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English dancehall musician Gappy Ranks to release his seventh album “Pure Badness”
Friday, October 27th, 2017 | Tags: , , , ,
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The new album for Jacob Lee Williams better know as Gappy Ranks who made waves with “Put the Stereo On” album from 2010 for Greensleeves and the Peckings Crew, the “Gappy Ranks Meets Dub Club” release in 2014 for Stones Throw and continuously activity as globetrotter in the international Danchehall-Reggae circuit. “Pure Badness” is his […]

Various – Africa Airways 04 (Disco Funk Touchdown 76 – 83)
Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Africa Airways 04 (Disco Funk Touchdown 76 – 83)

Image: 1616146 It’s just over 3 years since we launched the Africa Seven label in Paris and London. Our first release back then (Airways One) is still our best seller and had to be repressed 4 times so far. Forty or so releases later it is time to take to the clouds again. Being the unimaginative bunch we are, the fourth installment of our African sky filled musical cornucopia is called African Airways Four (Disco Funk Touchdown – 1976 – 1983). This time around all tunes have the Disco flavour. As ever it’s all about the music… the skies are wide and funky and the air is filled with musical goodness. Your flight is about to leave.

Your flight opens with a punchy disco funk assault from Paris based Cameroonian Tala AM. Here with his drive bass and guitar funk riff 1981 stomper “Get Up Tchmassi”. Next up and staying with the Cameroonian connection is Eko with “Bowaa Mba Ngebe”. The lyrics talk of accomplishing the things in life for your family and yourself. The sweeping strings and gloriously uplifting music matching the sentiments of the words perfectly. Uta Bella began singing in the 60’s and by the time disco hit in the 70’s she was already established a singer in her native Cameroon, here the locked on groove of “Nassa Nassa” is a perfect snapshot of the sound and the African disco times.

Charly Kingson (cousin of Manu Dibango) is next with his “Nimele Bolo”. Recorded in Germany with the cream of Munich’s session musicians the bass synth is out in force on this one. Punchy brass, rock solid grooves and jazzy Rhodes add all the right ingredients for a fine disco synth excursion. Next is the musical heavyweight from Cameroon cousin Manu with his 1978 Disco, jazz funk masterpiece “Sun Explosion”.

Side two opens with a blast of Elvis Kemayo and his piano and guitar funk bomb “Biram”. Next Momo Joseph gives us “Africain”. Best known in France as an actor, this disco funk groover was released on his self pressed LP “War For Ground” in 1983. A true gem indeed. Nigerian, ex Funkees member Jake Sollo is next with “Tinni Yanana”. Recorded in the UK in 83 its slick and smooth with a hint of “at the car wash” groove. Pierre Didy Tchakounte follows on with his soul funk ‘golden years’ style groover “Soul Magabe”. Produced by one of our favourite Parisian producers Slim Pezin. We close off our journey with the tribal chant disco-funk special from the Monstars “Funny Saga”.

Ladies and Gentleman, we have landed at your destination, please remain seated until the aircraft has reached the terminal. We look forward to welcoming you aboard Africa Airways again soon.

Tracklisting
1. Tala A.M. – Get Up Tchamassi
2. Eko – Bowa’a Mba Ngebe
3. Uta Bella – Nassa Nassa
4. Charly Kingson – Nimele Bolo
5. Manu Dibango – Sun Explosion
6. Kemayo & K. System – Biram
7. Momo Joseph – Africain
8. Jake Sollo – Tinini Yanana
9. Pierre Didy Tchakounte – Soul Magabe
10. The Monstars – Funny Saga Available from 08.12.2017

Culture – Two Sevens Clash (2CD/40th Anniversary Edition)
Friday, April 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Culture – Two Sevens Clash (2CD/40th Anniversary Edition)

Image: 1609615 Culture war die jamaikanische Rasta Roots-Institution, um den Sänger, Bandleader und Studio One-Veteran Joseph Hill, der eines der wichtigsten Gesangstrios der Reggae-Geschichte mit seinem Cousin Albert “Ralph” Walker und mit Kenneth Dayes (aka Kenneth Paley) als Nachfolger der African Disciples gründete. 1976 nahm die junge Gruppe ihre ersten beiden Singles, die Roots-Klassiker “See Dem A Come” und “Two Sevens Clash”, für den Produzenten Joe Gibbs auf. “Two Sevens Clash” wurde ein Riesenhit in Jamaika und erreichte Kultstatus in der englischen Punk-Szene. Bis heute halten sich die Gerüchte, dass der Song mit zur Namensfindung von The Clash beitrug. Das gleichnamige Debütalbum des Trios erschien 1977 und erreichte die Top 60 der englischen Charts, ein großer Erfolg, der mit begeisternden Live-Auftritten und weiteren Singles untermauert wurde. Das Produzenten-Duo Joe Gibbs und Eroll Thompson aka The Mighty Two hatte mit tatkräftiger Unterstützung der Musiker ein Meisterwerk produziert: Bass: Lloyd Parks, Drums: Sly Dunbar, Guitar: Eric “Bingy Bunny” Lamont, Lennox Gordon, Robbie Shakespeare, Keyboards: Franklyn “Bubbler” Waul, Harold Butler, Errol Nelson, Percussion: Uziah “Sticky” Thompson, Tenor Saxophone: Tommy McCook, Alto Saxophone: Herman Marquis, Trombone: Vin Gordon, Trumpet: Bobby Ellis.

Zum 40-jährigen Jubiläum erscheint der Longplayer in der Deluxe Edition als Doppel-CD (im 4-Panel Digipak mit Sticker und Booklet) und 3LP-Set (in 6mm Coverhülle mit bedruckten Innenhüllen, Fotos) – beide Formate mit ausführlichen Liner Notes von Filmregisseur, DJ, Musiker und Journalist Don Letts. Neben dem Originalalbum finden sich die dazugehörigen 12-Inch-Maxi-Single Versionen mit den Deejays I-Roy, Prince Weedy und Mr. Bojangles, Dubversionen, Non-Album-Tracks und 7″-Single B-Seiten, alle ‘state-of-the-art’ remastered von Pete Norman (Finyl Tweek).

“One of the 50 coolest records ever made” – Rolling Stone
“Culture has made his mark. It was a good mark, a firm mark. When people say reggae music, they will always think of Culture. Culture’s musical philosophy will live on” – Winston Rodney / Burning Spear
“This album ranks as one of the greatest reggae albums ever recorded. It still sounds as fresh today as it did when I first heard it” – Mick Hucknall / Simply Red Available from 26.05.2017

Ekambi Brillant – African Funk Experimentals (1975-1982)
Saturday, January 7th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Ekambi Brillant – African Funk Experimentals (1975-1982)

Ekambi Brillant was born in the village of Dibombari in Cameroon in 1948. In 1962 he attended school in Yaounde and learned his musical craft. In 1971 he heads off to the big city lights of Douala. Here he finds himself in a French TV, music competiti…

Tala A.M. – African Funk Experimentals 1975 to 1978
Thursday, May 26th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tala A.M. – African Funk Experimentals 1975 to 1978

Image: 1604306 Afrika Seven setzen ihre Mission von essentiellen Veröffentlichungen mit einer vertieften Erforschung der Tala AM Diskographie fort. Bevor er seine erfolgreiche Karriere als Musiker begann, musste Tala Andre Marie seine Blindheit und den frühen Tod seiner Eltern überwinden. Doch die Liebe zur Musik war sein Leitstern. “African Funk Experimentals 1975 to 1978” taucht ab in die Tala AM-Archive und präsentiert auf zehn Tracks seine abgefahrensten Cuts aus seinen ersten Jahren für das Fiesta-Label. Available from 01.07.2016

Pasteur Lappe – African Funk Experimentals 1979 to 1981
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pasteur Lappe – African Funk Experimentals 1979 to 1981

Next up on Africa Seven is the second edition of our “African Funk Experimentals” LPs. With these we took some of our favourite African artists, choose the most funky we can find and then put together a compilation of their choicest and funkiest track…

Tala A.M. – African Funk Experimentals 1975 to 1978
Thursday, October 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tala A.M. – African Funk Experimentals 1975 to 1978

Tala AM (or Tala Andre Marie to give him his full and proper name) was born in Bandjoun in Cameroun in 1950. Talas life initially wasn’t easy, he becomes blind at an early age and has lost both his mother and father by the age of 12. He then went on t…

Various – Africa Airways Two (Funk Departures 1973-1982)
Thursday, October 8th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Africa Airways Two (Funk Departures 1973-1982)

We are more than ten releases in here at Africa Seven. It has been a wild ride… It was eight months ago that we launched our label and released our debut release the Compilation “Africa Airways 01: Funk Connection”. It did better than we ever imagin…

Various – Africa Airways One (Funk Connection 1973-1980)
Saturday, January 31st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Africa Airways One (Funk Connection 1973-1980)

Its early 2015. Welcome to Africa Seven. We are a new record label. We may be based in Paris and London but our hearts firmly rooted in the universal motherland. We love African music, we want everyone to hear it and we want to spread the love. We are…

Various – Diablos Del Ritmo (Analog Africa)
Monday, November 26th, 2012 | Tags: ,
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This compilation will instantly transport any listener to Colombia’s thriving Caribbean coast to indulge in the succulent belly of tropical music’s untold historic tales. Double CD incl. a full colour 60-page booklet.

2CD AACD072
Release: 23-11-12
Analog Africa presents an anthology of the immense sound of 1970s Colombia
Thursday, November 15th, 2012 | Tags: ,
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There are a number of theories as to how, in the mid-20th century, African music made its way to Colombia’s vibrant port city of Barranquilla, today’s mecca of Caribbean tropical music flled with the chaos of loud music, frenetic taxis, delicious Sancocho soup aromas and a charminglycolourful aura. Some maintain that a man named “Boquebaba” […]

Various – African Music Today (Truth & Soul)
Monday, August 30th, 2010 | Tags: ,
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“African Music Today” is the culmination of a project started seven years ago by world famous record collector Phillip Lehman, who brought his musical knowledge and expertise to help create this collection of some of the funkiest Afro grooves known to man.

CD TS014-2
Release: 27-08-10
The compilation “African Music Today” spotlights a diverse range of contemporary African artists …
Monday, August 2nd, 2010 | Tags: ,
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“African Music Today” is the culmination of a project started seven years ago by world famous record collector Phillip Lehman, who brought his musical knowledge and expertise to help create this collection of some of the funkiest Afro grooves known to man. This compilation spotlights a diverse range of contemporary African artists, from the James […]

Michel Sardaby – Gail
Thursday, November 16th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Michel Sardaby – Gail

Image: 1616542 World Seven is a record label brought to you by the Paris & London based Africa Seven crew. We have joined forces with a collective of label heads, music freaks & crusty crate diggers to expand our musical quest – to search the world for sounds, vibes & scenes which cross musical genres and geographical borders. It’s all about the music brothers and sisters. Michel Sardaby was born in Fort de France, Martinique in the French West Indies in 1935. As a child he was surrounded by music in his dad’s brasserie. He became a child prodigy on the piano and went on to study art at the Boulle School in Paris before deciding to concentrate on a career as a jazz pianist. Throughout the 60’s, he played piano with blues musicians like Sonny Boy Williamson and T-Bone Walker, at the same time beginning to release more jazz-focused solo albums.

The record was recorded in New York in 1975 and the personnel on record is formidable. Billy Hart (McCoy Tyner alumni) is on drums, Richard Davis on bass and Leopold Flemming on Percussion. Michel himself is on keys and delivers a Rhodes master class.

The album itself has been remastered specially for vinyl and pressed (at the request of Michel himself) on heavy weight vinyl.

Tracklisting
1 Gail
2 Spindrift
3 Ten Kisses Short As One
4 Welcome New Warmth
5 Help Me Belong Here
6 Song For My Children
7 One Long As Twenty
8 Sambando Nas Ondas Available from 01.12.2017

Sorry Bamba – Du Mali
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sorry Bamba – Du Mali

Image: 1610968 One of the most pivotal figures in the history of Malian music is Sorry Bamba. His work spans five decades and his music bridges the gap between Mali’s cultural traditions and new the music which arose from the musical cross overs which occurred in Mali’s post-Colonial period. Bamba was born in 1938 in Mopti. This is dissected by both the Niger and Bani rivers and known for its rich cultural diversity. Bamba’s father was a distinguished veteran of Emperor Samory Toure’s military and a nobleman in Malian society, however, this meant young Sorry was forbidden to make music, as under the nation’s caste system, music was an art form reserved for the Griots.

At the age of 10, Sorry’s parents died and in traumatic times that followed the young teen found solace in music. He first taught himself to play am African six-holed flute. As he progressed he began to absorbed the rich tapestry of music of his surroundings, traditional Malian music, highlife from Ghana, local accordion master Toumani Toure, European singers and musicians. In 1957 Sorry formed his first band, Group Goumbe, named after a popular Ivory Coast dance style. In 1960 Mali gained independence from France, Bamba and his group benefited from a new openness toward local music on the state-run radio network Radio Mali. Sorry then went on to form two award-winning, further collectives Bani Jazz and later the Kanaga Orchestra. They fused Latin jazz, Western R&B, Psychedelic and funk, and traditional Malian styles made them a favourite in Mali and beyond.

In 1977 Sorry produced his second LP for the Paris based Sonafric group. Long out of print Africa Seven is pleased to be re-issuing the LP. The re-issue benefits from extensive restoration and re-mastering to a spectral analysis level, bringing and polishing long lost and distorted sounds.

Check out African Seven for further re-issues of Sorry Bamba third and first LP.

Tracklisting
1 Yayoroba
2 Porry
3 N’ne Diarabila
4 Dintal Available from 04.08.2017

Various – Afrosonique Vol. 1
Friday, April 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Afrosonique Vol. 1

Image: 1609716 Launched in early 2015 by a collective of crate diggers, Afro music-heads and vinyl- buying obsessives, Africa Seven’s aim is to spread the love and knowledge for African music in all its forms. In the wake of this effort, Afrosonique Vol.1 is the ideal first instalment of a series of compilations bridging African tracks from the 70s and 80s with the most talented artists of today into a remix and re-edit series.

Compiled by veteran UK producer Tony Thorpe (Moody Boyz, KLF), one of the most important figures of the UK dance underground movement, the album brings together a rich ensemble of producers and artists from different genres and music scenes. From Warp’s long-time signee Plaid, DJ Food, top DJs John Talabot & Pional to broken beat legend IG Culture, the compilation promises to bring a modern twist to Africa’s most iconic tunes. This selection of artists also includes great names of the likes of Deep Medi’s Silkie and Appleblim from the historical dubstep night FWD>> at Plastic People. A younger generation of talents like Marcel Lune, Jabru, Redpine & Solo and EVM128 has also taken part in this cutting-edge project, bringing its own personal touch to this unique compilation. Using his most famous alias ‘Moody Boyz’, Thorpe himself has added his own artistic signature, remixing the iconic Bunzu Soundz’s Zinabu – a rolling cut of the finest UK Afro-dub house.

Africa remains the key theme and unifying principle of this work. With no multi-tracks available, the artists have gone through an incredible work of editing and overdubbing – almost remixing the original works. The result is a frenetic and fresh blend of styles ranging from modern Afro-jazz cuts to heavyweight dancefloor gear, almost spiritual hypnotic club anthems and low-tempo dreamscapes.

Originals have been picked up from Africa Seven’s ever-expanding catalogue of reissues from the ’70s and ’80s hailing from Cameroon, Nigeria and Sierra Leone among other African countries. The selection includes rare tracks such as Bunzu Soundz ‘Zinabu’, Manu Dibango ‘Les Cavaliers’ and Afro National’s ‘Jokenge’.

In a time in which African music is coming back prominently as one of the primary influences of electronic music, Afrosonique Vol.1 effortlessly goes full circle bringing together the original energy of African classics with the disruptive talent of today’s innovators.

Tracklisting
1. Afro National – Jokenge (IG Culture Edit)
2. Ekambi Brillant – Soul Castle (Silkie Edit Over Dub)
3. M’Bamina – Mosi Zole (EVM Edit Overdub)
4. M’Bamina – Mbongui (Marcel Lune Edit Refix)
5. Sorry Bamba – Nani Nani (Appleblim Edit Over Dub)
6. Douglas Mbida – Nnom Mot (Ry9n & Knid Edit Over Dub)
7. Sookie – Rhythm On Rhythm (DJ Food Chop-up)
8. Ekambi Brillant – Afrika Afrika (John Talabot & Pional ‘Lost Scripts’ Rerub)
9. Manu Dibango – Les Cavaliers (Plaid Edit Over Dub)
10. Pasteur Lappe – Sekelimania (Nku Bilam) [Jabru Edit Over Dub]
11. Bunzu Soundz – Zinabu (Moody Boyz Edit Refix)
12. Bozambo – Bgklouala-Niklouala (Redpine & Solo Edit Over Dub)
Available from 26.05.2017

Sory Bamba – Du Mali
Thursday, August 25th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sory Bamba – Du Mali

Image: 1606010 One of the most pivotal figures in the history of Malian music is Sorry Bamba. His work spans five decades and his music bridges the gap between Mali’s cultural traditions and new the music which arose from the musical cross overs which occurred in Mali’s post-Colonial period. Bamba was born in 1938 in Mopti. This is dissected by both the Niger and Bani rivers and known for its rich cultural diversity. Bamba’s father was a distinguished veteran of Emperor Samory Toure’s military and a nobleman in Malian society, however, this meant young Sorry was forbidden to make music, as under the nation’s caste system, music was an art form reserved for the Griots.

At the age of 10, Sorry’s parents died and in traumatic times that followed the young teen found solace in music. He first taught himself to play am African six-holed flute. As he progressed he began to absorbed the rich tapestry of music of his surroundings, traditional Malian music, highlife from Ghana, local accordion master Toumani Toure, European singers and musicians. In 1957 Sorry formed his first band, Group Goumbe, named after a popular Ivory Coast dance style. In 1960 Mali gained independence from France, Bamba and his group benefited from a new openness toward local music on the state-run radio network Radio Mali. Sorry then went on to form two award-winning, further collectives Bani Jazz and later the Kanaga Orchestra. They fused Latin jazz, Western R&B, Psychadelic and funk, and traditional Malian styles made them a favourite in Mali and beyond.

In 1979 Sorry produced his third LP for the Paris based Sonafric group. Long out of print Africa Seven is pleased to be re-issuing the LP with the authorization of the newly reformed Sonafric group. The re-issue benefits from extensive restoration and re-mastering to a spectral analysis level, bringing and polishing long lost and distorted sounds.

The six track masterpiece opens with “Mayel”. It blends Afro-space grooves, cowbell and swirling organ with psych guitar and punchy horns. “Kanaga 78” was named after his band of the time. Sounding as fresh (if not more so) in 2016 as it did in 1979 the hypnotic bass, expansive drums, twisting organ and snakelike fuzz-guitar all combine to create a masterpiece of African psychedelia. “Bayadjourou” closes off Side A of the LP with its pulsating, incessant organ hook-line and driving tom drums while adding in layers of Malian vocal from a female chorus and Sorry himself.

Side B opens up with “Tjamantie Kolo” which is powered by driving conga and drums layered with traditional vocals and distorted picked electric guitar lines. “N’Nebakaidi” focuses on the song writing skill and delivery of Sorry who delivers a masterful vocal over grooves which somehow manage to sound melancholy but somehow also forlornly uplifting at the same time. The LP closes with “Nani Nani” which is a brass driven wall of African sound.

Stay tuned for further re-issues of Sorry Bamba’s first and second albums soon on Africa Seven.

Tracklisting
1 Mayel
2 Kanaga 78
3 Bayadjourou
4 Tjamantie Kolo
5 N’Nebakaidi
6 Nani Nani Available from 23.09.2016

Manu Dibango – Sun Explosion
Thursday, July 21st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Manu Dibango – Sun Explosion

Image: 1605323 Africa Seven präsentieren das vierte in einer Reihe von Manu Dibango Album Reissues. “Sun Explosion” wurde 1978, sechs Jahre nach seinem internationalen Durchbruch mit ‘Soul Makossa’, aufgenommen. Manu Dibango ist wahrscheinlich der berühmteste Musiker aus Kamerun und möglicherweise einer der international bekannten afrikanischen Musikern aller Zeiten. Manu Dibango ist ein äußerst vielseitiger Musiker der fast jede Art von Musik, von Soul bis Reggae, Jazz, Spirituals, Blues, Afro, und Electro, in seiner langjährigen Karriere aufgenommen hat.
Available from 26.08.2016

Manu Dibango – Home Made
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Manu Dibango – Home Made

Image: 1598987 Africa Seven präsentieren das dritte in einer Reihe von Manu Dibango Album Reissues. “Home Made”, ein 4-Track Album von epischer afrikanischer Musikalität, wurde 1979 in Nigeria aufgenommen, was dem Album einen infektiösen Afrobeat-Charakter verschaffte, später wurden in Paris Overdubs hinzugefügt. “This album is dedicated to all brothers for a better vibration.” – Louise Edimo
Available from 18.09.2015

Manu Dibango – Manu 76
Saturday, June 20th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Manu Dibango – Manu 76

Image: 1597925 “Manu 76” auf Africa Seven ist der zweite Teil der Serie von Manu Dibango CD-Reissues, die im original auf dem Fiesta-Label erschienen sind. Manu Dibango ist wohl der bekannteste Musiker aus Kamerun und möglicherweise einer der international bekanntesten afrikanische Musiker überhaupt. Manu Dibango ist ein äußerst vielseitiger Musiker, der in seiner Karriere fast jede Art von Musik gespielt und aufgenommen hat. Auf “Manu 76” versammelt er die talentiertesten Musiker seiner Zeit, darunter Jo Tongo am Bass, Slim Pezin an der Gitarre, Lucien Dobat am Schlagzeug, Alex Francfort am Piano und Georgien Dibango (im Alter von sieben Jahren) als Gastsänger. Available from 07.08.2015

Pasteur Lappe – Na Man Pass Man
Thursday, April 20th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pasteur Lappe – Na Man Pass Man

Following on from the Pasteur Lappe compilation “African Funk Experimentals” LP, we are really pleased to be re-visiting Pasteur with a repress of his second album from 1979, “Na Man Pass Man”. The story begins in the 60s with a charming 19 year old N…

Mitarbeiter-Charts 2016
Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Das Jahr 2016 neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir wieder einige der Mitarbeiter von Groove Attack, Rough Trade Distribution und GoodToGo befragt, was ihre ganz persönlichen Highlights aus Musik & Film der vergangenen zwölf Monate waren. Nachfolgend sind ihre Antworten aufgelistet. Gleichzeitig möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen und uns bei allen […]

Jo Bisso – Dance To It
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jo Bisso – Dance To It

Jo Bisso was born and raised in Yaounde, the political capital Cameroon. He grew up being a fan of American soul music such as Otis Reading and Wilson picket. In 1971 he left Cameroun to pursue his musical career. Beginning an 8 year stint of Paris to…

Jo Tongo – Jo Tongo
Thursday, April 30th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jo Tongo – Jo Tongo

Our hero, Jo Tongo (born Joseph Ekambi Tongo Mpondo) was born and raised in Douala Cameroon. In 1964 he headed off to Paris to begin Pharmaceutical studies. Somewhere along the way the music in his soul eventually won out and he embarked on a life of …

Sly5thAve
Monday, October 30th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Sly5thAve is the project of multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II, whose sophisticated compositions are shaped by his faith in hip hop, and deep understanding of soul and jazz. Sly5thAve’s projects and accomplishments over the last few years include; the inception of the first orchestral concert dedicated to Dr Dre, playing saxophone […]

Huxley
Monday, April 3rd, 2017 | Tags: , , ,
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It is fair to say that, in 2017, Huxley has fully arrived. Still young but with experiences in the booth and studio well beyond his years, he has a fine array of tools at his disposal. Over the last seven plus years, the friendly character has excelled at many different styles, often ahead of the […]

Various – Spiritual Jazz Vol.7 – Islam (2LP)
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Spiritual Jazz Vol.7 – Islam (2LP)

Image: 1608226 “Spiritual Jazz 7: Islam – Esoteric, Modal and Progressive Jazz inspired by Islam 1957 – 1988”, Songs ancient and divine – the seventh volume of our acclaimed Spiritual Jazz series examines the influence and impact of Islam on four decades of jazz innovation.
 
Through Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, the civil rights era in America saw African American liberation politics famously associated with Islamic belief. This was not the first time that radical developments in African American cultural life had been widely and famously associated with Islam – that distinction belongs not to political or sporting giants, but to the progressive jazz musicians of the bebop generation. Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Sahib Shihab, Gigi Gryce, Idrees Sulieman, Ahmad Jamal, Yusef Lateef, all these legendary jazz pioneers – and countless more – were early converts to the spiritually charged Ahmadiyya school of Islam. Their faith profoundly influenced the music that they made, and the presence of prominent and innovative Muslim musicians at the heart of jazz culture in America has been recognised ever since.

The tracks on this collection follow the story of Islam and jazz from the 1950s to the 1980s. Recorded by Muslim jazz musicians, they often draw specifically on Middle Eastern or Islamic music, dream of an esoteric or spiritual Afro-East, or invoke the landscape and sound worlds of Islamic Africa. Spiritual Jazz 7 presents a selection of visionary music – inspired by faith, powered by jazz.

2LP gatefold
Extensive liner notes & pics
CD with 24 page colour booklet
Many tracks never before reissued Available from 17.03.2017

Tigris – Gold
Saturday, February 4th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tigris – Gold

Tigris is an Afrodelic Power-Pop band composed of five unrestrained musicians, deeply influenced by Ethiopian, West African and even Caribbean sounds from the 70’s as well as modern pop, electronic and rock music. The band strives to create an origina…

Spiritual’s “Awakening” – a forthcoming masterpiece of a new artist
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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With traces of Burning Spear and Culture in his voice, Spiritual’s original songs share with buzz artists like Chronixx, Protoje and Alborosie the aims and destiny of Reggae’s new roots re-generation. Production credits are a seal of quality, as there is the main producer Clifton “Specialist” Dillon (producer for Alborosie, Shabba Ranks in the 90ies, […]

EKO – Funky Disco Music
Thursday, October 6th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on EKO – Funky Disco Music

Image: 1606778 The latest vinyl slice from FBNM sees us head to the depths of central Africa via Paris to track down a feast of rare seventies afro funky jams from Cameroonian master musician EKO. We’ve brought FBNM favourite Riccio along for the journey too, who has provided us with a fantastic Rerub coaxing out some modern dancefloor sensibilities and production sparkle.

Eko Roosevelt Louis has had a music career spanning over forty years, born the grandson of a Kribi tribal chief, his musical persuasion beginning humbly with his village’s local church before his formal education at the Senegal conservatoire and Paris’ École Normale de Musique. EKO made a number of jazz funk and disco records in the mid seventies during a stint recording and touring in and around France before returning to Cameroon to take over his grandfather’s tribal chieftaincy, a role he still holds today! Alongside this position of office EKO has continued to work with music, performing, teaching and even leading Cameroon’s national orchestra!

The tracks we have selected for reissue are all taken from EKO’s third album, Funky Disco Music which was recorded in Paris and released on his own Dragon Phenix imprint. Sung in a combination of English and EKO’s native tongue we’ve lined up a real excursion in feel good afro-jazz, funk and soul made purely for dancing feet and boogying butts!

All tracks have been officially licensed and lovingly remastered for this special release by Andreas [Lupo] Lubich (CALYX Berlin), packaged alongside Riccio’s sympathetic work in the cutting room on 12″ vinyl with a special interview with Eko Roosevelt Louis himself!

Tracklisting
1 Funky Disco Music
2 Ndolo Embe Mulema
3 Bowa’a Mba Ngèbè
4 Funky Disco Music (Riccio Rerub) Available from 21.10.2016

Sahaja – Analog Lovers Rock
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sahaja – Analog Lovers Rock

Image: 1606755 The debut album from LA underground producer/DJ/musician Sahaja, draws influences from his expansive vinyl collection of disco, afrobeat, brazilian, R&B, psyche, and rare new age music, but made almost exclusively with analog synthesizers + vintage drum machines in the Joshua Tree desert. Known for rocking parties as a DJ for years, he’s played at legendary Los Angeles parties at Firecracker, The Do-Over, and Sketchbook, and he has shared the tables with everyone from DJ Spinna to Theo Parrish to The Gaslamp Killer.

The opening “Invocation” weaves together African drum samples along with a minimal analog kit, held together by a raw Mini Moog bassline and vocals of Afro-Cuban descent. Clearing the path for the listener, the record then moves into “Seven Reasons”, a chugging synth beat with a slow-disco bass, with vocals from newcomer Ariane Aumont, and rapper “Effortless.” After a short interlude the record picks up into “Home Tonight,” an uptempo analog funk number created mostly using a Roland Juno & 707 featuring veteran Bay Area funk musician / producer E. Live on bass and the brassy vocals of Chesta Blake.

“All Of Me” is a heavy synth beat / love song featuring the vocals of South African singer Sihle Mndla, singing both in English and in her native Xhosa tongue. Following is a short number highlighting the ability to improvise on analog drum kits over the smooth & simple grooves of a Roland Jupiter (+ a few other toys), and then a short but sweet live recording of Ariane Aumont, Sahaja & friends on guitar and vocals with simple live percussion.

Side B of the record opens with a Detroit-styled broken house tune, “There Was A Time”, with Rhodes chords played out & sampled, pitch shifted vocals, and an array of drums sounds mostly via the Roland 909. D Villa appears next over the tech-heavy love song “Let You Feel,” followed by monster beat “Fiendin.” Next, the gem of the entire album is “Could This Be Real” with Chesta Blake on vocals, and perhaps offering us the definition of ‘Analog Lovers Rock’. Ending on a high note with future-funk track “Electricity” structured around a classic 808 kit, this is a record that promises not to disappoint.
Available from 21.10.2016

Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes
Monday, May 30th, 2016 | Tags: , , , ,
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Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes – born and raised in the ghetto around Olympic Way, West Kingston, Jamaica – established himself as one of the most prolific and influential music producers in the first half of the eighties. ‘Junjo’ actually started his musical career as a singer but it was not until he turned over to production […]

Kon & Amir – Off Track – Volume One: The Bronx
Friday, March 18th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kon & Amir – Off Track – Volume One: The Bronx

Image: 503360 BBEYou can hear it in the songs of Amerie, Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Mark Ronson and Timbaland. Even in this digital age, the beating heart of modern R&B and hip-hop is still vintage soul, funk and jazz. Whether it’s Winehouse sampling Motown’s finest or Timbaland hijacking Nina Simone’s “Sinnerman”, the sound of the sixties and seventies has never been so sought after.

Modern producers, searching for music of integrity, continue to scour dusty racks of records for inspiration. What Kon and Amir have done is make their lives easier. The first collection in the five part “Off Track” series, contains 28 superb songs that you’ve probably never heard of. From a disco tribute to Muhammad Ali to a slice of soulful South African jazz, this is music for the connoisseur. Just don’t be surprised when you hear it being sampled on the next big R&B anthem…

Like legendary treasure-hunters, Kon and Amir have spent the past twenty-five years excavating record bins finding gems to pierce ears with. Fortunately, everyone gets to share in the riches of their labor with the release of their latest offering The “Off Track” Series, Long forgotten musicians are now getting their proper dues and appreciative audiences are being turned on to some amazing music.

The Off Track series builds on the successes of their highly respected “On Track” series. Unlike the “On Track” series, which featured short snippets of samples and breaks, the Off Track double disc series features full versions of some the best and rarest audible gems in their entirety.

Available from 01.04.2016

Madlib – Medicine Show – The Brick (Limited 7LP Box)
Saturday, January 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Madlib – Medicine Show – The Brick (Limited 7LP Box)

Image: 1601731 LIMITED EDITION! Madlib Medicine Show is a series of album and mixtape releases by Madlib. This is the first time the Madlib Medicine Show “Brick” box set has been released on vinyl. The Brick contains seven albums with thirteen LPs, all of the originally-produced material by Madlib in the series:

In the collection:

1. Madlib Medicine Show #1: Before the Verdict. 2/LP Hip-hop Album feat. Guilty Simpson. Full-length, 17-tracks, combining new material and remixes.
2. Madlib Medicine Show #3: Beat Konducta in Africa. 2/LP Hip-hop Album. Inspired by and based on African records of the early 1970s – obscure & independent vinyl gems from afro-beat, funk, psych-rock, garage-rock & soul movements from Africa.
3. Madlib Medicine Show #5: History of the Loop Digga, 1990-2000. 2/LP Hip-Hop Album. Madlib’s early years, 1990-2000, from beat cassettes produced for local rap crew Crate Digga’s Palace.
4. Madlib Medicine Show #7: High Jazz. 2/LP Jazz Album. All new Madlib productions from his collective of jazz groups and musicians known as Yesterdays Universe.
5. Madlib Medicine Show #9: Channel 85 Presents Nittyville. 2/LP Hip-Hop Album feat. Frank Nitt. Loosely-based concept album around an obscure TV show, Nittyville, running on Channel 85. Full-length, 14 tracks.
6. Madlib Medicine Show #11: Low Budget High Fi. 2/LP Hip-Hop Album. Dirty Demos produced by Madlib, with The Professionals (Madlib+Oh No), MED, Strong Arm Steady, AG, Guilty Simpson, J. Rocc, Supreme Team (Madlib+Karriem Riggins), and Jaylib.
7. Madlib Medicine Show #12 & 13: Filthy Ass Remixes. 1/LP Hip-Hop Remixes. Part mixtape, part beat tape, featuring a host of un-suspecting collaborators that run the gamut from thugs, street poets, star emcees and underdogs. These are select tracks from Vol. 12 and 13 of the Medicine Show CD edition. Available from 26.02.2016

Mitarbeiter-Charts 2015
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Das Jahr 2015 neigt sich dem Ende entgegen. Aus diesem Grund haben wir wieder einige der Mitarbeiter von Groove Attack, Rough Trade Distribution und GoodToGo befragt, was ihre ganz persönlichen Highlights aus Musik & Film der vergangenen zwölf Monate waren. Nachfolgend sind ihre Antworten aufgelistet. Gleichzeitig möchten wir die Gelegenheit nutzen und uns bei allen […]

Dele Sosimi Afro Beat Orchestra – Too Much Information Remixes
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dele Sosimi Afro Beat Orchestra – Too Much Information Remixes

Image: 1600039 Manchester’s Rainy City Music returns with its first vinyl release after seven years! This brand new 12″ single by DELE SOSIMI, the ex-keyboard player and arranger of Egypt 80, the band of African music legend Fela Kuti.

The DELE SOSIMI AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA and their song ‘Too Much Information’ get the remix treatment by Berlin based Afro electronic artist RAOUL K and New York’s Haitian artist JEPHTE GUILLAUME. Both remix artists are hugely respected in their underground scenes. Their unique music styles are championed by leading djs DIXON and JOE CLAUSSELL respectively.

The Raoul K Transformation mix is a simply stunning, afro-electronic groove and is destined to gain crossover success and appeal. Jephte provides the calm yet subtle New York warmth. Think of Body & Soul on a Sunday afternoon and a spiritual experience.

A. MR RAOUL K TRANSFORMATION
B. JEPHTE GUILLAUME’S TET KALE REMIX Available from 23.10.2015

Various – Sounds Of The Universe (Part B)
Friday, April 24th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Sounds Of The Universe (Part B)

Image: 1596793 Soul Jazz Records new Sounds of the Universe: Art + Sound 2012-15 is a new double album CD (and two separate volumes of double-vinyl) featuring a line-up of some of the most forward-thinking and progressive artists and producers working with electronic music around the world today.

This lovingly compiled collection features a stunning array of contemporary artists: Chicago’s Afro-futurist genius Hieroglyphic Being, Kassem Mosse (aka Gunnar Wendell/Siege of Troy), one of the most talked-about, respected artists in underground house and techno, out of Detroit’s Moodymann stable comes Andres, also featured is Los Angeles-based Ras G, associated with the Brainfeeder label established by fellow producer Flying Lotus, and many more!

This new collection features a first CD of tracks recorded exclusively for Soul Jazz Record’s bespoke Sounds of the Universe label. These were originally issued under their Art + Sound series between 2012 and 2015 as unique hand-etched and original commissioned art pieces (reproduced here) collectors’ 12″ singles – all pressed in micro-editions of 250 copies for each artist’s release that were only ever available exclusively from Soul Jazz Records’ boutique Sounds of the Universe shop in Soho, London.

The second CD features a fantastic set of all brand new exclusive tracks from the likes of Seven Davis Jr, Drexciya collaborator DJ Stingray, deep house virtuoso Mike Huckaby, Glaswegian noise-punk six-piece Golden Teacher, and lots more – all created and commissioned especially for this release. These songs are not available anywhere else in the world.

Together these 2CDs comprise an amazing selection of new progressive electronic music. This album is released as double CD pack with slipcase and booklet. It is also available as two separate limited edition double vinyl editions in heavyweight vinyl and gatefold sleeves with full artwork + free download codes, and as a worldwide digital release.

Tracklisting Record B:

1. DJ Stingray – Cytokines (4:48)
2. Mike Huckaby – Circles (6:36)
3. Seven Davis Jr – Come And Go (3:05)
4. Golden Teacher – Maladroit (4:23)
5. Reginald Omas Mamode IV – Rare Love (2:56)
6. Africans With Mainframes – Vibrations From The Serengeti II (6:21)
7. Capracara – Hard Ticket To Hawaii (4:47)
8. Lord Tusk – Average Cats (4:35) Available from 19.06.2015

Capital Letters – Vinyard
Friday, April 17th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Capital Letters – Vinyard

Image: 1596253 Overdue re-issue of the longplayer from 1982 of this great UK Reggae band. LP-vinyl has the original album track order and also for the first time on CD with seven additional tracks including John Peel session tracks. The Capital Letters have reformed in 2013 and perform live again.

K e y f a c t s

– The Capital Letters have reformed and are busy rehearsing for shows in support of this album release.

– “Vinyard” is deep roots UK style – highly regarded 1982 classic from the golden age of UK reggae.

– Championed by John Peel, Capital Letters’ single “Smoking My Ganja” became one of the best-selling reggae records of 1978.

– The success of debut album “Headline News” from 1979 led to successful tours all across the UK and mainland Europe where the band established a loyal fan base.

– CD extra tracks feature four previously unreleased “Headline News” tracks along with the legendary BBC John Peel session.

– Tracks 1 to 10 Original Vinyard album that saw limited 1982 release in Germany and Scandinavia only. Produced by Capital Letters at Recordway Studios, Frankfurt

– Tracks 11 to 14 previously unreleased out-takes from the original 1979 Greensleeves album ‘Headline News’. Produced by Chris Cracknell at TMC Studios, London

– Tracks 15 to 17 previously unreleased BBC John Peel session from 1979. Produced by Bob Sargent for the BBC

Line-Up
Vocals & Guitar: Danny McKeb
Vocals: Dalton Harvey, Ray Louis
Bass: Junior Brown
Drums: Roderick Garvey
Guitar: Corbert Scarlett, Stewart Barrington
Percussion: Wenty Stewart

Produced and mixed by Capital Letters and Laslo Viragh

Tracklisting:
CD
1. Muss Muss
2. Murdering Style
3. No Jobs
4. Why
5. Vinyard
6. How Far
7. Baggawolf
8. Old Old Owl
9. Africa Bound
10. Fi Wi Parents
11. Oh Politician
12. What Would You Do
13. Fall In Love Forever
14. How Far Can A Man Run
15. Rasta Seh (BBC John Peel Session)
16. Fire (BBC John Peel Session)
17. Smoking My Ganja (BBC John Peel Session)

LP
A1. Muss Muss
A2. Murdering Style
A3. No Jobs
A4. Why
A5. Vinyard
B1. How Far
B2. Baggawolf
B3. Old Old Owl
B4. Africa Bound
B5. Fi Wi Parents

UK MARKETING

Press
Record Collector Magazine ½ page group advert June edition
Echoes Magazine ½ page group advert June edition
Digital
United Reggae 4 week web banner Commencing week of release
Reggaeville 1 week web banner Commencing week of release

PROMOTION
Press
Reviews / interviews targeted in:
Echoes Magazine Interview / Review by John Masouri
Record Collector Review
Reggae Vibes Interview / Review
Digital
Social Media Campaign (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.) Available from 29.05.2015

Various – Supafrico 8
Friday, January 30th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Supafrico 8

Supafrico unearths another superb collection of impossible to find Afro Disco rarities. South Africa’s legendary songstress Margaret Singana is up first with her indemand cover of the Stretch classic ‘Why Did You Do It’, a super-funky take on an alrea…

The Valdons – Just How Much Can One Man Take
Thursday, November 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Valdons – Just How Much Can One Man Take

Image: 1593867 Just in time for Black Friday, Secret Stash Records is releasing “Just How Much Can One Man Stand” by The Valdons. This marks the second new release from these historic Twin Cities soul singers in the last year and the sixth in a continuing series of new 45s from Secret Stash.

For years, Secret Stash has reissued and compiled seldom heard sixties and seventies soul, African, and Latin music. Recently they have started channeling those aesthetics and sounds into new recordings. The pair of sides on this new release are a perfect representation of the label’s two focuses. The A-side is a new recording by The Valdons, while the flip side unearths a long forgotten 1971 demo of the same song.

In Spring 2013, The Valdons hit the studio for the first time in over forty years. Each of the three tracks laid to tape that day had been written and demoed out by the group in the early 1970s, but never finished. The first two tracks were released that winter as their debut Secret Stash 45, “Stop, Wait A Minute Girl” b/w “Whatcha Gonna Do.” Record collectors the world over took note, blowing through its first pressing in a few short weeks. The third gorgeous track from that session, “Just How Much Can One Man Stand,” remained on the shelf.

Close to a full year after that session, Valdons singer Monroe Wright III played another cassette for Secret Stash’s Eric Foss. It contained an alternate early 1970s workup of “Just How Much Can One Man Stand.” While what the group recorded in 2013 mirrored practically note-for- note their first cassette demo, this version was more laid back, the silky smooth lead from Napoleon Crayton effortlessly floating on top of the band, with guitarist Donald Breedlove dishing out Wes Montgomery- esque octave licks. The cassette had been played many times over the years, and that left the recording sounding rough around the edges. Still, this long forgotten demo, propelled by a tremendous singer and band at their prime, is one of only a handful of existing recordings by these Twin Cities legends. Despiteits sonic shortcomings, Secret Stash’s Will Gilbert recalled, “There was no way we could let this remain unheard!”

Tracklisting
A1. Just How Much Can One Man Take
B1. Just How Much Can One Man Take (Demo) Available from 05.12.2014

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