G R O O V E M E N T / MANCHESTER & BEYOND

Vinyl / Analog Africa: African Scream Contest Vol​.​2 – Benin 1963​-​1980

The first volume of African Scream Contest (released 10 years ago to the day of this one) was one of Analog Africa’s most successful releases, having been repressed 20 times!

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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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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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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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