Chris May at The Vinyl Factory has done a great job making choices for introducing their vinyl junkie readership to the best of Ethiopian jazz from the 1960s onward. Special thanks to Al Clark for pointing this wonderful link out to me.
[Music] Jimi Hendrix – The Star-Spangled Banner
To my fellow Americans, may you have a wonderful Fourth of July!
[Music] Disques DEBS International Volume 1. — dereksmusicblog
Disques Debs International Volume 1. Label: Strut. Release Date: ‘29th’ July 2018. Compilation Of The Week. Nowadays, Disques Debs International which was founded by Henri Debs in Guadeloupe, in the late-fifties, is regarded by many connoisseurs as the one of the best, if not greatest of all French Caribbean labels. That is high praise, given […]
[Music] John Cameron – Liquid Sunshine – 1973
Thanks to my good friend Christopher Morley who turned me on to John Cameron’s easy listening cut off the KPM record label from around 1973.
[Music] Shina Williams & His African Percussionists – Agb’oju L’ogun
Agb’oju L’ogun was the dance floor hit sensation of 1979. Nigerian composer Shina Williams managed to gather the finest musicians working in Lagos, and this boogie beast is what they came up with.
[Music] Sarolta Zalatnay – Hadd Mondjam El
How on Earth did I manage to miss Sarolta Zalatnay? She’s the Hungarian Janis Joplin, only funkier to my ears. She had the sound and the look to be an international star, but never quite pulled it off, unfortunately.
[Music] Kyriakos Sfetsas – Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol.1
Kyriakos Sfetsas is originally from Lefkadia an island in Greece, and started this particular band in the mid-1970s in order to expand the boundaries of what Greek traditional music is. Apparently, there is a lot more music of his which has yet to be released. This is as fine an intro to his works as one could hope for.
Much love to Teranga Beat, the Senegalese label which will release this masterpiece on May 25, 2018.
[Music] Abu Obaida Hassan – Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour: The Shaigiya Sound of Sudan
Abu Obaida Hassan had a wonderful career during the 1970s and 1980s making the kids sway in Khartoum, Sudan with his tambour, but by the second decade of this century, Sudanese media pronounced him dead. Thankfully, he is far from it, and courtesy of Ostinato Records, he has a fine retrospective coming out on May 18, 2018.
[Music] Erlon Chaves – Procura-se Uma Virgem OST
Procura-se Uma Virgem turned out to be a very pleasant slab of easy/cheesy/sleazy listening from soundtrack composer Erlon Chaves, who should have been working in Europe, where is mellow style would have been perfect for directors like Jess Franco and Mario Bava.
[Music] Cuasares – Afro-Progresivo
Guerssen Records out of Barcelona reissue a very mellow, rather nicely acid-washed slab of Argentinian psych courtesy of a band called Cuasares (Quazars).
Outside of the link provided, I have no info on the band, and it’s a shame there isn’t much more to tell you about these guys other than this is nice, funky, and damn near danceable.