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Seckou Keita - Fela Kuti

Keita, Seckou - 22 Strings / Cordes Artist Seckou Keita
Title 22 Strings / Cordes
Label Arc Music
Seckou Keita has arguably become the most influential and inspiring Kora player of his generation, an exceptional and charismatic musician, and returns with his new album 22 Strings, Seckou explores what it means to be a modern global citizen, and yet to live with seven centuries of tradition and heritage expressed through music. He gives us the kora in its purest guise, a wondrous instrument that can soothe the bloodlust of warriors and take the human spirit to a place of deep meditation, stillness and beauty.
+ Format: CD
Price: £9.99


Kidjo, Angelique - OYO Artist Angelique Kidjo
Title OYO
Label Proper
Angelique Kidjo has been deemed "Africa’s premier diva" by Time Magazine, and the moniker speaks accurately to the singular career and life she has forged. Like Miriam Makeba was before her, Kidjo is the continent’s most internationally celebrated female musical exponent. And yet, the GRAMMY-winning artist has lived outside Africa for more than two decades. On her new album, Kidjo revisits the music that was instrumental in her artistic formation in Benin, the country whose communist dictatorship she fled in the early `80s.
Although Oyo is primarily comprised of covers, the music is instantly recognizable as Kidjo’s: The first thing one hears at the outset of the album is her breathtaking voice, long-sustaining the first word of "Zelie," a song written by Bella Bellow from Togo. There are various other African songs, including "Lakutshona Llanga," a lullaby made famous by Kidjo’s hero, Miriam Makeba, and the Beninese traditional song "Atcha Houn." Many tracks reveal the prevalence of American soul and funk in the port city of Cotonou, where Kidjo grew up. She duets with John Legend and is joined by the horns of Antibalas on Curtis Mayfield’s "Move On Up," offers Yoruban interpretations of Otis Redding’s "I’ve Got Dreams to Remember" and Santana’s "Samba Pa Ti," collaborates with Diane Reeves on the Aretha Franklin hit, "Baby I Love You," and also takes on James Brown’s "Cold Sweat."
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Price: £11.99


Konkoma - Konkoma Artist Konkoma
Title Konkoma
Label Soundway
KonKoma adds a progressive edge to their rich blend of Afro-funk, jazz, soul and traditional African rhythms as well as acknowledging the 70s recordings that spawned the sound. Guitarist Alfred Bannerman, founding member of teenage afro-rock band Boombaya (featured on the Soundway compilation Ghana Special) has remained one of the mainstays of the UK’s African music scene for more than 20 years. Keyboardist Emmanuel Rentzos has been playing alongside his fellow Ghanaian since the early 1970s when he was the lead singer of the young Ghanaian outfit Santrofi’s band.
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Price: £11.99

+ Format: 2LP
Price: £15.99


Konono No.1 - Konono No.1 Meets Batida Artist Konono No.1
Title Konon No.1 Meets Batida
Label Crammed Discs
For this new album, the legendary Congolese band has joined forces with acclaimed Angolan / Portuguese artist Batida aka Pedro Coquenão. Along with producer Vincent Kenis, they convened in Batida’s garage-cum-studio in Lisbon with a series of collaborators and friends of Batida’s, reflecting the city’s vibrant, cosmopolitan music life: guitarist Papa Juju (the leader of Lisbon’s foremost Afro-fusion band Terrakota), vocalist Selma Uamusse (one of the best young African singers currently residing in Portugal) and MC AF Diaphra, a distinguished slam poet and an artist / producer in his own right.
+ Format: CD
Price: £9.99

+ Format: LP
Price: £23.99


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