African

Niafunke

Ali Farka Touré

Label World circuit Genre African Cat no. WCCT54.2

Recorded in an abandoned brick edifice located between Toure's extensive rice fields and the Sahara-bordering village of Niafunké, Mali, this is the guitarist's most purely African album ...

Black Times

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80

Released 03/02/18 Label Strut Genre African Cat no. CD-STRUT-163

Strut presents the new album from the modern day leader of Afrobeat, Seun Kuti. The youngest son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti is as incensed by injustice as his father ever was and, with ...

Released 03/02/18 Label Strut Genre African Cat no. LP-STRUT-163

Strut presents the new album from the modern day leader of Afrobeat, Seun Kuti. The youngest son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti is as incensed by injustice as his father ever was and, with ...

Temet

Imarhan

Released 02/23/18 Label City Slang Genre African Cat no. CD-SLANG-50135

Includes bonus DVD - a 50 minute documentary about Imarhan shot in Algeria by Vincent Moon. Also comes with City Slang Sampler CD.

Released 02/23/18 Label City Slang Genre African Cat no. LP-SLANG-50135

Rough Trade Exclusive with a bonus DVD - a 50 minute documentary about Imarhan shot in Algeria by Vincent Moon.

Lala Belu

Hailu Mergia

Released 02/23/18 Label Awesome Tapes From Africa Genre African Cat no. ATFA028lp

The Ethiopian keyboard and accordion maestro's first new LP since his recent career resurgence.

Released 02/23/18 Label Awesome Tapes From Africa Genre African Cat no. ATFA028cd

The Ethiopian keyboard and accordion maestro's first new LP since his recent career resurgence.

Tantabara

Tal National

Released 02/16/18 Label fat cat Genre African Cat no. FAT0149lp

Gearing up for their third album for FatCat, Tal National look back on a fertile period spent further honing their sound and touring the US several times - leaving audiences sweaty and st...

Released 02/16/18 Label fat cat Genre African Cat no. FAT0149cd

Gearing up for their third album for FatCat, Tal National look back on a fertile period spent further honing their sound and touring the US several times - leaving audiences sweaty and st...

Sounds Of Sisso

Various Artists

Released 01/18/18 Label Nyege Nyege Tapes Genre African Cat no. NNT 005LP

Pure Singeli fire from Tanzania's febrile Dar Es Salaam underground, showcasing the punkish sounds of the Sisso Records studio with a belter volley of hi-velocity missiles for Kampala, Ug...

Anambra

Ozo

Released 12/22/17 Label Isle of Jura Genre African Cat no. ISLE004

Isle Of Jura go back to 1976 to resurrect 'Anambra', the jewel in the crown of Dub, Soul & Funk outfit Ozo. 'Anambra' is something of a classic, a unique song that's slow, ritualistic...

Just U And Me

Kingsley Bucknor

Released 12/22/17 Label Left Ear Records Genre African Cat no. LER1011

Nigeria’s Kingsley Bucknor’s ‘Just U and Me’ LP gets the long-awaited reissue treatment from Melbourne’s Left Ear Records. After cutting his teeth playing with Fela in the 70’s and releas...

Pantsula! - The Rise Of Electronic Dance Music In South Africa 1988-1990

Various Artists

Released 12/22/17 Label Rush Hour Genre African Cat no. RHMC 003

Late 80s South African dance floor winners only! Selected by DJ Okapi and Antal, the compilation holds tracks by Jivaro, The Hard Workers, Ayobayo Band, S.Y.B. & many more. This is th...

Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds 1974 - 75

Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds

Released 12/15/17 Label Analog Africa Genre African Cat no. AALP 084LP

180 gram vinyl with 8 page booklet.

Box Set 4 Curated By Erykah Badu

Fela Kuti

Released 12/15/17 Label Knitting Factory Genre African Cat no. A 14005

Includes 20-page full-color booklet featuring: seven personal essays written by Erykah Badu, seven in-depth commentaries by veteran music journalist and Afrobeat historian, Chris May; song lyrics; and never before published photos of Fela Kuti • 16x24” Poster designed by Nigerian artist Lemi Ghariokwu.

Rough Guide To Sahara Blues

Various Artists

Released 12/13/17 Label Rough Guides Genre African Cat no. rgnet1325lp

The nomadic peoples of the Sahara are the original creators of the much loved desert blues. This Rough Guide explores its deep connections with American blues whilst searching the shiftin...

Wait..No Hurry

Grotto

Released 12/06/17 Label Odion Livingstone Genre African Cat no. LIVST 004LP

First official reissue of Nigerian Boogie Disco Grail LP produced by Grotto for EMI Nigeria and originally released in 1978. Contains dance classic‘Bad city Girl’. Liner notes by Nigerian...

Eghass Malan

Les Filles De Illighadad

Released 12/01/17 Label Sahel Sounds Genre African Cat no. SS 044

The female led avant rock group hailing from the village of the same name bring their new genre of Tuareg guitar mixed with traditional rural folk. Versed in tradition, FATOU SEIDI GHALI ...

Iganga Embaire

Mugwisa International Xylophone Group

Released 12/01/17 Label On The Corner Genre African Cat no. OTCR12007

The long-awaited Mugwisa originals are on their way. Recorded and simmered by Sam Jones in Iganga, Uganda. This off-the-grid masterpiece is a unique recording of the embaire, 12-person xy...

Murder By Contract

Various Artists

Released 12/01/17 Label Aziza Disques (Spain) Genre African Cat no. AZIZA 002LP

Garage, psych, and prog! A deep exploration of the vast archives of all across Africa for a series of selections of dynamite fusions that have barely been assembled together previously, s...

Air Africa

Various Artists

Released 12/01/17 Label Aziza Disques (Spain) Genre African Cat no. AZIZA 001LP

Afro beat & soul! A deep exploration of the vast archives of music all across Africa, for a series of compilations composed of dynamite fusions that have not been assembled together p...

Dounia Tabolo

Boubacar Traore

Released 11/17/17 Genre African Cat no. 762502

On his new album, Dounia Tabolo, Boubacar Traoré has decided to bring in musicians from the Southern States of the USA he had met on tour: Cedric Watson on violin and washboard, and Corey...

Amajovi Jovi

Sandy B

Released 11/17/17 Label INVISIBLE CITY EDITIONS Genre African Cat no. ICE 013

Invisible City returns with the hotly anticipated reissue of Amajovi Jovi by Durban’s O.G. kwaito giant, Sandy B. Originally self-released on cassette and a white label 12”, rumour has it...

The Rough Guide To The Music Of West Africa

Various Artists

Released 11/17/17 Label World Music Network Genre African Cat no. CD-RGNET-1351

This Rough Guide illuminates the fullest-fattest cream of West African music that has passed through the doors of Riverboat Records HQ over the last twenty-five years. Featuring tracks by...

Lamomali

Toumani Diabate / Sidiki Diabate

Released 11/15/17 Label Wagram Music Genre African Cat no. 3345692

180 Gram Vinyl with CD Version.

Original Sound Of Burkino Fasso

Various Artists

Released 11/10/17 Label Mr Bongo Genre African Cat no. MRBG152.2

The Original Sound of Burkina Faso follows the hugely successful The Original Sound of Mali compilation released in March this year, also on Mr. Bongo. Here we have a collection of songs ...

Nigeria 70 Volume One - The Definitive Story of 1970s Funky Lagos

Various Artists

Released 11/03/17 Label Strut Genre African Cat no. strut044lp

Triple Vinyl Set with 2CD plus DVD.

Hope

Hugh Masekela

Released 11/03/17 Label Analogue Productions Genre African Cat no. A 80006 A

Double 200 gram vinyl.

Alone

Diron Animal

Released 10/27/17 Label Soundway Genre African Cat no. SDWY123.1

Debut solo album from the ever-energetic Diron Animal, lead singer of the band Throes + The Shine. Born and raised in the ghettos of Cazenga in the Angolan capital of Luanda, the Portugal...

Bian Kou

NST Cophie's

Released 10/27/17 Label Kalita Genre African Cat no. KALITA12001

Big first release from new label Kalita Records! A 180 gram 12" of three of the best cuts taken from NST Cophie’s 1980 private press Ivory Coast Afro-disco ‘Mon’Da Center’ album.

Last Band Standing

Orchestre Les Mangelepa

Released 10/20/17 Label Strut Genre African Cat no. LP-STRUT-159

Comprising Congolese musicians who settled in Kenya, Les Mangelepa helped drive the East African evolutionary spur of one of the greatest musical artforms, African rumba, during the 1970s...

Bafana Bafana

Professor Rhythm

Released 10/20/17 Label Awesome Tapes From Africa Genre African Cat no. ATFA027CD

Professor Rhythm is the production moniker of South African music man Thami Mdluli. Throughout the 1980's, Mdluli was member of chart-topping groups Taboo and CJB, playing bubblegum pop t...

Released 10/20/17 Label Awesome Tapes From Africa Genre African Cat no. ATFA027LP

Professor Rhythm is the production moniker of South African music man Thami Mdluli. Throughout the 1980's, Mdluli was member of chart-topping groups Taboo and CJB, playing bubblegum pop t...

Inye

Itadi

Released 10/18/17 Label Hot Casa Genre African Cat no. HC 052LP

Recorded in the beginning of the 80's and self-produced by Itadi in 1983 , this obscure album contained deep soul and controversial rare grooves backed by the 5 band members called the “A...

Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra

Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra

Released 10/18/17 Label glitterbeat Genre African Cat no. GB 035LP

Spearheaded by the legendary Afrobeat / Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, the Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra rose out of Allen's 2014 visit to Haiti where he collaborated with some of th...

Afro Rock Volume 1

Various Artists

Released 10/13/17 Label Strut Genre African Cat no. strut59lp

Afro Rock Volume 1 is one of the most important compilations of heavy original '70s afro funk and soul to be released in recent years. Originally surfacing on Duncan Brooker's Indie Kona ...

Why Did We Stop Growing Tall?

Abatwa (the Pygmy)

Released 10/04/17 Label glitterbeat Genre African Cat no. GB 049LP

The Abatwa ("pygmy") are one of Africa's most endangered peoples. This album -- produced by Ian Brennan (Hanoi Masters (GB 021CD/LP), Zomba Prison Project, Tinariwen) -- is a stunning, sp...

Don't Sleep: Omutibo From Rural Kenya

Various Artists

Released 09/29/17 Label Mississippi Genre African Cat no. MRP 112

A compilation of uniquely Kenyan acoustic guitar songs, recorded in the homes and yards of Luhya musicians. In 2016, Cyrus Moussavi set out to learn the origins of Omutibo, a playing styl...

Furaha Weyne Gita

George Mukabi

Released 09/29/17 Genre African Cat no. MRP 111

An almost mythical giant of African guitar, whose reinvention of acoustic fingerstyle quickly spread from western Kenya throughout East Africa, before his tragic death in 1963. Spellbindi...

La Confusion

Amadou and Mariam

Released 09/29/17 Label BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE) Genre African Cat no. BEC 5543141

Comes with CD version of the album.

Released 09/22/17 Label BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE) Genre African Cat no. BEC 5543140

The album includes the hit single Bofou Safou, which Stereogum calls "the funk, the whole funk, and nothing but the funk." The term bofou safou is a Bambara (Malian national language) nic...

Arbina

Noura Mint Seymali

Released 09/22/17 Label glitterbeat Genre African Cat no. GB 038LP

A full blown sandstorm of hypnotic grooves, melding traditional Mauritanian instruments, like the ardine and tidinite, within an electrified psychedelic rock band" --The Quietus. The 2014...

Abbar el Hamada

Aziza Brahim

Released 09/22/17 Label glitterbeat Genre African Cat no. GB 031LP

Western Saharan musician and activist Aziza Brahim's second solo album, Abbar el Hamada (Across the Hamada), is a commanding and compassionate musical statement about, and for, the tumult...

Kin Sonic

Jupiter and Okwess International

Released 09/22/17 Label glitterbeat Genre African Cat no. GB 050LP

With their second album, Kin Sonic, Jean-Pierre Bokondji aka Jupiter and his band Okwess transcend the Congo's unexplored musical heritage and dive into a pool of modernity. It's a work o...

Kabasa

Kabasa

Released 09/22/17 Label Sharp Flat Genre African Cat no. SF03

Their debut was an evocation of ancestral spirit and a call for cultural unity wrapped in the infectious veneer of boisterous bass pops, thick power chords and dreamy Roland synthesizers....

Bosq Meets Poly Rythmo Uptown

Orchestre PolyRythmo

Released 09/22/17 Label Sol Power Sound Genre African Cat no. SOLPS006

For over 40 years Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou has combined traditional Beninese music with soul, funk, afrobeat, rhumba and Cuban rhythms to create this infectious sound…Hailing from...

Electric Africa

Manu Dibango

Released 09/22/17 Label Tidal Wave Music Genre African Cat no. TWM10

One of Manu’s strongest albums. His deep growl of a honey and sandpaper voice and the energetic honk of his saxophone merge with the seamless samples and the myriad hand percussion and ov...

The Source

Tony Allen

Released 09/15/17 Label RTuk Genre African Cat no. 5768336

Tony Allen has just seen a childhood dream come true. He even says that when he made The Source (his opus number twelve in the discography), it was the best recording in his whole life. T...

Ladilikan

Trio Da Kali And Kronos Quartet

Released 09/15/17 Label World circuit Genre African Cat no. WCCT93.1

Together the Kronos Quartet and Trio Da Kali have created an album that is rich in texture, hauntingly melodic and strikingly inventive as violins, viola and cello combine with balafon, n...

Released 09/15/17 Label World circuit Genre African Cat no. WCCT93.2

Together the Kronos Quartet and Trio Da Kali have created an album that is rich in texture, hauntingly melodic and strikingly inventive as violins, viola and cello combine with balafon, n...

Sousoume Tamachek

Mdou Moctar

Released 09/01/17 Label Sahel Sounds Genre African Cat no. SS 043 LP

Music for desert picnics. Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar delves into his more sensitive side with a minimal studio recording of dreamy ballads. Thumping calabash, droning guitars, and vocal...

Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa

Various Artists

Released 08/25/17 Label Ostinato Genre African Cat no. l-ost003

Double LP / 16-page LP booklet

Released 08/25/17 Label Ostinato Genre African Cat no. cd-ost003

Double CD / 32-page CD booklet

Bayanyonyoba

Senyaka

Released 08/24/17 Label Rush Hour Genre African Cat no. RH RSS 23

Two South African mastercuts by the legendary Senyaka Kekana. The unexpected deep house jam "Bayanyonyoba (1993)" and the illustrious soul song "Don't Judge Me Bad (1987)" are big RH favo...