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African Jazz Classics

MOSES MOLELEKWAMOSES MOLELEKWA
Acclaimed by many wordwide as a musical genius and innovator, both before and since his death, Moses ‘Taiwa’ Molelekwa (1973 – 2001), remains one of the most groundbreaking and promising talents from South Africa; the true promise of an African Jazz renaissance…
SIPHO GUMEDESIPHO GUMEDE
South Africa’s favourite lead bass player, Sipho Gumede, leaves a strong presence and high demand for his material in the marketplace since his death in 2004. This album gathers the very best material (in many cases rare and unavailable in any one place elsewhere) together on one beautiful disc to supplement the amazing “Best of…” releases from this artist.
BHEKI MSELEKUBHEKI MSELEKU
Recently deceased (late 2007) South African multi instrumentalist, known primarily as a pianist, Bheki Mseleku has a vast amount of credibility – having established his own key signature in music notation that has become internationally recognised. Mseleku has worked with legends the likes of Pharoah Sanders and Hugh Masekela. His body of work is a spiritual journey that although defying strict categorisation cannot be ignored or denied the recognition it so richly deserves.

African Classics

SAMBA MAPANGALAMABULU
“Mabulu” represent “Marrabenta” (Mozambique’s popular, distinctive and lively urban style of music with amazing guitar riffs and skills as a driving force) better than ever before. A combination of the “Grand old Masters” of the genre – Lisboa Matavel and Dilon Djindji – join forces with younger performers, and a killer backing band, to create fusion music from the top drawer.
SAMBA MAPANGALASAMBA MAPANGALA
Samba Mapangala and his group Virunga are one of the classic bands from Central and East Africa. Coupled with his astounding voice, Samba has created an innovative mix of the best Congolese rumba and soukous with the lilting benga rhythms of Kenyan style.
BUSI MHLONGOBUSI MHLONGO
One of South Africa’s most acclaimed vocalists, dancers and composers, with musical influences stemming from the Zulu traditional, blended and textured with a wide variety of other styles and a unique approach to create a fresh and exciting sound.
FALLOU DIENGFALLOU DIENG
Known as ‘le Roi de l’ambiance’ for creating some of Dakar’s more outrageously provocative mbalax dances, Fallou Dieng is the new star of Dakar. African Classic now explores the exciting and new contemporary legends in the making, across the continent.
POPS MOHAMEDPOPS MOHAMED
Pops Mohamed is a world renowned South African multi-instrumentalist, specialising in traditional and ancient acoustic African instruments. A prolific composer/ producer and active touring artist worldwide, Pops has a diverse spread of sounds, always polished and spiritual.
MADALA KUNENEMADALA KUNENE
Kunene hails from the Kwazulu-Natal region in South Africa – homeland of Africa’s most feared and proud warriors, the Zulus. AKA ‘King of Zulu Guitar’, he’s a self-taught acoustic guitar wizard, with a style deeply rooted in ritual and tradition.
AMAMPONDOAMAMPONDO
South Africa’s world renowned master percussion, drum and dance troop is still active today after 30 years in the business. Amampondo have performed to enthusiastic audiences worldwide, bringing their percussive fusion, vocal harmony and lively stage performance to millions.
FRANCOFRANCO
Franco’s creativity and guitar style have influenced several generations and remain a source of inspiration for the artists of an entire continent. This double album contains over two hours as well as informative liner notes. It is the definitive portrait of this Congolese superstar.
ORCHESTRA BAOBABORCHESTRA BAOBAB
Originally formed in Dakar, Senegal in 1970, when orchestras mixing traditional Senegalese music with hot rhythms from Cuba and the Caribbean and the Latin sounds blowing over from New York and Puerto Rico, Orchestra Baobab are the greatest dance band in Africa.
ISMAEL LOISMAEL LO
When Lo became a musician he revolutionized the traditional sound of Senegalese M’balax, melding it with a very melodic, laid-back style bordering on folk and rhythm ‘n’ blues. This comp collects the best material from his first four (and best) albums.
BOUBACAR TRAOREBOUBACAR TRAORE
The Malian bluesman with the melancholy tones and natural grace – one of those upright men who reflect the history of an entire country. “If the maximum is 5, I give 10 to Boubacar” – Ali Farka Toure
KOFFI OLOMIDEKOFFI OLOMIDE
Koffi’s trademark is a very personal mixture of charm, romanticism and spellbinding rhythms. From 1990 to 1994, publishing seven albums one after the other, Koffi cast a shadow over the previous leaders of the Zairian scene.
LES AMBASSADEURS FT. SALIF KEITALES AMBASSADEURS FT. SALIF KEITA
Guided by the magic of Salif Keita, les Ambassadeurs provided the soundtrack to the new era for post-independence Mali.
LE RAIL BAND FT. MORY KANTELE RAIL BAND FT. MORY KANTE
The legendary group that played in Bamako’s Railway Station Buffet, this orchestra was to foster one of the future legends of the Malian music scene.
BEMBEYA JAZZBEMBEYA JAZZ
From Guinea, “Bembeya Jazz combined the best of their Manding heritage with an Africanized jazz sensibility and a strong affection for Afro-Cuban music to create some of the most sublime big band music..” – BBC.
TABU LEY ROCHEREAUTABU LEY ROCHEREAU
The unchallenged patriarch of Congolese Rumba has known how to develop, along with the style he all but created, over half a century of unforgettable songs.
FROM DAKAR TO CUBA: SWINGING TO THE RUMBA BEATFROM DAKAR TO CUBA: SWINGING TO THE RUMBA BEATCatalog: When Africa meets Salsa ! A fantastic concept compilation, simply too good to be true. Features legendary African dance bands of the past & present: Africando, Bembeya Jazz, Franco, Grand Kalle and many more…
AFRICA: MOTHER OF THE BLUESAFRICA: MOTHER OF THE BLUES
Blues can be regarded as the musical expression of Freedom, finding its roots in African rhythm and beats. As Ali Farka Toure has said, “America only have the leaves of the Blues, the roots of the Blues are in Africa”. Ft. Salif Keïta, Ismaël Lô, Kandia Kouyaté, Sékouba Bambino, Omar Pene and more.