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Amanaz - Africa (LP)
Dry mix only single LP edition, reverb mix of 2LP edition excluded. Issued in 1975, this is the articulation of Zambia’s Zamrock ethos. Its' musicians were anti-colonial freedom fighters, it envelops Zambian folk music traditions, and it rocks - hard. Amanaz were serious, and they made a serious stab at an album. They titled their album Africa, according to original band member Keith Kabwe, “because of how it was shared and how its inhabitants were butchered and enslaved, its resources stolen... all the atrocities slave drivers committed. “ Thus, their “Kale,” a blues sung in Nyanja, that traced the continent’s arc from slavery to Zambia’s independence closes the album. Kabwe and rhythm guitarist John Kanyepa have a winsome softness to their vocals, which sit politely aside the feral growl of drummer Watson Baldwin Lungu, bassist Jerry Mausala and bandleader/lead guitarist Isaac Mpofu. Africa’s vibe ranges from anxious (“Amanaz”) to escapist (“Easy Street”) to straight-up pissed-off. On the “History of Man,” his voice whiskey-burned, his distorted guitar buzzing like swarming hornets, Mpofu indicts his species. There’s a darkness to Africa not found on any other Zamrock records, and a melancholy drifts throughout, specifically on Mpofu’s more restrained “Khala My Friend,” which stands as an effective, bleak situation for the Zambian everyman, the average citizen of a struggling, new nation, who might have had relatives in conflict-torn countries on the horizon, who might have been struggling to find his next meal, who might have seen a bleaker future than his president promised. Then there’s the clear Velvet Underground-influence on the nostalgic “Sunday Morning,” which, as Kabwe recalls, was the first song written for the album, back in 1968, when Velvet Undergound and Nico was a new release - and the underground funk of “Making The Scene.” The album also tackles traditional Zambian music and early-‘60s rock – punctuated, of course by Kanyepa’s wah-wah and Mpofu’s fuzz guitars. But every time Amanaz get too deep, too violent, they come back with an accessible song and woo their listener back to the groove. “Green Apple” is a civil song, featuring Kanyepa’s sighing guitar.

29,90 €*
Bob Marley - Songs Of Freedom-The Island Years (DOLP)
"As we continue to Bob Marley's dream, the Bob Marley Foundation will donate part of the proceeds of Songs of Freedom for the establishment of the Berhane Selassie School in Ethiopia. This school is dedicated to the children left destitute by the Civil War in Ethiopia." Top of box statement Back cover carries the following statement: "All tracks on Songs of Freedom were prepared from original session tapes when available"

126,90 €*
VA - Cameroon Garage Funk 1964-1979 (DOLP)
Yaoundé, in the 1970´s, was a buzzing place. Every neighbourhood of Cameroon´s capital, no matter how dodgy, was flled with music spots but surprisingly there were no infrastructure to immortalise those musical riches.The country suffered from a serious lack of proper recording facilities, and the process of committing your song to tape could become a whole adventure unto itself. Of course, you could always book the national broadcasting company together with a sound engineer, but this was hardly an option for underground artists with no cash. But luckily an alternative option emerged in form of an adventist church with some good recording equipment and many of the artists on this compilation recorded their frst few songs, secretly, in these premises thanks to Monsieur Awono, the church engineer. He knew the schedule of the priests and, in exchange for some cash, he would arrange recording sessions. The artists still had to bring their own equipment, and since there was only one microphone, the amps and instruments had to be positioned perfectly. It was a risky business for everyone involved but since they knew they were making history, it was all worth it. At the end of the recording, the master reel would be handed to whoever had paid for the session, usually the artist himself..and what happened next? With no distribution nor recording companies around this was a legitimate question.More often then not it was the french label Sonafric that would offer their manufacturing and distribution structure and many Cameroonian artist used that platform to kickstart their career. What is particularly surprising in the case of Sonafric was their willingness to take chances and judge music solely on their merit rather than their commercial viability. The sheer amount of seriously crazy music released also spoke volumes about the openness of the people behind the label.But who exactly are these artists that recorded one or two songs before disappearing, never to be heard from again? Some of the names were so obscure that even the most seasoned veterans of the Cameroonian music scene had never heard of them. A few trips to the land of Makossa and many more hours of interviews were necessary to get enough insight to assemble the puzzle-pieces of Yaoundé’s buzzing 1970s music scene. We learned that despite the myriad diffculties involved in the simple process of making and releasing a record, the musicians of Yaoundé’s underground music scene left behind an extraordinary legacy of raw grooves and magnifcent tunes.The songs may have been recorded in a church, with a single microphone in the span of only an hour or two, but the fact that we still pay attention to these great creations some 50 years later, only illustrates the timelessness of their music.

33,90 €*
T.P. Orchestre - Poly Rythmo De Cotonou - Rep Pop Du Benin - Segla (LP)
Das erste in einer Reihe von super-seltenen und gefragten Originalalben des legendären Labels Albarika Store aus Benin, die auf Vinyl neu aufgelegt werden. Ursprünglich veröffentlicht 1978, damals noch ohne Schutztasche. Aufgenommen in den EMI Studios in Lagos, Nigeria, von den Originalbändern übertragen und remastert von Grammy-Gewinner Frank Merritt im Londoner The Carvery Studio.

28,90 €*
VA - Nigeria Soul Fever 3x (LP)
includes a vaucher to download Mp3Sleevenotes by Bill Brewster

31,90 €*
Manu Dibango - Afrovision (LP)
Reissue des 1976er Albums von Manu Dibango, bekannt für seinen Jazz-Funk-Afro-Klassiker Soul Makossa. Afrovision gilt mit seiner groovy Fusion aus Afrobeat, Funk und Jazz als Dibangos Beitrag zur Disco-Welle. Limited edition, remastered, repress, red vinyl(?)

27,90 €*
Fela Ransome-Kuti And The Africa '70 With Ginger Baker - Live! (DOLP)
Live! ist ein Album, das 1971 von Fela Kutis Band Africa '70 aufgenommen wurde, wobei der ehemalige Cream-Schlagzeuger Ginger Baker bei zwei Songs mitwirkte. Es wurde 1971 in Afrika und Europa, den Vereinigten Staaten und Kanada erstmalig veröffentlicht. Baker reiste mit Kuti in einem Land Rover nach Afrika, um die Rhythmen des Kontinents kennenzulernen (Tony Palmer Film 1971: Ginger Baker in Africa) Der Bonustrack auf der Wiederveröffentlichung enthält ein 16-minütiges Schlagzeugduett zwischen Baker und dem Schlagzeuger von Africa '70, Tony Allen, aufgenommen auf dem Berliner Jazzfestival 1978. Das Album steht auf der Liste der 50 besten Live-Alben aller Zeiten des Rolling Stone und ist auch in Robert Dimerys 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die enthalten.

29,90 €*
Fela Kuti & Africa70 - Expensive Shit (LP)
Fela Kuti - Tenorsaxophon, Altsaxophon, Klavier, Gesang, Arrangement, Komponist, Produzent Der Titel des Albums und der erste Track beziehen sich auf einen Vorfall im Jahr 1974. Die nigerianische Polizei hatte Kuti einen Joint untergeschoben. Bevor er verhaftet wurde, aß er den Joint, aber die Polizei brachte ihn in Gewahrsam und wartete darauf, dass er die (titelgebenden) Exkremente produzierte. Der Legende nach gelang es ihm, den Kot eines anderen Häftlings zu verwenden, und er wurde schließlich freigelassen. Das zweite Stück ist von einem Sprichwort der Yoruba über die Kraft der Natur und des Universums inspiriert. In den frühen siebziger Jahren lebte Fela Kuti in der Kalakuta Republic in Nigeria, einem Anwesen, in dem auch seine Familie, seine Bandkollegen und ein Aufnahmestudio untergebracht waren. Aufgrund von Kutis lautstarken antimilitaristischen Ansichten sah die Polizei ihn und sein Anwesen als politische und soziale Bedrohung an und verhaftete Kuti häufig und durchsuchte das Anwesen. In seiner Rezension der 2000er Expensive Shit schrieb Pitchfork: "Es ist allzu leicht, sich in Kutis Diskografie zu verfangen. Beginnen Sie mit Expensive Shit und verpassen Sie nicht den weiteren Weg". Nick Reynolds von BBC Music nannte es eine "klassische Afrobeat-Neuauflage" und sagte, der Titelsong sei "sarkastisch, urkomisch und rechtschaffen wütend [während] 'Water No Get Enemy' mit einem großartigen, lateinamerikanisch angehauchten Saxophon-Refrain-Riff noch besser ist." Es wurde auf Platz 78 der "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s" Liste von Pitchfork eingestuft. Im Jahr 2020 wurde Expensive Shit vom Rolling Stone in der Liste "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" auf Platz 402 eingestuft Quelle: Wikipedia

19,90 €*
Eddie Palmieri - Vamonos Pa'l Monte (LP)
remastered, 180g vinyl

13,90 €*
Ipa-Boogie - Ipa-Boogie (LP)
Neuauflage dieser super-seltenen LP von 1978. Remastert von Grammy-Gewinner Frank Merritt im Londoner The Carvery Studio. Die einzig bekannte Aufnahme dieser obskuren Band und mit das Beste was der umfangreiche Katalog des legendären Albarika Store Labels aus Benin an Afro-Boogie und Afro-Funk zu bieten hat.

28,90 €*
Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou - Echos Hypnotiques (DOLP)
What had started as a children entertainment group became one of the greatest bands of their era. Volume One was a collection of amazing LO-Fi recordings produced for various labels around Benin. Volume Two showcases superbly recorded tracks, courtesy of the EMI studios in Lagos, one of the best studios in the region. All tracks here were recorded for the mighty Albarika Store label and its enigmatic producer, Adissa Seidou.

31,90 €*
VA - African Scream Contest 2 (DOLP)
A great compilation can open the gate to another world. Who knew that some of the most exciting Afro-funk records of all time were actually made in the small West African country of Benin? Once Analog Africa released the first African Scream Contest in 2008, the proof was there for all to hear; gut-busting yelps, lethally well- drilled horn sections and irresistibly insistent rhythms added up to a record that took you into its own space with the same electrifying sureness as any favourite blues or soul or funk or punk sampler you might care to mention. Like every other Analog Africa release, African Scream Contest II is illuminated by meticulously researched text and effortlessly fashion-forward photography supplied by the artists themselves. 2LP deluxe gatefold LP with 24-pages LP size booklet, also includes unlimited streaming of African Scream Contest Vol.2 - Benin 1963-1980 via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more

34,90 €*
Baobab-Gouye-Gui De Dakar - Mouhamadou Bamba (LP)
Ein Meisterwerk. Unter der musikalischen Leitung des Saxophonisten Issa Cissoko, dessen dezente, jazzige Bläserarrangements sich durch das gesamte Album ziehen, und des Gitarristen Barthélemy Attisso, dessen hypnotische, virtuose Soli hervorstechen, wurde das Album im "Golden Baobab"-Studio in Dakar aufgenommen und dort von dem jungen Ibrahima Sylla produziert. Die Verwendung des Affenbrotbaums, sowohl im Namen als auch in der Symbolik, unterstreicht das Bewusstsein der Gruppe für die traditionellen senegalesischen Werte, wenn sie mit denen von außen kombiniert werden, in diesem Fall mit der afro-kubanischen Musik, die in den 1960er Jahren so populär war. Issa Cissoko: band leader and tenor saxophoneBarthélemy Attisso: lead guitarCharles Ndiaye: bass guitarPape Bâ: guitarPeter Udo: clarinetMontaga Koite: percussionThione Seck: vocalsMedoune Diallo: vocalsNdiouga Dieng: vocals and maracasBalla Sidibe: vocals and timbalesRudy Gomis: vocals

28,90 €*