Samy Redjeb, proprietor of the excellent German label Analog Africa (who did a great DJ set at Sonotheque during this year’s World Music Festival), has just created a killer 46-minute mix of hard-hitting African jams for British music mag the Wire. It’s called Analog Africa Selection Vol. 2 (you can find the first one on the label’s blog). There’s no information about the artists or tracks, but the music is from Angola, Ethiopia, Senegal, Nigeria, Togo, Guinea, and Benin, and some of it will probably turn up on future Analog Africa releases.
Speaking of future releases, Analog Africa’s The Vodoun Effect, an amazing collection of ultra-rare tracks by Benin’s greatest band, Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo de Cotonou, is due to come out in the States on November 21. It presents a side of this vibrant band distinct from the aspects showcased on previous albums issued by Soundway and Popular African Music.
Update: At the moment the Wire website appears to be down, so try again later if you have trouble.
Marina Machado, Tempo Quente (EMI, Brazil)
Marilyn Crispell, Vignettes (ECM)
Toshimaru Nakamura, Dance Music (Bottrop-Boy)
Randy Newman, Harps and Angels (Nonesuch)
Jemeel Moondoc Quintet, Nostalgia in Times Square (Soul Note)