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Old African Music

Thetha – Hot Summer Night

Never ever let me go

Thetha is an isiWhosa word for “speak”. Its members were Vusi Khumalo (leader & drums), Wings Segale (leads vocals), Bakithi Khumalo (bass guitar), Lawrence Matshiza (guitar), Makhaya Mahlangu (percussion) and Bushy Seathlolo (keyboards)
Their 1985 maxi single “Love Me Tonight” became this afro-funk group’s big hit.

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AfroBeat AfroJazz

Manu Dibango – Waka Juju

Ode to Juju Music on this 6-track album from 1982.

Mixing afrobeat, highlife and jazz funk influences across 6 tracks, Dibango incorporated electronic elements into his sound, with synths played by legend Wally Badarou.

Tracklist:

1. Waka Juju
2. Douala Serenade
3. Africa Boogie
4. Mouna Pola
5. Ma Marie
6. Manga-bolo

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AfroBeat

Fela Kuti – Original Sufferhead

Part of Fela Kuti‘s 50th anniversary special reissues, here’s Vinyl Box #5 (to be released December 10th), limited to 4000 copies worldwide.

Box Set #5 was co-curated by Femi Kuti & Chris Martin (of Coldplay).

While preparing the masters for Box Set #5, audio engineer extraordinaire Colin Young discovered four minutes of “lost” material on the B-side of an original 1981 pressing, which includes a superb keyboard solo by Fela that had been omitted from subsequent reissues. The restored version used here starts and finishes with Fela’s keyboard work, a typically venturesome blend of futurism and visceralism.

Previous version (without Fela’s keyboard solo)