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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
Also available We Be All Africans (180 gram pressing – with CD) ... LP 27.99

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Idris Ackamoor & The PyramidsWe Be All Africans (180 gram pressing – with CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $27.99 29.99
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) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD.)
Also available We Be All Africans ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ BloPhases 1972 to 1982 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. Used ... $8.99
Collected work by Blo – a hip Nigerian funk ensemble from the mid 70s! The group have a more complicated sound than some of their contemporaries – adding in dubbier stylings and bits of psychedelic guitar to the more common Afro-Funk percussion – in a mode that almost sounds like it's got traces of Can or other proggish groups, as you might hear on some of Tony Allen's more recent work, or on some of the early 70s Brit post-colonial crossover bands, like Assagai or Cymande. It all makes for a very interesting sound – marking the group as one of the most unique of their generation! Titles include "Blo", "It's Gonna Be A Good Day", "Number One", "Trace of Suicide", "Atide", "Don't Take Her Away From Me", and "Miss Sagit". CD
(Out of print.)

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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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Mulatu AstatkeMulatu Steps Ahead ... CD
Strut (UK), 2010. Used ... $6.99
Steps Ahead is just about the least we could say about Ethio jazz funk genius Mulatu Astatke – he not only remains on a creative high point after so many years, he takes a couple more giant strides on Mulatu Steps Ahead for Strut Records! To put it simply, the music Mulatu makes here more than lives up to his legendary work from the height of late 60s & early 70s years. The material was recorded in sessions in Boston and London, playing with the Either/Orchestra on the Boston sessions, plus members of the Heliocentrics and others – really hitting on diverse styles throughout, from spacious and eclectic jazz, to the classic Addis Ababa nightclub sound, to grittier kinda crime jazz soundtrack styles and some Afro Latin inspirations. Wonderful work that's well worth Mulatu's legacy! Titles include "Radcliffe", "Green Africa", "The Way To Be Nice", "Assosa", "I Faram Gami I Faram", "Mulatu's Mood", "Ethio Blues", "Boogaloo" and "Motherland". CD
(Out of print.)

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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

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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.)
Also available Ave Africa (with bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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SunburstAve Africa (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Strut (UK), 1976. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99 16.98
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 17 bonus tracks! CD
Also available Ave Africa (180 gram pressing with bonus CD) ... LP 28.99

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Ebo TaylorLife Stories – Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1973 to 1980 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1970s. Used 2CD ... $16.99
Great Ghana grooves from Ebo Taylor – a tremendous collection of his funkiest 70s work – and a much-needed reintroduction of his talents to the world at large! Much of the music here has strong links with more familiar Afro Funk – but the overall approach is often a bit unique, too – lots more guitar in the rhythms at times, in ways that echo the lighter lyricism of highlife, yet all without losing the commitment to bottom sounds that made 70s changes in African music so great! The package does a great job of archaeology – bringing together not just cuts recorded under Taylor's own name, but also work with other groups too – all in a set that offers plenty in the way of notes and historical details, too. 2CD set features 16 titles that include "Heaven", "Aba Yaa", "Atwer Abroba", and "Peace On Earth" by Ebo Taylor, "Tamfo Nyi Akyir" by Apagya Showband, "Ohiani Sua Efir" by Asasse Ase, "Ene Nyame Nam A Mensuor" by Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor, "Egya Edu" by Ebo Taylor & The Pelikans, and "Love & Death" by Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu. CD
(Out of print.)

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Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area BandPat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 27.99
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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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 (180 gram pressing with CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99 29.98
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. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousSoul Sok Sega – Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973 to 1979 ... CD
Strut (UK), Mid 70s. Used ... Temporarily 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. CD
Also available Soul Sok Sega – Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973 to 1979 (180 gram pressing with CD) ... LP 18.99

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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 ... 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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✨✧ VariousSoul Sok Sega – Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973 to 1979 ... CD
Strut (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... 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. CD
Also available Soul Sok Sega – Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973 to 1979 (180 gram pressing with CD) ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Orlando Julius with The HeliocentricsJaiyede Afro ... CD
Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first new music we've heard in years from Afro Funk giant Orlando Julius – wonderfully paired here with the always-great Heliocentrics! Orlando's definitely in the lead here – singing, playing tenor, and contributing percussion to the overall groove of the group – which leans a bit more towards a 70s African vibe than some of their other releases, yet still retains all their wonderful style of psychedelic funk! Some of the rhythms have an Ethiopian sense of slinkiness, while others hit more of a full-on Nigerian groove – and the whole thing's never forced, never gimmicky, and instead just the right sort of setting for Julius to re-emerge as a true giant of his generation. Titles include "Buje Buje", "Love Thy Neighbor", "Aseni", "Sangodele", "Jaiyede Afro", "Omo Oba Blues", "In The Middle", and "Be Counted". CD

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✨✧ VariousSofrito – International Soundclash ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Out Of Stock
No soundclash here – as the grooves are all right on the money, and fit perfectly together throughout – a blinding blend of tropical-styled sounds that really lives up to the promise of the package! Sofrito have outdone themselves here – and come up with the kinds of tracks we'd never have found in a million years of digging – mostly vintage numbers from the late 70s and early 80s tropical scene – mixed with a few contemporary numbers that seem to have an equally classic sort of vibe! The package is an instant global grooves party right from the start – and titles include "O Ti Yo" by Midnight Groovers, "Cumbia Y Tambo" by La Pesada, "Ebolo" by Bell'A Njoh, "Vibrations Groove" by Lord Shorty & Vibrations International, ""Mwekuru Muthao" by Melodica Teens Band, "La Zorra Y El Perol" by Grupo Canalon De Tinbiqui, and "The Path (Sofrito edit)" by Concept Neuf. 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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✨✧ VariousNigeria 70 – The Definitive Story Of 1970s Funky Lagos (180 gram pressing) (3LPs/3CDs) ... LP
Afrostrut (UK), 1970s. New Copy 3LPs/3CDs ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic batch of grooves – and a much-needed document of the rich array of funky sounds that were coming out of Nigeria in the 1970s! The country's best known as the homeland of Fela Kuti – an artist who forever changed the face of global funk – but what's not as well known is that there were a number of other artists operating in Fela's shadow, crafting their own interpretation of American soul and African funk during the same generation. This overstuffed package offers a great look (and listen) into that scene – and compiles tracks by a few artists you might already recognize, plus others that are presented here for the first time in such a set. As with other compilations on the Strut label, the notes are very well done, with loads of information and details on the recordings – but even more importantly, the music is fantastic, with a rich array of grooves that blows away most other recent compilations of Afro Funk from the 70s! Titles include "Enjoy Yourself" by Sahara All Stars Band, "Shango" by Peter King, "Dancing Time" by The Funkees, "Ikon Allah" by Bala Miller & The Great Music Pirameeds Of Afrika, "Tire Loma Da Nigbehin" by Monomono, "Kita Kita" by Gasper Lawal, "Agboju Logun" by Shina Williams & His African Percussionists, "Akayan Ekassa" by Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maesstroes, "Ja Fun Mi (inst)" by Sunny Ade, "Alla Wakbarr" by Ofo The Black Company, "Ifa" by Tunji Oyelana & The Benders, "Jenu Ko Ku" by Fela & Africa 70, "La La La" by Segun Bucknor, and "Orere Elejigbo" by Lijadu Sisters. 3LP set – with a total of 15 tracks, and notes on the inside of the cover on the music! LP, Vinyl record album
(Very limited edition – 3LPs on 180 gram vinyl, with bonus 2CDs of material, and bonus 1 hour CD documentary too!)
 
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VariousEchoes Of Africa – Early Recordings ... CD
Wergo/Spectrum (Germany), 1930s/1940s/1950s. Used ... $9.99
A wealth of early recordings from the African scene of the 30s, 40s, and 50s – not ethnographic ones, but proper releases recorded by Columbia, HMV, Parlophone, and other major companies at the time. The material includes tracks recorded in Zanzibar, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ethiopia – and the set is packaged with a good set of notes that really helps you navigate through the material! Titles include "Umgoboti" by Willie Gumede, "Anta Lhayatu" by Al Ustahadh Umar Awadh Ban, "Wiwi Singomlil Ovhuthayo" by Darktown Strutters, "Abasuafu Ara Gyan" by Sackey Band, "Mahamodu Nadani" by Ishaku Dan Zhabarumoh, and "Ashac" by HM Timayare. CD
 
 
 



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