On Wax / The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso from Mr Bongo Records

17 November sees a new compilation drop on Mr Bongo, The Original Sound of Burkina Faso. It follows the very well received The Original Sound of Mali compilation released back

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New music / Orchestre Les Mangelepa: Last Band Standing

                One of the all time great African big bands, Orchestre les Mangelepa, have their newest album out on Strut October 20. They

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Photo by Zohar Ralt

New music / Gili Yalo: Selam

  Based in Tel Aviv but making music with Ethiopian styles at its heart, Gili Yalo is ready to release his debut album this autumn. Influenced by seventies blues, soul

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On Wax / Msafiri Zawose: Uhamiaji – Tanzanian gogo on Soundway Records

ORDER LINKS Release: 1 September 2017 Msafiri Zawose hails from the Wagogo people, a nomadic tribe famed for their musicality from the centre of Tanzania. They were made famous by Msafiri’s

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Groovement Interview / AGBEKO: Manc Afro psych-funk

AGBEKO’s manic, 11-person live shows are fuelled by seventies African jazz and funk. Since forming in 2015, they’ve blown up stages at Secret Garden Party, Green Man, Kendal Calling, Tramlines

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On Wax: Blay Ambolley / Ketan

Ketan by Blay Ambolley Blay Ambolley and his Sekondi Highlife Band have been hailed as the creators of highlife/Afro/jazz-dance music. Ketan (so named for the area where Blay was born)

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Oumou Sangaré / Yere Faga ft. Tony Allen + remixes from Flako and more

Oumou Sangaré is dropping her first new album in 8 years on 19 May, and has shared the video above for new single Yere Faga. It’s accompanied by remixes from

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tanbou vinyl

Premiere + On Wax // Ostinato Records Presents: Tanbou Toujou Lou – Meringue, Kompa Kreyol, Vodou Jazz , & Electric Folklore from Haiti 1960 – 1981

  Os·ti·na·to A continually repeated musical phrase or rhythm. The most distinctive – and hypnotic – feature of African and Afro-based rhythms across the world. Aprè dans, tanbou toujou lou

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Fresh: Vula Viel – Good Is Good

Bex Burch spent three years living, farming and studying in the village of Guo in Upper West Ghana – Vula Viel means ‘good is good’ in Dagaare, the language of

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