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Hallelujah Chicken Run BandTake One ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $17.99 18.99
Early work Zimbabwe legends Hallelujah Chicken Run Band – a group that was an early showcase for the vocal talents of the equally legendary Thomas Mapfumo! The set's not just a Mapfumo showcase, though – as the sound here resonates strongly from the whole group – nice harmonies on many tracks – and completely wicked guitars – which often have a rhythmic, spindly, "plucked" electric groove inspired by the mbira – a sound that was enormously influential and will sound fresh forever! Those great guitar parts come from Joshua Hlomayi Dube and Elisha Josam – inspired by the mbira music that was so important at the time – and Mapfumo plays drums, too – plus many tracks have additional horns other elements from a loose group of fellow players. The set features some early material that was produced for the Teal label, and later 70s work – all of it warm, melodic and welcoming – and the sound quality is really great! Titles include "Mudzimu Ndiringe", "Kare Nanhasi", "Manheru Changamire", "Tamba Zimba Navashe", "Mutoridodo", "Sekai", "Gore Iro", "Tinokumbira Kuziva", and "Chaminuka Mukuri". CD
Also available Take One ... LP 29.99

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Hallelujah Chicken Run BandTake One ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $29.99 31.99
Early work Zimbabwe legends Hallelujah Chicken Run Band – a group that was an early showcase for the vocal talents of the equally legendary Thomas Mapfumo! The set's not just a Mapfumo showcase, though – as the sound here resonates strongly from the whole group – nice harmonies on many tracks – and completely wicked guitars – which often have a rhythmic, spindly, "plucked" electric groove inspired by the mbira – a sound that was enormously influential and will sound fresh forever! Those great guitar parts come from Joshua Hlomayi Dube and Elisha Josam – inspired by the mbira music that was so important at the time – and Mapfumo plays drums, too – plus many tracks have additional horns other elements from a loose group of fellow players. The set features some early material that was produced for the Teal label, and later 70s work – all of it warm, melodic and welcoming – and the sound quality is really great! Titles include "Mudzimu Ndiringe", "Kare Nanhasi", "Manheru Changamire", "Tamba Zimba Navashe", "Mutoridodo", "Sekai", "Gore Iro", "Tinokumbira Kuziva", and "Chaminuka Mukuri". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Take One ... CD 17.99

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VariousCameroon Garage Funk ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $17.99 18.99
We're not sure we've ever heard the term "garage funk" before, but it certainly fits the vibe of this sweet little collection – even though all the tracks here were actually recorded in a church! Not that the music is religious, though – the funky sounds within are certainly secular – it's just that in the city of Yaounde in the 70s, the recording services in a local church were one of the few spots that a local up and coming act could lay down a few tracks for themselves – music that's captured here in a stunning assortment of rare tunes that mostly never saw the light of day at the time! Imagine some of the more popular sounds you know from West Africa in the 70s, then imagine them stripped down to the core – and captured with a rough-edged vibe that makes the music really leap from the grooves, even all these many years later. The approach results in sounds that you'd maybe hear if you stumbled upon a box of small label funky 45s in the back corner of a local market at the end of the 70s – but presented here with the detailed notes, full history, and spectacular sound that have made us love the Analog Africa label over the years. Titles include "Sie Tcheu" by Joseph Kamga, "Ma Wde Wa" by Los Camaroes, "Yondja" by Ndenga Andre Destin Et Les Golden Sounds, "Odylife" by Damas Swing Orchestra, "Quier Wapatcha" by Charles Lembe, "Africa Iyo" by Jean Pierre Djeukam, "Woman Be Fire" by Lucas Tala, "Mezek Me Mama" by Mballa Bony, and "Moni Ngan" by Willie Songue Et Les Showmen. CD

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VariousEdo Funk Explosion Vol 1 – Akaba Man/Sir Victor Uwaifo/Osayomore Joseph (with bonus download) ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $32.99 34.99
They certainly got the "explosion" in the title right – as these tracks leap right out of the groove from the very first note – very heavy on percussion, and with a much starker, funkier sound than some other West African work from the early 80s! The tracks are all from the Edo region of Nigeria – a scene that was still hanging on to some of the leaner modes of the early 70s, while some of the work in Lagos was getting a bit more polished up – with a result that means that the drums are front and center in all these cuts, even when more modern instrumentation is being used – which makes for some highly rhythmic grooves that also earn the "funk" in the title too! As always with Analog Africa, the set list and notes are superb – and this package has a tighter scope than some of their others, as it focuses on the work of three main artists from Benin City – with titles that include "Africa Is My Root", "Who No Man", "Ororo No De Fade", and "My Name Is Money" by Osayomore Joseph; "Ta Gha Husimwen", "Popular Side", "Ta Ghi Rare", and "Ogbov Omwan" by Akaba Man; and "Aibalegbe", "Oviemama", "Skpaide No 2", and "Iranm Iran" by Sir Victor Owaifo. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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VariousLa Locura De Machuca 1975 to 1980 ... CD
Discos Machuca/Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy ... $17.99 18.99
The amazing legacy of a tiny Colombian record label – a small imprint, but a groundbreaking one as well – with a rich variety of sounds that you'll hear on this really wonderful collection! Discos Machuca was based in Barranquilla, a real crossroads of cultures, sounds, and styles – and the label balanced both conventional styles like vallenato and cumbia with more experimental, psychedelic productions – including localized variations on 70s African styles that really sound amazing! There's so much going on in this music – from offbeat instrumentation to very unusual production styles – often these weird little touches that can abstract the electric elements in the music while keeping the acoustic bits straight on the groove – with a mixture of both modes often influencing the vocals. Analog Africa really knock it out of the park with this one – and not only give us these sounds that we'd never hear otherwise, but also present the very vivid history of the label – in a huge package of tracks that includes "Monkey's Dance" by King Somalie, "Mosquita Muerta" by La Francachela, "Ayu" by Rito Latino, "Tamba" by El Grupo Folclorico, "Te Clavo La Mano" by La Banda Africana, "Wabali" by Conjunto Barbacoa, "A Otra Perro Con Ese Hueso" by El Grupo D'Abelard, "Caracol" by Grupo Bola Roja, "El Platano" by Myrian Makenwa, and "Long Live Africa" by Samba Negra. CD

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✨✧ VariousEssiebons Special 1973 to 1984 – Ghana Music Power House ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Searing grooves from 70s Ghana – a set of tracks from the glory days of the Essiebons record label, mixed with a number of killers that weren't issued at the time! The music burns with a fire right from the start – and the package includes a fair number of really funky nuggets that not only stand side by side next to American 70s soul, but which also show the world that with cuts like these, the best of Ghana could easily rival their better-known contemporaries on the Lagos scene! The collection is wonderful – the Analog Africa label at its best, brimming over with gems that include "Dee Mmaa Pe" by Joe Meah, "Africa" by Seaboy, "Yeaba" by CK Mann & His Carousel 7, "Shakabula" by Santrofi Ansa", "Say The Truth" by Ernest Honny, "Wonnim A Bisa" by Black Masters Band, "Egye Tu Gbe" by Sawaaba Band, and "Medley" by Nyame Bekyere. CD

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✨✧ VariousEssiebons Special 1973 to 1984 – Ghana Music Power House (with bonus download) ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Searing grooves from 70s Ghana – a set of tracks from the glory days of the Essiebons record label, mixed with a number of killers that weren't issued at the time! The music burns with a fire right from the start – and the package includes a fair number of really funky nuggets that not only stand side by side next to American 70s soul, but which also show the world that with cuts like these, the best of Ghana could easily rival their better-known contemporaries on the Lagos scene! The collection is wonderful – the Analog Africa label at its best, brimming over with gems that include "Dee Mmaa Pe" by Joe Meah, "Africa" by Seaboy, "Yeaba" by CK Mann & His Carousel 7, "Shakabula" by Santrofi Ansa", "Say The Truth" by Ernest Honny, "Wonnim A Bisa" by Black Masters Band, "Egye Tu Gbe" by Sawaaba Band, and "Medley" by Nyame Bekyere. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ VariousLa Locura De Machuca 1975 to 1980 (with bonus download) ... LP
Discos Machuca/Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The amazing legacy of a tiny Colombian record label – a small imprint, but a groundbreaking one as well – with a rich variety of sounds that you'll hear on this really wonderful collection! Discos Machuca was based in Barranquilla, a real crossroads of cultures, sounds, and styles – and the label balanced both conventional styles like vallenato and cumbia with more experimental, psychedelic productions – including localized variations on 70s African styles that really sound amazing! There's so much going on in this music – from offbeat instrumentation to very unusual production styles – often these weird little touches that can abstract the electric elements in the music while keeping the acoustic bits straight on the groove – with a mixture of both modes often influencing the vocals. Analog Africa really knock it out of the park with this one – and not only give us these sounds that we'd never hear otherwise, but also present the very vivid history of the label – in a huge package of tracks that includes "Monkey's Dance" by King Somalie, "Mosquita Muerta" by La Francachela, "Ayu" by Rito Latino, "Tamba" by El Grupo Folclorico, "Te Clavo La Mano" by La Banda Africana, "Wabali" by Conjunto Barbacoa, "A Otra Perro Con Ese Hueso" by El Grupo D'Abelard, "Caracol" by Grupo Bola Roja, "El Platano" by Myrian Makenwa, and "Long Live Africa" by Samba Negra. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available La Locura De Machuca 1975 to 1980 ... CD 17.99

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✨✧ VariousLegends Of Benin ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Brilliant work from Benin – an ear-opening compilation that's filled with wonderful grooves we've never heard before! The rhythms are unusual, instrumentation hypnotic, and vocals really offbeat – making the whole thing sound very different than more familiar African work we've stocked – especially some of the better-known grooves from the Nigerian scene! There's an occasional hint of the exotic tones of Ethiopian music, but the rhythms are more focused overall – making the tunes all pretty groove-heavy, even when dropping in odd elements – an approach that makes the music here very easy to get into – even without any sort of history or geography lesson. But the notes in the inner sleeves & gatefold also provides plenty of that – a great story of the scene, and some wonderfully personal notes from compiler Samy Ben Radjeb – who's very open about his slow process of discovering this music. The whole package is beautiful, and the set's every bit as crucial as Radjeb's earlier African Scream Contest collection. Titles include "La Musica En Verite" and "Dadje Von O Von Non" by Gnonnas Pedro et Ses Dadjes, "Feeling You Got" and "E Nan Mian Nuku" by El Rego Et Ses Commandos, "Ya Mi Ton Gbo" and "Honton Soukpo Gnon" by Antoine Dougbe, "Dou Dagbe We" by Honore Avolonto Et L'Orchestre Black Santiago, "Djobime" by El Rego Et Ses Commandos, and "Na Mi Do Gbe Hue Nu" by Honore Avolonto. LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed!)

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✨✧ Manzanita Y Su ConjuntoTrujilo, Peru – 1971 to 1974 (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Stunning sounds from the early 70s Peruvian scene – a really unique take on the cumbia mode of the time, and one that's topped with plenty of psychedelic touches as well! In truth, the rhythms here are often as Cuban as they are Colombian – a really great hybrid of both, used alongside these sweetly bubbling organ lines that are often thinner than a Hammond organ, which lets the guitar step out even more strongly over the top – often with these sounds from both elements that act like a distant cousin of anglo psych, but make for a very surprising addition to Latin rhythms! The set brings together the best cuts from a key recording period of Manzanita – and titles include "La Buenita", "No Me Marchare", "Lamento En La Puna", "Salome", "El Norteno", "Un Sabado Por La Noche", "Shambar", "La Mazamorrita", and "Catita". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ VariousCameroon Garage Funk (with bonus download) ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
We're not sure we've ever heard the term "garage funk" before, but it certainly fits the vibe of this sweet little collection – even though all the tracks here were actually recorded in a church! Not that the music is religious, though – the funky sounds within are certainly secular – it's just that in the city of Yaounde in the 70s, the recording services in a local church were one of the few spots that a local up and coming act could lay down a few tracks for themselves – music that's captured here in a stunning assortment of rare tunes that mostly never saw the light of day at the time! Imagine some of the more popular sounds you know from West Africa in the 70s, then imagine them stripped down to the core – and captured with a rough-edged vibe that makes the music really leap from the grooves, even all these many years later. The approach results in sounds that you'd maybe hear if you stumbled upon a box of small label funky 45s in the back corner of a local market at the end of the 70s – but presented here with the detailed notes, full history, and spectacular sound that have made us love the Analog Africa label over the years. Titles include "Sie Tcheu" by Joseph Kamga, "Ma Wde Wa" by Los Camaroes, "Yondja" by Ndenga Andre Destin Et Les Golden Sounds, "Odylife" by Damas Swing Orchestra, "Quier Wapatcha" by Charles Lembe, "Africa Iyo" by Jean Pierre Djeukam, "Woman Be Fire" by Lucas Tala, "Mezek Me Mama" by Mballa Bony, and "Moni Ngan" by Willie Songue Et Les Showmen. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Cameroon Garage Funk ... CD 17.99

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✨✧ VariousMogadisco – Dancing Mogadishu – Somalia 1972 to 1991 (with bonus download) ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), 1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A mountain of music from the scene in Somalia during the 70s and 80s – all of it pulled from the vast archives of Radio Mogadishu, and showing a wonderful range of expression at the time! The music here is all pretty darn funky and soulful – as you'd expect from a collection on Analog Africa – but there's also some great criss-crossing of cultural elements taking place here, both in time and space – a shift in electric instrumentation from the 70s to the 80s, and an openness to other styles of rhythms too – even a bit of reggae and dub from time to time! Yet even when things are more straightly funky, they're never too straightforward – as the music bristles with all these unusual touches and sweet instrumental twists and turns – always keeping things interesting throughout. As always with the label, there's a fantastic set of notes – a big booklet that also recounts the struggle to reissue this music, with a fair bit of Somali history and culture too – all in support of titles that include "Daraadaa Muxibo" by Dur Dur Band, "Sirmaqabe" by Iftin Band, "Godonimada Jira" by Bakaka Band, "Ladaney" by Dur Dur Band, "Hoobeya" by Shimaali & Killer, "Baayo" by Mukhtar Ramadan Iidi, "Hab Isii" by Omar Shooli, "Waakaa Helaa" by F Qazzim & Shareero, "Il Ooy Aniga" by Ifitin Band, "Geesiyada Halgamayow" by Bakaka Band, and "Check Up Your Head" by Mukhtar Ramada Iidi. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
 
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Guy WarrenAfro Jazz (yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Columbia/Return To Analog (Canada), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A completely wonderful album from percussionist Guy Warren – a creative musician who made lots of great records over the years – but who maybe never topped himself after this gem from the late 60s UK scene! The set was done as part of the legendary Landsdowne Series for Columbia UK – and features Warren's percussion alongside some key Brit jazz talents – including Don Rendell on tenor and soprano saxes, Ian Carr on trumpet, Amancio D'Silva on guitar, and Michael Garrick on piano! Warren composed and arranged the whole thing, and brings in plenty of percussion too – but the album really gets its depth from the presence of these modern jazz giants – all of whom really shape the sound with wonderful contributions and some very strong solos. Titles include "Burning Bush", "I Love The Silence", "Africa Speaks India Answers", "Ours This Is Our Land", "Yaw Barima", "That Happy Feeling", and "Builsa". LP, Vinyl record album
(2nd pressing on yellow vinyl – limited to 500!)
 
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Morwell Unlimited/Prince Far I & The ArabsA1 Dub/Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter IV (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Doctor Bird/Trojan (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
A pair of rare dub albums – back to back in a single set, with bonus tracks too! On A1 Dub, Blacka Morwell serves up some massive dub – working at Channel 1, for an obscure album on Trojan Records – but maybe coming across with some of the richness of the Island Records generation! There's a fullness to the sound that's wonderful – top-to-bottom completely solid, and often highly focused on the rhythms, but also always using one key instrumental element on each cut – a bit of organ here, a weeping guitar there, or even an odd sonic element – always given center stage in the spotlight, and set apart from the rest of the mix in a really great way. Titles include "Downtown Rebel", "Well Crucial", "Different Style", "West Side Ranking", "Pressure Rock", "Blackboard Jungle", and "Waterpump Skank". Next is Cry Tuff Dub Encounter 4 – from Prince Far I & The Arabs – an almost seamless set of dub instrumentals, recorded at Channel One in 1981 – the underground Jamaican groove, but maybe given a slightly better sound quality overall – that good mix of indie and professional that was the Trojan Records calling card as the 70s moved on! A crisp upfront production style separates this one from some of its dub predecessors – but the record has a great analog dub sound, with many effects and instruments echoing in and out of the mix. Titles include "Lion Stone", "Foundation Stepper", "Sound Gesture", "Destruction Sound Battle", and "Stone African Ground". And if that's not enough, the whole thing features a whole CD of bonus material – rare tracks taken from the 12" Attack series by Trojan Records – with cuts that include "Jammin For Survival" by Jammy's At The Controls, "Bali Hi Special" by The Sowell Radics, "Fuss & Fight Dub" by Eddie Fitzroy, "Ball Of Fire" by Bim Sherman, "Stand & Look Dub" by Fat Man All Stars, "Caring For My Sister" by Scientist & Roots Radics, "Won't You Come On (dub)" by Witty's All STars, "Babylon Wrong Dub" by Ashanti Waugh, and "Cool Pon Your Corner Version" by Barry Brown. CD

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✨✧ On Our Own ClockOn Our Own Clock ... LP
Mushroom Hour Half Hour/Total Refreshment Centre (South Africa), 2021. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really border-crossing set from this fantastic collective – a group made up of jazz musicians from London, Johannesberg, and Dakar – working here on sessions recorded in all three of their home cities! The record bears the mark of London's Total Refreshment Centre, and the set definitely has the hallmarks of that genre-bending performance spot – but the sounds at the core are still very much jazz-based, and served up by an array of players that includes Alabaster DePlume on tenor, Siya Makuzeni on trombone, Theon Cross on tuba, Yahael Camara Onono on percussion, Zoe Moelekwa on Wurlitzer piano, Danalogue on electronics, Tebogo Austebza Sedumi on bass, and Mpumelelo Mcata on guitar! Some tracks are instrumentals, others have a bit of vocals – contributions from Nosisis Ngakane and Siya Makuzeni – and the album's got a richly spiritual vibe that does a fantastic job of bringing both the players and the cultures together. Titles include "We Still Building", "Revelation", "Be The Light", "Dune Dance", "808 O'Clock", "Good Are Good", and the three part "How To Make Art In A Pandemic". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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