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UK label MR BONGO presents new AFRICA 45’s #9 & #10.

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MR BONGO PRESENTS: AFRICA 45’s #11

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A: Ayaléw Mèsfin ft. Black Lion Band – Ghedawou

Ethiopian dance floor Funk rarity originally released on Kaifa 7” (KF 31) in 1976. Hand claps, guitar lines and call and response lead vocals punctuate the driving bass line and understated drum groove.

Mesfin played primarily at the Lumumba Club in Addis Ababa’s red light district and released many 45’s and cassettes during the mid seventies. He worked very closely with the Black Lion Band (or Tequr Ambessa Orchestra)

B: Mulatu Astatke ft. Feqadu Amdé-Mesqel – Asmarina

Laid back, drum-heavy, Ethipian jazz taken from the legendary Ethio Jazz’ LP on Amha (AELP 90). Typifies the sound of the country and the period, truly classic stuff. Mulatu will be touring heavily in 2016, which we are very much looking forward to.

MR BONGO PRESENTS: AFRICA 45’s #12

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A: Wganda Kenya – Shaloade

Uptempo afro-latin business of the highest order. You might recognise Wganda Kenya from our Latin 45’s series; they are infact a Latin band produced by the legendary Fruko. This is a cover version of Fela Kuti’s ‘Shakara Oloje’ originally released on Discos Fuentes in 1976, hence their inclusion here in Africa 45’s.

B: Peter King – Ajo

We have released two albums by Peter King on Mr Bongo, ‘Miliki Sound’ and ‘Shango’. ‘Ajo’ is a Mr Bongo favourite. Reminiscent of Begining Of The End’s ‘Funky Nassau’, it’s sweet, vocal driven afro-funk with killer uplifting horn sections, changes and drum breaks.

Originally appeared on King’s ‘Omo Lewa’ LP from 1976, originals of which are nigh on impossible to find for a reasonable price now.