Visionary, hard-grooving Afro-psychedelia from 1981 — recorded in Baranquilla, Colombia by Rafael Machuca — mixing Afro-Caribbean and Latin rhythms with Afrobeat, highlife, and soukous.
Precious sevens from Burkina Faso, infusing local mossi and dioula styles with Cubanismo and Congolese rumba, US r’n'b, Afro-beat and French pop. Electric guitars, organs, balafons, burning horns.
Fabulous dance music from Guinea Bissau, done full justice by Lisbon’s Valentim de Carvalho studios in 1979. The title track sticks it to imperialism; the love-song Julia is a Djombo masterpiece.
Blistering jazz-tentet date from 1976, in the full-blooded Black Jazz, Strata East manner, never properly released till now.
Superb big-band Malian dance music from 1977, featuring guitarist Mama Sissoko and Perce Doumbia, directed by Boubacar Traore.
Fabulous, deep Ghanaian high-life from 1979. Profoundly rueful but politically resolute, in their trademark, hypnotic, minor-key manner, with sustained organ and CK Mann-style guitar.
Breathtaking, guitar-led Malian roots, from the same government-funded series of releases as L’Orchestre Kanaga De Mopti, also recently reissued.
Lip-smacking distillation of their four legendary LPs, from 1977-82. Real-deal Afro Manding: a Senegalese crossing of traditional and regional rhythms like boogaraboo and sawrouba with soul, funk and rock.
Michael White, Mia Doi Todd, Phil Ranelin, Dwight Trible, and co, and influences from Neil Young and Joni Mitchell to Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane, coralled by Carlos Nino through their third album.