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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.

Another triumphant release in the Ghana Soundz series, digging deeper than funk this time. The CDs are case-bound, 44 pages, the bollocks of a dog; the 180g-LP box has a few extras, the Mensah a full side long.

Rare recordings from the golden age of Panamanian music — bilingual calypsos to guajira jazz, tropical guarachas to cumbia tamboreras.

The lovely, overlooked music of Guadeloupe and Martinique, which mixes the heavy drums and rhythms of Haiti, the Congo and Puerto Rico into jazz and calypso, and the lilting gentility of the local biguine.

The irresistible, inimitable rock ‘n’ soul highlife of Benin City’s prodigal son.

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