Thirty-eight sizzlers spanning 1951-1970 from the great Congolese band-leader, with contributions from Dr Nico, Tabu Ley Rochereau and Manu Dibango, amongst other luminaries. 104-page booklet.
Mazembe finally arrived in Nairobi in 1975, having left Zaire some five years earlier. The first years were lean, but in 1977 they smashed it with the single Kassongo… Magnificent East African rhumba 45s.
From his teens the lead singer of the great Bembeya Jazz National — here in more intimate, all-acoustic settings, spotlighting his voice and songs and those rolling, melancholic Guinean grooves.
Classic, headlong Congolese dance album recorded in Nairobi in 1983 (plus a couple of 1977 extras) by the siver-throated, husky Moreno Batamba, mainstay of the Orchestra Virunga and Samba Mapalanga.
Saboso from mid-seventies Dar Es Salaam. Complex, fluid guitars and congas; pithy songs.
Daniel Owino Misiani’s great benga, from Kenya. Clattering percussion, pumping bass, dazzling and nuts guitars. Overproof, five-minute, dancefloor shots.
The explosive, smash compound of Latin, African and psychedelia, spearheaded by Youssou N’Dour. With a dollop of rarities, never sounding better, and a good booklet. Great stuff.
Swinging Swahili rumba from Kenya, 1982-86.
Reviewing the eighties (up till his death in 1989), including big hits like Mario, with no let-up in quality since the early fifties.
Saxophonist and keyboard-player Keletigui Traore’s classic Guinean dance music.
The first volume of a long-awaited retrospective — spanning 1953 to 1980 — of the Congolese colossus.
Lovely hypnotic, rolling dance music featuring youngsters Salif Keita and Mory Kante.
Don’t miss the fine tributes to Afrobeat and Congolese rumba.
Thrilling vintage Guinean dance rarities, imperiously meshing local traditions with jazz and Cuban music.
Twenty-five years after their debut, Les Amazones, Guinea’s hugely influential all-women group back again with a vibrant, upbeat album of honed, classy grooves.