Tuesday, September 4, 2012

King Sunny Ade - Explosion!

This is very nice. Please enjoy this great LP by the master himself, Sunny Ade. Much Love,


Face A
01  Kirakira
02  Oro Agba
03  Iya Mi (My Mother)
04  Iwa Ni Ka Tun Se
05  Maa Gbure

Face B
01  Owo Genge
02  Aja To Nle 'Koko
03  Anjuwon O See Wi
04  Nwon Nbinu
05  Lara Won Lo Wa

1984 - Sunny Alade Records (SALPS 40)

Agwa Brothers Band - Ndi Nwere EGo

This is some very nice, deep Igbo Highlife. I love this sound -- the heavy guitars slightly out of tune, with rhythms pounding in the background while Apollo is singing his heart out.  Much Love,


Agwa Brothers Band
Led by Apollo Mgboji

Face A
01  Ndi Nwere Ego
02  Anamana Anyi Eze

Face B
01  Nkem Akolam
02  Onye Uwa

1986 - Ephraimike Records (EMLP 1)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Laba "Sosseh" in U.S.A - Salsa Africana Vol. 1

Nothing really quite get me going than African musicians playing Latin tunes. Personally, I can't get enough of this rhythm, hope you will enjoy. Much Love,


Face A
01  Micorason
02  Ade - Ade

Face B
01  BoniBoni
02  Yatinama
03  Sitierra

1980 - Sacodis (LS-26)
Ivory Coast

Indestructible Beat of Soweto Vol. 1, 2, & 3 - Various Artists

I've been siting on this post for quite some time. Here is the first three albums in the series called the Indestructible Beat of Soweto. I am not positive but I think that these are the only volumes in this series released on vinyl.

For the most part, the artists sampled on these compilations are of South African nationality, Soweto being an abbreviation for South Western Townships. This area of Johannesburg has had quite a bit of dealings during apartheid and contributed to the nations history of black/white society integration.

See Soweto Uprising

Anyways-- aside from the album art of these albums being completely radical, the artists represented here are tremendous. Most of the music is Mbaqanga, the style that had an important part of peaking my interested in African music.

I hope you all will enjoy this three part post, for these LPs are some of my most prized possessions even thought monetarily they are not worth a lot. The music on these albums is pulsing with fire from the souls of people who, during difficult times, pursued happiness through the sounds of music. Much Love,


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Bossa Nova Mix

As it continues to rain here, I thought that I nice mix would be appropriate. Hope you appreciate Bossa Nova as much as I do. Much Love,


Friday, August 17, 2012

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Masquerade

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Masquerade

What is this!

Mr. Mendes is masquerading around as different bands. Myself--having been mesmerized by the sounds of his album Quiet Nights--not knowing much about the guy, picked up Masquerade not really knowing what to expect. What I do grasp is that this is an album of cover-songs. Tracklist and alternative download can be found here.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

King De Doga & His Super Sound of Africa - Rapu Nwa Agbochobia Ka Onuodi

Very nice and upbeat Igbo Highlife album by King De Doga. By the way he dresses I can assume he enjoys the perks of the glamorous, kingly lifestyle of being an Nigerian highlife musician. Hope you like. Keeping looking for more posts in the near future.

Face A
01  Rapu Nwa Agobghobia Ka Onuodi

Face B
01  Ndi Na Azo Ani
02  Udo Ka Mma
03  Anoliefo Special 

Unknown year - EMI Records (NEMI LP 0686)

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sipho Mabuse - Chant of the Marching

Sipho gives me such a good feeling I decided to post another of his works. This LP is solid all the way through, great dance tracks, great production. Being released in 1989 and given Sipho's South African ties, it is heavy with anti-apartheid tones. Excellent album.

I always recommend Sipho to fans of Paul Simon's Graceland. I am not sure how he contributed to the album but Sipho Mabuse is granted a "Special Thanks" credit on Graceland.

Face A
01  Jika Jive
02  Chant
03  Refugee
04  Celebration

Face B
01  Room of Horror
02  Taxi Driver
03  Township Child
04  Kululani Umandela (Free Mandela)
05  Mama

1989 - Virgin Records Ltd.
California, U. S. A.

Sipho Hot Stix Mabuse - Burn Out 12" 1984

This is very different from my previous posts because this is dance album.  Sipho Mabuse hails from Johannesburg, South Africa. "Jive Soweto" (Face B 02) was the first song I heard which is featured on the album Jive Soweto: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto Vol. 4 which is part of a great Mbaqanga music series I will be posting in the future. Otherwise, this 4-track album features great dance songs that I know you will surely love.

Also features the great Steve Kekana on ad lib vocals on Burn Out (Face A 01). 

Face A
01  Burn Out
02  Break Dance

Face B
01  Jive Soweto
02  Zanzibar

1984 - Columbia (Gallo Records)
New York, U. S. A.

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Prince Sparrows Band 1978

Face A
01  Man Tire for Death
02  Owuo Ye Ya
03  Hwe Nea Ma Wie

Face B
01  Christian
02  Sweet Jesus

1978 - Rogers All Stars

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Amala Dede Okoh & his United Brothers Band of Nigeria - Uma Abavo Alua

Ika/Bini Highlife

Face A
01  Abavo Alua
02  Meyelele

Face B
01  Omonzeghian
02  Omon-riotiomwan

1985 - Omijie Records

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey and His International Bros. - The Horse The Man and His Son?

One of my favorite sleeves. Ebenezer Obey is a family man and he sure does love his animals, and his kids.

This is a nice Yoruba/Juju record by a prominent African artist, this is one out of very large discography, the entire of which can be found here. Please enjoy.

The Horse The Man and His Son?

Face A: 19.24
01  Ko Sogbon To Le Da
02  Baba Oni Ketekete
03  Ile Aiye Fun Igba Die Ni

Face B: 19.50
01  Eni Ri Nkan He
02  Agba Ilu Mo Juba
03  Eso Pele
04  Ere Ni Tiwa
05  Tani Ngo Ro Temi Fun
06  Igba Nba Jo

1973 - Decca WAPS 98

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

King Sunny Ade and His African Beats - Searching For My Love

King Sunny Ade (Golden Mercury of Africa)
and His African Beats

Searching for My Love

Face A: 18.53
01  I'm searching for my love
02  She loves me
03  Oh dear
04  I found my love

Face B: 18.36
01  Igbagbo mi duro
02  Ore ti afinu han
03  Ronu koto sebi
04  Chief Aderibigbe Shitta
05  Alhaji Muyideen Agunbiade

1980 - Sunny Alade Records

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Monday, July 2, 2012

E. T. Mensah and His Tempos Band - Mensah's African Rhythms

Face A: 
01  Medzi Medzi
02  Abodzin
03  Daavi Loloto
04  Save Me
05  Bibiara Wone Bre
06  Mee Bei Obaaba

Face B:
01  205
02  Kaa No Wa
03  Senorita
04  Gbee Bleo
05  Day By Day
06  1914

1969 - Decca

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Great Ojo and His Noble Band - Ibuovbiye

Face A:
01  Ibuovbiye
02  Igoba

Face B:
01  Oh Nigeria
02  Ojo

1990 - Matts Records (Polygram)

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley - Self Titled

Face A:
01  Adwoa Amissah
      Ehuruw A Whewhe Beebi Kɔtɔ
      No Place Like Amsamansudo

Face B: 
01  Anoma A ɔnkeye Dwie
      Black Man's Redemption 
      Akokɔ Ba 

1989 - Simigwa Records

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe and His Nigerian Sound Makers International - Chief Stephen Osadebe 77 Vol. 1

Face 1:
01  Uche Chukwu Geme
02  Ogo Di Nkpa

Face 2:
01  People's Club Odogwu

1977 -African Records

Ashanti Brothers Band - Wo Yכnko Da Ne Wo Da

Face A:
01  Wo Yכonko Da Ne Wo Da
02  כkwaadwe Foכ
03  Mo Ma Yɛnyɛ Odכ
04  Love

Face B:
01  Medley
      Opɛ Yedi No Odכ... כopn Kכkככkכ... Gyina
      Nkwanta Hwehwɛ Me Dear Anoma A כrekכ
      Kaa Bi Reba
02  M'anu Meho

1976 - Philips West African Records

Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa/Lily 7"

Face A  Soul Makossa
Face B  Lily

1972 - Fiesta Records

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Track list:
01 Festival Shiriken Opening Song - L'ecole de Abecétané
02 Adounia - Alkkibar Gignor
03 Je vous aime zaime zaime - Francis Bebey
04 Bebo me nkomo - Atakora Manu
05 Usatambe Nenyoka - Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited
06 Lion is Burning - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
07 Koneh Pehlawo Beh - Sooliman Rogie
08 Afro Disco Beat - Tony Allen
09 Akulalwa Soweto - The Mgababa Queens
10 Thokoile - Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens
11 Ma j'aiye oni, Alhaji Bo... - King Sunny Adé and his African Beats
12 Adwoa - Gydeu Blay Ambolley