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World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?
Cat: RT 54/8089900791. Rel: 21 Oct 13
 
International
Body & Soul (10:07)
Atomic Bomb (7:59)
Good Name (10:04)
Something You Will Never Forget (10:03)
Why Go To War (9:00)
Love Is Blind (7:50)
Heaven & Hell (4:03)
Let's Fall In Love (7:18)
Fantastic Man (6:28)
When The Going Is Smooth & Good (7:26)
The Way To Win Your Love (7:01)
Jungle Gods (4:05)
Love Me Now (13:40)
Review: Following 2012's fourth volume that celebrated the existential work of Tim Maia, here we find Luaka Bop exploring the legacy of William Onyeabor. A high chief and Kenyan diplomat who allegedly refuses to discuss his music, he self-released eight albums in the 70s and 80s and these are some of the many highlights. Stretching from the New York-influenced post-punk synth funk of "Good Name" to the most authentic Afro fusion of "Why Go To War", Onyeabor's range not only reflects his clear creative skill, but also the ever-developing international language of music during the fruitful period he was active. Who is William Onyeabor? Press play and find out yourselves...
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 in stock $36.08
Obaa Sima
Obaa Sima (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATFA 014LP. Rel: 23 Feb 15
 
International
Obaa Sima
Moma Yendodo
Adagya
Medofo
Daa Nyinaa
Yemmpa Aba
Bome Nnwom
Review: This latest reissue from Awesome Tapes From Africa is the whole reason for founder Brian Shimkovitz starting the blog and the label that grew out of it. Some 13 years ago, Shimkovitz stumbled across a cassette copy of Obaa Sima whilst travelling Ghana and his love for Ata Kak's music lead to the foundation of the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog and the commencement of a long running effort to track down the Ghanaian musician. Some four years after ATFA became a label, Shimkovitz finally tracked down the musician, real name Yaw Atta-Owusu, and was granted permission to reissue Obaa Sima, using the second hand tape purchased in Ghana as the source. The seven tracks on this LP are a winning tinny combination of highlife, rap, pop, and more with "Daa Nyinaa" sounding like a cover version of William De Vaughn's "Be Thankful For What You've Got".
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 in stock $17.88
Mangase
Mangase (limited 12")
Cat: SNDW 12020. Rel: 25 Jul 14
 
International
Shaluza Max - "Mangase"
Tabu Ley Rochereau - "Hafi Deo"
Review: A special summer-tuned dedication to two of Africa's most creative contributors who both passed away at the birth of the New Year. First up, South Africa's Shaluza Max's 2002 classic gets the revisitation it deserves; big accordions, honeyed Zulu vocals and a chugging groove that could plough into any dancefloor under the sun, it struts with a timeless sense of universal groove science. Flip for a rewind to the mid 80s as Soundway pays tribute to the hugely prolific Tabu Lay Rochereau. Complete with smooth, soothing synths, show-stopping harmonies and slinky bassline that won't quit, it's as heart-rending now as it was 30 years ago.
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 in stock $10.38
We Can Move
 in stock $10.90
Make It Fast Make It Slow
Make It Fast Make It Slow (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: SNDWLP 040. Rel: 02 Apr 13
 
Funk
Loose Up Yourself (3:27)
Make It Fast, Make It Slow (5:28)
Not The End (3:52)
I've Got To See You Again Lord (3:56)
He Shall Live In You (5:30)
But You (3:26)
Bargain (5:21)
Back On You (2:46)
Review: Soundway surpass themselves again with this wonderful reissue from the Ghanaian artist Rob, who released two albums back in 1977 for the West African Essiebons label. Rob was a seasoned musician in the 70?s, having recorded and toured with many well known bands. The album is a somewhat Spartan, brooding affair where less is most definitely more as slow burning, hip swaying cosmic funk drenched compositions are offset by wonderful punchy brass arrangements. A slow burning pulse is present throughout with highlights being ''Loose up Yourself'' and the irreplaceable carnal conquest anthem '' Make it Fast, Make it Slow''. Songs of celebration sit alongside other pieces of introspection and socially conscious topics; some might criticise the odd duff notes and occasional raw vocal edge, but this just adds texture to the overall performance and vibe. Without question one of the best reissues of 2012.
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 in stock $19.72
Late Night Tales
KHRUANGBIN / VARIOUS
Late Night Tales (180 gram vinyl 2xLP + art print + MP3 download code)
Cat: ALNLP 60. Rel: 04 Dec 20
 
Indie/Alternative
Devadip Carlos Santana & Turiya Alive Coltrane - "Illuminations" (4:19)
Brilliantes Del Vuelo - "I Know That (When The Springtime Comes)" (5:17)
Nazia Hassan - "Khushi" (4:25)
Kelly Doyle - "DRM" (2:12)
Sanullim - "Don't Go" (4:10)
Maxwell Udoh - "I Like It (Don't Stop)" (6:19)
David Marez - "Ensename" (3:38)
Gerald Lee - "Can You Feel The Love" (reprise) (3:02)
Justine & The Victorian Punks - "Still You" (7:43)
George Yanagi & Nadja Band - "Track 10" (4:04)
Pesnyar - "Zacharovannaya Moya" (5:55)
Khruangbin - "Summer Madness" (Exclusive Cover version) (3:15)
Paloma San Basilio - "Contigo" (4:04)
Roha Band - "Yetikimt Abeba" (5:16)
Tierney Malone & Geoffrey Muller - "Transmission For Jehn: Gnossienne No 1" (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece) (4:58)
Review: Khruangbin might be the most logical and fitting choice for a Late Night Tales compilation in recent memory. The Texan psychedelic chill artists have always had a sense of the exploratory and unknown running through their blissful grooves, and the fundamental idea behind this series was always about opening up doors to new musical discoveries for listeners.

In many ways, the Houston trio have gone above and beyond. Melding a breadth of sounds that have emerged from an equally diverse set of cultures, we visit Hindi-disco, South Korean rock, African bass, Belarusian folk. Capped off with an exclusive version of Kool & The Gang's 'Summer Madness' conceived by the compilers themselves, it's a case of 15 gateway tracks all of which belong to artists and genres that are crying out for you to dive in.
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 in stock $25.95
Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970's & 80's
VARIOUS
Cat: SNDWLP 046. Rel: 15 Mar 17
 
International
The Loi-Toki-Tok - "Ware-Wa"
Slim Ali & The Famous Hodi Boys - "Watoto Nyara"
Orchestre Baba National - "Sweet Sweet Mbombo"
Gatanga Boys Band - "Wendo Ti Mbia"
Hafusa Abasi & Slim Ali with The Yahoos Band - "Sina Raha"
Nashil Pichen & The Eagles Lupopo - "Ng'ong'a Wa Mwanjalo"
Nairobi Matata Jazz - "Tamba Tamba"
The Lulus Band - "Ngwendeire Guita"
Mbiri Young Stars - "Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe"
The Lulus Band - "Nana"
Afro 70 - "Weekend"
The Rift Valley Brothers - "Mu-Africa"
DO 7 Band - "HO Ochiri"
Afro '70 - "Cha-Umheja"
Peter Tsotsi Juma & The Eagles Lupopo - "Kajo Golo-Weka"
New Gatanga Sound - "Thonia Ni Caki"
Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo - "See Serere"
Kalambya Boys - "Kivelenge"
The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - "Leta Ngoma"
Huruma Boys Band - "Theresia"
Orchestre Veve Star - "Nitarudia"
The Mombasa Vikings - "Mama Matotoya"
The Lulus Band - "Mutumia Muriu"
Ndalani 77 Brothers - "Nzaumi"
Review: Having explored the rich heritage of Nigeria and Ghana with well researched vigour, Soundway turn to Kenya for their next adventure... A rare insight: while Lagos was churning out seminal Afrobeat compositions, Kenya took to western influences in a much subtler fashion. With heavy emphasis on the Kenyan benga and Afro-Cuban rumba there's a much deeper, local folk presentation and format throughout most of the selection. Complete with detailed notes and beautiful presentation (like all Soundway compendiums) this won't look out of place in any collection.
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Tags: African | Afrobeat | Afro Funk
 in stock $25.95
Selassie
Selassie (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: MSH 109. Rel: 29 Jan 21
 
Funk
Selassie (part 1) (4:09)
Selassie (part 2) (3:58)
Review: The first release from the Ethiopian Brothers, 2019's 'Ashadwa', was a brilliant slab of Afro-funk that many erroneously believed to be a long-lost classic. In fact, it was the work of a contemporary producer associated with Jalepeno Records. Regardless, the record sounded authentically old and dusty, as does this equally as inspired sequel. 'Selassie (Part 1)' sets the tone, with the producer and his session musicians serving up a righteous Afro-funk workout rich in Tony Allen influenced drum-breaks, flanged guitars, raw tenor sax lines and killer bass guitar. Even more righteous is the flipside 'Part 2' version that showcases more snaking sax lines and some seriously infectious, chant-like vocals.
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 in stock $10.90
Elado Edits
Elado Edits (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: RNT 053. Rel: 26 Jan 21
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Big Baba (4:56)
Gulab Jamun (4:10)
Blame (4:54)
Halloumi (4:42)
Review: Antal has already been dropping the worldly beats on this EP which is a fine stamp of approval for Israeli DJ and collector Elado. This marks his debut on the label having won plenty of fans for his offering on Eddie C's cult Red Motorbike. The music take its cues from all over the planet - Africa, India and the Middle East - and brims with disco joy, funk richness and plenty of earthly soul. 'Big Baba' is a classy party starter with good time feels, 'Gulab Jamun' is a foreign language acid laced love song and 'Blame' is synth heavy disco funk.
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 in stock $16.09
Keira
Keira (LP)
Cat: SNDWLP 094. Rel: 15 Sep 16
 
International
Keira (intro) (0:45)
Mamadou (2:42)
Bani (4:50)
Ansumana (5:25)
Foday Kunda (4:41)
Suso Kunda (0:58)
Alagi (4:10)
Tomora (6:22)
Kankurang (3:10)
Son Kunda (5:45)
 in stock $17.13
Samba
Samba (limited 7")
Cat: AFRO45 001. Rel: 14 Apr 22
 
International
Amazones De Guinee - "Samba" (4:53)
Moussa Doumbia - "Samba" (5:28)
Review: Mr Bongo kickstarts a new Afro 45s series with serious intention; all-girl troupe from Guinea Amazones De Guinee take the lead with a live recording from Paris, 1983. Taken from their Au Coeur De Paris album, it's the perfect example of a live recording with the balance of musicianship and crowd participation precision tuned. Flip for the previously rare 1980 recording by Ivory Coast's Moussa Doumbia whose smoky vocals and JB-level shrieks hit hard over a clam-tight Afrofunk rhythm. What a way to start a new series.
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Tags: African | Afro Funk
 in stock $9.33
Afro Damba
Cat: MC 033. Rel: 28 Jun 17
 
International
Adama Waro (7:44)
Adama Waro (Khidja dub) (9:18)
Mori Baka (5:17)
Dansakoni (6:20)
Dansakoni (Dreems remix) (7:18)
Review: Irishman Peter Power has become quite a well known figure in Berlin since moving there several years ago and has been one of the figures behind some of the city's now legendary haunts like Kleine Reise (RIP) and the successful Loftus Hall/Bertrams: which has had a great run thus far too. Now the man behind the Ufordia imprint returns with his second outing on Thomas Von Party's Multi Culti, which itself has also made the move to the German capital. Power delves deep into the exotic here, borrowing heavily from African music and getting very atmospheric and esoteric in the process. The life affirming raindance of "Adama Waro" (original mix) is certainly geared for some moments of truth on the dancefloor. Equally spiritual is the traditional percussion based journey of "Mori Baka" (original mix). There's some great remixes by label manager Dreems and Bucharest duo Khidja: the latter's contributions which shine the most, particularly on their balearica infused/Second Summer of Love sounding remix of "Dansakoni".
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Tags: Dub | African | Afro House
 in stock $12.98
Kelen Ati Leen
Kelen Ati Leen (limited 7")
Cat: AFRICA 4506. Rel: 20 Apr 22
 
International
Kelen Ati Leen (3:41)
Souleymane (4:29)
Review: Insanely funky business from Senegal's famous Orchestra Baobab (who are still touring and toiling 40 years later), "Kelen Ati Leen" is a really sweaty, heavy slab of funk that stares west for inspiration and a mild psychedelic Hendrixian sheen. "Souleymane", released three years after the A-side in 1978, takes more of a Latin influence as the horns get steamy over a rigid highlife spine to create a detailed and very physical groove.
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 in stock $9.08
Esa Presents Amandla: Music To The People
VARIOUS
Cat: SNDWLP 131. Rel: 06 Sep 19
 
International
Penny Penny - "Shilungu" (5:18)
Alaska - "Accuse" (instrumental) (6:16)
Ze Spirits Band - "Tucheza" (Esa extended mix) (5:00)
Nonku Phiri - "Sifo" (feat Dion Monti) (4:27)
Os Panteras - "Melo Do Anjo" (Outra edit) (4:54)
Pascal Latour - "Lague Yo" (Boulo edit) (5:58)
Masalo - "Yera" (feat Doussou Koulibaly) (6:24)
Esa - "Pantsula Traxx" (4:38)
Narchbeats - "Cheeks" (3:41)
DJ Spoko - "#Justsnares" (4:02)
Review: Inspired by his own experiences growing up in apartheid-era South Africa and his travels through music, Esa Williams has put together a compilation of contemporary electronic music from around the world. "Amandla: Music To The People" is well worth your attention and contains some genuine gems. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the percussive, chant-along sweatiness of Penny Penny's "Shilungu" and the loved-up, pitched-down dreaminess of Alaska's "Accuse (Instrumental)", to the sweet, life-affirming cheeriness of Os Panteras' "Melo Do Anjo (Outro Edit)" and the thrusting, Italo-disco style dancefloor masculinity of Masalo's "Yera". Esa's own late '80s style pitched-down South African house jam "Pantsula Traxx" is also superb.
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 in stock $18.16
Beach Diggin Volume 5
MAMBO / GUTS / VARIOUS
Beach Diggin Volume 5 (gatefold 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: HS 168VL. Rel: 04 Aug 17
 
International
Yasuko Agawa - "LA Nights" (5:19)
Stephen Colebrooke - "Stay Away From Music" (4:28)
Andre Marie Tala - "Sweet Dole" (4:32)
Tyna Onwudiwe - "Lite Low" (4:04)
Rebles - "Sweetest Taboo" (Soca version) (3:26)
Ricardo Marrero & The Group - "And We'll Make Love" (2:31)
Koko Ateba - "Si T'es Mal Dans Ta Peau" (4:03)
Sookie - "Tonight" (feat Jeannine Otis) (4:58)
Raphael Toine - "Femmes Pays Douces" (5:40)
Eboni Band - "Desire" (5:09)
Robert J Riggins - "I Need You Now" (4:06)
Salero - "Teardrops & Wine" (3:07)
Momo Joseph - "War For Ground" (4:13)
Claude Genteuil - "Dreams Of Love" (3:00)
Gatot Soedarto - "Sayangilah Daku Kasih" (1:46)
Synchro Rhythmic Eclectic Language - "Pasto" (5:51)
Review: Since the Beach Diggin' compilation series launched a few years back, a number of its obscure, Balearic-minded selections have been given full length reissues of their own. We can probably expect a number of the tracks from this brilliant fifth volume to get the same treatment. As usual, the wide-ranging track list is thick with highlights, from the synth-heavy, French language reggae of Raphael Toine's 1986 bubbler "Femmes Pays Douces" (taken from the artist's frustratingly hard to find Ce Ta Ou album) and vibraphone-laden jazz-funk smoothness of Yasuko Agwa's sought-after "L.A Night", to the barely-known brilliance of Andre Maria Tole's Cameroonian gem "Sweet Dole". In other words, it's another essential selection.
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 in stock $23.10
Wede Harer Guzo
Cat: ATFA 021LP. Rel: 15 Jun 16
 
International
Embuwa Bey Lamitu (6:04)
Sintayehu (6:47)
Bati Bati (7:04)
Migibima Moltual (6:27)
Yene Nesh Wey (4:40)
Wede Harer Guzo (6:36)
Yemanesh Ayinama (7:08)
Almaz Eyasebkush (5:36)
Anchin Kfu Ayinkash (5:25)
Minlbelesh (6:00)
 in stock $24.90
This Is Marijata (reissue)
Cat: MRBLP 150. Rel: 14 Jul 17
 
International
I Walk Alone (10:56)
We Live In Peace (4:08)
No Condition Is Permanent (7:02)
Break Through (5:07)
Review: Back in 1976, legendary highlife artist Pat Thomas decided to throw his weight behind Ghanian three-piece Marjarita. Thanks to his patronage, they made quite an impact with their debut album (Pat Thomas Introduces Marjita), before striking gold with their killer follow-up, This is Marjita. Since then, the album has become something of a "holy grail" for Afro-funk collectors, with copies changing hands for astonishing sums of money. Happily, Mr Bongo has decided to license and reissue it. The album contains four superb workouts: the hard funk brilliance of "Break Through", the organ-heavy Afrobeat fuzziness of "No Condition is Permanent", the reggae-influenced wonder of "I Walk Alone" and the superior highlife of "We Live in Peace".
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Tags: African | Afro Funk
 in stock $18.16
Nigeria Soul Fever: Afro Funk Disco & Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem!
VARIOUS
Cat: SJRLP 344. Rel: 09 Sep 16
 
International
Joni Haastrup - "Free My People" (4:52)
Christy Essien - "You Can't Change A Man" (3:59)
Akin Richards & The Executives - "Afrikana Disco" (6:25)
Tee Mac - "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" (5:40)
Joni Haastrup - "Greetings" (6:14)
Don Bruce & The Angels - "Ocheche (Happy Song)" (5:51)
Benis Cletin - "Get Up & Dance" (5:37)
Colomach - "Enoviyin" (5:02)
Joni Haastrup - "Do The Funkro" (4:04)
Tee Mac - "Living Everyday" (feat Marjorie Barnes) (5:19)
Arakatula - "Mr Been To" (4:01)
Angela Starr - "Disco Dancing" (5:30)
Joni Haastrup - "Wake Up Your Mind" (5:58)
Jimmy Sherry & The Musik Agents - "Nwaeze" (7:00)
Benis Cletin - "Soul Fever" (5:02)
Arakatula - "Wake Up Africa" (3:19)
Review: Another work of Soul Jazz curatorial gold: Nigeria Soul Fever is a detailed gatefold trip into one of Nigeria's richest chapters in music. Heavy trade restrictions allowed them to develop their own style without too much US or European influence and the result is an array of national talent who largely remained legends within their own borders. The range is mesmerizing; the sinewy synth and playground vocal Q&A of Benis Cletin's "Get Up & Dance", the ballroom disco soul of Tee Mac's "Living Everyday", the soulful afrofunk folk of Jimmy Sherry's "Nwaeze", the gut-punching power of Arakatula's album finale "Wake Up Africa". This is a treasure trove of unreleased gems that capture a truly unique time.
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 in stock $30.10
Everything You Do You Do For Yourself
Cat: PH 45013. Rel: 07 Dec 17
 
International
Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself (4:27)
Estre (feat Florence Adooni) (5:02)
Review: Philophon is a Berlin-based label run by Max Weissenfeldt. Part of Philophon is the Tonstudio Bluetenring in Kreuzberg, operated by Benjamin 'Stibbo' Spitzmueller. The label's essential motivation is to support any form of local culture with reason, freedom and ludic drive. North-Ghanaian singer Guy One presents his first international release here. He promises what his name is saying: he is the number one artist of Frafra music, named after his people. "Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself" is a driving Highlife rhythm and his only song having a phrase in English. "Estre" features one of the leading voices of Frafra-Gospel named Florence Adooni. She interweaves perfectly with the horn arrangements by Weissenfeldt and the drummer. Washington's Hailu Mergia, San Francisco's Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids and the legendary Scandinavian producer Jimi Tenor have also released on the label over the last year too.
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Tags: African | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $8.82
Max Rambhojan
Cat: HTML 002SEC004. Rel: 18 Feb 19
 
International
Tou't Jou Pa Min'm (4:33)
Tou't Jou Pa Min'm (1992 version) (4:16)
Cecilia (5:30)
On Jou Matin (4:18)
Review: Labels Hot Mule and Secousse have teamed up to deliver something special: a killer EP of "lost gems from the golden era of Zouk and Gwo-Ka" in Guadeloupe (that's 1985 to '92, fact fans). The four tracks showcased here were performed and produced by an artist whose fame in Guadeloupe sadly never spread any further, Max Rambhojan. The A-side boasts two versions of the rather brilliant and suitably cheery "Tou't Jou Pa Min'm": the jaunty, sun-kissed, whistle-sporting 1986 original mix, and Rambhojan's heavily electronic, synthesizer-heavy, calypso-tinged 1992 re-make of his biggest local hit. Over on side B you'll find the bubby dub bass, sparse synths and flute solos of the decidedly tropical "Cecilia" and a suitably breezy, sunset-ready gem entitled "On Jou Matin".
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Tags: African Disco | African | Zouk
 in stock $22.83
Black Voices Remixes
Cat: COMET 083. Rel: 21 Jun 18
 
International
Get Together (Folamour In Harmony remix) (8:04)
The Same Blood (NIT Cosmic remix) (6:01)
 in stock $12.72
Featherbed Lane
Cat: F CLMN 152. Rel: 29 Jan 18
 
Funk
Featherbed Lane (3:46)
Handcuffed To The Shovel (3:45)
Review: Please welcome new LA Afrofunk troupe Mestizo Beat. Previously known as Soulfire Collective, this debut 45 marks a clear line in the sand and an exciting future. Sweaty, energetic, tightly woven instrumentals we kick off with "Featherbed Lane", a boogie-based jam with spiralling sax leads and a guitar solo so hot you could cook a banquet on it. "Handcuffed To The Shovel", meanwhile, gets to work with a rawness, persistence and infectious rhythmic motion. We know you're going to dig this!
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Tags: African | Afro Funk
 in stock $9.87
We The People
Cat: ASVN 027. Rel: 11 Jan 18
 
International
More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama) (4:05)
Dora (7:53)
Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams (6:14)
Sekelimania (Nku Bilam) (3:46)
The Sekele Movement (6:28)
As Far I Can Remember (6:23)
Review: Having previously reissued Pasteur Lappe's sought-after 1979 sophomore set, No Man Pass Man, the crew behind the Africa Seven label has turned its attention to the Cameroonian artist's similarly impressive debut, We The People. It's a vibrant and hugely entertaining six-track set, with Lappe offering up a range of dancefloor-ready cuts that variously touch on heavy Afro-disco ("More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama)"), horn-heavy tropical funk ("Dora"), saccharine English language ballads ("Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams"), thrusting disco-funk righteousness (Clav-happy smasher "Sekelimania (Nku Bilam)" and "The Sekele Movement") and laidback, Steely Dan style West Coast jazz-rock ("As Far As I Can Remember").
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 in stock $15.31
Africa Airways Five: Brace Brace Boogie 1976-1982
VARIOUS
Cat: ASVN 050. Rel: 14 Feb 19
 
International
Black Bells Group - "Sweet Sidney" (edit) (4:12)
Charly Kingson - "Nanga 'Boko" (4:17)
Gyedu Blay Ambolley - "Highlife" (4:59)
Dikalo - "Fine Biscuits" (2:45)
Mekongo President - "Angona Mana" (4:04)
Fotso - "French Girl" (3:27)
Tala AM - "Sugar Lump" (edit) (5:01)
JK Mandengue - "Chibidaba, Chibidaba" (2:55)
Jide Obe - "Too Young" (5:13)
Mulamba - "Dashiki" (version instrumentale) (3:07)
Review: There's a slightly different feel to the latest instalment of the fantastic "Africa Airways" compilation series. While previous instalments have largely focused on heavy Afro-funk and Afro-soul, this fifth edition showcases material recorded during the disco and boogie era (1976-82). The ten included tracks are superb, with highlights including the fuzzy, Clavinet-driven thrills of "Sweet Sidney (Edit)" by Black Bells Group, the heavy grooves and dancing synth lines of Gyedu Blay Ambolley's "Highlife", the spacey Afro-boogie badness of Fotso's "French Girl" and the flash-fried disco-funk celebration that is Jide Obe's spacey, Moog-sporting "Too Young". As the old cliche goes, this is all killer and no filler.
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 in stock $20.75
Amapiano Selections
Amapiano Selections (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATFA 040LP. Rel: 19 Mar 21
 
International
Teno Afrika & Diego Don - "Ambassadors" (feat Stylo Musiq & Flame Darula) (5:27)
Teno Afrika & Diego Don - "Storytellers" (4:58)
8 Ubers (7:02)
Teno Afrika & Diego Don - "Conka" (feat Stylo Musiq & Flame Darula) (7:42)
Teno Afrika & SilvadropZ - "Smooth Criminal" (main mix) (6:24)
Lerato La Bass (5:42)
Teno Afrika & SilvadropZ - "Trip To Vlakas" (main mix) (5:17)
Chants Of Africa (6:08)
 in stock $19.21
Resurrection Los
Resurrection Los (limited gatefold heavyweight vinyl LP + poster + MP3 download code)
Cat: AADE 07. Rel: 29 Sep 17
 
International
Resurrection Los (6:54)
Beton Sala (5:28)
Miss Ya Ntem (4:44)
Mindzuk Ya Enyin (5:44)
Bezimbi (4:02)
Mbembe Ndoman (5:23)
 in stock $22.58
Take Over (reissue)
Take Over (reissue) (white vinyl 12")
Cat: UR 346WHITE. Rel: 26 Aug 20
 
International
Take Over (7:22)
Take Over (Less Patient edit) (5:15)
Bounce & Pull Up (feat Evan Laflamme) (7:46)
Review: Having landed his debut album Bosq Y Orchestra De Madera on Ubiquity Records back in 2013, Bosq will be returning with his second long player on the Californian label later this year. Take Over is the second 12" laid down as a precursor of what Bosq has up his sleeve and the Boston-based Whisky Baron is certainly on good form. Known for his towering vocal contributions to Fela's Egypt 80, Benin-born / Nigerian-raised singer Kaleta once again lines a Bosq production in lead cut "Take Over", and it might just be their heaviest collaboration yet! The Less Patient edit adds a bit of dancefloor weight to the track. Flip for the dense, delay heavy afrobeat burner "Bounce And Pull Up" which features some devilish horns from Evan Laflamme.
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Tags: African | Afro House
 in stock $11.93
Sierra Leone In 1970s USA
Sierra Leone In 1970s USA (limited 180 gram vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: SNDWLP 062. Rel: 02 May 14
 
Funk
Wali Bena
Be Patient
Ben Ben Bee
Bi Loko
Yamba Sowe
Review: Soundway's debut Sierra Leone exploration introduces us to Muyei Power who toured their country (and, on occasion, the US) throughout much of the 70s. With only a handful of 45s recorded, their sound has been largely unheard for the last 30/40 years. Until now. Complete with detailed liner notes and artwork, this album is a fantastic document. More importantly, it sounds fantastic: stretching from the more western influenced funk dynamic of "Bi Loko" to the frenetic percussive fusion of "Be Patient" via the smoky, mournful horns on the folky "Ben Ben Bee" there's a unique sound that resonates with everything else you know and love about African music during the ever-fertile 70s, yet rings and stamps with a life of its own.
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Tags: African | Afro Funk
 in stock $15.31
World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love's A Real Thing - The Funky Fuzzy Sounds Of West Africa
VARIOUS
Cat: LBLP 0052. Rel: 19 Mar 14
 
International
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey - "Minsato Le, Mi Dayihome"
Super Eagles - "Love's A Real Thing"
Moussa Doumbia - "Keleya"
Manu Dibango - "Ceddo End Title"
Sorry Bamba - "Porry"
Orchestra Number One De Dakar - "Guajira Ven"
William Onyeabor - "Better Change Your Mind"
Ofo & The Black Company - "Allah Wakbarr"
Gasper Lawal - "Awon-Oise-Oluwa"
Bunzu Sounds - "Zinabu"
Tunji Oyelana & The Benders - "Ifa"
Orchestre Regional De Kayes - "Sanjina"
Review: Back in 2005, the Luaka Bop and Stones Throw labels jointly issued World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love's A Real Thing - The Funky Fuzzy Sounds Of West Africa with the former releasing the CD edition and the latter a double LP version. As the elongated title suggests, the third edition of Luaka Bop's World Psychedelic Classic series swung the focus to West African music from the seventies and really opened people up to the psychedelic sounds of Manu Dibango, William Onyeabor, Gasper Lawal and a whole other host of artists from West Africa. Luaka Bop have evidently secured the rights for a vinyl reissue of the compilation, and anyone who indulged in their popular fifth volume focused on William Onyeabor will relish the opportunity to pick this up again.
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 in stock $36.60
Mogoya
Mogoya (white heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: NF 36LP. Rel: 17 May 17
 
International
Bena Bena (4:53)
Yere Faga (feat Tony Allen) (5:09)
Fadjamou (4:36)
Mali Niale (5:14)
Kamelemba (4:13)
Djoukourou (4:05)
Kounkoun (4:44)
Minata Waraba (4:57)
Mogoya (3:29)
 in stock $17.39
The Bariba Sound 1970-1976
Cat: AALP 071. Rel: 04 May 12
 
International
Bariba Soul - "Gandigui"
Bariba Soul - "Wegne Nda M Banda"
Pachanga Fon - "Me Ton Le Gbe"
Afro Beat Bariba - "Abakpe"
Pop Bariba - "Guessi-Guere-Guessi"
Folklore Dendi - "Sembe Sembe Boudou"
Afro Beat Bariba - "A Na Gan Garo Ka Nam"
Pachanga Dendi - "Bori Yo Se Mon Baani"
Folklore Dendi - "Aske"
Folklore Bariba - "Ko Guere"
Vodoun Hounwato Minon Dou Gbandja
Cavacha Dendi - "Abere Klouklou"
Afro Beat Dendi - "Dadon Gabou Yo Sa Be No 2"
Soul Dendi - "Hanoubian Gabou"
Boucher Dendi - "Binin Hounnin"
Cavacha Bariba - "Adiza Claire"
 in stock $22.83
Basa Basa
Cat: PH 45014. Rel: 22 Mar 18
 
International
Basa Basa (4:08)
Sahara Akwantuo (3:46)
Review: Those with a deep knowledge of Berlin's Ghanaian ex-pat "burger-highlife" scene may already be familiar with Lee Dodou, a singer who recorded a number of classic singles and albums during the 1980s as part of bands Georg Darko and Kantata. He retired from music in 1991, but has been persuaded to return to action by the Philophon team. This comeback single is pretty impressive all told, with A-side "Basa Basa" - a triumphantly celebratory chunk of 1960s "concert party" highlife rich in punchy horn lines and Dodou's full-throated vocals - being joined on the flipside by the slower, synth-laden "Sahara Akwantou". Brilliantly, the label describes this as "kraut-life" due to its unique (and rather good) fusion of highlife and German kosmiche.
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Tags: African | Highlife
 in stock $9.87
Mulatu Of Ethiopia (reissue)
Cat: STRUT 129LP. Rel: 19 May 17
 
International
Mulatu (5:02)
Mascaram Setaba (2:50)
Dewel (4:14)
Kulunmanqueleshi (2:14)
Kasalefkut hulu (2:29)
Munaye (3:35)
Chifara (7:03)
 in stock $21.54
Homecooking (reissue)
Cat: COMET 075LP. Rel: 07 Oct 16
 
Funk
Woman To Man (feat Ty) (4:48)
Kindness (5:21)
Every Season (feat Damon Albarn & Ty) (4:07)
Don't Fight (9:07)
Calling (feat Mary & Norman) (4:32)
Home Cooking (4:44)
Jakelewah (4:56)
Crazy Afrobeat (4:54)
What's Your Fashion (5:00)
Eparapo (7:13)
Review: On its' original release in 2002, Tony Allen's HomeCookin album was arguably a little overlooked. Like its' predecessor, 1999's Black Voices, the set updated the legendary drummer's Afrobeat sound for a new millennium. As this timely reissue proves, it was a particularly successful exercise. The album's genius lies in the Nigerian sticks-man's combination of traditional elements - most notably his loose, skittish polyrhythms, guitars and punchy horns - with elements of future-jazz, modern soul (see the brilliant Eska collaboration, "What's Your Fashion") and hip-hop. British rapper Ty excels himself on a number of killer cuts, though it's a more traditional Allen style dancefloor workout - the sublime "Crazy Afrobeat" - that really stands out.
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Tags: African | Afrobeat | Afro Funk
 in stock $26.73
Indaba Is
VARIOUS
Indaba Is (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: BWOOD 236LP. Rel: 19 Mar 21
 
International
Bokani Dyer - "Ke Nako" (6:49)
The Brother Moves On - "Umthandazo Wamagenge" (8:47)
Lwanda Gogwana - "All OK" (5:07)
The Wretched - "What Is History" (8:47)
Sibusile Xaba - "Umdali" (with Naftali, Fakazile Nkosi & Ashk) (5:58)
The Ancestors - "Prelude To Writing Together" (11:16)
Thandi Ntuli - "Dikeledi" (9:00)
Iphupho L'ka Biko - "Abaphezulu" (feat Siyabonga Mthembu & Kinsmen) (9:00)
Review: South African jazz-influenced sounds take the lead on this new companion from the tireless Brownswood label. The collection explores the linage of the sounds and communities who helped it evolve as is spread across the country meaning plenty of subtle synths are taken in. The eclecticism is what makes this so essential as the music ranges from the hugely spiritual (from The Brother Moves On) to more late night and inmate (tasks to a fine entry from Sibusile Xaba) via the neo-soul drenched styles of Thandi Ntuli's beautiful 'Dikeledi' which is a particular highlight.
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Tags: African | Afro Jazz
 in stock $11.41
Tezeta
Tezeta (LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATFA 041LP. Rel: 04 Jun 21
 
International
Tezeta (4:30)
Endegena (5:00)
Zengadyw Derekou (3:40)
Gumegum (4:26)
Nefas New Zemedie (3:34)
Atmetalegnem Woi (3:38)
Mestirawi Debdabe (4:35)
Ou-Ou-Ta (3:21)
Aya Belew Belew (4:22)
 in stock $19.21
La Locura De Machuca: Barranquilla Colombia 1975-1980
VARIOUS
La Locura De Machuca: Barranquilla Colombia 1975-1980 (gatefold 2xLP + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: AALP 090. Rel: 16 Oct 20
 
International
Samba Negra - "Eberebijara" (3:28)
King Somalie - "Monkey´s Dance" (3:31)
El Grupo Folclorico - "Tamba" (3:18)
Los Viajeros Siderales - "El Campanero" (2:58)
Rio Latino - "Ayu" (3:05)
Anibal Velasquez - "La Mazamorra Del Diablo" (3:12)
La Francachela - "Mosquita Muerta" (3:07)
El Grupo Folclorico - "Juipiti" (2:25)
King Somalie - "Le Mongui" (3:22)
El Grupo Folclorico - "El Tornillito" (2:30)
Samba Negra - "Long Life Africa" (4:38)
La Banda Africana - "Te Clavo La Mano" (3:01)
Myrian Makenwa - "El Platano" (3:31)
El Grupo Folclorico - "Tucutru" (3:06)
Grupo Bola Roja - "Caracol" (3:27)
El Grupo D'Abelard - "A Otro Perro Con Ese Hueso" (3:25)
Conjunto Barbacoa - "Wabali" (3:16)
Review: German label Analog Africa has long been documenting the more niche musical sounds, scenes and styles of the world. La Locura De Machuca: Barranquilla - Colombia 1975-1980 is in fact their 30th such compilation and tells the story of the South American country's unique Discos Machuca label. It came about after one man's bizarre odyssey into Colombia's coastal music, and across 17 tracks and two slabs of wax it offers up brilliantly raw, rhythmic and percussive music that sounds like little else. It's authentic and aged yet utterly futuristic and brims with character and vitality that transport you to a different world.
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Tags: African | Latin | Afro Funk | Cumbia | Colombian
 in stock $28.55
De Bassari Togo
De Bassari Togo (limited gatefold heavyweight vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: AADE 010. Rel: 04 Dec 18
 
International
Haka Dunia (4:06)
Soo Soo Mungha (previously unreleased) (3:25)
Ekule Nugble Nu (previously unreleased) (1:48)
Shamarin Banza (4:10)
Honam (feat Thon Komla) (3:59)
Kissagui (feat Napo De Mi Amor) (4:17)
Review: Even by the consistently high standards of Analog Africa, this release is something special. It consists entirely of previously unheard music by Orchestre Abass, an obscure outfit from Togo who released a handful of singles on Polydor Ghana in the early 1970s. Remarkably, all bar one of the tracks on "De Bassari Togo" were found on a long forgotten reel of tape that had sat on a shelf in a Ghanaian warehouse for the best part of 35 years. That was ten years ago; it's taken that long to track down the remaining members of the band and license the material. In truth, the tracks have aged exceptionally well, with the band's infectious, organ-led sound adding distinct Arabic influences (a result of the band members' time spent studying in Islamic schools) to their heavy funk rhythms and riotous Afro-funk vibes.
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Tags: African | Afrobeat | Afro Funk
 in stock $22.32
Mam Yinne Wa
Cat: PH 33005. Rel: 07 Nov 19
 
International
Mam Yinne Wa (3:57)
Allema Timba (4:42)
Sandana Fom (4:36)
Zota Yinne (4:20)
Fom Se Mam (3:51)
Yu Ya Yumma (3:22)
Ma'algo (3:52)
La Ta'aba (4:45)
Sala An Songa (3:22)
Review: It's taken a while, but Philophon chief (and in-house producer) Max Weissenfeldt has finally managed to finish the album he started working on with Ghanaian Frafra-gospel singers Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy. It's a set that has been promised for the best part of five years, so it's fantastic to see it finally materialize. Musically, it explores similar sonic territory to Oho's previous singles on Philophon (all of which featured music from Weissenfeldt), effortlessly joining the dots between traditional Ghanaian styles, local interpretations of funk and soul, dub-wise reggae rhythms and occasional nods towards contemporary electronic beats. The results are superb, making this a must have for those who love a bit of West African musical positivity.
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 in stock $20.75
Korobela
Korobela (12" + insert)
Cat: AFS 043. Rel: 16 Jan 20
 
International
Indaba Kabani (5:40)
Victim (5:18)
Why (5:27)
Korobela (5:36)
Mjukeit (5:04)
Atikatareni (4:36)
Review: Dutch label Afrosynth's latest dig into the South African scene of the 1980s and '90s focuses on the career of Kamazu, a prolific artist who released six albums and a handful of killer singles between 1986 and '97. It's a great collection, combining his better-known hits - the mid-80s boogie goodness of "Korobela" and superb 1991 Kwaito smash "Indaba Kabani" - with a quartet of lesser-known cuts from his bulging catalogue. Our picks include the slo-mo Kwaito dreaminess of "Atikatareni" and the cheery, synth bass-propelled brilliance of "Victim", though the standard throughout is dizzyingly high. A must-have for all those who love the distinctive warm, dreamy and synth-heavy sound of South African dance music from the late '80s and early '90s.
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Tags: African | Afro House
 in stock $17.91
Moussolou
Moussolou (heavyweight vinyl LP + booklet)
Cat: WCV 021. Rel: 29 Jul 16
 
International
Djama Kaissoumou (6:46)
Diaraby Nene (5:17)
Woulda Bara Diagna (5:20)
Moussolou (5:08)
Diya Gneba (4:52)
Ah Ndiya (4:30)
Gespielt von: Dj soFa
Tags: African | Folk
 in stock $17.39
Lala Belu
Cat: ATFA 028LP. Rel: 09 Mar 18
 
International
Tizita (9:59)
Addis Nat (4:30)
Gum Gum (6:39)
Anchi Hoye Lene
Lala Belu
Yefikir Engurguro (0:40)
 in stock $19.21
Al Zman Saib
Cat: HABIBI 002. Rel: 14 Jan 16
 
Funk
Sid Redad (3:02)
Laylat Al Jabda (5:13)
Maktoub Lah (6:42)
Tayeh (3:09)
La Tiq Tiq Latiq (3:51)
Al Zman Saib (3:53)
Kalam Al Nass (6:01)
Taarida (4:44)
 in stock $22.58
The King Of Sudanese Jazz
Cat: HABIBI 013. Rel: 16 Jul 20
 
International
Argos Farfish (4:40)
El Bambi (5:23)
Malak Ya Saly (6:36)
Kamar Dawa (5:21)
Zulum Aldunya (4:51)
Aziza (6:33)
Ya Shagini (9:32)
Review: For their latest essential primer on Sudanese music, Habibi Funk has chosen to focus on singer Sharharbil Ahmed, an artist whose desire to update Haqiba, a popular secular style of vocal-driven music, made him a pivotal figure in the 1960s. In his home country, Sharharbil became known as the "king of Sudanese jazz", a distinctive style that melded local instrumentation and vocals with jazz horns and heavy, guitar-driven grooves that drew much inspiration from rock and roll, surf-rock and rhythm and blues. The compilation does a great job in showcasing this insatiable, effervescent sound, showcasing the very best of Sharharbil's golden period output, most of which has never before been released outside of Sudan.
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Tags: African | Afro Jazz
 in stock $25.95
Outside Rhythm
Cat: AALP 002. Rel: 28 Sep 17
 
International
Gormedzedze (5:23)
Deka Wor Wor (3:52)
Cantata (7:24)
Outside Rhythm (5:53)
Cantata (Sordid Sound System dub) (7:27)
Agbe Me Nya Wo (7:04)
 in stock $13.49
Mabala Part 1
Cat: AFR45 017. Rel: 01 Jun 18
 
International
Fathili & The Yahoos - "Mabala" (part 1) (4:11)
The Wings - "Gone With The Sun" (2:37)
 in stock $9.08
Fundo De Mare Palinha
Fundo De Mare Palinha (limited gatefold 10" LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: AADE 012. Rel: 10 Jul 20
 
International
Fundo De Mare Palinha (3:25)
Italiana (2:36)
Mare Lili (2:42)
Nha Antonia Engracia (2:49)
Ribera Prata (4:19)
Abole (3:27)
Review: In 1976, seven Cabo Verdean musicians going by the name Voz Di Sanicolau gathered in a small recording studio in Rotterdam where they laid down an album of fearsome coladeira songs inspired by the music of their home island of Sao Nicolau.

The album took only a few days to record, which may explain the unexpected urgency that fires each track. Treble-soaked electric guitar lines snake back and forth through percussion-and-cavaquinho driven rhythms rooted in the sound of the islands established by the previous generation of Cabo Verdean emigres; subtle keyboards wash through the background, and the vocals, traded between Joana Do Rosario and To-Ze, alternately push the music forward and soar above it. The resulting album is both deeply felt and fiercely executed, and in its grooves one hears the sound of some of the finest Cabo Verdean musicians of their era locked in complete unity of purpose.

It should have been the beginning of something extraordinary; but the pressures of making ends meet forced the musicians back to their day jobs, and Voz Di Sanicolau vanished as quickly as they had appeared, leaving their lone album, Fundo de Mare Palinha, as sole proof of their existence. Forty-four years later the album sounds as fresh as it did the day it was recorded. It is unknown if dutch sound engineer Frans Rolland, who oversaw the recordings, knew he was helping to make history: during these sessions, Joana Do Rosario, whose majestic vocals were crucial to the sound of Voz Di Sanicolau, became the first Cabo Verdean woman ever to appear on a long playing record.
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Tags: African
 in stock $24.65
Chakacha
Cat: AFR 7705. Rel: 19 Jun 20
 
International
Chakacha (4:51)
Mungwana (3:55)
 in stock $12.98
Nigeria Soul Power 70: Afro Funk Afro Rock Afro Disco
VARIOUS
Cat: SJRLP 446. Rel: 18 Oct 19
 
International
Geraldo Pino - "Shake Hands" (4:41)
Sonny Okosunds Ozziddi - "Dance Of The Elephants" (7:27)
The Wings - "We'll Get Home" (3:51)
Alhaji (Chief) Prof Kollington Ayinla - "E Ye Ika Se" (3:22)
Colomach - "Kassa Kpa Sama Kpa" (3:39)
Geraldo Pino - "Heavy Heavy Heavy" (6:24)
MFB - "Beware" (2:25)
Tony Grey & The Ozimba Messengers - "You Are The One" (7:22)
Sonny Okosuns - "Oba Erediauwa I" (6:20)
The Wings - "Single Boy" (4:02)
Geraldo Pino - "Power To The People" (5:43)
Original Wings - "Igba Alusi" (7:03)
Don Bruce & The Angels - "Sugar Baby" (6:32)
Geraldo Pino - "Africans Must Unite" (5:51)
Review: Back in 2017, Soul Jazz offered up a superb box set of seven 7" singles featuring a wealth of 1970s Nigerian afro-rock, afro-funk and afro-disco. Since then the box has been changing hands for significant sums online, so they've bowed to pressure and decided to reissue it as a gatefold double album. It features the same combination of tracks from the likes of Geraldo Pino, Tony Grey, The Wings and MFB, though this time they've been included in a different order. For those interested in raw, raucous and life-affirming Nigerian dance music from the period, it should be an essential purchase (providing, of course, they don't already own the previous box set).
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 in stock $23.36
What's Love
Cat: AFR7 711. Rel: 05 Jun 19
 
Funk
What's Love (4:43)
Joy (4:54)
 in stock $12.72
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