Golden Afrique - Various - 23.99
Reissued in 2014, and still essential. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the popular music scene in Africa exploded with new ideas of merging ancient culture with contemporary ideas and tools. This first volume in the series includes artists form Guinea , Mali , Guinea-Bissao , Gambia , Ivory Coast , Chad and Senegal – many of the tracks are available on CD for the very first time. Artists include Youssou N’Dour, Salif Keita, Baobab de Dakar, Bembeya Jazz National, Super Eagles, Amazones de Guinea, Miriam Makeba, Super Mama Djombo, Maitre Gazonga along with a host of artists you may never have heard of before. Double CD with informative book includes 24 full tracks and 2 and a half hours of music.
River Strings: Maninka Guitar - Djessou Mory Kante - 17.99
More than a decade and a half after his first international solo release, Djessou Mory Kanté returns with a collection of beautifully crafted instrumentals. Rooted in the Maninka traditions of Guinea and Mali, River Strings flows with rich melodic interchanges; like the Niger River which inspired these recordings. Younger brother of Les Ambassadeurs' guitarist Kanté Manfila and regular guitarist for such renowned singers as Salif Keďta and Sékouba Bambino, Djessou Mory Kanté's musicianship is gentle and understated and shows just why he is the guitarist to whom others turn. fRoots says: 'There are no vocals, no stunt guitar treatments, nothing to buttonhole the listener apart from the sense of all-rightness generated by faultless layers of guitar playing.' Cliff says: "the album is hitting many listeners, including me, like a gentle bolt of lightening. "
Espace - Tama - 11.99
Musicans from Guinea Bissau, Mali and UK join forces in a rich Afro-pop mix
Sabou - Mory Kante - 12.99
The Guinean singer and kora player, veteren of some of western Africa's greatest bands (including the Rail Band in the early 70s) presents an all-acoustic tour-de-force in this 2004 release.
Kchaba - Hijas Del Sol - 12.99
The third album by the singing duo Hijas del Sol is a very cheerful and 'African' album, even though it has more songs in Spanish than any other. Exceptional musicians from Equatorial Guinea like Pablo Tarifa, David Owono, Alex Ikot and Chery Malé seek out the traditional musical base of their home region (Sibeba), then open up to others styles from the African continent and Europe. They run from roots to pop, never losing the core sound of two great voices in harmony.
New Destiny - Dallam-Dougou - 15.99
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.
Seno - Ba Cissoko - 16.99
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."
Sinikan - Sekouba Bambino - 17.99
Bambino's worldwide recognition is long overdue and Sinikan is a weighty work that might just turn him into a household name. Bambino is acutely aware that his country's eyes are fixed on him, awaiting the great breakthrough of their 'ambassador of Guinean music'. I love my country, avows Bambino patriotically. Whatever I sing at home, I want to sing to the whole world. But I'll always remain the Bambino of Guinea. Our land has rich cultural treasures which I want to develop in my own way and take as far as God will allow me. - from the interview in fRoots
The Griot's Craft - Sékouba 'Bambino' Diabaté - 17.99
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
Niyo - Mamadou Barry - 17.99
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
Electric Griot Land - Ba Cissoko - 18.99
Guinean kora player Ba Cissoko and his band use age-old traditions to reach new musical heights. Born in 1967 in Guinea Bissau, he moved to Guinea Conakry in 1989, to work with M'bady Kouyaté, partriach of the Kouyaté clan, eventually working with the M'Bady 's sons, Kourou and Sékou, who now play bass, kora and electric kora in the ensemble. Hot, hard and defiantly modern, the ensemble ba Cissoko use the play on the old hendrix title to make their point, to show this music in in today while of yesterday. They have been experienced! Listen
Diamond Fingers - Sekou Bembeya Diabate - 18.99
Few acoustic guitarists have the power to dazzle and entertain like Sekou Bembeya Diabaté a.k.a Diamond Fingers; he of the Bembeya Jazz National, the Guinean state band that set West Africa afire in the late 1970s. ...the fifty-two year old Diabate accompanied by two other guitarists is so brilliant and vibrant that he mesmerises the beholder much in the same manner that an animal is frozen in the bright headlamps of an approaching car. The only difference is that the animal dies, but the listener is forever washed with pleasant sensation. The tunes 'Anfila,' 'Kolankoma and 'Mami Wata' leave you panting for more. This is an instant classic, a must have album..." - RootsWorld
Healing Feasting and Magical Ritual: Papua New Guinea - Topic World Series - 19.99
Songs and dances of hunting, war, work, totemistic ritual, cannibalism, myth, initiation, courtship, rain-making, funerals, magical healing, shark catching and marathon feasting, recorded in remote coastal and inland villages in five far-flung regions of Papua New Guinea, to the north of Australia.
La Voix De La Revolution (2 CD set) - Sory Kandia Kouyate - 19.99
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
Authenticité: The Syliphone Years - Balla Et Ses Balladins - 22.99
2 CD collection by one of Guinea's most interesting and influencial bands. Listen
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