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This page lists all the music that I have in my own collection that has been copied onto CD-R. To be here you have probably asked for something that is listed here so I have given you the page address. All the music listed under Original Format as CD is a perfect copy of the original. However, some CD's which are compilations may have had tracks that were missed from the original records or cassettes added. Music from records and cassettes has been cleaned to as near CD quality as possible, no hiss or clicks and no gaps, skips or fades. All the CD-R's play as normal CD's with tracks individually numbered. The only exceptions may be on continuous Nigerian albums where it is almost impossible to notice where one song ends and another begins. All full colour images and text have been faithfully copied from the originals where possible. There is only one price which is (GBP) £10.00 per album inclusive of postage. Double CD's are (GBP) £12.50 If the price shown is £0.00 then please check the write-up as it is included as part of another CD. Also please note that the CD case is included only if posted to a U.K. address.

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ARTISTTITLENUMBERORIGINAL
FORMAT
PRICEBUY
AFRICA
VARIOUS ARTISTS AMSTERDAM ROOTS MEETING LIVE AMSTERDAMCDC TC £ 12.50
Recorded live at the Melkweg - Amsterdam Roots Meeting in 1987 and features some of the highlights of the festival. Thione Seck et Le Raam-Daan. The classic style singer, composer and bandleader gives the traditional Wolof rhythms from Senegal a new dimension. His emotional voice and beautiful arrangements send shivers up the listener's spine. Los Van Van added the sound of guitars, violins and trombones to the Afro-Cuban 'son'. This brilliant 14 piece orchestra has become Cuba's most exciting dance band. Kalum Star consists of the finest young talents from Guinea, under the leadership of Maitre Barry. On this cassette are the best 25 minutes of an energetic four hour show, captured live in the Melkweg on their first ever Dutch concert. Jil Jilala, formed in 1972, is one of Morocco's most outstanding bands. Their songs, based on authentic rhythms, deal with the problems of daily life and demonstrate their unique voices and rhythmic complexity. CD 1.

1. THIONE SECK
2. THIONE SECK
3. THIONE SECK
4. LOS VAN VAN

CD 2.

1. KALUM STAR
2. KALUM STAR
3. KALUM STAR
4. JIL JILALA
THE TITLES OF THE TRACKS ARE NOT KNOWN BUT THE MUSIC IS WONDERFUL.
VARIOUS ARTISTS UNDER AFRICAN SKIES (2 x CD) BBCCD2006CDC CDx2 £ 12.50
26 track double album from the BBC series. Released back in 1989 and has been out of print ever since. A real collectors item. ZAIRE
1. ECLAVE (PAPA WEMBA)
2. DO LA ROSE (WENGE MUSICA)
3. TSIBOLIA MULUMBA (TSHALA MUANA)
4. DIALOGUE - RAY LEMA TALKING ABOUT FRANCO
5. KWASSA KWASSA (EMPIRE BAKUBA)
6. ANIMATEURS WELCOMING V.I.P.'S ON INDEPENDENCE DAY 1989 KINSHASA
7. CHAMELEON (PRINCESS MANSIA)
ZIMBABWE
8. CHINHOYI (BHUNDU BOYS)
9. DIALOGUE - MUSIC CLASS ST. JOSEPHS SCHOOL CHICHUWASHA
10. NGORIMBA (COMRADE CHINX AND ILANGA)
11. JAM SESSION AT WEDDING FEATURING EPHAT MUJURU AND THE SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE
12. TRUE LOVE (BUSI AND ILANGA)
13. NGUGAMA (LOVEMORE MAJAIVANA)
ALGERIA
14. HADA RAIKOUM (MESSAOUD BELLAMOU)
15. N'SEL FIK (CHABA FADELA AND CHEB SAHRAOUI)

MALI
1. BONJOUR MALI - BABA SANGARE OF R.T.M.
2. SUAVE NINA (MALI ESPAGNE) (KOLLY ET SES ACOLYTES)
3. YASOUMOUNKA (TATA BAMBO KOUYATE)
4. SAANKORO MORIBA (THE RAIL BAND)
5. SE SE WA BENA (LE SUPER BITON DE SEGOU)
6. KOULANJAN (KASSEMADY AND LAFIA DIABATE)
ETHIOPIA
7. DINI DEMEKE (MAMO CHALE AND NAT. THEATRE SINGERS)
8. YETKEMT ABEBA (NEWAY DEBEBE)
9. WOLELA (ASTER AWEKE)
10. YA SELAME LALO (MOHAMMED AHMED AND THE ROHA BAND)
11. T'ZETA (BEZAWORK ASFEW)
VARIOUS ARTISTS WOMEN OF AFRICA CSLP5003CDC LP £ 10.00
Features tracks by by a host of Southern Africa's best female singers. 1. KUTELEZA SI KWANGUKA - LADY ISA
2. SAWURA WAKO - STELLA CHIWESHE AND THE EARTHQUAKE
3. LOMFANA NGI YAMITHANIDA - PATIENCE AFRICA AND THE PEDLERS
4. TSIKETA KUNI BARASSARA - DULCE AND ORCHESTRA MARRABENTA STAR DE MOZAMBIQUE
5. TRUE LOVE - ILANGA FEATURING BUSI NCUBE
6. UKUTHOKOZA KWAMI - SARAH MABOKELA
7. MAHLALELA - DOREEN NCUBE
8. QAGALA - MAHOTELLA QUEENS
9. KANGELA - MAGGIE MHURIRO
10. I'M LIKE THIS - DOROTHY MASUKA
11. UYAI MOSE - SARAH MABOKELA
12. A VASSATI VA LOMO - MINGAS AND ORCHESTRA MARRABENTA STAR DE MOZAMBIQUE
ALGERIA
CHABA FADELA AND CHEB SAHROUI HANA HANA MCT1005CDC TC £ 10.00
Real belter of an album with the throbbing rai rhythms taking total control of mind and body. Some great duets which are filled with emotion. (8T/53M) 1. HANA HANA
2. HE RAI
3. MA NESBARCHI
4. N'SEL FIK (89 MIX)
5. NGHIR-MENEK
6. RANDJOUN
7. HADEK MI ANDI
8. NES JAWAK ALIA
CHABA ZAHOUANIA NIGHTS WITHOUT SLEEPING ICT9914CDC TC £ 10.00
Superb Rai album released by Island back in 1988 and I would still rate it as one of the best. Her deep and rough vocals are addictive and she has dueted with many of the top male stars of Rai music. Just have a listen to Ya Laoulid and feel that sensuous rhythm that tells you to get up and dance. 1. YA LAOULID (Oh My Child)
2. DINI MAAK (Take Me With You)
3. OUIN HABIBI OUIN (Where Are You, My Baby)
4. GOULOU LIMMA (Tell My Mother)
5. SAHR LIYALI (Nights Without Sleeping)
6. MALI YA MALI (What's Happening To Me)
CHABA ZAHOUANIA YAMA GEDA NARI CMD3857CDC TC £ 10.00
A crappie looking old cassette dating from 1988 that hides some absolutely magic music, her best ever album? Just have a listen to Ana Oulef Nergoud which must be one of my most favorite Rai tracks ever. 1. YAMA GEDA NARI
2. HAKDA OULA MAYACHKACHE
3. NECHKI LELOUALI
4. YA KAOUI GALBI
5. ANA OULEF NERGOUD
6. MENAH C'EST FINI.
CHEB KHALED MANZEEDISH NAASHAQ - SHABBA BINT BELADI PH05CDC TC £ 10.00
An early album from the undisputed king of Rai. Thumping rhythmic drums and organ with the king belting out his power packed vocals. I have only come across the name of one of these tracks on any other album and that was track 3 which was released on the Khaled Rebel of Rai double CD. 56 minutes. 1. KHARAGO QUDAMNA
2. MANZEEDISH NAASHAQ
3. MAANDI HADJA FIN NASS
4. YANA HAI WODDI
5. SHABBA BINT BELADI
6. ASSAKRA
7. FARETLEY
CHEB KHALED AND ZAHOUANIA LES MONSTRES SACRES DU RAI MLPCD305CDC CD £ 10.00
Stunning album with both artists on top form. Definitely going to rock the casbah with this one. 1. ANA BIA TAXI NUMERO
2. YA LEMIMA
3. HALFA MANARKEBCH
4. YA BA KAHYI
5. ANADEREGLI
6. WAY WAY KHALOUH YESKAR
CHEB ZAHOUANI FATIMA 50633-2CDC CD £ 10.00
A superb rai dance album that throbs from start to finish. Zahouani's vocals power out over the sounds of traditionally played violin, drums and tumpet. [11T/63M] 1. HRAM ALIK
2. FATIMA
3. EL HOB KOUANI
4. CHIRA KOUAATHA FRANçAIS
5. EKASS IDIR EL COURAGE
6. SAMHINI YA MA
7. HADIK LIOUAKFA
8. RABI BALANI
9. RAKI GHOBLI
10. NASSEK MLAH
11. SAKHI BIA
CHEB ZAHOUANI - CHABA ZAHOUANIA. SHIFOUR AT TAXI PH657CDC TC £ 10.00
Rai with that thumping rhythmic drumming that's missing on recent Euro releases. Instrument wise it seems to have a bit of everything combined with Zahouani's power packed vocals. The last track has to be unique as the manufacturer has put his squeaky voiced advert in while the song is still going, sounds great. Tracks: Shifour At Taxi, See Trotar, Khallil Habib Le Babibo, Al-Kubaida Majruha, Mahbobi. The title track is addictive and once heard you'll find yourself humming it all the time. (CD-R also includes VDF599) 1. SHIFOUR AT TAXI
2. YA OUMRI OU YA OUMRI
3. SEE TROTAR
4. ENTI AAINIYA YA GALBY MEHOUAK
5. KHALLIL HABIB LE BABIBO
6. BOUYA HA BOUYA
7. AL-KUBAIDA MAJRUHA
8. MAHBOBI
9. AZDAM AZDAM YAL AAKELE AZDAM
10. MAHBOBI (with advert for Phonie Music)
CHEB ZAHOUANI - CHABA ZAHOUANIA. YA OUMRI OU YA OUMRI VDF599CDC TC £ 0.00
Rather nice album which features the songs Ya Oumri Ou Ya Oumri, Enti Aainya Ya Galby Mehouak, Bouya Ha Bouya, Azdam Azdam Yal Aakele Azdam. (This album is included with PH657 on one CDR)
CHEIKHA REMITTI LIVE EUROPEAN TOUR 2000 CDS7427CDC CD £ 10.00
NOURA CHANSONS POPULAIRE D'ALGERIA 50402-2CDC CD £ 10.00
Wonderful 13 track album from stunning singer Noura. Recorded back in the mid 90's the second track has a background rumble in the recording (which I can do nothing about) and there is also a small track fade in/out on track 11. (if you request this album I will correct the fault) Other than that this is a definite cracker of an album.
SEBA EWA NV35311CDC CD £ 10.00
From the western hills of Algeria via the suberbs of Paris come the six Seba brothers, percussionists Mohamed, Abdel-illah, Abdel-ouab, guitarists Farid and Houari plus singer only Ahmed. Beautifully played, gorgeously sung and the music just throbs from start to finish. Definitely recommended if you like contempory Rai at its best. ( F.T.Index: Zina Zina, M'sirda, Salam, Bladna, Chouft, Te Dekoum, Yasmina, Loukane, Ben Ali, Nomades, Rai Rai, Kayen De. ) [12T/M] 1. BEN ALI
2. CHOUFT
3. TE DEKOUM
4. ZINA ZINA
5. NOMADES
6. M'SIRDA
7. BLADNA
8. KAYEN DE
9. RAI RAI
10. LOUKANE
11. YAMINA
12. SALAM
ANGOLA
VARIOUS ARTISTS ANGOLA 60'S (1956-1970) 82991-2CDC CD £ 10.00
VARIOUS ARTISTS ANGOLA 70'S (1972-1973) 82992-2CDC CD £ 10.00
Track list: Lourdes Van Dunem - Ngongo Ya Biluka. Bonga - Balumukeno. Aguiras Reais - Mariana. Dionisio Rocha - Lemba. Mila Melo - Vamos A Anhara. Manuel Faria - Mana Fatita. Os Kiezos - Milhorro. Super Coba - Finpantima. Cabinda Ritmos - Celestina. Ngoma Jazz - Belita Kiri-Kiri. Paulino Pinheiro - Merengue Rebita. Gambuzinos - Kalumba. Artur Adriano - Belita. Africa Show - As Meninas De Hoje. Pedrito - Ngalenga Kubata. David Ze - Rumba Zatukine. Urbano De Castro - Semba Lekalo. Artur Nunes - Tia.
VARIOUS ARTISTS ANGOLA 70'S (1974-1978) 82993-2CDC CD £ 10.00
Superb compilation of Angolan music from the mid 70's. (20T/73M)
VARIOUS ARTISTS ANGOLA 80'S (1978-1990) 82994-2CDC CD £ 10.00
VARIOUS ARTISTS TOP DOS MAIS QUERIDOS 89 IEFE099CDC TC £ 10.00
Tracks : Ekumbi Luanda - Jacinto Tchipa, Quem Te Viu Quem Te Ve - Carlos Albano, Boda De Sabado - Mamborro, Sufoca - Candido Ananaz, A Vida - Sagrada Esperanca, Noite De Luar - Albertina Joao, Muhato - Da Luz, Mulher De Casa - Estrela Das Chanas.
BOTSWANA
DUNCAN SENYATSO AND THE KGWANYAPE BAND MEPHATO YA MALOBA LBLC2509CDC CD £ 10.00
It may be Setswana poetry set to music but its not traditional - it's a real dance floor stomper with fabulous singing and magic guitars. A cracking pace and a brilliant album from start to finish. 1. SHELENG
2. MARANYANE
3. THABO
4. SEWELA
5. MOSADI WAKA
6. MMUTLE
7. BAYA KHALA ABAZALI
8. MEPHATO
9. GWANYAPE
10. NYABI BOELA GAE
11. TSETSEBJWE
CAMEROON
EBOA LOTIN PURE GOLD - THE BEST OF Vol. II CDAT130CDC CD £ 0.00
EBOA LOTIN THE BEST OF...- MEILLEURS SUCCES VOL I CDAT124CDC CD £ 10.00
Also includes CDAT130 on one CDR)
GOLDEN SOUNDS ZANGALEWA DTC014CDC LP £ 10.00
A celebrated group who travelled widely and always received a rapturous welcome wherever they went. It's not just their crazy outfits (Some of them dressed up in old Colonial soldiers uniforms, pith helmets, piss pots etc!) but their humourous stage act and hilarious dance routines have the audience in fits. OK, so this isn't a video, so what's the music like? Brilliant, you'll soon be singing along with their catchy vocals, which are superbly sung and their varied and wonderful music. Loads of guitar, horns by the ton and some of the most superb singing. It all adds up to an album that shouldn't be missed. GUARANTEED IT'S A REAL GEM. 1. ZANGALEWA
2. MAKRITA
3. EKANG
4. MALADIE DIFFICILE
PETIT PAYS AND LES SANS VISAS LES MORTS NE SONT PAS MORTS 843043CDC TC £ 10.00
What a beaut of an album. Gorgeously smooth vocals that blend perfectly with the horn and guitar backing and keep perfect time with the rhythmic percussion, even at top speed. Magic album for a bit of smoochy dancing with someone you know very well or even better with someone you want to get to know a lot better! Favorite track for me is the definite 'chassis shaker' 'Eyamoyo' on side 'b'. Vocals and percussion to the fore on most of the album but there is no stopping the guitar from making the running on 'Mulema'. Scores 10 out of 12 on my 'richter scale' but after shocks could be devestating! (i.e. when he/she says, lets listen to that again darling. Be warned!) Ca ne va, Na titi bobe, Machine Ma Bosinga (les morts ne sont pas morts), Ne Me Quitte Pas, Eyamoyo, Ekwad'a Mulema, Santa Maria (rap), Machine Ma Bosinga (version instumentale). [8T/42M]
PETIT PAYS AND LES SANS VISAS TROUVER LA VIE ATK087CDC TC £ 10.00
Another happy and dance crazy album from singer Petit-Pays. No kidding, it goes like the clappers, I'm still trying to get my breath back after the first track and I was only doing the write-up! Some great guitar playing and a bit of first class keyboards with the drummer in the driving seat and Petit-Pay and the girls in the chorus working up a real sweat. A wonderful mixture.(F.T. Index: Trouver La Vie, Je Suis Haoussa, Les Manieres De La Vie ) [6T/33M]
SISSY DIPOKO MUNAM JBC3002CDC TC £ 10.00
A cracking album that has only been out on LP until now. Super vocals from Sissy and the band who's fast and furious dance music make for a great album. Have a bash at the Bikutsi, Cameroon's own beat or listen to the slow S.A. jazz sound of 'Mouvement Uniforme', see if you can keep time with 'Time' or do the Merengue. Whatever you do, you'll enjoy this varied and very musical album especially the title track.
CONGO
JEFF LOUNA PAULINA MINEURE DARL018CDC LP £ 10.00
WOW!...... Now that's what I call music with a capital M. Vocal harmonies as sweet as honey with guitars that sing and a killer brass line up. Who made it? Well back in the good old 80's Jeff did the lead vocals and all the guitaring while Lea Lignanzi and Baba Bhy Gao helped with the singing. Ballou Canta was on toumbas and Manga, Priso, Roger Kom and Ben's comprised the horn section. Strangely this is the first time I have played it since I got it and I probably would have left it in the racks if somebody hadn't been interested in it. [32M] 1. PAULINA MINEURE
2. NGAI NA BATELO CONGO
3. SONZO TO DISCO
4. BOLINGO VA MBONGO TE
5. NONO OKANISAKA
PRINCE YOULOU MABIALA AND L'ORCHESTRE KAMIKAZE LONINGISA KEBA NA MONIATO FDB200075CDC CD £ 10.00
A seemingly little known album that was released back in 1992 by Flash Diffusion Business. I don't know why it is not mentioned in more discographies as it is simply gorgeous from start to finish. 1. PARDON MAYA
2. MON PROBLEME
3. PATOU
4. SAGESSE
{ POT-POURRI }
5. NSONA
6. PAPY
7. KUMBE-KUMBE
YOULOU MABIALA THE BEST OF VOL. 1 1977 - 85 CDS6830CDC CD £ 10.00
ZITANY NEIL MACORY GASOIL SYL38762-1-CDC LP £ 10.00
Great singing from Zitany backed by the wonderful guitars of Shimita, Dally Kimoko, Pablo Lubadika and Lokassa Ya Mbongo. Not forgetting Awilo Longomba on drums. Simply superb. 1. TANTINA
2. MARCORY GASOIL
3. AMOURS RATEES
4. DESTINEE
ERITREA
ARON ABRHAM DEKI HADE RUBA VOL 1. RAGMC101CDC TC £ 10.00
This is the first album by Aron and you'll be as surprised as I was when you hear that superb husky and yet sweet voice. So sweet in fact that you'd swear it was a woman's voice you were listening to. However one glance at this ex-fighters moustache on the inlay card will dispel the idea. The music comes from the usual line-up of sax, guitars and keyboards and has a light and bouncy feel to it, some tracks are quite dance orientated in fact but it's Arons lovely voice that really makes the album for me. (F.T.Index: A2, A5, B6, B4, A3, B1.) [12T/59M] 1. NABEY ABELET
2. GUAL SUWEA HAWEY
3. AYNCHEKHEKEN
4. LUNA
5. ALOKADO
6. DELO GOBEZ
7. DEKI HADE RUBA
8. FIQREY
9. HEWIT HAFTEY
10. NIMEN KEMERTZI
11. TEGADALIT
12. GUAL SUWEA HAWEY (INST.)
59 MINUTES
TESFAY MEHARI - FEHIRA ZAZIMNAYO VOL 3. RAGMC103CDC TC £ 10.00
Fehira the most famous singer, songwriter and fighter in the Eritrean Peoples Liberation Army and this is his third album. Recorded in Holland with the exception of the first track which was made in Asmara, it contains a whole range of musical styles. From the traditional Liwan through the hotter dance styles of Zazimnayo and Ambelay to the soft and beautifully sung Raina. The usual guitars, keyboards and absolutely essential sax share the stage with the traditional drums, flute and the beautiful sound of the krar (harp). A wonderful album. (F.T.Index: Zazimnayo, Ambelay, Mfililay, Raina, Gele Alewa. ) [10T/60M] 1. LIWAN
2. ZAZIMNAYO
3. AMBELAY
4. HDAT
5. RAINA
6. HAGEREY
7. MFILILAY
8. ROMAN
9. GELE ALEWA
10. MUSIC
YEMANE GHEBREMICHAEL (Barya) MESOB ADE RAGMC107CDC TC £ 10.00
The late Yemane Ghebremichael know by his nickname Barya was one of Eritrea's favourite singers. He was exiled during the war but now teams up with the Zemen band to record this album at the Admas Studio in Asmara. From the softly sensuous sounds of Natzanet, he and the band proceed through a lovely set of songs. On the more traditional side the mournful and haunting sound of the title track gives way to the bouncy style of Kulu and its faster cousin Newri. On the modern side Ab Hilmi is simply gorgeous, so to the bubbly sound of Akmiskini with Yermane's softly warbling vocal style and the lovely mix of sax and guitars they come across beautifully. 1. NATZNET YU KIBRET
2. MESOB ADE
3. KULU ENTNAY N'AKI
4. NEWRI AYKONEN FKRI
5. AB HILMI MISAKI HADIRE
6. AKMISKINI HAMOT
7. FERIHEKI'YE
8. ETZBEY ALEKU
60 MINUTES
ETHIOPIA
ABONESH ADNEW - ABITI ZAREM ENDAMNA ABITICDC CD £ 10.00
Multi talented Abonesh still sings but this time under her nick name of Abiti which is also the name of her Washington D.C. restaurant where she also tops the bill. A bit more traditional but still a wonderful album. 1. ZAREM ENDAMNA
2. ABADER
3. ALKERIM
4. CARE YEHUN
5. YARADA LIJ FEKER
6. YEBOLALE
7. KASAYEN ATAHUT
8. ABAKAGN
9. GOJAME
10. ZEM ALELEM
11. MALEMENI
12. AWDE AMET
13. GUDE FELLA
ARAGAW BEDASO NETEREKEBE INETI NETERECDC TC £ 10.00
Aragaw Bedaso was born 1934 and is a traditional singer of Gurage songs. He first performed in 1957 and despite his old age still performs and is active in the Ethiopian music scene. A former deacon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church he claims his good health is due to his exercising, has fathered 18 children and promotes running for health amongst other things. [10T/52M] Oh.... and the music? Out of this world, fast paced traditional Ethiopian style with jazz-funk overtones and tremendous vocals from the man himself. 1. NETEREKEBE INETI
2. ADETE YETEFEKERENANE
3. FERANE AYENBERO
4. ASHEGOYE ABESHE
5. YEGEREDE MEREKAMA
6. YABO YAYO BELE
7. LEBELE LOGAWE SHEBOW
8. TELEBENE EWEDEDA
9. ABEBA TEKESELI
10. IZEME GORADEDO
FIKER ADDIS NEKATIBEB EMBI EMBICDC CD £ 10.00
I thought her previous album Leul Aswededegn was wonderful but this one reaches new heights of perfection. Just have a listen to the clips on the right...........

The original gate fold CD box and insert are replaced here with normal CD inserts with English titles as well.
1. EMBI
2. AREG ENANTEYE - GONDER
3. TEMELES
4. SETEGNE
5. YEHABESHA
6. KUNAMA
7. JEMEREW - GOJAM
8. EJIG EJIG
9. GODANAW
10. YEMECHEW
11. O HAYA
12. NEDAW - WELLO
GIGI GIGI PALMCD20682CDC CD £ 10.00
Superb album that had me glued to the speakers. Sublime vocals and hypnotic music all the way through. Definitely recommended.
HAMELMAL ABATE SEDET SEDETCDC CD £ 10.00
MAHMOUD AHMED HULUM YISMA HULUMCDC CD £ 10.00
MAHMOUD AHMED SOUL OF ADDIS STEW35CDCDC CD £ 10.00
An absolutely fabulous album which is a mix of the best known musical styles of Ethiopian music sung by one of their most renowned singers. I got hooked on his power packed voice back in the 80's and this compilation album uses some of his best material from that period. Its not just Mahmoud's singing that's special on this album though, just listen to the musical perfection, the saxes breeze along with the guitars sparkling at all the right points and the drummer beating a path for the sweetly played keyboards. This album is not just recommended listening it's essential, so pin back your lugs and prepare to be amazed. ( F.T.Index: Nafkot, Selam, Bey Tirigne, Tetesh, Yedetnesh, Ene Berdognal, Abet, Tenbelel Loga, Amesginalehu, Bechayen Befiker. ) [10T/61M]
NATI HAILE BEKA BEKACDC CD £ 10.00
Strange mixture of songs with rap, hiphop, modern ethio sounds and even a bit of jazzy blues all putting in an appearance. Having said that there isn't a bad song in there and Nati's pleading crystal clear vocals are lovely to listen to. 1. BEKA
2. SELAM ALEKUM
3. ENDATIWASHIGN
4. ENITAREK
5. ARE ENDET NEW
6. ATAMINIM
7. BILATA
8. WIB NECH
9. TELEMIGNE
10. ASIKATALEW
11. KONJO LIJ
12. TEMESGEN MALET NEW
13. SALAWIKISH
NEWAY DEBEBE FEKERE SICHEWE FAKIRCDC TC £ 10.00
Jumping Jehosephat it's my favorite artist with a cassette album he released way back in 1985 and now copied by Yayu Productions in the USA. Although it doesn't say so on the inlay, which is all in Amharic script anyway, Neway is backed as usual by Ethiopia's top sesssion group 'The Roha Band' with their unmistakable sound. Lovely Jazzy/Blues guitars and one of the best horn line-ups in Africa. Neway's incredibley versatile voice is on top form zooming up and down the scales effortlessly with a style unsurpassed by any other singer that I can think of. If you've not heard any Ethiopian music before this album is a great introduction. Tracks: Yesete Zewede Nat, Mene Serahu Lehagere, Gujamena Gondere, Yemeleyet Betere, Fute Beye Kegunche, Zemeta, Fekere Sichewe, Yejema Leje, Wa Jemerene, Bemewedede Labertashe. (10T/60M)
NEWAY DEBEBE YETEKEMET ADEBA (Vol. 1) TANGOCDC TC £ 10.00
The first album from my favourite singer and what an album it is. Just have a listen as he sings his heart out to backing from the famous Roha band. Pure magic. 1. YETEKEMET ABEBA
2. ESHETE BELAHU
3. CHEREKA
4. YAYENE ABEBANESH
5. WENZE YAFERASHE
6. YENA LOGA
7. ENETAREKE
8. SENKUNAT
9. ADALE GEMELITUN
10. ADEYE ABEBA
NEWAY DEBEBE AND THE ROHA BAND Vol. 2 (1986) V21986CDC TC £ 10.00
My favorite album and number 1 on my Desert Island Disc list as I could never get tired of listening to it. 1. MAEBEL NEW FIKRUA
2. WIB TSEDAL
3. YEGERA NEW FIKR
4. BEANCHIE MENDER
5. YEFIKR GEDAM
6. NEY SHEGER
7. SIEWEDUSH EWEKIE
8. TAMCHE ALKERM
9. MALJIE LSHAGER
10. ENDIA ENDIA
THE ROHA BAND INSTRUMENTAL ROHACDC TC £ 10.00
The Roha band is justifiably famous throughout the land and their music can be heard backing nearly all the old top name singers. This is as far as I know, their only solo album and its a real showcase for their wide musical talent. Definitely one of the sweetest and most dazzling sax line ups in Africa and with guitars that can almost sing. This album over an hour long with its jazzy blues style is gorgeous all the way through although the recording on one or two tracks does leave a bit to be desired.
GAMBIA
LALO KEBA DRAME HOMMAGE VOLUME I DK3CDC TC £ 10.00
Prolific Gambian composer who died in 1974 and whose songs are still played daily on Radio Gambia. His dizzily fast technique remains a model of the Gambian style for young musicians. Pirated tapes circulate endlessly - QUOTED FROM THE ROUGH GUIDE TO WORLD MUSIC. Although Lalo died twenty years ago and the original master tapes have probably long since gone, the recording quality on Volume I is not bad at all. Accompanying Lalo on some of the 9 tracks is the shrill voiced songstress Koura-Mbessane. 1. FIFY DRAME
2. DIALILA-YAMADIA
3. KEOLOUMANKAGNANT
4. GNANSSOUMANA
5. BAMBALEDIE
6. NTERY GNANA
7. KOURA-MBESSNE
8. BALANCOULALATY
9. NDIAY KOUNDA
10. KANOKOLE GNONENE
LALO KEBA DRAME HOMMAGE VOLUME II DK4CDC TC £ 10.00
Volume II is a wee bit tinny in places but has still got some great tracks on it though. Both the inlay and the cassette say 10 tracks but if you can find more than 9 I will be very suprised. Again accompanying Lalo on some of the tracks is Koura-Mbessane. 1. MAROLOUDIAMBEDILE
2. KOURA-MBESSANE
3. SAMANKADEMBA
4. SABOUMA
5. ABOUDOUNDIAYE
6. ALATERIO DIALOLOUTERO
7. FODEKABA
8. BAKARY DEMBO
9. ALBARO DIONTOBAYLA
GHANA
B. B. OSSEI AND THE NOBLE KINGS DANCE BAND YAKO ABA 164-00-1CDC LP £ 10.00
DR. K GYASI THE HIGHLIFE DOCTOR EBL6115CDC LP £ 10.00
ERIC AGYEMAN WONKO MENKO? EBLS7111CDC LP £ 10.00
Top Ghanaian guitarist who started with Dr. K. Gyasi and the Noble Kings before joining the Sweet Talks. This album recorded in Togo and Ghana was release back in the 1980's and is just superb. Thomas Frempong is the lead vocalist for the last three while Agyaaku does the first and Eric and Osei Tutu provide the backing. Lovely all the way through. 1. WONKO MENKO?
2. NYA ABOTARE MA ME
3. ODO BRA
4. MEN KOAA
ONIPA NUA SUFFER HEAD BIBINI3504CDC CD £ 10.00
You may have caught his music on Jo Shinner's programme about Ghanaian music some years ago. If you heard it you would have been immediately taken by the track she played called 'Nyeno Nsanhwe'. To describe him as gravel voiced is the understatement of the year, as he makes Mahlathini sound positively squeaky! Sadly Onipa died in Paris shortly after recording this his first and only album and it was only released on cassette in Ghana. Blind from an early age he learned to play the kalimba (Ghanaian Thumb Piano) and became a well know street musician whilst also at one time holding down a job as a 'night watchman'? The music that accompanies his vocals on this album is rather nice but superfluous as his style of singing contains all the beat and rhythm within it, provided by his wonderful voice and those lip smacking percussive sounds that will be sadly missed by all who have heard him sing. 1. NYEND NSANHWE
2. KUBARI MBIMA SOYINNA
3. GANTUMA
4. ABOA AKYAKYERE
5. GYE ME TAA-TAA
6. GANTUMA REMIX
PAT THOMAS - SWEET BEANS THE MOST HISTORIC ALBUM OF... SDGA77398CDC CD £ 10.00
Boy, this cat brings the Big Band Sound alive and kicking, so vigorously, you'd think it'd never been out! Two heavy Highlife albums on one CD, Asawa Do and False Lover.
VARIOUS ARTISTS CLASSIC HIGHLIFE 7794CDC CD £ 10.00
VARIOUS ARTISTS GREAT AFRICAN HIGHLIFE MUSIC MLP12-131CDC LP £ 10.00
VARIOUS ARTISTS GREAT AFRICAN HIGHLIFE MUSIC VOL II MLP12-134CDC LP £ 10.00
VARIOUS ARTISTS HIGHLIFE STARS OF WEST AFRICA FAISALCDC TC £ 10.00
A real gem of an album covering 25 years of 'High life' music put together by the late Faisal Helwani which features tracks by Afro National, Pat Thomas, Africanium, Kwabena Okai, Kofi Sammy, Morley Dorley, Musik Makers, Koo Nimo, F. Kenya and CIAFFA. Not much was coming out of Ghana back in the 80's so this was eagerly pounced upon. The verdicts: (in the order as shown right) Great, Average, Superb, Classic big band, Nice, Average, Guitar Classic, Superb big band highlife, Really nice and lastly a space filler bit from track 5 again which I haven't included on my collection CD-R copy! Well there you have it, a very quick run down on a great album. 1. MONEY NOR BATAYA - AFRO NATIONAL
2. GYAE SU - PAT THOMAS
3. NINA - AFRICANIUM
4. ME NI WU AGYAE - KWABENA OKAI
5. MADAMFO PA - KOFI SAMMY
6. MAMA HAWA - MORLEY DORLEY
7. GBAIH - MUSIC MAKERS
8. AGYA - KOO NIMO
9. WISHING - F. KENYA
10. GINGE-WA-GINGE - CIAFFA
VARIOUS ARTISTS (CDx2) - GHANA - NIGERIA HIGHLIFE HIGH UPS NDCD025CDC CDX2 £ 12.50
Track list disc 1: Red Spots - Oya Kae Me. Black Beats - Anokwa edoni. Builders Brigade - Mbra Nimfo Quist. Ramblers International - Ntoboase. Zeal Onyiah - Vicky Nyem Afum. Professional Beach - Akwantu. Akwaboa - Anuapa Due My Sympathies. Frimpong - Nkonkohweree Mmienu. Onyina - Akokoa Aye Bi Agh. Eddie Okonta and His Top Aces - Eddie's Accident. Isaiah Ejire Khinde and The Top Modern Stars - Olomi Mabo. Prince Kayosun Dosumu and His Dandies - Eso Pele. Proffessional Uhuru - Ali Wuo. Ramblers International - Akokonini Abankwa. Modernisers - Akwankwa Hieni. Charles Iwegbue and His Archibogs - Hold Me Tight Baby. Ramblers Dance Band - Ride Your Donkey. Charlotte Dada - Don't Let Me Down. Adangbe Rhythm Band - Agama. Dr Sir Warrior and The Oriental Brothers International - Unnamed. Ignace De Souza - Papa Kou Maman. Ignace De Souza - Ma Aya Nwet. Dele Ojo and His Star Brothers Band - Omo Oloja. Stargazers Band - Masan Makwo. Track list disc 2: Godwin Kabaka Opara's Oriental Brothers International - Onye Ikekwere Mekeya. Professional Uhuru - Medzi Me Sigya. E.T. Mensah and His Tempo Band - Weeya Weya. Police Band - Me Ye Fun. Akompi - Ose Obeko. Charles Iwegbue and His Archibogs - Okibo. Akompi - Meremma Bio. Eddie Okonta and His Top Aces - Tkilo. High Class Diamonds - Msaman Mfomu. Eddie Okonta - Aybrokpe. High Class Diamonds - Kae Me. Ignace De Souza - Suru Lo Dara. Professional Uhuru - Betu Me Ho Awow. E.T. Mensah - School Girl. New Star - Late Obadeyi. Ahamano's Guitar Band - Me Nsae Da. Akompi's Guitar Band - Onyame Na Oye. Onyina - Baako Yeyaw. Oppong's Guitar Band -Anadwo Bea. Haruna Ishola - Buere Ile Komoyi Ode. Ignace De Souza with Ani Johnson and E.K. Asare - Augustina. E.T. Mensah and The Tempos - You Call Me Roko. Kroo Young Stars Rhythm Group - Oci Te Bi. Ramblers International - Wgya Saman.
VICTOR OLAIYA IN THE SIXTIES POLP066CDC LP £ 10.00
Ten georgeous tracks of original 50's and 60's Highlife from the man they call the 'Evil Genius of Highlife' and when you've heard this album I'm sure you'll agree that it's oh so true. Victor plays a scorcher on his trumpet and loads of beautiful guitar and laid back percussion coupled with a great horn section, it all goes into making a classic album. I can't sum it up better than to repeat what it say's on the sleeve notes.'SOUND MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THESE'. Favorite track for me is Lafia We Lawani with it's stunning percussive finish.
GUINEA Bis
PACHECO DE GUMBE GUMBE EM CONCERTO 121498CDC TC £ 10.00
Pacheco the 'King of Gumbe' and his band play a refreshingly different and extraordinary style of music. The lead guitarist plays a blinder with his twangy yet flat sounding break neck Portuguese rhythms on the opening track, Comercio Livre, dives back into the timeless beauty of the early Cuban influenced music with a track that is absolutely stunning. Hot on its heels is Carnaval with its definite Rio carnival sound and there are still four more tracks to go but I've had enough of writing, I'm going to dance and dance and dance! (F.T.Index: Gardicimento, Babune Djaby, Comercio Livre, Saudade) 1. GUMBE EM CONCERTO
2. COMERCIO LIVRE
3. CARNAVAL
4. BABUNA DJABY
5. GARDICIMENTO
6. N'NA
7. SAUDADE
SUPER MAMA DJOMBO FESTIVAL SMD002CDC LP £ 10.00
From the early years comes this stunning album with its gorgeous guitar driven music. A mix of Afro Portugese music with more than a hint of Cuban style to it. Just loved the hip shaking Sociedade de Malandros which had me vibrating all over the place in seconds. [6T/37M] 1. FESTIVAL
2. ALMA BEAFADA
3. TAMANCO
4. MORTOS NEGA
5. JULIA
6. SOCIEDADE DE MALANDROS
VARIOUS ARTISTS PILARES DE N'GUMBE 121827CDC TC £ 10.00
Two tracks each from 'The Pillars of Gumbe', namely - Patcheco De Gumbe, Rey David, Azy Monterio and Malamba Sisse. Rey (King) David starts us off with Criacao, a number loaded with those twangy 'Gumbe' guitars. He also finishes the album with the slower but just as gorgeously twangy N'penga. Two tracks from Patcheco, Safrayna Manha and Catchu di Ferro, follow the same fast paced guitar style he did so well on 'Gumbe en Concerto'. Azy's first track, the plaintive No Katem Bemba is a bit sad sounding but again those twangy guitars are rather nice. His second, Fianca di Futuro is a duet and much zippier. Malamba's bright and bouncy Fala di Ira is gorgeous even if his singing is a wee bit tinny to start with. His other track Corson Na Balanco follows the same bouncy style but with the guitars literally cascading notes in all directions. (F.T.Index Catchu Di Ferro, Fala Di Ira, Corson Na Balanco, Fianca Di Futuro, N'penga.) [8T/56M] 1994 1. CRIACAO - REY DAVID
2. SAFRAYNA MANHA - PATECHECO DE GUMBE
3. NO KATEM BEMBA - AZY MONTERIO
4. FALA DI IRA - MALAMBA SISSE
5. FIANCA DI FUTURO - AZY MONTERIO
6. CATCHU DI FERRO - PATECHECO DE GUMBE
7. CORSON NA BALANCO - MALAMBA SISSE
8. N'PENGA - REY DAVID
GUINEA Con
BEMBEYA JAZZ MEMOIRE DE ABOUBACAR CAMARA SLP65CDC LP £ 10.00
The 14 track Hommage a Demba Camara - 38222-2 is the CD version of LP Memoire de Aboubacar Camara - SLP65 but has 5 additional tracks Armee Guineenne, N'watoi M'barale, Camara Mousso, Festival National and Whisky Soda. However it is missing two tracks from the LP - Boiro and Doni Doni. Also some of the spellings are different. 1. MOSSOGBE
2. BENI BARALE
3. LA GUINEE
4. DAGNA
5. FATOUMATA
6. BOIRO
7. BALLAKE
8. ALLA LAKE
9. WARABO
10. N'BORIN
11. DONI DONI
BEMBEYA JAZZ WA KELE CD8460CDC CD £ 10.00
HOROYA BAND NATIONAL ZOUMANA SLP41CDC LP £ 10.00
One of the many orchestras in Guinee Conakry during the 1970s. Under the regime of Sekou Toure, the best bands were awarded with the title Orchestre national and had the possibility to travel to Cuba to learn more about Afro-cuban music. Horoya Band achieved the title of national orchestra in 1971. The band was led by Mitou Traore and halfway through the 1970s, they recorded this LP, entitled Zoumana, on the state record label Syliphone.

Further info can be found on Frank Bessem's web site.
1. ZOUMANA
2. KONIMBA
3. PAYA - PAYA
4. LA GUINEE HOROYA
5. TOURAMAN !
6. DJAMA - BA LABO
7. N'FALA DYAMANA
JALI MUSA JAWARA YASIMIKA HNCD1355CDC CD £ 10.00
A very rare English version released in the USA by Hannibal Records was first issued in France in 1983. Two koras, a balafon, and a splendid female chorus backing for Djeli Moussa Diawara's lead (as he is known in Francophone Africa) makes for a deserved bestseller among Africans in France. This is contemporary-traditional Mandingo music, purely and wonderfully performed and admirably recorded. John Storm Roberts, All Music Guide John's write-up slightly amended by me so that there is no confusion as to who the artist is.[4T/33M] 1. FOTE MOGOBAN
2. HAIDARA
3. YEKEKE
4. YASIMIKA
KANTE MANFILA TRADITION STERNS1021CDC LP £ 10.00
Superb album released back in 1988 which shows guitarist and singer Kante at his traditional best. The twinkling sounds of the kora come courtesy of Mory Kante while backing vocals come from Djanka Diabate and Oumou Diabate. It mighy only be 37 minutes but all of it is sheer bliss. 1. MAIMOUNA DIABY
2. DOUMANY
3. ALLAH BARA HOKE
4. DIYAGNE
5. MOBEREYA
L'ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTAL DE GUINEE VOL I EMAILPS02CDC TC £ 10.00
Having had such a success with Volume 2. I just had to keep pestering until they re-released Volume 1. and boy, oh boy, was it worth it. Totally traditional with masses of Koras, Balafon, Drums and Flutes backing the tremendous power of the women singers. To call this album stunning is a definite understatement! Pure MAGIC.
L'ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTAL DE GUINEE VOL II EMAILPS03CDC TC £ 10.00
This album has it all, super singing, loads of Kora, Balafon and some great percussion to boot. Mainly Manding in its roots but with a few other bits thrown in for good measure. Less raucous than 'Fatala' but still retaining that super sound that makes Manding music so popular. I don't need to recommend this one as it sold out straight away before I'd done the write up and hopefully I've ordered enough this time!!!!
LES AMAZONES DE GUINEE AU COEUR DE PARIS 42076-2CDC CD £ 10.00
LES GRANDS BALLETS D'AFRIQUE NOIR AFRIQUE XERA BIP-94CDC TC £ 10.00
Singing, kora, balafon, guitar and various percussion instruments from this 14 strong traditional ensemble make for an absolutely stunning show. 1. AFRIQUE XERA
2. SOUNDIATA
3. DOUNDOUMBA-COTEBA
4. FOTON XONE
5. WARA
6. MAKEINDE
7. KAKILAMBE
8. TIMINI
9. XAWARE
MAMA DIABATE DABANKO DABANKOCDC TC £ 10.00
A lovely mixture of traditional and modern styles from The Biche du Manding as she is affectionately known. The modern instruments are there but its the kora, balafon and flute that attracted me the most and of course Mama's wonderful singing backed by the deliciously sweet chorus. (F.T.Index: in no particular order although Moba was my favorite, Mamanko, Dokee, Koyin, Sida, Elegance, Bakoutouna, Mansa Boudou, Dabanko, Moba, Petit Conde.) [10T/57M] (biche is doe, hind or pet) 1. MAMANKO
2. DOKEE
3. KOYIN
4. SIDA
5. ELEGANCE
6. BAKOUTOUNA
7. MANSA BOUDOU
8. DABANKO
9. MOBA
10. PETIT CONDE
MANIAN DAMBA DJANTOCHININA BGDA9511CDC TC £ 10.00
Gorgeous just doesn't do this album any justice at all. Manian is a modern praise singer who sings without deafening the listeners or the musicians. Her soft but also sharply beautiful voice is backed by Djanka Diabate, Mama Keita & Assitan Keita all of who are well known singers in their own right. The music is an absolutely exquisite mixing of beautifully played guitars and the traditional n'goni, cora and balafon. Fode Baro's percussion programming is just perfect and I must admit that I hardly even notice Rakesh Toure's keyboards - was he really there? (F.T.Index: Lansirila, Toubani, Sissoko, M'ba, N'lani Ila, Tougna Laro, Fama Alla, Gny Fola, Ibraya.) [10T/55M]
MOMO (WANDEL) SOUMAH MATCHOWE 92653-2CDC CD £ 10.00
MORY KANTE A PARIS 829690CDC LP £ 10.00
1. YE KE YE KE
2. GNAGA LEMBA
3. WARI MASSILANI
4. CA VA LA BAS
5. M'BALOU
6. SOUMBA
MOUCTAR PARAYA BALDE WAKI-LARREH WAKICDC TC £ 10.00
A wonderful album from the smooth voiced Mouctar and his backing vocalists Maimouna and Mimi Barry. The keyboards and lin drums are in there but mixed in so cleverly with the guitars and the more traditional sounds of the flutes, ngonis and various other drums plus a lively horn section that they become an essential part of the musical picture. See if you can resist guitarist Djekoria Mory Kante as he plays on Guigol - I would buy this album just to get this track alone! Dance to it, Listen to it, whichever you do its a magic album through and through. ( F.T.Index: Guigol, Tagadho, Djouhairatou, Bamora, Momara, Fabolan, Bamba Sawa, Monyere, N'yame. ) [10T/49M] 1. MONYERE
2. BAMORA
3. MOMARA
4. FABOLAN
5. BAMBA SAWA
6. DJOUHAIRATOU
7. N'YAME
8. TAGADHO
9. GUIGOL
10. WAKI-LARREH
OUSMANE KOUYATE BENI HAMINANKO SA300011CDC LP £ 10.00
Having played with les Ambassadeurs since 1977 and then with Salif Keita (on Soro and Ko-Yan) he released this, his first solo album, back in 1982 followed by Kefimba in 1985. An instant hit with his Western and Africa fussion which got Sterns to sign him up for a three record deal in 1990. A deal that died with the release of Domba in the same year. [37M] 1. BENI HAMINANKO
2. N'NY
3. DEYIN KASSILA
4. BINTOU
5. BAFIN KONO
SEKOU BEMBEYA DIABATE DIATA GUITAR D'OR 121602CDC TC £ 10.00
A superb album by ex-Bembaya Jazz leader Sekouba Bembeya, otherwise known as 'Diamond Fingers'. His incredibly beautiful guitar playing is here accompanied only by fellow guitarists Djeli Moussa Kouyate on rhythm and Iblouse Kouyate on bass who provide a gorgeous traditional backing to Sekouba's almost virtuoso performance. No drums, no balafon and not even any singing, just pure guitars but like Baaba Maal and Mansour Seck's classic 'Djam Leelii' this album is a guitar masterpiece. (F.T.Index: Diata, Tou, Kolankoma, Mamiwata, Balake, Kani, Deri, Anfila.) [8T/60M] 1. DIATA
2. DERI
3. BALAKE
4. MAMIWATA
5. KOLANKOMA
6. KANI
7. TOU
8. ANFILA
SEKOUBA BAMBINO DIABATE BONYA SYL-83201CDC TC £ 0.00
The second of two cassettes recorded at Studio Harryson in Paris. The insert reads like a 'Who's Who' of African music. To name just a few of those taking part: Djanka Diabate & Mama Keita on chorus, Djely Moussa Kouyate, Yves Ndjock, Baba Sissokho, Djessou Mory Kante & Sekou Bembeya Diabate on guitars, Moriba Koita, Lansana Kouyate & Djely Moussa Conde respectively on ngoni , balafon & cora, the horns of Bolognesi, Slominsky & Hatot, electric instrumentation from Jean Phillip Rikel & Philippe Guez, and all arranged and directed by Boncana Maiga. That's as may be I hear you say but what does it sound like? Absolutely stupendous. (F.T.INDEX: Miri, An Nya Deme, Imakoun, Canadia, Bonya, Kassou Mama.)[6T/45M] (See SYL-83200 to buy)
SEKOUBA BAMBINO DIABATE KASSA STCD1074CDC CD £ 0.00
A compilation which has been culled from the twelve tracks which appeared on the cassettes Bonya & Kassa with an additional two tracks added. [11T/63M] (See SYL-83200 to get the complete compilation)
SEKOUBA BAMBINO DIABATE KASSA SYL-83200CDC TC £ 10.00
The first of two cassettes recorded at the same time at Studio Harryson in Paris. The insert card reads like a 'Who's Who' of African music. To name just a few of those taking part: Djanka Diabate & Mama Keita on chorus, Djely Moussa Kouyate, Yves Ndjock, Baba Sissokho, Djessou Mory Kante & Sekou Bembeya Diabate on guitars, Moriba Koita, Lansana Kouyate & Djely Moussa Conde respectively on ngoni , balafon & cora, the horns of Bolognesi, Slominsky & Hatot, electic instrumentation from Jean Phillip Rikel & Philippe Guez, and all arranged and directed by Boncana Maiga. That's as may be I hear you say but what does it sound like? Quite simply its gorgeous from end to end with styles drawn from a variety of artists. You'll notice a similarity with Salif Keita's 'Soro' one minute switching to Kante Manfila's 'Kankan Blues' the next, pump in a bit of the Amazones and you begin to get the feel of this masterpiece. (F.T.INDEX: Kassa - Cinema Wondo, Maloya, Koumakan, Kassa, Autorail, Damansena.)[6T/31M] Please note that the tracks Cinema Wondo and Maloya are not on the CD of the same name. (My CDR contains all 14 tracks from these three albums)
SEKOUBA BAMBINO DIABATE LE DESTIN BOM2055CDC CD £ 10.00
Wonderful music and vocals sums up this vibrant album. Loads of balafon and guitar along with drums and various strings make up the musical backing to the magnificent voice of Sekouba and the girl chorus. This album's music is so good it would be worth getting even if it was an instrumental! This album is definitely destined to be a classic. Contains eleven tracks, the first six are the original Le Destin cassette while the other five are from Kasally Sama cassette minus the second version of N'diati. 1. KA SOUMA MAN
2. BANKO KA
3. A NYARA N'NA
4. DIOULA
5. A BARANA
6. SUPER LANDAYA
7. KESSALY
8. TOUGNA
9. SAMA
10. OUGNAFOLA
11. N'DIATI
SONA DIABATE DES AMAZONES SONS DE LA SAVANE SLP77CDC LP £ 10.00
Superb album from Sona with help from fellow vocalist Condette Kouyate and backing from M'mah Sylla. Demba Camara plays some sparkling guitar and marimba with Maitre Mamadou A. Barry on flute and saxophones. 1. HAFIA
2. KINIKINIKO
3. 22 KELE
4. MAMA NYEPOU (LANNAYA)
5. YEKEKE
SONA DJELY KOUYATE DOUBAYA BGDA91006CDC TC £ 10.00
Sona can really belt out the songs when she gets going and this album is no exception. Her crisp vocals are delivered at lightning speed with pinpoint accuracy and tremendous power.The up-tempo but still very traditional sounding music owes a lot to the artistic interpretation of Cheick Smith. (The F.T.Index: Super Word Sonko, Kadia, Djalakoro, Doctor, Soko, Doubaya.)
SONA DJELY KOUYATE HOMMAGE A SONA MAMADY CONDE SS-2165CDC TC £ 10.00
Every bit as good as 'Doubaya' and still sticking firmly with the traditional sound of Guinea but on a mellower note. Guitarist, Moutou Kouyate along with n'goni player Garba Tounkara and kora player Djely Moussa Conde provide the tinkling string sounds for which guinea is famous while Djely Modou Kouyate provides some lovely balafon playing. (The F.T.Index: Super Konkoba, Kani Molebe, N'dagnan ) 1. KOUYA SIDIYA
2. N'DAGNAN
3. KANI MOLEBE
4. SUPER KONKOBA
5. GBANSAN MANDI
6. N'TA M'BADA
SONINKARA 94 SUMPU - VOLUME 3. DK18CDC TC £ 10.00
Camara Abdoulaye's fascinating raw vocals contrast perfectly with the gorgeous singing of chorus girls Assitan Keita and Kande and Marama-gbe Diabate. Backed by Goudia Kouate's beautiful guitaring, which just sings and the throbbing hypnotic beat of the drums, this album is purely and simply gorgeous. Not just danceable but also very listenable too. I loved every minute of it. (F.T.Index: Muke, Golle, Tekudende, Xaxe, Sumpu ) [8T/52M]
SUPER LION AND BEMBEYA JAZZ NATIONAL DISCOTHEQUE 76 SLP66CDC LP £ 10.00
Bembeya Jazz National feature on four out of the five tracks on this album. The instrumental number 'Petit Sekou' allows Sekou Diabate to exhibit his prodigious talent and another good performance by the band is found on 'Kana Sarakabo'. This release also contains the only recorded performance by the group Super Lion, who were the all-male orchestra of the National Gendarmarie of Guinea. 1. KITI
2. TELEPHONE
3. PETIT SEKOU
4. AH KANI
5. KANA SARAKABO
SYLI AUTHENTIC DANS L'ARENE SLP57CDC LP £ 10.00
Released back in 1976 this album is stunningly beautiful with guitars cascading notes in all directions, a great bit of drumming to back it all up and great vocals to finish it all off. 1. ANDREE
2. AYA NA
3. MAFORY BANGOURA
4. N'BESSOMA
5. FABARA
6. SENERO
VARIOUS ARTISTS 40EME ANNIVERSAIRE SYLIPHONE Vol. 2 38202-2CDC CD £ 10.00
Kouyate Sory Kandia - Souaressi. Myriam Makeba - Djiguinira. Bembeya Jazz - Dembaty Galant. Horoya Band - Sassilon. Nimba de N'zerekore - Gon Bia Bia. Tele Jazz - Sensenki. Orchestre de la Paillotte - Kadia Blues. Bembaya Jazz - Petit Sekou. 22 Band Kankan - Wousse. Ensemble Instrumental de Labe - PDG Lannata Sine. Balla et ses Balladins - Mana Mana. Keletigui - Maderi. (12 T/ 76M)
IVORY COAST
ANOMAN BROUGH FELIX LE PASSE AND LE PRESENT No. I E024391-4CDC TC £ 10.00
Ivorien Star who only gets a one line mention in 'Sterns Guide' and 'African All Stars'. Why? He's been going since the early 60's but probably hasn't released any albums abroad. The crazy thing is that both these albums are brilliant from start to finish. The early Congolese/Cuban and even Jazz/Blues infuence flows out from the beautifully played guitars and the laid back vocals of Anoman and the Ivoiris Band. CLASSIC SOUNDS. (Double CDR includes LE PASSE AND LE PRESENT No. II ) 1. MEKIE FEUSSON
2. LOGBOTSA
3. ME N'DAYA BIEN
4. FANTA JE T'AIME
5. BOUCHE YE YE
6. CHOVETIN
7. PAPA KOUASSI
8. BINDETO
9. BOPON HIBIEN
10. CHI ALAYAI
11. J'AI ENVIE DE L'EMBRASSER
12. HINCHO
13. FICHE NOUS LA PAIX
ANOMAN BROUGH FELIX LE PASSE AND LE PRESENT No. II E0221191-4CDC TC £ 0.00
(Included on LE PASSE AND LE PRESENT No. I) SEE ALBUM ABOVE.
EBA AKA JEROME TRAHISON EBACDC LP £ 10.00
A compilation from two LP's plus a track from a compilation album. TRAHISON comes from both 52 201 and DISCO001. LA VERITE from 52 201. VILIEMON from DISCO001. DJIBLITO from DISCO001. MASSOUA MO from SOUND D'AFRIQUE - ISSP4003. [5T/61M] 1. TRAHISON
2. LA VERITE
3. VILIEMON
4. DJIBLITO
5. MASSOUA MO
FLANI DOUMBIA TELE LE BI 94002CDC TC £ 10.00
And now for something totally different.... the traditional sound of the Ivory Coast which bears more than a passing resemblance to the Wassoulou sound of Mali. The drums pound out the beat to some really power packed vocals from Flani and her chorus girls, Djenabou and Saran Doumbia. However its the wonderful sound of the tam tams of Sekouba Traore and Adama Sanogo Moneba 'talking' their way through the songs that steals the show. Backed by the doun-doun and doun-dounba drums of Chaka Dembele and Petit Moussa, for me, the drummers and the smashing rhythmic mixture they are knocking out are definitely the high points in this lovely album. (F.T.Index: Tele La Bi, Sabari, Fatou, Tomoro ) [6T/30M] 1994. 1. TELE LE BI
2. NA MO SIYA
3. SABARI
4. GNANGBOYA
5. FATOU
6. TOMORO
FRANCOIS LOUGAH THE BEST 20 TITLES 010LSG94CDC TC £ 10.00
Super compilation of tracks which span the twenty years of Francois's career. Not as you would expect, a collection of crackling old recordings but a brand new recording of the old hits that have been spiced up. Side 'A' with some stunning Congolese style guitar and synth from Kouadio Briskar, Doudou and Bamba M Yang. Superb vocals from Francois and backing girls Awa Gombo and Zita - guaranteed to set the dance floor ablaze from end to end. While side 'B' is totally different, starting off with some gorgeously sung 'Du Slow' tracks and then into the thumping rhythms of 'Polihet' dance music. DEFINITE MUST IN ANY COLLECTION.
JESS SAH BI JESUS CHRIST NE DECOIT PAS JSB001CDC TC £ 10.00
Gospel music with a difference. It's beautiful in every way you can think of. Recorded in the U.S.A. with Roger Fortner on guitars and Gary Davis on keyboards and percussion. Softly played guitars pick out the tunes with perfect timing and Jess and Brenda's vocals are just stunning. Starts out with 'Ile de Goree', about a Princess caught by slavers and sent to America, acoustic guitar and soulful vocals abound. The other tracks are lovely ballads with Jess playing some great harmonica. Side two kicks off with the catchy 'Sehe Voule' with overtones of Bob Dylan, harmonica and guitars to the fore. A perfect marriage of African and Country music? A REAL GEM, DON'T MISS IT. 1. ILE DE GOREE
2. IL VEUT MARCHER AVEC TOI
3. Y VOU BALE VA
4. LOUE
5. SEHE VOULE
6. FORTIFIE - TOI
7. IL VEUT MARCHER AVEC TOI
8. LOUE
NAYANKA BELL A TOULA (VISA) CDS6820CDC CD £ 10.00
Nayanka is one of the most perfect singers I've heard in years, her voice is smooth, sharp, clear and powerful all at the same time. In other words wonderful but that's not all, the music is gorgeous too! Not surprising as Boncana Maiga is in charge of a line-up that includes Yves N'jock & N'doumbe Djengue on guitars, Moriba Koita on n'goni, Papa Kouyate on percussion and djembe and a magic trio of horn players in Hatot, Slominski & Bolognesi. Nayanka started singing during the 80's as a member of the 'Orchestre de la R.T.I.' under Manu Dibango and now lives and records in Paris. Superb Album. ( F.T.Index: Mvodzam, A Toula, N'damah, Targui. ) [10T/44M]) Recommended.
PETER ONE ZUZU I E02521191-4CDC TC £ 10.00
Stupendous, Magic, call it what you want but this Paris and Ivory Coast recorded album of South African style music is one of the best I've ever heard. The tunes are all so catchy that you'll be hearing them in your sleep. Beautifully played and sung throughout the whole album. It left me so stunned that the only thing I could think of was 'Why can't the South Africans produce an album as good as this?' I could listen to it for ever. FANTASTIC. 1. BANTUSTANS
2. NAWANDI
3. SIDA DJE
4. WO WO WO
USTIN AHIPEAUD AND J.W. POSSE AKPON RAGGA FEELINGS UST10855CDC TC £ 10.00
It isn't RAGGA. The music is pure African and literally throbs from start to finish with an incredible performance from keyboard wizard Ibis Adou and guitarist Briscard 'Pacheco' T-Kat. Sax player Seydina excels throughout as do the wonderful backing singers. Ustin who sings, plays drums and also doubles on bass guitar is marvellous and gets the music going at a cracking pace! He draws inspiration from all over Africa as 'Justin' to give him his proper name, has played with Egyptian reggae band 'Pennies From Heaven', Afro Jazz band 'Deka Koma', 'Sammy Massamba' and even Rai artist Cheb Moumen. The sound of Congo D. R. shines out on 'Kapa Kapa' with some great guitar but otherwise it's a bit hard to pin down. Mind you, after you've heard the intro track 'Last Time' you won't care where it comes from. YOU'LL BE TOO BUSY DANCING YOUR SOCKS OFF TO WORRY ! (The F.T.Index: Take your pick. I loved 'em all) 1. LAST TIME
2. DAGBAZE
3. AWAWALE
4. PANA MONE
5. LAST TIME
6. KAPA KAPA
7. TAM TAM
8. HEAVY SONG
9. ANAZE
10. KAPA KAPA
KENYA
BIGGY OKATCH AND ORCH. SUPER HEKA-HEKA NYATHI NYAKACH BIGGY04CDC TC £ 10.00
Probably the biggest star of benga music in Kenya at the moment with a load of cassettes out. Having written that in mid 98, about four months ago I've just been informed that he's died. Still......! amazing guitar work with strings twanging in all directions while Biggy's really gutsy vocals power out over the rest of the band's sweet harmonies. The bass guitarist really thuds it out while the drummer seems to concentrate on snare as an interesting sideline to his once lucrative drumming job. However his drums will certainly get the old pins going like pistons in the sebens. The inlay shows only four tracks but in actual fact there are twelve - four singles sides A & B plus two of the singles repeated = twelve? ( F.T.Index: Adoche, Hellena Nyabondo, Nyathi Nyakach, Isaiah Ogwe. ) [12T/59M]
D.O.7. SHIRATI JAZZ MILLY AUMA CPOLP591CDC TC £ 10.00
GABBY OMOLLO AND OMONDI JASSOR LUNCH TIME EHSP9901CDC CD £ 10.00
Never heard of Gabby and Omondi? Well you're not alone, neither had I until this CD popped onto my desk. Now I wouldn't part with it for all the tea in china. Superbly tailored singing from this talented duo is supported by some of the most wonderful guitar playing I've heard in years. The drummer belts out the toe tapping beat with a little intriguing help from what sounds like our strident old friend - the Fanta bottle. Just wait till you hear 'em go on Baba Otonglo, now thats what I call supersonic guitar. An absolute cracker of an album from end to end and not to be missed. ( F.T.Index: All tracks dead heat for first place but Baba Otonglo, Juma Nyar U.K., Famili Masikini, and Lunch Time, deserved to win by a whisker. ) [10T/52M]
H. N. OCHIENG KABASELLEH FROM NAIROBI WITH LOVE EHS9701CDC CD £ 10.00
Top Kenyan star Kabaselleh with his Lunna Kidi Band and their hip swiveling old style rumba that's worth its weight in gold. Velvet vocals laid over glittering guitar riffs and all driven by the drummers pounding bass. It might have been recorded back in the 80's but time means nothing to music of this quality as it sounds as fresh and danceable today as it did twenty years ago. ( F.T.Index: Sije, Oyundi, Hommage a Owino Ger, Jela, Africa Dance. ) [5T/65M] 1. SIJE
2. OYUNDI
3. JELA
4. HOMMAGE A OWINO GER
5. AFRICA DANCE
H. N. OCHIENG KABASELLEH AND ORCH LUNA KIDI ANIDAH VB028ACDC 7in £ 0.00
Side A of a 7inch single which is simply incredible. (Please ask)
HAFUSA ABBASI AND THE YAHOOS BAND KARIBU RAMADHANI - EWE MOLA QM001CDC 7in £ 0.00
Favourite Taarab tracks of all time - simply superb. (Please ask)
JOHN NGEREZA AND LES WANYIKA SAFARI YA SAMBURU CPOLP656CDC TC £ 10.00
Smashing four track cassette from John Ngereza and top Kenyan group Les Wanyika. The beat pounds on while the harmonious vocals of John and the group swirl around the tinkling guitars and horns. [4T/37M] 1. SAFARI YA SAMBURU
2. MPENZI RUKIA
3. PENZI HALINA SIRI
4. MASIKITIKO
JOSEPH KARIUKI AND KIARUTARA MWANZO BOYS BAND MUTIKANJIKIE - WIRA NI WIRA KPZC10CDC TC £ 10.00
Stunning 14 track album which came to me re-recorded from an old cassette before I transfered it to CD-R for my own collection. Just have a listen to the clips. Although the front cover of the cassette has Mutikanjikie on it, the spine says Wira Ni Wira. Call it what you will it is still fantastic. 1. MUTIKANJIKIE
2. NJERI MAMA
3. GITIRO KIA MUKA WENE
4. RIMIRA CIANA
5. MWENDWA MARY
6. MINYORORO
7. NDIKWENDA ICERA
8. BABA NJURU
9. MUTHENYA MUNENE
10. NJOHI NI TWANYUIRE
11. NGAI AROMOTEITHIA
12. WANGECI
13. WIRA NI WIRA
14. UTONGA NI MATIGARI MA NDA
KENGE KENGE ORUTU SYSTEM WACHO GITIMO SALCD049CDC CD £ 10.00
A real throbber of a locally produced album featuring a mainly percussion backing to some very interesting sounding local string and wind instruments. However the boys vocals are up front all the way through. 1. AMOLLO.COM
2. AMILO NYAR KOLAL
3. ZAINABU
4. SARAH NYAR KOSELE
5. DR. REGE
6. RAPAR ADEYA ADONGO
LES MANGELEPA 1st ANNIVERSARY ALBUM CASLP2004CDC TC £ 10.00
Tracks ; Embakasa, Maindusa, Mimba, Nyako-Konya plus on my collection CDR Makorokoto Vana Ve Zimbabwe from OM0001
LES MANGELEPA 2nd ANIVERSARY ALBUM CASLP2016CDC TC £ 10.00
More fragrant Zairumba from the group with one of Kenya's sweetest sounds. Singers Kai-Kai, Moustang, Evani and Macky take it in turn to do the vocals on the four songs. The guitar picking is exquisite, the horns heavenly and the singing is simply out of this world. What an album - a guaranteed cracker. ( F.T.Index: Halleluya, Pambana, Walter, Maboko Pamba. ) [4T/M39]
LES MANGELEPA GOLDEN HITS OF.......SHINDANO YA MOTO ASLP956CDC LP £ 10.00
Tracks : Mangelepa Kamili, Kizunguzungu, Trouble, Sakina.
LES MANGELEPA MADINA CASLP2025CDC TC £ 10.00
One of Kenya's best Zairumba bands which was formed back in 1975 and has since then been regularly topping the charts except when they got deported for a while in 1985 after making this album. Led by Bwamy Walumona their beautifully played music and vocal harmonies are simply breath taking. The guitar playing is wonderful but it shares top of the bill with a tremendous horn line up that has layer upon layer of brass cascading in all directions. Take a good listen to the title track to see this in all it's glory and while you're at it you'll hear the vocals in English - not roughly put together but masterfully fitted to the music - so suprised on hearing it that I nearly fell out of my seat and I was strapped in at the time! ( F.T.Index:Madina, N'kimba, Kamwala, Lolo Mukena. ) [4T/31M]
LES MANGELEPA MAKOROKOTO VANA VE ZIMBABWE OM0001CDC 12in £ 0.00
Recorded in Zimbabwe at Shed Studios obviously as a tribute to Mr Mugabe and has some cracking guitar play. [2T/12M] (This album is included on CASLP2004)
LES MANGELEPA SAFARI YA MANGALEPA CASLP2027CDC TC £ 10.00
Just blows you away with its sparkling guitar, velvet harmonies and superb horns, what more could you ask for. Extra tracks like Pambana, Halleluya and Maboko Pamba. ( F.T.Index: Safari Ya Mangelepa, Zoao, Harare, Odesia. ) [7T/67M]
LES MANGELEPA THE AFRICAN STARS COLLECTION Vol. 5 JJLP005CDC LP £ 10.00
Released on the Jumbo Jet label by Polygram it contains the following tracks: Ole Ole, Amua, Detshu, Dracula. The copy in my own collection also has two tracks from The Riot Continues album released by EMI. Nganga-Kimetu and Ekubuku. The other two tracks on the album - Mangelepa Kamili and Sakina were released as part of the Golden Hits album.
LES MANGELEPA THE MALAWI TOUR ASLP921CDC LP £ 10.00
Real magic from the group, twelve strong at this point, which was recorded live on a tour of Malawi back in 1978. Although the applause does sound a bit canned to my ears the music is just wonderful. Their super smooth vocals are enhanced by some wonderfully picked guitar to say nothing of the horns when they breeze in and blow you away. All you have to do to be at the concert is close your eyes and you will be in the best seats in the house. Or at least you would be if you were not up and doing that hot carpet shuffle. Go, Go, Go. ( F.T.Index: Ole Ole, Saad, Malawi Zikomo, Kanemo. ) [4T/37M]
MAROON COMMANDOS DAWA NIMUONE HANI POLP532CDC LP £ 10.00
Great music from one of Kenya's most famous bands. This time with Paul Mwandembo and Tuesday Oguro with a track each while Habel Kifoto is on the other two. Pure magic from way back in 1982. 1. DAWA NIMUONE HANI
2. TUCHEZE SAMBALE
3. DADA MDAKU
4. WAZAZI WAKO WAMENIKATAA
MARY AND ALEX OMINDE NI NANI KAMA YEHOVA EHS2001CDC CD £ 10.00
When I saw the word - Yehova - in the title I straight away thought Gospel Music like South Africa's Holy Cross Choir, The Holy Spirits and latterly the sound of Rebecca Malope. The answer was yes, it was Gospel, however I wasn't prepared for the beautiful and infectiously joyous sounds that came off my little silver disc. Mary, who has been blind from birth, has truly been blessed with an outstanding voice and with backing vocals and simple but superbly played music from her husband Alex, Abel Amoyi and John Katana they have combined to produce an absolutely heavenly album. I'm not religious but I can't get the catchy sound of Ni Lazima out of my head. There is no F.T.Index as every track is simply just wonderful. [8T/44M]
MORENO BATAMBA EVERLASTING MEMORIES MOR/C003CDC TC £ 10.00
While most tracks are to be found on The Greatest Hits album these are in most cases from different recordings. An absolutely cracking set which makes you wonder why he is still almost unknown outside Kenya. 1. VITUKO MAJENGO
2. PILI MSWAHILI
3. UREMBO SI HOJA
4. MALI KWA MALI
5. WAKE ZA WATU
6. ANGELA
7. DUNIA NI DUARA
8. MAPENZI YA MSHUMAA
9. BIBI HARUSI
10. KAZI NI KAZI
11. MAPENZI YA SHIDA
12. SINA WIVU
13. PILI MSWAHILI PT. 2
MORENO BATAMBA NIPE MAPENZI NIPECDC TC £ 10.00
More great music from one of Kenya's best kept secrets. 1. KADOGO
2. MAPENZI NI MAZOEA
3. MANI BUDA
4. OMANDE
5. PILI MTALI
6. NIPE MAPENZI
7. LOSELE
MORENO BATAMBA THE GREATEST HITS OF MOR/C001CDC TC £ 10.00
Stupendous is a bit of an understatement for this somewhat mono sounding recording taken from old 7 inch singles. Just have a listen to the music and you will see what I mean. 1. DUNIA NI DUNIA PT. 1
2. DUNIA NI DUNIA PT. 2
3. BIBI HARUSI PT.1
4. BIBI HARUSI PT 2
5. MWANA DADA PT. 1
6. MWANA DADA PT. 2
7. UREMBO SI HOJA PT. 1
8. UREMBO SI HOJA PT. 2
9. MAPENZI MALI KWA MALI PT. 1
10. MAPENZI MALI KWA MALI PT. 2
11. PILI MSWAHILI PT. 1
12. PILI MSWAHILI PT. 2
MORENO BATAMBA VIDONGE SITAKI MOR/C002CDC TC £ 10.00
Incredible album that shows why he is still held in such high regard in Kenya. 1. VIDONGE SITAKI
2. MAPENZI YA SHIDA Pt.1
3. MAPENZI YA SHIDA Pt.2
4. BI MASHA
5. WANITOA MAPENZI
6. ANGELA
7. BASEKA
8. ADIAMA
OGUTA BOBO OLD IS GOLD OKO003CDC TC £ 10.00
According to The Rough Guide to World Music - Not much is known about the late Oguta Bobo Otange but that he's a compelling accordion player from among the Luo of western Kenya and his music covered the gamut of topics from serious social commentary to the lighter side of love. I can't add much to that except that I found Oguta's attractive rather gutsy vocals extremely intriguing when backed by the mixed rhythmic metallic and leather percussion and his simple but precise accordion play. While its no dance floor stomper it certainly is a pleasantly infectious sound. Just listen to him steaming through Julias Ouma, now that's what I call style. [10T/40M]
OMARI SHABANI AND JOHN NGEREZA THE BEST OF... TAM002CDC TC £ 10.00
When top Kenyan band Simba Wanyika split up in the late 70's the majority of the band led by Omari Shabani and guitarist John Ngereza formed offshoot Les Wanyika. This album contains amongst others their hit tracks Paulina and Pamela. Its crystal clear with lovely guitaring and infectious singing and simply friggin brilliant throughout. Absolute magic miss it at your peril. (F. T.Index in no particular order: Paulina, Pamela, Haki Zetu, Kajituliza Kasuku, Kujenga Nyumba, Ufukara Sio Kilema. ) [6T/57M]
ORCHESTRA SUPER MAZEMBE HITS OF MAZEMBE VOL 4 ZEMAC4CDC TC £ 10.00
ORCHESTRA SUPER MAZEMBE KAIVASKA 205340CDC LP £ 10.00
Recorded at C & S Studio in Nairobi but released in Europe on LP by Virgin with the following tracks. Mbanda Ya Mobange (Longwa), Kassongo (Katele), Jiji (Tabu Ley Arr. Mazembe), Nanga (Lovy), Bamama (Kassongo We Kanema/Majo), Samba (Katele), Malaba D'amour (Music Buddy Holly/Words Kassongo), Mokano (Lovy), Mwana Nyiau (Lobe). Five of the tracks are to be found on the Earth Works release Super Mazembe - Giants of East Africa CD although they differ quite markedly in length from the originals on the LP. [9T/38M] 1. MBANDA YA MOBANGE
2. KASSANGO
3. JI JI
4. NANGA
5. BAMANA
6. SAMBA
7. MALABA D'AMOUR
8. MOKANA
9. MWANA NYIAU
ORCHESTRA SUPER MAZEMBE MALOBA D'AMOUR AFRIZZ007CDC TC £ 10.00
ORCHESTRA SUPER MAZEMBE SHAURI YAKO - PEPEPE ET001(12)CDC 12in £ 0.00
Mazembe means 'The Earth Movers' and they certainly did with this internationaly renowned version of a Kenyan classic by Guashi Ntembo which they released in 1984. [2T/18M] (Is included on EMALP)
ORCHESTRA SUPER MAZEMBE WABE-ABA EMALPCDC LP £ 10.00
(Also includes ET001(12) on the CDR)
QUEEN JANE NDIMUNOGU HOKO9309CDC TC £ 10.00
Jane Nyambura has become the top female Kikuyu pop star with a bit of help from four of her brothers and sisters and I might add with very good reason. Their shrill vocals are beautifully sung in the traditional folklore style to a stunning backing of sparkling benga style guitars with the beat coming from both the bass guitar and the simple percussion. A guaranteed tootsie tapper which will have you skipping round your lounge like a impalla on speed, be warned its infectious! (F.T.index: Mathiko Ma Baba, Konman, Wendo Ndwonjaga, Nduraga Ngweterire, Njuku, Kandogo, Ningwendete, Ndimunogu, Kienjeku, Karema Hiti, Kunjoera Nindarega, Uiru. )[12T/62M] 1. NDIMUNOGU
2. NDURAGA NGWETEREIRE
3. NJUKU
4. MATHIKO MA BABA
5. WENDO NDWONJAGA
6. KAREMA HITI
7. UIRU
8. KUNJOERA NINDAREGA
9. KANDOGO
10. NINGWENDETE
11. KONMAN
12. KIENJEKU
SAMBA MAPANGALA AND ORCH. VIRUNGA MABIALA - BETTY CASLP2037CDC TC £ 10.00
Wow! This is the sort of music I just love to bits. Original rumba hits of the 70's & 80's from one of Kenya's most sought after and popular bands. Wonderful vocal harmonies from Samba and the crew, guitars going mad bouncing riffs in all directions and horns adding a profusion of brassy flourishes to say nothing of the snare driven sebens. Absolute heaven all the way. ( F.T.Index: Kimotho, Betty, Mabiala, Rama. ) [4T/38M]
SHAMA SHAMA GREATEST HITS CASLP2028CDC TC £ 10.00
Features the following tracks: Mopa Zoba - (Mopero), Mama Aye - (Mopero), Kemto Emancipee - (Mopero), Basaleli Ngai Likita - (Mopero), Pamphi - (Yeampy) and my favourite, the stunning Banga Ya Moto - (Mambo Ley)
SIMBA WANYIKA MBERE YA MUNGU CPOLP1026CDC TC £ 10.00
Their superb vocals are crystal clear and with backing from guitars that really can sing, a heavenly horn section that must have turned the Angel Gabriel green with envy and a drummer who's so infectiously toe tapping that I'm starting to wear big holes in my office carpet, what else can you say about Simba Wanyika except - Pure Magic. ( F.T.Index: Punguza Papara Zako, Pesa Ni Taabu Sana, Pamela, Mbere Ya Mungu, Leka Ulole. ) [5T/39M]
SIMBA WANYIKA PEPEA KMLNCD01CDC CD £ 10.00
The Lions of the Wilderness recorded this album in Holland in 1991at Studio PARS with extra guitar and percussion being added later. The tracks are Mwongele, Wenzako, Pamela, Sikujua Utabadilika, Nakupenda Cherie, Pole Pole and Maria. All of them had been released before but had changed greatly over the 20 years since the group had been formed originally as Arusha Jazz, a town in Tanzania where they were staying before they moved to Kenya.
SIMBA WANYIKA SHILLINGI MAUA TENA YAUA CASLP2014CDC TC £ 10.00
Four tracks and 37 minutes of pure magic. Shillingi, Mpenzi Rejea, Wana Wanyika and last but not least, Mwana Sikia.
SIMBA WANYIKA ORIGINAL KENYA VOL. I AMG003CDC LP £ 10.00
Four tracks and nearly forty minutes of pure heaven. Released way back in 1988, it was an instant classic. Gorgeous vocals from Wilson Peter Kinyonga backed by the rest of the band float over the lovely drumming of Michael Mwita and Tuwail's saxophone displays. However, it is the guitars that steal the show with a glittering display that is hard to beat from anywhere in Africa. 1. BABA ASIYA
2. MARCELINE #2
3. TUSHIRIKIANE
4. HASIRA HASARA
VARIOUS ARTISTS 20 BEST OF EAST AFRICA 1950's ZILVOL1CDC TC £ 10.00
Early pre - benga collection of wonderful Swahili style guitar playing and with some gorgeous singing as well - oh, and don't forget that simple shake, rattle and roll percussion that gives it a touch of real grooving atmosphere. An absolute classic and a must for East African guitar lovers and a real shame it doesn't say who the artists are! (Track List) Nampenda Jane, Jerida Mpenzi, Asiyependa Shule, Makarani, Bibi Mzuri, Masumbuko Wangu, Kazaliwa Wawili, Mbele Hujaoa, Kibera, Umasikini, Julieta, Kenya Yawaka Moto, Usidhalau Bibi, Tina Wangu, Marafiki Wengine, Vijana Mnayesoma, Reuben Ochieng, Asante, Ayuma Nakupenda, Bibi Si Kitu. [20T/60M]
VARIOUS ARTISTS EDITIONS CHRIS Vol. 3 ECV3CDC TC £ 10.00
Another compilation album from the Chris Music Store in Nairobi with another five complete 7inch singles. Recorded from vinyl and with side A having virtually no volume on the left chanel for most of the last 3 songs. Also there is a good bit of crackle and background hum and hiss. They are though very beautiful songs when given a clean up as they are on this CD-R.[10T/49M] 1. MAYOPA - PT. 1
2. MAYOPA - PT. 2
3. COUNCILLOR - PT. 1
4. COUNCILLOR - PT. 2
5. ROSSY MARRIE - PT. 1
6. ROSSY MARRIE - PT. 2
7. MWANA KISUMU - PT. 1
8. MWANA KISUMU - PT. 2
9. VIVA CHRISTMAS - PT. 1
10. VIVA CHRISTMAS - PT. 2
The singers and bands in order are: SAMBA MAPANGALA - (ORCHESTRA VIRUNGA), KAYEMBE NYONGA - (SUPER BWAMBE), LONGWA DIDOS - (SUPER MAZEMBE), LOVY LONGOMA - (SUPER LOVY), KASONGO WA KANEMA - (MASSIMA LA MUSICA).
VARIOUS ARTISTS GUITAR PARADISE OF EAST AFRICA CDEWV21CDC CD £ 10.00
VARIOUS ARTISTS SONGA MBELE - KENYAN CLASSICS Vol 2 SO3CDC TC £ 10.00
The second album from 'SONGA', a little gem with complete singles from Orch' Shika Shika, Orch' Wela Wela, Francis Danger and Prince Njeru. Definitely RECOMMENDED.
VARIOUS ARTISTS THE NAIROBI BEAT ROUCD5030CDC CD £ 10.00
VARIOUS ARTISTS - ZILIZOPENDWA TWIST AND TWIST AGAIN CPOLP2003CDC TC £ 10.00
Imagine it's the late 50's early 60's and Kenya is echoing to the sound of the twist.... The what..... the twist, yes the same as made famous by Chubby Checker, but mind you, there is a bit of a difference. When it got over to Africa they didn't have much in the way of drum kits so they improvised as only Africa can with some lovely, if basic, percussion which literally shakes, rattles and rolls along. The super sweet vocals, almost barber shop in style, are accompanied by some smashing guitar picking. Not to be missed. An F.T.Index: was impossible as the 12 tracks are actually 15 and they aren't in the right order anyway! Nakwenda Congo, Hakuna Mwingine, My Brown Girl, Kenya Ya Leo, Sikuti Twist, Ugonjwa Wa Mapenzi, Arusi Yangu, Mulofa Yangu, Kondakta, Wee Mwatuma, Njagala Twist, Sofia Twist plus three unknowns. [12-15T/41M] 1. TITLE UNKNOWN
2. TITLE UNKNOWN
3. TITLE UNKNOWN
4. MY BROWN GIRL
5. TITLE UNKNOWN
6. UGONJWA WA MAPENZI
7. TITLE UNKNOWN
8. TITLE UNKNOWN
9. TITLE UNKNOWN
10. TITLE UNKNOWN
11. TITLE UNKNOWN
12. TITLE UNKNOWN
13. SOFIA TWIST
14. TITLE UNKNOWN
15. TITLE UNKNOWN
MADAGASCAR
ENSEMBLE DE VALIHA DE MADAGASCAR VALIHA CCACCDC TC £ 10.00
Valiha's are like zither's and if that has you stumped then think of a harp that is played laying flat! The twelve Ensemble members don't all play valiha's, there is also a wide variety of percussion and flutes beavering away as well. Mainly based on traditional folklore the music is far from being slow, twangy and boring it is in fact fast, even furious, has a heck of a beat, a very modern sound and will be loved by everyone who hears it. Reminded me very much of the music of the Pampas cowboys of South America but much more fragrant. A superb album. (F.T.Index: Raha Misy Potraka, Segasy, Sanganehana, O! Sa! E, Ny Lantra Mangamanga, Salama Nareo Topoko. ) [11T/37M]
NINIE TSARA OLO BE TSARACDC TC £ 10.00
As soon as the slightly husky voice of Ninie flows out over the guitars and drums on the title track you know you're on a winner. This lovely singer hails from 'Nosy Be' or 'Little Island' which is on the North-West coast and although she teaches English at college she doesn't sing in it. The music was described to me as mainly a mix of bawejy and salegy but it was the funk influenced last track that I found outstanding. Got to No. 4 in the 1996 Madagascan charts, it should have been No. 1. (F.T.Index: Zanahary, Allo Allo, Ataonao Adala Zaho, Samy Mizaha My Tiany,Tsara Olo Be, Maro Lehilahy, Mandiniha Hely.) [9T/49M]
TIANJAMA SOANADA MA0209KCDC TC £ 10.00
Watcha, Salegy and Bawejy are the styles of music that the group play on this 60 minute & 12 track album. The inlay says 13 tracks and 70 minutes but somewhere along the line they lost 3 tracks but added 2 others! Watcha with its profusion of guitars sounds gorgeously East African Rumba in style, while the Salegy fairly belts along with it's bounding island beat. Bawejy seems to melt the other two styles together into a very addictive and distinctive rhythm of its own. Lovely lively vocals throughout and some incredibly beautiful guitar playing, almost Soukous style, have made this my favorite Madagascan album of all time. Totally different from the 'Euro' releases of Malagasy music, this one is essential listening. (If they ever come to the U.K. this is one group that you mustn't miss at any price). 1. SOANADA
2. DONIA REGAREGA
3. ATERO AMY BABANA
4. SANGA SIRANA
5. SABINA
6. DADY ROPILANY
7. ZEGNY VAOVAO
8. TSIAKAFARA TODY
9. VOLA PARATA
10. DOUDOU FINI
11. ZAHO TANORA + IADAN I TOTO
12. EKA LEMARUY (1ere partie)
TIRIKE OVAO FOMBANAO OVAOCDC TC £ 10.00
A hot and throbbing dance album from Etindraza Enomeany Augustin and Tirike, not to be confused with Tarike which means band. Also from the land of the thorns, they play a foot stomping style called Tsapika with a bit of Salegy thrown in for good measure. I wouldn't describe their superb guitaring as fast but I hear they've got coolers fitted! Just listen to 'em go on Tsy Mijaly, makes you wonder where Diblo goes for his holidays doesn't it? PURE MAGIC. (F.T.Index: Tsy Mijaly, Mararegn'alko, Senge Senge, Valiko Tiako, Hajalany Malaza.) [10T/51M]
MALAWI
KASAMBWE BROTHERS BAND NDILIBE AMBUYE PAM005CDC TC £ 10.00
At one time the most pirated cassette in Malawi. Fourteen wonderful tracks from the Brothers at the peak of their youthful powers. Pure magic from the the three boys who make up the band, the oldest is 18, the youngest just 12 years old. Gorgeously rootsy guitars, one of which is home made, as are the drums, all vibrantly played with loads of feeling. Sweet vocals add the finishing touch to this really danceable album. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
MALI
ABOUBACAR KISSA CUBAIN DE SEGOU MALIBA CK7061CDC TC £ 10.00
Aboubacar as his name implies comes from the town of Segou and he was originally a singer with the town's famous band, 'Super Biton de Segou' Powerful and gritty voice with rather nice chorus girls and somewhat unusual music which includes trumpet as well as guitars and more traditional sounds. Musically it is quite different from the usual Malian sounds in that it has an almost melancholy sound to it especially Democratie which sound almost as if they had left the door to the next studio open during recording. [7T/38M] 1. DJANIEBA
2. WALEGNUMA
3. DEMOCRATIE
4. GARBA MAMA
5. KIRABU
6. SO KARAFE
7. MALIBA
ABOUBACAR SIDIKI PARE dit VIEUX BARONI BARONICDC TC £ 10.00
A rather nice album from singer, composer, guitarist and percussionist Aboubacar who is better know as Vieux. With a bit of help from Mamadou Diakite and Karamoko Simaga on guitars, Oumar Diallo on keyboard and Backing singers Tata Sacko and Hawa Sidibe. Recorded in 1998 at Studio Yeelen in Bamako which I had never come across before. [42M] 1. BARONI
2. CHERIE - CHERIE
3. FOLIKAN
4. KANKELEN TIGUI
5. DELIKO
6. SUBO
7. YELEMA
8. KAYUMAN
AICHATA SIDIBE LA VIE EST SI BELLE AICHATACDC TC £ 10.00
A very nice album from singer Aichata that on first hearing brought memories of early Nahawa Doumbia immediately to mind. The music is a bit more modern in sound and instrumentation with sax and for the first time that I have ever noticed on Malian music, a piano! However the guitars are there alongside the calabash, n'goni and djembe and Ismael Wonder on chorus with Maman. The modern traditional mix is nice and with a bit of unobtrusive rap springing a pleasant suprise every so often. I hate rap but this album is a very pleasant all the way through. 1. YIKI
2. LA VIE EST SI BELLE
3. MANU MANI
4. KOKOYO
5. KANUNA
6. I MA KOU
7. KONARE A. BAH
8. KOBENA KUMA
AMADOU ET MARIAM SOU NI TILE 557118CDC CD £ 10.00
Mariam sings while Amadou also plays guitar. Accompanying them are a world wide selection of artist. Stephane San Juan on drums and percussion. Shihab M'ghezzi Bekhouche on bass. Matu on Fender Rhodes, Hammond XB3. Walde Baba Sissoko on Tama. Andres Viafara and Alberto Rodriguez on trombones. Barbaro Teunter Garcia on Trumpets. Loic Landois on harmonica. Sameh Gatalan and Johar Ali Khan on violin. Alain Hatot on transverse flute. Idwar Iskandar on ney (arabian flute) and last but not least Awa Timbo and Sanata Doumbia with the background vocals. The playing is superb, the music is magic and I still think the original tapes they took these tracks from were superior. Gorgeous album.
AMBASSADEUR INTERNATIONAL MANDJOU BLP5040CDC LP £ 10.00
A five track LP with the original version of Mandjou (not the Island one) along with Kandja, 4 V, N'toman and Balla, the last track is not out on any compilation CD's. 1. MANDJOU
2. KANDJA
3. 4 V
4. N'TOMAN
5. BALLA
ASSITA TOUNKARA AND BAKAROBA DIABATE FOUROU SAM077192-4CDC TC £ 10.00
Husband and wife, Assita and Bakoroba have got together with Keletigui on balafon and Mama Sissoko on guitar for a lovely album of laid back Malian traditional music. Abdoulaye Samassa, who produced it, has added a bit of Paris style musical improvisation here and there but it doesn't detract from the album's overall ethnic feel as exemplified by the track 'Dougou Mimadia' Gorgeous music and singing throughout. 1. FOUROU
2. GNAGARAN FOLI
3. ASSOU DEMBELE
4. DOUGOU MIMADIA
5. SEBABOUGOU
6. BARODA SOUMALE
BABANI KONE BARIKA MK79809CDC TC £ 10.00
Not to be missed show from the powerhouse voice of Malien diva Babani. Just have a listen. 1. NTA FOLA
2. DIAGNINKO
3. SOYEBA
4. DAGNAN
5. KOBARIKA
6. GNANIMA DJOUGOU
7. MARIE LOUISE
8. SARA NANA
BABANI KONE SANOU DJALA STCD1085CDC CD £ 10.00
CD release of her cassette CK7335. (8T/38M)
BAMBA DEMBELE ET LE GROUPE DJOLIBA PERCUSSIONS Vol. 1 SYL8350CDC TC £ 10.00
No notes inside so I have no idea who is playing what. I do know that the female singers are really giving it their all as their powerful vocals stream out over the throbbing drums . The band, twelve stong on the cover photo, play flute, balafons, ngoni and kora's as well as the various drums. The music on all tracks belts out right from the start but it's the stunningly thunderous rhythmic drumming that ends each track that will take your breath away. You don't get this in the studios - this is for real. Tracks : Moriata, Mansadin, Yeri Yeri, Fantan Ni Mone, Kouma Magni
BAMBA DEMBELE ET LE GROUPE DJOLIBA PERCUSSIONS Vol. 2 SYL8351CDC TC £ 10.00
Just like Volume 1. tracks this time are Halamandia, Liberia, Djoliba Percussion, Kouma Magni.
BOUBACAR TRAORE LES ENFANTS DE PIERRETTE KAR001CDC TC £ 10.00
An incredibly atmospheric and totally stunning album from Malian blues guitarist Boubacar that makes his first two Paris released albums actually sound dull in comparison. Having had to endure a live solo performance and believe me I do mean endure, I was absolutely knocked out by this gorgeous release. Blues guitars backed by simple gourd percussion and balafon shouldn't be able to sound this good but they do. I loved that 'Mali Twist' for something really different. Shades of The Shaddows? UTTERLY BRILLIANT. (F.T.Index: Maou Laye Mara, Kele Magni, Mali Twist, Les Enfants de Pierrette, Ba Denou, Kalilou, Touga Magni, Mastri, Bebe Bo Madero.) [9T/56M]
COUMBA SIDIBE DJANDJOBA SAM268CDC TC £ 10.00
Wonderful stuff as Coumba and her thunderous warbling get to grips with some smashing new tracks. Bako Keita picks some real mean guitar while Mamadou Sidibe and Lassana Diabate back him on ngoni and bass guitar respectively. Abdoulaye Diabate's keyboards and electric percussion hold onto that traditional rootsy sound that proclaims this to be the music of Mali perfectly. The trouble with Coumba is that her singing style is so musical in itself she doesn't actually need any backing - just listen to her go on Manika Sira, Souba or Djguiballa - pure magic to the ears never mind the tootsies. Who needs music when you can sing like that. ( F.T.Index: Manika Sira, Souba, Djguiballa, Pouikanpoui, Sissi, Tani Gony, Djanjoba, Fouru. ) [8T/51M] 1. DJANDJOBA
2. FOURU
3. MANIKA SIRA
4. SOUBA
5. DJGUIBALLA
6. POUIKANPOUI
7. SISSI
8. TANI GONY
COUMBA SIDIBE SANGHAN FDB300017CDC CD £ 10.00
The latest release from Coumba, who has probably the most stunning voice in Mali. She is backed throughout by a guitar and kora led group that plays some of the best music to come out of that part of Africa in recent years Together the 'Voice' and the 'Music' are as near to heaven as I can imagine. Incredibly beautiful. (F.T.Index: Nabahe-Tabahe, Souya, Deligllelema, Djagolla) 1. DJAGOLLA
2. DELIGLLELMA
3. SOUYA
4. LOLAYA
5. SANGHAN
6. SOU
7. KOLIMAGNI
8. NABAHE - TABAHE
DAOUDA SANGARE - FLANI KAMBELE N'GONI DE GANADOUGOU OUO15CDC TC £ 10.00
Absolutely amazing album of traditional ethnic Malian music and song. I thought I'd heard it all and then this stunner smacks you right between the eyes. From the cover and title I expected some great N'goni playing, which is just what I got along with some superb singing and wonderful percussive accompaniment. However I wasn't expecting the flute player who totally steals the show from all the other traditional instruments with sounds that defy description or even any idea as to how he could produce them. Hearing is believing and this album is simply unique, both fascinating and incredibley beautiful. 1. MAIMUNE DIALLO
2. BADALAKONO
3. N'TEKENI FILE
4. GNANI SOROMANGOU
5. LOLO
6. SIAKA BESSOM MOUSSO
DIABA KOITA KHASSONKE BIP91CDCDC CD £ 10.00
DJENEBA DIAKITE GNOGONDEME MC19CDC TC £ 10.00
Back to basics Wassoulou from writer and star singer Djeneba and her group 'Farafina Lolo'. The partnership of Djeneba and composer & guitarist Madou Bah Traore has without the use of keyboard, drum machines or other fripperies produced a superb new album. Madou plays lead, Dramane Traore is on bass, Benogo is on the tinkling n'goni and Drissa Bagayogo pounds it out on the djembe. However much Djeneba's beautifully sung and power packed vocals are enhanced by the lovely chorus of Sata Sidebe and Fanta Doumbia I'm sure you will find that the seductive and throbbing sound of the traditional music is the thing that will stamp itself firmly on you memory. WONDERFUL. (F.T.Index: Kanou, Sora, Djigui, Denko, Gnogondeme, Tunga, Nani, Nelson.) [8T/38M]
DJENEBA SECK BARIKA BARIKA CK7263CDC TC £ 10.00
Djeneba's singing is simply gorgeous as she belts out another stunning set of songs just as good as, if not better than, those on 'Kankeletigui' if you can remember that album from 1994. Just listen to the beautiful guitar play of Djeli Moussa and Sekou Kouyate accompanied by Lassana and Akorba Diabate. Mamadou Kone and Alpha on n'goni and percussion respectively add a traditional flavour to the music which is enhanced with a few modern flourishes from keyboard wiz Jean Phillip Rykel. However it's the singing of Djeneba and the chorus of Assaita Keita and Kande Diabate that is really outstanding. A real stunner. [6T/31M] 1. BARIKA BARIKA
2. FASSA MAGNI
3. KONKANKOKONONI
4. MALIDENW
5. MAYA
6. FALA
DJENEBA SECK DJOUROU SYLAF96065CDC CD £ 10.00
Put together in Paris by Ibrahima Sylla this album has a more Western feel to it but still retains its Malien roots sound. Great backing singing from Nanou Coul and Wande Kouyate while Djely Moussa Kouyate's guitar is on top form. Last but by no means least I must mention the superb input from Senegalese percussionist Thio Mbaye. 1. ATIKORO
2. ABIBAN
3. MALI DJE
4. NDIYANI
5. DJOUROU
6. A MEWOME
7. ARMY MALI
8. NTEN NKO FILE
9. SAMA
1. TILEKE
11. FOUROU
12. KOUMASSETrack 1. TRACK
DJENEBA SECK KANKELETIGUI AM92003P92CDC TC £ 10.00
This album has swept all before it across Francophone West Africa. With very good reason, Djeneba's voice is on tremendous form, rather like a powered-up version of Nahawa Doumbia if you can imagine that. The gorgeous accompanying music is totally traditional in style but also uses modern instruments to enhance and expand the ethnic sounds. A brilliant album that should without doubt be given a home in every collection of Malian music. (The F.T.Index: Ladilikan, Baro, Mirimagni) 1. KANKELETIGUI
2. BARO
3. MIRIMAGNI
4. LADILIKAN
5. DJOUGOUYA
6. KEWALEDJOUGOU
DOUMBIA M. SESSE KONONY OMA001CDC TC £ 10.00
A cracker of an album from Doumbia and his unmentioned backing band. His very striking and razor sharp voice is a real pleasure to hear but its the glittering modern Malian style guitar picking that steals the show at every opportunity - wonderful stuff. The very sweetly sung backing from the also unnamed chorus girls is also pure magic. Definitely gets my recommendation.
ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTAL RAOUL FOLLEREAU DE BAMAKO ARF001CDC TC £ 10.00
The inlay card looks like a play school collage but hidden behind it is stunningly beautiful album. The first thing that hits you are the layers of notes cascading from the cora's, and interweaving with the sweetly played balafon, soft percussion and the lovely flutes. As if that wasn't enough the singers are also absolutely wonderful as well. The narration in the homage to Raoul is incredibly atmospheric, its simplicity adds immensely to its beauty. In fact I think this album is one of the most beautiful of all the traditional albums that I've ever heard from West Africa, not just Mali. Miss it at your peril, it's a real stone bonker! Follereau was a French journalist who made helping lepers and beating leprosy his life's work. His world wide foundation has offices on Ave Raoul Follereau in Bamako. (F.T.Index: Hommage A Raoul Follereau, Sabali, Beneko Jaby, Jula Bemba, Mben Diyala. ) [5T/44M] 1. BENEKO JABY
2. JULA BEMBA
3. MBEN DIYALA
4. HOMMAGE A RAOUL FOLLEREAU
5. SABALI
FANTANI TOURE DANS BOZOLA BOZOLACDC TC £ 10.00
Released in 2000 for local consumption in Mali on cassette only. It comes three years after Sterns CD release of N'tin Naari and follows the same mix of modern and semi traditional Bambara music. To some it may be a bit rough and ready but to others it is just beautiful. I'm definitely one of the latter. 1. YAKARE
2. YA-ARIYA
3. BESSE FOLY
4. DJUDJOU
5. DJUKUSSAKA
6. BOZOLA
7. MUSSELOUW
8. NALOMA
9. DEN-KELE
10. KELEMASSADEN
47 MINUTES
HABIB KOITE AND BAMADA MA YA PUTU146-2CDC CD £ 10.00
Stunning.
HABIB KOITE AND BAMADA MOUSSO KO HABIBCD001CDC CD £ 10.00
A long awaited album release from one of the rising stars of modern Malian music. Singer, song writer and guitarist, Habib has here added nine extra tracks to his original hit single tape 'Cigarette Abana & Sirabulu' that was released back in 1993. No matter what type of music he plays, fast or slow, modern or semi-traditional - he gives it a new musical slant. Souleymane Ann provides the furious drumming and backing vocals while Wahab Berthe and Boubacar Sidibe belt it out with their powerful Malian style guitar playing. The stunning percussive sounds of traditional instruments such as tamani, taman-ba, cragnan balafon, djembe and barra come courtesy of Baba Sissoko and Sidiki Camara. Dance wise, the last but one track 'Kunfe Ta' with its pounding drums, throbbing guitars and driving vocals is a masterpiece of dance floor mania. Thankfully you've still got the atmospheric and acoustic 'Koulandia' to wind down with. PURE MAGIC. (F.T.Index: Nimato, Cigarette Abana, Kunfe Ta, Nanale, Din Din Wo, I Ka Barra, Muso Ko, Sira Bulu, Koulandia Den Ko, Fatima.) [11T/54M]
HADJA SOUMANO NTERI DIABA SYL8393CDC TC £ 0.00
A simply stupendous album of Malian praise singing that should be used as the benchmark against which all the others are measured. Boncana Maiga is in the driving seat and on keyboards with Djelimady Tounkara and Moussa Diabate on guitar, Moriba Koita on ngoni and not forgetting Djely Mady Diabate on balafon. Hadja's vocals are simply staggering. An all time great 'Must have it' album. ( F.T. Index: Ayebo, Boureima Sylla, Mandin Kono.) (See HADJA)
HADJA SOUMANO THE BEST OF HADJACDC CD £ 10.00
A fourteen track compilation with all the tracks from Tounga Magni, Les Aigles du Mali and Nteri Diaba with the exception of the two Les Aigles instrumental versions.
HADJA SOUMANO THE BEST OF.... ( From Tounga Magni AND Nteri Diaba ) EMK004HCDC TC £ 0.00
A fabulous compilation from 'Nteri Diaba' and 'Tounga Magni' which sadly are no longer available. However eight of the best tracks out of the twelve plus two from 'Aigles Du Mali' are on this album and what a cracker it is too. ( F.T. Index: Tounga Magni, Ayebo, Boureima Sylla. ) [10T/56M] (See HADJA)
HADJA SOUMANO TOUNGA MAGNI SAM0401924CDC TC £ 0.00
Flaming brilliant and that's putting it mildly! A mix of modern and traditional instruments played with superb precision and thought to Hadja's fantastic vocals. Very modern in style but totally retaining its traditional roots, this album is definitely set to be a 'Classic'. Innovation wise you can't beat the kora played in lead guitar style on the last track. I wouldn't say that this album was the pick of the newsletter more like the 'PICK OF THE YEAR'! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. (See HADJA)
HANK JONES AND CHEICK TIDIANE SECK SARALA 528783-2CDC CD £ 10.00
World renowned U.S. jazz pianist Hank Jones at 80 years of age meets with his roots in the shape of Cheick Tidiane Seck and the Mandinkas. Who are the Mandinkas? ....Cesar Anot, Moriba Koita, Djely Moussa Conde, Assitan 'Mama' Keita, Sekou Diabate, Aly Wague, Amina Annabi, Lansine Kouyate, Ousmane Kouyate, Mare Sanogo, Maniam Damba, Djely Moussa Kouyate, Moussa Sissokho, Eric Vinceno, Kasse Mady Diabate, Jorge Amorim, Tom Diakite, Fatoumata 'Mama' Kouyate and last but not least Kante Manfila. What a line-up, what music, absolutely stunning.
HAWA DRAME SADA DIALLO VOLUME 1 SAM077492-4CDC TC £ 10.00
Tracks: Sada Diallo, Damba Yorodjan, Den Batiguiya, Dion Be Ni Dakan, Sira Dala Sama, Aye Woyo Dadonkan, Maakan Mangnie, Ika Kanou Bi Kanou.
HAWA DRAME YELEMA CK001CDC TC £ 10.00
One of those lovely traditional albums that very rarely find their way onto the record shop shelves. Hawa's voice is outstanding on songs that are very basic but the nearly all string orchestration is definitely worth a much closer listen especially if you're into Malian roots music. Seven tracks, very long and lovely to listen to throughout.
INA BABA COULIBALY ALLAH HOLLAME SIDI MODIBO CK7031CDC TC £ 10.00
A wonderful traditional album from superb singer Ina who's echoing nasal toned vocals are a delight to hear. Not only the singing is great, the music is too, with Sekou Kouyate and Djeli Moussa Kouyate playing with care and precision on guitars, Fode Tounkara playing brilliantly on n'goni and Djoke Sissoko on traditional flute. ( F.T.Index: Woullou Maliki Gagne, Dimoyaoutata Barkinade, Allah Hollame Sidi Modibo, Borou Djenga Niadia, Faguimba Keita, Samba Sissoko, Ainabe Tiedou, Gollobe Mali. ) [8T/42M]
INA BABA COULIBALY LOBO LOBOCDC TC £ 10.00
Wonderful traditional album from superb singer Ina with Sekou Kouyate on guitar, Abdoulaye Sackone on n'goni, Djoke Sissoko on traditional flute and bass and percussion by Bako Keita plus the booming doundoumba played by Moriba Koita who also plays n'goni. Add to that the voices of Mama Assitan Keita & Niama Tounkara and you've got one hell of an album. [41 Minutes] 1. MAMIPIAKA
2. ASNALEILE
3. LELIMA
4. MBIDONE
5. YOMI
6. LOBO
7. ALAWELA
8. N'DJAWOUNANE
9. SAMBASADA
10. WADJOU SIDY
KADJA TANGARA SEGUIN MAGNI HYBONISS001CDC TC £ 10.00
Modern Malian music beautifully sung by the gorgeously voiced Kadja and her four girls. Basically ethnic instrumentation with the addition of guitar and keyboards make for some really rhythmic music, mind you, having the arrangements made by non other than Boncana Maiga certainly helps. BEAUTIFUL ALBUM. 1. SEGUIN MAGNI
2. KONIFALE
3. BALLONTA NAOU
4. KELE TCHEOU
5. KALIFA
6. BARA
KANAGA DE MOPTI PAWI PAWICDC TC £ 10.00
From the city of Mopti in the centre of Mali come the traditional group 'Kanaga' and although they play instruments both traditional and modern its almost impossible to hear any modern sounds what so ever! The powerful voice of Sekou Diankouba and the chorus girls definitely takes a back seat on the album. In the driving seat is the strangely un-named flute player who steals the show from both the singers and the other musicians. The overall effect of the music is one of peace and tranquillity with the loudest sounds actually coming from the rhythmic hand clapping of the chorus girls. Definitely one for those hot summer evenings in the garden with an ice cold four pack! Lovely. [8T/50M]

2011.......I have just completed making a CD-R of this album for my own collection and when I got this cassette twenty years ago and wrote the write-up above I had not heard anything else by Kanaga de Mopti and so thought no more about it. However it is quite different musically so was it actually Kanaga De Mopti?

2012 ....... I have contacted Boureima Diabate who sang on the cassette and he has listened to my samples and confirmed it is all correct. His web site at Kanaga De Mopti also confirms the titles of the songs and the pictures of their costumes.
1. PAWI
2. DOSSI DOSSI
3. DANANE
4. NGOLONI KELEN
5. YAGANA BABA YEYA
6. SENIWE
7. WAGOULOUME
8. KOUNALI
KANDIA KOUYATE SA KUNU SA SA KUNUCDC TC £ 10.00
Recorded at Studio Liaison in Bamako, this album is a lovely example of traditional singing from the rich and power packed voice of Kandia. It is also a superb example of traditional music with notes cascading from the balafon, kora strings tinkling and the throb of the n'goni all the way through. Thankfully they managed to keep the bleedin synth well caged and away from the music. Just one minute short of an hour of pure bliss. Miss it at your peril, they don't make many albums this good. (The F.T.Index: Alla Le Djon Sona, Kita Kourou, Mande Mansa, Lagare)
KENE STAR SIKASSO LALA CK7102CDC TC £ 10.00
Blimey! You just gotta read this.... It's got a tinny sounding horn line up. It's got warbling keyboards. It's got twangy guitars and a variety of squeaky voiced singers and was probably rather roughly recorded back in the 70's. Having said that it is absolutely 'bleedin' gorgeous from end to end. Oh! If only they could make more music like this. INCREDIBLE.

Ebay - Jan 2008 - LP of this album went for fifty pounds.
1. LALA (21'27)
2. HODI HU YENYAN (5'34)
3. KENE OUGU FANGA (7'29)
4. FITRIWALE (6'47)
LALA DIABATE Vol. 1 - NKANOU CK7033CDC TC £ 10.00
A lovely musical mixture from what appears to be a modern backing band fighting for supremacy over a traditional ensemble and loosing - ha ha! On the trad side you've got ngoni, various drums, flutes, balafon and percussion while on the modern side there are guitars, drums and a bit of background keyboard. Lala's voice with its distinctive nasal drone booms out over the battling musicians to great effect and there's a nice chorus to take over when she's not belting it out. ( F.T.Index: Djougoule, Dounigna Baro, Nkanou, Lalla, Dia, Sougoulon. ) [6T/33M] 1. NKANOU
2. LALLA
3. DJOUGOULE
4. SOUGOULON
5. DOUNIGNA BARO
6. DIA
LES AMBASSADEURS DE MOTEL DIANDJON SAF50.014CDC LP £ 10.00
Original Ambassadeurs from 1976 with Salif Keita singing. 1. DIANDJON
2. WARA
3. KIBARU
LES AMBASSADEURS DE MOTEL DE BAMAKO VOLUME 1 SAF50.030CDC LP £ 10.00
Wonderful album released back in 1977 with singing from Salif Keita, Ousmane Dia and Kante Manfila. ( F.T.Index: Yassoumouka, Fatema, Super Pitie, Bolola Sanou, Mali Denou, Sabar, Saranfing. ) [7T/41M]
LES AMBASSADEURS INTERNATIONAUX MANDJOUGOULON - WASSOLON-FOLI CEL6635CDC LP £ 10.00
LES SOEURS SIDIBE NI LA KANI MAIKANO1070CDC TC £ 10.00
Sisters Rokia and Assetou who I'd not come across before have got to be one of the hottest sounds to come out of Mali. Music that reminded me of the classic 'Zani Diabate and the Super Djata band' and vocals that sound slightly reminiscent of the 'Lijadu sisters'. Put the two together and you've got an incredibly brilliant album. Like the sisters I don't recognise any of the musicians but they are all fantastic, tam tam - Mamane Samake, kamale n'goni, karignan and guitars - Souleymane Sidebe and Kader Gueye, keyboards and percussion programming - Ernest Dompreh. If this album doesn't get you charging round the dance floor then you've probably died. Check your pulse. HOT & BRILLIANT! 1. NI LA KANI
2. MBEBA
3. DEMISSIN KANI
4. SABALI
5. NTOGOMA
6. FILI FIN
LOBI TRAORE BAMBARA BLUES 82816-2CDC CD £ 10.00
This CD is in fact two absolutely amazing cassette albums featuring the same set of songs but played as differently as chalk and cheese! The first album showed the roots of the Blues like I've never heard before. Great traditional vocals and guitar from songwriter Lobi, Stephane Sarlin & Michel Jules while the throbbing drums come courtesy of Zani Diabate no less, on Djembe and Djelli Baba Sissoko on Tamari plus the magic flute of Mamadou Diallo. In the second album Lobi together with fellow guitarist Wurrie Moktar and percussionists Eric Barre and Philippe Berthier get together at Studio Oubien in Bamako and make an electric version of the same Bambara blues songs that have now become classic. Lobi's soft vocals and gorgeous guitaring floats around Wurrie's hypnotic rythms with effortless ease. Superb.
L'ORCHESTRE NATIONAL - A DE LA REPUBLIQUE DU MALI BM30L2605CDC LP £ 10.00
MAH DAMBA AND MAMAYE KOUYATE DEN NIALE CK7332CDC TC £ 10.00
Wonderful album of traditonal music and singing from Mah and her ngoni and flute playing husband Mamaye. The three guitarists are up front but there's plenty of n'goni, balafon and flute bringing up the rear. Not a keyboard or drum machine in sight and boy can Mah get the old tonsils throbbing. Smashing voice, great music, a beaut of an album. ( F.T.Index: Konami, Den Kolo, Lahidou, Saya, Sowou Tara, Niarela, Ndialla, Den Niale. ) [6T/38M]
MAIMOUNA DEMBELE FARAFINA DJOGO OK027CDC TC £ 10.00
You could tell this was going to be a good album simply by the beautiful soft singing and lovely music. The variety of instruments being used was starting to sound more like an orchestra so when the horn section came in I had to checked out the inlay card and who should be in there - none other than - NATIONAL BADEMA. Long time , no hear, but now back with Maimouna instead of Kasse Mady and with a very impressive album to boot. Maimouna's voice is soft and soothing as is the singing from the girls in the chorus but its the georgeous music of National Badema that really makes this album superb. Loved it all the way through. (F.T.Index: Daamu, Jeeya, R T M , Ngoyo, So Bin Do.) [6T/34M] 1. SO BIN DO
2. NGOYO SEGI
3. JEEYA
4. MAA NIN KA KO
5. R T M
6. DAAMU
MATTHA FATOU YAFAMA LX93033CDC LP £ 10.00
One of the first African records I bought back in the early 80's which I was told came from Cameroon although now I am more inclined now to say Mali. Mattha sings ever so sweetly like some little girl lost while Kitsuku and Meiway play some haunting guitar alongside Dje Kimo's intruiging keyboards. This record is superb and so different from anything else that it has remained a favourite of mine since the day I bought it. Pure Magic. ( F.T.Index: Yafama, Nafigui, Malienlou, Saya, Nanan Houphoet. ) [5T/30M]
MOLOBALY TRAORE NAFIGUI NAFIGUICDC TC £ 10.00
A very nice album from singer Molobaly which also features Djeneba Seck and Sadio Sidibe in the chorus. 1. DEMBE
2. NAFIGUINI
3. BONYA
4. DJOUGOUYA
5. SONFO
6. FLANOU
7. KAMALAMBA
8. MANIAN
9. FANTAYA
10. MAKANKONO
NABINTOU DIAKITE MA OULENI MAUOLENICDC CD £ 10.00
Released in 2005 this is a great album which shows how she has polished up her act since releasing Nadiaramiye. A new line-up but with help still from Oumou Sangare. 1. MA OULENI
2. OUMOU
3. CHERIF
4. DIA YE BANA
5. N' NALENA
6. AN DIA
7. SIGUI
8. DOGONI
9. MALI DENW
10. DONSO
NABINTOU DIAKITE NADIARAMIYE NABINTOUCDC TC £ 10.00
Wonderful 1998 album from rising star Nabintou Diakite. Djeneba Seck, Alima Toure and Oumou Sangare provide the chorus while Kassim Sidibe knocks out some very nice tunes on the n'goni helped by Adama Drame and Bah's guitars and Alto Fofona's flute and last but not least the thudding beat of Basidy Keita's Djemb. [30M] 1. NADIARAMIYE
2. DIARRALBY LEE
3. BE DIAGNEMOKO
4. DJENINA WELE
5. SO TOUBANI
6. TAMA DIAYE SEKIKOYEE
NAHAWA DOUMBIA KOUROUNI A5005CDC TC £ 10.00
Kourouni (or as Sterns Guide II calls it 'Djankonia') was Nahawa's first album released way back in 1980 and it is still being produced in Mali today, which speaks volumes for its popularity. Nahawa's stunning vocals first came to prominence with her hit album 'Didadi' where she was backed by a studio full of session musicians. Here however the sum total of her backing is one superbly played acoustic guitar! Listening to this album has for me been a tremendous experience and in fact I think it's true to say that this album is in fact 'A TRUE CLASSIC'. On this CDR the recording is more strident than the MP3 downloads and the tracks which appeared on the Best Of CD. However these are the original full length tracks. 1. KOUROUNI
2. TOU DIBILE
3. TJEFOUROULE
4. DJANKONIA
5. NIANIMANJOUGOU
6. SOKONON WOULOUNI
NAHAWA DOUMBIA SAKORO MERY AS90004CDC TC £ 0.00
Her second album. (Included on CDR of A5005) 1. SAKORO MERY
2. DJIGUI YIRI
3. MAI NI WOULA
4. DEMISSEW KOULOU
NAINY DIABATE FARAFINA MOUSSO CK7030CDC TC £ 0.00
Guitarists Cheik Oumar and Modibo, both Diabate's, definitely steal the limelight with their playing. Nainy's lovely crisp vocals stand absolutely no chance against their superbly interpreted rendition of kora played on guitar. Sad to say, but her singing is totally overshadowed by the guitarists. Even N'goni player Ba Sekou Kouyate must be Wondering why they needed him. The track 'Dincole' is a perfect example of 'anything you can do I can do better with a Guitar'. A super album of modern versus traditional Malian music, if you can stop listening to the guitars, if you can't, it's outstanding. (See Nafa)
NAINY DIABATE MAGNOUMAGO CK7336CDC TC £ 0.00
This is the second of Nainy's albums that I've got hold of and 'wow' does it go or what? Her voice absolutely belts out over the music and the chorus girls in one of the most impressive displays of vocal power that I've heard in years. A far cry from her first album Farafina Mousso where she got lost behind the band a bit to say the least. The traditional style music is very nicely played with soft and fragrant guitar up front backed by kora, balafon, drums and keyboards. (F.T.Index: Fossakadi, Treinanko, Massassi, Nakamadi, Mousso Dje, Nafa, Kono, Magnoumako.) [8T/45M] (See Nafa)
NAINY DIABATE NAFA STCD1083CDC CD £ 10.00
Contains all but one track from her tape albums Farafina Mousso and Magnoumago. (13T/71M) (My version has the missing track included)
NANOU COUL TIE BA TIE BACDC TC £ 10.00
Superb set of songs from razor sharp songstress Nanou and the band. All the tracks were composed by Nana Coulibaly, to give Nanou her real name, or by guitarist Mamadou Sissoko, probably better known to newsletter readers as 'Mohamed Jony', who this time round plays keyboards! Malian singing star Djeneba Seck along with Mai Sidibe provide the chorus while Mahama Sissoko plays guitars and n'goni to Bakari Diabate's percussion. Definitely one of the Wonders of Wassoulou! (F.T.Index: Tie Ba, Mousso Fissiriwale, Aye Diourou La Yoba ) [6T/34M] 1. TIE BA
2. MOUSSO FISSIRIWALE
3. DANAYA MABALOU
4 ANKA FOUROU BOGNE
5. AYE DIOUROU LA YOBA
6. DIEME NI
NATIONAL BADEMA TIRA MAKAN SYL8355CDC LP £ 10.00
From way back in 1981 comes the stunning sound of National Badema one of Mali's top groups at the time. Hearing is believing..... 1. TIRA MAKAN
2. SAMA
3. KANA BLA N'A
4. GUEDE
5. CIRO
6. NAKANLE
N'NAN DIAKITE YANTOMADIA ACSB008CDC TC £ 10.00
I bet you haven't heard of her until now, I know I hadn't but she is now definitely one of my favourite Malian singers. N'nan's stunning voice is classic Wassoulou to say the least and that also applies to the backing provided by Adjaratou Cisse & Mah Doumbia. If the voices aren't outstanding enough then the pulsating beat of Bramawoule Sidibe's tam tam and the deep rhythmic throbbing of Sayo Keita's dum dum should just about take your breath away if it doesn't blow your head off first! Fast, furious and great fun! (F.T.Index: Kola Bamko, Bama, Yantomadia, Djirimoko ) [6T/33M] And lastly a comment by Akenataa who has just bought a copy. Simply great! Probably the only recording of pure sokonikun rhythms out but the producer/remixer spoils it a bit with a looped electronic beat accompanying the drums. Well Akenataa, I don't know about that as I still think it's a great album.
ORCHESTRE RAIL BAND DE BAMAKO ORCHESTRE RAIL BAND DE BAMAKO BM30L2606CDC LP £ 10.00
From the opening seconds its easy to see why the band have become so popular and famous. Wonderful percussion driven music with great vocals and some super brass sounds combine to make this a must have album. ( F.T.Index: Rail Band, Koro Koni, Gansan Na, Mali Cebalenw, Sunjata. ) [5T/49M]
ORCHESTRE REGIONAL DE SEGOU BEST OF THE 1st BIENNALE 1970 BM30L2601CDC LP £ 10.00
Magic as the 13 piece orchestra of Segou bounces in with the modern sound of Korodogo. Next come the more traditionally styled Da Monzon and Lefenin with the horns taking turns with the singers. The stylish but sad sounding Batumanbe is soon left behind by the fast paced and happy sound of Sabu Man Dogo. Finally finishing off with the beautifully played Mali gundo. If you like horns over simple malian percussion and even simple songs then this is it. ( F.T.Index: Korodogo, Da Monzon, Lefenin, Batumanbe, Sabu Man Dogo, Mali Gundo. ) [6T/41M]
ORCHESTRE REGIONAL DE SIKASSO BEST OF THE 1st BIENNALE 1970 BM30L2603CDC LP £ 10.00
Loved it even if the first track is a recitation. Having said that, its wonderful as the music tinkles along in the background while the arresting voice of the speaker keeps you glued to his story. The canned cheering was probably great stuff back in 1970 but it does make you jump when it spontaniously erupts out of nowhere. Then its hot foot to the dance floor with the superb Mali Senekelaw and once you've settled into the swinging rhythm the vocals will take over big time. Nafarima is next and very nice but Batuta Mori with its trinkling guitar play and smooth vocals is a fitting finale especially when it shifts up a gear. ( F.T.Index: Recital, Mali Senekelaw, Nafarima, Batuta Mori. ) [4T/50M]
OUMOU SANGARE LABAN 4294CDC TC £ 10.00
New release from Oumou which while not quite traditional is very nicely roots orientated with some lovely traditional flute playing, calabash percussion and of course that beautiful voice. However those of you looking for a more modern side will love the up tempo beat and the magic guitar playing that goes hand in hand with the catchy vocals of Oumou and her girls. (F.T.Index: Ya La, Sina, Magnumako, Been, My Yetima, Malado, Laban, Tcheou, Wa Yeina, Ne Bife.) [10T/47M]
OUMOU SANGARE MUSSOWLA DIALA 5097CDC TC £ 10.00
OUMOU SANGARE WOROTAN WCD045CDC CD £ 10.00
A Wassoulou wonder that topped the World music Charts for months when it was released. In Europe it grabbed first place on the radio world music 'Most played list' for the whole of 1996. This is Mali's most celebrated female singer's third album and mixes traditional with exquisite ballads. Oumou and her band are joined by sax player Pee Wee Ellis who's horn line-up with Winston Rollins and Greame Hamilton was arranged by James Brown and Van Morrison. Also released as 8 track tape 'Den' without tracks 'Sabu' and the traditional 'Kun Fe Ko'. (F.T.Index: N'guatu, Djorolen, N'diya Ni, Den, Sabu, Kun Fe Ko, Baba, Worotan, Tiebaw, Fantan Ni Mone. [10T/59M] 1. KUN FE KO
2. N'GUATU
3. BABA
4. WOROTAN
5. DENW
6. N'DIYA NI
7. TIEBAW
8. SABU
9. FANTAN NI MONE
10. DJOROLEN
PAPUS DIARRA PEKELE IC0996CDC TC £ 10.00
I wasn't over impressed by the first three tracks but on the others the gruff voiced Papus and his shrill chorus girls are wonderfully offset by Pape Noir and Diamou Traore's guitar play while the dbembe's pound out the beat. A bit rough round the edges but that is more than made up for by the music. The title track gets a second unlisted play in a slightly different recording at the end. Although made in 1996 track 6 definitely had echoes of Zani Diabate. [7T/31M ] 1. MAMA
2. DOMBA LAFILY
3. AMADOU SIMAGA
4. PEKELE
5. KOROLEN
6. N'GNAGARAN FOLY
7. PEKELE
RAIL BAND MELODIAS DU MALI KLP1043CDC LP £ 0.00
The Rail band on top form with five superb tracks which includes on the final track the voice of Fanta Damba. Tracks : Soundiata, Mali Tebaga Mogoma, Maki, Armee Malienne Chant Fanta Damba & le Rail Band. (See KLP1040)
RAIL BAND MELODIAS RAIL BAND DU MALI KLP1040CDC LP £ 10.00
(Includes KLP1043)
RAMATA DIAKITE I DANSE FT010CDC TC £ 10.00
Brilliant in all departments and I just loved the final track. 1. NOUMOUYA
2. LEROULE
3. DERI FARAMANDI
4. NYUMA KELA
5. I DANSE
6. YIN NI FYIE
7. N'DIALE
8. POULO
9. N'TANA
10. N'TERY
RAMATA DIAKITE MABAN CK7702CDC TC £ 10.00
Modern Mali at its best with this superb album from the late great Ramata Diakite. Traditional styling with a modern beat is rather nice but on Maban I could swear it was a touch of Cream or the Blues Breakers. Trying to track down information about the artists playing on the album proved very confusing. This album was released in 2003 but an album called Maba was released with the same cover picture in 2006 but appears to have a totally different set of tracks. If anybody out there knows the answers then please let me know. 1. SIGUI
2. DJANDJO
3. YAFA
4. SIRADO DENW
5. NIANGRAN
6. DJELI MADOU
7. MABAN
8. SOUTE MONNAI BO
9. DINIALE
10. SEGUELE
11. HE HA HE
12. AN KA TA MAIRIBA
RAMATA DIAKITE NA 09291-2CDC TC £ 10.00
Superb second album from the late Ramata who packed power and fireworks like Nahawa Doumbia. She died too young and will be sadly missed. [10T/49M] 1. AYE YAFAMA
2. DASSE
3. DIBI
4. MOGOBALOU
5. NAMA
6. SABA
7. SINA MOUSSO
8. AMADOU
9. SONTE SARAMALA
10. NA
ROKIA TRAORE MOUNEISSA LBLC2524CDC CD £ 10.00
RONCHI TANKO VOLUME I URTCDC TC £ 10.00
Usmane Ronchi Tanko and his group play music the like of which I've never heard before and I'll bet that when you hear it you'll be as stumped and as stunned as I was. Traditional percussion and rhythms form the base to the stunningly beautiful music that get faster as the songs go on. Backed up by some gorgeous flute playing and tinkling percussion plus the super singing of Ronchi and his band, ten seconds into the first track and I was hopelessly hooked on this marvelous music. The recording was done by Usmane himself. STUNNING. He doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere else on the web so if anybody out there has any info on him or his music I'd love to hear from you. 1. BAKON GIDANA
2. SO NAA KA
3. BANCHE BA
4. BAMBARI
5. BAKOMI
6. MEI KIRKI
SALI SIDIBE TOUNKAN MAGNI SYL8362CDC TC £ 10.00
A bit of a strange opening with the title track having a couple of instances where what sounds like electronic feedback becomes part of the throbbing musical backing. The rest of the album is prettymuch standard Wassoulou sound though. The Djen Magni here is the original Malien version not the Sterns released English version. Tracks: Tounkan Magni, Ntanan, Diaby, Santana, Yan Kadi, Djen Magni.
SALI SIDIBE WALE GNOUMA DON KBK910CDC TC £ 10.00
Super singer Salimata is back with another wonderfull album. Features N'goni, Violon, N'bolon, Djembe,Balafon and some lovely Flute plus great backing chorus from Aminata Diabate and Fatim Sissoko. Unlike her previous albums where her voice took precedence this album is outstanding as the music comes to the fore with some lovely little solo's from the musicians involved. Definitely her best album and musically outstanding. Tracks: Wale Gnouma Don, Kolola, Musee, Armee, Douga Diabira, Wassolon Foli.
SALI SIDIBE FARABA NOUMOUSSO. VOLUME 1 SHAKARACDC TC £ 10.00
Tracks: Noumousso, Kodouman Korobali Te, Douka Ni Yala, Sole Kon Non, Djinade Bole, Sigui Nade. (29M)
SALIF KEITA SIRGA ISLANDCDC TC £ 10.00
Wonderful mixture from Super Star Salif. On three of the tracks his haunting vocals and that of the girls in the chorus reminded me of 'Soro' but without the hi-tec sounds, just drums and kora. However the third, fifth and sixth tracks probably owe their source more to 'Amen' being simple and atmospheric both vocally and musically. It's probably going to be an album for local consumption only so grab yourself a copy before it disappears. (F.T.Index: NiSanoubabife, Djembe, Cherie,) [6T/36M]
SALIF KEITA AND AMBASSADEURS BITHIELOULE EB0024CDC TC £ 10.00
If you bought the Rounder 5053 album you will have the track 'Sali' which is one of the three tracks on this 25 minute tape. The other two, 'Bithieloule' and 'Kankelen-Tigui' were also recorded in the early 70's and have only just surfaced from obscurity. All three are supreme examples of the early laid back Cuban style of that period. Salif's vocals are outstandingly beautiful while the guitars are sweetness itself. In fact this album is absolutely gorgeous from start to finish. ESSENTIAL.
SEKOU KOUYATE DIAGNEBA KBK906CDC TC £ 10.00
Sekou is a specialist in Manding music and comes from Mali although now resident in the Ivory Coast. His last album was very well received all across West Africa and this one will undoubtedly follow firmly in it's footsteps. A whole clutch of Kouyate's make this album look like a family outing, Sekou on lead vocals and guitar, Doussou on chorus, Lassana on balafon, Mamaye on ngoni and last but not least Djely Moussa on guitar. Gorgeous music and singing which was recorded in Paris at Studio Harryson.
SUPER BITON BALANDZAN TANLP7008CDC LP £ 10.00
A superb album from one of Mali's top rated groups which was released back in 1983. Beautiful vocal harmonies which entwine effortlessly with the brass, keyboards, strings and percussion of the laid back music. 1. SODANSO
2. S.T.I.
3. WARACORO
4. KARA DEMBA
5. FLANI - N'GONI
SUPER BITON DE SEGOU AFRO JAZZ DU MALI BOL40CDC LP £ 10.00
Absolute magic from start to finish with gutsy vocals and strident trumpets and sax riding above the various percussion instruments. I thought the first four tracks were great but the group definitely save the best for the last two tracks. I just love that drumming on Bara Musso. 1. DONGARI
2. BUA - BARO
3. TCHA - TCHO
4. RECOMA
5. BARA MUSSO
6. NIENEMA MINE
TATA BAMBO KOUYATE OURY SOUCKO SAM077592-4CDC TC £ 10.00
Powerhouse singer, Tata really gets into the swing of things with this album. Instead of the usual Kora she is accompanied by some beautiful and stylish Guitar playing in the Kora tradition. Plenty of Balafon backing and simple percussion complete the make up of this wonderful Malian musical outing. A real treasure. 1. OURY SOUCKO
2. DJENEBA DIALLO
3. DIA FANTA SAMBOURA
4. MALIKI THIAM
5. OULE MATOU
6. DRISSA BALO
TATA DIAKITE JOLIE JOLIECDC TC £ 10.00
Wonderful set of tracks from the velvet voiced Tata backed by herself and Ramata Diakite. The guitars of Kalifa Kone with the more traditional N'goni, Keregne, Yabara and Djembe make for some lovely Wassalou music. [6T/35M] 1. DEN MISSEN
2. KASSI
3. DJIGUI YA
4. N'TANAN NI
5. DJARABI
6. KONO KAN BORA
TAYE SACKO FACOUROU CAMARA VOL. I SAMCDC TC £ 10.00
Traditional music softly and sweetly played on flute, n'goni, balafon and guitar lead you into an ambush set by the absolutely awesome voice of Taye, not to mention her lovely chorus. Beware of using headphones as you might find your ears meeting in the middle as your skull gets crushed by this deadly decibel assault. Taye has got to be one the greatest of all the wassoulou singers and this album with its superb backing music has got to be one of the best albums to ever come out of Mali. TOTALLY GORGEOUS. (F.T.Index: Amissetou Haidara, Facouro Camara, Sekou Semega, Ali Namakry, Ma Balla, Ama Fofana. ) [6T/38M] 1. FACOUROU CAMARA
2. SEKOU SEMEGA
3. AMISSETOU HAIDARA
4. ALI NAMAKRY
5. AMA FOFANA
6. MA BALLA
TINARIWEN (GROUPE TINARWEN) TENERE TENERECDC TC £ 10.00
Toureg music with beautifully played electric guitar fronting the throbbing beat of the drums. (This write-up was done back in 1993 when the album was released and long before Toureg music became popular) The sort of thing you might expect to get from Moroccan group Lem Chaheb when they haven't got Dissidenten around! The singing from the four guys in the group is quite hypnotic and with the rhythmic hand clapping it comes across as a very pleasant album. I particularly liked the 'Hari Krishna' style chant on Attaye and its lovely guitar, pure magic. (F.T.Index: Tenere, Attaye, I Touss Char, El Ghorba.) [8T/39M] 1. TENERE
2. AMIDININE
3. AYOR I MDANE
4. I MIDIWANE
5. I TOUSS OHAR
6. ATTAYE
7. N'DEKAM
8. EL GHORBA
YAYI KANOUTE DJUGU MAGNI KBK912CDC TC £ 10.00
Superb album which features some great 'Ngoni' playing by Doni Sissoko and Cheickh Hamala Diabate with 'Balafon' from Loutigui Diabate. 'Yayi's' praise singing style compliments rather than overpowers the music and this, although she is one of the 'GRANDES DAMES DU MUSIQUE MALIENNE', makes it a very musical album and well recommended if you like the music of Mali but aren't to hot on the overpowering vocals of some female artists.
YAYI KANOUTE TU M'EMMENES DK33CDC TC £ 10.00
Her previous album 'Djugu Magni' was superb and so is this next release which is both written and sung by super singer Yayi. The music is arranged by Djelimady Tounkara who along with fellow guitarists Fadiala Diawara and Souleymane Tounkara provide the gorgeous backing. Their guitar playing is just dazzling, but the tinkling N'goni of Badje Tounkara often steals the scene from under their noses. Just listen to them all play on 'Sada Diallo' or 'Beni Dakan' to say nothing of my favourite 'Maliba'. Gorgeous from start to finish. (F.T.Index: Maliba, I Bidiyala Le Famaga, Tu M'emmenes, Sada Diallo, Beni Dakan, Wuli Le De, Solomani, An Kandjigui Ke Alaye.) [10T/47M]
ZANI DIABATE NI ZANI MANA OUO09CDC TC £ 0.00
Yes, you did read it correctly, Zani Diabate and the Super Djata Band! Nothing has been on the market since his stunning 'Super Djata' LP back in 1985 and its recent CD re-issue. It was well worth the wait. Time may have slightly mellowed Zani's break neck guitar playing but now with a much more vocally orientated album he is back to re-affirm his place as one of Mali's most outstanding guitarists. Every track on the album brought back memories of his Brighton gig back in 89 but 'Doussou' and 'Diarabi', not to mention 'Monaitheban' surpassed even the best of that wonderful night. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. (See ILPS9899)
ZANI DIABATE AND THE SUPER DJATA BAND SUPER DJATA ILPS9899CDC LP £ 10.00
Zani Diabate was born in 1947 into one of the greatest Griot families in Mali. A multi instrumentalist (Kora, Guitar, Balafon and percussion) he joined the National Ballet of Mali, the country's premier folkloric dance and music ensemble in 1963. Along with six other singers and dancers from the ballet he formed Super Djata in 1969. A widely acclaimed personality on the Malian music scene, Zani is foremost a totally original guitarist who has adapted traditional rhythms and melodies to modern electric instrumentation. Zani's guitar style brings to mind players such as Jimi Hendrix, T-Bone Walker, B. B. King and Freddie King whilst remaining unmistakably Malian in his approach to music. The Super Djata Band draw upon traditional Malian culture for inspiration: Rhythms and dances of Bambara hunters and Bozo fishermen, together with the melodies of the Peul and Malinka, spiced with Zani's almost psychedelic guitar. (CDR includes NI ZANI MANA)
MAURITANIA
KHAIFA OULD EIDE AND DIMI MINT ABBA MOORISH MUSIC WCD019CDC CD £ 10.00
MOZAMBIQUE
ORCHESTRA MARRABENTA STAR DE MOCAMBIQUE MARRABENTA PIQUENIQUE CDPIR1043CDC CD £ 10.00
NIGERIA
AZAGAS AND ARCHIBOGS 60'S SOUND OF LAGOS HIGHLIFE OMCD014CDC CD £ 10.00
The sum total of knowledge about African music acquired by everybody who has ever cared hardly amounts to the proverbial drop in the bucket - and this is the music we know reasonably well. As regards many styles - and very resent, popular, big city sounds at that, not recondite traditions of tiny, isolated groups - we've barely tripped of the bucket itself. That's the case with Nigerian dance-band highlife. It was one of the greatest of African urban dance-band traditions (dance-band meaning a group using wind instruments as well as guitars and percussion). The Nigerian bands had a flair for brass and sax playing that stemmed from the old Calabar brass-bands of the 1930's, a wild edged jauntiness that made their Ghanaian mentors - E. T. Mensah and the like - seem a tad tame, and a go for the jugular instinct for mixing local rhythms and melodies with jazz-tinged horn solos and Congo-inflected guitar work. Yet what we know of these superb groups amounts to a scattering of passing references in interviews and articles written about something or somebody else. Still and all, we do have the recordings: and that's all we need to know that the 1960's was a truly wonderful decade for dance music in Lagos, a period in which musicians from all over southern Nigeria mixed languages and traditions on the bandstands and in the recording studios, creating a seemingly endless series of sounds that blended Yoruba, Ibo and other ingredients in ways that spoke to everybody. The examples in this CD are plentiful enough. Aside from the blues or "native blues" which was a name for a 6/5 rhythm, the examples range from the opening cut to Aigbe Lebarty's numbers in the Bini language spoken round Benin city in the Mid West (which was, like eastern Nigeria, to remain a highlife haven, notable for the guitar band of Sir Victor Uwaifo). Nigerian dance-band highlife took off in the 1950's, when tours by E. T. Mensah's Tempos band reinforced foundations laid by the Lagos based group of pioneers founded by Bobby Benson in the late 40's It enjoyed less than a decade of glorious maturity, which ended with all too literal a bang in 1967, when the Nigerian civil war broke out. Most of the top bands in Lagos were Ibo led, and there was hardly a group that didn't have Ibo musicians in it. When Ibo leaders declared the independence of their region under the name of Biafra, Ibo musicians left Lagos. The sound they made so prominent became politically incorrect - and by the time the war was over and the Ibo's rejoined the mainstream, the Yoruba public (and Lagos is, after all, a largely Yoruba city) had taken juju to its heart. That wasn't the whole story of course, highlife was perceived as a music of the elites (however meaningless that concept was in practice), and the coming of rock and roll had a similar effect in Africa as in the west. In addition, rootsiness was the coming thing. In reality, much for which the guitar bands (and particularly the juju musicians) have since been given sole credit - the use of local rhythms and melodies, the percussion jams - had in fact been standard practice for the Lagos dance-bands. But perception was all: jazz was out, horns were out, guitars and voices were in. In Yoruba territory, the combination completed the triumph of juju. In the east and midwest Nigerian highlife lived on, but the guitar bands were now in the ascendancy. The loss was considerable. The new generation may have dismissed the dance bands as old hat, parental-generation and the rest, but only the incurably guitar fixated could miss the joyous energy and faintly anarchic creativity of the bands on this recording. The names alone - The Archibogs, The Azaleas, The Lo Right Time Orchestra - are irresistible. And they delivered. There was hardly a band that didn't play music of amazing variety with strong local elements and jump started by soloists that could raise the dead. The variety of dance-band highlife, in fact, was as terrific as its quality. As you'll hear from this collection, the Decca label alone was recording a score of superb bands with as many versions of the basic sound. Forgotten or only dimly remembered, they were all dynamite.
JOHN STORM ROBERTS
1. OKIBO (ITSEKERI, 1962) - CHARLES IWEGHUE & HIS ARCHIBOGS
2. IGWALA (IBO NATIVE BLUES, 1961) - CHARLES IWEGHUE & HIS ARCHIBOGS
3. IFEMELUM, (IBO HIGHLIFE, 1962) - CHARLES IWEGHUE & HIS ARCHIBOGS
4. SALIM YE (IBO SLOW HIGHLIFE) - CHARLES IWEGHUE & HIS ARCHIBOGS
5. EGWU UKWATA NO. 1 (UKWUANI UKWTA) - CHARLES IWEGHUE & HIS ARCHIBOGS
6. IKILO (YORUBA HIGHLIFE) - EDDIE OKONTA & HIS TOP ACES
7. AYBROKPE (PIDGIN HIGHLIFE) - EDDIE OKONTA & HIS TOP ACES
8. EDDIE'S ACCIDENT (IBO HIGHLIFE) - EDDIE OKONTA & HIS TOP ACES
9. KURU-KERE (YORUBA) - EDDIE OKONTA & HIS TOP ACES
10. IKOTO PART 1(IBO/IJAW HIGHLIFE) - ERIC 'SHOW BOY' AKAEZE & HIS AZAGAS
11. ADUNNI (YORUBA HIGHLIFE) - ERIC 'SHOW BOY' AKAEZE & HIS AZAGAS
12. DIOCHI (IBO HIGHLIFE) - ERIC 'SHOW BOY' AKAEZE & HIS AZAGAS
13. OLOMI MABO (YORUBA HIGHLIFE) - ISIAH EJIRE KEHINDE & THE TOP MODERN STARS
14. IGHAWA DOWORE (YORUBA HIGHLIFE) - ISIAH EJIRE KEHINDE & THE TOP MODERN STARS
15. LEKELEKE (YORUBA HIGHLIFE) - OLU RIGHT TIME ORCHESTRA
16. NWON DORISA (YORUBA HIGHLIFE) - TUNDE OSHOFISAN & HIS RHYTHM 'FADAKA'S'
17. JEJE L'OMO EKO NLO (YORUBA HIGHLIFE) - TUNDE OSHOFISAN & HIS RHYTHM 'FADAKA'S'
18. SISI BISI (YORUBA HIGHLIFE) - E. C. ARINZE & HIS MUSIC
19. OZEDE (BINI/ESAN) - AIGBE LEBARTY & HIS LEBARTONE ACES
20. OYENONKHUA (BINI/ESAN) - AIGBE LEBARTY & HIS LEBARTONE ACES
21. ESO PELE (YORUBA HIGHLIFE) - PRINCE KAYOSUN DOSUMU & HIS DANDIES
22. EBAMI WAYA (YORUBA HIGHLIFE) - PRINCE KAYOSUN DOSUMU & HIS DANDIES
CARDINAL REX LAWSON AND HIS MAYORS BAND GREATEST HITS FLTRCD531CDC CD £ 10.00
The Cardinal and his 'Mayor's band of Nigeria' with their laid back sound of 60's Highlife played by one of the best 'Big Bands' with the superb vocals of 'Cardinal' Rex Lawson. Absolutely stunning and the track 'Sawele' is probably his greatest hit. Contains all the tracks from the LP's POLP061and PRL13408 with the exception of Oko and three duplicated tracks. (18T/56M) Oko is on CD Classics Vol. 1
CELESTINE UKWU AND PHILOSPHERS NATIONAL EJIM NK'ONYE 6361111CDC LP £ 10.00
DAN MARAYA GANGAR BASHI POLP155CDC TC £ 10.00
DAN MARAYA KUDI MASU GIDA RANA POLP151CDC TC £ 10.00
EBENEZER OBEY EYI YATO OTILP508CDC LP £ 10.00
EBENEZER OBEY PROVIDENCE OPS009LPCDC LP £ 10.00
FELA KUTI AND EGYPT 80 PERAMBULATOR LIR6CDC LP £ 10.00
GINGER BAKER (with Fela Kuti) STRATAVARIOUS ATCOSD7013CDC LP £ 10.00
Interesting and sought after album by Ginger Baker and Fela Kuti. The tracks are long, with a tight funky sound, and lots of cool keyboards by Fela (who also sings and plays percussion). One track features a cool percussion jam between Ginger Baker and Guy Warren, the enigmatic African percussionist who also recorded with his Soundz group in the UK. The track Tiwa is propelled by Fela's keyboards and is the highlight of the album. The album came about when Fela was in London making Fela's London Scene. He met up with drummer Ginger Baker and they made this album together in 1972. Fela Kuti teamed up with again with Ginger Baker to make Fela's Live with Ginger Baker album and Fela also got Ginger to produce his classic He Miss Road album for him. 1. ARIWO
2. TIWA (IT'S OUR OWN)
3. SOMETHING NICE
4. JU-JU
5. BLOOD BROTHER
6. CODA
I. K. DAIRO GREATEST HITS OF I.K. DAIRO VOL. 2 DAIRO2CDC CD £ 10.00
1. Ise Ori Ran Mi, 2. Alagbawi Emmanuel, 3. Okin Omo Ni, 4. Adupe Baba, 5. Omo Owa Ijesha, 6. Baba Olu Orun.
I. K. DAIRO GREATEST HITS OF I.K. DAIRO VOL. 3 DAIRO3CDC CD £ 10.00
1. Taxi Driver, 2. Iku Ye Lori Mi, 3. Oluwa Loluso Agutan Mi, 4. Alahu Monseli, 5 .Abiyamo Fehin So, 6. Okan Mi Yin Oluwa, 7. Bebe Yi Ga, 8. Eri Mo Wa Iye Mi O, 9. Emase, Oluwa A Daa , 10. Okan Yin Oba Orun, 11. Ise Aje Ma Le , 12. Baba Mi Gba Ti Mo Basako Lo , 13. Hungry For Love, 14. E Rora F'eso Jaiye.
I. K. DAIRO THE GLORY YEARS OMCD009CDC CD £ 10.00
1. Elele Ture, 2. Iyawo Oniwa Kiwa, 3. Late Chief Sonibare, 4. Salome, 5. Labutu Yeke, 6. Iku Lumumba, 7. Ema Mambabun Saya, 8. Ise Owo Mi No Nje, 9. Omo Alaro, 10. Rora Feso Aiye, 11. Ade Ore Mi, 12. Guluso, 13. Erere Muture, 14. Ladejo La Oginni, 15. Aye Wa Kale, 16. Onile Gogoro, 17. Bonfo, 18. Ore Odale, 19. Late J.S.Siwoku, 20. Ise Aje, 21. Lawrence Omole, 22. Omo Lanke.
I.K. DAIRO AND HIS BLUE SPOTS DEFINITIVE DAIRO XENO4045CDCDC CD £ 10.00
IDOWU ANIMASAWUN FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT CRS005CDC TC £ 10.00
Religeous it may be but with music and singing like this I could just get converted. ( Track Index: Jesu To Fun Mi, Jesus Is Lord, Je Kin Leba O Rin, Mo Ni Jesu Ni Baba, Go Where The Sinners Are, Adura, Mo Ti Yege, From Darkness To Light. ) [8T/38M]
KING SUNNY ADE AJOO SALPS35CDC LP £ 10.00
KING SUNNY ADE CHECK E SALP26CDC LP £ 10.00
KING SUNNY ADE JUJU MUSIC OF THE 80's SALPS24CDC LP £ 10.00
KING SUNNY ADE THE ORIGINAL SYNCRO SYSTEM AS26CDC LP £ 10.00
The original LP release made before CDAS89703 came out.
KING SUNNY ADE AND HIS GREEN SPOTS BAND VOLUME 1 LPAS8006CDC LP £ 10.00
LIJADU SISTERS HORIZON UNLIMITED (RE) DWAPS2089CDC LP £ 10.00
Superb album from the tree climbing twins. Whenever Kehinde and Taiwo Lijadu felt low down in spirit they indulged themselves in a childhood prank. They climbed the tallest nearest tree and watched the unlimited horizon. That's not the only trait they shared in common. They are identical twins who also share identical callings, habits, hobbies, a bank account and four children between them. They never tell which one of them is mother to which child. 'They are four children' They always said when asked. Some years ago they climbed a very tall tree and saw in the horizon unlimited, the path of their future. The elements were orchestrating sweet musical vibrations that hit the core of the very being of the twins. It was the climax of their long-standing yearning to become professional singers. After all, it was all in the family. Daddy played the piano and Granny played the guitar. They had enough inspirational heat in their veins to generate and power their interest and enthusiasm. Also influencing them were Aretha Franklin, I. K. Dairo, Miriam Makeba, Victor Olaiya, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and a host of other musicians both local and international. All of them together gave them the heat of their inspiration. [6T/26M] 1. ORERE - ELEJIGBO
2. ERORA
3. GBOWO MI
4. GBALO - ALOGBALO
5. COME ON HOME
6. NOT ANY LONGER
OLIVER DE COQUE CLASSIC HITS COQUE002CDCDC CD £ 10.00
OLIVER DE COQUE VINTAGE HITS VOLUME 1 ORCD001CDC CD £ 10.00
OLIVER DE COQUE VINTAGE HITS VOLUME 2 ORCD002CDC CD £ 10.00
OLIVER DE COQUE VINTAGE HITS VOLUME 3 ORCD003CDC CD £ 10.00
OLIVER DE COQUE VINTAGE HITS VOLUME 4 ORCD004CDC CD £ 10.00
ORLANDO JULIUS EKEMODE AND ASHIKO DANCE AFROBEAT SHAN43029CDC LP £ 10.00
Originally released back in 1984 and containing his hit Ashiko this album is a real belter. Tracks: A Dara, Aye Le, Ashiko, Dance Afro-Beat, Awade, Ishe.
ORLANDO OWOH EXPERIENCE OLPRS003CDC LP £ 10.00
1. EXPERIENCE - OHUN TI OJU RI
2. TI ENU BAKO, E SINMI
3. OMO L'ASO
4. IBAJE ENIA
5. JE KIN BAE RINRIN AJO
6. OGE MAILO
ORLANDO OWOH TABOO SOS216CDC LP £ 10.00
STEPHEN OSITA OSADEBE ONYE LUSIA OLIE POLP159CDC TC £ 10.00
STEPHEN OSITA OSADEBE OSONDI OWENDI KMCD036CDC CD £ 10.00
Lovely laid back sound of twinkling guitars backed by a variety of percussion and interspersed by blasts from the horn section and with Chief Stephen's soft vocals and the band's harmonious backing adding the finishing touch to a very nice album. The CDR comes with inlay and bookfront, not an envelope. 1. OSONDI OWENDI
2. NDIDI KANMA
3. NIGERIA KANYI JIKOTTA
VARIOUS ARTISTS HIGH LIFE KINGS VOL 2 KMCD02CDC CD £ 10.00
Stephen Osita Osadebe, Makojo and Yoba Chukwu. Mike Ejeagha, Ikpechakwa A-Akem Kpee. Inyang Henshaw, Esonta and Ebonjo Ekedidem Iban. Rex Lawson, Abari Biya and Osuala Oru Enene. Dr Victor Olaiya, Pariboto Riboto. Sir Victor Uwaifo, Joromi (different version from Vol. 1) and Akuete and Guitar Boy. St Augustine and the Rovers Dance Band, Jolaosho and Ogirri. Professional Seagulls Dance Band, Atabal Woman and Afro Baby. Akaba Man, Okina. (16T/78M)
VARIOUS ARTISTS MONEY NO BE SAND OMCD031CDC CD £ 10.00
VICTOR UWAIFO GREATEST HITS VOL. 1 PMCD018CDC CD £ 10.00
Contains Tracks: Guitar Boy, Joromi/Monkey Yanga, Ebiss Ebiss, Akwete, Oliha, Siwo Siwo, Sesese, Do Amen Do, Tisha, Eralo Gbengigialo, Agege Ogigbo, Iriorere, Simini-Simini Eka Sasa, Oku Olda (Muemue Akwete)
WARRIOR AND ORIENTAL BROTHERS HEAVY ON THE HIGHLIFE OMCD012CDC CD £ 10.00
SAO TOME
PEPE LIMA AND L'ORCH. DE LA JEUNESSE E EXIGOLA IEFE096CDC TC £ 10.00
Soukous magic from these old Portugese islands in the gulf of Guinea. Produced in the late 80's this album is one of those rather collectable little items because of who is playing on it. None other than guitar maestro Loketo whose wizard fingers are making the guitar sing for all its worth. It may be a bit short but boy is it worth it. ( F.T.Index: Mary Luizi, E Exigola, Santome, Gim'am, Aua Ve Me Led. ) [5T/30M] 1. MARY LUIZI
2. SANTOME
3. GIM'AM
4. AUA VE ME LED
5. E EXIGOLA
SENEGAL
ABDOU GUITE ET EVOLUTION ETE SHOW ETECDC CD £ 10.00
Wow! What a superb album from amazing singer Abdou and with magic music from his band Evolution. The track listing has all been corrected on the CD-R. So you are going to listen to one of the best mbalax albums in years which was recorded live and is worth it's weight in gold. 1. INTRODUCTION
2. KOULA FAALE (GUITE CLUB)
3. MODOU MODOU
4. THIONO ADOUNA
5. WEROU KOOR
6. DOUKAT
7. VIVA
8. NINA
9. GOUDDI
ABDOU GUITE SECK DEKAALE DEKAALECDC CD £ 10.00
Beautiful mbalax album from Abdou who had me hooked as soon as he started to sing. Crystal clear vocals with power and feeling packed into every word and if that wasn't enough the music is superb as well. Shame it is only 33 minutes as I could listen to him all day. Loved the last track, 8 Minutes, which knocks spots of Youssou Ndour's 7 Seconds! ( F.T.Index: Sammy Waay, 8 Minutes, Weeru Koor, Dekaale, Seex Yi, Gim, Allaaji. ) [7T/33M] 1. SAMMY WAAY
2. DEKAALE
3. ALLAAJI
4. WEERU KOOR
5. SEEX YI
6. GIM,
7. 8 MINUTES
ABI BATOU NDOUR DJIGUENE ABNCDC TC £ 10.00
Recorded at brother Youssou's Studio Xippi in Dakar this tape is one of the hottest hits in Senegal this year (1994) and with very good reason. Lead guitarist Omar Sow and tama player Assane Thiam along with most of 'Super Etoile' are providing the backing to Abi's astonishingly beautiful vocals. She would I'm sure have had a hit without their help but with it, the whole album is just so gorgeous, its not true!. The final track is simply out of this world. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING ALBUM (F.T. Index: Limamoulaye, Borom Gall, Mbeuguel. ) 1. MBEUGUEL
2. DJIGUENE
3. SA YO AME
4. MADIARO
5. GOR
6. MALAME SARR
7. TAMA FILA
8. BOROM GALL
9. LIMAMOULAYE
ABLAYE MBAYE XALEYI XALEYICDC TC £ 10.00
Xaleyi is blind boy Ablaye's third album and translates as 'The Children'. His power packed voice sounds more and more like Youssou Ndour's each time and accompanied by Lamine Faye and the rest of the Lemzo Diamono crew, the music is as good as Super Etoile's as well! So if you like Youssou or Lemzo Diamono or both then this album going to be right up your street. ( F.T.Index: Waat, Musiciens, Am Saxou, Xaleyi, Yaye Balma, Gued. ) [6T/31M]
ABOU DJOUBA DEH ET LE JAARE N'GENNDY DIMO DIMOCDC TC £ 10.00
Quite an interesting style to Abou's mbalax as his incisive vocals put the bite on your ears one minute while his softer side is quite hypnotic the next. The music from the seven members of the group is a pleasure to listen to with the twinkling strings of Mamadou Sy and Djiby Dia's xalams up front and competeing with Moussa Ngning and Elle Mbaye's drumming. Nice bit of keyboard play from Aziz and Baidy Diallo which adds to the overall difference. ( F.T.Index:Cemmedel Kessel, Dewgal, Mounal, Jam E Kasamaas, Dimo, Dental. ) [6T/36M]
ABY NGANA DIOP LIITAL LIITALCDC TC £ 10.00
Strewth! Talk about having a powerful voice. Aby definitely sweeps all before her in that department and what's more the music does the same! Played at breakneck speed, in fact you'll find that the galloping horses and express trains on two of the tracks couldn't keep up the pace. Based on traditional call and response with a largely percussive backing every track is a storm of sound no matter if its played in a modern style like Dieuleul or more traditionally like the other tracks. What ever, it's a thunderously fantastic album. (F.T.Index: Liital, Dieuleul Dieuleul, Yaye Penda Mbaye. ) 1. DIEULEUL - DIEULEUL
2. NDAME
3. YAYE PENDA MBAYE
4. LIITAL
5. SAPALY
6. NDADJE
ACCA WELE HIRI HIRI HIRICDC TC £ 10.00
A real cracker from Acca, as her stunning voice powers out like a female version of Baaba Maal and in fact she uses much the same traditional style as he has on recent albums. The striking music is provided by Malal Mbaye and Seydou Gedda Sy on khalam,* Daouda Faye and Ma Samba Diop on sabar, djembe and tama drums plus the wicked squeaking of Issa Sow once again sawing the hell out of his riti. Arranger Cheikh Tidane Tall knowing when he is on to a good thing keeps his keyboards well away from the real music while the chorus of Fatou Sy and N'gninde Tine help to belt out the magic of this BRILLIANT ALBUM. (F.T.Index: Hiri Hiri, Walla Findo, Djimami Djimami, Mine Tchilame, Rougui Ly.) [8T/46M] * Senegalese lute.
AICHA MBAYE BAYE NIASS BAYECDC TC £ 10.00
A beautiful traditional album which reminded me very much of Kine Lam's Sunu Cossaan. Once again its that eerie almost skin tingling vocal style of super singer Aicha together with Arame Samb and Diama Ndiaye that grabs you. However it wasn't the singing that I found outstanding this time but the gorgeous sound of Gorgui Soce's xalam. I much prefer the tinny tinkling of this Senegalese lute to the sound of the kora. (F.T.Index: S.O.S., Baye Niass, Xalaas, Adji Coumba Rose, Mamadou Diop, Khouma Mory, Maodo Sylla, Mamadou Diop Remix. ) [8T/40M]
ALASSANE FALL GAIN GTVOL1CDC TC £ 10.00
Talented singer and songwriter Alassane and keyboard wizard Madou Diabate show just how good they are with this modern Mbalax album. With help from the equally talented Libass on lead guitar and Issa Sow, sawing his way through his Riti, they give all the album's six tracks a sound, style and quality every bit as good as Youssou N'dour and Super Etoile. This album isn't just a rather good likeness, it's a super original work of art in it's own right..
ALIOUNE MBAYE NDER AND LE SETSIMA LENEEN LENEENCDC TC £ 10.00
Alioune's clear and incisive vocals get more impressive each time and this the fourth album from the ex-Lemzo Diamono singer finds him once again back in Dakar's Studio 2000. His group Le Setsima is basically the same with once again Malick Diaw and Charles Ndoye providing the razor edged guitar to the mbalax beat of Bassirou Mbaye and newcomers Lamine Toure and Talla Seck. If you have a look at the CD called Pansement - AFD003 it lists all the tracks except Tyson. However they are not the same set of recordings, differing in both recording length and artists taking part. [7T/34M] 1. GEORGES
2. FASS DIOM
3. MY SISTER
4. TOI
5. LUKO WARAL
6. LENEEN
7. TYSON
ALIOUNE MBAYE NDER AND LE SETSIMA SUPER THIOF STHIOFCDC TC £ 10.00
Tracks : Sammy, Wadiour, Sans-Abris, My Boy, Joseph, Super Thiof. Just 28 minutes of class Mbalax.
ALIOUNE MBAYE NDER AND LE SETSIMA TAKUSAAN A DAKAR LIVE AFD007CDC CD £ 10.00
Another set of cracking songs from top rated singer Alioune and his band Le Setsima. 1. DEFAITE
2. DROGUE
3. SANS ABRI
4. JOSEPH
5. YOON WI
6. TAMBACOUNDA
7. MY BOY
8. KEMAN
9. MY SISTER
ALIOUNE MBAYE NDER AND LE SETSIMA GROUPE PANSEMENT AFD003CDC CD £ 10.00
At first glance a compilation culled from tracks on the two cassettes Aladji and Leneen. However they have actually re-recorded the titles they wanted with a different line up of artists in studios in Dakar and then dubbed another lot of artists and instruments over them in Paris. Have a listen to Toi here and compare it to Toi on the cassette Leneen. For some strange reason they issued a few of the tracks from the CD on a cassette also called Pansement but also added another track called Serere which isn't on any other release not even the CD. Work that one out if you can. Needless to say my CD-R has the track Serere from the cassette added. 1. PANSEMENT
2. FASS DIOM
3. LUKO WARAL
4. LENEEN
5. ALADJI
6. MY SISTER
7. DROGUE
8. GEORGE
9. TOI
10. NGUEM
11. SERIGNE MANSOUR
12. THIAT
13. TIVAOUANE
14. SERERE
ALIOUNNE ET LE KASSE STARS THIABI BI THIABICDC TC £ 10.00
Aliounne is one of the son of Ibrahim Kasse the founder of the 'Star Band de Dakar' in which Youssou N'dour first sang. This is the Kasse Stars second album and it's absolutely fabulous! The stunningly crisp and clear voice of Aliounne slices through the music like a knife through butter. It's basically mbalax with El Hadji Faye and Brigo setting a cracking pace on sabars and with a lovely horn section that includes trumpet, sax and trombone. While there are guitarists in the line-up its the well crafted keyboard lines of Rane Diagne and Bachir Dia which seem to be more noticeable. If you like Youssou N'dour then I guarantee you'll like this album, its just gorgeous. (F.T. Index: Mame Bamba , Wagane, Ndogal, ) [8T/41M]
ASSANE MBOUP NATE-YI NATECDC TC £ 10.00
This is Assane's third release and they get better each time. His precisely delivered and penetrating vocals are very arresting and also very beautiful. The band with a few changes and with no well known names - (guesting in there somewhere are singer Fatou Kine Mbaye, brilliant multi percussionist Pape Ndiaye and top guitarist Jean Pierre Gomez! ) - have again produced some top quality mbalax. Recommended, especially for the atmospheric Darou Khafor. ( F.T.Index: Sabablu, Darou Khafour, Walle Bagne, Nate-Yi, Pass-pass AK Farlu, Coumba Bakhaw. ) [6T/30M] 1. NATE - YI
2. WALLE BAGNEI
3. SABABLUI
4. COUMBA BAKHAWI
5. PASS - PASS AK FARLUI
6. DAROU KHAFOR
ASSANE NDIAYE AND LE RAAM DAAN NGUISSTAL NGUISCDC TC £ 10.00
Assane is currently Thione Seck's backing vocalist but here gets his first go at lead with Thione providing the backing. While he sings very similar to the master he doesn't yet quite have his power but with Thione guiding him and with 'Le Raam Daan' backing him he is certainly on his way to the top. Adama Sarr is on lead guitar while God Sylla Mbaye & Barra Ndiaye belts out the percussion. 'Ligueye' is a cover of 'Blain Djigueul' from Thione's 'Ta Sa Boula Nekh' album, not quite the same spine tingling quality but damned near! Essential for Thione Seck fans. (F.T.INDEX: Darou-Salam, Kilifeu, Ligueye, Dine, Nguisstal, Niane-Gui .) [6T/32M] 1. NGUISSTAL
2. DAROU-SALAM
3. LIGUEYE
4. DINE
5. NIANE-GUI
6. KILIFEU
ASSANE NDIAYE ET LE NGUEWEL GUI YONE WI YONECDC TC £ 10.00
Wonderful singing once again from Assane but on the CD version it also has some extra tracks which were culled from the Nguistal cassette. 1. KILIFEU
2. YONE WI
3. WAKHY MAME
4. DIIW
5. MA WOYALENE
6. KIMA DOYE
7. LIGUEYE
8. XEW-XEW
9. NGUISSTAL AND NGUEWEL
BAABA MAAL BAAYO (1991) PALMCD2118-2CDC CD £ 10.00
BAABA MAAL GENERATION NOUVELLE AND NDILANE ST2001-6CDC TC £ 12.50
Released back in 1990 these two cassettes recorded at Studio 2000 are a must have for any Baaba Maal collector. 1. GENERATION NOUVELLE
2. NGALU
3. SIGNATURE
4. HAMADY BOIRO
5. SY SAWANDE
6. FREE MANDELA
7. DELIYA
8. BAMBADO
9. LARE
10. AR-YILO
11. YELA
12. HAMA YEROWEL
BAABA MAAL OLEL E0301191-4CDC TC £ 10.00
This one is an absolute classic. Released back in 1991 and then available all over West Africa! No concessions to European tastes on this one, it's pure Senegalese magic. STUNNING FROM START TO FINISH. ( F.T.Index: Lem Gi, Garoowo, Olel, Naange, Danube, Gidelam. ) [6T/40M] 1. OLEL
2. GAROOWO
3. LEM GI
4. DANUBE
5. NAANGE
6. GIDELAM
BAABA MAAL SUNUGAL SUNUGALCDC TC £ 10.00
Another cracking traditional set from Baaba and side-kick acoustic guitarist Mansour Seck. I was quite excited by the first track, definitely hooked with the second and after that I just freaked out as it got better and better! The kora playing of Kawning Sissokho is pure magic as is Aly Diallo's wonderful flute. The percussionists also deserve a medal for their superb backing but without a doubt the chief gong has to go to Baaba for his unbelievably beautiful vocals. Gal Gui had me singing along at the top of my voice - terrified the neighbours - and left me breathless and on cloud nine......What an album! (F.T. Index: Gal Gui, Miskinebe, Woulobe Lele, Ndaga, Laabi Dine, Cherie, Miabe, Hommage A Guelaye. ) [8T/50M] 1. NDIAGA
2. WOULOBE LELE
3. GAL GUI
4. MISKINEBE
5. HOMMAGE A GUELAYE
6. LAABI DINE
7. CHERI (E)
8. MIABE
BAABA MAAL TIIM TIMOL TIIMCDC TC £ 10.00
Breaking away from the usual record in Senegal and then re-record in Paris, this album has been put together at Studio 2000 in Dakar and the Realworld Studio's over here. A real gem and its still a different set of tracks to his new CD. A bit electric in places like on Swing Yela & Yelo-Yelo but still a superb album. Mansour Seck provides some vocal backing but no guitar, watch out for his own new album in the next newsletter. Also listen out for bouzouki, bodhran, celtic harp, what next? Whatever it is, if its as brilliant as this album I'm getting a copy. STUNNING. ( F.T. Index: Amadou Ampathe Ba, Ca Est La, Yoni, Tiim Timol. ) 1. NJILLAM WELLI
2. SWING YALA
3. CA EST LA
4. AMADOU AMPATHE BA
5. MBAYE
6. TIIM TIMOL
7. YONI
8. YELO-YELO
BAABA MAAL TONO TONOCDC TC £ 10.00
Wonderful album from Baaba who returns to form with the traditional acoustic music that made his stunning Djam Leeli such a big hit. Beautifully atmospheric recording with Kawni Sissokho on Kora, Dema Dia on Xalam, Bada Seck on percussion and Massamba Diop completing the line-up on Tama. I'm also told that Baaba is such a perfectionist that he is unlikely to let this album be released on the European market, he'll go and re-record it all first*. So if you want the original, get in quick as it's definitely going to be another very very sought after Classic. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. *Released in 1996 and no sign of a CD yet!
BAABA MAAL AND DAANDE LENOL AIWA AIWACDC TC £ 10.00
The spine tingling effect that Baaba's vocals have given to his atmospheric acoustic releases is given a chance to do the same to a slower and very stylish electric set with stunning results. A must if you like Baaba as some of this album was recorded by mobile studio 'Le Douera Podor' in Senegal and it might not be released over here if previous albums are anything to go by. SIMPLY SUPERB. (F.T.INDEX: Nemanam, Dagnal Koni, Aiwa, Souka Nayo, Niwa, Ndakarou, Amin.) [7T/47M]
BAABA MAAL AND DAANDE LENOL FARBA FARBACDC TC £ 10.00
BAABA MAAL AND DANDE LENOL DIAPASON DES STARS 97 Vol. 1 STARS1CDC TC £ 10.00
Recorded live in the new Studio 2000 venue in central Dakar and making a refreshing change from those Mango high-tech studio releases. Right from the start you can sense the overpowering atmosphere generated by the crowd as Baaba lets his hair down, what bit he's got, after all it is his birthday party. The electric sound of Dande Lenol provide the immensely power packed backing which ranges through mbalax with a touch of gothic menace to wild reggae jammin, a gorgeous traditional number that gets faster and faster as the crowd join in with Baaba's echoing vocals. A bit of acapela and a stunning Afro-Cuban belter as well as 'Happy Birthday'! See how many of his party guests you can spot as they join in to make it a night to remember. Luciano, Omar Pene, Samba Diabare Samb, Coumba Gawlo Seck (Thione's daughter), Khar Mbaye Madiaga, Kine Lam, Marone, Mada Ba and Barkhane Ciss. Pure magic all the way and unlikely to ever be released over here. (F.T.INDEX: 3, 5, 4, 1, 2.) [5T/34M] (also includes STARS2)
BAABA MAAL AND DANDE LENOL DIAPASON DES STARS 97 Vol. 2 STARS2CDC TC £ 0.00
Recorded live in the new Studio 2000 venue in central Dakar and making a refreshing change from those Mango high-tech studio releases. Right from the start you can sense the overpowering atmosphere generated by the crowd as Baaba lets his hair down, what bit he's got, after all it is his birthday party. The electric sound of Dande Lenol provide the immensely power packed backing which ranges through mbalax with a touch of gothic menace to wild reggae jammin, a gorgeous traditional number that gets faster and faster as the crowd join in with Baaba's echoing vocals. A bit of acapela and a stunning Afro-Cuban belter as well as 'Happy Birthday'! See how many of his party guests you can spot as they join in to make it a night to remember. Luciano, Omar Pene, Samba Diabare Samb, Coumba Gawlo Seck (Thione's daughter), Khar Mbaye Madiaga, Kine Lam, Marone, Mada Ba and Barkhane Ciss. Pure magic all the way and unlikely to ever be released over here. (F.T.INDEX : 4, 5, 1, 2, 3.) [5T/31M] (See STARS1)
BAABA MAAL AND LE DAANDE LENOL LAAMDO LAAMDOCDC TC £ 10.00
A delicious album of older style mbalax with a little traditional thrown in for good measure. Targeted at the local market by the sound of it, so I would not expect to see it out on CD, in fact that has been the case with quite a lot of his recent Senegal only releases. Baaba's voice is on incredible form here as he effortlessly rises above the music only to swoop aside to let Kaw Cissokho's kora take on the sweetly played guitars. A very innovative mix that is definitely getting a place in my own collection. ( F.T.Index: Buur, Deungueul Naan, Gambia, Ngare Ngamen, Bouki, Dioula, Gongama. ) [7T/46M]
BAABA MAAL AND LE DAANDE LENOL LIVE A LONDRES ET ST. LOUIS LIVE1CDC TC £ 10.00
The hymn is Baaba's introductory chant before he and the band warm up with a new version of old favorite, Demgalam. Then things really start to take off as the band launch into a couple of great dance tracks that will leave you gasping for breath. Get your wind back on side two as he teams up with Ernest Ranglin for a magic session of guitar picking in the style of Djam Leelii before bowing out with the help of fellow vocalist Abou Djouba Deh in a pretty impressive display of tonsil power. ( F.T.Index: Koni, Borom Signature, Cherie, Dem Ngalam, Hymne Pour le Fouta. ) [6T/47M]
BAABA MAAL AND LE DAANDE LENOL LIVE A LONDRES ET ST. LOUIS LIVE2CDC TC £ 10.00
Baaba's second album continues with the second half of Cherie where you can start to hear who does what. Mansour Seck is there, so is Ousmane Hamady Diop, Tonia Lo, Kaouding Cissokho, Abou Thiam and Bakane Seck to name but a few. Everybody gets to show what they can do and after about 15 minutes it changes noticably as Massamba Diop gives us an intriguing display of his tama drumming. Side B sees everyone joining in for a massively throbbing display of what Senegalese music is all about like getting yourself all hot, swaying and sweaty. Its brilliant, I feel exhausted and I'm only sitting in my chair doing the writeup. Strangely enough there are no track names listed. [5T/46M]
BAABA MAAL AND MANSOUR SECK DJAM LEELII; THE ADVENTURERS YOFFCD0001CDC CD £ 10.00
The original 9 track album from 1989 has been re-released with 3 extra tracks of some of the most stunning music and song to ever come out of Senegal. Believe me you will be amazed. The original dark and simple artwork which was perfectly matched to the old album has given way to a creation that could be best described as a Technicolor vomit. However this CDR has the original artwork with updated track list.
BAABA MAAL AND MANSOUR SECK NGAWLA NGAWLACDC TC £ 10.00
The title says half of it but to complete the picture, Samba sings and plays Xalam while Baaba & Mansour are of course lead vocals and guitars. Beautifully played Kora, Tama, Hoddou and various percussion sounds complete the line-up on this very much, 'back to basics' album. The trio's vocal harmonies on a couple of songs are every bit as good if not better than anything on 'Djam Leelii' or 'Tono' and other tracks show us the beauty of the pure traditional style which many I'm sure don't even know exists. (The F.T.Index: Ngawla, Jalalo, Thiaroye) Baaba's Senegalese cassettes are always different recordings to those released in Europe.
BAABA MAAL AND MANSOUR SECK SOUVENIRS SOUVENIRSCDC TC £ 10.00
The voices and acoustic guitars of Baaba and long time friend Mansour Seck glide effortlessly through a set of wonderful songs. They are accompanied by Bao & Kaouning Sissoko on kora, Barou Sall on xalam and percussionists Bada & Bakan Seck, El Hadj Aw and Assane Ndoye who also plays guitar. Their first western released album 'Djam Leelii' has stood as the bench mark against which other albums seeking 'Classic' status have been measured for some years but now this is now the new benchmark. ABSOLUTE CLASSIC. (F.T.INDEX: Tindol, Diofnde Fouta, Sanou, Dama-Rewo, Cerno Mountaga, Diama Goudiry, Miyewni, Cire-Cire.) [8T/48M] 1 SANOU
2 DAMA-REWO
3 TINDOL
4 DIOFNDE FOUTA
5 MIYEWNI
6 CIRE-CIRE
7 CERNO MOUNTAGA
8 DIAMA GOUDIRY
BIDEEW BOU BESS NDEKETE YOO NDEKETECDC TC £ 10.00
Senegalese rap that can really set the mood with their catchy songs. No musicians, just Andy Shafte's electronic wizardry belting out the backing tunes for rapeurs Yaaram Bi, master B and PMD. Its definitely singing up front with the boy's guests doing their bit in real style - Youssou Ndour, Viviane, Mbaye Dieye Faye and Mbaye Ndiaye no less! If you thought rap was close to crap this little offering with its African/Mbalax influences will change your mind for ever.
BU BACA AFRICA BUBACACDC TC £ 10.00
Now here's something very different. A Senegalese/Australian group that mix Senegalese rhythms with reggae, rap, etc, and what a brilliant idea and album it is too. Singer Bu Baca was born on the island of Goree made infamous by the slave trade but moved to Australia along with rhythm guitarist Ababacar and keyboard player Lypso Aboud. They are joined by Paul Burton & Victor Round on guitars, Chris Sweeny on percussion/drums, Craig Walter & Michael Bikosky on horns plus chorus girls Ronnie & Melanie. Bu Baca's exuberant nature is infectious and clearly shows in the bright and bouncy music that is definitely dance orientated. ( F.T.Index: Njare, Macumba, Island Goree, X88, Exciting, Mystery of Love, Africa, No More War, Running Away, Jamaica. ) [11T/42M] 1. MYSTERY OF LOVE
2. MACUMBA
3. NO MORE WAR
4. RUNNING AWAY
5. NJARÉ
6. X88 (SHORT VERSION)
7. EXITING
8. JAMAICA
9. AFRICA
10. HALEJULA
11. ISLAND GOREE
DEGE GUI DUNDE GUI DUNDECDC TC £ 10.00
Abdoulaye Ba & Abdallah Diop who make up the duo Dege Gui are 'Presented by Positive Black Soul' so I was expecting a rap album but it is actually a very good mbalax album which incorporates rap style lyrics with great effect. Pape Ndiaye provides the explosive percussion while Tapha Faye takes care of programation and keyboards. [6T/26M] 1. FATOU SOW
2. SOUFSI
3. PATIENCE
4. PEKHEP NONE
5. MOUME NENE
6. GOUNELLE
DIAL MBAYE FAWADE WELE KSF005CDC TC £ 10.00
No release date on it but if memory serves me correctly this was her first release back in the early 90's. Dial (or Jaal) as she also known has a tremendously powerful vocal presence which scared the hell out of me and the microphone in this recording. Backing vocals come from Kine Lam (a favour Dial was to return later on Balla Aissa Boury) and the strangely named Check Berry Mboup who leads the group Yacheikh. ( F.T.Index: Fawade Wele, Nango Liguey, Defal Yallah, Foureul, Fouleu, Ramatoulaye. ) [6T/35M]
DIAL MOUSSA ALE JARNAKO JARNAKOCDC TC £ 10.00
Dial is a singer in the true classic style with a voice that that can shatter concrete and move houses faster than Pickfords. Her traditional group is very good musically and is composed of kora, guitar, xalam and sabar drums plus a sampler which lurks in the background but doesn't interfere with the real musicians. Star of the show is definitely Dial's explosive vocals. (F.T.Index: Jugeen Sa Ndam, Lallilaloo La, Maala Waxal Loolu, Jarnako, Gaar Walle, Duma Weel.) [6T/38M]
DIAL MOUSSA ALE AND LE GROUPE FULLE PELLO PELLO PELLOCDC TC £ 10.00
More magic from Dial and that stunning voice of hers. As is usual and this being her 7th album (1998) the backing of the Groupe Fulle is again on top form. Some lovely bits of music come into their own when Dial and the girls have the occasional breather to change tempo and style rather like the Congolese seben. The final track is amazing as Dial blasts out the song with just a background drone for accompaniment. Stunning.......... 1. PELLO PELLO
2. BAAY RAWAAN
3. BUSO BAALI
4. IDIMATY
5. BOR FEY
6. ASIKALA
7. GOOTO GOOTO
8. NJOOGU FAAMA
DIALE MBAYE AND LE GROUPE FULLE BETE BETE BETE-BETECDC TC £ 10.00
Superb traditional album with a great singer and gorgeous music. WONDERFUL.
DJIBY DRAME SONINCO SONINCOCDC CD £ 10.00
Djiby's raspy vocals make an immediate impact as he growls into action in this lovely semi traditional style album. The sweetly sung backing comes from Goundo Cissokho while the instrument line-up is composed of kora, xalam, tama, djembe, thioung, percussion, guitare and clavier. [31M] 1. SONINCO
2. DIALIYA
3. N'TERILE
4. SAMBOU
5. AICHA
6.KEUR NIDIAYE WELY
DOUDOU NDAIYE ROSE DJABOTE CDRW43CDC CD £ 10.00
After a remarkably successful debut in the rest of Europe Doudou and his all drum orchestra are starting to bring the roots of Senegalese drumming back to a wider audience in Africa. This album really lets fly with the dramatic massed drums pounding out their Senegalese tribal rhythms on all tracks. The French invaders of the last century would have been quaking in their boots hearing this coming from the jungle, I know all the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I listen to it's throbbing electrifying beat. The vocals are stunning when they put in an appearance as in the track 'Chants du Burgam'. Definitely not produced on a small scale as it sounds as if they have half the population of Dakar singing and clapping with them. Over 50 minutes of pure magic. Brilliant album in every way.
EL HADJ FAYE CHEIKH IBRA FALL SA001CDC TC £ 0.00
Ex-Etoile de Dakar singer with Youssou in the late 70's and then leader of his own Star Band de Dakar in the 80's. He has been through a bad patch, not helped by the bottle, especially as Senegal is predominantly a Muslim country. This is his second release since kicking the bottle and what a scorcher it is. A virtually complete new line up this time as the 12 strong traditional group go through their paces. Wonderful. (1996) 1. CHEIKH IBRA FALL
2. KASSOU LERYI
3. SIGNARI
4. DJIRIM
5. WIRI - WIRI
6. AFRO MANISERO
7. YAYE TIMME Track 1. TRACK
ETOILE DE DAKAR ETOILE DE DAKAR ET001CDC LP £ 10.00
ETOILE DE DAKAR KHALEY ETOILE Vol. 4 DAD2104CDC CD £ 10.00
1. KHALEY ETOILE
2. SILMAKHA
3. SAMA GUENTH
4. M'BAYE GUEYE
5. YOUSSOU
6. ALBOURY
FALLOU DIENG WEEX BET WEEXCDC TC £ 10.00
Going up in the world - Released in 1997 this album gets a make-over from Studio Madeleine in Paris. The same line up as on his previous hit - Biri Biri with the exception of the horn section for some unknown reason. The guys in France have smoothed off the rough edges and made this a slick album which is very nice. The music is well upto standard and the vocals are terrific, very Youssou Ndour in style. Just magic as he belts out the duet with Ndeye Fatou Camara on Deudj. Superb. [8T/44M] 1. BANNO
2. MA FIIT
3. SENGHOR
4. LAMB JI
5. WEEX BET
6. SADIOBANE
7. TURONDO
8. DEUDJ
FATOU LAOBE DOOLE LAOBECDC TC £ 10.00
A magic album of leumbeul dance music which is a real chassis shaker and with the scantily clad Fatou in particular it also leaves very little to the imagination. Fatou has been a backing singer and dancer to Abou Diouba, Ousmane Hamady Diop and Baaba Maal during the last twelve years. Now Abou Diouba has helped her with her first solo release which is a tribute to her own Pulaar culture and the leumbeul dance in particular. So get ready to singe your socks while Fatou's voice bombards your hearing with stunners such as Kalidu. [8T/43M] Doole, Baayi Aboo, Kalidu, Souleymaan, L'an 2000, Mbiyeesee, Saltige, Dalulu.
GROUPE LE FOGNY LIVE CICES FOGNYCDC CD £ 10.00
Very nice live album which contains most of the tracks released on their last CD. I would assume that the dancers are on stage as there are quite long periods of relatively repetative playing which doesn't however stop the crowd from roaring their approval. Great singing from the girls and nice music in the smooth style that tells you it is from the Casamance region. Track 10, Essukey Yakone, although listed on the original CD is missing from the actual CD and has been removed from the track list. Still 75 minutes of great music. 1. MOKOYO CISSE
2. PIERRE GOUDIABY
3. ADIAMATE
4. LANDING SAVANE
5. BAGNANE
6. BOUKOUT
7. SIMILIMA
8. ELUPEI
9. DOUTO
10. KELOUMACK
11. COUPALOME
HENRY GUILLABERT AND GUESTS BENN BENNCDC TC £ 10.00
You've probably never heard of Henry Guillabert who arranged this album but you will know his guest singers. Youssou Ndour who is beautifully backed by Viviane on Wiri Wiri, Pape Niang on Taar, Afsana Rahamatali on Were, Ismael Lo on Niangane, Cheikh Lo on N'dox and lastly Henri himself who isn't a singer with a lovely instrumental version of Jaam. Recorded at Youssou's Studio Xippi, Henry has also managed to get together a bunch of top musicians to help with the gorgeous music in the form of Oumar Sow and Badu Ndiaye on guitar and Thio Mbaye and Mbaye Diaye Faye on percussion. A bit like a compilation but for Youssou, Cheikh and Ismael fans its a very collectable item and also a smashing album in its own right Definitely recommended. (F.T.Index: Wiri Wiri, Niangane, N'dox, Jaam, Taar, Were. ) [6T/25M]
ISMAEL LO AFRIQUE SUNU AFRIQUESUNUCDC TC £ 10.00
Having listened to the 'ISMAEL LO' album released at the same time from Mango I've only got one thing to say, 'Mango, boy did you pick the wrong one.' Having been a fan of Ismael's music for years and heard him re-hash his old tracks for the Mango release, which is good, you just get blown away by this stunner. All new material and guitar by Lokassa & Daly Kimoko. The mind boggles at the man's versatility. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS 1. DIOP LE MAIRE
2. NDEYE WASSANAME
3. 60,000
4. AFRIQUE SUNU
5. TARANGA SENEGAL
6. KHAR
ISMAEL LO XIIF CEL8725CDC LP £ 10.00
Tracks: Alal, Bode Gor, Xiif, Ceddo, Dioumaa, Marie Lo.
JAAL MBAAY SAXIIR CAAM A FI SARGAL JIGEEN SAXIRCDC TC £ 10.00
I've managed to get my hands on a few more of this stunning album but this is it, miss it now and you've had it. The opening track 'Bakkjigeen' is so different that it can't be compared to any other song that you're ever going to hear from Senegal. As for 'Bennoo Bi', which always makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end, it's just incredibly beautiful. This album is pure magic and I still can't beleive that its not out on CD and storming the World Music Charts! 1. BAKKJIGEEN (TAALIF)
2. JIGEEN NAA NGI LIGGEEY
3. BENNOO BI
4. JIGEEN YOMBOUL
5. BENNOO BI (AK RIITI TUBAAB)
6. NJABOOT GUY JURAL
KINE LAM GALASS Vol. 3 VOL3CDC TC £ 10.00
The soft musical background provides the perfect vehicle for Kine's sharp and gutsy vocals. 1. GALASS
2. SEY
3. TAKKO WADE
4. RIJAALULAH
5. DARMANKO
6. SIDA
7. NDEYE PENDA
8. JAMBAR-YI
KINE LAM LE RETOUR RETOURCDC TC £ 10.00
Kine has always been one of my favorite Senegalese singers and this album is another cracker in her semi-traditional style. Abou Guisse's xalam twangs softly in the background accompanied by Soriba Kouyate's kora and even a bit of Saraba's flute putting in an appearance. The guest drummers in the form of Super Etoile's Assane Thiam and Super Diamono's Thio Mbaye put in a real belter of a performance. A superb album and definitely recommended. 1. LE RETOUR
2. SOUHANE (DIAMA)
3. NDER
4. BAMBA (NDINDY)
5. GUILE
6. TERALE
7. YAYE
8. SIDY
45 MINUTES
KINE LAM NOREYNI KSF15CDC TC £ 10.00
Not much known outside of Francophone West Africa, Kine and her band are one of Senegal's top groups. This Paris recorded album shows just how beautiful and sweet her vocals can be as she leads the group through it's complex Mbalax rhythms. Cheikh Tidiane Fall's guitar is highlighted by some super percussion from Massaer Samb and Papa Demba Mbaye helped by Congolese keyboard maestro Manu Lima. SUPERB. 1. KARA NOREYNI
2. NIMAY DOXEE
3. YOBENTE YALLA
4. DOMAINE NATIONAL
5. ASC JARAAF
6. LI WARAL LI
KINE LAM SEY WC43004CDC CD £ 10.00
Kine Lam is Sengal's foremost female vocalist, the female equivalent to Youssou N'Dour, both in popularity and her mastery of the Senegalese music, mbalax. A spectacular singer, she spans the worlds of traditional and popular music, blazing new trails with every album. Her new album Sey is a triumphant culmination of her long artistic development. The powerful music of Sey is fuelled equally by Kine Lam's super-charged vocals and the band's dynamic, extremely kinetic playing. This is music with deep traditional roots yet totally contemporary energy. 1. SEY
2. SOUMA SAGNONE
3. BOROM KEUR
4. BAMBA
5. WADIOU
6. TASCATOU KHIBAR
7. WALLOU
8. DEURAM
9. WAKH BAAKHOOL
10. MBAARMI
11. MAME THIERNO
12. LEBU
KINE LAM SUNU COSSAAN No. 1 SUNUCDC TC £ 10.00
'Our Tradition', recorded at Studio 2000 in Dakar and also arranged by Cheikh Tidiane Tall. It's a complete departure from her previous more modern Mbalax style albums. Totally ethnic in concept with beautiful slow and complex rhythmic percussive interplays on Sabars and Tama drums mixed with the wonderful, almost unique, string sounds of Xalam player Malick Soce, who weaves his magic around Kine's powerful but golden toned vocals. Magnificent doesn't enter into it, just have a listen to 'Oumou Tabara' or 'Serin Dagana'. This album is pure Classic from start to finish.
KINE LAM SUNU THOSSANE No. 2 THIERNOCDC TC £ 10.00
The traditional sound of 'Sunu Cossaan No 1' was a big hit out in Senegal and this follow-up album is doing the same. This time Youssou Ndour's bass and keyboards maestro - Habib Faye - is in charge and turns out a very impressive neo-traditional album. Kine's razor sharp vocals power out over the gorgeous music coming from the eighteen piece backing group. Composed of a ten strong percussion section with xalam players Malick Soce and Abou Guisse, a bit of guitar here and there and a mix of vocalists including Chuck Berry Mboup! Wonderful album all the way. (F.T.Index: Sourang Mberi, Lebu, Mame Thierno, Kor Leer, Souma Sagnone. ) [8T/46M]
KINE LAM AND LE KAGGU DEURBI KLCDC TC £ 10.00
Kine's albums get better with every new release. On explosive form here with her modern mbalax band 'Le Kaggu' she really lets rip with that fantastic voice of hers. Habib Faye helps Moustapha Ngom and Doudou Konare on guitars as well as on keyboards and drum machine. Unfortunately for me xalam players Malick Soce & Abou Guisse don't get much of a look-in but trumpeters Phillipe Slominsky & Alex Perdigon have a real party. Not to be missed is the backing chorus of the lovely Myriam Bety & Awa Maiga. Tascatu Khibar with its Cuban influence was rather nice but Souma Sagnone especially the second version is the one to become a classic. (F.T.Index: Wadiour, Souma Sagnone, Bamba, Sey.) [8T/46M] This album is so good that U.S. record company Shanachie have now released it as 'PRAISE' on CD No. SHANCD64062.
KOCC BARMA LU WAAY DEFF BOPPAM KOCCCDC TC £ 10.00
One of the most amazing sounds I think I've ever heard from Senegal! Two guys, Maxi Crazy and Joe Xe are 'rapeurs' and writers with some startling sounds and innovations. Who would think of combining the sound of the traditional riti, flute and djembe with rap keyboards played by Beethoven! For that matter who would make a Senegalese rap version of Dolly Parton's 'Joleen', the mind just boggles but I loved it. Odd one out is the melodic Toute Ma Vie sung by Sister Joyce which comes as bit of a surprise but very nice as they all are. (F.T.Index: Bul Di Shine, Birel Di Ban, Toute Ma Vie, Xadi, Bis Dina Mese New, Lu Waay Deff Boppam, Maman.) [8T/32M]
LEMZO DIAMONO EN LIVE Vol. 1 LDLV1CDC TC £ 10.00
The instrumental 'Intro' is magic but then you could say that about both of these albums. Leader Lamine Faye plays some wonderful guitar while Tapha Faye kicks in with a bit of natty trombone as well as his usual keyboards. Sanou Diouf is on saxes with Mahanta Faye and Moussa Traore taking care of the drumming. Vocals come courtesy of Pape Diouf & Mamadou Maiga who are in turn backed by the sweet voices of Amy Mbengue & Awa Dem. Very well recorded with hardly a peep out of the Studio 2000 audience. Watch out for guests Fatou Guewel and Group Sope Noreyni and Groupe Misaal. Vol. 1 - [7T/49M] Vol. 2 - [6T/57M] 1. INTRO
2. MOURIDOULAH
3. MBAGNICK
4. BOROM DEUR BI
5. FAGAROU
6. CHANCE
7. ARMOMINE
LEMZO DIAMONO EN LIVE Vol. 2 LDLV2CDC TC £ 10.00
1. YAROU
2. SIMB
3. NDAMAL DAROU
4. SOUBOBA
5. JUSTICE
6. ZIKROULAH
LEMZO DIAMONO VOLUME 5 DAROUCDC TC £ 10.00
You could tell that this was going to be a real classy mbalax album as soon as Lamine Faye started to let loose with some of his terrific guitar playing. At least that's what I thought until I was stopped dead by the second track, 'Wallou-Ma', which just hit me for six. Hauntingly sung by Cecile Abo Niang with backing from fellow chorus girl Amy Mbengue its just gorgeous. The girls continue to add their sparkle on the other tracks but Lamine makes sure that they don't steal the show completely with some smashing guitaring. A wonderful album which should be in every Senegalese collection. Lemzo's best yet? (F.T.INDEX: Wallou-Ma, Fagarou, Respect, Tiens-Toi Bien, Conoy Lemzo, Darou Rahmane, Borom Deurbi, Casa Di Mansa.) [8T/41M]
MOUSSA NGOM BANJUL BANJULCDC TC £ 10.00
Interesting album that doesn't get a mention anywhere on the web except here. Fairly regular Mbalax to start with and then gets a bit experimental as you can hear from the last track. Moussa is the vocalist but this could almost be a Lamine Faye album as he plays guitar and sings and composed and arranged it all with a bit of help from Pape Diop - bass, Moustapha Faye - keyboards and Mpenda Seck on backing vocals to mention a few. 1. BANJUL
2. SANGUE
3. KAMALIMBA
4. SALOUM
5. KALL
6. MBEK
MOUSSA NGOM AND ENSEMBLE LYRIQUE TRADITIONNEL DU SENEGAL TRADITIONNELCDC TC £ 10.00
A beautiful traditional album from Moussa and the group which comprises four percussionists, xalam, flute, kora and balafon players plus an all girl chorus. All the artists get a chance to show their paces and I can't say that any one instrument was more outstanding than the rest, they were all brilliantly played. However one track that I particularly liked was Tiedo as it shows the roots of one of my favourite Ismael Lo tracks. Moussa was a vocalist with Super Diamono in the 80's and before that he sang with the Guelewar Band from Gambia. This is his third solo album but his first in the traditional style which has been building up a tremendous following since the release of Kine Lam's Sunu Cossaan and Baaba Maal's Tono. Wonderful all the way through. (F.T. Index: Ismaila, Tiedo, Laye Soumalaye, Sama Yae Dem Na Ndar. ) [6T/30M] 1. CIRCULATION LAMPE FALL
2. ISMAILA
3. TIEDO
4. BAYE FALL
5. LAYE SOUMALAYE
6. SAMA YAYE DEM NA NDAR
NDEYE MARIE NDIAYE GAWLO BEETA FELAA BEETACDC TC £ 10.00
A real ripper of an album that sees Ndeye storming away with the chorus in hot pursuit and you can believe it too, her voice isn't measured in decibels it uses the Richter scale. The music is superb with thundering tama from Papa Ndiaye, luscious guitar from Papis Diouf and the absolutely spot on tinkling from Tapha Faye's keyboards and it takes a lot to get me to say that. Mustn't forget to mention Dara Guisse's beautifully played xalam or for that matter the great job done by the chorus who finally catch up on track four. A tremendous album that might be described as semi-traditional with heavy metal overtones. ( F.T.Index: Ligeeya Woor, Gewal, Beeta Felaa, Ayda, Mbaax Sa Fasa, Yal Nafi Yag. ) [6T/30M] 1. BEETA FELAA
2. LIGEEYA WOOR
3. AYDA
4. GEWAL
5. YAL NAFI YAG
6. MBAAX SA FASA
NDEYE MARIE NDIAYE GAWLO GAWLA SENEGAL GAWLOCDC CD £ 10.00
A wonderful album that's not to be missed. Oh boy! can she sing and with great music as well. 1. ALLAL
2. DIAM
3. MARIAMA
4. RANG BI DAFA SERE
5. VIVI
6. SERIGNE MODOU MBENDA FALL
NDONGO LO ADUNA - HOMMAGE 05103-2CDC CD £ 10.00
Wow....... Every so often an album gets put in my deck that just blows me away and this album is one of them. Eight tracks and 44 minutes of explosive mbalax with Ndongo singing his heart out. The greatest thing since sliced bread and Youssou N'dour but without a happy ending as this album is released in hommage to the late great Ndongo Lo. So unless they re-release some of his earlier stuff this is where it stops.
NIOMINKA BI - N'DIAXAS BAND FATI YOON BP1132CDC CD £ 10.00
A superb album of Senegalese reggae from vocalist Souleyman Sarr and the rest of the band. Great music coupled with Souleyman's sweetly addictive singing make this one of my favorite African reggae albums. 1. GAINDE
2. NOOWE
3. ADNA
4. XESAL
5. ALLELUJAH
6. N'GOR
7. SEEY
8. RER
9. FATI YOON
10. KU MAG
NJARIN ALLUWA STYLE FOLK ALLUWACDC TC £ 10.00
A brilliant semi-traditional album from the group Njarin and guests led by Birane Mbengue who is the composer, lead vocalist and guitarist. What is more, he is brilliant in all departments as you will no doubt hear. Even Alxuraan with Cheikh Cisse and Ndeye Amy Ndiaye rapping away merrily in the background adds a rather nice and even intriguing twist to the tradition versus modern equation. Cheikh A Ba's flute is gorgeous throughout as is Khady Seck's squeaky but ever so sweet vocals and I must mention Djiby Ba's riti sawing guest appearance on Dekendo. ( F.T.Index: Seex Ibra, Eleg, Cosaan instrumental, Dekendo, Alxuraan, Cosaan vocal, Liggey. ) [7T/36M]
NUNBER ONE DU SENEGAL YORO - KERY GORO 1156CDC LP £ 10.00
OMAR PENE AND SUPER DIAMONO DIRECT FROM DAKAR WSCD102CDC CD £ 10.00
The two 'Live in Real World' cassettes from 1996 now out on CD. 1. ARAL SA DOOM
2. MOURIDE
3. RER
4. SOWETO
5. NIANE
6. COUMBA XALISS
7. GAINDE
8. XAMLENE
9. YAYE BOYE
10. BANNA
11. DIARAF
12. DOUWEYE
OMAR PENE AND SUPER DIAMONO LAMPE LAMPECDC TC £ 10.00
Another class act as Omar's velvet vocals flood forth backed by Super Diamono's superb music. Emigration is by far my favourite but then to my mind it is really outstanding while the other tracks are just plain superb. ( F.T.Index: Lampe, Jangal ma, Li Nu Waxoon, Emigration, Joola, Yeene. ) [6T/31M]
OUSMANE HAMADY DIOP ALAMARI ALAMARICDC TC £ 0.00
From the same session as Ngatamare it should have been called Ngatamare Vol. 2 but for some unknown reason Ousmane called it Alamari, the same as his 1997 album with Baaba Maal. However it is totally different from that album and is even noticably different from Ngatamare as after the first two tracks it takes on a much more traditional feel. The same line-up with duets from Ousmane and Belele Diaw which still soar over the tinkling guitars and softly throbbing percussion but the style is much more laid back, almost trance inducing you might say. ( F.T.Index: Allah Wata Ko Hana, Nananti, Wala Fendo, Alamari, Koten Futa, Delya, Thierno Mansour Barro, Guidelam. ) [8T/36M] (See NGATAMARE)
OUSMANE HAMADY DIOP DJIKE KALADCDC TC £ 10.00
Another new album from singer and master guitarist Ousmane but this time it is very, very different. Ousmane has stepped back into the ranks with fellow guitarists Mbaye Ndiaye and Papis Cisse plus xalam player Samba Yero Ba. Their combination provides the artistic vehicle on which the vocals of Ousmane, with the help of Korka and Aicha Diallo ride. Who? - Not heard of Korka and Aicha? You will, I'm sure as their sweetly cat like vocals are just gorgeous. What a cracker of an album! ( F.T.Index: Midioma, Mayel, Otto Yeyam Dole, Sawga, Diombadio, Maly Sadio, Waly Diantang, Kaladiakorridoma. ) [8T/48M]
OUSMANE HAMADY DIOP NGATAMARE NGATACDC TC £ 10.00
Although he hails from Mauritania Ousmane has established himself in Senegal through his collaboration with the blind singer and guitarist Mansour Seck of Djam Leelii fame with Baaba Maal. Here however he sings and plays guitar with Belele Diaw and this looks to be the start of a great partnership. Their music is very atmospheric with the guitars picking out the sharply resonant duets against a deep but softly throbbing percussion background. Their singing is gorgeous with Ousmane's incisive vocals echoed by the softer voiced Belele. ( F.T.Index: Africa, Telefonam, Seybatou, Seyna Mousso, Almoudel, Ngatamare, Wango, Thiaygal. ) [8T/40M] (CDR includes ALAMARI)
OUZA AND SES BRANCHEES XADIMO XADIMOCDC TC £ 10.00
This cassette proved to be one of the most popular new releases in Senegal earlier this year (1996). Ouza is extreemly well known as a spokesman for the opposition having previously been in trouble for critisising the President even before the recent elections. As one of the originators of the modern Mbalax style he is really on brilliant form here with his new band which still retains the golden voice of Maty Thiam on backing vocals. ESSENTIAL. 1. XADIMO
2. TASS-SEEY No1
2. LA MUSIQUE
4. COHABITATION
5. AMATH DANSOKHO
6. THIAROYE
OUZA ET SES OUZETTES DUNIA GASSY DUNIACDC TC £ 10.00
Another smashing album from Ouza which starts off as a slightly low key affair of smooth and gentle mbalax with the Ouzettes gorgeous vocals as usual making the running By the time you get to track 3 Ouza himself and guitarist Pape Gueye have also managed to get in on the act with the lovely Deugueu. The title track opens with a traditional display using only the drums of Imame Sene and Pape Yaly to provide the backing for the super singing of the girls, rather like the last track on Abi Ndour's album. The last two tracks return to the modern sounds of Senegal with the really dreamy Gamou Guy, which owes its source to reggae rather than mbalax and the dance floor orientated Naxe Mbaye II. Great album. [38M] 1. I'M SORRY
2. NDANANE
3. DEUGUEU
4. DUNIA GASSY
5. GAMOU GUY
6. NAXE MBAYE II
OUZA ET SES OUZETTES TAWATAL TAWATALCDC TC £ 10.00
Having heard his previous albums which were very good my first thoughts on hearing the first track were 'Where the hell did this spring from, its absolutely ace. OK, so the first track is great, but what about the others? Mega Magic maybe? Not quite but not far off either. Definitely one of the best of the new breed of soulful mbalax albums that can sustain the listeners attention time after time. The modern line up of guitars, drums and keyboards together with the superb singing of the 'Ouzettes' is absolute magic. 1. TAALIF
2. ALAADJI
3. BABA NDIEME
4. DJIAYKAT
5. YAMAY WO
6. NEMAN ARI
OUZIN NDIAYE AND SUPER ETOILE FECC FECCCDC TC £ 10.00
Youssou Ndour takes a back seat while Etoile's second singer, Ouzin has an outing. Full of the complex rhythmic interplay that epitomizes Super Etoile's music, the album is going to be very sought after especially for the tracks 'Xew Xew & Diambar' which also feature Youssou. As usual Jimmy Mbaye's guitar and Assane Thiam's percussion are in a class of their own. The new and much more dynamic version of 'Baye Waly' is gorgeous. 'Magnifique' 1. BAYE WALY
2. MAME BAMBA
3. XEW - XEW
4. LAT DIOR
5. JIRIM
6. DIAMBAR
OUZIN NDIAYE AND SUPER ETOILE SPECIAL AN 2000 - WOR WORCDC TC £ 10.00
Another very classy release from Super Etoile's second singer with help in the vocal department from Youssou, Viviane and Ablaye Mbaye. As usual Assane Thiam's Tama clatters away at breakneck speed throughout while the guitars of Jimmy Mbaye and Pape Oumar Ngom perform wonders. In fact on Natta, Assane turns in an absolutely mind boggling performance that is not to be missed at any price. ( F.T.Index: Wor, Natta, Lawla Thiat, Djirim, Bamba, Serigne Mansour. ) [6T/36M] 1. SERIGNE MANSOUR
2. DJIRIM
3. LAWLA THIAT
4. WOR
5. NATTA
6. BAMBA
PAPE DIOUF PARTIR PARTIRCDC CD £ 10.00
I didn't go much on the opening track but after that the party animal come out to play with his gravelly voice and throbbing music. Definitely one to keep a close watch on. 1. PARTIR
2. AL MODOU
3. YOW DOOM
4. NDAGA
5. CHALLENGER
6. JOGLEEN YENGU
7. GENERATION CONSCIENTE
8. IMAMA
9. JOGGEL DAAGU
10. JIMMY DOGO
PATHE THIAM WORULEU WORULEUCDC TC £ 10.00
Wow... Great bit of mbalax as Pathe's vocals and the band's explosive introduction nearly took the speakers off the wall and had me diving for cover under the desk. Fast and furious would be a quite apt description as the tama driven music rushes along for the first three tracks at breakneck speed. M'birou Yalla gives you a breather with its soft and haunting kora set to a percussive backdrop which is probably why it puts in a second appearance at the end of side two. It is also to my mind the best track as Adja Meisse gets to show off her smokey vocals to great effect. ( F.T.Index: M'birou Yalla, Nitte, Woruleu, Aida, Doylou, Liwarane, Tiekete. ) [8T/39M]
PIERROT SARR AND LE GROUPE GELMACK CASAMANCE - KASOUMAI - JAKHANOR NJUUPCDC TC £ 10.00
Released in 1997 and is one of the strangest albums I have heard in a long time. They come from the Casamance region so the music is quite different to that from the North. Pierrot's monotone vocals needs to be heard to be believed while the band seems to be composed of two groups playing the same tunes but in their own different styles. The music is actually very nice in a strange way and becomes quite addictive, so have a listen and you'll see what I mean. 1. CASAMANCE KASUMAI
2. PIERRE MBAGNICK NDIAYE
3. DIAHANOR
4. NGULOCK
5. MANGA II
6. WALY
SENEMALI JAMBAAR SYL83138CDC TC £ 10.00
A great solid guitar and percussion album enhanced by some great vocals from Mollo Sylla, Mamadou Thiam and Doudou Dione plus backing from Guadaloupee. Reminds me very much of 'Toure Kunda' with its guitar and organ interplay backed by some super horn overtones. Recorded at studios HP and Cavein in Amsterdam, it's definitely going places. As a 'Toure Kunda' superfan I think it's a superb tribute to their musical style. RECOMMENDED WITHOUT A DOUBT.
SEYDINA INSA WADE LIBAAS LIBAASCDC TC £ 10.00
A really wonderful album from Seydina Insa Wade which reminded me very much of 'Xariit Taffa by Diogal Sakho', who proved to be one of the top sellers of the last newsletter. Seydina's sweet as honey voice is so good and crystal clear that producer Moustapha Camara even has him doing his own chorus. The music is simply heavenly as Seydina proves to be also a very accomplished acoustic guitar player. The music is made even more atmospheric by the haunting tones of Helene Billard's violincello and Phillippe Gobinet's flute backed up by Georges Walfort's bass guitar and Laity M'bay's soft percussion. No F.T.Index as I loved every track. [10T/38M] 1. MAG DU CAAXAAN
2. LIBAAS
3. JARABI
4. XARALEKAT
5. SAALA
6. MBOKKI MBAAR
7. BEKKOR
8. CAAT
9. GEEJU XAM XAM
10. SAARABA
SOULEYMAN FAYE PAIN BOULETTE AVP016CDC TC £ 10.00
Sharply delivered vocals from Souleymane with backing on three tracks by a youthful Coumba Gawlo Seck. Solid percussion from Mame Beye is backed up by some rather interesting keyboard and lovely guitar work from Omar Sow. The first four tracks are nice but the fifth - Mariamma - a real catchy little number is now my firm favorite. The final track, Waxnaniou, has to be heard to be believed. I can only say it is excruciatingly addictive! 1. MEISSA BIGUE
2. PAIN BOULETTE
3. FOUKI DIOUNI
4. SANDANG
5. MARIAMMA
6. WAXNANIOU
SUPER DIAMONO SOUF SOUFCDC TC £ 10.00
1. SOUF
2. MOUDJE
3. BANNA
4. FALEME
5. DOUWAY
SUPER DIAMONO DE DAKAR MAM 8011CDC LP £ 10.00
SUPER RETRO RYTHMS MBAYMI SUPERCDC TC £ 10.00
Brilliant old style Mbalax harking back to the original Cuban influenced rhythms of the 60's and early 70's. Loads and loads of first rate guitar and simple percussion with some great trombone from Sunday Omar. This album got them the runners up prize at the 1991 St. Louis Feastival, they were definitely robbed. From the picture on the cover there doesn't appear to be anybody under forty and the wealth of accumulated experience really stands out on this gorgeous album. Just listen to that lovely guitar from Babacar Seck on Leddy Sara. Sheer magic. 1. MBAYMI
2. DJAMANGA
3. DIEG BOU BAKH
4. MAODO
5. LEDDY SARA
6. ASSE
THIO MBAYE RIMBAX SYL83158CDC TC £ 10.00
Thio, long time percussionist with Ismael Lo and a well respected session musician in Paris and Dakar, with his first solo release. Helped along by Ibrahima Sylla who gives the album his customary hi-tec polish. Mainly Mbalax but with a bit of Jazz thrown in for good measure but the drums to the fore throughout. 1. RIMBAX
2. SITAFA
3. DJUBO
4. KAOLACK
5. MBAYENE
6. TAPHA GUEYE
7. BIRKELANE
8. MOUSS MI
THIONE SECK DEMB DEMBCDC TC £ 10.00
This album from Thione is purely and simply brilliant! His power packed voice has always sent shivers of delight up the back of my neck but this time he has really excelled himself. Helping to weave the vocal magic are Pape Seck Mafatim, Ndeye Marie Ndiaye and even the lovely Coumba Gawlo Seck. The music is very traditional with loads of lovely xalam (Senegalese guitar) from Dara Guisse and some great sabar drumming from Mousse Pathe Mbaye. [6T/55M] 1. DJIRIM
2. MOMY
3. DIEYLO
4. BAMBA
5. LAYE MBOUP
6. SOPEKOU
THIONE SECK DEMB 2 DEMB2CDC TC £ 10.00
Smashing album in the popular semi-traditional style with Thione's melodic voice leading a five strong chorus through a gorgeous set of tracks. Dara Guisse's xalam tinkles away merrily in pole position while Bara Ndiaye's sabar provides the beautiful percussive backing. The only other musician is Jean Charles who's keyboards and bass guitar are hardly noticable. Yaye Boy, an old favorite, sounds particularly interesting after it's had the semi-trad make over. But beware - don't have the volume up too loud at the start of 'Dome' unless you're really into babies screaming the house down, it could be yours! [6T/33M] 1. SANGARA
2. ASSALO
3. DOME
4. YAYE BOY
5. WALLOU
6. MUSICIEN
THIONE SECK LE POUVOIR D'UN COEUR PUR STERNS1023CDC LP £ 10.00
From his early cassettes re-recorded in Paris. Simple to describe - SUPERB. 1. MANE MI GNOUL
2. DIONGOMA
3. YAYE BOY
4. BALLAGO
5. AIDA SOUKEU
6. YEEN
THIONE SECK PAPA PAPACDC TC £ 10.00
Released at the end of 1991, this very popular tape of new material from Dakar shows off Thione's vocal style a treat. I particularly like the last track with it's twangy guitar sound! 1. KHALEL
2. BAMBA
3. LAYE MBOUP
4. PAPA
5. BAKAR
6. NIANE GUI
THIONE SECK YOW 38777-1CDC LP £ 10.00
Very nice Paris - Studio Harryson - recorded album arranged by keyboard player Manou Lima for Syllart. 1. MBARODI
2. MASS NDIAYE
3. DJIRIM
4. SAKH YI
5. KHAREBI
6. YOW
THIONE SECK AND LE RAAM DAAN TANE SA BOULA NEKH ST/2000CDC TC £ 10.00
This 1994 release from Thione and his band is simply superb. He appears to have taken all that is best from his previous releases and built afresh upon their foundations. His softly swaying vocal style is perfectly matched to Adama Sarr's guitar playing and the percussive element has been superbly tailored to suit. We've had 'Chuck Berry Mboup' before but on this one I found percussionist 'God Sylla'. The mind absolutely boggles! INCREDIBLE - HAVE A LISTEN. 1. KAYE FONEMA
2. DEGGO
3. BLAIN DJIGUEUL
4. LITHIAM THIELY
5. TALAL LOKHO
6. XEW XEW
THIONE SECK AND LE RAAM DAAN 15th ANIVERERSAIRE DU RAAM DAAN Vol. 2 XV2CDC TC £ 10.00
Vol 2 continues where Vol 1 left off with the drummers still belting out the mbalax sound to Thione's gorgeous vocals. Why Thione didn't call the albums 'Greatest Hits' I don't know as all his most memorable songs are contained on these two cassettes. Also, as the songs were recorded live in front of an audience at Studio 2000 they aren't the short versions you got on previous releases, they're huge great things with with everyone really putting it into giving the audience thier moneys worth. Get both for 92 minutes of pure magic. ( F.T.Index: Sakh Yi, Gadaay, Dieylo, Ballago, Madjiguene, Diongoma. ) [6T/48M]
THIONE SECK AND LE RAAM DAAN DIEULLEUL AB002TCCDC TC £ 10.00
Released in 1988 this still stands as one of his best tapes ever, recorded at Paris multitrack 'Studio Ornano', it shows his band 'Le Raam Daan' at their best with their tightly arranged dance format. Essential for all fans of Thione's music. The stand out track is 'Domou Baye' and the tape also has a dub remix version which wasn't on the French version which was available over here in limited quantity about a year ago. RECOMMENDED. 1. ...DIEULLEUL !
2. DOMOU BAYE
3. KHAREBY
4. GAYE MASSAR
5. GADDAY
6. FRANCE
7. SANDAGA DUB
THIONE SECK AND LE RAAM DAAN LE NO. 10 SP001CDC TC £ 10.00
1. LE No 10
2. KHEWI
3. ZIKAR
4. GALATHIE
5. KHALEL
6. MASS NDIAYE
THIONE SECK AND LE RAAM DAAN PUR M'BALAX 91101CDC TC £ 10.00
Released back in 1991 and having just got it out again I am astounded to find that the track information is incorrect. While side A is correct the tracks listed for side B are Kilifeu, Diongona and Gadaay. However as you can see from the list on the right not only are they not in the correct order (or spelling) but there is an additional track that isn't listed except on the cassette case. But enough about that and lets just say that this is a superb album with great singing from Thione with backing from Assane Ndiaye and Mapenda Seck. A cracking pace set by Mousse Pathe's tama is matched in leisurely style by Adama Sarr's lead guitar. Great album. 1. DIEULLEUL
2. WOYATINA
3. DIABOTE
4. YEUREUMKO
5. DIONGOMA
6. GADAAY
7. KILIFEU
THIONE SECK ET SON ENSEMBLE CHAUFFEUR BI VAL002CDC LP £ 10.00
His first solo album released in 1980 has a much more traditional Wolof style that the later m'balax albums that we all know and love. 1. BLAIN DJEGUEL
2. DOM
3. DIOULE LAWAR
4. CHAUFFEUR BI
5. DIAMONO Y TEY
6. GAMBIA
7. BAMBA
TOURE KUNDA SILI BETO CB521CDC TC £ 10.00
WOW! My long time favourites from the 80's have surfaced from their homeland hideaway with a new album that's absolutely bleeding incredible... The same formula that made them one of the hottest bands to ever hit the Paris music scene is still very much in evidence but this time its been mellowed by their return to the roots of their success. The brothers wonderfully complimentary and coordinated vocal harmonies are really brought to the fore by the sheer beauty and simplicity of the music. All the wonderful horns, guitars, keyboards and percussion that you would normally associate with their French hits are still there tucked away behind the new style rootsy vocals. Ten new tracks plus a stunningly re-worked version of their old mega hit 'On Verra Ca' is going to make this album totally indispensable.
VIVIANE (N'DOUR) ENTRE NOUS - BETWEEN US VIVIANECD001CDC CD £ 10.00
1. SA MA NENE
2. XAAR MA
3. SAMBA
4. INTERLUDE
5. WHEN I FALL IN LOVE
6. GOOR FIT
7. STAY
8. TALLAL LOXO
9. INTERLUDE
WAFLASH PROSPER PROSPERCDC TC £ 10.00
Ma Sane's sweet as honey vocals are up front and supported again by the boys next door, Do Sagna and Yade, on this the follow up album to their hit album Yoon Wi. Toto's guitar beautifully picks out the highlights while, wait for it, Maga Thiam and his keyboards get a surprising thumbs up from me. Yes for once they actually add to the overall effect instead of ruining it. If you liked their first album and loads of you did, then you will enjoy this one just as much. ( F.T.Index: Don't Give Up, Maam Daba, Baay Ndongo, Prosper, 18 Heures, Nafi Yem, Sumbera, Incident. ) [8T/44M]
WAFLASH YOON WI YOONCDC TC £ 10.00
I think this album is as near to perfection as I've heard in a long while. Twenty year old Ma Sane's beautiful willowy vocals give me that electric tingle all down my back! She comes from Thies, one of Senegal's regional capitals and has been perfecting her jazz & soul influenced singing since she was seventeen. She was invited to participate in the recording by two boys, her neighbours, Do Sagna & M. Yade (White Feather) who are vocally quite different but make a velvet smooth combination. The rest is history as she promptly stole the show and since then everyone from Youssou Ndour to Omar Pene has been trying to persuade her to leave Waflash but for now she is staying loyal. However this album isn't just Ma Sane, listen to Aicha Konte giving it some on Lekol Busoniere while the guitaring of Toto & Kool U is just pure magic and provides a very atmospheric medium for Bada Seck, Mbaye Diola and Galass who take care of the intricate but soft percussion. Miss it at your peril. (F.T.Index: Lu Tax (Why), Sigil, Yoon Wi, Lekol Busoniere, Teey, Jaaxle, Sahel, Uh La La. ) [8T/40M] 1. YOON WI
2. TEEY
3. JAAXLE
4. SIGIL
5. WHY? (LU TAX)
6. LEKOL BUSONIERE
7. SAHEL
8. UH LA LA
YOUSSOU NDOUR DIONGOMA MP0000122CDC LP £ 10.00
Very interesting album which is rarely seen or heard and which was recorded in Paris back in 1983. Quite a different sound to his usual albums of the time. Definitely grows on you though. 1. DIONGOMA
2. MASSAMBA
3. SAF SAFATI
4. M'BA
5. LAMPA FALL
6. NIDIAYE
YOUSSOU NDOUR LE GRAND BAL PARIS BERCY 2003 GB2003V2CDC TC £ 10.00
You won't find this one on CD anywhere as it would seem to be almost unknown outside of my own listing. While the CD of LE GRAND BAL PARIS BERCY 2003 is well documented the Volume 2 was only as far as I can see issued on cassette. Strange............! 1. WAGAANE
2. SAMA YAAYE
3. LESS WAXUL
4. LAMB JI
5. JEEBANE
YOUSSOU NDOUR LE GRAND BAL Vol. 1 GRAND1CDC TC £ 10.00
An extremely smooth album that from the inlay info appears to have been recorded live in Paris, Bresica (Italy), New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington D. C. However I would bet on Youssou's own Studio Xippi as the venue as the continuity is just perfect. Either way its a great album with Youssou's vocals serenely floating over the machine gun sound of Assane Thiams red hot tama (just list to him go on Ndar) and the guitars of Pape Omar Ngom and Jimmy Mbaye. This one is definitely going down as one of his best ever albums. ( F.T.Index: Benn La, Ndar, Miss, Fiitey, Xarit. ) [5T/42M]
YOUSSOU NDOUR LE GRAND BAL Vol. 2 GRAND2CDC TC £ 10.00
Volume two is just as good as Vol.1 with Youssou again casting his vocal spell over an enthusiastic audience while Assane once more belts the hell out of his tama. Bess and Djino are the two really outstanding tracks that make this album a must. ( F.T.Index: Bess, Djino, Solidarite, Football, Medina. ) [5T/45M]
YOUSSOU NDOUR LE SUPER ETOILE DE DAKAR VOL. 1 02551-2CDC CD £ 10.00
First of four CD's featuring the sound of Super Etoile back in 1982. 1. MOUYMA
2. INDEPENDANCE
3. MAMATAMBA
4. WADIOUR
5. LELIO
6. SIEMPRE
YOUSSOU NDOUR LE SUPER ETOILE DE DAKAR VOL. 2 02552-2CDC CD £ 10.00
1. SAMA YAY
2. XARIT
3. NDAKAROU
4. WALO
5. YATA
6. RIMOU
YOUSSOU NDOUR LE SUPER ETOILE DE DAKAR VOL. 3 02553-2CDC CD £ 10.00
1. BADIENE OULIMATA
2. DIAMBAR
3. MASSAMBA COUMBA
4. NIT KOUREUR
5. ASSURANCE MALICK DIOP
6. NATA MBAAY
YOUSSOU NDOUR LE SUPER ETOILE DE DAKAR VOL. 4 02554-2CDC CD £ 10.00
1. AZIZ
2. BANDJOLI NDIAYE
3. KAMINA MOLO
4. THIOUNE ANTA
5. KOR NDAMA
6. YELA
YOUSSOU NDOUR SPECIAL NOEL SPECIALCDC TC £ 10.00
Released at Christmas, hence the title. The album far from being christmassy is in fact new versions of the best tracks from 'Xippi/Eyes Open' sessions. The new version of 'Buguma am Doom' is the most popular in Senegal, now being a completely re-arranged version mourning the current state of affairs in the worlds trouble spots. I like the new versions far more than the originals. There is a much more polished feel to the whole album. Superb. 1. BUOGOUMA AM DOME
2. NEW AFRICA
3. LESS WAXUL
4. YOLELE
5.THE SAME (Benela)
6. YAAKAAR
YOUSSOU NDOUR AND LE SUPER ETOILE BIR SORANO JUIN 93 LIVE VOL I BIR1CDC TC £ 10.00
Youssou and Le Super Etoile with the first of two super volumes recorded live at Sorano on the 11th June 1993. Side A starts the ball rolling with a Pot-Pouri of Medina, Dabi, Atou, Thiomo and finally building up to a stunningly jazzy version of Maral with Bandjoli bringing up the rear. Side B features the soft Yoleley and the rich bluesy sound of Woma. (CDR includes BIR2) 1. MEDINA
2. DABI
3. ATOU
4. THIOMO
5. MARAL
6. BANDJOLI
7. YOLELY
8. WOMA
9. EMIGRES
10. ALBOURY
11. LIVE T V
12. WALO
13. SINABAR
14.WOOY
YOUSSOU NDOUR AND LE SUPER ETOILE BIR SORANO JUIN 93 LIVE VOL II BIR2CDC TC £ 0.00
Straight into the hit sound of Emigres with Jimmy's guitar leading the way. Alboury and Live TV finish off side A with Walo, Sinebar and Wooy making up side B. The build up of the music on live albums is always well worth exploring and I think it provides a much warmer and closer feel to the songs especially with an experienced singer like Youssou and guitarists like Papa Ngom & Jimmy playing freestyle. (See BIR1for pics and track list)
YOUSSOU NDOUR AND LE SUPER ETOILE DIAPASON + 95 DIAPASON + 95CDC TC £ 10.00
Another beaut to add to your Youssou collection with Senegal's top star live on stage, just listen to him sing that introduction to 'New Africa' or the way he powers through 'Casamanca' or 'Djino' - just incredible as you can hear from the audience's reaction. They may be old releases but every time he gets them out and dusts them down they come out sounding just like new again. PURE MAGIC. (F.T.Index: Djino, Dem, Casamanca, New Africa, Awa Gueye. ) [7T/53M] 1. NEW AFRICA
2. AWA GUEYE
3. MEDINA
4. CASAMANCA
5. DJINO
6. DEM
7. THIOUL ANTA
YOUSSOU NDOUR AND SUPER ETOILE MOURIDE ED008CDC LP £ 10.00
1. JERE DEMBA
2. JAMBAAR
3. MOURIDE
4. N'DANANE
5. MANA-DEME
YOUSSOU NDOUR AND SUPER ETOILE SHOW A ABIDJAN ED0010CDC LP £ 10.00
1. DJAMIL
2. ALBOULY
3. GOUBADIEN
4. BARGUET
5. HILER
6. YALA
YOUSSOU NDOUR AND SUPER ETOILE DE DAKAR BITIM REW Vol. 8 BITIMV8CDC TC £ 10.00
Youssou and the band on top form with this absolutely stunning release from wayback in 1984. 1. PITCHE MI
2. TAAW
3. IMMIGRES (BITIM REW)
4. BADOU
5. AUTORAIL
YOUSSOU NDOUR AND SUPER ETOILE DE DAKAR DABY Vol. 7 (A LA MEMOIRE DE MARC SAMB) DABYV7CDC TC £ 10.00
1. DABY (Youssou)
2. SING (Nicolas)
3. MOURIDOULAYE (Youssou)
4. DEUGUE LA VERITE (Youssou)
5. WALLY NDIAYE (Ouzin)
6. ADOUNA (Manel)
YOUSSOU NDOUR AND SUPER ETOILE DE DAKAR DJAMIL Vol. 6 DJAMILV6CDC TC £ 10.00
1. MBARGUETHE
2. FERRIDIGUA
3. ALBOURY
4. DJAMIL
5. YALLA
6. (not listed)
YOUSSOU NDOUR AND SUPER ETOILE DE DAKAR JAMM Vol. 12 JAMMV12CDC TC £ 10.00
1. JAMM ( La Paix )
2. SAMA DOOM
3. ALE SAMBA
4. SABAR
5. YONENT
6. JIGEENI REEW MI
YOUSSOU NDOUR AND SUPER ETOILE DE DAKAR JAMM Vol. 15 JAMMV15CDC TC £ 10.00
1. JAMM
2. SALIMATA
3. ALBOURY
4. DIAMONO
5. MBARGUETH
6. XALEYE REW MI
YOUSSOU NDOUR AND SUPER ETOILE DE DAKAR KOCC BARMA Vol. 13 KOCC13CDC TC £ 10.00
Stunning....... Enough said. 1. WOO-MA
2. BES
3. MBEGGEEL
4. KOCC BARMA
5. JUUM
6. OLD TUCSON
YOUSSOU NDOUR AND SUPER ETOILE DE DAKAR SET Vol. 15 SETV15CDC TC £ 10.00
YOUSSOU NDOUR AND SUPER ETOILE DE DAKAR YAROU Vol. 5 YAROUV5CDC TC £ 10.00
YOUSSOU NDOUR ET LE SUPER ETOILE REWMI YNDCD003CDC CD £ 10.00
SOUTH AFRICA
AZUMAH LONG TIME AGO KAZMC15CDC TC £ 10.00
Traditional Zulu music that is played in a very atmospheric way. Simply gorgeous to listen to and will leave you spellbound.
DARK CITY SISTERS AND THE FLYING JAZZ QUEENS CDEWV31CDC CD £ 10.00
1. SEKUSILE
2. LANGA MORE (Tap Tap)
3. THATHU KISI
4. JABULANI NONKE
5. TOMATI YO YO No. 3
6. RETSWA GAUTENG
7. EMAHLATHINI
8. INSIZWA
9. LANGA MORE
10. AMANGWANE AMYAME
11. INGWABABA
12. MOKUPI
13. IZINTO EZINHLE
14. 11TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY
15. NKABINDE
16. LELO HASHE
HOLY CROSS CHOIR IKHONA INYANGA CDGMP40749CDC CD £ 10.00
A real Holy stomper with the power packed voice of Belinah Mokhethi leading the rest of the choir in some great gospel songs. 1. IKHONA INYANGA
2. NOMA INDLELA
3. NGIZOMBONGA NGANI?
4. NGANGIBOSHIWE
5. IJOKWE
6. BAWO
7. GUQA NGAMADOLO
8. IN THE BEGINNING
9. UMSINDISI
10. CALVARY
HOLY CROSS CHOIR KUKHON' UMTHOMBO CDGMP40820CDC CD £ 10.00
1. SHINTSHA MZALWANE
2. KUKHON'UMTHOMBO
3. ISIPHAMBANO
4. SIZOHAMBA NAYE
5. WAKRAZULWA
6. IZIFUNGO
7. NGAMANDL' EGAZI
8. UMTHWALO
9. BESUKA BEMLANDELA
10. BONGA
HOLY CROSS CHOIR THULANI NILALELE RLLPE021CDC LP £ 10.00
Magic stuff as the choir show their paces with 30 minutes and ten tracks of throbbing old style South African Gospel music. 1. ISIZWE SIKA NDLOVU
2. SIZOHAMBA EKUKHANYENI
3. THULANI NILALELE
4. NGILANDELE UMOYA
5. UKUTHULA KUKA JESU
6. BABA NGITHUME
7. VUKANI BANDLA BO
8. SIYAKUBONGA NKOSI
9. EZINSIZINI ZOVALO
10. NGIMDUMISE
ITHULAMSINDO UNTOMB'NKULU CRS201CDC LP £ 10.00
WOW!! what an intro track to this brilliant Modern Zulu Traditional. Thumping beat, growling bass guitar and husband and wife having a furious row. End of round one and enter the gospel choir with a bit of Disco in mind. Round two, no winner in this one so on to round three. Now he's woken the baby as well! Quick bring on the choir and give it everything you've got, row and all! FANTASTIC. The rest of the album? Well it's more traditional but has some superb vocals, thumping beat and accordion. Without the first track I'd give it 9 out of 10 but with it I'd give it a definite 12 out of 10. An Andy Kershaw (BBC Radio 1) track of the month. 1. UNTOMB' NKULU
2. SIDLA SONKE
3. USIBALI
4. IBHABHALAZI
5. NGATHWASELA EMAWENI
6. UNTOMB' FUTHI
MFAZ' OMNYAMA KHULA TSHITSHI LAMI CDAFR172CDC CD £ 10.00
Zulu traditional.
MFILISENI MAGUBANE WOZA SIHAMBE CELD6211CDC CD £ 10.00
I can play this album all day and every day as its sparkling vocals and effervescent music is simply out of this world. Born in 1955 at Mandeni on the coast of northern KwaZulu. Mfeliseni is a largely self- taught guitarist with a unique style of playing the local maskandi music which he mixes with the more traditional styles. His first album was released in 1976 and he has played on the movie 'Sarafina' and with Paul Simon, plus has toured as far as Jamaica and New York. This definitely goes down as my favourite South African album for some years! It puts the Soul Brothers into perspective - makes them sound about as interesting as watching paint dry! (F.T.Index: Woza Sihambe, Uthando Lami, Intethelelo, Ugomeleni, Uphetheni, Shosholoza, Itshitshi Lami, Uzothi Unamabhadi, Isithwala Mnjonjo. ) [10T/49M] 1. WOZA SIHAMBE
2. ISITHWALA MNJONJO
3. UTHANDO LAMI
4. ITSHITSHI LAMI
5. UGOMELENI
6. IMPILO YAMI
7. UPHETHENI
8. UZOTHI UNAMABHADI
9. SHOSHOLOZA
10. INTETHELELO
NGANEZIYAMFISA NO KHAMBA LOMVALELISO LADUMA IAC4032CDC TC £ 10.00
Lovely ten track traditional Zulu album with plenty of guitar and accordions providing a fast paced musical backing to the singers. Tracks: Laduma, Wongi Linda, Ngafa Inkumbulo, Asithandazeni, Nami Angizenzanga, Lwangena Udidi, Sinilindile, Nhliziyo Yami, Phendukani Nonke, Isililo Izwelonke. 1. LADUMA
2. WONGI LINDA
3. NGAFA INKUMBULO
4. ASITHANDAZENI
5. NAMI ANGIZENZANGA
6. LWANGENA UDIDI
7. SINILINDILE
8. NHLIZIYO YAMI
9. PHENDUKANI NONKE
10. ISILILO IZWELONKE
PHILIP TABANE AND HIS MALOMBO JAZZMEN MAN PHILY PAM04CDC LP £ 10.00
Extraordinary album from Philip and his Malombo Jazzmen who mix jazz harmonies with the local Venda, Pedi and other South African music styles played on a mix of modern and traditional instrumentation. Not much in the way of vocals but the sounds of guitars, flute, simple percussion and the superb malombo drums, after which the group takes it name, is simply amazing. 1. HI CONGO
2. SETHLEKELEKE
3. VENIE
4. MARABI
5. MALOMBO BLUES
6. DITHABENG
7. NGWAWA OYALELA
8. PHAMBA MADIBA
9. RIVERSIDE
10. MAN FEELING
11. KE KGALE
PHILIP TABANE AND MOLOMBO UNH! 979225-1CDC LP £ 10.00
Incredible music and my only comment is - MESMERIZING - once heard, never forgotten. What an album..... 1. MPEDI
2. SOMPIRO
3. UNH!
4. IHN LIZIYO
5. KGALE
6. LENYORA
7. DIBENJO
8. KHUTSANA
9. DRAAKIES
10. MODUMOKOGOLE
11. LEFTASHE
SAKHILE AFRICAN ECHOES KAZCD17CDC CD £ 10.00
VARIOUS ARTISTS AFRICAN JAZZ JIVE - VOL. 3 JIVEV3CDC TC £ 10.00
These tracks were originally recorded and released in South Africa between 1955 and 1965. The relationship between the black musicians and white-owned record companies was then, as now, highly unequal. While the record companies made large profits from this music (sold almost exclusively to blacks), very few artists managed to make a living from it. Typically an artist would receive a session fee for making the record - maybe $10 - and then nothing more while the record company benefited. This situation is not confined to the music industry, however, but is typical of the position of black people in South Africa. In order to compensate, in a small way, for the exploitative conditions under which this music was produced, and to contribute to the struggle of black people in South Africa, a payment will be made from the sale of each cassette to the African National Congress (A.N.C.) of South Africa.

The above is a faithful copy from the original cassette. Incredible stuff.
1. SALT ROCK PHATA No. 1 (TRANSVAAL ROCKING JAZZ STARS)
2. SOUTH COAST (TRANSVAAL ROCKING JAZZ STARS)
3. SHOUT SHOUT (COUNTRY JAZZ BAND)
4. SIXABENE (COUNTRY JAZZ BAND)
5. UP THE BIRDS No. 2 (REX NTULI AND HIS BAND)
6. MBUZIHAWA JIVE (REX NTULI AND HIS BAND)
7. DIEPKLOOF SPECIAL (MAKHUBELA AND HIS SAXOPHONE JIVE)
8. NWAZIZA (MAKHUBELA AND HIS SAXOPHONE JIVE)
9. BIG TEN (BOY MASAKA AND HIS BIG TEN)
10. TATAZELA GULUVA (BOY MASAKA AND HIS BIG TEN)
11. SESHAS No. 3 (ZEEZEE JAZZ APPOINTMENT)
12. PULLUP (ZACKS AND HIS SEXTET)
13. SI TANDO (ZACKS AND HIS SEXTET)
14. ACE OF SPADES (NICK MICK BAND)
15. GWEVA (NICK MICK BAND)
16. NGAWENJE (AFRICAN SWINGSTERS)
17. PRETORIA(BRA SELLO)
18. WUYE WUYE (ZEEZEE JAZZ APPOINTMENT)
VARIOUS ARTISTS DUCK FOOD - FEMALE MBAQANGA CLASSICS EMW5505CDC LP £ 10.00
These were the songbirds who lightened the dark years of the mid-seventies in Soweto and the other Black Townships of South Africa. The MAVUTHELA team who made this record were a tightknit crew of producers, songwriters, arrangers, musicians and vocalists who consistantly produced the best in Township Music which found markets throughout Southern Africa. The Dark City Sisters were the top female group of the sixties, having records released in London, Lagos, Nairobi as well as topping the charts in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The Dark City Sisters are fronted here by Joyce Mogatusi. The Mahotella Queens are a floating team of session singers established in 1964 by talent scout and song writer Robert Bopape. The Queens took over from the Sisters in the seventies as the top female group with their MGQASHIYO sound (the indestructable beat) which joined the sweet voices of the Queens with the deep voiced groaner Simon 'Mahlathini' Nkabinde and the music of the Makgona Tshole Band, the toughest Mbaqanga session team. The Mgababa Queens and Irene and the Sweet Melodians were formed by ex-Mahotella personnel. All these groups recorded songs in both the major Black languages of South Africa, Zulu and Sotho. D.a. Vanrenen 1986. Tracks The Mahotella Queens - Umculo Kawupheli - theres no end to the music, Jive Mabone - show people (show them how to jive), Thina Siyakhansiya - we are bringing the lights (we are brightening things up with our music), Isisu Somhambi - music which feeds the guests (idiom: music which entertains the guests), Igugu Lezwe - worlds favourite (ie a superstar), Wozani Mahipi - hippies come (to soweto), Mkhulu Lomkhosi - the biggest celebration of the year. The Mgababa Queens - Sidl'imali Zethu - we are using our own money, Akulaiwa Esoweto - the whole township of Soweto doesn't sleep (because of the music). The Dark City Sisters Ezomculo - the musicians, Kulelo Lizwe - in that country (outside South Africa). Irene and the Sweet Melodians - Phelaviki - let the weekend come. Track: Akulaiwa Esoweto
VARIOUS ARTISTS SAX AND FLUTE JIVE - VOL. 2 JIVEV2CDC TC £ 10.00
These tracks were originally recorded and released in South Africa between 1955 and 1965. The relationship between the black musicians and white-owned record companies was then, as now, highly unequal. While the record companies made large profits from this music (sold almost exclusively to blacks), very few artists managed to make a living from it. Typically an artist would receive a session fee for making the record - maybe $10 - and then nothing more while the record company benefited. This situation is not confined to the music industry, however, but is typical of the position of black people in South Africa. In order to compensate, in a small way, for the exploitative conditions under which this music was produced, and to contribute to the struggle of black people in South Africa, a payment will be made from the sale of each cassette to the African National Congress (A.N.C.) of South Africa.

The above is a faithful copy from the original cassette. More incredible stuff.
1. SIMANGELE (BOY MASAKA)
2. TINY (BOY MASAKA)
3. MONKEY JIVE No. 3 (S.D.V. SWING BAND)
4. OTLA NO TSHELA (S.D.V. SWING BAND)
5. SPRINGBOK No. 4 (SPARKS AND HIS SAXOPHONE)
6. CHERRIE BEAT SPECIAL (KID MA WRONG WRONG)
7. YELLOW MIELIE MEAL (KID MA WRONG WRONG)
8. DOUBLE TROUBLE (VELILE TAPS KING)
9. AFRICANA (S.D.V. SWING BAND)
10. TOM HARK (ELIAS LEROLE AND HIS ZIG-ZAG FLUTES)
11. DEVIL IN THE SEA (BLACK MAMBAZO)
12. PARKHILL KWELA (LITTLE KID LEX)
13. SHOWDOWN PHEPHEZELA (INKINTSHO BROTHERS)
14. ERMELO TWIST (INKINTSHO BROTHERS)
15. SIMANGAMANGA (KAISER AND HIS RHYTHM)
16. KGOKGOMA (THE ALEXANDER SHAMBA BOYS)
17. FINISH (THE ALEXANDER SHAMBA BOYS)
18. BOILING WATER (BLACK MAMBAZO)
19. SPOON DOWN (ALEXANDER SHAMBA)
VARIOUS ARTISTS ZULU VOCAL JIVE - VOL. 1 JIVEV1CDC TC £ 10.00
These tracks were originally recorded and released in South Africa between 1955 and 1965. The relationship between the black musicians and white-owned record companies was then, as now, highly unequal. While the record companies made large profits from this music (sold almost exclusively to blacks), very few artists managed to make a living from it. Typically an artist would receive a session fee for making the record - maybe $10 - and then nothing more while the record company benefited. This situation is not confined to the music industry, however, but is typical of the position of black people in South Africa. In order to compensate, in a small way, for the exploitative conditions under which this music was produced, and to contribute to the struggle of black people in South Africa, a payment will be made from the sale of each cassette to the African National Congress (A.N.C.) of South Africa.

The above is a faithful copy from the original cassette. Incredible stuff.
1. CHANGE JIVE BAFANA (DARK CITY SISTERS)
2. ROSE (DARK CITY SISTERS)
3. LANGA MORE (TAP TAP) (FLYING JAZZ QUEENS)
4. UBUYILE (JOYCE MOGATUSI AND BOY MASAKA)
5. UNGALILE (JOYCE MOGATUSI AND BOY MASAKA)
6. PICK UP (FLYING JAZZ QUEENS)
7. ULWANDHLE (FLYING JAZZ QUEENS)
8. INDODA YAM (TRAVELING SISTERS)
9. RICO JIVE (DARK CITY SISTERS)
10. THEMBELE NKOSINI (DARK CITY SISTERS)
11. INXUBEVANGE (ITOMBI ZODWA)
12. SEBBE YAKUAZI (ITOMBI ZODWA)
13. JABULANI NONKE (DARK CITY SISTERS WITH TRANSVAAL ROCKING JAZZ STARS)
14. TOMATI YO YO No. 3 (DARK CITY SISTERS WITH TRANSVAAL ROCKING JAZZ STARS)
15. STRIKES SPECIAL (NEW FARM SISTERS)
16. JO'BURG STYLE (DARK CITY SISTERS)
17. MONKEY JIVE 66 (FLYING JAZZ QUEENS)
18. IYA BULALA I NICE TIME (BLACK MAMBAZO)
SUDAN
AL BALABIL LAYL AL-SHAJAN SDS271CDC TC £ 10.00
A first time for the 'Sudanphone' label in the U.K. Al Balabil were Sudan's most popular all girl trio some years ago and rightly so. Their voices harmonise perfectly with, yet stand out from, the traditional backing of violins, horns and percussion played in a modern style with the addition of a bit of electric guitar on most tracks. Timeless and soulful, it's now a favorite of mine without a doubt, especially Nasmat Al-Shamal which is gorgeously hypnotic. RECOMMENDED. [8T/56M]

Some extra info from Jeremy Toomey in the USA
I love the first track, "Baridak". It must be a Sudanese standard, as putting that title into Google in Arabic comes up with a string of video performances of the song (not all by al-Balabil), including this very nice one from a TV appearance marking al-Balabil's reunion after a 15 year absence: Baridak The last listed track is interesting. 'Adila is just the feminine version of the Arabic name 'Adil, but there is a note indicating that this is sung in a different dialect than the rest of the tape, some sort of pidgin. The word that appears in parenthesis, "ratana", means something like "jargon, lingo, pidgin" -- non-standard speech. Unfortunately, I don't know enough about every dialect or language in Sudan to say which specific dialect or language it is, but you will notice that the instrumentation is quite different than the rest of the tape, with only drum and clapping. Also, unlike the other songs on the tape, the lyrics are not credited to known writers, but instead are credited to "heritage/folk" (min al-turath = "from the heritage"). I find it more or less inscrutable, but then there are over 100 spoken languages and dialects in Sudan, so it wouldn't surprise me if this were a different language entirely, or even an extremely localized/divergent variety of Arabic (there are regional standards in the country, such as the Arabic of the capital, the "Juba" Arabic dialect of the now-independent South, etc).

Thank you very much for the music. It's great.

And to Jeremy - Thank you ever so much for your help in transcribing the titles and the background information.

Nick
1. BARIDAK
2. AL-TAYF
3. AQUL ANSAK (I say forget)
4. LAYL AL-SHAJAN
5. WAYNAK INTI
6. NASMAT AL-SHAMAL (NORTHERN BREEZE)
7. ADILA
8. UNLISTED REPRISE OF AQUL ANSAK
MUSTAFA SIID AHMED HAS022CDC TC £ 10.00
The two cassettes above were sadly Mustafa's final releases. His untimely death, he was only in his 40s, in 1995 in exile at Doha - Qatar, has left a gap in Sudanese music that is almost un-fillable. His songs while being rather political are sung with such tremendous feeling that if you don't speak Arabic you'll think of them as being romantic. The superbly played musical backing comes from the standard line-up of violins, drums, sax and flutes but such is the magnetism and brilliance of Mustafa's voice that you probably won't really notice it. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS 1996 (F.T.Index: A1, B2 ,B3, A2, B1. ) [5T/46M]
MUSTAFA SIID AHMED HAS4214CDC TC £ 10.00
Released last year this album has a slightly more modern feel to it being enhanced with a little bit of guitar and keyboard plus the use of a most delightful female chorus on some tracks that reminded me very much of Balaabil. 1995 (F.T.Index: A1, B1, B2, A3, A4, A2. ) [6T/42M]
SADEK METWALY ESHET EL BASATA MUNS86075CDC TC £ 10.00
Wonderful unique album from Sadek and his band. He combines soft and soulful but typically Sudanese songs with some inspired electric guitar playing that overlays and intertwines with the rhythmic drumming and singing. The result is just out of this world! Hauntingly beautiful music that I could listen to for ever. Brilliant in every way and I think it can easily stand comparison with Baaba Maal and Mansour Seck's classic 'Djam Leeli' album for the beauty of the music. A DEFINITE MASTERPIECE. [10T/56M]
Thank you to Stuart Ellis for the transcription and translations.
stuart@radiodiffusion.net
1. ESHET EL BASATA
~ THE SIMPLE LIFE
2. EL FARHA TAMT
~ HAPPY NOW
3. TENSA KEEF MA' ADNA
~ HOW TO FORGET OUR MEETING
4. AL BOLBOL AL SADAAH
~ THE ENCHANTING NIGHTINGALE
5. ZALAMOUNI ZALAMOUNI
~ UNFAIR TO ME
6. MADANI EKHWAN
~ MADANI EKHWAN (name)
7. EDEIT MIN OMRI SNEEN
~ I GAVE SO MUCH OF MY LIFE
8. HANENOUH
~ MAKE HIM TENDER
9. AYOUNIK WAHED L'L AFRAH
~ ONE HEART FOR HAPPINESS
10. ENDIB HAZI
~ CURSE MY BAD LUCK
VARIOUS ARTISTS NUBIAN SONGS FROM NORTH SUDAN MUNS83116CDC TC £ 10.00
Amazing ten track compilation album of ethnic Nubian songs which unfortunately gives no details about the artists. The singers on side 'A', both male and female, with the exception of the last track, are accompanied simply by strings and a hand drum or two. The last track could be a taster for the first track on side 'B' which must be twenty minutes long and is incredible. A stunningly powerful and rough voiced female singer leads the voices of hundreds of shrill young children in a call and response song that's driven along by a group of rhythmic drummers who can really belt it out. They also join in the singing about half way through and then speed it up to a stunning finish. That is followed by another group of drummers on their own and finally winds down with a beautiful unaccompanied chant by a man who must be long dead as it has been re-recorded from an old vinyl record. Who ever he was he could actually sing the music and that takes some doing. BRILLIANCE ETHNIC STYLE. Only the number of tracks and the length of each is shown below. None of the artists or the titles of any of the tracks was printed on the original cassette. The music has been repaired where any obvious gaps and dropouts were found and has had background tape noise and hiss removed. Some of the tracks were taken from old records with lots of clicks in them and most have been repaired. The last track has been left virtually untouched to retain its unique atmosphere.
1. 6'24
2. 4'06
3. 2'25
4. 3'12
5. 3'44
6. 2'51
7. 2'06
8. 19'21
9. 2'51
10. 3'13
Total Time : 50'19
TANZANIA
BABY REHEMA AND BWAGAMOYO SOUND TUNDA SPECIAL RC003CDC TC £ 10.00
Absolutely pure magic is a total understatement as this wonderful band let loose with their modern style of Tanzanian dance music. Their fascinating vocal harmonies grab your attention immediately but so does the exuberance of their guitar playing, the sebens are gorgeous. If that isn't enough to send you into raptures then just have a listen to their own brand of drum driven Swahili call and response vocals. Its enough to send me into a state of pure ecstasy. A definite No.1 if they ever get it out on CD. Well next best thing is to get the CD-R. 60 Minutes 1. TUNDA - BABY REHEMA
2. FATUMA - PRINCE MUMINI
3. TALAKA MAHAKAMANI
4. TUNDA (REMIX)
5. TUCHEZE NGOMA
6. SHUMBUKO - PRINCE MUNINI
7. NDOA YA MKEKA
8. TUCHEZE NGOMA (REMIX)
BLACK STAR MUSICAL CLUB ALPENZI NA KIUMBE - MNO NASUBIRI MLD494CDC 7in £ 0.00
(Please ask)
CULTURE MUSIC CLUB BASHRAF - TAARAB INSTRUMENTALS DIZIM4509-2CDC CD £ 10.00
DAR JAZZ BAND AND TOMA TOMA ORCHESTRA ZILIPENDWA - REDIO TANZANIA REDIOCDC TC £ 10.00
A cracking compilation album put together by Radio Tanzania. The first five tracks come from Dar Jazz Band and the other five from Toma Toma Orchestra. Dar's tunes are old style mainly rumba based and a treat to listen to especially the lovely vocal harmonies, twinkling guitars and some rather pleasant horns. Toma Toma's tracks are totally different with a much faster paced and more modern electric sound. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of their music. [10T/54M] 1. HAYO YOTE NI YA DUNIA
2. NIFANYEJE SAPHINA
3. MPENZI SIKIA
4. NALIPENDA TUNDA
5. KUBALI NASEMA
6. STENDI YA BASI
7. STELA
8. MKE MWENZANGU
9. BABA KALEE
10. BWANA JUMA
JAMHURI JAZZ HITS OF JAMHURI JAZZ CPOLP1013CDC TC £ 10.00
Originally one of Tanzania's top ranking bands with roots going back to its inception in the 60's. This compilation of some of their hits spans the period up to the mid 80's when this cassette was first produced. Superb slow rumba characterised by the beautiful interplay of the guitars and horns and also by the superb vocal harmonies that make this album a timeless gem. ( F.T.Index: Sasa Waka Chonjo, Safari, Wasi Wasi Ondoa, Mama Watoto, Ooh Masikini, Susana, Usinichukie Bure, Ewe Kisura. ) [8T/37M] 1. MAMA WATOTO
2. EWE KISURA
3. SUSANA
4. USINICHUKIE BURE
5. WASI WASI ONDOA
6. OOH MASIKINI
7. SASA WAKO CHONJO
8. SAFARI
JUWATA JAZZ BAND AND KILIMANJARO JAZZ BAND ZILIPENDWA - REDIO TANZANIA REDIO2CDC TC £ 10.00
Another cracking compilation album put together by Radio Tanzania. The first five tracks come from Juwata Jazz Band and the next six from Kilimanjaro Jazz Band. Just magic. [11T/58M] 1. KRISTOPHER
2. DUNIA UWANJA WA FUJO
3. FATUMA MAISHA VITA
4. ETE
5. MWENDA POLE
6. TWENDE KWETU SHAMBA
7. WAKATI NILIPOINGIA
8. SISI SOTE VIJANA
9. KOSA GANI NIMEFANYA MARIA
10. NILIPATA KIBARUA
11. MIAYANGU GWEYE
KING KIKI - DOUBLE 'O' EMBALA SASA - SHIKA BREAK KIKICDC TC £ 10.00
Absolute magic but where has he been hiding for all these years? Well Kikumbi Mwanza Mpango, to give him his real name, started out with Orchestra Maquis as their Kiswahili singer due to the Tanzanian Government not wanting Zairean bands to sing in their own Lingala language. He has also played with International Safari Sound Orchestra and Zaita Musica but today does the Dar Es Salaam Club circuit. I won't try to describe the music as these sample clips will tell you far more than I can. 1. NJIMINA
2. MTOTO KAANZA TAMBAA
3. MIMI NAWE
4. SALAMULE
5. MALALAMIKO
6. KIBWANANGE
7. KINYUME
8. LAMANDA
9. DODOMA CAPITAL
10. SIPENDI KUGOMBANA
MAQUIS ORIGINAL KIONGO KIONGOCDC TC £ 10.00
Maquis Original were one of the bands who moved to East Africa from Zaire in the late seventies. They were known as Maquis du Zaire at first and were very popular in Dar Es Salaam. This recording does not follow the track list of the cassette AHD036 of the same name but does have 4 of the 6 tracks. Kweli Maisha Ni Safari Ndefu and Nabwela Muziko Lya Zambia seem to have been replaced by two very different tracks both called Christmas. If anyone knows any answers to this one then please let me know. 1. KIONGO
2. PONDAMALI
3. CHRISTMAS - 1
4. MAIGA
5. ZOWA
6. CHRISTMAS - 2
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE ORCH' SUPER VOLCANO Vol. 11 LSNMC002CDC TC £ 10.00
Known as the Franco of the East, Mbaraka's 15 year career as guitarist, composer and band leader of Orchestra Volcano was brought to an untimely end in 1979 by a car crash. Sweet vocal harmonies with gorgeous rumba guitaring and horns that are the equal if not better than anything coming out of 60's and 70's Congo or Zaire. Gorgeous all the way through. Tracks: Penzi La Mashaka, The Beat is Mahoka, Pole Dada, Ujamaa Na Kujitegemea, Nasika Mwaniteta, The Beat is Mahoka II, Esta Wangu, Wana Moro, Nimechoka Kusemwa, Mandhi, Nalilia Raha, Penzi La Mashaka II.) [12T/59M]
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE ORCH' SUPER VOLCANO Vol. 12 LSNMC003CDC TC £ 10.00
Tracks: Usiingulie Ugomvi Wao, Poleni Rufiji, Happy Christmas, Huyu Ni Shemeji Yako, Harusi No. 2, Sitakata Tamaav, Headquarters Ya Volcano, Vipi Posa (Mshenga No. 2). Yes you did read it correctly the third track is Happy Christmas, Kenyan style. Loved the guitars on Poleni Rufiji and Headquarters Ya Volcano although the sax line-up was a bit shrill when it blasted into life.
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 1 CPOLP536CDC TC £ 10.00
The first of the late great Mbaraka's re-released compilation albums. 1. SHIDA
2. NISALIMIE WANAZIRE
3. MAPENZI YANITESA
4. CHOYO UACHE
5. TUTAKUJA GOMBANA
6. DR KLERUU
7. ESTA WANGU
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 2 CPOLP537CDC TC £ 10.00
The second of the late great Mbaraka's re-released compilation albums and just as good as all the others. Great music with plenty of guitar, brass and a cracking beat and Mbaraka's lovely vocals to top it all off. [7T/39M] 1. MTAA WA SABA 142
2. POLE DADA
3. URAFIKI MWISHO WA MWEZI
4. VIJANA WA AFRIKA
5. KIZENA
6. JASINTA
7. SULULU YA MORO
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 4 CPOLP550CDC TC £ 10.00
With super smooth vocals, guitars and saxes I thought this has the making of a fabulous album as Mbaraka swung into action. However, sailing through the tracks it just got better and better and better still. Wow, what an album, absolutely brilliant.[40M] 1. BIBI WA WATU
2. DINA ULIAPA
3. KASEMA HAKUTAKI
4. MASIKA MTINDO MPYA
5. UAMINIFU NIMEUT AMBUA
6. UTANIKONDESHA MARIA
7. MAMA CHAKULA BORA
8. ROHO NDIYO MWAMUZI
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 5 CPOLP553CDC TC £ 10.00
Opens with a slow almost jazzy style track with the sax making most of the running. From there it just coasts along until by the beginning of track four the introductions are over and the party really begins. Soft, rich and with some very neat guitar picking interspersed with more brass it gives the whole album a sound to be treasured. ( F.T.Index: Unanitafuta Nini, Nitamtuma Mshenga, Makao Makuu Dodoma, Akula Mwembe Songo, Fadhili Ya Punda, Matamko Ya Viongozi Wetu, Tina Turudiane, Sina Pesa. ) [8T/40M]
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 7 CPOLP566CDC TC £ 10.00
Another cracking album from Mbaraka with the some really great brass blowing through those ever tinkling guitars. Pure magic as they sway through Regina and Expo 70. Yes 1970 is the year. Over thirtyfive years ago and it still sounds as fresh today as it did when it first came out. Very interesting to hear Mbaraka singing in Japanese and if you are wondering why he's rabbiting on in Japanese Expo 70 was held in Japan in 1970. Not to be missed. ( F.T.Index: Regina, Expo 70 Pt 1 & 2, Masikitiko Yetu, Nipeleke Nikashuhudie, Picnic Ya Volcano, Penzi Lako Hatari, Watalii . ) [8T/39M]
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 8 CPOLP575CDC TC £ 10.00
Its dangerous to put this sort of music in my tape deck as I seem to have a problem switching it off again. Just listen as Mbaraka's easy going vocals sail along with that infectiously simple snare drum and bass guitar background. The rest of the band add some natty horns and the lead guitar is there with some great string picking. The rumba rolls on but Matrida was rather intriguing as it had a hint of indian about it and red indian at that! On side two in comes Mashetani in its original two part form. If this track doesn't get you up and wiggling your way senuously across the floor then you are either deaf or dead! Wonderful music throughout especially as the sebens come in. A real cracker. ( F.T.Index: Mashetani, Safari Sio Kifo, Baba Mdogo, Washemeji Wangapi, Matrida Huna Siri, Talaka Kampa Nani. ) [6T/39M]
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE UKUMBUSHO Vol. 9 CPOLP592CDC TC £ 10.00
Even more superb music and singing from the great late Mbaraka and his band. The guitars are once again literally throbbing but this time round the sax line up comes into its own with some superbly polished brass if you'll excuse the pun! This album is not to be missed - its a definite cracker and Twawapongeza is absolutely and uniquely unforgettable. ( F.T.Index: Twawapongeza Wanasoka, Kazi Nydiyo Msingi, Regina, Heko U.W.T., Mrudishe, Tunacho Gombea Nisi, Mwongoza Wa Tanu, Ukombozi Wa Africa. ) [8T/43M]
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE AND MORO GORO JAZZ BAND HALLO BETTY CSABA9CDC TC £ 10.00
This tape was an elusive little beast that defied my best efforts to get it for 4 years. Not part of the well known Polygram Archive collection but a set of live recordings released by Chandarana records in Kericho during 1968 and 1969. The sound is still a bit crackly and a bit of hiss remains in the background but has outstanding tracks like Moro Phata Phata which shows the band doing South African style Penny Whistle! 1. JIRANI NISAIDIE
2. HALLO BETTY
3. DAWA YA MAPENZI
4. NILIOTA NDOTO
5. AMINA MPENZI
6. YAMESHANI CHOSHWA
7. TARAKA
8. NA SHANGAA
9. MORO PHATA PHATA
10. FURAHA YA SABA SABA
11. WALO LENI MORO
50 MINUTES
MBARAKA MWINSHEHE AND MORO GORO JAZZ BAND MWANITETA - DAR-ES-SALAAM CAPITAL CSABA21CDC TC £ 10.00
Volume 2 from the same set as Hallo Betty and not part of the well known Polygram Archive collection. Live recordings released by Chandarana records in Kericho during 1968 and 1969. The recording is marked as being Mobile (not a studio) and was a bit hissy but it came up very nice on my CDR as you can hear from the samples. Contains a few more of the Kwela - Pennywhistle style tracks like the sample on CSABA9. 1. DAR-ES-SALAAM CAPITAL
2. DADA RE-HE-MA
3. WHEN YOU LEFT ME
4. MORO JAZZ PHATA PHATA
5. MPENZI TAFADHALI
6. MORO THE KWELA TOWN
7. MWANITETA
8. SITAKI TENA
9. AFRIKA HOYEE
10. OH PHATA PHATA
11. USISIKIE YA WATU
45 MINUTES
MLIMANI PARK ORCHESTRA ASHA BORA ASHACDC TC £ 10.00
This CD was produced from a pirate tape bought in Tanzania. There was no album number or date and the only information was that the artwork was by F. K. MITHA LTD (TWALIB). Track No. 9 was not even credited on the tape inlay which listed only the first 8 tracks. Some of the recordings were rather poorly duplicated and I have done my best to make them at least listenable. Allowing for one or two out of tune bits that defied my best efforts to adjust them the rest of the album is very, very nice indeed. Having searched the web for hours I found mention of only three of the nine tracks. Is this rare or what? 1. ASHA BORA
2. HAPENDEKI
3. USIA WA BABU
4. HALIMA
5. PENDO KILIO CHA FURAHA
6. POLE MKUU MWENZANGU
7. (INST)
8. CHRISTINA BUNDALA
9. HASIRA
MLIMANI PARK ORCHESTRA KUPENDA SIO NDOTO KUPENDACDC TC £ 5.00
Taken from a pirated tape and while side B is not too bad the sound on side A left a lot to be desired. I have tried to clean it up somewhat but the background noise proved to be almost impossible to remove. This why it is only half the usual price. 1. KUPENDA SIO NDOTO
2. MANENO MANENO YA NINI
3. TUMETOLA MBALI
4. USITUMIE PESA
5. DIANA
6. AIJA
7. PESA SIO DAWA YA MAPENZI
8. MKE WANGU
9. INSTRUMENTAL
MLIMANI PARK ORCHESTRA TANZANIA DANCE BANDS VOL I - SIKINDE MSCD900902CDC CD £ 10.00
Superb set of tracks from one of Tanzania's most respected bands. It was compiled by Werner Graebner and released on the West German Monsun Label back in 1989. My collection copy also has the extra track Edita which comes from CD AC9403. 1. NEEMA
2. MNANIONYESHA NJIA YA KWETU
3. TUCHEZE SIKINDE
4. UBAYA
5. MTOTO AKILILIA WEMBE
6. TANGAZIA MATAIFA YOTE
7. FIKIRINI NISAMEHE
8. NALALA KWA TAABU
9. USITUMIE PESA KAMA
10. EDITA
MR NICE RAFIKI (FRIEND) MRNCDC CD £ 10.00
Tanzanian crooner Mr Nice, real name Lucas Mkenda is a Takeu style crooner. His Takeu style comes from the initials of TAnzania, KEnya and Uganda respectively. Mr. Nice's music incorporates elements from all three countries. He is currently reported to be the highest paid entertainer in East Africa at 4000 Dollars a show. He went professional in 1999 with the release of his maiden album Kidali Po and towards the end of 2002, he released his second album Rafiki, which now dominates the airwaves on Tanzanian radio. Tracks : Fagilia, Kikulacho, First Lady, Mbona Umeniacha, Rafiki and Kila Mtu Na Demu Wake.
MSONDO NGOMA THE BEST OF MSONDO NGOMA UR004CDC CD £ 10.00
MAGIC, magic and more magic as the old style rumba sounds cascade out from this the oldest band in East Africa. Starting over 40 years ago as Nuta Jazz Band before changing to Juwata Jazz Band and then OTTU Jazz Band before its final change to Msondo Ngoma Music Band in 2003. 1. KAZA MOYO
2. HAMIDA
3. JESCA
4. TUPATUPA
5. FATUMA
6. MTANI KUMBUKA
7. BABA MAYI
8. KIALA CHENJA
9. ACAPELA KILIO CHA MTU MZIMA
NUTA JAZZ BAND ZILIZOPENDWA (OLD IS GOLD) CPOLP557CDC TC £ 10.00
OTTU JAZZ BAND BABY YA MUZIKI RC313CDC TC £ 10.00
Flippin magic, great vocals, superb guitar and horns but new speakers if you forget to turn it down though! Nampenda Kinjana gets a look in twice on the tape but at over ten minutes of pure bliss I didn't mind a bit. ( F.T.Index: Nampenda Kinjana, Sote Tumeumbwa, Missy, Ole Bado, Tulipotoka Mbali, Mwana Hawa, Kwa Heri Kambarage. ) [8T/40M]
OTTU JAZZ BAND PIGA UA - TALAKA UTATOA UR002CDC CD £ 10.00
1. PIGA UA
2. MZEE WA MIIBA
3. HARUSI YA KIBENE
4. PENZI LA MLEMAVU
5. MAWIFI MNANIONEA
6. NDUGU HATUELEWANI
REMMY ONGALA THE KERSHAW SESSIONS ROOTCD004CDC CD £ 10.00
VARIOUS ARTISTS DADA KIDAWA - SISTER KIDAWA OMCD032CDC CD £ 10.00
Cracker of an album featuring the 60's sounds of Cuban/Afro-Arab fussion bands such as the Cuban Marimba Band, Kiko Kids Jazz, Kilwa Jazz Band,Western Jazz Band, Nuta Jazz Band, Dares Salaam Jazz Band, National Jazz Band and Njohole Jazz Band. Gorgeous all the way. [19T/62M]
VARIOUS ARTISTS SONGS THE SWAHILI SING OMCD024CDC CD £ 10.00
VARIOUS ARTISTS TANZANIA DANCE BANDS VOL II MSCD9011170CDC CD £ 10.00
Another superb compilation featuring some of Tanzania's most respected bands. It was compiled by Werner Graebner and released on the West German Monsun Label back in 1991. My collection copy also has the extra track Usia Kwa Watoto by Juwata Jazz which comes from CD AC9403. 1. NGALULA - ORCHESTRA MARQUIS ORIGINAL
2. TUPA TUPA - JUWATA JAZZ
3. CHATU MKALI - INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA SAFARI SOUND
4. MPENZI LUTA - ORCHESTRA MARQUIS ORIGINAL
5. HOMA IMENIZIDIA - INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA SAFARI SOUND
6. MABRUKI - ORCHESTRA MARQUIS ORIGINAL
7. MSAFIRI KAKIRI - JUWATA JAZZ
8. MAKUMBELE - ORCHESTRA MARQUIS ORIGINAL
9. SOMBOKO AMA - INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA SAFARI SOUND
10. NASONONEKA - ORCHESTRA MARQUIS ORIGINAL
11. USIA KWA WATOTO - JUWATA JAZZ
VIJANA JAZZ BAND THE BEST OF VIJANA JAZZ Vol. 4 AHD6025CDC TC £ 10.00
Very little information about this super rumba band except that they were formed in 1971 by a group of Tanzanians. Having said that they must have been, maybe still are, pretty prolific and damned good to boot as this is their fourth album of hits. Could they now be Vijana Orchestra whose albums Air Pamba Moto and Bye Bye Umasiki I had a few years ago? Their top hit Thereza was for me easily eclipsed by both Usicheze and Mama Chichi with their beautifully lilting vocals and twinkling guitars. Mfitini could have been in the same vein but for the rather squeaky seben. ( F.T.Index: Mama Chichi, Usicheze Na Bahari No. 2, Thereza, Shoga, Mfitini, V.I.P. ) [6T/63M] 1. THEREZA
2. MFITINI
3. USICHEZE NA BAHARI No. 2
4. V.I.P.
5 SHOGA
6 MAMA CHICHI
WESTERN JAZZ HITS FROM WESTERN JAZZ CPOLP1028CDC TC £ 10.00
When I first got a copy of this album in 1990 I stuck an note on it with just one word, WONDERFUL. Now six years later, it is in stock and I'm sitting here doing the write up, any change to that first impression - yes - it doesn't do it any justice at all. Old style East African rumba with super sweet vocals set to guitars that are both melodic and glitzy or even downright Hawaiian. The drummer rattles along in the background with a bit of cow bell every so often just so you don't forget he's there, likewise the sax players who give a quick brass burst every now and then. However its definitely guitars and vocals up front in a truly classic performance. Miss it at your peril. ( F.T.Index: No chance, its all brilliant. ) [13T/55M]
WESTERN JAZZ BAND SABOSO CPOLP654CDC TC £ 10.00
Originally released way back in 1971 this album sounds as fresh and fragrant today as it was then. Soft and dreamy vocal harmonies weave their way through the absolutely gorgeous Dar-es-salam influenced rumba guitar playing. No point in writing any more as this album is simply exquisite. ( F.T.Index: Salima, Weka Akiba, Masikini, Kilimo, Veronica, Jeanine, Mtindo Wa Saboso. ) [12T/57M]
WESTERN JAZZ BAND TUNAZIKUMBUKA Vol. 11 AHD027CDC TC £ 10.00
Christina, Christina, Christina, as soon as it starts to play I just stop everything and drift of to cloud nine. If the girl was as perfect in life as this track then its no wonder they wrote a song about her. The album's softly lilting guitar rhythms, simple woodblock style percussion, breezy horns and singing that is sweetness itself is perfection all the way through. Definitely classic material that deserves a home in every collection. ( F.T.Index: Ewe Mpenzi Christina, Karibu Kwetu, Juhudi Zao, Pesa Nyingi, Barua Nyingi Nilikutumia, Macheche, Ndoto Ya Uongo, Mali Ya Mwenzio. ) [8T/40M]
TOGO
TITY EDIMA MEDIM ME YOM DPX823CDC LP £ 10.00
Rather nice album from singer Tity with help from Cameroonian star Mbida Douglas. [8T/39M]
ZAIRE
AFRI-JAZZ ODEMBA JWSCD3CDC CD £ 10.00
Abolute cracker as Papa Noel, Bopol, Wuta May, Caien Madoka, Shaba Kahamba and loads more knock out one of the sweetest albums that I've heard in ages. SUPERB. [8T/59M]
AURLUS MABELE AND LOKETO GENERATION WACHIWA ENCAISSE TOUT 41032-2CDC CD £ 10.00
AWILO LONGOMBA MOTO PAMBA JIP073CDCDC CD £ 10.00
Magic...Syran Mbenza, Dally Kimoko, Rigo Star, Lokasa Ya Mbongo, Nguma Lokito, Miguel Yamba, Sam Mangwana, Dindi Yogo, Luchiana, Abby Suria, Ponpon, Ballou Canta & Shimita just to name a few! BRILLIANT.
BELLA-BELLA - CAVACHA - MACCHI - LIPWA-LIPWA JEUNES ORCHESTRES ZAIROIS 71 - 73 - 74 - 75 CD36517CDC CD £ 10.00
BOPOL MANSIAMINA INNOVATION BM05CDC LP £ 10.00
DEFAO FAMILLE KIKUTA DEF001CDC CD £ 10.00
DIBLO AND LE GROUPE LOKETO MONDO RY JP014CDC LP £ 10.00
DINDO YOGO SOO WA 50461-2CDC CD £ 10.00
Just the line-up alone makes this album a must for everyone who likes Soukous and especially guitars. How about, Alain Makaba, Awilo Longomba, Caen Madoka, Maika Munam, Miguel Yamba, Luciana, Abby Surya, Ballou Canta and Reddy Amisi. With that little lot getting together its no wonder there isn't a bad track on the album - brilliant guitaring throughout and pure dance floor magic. Big suprise was the wonderful styling given to the neo-traditional 'Siyo Siyo' and the title track - just gorgeous. (F.T.Index: Je T'aime, Papy Luntala, Maladie De Coeur, Bosana Boum's, Siyo Siyo. ) [10T/56M]
DINDO YOGO AND EMENEYA WILLO MONDO AND LA CONGOLAISE EPP09CDC CD £ 10.00
DINDO YOGO AND LOLA LE DUO PERE ET FILS KL0165CDC CD £ 10.00
Magic stuff as Dindo and son plus the rest of the group belt out their dance happy guitar driven soukous with gorgeous vocals throughout. [10T/59M]
EMPIRE BAKUBA ALLAH REM550CDC LP £ 10.00
1. ALLAH (PAPY TEX)
2. PLAINTE D'AMOUR (SOLO SITA)
3. MAMA YA ZANDO (DILU DILUMONA)
4. BOMENGO (KINANGA 737)
EMPIRE BAKUBA CHAMPION D'AFRIQUE - FLASH! 8979CDC CDx2 £ 12.50
FRANCO - JOSKY AND TPOK JAZZ MISSILE 1983 GASS014CDC CD £ 10.00
FRANCO AND LE TPOK JAZZ CANDIDAT NA BISO MOBUTU POP030CDC LP £ 10.00
FRANCO AND LE TPOK JAZZ NABALA ATA MBWA - INEDITS ANNEES 70 CDS6953CDC CD £ 10.00
The first five tracks are very nice but the sixth one about halfway through has nails down the blackboard touch. Sonodisc should have been shot for publishing it like that. 1. NAPEKISI YO KOBIMA
2. MANINGO, MWANA ANIEMA
3. AGETRAVEL MOBIKISI
4. NGAI KAKA BOMBOKO
5. NABALA ATA MBWA
6. VYCKINA
FRANCO AND TPOK JAZZ AFRICAN PARTY 360096CDC TC £ 10.00
From the old 360 series comes this absolutely magic rumba album from Franco and TP OK Jazz's early days. Beautiful vocals, gorgeous guitar, real drumming and not a keyboard in sight, now that's what I call music. Simply superb from end to end. ( F.T.Index: Mbongo Zi Ya Voni, Fula Nbombu Ngulu Kadia, Telegramme Maloba Mokuse, Accident Ya Cherie, Nani Apedelaki Te?, Awa Nazui Likambo Oyaki, Libongi Lizongi, Linzanza Ebongi Na Langi, Yaka Nalongolo Yo Botutu, Da Da De Tu Amor, Anny Sukisa Ngai Bandoto, Ata Mosika Yoka Mongongo Na Ngai. ) [12T/33M]
FRERES SOKI AND BELLA BELLA FRERES SOKI AND BELLA BELLA 1970-75 CD36602CDC CD £ 10.00
Pure magic from start to finish as the sweet vocal harmonies of the brothers Vangu and Dianzenza Soki completely mesmerize you only to be snapped out of your dream by the gorgeous guitaring and scintillating horn lineup of the boys in the band. All recorded pre-1975 when the band broke up. [13T/72M]
GRAND KALLE AND AFRICAN JAZZ 1958 - 59 - 60 VOL. 1 CD36503CDC CD £ 10.00
GRAND KALLE AND AFRICAN JAZZ MERVEILLES DU PASSE CD36506CDC CD £ 10.00
GRAND KALLE AND L'AFRICAN TEAM ESSONS - KWAMY - MUJOS - EDO - CASINO CD36570CDC CD £ 10.00
JOHNNY BOKELO ISABELLE WNL401CDC LP £ 10.00
JOHNNY BOKELO AND MBONDA AFRICA ANTI BALLE ESP26989/94CDC LP £ 10.00
JOHNNY BOKELO AND MBONDA AFRICA MWANA SELE KARI017CDC LP £ 10.00
KANDA BONGO MAN SANA E03062924CDC TC £ 10.00
Loads of stunning guitar music cascading from the fingers of Nene Tshakou, Mimi Kazidonna and N'gouma Lokito. Not forgeting of course the beautiful vocals of Kanda and his girls. Talking of the girls, Jena Mandako, Odette Abby and Sylvie Aoun, wait till you hear them in action on 'Muchana', the zouk love song, it's an absolute cracker of a track. Mind you, that goes for the whole flipping album. An absolute must in any collection. 1. SANA
2. MUCHANA ( zouk love )
3. WAHITO
4. BILI
5. NZAMBE
6. TOKEI
KANDA BONGO MAN ZING ZONG HNCD1366CDC CD £ 10.00
KOFFI OLOMIDE - SOKI VANGU HOMMAGE AUX FRERES SOKI VOL 1 BMP940016CDC CD £ 10.00
LADY ISA ALE MAMA ESPERA29063CDC LP £ 10.00
Lovely album from sweet voiced singer Lady - Isa which was released back in 1990. The track Dunia gets me every time I play it Track 1. KUTELEZA
Track 2. TAMA
Track 3. TABOU YA AFRIKA
Track 4. DUNIA
Track 5. ALEMA
Track 6. DJAMBO
L'AFRIQUE DANSE VARIOUS ARTISTS 360050CDC TC £ 10.00
The recording is a bit tinney in a couple of places but that's a small price to pay for some really gorgeous music. They don't make e'm like this anymore. [50M] My favorite track is definitely Tabu Ley's Aon-Aon. 1. NGOYA
BOKELO ~ ORCHESTRE CONGA
2. NGALULA MARTHE
BEDEREMOS ~ ORCHESTRE ELEGANCE-JAZZ
3. TATA NKENTO
MAKIADI SAMUEL ~ ORCHESTRE SURPRISE LOS ANGEL
4. MIBALI YA SIMBA
MOBUNDA MAWATU / ANIMO ~ ORCHESTRE SYMBA
5. NZAMBE MOKONZI
SOKI DIANZENZA ~ ORCHESTRE BELLA-BELLA
6. LISUMU LISANGO
BEDEREMOS ~ ORCHESTRE ELEGANCE-JAZZ
7. AON AON
TABU LEY ~ ORCHESTRE L'INTERNATIONAL AFRISA
8. MASSAMBA M.J.
FIDELE ZIZI ~ ORCHESTRE MANDO NEGRO KWALA-KWA
9. KENGE Nº 3
MODJOS ~ ORCHESTRE TP ZEMBE-ZEMBE
10. OU EST LE SERIEUX
LO KANGALWA / DJO PENE LWAMBO MAKIADI ~ ORCHESTRE TP O.K. JAZZ
LASKINO AND MATCHATCHA MABINA-M'BOKA 45325-2CDC CD £ 10.00
LOKASSA YA M'BONGO ADIZA CEL8723CDC LP £ 10.00
MOSE FAN FAN - SOMO SOMO HELLO HELLO STCD1065CDC CD £ 10.00
Superb album from Mose who is joined by a veritable Who's Who of African guitar players and singers. Youlou Mabiala, Nyboma, Wuta Mayi, Syran Mbenza, Bopol Mansiamina, Miguel Yamba, Saak Sakoul and last but not least Sam Mangwana. Magic...... 1. HELLO HELLO
2. MAMITA
3. ODILE
4. SHERITA
5. NDEMDELI
6. MANIOLO
NICO DERNIERE MEMOIRE VA013CDCDC CD £ 10.00
NTESA DALIENST GRAND MARQUISARDS VOL. 2 1969 - 71 - 72 NG034CDC CD £ 10.00
Lovely album compiled and recorded from old singles and virtually untouched so came with a bit of background noise and a few clicks included. This CD-R version has had most of the clicks removed but due to Ngoyarto having trimmed the tracks it was not possible to remove the background noise. Still a cracker. Tracks : Mamisa, Rosa, Essesse, Mbanza Velela, Benede 1ere and 2eme, Nzumba, Tina Nini ?, Yo, Biki. [9T/61M]
PAPA WEMBA AND VIVA LA MUSICA BEAU GOSSE YA PARIS EPP20CDC CD £ 10.00
Very nice album from Papa and the group with the title track being my favorite. 1. DIDO SENGA
2. ZEA
3. SULIYA
4. KALISIA
5. BEAU GOSSE YA PARIS
6. SAHEL AFRICA
7. CHERIE MAZENA
PEPE KALLE PON MOUN PAKA BOUGE AR1007CDC LP £ 10.00
PHOTO MADJESI BY ORCHESTRE SOSOLISO CASLP2010CDC TC £ 10.00
For a few years one of the hottest acts in Zaire of the early 1970s. Madjesi, a composition of Mario Matadidi Mabele, Loko Massengo 'Djeskain' and Saak 'Sinatra' Sakoul, the three prominent members of the band, made a joyful mix of Congolese music and soul music in the style of the then so popular James Brown. The actual tracks on the tape are not as listed on either the cassette or the different set listed on the inlay. The list to left is correct though. Further info can be found at Frank Bessem's web site. 1. PHOTO MADJESI Pt 1 & Pt 2
2. MOUSA PHOTO NA YO
3. NALELI MOKILI Pt 1
4. NALELI MOKILI Pt 2
5. CARTE BLANCHE Pt 1
6. CARTE BLANCHE Pt 2
7. MAMA TSHIKA NGAI NALEMBI
8. MOSEKA
9. CINEMA
QUATRE ETOILES ADAMA COLY 08728-2CDC CD £ 10.00
Fabulous dance album from four of the greatest names in Congolese music - Wuta May, Nyboma, Bopol Mansiamina and Syran Mbenza. Their sweet vocal harmonies have always been hard to better while their superb guitar playing just can't be beaten. Just listen to them playing the very life out of those strings on 'Antho' to say nothing of the crazy 'Speedy Gonzalez' style they give to the title track! The hot guitar picking on 'Nsangu Zimuangane' is guaranteed to turn the floor into an dancing inferno. HOT, HOT, HOT. (F.T.Index: Polygamie, Nsangu Zimuangane, Mini Tenkole, Antho, Alima, Adama Coly, Samba Samba, Zouzou.) [8T/49M] 1. ALIMA
2. ANTHO
3. POLYGAMIE
4. ADAMA COLY
5. NSANGU ZIMUANGANE
6. MIMI TENKOLE
7.SAMBA SAMBA
8. ZOUZOU
SAM MANGWANA RUMBA MUSIC STCD9003CDC CD £ 10.00
SAM MANGWANA THE VERY BEST OF 2001 BMP00158-2CDC CD £ 10.00
1. AFRIQUE ANTILLES
2. BAMILEKE SANS PEINE
3. CANTA MOCAMBIQUE
4. MUANA Y'AFRIKA
5. MUASI YA BATO
6. BUAYIKI
7. LE PARISIEN
8. MARABENTA
SAM MANGWANA AND L'AFRICAN ALL STARS SUZANA COULIBALY AMALP005CDC LP £ 10.00
Recorded and released in the Ivory Coast back in 1979 it is a beautiful album of soft tinkling guitars with sweet vocal harmonies guaranteed to melt the heart of any listener. ( F.T.Index: Suzana Coulibaly, Eyebana, S. Maymouna, Edoh. ) [4T/31M]
SHIMITA ET LE SOUKOUS STARS SYL381054CDC TC £ 10.00
SOMO SOMO PARIS STC1014CDC TC £ 10.00
TABU LEY ROCHEREAU AND MBILIA BEL SARAH - NADINA GENCD1032CDC CD £ 10.00
UNKNOWN ARTISTS AFRICAN RETRO VOL I. PONT SUR LE ZAIRE 6215801CDC TC £ 10.00
Great album of old Zairean rumba tracks but no mention of who is singing or playing, just the track titles and here they are: 1. Misele, 2. On A Ose Le Dire, 3. Polo, 4. Bolingo Ya Bougie, 5. Si Tu Bois Beaucoup, 6. Le Temps Passe, 7. Pa'vacillar, 8. Bantous Pachanga, 9. Mobili Ya Craneur, 10. Honole, 11. Endiable Merengue, 12. Tout Brazza. All the tracks have come off old vinyl and the sound has that beautifully atmospheric crackle.
VICTORIA-ELEYSON REPONSE POLO-KINA REPONSECDC TC £ 10.00
One of Zaire's top bands and one of his best releases ( so much better than their leader Emeneya's dodgy solo crossover disc 'Everybody'). Guitarist Auguy Lutula's 'Dandy' was the big hit off Reponse Polo-Kina but for me even better is El Chato's 'Ayite Sungu', vocally led by Malembe Chant surely one of Zaire's most under-rated singers. A classy band with a superb vocal front line have produced here a superb album. (MS - Sterns).
WENGE MUSICA BCBG TITANIC SIPE29331CDC CD £ 10.00
Gorgeous from start to finish and one I could listen to all day long. 1. TITANIC
2. R.D.C.
3. BARAKUDA
4. OMBA
5. PROCES MAMBIKA
6. LIKALA MOTO
7. TOUR EIFFEL
8. CHAMPION KAPANGALA
9. LIBERATION
10. SERGE PALMI
YA NTESSA DALIENST AND LE MAQUISARD BELALO 3811002CDC CD £ 10.00
Same 4 tracks as the LP - Belalo, Dangara, Difela and Dorothy but with an extra 20 minutes of Dangara and Dorothy instrumental versions. [6T/60M] 1. BELALO
2. DANGARA
3. DIFELA
4. DOROTHY
5. DANGARA (inst.)
6. DOROTHY (inst.)
ZAIKO LANGA LANGA L'OISEAU RARE 6155CDC CD £ 10.00
ZAMBIA
AMAYENGE AMAYENGE MON003CDC LP £ 10.00
A cracker of an album from the late 80's with the gutsy voice of the late Chris Chali belting out the vocals. (died 2003) ( F.T.Index: Mushala, Umwana Amonekela Uluchelo, Kubatana Mu Zimbabwe,Ten Kwacha, Ina Chisungu, Keilelembe Ndeke QZ, Chifuchi Cha Zambia, Kaunda Wize, Mazela Maleza. ) [9T/43M] (CDR includes 12AMA001)
AMAYENGE FILI UKOTULEYA - CHIFUCHI CHA ZAMBIA 12AMA001CDC 12in £ 0.00
The eleven minute Fili Ukotuleya didn't make it onto Mondeca's Ameyenge LP but four and a half minutes out of ten for Chifuchi Cha Zambia did. So if you have the LP then you are missing sixteen and a half minutes of these original tracks. (Included on MON003)
MASASU BAND TUWELELE MB002CDC CD £ 10.00
VARIOUS ARTISTS SHANI! - THE SOUNDS OF ZAMBIA WOMAD009CDC LP £ 10.00
ZIMBABWE
BHUNDU BOYS LIVE AT KING TUT'S WAH WAH HUT AFRILP09CDC LP £ 10.00
BHUNDU BOYS TRUE JIT 242203-2CDC CD £ 10.00
BLACK SAINTS OH ISHE MUWZ107CDC LP £ 10.00
An absolutely wonderful gospel album is what I wrote about this record when I got it over 20 years ago and then I put it in a rack and left it there....... Well having now cleaned up the recording and transfered it to CD-R I can see what an understatement that was. It is stunningly beautiful with lovely soft guitars, a real drum set, sweet as honey vocals and catchy tunes. PURE MAGIC. Just have a listen. 1. OH ISHE
2. ZIVA NEMOYO
3. MWARI NGONI NORUPFAVE
4. HAMA YANGU
5. KUTI NDODAIDZWA NDIYE
6. MWARI WANGU SAMATENGA
7. MWEYA WANGU UNOMUPONESI
8. YESU HANDINA SIMBA
CDE CHINX EARLY HITS CXLP1CDC LP £ 10.00
Comrade Chinx started out by forming one of the many choirs during the liberation struggle and finally led the Zanla Choir. After Independence choirs were no longer in favour and together with Keith Farquarson (misspelt as Rarquherson on the album cover) he formed the group Barrel of Peace. Together with Producer Benny Miller they went on to make the hits on this album. 1. ZVIKOMBORERO KUSIMBA
2. MUNHU DENGA, NENYIKA
3. MARCHING TOGETHER
4. JOURNEY OF LOVE
5. NERUDO
6. MAGAMBA OSE
7. ZVIKOMBORERO KUSIMBA (LIVE)
CEPHAS KARUSHANGA AND THE MABHAUWA EXPRESS CHIMANIMANI MDALP07CDC LP £ 10.00
Another almost unknown gem of an album with a throbbing beat backed by sweetly tinkling guitars over which the voices of Cephas and the other four band members belt out the vocals. A real dancefloor stomper with some great guitar playing. ( F.T.Index: Chimanimani, Mhandara, Apongozi, Fungai, Baba Vevana, Susan. ) [6T/44M] 1. CHIMANIMANI
2. MHANDARA
3. APONGOZI
4. FUNGAI
5. BABA VEVANA
6. SUSAN
DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND DEVERA NGWENA 5 ZML1011CDC LP £ 10.00
Starts off with top hit Too Cheap and continues with track after track of pure magic music. Zimbabwean albums just don't come any better than this. I did originally buy a copy of CDZML1011 but there was a small recording error at the begining of track 2 and so I cleaned up a brand new LP recording for my own collection CD-R. 1. TOO CHEAP
2. NDANI ANDIBERA
3. NDIUDZE
4. AMAI VANGU
5. MAI VANORAMBA VAMWE
6. MASIRIVHA
7. WANGU P.
8. BABA VAUYA
DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND DEVERA NGWENA 8 ZML1024CDC TC £ 10.00
Another cracking set of tracks from the early days. 1. CECELIA
2. HOYO WOBHURURUKA
3. NDASHAYA ZVINOKUNETSA
4. SVIKA FAIR FAIR
5. ROSE
6. JUWERE
7. AND WAKAOMA
ELIJAH MADZIKATIRE AND BERO BAND TOROFIKA JLP1008LPCDC LP £ 10.00
Elijah is the son of Safirio Madzikatire and I can't do better than direct you to this blog for information about him, Elijah Madzikatire. A lovely album that had been kicking about in my collection unloved and unplayed until someone asked for it. It's a little cracker so please do have a listen. 1. TOROFIKA
2. MARIA (KANA NDAGUMBUKA)
3. MHORO DORO
4. AZANIA UNITE
5. WAKANONOKA
EXODUS SOUND BLAST USANDITONGESE MUBHAWA KSALP120LPCDC LP £ 10.00
Another of those overlooked and unplayed LPs that have been gathering dust in my collection for over 20 years. Nothing on the web except my own entry. So after 20 odd years was it worth waiting for? You bet it was. Fantastic all the way through with great vocal harmonies with plenty of room for the magic guitar playing. Have a listen and be amazed. 1. USANDITONGESE MUBHAWA
2. NDAKAROORWA NEROMBE
3. NHAI MUKADZI WANGU
4. MOLLY
5. RUDO ISHIRI
6. IWE MUKOMA WANGU
7. MUNYAMA WANGU
8. USATEERERE RUMBIDZO
HARARE MAMBOS NGATIGAREI TESE ZML1025CDC LP £ 10.00
Formed way back in 1957 by lead singer, guitarist and keyboard player Green Jangano, the Mambos are Zimbabwe's longest running group. They were one of the first bands to sing in both Shona and English and started by singing promotional songs for some of the major companies. This album features one of their top hits Mbuya Nehanda and my favorite - Kudendere. The album is a bit like the curate's egg as it also has four rather lack luster tracks sung in English. 1. NGATIGARIE TESE
2. MWANASIKANA
3. MBUYA NEHANDA
4. SAY ANYTHING
5. KUDENDERE
6. STAY AWAY
7. LET'S GET MARRIED
8. WHAT'S IT LIKE TO BE IN LOVE
9. ZVANHASI NDEZVEDUWO
10. NHASI ZVAITA NEPAMWE
ILANGA SILVER AND GOLD ILGLP5CDC LP £ 10.00
JAMES CHIMOMBE AND O.C.B. MUNAKANDAFA ZIL218CDC LP £ 10.00
Great music and song from the late lamented James Chimombe and his Ocean City Band. recorded back in 1987 and an album that is definitely up for an Old is Gold award from me. 1. MUNAKA NDAFA
2. RUDO
3. KANA NDADA MUNHU
4. JONAH
5. USANDISIYE
6. MUCHITI MUGERE
7. JIKINYA
8. DENGA
JAMES CHIMOMBE AND THE OCEAN CITY BAND MAVANGA ZIL210CDC LP £ 10.00
A lovely album from the late James Chimombe and his Ocean City Band made way back in 1986. 1. SIYA WAWONEKA
2. CHIVIMBA NEMWENI
3. MUJUBEKI
4. MASUTU
5. MAITIRO ANGU
6. VANHU
7. ZVIYEDZO
8. MAVANGA
JOHN CHIBADURA THE GREAT MR CHITUNGWIZA CDZIL342CDC CD £ 10.00
1. CHIIKO
2. MUKADZI WAMAKANDIROORERA
3. MAINTANANCE
4. RUDO RWECHOKWADI
5. NDICHAFA NDIRI BACHURA
6. MAKOROKOTO
7. ZUVA RAWAKANDIDA
8. SARA UGARIKE
9. VENGAI
10. 5000 DOLLARS KUROORA
11. PFUMA YENHAKA
12. HANDICHAZVIITA
JOHN CHIBADURA AND TEMBO BROTHERS UPENYU HWANDINETSA ZIL206CDC LP £ 10.00
Stunning stuff with the guitars cascading notes in all directions. Lovely vocals and great tunes make for a really beautiful album which was made way back in 1985. Just have a listen. 1. UPENYU
2. MOMBE YEHUMAI
3. NDATAMBURA
4. DZIMBA MBIRI
5. RUMBIDZAI
6. KUSHAYA MBEREKO
7. NGATISHANDE
8. MWANA ASIRIWAKO
JOHN CHIBADURA AND THE TEMBO BROTHERS KUGARIKE TANGENHAMO ZIL212CDC LP £ 10.00
Another superb album from John and the Brothers. Great dancefloor beat with magic guitar and wonderful vocals. What more could you want. 1. KUGARIKA TANGENHAMO
2. AMAI VANGU
3. WIRIRANAYI
4. MUKWASHA
5. CHISI CHAKO
6. SHIRAH
7. CHISINGAPERE
8. VATEZVARA
JOHN KAZADI AND THE SPIDERS SHAMWARI WANGU MDALP06CDC LP £ 10.00
Must be a rare one as my entry is the only mention on the web of this artist. A cracking set of tracks which according to the LP includes the track Vemazuva Ano, but if you play it then it it missing. Strange to get a purely instrumental track and stranger still that it has no other name but Instrumental and it is also my favorite track which once heard you can't stop humming. Wonderful. ( F.T.Index: Instrumental, Susana, Rose, Angeline, Shamwari Wangu, Vakwasha. ) [6T/41M]
JONAH MOYO AND DEVERA NGWENA MASVINGO NE CARPET ZML1028CDC LP £ 10.00
Jonah and the band on top form with this super smooth set of songs. The guitars are pure magic as they weave their tinkling spell on you and mix that with some very sweet vocals and a stunning brass section and you have a simply superb album. 1. MASVINGO NE CARPET
2. HUYAI MOSE
3. NGATISHANDEI PAMWE
4. VICTORIA FALLS
5. UNOBUDA NEPI
6. NDAKAFADZA HERE
7. UCHAENDEPI
8. NDOCHEMA NAANI
JONAH MOYO AND DEVERA NGWENA NDATAMBURA NEWE ( SUH1040 ) ZML1026CDC LP £ 10.00
A top selling album featuring hits Ndatambura Newe which the album is named after and Taxi Driver. Great vocals and even greater guitar playing. Just have a listen. 1. NDATAMBURA NEWE
2. FARAI NA PESVU
3. NDICHAFA NEWE
4. YES YES
5. TAXI DRIVER
6. BABA MUCHAZVIREGA
7. USAENDE KUDHOROBHA
8. CHIMUSORO
JONAH MOYO AND DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND TSAVA TSAVA GOLDEN REMIXES CDGRAMMA197CDC CD £ 10.00
This album is a pleasant compilation as it reflects the time shortly after independence when young couples were happy, free and thus chose to get married in a new and promising country. Devera Ngwena Jazz Band were the main attraction, so popular that you could hear them being played at weddings or downtown shops through the loud speakers that were usually placed outside the entrance. They were the trendiest thing around and so this music portrays that period. Personally I was beginning to forget some of the tunes as I haven't been in Zimbabwe for so long and am influenced today by other cultures around me. However, as a true Zimbabwean I have a love of Devera Ngwena Jazz Band, especially their old numbers. This album of re-mixes is a real party album!

Some of the artists from Zimbabwe that you have available on Natari website, as far as I am concerned were produced at a time when Zimbabwe was still discovering how to develop in the music scene, some of the material was released as 'experimental' as African-modern music hit the scene while the country was still under colonial rule. When the country gained it's independence rhythms that were exsistent before the country's time were thereafter gradually developed that today make Zimbabwean rhumba/the music of Zimbabwe very unique. Unfortuneately some of the really good artists have just disappeared from the music scene for various reasons etc.. but Jonah Moyo and the Band, well they're something else!

My thanks to Peter Chikasha over in Sweden for the above. To have a place in my collection it must have been pretty good even if it was experimental.
1. FULLSTOP
2. NDAFUNGA MAKARE
3. LOVE, PEACE AND HAPPINESS
4. HATIMBONYARA
5. WAKANDICHEKA NERAKAGOMARA
6. USAMUBATE
7. MAMUONA
8. TAMBA CHIZUKURU
9. REGINAH WAENDA
JORDAN CHATAIKA AND HIS THREE SISTERS MASHOKO AMWARI JFLP1001CDC LP £ 10.00
Jordan Chataika (b 1939 d 1985) has been described as the godfather of Zimbabwean gospel music. Guitarist and singer Jordan started in the early 1960s when most Christians still considered nomadic guitarists like Chataika as unholy? He persevered and during the fight for independence he became well known for his songs which were seen as anti government. After independence he also became a part-time radio presenter and often shared the stage with Oliver Mtukudzi and the late David 'Mr Bulk' Chiyangwa, both gospel musicians of note. The Time Wasters who provide the backing music to this album are actually Rob Mtukudzi and Pick Kasamba. ( T.Index: Hatina Musha, Kana Manzwa Izwi Rashe, Nyiki Yakanakisa, Jesu Muponisi, Makanaka Jesu, Ndinosuwa Denga, Ndiye Jesu Zvoshamisa, Mumhanzi Uri Kudenga, Garai Neni Baba. ) [9T/40M] Track: Garai Neni Baba
JOSEPH MUTERO AND AFRICA SOUNDS TIRI VADOKO ZML1039LPCDC LP £ 10.00
Great album that was released back in 1989. I can't tell you anything about the artist as there is abolutely nothing in any of my books and virtually nothing except my own entry on the web. So have a listen and be amazed. 1. TIRI VADOKO
2. NYARADZAI MWANA
3. MAPENZI HAAPERI
4. RIVA RINENGOZI
5. CHIPATAPATA
6. MA CRECHE
KASSONGA BAND KUGUTA KUSHANDA VOL.3 TEC2149CDC TC £ 10.00
The singing is pretty good but the guitars are just wonderful on this rather rare album. Rare? Well you try and find another mention of it anywhere on the world wide web. [8T/44M] 1. KUGUTA KUSHANDA
2. TAKABVIRA KARE
3. VUKUBWA WAINCHI
4. MWARI BABA
5. NHAYI MUKOMA WANGU
6. IMWI VANHU WOYE
7. NHAMO HURU
8. SISI HATUNA FEZA
KHIAMA BOYS SINGLES COLECTION Vol 1 - MABHAUWA ZCD123CDC CD £ 10.00
1. MABHAUWA
2. ABALE ANGA
3. NHAMO
4. NDINE ZVINONDINETSA
5. MWANA WANGU WAKURA
6. NDIRI MUNHAMO
7. MWANA UME
8. KUPEREKA MONI
9. HUPENYU
10. VANA MUKOMA
11. HANZVADZI YANGU
LEONARD DEMBO VERY BEST OF LEONARD DEMBO ZCD113CDC CD £ 10.00
Tracks: Shamwari Yangu Warova from Tinokumbira Kurarama. Venenziya from Singles Collection. Dudzai from Singles Collection Vol 2. Chitekete from Chitekete. Manager from Kuziva Mbuya Huudzwa. Sharai from Sharai. Zll-Zll from Singles Collection Vol 2. Murombo from Singles Collection. Kukura Hukutane from Singles Collection Vol 2. 1. SHAMWARI YANGU WAROVA
2. VENENZIYA
3. DUDZAI
4. CHITEKETE
5. MANAGER
6. SHARAI
7. ZII-ZII
8. MUROMBO
9. KUKURA HAKUTANE
LEONARD DEMBO AND BARURA EXPRESS PAW PAW CDGMP40574CDC CD £ 10.00
1. PAW PAW
2. ZORORA WAWANA
3. TSIKA DZINOKOSHA
4. MUSHA RUDZIKO
LOVEMORE MAJAIVANA ISONO SAMI CDMUSI873CDC CD £ 10.00
Lovemore was born in 1954 in Gweru in central Zimbabwe but is best known in the southwest as one of Bulawayo’s most popular musicians. He started as a drummer at the age of 15 and then moved to Harare singing Western songs. Today he sings mostly in Ndebele or Zulu with a strong and clear voice. This was his last album released in 2001 before he emigrated to the U.S.A. 1. XOLANI
2. ISONO SAMI
3. YINGWE BANI
4. ANGILA MALI
5. NAMHILA KWENZEJANI
6. BAKHATHAZ'UMOYA WAMI
7. ISIZUNGU
8. ISONO SAMI (IMBONGI) Version.
MACHANIC MANYERUKE AND THE PURITANS NDEYEIKO NYAYA IYO NDLP25CDC LP £ 10.00
Recorded at Shed Studios back in 1989 this lovely album of softly sung gospel features a couple of surprise make overs, one of which is Auld Langs Syne would you believe. ( F.T.Index: Shoko Ramambo Jesu, Ndeyeiko Nyaya Iyo, Riripo Gomo, Nyarara Kuchema, Haanganyadzise Chokwadi, Mufudzi Ndiye Jusu, Igazi Lakhe, Tsitsi Dzajesu, Munomutsvakireiko Jusu, Haangashandire Satani. ) [10T/44M]
MACHANIC MANYERUKE AND THE PURITANS ZAKEWU NDLP17CDC LP £ 10.00
Beautiful LP that gave 8 of its 10 track to the set on COOK025. (The CDR contains all 10 tracks from the LP and the two extras from COOK025)
MACHANIC MANYERUKE-PURITANS KANA VATSVENE VOPINDA COOK025CDC LP £ 0.00
Lovely 10 track album that took 8 of the 10 tracks from NDLP17. (See NDLP17)
NYAMI NYAMI SOUNDS KWIRA MUDENGA ZML1030CDC LP £ 10.00
From the Kariba region of Northern Zimbabwe, the band was formed in the 1980s as a youth band called the Angoni Family. They eventually progressed from covers to playing their own music and renamed themselves Nyami Nyami Sounds after a Shona river God. Released in 1986, this album has a superb sound all round with stunning guitar work backed by an infectious beat and great vocals. Have a listen. 1. NDIANI APISA MOTO
2. PARUFU RWENYU
3. LINDA
4. VARI KUMHEPO
5. TUCKSHOP
6. CHAKANETSA
7. JIMMY
OLIVER MUTUKUDZI DZAKAITA MUKUSUMBISA NA. TUKU ZIL246CDC LP £ 10.00
OLIVER MUTUKUDZI HWEMA HANDIRASE BL479CDC LP £ 10.00
A golden oldie from 1984 and I still think some of his best music. This is just classic. 1. HWEMA HANDIRASE
2. MUMWEYA
3. NDANGA NDABAIWA
4. CHAMAIFIRA CHII?
5. MUSAORE MOYO
6. RODA REMOYO
7. GEHENA
8. BABA
9. NDOMUTEVERA
10. UMSHAMWARI
PATRICK MKWAMBA AND THE FOUR BROTHERS TONOSANGANA IKOKO KSALP104CDC LP £ 10.00
A cracker of an album with the guitars cascading notes in all directions while the drummer sets a throbbing pace trying to keep up. The harmonious vocals are beautifully sung with Patrick taking the lead and the Brothers with perfect timing providing the backing. Truely exceptional and a must have in every Zimbabwe collection. (8T/38M) 1. WAPENGA NAYO BONUS
2. VAKAKUNDA ZVIEDZO
3. KUBHAWA HANDIGARE
4. EMERIYA USANYENGEDZWE
5. MOMBE YOUMAI
6. URI TSOTSI
7. NDATENDEUKA
8. MWANA WANDAIDA KUROORA
ROBSON BANDA AND NEW BLACK EAGLES GREATEST HITS 1 - LEDGENDS OF ZIMBABWE ZIM5CDC CD £ 10.00
ROBSON BANDA AND THE NEW BLACK EAGLES NGOMA NGAIRIRE KSALP121LPCDC LP £ 10.00
Pure magic as Robson and the group go through a superb set of tracks. Just listen to those guitars singing........ They just don't make music as good as this anymore. ( F.T.Index: Ngoma Ngairire, Dziva Renjuzu, Kafira Mbira, Ndiwe Wega Mwanangu, Tofara Sei, Baba Vachipo. ) [6T/32M] One copy only, slightly tatty cover but perfect, only played once, vinyl.
SIMON CHIMBETU AND ORCH' DENDERA KINGS BOTEREKWA DALP200LPCDC LP £ 10.00
More guitar magic from one of Zimbabwe's top groups. Tracks: Usandisiye, Future, Musoro Wachena, Pakati Pegungwa, One Way, Bvuma Mukwasha.
SIMON CHIMBETU AND ORCH' DENDERA KINGS KUIPA CHETE DALP100LPCDC LP £ 10.00
Great guitar play and magic vocal harmonies throughout and with one of their greatest hits in the form of Kuipa Chete. 1. KUIPA CHETE
2. GOMO RISINA MUCHERO
3. RWENDO RUFERU
4. HATIKANGANWA
5. NGOSI UREMA
6. MANHUNGETUNGE
SUNGURA BOYS THE BEST OF THE SUNGURA BOYS TEC2063CDC TC £ 10.00
Formed in the late 70s the Sungura Boys became very popular in the 1980s. Former members of the band have included John Chibadura, who wrote all the tracks on this compilation. The brothers Simon and Naison Chimbetu of the Marxist Brothers. Michael Jambo of the Zimbabwe Cha Cha Kings and the Marunga Brothers. Ephraim Joe who joined the Khiama Boys before going solo. 1. LUCIA (Pt. 1)
2. LUCIA (Pt. 2)
3. CHITUMBIRA KURE
4. VADSIMU TIONEWO
5. ROORA WAFUNGA
6. MUNHU WESE
7. JANE
8. KUPA KURE NHERERA
9. MUKOMA EDMORE
10. MAI BETTY
THE FOUR BROTHERS MUKADZI WEPIRI KSALP129CDC LP £ 10.00
Released in 1990 this album is packed from end to end with that lovely guitar playing that the Brothers are famous for. Just listen to them go on 'Zvakona' and 'Tezvara'. A really wonderful album that shouldn't be missed. 1. MUKADZI WEPIRI
2. CHIDHAKWA
3. MAZITA NEZVIITO
4. ZVAKONA
5. CHIROORA
6. TEZVARA
7. MUSANDODARO
8. CHANDAVENGERWA
THE MUDDY FACE NHAMO YEHUROJA SUH1051CDC LP £ 10.00
Released back in 1987 by Gramma as KSALP 117 and for Zimbabwe music fans this album can only be described as totally essential. Throbbing beat with great guitars and super singing. 1. NHAMO YEHUROJA
2. MUCHAUYA RINI
3. HANGAIWA
4. MAKUNAKUNA
5. MANHUNGETUNGE
6. JERUSAREMA
THE MUDDY FACE TENDA KUMIDZIMU YAKO KSALP108CDC LP £ 10.00
Another of those groups from the old days that you only ever come across as a single track on a compilation album. Why? They are just gorgeous, great vocals, foot stomping drumming and guitars to die for. The last track has gone onto my all time great song CDR collection straight away and the rest will probably follow. It's a cracker. [44M] 1. TENDA KUMIDZIMU YAKO
2. KUMBIRA UCHAPIHWA
3. KUMBERI KWAKAIPA
4. NDATOKUPA MOYO WANGU
5. UKAFA UCHAENDEPIKO
6. VANASIKANA IMI
THERESA AND AWENDILA MABANGHENI MUSI807CDC LP £ 10.00
A nice and quite catchy album from Theresa and Awendila which came with a plain black sleeve and no details except that it was recorded at Musi Oa Tunya Studios back in 1990. I couldn't find anything else about the artists or the music anywhere else on the net so if anybody has any info I would love to hear it. Info from Nyasha Makosa: They were a husband and wife from Mozambique and they came to perform in Zimbabwe around 1988 and were popular with their other songs Asande Sana and Reconcilliation. Asande Sana was a hit on Zimbabwean charts radio. Both were military trainees in Tanzania for forces fighting for independence for Mozambique. They sang some songs from Tanzania in Swahili and for their home country of Mozambique in Shangaan. Not heard anything of them since. 1. MABANGHENI
2. ONGENA ZA MAPENZI
3. KINA NA HINA
4. UKALU KUNYATA
5. PENDO LA KWELI
6. KILA MTU NI MTU
7. NYUMBANI KWETU
8. NKONO WAMBONE
THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE BLACKS UNLIMITED CHIMURENGA FOR JUSTICE ROUGH91CDC LP £ 10.00
1. TAMBAZUMBA NASHE
2. HUPENYU WANGU
3. RUMBIDZAI MAMBO
4. MUGARA NDEGA
5. MARONDERA
6. ONE MAN ONE WOMAN
VARIOUS ARTISTS ADVANCE KUSUGARI AFRILP006CDC LP £ 10.00
Superb compilation of 1980's Zimbabwe music with some of the lesser known artists featured. 1. KAREKITA - JONAH MOYO & DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND
2. ADVANCE KUSUGAR! - MASTER CHIVERO
3. HATICHINA WEKUTAMBA NAYE - R.U.N.N. FAMILY
4. CHIEDZA - JIROS JIRI BAND
5. BHIZINESI MUDHOROBHA - SAFIRIO MADZIKATIRE WITH THE SEA COTTAGE SISTERS AND THE NEW WORLD BAND
6. MUCHEMBERE WEDU NEHANDA - MASTER CHIVERO AND THE ZIMBABWE MILITIA MBIRA SOUNDS
7. NDICHENI - JIROS JIRI BAND
8. HOMBARUME - JONAH MOYO & DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND
9. ZVATAKADANA ATAISIYANA - SAFIRIO MADZIKATIRE WITH THE SEA COTTAGE SISTERS AND THE NEW WORLD BAND
10. TAURAI ZVENYU - PAUL MATAVIRE & JIROS JIRI BAND
11. WE'MFOWETHU - AMANZI OKUPHILA
VARIOUS ARTISTS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 1984 ZML1021CDC LP £ 10.00
A cracking set of songs that have all but the first one escaped the CD compilations of the past few years. 1. VENENZIYA - LEONARD DEMBO AND THE OUTSIDERS
2. ACHEUJE - MBADA JAZZ BAND
3. HUPENYU HAUTENGWE - NYAMI NYAMI SOUNDS
4. KURURA KWANGU - ALFA SOUNDS
5. TARIRA - THE FAMILY SINGERS
6. JOHN MAHWANI - JAKACHAKA BAND
7. WAKANDICHEKA NERAKAGOMARA - DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND
8. PEMBERAI - THOMAS MAPFUMO AND BLACKS UNLIMITED
9. GENESIS 4 VERSE 4 - HURUNGWE SOUNDS
10. B.P. - JAMES CHIMOMBE AND THE O.K. SUCCESS
11. DICKSON - SAFIRIO MADZIKATIRE AND THE SEA COTTAGE SISTERS
12. FURUWA - RISING POWER
VARIOUS ARTISTS HITS OF ZIMBABWE CDZMC02CDC CD £ 10.00
Tracks: Max Mapfumo - Tsvaru from Mutserendende. Ketai and Simba Brothers - Mbengo from Mbengo. Marshall Munhumumwe and Four Bros. - Ndibvumbamireiwo from Mbereko Yakaramba. Edwin Hama - Inxwala from Nzara Chirombo. Ephat Mujuru - Tinokumbira Mvura from Unknown. Bhundu Boys - Jekesa from True Jit. James Chimombe - Muchiti Mugere from Munakandafa. Chamunorwa Lioel Zhakata - Karigoni from Mandishorei. Zig Zag Band - Mudzimu Mukuru from Mudzimu Mukuru. Mazana Movement - Kufa Kwemukuru from Munonzwa Sei. Oliver Mutukudzi - Zimbabwe from Africa. Rita Shonhiwa - Amen from Harvest Time.
VARIOUS ARTISTS INDEPENDENCE SPECIAL ZML1008CDC LP £ 10.00
Tracks: Nyami Nyami Sounds - Kusasana, New Black Montana - Mai Vanyembezi, Zexie Manetsa and the Green Arrows - Tiyi Hobvu/Strong Tea, Hosia Chipanga and the Balfour Black Diamonds - Upenyu Hwangu, The Sounds of the Muddy Face - Kilimanjaro, Africa Melody - John Waenda, Patrick Mkwamba and the Four Brothers - Zvinonaka Zvinodhura, Pied Pipers - Amayo, Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited - Ndamutswa Nengoma, Devera Ngwena Jazz Band - Solo Na Mutsai, Zimbabwe Heroes - Samutoko, Safirio Madzikatire and the Sea Cottage Sisters - Katarina,
VARIOUS ARTISTS INDEPENDENCE SPECIAL 1985 SPL101CDC LP £ 10.00
Lovely album released way back in 1985 to celebrate Independence. Great music with guitars leading all the way. My favorite track has got to be Zuva Radoka from Devera Ngwena. 1. ZAMBUKO - THOMAS MAPFUMO AND THE BLACKS UNLIMITED
2. TAIGARA MUMAKOMO - ZIMBABWE AFRICAN NATIONAL UNION
3. AFRICA (LE BUCHERON) - JOHN KAZADI AND THE DESH BAND
4. WATU WOTE - UJAMAA JAZZ BAND
5. WE GO SAY - PIED PIPERS
6. ZUVA RADOKA - DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND
7. INJI YA ZIMBABWE - UJAMAA JAZZ BAND
8. MATICHA - SUPER SOUNDS
9. PAMBERI NECHIKORO - NEW HARD SPIRITS
10. MILITIA - ZIMBABWE MILITIA BAND
VARIOUS ARTISTS SINGLES COLLECTION (Welcome to Zimbabwe) WTZCDC CDx2 £ 12.50
A selection of late 80's 7" singles plus one 12" single to finish off with. Too many and different to describe so please have a listen to the samples. 1. CHIGOVANYIKA BROTHERS - CHIBHAMU + MANDINONOKERA
2. SEASIDE BAND - JENI + MUKOMA PETER
3. SIGNATURE BAND - YAIVE HONDO + UCHANDIFUNGA
4. SIGNATURE BAND - TSAMBA YAMAKANYORA + MUKOMA WANGU WAPERA
5. SIGNATURE BAND - MUNYU HAUNA MUSHARU + ZVEMAZUVA ANO
6. MASAI SAI BROTHERS - VAKASUNGWA NA SATINI + BARTIMEO
7. MASAI SAI BROTHERS - SHUNGU DZANGU + MBIRI YAYENDA
8. OCEAN CITY BAND - LYDIA Pt. 1 + LYDIA Pt. 2
9. OCEAN CITY BAND - MAKANDIPEI + ZUVA
10. PETRO NA JOHANE - MWARI ITAI SEKUFUNGA KWENYU + VAROORA VEMAZUVA ANO
11. MAX MAPFUMO AND JUPITER KINGS - SHINGA + USAITA CHIRAMWA
12. MAX MAPFUMO AND JUPITER KINGS - USANDIKANGANWA + MUNENGOZI
13. AFRICA SOUNDS FRANCO - TINODA SOCIALISM + TINEMUNAMATO
14. ZIG ZAG BAND - VAMANDELA + VAMANDELA (Dub Version)
VARIOUS ARTISTS TAKE COVER - ZIMBABWE HITS SHAN43045CDC LP £ 10.00
A super compilation of 1980's Zimbabwe music with some great sounds from some of the lesser known artists and bands of the time. Also some of the big names - love that James Chimombe. 1. TAKE COVER - JAIROS JIRI SUNRISE KWELA BAND
2. KUENDA MBIRE - EPHAT MUJURU AND THE SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE
3. TARIRA NGUVA - THE FAMILY SINGERS
4. B. P. - JAMES CHIMOMBE AND THE OK SUCCESS
5. JOHN WAENDA - AFRICAN MELODY
6. DICKSON - SAFIRIO MADZIKATIRE AND THE SEA COTTAGE SISTERS
7. GEORGE MUDIWA WANGU - JAMES CHIMOMBE AND THE OK SUCCESS
8. CHIPENDANI - SUPER SOUNDS
9. PAMBERI NAVA JIRI - JAIROS JIRI BAND
10. WAPENGA NAYO BONUS - PATRICK MKWAMBA AND THE FOUR BROTHERS
11. KATARINA - SAFIRIO MADZIKATIRE AND THE SEA COTTAGE SISTERS
12. AMAYO - THE PIED PIPERS
VARIOUS ARTISTS ZIMBABWE HITS VOL 9 ZSU1030CDC TC £ 10.00
They say never to judge a book by its cover and this cassette is a prime example. The very plain looking cover hides a superb set of tracks many of which I can only find here and from artists that I have never even heard of before. 1. VIMBAYI - FOUR BROTHERS
2. VANA VAVENDA - DYNAMIC BROTHERS
3. SELF JOB - ZIMBABWE HEROES
4. RAIYA - UJAMAA JAZZ BAND
5. ALUTA CONTINUA - ECHOING CICADA KANGOPISA
6. FUNDISA UMLOMO WAKHO - DEVERA NGWENA JAZZ BAND
7. NHERERA ZVICHENGETE - THE SOUNDS OF THE MUDDY FACE
8. TOSE TIN KUCHEMA - HURUNGWE SOUNDS
9. KUTSVA KWENDEBVU - JAIROS JIRI BAND
10. VASIKANA - RAIN-THUNDER
ZIMBABWE CHA CHA CHA KINGS VIMBISO ZML1041LPCDC TC £ 10.00
Eight wonderful tracks of beautifully played guitars and pulsating drums with softy sung vocals to match. Superb in all departments and one that should be getting a re-release from somebody out there. 1. VIMBISO
2. MARI
3. AMBEWE
4. JIMI SHAMWARI YANGU
5. SOUTH AFRICA
6. MUDIWA LUCY
7. AMAI WANGA
8. ASAKINA
ZIMBABWE TWO STARS (KASONGO BAND) KUDZIDZA HAKUPERI KHON1001CDC LP £ 10.00
Recorded at the famous Shed Studios this is an absolute cracker of an album and one that again I had never even opened until someone said they wanted it on CD! The singing is good with nice backing harmonies but the guitaring is outstanding. 1. KUDZIDZA HAKUPERI
2. MUKOMA WACHATA
3. SISI LOICE
4. KOSA YANINI
5. SARA NEMUSHA WAKO
6. RAFIKI
7. 'TRIP' ISINGADZOKWI
8. UPENYU WEMUNHU
ZVISHAVANE SOUNDS MUTONGI GAVA ZML1032CDC LP £ 10.00
I bought this in the late 80s with a whole pile of other Zimbabwe albums and somehow never got around to playing this one. What a mistake that was. This album is simply awesome with that lively twangy guitar playing that is the unmistakeable sound of Zimbabwe. Definitely some of the best tunes I have heard from there and the singing from the six strong group is pretty impressive as well. I should really have a dig around in my collection and see what other gems I have hidden away. ( F.T.Index: Mutongi Gava, Veza Mupini, Ipurezha, Inyama Yembongolo, Hukama Igasva, Gerita, Dai Ndakadzidza. ) [7T/43M] Just as a matter of interest I found only two references to this album and group. The LP was listed in the Sterns Guide II and the web listing was my own one! 1. MUTONGI GAVA
2. VEZA MUPINI
3. IPUREZHA
4. INYAMA YEMBONGOLO
5. HUKAMA IGASVA
6. GERITA
7. DAI NDAKADZIDZA


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