VINYL (LP & EP)

Groupe RTD - The Dancing Devils of Djibouti [vinyl 2LP]

Groupe RTD - The Dancing Devils of Djibo...

Premiera: 05.06.2020 The first ever international album from the Republic of Djibouti and Ostinato's first studio recorded album. While the music of Somalia is widely celebrated, its neighbor, Djibouti, formerly known as French Somaliland, is home to an equally deep reservoir of its own unique Somali music. A stunning collision of Indian Bollywood, Jamaican dub and reggae, sleek horns inspired by Harlem's jazz era, and the haunting and joyous synthesizer melodies of the Red Sea by Groupe RTD, the national radio band of Djibouti and one of East Africa's best kept secrets. Helmed by Mohamed Abdi Alto, possibly the most unheralded saxophone virtuoso in all of Africa, and mentored by guitarist Abdirazak Hagi Sufi -- both of whom feature as instrumentalists on our Grammy-nominated compilation Sweet As Broken Dates -- Groupe RTD is the finest expression of Djibouti's cosmopolitan music style. Alto honed his trade from a steady diet of John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. Abdirazak's guitar ...

EUR 24.75
Grupo Pilon - Leite Quente Funana de Cabo Verde [vinyl]

Grupo Pilon - Leite Quente Funana de Cab...

Premiera: 28.02.2020 At home, in the islands of Cabo Verde, there was grog, or grogu, a strong sugarcane moonshine not dissimilar to Colombian aguardiente, copiously consumed at Funaná parties. In the diaspora, in Europe, there was leite quente (hot milk). "I can still remember the taste of the first leite quente I drank in Lisbon," says Antonino Furtado Gomes, Pilon's drummer and current band leader. Synthesize the Soul, Ostinato Records' second compilation, revealed chapter one of the Cabo Verde cultural story in Europe, zooming in on visionaries like Paulino Vieira who made Lisbon the headquarters spearheading the musical revolution taking place within Cape Verdean emigre communities across Europe in the 1980s. Musicians from across the diaspora would eagerly travel to the Portuguese capital to record. Grupo Pilon represents the second chapter of the Krioulu diaspora story. In smaller pockets, second generation musicians were independently contributing to one of the most lush p...

EUR 17.25
V/A - Pour Me A Grog: The Funana Revolt in 1990s Cabo Verde [vinyl 180g]

V/A - Pour Me A Grog: The Funana Revolt ...

Premiera: 28.02.2020 Raw Funana music, a sibling of Cumbia, distilled from the Badiu masters of the accordion. Crafted in the isolated northern heartlands of Cabo Verde's Santiago Island, where revolt and rebellion against injustice courses through its history's veins. Hypnotic notes on aged accordions tuned and flavored in ways found nowhere but Santiago are infused with inviting baselines, raucous rhythms, blade-on-iron percussion, and the bubbling lyricism and lament of the island's finest ambassadors. Best enjoyed with grog, Cabo Verde's local moonshine made from sugarcane crushed by bulls. Imbibe responsibly, listen carefully, and dance recklessly. 180g vinyl LP gatefold accompanied by a 12-page booklet. Hardcover CD with a 20-page booklet. Featured on BBC World Service: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07r4m1c BBC Radio 3: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0009rfr   Tracklisting 1 Rei Di Tabanka [clip] Ferro Gaita 2 Mulato Ferrera [clip] Etalvinho Preta ...

EUR 22.25
Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour - The Shaigiya Sound of Sudan [vinyl]

Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour - The Sh...

Grammy-nominated Ostinato Records presents "Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour: The Shaigiya Sound of Sudan" in a gatefold LP packaging with vintage photos and authentic Sudanese designs. A complex blend of Arab melodies, Nubian rhythms, and signature Sudanese call and response by a legend of Shaigiya music from nothern Sudan. ------ Abu Obaida Hassan and the wonders of his five-string tambour remained largely a mystery. In the early 2000s, a prominent Sudanese newspaper declared him dead. Internet forums confirmed his passing. Many in Khartoum, Sudan's capital, said he had indeed died. But rumors that he was still alive persisted. What was always certain is Abu Obaida Hassan's mercurial talent. His command of a modified tambour, backed by a chorus and two drummers, unleashed swirling melodies alongside complex Nubian rhythms and hypnotic Sudanese call and response. His bands roster constantly changed, but he remained at the helm, playing for sold out shows in cities across the cou...

EUR 22.25
V/A - Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa [vinyl 2LP]

V/A - Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali...

In 1988, on the eve of a two decade civil war, Somalia's authoritarian ruler Siad Barre launched punishing air strikes on the north of the country, known today as Somaliland, in response to agitations for independence. The bombing leveled the entire city. Barre targeted Radio Hargeisa to prevent any kind of central communication system that could organize a resistance. With the attack imminent, a few brave radio operators and dedicated vanguards of Somali culture knew the archives, containing over half a century of Somali music had to be preserved. Thousands upon thousands of cassette tapes and master reels were quickly removed from the soon-to-be targeted buildings. They were dispersed to neighboring countries like Djibouti and Ethiopia, and buried deep under the ground to withstand even the most powerful airstrikes. "We buried them in the ground so the bomb's won't hit," one former leading journalist with Radio Hargeisa told us. These audio artifacts were excavated and recalled fr...

EUR 27.25
V/A - Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan [vinyl 3LP]

V/A - Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Vi...

Ponownie dostępna!3xLP + 20-page bookletZ recenzji Bartka Chacińskiego (Polifonia/Polityka)Z kolei Ostinato Records, znana choćby z reedycji fenomenalnej, recenzowanej tu płyty Abu Obaidy Hassana, publikuje jutro kompilację muzyki sudańskiej Two Niles To Sing a Melody: The Violins and Synths of Sudan. Muzyki intensywnej, pełnej przebojów, pochodzącej głównie ze złotej ery rozwoju tamtejszej muzyki rozrywkowej, lat 70. i 80. – do wprowadzenia prawa opartego na szariacie i pierwszych represji przeciwko artystom w 1983 roku, a później przejęcia władzy przez dyktatora Umara al-Baszira, wejścia cenzury i regularnych prześladowań. Są też pojedyncze utwory z lat 90., tworzone już poza Sudanem, ale w mniejszości. Słychać też na tej płycie – choć w bardzo subtelnym stopniu – mieszanie miejscowej tradycji z instrumentarium i technikami z Zachodu. Włącznie z tytułowymi syntezatorami, które pojawiają się m.in. w jednym z najmocniejszych momentów na trackliście – Droob A Shoag Abdelmoniema Ekhaldie...

EUR 32.25