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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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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
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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.
Casamance Blues 22 October 2012
Release date 22 October 2012
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Although the well-spring of Abdou's music lies in the Casamance region south of Senegal, in, among other traditions, the melodies of wandering shepherds or the music that accompanies wrestling competitions, his travelling and contact with other musicians has given him a unique sound and a fierce desire to record it. Acoustic in texture, it expresses values that are dear to rural life in the Casamance so that today, with his mottos of hard work, love and peace, Abdou has become a musical ambassador for that region. Welcome to his world.
East African Rumba Rules! 22 October 2012
Moreno and L'Orch First Moja-One
Sister Pili + 2
Release date 22 October 2012
CD / Download and limited eddition 10" Single
Still fondly remembered in Kenya, this is the first international release for Moreno Batamba since his sad death in 1993. Named for his girlfriend, a Tanzanian model, it contain his hit album of 1983 plus two ultra-rare tracks from 1977, all catching him at a peak of energy Carefully and sympathetically mastered from the original magnetic audio tapes, it shows just why the music of this time and region retains its popularity today.
***** (Songlines Magazine).
Last recordings of a legend 9 July 2012
ZANI DIABATÉ & LES HÉRITIERS
Last Recordings By The Renowned Guitarist Of The Super Djata Band
Release date 9 July 2012
Also available as download
In December 2010, Zani Diabaté was in Paris putting the final touches to an album he'd been recording in Bamako, Mali. With him were his son, the somewhat ironically nick-named Papa and among others, Baden and Vieux, sons of musicians who had been with Zani since the 1960s when together they'd formed Mali's first 'private orchestra'.
That Zani should be in such company when, sadly, so many of his friends and colleagues from the six decades of his musical career had already died, says much about the man. It takes a special kind of person with a unique musical ability to front a band through all the changing fortunes that beset any popular group, let alone one based in a country that's among the world's poorest.
As a Diabaté, one of Mali's most renowned griot families, Zani had been schooled in not just the kora and balafon but also dance and percussion, and perhaps his distinctive guitar playing reflected this synthesis. Blistering solos with unpredictable and angular episodes identified him as one of the region's great players with a style that, in some ways, was well-suited to European ears.
In the 1980s and at the helm of The Super Djata Band, Zani and his fellow musicians became the toast of the Western concert circuit. As critic Robert Christgau put it: Super Djatas groove is harder than Zairean soukous and fiercer than Senegalese mbalax but with just one international release in 1988 and amongst the whirlwind of 'world music' activity of that period, Super Djata found it difficult to sustain interest beyond the immediate impact of their live performances, and so Mali beckoned once again.
Here, for two decades, he played in the Bamako clubs and marquees with only the occasional trip abroad as a member of the Ballet National du Mali. Yet he continued to teach and in this way schooled a new generation of musicians. Which brings us back to that cold December day in Paris where, according to reports, while entering the studio and with guitar strapped on in readiness, he suffered a stroke, later dying in a Parisian hospital on the afternoon of January 5th, 2011.
It's a shame that there should be so few recordings of Zani Diabaté, particularly as those who were lucky enough to have seen him and The Super Djata Band at those late-80s concerts still count them as some of the best. But perhaps it's a fitting reminder that the story of African music should not be viewed through the recording studio alone and, of course, it does make us value the few we have, not least the final, poignant yet always powerful recordings of 'Tientalaw' ...