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/mu/ can we get an african music thread going?
Have been listening non-stop to Amanaz, George Mukabi, William Onyeabor. Rec me more.
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William Onyeabor is tight
Everyone should listen to Zamrock
Where can i listen to whole album?
its on soulseek. i'll upload it to mega, just 4 u though
More, please.
i uploaded this lecture of jagari chanda of witch talking to egon of now-again records, who has reissued a ton of great zamrock from witch, musio-tunya, ngozi family and amanaz
interesting overview of the scene from someone heavily involved, sadly one of the few survivors

day of judgement by the ngozi family is so raw, one of the heaviest albums to come out of the period, it's a must-listen imo
Musi-O-Tunya - Wings of Africa (1975)
Zamrock (Zambian psychedelic rock/funk)

only other thing i have is this compilation album of 70s nigerian psychedelia. It is really, really great. if you can't be bothered to listen to the whole thing, just listen to the hygrades and the funkees.
this is great thread
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Are Orchestra Baobab too mainstream for this thread?

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also, here's some african stuff i've shared in the past

got a copy of this in the mail :3

Christy Essien Igbokwe - Give Me A Chance

One of Nigeria's most celebrated pop singers, Christy Essien shows she can get down with this 1980 record released on the legendary Afrodisia - two A-side cuts, Rumours and Nobody Can Stop You, are amongst the best afro-disco songs to come out of Nigeria


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Mammane Sani et son Orgue - La Musique Electronique du Niger

Solo organ music from Nigeria - originally recorded in conjunction with the national radio and nigeria's ministry of culture to showcase the new music coming out of nigeria, this hauntingly sparse album from 1978 sounds remarkably ahead of its time, and would not sound out of place next to the more odball synthpop/minimal synth taps of the next decade


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Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe - Osadebe '75

Fantastic and summery highlife released on Polydor's Nigerian imprint. Summery guitar melodies, fantastic percussion, a lively horn section - it just sounds like a sunny february afternoon


Thanks a lot ! downloading now.

Just had a listen to witch, fucking incredible. And thanks for the lecture, will watch that later.
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yeah witch rock

movin' on is actually my favourite witch album, it was reissued by invisible city along with their follow-up, kuomboka - definitely worth buying, i love my copy
this is much more boogie/disco influenced than their earlier stuff, some great synthesizer parts

David Byrne and the guys at Luaka Bop got me in to Onyeabor. Funk for days.
I've listened to a few hundred albums from Africa, and compiled them all onto this list.
I'll share a few of my favorites, y'all can ask me for whatever links you need.

Mbaraka Mwinshehe - The Last Recording of Soloist National Mbaraka Mwinshehe & Orchestra Super Volcano
>Muziki Wa Dansi
Meaning ‘Dance Music’ in Swahili, this popular Tanzanian genre of music is extremely cheery and uplifting. Mbaraka’s obscurity is an outstanding example of the beautiful, sunlight-soaked polyrhythms that highlight the genre.


Le Mystère Jazz de Tombouctou - Le Mystère Jazz de Tombouctou
>Afro Jazz, Mande Music
Le Mystère Jazz de Tombouctou is the shining star of the world’s all-time greatest label, Mali Kunkan. An eccentric yet poignant voice leads charismatic and complex rhythm structures, while providing insatiable hooks and overwhelming measures of passion. I can’t say enough about this album, one of the greatest records to come from Mali’s golden age.


Alan Namoko and Chimvu Jazz - Ana Osiidwa (The Orphans)
>African Folk Music
This nostalgic, emotionally passionate Malawian obscurity provides songs that, while in a language indecipherable, are deeply heartfelt, touching and compelling.


L' Orchestre national de Mauritanie - La Mone / Kamlat
>Afro-Jazz, West African Music
L’Orchestre National was a sentimental force in Mauritanian Music during the 60s and 70s, bringing a unique and cultured style of afro-jazz and filtering it through traditional Mauritanian roots. This quick single gives a proper look at the way the sound was developed.


what about afrobeat?
Orchestre Régional de Mopti - Orchestre Régional de Mopti
>Mande Music
Sorry Bamba’s original Orchestre, Regional de Mopti was essential to the sound that Mali Kunkan brought forth. I, personally, view Mali Kunkan as the single best music label in the history of planet Earth, and songs like Boro only further support this argument. If you have any slight, tangible interest in Malian music, this is a highly recommended record.


Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou - The Bariba Sound
The Beninese musical revolution was a unique one, and Super Borgou de Parakou was one of the finest musical groups to come from it, without a doubt rivalling the T.P. Orchestre. This Analog Africa compilation is strikingly psychedelic, with execution and consistency to back it up.


Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe - Osondi Owendi
Osondi Owendi is an immersive, relaxing Highlife jam that sprawls over three, long, blissful tracks. Uplifting, soulful music from one of Nigeria’s most beloved musicians.


Kokanko Sata - Kokanko Sata
>Mande Music
This is Mande Music that’s less on the jazzy side of things, and more on the folky side of things. Guitars, djembes, flutes, keregnaiums, and the Calabash all subtly accentuate the shy, yet subtly powerful soul this album wields.


I was looking for this earlier today. Thanks man.
Super Biton de Ségou - Le Super Biton National de Ségou
>Afro-Jazz, Mande Music
Standing tall in the history of Malian music, this Mali Kunkan gem sings powerful songs of morality, pertaining to gender equality and the prosperity of communal love. Biton de Segou is considered by many to supersede Le Mystere Jazz, Kénéstar de Sikasso, Sidi Yassa de Kayes, and even Kanaga de Mopti, having won the 1974 and 1976 Malian ‘battle of the bands’.


Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family - My Ancestors
>Zam-Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Zambia’s psych-rock revolution in the 70s took a grand amount of influence from Rock’s role in Western culture, but translated through the lens of lower-quality equipment and cultural roots, it results in a more interesting and emotionally inviting product. Raw and sloppy in an endearing way, My Ancestors is one of Zam-Rock’s finest gems.


Ali Farka Touré - Radio Mali
>Blues, Mande Music
The legendary Malian blues player rocketed to fame in his 1994 collaboration with Ry Cooder. However, this compilation shows the side of Ali Farka that’s engrained in quiet, soulful passion. It’s stripped down, and displays some of the most awe-inspiring guitar musicianship that I’ve ever heard.


Celestine Ukwu - Ilo Abu Chi
One of the best examples of Highlife’s purest qualities, this one is heartwarming, relaxing and sunny. Summertime bliss is encapsulated in this delicate release.



lmao I bet you just can't wait to impress your friends with bongos and tribal chants recorded in a mudhut. But as long as its obscure and "cultured" enough they'll think you're cool, right?
Various Artists - Africa Dances
>Soukous, Highlife
One of my fifty favorite releases of all time, Africa Dances is a simply beautiful compilation of Dance music accumulated from all around the continent, ranging from Township Jive in South Africa to Tizita in Ethiopia to Muziki Wa Dansi in Tanzania to Palm Wine Music in Sierra Leone, with plenty of Soukous and Highlife to top it off. Lisie by Les Bantous de la Capitale ranks as one of my ten favorite tracks ever. Never has a compilation done such a perfect job of accumulating all perspectives of beauty and emotion from the continent.


speaking of tribal chants recorded in a mudhut

Various Artists - Unesco Collection: Aka Pygmy Music
>Mbenga-Mbuti Music
One of my fifty favorite releases of all time, Aka Pygmy Music is exactly what its title denotes: music from the Aka Pygmies of the Central African Republic. This is an entirely new perspective on music, giving a breathtaking look into how music impacts the functionality of an African tribe. The polyrhythmic complexity that naturally comes to the Aka Pygmies has fascinated musicologists for decades. My favorite part of this record without a doubt, is how the raw beauty of music doesn’t take a studio to record in, a format to be released on and sold from, or even clothing to be worn. This is one of the most intrinsically genuine looks at how music impacts humanity.



this is the best
It truly is. Check out >>55095283 as well if you like it, it's on the same label.

Various Artists - Zaire: Musiques Urbaines A Kinshasa
Tradi-Modern is a highly obscure and sought after sound from the Congo. It’s an electrified version of traditional Congolese trance music (not to be confused with the EDM genre) that dates back to the early 70s, but very few recordings surfaced until 2005 when Konono No.1 popularized the sound. This compilation features Konono under an earlier name, Orchestre Tout Puissant Likembe Konono No 1, along with another three live perfomances that encapsulate this highly unique sound that’s exclusive to the heart of Africa.

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Various Artists - Zambiance!
>Kalindula, Zam-Rock
Kalindula is best defined as Zambian urban dance music with rumba-like guitars and quick, steady basslines. This compilation, in spite of its atrocious cover, does a great job at giving a wholesome view of Zambian music.


Various Artists - The Music of Madagascar: Classic Traditional Recordings of the 1930s
>Malagasy Folk Music
Malagasy Folk Music is one of my favorite kinds of folk, largely because it blends Austronesian Folk Music with Arabic and African influences. I find it truly fascinating how Madagascar’s music can be the crossroads of such varied influences from across the globe. The music itself is warm, gentle and soft, but still bears a high emotional and spiritual resonance.


Various Artists - Echoes of Africa: Early Recordings 1930s-1950s
>African Folk Music
A gorgeous collection of Afro-Pop and African Folk music comes to fruition in this extensive collection. Throughout the release, the listener is given a strong sense of heritage juxtaposed with variation; many nations are featured, but each defines itself as unique.
It's also refreshing to hear African Music that predates commercialization; however, the sounds contained on the album were still strongly pertinent to the musical scene of the Western world.


Various Artists - Ouaga Affair: Hard Won Sound of the Upper Volta 1974-1978
>Soukous, Afro-Funk
The little-known label Savannaphone turned a lot of heads with this compilation of Burkinabe music. The artists on this release have great presence, and each track has its own resonance. Some keyboard-driven funk, but it’s normally on the mellow side of things.


Various Artists - Ibi Na Bo: 60 Africa 70
This cassette compilation of African highlife is similar to Africa Dances both in song selection and regional variety. The rip doesn’t include song splitting, but for me, this is a great thing. Each song gently flows into and out of the next one, and eventually it makes you feel lost in a sea of tender African emotions.


Various Artists - Hasabè
>Ethio-Jazz, Tizita
My all-time favorite collection of Tizita, Hasabe has a perfect mixture of warm, light melodies and intense, chaotic vocal performances. Juxtaposing sunshine and darkness throughout, Hasabe is a quick and efficient look at the music of Ethiopia, again brought to you by Mississippi Records. One of my fifty favorite records ever.


Various Artists - Soul Safari Presents Township Jive & Kwela Jazz Volume 2
>Township Jive, Kwela
Township Jive derived from the shebeen culture promoted during South African’s intense apartheid. Kwela emerged in South Africa and was derived from the Zulu music that spawned up to Malawi. Again, happy African music aplenty to be found on this delightful compilation, Volume 2 of Ubuntu Publishing’s study of South African contemporary music during the 50s and 60s.


Various Artists - Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From the 1970s & '80s
>Muziki Wa Dansi, Afro-Funk
While most of the yields of Afro-Funk and related genres are being found in Western Africa, Kenya’s music is documented here with paralleling quality, depicting a beautiful cross between influences of Western Africa and nations to the south, like Tanzania. Kenya Special is truly something special, and brings a whole new musical perspective to a nation that isn’t usually near as documented as, say, Nigeria or Ghana.


Verckys et l'Orchestre Vévé - "Dynamite" Verckys
The legendary Soukous orchestra from Congo was recently reissued by Analog Africa and has accumulated a lot of great attention from it. This is their very first album, and they excelled right from the get-go. Subtle rhythmic changes and a surprisingly feminine voice make for a true Soukous experience.


have you heard the second one yet?
the guy was doing a 45-only dj gig in bangkok, my dad went and said it was great
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hey Ethan - I got about 30 other Original Music comps if you're looking to fill any gaps or explore further in one direction or another
ብዙነሽ በቀለ [Bezunesh Bekele] - Yenat Weleta
>Ethio-Jazz, Tizita
Tizita, being Amharic for ‘nostalgia, memory and longing’, represents a kind of soulful melancholy music from Ethiopia and Eritrea. This album shows female Tizita with excellent hooks and a strong dose of passion. One of my favorites from Ethiopia’s ‘Golden Age of Music’ which mostly took place during the 1970s.


From Original Music, I have the following:

Francis Bebey - Akwaaba
Various Artists - Africa Dances
Various Artists - African Acoustic: From The Copperbelt ... Zambian Miners' Songs
Various Artists - I've Found My Love: 1960's Guitar Band Highlife of Ghana
Various Artists - African Elegant: Sierra Leone's Kru/Krio Calypso Connection
Various Artists - Tumba, Cuarta & Ka'i: Music From Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao

If you have any of their comps besides the ones I just listed, I would actually love you 5ever if you uploaded me them. I adore the label.
አስናቀች ወርቁ [Asnaqètch Wèrqu] - Éthiopiques 16: Asnaqètch Wèrqu - The Lady With the Krar
>African Folk Music
This Ethiopian singer uses the Krar (5 to 6 string bowl-shaped lyre) to compliment her unique voice in this collection of powerful spirituals. One of my favorites from the Éthiopiques series from Buda music, an essential compilation series that documents the broadest range of Ethiopian music on the planet.


ውብሸት ፍስሐ [Woubeshet Feseha] - Woubeshet Feseha
>Ethio-Jazz, Tizita
Spiritually challenging Tizita from one of the more obscure singers. A cassette release that was sourced from the influential website, Awesome Tapes from Africa.


ታፈሰ ተስፋዬ [Tafese Tesfaye] - Zemana Getem Derasi
>Begena Music, African Folk Music
An Ethiopian Orthodox monk makes extremely minimal folk music with a Begena (bass lyre). This is music to repent your sins to. Hypnotic and moving.

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Listening to Fela Kuti - Water Get No Enemy got me through this cold/lonely winter.

that and Todd Rundgren.
ዓለማየሁ እሸቴ [Alèmayèhu Eshèté] - Éthiopiques 9: Alèmayèhu Eshèté (1969-1974)
>Ethio-Jazz, Tizita
This is Tizita that's on the soul side of things. Passionate and charismatic. Referred to as the ‘James Brown’ of Ethiopia, he sings as if his life depends on it.


Abdou Salam et Les Tendistes - Bayun Maata
>African Folk Music
This one is from Niger. Obscure, uplifting, and compelling, much like most well-executed African music.



no prob :)
I just gotta get some dinner first and I'll upload whatever I've found you don't have in one lump
just do me a favour: upload/post I've Found My Love and Tumba, Cuarta & Kai. I don't have them yet!
won't be more than a half-hour
Sorry Bamba - Sorry Bamba du Mali
>Afro-Jazz, Psychedelic Rock, Mande Music
This psychedelic blend of Malian Jazz, Folk and even Psych-Rock is an absolute killer.


i have i found my love, i'm at uni but if you leave your last/fm or something i can ul it for you
otherwise i'll try and see if i can access zippyshare or something on campus
here's a track from it i uploaded

Sure, no problem!

Fantastic share! Thanks ethan.
Francis Bebey - Akwaaba
Bikutsi, coming from Cameroon, roughly translates to ‘let’s beat the earth’, and this album is considered the genre’s ambassador to the western world. Francis Bebey’s most essential and most popular release. Sunny, invigorating and altogether a revolution in African music.


yeah i can't upload to either mega or zippyshare from campus
ig i'll just let ethan upload it if he has it
Yeah, I'm working on it. Thanks, though.
Hope you enjoy! And be sure to check out other Mali Kunkan stuff, I've given 4 records on that label a 4 star rating (Lala, Sidi Yassa de Kayes, Tomboctou and Regional de Mopti).

Here's I've Found my Love, the other is Tumba/Cuarta/Kai.

Majid Bekkas - African Gnaoua Blues
Gnawa is a kind of ethnic music stemming from Morocco that blends ritualistic percussion and sacred singing into a unique sonic experience known only from the Gnawa people This Gnawa record has the atmosphere of a blues record, forming a blend that is simultaneously shapeshifting and spiritual.


check yr fb
The Blue Notes - Blue Notes for Mongezi
>Cape Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz
South Africa’s unique Jazz movement is highlighted by this epic double album.



thanks and thanks! :)

upping now...

great, thank you very much!
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The Kampala Sound - 1960s Ugandan Dance Music

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Before Benga 2 - The Nairobi Sound

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The Tanzania Sound


forgot to include samples:
The Kampala Sound:
Before Benga 2:
Under The Coconut Tree - Music from Grand Cayman and Tortola

>no samples available

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Yoruba Street Percussion

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Azagas and Archibogs - The Sixties Sound of Lagos Highlife

>Fela Kuti - Water Get No Enemy

My african man
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From The Copperbelt - Zambian Miners' Songs

>no samples

I've noticed the IP of people I've seeded this to were in Zambia

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Guitar Songs From Tanzania, Zambia & Zaire

one of my favourites along with the first two I posted:

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Orlando Owoh - Dr Ganja's Polytonality Blues

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just remembered you mentioned you had this one earlier. oops. ah well, someone doesn't...

Francis Bebey - Nandolo with Love

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Street Music of Panama



I've literally only heard Fela Kuti, but I really like him.
What genres are common in African music? Is there a lot of folk music? There have probably been a few good jazz scenes, I'm guessing
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Too many for me to go into, since I have more gaps than knowledge. Two big ones from Nigeria are Afrobeat, which Fela is the chief exponent, and Highlife, which King Sunny Ade is probably the biggest name:
>other example of highlife

some of my favourite music from africa comes from Mali, with Bassekou Kouyate being my absolute favourite virtuoso musician of the ngoni:
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Dada Kidawa - 60s Dance Hits from Tanzania

I actually forgot I had this. glad this reminded me! many similar names as on here:
very cuban-influenced East African music

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Kerestina - Guitar Songs of Southern Mozambique 1955-1957

I love this thread
let's see what I have left...

Rain In The Hills - Beja Ballads of Port Sudan
Jamiila - Songs From A Somali City
Dueling Turbans - Yoruba Women Of The Drum
Sam Chege's Ultra Benga - Kickin' Kikuyu Style
Giants of Danceband Highlife
Songs The Swahili Sing
Money Be No Sand
Telephone Lobi

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Giants of Danceband Highlife


please continue i will love you 5ever
Ebaahi Soundz - Oye Tsei Lo?
Highlife was the African amalgamation of Rumba, Calypso and Swing into one breezy genre of gorgeous simplicity. This one is more on the traditional side of Highlife, being markedly feminine and sunny.


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Songs the Swahili Sing


Khalifa Ould Eide & Dimi Mint Abba - Moorish Music From Mauritania
>Moorish Music
One of my fifty favorite albums ever, Moorish Music from Mauritania is mind-bogglingly powerful with Dimi’s voice, and has unmatched musicianship with Khalifa on the Oud. Some songs even integrate their daughters into hand-percussion. If it’s not the pinnacle of ethnic music, it’s damn close.


Mahmoud Guinia - Mahmoud Guinia
A live recording of not but a man and his Guembri (three stringed skin-covered bass plucked lute), this Gnawa cassette is hypnotic and spiritually uplifting unlike any other kind of music made on the planet.


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Rain In The Hills - Beja Ballads of Port Sudan

Le Kéné-Star de Sikasso - Lala
>Mande Music, Afro-Jazz
Mali Kunkan continuously proves itself as one of the best labels in human history. This Mande jam flaunts a heavy use of polyrhythmic structure and highly uplifting soul.


K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas - K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas
Alahji K. Frimpong, a highlife specialist from Ghana, provides some uplifting music backed by fellow highlife orchestra Vis A Vis.


Mohammed Khaznadji - Algérie / Anthologie de la Arabo-Andalouse Vol.2
>Andalusian Classical Music
Andalusian Classical, a genre from the composers of Northern Africa, sounds like a fully-realized inspiration for many Hollywood/Africa movies of old. Mohammed Khaznadji remains one of the best examples of Andalusian Classical that I’ve found.


Kante Manfila - Kankan Blues
>Mande Music
One of the Mande guitar greats, Kante Manfila sings very fragile, gentle songs that harmonize perfectly with his innocent voice.


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check THIS out:
Dumisani Maraire - The African Mbira: Music of the Shona People of Rhodesia
>Shona Mbira Music
This genre comes from the Shona people of Zimbabwe, using their main instrument, the Mbira. One of my fifty favourite albums of all time, this is a breathtaking example of natural music. I adore the detail and the residual relaxation it imparts. Highly recommended for studying, sleeping, and enjoying in nature. Probably the best release from the essential Nonesuch explorer series.


I got it backlogged, once I listen to it I'll let you know.
this looks fantastic

Marijata - This Is Marijata
One of the very first albums from Africa I ever heard, was only rated ~30 times on RYM upon my first experience. Over the past few years, it’s deservedly accrued a lot of attention for its powerful funky goodness, and its groovy charm. Still among my all-time favorite albums, This is Marijata is an essential listen for anyone interested in Afro-Funk.


Prince Nico Mbarga - Sweet Mother
One of my favorite Highlife releases, Sweet Mother has some graceful and lively moments, especially on the essential Aki Special.


Ooleya Mint Amartichitt - Praise Songs
>Moorish Music
A voice as powerful as her Moorish predecessor in this thread, Dimi Mint Abba. Similar to Moorish Music from Mauritania, and recommended for anyone wishing to look deeper into the genre.

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aaand I'm all outta African shares ;_;

goddamn though, all these Original Music comps are going to improve my quality of life bigtime.
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Money No Be Sand (1960's Afro-Lypso / Pidgin Highlife / Afro-Soul / Afro-Rock)

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I`m glad to hear that - nearly all the torrents I got this from died after pirate bay was in dormancy, so I feel the need to give back

Dueling Turbans - Yoruba Women Of The Drum

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Sam Chege's Ultra Benga - Kickin' Kikuyu Style


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Telephone Lobi

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Jamiila - Songs From A Somali City


that`s the last one I have that you didn`t
thanks for all the shares!
there`s not many other Original Music comps we`re missing between us
if you find any more, my RYM is Toocold
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