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julio 30, 2022

Judy Mowatt - Only A Woman - 1982 - Jamaica


Judy Mowatt is a renowned reggae singer. Mowatt's musical career began with the revival of The Gaylettes, a group that ended up becoming one of the island's benchmarks at the end of the 1960s. From this first stage, the songs Silent River Runs Deep, the band's first national success, Take a Chance On Me and numerous coppers by American soul and R&B bands such as Stevie Wonder, Dusty Springfield or Young Rascals, should be highlighted. The sudden departure of the other two members of The Gaylettes, Beryl Lawson and Merle Clemenson, left Judy in the lurch, while totally free to start, although not for long, her solo career. At this time she records numerous covers of American groups and two new hits under the pseudonym Julianne: In Paradise and The Gardener.

Two years later, in 1974, Judy teamed up with Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths to form the I-Threes. The group reaps very good reviews and Marley, who was looking for a replacement in the choirs of The Wailers after the departure of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, adds them to his band to collaborate on his albums.

Her contact with the King of Reggae caused Mowatt to adopt the Rastafari doctrine and join the Twelve Tribes of Israel. As a result of this change, compositions such as Black Woman, Many Are Called and Slave Queen were born, which will form part of her second solo LP: Black Woman.

Highly recommended work by Judy Mowatt. Beautiful high register of voice and some gospel phrasing denote this download of experience and learning by Judy.


You're My People

Only A Woman

Trade Winds


Got To Leave The West

I Am Not Mechanical

On Your Mark

Big Woman

You Dont Care

King Of Kings 

julio 27, 2022



Transatlantic meeting between Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara and Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca.

The Cuban pianist and the Malian singer have a lot in common: their youth, enthusiasm, generosity and a beautiful route through the exploration of their roots, while projecting themselves towards other cultures. At the beginning of your adventure you will continue on the great stages of the world, these selected pieces are a beautiful symbol; Beyond a musical encounter that sweeps across geographical and musical continents, one feels the most beautiful messages: one of tolerance and peace.

1. Sowa 6:54 

2. Connection 14:01 

3. Yemaya 6:08 

4. Real Family 6:38 

5. Clandestin 7:41 

6. Neboufo 6:36

julio 21, 2022

Bombino - Agadez - 2011


The music of the Tuareg guitarist Omara "Bombino" Moctar perfectly represents his hometown, Agadez (Niger): located in the middle of the great Sahara desert, it was for centuries a meeting point for nomadic camel caravans. And so is Bombino's music, a meeting of sounds where his influences are cited, from Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré to Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page.

Much of Bombino's music was born in response to the violent repression perpetrated by Nigerian government forces against the Tuareg to quell the pro-independence revolts they staged. In fact, Bombino had to go into exile for many years to escape repression. His compositions emerge from that experience and his overcoming: the powerful notes that spring from his electric guitar capture the spirit of resistance and rebellion, and recall others like Tinariwen or Ali Farka Touré.

Tribute album to his hometown, Agadez (2011), edited by Cumbancha, has been recorded in two very different locations. One was in a studio in the United States and the other includes part of a live performance in the city that gives the album its title. The songs appear mixed on the disc and it is not specified which is recorded in the comfort of a studio or in the Saharan desert, but it is enough to listen to the songs to quickly realize where each one comes from. The songs recorded in the USA show a shy and restrained Bombino, while the ones recorded live give off an electrifying energy. There are "Tar Hani", "Kammou Taliat" or "Iyat Idounia Ayasahen".

Very high level repetitive music that catches you from the beginning, in Agadez you can hear some of the most captivating riffs of today. Absolutely magical.

Tracks list:

01. Ahoulaguine Akaline (I Greet My Country)

02. Tar Hani (My Love)

03. Adounia (Life)

04. Kammou Taliat (You, My Beloved)

05. Tigrawahi Tikma (Bring Us Together)

06. Tenere (The Desert, My Home)

07. Iyat Idounia Ayasahen (Another Life)

08. Azamane (My Brothers United)

09. Assalam Felawan (Peace To You)

10. Tebsakh Dalet (A Green Acacia)

julio 21, 2022

Ayub Ogada - Kodhi - 2015


Ayub Ogada is one of Kenya's finest musicians, an intimate singer and exponent of the nyatiti lyre who has enjoyed an extraordinary career. In the 1980s he was busking on the London Underground. He subsequently caught the attention of Peter Gabriel's Real World, recorded the (considered a classic) album En Mana Kuoyo in 1993, and opened for Gabriel on his European tour.

He now resides back in Kenya, where he recorded this new album Kodhi (2015) with producer and guitarist Trevor Warren who, in 2012, moved in with a mobile crew to do the recording. Ogada likes to perform outdoors, and is accompanied by a small group who add guitars, bass and percussion (Dudley Phillips and Hossam Ramzy), along with the ambient sounds that are picked up on the recordings. A set that results in an exquisite relaxation with sections that sound like a happy rehearsal or a jam session, where his gently hypnotic voice stands out along with the solo riffs of his beloved lyre. A long-awaited effort that possesses the same transparent simplicity that made their previous record a staple of world music compilations since 1993.

01. Dero

02. I Para Ango Yawa

03. Kodhi

04. Otenga

05. Waritarita

06. Harmonic

07. Conversation

08. Funeral

09. Extreme

10. Traditional

11. A Prayer

julio 17, 2022

Zomba Prison Project - I Will Not Stop Singing


Follow-up release to the Grammy-nominated album "I Have No Everything Here" by the Zomba Prison Project, once again produced by Grammy winner Ian Brennan (TV on the Radio). Album recordings of inmates at a dilapidated prison in Milawi, Africa. Their recordings have brought international attention to prison injustices. 

If you wish to donate to the Zomba Prison Project, please do so at the following link where you can send funds directly to Sister Anna in Malawi via her Paypal account. 

1. I Am Done With Evil 02:35 

2. Men Must Repent 00:30 

3. I Will Never Stop Grieving For You, My Wife 03:08 

4. All Is Loss 01:49 

5. Sister, Take Good Care Of Your Husband 01:47 

6. Ambush Of The Slaves 01:52 

7. I Will Not Return To Prison 02:37 

8. Leave My Daughter Alone 02:18 

9. AIDS Has No Cure 01:03 

10. Take Care of Yourself 01:17 

11. Everything Has An Owner 04:50 

12. I Wonder (HIV) 00:27 

13. Protect Me 03:01 

14. Sharing Joy 02:31

julio 16, 2022

Youssou N´Dour - Egypt - 2004


Egypt has been the most ambitious and controversial project of Youssou N´Dour. If he had so far fused African rhythms with Western melodies, on this album he embarks on a journey through Senegal's Sufi tradition accompanied by the Egyptian and Arabic orchestral arrangements of the Fathly Salama orchestra. Egypt is a song to the tolerance of Senegalese Islam and to the musical encounter between black Africa and the Middle East.

Egypt's repertoire sounds thanks to the combination of Senegalese percussion and Egyptian instruments (magruna, doholla, sagat, kawala) and Arabs (rababa, oud). The string arrangements sublimate some songs, already beautiful in themselves. The result is superb. From the initial greeting of "Allah" to the farewell "Touba – Daru Salaam", the musical pilgrimage that Youssou N'Dour proposes between Dakar and Cairo demonstrates that the evolution of popular music, which has its roots in the villages, He does not understand globalization or invasions but rather dialogue and respect, emphasizing over and over again the importance of what he loves: a humanist Islam.

As the quote from Mamadou Dia, which closes the album's libretto, points out: "Love, in Islam, is not intellectual but visceral."

Egypt was a Grammy Award in 2005 for "Best Contemporary World Music Album".

Tracks list:

01. Allah

02. Shukran Bamba

03. Mahdiyu Laye

04. Tijaniyya

05. Baay Niasse

06. Bamba The Poet

07. Cheikh Ibra Fall

08. Touba - Daru Salaam

julio 10, 2022

FANTASTIC 80s - The complete collection - Varios Artistas



01. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

02. Whami - Wake me up before you go-go

03. A-Ha - Take on me

04. David Bowie - China Girl

05. Adam & The Ants - Prince Charming

06. Altered Images - Happy Birthay

07. Kim Wilde - Kids in America

08. Nena - 99 red balloons

09. Blonde - Atomic

10. Culture Club - Karma Chamaleon

11. Limahl - Never Ending Story

12. Dead or alive - You spin me round(Like a record)

13. Haysi Fantayzee - John Wayne is big leggy

14. Haircut 100 - Love plus one

15. Kylie Minogue - I should be so Lucky

16. Rick Astley - Never gonna give you up

17. Banarama - Love in the firs degree

18. Bros - When will I be Famous?

19. Debbie Gibson - Electric Youth

20. New Kids on the block - You got it

21. Five Star - Rain or shine


01. Frankie goes to Hollywood - The pover of love

02. Bonnie Tyler - Total eclipse of the heart

03. Bangles - Eternnal Flame

04. Whitney Houston - Saving all my love for you

05. Anita Baker - Sweet Love 

06. Jennifer Rush - The power of love

07. George Michel - A different corner

08. Cyndi Lauper - True Colors

09. Paul Young - Wherever I lay my hat

10. Tom Robinson - War Baby

11. The Cars - Drive

12. Foreigner - I want to know what love is

13. Marillion - Kayleigh

14. Mr Mister - Broken Wings

15. Christopher Cross - Arthur's Theme

16. Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain

17. Alison Moyet - All cried out

18. Dee C Lee - See the day

19. Tracy Ullman - The don't know

Cd 3. The 80's - What a Feeling!

01. Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes - The time of my life

02. Irene Cara - Flashdance...What a Feeling

03. Ray Parker Junior - Ghostbusters

04. Kenny Loggins - Footloose

05. Dolly Parton - 9 to 5

06. Weather Girls - It's raining men

07. Sinitta - So Macho

08. The pinter sisters - Jump

09. Chaka Khan - I feel for you

10. Kc & The Sunshine Band - Give it up

11. Bucks Fizz - Marking your mind up

12. Men Without Hats - The safety dance

13. Baltimora - Tarzan Boy

14. Owen Paul - My favourite

15. Men At Work - Down Under

16. Billy Ocean - When the going gets tough

17. Deniece Williams - Let's hear it for the boy

18. Matt Bianco - Get out of your lazy bed

19. Modern Romance - Everybody Salsa

20. Gloria Estefan - Rhythm is gonna get you

21. S'Express - Theme from S'Espress

Cd 4. Electric 80's

01. New Order - Blue Monday

02. Ultravox - Vienna

03. Duran Duran - Save a prayer

04. Japan - Quiet life

05. The Human League - The sound of the crowd

06. A Flock Of Seagulls - Wishing

07. Propaganda - Duel

08. Furniture - Brilliant Mind

09. Fiction Factory - Heaven

10. Blancmange - Living on the ceiling

11.  Bronski Beat - Why?

12. Thompson Twins - Hold me now

13. Heaven 17 - Temptation 

14. Howard Jones - What is love?

15. Toyah - It's a mystery

16. Bow Wow Wow - Go wild in the country

17. Landscape - Einstein a go-go

18. Lotus Eaters - The first picture of you

19. H2O - Dream to sleep

Cd. 5 - 80's ON THE RADIO

01. Survivor - Eye on the tiger

02. Meatloaf - Dead ringer for love

03. Billy Idol - White Wedding

04. Pat Benatar - Love is a battlefield

05. Laura Branigan - Sel Control 

06. Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes

07. The Pretenders - Back on the chain gang

08. Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl

09. Daryl Hall & John Oates - Out of touch

10. Starship - Nothing's gonna stop us now

11. Bonnie Tyler - Holding out for a hero

12. Zz Top - Gimme all your lovin'

13. Run Dmc Ft Aerosmith- Walk this way

14. Reo Speedwagon - Keep on loving you

15. Toto - Africa

16. Alice Cooper - Poison

17. The Psychedelic Furs - Pretty in pink

18. Aztec Camera - Soemwhere in my heart

19. Tenpole Tudor - Swords of a thousand men

20. Kirsty Maccoll - A new england

julio 08, 2022

Teofilo Chantre - Mestissage - 2011


Metissage is the sixth studio album by Teófilo Chantré, one of Cape Verde's greatest composers and author of many of the hits of Cesária Évora, the diva with bare feet. The songs, almost all sung in French and Portuguese Creole, deviate from custom and go in search of a generous musical fusion.

It was on the album Miss Perfumado by Cesária Évora (an album released in 1992 that would establish her internationally) that the name of Teófilo Chantré, the first representative of the Cape Verdean saudade (sodade), appeared for the first time for the general public. A music that was halfway between bossa nova, morna, coladeira and bolero. In this way he created his own style and his solo recordings appeared: Terra & Cretcheu (1994), Di Alma (1997), Rodatempo (2000), Azulando (2004) and Viajá (2007).

On this sixth album, Chantré has opened up to new influences, once again showing us his skill at turning melancholy into song. His music is still rooted in languid coladeiras and bittersweet mornas -immersed in the sweet pain of nostalgia that is saudade-, but like other great Cape Verdean artists (including Mário Lúcio and Mayra Andrade), Teófilo Chantré this time he looks to Brazil, finding in French (Marc Estève is the author of several of the lyrics) a new way to express saudade. A jewel full of sophistication and Atlantic melancholy.

Tracks list:

01. Tu Verrais

02. Tout En Ce Monde

03. Alem Disso

04. Gongon

05. Oli´Me Ma Bô (con Bernard Lavilliers)

06. Entre-temps

07. Un Monde Honorable

08. Lua Desencantada

09. Galans De Noche

10. Alma Morna

11. Pai Pa Fidje

12. Firmamento De Nos Sodade

13. Au Restau De L´Exil

Página web oficial: Teófilo Chantré

julio 04, 2022

Ondatrópica - Ondatrópica - 2012


Ondatrópica (2012) is a project by the Colombian musician Mario Galeano (Frente Cumbiero) and the English producer Will "Quantic" Holland, bringing together top musicians who represent the old and new guard of Colombian music. In addition to cumbia, Ondatrópica appeals to the traditional flavors of joint, merengue, bagpipes and champeta, and combines them with funk, hip-hop and even electronic flights of dub.

After several years of working around Colombian tropical music, Mario Galeano and Will Quantic (with the support of the British Council) managed to make their project a reality: to reinterpret Colombia's tropical musical heritage with new approaches in composition, arrangements and production. To do this, at the beginning of 2012, in the legendary Discos Fuentes studio in Medellín (with more than 75 years of history) they called the members of their respective groups (Front Cumbiero and Combo Bárbaro). Fruko (soul and life of the Tesos) and Jorge Gaviria, Aníbal Velasquez, Pedro Ramayá, Alfredito Linares, Juancho Vargas, Michi Sarmiento, Markitos Mikolta, Wilson Viveros and Armando Hernández, joined young artists such as Nidia Góngora, Freddy Colorado, Eblis Álvarez, Anita Tijoux (known Chilean rapper), José Miguel Vega "El Profe", Carlos Puello "Chongo", Esteban Copete, Pedro Ojeda, Marco Fajardo, Wilfredo Peña and Fernando "Ovejo" Silva, in an unprecedented project in history of Colombian music, a return to the standards of sound and musical quality that for decades were among the most influential on the continent.

The exploration with these pioneering and visionary musicians of the 60s, 70s and 80s of the 20th century does not seek a nostalgic approach to their sound, the idea is to reaffirm its validity and contemporaneity. To do this, they approached the classic production standards by means of equipment and techniques typical of analog sound, using vintage consoles and microphones, and taking advantage of the experience of key figures in sound such as the legendary engineer and producer Mario Rincón, one of those responsible for of the best recordings of the 70s in the country.

The result: that the most forceful and relevant of Colombian music is here to be rediscovered.

01. Tiene Sabor, Tiene Sazón

02. Punkero Sonidero

03. I Ron Man

04. Suena

05. Locomotora Borracha

06. Remando

07. Linda Mañana

08. Ska Fuentes

09. 3 Reyes de La Terepia

10. Bomba Trópica

11. Descarga Trópica

12. Libya

13. Gaita Trópica

14. Curro Fuentes

15. Rap Maya

16. Dos Lucecitas

17. Cumbia Especial

18. Donde Suena el Bombo

19. Swing de Gillian

bonus downloads:

01. Traigan La Batea

02. El Caimán Y El Gallinazo

03. Mi Negra

04. Papi Shingaling

05. Mambo Loco Especial

06. La Tranca

07. Cien Años

julio 01, 2022

Merl Saunders - Blues from the Rainforest


This album has been a spiritual adventure", thus begins the explanatory text about "Blues from the rainforest" signed by Merl Saunders himself in the booklet, and there we also discover that the percussionist Muruga had a lot to do with the inspiration for the The most new age project of this black keyboard player, Saunders, born in California in 1934, made this album aware that he could do something to make people aware of the enormous crime that the devastation of the Amazon represents for the planet. Sting's charisma, he did have the right inspiration to carry out this project that he published on his own label, Sumertone Records, in 1990.

Another of the great achievements of the album was obtaining the collaboration of Jerry García, the former guitarist of the Grateful Dead, who died five years after the publication of this work.

1. Blues From The Rainforest    15:26

2. Sunrise Over Haleakala    7:22

3. Blue Hill Ocean Dance        13:04

4. Afro Pearl Blue        13:38

5. Dance Of The Fireflies       5:22

6. Sri Lanka                9:15