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✨✧ Tony Allen & Africa 70Jealousy/Progress (2CD Strut version) ... CD
Strut (UK), 1979. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic Afro funky! This set lovingly repackages 2 early albums by Tony Allen, best known to the world as the drummer in Fela's legendary Africa 70 group! Both records have a distinctly Fela-sounding groove – which isn't surprising, as they were produced by Fela, feature Fela, and have Allen playing with Fela's Africa 70 group. These tracks are even rarer than original Fela material, though – so it's super-great to have them on CD. Four long tracks – "Jealousy", "The Hustler", "Progress", and "Afro Disco Beat". As if your Fela collection wasn't big enough yet – it just got bigger, with 2 totally essential albums! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Tony Allen & Africa 70No Accommodation For Lagos/No Discrimination (2CD Strut version) ... CD
Strut (UK), 1979. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stunning Afro Funk grooves! Fela's legendary drummer, Tony Allen, leads the set on both of these rare albums – nicely packaged onto 2 individual CDs that are like tiny record sleeves, complete with all the original cover art and everything! The groove on the record is pure Fela – and Mr. Kuti helps out with production and playing on one of the 2 records in the set. The first album – No Accomodation – features Allen leading the Africa 70 group on 2 very long tracks – "African Message" and "No Accomodation For Lagos". The other album – No Discrimination – has shorter tracks (about 9 minutes long), with some very nice guitar work, and an even tighter groove than the other cuts. Titles include "Road Safety", "Love Is A Natural Thing", and "Ariya". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ VariousSoul Sok Sega – Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973 to 1979 (180 gram pressing with CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Amazing music you've probably never heard before – all from the tiny island of Mauritius in the 70s, and served up in a stunning mix of funk, blues, and soul! The grooves here are very offbeat – with rhythms that belie the island's location in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar, mixed with more contemporary touches on electric guitar, bass, and keyboards – set to lyrics that are often sung in French, usually with these haunting changes and oddly melancholy modes – all of which makes for music that's every bit as emotively powerful as it is downright groovy! Strut Records have always turned us on to new and unusual sounds – but this time around, they've really done something special – and the collection is one of our favorite releases ever from the long-running label. Titles include "Afro Mauricien" by Georges Jean Louis, "Mo Mari Fini Alle" by Catherine Velienne, "Elida" by Michel Legris, "Mone Lasser Dire Toi" by Harold Berty, "Bhai Aboo" by Claudio, "Mo Parrain" by Christophe, "Manuel Bitor" by John Kenneth Nelson, "Eliza" by Georgie Joi, and "Soul Sock Sega" by Ti L'Afrique. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Soul Sok Sega – Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973 to 1979 ... CD 13.99

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Kondi BandBelle Wahallah EP ... 12-inch
Strut (UK), 2016. New Copy (pic cover)... $12.99
The group gets their name from the kondi – a Sierre Leone variation on the African thumb piano, which is used to great effect on these grooves! The cuts have a contemporary electro-Afro sort of rhythm – but also hold onto some older roots in the vocal refrain, and in the use of the kondi – which almost comes across as a 21st Century version of the kalimba sounds used by Earth Wind & Fire. EP features four tracks – "Belle Wahallah", "Belle Wahallah (Hagan rmx)", "Belle Wahallah (Boddhi Satva rmx)", and "Yeanoh (Powe Handa Blingabe)". 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Oneness Of JujuSpace Jungle Luv (UK pressing) ... CD
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
A fantastic record from one of the greatest underground jazz groups of the 70s! Oneness of Juju are perhaps best known for the heavy funk of their first album, African Rhythms, but we're actually partial to this second album – a warmly spiritual batch of soul jazz tracks, filled with life, emotion, and some excellent playing. There's a mix of funk, fusion, and solid post-Coltrane blowing on the set – making the record an incredibly cohesive piece of work – from the warm vocal number "River Luvrite", to the harder hitting "Space Jungle Funk", and other gems like "Soul Love Now", "Follow Me", "The Connection", and "Love's Messenger". This excellent CD reissue includes new notes, new mastering, 3 bonus tracks not on the original LP, and 2 more tunes not issued before! CD
Also available Space Jungle Luv ... LP 11.99

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Souljazz OrchestraInner Fire ... CD
Strut (UK), 2014. Used ... $9.99
Easily the best work we've ever heard from the Souljazz Orchestra – a set that pushes their sound way past their Afro Funk-styled roots – into a realm of spiritual sounds that really live up to their name! The jazz component is even stronger than before – really wonderful instrumentation in both the rhythms and solo passages – at a level that's richly expressive and very personal, in a way we never would have expected from these guys a few years back! Elements of different styles run through the music – including an occasional undercurrent of Ethio-jazz or Afro-Cuban grooves – and the lineup includes vibes, tenor, alto, flute, and lots of great percussion. Titles include "Agoya", "East Flows The River", "Sommet En Sommet", "Initiation", "Kingdom Come", "As The Crow Flies", "Black Orchid", "One Life To Live", and "Completion" – plus a version of the Andy Bey classic "Celestial Blues". CD

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Souljazz OrchestraResistance (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $21.99
Hard to resist the groove of a group this great – one of the longer-running Afro Funk combos around, and one of the best too! The group definitely have a touch of the soulful jazz promised by their name – thanks to strong solos on alto, tenor, and baritone – which often break out from the tight, rhythmic frenzy of percussion, drums, and keyboards! Most cuts have vocals, but the instrumental energy of the group is what really wins us – sharper than ever as the group keeps growing! Titles include "Shock & Awe", "Greet The Dawn", "Ware Wa", "Kossa Kossa", "Soleil Couchant", and "Bull's Eye". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the full album on CD.)

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SunburstAve Africa (180 gram pressing with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1976. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99 29.98
A killer bit of funk from mid 70s Tanzania – performed here by a group who never got the same international exposure as some of their contemporaries, but who really made some magic on their local scene! Sunburst work in this wicked blend of sharp guitar lines, heavy bass, and plenty of drums and percussion – all used in ways that are nicely different from modes you might know from Nigeria or South Africa at the time – almost a rolling wave of groove that has all the instrumental elements moving together at once, while the vocals bounce nicely along over the top! There's also some occasional trippier moments, too – weird keyboards or other inflections that really expand the sound, while still holding onto the best core elements – and the whole thing's a really haunting record that really stands out from the pack! Titles include "Kitoto Sound", "Ba Motoka Na Castle", "Ave Africa", "How Can I Get To You", and "Ani Uni". Great reissue also features a full bonus album of unreleased radio sessions from 1973, and rare 45s from the mid 70s – a whopping 10 bonus tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes full album on CD.)

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✨✧ Pat ThomasComing Home – Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967 to 1981 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A double-length look at the music of Pat Thomas – a key figure on the scene in Ghana during the 70s, heard here in a variety of settings and styles! The range of sounds promised in the title definitely rings true – as the music starts with early jazzy highlife, then moves through 70s Afro Funk – but Thomas was also always a forward-thinking artist, and some of the final sounds here almost preface changes to come for African artists on the global scene – modes that showcase Pat's work on the European scene after the late 70s coup in Ghana. The vocals are great – as deeply expressive as the rhythms are powerful – and the package features collaborations with Ebo Taylor, work with the famous group Maritata, solo projects, and tracks by the Sweet Beans, Broadway Dance Band, and Ogyatanaa Show Band. Titles include "Super Yaa Amponsah", "Merebre", "Eye Colo", "Yamona", "I Need More", "Who's Free", "Mpaebo", "Revolution", "We Are Coming Home", "Set Me Free", "No Money No Love", "Sack The Devils", "Ma Huno", and "Gyae Su". CD
Also available Coming Home – Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967 to 1981 (180 gram pressing – with bonus CD) ... LP 31.99

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Pat ThomasComing Home – Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967 to 1981 (180 gram pressing – with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 3LP ... $31.99
A double-length look at the music of Pat Thomas – a key figure on the scene in Ghana during the 70s, heard here in a variety of settings and styles! The range of sounds promised in the title definitely rings true – as the music starts with early jazzy highlife, then moves through 70s Afro Funk – but Thomas was also always a forward-thinking artist, and some of the final sounds here almost preface changes to come for African artists on the global scene – modes that showcase Pat's work on the European scene after the late 70s coup in Ghana. The vocals are great – as deeply expressive as the rhythms are powerful – and the package features collaborations with Ebo Taylor, work with the famous group Maritata, solo projects, and tracks by the Sweet Beans, Broadway Dance Band, and Ogyatanaa Show Band. Titles include "Super Yaa Amponsah", "Merebre", "Eye Colo", "Yamona", "I Need More", "Who's Free", "Mpaebo", "Revolution", "We Are Coming Home", "Set Me Free", "No Money No Love", "Sack The Devils", "Ma Huno", and "Gyae Su". LP, Vinyl record album
(Features a bonus CD of the whole album!)
Also available Coming Home – Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967 to 1981 ... CD 15.99

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VariousNigeria 70 Vol 3 – Sweet Times –Afro Funk, Highlife, & Juju From 70s Lagos (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $28.99 29.99
Sweet Times, indeed – Strut Records returns for another truly great volume in their Nigeria 70 series – this one covering the highlife, juju and Afro Funk music of Lagos in the 1970s – stellar material that has never been issued outside of Nigeria before now! There's a pretty diverse cross section of the sounds coming from the region at the time – from upbeat funky Afro Soul to psych-infused guitar and percussion jams, jazzier instrumentation and impassioned vocals – most crucially, fusions of jazz, funk, soul, juju and highlife. Wonderful, wonderful material that stands proudly with the other great entries in the series. Includes "Life" by Moneyman And The Super 5 International, ""Ire" by The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination, "Unity In Africa" by Eji Oyewole, "Idegbani" by Zeal Onyia & His Music, "Viva Disco (Instrumental)" by Tunde Mabadu, "E Ma S'Eka" by Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats, "Ajoyio" by Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His International Brothers and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes CD version of the entire album!)

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VariousSoul Sok Sega – Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973 to 1979 ... CD
Strut (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Amazing music you've probably never heard before – all from the tiny island of Mauritius in the 70s, and served up in a stunning mix of funk, blues, and soul! The grooves here are very offbeat – with rhythms that belie the island's location in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar, mixed with more contemporary touches on electric guitar, bass, and keyboards – set to lyrics that are often sung in French, usually with these haunting changes and oddly melancholy modes – all of which makes for music that's every bit as emotively powerful as it is downright groovy! Strut Records have always turned us on to new and unusual sounds – but this time around, they've really done something special – and the collection is one of our favorite releases ever from the long-running label. Titles include "Afro Mauricien" by Georges Jean Louis, "Mo Mari Fini Alle" by Catherine Velienne, "Elida" by Michel Legris, "Mone Lasser Dire Toi" by Harold Berty, "Bhai Aboo" by Claudio, "Mo Parrain" by Christophe, "Manuel Bitor" by John Kenneth Nelson, "Eliza" by Georgie Joi, and "Soul Sock Sega" by Ti L'Afrique. CD

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✨✧ SunburstAve Africa (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Strut (UK), 1976. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer bit of funk from mid 70s Tanzania – performed here by a group who never got the same international exposure as some of their contemporaries, but who really made some magic on their local scene! Sunburst work in this wicked blend of sharp guitar lines, heavy bass, and plenty of drums and percussion – all used in ways that are nicely different from modes you might know from Nigeria or South Africa at the time – almost a rolling wave of groove that has all the instrumental elements moving together at once, while the vocals bounce nicely along over the top! There's also some occasional trippier moments, too – weird keyboards or other inflections that really expand the sound, while still holding onto the best core elements – and the whole thing's a really haunting record that really stands out from the pack! Titles include "Kitoto Sound", "Ba Motoka Na Castle", "Ave Africa", "How Can I Get To You", and "Ani Uni". Great reissue also features a full bonus album of unreleased radio sessions from 1973, and rare 45s from the mid 70s – a whopping 17 bonus tracks! CD
Also available Ave Africa (180 gram pressing with bonus CD) ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area BandPat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible work from Ghanaian singer Pat Thomas & his Kwashibu Area Band – plus guests that include Afro Soul legend Tony Allen on drums! The foremost talent on display here is Pat Thomas, of course, and his voice is resonantly soulful and stirring all the way – he's amazing! Kwashibu Area Band leader Kwame Yeboah is a not so secret force here, too – he handles all of the impeccable highlife guitars throughout, and also plays some organ, a bit of drums and sings backup – leading a great band that includes Ben Abarbanel-Wolff on saxes, Eric Owusu on percussion, Emmanuel Ofori on bass and backing vocals, plus Tony Allen on drums for a few tracks, and additional guest horns, bass and more. Titles include "Mewo Akomba", "Gyae Su", "Odoo Be Ba", "me Ho Asem", "Oye Asem", "Odo Adaada", "Brebrebre" and "Amaehu. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the CD!)

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✨✧ VariousAloha Got Soul – Soul, AOR & Disco In Hawai'I 1979 to 1985 (180 gram pressing – with CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet soul from the Hawaii scene of the 70s – a surprisingly strong source of well-crafted, warmly-produced grooves – all with a special sort of sparkle that reminds us a lot of the best Bay Area or LA sounds of the time! There's a sunny vibe to the music that really belies its roots – a blend of jazz, soul, funk, and more – all handled with production that's few notches down from the slicker AOR material of the period, which still lets all the more soulful currents shine through nicely – and which keeps all this stuff from ever sounding too commercial. Given the cultural cross-currents taking place on the islands at the time, there's a surprising mix of backgrounds to some of these groups – which results in a unique sound that's nicely colorblind, and which stands as a bit of a contrast to some of the more defined scenes on the mainland. As always with Strut Records, the track selection and presentation is wonderful – with plenty of notes that illuminate the music – and titles include "Sparkle" by Greenwood, "Get That Happy Feeling" by Lemuria, "Countryside Beauty" by Tender Leaf, "Yesterday's Love" by Aura, "Kawaihae" by Brother Noland, "Feel Like Getting Down" by Nova, "Love One Another" by Mike Lundy, "Coast To Coast" by Rockwell Fukino, and "Call Me" by Hal Bradbury. (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of the entire album!)

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✨✧ Idris Ackamoor & The PyramidsWe Be All Africans (180 gram pressing – with CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Legendary reedman Idris Ackamoor is strongly back in action – working here with a new version of his classic Pyramids group from the 70s – with a groove that's every bit as righteous as their classic albums from back in the day! In truth, Ackamoor has been going strongly over the previous few decades – working on the west coast underground in a mode that's every bit as spiritual and righteous as his more famous material – which means that this new set is hardly some rescue from obscurity, and more just a focus of the spotlight on all the great sounds that Idris has been giving us on his self-released CDs! Yet this new album is definitely something extra-special, too – as Strut have given Ackamoore a real chance to open up with a group that also features the great Babatunde Lea on percussion, as well as two female singers who really help deliver the message in the music. Iris himself plays alto and tenor – and titles include "Rhapsody In Berlin", "Whispering Tenderness", "Clarion Call", "Traponga", "We Be All Africans", "Epiphany", and "Silent Days". (Jazz, Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD.)
Also available We Be All Africans ... CD 13.99

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Idris Ackamoor & The PyramidsWe Be All Africans ... CD
Strut (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Legendary reedman Idris Ackamoor is strongly back in action – working here with a new version of his classic Pyramids group from the 70s – with a groove that's every bit as righteous as their classic albums from back in the day! In truth, Ackamoor has been going strongly over the previous few decades – working on the west coast underground in a mode that's every bit as spiritual and righteous as his more famous material – which means that this new set is hardly some rescue from obscurity, and more just a focus of the spotlight on all the great sounds that Idris has been giving us on his self-released CDs! Yet this new album is definitely something extra-special, too – as Strut have given Ackamoore a real chance to open up with a group that also features the great Babatunde Lea on percussion, as well as two female singers who really help deliver the message in the music. Iris himself plays alto and tenor – and titles include "Rhapsody In Berlin", "Whispering Tenderness", "Clarion Call", "Traponga", "We Be All Africans", "Epiphany", and "Silent Days". (Jazz, Global Grooves) CD
 
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Esso! Afrojam FunkbeatEsso! Afrojam Funkbeat ... LP
Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat, 2015. New Copy ... $12.99 18.98
Sweet work from a great Chicago combo – one who go way past the usual grooves you might expect from an ensemble of this nature! Sure, these guys have "Afro" in their name, but they don't just play Fela-styled sounds – and instead step into a warm, wide range of sounds – all of which they do incredibly well! There's a touch of Brazilian elements on the guitars at points, and some deeper contemporary soul on the great vocals from Vivian Garcia – a singer who really adds a lot to the music when she steps into the spotlight – and the group even play around with some more Caribbean influences from time to time, keeping things freshly diverse, but never in a way that sounds unplanned or out of control. Titles include "La Lluvia", "Locas", "Uno Somos Todos", "Sabrosa", "Esso Strut", and "Iwbwu". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBeyond Addis Vol 2 – Modern Ethiopian Dance Grooves Inspired By Swinging Addis ... CD
Trikont (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
The influence of Ethiopian grooves has been strongly felt in the worlds of funk and jazz over the past decade or two – thanks to tremendous global exposure of the sound of the 70s through various reissues and the Ethiopiques compilation series – which has inspired a whole new generation of artists with their sound! That huge influence can definitely be heard here – in a wonderful collection of contemporary cuts brought together by JJ Whitefield – a funky colleague of many of the artists here, and who, like them, have really helped re-shape the sound of funk with a range of global elements. Some of these tracks are from Ethiopian artists, but many more are by American and European acts who've picked up plenty from the generation of Mulatu – and really made a great run with their styles! Titles include "Cave Of Brahma" by The Sorcerers, "Yesega Wat" by Debre Damo Dining Orchestra, "Safari Strut" by Whitefield Brothers, "Lions" by Anbessa Orchestra, "Followed Path" by Karl Hector & The Malcouns, "Stuzzicadenti" by Cosmic Analog Ensemble, "The Biz" by Transgressors, "Musicawi Silt" by The Daktaris, "Ethopino" by Jungle By Night, "The Viper" by Tezeta Band, "Zilzil" by Les Freres Smith, "Cool Runnings" by Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers, and "Anbessa" by Akala Wube with Manu Dibango. CD
Also available Beyond Addis Vol 2 – Modern Ethiopian Dance Grooves Inspired By Swinging Addis (with download) ... LP 23.99

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VariousBeyond Addis Vol 2 – Modern Ethiopian Dance Grooves Inspired By Swinging Addis (with download) ... LP
Trikont (Germany), 2014. New Copy 2 LPs ... $23.99
The influence of Ethiopian grooves has been strongly felt in the worlds of funk and jazz over the past decade or two – thanks to tremendous global exposure of the sound of the 70s through various reissues and the Ethiopiques compilation series – which has inspired a whole new generation of artists with their sound! That huge influence can definitely be heard here – in a wonderful collection of contemporary cuts brought together by JJ Whitefield – a funky colleague of many of the artists here, and who, like them, have really helped re-shape the sound of funk with a range of global elements. Some of these tracks are from Ethiopian artists, but many more are by American and European acts who've picked up plenty from the generation of Mulatu – and really made a great run with their styles! Titles include "Cave Of Brahma" by The Sorcerers, "Yesega Wat" by Debre Damo Dining Orchestra, "Safari Strut" by Whitefield Brothers, "Lions" by Anbessa Orchestra, "Followed Path" by Karl Hector & The Malcouns, "Stuzzicadenti" by Cosmic Analog Ensemble, "The Biz" by Transgressors, "Musicawi Silt" by The Daktaris, "Ethopino" by Jungle By Night, "The Viper" by Tezeta Band, "Zilzil" by Les Freres Smith, "Cool Runnings" by Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers, and "Anbessa" by Akala Wube with Manu Dibango. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Beyond Addis Vol 2 – Modern Ethiopian Dance Grooves Inspired By Swinging Addis ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ VariousHaiti Direct EP ... 12-inch
Sofrito (UK), New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A special EP of tracks from the bigger Haiti Direct album – including a few exclusive edits for this package! Haiti Direct really brings the right sort of focus to Haitian music – and uses the Strut Records approach that's been tuned towards African and South American grooves in the past – all to pull out the funkiest, jazziest, grooviest tunes from the 60s and 70s. This 4-track EP brings together some of the best tracks from the full CD project – and titles include "Mateau" by Ibo Combo, "Pile Ou Face" by Les Loups Noirs, "Nan Point La Vie (Siwo version)" by Ti Marcel, and "Zanmi Camarade (tropical treats edit)" by Claudette & Ti Pierre. 12-inch, Vinyl record
 
 
 



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