Kikuyu ‘liquid soul’, Luo benga with its rat-tat-tat beat and layered guitars, Swahili afrobeat, Congolese rumba, plus influences from SA and Zambia, disco and funk, coastal rhythms like chakacha. Mostly from 45s.
Collectors’ Afro-rock from 1974, fusing traditional Sahel music with the style of raw, garage psych explored by the likes of Hedzoleh Soundz and Edzayawa. Limited 180g vinyl in rigid, paste-on sleeves.
Moody, experimental, Ghanaian Afro-Rock — recorded by these teenagers in 1973 for EMI Nigeria, after a run at Fela’s Shrine.
Ace, cosmic Afro-disco — his 1978 solo recording for Afrodesia. Gatefold vinyl from Hot Casa.
Two reissues of rocking Nigerian Afro-funk, co-presented with Tim Love Lee’s trojan Tummy Touch label. Yes, Tim!
Engaged and spiritual Yoruban blues-rock from Joni Haastrup’s band in 1974.
Headlong, monster guagancos, descargas and cumbias, with pumping electric bass, Joe Arroyo at the mic, badarse metal percussion, tumbadora and timbales, trumpets, guitar, piano, Michi’s sax and clarinet. Rough!
The second album by the Ghanaian superstars, from 1974, for a change mixing their hit-making high-life with traditional rhythms and folk touches, and a little funk and afrobeat.
Faisal Helwani’s early-seventies project, mixing Ghanaian folklore and musical roots with jazz and rock. The debut of material re-vamped as the Masekela vehicle, Introducing Hedzoleh Sounds, with added trumpet.
Blistering Fela-inspired Afro-funk, as if in cahoots with the recent Now Again haymaker — Lagos micro to its cross-continental macro, a double whammy and a half. The vinyl set has no less than five exclusives.