Category Archives: Afro jazz

SONG OF THE DAY Menelik Wossenachew – Tezeta

Tezeta is a song originally constructed by the wonderful Mulatu Astatke sometime in the late 1960’s, early 1970’s. Translating as ‘nostalgia’ or ‘longing’, the song is composed as an instrumental piece by Mulatu, but today’s cover has a vocal element, … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY The Shaolin Afronauts – The Scarab

There’s a real nice combination of soothing verses tension whirling about in this immersive instrumental delight today, and though you may be forgiven for thinking this is the work of The Budos Band or The Sorcerers, this is, in fact, … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Geno Exilie – Lan Mise

Founded in London in 1999, Strut Records have become one of the leading labels for reissue, compilations and new studio albums all gathered from the field of African, Caribbean, Latin, jazz, soul and disco. In the early days they were … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY In Motion Collective – Tah’s Theme

Formed as a Californian trio in 2010, In Motion Collective later developed into a whopping 10-piece, horn-heavy powerhouse and features group members: Joe Harrison (Tenor Saxophone, Piano), Jesse Audelo (Baritone Saxophone), Billy Edwall (Trumpet), Michael Armstrong (Trombone), Dillon Casey (Guitar), … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Minyo Crusaders – Yasugi Bushi (Bolero)

….With songs encouraging dancing and drinking, the Crusaders are on a mission to bring “highbrow” min’yō back to it’s “lowlife” roots -whilst also bringing traditional Japanese music onto the global music stage… Adorn your Saturday with this indulgently soothing sonic … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Black Truth Rhythm Band – Ifetayo

It was a nearly a year ago that I came upon the one and only album released by Black Truth Rhythm Band. Issued in 1976 on New York label Charlie’s Records, Ifetayo (Love Excells All) was the only record the group … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Black Flower – Bones

Curious waves of magic are weaved when you embark on today’s sonic voyage! The flute alone could lure a billion snakes out of hiding or, akin to a type of pied piper, could steal many an unsuspecting ear with its … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffalos – Pygmy

Akira Ishikawa was a Japanese jazz drummer and bandleader known for integrating African rhythms into his music.  His recording career started in the early 60’s with Shin Matsumoto and New Pacific, and in the years that followed he toured with … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Alèmayèhu Eshèté – Nèy-Nèy wèlèba

Nicknamed the “Ethioopian Elvis”, Alemayehu Eshete is considered the golden voice of Ethopia, and once you hear him sing, you’ll know why he has gained such a moniker! Ever since his first hit single, Seul, in 1961 he has become … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Dream Stars – Pop Makossa Invasion

“‘Pop Makossa Invasion’….A tune so obscure that even in Cameroon it had never been released!!…..” Today’s afro-funk delight is so rare and so sensational that one of Analog Africa’s mighty fine compilations was named after it!! Unearthed by the mighty … Continue reading

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