Tag Archives: African

SONG OF THE DAY Menelik Wossenachew – Belew Bedubaye

Earlier this year I featured a track (a cover in fact) by the great Ethiopian singer/music writer and lyricist, Menelik Wossenatchew. His version of Tezeta is really rather glorious and his vocal tone is as mellow as the sinking sun … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Tak Shindo ‎- Mombasa Love Song

Born in America in 1922, Takeshi “Tak” Shindo was a Japanese American musician, composer and arranger best known for his prominence in the world of exotica music. Active throughout the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, his main instruments were the … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Les Golden Hands – Amal Hayati

So enchanted was I by this band the other day that I promised I would cover the b-side to the song I featured last Thursday…and here it is!! Amal Hayati compliments is counterpart perfectly with a psychedelic and hypnotic trip … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Eugène Mona – Faut da ou lévé

Music stirs many an emotion within us, which is why it’s power is so immense and immeasurable, and most probably why so many of us connect with it on sooo many levels! Today’s song has overwhelmed me with enchantment and … 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 The Big Beats – Mi Nsumõõ Bo Dõnn

Back in 2008, Soundway Records unleashed an album that encapsulated years of research in what to be 33 original and previously unreleased tracks!! Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968 – 1981 was ten years in the making … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Africa Show – Massanga Mama

If you are anything like me and find slowing down and stopping a rather alien prospect, then today’s serenade may just aid your plight… Slow your mind and the rest will follow! Originally released on an Angolan label called N’Gola … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Ali Hassan Kuban – Mabruk

Known as the “Captain” or (later) “Godfather” of Nubian music, Ali Hassan Kuban was a Nubian singer, band leader and self-taught musician. His compositions never strayed far from his Nubian people’s musical roots, but as his popularity grew in the … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Celestine Ukwu and his Philosophers National – Okwukwe Na Nchekwube

Nigerian artist Celestine Ukwu grew up in a musical family and from a very young age he was surrounded by and inspired greatly by music! In his all-too-short life (he died at just 37 in a car accident) he brought … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Orchestre de la Paillote – Kankan-Yarabi

Today’s slice of Afro-Cuban dreaminess was originally recorded in 1968 and featured on Volume 1 of only two album’s that were released by in the late 60’s. The band behind this graceful Latin infusion were a Guinean group, Orchestre de … Continue reading

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