Zeal Onyia-Trumpet King Zeal Onyia Returns. Label: BBE Music. It was none other than Louis Armstrong who upon hearing Zeal Onyia for the first time described him as: “the highlife hep cat of Nigerian jazz trumpet’. Like so many others before him, Louis Armstrong was captivated by the combination of Zeal Onyia’s unique tone, rhythm […] […]

[Music] Siti & The Band – Fusing the Roots

Tanzania, as a whole, has amazing musical diversity.  Siti & The Band hail from Zanzibar, and you can hear the deep Arabic influence in their music.  From their Bandcamp website: Zanzibar, the mystic island and home to world renowned musicians Siti Binti Saad and Bi Kidude as well as the Festival Sauti za Busara and […]

[Music] Bandcamp Daily: Ifriqiyya Électrique’s Healing Sound Melds Tunisian Banga Ritual With Post-Industrial Noise

April 5 will be a big day in this house, as the French-Tunisian troupe Ifriqiyya Électrique will be dropping a new album.  Bandcamp Daily’s Catalina Maria Johnson does a fine job prepping us for this momentous event.  To be honest, I’m surprised more music isn’t coming from Tunis, a place which has a rich musical […]

[Music] Mamman Sani Abdoulaye – Unreleased Tapes 1981​-​1984

Dreamy, mellow, but not quite Kosmich Musik, this collection out of 1970s Niger was miles ahead of its contemporaries.  It’s a shame it took so long for Mamman Sani to have his synth work available, but this charming LP was lovingly curated by the ever mighty Sahel Sounds.

[Music] Alemayehu Eshete – Alteleyeshegnem

Alemayehu Eshete has been considered the golden voice of Ethiopia for nearly sixty years.  Thanks to Germany’s Philophon Records, we will be hearing more of his music.  This is a old track which was re-done with Philophon’s house band, maintaining the spirit of the original but updating the sound quite a bit.

[Music] Bulawayo Kwela and Albert Nyathi, Elliott Phiri, David Tapfuma & Esa – Bulawayo // Harare

Bulawayo and Harare are the cultural capitals of Zimbabwe. This EP, produced in part by Danalogue, showcases Bulawayo Kwela with Albert Nyathi and Elliot Phiri, while the last two tracks come from Harare’s own David Tapfuma, including a remix by ESA of David’s track.