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  1. Inspiration Information 3
    by Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics
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    Addis Black Widow Addis Black Widow
    Quite simply one of the best albums of any genre released this century.
  2. Mulatu Steps Ahead
    by Mulatu Astatke
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    Green Africa Green Africa
    While eight of the ten tracks on "Mulatu Steps Ahead" are collaborations between Astatke and The Either/Orchestra, recorded in London--with horn arrangements by the E/O's Joel Yennior--each track also features performances from musicians recorded in Addis Ababa, intimately and inextricably embedding the "Ethio" in an excellent recording of what Astatke calls "Ethio-Jazz".
  3. New York - Addis - London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975
    by Mulatu Astatke
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    Nètsanèt Nètsanèt
    From the opening notes of the compelling "Yèkèrmo Sèw" to the haunting end of the 20th track, "Tezeta" (both recorded in 1972), this is a spellbinding compilation. Each and every track deserves the designation "favorite". Buy this album -- Your mind, body and soul will thank you.
  4. Jaiyede Afro
    by Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics
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    Sangodele Sangodele
    A magnificent showcase for Orlando Julius, in collaboration with the incredible Heliocentrics. Songs alternate between vocals and instrumentals, and Julius is given plenty of room to do what he does best -- making compelling, foot-stomping, head-bobbing, booty-shaking music. Free your ass and your mind will follow.
  5. Death Of The Revolution
    by Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno
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    Death Of The Revolution Death Of The Revolution
    The perfect mix of cumbia, the sounds of the Colombian Pacific and Caribbean coasts, roots rock reggae and dub.
  6. Dog With A Rope
    by Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno
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    No Soy Del Valle No Soy Del Valle
    Another incredible release by Quantic's "Flowering Inferno" project, whose impeccable musicianship perfectly mixes cumbia, the sounds of the Colombian Pacific and Caribbean coasts -- as well as other Caribbean idioms -- with roots rock reggae and dub into an extremely addictive album. "No Soy del Valle", my "favorite" track (out of the 2 available to highlight), features a guest vocal by Nidia Góngora, who also wrote the lyrics.
  7. 1000 Watts
    by Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno
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    A Life Worth Living feat. U-Roy & Alice Russell A Life Worth Living feat. U-Roy & Alice Russell
  8. Bill Laswell & Style Scott / Dub Meltdown
    by WordSound
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    Crooklyn Dub Syndicate Crooklyn Dub Syndicate
    Massive. Laswell lays down vicious bass line after bass line, spurred on by Style Scott's idiosyncratic and instantly recognizable drumming. If you like The Dub Syndicate's earliest work, this album is for you -- if you didn't begin to like The Dub Syndicate until "Tunes from the Missing Channel" or "Striking the Balance" was released, then you probably won't appreciate the ultra-stripped down abstract dub of "Dub Meltdown".
  9. Rise & Shine
    by Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
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    BONUS: Jah Come Down (Unplugged) BONUS: Jah Come Down (Unplugged)
    A uniformly excellent album, full of memorable songs complemented by some great brass work. As incredible as the album itself is, the real highlight of the digital download is the bonus tracks: 2 "unplugged" tracks -- "Jah Come Down" and "Watching All Your Ways" -- recorded outdoors in Sierra Leone -- as well as a nearly 20-minute uncut version of "Goombay".
  10. Libation
    by Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
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    Rich But Poor Rich But Poor
  11. The 1st Album (1973)
    by Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
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    Ye Ye We Nou Mi Ye Ye We Nou Mi
  12. Cotonou Club
    by Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
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    Oce Oce
    The label may not say so, but this uniformly excellent album leaves absolutely no doubt that L'Orchestre Poly-Rythmo is still "Tout Puissant"
  13. Life Stories
    by Ebo Taylor
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    Peace On Earth Peace On Earth
  14. Love & Death
    by Ebo Taylor
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    Victory (Instrumental) Victory (Instrumental)
  15. Appia Kwa Bridge
    by Ebo Taylor
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    Abonsam Abonsam
  16. Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band
    by Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band
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    Gyae Su Gyae Su
  17. Ben Zabo
    by Ben Zabo
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    Sènsènbo (Hommage à Dounaké Koita) Sènsènbo (Hommage à Dounaké Koita)
  18. Démocratie
    by Ben Zabo
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    As compelling and enchanting as anything on Ben Zabo's debut album.
  19. Bamako Nights: Live at Bar Bozo 1995
    by Lobi Traoré
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    Dunuya Dunuya
    Incredible. Unbelievable. Irresistible. Essential.
  20. BWATI KONO
    by LOBI TRAORE
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    Ya Time Ya Time
    Another excellent release of live material by the late Lobi Traoré, which exudes the same infectious energy found on his unbelievable "Bamako Nights: Live at Bar Bozo, 1995", also available on Bandcamp, to which this album is the perfect compliment.
  21. Rainy Season Blues
    by Lobi Traoré
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    Moko ti y lamban don Moko ti y lamban don
    While Lobi Traoré, "The Bambara Bluesman", is most famous for playing finger-style on an electric guitar, using both a fuzz box and a flanger, this beautiful and haunting album is entirely acoustic -- 10 songs recorded in a single session without overdubs, featuring an unaccompanied Traoré on acoustic guitar and vocals.
  22. Albala
    by Samba Touré
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    Bana Bana
    Touré's reflections on the state of Mali, recorded Autumn 2013. In 2012, Al-Qaeda-allied insurgents rapidly swept the Malian army from the north, where they imposed their interpretation of Sharia law. Music & smoking were banned & all women were required to wear headscarves. As 2013 began, the rebels threatened the capital Bamako, itself. The Malian military continued to crumble, and France sent in troops. Meanwhile, in Timbuktu, world heritage sites were being destroyed by the rebels.
  23. Boubacar Samaké & Tilébi's Band
    by DEMNA
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    Nganakôro Donfoly Nganakôro Donfoly
    An exceptional album of kora-based Mandinkan music with vocals, complemented by what sounds like a transverse concert flute. Another extremely sensitively recorded and musically irresistible mystery delivered by Demna, without documentation of any sort, save the song titles, ensemble name and album cover.
  24. Mame Abdou Dia
    by DEMNA
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    Astou Astou
    An album of extremely sensitively recorded and utterly enchanting acoustic Mandinkan music, featuring exceptional ensemble work, guitar and vocals. Unfortunately, there isn't any documentation included in the digital download, so it is impossible to know anything about this album, the performers who appear on it or the details of and back-story to its recording, other than that the ensemble is led by Mame Abdou Dia.
  25. Sabéré
    by Sanou Dara
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    Siawoloma Siawoloma
  26. Faso Yiriba
    by Faso Yiriba
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    Doubabou Doubabou
  27. The Senegal-Mali Project vol. 1
    by Various
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    Ele Je Ele Je
  28. The Senegal​-​Mali Project vol. 2
    by Various
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    Semajigin Semajigin
  29. Agamgam 2004
    by Bombino
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    Intidgagen Intidgagen
    An engagingly intimate album, comprised of recordings made around the campfire at the end of the day while Bombino was working as a guide for a documentary film crew on expedition in the Ténéré desert in 2004.
  30. Beatte Harab
    by Group Doueh
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    Kar Wazan Abyad Kar Wazan Abyad
  31. L'Orchestre National de Mauritanie - La Mone / Kamlat
    by sahelsounds
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    La Mone La Mone
  32. Wede Harer Guzo
    by Hailu Mergia
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    Sintayehu Sintayehu
  33. Love Songs Vol.2
    by Yishak Banjaw
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    Libey Ma'aduley Libey Ma'aduley
  34. Live à l'Étoile
    by DEXTER JOHNSON & Le Super Star de Dakar
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    Para Que Bueno Para Que Bueno
  35. Diamonoye Tiopité
    by Idrissa Diop & Cheikh Tidiane Tall
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    Yaye Boye Yaye Boye
  36. Vagabonde
    by Mar Seck
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    Sama Dialy Sama Dialy
  37. Kadior Demb
    by Royal Band de Thiès
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    Dagath Dagath
  38. Aw Sa Yone Vol.1
    by Dieuf-Dieul de Thiès
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    Aling Na Djimbe Aling Na Djimbe
    A remarkable record of a remarkable night of music making by 10 remarkable musicians and 3 remarkable vocalists.
  39. Aw Sa Yone Vol.2
    by DIEUF-DIEUL de Thiès
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    Nianky Nianky
    Four more of the remarkable live recordings made on the same night in 1982 as those on "Aw Sa Yone Vol.1" plus 2 more astounding live performances, recorded at the Sangomar Nightclub in Thiès, Senegal, in February 1981.
  40. Ndigal
    by Karantamba
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    Sama Yai Sama Yai
  41. Halleli N'Dakarou
    by Guelewar
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    Cilss Cilss
  42. "ALL ABOUT JAZZ" - The Early Tapes
    by KOJATO & The Afro Latin Cougaritas
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    Feel Sexy - Early Tapes Feel Sexy - Early Tapes
    It is a crime that only 2 of the "Early Tapes" recorded by Kojato & the Afro Latin Cougaritas have so far been released. "The Early Tapes"--far superior in raw funkiness and undiluted energy than the album--should be expanded into an entire album, consisting of the original recordings of this amazing band. While I really enjoy BSC's sound, "All About Jazz" is actually a remix album. Please let us hear all of the original tracks!
  43. Fangnawa Experience
    by Fanga & Maalem Abdallah Guinea
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    Gnawi Gnawi
    A sublime and seamless interweaving of Gnawa and Afrobeat into a unique and extraordinary soundscape. Very highly recommended
  44. Ave Africa: The Complete Recordings 1973-1976
    by Sunburst
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    Simba Anguruma (The Dar Es Salaam Radio Tapes) Simba Anguruma (The Dar Es Salaam Radio Tapes)
  45. Spirit of Malombo: Malombo, Jabula, Jazz Afrika 1966-1984
    by Various Artists
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    Bird Meets Elephant Bird Meets Elephant
    An excellent collection. Of particular interest are the first 12 tracks recorded with Malombo's original line-up -- Philip Tabane's incredible guitar work is the perfect compliment to Julian Bahula's complex polyrhythms. The only thing missing from this compilation -- perhaps due to copyright issues -- are any tracks recorded by "Jabula Spear", a merger of Jabula with the backing band of saxophonist extraordinaire Dudu Pukwana.