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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Titik Api

Jakarta’s La Munai Records Completes Reissue Trilogy Of Indonesia’s Extraordinary Harry Roesli Gang

Reissue alert! Earlier this year, about the time the pandemic became a global reality, Jakarta's La Munai Records re-released the second opus of the late Indonesian master Harry Roesli and his rocking jazzfunk outfit, alias the Harry Roesli Gang. Harry Roesli was born alias Djauhar Zaharsjah Fachruddin Roesli in Bandung, West Java, in 1951. He was a political activist and a prominent member of the Tradisi Baru Movement (New Tradition), "a term used to describe [...]

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South African Artist Bongeziwe Mabandla Unveils Love-ly Third Album Of Enigmatic African Soul

The first sound you hear is seemingly that of a tape being placed into a tape recorder, then silence, rain, the light strumming of an acoustic guitar, more rain and finally a voice, quite unlike any voice we've heard before. Johannesburg-based artist Bongeziwe Mabandla has been described as "the enigmatic spirit of African Soul" by some and as a "modern miracle"  by others. Eight years ago, he released his debut LP "Umlilo" (2012) and followed that up with his [...]

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Brother Theotis Taylor

Mississippi Records Releases Album Of Intimate Home Recordings By Eponymous Spiritual Gospel Singer And Piano Player

Just a few weeks after bringing you Kahil El'Zabar and David Murray's "Spirit Groove" we return to Chicago, Illinois, home to the small Mississippi Records imprint, originally founded by Eric Isaacson in Portland, Oregon, as a record store back in 2003 and now run by musician Gordon Ashworth and filmmaker Cyrus Moussavi. Initially focussing on "esoteric" rarities ranging from "African acoustic guitar music, to 1920's - 30's country blues or deep gospel," the [...]

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Reggae Sounds

Seminal Dub-Poet, Activist And Icon Linton Kwesi Johnson To Receive 2020 PEN Pinter Prize

Call it a coincidence, but the day we posted an exclusive 2008 Riddim Culture radio tribute to pioneering Jamaican artist, studio engineer and broadcaster Michael Campbell, aka Mikey Dread, we received word that prominent Jamaican dub poet and activist Linton Kwesi Johnson had been awarded the 2020 PEN Pinter Prize. The literary award, named after renowned British playwright Harold Pinter, was created by the English PEN organisation in 2009, to celebrate [...]

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