with each producer and session. Carefully re-mastered, full-length recordings that include bona fide hits alongside rare, never-before-released tracks, this album is a long-overdue homage to a brilliant vocalist and band-leader, an innovative and accomplished musician. Listen

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."

Sidi Toure - Hoga
Songs recount Songhai Empire history as the weirdly sympathetic strains of an archaic Songhai viol and bluesy overdriven electric guitar swirl around it. This is a truly unque musician, with a sound all his own.

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.

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.

Sam Mangwana - Rumba Music
His acclaimed 1993 set supported by first-class African and New York Latin musicians

Kekele - Congo Life
Classic, elegant Congolese rumba lives in this great ensemble, and their 2003 edition is as great as their previous hit.

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

Western Jazz Band - Songs Of Happiness, Poison and 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

Zani Diabate and Les Heritiers - Tientalaw
In the 1980s and at the helm of The Super Djata Band, Zani and his fellow musicians became the toast of the Western concert circuit. As critic Robert Christgau put it: "Super Djata's groove is harder than Zairean soukous and fiercer than Senegalese mbalax". As a Diabaté, one of Mali's most renowned griot families, Zani had been schooled in not just the kora and balafon but also dance and percussion, and perhaps his distinctive guitar playing reflected this synthesis. Blistering solos with unpredictable and angular episodes identified him as one of the region's great players with a style that, in some ways, was well-suited to European ears. Sadly whilst putting the finishing touches to Tientalaw Zani, according to reports, entered the studio with guitar strapped on in readiness but shortly suffered a stroke. He later died in a Parisian hospital on the afternoon of January 5th, 2011. Listen

Titina - Titina Canta B.Leza
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.

Les Ambassadeurs - Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako
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.

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