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  • Ethiopia Super Krar Ethiopia Super Krar Quick View

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    Ethiopia Super Krar

    Ethiopia Super Krar is the debut album by London-based Ethiopian band, The Krar Collective. The group is steadily making waves at festivals and venues in the UK, headed by the trio: Temesegen Zeleke (a former pupil of the Ethio-jazz veteran Mulatu Astatke) on krar, Robel Tesfaye on traditional Ethiopian kebero drums, and singer-dancer Genet Assefa.

    Inspired by the rich cultural diversity of Ethiopia, a land steeped in history of 80 different language and ethnic groups, The Krar Collective is, of course, all about the krar - a six-stringed harp-like instrument, tuned to a pentatonic scale that is characteristic of Ethiopian and Eritrean music. The krar is often played by singer-poets called azmari, similar to the west African griot, the Italian cantautore or British bard. The lyre itself is an ancient instrument that originated in the Nile River and spread across north and eastern Africa, Europe and Asia. Today the krar is used both as an acoustic, bass and electric instrument, and paired up to compliment the electric guitar.

    Ethiopia Super Krar is rooted in tradition but remains undisputedly fresh. The tracks were recorded to tape on an original 1960s 24-track reel-to-reel machine, which lends a live quality to the recording. Zeleke describes their sound as "Ethiopian traditional music with a rocky edge. Someone called us 'the White Stripes of Ethiopia' cos we just have drums and six strings".

    Rhythmically hypnotic, melodic, bluesy and upbeat, the Krar Collective have got us all shaking our shoulders to the ancient sounds of the krar.

    1. Guragigna
    2. Oromigna
    3. Ambassel
    4. Wello
    5. Konso
    6. Mr Astatke
    7. Ete-mete
    8. Welaita
    9. Tizita
    10. Ende Eyerusalem
    Krar Collective
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Tanner Suite Tanner Suite Quick View

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    Tanner Suite

    Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound is releasing the third album from deep jazz flautist and composer Lloyd McNeill (alongside the earlier 'Asha' and 'Washington Suite'). Tanner Suite is one of the most beautiful and by far the rarest of all of McNeill's records. A unique piece of music especially commissioned by the Smithsonian National Gallery Of Art in the late 1960s, to accompany an exhibition of the work of Henry Ossawa Tanner, the first African-American painter ever to gain international success. Tanner Suite was originally released in 1969 as a private, individually numbered pressing of 1000 copies on McNeill's own Asha Record company and has never been issued since. Lloyd McNeill is a flautist, composer and painter. As a musician he studied with Eric Dolphy, played with Nina Simone, Mulatu Astatke, Nana Vasconceles, Ron Carter, Dom um Romao and Sabu Martinez. In the mid-1960s McNeill headed to Paris and became friends with Pablo Picasso.
    1. Black Expatriate
    2. Tanner Suite
    3. Daniel In The Lion's Den
    4. The Banjo Lesson
    Lloyd McNeill & Marshall Hawkins
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads & Dirges 1968-1974 (Out Of Stock) Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads & Dirges 1968-1974 (Out Of Stock) Quick View


    Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads & Dirges 1968-1974 (Out Of Stock)

    This compilation introduces a new direction for Now-Again Records and its owner, producer and famed crate-digger Egon. With the same detailed, no-stone-unturned approach he used for Deep Funk
    (The Funky 16 Corners, Cold Heat), he tackles beat-heavy global psychedelia with Forge Your Own Chains.

    "Those of us birthed into record collecting by the Hip Hop midwife revered Jimi Hendrix as well as James Brown. We searched for albums by Mulatu Astatke and Power of Zeus with the same fervor," Egon writes in his introduction to the comp.

    Forge Your Own Chains showcases music from all corners of the world: Colombia, Nigeria, Sweden, South Korea, Thailand and Iran. The focus - in keeping with Now-Again's tradition - is on melody, driving rhythms and accessibility. Not one song is included on this compilation because it is from a "rare" album. Certainly, many of these songs do spring from albums that exchange hands for many thousands of dollars and many of these songs have never seen reissue. But these songs are all beautiful in their own right and work to form a coherent album.

    Psychedelic records, long the mainstay of older, grizzled collectors and seemingly quaint, are, in the hands of Egon and those of his generation, giving up new ghosts. And, with comps like Forge Your Own Chains, inspiring new investigations into our not so distant (and still very much alive) musical past.

    Side One

    1. Song Of A Sinner - Top Drawer
    2. How Great Thou Art - Sensational Saints
    3. It's Not Easy - Ofege

    Side Two

    1. Smiling Faces Sometimes - East Of Underground
    2. Forge Your Own Chains - D.R. Hooker
    3. Twilight - Shin Jung Hyun
    4. Hajm-E Khaali - Kourosh Yaghmaei

    Side Three

    1.Let Your Life Be Free - T. Zxhiew & The Johnny
    2. Two To Make A Pair - The Strangers
    3. Don't You Feel Me? - Damon
    4. Strawberry Rain - Ellison
    5. Who Can I Say You Are? - Morly Grey

    Side Four

    1. Don't Let It Get You Down - Shadrack Chameleon
    2. Nina Nana - Ana Y Jaime
    3. Somebody's Calling My Name -Baby Grandmothers

    Various Artists
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • Make The Road By Walking (Out Of Stock) Make The Road By Walking (Out Of Stock) Quick View


    Make The Road By Walking (Out Of Stock)

    The Menahan Street Band is a collaboration of musicians from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, El Michels Affair, Antibalas and the Budos Band, brought together by musician/producer Thomas Brenneck (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Budos Band, Amy Winehouse) to record hits in the bedroom of his Menahan St. apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. With influences reaching beyond the funk/soul/afrobeat architecture of their own projects with the more ethereal realms of Curtis Mayfield and Mulatu Astatke, the Menahan Street Band creates a unique new instrumental soul sound that is as raw as it is lush.
    1. Make the Road by Walking
    2. Tired of Fighting
    3. Home Again!
    4. Montego Sunset
    5. Karina
    6. Traitor
    7. Contender
    8. Birds
    9. Esma
    10. Going the Distance [From Rocky]
    Menahan Street Band
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • Africa: 50 Years Of Music (Box Set) (Out Of Stock) Africa: 50 Years Of Music (Box Set) (Out Of Stock) Quick View


    Africa: 50 Years Of Music (Box Set) (Out Of Stock)

    Includes 30-Page Book

    When the 18-CD boxed set entitled Africa: 50 Years of Music was released last year, the acclaim was loud, hearty and near-unanimous. Monumental, declared the New York Times. Incredible, exclaimed The Nation. National Public Radio described it as a delightful and dizzying panorama and Pitchfork recommended it as an invaluable addition to anyones music library. The Chicago Reader found it the most important compilation of African pop ever assembled. Rolling Stone gave it 4½ stars and the 25th annual fRoots Critics Poll named it Best Compilation of the Year.

    Now comes the vinyl edition: 5 LPs enclosed in a deluxe box with a lavishly illustrated 32-page book, featuring historic recordings by E.T. Mensah, Salif Keita, Orchestre Baobab, Mulatu Astatke, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, Ali Farka TourÉ, Africando, Konono No. 1 and 22 other great African artists.

    LP 1

    1. ET Mensah - Ghana Freedom (1956) - Ghana
    2. Geraldo Pino heavy heavy heavy (1970) Sierra Leone
    3. Prince Nico Mbarga Sweet Mother (1976) - Nigeria
    4. Orchestra Baobab Jin Ma Jin Ma (1978) Senegal
    5. Africando, Yay Boy (1994) - Senegal
    6. Mamadou Barry, NNiyo (2009) Guinea

    LP 2
    1. Salif Keita, Mandjou (1978) - Mali
    2. Ismael Lô, Tadieu Bone (1984) - Senegal
    3. Ali Farka TourÉ, Dofana (1992) - Mali
    4. Amadou & Mariam, Baara, (1998) - Mali
    5. Rokia TraorÉ, Mbifo (2003) - Mali

    LP 3
    1. Letta Mbulu, Welele (1968) South Africa
    2. Stella Chiwese, Paite Rima (2002) - Zimbabwe
    3. The Four Brothers, Makorokoto (1988) - Zimbabwe
    4. Super Mama Djombo - Dissan Na M'Bera Guinea Bissau
    5. Thomas Mapfumo, Shumba (2006) - Zimbabwe
    6. Hip Hop Pantsula, O Mang (2004) - Bostwana

    LP 4
    1. Bonga, Mulemba Xangola (2000) Angola
    2. Luis Morais, Boas Festas (1967) Cape Verde

    3. Tony Von, NHoca (69-75) Angola
    4. Artur Nunes, Kisua Ki Ngui Fua (69-75) Angola
    5. Alemayehu Eshete, Feqer Feqer New (1969) - Ethiopia
    6. Mulatu Astatqe, Yegelle Tezeta (1972) Ethiopia
    7. Slim Ali & The Hodi Boys, Sweet Mother (1977) Kenya

    8. Poly Rythmo, SÉmassa ZÉro + ZÉro (1983) - Benin

    LP 5
    1. Andre Mari Tala, Hot Koki (1975) - Cameroun
    2. Francis Bebey, la Condition Masculine (1976) - Cameroun

    3. Bebe Manga, Ami O (1981) - Cameroun
    4. Maitre Gazonga, Jaloux Saboteurs (1984) - Tchad
    5. Konono n°1, Paradiso (2004) Republic of Congo

    Various Artists
    Vinyl LP Box Set - 5 LPs Temporarily out of stock
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