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Various - Brazilian Beats Box Set 8CD Artist Various
Title Brazilian Beats Box Set 8CD
Label Mr Bongo
Absolute bargain! The entire series of Brazilian Beats compilation CDs (8 in all) put together in one box set, all for roughly the price of one CD. An amazing place to start if you want to find out more about Brazilian music, but you don’t know where to start.
+ Format: Box Set
Price: £16.99


Various - Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers Too Artist Various
Title Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers Too
Label Atlantic Jaxx
Start wearing purple? Yeah go on then, if you put on this compilation and dance to the Eastern European tunes. ‘Gypsy Beats & Balkan Bangers Too’ comprises 14 tracks of Balkan beats, breaks, punk, funk, dub and ska plus two remixes courtesy of Basement Jaxx and DJ Beam Up from Melbourne.
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Price: £8.99


Various - Healing The Divide Artist Various
Title Healing The Divide
Label Anti
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Price: £10.99


Various - Lagos Shake (Tony Allen Remixes) Artist Various
Title Lagos Shake (Tony Allen Remixes)
Label Honest Jons
African legend Tony Allen remixed by the great and good of contemporary music, including Diplo, Carl Craig and Bonde Do Role. Very special.
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Price: £9.99


Various - Living Is Hard Artist Various
Title Living Is Hard (West African Music)
Label Honest Jons
West African Music in Britain from 1927 - 1929, recorded for the Zonophone label in London, compiled by the Honest Jons label.
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Price: £9.99


Various - Nigeria Disco Funk Special Artist Various
Title Nigeria Disco Funk Special
Label Soundway
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Various - Rio Baile Funk - More Favela Booty Beats Artist Various
Title Rio Baile Funk - More Favela Booty Beats
Label Essay
Daniel Haaksman’s second compilation of Baile Funk, Funk Carioca, or just Funk. Whatever you want to call it, it’s alway full-on, and always party music. This features three of the biggest Baile names:  EDU K, Bonde do Role and Deize Tigrona.

"Baile Funk is music from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Bouncing booty beats with Portuguese raps that make 50 Cent look like a wimp. Baile Funk is a reflection of Brazil’s melting pot society, merging a mixture of Funk, Miami Bass, Electro, Rap, Hip-Hop, Freestyle and Bastard Pop".

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Various - Rio Baile Funk:  Favela Booty Beats Artist Various Artists
Title Rio Baile Funk: Favela Booty Beats
Label Essay
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Various - The Sound Of Wonder! Artist Various
Title The Sound Of Wonder!
Label Finders Keepers
This is a collection of fuzzy, scuzzy, twang-happy, spaced out and funked up Urdu-grooves. Commonly, ignorantly but understandably lumped in with its wealthy not-too-distant cousin, Bollywood, Lollywood was inspired by, but often overshadowed by its posh and well-traveled relative. Following the simplistic Bombay + Hollywood = Bollywood name game (that would in later years spawn Nollywood in Nigeria), Lollywood’s Lahore based film industry was a profitable and vibrant one that found great success in the modest boundaries of its own country but was seldom savoured outside Pakistan.
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Price: £10.99


Various - Tropicalia Artist Various
Title Tropicalia: A Brasilian Revolution In Sound
Label Soul Jazz
Very nice compilation of Brazilian music, featuring some absolute classics from Brazil. Features the original version of ’A Minha Menina’ which you’ll recognise as being covered by The Bees on their first album and the slick samba-infected funk of Jorge Ben. Comes with fascinating and extensive notes which extend to a social histoy of Brazil. Highly recommended.
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Price: £11.99


Various Artists - Africa Express Presents... The Orchestra Of Syrian Musicians & Guests RSD17 Artist Various Artists (Africa Express)
Title Africa Express Presents... The Orchestra Of Syrian Musicians & Guests [RSD17]
Label Transgressive
2LP, 180 gram vinyl in heavy card sleeve. Interpretations of some well-known Western songs. Includes featured guests Damon Albarn, Bassekou Kouyate, Julia Holter, Faia Younan, Paul Weller and Rachid Taha. Led by former members of the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music.

LTD LP = 180g 2LP


+ Format: LTD LP
Price: £23.99


Various Artists - African Scream Contest Artist Various Artists
Title African Scream Contest
Label Analogue Africa

Raw & psychedelic Afro sounds from Benin & Tongo 70s. This is as funky as it gets and as unassuming as you like. The extensive booklet that comes with it is well researched and hilarious while providing detailed accounts of the era, which saw the traditional Vodun (Voodoo) music develop in to this unique brand of funk as the influence of James Brown (amongst others) filtered through the region.

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Price: £11.99


Various Artists - Funky Frauleins Artist Various Artists
Title Funky Frauleins
Label Bureau B
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Price: £12.99


Various Artists - Ghana Special: Modern High Life, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-81 Artist Various Artists
Title Ghana Special: Modern High Life, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-81
Label Soundway
Ghana in the 1970s: highlife, rock, and soul collide and merge with tradition and culture. New styles meet old styles. A new generation renews old musical customs. New fashions meet old fashions, creating new fusions. Soundway present thirty-three original and previously un-reissued tracks from the time: obscure A-sides, B-sides and album cuts that have resisted a second look until now.
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Price: £12.99


Various Artists - Give Me Love: Songs Of The Brokenhearted - Bagdad1925-1929 Artist Various Artists
Title Give Me Love: Songs Of The Brokenhearted - Bagdad1925-1929
Label Honest Dons
Give Me Love is a wondrous, deeply poignant glimpse of social living since obliterated, in which ethnicities, faiths and traditions appear woven richly and meltingly together, however precariously.
There is dance music featuring Arab folk singers from the countryside, backed by professional Jewish musicians in Iraqi styles popularly termed ’Egyptian’, and perfected in nightclubs where the first duty of the secular women singers on this album was prostititution.
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Price: £9.99


Various Artists - Haiti Vodou: The Voodoo Drums Of Haiti Artist Various Artists
Title Haiti Vodou: The Voodoo Drums Of Haiti
Label Red Eyes
Welsh record label Red Eye Music release this album of Haitian Voodoo drumming in aid of the Haiti earthquake disaster.
Recorded over two nights in down town Port Au Prince, Haiti Vodou: The Voodoo Drums of Haiti presents a raw and heated introduction to the world of Vodou drumming (the sacred rhythms of spirit possession) via authentic field recordings.
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Price: £7.99


Various Artists - Highlife Time: Nigerian & Ghanaian Sound Artist Various Artists
Title Highlife Time: Nigerian & Ghanaian Sound
Label Vampi Soul
Highlife, dance music played mostly in Ghana and Nigeria, represents one of the century’s first fusions of African roots and western music, and before 1970 it ruled dancefloors across much of West Africa. The story of West African big-band Highlife is the story of West African independence itself!
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Price: £16.99


Various Artists - Nigeria Afrobeat Special Artist Various Artists
Title Nigeria Afrobeat Special
Label Sound Way
In 1970 Fela Ransome Kuti and his nely assembled Africa 70 band tore up the Nigerian music scene, with their new afrobeat sound. Mixing highlife, funk and Nigerian mrhythms they stole the show in 1970s Nigeria and things were never the same again. Afrobeat became the rhythm all big bands had to learn how to play after the soul craze died down. Soundway present 11 tracks that represent the impact of Fela’s explosive sound on the local recording industry at the time.
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Price: £11.99


Various Artists - Nigeria Freedom Sounds! Calypso, Highlife, Juju & Apala 1960-3 Artist Various Artists
Title Nigeria Freedom Sounds! Calypso, Highlife, Juju & Apala 1960-3
Label Soul Jazz
Soul Jazz Records’ new ’Nigeria Freedom Sounds!’ compilation features a stunning selection of material spotlighting the vibrant musical scene in Nigeria at the start of the 1960s. With a wealth of musical and cultural history and newly independent from Britain, Nigerian music during this era was complex, diverse and forward-thinking, with musicians as excited in exploring their country’s own musical lineage with styles such as Juju and Apala as they were in adapting and absorbing outside influences such as Ghanaian highlife, Caribbean calypsos, mambo and more. This album features many of the defining artists of this time who helped shape the Nigerian musical scene. Artists include IK Dairo and his Blue Spots, Haruna Ishola and his Group, EC Arinze, Sammy Akpabot and His All Stars, Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers, Ganiyu Kale and His Guinea Mambo Orchestra and many more. 
The CD includes a large outsize 48-page book containing extensive sleevenotes, original photography, artist biographies, as well as selection of Nigerian adverts celebrating its independence and original artwork from some of the rare original Nigerian 45s on which this music was first (and only ever) released.
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Price: £12.99

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Price: £21.99


Various Artists - Nigeria Special  Modern Highlife Afro-sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-1976: 2cd Artist Various Artists
Title Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife Afro-sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-1976: 2cd
Label Soundway
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Price: £12.99


Various Artists - Nigeria Special: Volume 2 Artist Various Artists
Title Nigeria Special: Volume 2
Label Soundway
Nigeria 1970. Highlife, Afro-beat, Rock, Jazz & Native Blues rub shoulders and are turned out at an unprecedented level. New styles meet old styles. Newfound national confidence follows the near break-up of the nation following the Biafran war. New fashions meet old fashions, creating new fusions. Soundway present a second volume of 19 original and previously un-reissued tracks from the time. Obscure A-sides, B-sides & album cuts that have resisted a second look until now.
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Price: £11.99


Various Artists - Real World 25 Artist Various Artists
Title Real World 25
Label Real World
Beautifully packaged clamshell box with 3 CD wallets, 28 page booklet containing the story of 25 Years of Real World Records, and a collection of Real World Tales with contributions from musicians, producers, designer and managers. 48 tracks trace the history of the label - CD1 brings together tracks that have been significant highlights or ’classic’ points in the label’s history; CD2 delves deeper into the catalogue, shining a light on some tracks that beg rediscovery; the buried treasures and CD3 is the listeners’ choice - we asked people to choose their favourite Real World track.
+ Format: 3CD small
Price: £12.99


Various Artists - Rough Guide To Psychedelic Africa Artist Various Artists
Title Rough Guide To Psychedelic Africa
Label World Music Network
Far-out psychedelic-sounding rock mixed with a thick dollop of deep funk and soul was massively popular during the 1960s and 1970s in Africa. This Rough Guide features some hand-picked gems from the archive such as Victor Uwaifo and Balla Et Ses Balladins, and includes tracks by unstoppable psychedelic veterans Ebo Taylor and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, who are still releasing top-quality mind-bending grooves today.
+ Format: 2CD
Price: £7.99


Various Artists - Rough Trade Shops Africa 1 Artist Various Artists
Title Rough Trade Shops Africa 13
Label Rough Trade
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Price: £11.99


Various Artists - Sensacional Soul Vol. 2 Artist Various Artists
Title Sensacional Soul Vol. 2
Label Vampisoul
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Price: £18.99


Various Artists - Songs For Desert Refugees Artist Various Artists
Title Songs For Desert Refugees
Label Glitterhouse
’Songs For Desert Refugees’ features a superb mix of desert music, including rare or unreleased tracks by some of the world best known Touareg groups, from Mali (Tinariwen, Tamikrest, Terakaft, Tartit...), Niger (Bombino, Toumast, Etran Finatawa) or Algeria (Nabil Baly Othmani, Faris).
The music on this compilation is the sound of what the Malian deserts can be; intense, joyful, beautiful, proud, poetic and peaceful. It is dedicated to all those who are working to make it so again.
All proceeds from the sale of this CD will go to two trusted NGOs who work with refugees in Northern Mali. The first is called TAMOUDRÉ and it works with nomads in the pastures around Tessalit, scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the recent months. TAMOUDRÉ helps these nomads to make their livelihoods more prosperous and secure, socially, economically and culturally.
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Price: £12.99


Various Artists - The World Is Shaking: Cubanismo From The Congo 1954-55 Artist Various Artists
Title The World Is Shaking: Cubanismo From The Congo 1954-55
Label Honest Jons
The 5th offering of vintage recordings. Fired-up, originary African pop, conjuring the Congolese rumba from imported Latin 78s — with thumb pianos, kazoos, banjos, bottles, violins, and irresistible little songs about pimps, dope, clubbing, sex, death.
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Price: £10.99


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