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Hugh Tracey Recordings - Portuguese East Africa: So. Mozambique
Recordings made in 1943 through 1963

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Various - Poetry And Languid Charm - Swahili Music From Tanzania and Kenya From The Late 1920s - 1950s
As recorded music developed in the early part of the 20th century, there was more and more pressure on commercial record labels to capitalise on indigenous music in Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean. This was not some sort of altruistic exercise, rather a market that was open to exploitation. On the East African coast, site of the present day Tanzania and Kenya, there was a "gold rush" fever in the 1930s to record the local music stars. The music recorded was mostly "taarab", sung poetry accompanied by an ensemble that played with both traditional African rhythms with Arabic influences and used Arabic and Indian instruments. This exciting music is being here released on CD for the first time and has been remastered to produce outstanding sound quality from the original 78 rpm recordings.

So Kalmery - Brakka System
So Kalmery is originally from the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country sadly so often in the headlines over the last years. His story is one marked by the rich history but also the misfortunes of this part of Africa. His father was assassinated because of his close ties to the independence leader Patrice Lumumba, and So Kalmery became an orphan and a refugee at the age of seven... He spent many years fleeing from the various wars that devastated the region and finally found asylum in Zambia. It was during this period that the humanism which permeates his songs was forged. Very young, he learned music and played in numerous local orchestras. He established himself in Europe following a tour with the great Congolese musician Franco. A prodigious musician, an insatiable traveller, a poet, singer and dancer in search of the roots and the values of humanity, So Kalmery is an atypical and mystical figure, who plays an unclassifiable music which is at the crossroads of blues, folk music, soul and pop:

Various So. Africa - Songs of King Shaka
Traditional Zulu songs for voice, foot-stomp percussion and other regional traditional styles.

Banna, Barghouti, Murad, Jawaher Shofani - A Time to Cry: A Lament Over Jerusalem
Palestinian singers Rim Banna, Nai Barghouti, Wissam Murad, Jawaher Shofani present songs for Jerusalem, accompanied on traditional and modern instruments with musicians from Norway, the US and the Middle East. The recordings were made in a Palestine home in East Jerusalem that was (in May of 2010) threatened with eviction to make way for new Jewish housing.

various - Voices For Humans, Ancestors And Gods: A Musical Journey Through India's Interior (East And North East)
This acoustic journey starts in Eastern India, and travels up the Ghat mountain range, into the plains of Western Bengal. In the North East it enters the Assamese river delta and finally climbs up to the Himalayan highlands. This musical journey roughly follows the real journey of the sound recordist Rolf Killius, who has been documenting Indian music for the last ten years. This selection comprises regional music cultures (bargit, odissi, bhajan, Baul and loko geet), music of the minstrel balladeers (Daasari, Maasti and Baul) and music of the Adivasi cultures (Saora, Deori and Monpa).The collection focuses on what many believe to be India's primary melody instrument - the voice. It includes many incredibly rare performances including those of the Adivasi, the original inhabitants of India. Most of the performances are accompanied, variously, on thumbra (3 string lute), drums, jenjurungrai (lute), cymbals and other percussion, violin, tambura, murali flute, etc etc.

Dobet Gnahore - Na Afriki
Ivory Coast singer addresses social and political issues in Africa: the struggles of women in African society, the exploitation of children, and the impact of greed and violence on the family. She calls upon Africa to seek solutions from within and draw upon its own vast resources to create a better future. She sings of love and loss, as well as joy and celebration, using a wide variety of rhythms and styles that reflect her pan-African approach.

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!

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

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Chill-out Sessions
A collection of the South African vocal group's more contemporary sounds.

Mandala - Night Queen
Contemporary merging of trad and modern musical forms from Europe, Asia and the Middle East

Adesa - Akoma
The musicians of Adesa bring the Ghanaian korlegorno (lute), horns, flutes, water kalebasses and the balafon to compositions that lean not only on rural traditions but also on ritual and courtly music and their own experiences from their tours in Europe. This is an elegant yet rough-hewn musical experience from western Africa.

Souad Massi - Mesk Elil
2005 release by the much-reviewed Algerian songwriter and singer. With a larger band including musicians from Europe and Africa (Djely Moussa Kouyate from Salif Keita's band and rising star Daby Touré), she is pulling for that international stardom so often sought after and rarely achieved.

Various African Drummers - A Land of Drummers
Village Pulse (VP) senegal africa drumming sabar wolof djembe

Joao Afonso - Zanzibar
A prime mover in the new folk scene in Portugal, this singer with east African heritage mixes worldly roots with a world-wise lyricism.

Orquestra De Frevo - Vassourinhas De Olinda
Hot brassband dance music from Pernambuco, north-east Brazil

Tri Muzike - Treo

Igd El Djilad - Madaris
a vocal group from sudan; eight singers are accompanied by two keyboards, percussion and bass. the band presents a variety of styles from the various regionss of africa's largest country - including love songs in arabic tradition and songs from the nuba mountains that show strong black african influence. singing almost acappella igd el djilad is rejuvenating old sudanese choral traditions.

Amadou Balake - In Conclusion
Amadou Balaké is probably most familiar to listeners for his many years fusing Latin and African rhythms as a key member of Africando. But before and after that part of his career, he was a beloved artist at home, and these recordings, the last he made before he died in 2014, are a testament to his Burkinabe roots. They were made in a theater in Ouagadougou with the local musicians he has been playing with, most in single live takes. Essential and highly recommended.

West-East Divan Orchestra - Live in Ramallah
Directed by Daniel Barenboim in performances of Beethoven's 5th and Mozart's Sinfinia Concertante K 297b. Recorded live in Ramallah in 2005.

Youssou N'Dour et le Super Etoile de Dakar - Fatteliku - Live in Athens, 1987
Youssou N'Dour and his band at their peak, from a live concert in Greece in 1987.Almost thirty years later, you too can now enjoy the young N'Dour, just 28 at the time and already and big star in West Africa, as he makes that final step towards international stardom. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection.

African Jazz Pioneers - African Jazz Pioneers
A who's-who of African jazz-roots greats, including Stompie Manana, Jasper Cook, Bheki Buthelezi, Sam Tshabangu, Albert Khumalo and on and on. It's been called African-jazz, Soweto-soul and a dozen other hyphen-hyphens, but it is unique music unto itself, that could only have happened in South Africa in the 1980s, and this 1989 recording features some of the best session players out there.

Sabbath Hela Vecken - Shadows
An instrumental sextet based in Sweden with members from Sweden, the US and Finland. They call it 'a musical and visual experience in Klezmer, Gypsy and east-European music.' It's done with energy and wit.

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.

VA - Ghana Soundz: Afro-Beat, Funk and Fusion in 70's Ghana
14 rare and unreleased tracks from Sweet Talks, African brothers, Black Star Sound, Ebo Taylor, and many others. Ghana Soundz is a painstakingly assembled collection of Afro-beat and Afro Funk, most of which has never been released outside of Africa and some of which is unreleased anywhere. This package will also appeal to collectors as it includes a full 16 page booklet highlighting the history of the Ghana recording industry and reproductions of original LP sleeves

Wissam Murad - Min Ba'd
Vocalist, percussionist, oud player (and member of the Palestinian ensemble Sabreen) steps forward with a rich recording of modern songs rooted in tradition, accompanied by an excellent ensemble of ud, bass, percussion, violin, kanoun and cello.

Orchestra Super Mazembe - Mazembe@45RPM
In the West it's easy to forget that the story of African music often lies not in its albums, but in its singles, and the reason is simple. As compiler Doug Paterson notes, "in Kenya in 1980, the average music fan might not have found it too difficult to come up with 10 shillings for a single, but it would have been much harder to find the 55 shillings necessary for an album." This album, then, is in homage to those singles. A selection of tracks from the late 1970s, all but two (Mwana Mazembe and Na Bimaka Te) have never appeared on albums, and none on CD or as legal downloads before now.

Sandy Lopicic Orchestar - Border Confusion
The Sandy Lopicic Orkestar consists of 15 musicians from different middle and south-east european countries and began its existence during a theatre performance...What keeps this orchestra together is love for music from the former Yugoslavia, to show people how rich the cultural heritage of the Balkans is.

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.

Maes, Martin, Gruel - Feule Caracal
Two great experimenters of the diatonic accordion, Frenchmen Christian Maes and Janick Martin, and the explorer percussionist Etienne Gruel. That's all there is. The accordions are both acoustic and run through effects, the percussion is mostly from the middle east, and with these simple tools and elements of jazz and rock, they push back the borders a few degrees.

Bantu, featuring Ayuba - Fuji Satisfaction
Adé Bantu is one of the defining figures of German HipHop. Born and raised in Lagos,Nigeria, then relocated to Cologne, his AfroPean blend draws from his forefathers' heritage and his experience of the African diaspora alike. He uses urban styles and sounds from R'n'B through HipHop to Ragga to contribute to the soundtrack of a global Africa: rooted in Yoruba history yet ripe with Western production, deeply sensual yet utterly spiritual, thoroughly individual and highly political. He is joined by Adewale Ayuba, a master of Nigeria's next generation of Fuji music.

Rim Banna - April Blossoms
Songs from Palestine dedicated to all the children is the subtitle of this unique recording by singer Rim Banna. Again joined by a phenomenal group of jazz and popular musicians from Norway and the middle east - and on some tracks a small chorus of children from both countries - she forges a powerful contemporary music focused on the trials and joys of live in Palestine.

E.T. Mensah & The Tempos - King of Highlife Anthology (4 CDs and book)
The founding father of the most popular style of dance music in Africa, which spread like a bushfire across the continent and beyond during the 1950s and 60s, E.T. Mensah ‘The King of Highlife' is a true legend of African music. These classic tracks, 69 in total, many of which have not been available for more than 50 years, have been digitally transferred at the National Sound Archive with the cooperation of the Mensah family and estate. This 4 CD boxset includes a 64-page biography by Highlife expert John Collins, making it the ultimate music lovers compendium of one of the most revered of all African composers and band leaders.

Valfart - Pa vej
This Danish quartet plays in a Nordic style, but their influences are far ranging, with disparate roots in Scandinavia, North America, the Balkans and the Middle East. Using flute, vocal, violin, hardingfele, bouzuki, accordion, percussions, santur and joik, they create a new Nordic folk music.

Joao Afonso - Missangas
Born in 1965 in Mozambique of a Portuguese family, Afonso early on began to make new connections between the music of east African and his traditional homeland of Portugal, and his music has always reflected his dual cultural citizenship. This is his first solo album, created in 1997 under the production of Julio Periera, and it shows the magnificent range of musical tones he is capable of, as a musician and as a composer.

Kvarts - Steinsprang
The Norwegian new-trad quartet returned in 2009 with this mareklous group of interpretations of tradition. Three of the tunes here are composed by group members, the remainder are traditional Norwegian folk tunes from east, west, north and south. The members' musical backgrounds range from classical to contemporary, via bluegrass and blues to Norwegian folk.

Maria Kalaniemi and Eero Grundstrom - Svalan
Finnish accordionist and singer Maria Kalaniemi and harmonium (pump organ) player Eero Grundström have created a set of new works and reworkings of old songs from the Finno-Swedish tradition. They range from the lyrical to the challenging, and touch on both the east and west, from the western sea to the eatern reaches of Karelia. On some tracks they are joined by Pekko Käppi (bowed lyre and vocals) and Mikko Kosonen (guitars).

Piirpauke / Kalevala Spirit - In the spirit of Kalevala Finland
A reissue and more, this CD includes the 1985 Piirpauke album Wild East, plus 5 more tracks from 1997 with a somewhat different sextet under the name Kalevala Spirit.

Topic World Series - Gumboot Guitar: Zulu Street Guitar Music From South Africa
Rootsy guitar from the streets of Durban. In the late 19th century, music previously played on Zulu musical bows was transferred in the new urban environment to the guitar and often concertina and violin too. Musicians often joined miners' gumboot dance teams to accompany this exhilarating genre, which mostly traditionally takes place on the streets of single-sex hostel compounds. These recordings from 1988 and 1996 feature musicians and gumboot players who live in one such hostel outside Durban.

Various Artists - Tarantelle E Maschere: Balli E Canti Tradizionali In Irpinia
The region of Irpinia, in the province of Avellino east of Napoli, is the area in Italia with the greatest intensity of carnival rituals, including processional dances. Lengthy and spirited tarantelle dances with traditional masks weave their way through villages. The disc also presents other dances (batticulo, quadriglio, valzer, polka, and marzurka) and various songs performed with the hand organ. Recordings from 1984 to 1999

various - Next Stop... Soweto: Township Sounds From The Golden Age Of Mbaqanga
First of a 3-part series exploring underground South African music during the late '60s and '70s. This volume covers the vibrant energy of the township jive sound. Jive - or mbaqanga - emerged in the '60s as a fusion combining elements of rural Zulu music and harmony vocal styles with Western instrumentation. Takes the listener far beyond the accepted township jive with smaller groups utilizing jazz, gospel, rumba, funk and traditional mining songs. Includes hit makers like Mahlathini and Mahotella Queens but puts more emnphasis on names you might never have heard before: The Big Four, Piliso and His Super Seven, African Swingsters, Lucky Strikes, Intombi Zephepha. (20 tracks)

Various - Qeshm Island
The unique nature and culture of the fascinating Island of Qeshm (in the Persian Gulf), with its strong influences from Iranian, Arabic as well as East-African traditions is explored by an impressive groups of musicians including Mohammad Reza Alogholi, Saeed Ansari, Christophe Rezai, Peter Soleimanipour, Reza Asgarzadeh, Ali Boustan, Frahad Asadian and Karan Homayounfar. They offer personal interpretations on these cross-cultural roots.

Bellemou - The Father of Rai
The Algerian classic is available again, with the master musican of rai in some of his best recordings.

Edyta Geppert and Kroke - Spiewam zycie, I sing life
The well-known Polish klezmer innovators join with one of Poland's finest singers of folk and chanson for a special release of music that avoids being penned in by categories like world music, folk or chanson. The distinctive instrumental style of Kroke, based on their Jewish and East European roots, joins perfectly the expressive voice of Edyta and the ambitious lyrics of the Polish songs.

Donald Kachamba's Kwela Band - Simanje-Manje And Kwela
Donald Kachamba, born in Blantyre, Malawi, is considered on of the outstanding musicians-composers of the middle generation in southeastern Africa. over the years he has developed compositional techniques and a very personal music with his group. the donald kachamba's kwela jazz band, liberating himself from the constraints of current african pop music styles. his music is deeply rooted in his childhood experience of kwela, sinjonjo, saba-saba, hauyani, simanje-manje and other southern african urban dance music genres of the 1950's and 1960's. this album , amply documented by prof. gerhard kubick, features his solo work where he overdubs himself on his nagra tape recorder.

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

Khaled - Ya-Rayi
The acknowledged 'master of rai' returns to his roots in Oran for this 2004 release, produced by Philippe Edel.

Manuel Luna y La Cuadrilla Maquisera - Romper El Baile
Cantabrian singer and folk arranger.. click and listen!

Jabu Khanyile - Umbele
The South African vocalist's 2001 release features a mix of roots and township jazz.

Criolo - Nó Na Orelha
'possibly the most important figure on the Brazilian pop scene,' says Caetano Veloso. Not exactly small praise from an obscure source. The child of migrants from the North East of Brazil to the commercial hub of Săo Paulo, Kleber Gomes, aka Criolo, grew up in Grajaú (Zona Sul), one of the many shanty towns that circle this modern megacity. A mud-floored shack with no running water was the start to Criolo's life on the flipside of Brazil, a tough urban environment that nevertheless has a sense of community he clearly cherishes. Using music to try to make sense of the city's crazed reality, Criolo does not claim to speak for everybody, he just wants to channel all that rage and hope and tell it like it is. Listen

Hugh Tracey Recordings - Kalimba and Kalumbu Songs of Northern Rhodesia
Features the music of what is now modern Zambia and focuses on specific types of instruments.

Jin Hi Kim - Living Tones
A rare mix of traditional Korean music with a modern American sensibility that includes Robert Dick on flutes; Thomas Buckner, baritone; National Living Treasure Chung Jae-Guk, Park Jong-Sol and Yang Myung-Sok on piri; as well as Joseph Celli playing the oboe and English horn. With this new release, Jin Hi Kim champions the cause of cross-cultural communication through four unique compositions that skirt, weave and dart across and between Asian-American microtonal sound chambers. The results are at once spiritual, artistic and illuminating--decidedly Korean, and subtly American. Jin Hi Kim's LivingTones ushers in a new era of East-West aesthetic understanding through the creation of a new place where subcultural investigations are allowed occur and grow freely.

Pape Fall and African Salsa - Artisanat
From one of the Africando crew, a new recording of latin-Senegalese connections

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.

Alexander Sopchek - Masks
In the lineage of Sun Ra, Fela and other unclassifiable artists, a musician from Beograd creates his own sonic universe, rooted in the rhythms of Africa and branching out into future jazz. 7 tracks, no pigeonholes.

Grand Kalle and L'african Jazz - Merveilles Du Passé, Vol. 3 (1966-1967)
A later configuration of Kinshasa's seminal band, with Jean Bombenga singing alongside Kallé Kabasele.

Various - Nigeria 70 - Sweet Times
Afro-funk, Highlife and Juju from 1970s Lagos' features Moneymen, Super 5 International, Victor Olaiya, Bola Johnson, Sina bakare and a whole lot of other great names you won't know but ought to.

Abdullah Ibrahim - Cape Town Songs (the very best of...)
14 tracks by the South African pianist and composer known as Dollar Brand, includes 'African Marketplace,' 'Calypso Minor,' 'For Monk' among other favorites and a few surprises.

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

Tabu Ley Rochereau And Afrisa International - Kaful Mayay 1973-75
Not only neo-traditional 'Kaful Mayay' but also gorgeous 'Nzale,' hypnotic 'Aon-Aon' and 5 other tracks from the early 70s, including two making their first appearance on CD.

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

Abdul Tee-Jay - Rokoto Make Me Dance-Dance
A dozen tracks from the three albums, a selection of upbeat Sierra-Leonian dance music, led by the long-reigning king of modern African guitar in the UK.

Various - Music from Tanzania and Zanzibar 2
This music is unique - warm, swinging, close to folk music - now with modern, digital sound quality. Includes the group Tondo.

Bala Et Ses Balladins - Objectif Perfection
One of the national orchestras of Sekou Touré's Guinea, the band was on top of 1964 until 1980 when their last recording was made - aptly called objectif perfection - which is released in full on this CD. Plus four more tracks from around 1970, including two versions of sara.

Rasha - Let Me Be
Rasha reflects on the situation of her people in Sudan - a mixture of homesickness and hope. Due to the civil unrest in her homeland, she moved to Cairo in 1991, and now lives in Spain. The life of the exile is at the center of her work, in 11 songs both political and controversial.

Over Sundet - Masquerade
This Danish quartet finds inspirationin Nordic folk music but also leaves space for jazz, music from the Balkans and the Middle East and more. Over Sundet is composing and arranging subtle melodies for saxophone, clarinet, cello and percussion. Folk music, jazz, world, and classical music are weaved together, creating an airy and lyrical universe, where the dusty tune books have been replaced by brand new compositions. The music is centred around traditional folk styles but with a new and modern sound to it. A sound that is created partly by the uncommon instruments such as cello, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone and various exotic percussion instruments from all over the world and partly from inspiration from other genres as well as the musicians playful abilities to think out of the box.

Various - Music from Tanzania and Zanzibar 1
Swedish national radio recordings: Here the focus is on traditional music, with several groups from two African countries whose music is less well known and highly exciting including a Wagogo women's group

Various - Music from Tanzania and Zanzibar 3
The Kilimani Muslim School Choir presents Muslim 'gospel' with lead singers, youth choir and pitched tambourines.

various Artists - Dakar Sound sampler 1
A collection of tracks from the Dakar Sound sereis, including Horoya Band, Madiop Seck, Sekou Diabate, Etoile 3000, Number One, Baobab. 13 tracks.

Hugh Tracey Recordings - Kanyok and Luba; So. Belgian Congo 1952 and 1957
A musical portrait of the lesser known Kanyok people, their various direct and indirect Luba neighbours of southern Congo and the urbanizing Katanga mine culture.

Super Cayor - Sopente
The band calls its style salsa-mbalax. They not only put the Senegalese style next to the latin-american one but effectively mix the two: a customized Senegalese percussion set effectively replaces the timbales. The result is a very danceable music.

Super Cayor De Dakar - Embouteillage
super Cayor de Dakar's 2001 release features the tenorsaxophone of maestro Issa Cissokho (ex- bandleader of Orchestra Baobab). On top of the 6 songs on the original Senegalese cassette you can hear two live recordings of the band.

various Artists - Dakar Sound sampler 2
A collection of tracks from the Dakar Sound sereis, inculding Dexter Johnson, Superstar de Dakar, Tondo, El Hadj Faye, Mac Group. 14 tracks, three never before released

Sebastian Aberg - The Sangeet Project
Swedish percussionist and composer is joined by a group of classical Indian and Swedish jazz musicians in a unique contemporary 'raga project' that holds on to the roots of Indian music while becoming completely contemporary. The label says: "Indian Ghazal and modern electronica in groundbreaking new combination." Says Sebastian Ĺberg: "Two things have been important to me during this process. First, that the origin, the raga, is handled with esteem. Secondly, that the actual musical meeting between east and west actually enhances the musical expression." Recorded in Goa and Stockholm 2004-2006. Indian musicians: Maruti Kurdekar, Pradip Sarmokadam, Shipra Nandy, Vasantrao Kadnekar, Dilip Gadekar, Manab Das. Swedish musicians: Sebastian Ĺberg, Ismet Demirhan, Tobias Ersson, Viktor Buck, Stefan Lakatos, Stefan Grapenmark, Jan Liljekvist.

Daby Balde - Introducing Daby Balde
Subtitled "Senegalese star on the rise' and a lively exploration of the Fula tradition by a musician who, as the title implies, ought to be better known. A great acoustic sound is played out on fiddle, accordion, flute, kora percussion and acoustic guitar.

Yé Lassina Coulibaly - Djembe Du Burkina Faso
Dancer and drummer from Burkina Faso presents a solo set of performances on the goblet-shaped, Mandinkan djembe drum, showing its spiritual side as a healing as well as percussive instrument.

Saďd Chraibi - Oud Du Maroc
Born in Marrakech in 1951, Chraďbi has been playing the ud since he was thriteen, and is a recognized master of the instrument. This set of performances present music he has composed, on instruments he has desiogned in cooperation with the luthier Khalid Bel Hayba of Casablanca. He is acompanie din riqq (tambourine) by El din Abdel Shams, from Egypt.

Various Zambia Artists - Zambush Vol. 2
'Zambian Hits from the 60s and 70s' features three legends: the sophisticated group The Big Gold Six featuring the jazzy guitar of Bestin Mwanza, the sweet singer from the province Emmanuel Mulemena, and the cosmopolitan Nashil Pichen Kazembe. Three different vocal sounds and three great guitar sounds that could only have come from Zambia.

Bernard Woma - ..in Concert
Master Ghanaian xylophonist Bernard Woma captivates audiences through his performance of traditional Dagara Gyil music and inventive original compositions. A highly energetic and virtuosic live performance together with Mark Stone (percussion) and Kofi Ameyaw (xylophone, percussion).

Dallam-Dougou - New Destiny
A unique ensemble of African and European-American musicians, who merge the dougou (place) of west African with the dallam (melody) of Hungary to create a new musical sound completely imaginary and completely original.

Erik Marchand and The Balkanics - Pruna
In modern-day Bucharest, a type of light music known as manele is gaining a hold to the point of saturating the scene. This new genre created by Gypsy musicians and singers from the Banat region in Romania grafts the East-West modernity of popular music from Serbia onto a base of the old lautaresc style from Bucharest and the city suburbs. It can also include samples of modern turkish music and Balkan percussion imported from neighbouring Istanbul. Whether avant-garde, or the result of a natural opening-up of borders with the coming of the New Europe and the third millenium, Erik Marchand's music on Pruna uses the same geographical background; but gives a different result - no samples, no rhythm machine, no studio effects, nothing but highly talented human beings playing music - twelve musicians considered among the best in their respective cultures. Here is the music of the moment, utterly up-to-date and in harmony with its day and age, clearly asserting its diverse ethnic and historical origin

Famoro and Kike Kouyate - Assusu
Recorded in Conakry in 1992- Kouyate was bass player with Ballaet ses Balladins in the late sixties This recordings feat M mah Bangoura vocals, Souleyman Diallo peulh flute Famoro grumbling bass icl two balaphones , three more female voices, djembe and the m bote bass drum

various South African artists - Homeland - A Collection of South African Music
A collection of danceable South African township jive. Most of the tracks are drawn from South African albums that went gold there in the late 1980s. With the Boyoyo Boys, Mzikayifani Buthelezi, Elias Mathebula, Manka Le Phallang & others.

various - Lesotho Calling: Lesiba and Sekhankula Music
Producer and field recordist Michael Baird has found the lesiba, an odd but entrancing stringed instrument that is blown like a flute -- still played by cattle herders in southern Africa's mountain kingdom in 2006. These are raw, simple songs, pure folk music in the harshest sense, with no fusion or production.

Ravi Shankar - Nine Decades - Vol.1
The first in a multi-volume series featuring rare and never-released recordings, hand-picked by Ravi Shankar from his vast archive. With live performances and studio recordings pivotal to his development as an artist and reflective of unique times and places, the series will provide fresh insights on a career spanning 70-plus years. "Raga Gangeshwari," the centerpiece of volume one, takes listeners to an outdoor concert at a temple on the banks of the Ganges in 1968. Though recorded with one hand-held microphone, "Raga Gangeshwari" is representative of the archive's many treasures which the artist describes as, "not recorded with sophisticated audio equipment and yet they exhibit the power of life in live performance that has a value beyond any technological shortcomings." The intimate quality of the recording and virtuosic playing allows listeners to experience a page from the artist's diary circa 1968. Performed with Kamala Chakravarty on tanpura and the great Ustad Allah Rakha on tabla.

Topic World Series - Islam Strings - Flutes and Trumpets
Two of the original Tangent 'Music In The World Of Islam' albums on one CD. Intriguing and beautiful music from parts of Africa, Europe and Asia which are, or have been, Islamic. Recorded at weddings, religious festivals

Imaginary Homeland - Jump for George
This is one of those 'what can you say?' sort of recordings. Composer, saxophonist, and percussionist David Rogers, percussionist Mark Stone, violinist Marlene Rice and funky bassist Matt Pavolka have found the non-existant link between Appalachian string bands, Ghanian percussion, downtown jazz and host of other unrelated ideas that miraculously fit together as if they had the deepest of ethnomusical roots.

Amadou Kienou - Sya
Griot Amadou Kiénou is from Burkina Faso. Trained from his youth through the rituals and ceremonies that still mark the life of his native village (baptisms, weddings, funerals, sacred rites etc), as a professional he has worked with such artists as Manu Dibango, Youssou N'Dour and Baba Maal. He is a virtuoso of the djembe and a fine traditional singer.

Number 1 de Dakar - No. III de Number 1
They went under a lot of variants of the name: Starband de Dakar, Orchestra No. 1, Star Number One, and Starband du Senegal to name a few, and they always delivered number one, A-class music, steeped in Cuban and Latin influences, and always 'just right.' This is a collection of their more obscure recordings (and none are on the more familiar Dakar Sound releases).

Afrissippi - Alliance
The second round for this allianceof Senegalese roots and Mississippi blues, and every bit as solid as the first. Guelel Kumba - guitar, vocals, Eric Deaton - electric guitar, Kinney Kimbrough - drums, Justin Showah - bass, Papa Assane M'baye - percussion, Jeff Callaway - trombones Listen

Various Zambian artists - Zambian Roadside
Zambia's Southern Province is vibrant with a large diversity of music - topical songs, unique guitar styles (often with home-made guitars), catchy tunes and rhythms, beautiful harmony singing, and interesting percussion. Field recorder Michael Baird calls it 'the roadside reality - the state of music as it is.'

Coco Sukali - Congo River
Fernand Tchikounzi is a Congolese born New Yorker and lead vocalist for the group Coco Sukali. In addition to a brilliant band, the CD includes guests that would make any soukous king jealous: Lokassa Ya Mbongo, Daly Kimoko, and Nguma Lokito. This is the cool side of rumba from the old-school of Franco and Tabu Ley, sung in both English and Lingala.

Toba Seydou Traore - Toba Seydou Traore
Lo-fi but immensely interesting recordings from Mali's Malinke hunters. Toba Seydou Traore is from Bougouni in southwest Mali, and his voice soars over rattles, shakers and the strings of a 'hunter's harp.' Listen

Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane - Thiossane
Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane is part of the very fabric of Senegalese national identity, yet this is his first album recorded and released as lead artist. Joined here with members of Orchestra Baobab, legendary Congolese guitarist Papa Noel and Africando's Medoune Diallo Thiossane is a rich addition to Senegal's Afro-Cuban musical heritage. Listen

Tunde Jegede and Derek Gripper - Mali in Oak
British kora and cello player Jegede and South African guitarist Gripper join together to explore the music of Mali in a unique set of their own arrangments of the tradition. Recorded at the Globe Theater (as in, Shakespeare’s Globe), the sound is gorgeous, the music superb, and the musicianship of the highest level.

Konono No 1 - Congotronics
From the border between Congo and Angola comes Konono N°1, a thoroughly unique ensemble, traditional in the most elemental sense of the word: they made music from what they had on hand, rooted in their histopry be defiantly modern in its creation. Three likembe (mbira, or thumb pianos), electrified and amplified are at the core of the experience, accompanied by singers, percussionists, dancers a sound system that makes the average urban boombox experience seem a pale imitation. See also: Congotronics 2.

Nightingale String Quartet / Nofinishi Dywili - The Bow Project
In a world full of 'unique projects' this one stands out. These two CDs contain the traditional music of - and modern compositions based on - the bow playing and singing of Xhosa musician Nofinishi Dywili from South African, who accompanied herself on an instrument called the uhadi.One CD contains the Nightingale performances of these works, the other is field recordings of Nofinishi Dywili and members of her village, playing the bow and singing the songs.

Mamadou Barry - Niyo
The Guinean musician plays tenor, alto and soprano sax, flute and percussion. A connoisseur of all the sub-region's rhythms and music styles, Barry is open to all musical trends. Niyo was recorded with some of Conakry's best musicians, all generations included, both modern and traditional with three of the finest female voices in Guinea. he merges rootsy tradition, Afrobeat energy and Manding melodies into his own sound. Listen

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.

Salem Tradition - Fanm
Music from the island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean by singer Christine Salem and her ensemble. Once consider music of slaves, linked to Africa and voodoo tradition, maloya music was considered 'low brow' and given little public support. In recent years there has been a revival, led by Daniel Waro, and a number of younger performers have come forward. The maloya rhythm is beaten out on indigenous drums - the rouler, piker and bob, with Salem's voice (supported by two other female singers) soaring over the rhythms of the band.

Orchestre Baobab - Roots And Fruit
This album focuses on the work of the Casacais musicians (from the southern region of the country, the Casamance) of Orchestre Baobab: Balla Sidibé and Rudy Gomis. it compiles tracks from the hard to find buur and musique'afrique labels, an unreleased 10 minute smoochie by Rudy Gomis and Rudy`s 1986 solo-cassette (featuring barthelemy attisso and balla sidibé) - the last fruit of Baobab.

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."

Serendou - Zinder
Breton flutes meet flutes and percussion from Niger in a unique new recording of cross-cultural music. Yacouba Moumouni (flute, vocals), Boubacar Souleymane (singer, percussionist, guitar and kountigui - a one-stringed lute), and Jean-Luc Thomas (ebony flute, electronics, vocals) are joined by a few guests on percussion, strings and tuba. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection and your purchase goes to support the magzine and radio program.

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.

Topic World Series - Music from Ethiopia: the central highlands, desert nomads and Eritrea
Re-edited for CD from three volumes of classic recordings by Tangent Records in 1970; fascinating and varied music by the Desert Nomads, and from the Central Highlands and Eritrea.

Kanazoe Orkestra - Miriya
Born in Burkina Faso, Kanazoe is recognized as a young genius of balafon, both for his technical prowessand his creativity. Multi-instrumentalist, he plays the balafon Dioula Sambla and Toussian (pentatonic), the diatonic balafon ( djelibalan or Guinean balafon) and the kamelen ngoni - a pentatonic harp. He sings in Dioula language. The virtuosity of the artist and the festive energy are the two cornerstones of this project. Kanazoe and his musicians offer us a dance music both, muscular and moving.

Ammasu Akapoma Group - The Music of Ammasu - Brong-Ahafu Ghana 1976
A musical portrait of the Village of Ammasu in the Brong-Ahafu region of Ghana. The Ammasu Akapoma Band is the hottest funeral band in the region and on this album you will find ritual and recreational drumming, singing in sorrow and happiness, children's music, a brass band and more. Includes a 28 page booklet with text and pictures.

Various - Congotronics Vol 2 (CD/DVD - PAL format)
Hot on the heels of the remarkable Congotronics 1 is a fresh selection of even more amazing sounds, courtesy of no less than seven electro-traditional bands from Kinshasa, all especially recorded and produced for this set and featuring Sobanza Mimanisa, Kasai Allstars, Kisanzi Congo, Masanka Sankayi, Bolia We Ndenge, Basokin, Konono N°1 and Tulu. Complete CD and video perforrmances on DVD (video disc is PAL format). Aptly subtitled 'Buzz'n'Rumble from the Urb'n'Jungle.' If you loved Konono No. 1, you will be equally enthralled by these other bands. See also: Congotronics 1

Sweet Talks - The Kusum Beat
Sweet Talks were amongst the top five most popular bands in Ghana during the 1970s having recorded a string of hit albums. 'The Kusum Beat' was originally released in 1974 and became a household favourite with heavy emphasis on the 'Afro' through its traditional rhythms and motifs, blended together into a modern mix that combined highlife, funk and Afrobeat Like a small handful of seminal Ghanaian albums, The Kusum Beat has stood the test of time and sounds as original and unique today as it did back in 1974.

Various - Teranga! Senegal (2 Cds)
On any given day or night in recent years, you could turn on a radio or TV in Senegal and hear at least one of the songs in this new compilation. Many of the artists tap into various roots in the fertile soil of Senegalese culture; others stand apart and draw what they like from near and far. Sharing this double album, released in partnership with SEN TV and ZIK FM in Senegal, are Les Frčres Guissé with their lean, acoustic sound, the indomitable Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane and a new generation of artists such as Queen Bee, with her wry commentary on personal and social mores, and Wally B Seck, one of the most charming young romantic singers on the scene, plus many more. Listen

Abdou Diop - Nootee
Although the well-spring of Abdou's music lies in the Casamance region south of Senegal, in, among other traditions, the melodies of wandering shepherds or the music that accompanies wrestling competitions, his travelling and contact with other musicians has given him a unique sound and a fierce desire to record it. Acoustic in texture, it expresses values that are dear to rural life in the Casamance so that today, with his mottos of hard work, love and peace, Abdou has become a musical ambassador for that region. Welcome to his world. Listen

Wendo Kolosoy - On the Rumba River
Along the Congo river sails a boat which never sank, a boat called Rumba. At the helm, Papa Wendo, 82 years young, continues to sing the irresistible music that brightens the eyes of dancers and conjures up soft and sad nostalgia. At the end of 2004 and perhaps for the last time, Wendo Kolosoy went back into the recording studio as the subject of the film "On the Rumba River," directed by Jacques Sarasin. Just like a return upstream to the river source, this CD features new recordings, as well as recordings made in 1950 and 1992.

Ndere Troupe and others - Ngoma: Music from Uganda
Compiled by the acclaimed Ndere Troupe in 1995, the recordings from the Ngoma Project for Cultural Preservation present a wealth of traditional music from Uganda. This is the most comprehensive collection of traditional Ugandan music to date. Inspired performances by master musicians from the region's most important ethnic groups utilize a wide range of instruments including harps, mbiras, zithers, xylophones, and a wide array of African percussion. Fourteen tracks of music, digitally recorded and mastered.

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.

Papa Noel / Bana Congo - Cafe Noir
Guitarist Papa Noël enters his fifth decade as one of the most popular African musicians on today's scene. Following the success of Bana Congo's first album, Papa Noël is back with a new album, bringing all the creative energies of African music and Cuban rumba into the 21st century. Joined by Cuban singer Ernesto "El Gato" Gatel Coto and legendary Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango, Café Noir has already hit the world music charts in Europe.

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

Sékouba 'Bambino' Diabaté - The Griot's Craft
Even as a teenager the strong, soaring voice of Sékouba 'Bambino' Diabaté was known throughout his region of north-eastern Guinea. Over the years he's presented himself in many different guises, joining Bembeya Jazz in the early eighties as lead vocal a notable mention, but each time Bambino has worked with integrity and art. Here he is stripped down to the bare minimum - which, in Guinea, means 15 musicians - but all acoustic, all beautifully sympathetic and all tight in support of the main event: Bambino's voice and his songs.Whether in praise of a patron or in condemnation of female circumcision, Bambino's voice and the uniquely rolling grooves and melancholy modes of Guinea demand that we listen. It's a command worth obeying. Listen

Habib Koité and Bamada - Muso Ko
1990s classic from the Malian guitarist: 'Guitarist Habib Koite is from Mali, but this rising star represents the contemporary sound of African pop. His first album, which is now being re-released here, is mostly made up of upbeat songs that electrify a variety of regional styles. The accompanying translated lyrics show Koite to be a songwriter that takes on weightier subjects than the usual vacuous party fare. The songs don't translate easily, resembling fables at times, but there is no mistaking the message of his hit, "Cigarette A Bana (The Cigarette is Finished)." Koite's brisk, breezy songs layer call-and-response singing over a seamless mix of African percussion and Western instruments. His academic training shows up most notably in his sophisticated arrangements, which continually change textures, keeping his songs as appealing to the head as the feet.' - Marty Lipp, RootsWorld

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.

Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano - Ilé
Since he emigrated from Cuba in 1993, Omar Sosa has forged a distinctive musical path, fusing an array of jazz, world music, hip-hop, and electronic elements with his Afro-Cuban roots. Omar's newest recording, Ilé, marks a homecoming for the 7-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist and composer to the Latin Jazz influences of his formative years in late ‘80s and early ‘90s Havana. During this period, Omar savored the music of Pancho Quinto, Lázaro Ros, Rubén González, Machito, Benny Moré, Arsenio, Cachao, Lili Martinez, Peruchin, Chucho Valdés, and Irakere. Ilé means homeland in the Lucumí tradition of Cuba, derived from the Yoruba language of West Africa, and it is to the Latin Jazz roots of his native Cuba that Omar returns for inspiration on this new studio recording. This CD was donated by and artist and Otá Records in support of RootsWorld.

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

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.

Anouar Brahem - Souvenance
The music of Souvenance, by turns graceful, hypnotic, and taut and starkly dramatic, was recorded in 2014 – six years after oud-master Anouar Brahem's last ECM album, The Astounding Eyes of Rita. "It took a long time to write this music," he acknowledges, noting that his emotional world had been usurped by the unfolding story of political upheaval sweeping first through Tunisia then through the neighbouring countries. Extraordinary waves of change, accompanied by great hopes and fears. "I don't claim a direct link between my compositions and the events taking place in Tunisia," says Anouar, "but I have been deeply affected by them." New directions for the music find Fran?ois Couturier returning to the Brahem group, frequently supported by subtle string orchestration. The strings have a glowing transparency and fragility in these pieces, often providing shimmering texture against which the contributions of the quartet members – and, above all, Anouar Brahem's unique oud-playing – stand out in bold relief. This

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

various - Women Of Egypt 1924-1931: Pioneers Of Stardom And Fame
Featuring: Umm Kulthumm, Fathiyyah Ahmed, Munira al-Mahdiyyah etc.... A CD compilation of Arab women, stars of Egyptian theatre and song who recorded in the nineteen twenties and early thirties. Taken from original 78rpm recordings of the time and remastered to the highest standards, this collection features among others the legendary Umm Kulthum. Between 1890 and 1920, theatres and European-style cabarets sprang up all over Egypt. Performers flocked there from all over the Arab world and from Europe. Isadora Duncan, Pavlova and Mistinguette included Cairo in their world tours. At their peak, the most famous female Arabic women singers were earning as much, if not more, than their male counterparts. The 1920s was the heyday of this music and its recordings and these performers can be seen as having struck a blow for the emancipation of women. The Wall Street crash and the associated economic downturn marked the end of the recording industries' boom years, leaving us a legacy of remarkable performances of imme

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