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AFRICAN JAZZ

2013 - recommended recordings

Albums of the year

Album of the year - Central African jazz release of the year - East African jazz release of the year  – Southern African jazz release of the year - West Afica jazz release of the year  - Newcomers of the year - Reissues of the year   


Artists of the year

GuitaristsSaxophonists - Trumpet and FlugelhornTrombone - Horn SectionsPiano and Keyboards - Bass - Drums - PercussionVocalists Female - Vocalists  Male - Vocal  duets and multi voice groups -Big Bands - Small Bandsmulti instrumentalists - ArrangersComposers - Electronica - Miscellaneous instruments -  African Jazz Party Albums - Some memorable brief appearances - DVD documentariesDeaths


To read an article giving an overview of 2013 in African jazz click here

Links to reviews of individual albums can be reached by clicking the highlighted album titles below or by browsing the 2013 reviews section

 

Album of the year


Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Times -  Joseph Kabasele (double album, DR Congo)



Central African jazz release of the year


Boîte Noire - Ferre Gola (double album, DR Congo)


East African jazz release of the year


Ewedihalehu –  Aster Aweke (Ethiopia)


 Southern African jazz release of the year


Live at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival - Zim Ngqawana (previously unissued DVD also available as CD, South Africa)


West African  jazz release of the year


Sekunde - Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)




Newcomer of the year


Lil’ Noise - Case Closed (South Africa/Zimbabwe)



Recommended newcomers

Baby Ndombe’s big band - featured on Baby Ndombe Chante Pepe Ndombe (Live au salon Venus) by - Baby Ndombe (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Legan “Tino D” Breda - featured on Case Closed by Lil’ Noise (Zimbabwe)

Mbuso Khosa - Zindile (South Africa)

Lindiwe Maxolo  - Time (Maxolaysa) (digital download album, South Africa)

Tumi Mogorosi  - Project ELO (South Africa)

Nomfundo - Kusile (South Africa)

Paquebot & Tatiana - featured on Le Millionnaire by Karmapa (DR Congo)

Rama - featured on Cherie na Nga by Jeannot Bel (Tanzania)

Pablo Seotlolla - featured on  An Intimate Night with Unathi by Unathi (DVD, South Africa)

Mano Simeli  - featured on Case Closed by Lil’ noise (South Africa)



Reissue of the year


Jazz Maniacs and other artists - featured on the companion CD that comes with the book Marabi Nights: jazz, ‘race’ and society in early apartheid South Africa.,  2nd edition Christopher Ballantine (South Africa)


Highly recommended reissues

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – Simigwa (Ghana)

Sathima Bea Benjamin - featured on African Songbird by Bea Benjamin with Dollar Brand (South Africa/USA)

Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath - Procession: Live in Toulouse(South Africa/UK)

Manu Dibango - Kusini (LP, Cameroun)

Ray Lema - Five Original Albums (5CD set, DR Congo)

Abeti Masikini - Le Tube Cheri Badé (DR Congo)

Mlimani Park Orch. & International Orchestra Safari Sound - Zanzibara Vol. 7 - A Battle of Bands in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

William Onyeabor - World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor? (Nigeria)

“Pepe” Ndombe Opetum & Madilu System - featured on Santa by Pepe Ndombe et Madilu System () DR Congo

Orchestre National De Mauritanie  -  Orchestre National De Mauritanie  LP (Mauritania)

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Volume 3: The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk 1969-1980 (Benin)

various artists - Angola Soundtrack 2 (Angola)

Guy Warren/Ghanaba, Accra Trane Station, etc. -  Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra etc. Ghana/ USA)



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Artists of the year


Guitarists

Release of the year

Papa Noël - featured on Color by Papa Noël / Viviane A (DR Congo)


Recommended releases

6 Vitesses & Freddy Masaky - featured on: Menu by Doudou Copa (Congo Brazzaville)

Kunle Ayo - Jazzin' Up His Praise - Chapter 1 (Nigeria)

Burkina Faso & Jeannot Bel - featured on Cherie na Nga by Jeannot Bel (DR Congo)

Jonathan Butler - Grace and Mercy (South Africa)

Jonathan Butler - Merry Christmas to You (South Africa)

Johnny Chonco - featured on Zindile by Mbuso Khosa (South Africa)

Erol Dyers - featured on Cape Jazz Series Vol. 4/Musical Democracy by The Cape Jazz Band (South Africa)

Owura Kay - featured on Sekunde by Gyedu-BlayAmbolley (Ghana)

Reza Khota - featured on Case Closed by Lil’ Noise (South Africa)

Reza Khota - featured on Oscillations by Shane Cooper (South Africa)

Paquebot (lead) & Patrick Science (rhythm) - featured on featured on Le Millionnaire by Karmapa (CD, clips DVD also available, DR Congo)

Assane Seck - featured on ATribute to Miriam Makeba by Lorraine Klaasen (Guinea Conakry)

Pape Seck - featured on Aw Sa Yone Vol. 1 by Dieuf-Dieul De Thiès (previously unreleased CD, Senegal)

Lobi Traore - Bamako Nights: Live At Bar Bozo 1995 (Mali)

Olivier Tshimanga - featured on Accoustique Showcase 1789 by Ferre Gola (DVD, CD also available, DR Congo)

Olivier Tshimanga - featured on Boîte Noire by Ferre Gola (2 separate CDs, DR Congo)

Unidentified - featured on Baby Ndombe Chante Pepe Ndombe (Live au salon Venus) by - Baby Ndombe (CD/DVD set DR Congo)


Reissues

Jonathan Butler -Jonathan Butler (South Africa)

Tony Cox - Roots of (South Africa)

Sammy Masamba - featured on Le Tube Cheri Badé by Abeti Masikini (DR Congo)

Bopol Mansiamina - Bopol (DR Congo)

Bopol Mansiamina - Innovation (DR Congo)

Bopol Mansiamina – Manuela (DR Congo)

Hamadal Issoufou Moumine (aka Almeida) - featured on Kaani by Tal National (Niger)

Dr Nico, Dechaud &Tino Brazza - featured on CD 1/Vol .1 of Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Times by Joseph Kabasele (DR Congo/Angola)

Papa Noël, André Kambite (Damoiseu) &Casinir Mutshipule (Casino) - featured on CD 2/Vol .2 of Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music by Joseph Kabasele (DR Congo)

Erik Paliani – featured on Journey 2003 – 2013 by Zamajobe (Malawi)

Ernie Smith - Roots of (South Africa)

Philip Tabane - Ke A Bereka/Muvhango (2 On 1) (South Africa)

Ebo Taylor  - featured on Conflict by Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu (Ghana)

Ebo Taylor - Twer Nyame (LP, Ghana)

Olivier Tshimanga - featured on Concert Live à Toulouse by Elba Top A (DVD DR Congo)

unidentified possibly including Caen Madoka (solo) & Syran Mbenza (mi-solo) - featured on Santa by “Pepe” Ndombe et Madilu System (DR Congo)

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Saxophonists

Release of the year

Manu Dibango - Balade en Saxo (Cameroun)


Recommended releases

Olugbenga Akingbola - Anointed Notes: African Praise (Nigeria)

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley & Colonel Faat (tenor), Olu Segun (alto) - featured on Sekunde by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)

Demara Diop (tenor) & Pape Cissé (alto) - featured on Aw Sa Yone Vol. 1 by Dieuf-Dieul De Thiès (previously unreleased CD, Senegal)

Mark Fransman & Mpumi Dhlamini - featured on Case Closed by Lil’ Noise (South Africa)

Mark Fransman & Lou-Anne Stone - featured on Cape Jazz Series Vol. 4/Musical Democracy by The Cape Jazz Band (South Africa)

Buky Leo - featured on Anarchy by Buky Leo & Black Egypt (Nigeria)

Lulu Masilela - featured on ake It or Leave It by Lulu Masilela & Friends (South Africa)

McCoy Mrubata - featured on Mbaqanga Jazz by Black Moses & Mccoy Mrubata (South Africa)

Zim Ngqawana - Live at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (previously unreleased DVD also available as CD, South Africa)

Jeph Nomvete - featured on Jazz Dikas No.3 (Xibelani Swings Jazz) by Norman Chauke (South Africa)

Kola Ogunkoya - featured on Open Ya Eye by Kola Ogunkoya & The Atlanta Afrobeat Ochestra 2013 (Nigeria)

Kay Olajide - African Footprints (Nigeria)

Rama - featured on Cherie na Nga by Jeannot Bel (Tanzania)

Buddy Wells - featured Kusile by  Nomfundo (South Africa)

Buddy Wells (tenor) & Justin Bell airs (Alto) - featured on Oscillations by Shane Cooper (South Africa)


Reissues

Bobby Asiamah alias Super Bobby - featured on Simigwa by Gyedu-BlayAmbolley (Ghana)

Moreira Chonguica - featured on Reloaded by Moreira Project (Mozambique)

Basil “Manenburg” Coetzee - featured on African Songbird by BeaBenjamin with the Dollar Brand (South Africa)

Manu Dibango - Kusini (LP, Cameroun)

Manu Dibango, Jean Serge Essous, Edouard Lutula (Edo), Joseph Munange Mosimao & Michel “sax” Yuma Kasongo - featured on CD 2/Vol .2 of Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music by Joseph Kabasele (Cameroun, Congo Brazzaville, DDR Congo)

Moses Khumalo – featured on Live At Kippies 2001 (Set One) by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (South Africa)

Peter King - African Dialects (Nigeria)

Max Massengo - featured on Anthology by Max Massengo & Le Negro-Band (Congo Brazzaville)

McCoy Mrubata - Roots of (South Africa)

McCoy Mrubata - Very Best of (South Africa)

Isaac Musekiwa, André Menga, Edouard Lutula (Edo) & Manu Dibango - featured on CD 1/Vol .1 of Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music - by Joseph Kabasele (Zimbabwe/DDR Congo/Cameroun)

West Nkosi - Village Bump/I Feel So Lonely Without You (2 On 1) (South Africa)

Zacks Nkosi (tenor)  & Barney Rachebane (alto) - featured on Colours of Africa by Zacks Nkosi (South Africa)

Zim Ngqawana  - Roots of (South Africa)

Dudu Pukwana - - featured on Procession: Live in Toulouse by Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath (South Africa)

Dudu Pukwana (alto) & Bizo Mnggikana (tenor) - featured on Assagai by Assagai (LP,South Africa)


Consider also, under reissues, Nii Noi Nortey of Accra Trane Station who play Afrifones  (traditional Ghanaian wind instruments with sax mouthpiece added) on Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra by Accra Trane Station, Guy Warren/Ghanaba,  etc.

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Trumpet and Flugelhorn

Release of the year

Hugh Masekela - featured on Friends by Hugh Masekela &Larry Willis (4 CD set, South Africa)


Recommended releases

Kuku Ansong - featured on Sekunde by Gyedu-BlayAmbolley (Ghana)

Alioune Badara Diop - featured on Aw Sa Yone Vol. 1 by Dieuf-Dieul De Thiès (previously unreleased CD, Senegal)

Pablo Seotlolla - featured on  An Intimate Night with Unathi by Unathi  (DVD, South Africa)

Marcus Wyatt Quartet - One Life in the Sun (South Africa)


Consider also Playing @ Work: Re-Worked by Hugh Masekela which is a new one disc version of last year’s double album edited and remixed by Don Laka with additional keyboard and programming overdubs also by Don Laka (South Africa)


 Reissues

Kofi Acheampong alias Tommy King - featured on Simigwa by Gyedu-BlayAmbolley (Ghana)

Mongezi Feza - featured on Assagai by Assagai (LP, South Africa)

Willy Kuntima - featured on CD 1/Vol .1 of Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music - by Joseph Kabasele (DR Congo)

Hugh Masekela - Grazing in the Grass (South Africa)

Dennis Mpale - Colours of Africa (South Africa)

Augustin Ndilu & Raîs - featured on Concert Live à Toulouse by Elba top A (DVD, DR Congo)

Ngenga - featured on Wings Of Africa by Musi O Tunya (LP, Zambia)  

Ray Stephen Oche - No Discrimination (LP, Nigeria)

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Trombone


Malcolm Jiyane - featured on Project ELO by Tumi Mogorosi (South Africa)


Horn Sections

Release of the year


Kola Ogunkoya & The Atlanta Afrobeat Ochestra 2013 - Open Ya Eye (Nigeria/USA)


Recommended releases

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley’s horn section - featured on Sekunde by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)

Baby Ndombe’s horn section - featured on Baby Ndombe Chante Pepe Ndombe (Live au salon Venus) by -Baby Ndombe (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Femi Kuti - Mo Place For My Dream (Nigeria)

Buky Leo & Black Egypt  - Anarchy (Nigeria/Germany)

Zamajobe’s horn section  - featured on Thula Mntwana by Zamajobe (South Africa)


 Reissues

African Jazz Pioneers - Colours of Africa (South Africa)

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley’s horn section - featured on Simigwa by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)

Bella Bella’s horn section - featured on Les inoubliables Frères Soki et l'orchestre Bella Bella by fellow Bella (DVD, DR Congo)

Brotherhood of Breath’s horn section - featured on Procession: Live in Toulouse by Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath (South Africa/UK)

Mlimani Park Orch. & International Orchestra Safari Sound - Zanzibara Vol. 7 - A Battle of Bands in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

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Piano and Keyboards

Release of the year

Norman Chauke - Jazz Dikas No.3 (Xibelani Swings Jazz) (South Africa)


Recommended releases

Ramoon Aleksander - featured on Cape Jazz Series Vol. 4/Musical Democracy by The Cape Jazz Band (South Africa)

Black Moses - featured on Mbaqanga Jazz by Black Moses & Mccoy Mrubata (South Africa)

Black Moses - featured on Isiphithiphithi by Soul Brothers (South Africa)

Mpumi Dhlamini - featured on Case Closed by Lil’ Noise (South Africa)

Mpumi Dhlamini - featured on The Quintessence of Tsepo Tshola by Tsepo Tshola (South Africa)

Bokani Dyer - featured Kusile by  Nomfundo (Botswana)

Bokani Dyer - featured on Oscillations by Shane Cooper (Botswana)

Paul Hanmer -featured on Four Strings by Thammy (South Africa)

Abdullah Ibrahim - Mukashi - Once Upon a Time (South Africa)

Isaac Karikari (Young Amin) - featured on Sekunde by Gyedu-BlayAmbolley (Ghana)

Ray Lema - V.S.N.P. (DR Congo)

Chris McGregor - - featured on Different Times, Different Places by Harry Miller (previously unreleased, South Africa)

Nduduzo Makhathini – featured on Live at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival b Zim Ngqawana y (previously unreleased DVD DVD also available as CD, South Africa)

Cheick Tidiane Seck - Guerrier (Mali)


 Reissues

Naa  Yaw Boakye I. alias Frank Boakye - featured on Simigwa by Gyedu-BlayAmbolley (Ghana

Paul Hanmer - Roots of (South Africa)

Abdullah Ibrahim - featured on African Songbird by BeaBenjamin with the Dollar Brand (South Africa)

Ray Lema - Five Original Albums (5CD set, DR Congo)

Chris McGregor - - featured on Procession: Live in Toulouse by Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath (South Africa)

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa - Live At Kippies 2001 (Set One) (digital download album, South Africa))

Jabu Nkosi - featured on Colours of Africa by Zacks Nkosi (South Africa)

William Onyeabor - World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor? (Nigeria)

Mammane Sani - featured on La Musique Electronique du Niger by Mammane Sani Et Son Orgue (LP, Niger)

Kyle Shepherd - Fine Art (South Africa)

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Bass

Release of the year

Harry Miller - featured on The Birmingham Jazz Concert by Mike Osborne Trio (previously unreleased 2 CD set, South Africa)


Recommended releases

Richard Bona - Bonafied (Cameroun)

Shane Cooper - featured on Live at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival by Zim Ngqawana (previously unreleased DVD DVD also available as CD, South Africa)

Shane Cooper - Osciliations (South Africa)

Charles O Donkorunkel (Kwesi Arko) - featured on Sekunde by Gyedu-BlayAmbolley (Ghana)

Stephen Erasmus & Spencer Mbadu - featured on Cape Jazz Series Vol. 4/Musical Democracy by The Cape Jazz Band (South Africa)

Steve Mabona - featured on Jazz Dikas No.3 (Xibelani Swings Jazz) by Norman Chauke (South Africa)

Vuyo Manyilke - featured on Thula Mntwana by Zamajobe (South Africa)

Victor Massondo - featured on Friends by Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis (South Africa)

Harry Miller - Different Times, Different Places (previously unreleased. South Africa)

Etienne M’Bappe - featured on V.S.N.P. by Ray Lema (Cameroun)

Mano Simeli  - featured on Case Closed by Lil’ noise (South Africa)

Thammy - Four Strings (South Africa)


 Reissues

Johnny Dyani & Harry Miller - - featured on Procession: Live in Toulouse by Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath (South Africa)

Gito Baloi - featured on Colours of Africa by Tananas (Mozambique)

Gito Baloi -Roots of (Mozambique)

Makabi Flavien - featured on Concert Live à Toulouse by Elba Top A (DVD, DR Congo)

Sipho Gumede - featured on Colours of Africa by Zacks Nkosi (South Africa)

Sipho Gumede -Roots of (South Africa)

Ralph Karkari alias Ballami -  featured on Simigwa by Gyedu-BlayAmbolley (Ghana)

Tony Mbatchi - featured on Le Tube Cheri Badé by Abeti Masikini (DR Congo)

Basil Moses - featured on African Songbird by BeaBenjamin with the Dollar Brand (South Africa)

Albert Taumani & Joseph Mwena - featured on CD 1/Vol .1 of Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music - by Joseph Kabasele (DR Congo)

Unidentified possibly JB Nsamela - featured on Santa by “Pepe” Ndombe & Madilu System (DR Congo)

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Drums

Release of the year

Tony Allen - featured on Tony Allen Rhythms Revisited by Afrobeat Makers (LP also available as digital download album, Nigeria)


Recommended releases

Tony Allen - featured on Meus Filhos Afrobeat Rework byTony Allen & Abayomy Afrobeat Orquestra (10 inch vinyl EP, Nigeria)

Legan “Tino D” Breda - featured on Case Closed by Lil’ Noise (Zimbabwe)

Jerry Dibakoane - featured on Jazz Dikas No.3 (Xibelani Swings Jazz) by Norman Chauke (South Africa)

Kevin Gibson - featured on The Quintessence of Tsepo Tshola by Tsepo Tshola (South Africa)

Peter Mensah - featured on Sekunde by Gyedu-BlayAmbolley (Ghana)

Tumi Mogorosi  - Project ELO (South Africa)

Louis Moholo Moholo - featured on Different Times, Different Places by Harry Miller (previously unreleased, South Africa)

Louis Moholo Moholo - featured on Live at the Vortex by Foxes Fox (South Africa)

Jack Momple - featured on Cape Jazz Series Vol. 4/Musical Democracy by The Cape Jazz Band (South Africa)

Kevisan Naidoo - featured on Oscillations by Shane Cooper (South Africa)

Leroy Sauls - featured on Friends by Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis (South Africa)

Ayanda Sikande - featured on Live at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival by Zim Ngqawana (previously unreleased DVD also available as CD, South Africa)

Unidentified - featured on Baby Ndombe Chante Pepe Ndombe (Live au salon Venus) by - Baby Ndombe (CD/DVD set, DDR Congo)


 Reissues

Louis Moholo Moholo - featured on Assagai by Assagai (LP, South Africa)

Louis Moholo Moholo - featured on Procession: Live in Toulouse by Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath (South Africa)

Sello Montwedi – featured on Live At Kippies 2001 (Set One) by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (digital download album, South Africa)

Monty Webber - featured on African Songbird by BeaBenjamin with the Dollar Brand (South Africa)


Under reissues, consider also Nii Otoo Annan of Accra Trane Station and Guy Warren/Ghanaba who played a drum kit played with jazz drum sticks but assembled from traditional drums on Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra by Accra Trane Station, Guy Warren/Ghanaba,  etc.

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Percussion

Release of the year

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, Shikome & Aminu - featured on Sekunde by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)


Recommended releases

Joeman Kgomo - featured on Jazz Dikas No.3 (Xibelani Swings Jazz) by Norman Chauke (South Africa)

Thebe Lipere - featured on Säd Afrika by Loose Tubes (South Africa)

Les Tambours de Brazza - Sur La Route Des Caravannes (Congo Brazzaville)


 Reissues

Etienne Dilvuila (Baskis) Depuissant, Padi, Roger Isedi, PetitPuerre & Pepito - featured on CD 1/Vol .1 of Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music - by Joseph Kabasele (DR Congo)

Tlale Makhene– featured on Live At Kippies 2001 (Set One) by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (Swaziland)

Raymond Motau & Oupa Monareng - featured on Ke A Bereka/Muvhango (2 On 1) by Philip Tabane (South Africa)

Willie Sam alias Go Slow, Tony Mensah alias Paoa T, Paul Willie & Joe Ghansah alias Joe Pache -  featured on Simigwa by Gyedu-BlayAmbolley (Ghana)

Guy Warren/Ghanaba & Nii Otoo Annan - featured on on Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra by Accra Trane Station, Guy Warren/Ghanaba,  etc. (Ghana)


Consider also Vuyo Manyilke, drum programming, on Thula Mntwana by Zamajobe (South Africa)

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Vocalists Female

Release of the year

Aster Aweke – Ewedihalehu (Ethiopia)


Recommended releases

Ndoh Dlamini - Sekusile (South Africa)

Swazi Dlamini - Soul of Me (South Africa)

Lorraine Klaasen – A Tribute to Miriam Makeba (South Africa)

Lindiwe Maxolo  - Time (Maxolaysa) (digital download album, South Africa)

Nomfundo - Kusile (South Africa)

Judith Sephuma - Experience: Live in Concert (DVD, South Africa)

Tatiana - featured on Le Millionnaire by Karmapa (CD, clips DVD also available, DR Congo)

Unathi - An Intimate Night with (DVD, South Africa)

Zamajobe – Thula Mntwana (South Africa)


Reissues

Sathima Bea Benjamin - featured on African Songbird by Bea Benjamin with Dollar Brand (South Africa)

Gloria Bosman - Roots Of (South Africa)

Simphiwe Dana - Singles (South Africa)

Miriam Makeba - Forbidden Games (South Africa)

Abeti Masikini - Le Tube Cheri Badé (DR Congo)

Dorothy Masuka - Ultimate Collection (Zimbabwe)

Judith Sephuma - Best Of (South Africa)

Feya Tess - featured on Concert Live à Toulouse by Elba Top A (DVD, DR Congo)

Thandiswa - Singles (South Africa)

Zamajobe - Journey 2003 - 2013 (South Africa)

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Vocalists Male

Release of the year

Ferre Gola : Boîte Noire (2 separate CDs, DR Congo)


Recommended releases

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley Sekunde (Ghana)

Baby Ndombe, Michel Boyibanda, Josky Kiambukuta and “Pepe” Ndombe Opetum - featured on Baby Ndombe Chante Pepe Ndombe (Live au salon Venus) by Baby Ndombe (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Richard Bona - Bonafied (Cameroun)

Jonathan Butler - Grace and Mercy (South Africa)

Jonathan Butler - Merry Christmas to You (South Africa)

Norman Chauke - Jazz Dikas No.3 (Xibelani Swings Jazz) (South Africa)

Doudou Copa :-Menu (Congo Brazzaville)

Ferre Gola - Accoustique Showcase 1789 (DVD, also available as CD, DR Congo)

Ferre Gola - Jésus De Nuances : Live Boîte Noire Au Grand Hotel (DVD, DR Congo)

Karmapa - Le Millionnaire (CD, also available as clips DVD, DR Congo)

Mbuso Khosa - Zindile (South Africa)

Lágbájá 200 Million Mumu (The Bitter Truth) (digital download album, Nigeria)

Zim Ngqawana, Nduduzo Makhathini & Ayanda Sikande featured on Live at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival by Zim Ngqawana (previously unreleased DVD also available as CD, South Africa)

Biram Seck - featured on Bene Bop by Fofoulah (Senegal)

Tsepo Tshola - Quintessence of (Lesotho)


 Reissues

Gyedu-Blay AmbolleySimigwa (Ghana)

Gito Baloi - Roots of (Mozambique)

Michel Boybanda - featured on Anthology by by Max Massengo & Le Negro-Band (Congo Brazzaville)

Jonathan Butler - Jonthan Butler (South Africa)

Elba Top A  Concert Live à Toulouse DVD.

Le Grand Kallé (Joseph Kabasele), Tabu Ley Rochereau, Roger Izedi & Rossignol - featured on CD 1/Vol .1 of Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music - by Joseph Kabasele (DR Congo)

Le Grand Kallé (Joseph Kabasele), Jeannot Bombenga, Mujos & Kwamy- featured on CD 2/Vol .2 of Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music - by Joseph Kabasele (DR Congo)

Jabu Khanyile - Colours Of Africa (South Africa)

“Pepe” Ndombe Opetum & Madilu System - featured on Santa by Pepe Ndombe et Madilu System () DR Congo

Philip Tabane - Ke A Bereka/Muvhango (2 On 1) (South Africa)

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Vocal duets and multi voice groups

Release of the year

Mafikizolo - Reunited (South Africa)


Recommended releases

Erik Aliana - Just My Land (Cameroun)

Bala Brothers - Live at Emperors Palace (DVD, South Africa)

Mpumi Dhlamini,  Bulewa Basse, Brycce Anderson, Garlic Brown & Poseletso Sejosingoe - featured on Case Closed by Lil’ Noise (South Africa)

Ferre Gola,Biva Ray, etc. - featured on Boîte Noire by Ferre Gola (2 separate CDs, DR Congo)

Jaziel Brothers - Journey Defined (South Africa)

Gino Sitson - Listen:Vocal Deliria II (Cameroun)


Reissues

Manhattan Brothers -Colours of Africa (South Africa)

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Big Bands

Release of the year

Baby Ndombe’s big band - featured on Baby Ndombe Chante Pepe Ndombe (Live au salon Venus) by - Baby Ndombe (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)


Recommended releases

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley - Sekunde (Ghana)

Lágbájá 200 Million Mumu (The Bitter Truth) (digital download album, Nigeria)

Mamud Band - Afro Future Funk (Italy/ afrobeat)


 Reissues

African Jazz Pioneers - Colours of Africa (South Africa)

African Team - - featured on CD 2/Vol .2 of Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music - by Joseph Kabasele (DR Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Cameroun, Cuba)

Bella Bella - Les inoubliables Frères Soki et l'orchestre Bella Bella (DVD, DR Congo)

Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath - Procession: Live in Toulouse(South Africa/UK)

Abeti Masikini - Le Tube Cheri Badé (DR Congo)

Mlimani Park Orch. & International Orchestra Safari Sound - Zanzibara Vol. 7 - A Battle of Bands in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

Orchestre National De Mauritanie  -  Orchestre National De Mauritanie  LP (Mauritania)

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Volume 3: The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk 1969-1980 (Benin)

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Small Bands

Release of the year

Lil’ Noise - Case Closed (South Africa/Zimbabwe)


Recommended releases

Erik Aliana - Just My Land (Cameroun)

Mulatu Astatke - Sketches of Ethiopia (Ethiopia/UK)

Aster AwekeEwedihalehu (Ethiopia)

Richard Bona - Bonafied (Cameroun/France)

The Cape Jazz Band - Cape Jazz Series Vol. 4/ Musical Democracy (South Africa)

Norman Chauke - Jazz Dikas No.3 (Xibelani Swings Jazz) (South Africa)

Shane Cooper - Osciliations (South Africa/Botswana)

Manu Dibango - Balade en Saxo (Cameroun/France)

Dieuf-Dieul De Thies - Aw Sa Yone Vol. 1 (previously unreleased, Senegal)

Ferre Gola - Accoustique Showcase 1789 (DVD, also available as CD, DR Congo

Abdullah Ibrahim - Mukashi - Once Upon a Time (South Africa/international)

Jaribu Afrobeat Arkestra - Mediacracy (Afrobeat/Japan)

John Wizards - John Wizards (Rwanda/South Africa)

Karmapa - Le Millionnaire (CD also available as clips DVD, DR Congo)

Mbuso Khosa - Zindile (South Africa)

Lorraine Klaasen – A Tribute to Miriam Makeba (South Africa/Guinea Conakry/Canada)

Femi Kuti - Mo Place For My Dream (Nigeria)

Ray Lema - V.S.N.P. (DR Congo)

Buky Leo & Black EgyptAnarchy (Nigeria/Germany)

Lindiwe Maxolo  - Time (Maxolaysa) (digital download album, South Africa)

Tumi Mogorosi  - Project ELO (South Africa)

Monoswezi - The Village (Zimbabwe/Scandinavia)

Nomfundo - Kusile (South Africa/Botswana)

Trio Kazanchis - Amaratch Musica (Ethiopia)

Zimology - featured on Live at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival by Zim Ngqawana (previously unreleased DVD DVD also available as CD, South Africa)


Reissues

Accra Trane Station featured on on Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra by by Accra Trane Station, Guy Warren/Ghanaba,  etc. (Ghana/USA)

African Jazz - featured on Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music - by Joseph Kabasele (DR Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Angola, Zimbabwe, Cameroun)

Gyedu-Blay AmbolleySimigwa (Ghana)

Assagai - Assagai (LP, South Africa/UK)

Christie Azumah And The Uppers International - Din Ya Sugri (LP, Ghana)

Sathima Bea Benjamin - featured on African Songbird by Bea Benjamin with Dollar Brand (South Africa/USA)

Gito Baloi -Roots of (Mozambique/South Africa)

Gloria Bosman - Roots Of (South Africa)

Simphiwe Dana – Singles (South Africa)

Manu Dibango - Kusini (LP, Cameroun)

Dur Dur Band - Volume 5 (Somalia)

Freedom Family - Ayentsoo (LP, Nigeria)

K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas - K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas (Ghana)

Sipho Gumede -Roots of (South Africa)

Paul Hanmer - Roots of (South Africa)

Itadi - Itadi (LP, Togo)

Jazz Maniacs and other artists - featured on the companion CD that comes with the book Marabi Nights: jazz, ‘race’ and society in early apartheid South Africa.,  2nd edition Christopher Ballantine (South Africa)

Ray Lema - Five Original Albums (5CD set, DR Congo)

Malombo - featured on Ke A Bereka/Muvhango (2 On 1) by Philip Tabane (South Africa)

Max Massengo & Le Negro-Band - Anthology (Congo Brazzaville)

Dorothy Masuka - Ultimate Collection (DVD/CD set, Zimbabwe)

Orchestra Super Mazembe - Mazembe @ 45rpm Vol. 1 (Kenya/DR Congo)

Orchestra Super Mazembe - Mazembe @ 45rpm Vol. 2 (digital download album, Kenya/ DR Congo)

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa - Live At Kippies 2001 (Set One) (digital download album, South Africa)

Moreira Project – Reloaded (Mozambique/South Africa)

Movement - Instrumental (Zimbabwe)

McCoy Mrubata - Roots of (South Africa)

McCoy Mrubata - Very Best of (South Africa)

Musi O Tunya - Wings Of Africa (LP, Zambia)

Nath And Martin Brothers - Money (Nigeria)

Zacks Nkosi - Colours of Africa (South Africa)

Zim Ngqawana  - Roots of  (South Africa)

Ogassa - Ogassa (LP, Benin)

William Onyeabor - World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor? (Nigeria)

Kyle Shepherd - Fine Art (South Africa)

Sinakho Dance Band - Colours of Africa (South Africa)

Super Djata De Bamako - vol 1 & 2 (t2 separate LPs, Mali

Tananas - Colours of Africa (Mozambique/South Africa)

various artists - Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight To Ghana 1974-1983 (Ghana)

various artists - Angola Soundtrack 2 (Angola)

various artists - Kenya Special (Kenya)

various artists - Voltaique Panoramique Popular Music In Ouagadougou And Bobo-Dioulasso 1968-1978 (2 LP set, Burkina Faso)  

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multi instrumentalists

Release of the year

Zim Ngqawana - Live at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (previously unreleased DVD DVD also available as CD, South Africa)


Recommended release

Erik Aliana - Just My Land (Cameroun)

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley Sekunde (Ghana)

Mulatu Astatke - Sketches of Ethiopia (Ethiopia)

Richard Bona - Bonafied (Cameroun)

Mpumi Dhlamini - featured on Case Closed by Lil’ Noise (South Africa)

Mpumi Dhlamini - featured on The Quintessence of Tsepo Tshola by Tsepo Tshola (South Africa)

Manu Dibango - Balade en Saxo (Cameroun)

Vuyo Manyilke - featured on Thula Mntwana by Zamajobe (South Africa)

Pops Mohamed - featured on A Celebration f Togetherness by Southern Rhythms All Stars Ft Pops Mohamed  (South Africa)


 Reissues

Manu Dibango - Kusini (LP, Cameroun)

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse - Colours of Africa (South Africa)

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse- Ultimate Collection (CD/DVD set, South Africa)

Hailu Mergia - featured on Shemonmuanaye by Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument (Ethiopia)

Kyle Shepherd - Fine Art (South Africa)

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Arrangers

Release of the year

Mpumi Dhlamini - featured on Case Closed by Lil’ Noise (South Africa)


Recommended releases

Erik Aliana - Just My Land (Cameroun

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley - Sekunde (Ghana)

Mulatu Astatke - Sketches of Ethiopia (Ethiopia)

Richard Bona - Bonafied (Cameroun)

Mpumi Dhlamini - featured on The Quintessence of Tsepo Tshola by Tsepo Tshola (South Africa)

Manu Dibango - Balade en Saxo (Cameroun)

Abdullah Ibrahim - Mukashi - Once Upon a Time (South Africa)

Lágbájá 200 Million Mumu (The Bitter Truth) (digital download album, Nigeria)

Lawrence Matshikiza - featured on Sekusile by Ndoh Dlamini (South Africa)

- Themba Mkhize -  featured on Zindile by Mbuso Khosa (South Africa)

Pops Mohamed - featured on A Celebration f Togetherness by Southern Rhythms All Stars Ft Pops Mohamed (South Africa)

Olivier Tshimanga - featured on: Accoustique Showcase 1789 by Ferre Gola (DVD also available on CD, DR Congo)

Olivier Tshimanga - featured on Boîte Noire by Ferre Gola (2 separate CDs, DR Congo)


 Reissues

Manu Dibango - Kusini (LP, Cameroun)

Abdullah Ibrahim - featured on African Songbird by BeaBenjamin with the Dollar Brand (South Africa)

Ray Lema - Five Original Albums (5CD set, DR Congo)

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse - Colours of Africa (South Africa)

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse- Ultimate Collection (CD/DVD set, South Africa)

Chris McGregor - featured on Procession by Brotherhood of Breath (South Africa)

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Composers

Release of the year

“Pepe” Ndombe Opetum - featured on Baby Ndombe Chante Pepe Ndombe (Live au salon Venus) by Baby Ndombe (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)


Recommended releases

Erik Aliana - Just My Land (Cameroun)

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley - Sekunde (Ghana)

Mulatu Astatke - Sketches of Ethiopia (Ethiopia)

Aster Aweke - Ewedihalehu (Ethiopia)

Norman Chauke - Jazz Dikas No.3 (Xibelani Swings Jazz) (South Africa)

Mpumi Dhlamini - featured on Case Closed by Lil’ Noise (South Africa)

Mpumi Dhlamini - featured on The Quintessence of Tsepo Tshola by Tsepo Tshola (South Africa)

Abdullah Ibrahim - Mukashi - Once Upon a Time (South Africa)

Karmapa - Le Millionnaire (CD, clips DVD also available, DR Congo)

Lágbájá 200 Million Mumu (The Bitter Truth) (digital download album, Nigeria)

Ray Lema - V.S.N.P. (DR Congo)

Zim Ngqawana - Live at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (previously unreleased DVD DVD also available as CD, South Africa)


Reissues

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley Simigwa (Ghana)

Sathima Bea Benjamin - featured on African Songbird by Bea Benjamin with Dollar Brand (South Africa)

Manu Dibango - Kusini (LP, Cameroun)

Joseph Kabasele, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Dr nico, Dechaud & Roger Izedi - featured on CD 1/Vol .1 of Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music - by Joseph Kabasele (DR Congo)

Joseph Kabasele, Jeannot Bombenga, Jean Serge Essous, Mathieu Kounka, Edo & Kwamy- featured on CD 2/Vol .2 of Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music - by Joseph Kabasele (DR Congo./Congo Brazzaville)

Ray Lema - Five Original Albums (5CD set, DR Congo)

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse - Colours of Africa (South Africa)

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse- Ultimate Collection (CD/DVD set, South Africa

Manhattan Brothers -Colours of Africa (South Africa)

Abeti Masikini - Le Tube Cheri Badé (DR Congo)

Dorothy Masuka - Ultimate Collection (CD/DVD set, Zimbabwe)

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa - Live At Kippies 2001 (Set One) (digital download album, South Africa)

Zacks Nkosi - Colours of Africa (South Africa)

William Onyeabor - World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor? (Nigeria)

“Pepe” Ndombe Opetum - featured on Santa by Pepe Ndombe et Madilu System (DR Congo)

Le Poète Lutumba Simaro - featured on Concert Live à Toulouse by Elba top A (DVD, DR Congo)

Philip Tabane - Ke A Bereka/Muvhango (2 On 1) (South Africa)


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Electronica

Release of the year

Mafikizolo – Reunited (South Africa)


Some Recommended releases

African Lounge Collective - Unmapped (South Africa)

Francis Bebey - Remixed (Cameroun)

Hervé Kossi : Ga Mè Lé (Benin)

Konkoma - Konkoma Remixed (12 inch vinyl single, Ghana/UK)

Don Laka - featured on Playing @ Work: Re-Worked by Hugh Masekela (South Africa) (South Africa)

Vuyo Manyilke - featured on on Thula Mntwana by Zamajobe (South Africa)


 Reissue

C.S. Crew - Funky Pack (Nigeria)

William Onyeabor - World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor? (Nigeria)

Penny Penny  - Shaka Bundu (South Africa)

Mammane Sani - featured on La Musique Electronique du Niger by Mammane Sani Et Son Orgue (LP, Niger)

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Miscellaneous Instruments

Release of the year

Mèssèlè Asmamou (Krar)- featured on Trio Kazanchis - Amaratch Musica (Ethiopia)


Recommended releases

Chromatic marimba

Bongani Sotshononda - Indigenous Jazz (South Africa)


Kora

Ablaye Cissoko - featured on Amanke Dionti byAblaye Cissoko &Volker Goetze (Senegal)

Pops Mohamed - featured on A Celebration f Togetherness by Southern Rhythms All Stars Ft Pops Mohamed (South Africa)


Masinko,  Krar & Kobero

Chalachew Ashenafi (Masinko) & Ililta BandFano (previously unreleased, Ethiopia)

Mèssèlè Asmamou (Krar)- featured on Amaratch Musica by Trio Kazanchis (Ethiopia)


Mbira/thumb piano

Monoswezi - The Village (Zimbabwe)

Ngoni

Bassekou Kouyaté - Jama Ko (Mali)


Reissues

Afrifones  (traditional Ghanaian wind instruments modified to incorporate sax mouthpiece)

Nii Noi Nortey - featured on on Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra by

o by Accra Trane Station, Guy Warren/Ghanaba,  etc. (Ghana)


Mbira/thumb piano

Movement - Instrumental (Zimbabwe)

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African Jazz Party Albums

Release of the year

Karmapa - Le Millionnaire (CD, clips DVD also available, DR Congo)


Recommended releases

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley Sekunde (Ghana)

Bukky Leo & Black Egypt  - Anarchy (Nigeria/Germany)

Mafikizolo Reunited (South Africa)


Reissues

Gyedu-Blay AmbolleySimigwa (Ghana)

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Some memorable brief appearances


Release of the year

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa & Brice Wassy - previously unreleased version of Rapela on Live At Kippies 2001 (Set One) (digital download album, (South Africa/Cameroun)


Recommended releases

Sékouba Bambino  - featured on Viva by Africando by Africando (Guinea Conakry)

Tony Cedras - featured on Cape Jazz Series Vol. 4/Musical Democracy by The Cape Jazz Band (South Africa)

Jimmy Dludlu - featured on Case Closed by Lil’ Noise (Mozambique)

Mongezi Feza - featured as the composer of  You ain’t gonna know me ‘cos you think you know me on both Procession by Brotherhood of Breath and Live at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival by Zim Ngqawana(previously unreleased DVD DVD also available as CD, South Africa)

Ferre Gola : featured on the previously unreleased song Wuondershare on Dimanche Live Mayi-Mayi by Ferre Gola (DVD, DR Congo)

Sibongile Khumalo - featured on Past The Present The Future by Kelly Khumalo (South Africa)

Ray Lema - featured on the track Sur Ray on Sur La Route Des Caravannes by Les Tambours de Brazza. (DR Congo)

Lokombe & Dizzy Mandjeku featured on Ntesa Dalienst’s composition “Mari Mboka” Viva by Africando by Africando (DR Congo)

Lionel Loueke featured on Eggun by Omar Sosa (Benin)

SiphoHotstix’ Mabuse, Sibongile Khumalo, Hugh Masekela, Khaya Mahlangu & Moses Taiwa Molelekwa - featured on Harare on the DVD of The Ultimate Collection by Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse (CD/DVD set, South Africa)

Maika Munan - featured on Power Kosa Leka by Fally Ipupa : (2CD, DR Congo)

Kyle Sheppard - featured on Cape Jazz Series Vol. 4/Musical Democracy by The Cape Jazz Band (South Africa)

Thandiswa - featured on  I Believe by Oskido (South Africa)

Herbie Tsoaeli, Ayanda Sikande, Thomas Dyani, Sydney Mavundla, Afrika Mkhize, Andile Yenana & Nduduzo Makhathini - featured on Time (Maxolaysa) by Lindiwe Maxolo (South Africa)

Marcus Wyatt &Sidney “Ace” Mnisi – featured on Unmapped by African Lounge Collective (South Africa)

Zahara and her horn section - featured on the tracks Okwami Ngokwakho, Umongameli and Iphupha on Phendula by  Zahara (South Africa)


 Reissues

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley - featured on Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight To Ghana 1974-1983 (by various artists Ghana)

Vicky Longomba, Brazzos &Pierot - from OK Jazz, featured on the track Indépendance Cha Cha from Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music by Joseph Kabasele, two CD set, also available as two separate download albums (DDR Congo)

ET Mensah & Ambrose Campbell - featured on London Is The Place For Me 5 & 6 by various artists (two CD set, Ghana/Nigeria)

Nashil Pichen and Samba Mapagala - eatured on Mazembe @ 45rpm Vol. 1 by

Orchestra Super Mazembe (Zambia/DR Congo)

Nashil Pichen & Veckys and his Orchestra Veve - featured on Kenya Special selected East African recordings from the 1970's and 80's (Zambia/DR Congo)

Guy Warren/Ghanaba - featured on the tracks Eyi Wala Dong (That Happy Feeling) and Hallelujah Finale on Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra by various artists (Ghana/USA)


Consider also Africa in America Rock, Jazz & Calypso 1920-1962 by various artists (three CD set, mostly USA)


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DVD documentaries


Sathima Bea Benjamin - featured on Sathima’s Windsong a film by Daniel Yon (South Africa)

Hugh Masekela - featured on Charlie Rose August 13, 2009 (South Africa/USA)

Olivier Tshimanga - Congolese Rumba Guitar Technique directed by Jeannot Bel (DDR Congo/UK)

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Deaths


Sathima Bea Benjamin - South Africa’s greatest torch singer who had a special affinity for the music of Duke Ellington.

Xoli Nkosi - gifted South African keyboard and the synthesiser specialist who died much to young

Victor Ntoni - double bassist, vocalist, composer and supremely gifted arranger from South Africa

Tabu Ley Rochereau - Congolese singer, composer, bandleader and African Jazz alumnus whose popularity and influence across the bulk of sub-Saharan Africa was second only to that of Franco in the 1960's, 1970's, and 1980’s.

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