Sterns Music has one of the largest online catalogues of World Music: African Music, Latin Music, Brazilian Music, Indian Music, etc. Available on CD, cassette, LP and video. As well as books on the subject. You can also play MP3 samples online
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Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako 26 July 2014
Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako1975 - 77
Double CD / download
Release date July 2014
In 1969 an ambitious army lieutenant, a key member of the new junta which had seized power only the previous year, decided that a band was needed to entertain customers at the Motel De Bamako, then a popular venue set in the shade of mango trees on the banks of the river Niger. With his patronage, a group coalesced and in 1972 it attracted guitarist Kanté Manfila, followed a year later by perhaps its most famous member, Salif Keita. The band took its job seriously. It is with great pleasure that Sterns are able to present this compilation of specially mastered recording from 1975 - 1977, when the band was at its peak and in residence at the Motel de Bamako.
2 out of 5 27 April 2014
CrioloDuas de Cinco
Limited edittion 10" white vinyl
Release date April 2014
Originally released for Record Store Day 2014 this special limited 10" white numbered vinyl is the first new music from Criolo since the release of the acclaimed album Nó na Orelha.
Mayra Andrade returns 14 April 2014
Mayra AndradeLovely Difficult
Release date April 2014
Recorded entirely in Brighton, with deft touches from British soul legend, Omar, and guitar and percussion by long-time Cape Verdean collaborators Kim Alves and Zé Luis Nascimento, Lovely Difficult is Mayra's 4th album. Singing in Cape-Verdean Creole, Portuguese, French and English Lovely Difficult mirrors her peripatetic upbringing whilst flirting playfully with a more pop sound. But die-hard fans need not worry as Mayra still evokes the seductive morna of Cape Verde which she is fêted for.
'It's your summer soundtrack' (The Sunday Times)
Get your funk on! 14 April 2014
My Vote Dey Count
CD / Download / limited edittion LP
Release date April 2014
The follow-up to 2010's Afrobeast finds Yaaba Funk maturing their high energy modern highlife-meets-afrobeat signature sound. Confident drums and percussion propel Yaaba Funk's dual vocal delivery as afrobeat horn sections stab off the beat making the infectious beat downright contagious. My Vote Dey Count covers all aspects of this Ghanaian focussed collective, with social politics never far from the surface, and a solid dose of African funk, it all comes together to form the unique and powerful sound which is ... Yaaba Funk!
'solid and confident, with musical wit and drive' (fRoots)
'far more accomplished and engaging album than anything recently released by the legendary Kuti clan' **** (Songlines)
'The Brixton 10-piece's second album packs a punch from the off' ****(Independent)
We got the Sudanese blues 26 March 2014
CD / Download
Release date March 2014
Backed by double bass, acoustic guitar and percussion, and with only the lightest of touches from other guest musicians, Amira Kheir continues to develop and refine her unique interpretation of the Sudanese tradition. In the spirit of the album's title, the desert, her sound is clear and ascetic, recorded in the acoustically beautiful space of the Union Chapel, London, it is a true and honest reflection of Amira's own compelling live performances. Her music might be set in the wide open spaces of Alsahraa, but here its impact is intimate and personal.
Le Grand Kallé 25 March 2014
Joseph KabaseleLe Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music
Release date 14 Oct 2014
The world has taken many things from the Congo... the only thing given and received with honest pleasure has been music.
Joseph Kabasele or the Grand Kallé, as he was known to his fellow musicians, his fans and even to Heads of State lies at the very centre of the great mosaic that is African popular music. Without him the picture would be unrecognisable.
Kabasele led Orchestre African Jazz, the seminal Congolese rumba band which included the preeminent guitarist of the time, Dr Nico, the singer and songwriter Tabu Ley Rochereau and the saxophonist Manu Dibango. In the turbulent times before and after Congo's independence in 1960, Kallé and his band were the most influential in Africa, and today their sound is still a key foundation upon which its popular music is built.
Sequenced chronologically and featuring recordings, some taken from shellac and vinyl that have been unavailable for decades, together with Kabaseles most famous works, this double album features a 104-page book in both English and French. Eloquently written, well-illustrated and insightfully researched with lyric excerpts translated from the original languages, it reveals the man, his music and its context as never before.
Finally, Le Grand Kallé receives the testament he's always deserved.
¡Viva! Africando 24 September 2013
Africando 24 September 2014
CD / Download
Mastermind producer Ibrahima Sylla and arranger Boncana Maïga return with the continent crossing salsa supergroup Africando.p> Africandos 8th studio album, this is the first not recorded primarily in New York. This time the Africando masterminds, producer Ibrahima Sylla and arranger Boncana Maïga, bring New Yorks top Latin musicians led by pianist Oscar Hernandez to Paris. There they reunite with the groups vocal stars, Medoune Diallo, Sékouba Bambino, Amadou Ballaké and Shoubou, along with distinguished guest singers from diverse African and American countries, singing, all told, in 10 different languages.
But whatever the language, with Africando its always classic big-band salsa salsa dura the hottest Afro-Latin style. That dedication to a golden sound is brought home in the album finale, a tribute to Africando by the great contemporary American champions of classic salsa, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, featuring Ray de la Paz. ¡Viva!
Titina Sings the Songs of Cape Verde Legend 17 July 2013
Titina Canta B.Leza
CD / Download
Release date 10 September 2013
A landmark Cape Verdean album, re-mastered and re-packaged to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
In the cosy Creole town of Mindelo in Cape Verde, Titina used to wake each morning to follow the smell of fresh corn bread and coffee which would lead her to her neighbouring house and to the bewitching chords of its owner, legendary Cape Verdean composer, poet and activist B. Leza (1905 1958). Produced and arranged by Paulino Vieira who also produced and arranged for Cesaria Evora, the album Titina Canta B. Leza was immediately applauded as a classic by her fellow Cape Verdeans and sold out many times over upon its initial release, and then again when it was re-issued upon CD. Now we hope this definitive edition, prepared by Astral Music in partnership with Titina, will be with us for a long time to come and help seal the gap that the many years of it being unavailable have created. Today it has been 25 years since Titina recorded these songs and like her music, the islands of Cape Verde are also becoming better known, not just for their sunny climate but because of icons such as B. Leza who gave them their sound. As these sounds made their way to seduce across the world, it is B. Leza who lead this great voyage and Titina who lent her voice to his magnetic and inspiring songs.
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Listen to a track from the album
Mazembe @ 45rpm 19 March 2013
Orchestra Super Mazembe
Mazembe @ 45rpm
CD / Download
Release date 1 April 2013
In 1975, Orchestra Super Mazembe finally arrived in Nairobi having left Zaïre some 5 years before. Their first years were lean, but in 1977 they scored a huge hit with the single Kassongo, and from that point on their fortunes lay in East Africa. They were incredibly productive; by 1984 they had released 42 singles under the Editions Mazembe imprint alone, and they toured relentlessly. This crucial selection from the late 1970s of one of the most successful of all East African dance orchestras gathers together some of Mazembe's most popular 45rpm singles which have never before been released on CD.
'Earthmovingly glorious East African gem' (fRoots April 2013)
Classic bands from Mali 15 February 2013
Mali MusicLegendary Bands of Mali
Release date 15 Februay 2013
In 1988 we released our first compilation to showcase some of the great national and regional bands of Mali. It was taken from albums recorded by the German label Bärenreiter-Musicaphon for the Ministry Of Information in Mali and released as a series entitled Mali Music. All are now long out of print. Since independence Mali had organised a series of bi-annual cultural festivals. In 1970 the music winner was the Orchestre Regional de Segou and it was these, along with fellow regional and national orchestras, who were recorded. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original release of our compilation, we are making it available digitally for the first time. All transfers are taken directly from the restored analogue tape as originally supplied to Sterns.
Release date 21 January 2013
Heart & Soul 21 January 2013
Clinton Fearon Heart and Soul
Release date 21 January 2012
For years Clinton Fearon was the bass player, vocalist, composer and lyricist for one of the most successful reggae bands, The Gladiators. In tandem with this, he was a house musician for both Coxsone Dodds Studio One and Lee Scratch Perrys Black Ark Studio, thus sealing his career as a roots reggae master. Entirely acoustic, Heart And Soul is a brand new album from Fearon that includes 2 bonus tracks and bears witness to his early work with the Gladiators.
Teranga! Senegal 24 December 2012
New Sounds from Senegal
Release date 24 December 2012
On any given day or night in recent years, you could turn on a radio or TV in Senegal and hear at least one of the songs in this new compilation. Many of the artists tap into various roots in the fertile soil of Senegalese culture; others stand apart and draw what they like from near and far. Sharing this double album, released in partnership with SEN TV and ZIK FM in Senegal, are Les Frères Guissé with their lean, acoustic sound, the indomitable Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane and a new generation of artists such as Queen Bee, with her wry commentary on personal and social mores, and Wally B Seck, one of the most charming young romantic singers on the scene, plus many more.
THE GRIOT'S CRAFT 5 November 2012
SEKOUBA 'BAMBINO' DIABATE
The Griot's Craft
Release date 5 November 2012
CD / Download
Even as a teenager the strong, soaring voice of Sékouba 'Bambino' Diabaté was known throughout his region of north-eastern Guinea. Over the years he's presented himself in many different guises, joining Bembeya Jazz in the early eighties as lead vocal a notable mention, but each time Bambino has worked with integrity and art. Here he is stripped down to the bare minimum - which, in Guinea, means 15 musicians - but all acoustic, all beautifully sympathetic and all tight in support of the main event: Bambino's voice and his songs.Whether in praise of a patron or in condemnation of female circumcision, Bambino's voice and the uniquely rolling grooves and melancholy modes of Guinea demand that we listen. It's a command worth obeying.