M.A.K.U. Soundsystem – Mezcla

M.A.K.U Soundsystem is a visceral, politically charged 8-piece band based in New York City, with most of its members hailing from Colombia. M.A.K.U draws on both traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms such as Cumbia and bullerengue as well as a mosaic of American genres: punk, hip-hop, and jazz.”We not only take our cultures with us,” says M.A.K.U singer Liliana Conde, who immigrated to the US in 2001 and went to high school in New York. “But we also pick up on everything that surrounds us.”

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Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra – Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra

Spearheaded by the legendary Afrobeat/Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, the Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra rose out of Allen’s 2014 visit to Haiti where he collaborated with some of the countries most notable singers and percussionists. Analog synthesizers and raw psychedelic guitars join the mix yielding an unheard and unholy mixture of Haitian voodoo rhythms, afrobeat drumming and Krautrock experimentation.

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Damir Imamović’s Sevdah Takht – Dvojka

Musicians often struggle to articulate what it is they’re playing, where it comes from and where they’re going. Damir Imamović’s Sevdah Takht suffer from no such struggle. The new album, the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed debut, is a wonder of clear-eyed thinking, crystalline melody and deep reflection. Sevdah Takht’s stories are forged from a deep love for the regional tradition from which they come – a love strong enough to withstand the demands that this restless young artist places on it.

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Bixiga 70 – The Copan Connection: Bixiga 70 Meets Victor Rice

Hot on the heels of their highly acclaimed Glitterbeat album “III” — an album The Guardian called “imaginative, progressive afrobeat” – Bixiga 70 returns with a limited-edition, vinyl-only release for Record Store Day. The Copan Connection is a summit of equals. It is the music of a sensational band meeting the soundworld of a sensational producer. It pushes Afro- Brazilian music into a mind-blowing, alternate dimension.

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Various Artists – Every Song Has Its End: Sonic Dispatches from Traditional Mali

An out-of-time, visceral collection of songs & sounds from Bamako-based producer Paul Chandler’s unparalleled archive. These high fidelity field recordings and eleven accompanying videos (from all corners of the country) take us deep inside the full sonic power of the Malian musical experience. Without doubt, this is Malian music at its finest. Available in the following formats: CD+DVD, LP +DVD and DL.

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Aziza Brahim – Abbar el Hamada

As walls and borders are again being raised though-out Europe and other corners of the world, Aziza Brahim’s passionately sung poetic defiance, is especially timely and profound. Innovation, naked truth, humility and political outcry: these are the raw materials of Aziza Brahim’s ever expanding musical vision. On her new album, Abbar el Hamada she fuses and fashions these elements into an unforgettable work that is both deeply inspired and deeply inspiring.

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Chimurenga Renaissance – Girlz With Gunz

Chimurenga Renaissance is a Seattle-based duo made up of Tendai Maraire and Hussein Kalonji (in Shona “Chimurenga” means revolutionary struggle). Tendai is one-half of the visionary hip-hop group Shabazz Palaces and has family roots in Zimbabwe, while guitarist Hussein partly grew up in the Congo. The music they create is timely and explosive: otherworldly hip-hop meets Shona rhythms, Congolese guitar ambiance and political resistance. A full length album will follow in June 2016.

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Dennis Bovell – Dub 4 Daze

One of the most revered dub and reggae producers, Dennis Bovell has been leaving his mark on contemporary music for over 40 years. Bovell spearheaded the seminal British reggae acts Linton Kwesi Johnson and Matumbi and was notably involved in the late 70’s UK punk/post-punk scene as the producer for The Slits, The Pop Group and Orange Juice. Dennis has also worked with Marvin Gaye, Ryuchi Sakamoto, Fela Kuti and most recently Joss Stone. The new album deeply mines Bovell’s inspired catalog of rhythms and sounds.

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