Abdel El Aziz Al Mubarak - "Ma Kunta Aarif Yarait (I Wish I Had Known)"
Kamal Tarbas - "Min Ozzalna Seebak Seeb (Forget Those That Divide Us)"
Madjzoub Ounsa - "Arraid Arraid Ya Ahal (Love, Love Family)"
Khojali Osman - "Malo Law Safeetna Inta (What If You Resolve What's Between Us?)"
Zaidan Ibrahim - "Ma Hammak Azabna (You Don't Care About My Suffering)" (live)
Saied Khalifa - "Igd Allooli (The Pearl Necklace)"
Taj Makki - "Ma Aarfeen Nagool Shino! (We Don't Know What To Say!)"
Hanan Bulu Bulu - "Alamy Wa Shagiya (My Pain And Suffering)" (live)
Abdelmoniem Ekhaldi - "Droob A Shoag (Paths To Love)"
Samira Dunia - "Galbi La Tahwa Tani (My Heart, Don't Fall In Love Again)"
Mohammed Wardi - "Al Sourah (The Photo)"
Abdullah Abdelkader - "Al Zaman Zamanak (It's Your Time)"
Mustafa Modawi & Ibrahim El Hassan - "Al Wilaid Al Daif (The Youth Who Came As A Guest)"
Ibrahim El Kashif - "Elhabeeb Wain? (Where Is My Sweetheart?)"
Mohammed Wardi - "Al Mursal (The Messenger)"
Review: Before a hard line religious government seized control of Sudan via a 1989 coup, the country had one of the richest musical scenes in the world. This fine two-disc compilation from Ostinato brilliantly chronicles the various strands of this scene, focusing especially on music made in the capitol city, Khartoum. Fired by tum tum and Nubian rhythms, the set shuffles through the Arabian-inspired violin and accordion-heavy orchestral music of the 1970s, synthesizer and drum machine-driven cuts of the 1980s, and more polished later recordings produced by local artists who had fled persecution in the 1990s. There's naturally much to enjoy throughout, including a clutch of rare live recordings and some of the most beguilding, heart-felt songs ever to come out of East Africa.
Dur Dur Band - "Duruuf Maa Laygu Diidee (Rejected Due To My Circumstance)" (feat Muqtar Idi Ramadan)
Iftiin Band - "Anaa Qaylodhaanta" (feat Mahmud Abdalla "Jerry" Hussen)
Review: In 1988, on the eve of the civil war that began to tear apart Somalia in the early 1990s, an intrepid band of broadcasters and journalists secretly salvaged some 10,000 cassettes of homegrown music from the archives of Radio Hargeissa in Somaliland. Almost 30 years on, those tapes have finally been mined for Sweet As Broken Dates, a brilliant compilation that finally showcases some of the multitude of gems that were recorded and released in the country between the late '60s and early '90s. It's a brilliant collection, all told, full of exotic music that combines Western styles - soul, funk, disco, pop, reggae, boogie, psychedelic rock and even early hip-hop- with musical influences from the wider region (most notably Arabic and tropical music from islands in the Indian Ocean). In other words, it should be an essential purchase.
Coupe Cloue Et Trio Select - "La Vie Vieux Negre" (3:25)
Rodrigue Milien Et Son Groupe Combite Creole - "Rapadou" (3:59)
Les Loups Noirs - "Pele Rien" (3:29)
Super Jazz De Jeunes - "Erzulie Oh!" (5:29)
Nemours Jean Baptiste - "Haiti Cumbia" (2:12)
Ensemble Etoile Du Soir - "Prend Courage" (2:56)
Super Jazz De Jeunes - "Lonin" (3:11)
Ensemble Etoile Du Soir - "Tripotage" (2:55)
Chanel 10 - "Lola" (5:05)
Super Choucoune 70 - "Madeleine" (8:04)
Les Pachas Du Canape Vert - "Samba Pachas No 2" (5:39)
Ibo Combo - "Souffrance" (5:44)
Les Shleu Shleu - "Diable Le" (5:15)
Shupa Shupa - "Shupa Shupa" (3:48)
Orchestre De La Radio National D'Haiti - "Meci Bon Dieu" (4:50)
Review: New York City label Ostinato Records make their impressive debut with this compilation of Haitian Jazz and Electric Folklore spanning two decades from the sixties onwards. Allegedly compiled from an array of private collections and radio archives in Brooklyn and several digging trips throughout Haiti, this 20-track selection offers an intriguing overview of the country's musical diversity in this period. Musical innovation is matched by percussive potency as Ostinato tell the story of a "vibrant laboratory of colliding influences" in the best way possible; with some truly delightful music! You can totally see "Pele Rein" by Les Loups Noirs getting played by Floating Points down Brilliant Corners. They also include a 20 page liner note booklet with vintage photographs mined across Haiti and its vast diaspora, an essay by a scholar of traditional Haitian Vodou rhythms at the School of Arts in Port au Prince, a history of the Haitian sound, and interviews with key figures of the forgotten scene.