Bahamadia’s Kollage reissued by Be With Records

Manchester’s Be WIth Records continues to be one of the world’s leading reissue labels (they also release new music!) and have a keen hip hop ear. With this 2LP reissue of Bahamaidia’s classic 1996 debut, all recorded at D&D Studios with Premo producing 5 tracks in addition to songs Guru had produced with her, we get a track on wax for the first time too: Path To Rhythm, featuring Ursula Rucker and appearing previously only on the Euro and Japanese CD versions.

Release is 26 March 2024, buy it directly from Be With here. Check the label’s amazing catalogue here.

Somewhat predictably, whilst Kollage was released to significant critical acclaim, it suffered from disappointing sales. In the intervening years – and for far too long – it was a criminally underrated record, an increasingly hidden gem. We hope this double LP reissue – which looks and sounds amazing – will go some way to correct this. This 2024 Be With double LP re-issue has been mastered for vinyl by Simon Francis, cut by Cicely Balston and pressed at Record Industry. It’s too bold and beautiful to remain overlooked and underserved.


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