Le Mali 70

Berlin's Omniversal Earkestra Releases Collaborative Afrobeat Project With Malian Legends

What have we here? Our Greedy senses instantly went wild upon hearing the first single "Watjoro" off the Omniversal Earkestra's newest collaborative album "Le Mali 70". The Berlin-based big band flew to Mali to record a spectacular album with iconic Malian musicians from the '70s the likes of Cheick Tidiane Seck, Sory Bamba, Abdoulaye Diabaté and, of course, Salif Keita. The resulting ten-track longplayer recently released on Munich imprint Trikont and is most [...]

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Star Feminine Band

Born Bad Records Releases Astonishing Debut Album By Young Beninese Garage Rock Sensation

"Oh woman, African woman / Oh woman, Beninese woman / Black woman, get up, don't sleep / Oh black woman, get up, don't sleep / You can become president of the republic / You can become the country’s Prime Minister / Get up, something has to be done / African woman, be independent / The country needs us, let's go to school / Africa needs you, you have to work / The world needs us, stand up, let's stand up / African woman, be independent" – Star Feminine Band [...]

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Free The System!

Dutch/Gambian/Senegalese Collective DANDANA Releases Positive, Mbalax- And Synth-Powered New Album

"It's the year 2020. The world has been in lockdown. The system has failed and the future is unknown. Only imagination will be the path to everywhere. It's time to set the system free!" There, now we've set the tone to DANDANA's latest album "Free The System!" that released on Rebel Up Records back in September. The album was preceded by an eponymous EP single in June, accompanied by an eye-opening music video. We made sure to add the single to our "Greedy for [...]

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Le Commandant Couche-Tôt

Berlin-Based French Keyboard Player Anthony Malka Releases Cinematic Debut EP, Channeling His Inner Tintin

Call it a first world problem, but let's be honest: Who wouldn't much rather be boarding a plane right now, than resorting to a hermetic lifestyle, confined to one's own humble abode, self-isolating as the only means to make it through these trying times? And yes, we really miss traveling. So basically that leaves music as one of the few remaining pleasures in life, a teleportation device of sorts, helping us escape the daily drudge and travel to different [...]

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La Locura De Machuca

Analog Africa Dedicates Latest Release To Visionary Colombian Underground Imprint Discos Machuca

Samy Ben Redjeb's Analog Africa imprint has done it again. After sweltering projects such as Jambú, Mogadisco and a recent tribute to the late and great Ranil, last Friday marked the highly anticipated release of the new "La Locura de Machuca" compilation. Shedding a light on "one man's bizarre odyssey into Colombia's coastal music underground" and the wildly experimental output of his Discos Machuca label from 1975-1980: 

"One night in 1975, a successful tax [...]

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J'ai Traversé La Mer

Guadeloupean Cult Artist Edmony Krater Returns To Heavenly Sweetness With Gwo Ka-Inspired Jazz Fusion Album

Time is relative, when travelling the ocean, torn from Africa and resettling to Guadeloupe. Hundreds of thousands made this crossing, a Black diaspora, caught up in the violent slave trade, yet ultimately giving birth to a rich Antillean culture of its own. Many of its "descendants have since become famous writers, poets, leaders, athletes and of course, musicians." Such is also the story of cult Guadeloupean percussionist, singer, author, composer and [...]

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Israeli-Persian Singer Liraz Unveils Confident Second Single Off Forthcoming Album On Glitterbeat

Late last year, the highly touted and multi-talented Israeli-Persian singer Liraz brought forth her empowering, stunningly choreographed anthem "Zan Bezan" (transl. 'Women, Sing'), a resounding and danceable invitation to women all over the world to regain their freedom. The colourful track also delivered a promising first taste of things to come, being the first release since her acclaimed 2018 debut album "Naz" on Tel Aviv's Dead Sea Recordings. 

Now, after [...]

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Azerbaijani Gitara

Feast Your Ears On The Dextrous Sounds Of Rüstəm Quliyev's Electric Guitar

Ornate electric currents course through our veins, touched by the incredible sounds of Rüstəm Quliyev's recently-released posthumous full-length. "Azerbaijani Gitara" marks the first international release of Quliyev's music, a long overdue tribute to one insanely gifted individual, who took electric guitar playing to a whole new level, yet whose career was suddenly cut short in 2005, after a bout with lung cancer.

His legacy, however, lives on through [...]

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Vodou Alé

Haitian Roots Band Chouk Bwa Teams Up With Belgian Duo The Ångströmers On Bewitching Debut Full-Length

Hard-hitting Afro-Caribbean polyrhythms and call-and-response chants meet bass-heavy, dubbed out electronics as traditional Haitian vodou combo Chouk Bwa teams up with Belgian producer duo The Ångströmers on their bewitching debut full-length "Vodou Alé": "The traditional and contemporary collide on this nine-track merger of distinct Haitian mizik rasin (roots music) and rumbling electronic production, forging a thrilling and hypnotic dialogue between [...]

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Bogotá's Frente Cumbiero Release Psycho-Tropic New 7" On Names You Can Trust

Bogotá's torchbearers of modern-day cumbia return to the Brooklyn-based Names You Can Trust imprint, where they released their 2010-debut "Pitchito", with another scorching two-tracker ready to set dancefloors ablaze.

The explorative four-piece led by the multi-talented Mario Galeano Toro (Ondatropica, Los Pirañas) has made a name for itself on the international scene with its new-age concoctions of Colombian roots music, ranging from cumbia to subgenres such [...]

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DJ Tron Releases Funky 45RPM Nugget On Basel's Burning Sole Records

Here's a very special delivery via Basel, Switzerland-based label Burning Sole Records, supplier of seriously funky vinyl since 2017. Back in June, the magnificent Mike Mory, alias DJ Tron, unveiled his scorching "Mexico" 7-inch record, featuring two fortified bangers on black, gold and white vinyl, each edition strictly limited to 100. 

Needless to say, the release flew off the shelves in no time and is now available again as a repress. Side A presents "Mexico [...]

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Fortuna Records Reissue Larger Than Life Greek Tavern-Style Masterpiece By Little-Known Moroccan Singer

Where do we even begin? The cover? "Koko" is the latest quality release on Tel Aviv-based Fortuna Records, an imprint that has been delivering straight fire in regular intervals over the past years (Grazia, Levitros, Da'asa, Tsvia Abarbanel and more). Scouring the Levant for the rarest of grooves, their reissues always hit the spot. 

Enter "Koko", a scorching album by a little known artist from Morocco. But it gets even etter: "Following the Israeli Greek-craze [...]

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