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AFRICAN JAZZ

2014 - 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 documentaries and fimsDeaths


To read an article giving an overview of 2014 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 2014 Reviews Section  

Album of the year


Koffi Chante Luambo: Live Concert - Koffi Olomide (DVD,only, DR Congo)



Central African jazz release of the year


Encore & Toujours - Lutumba Simaro & Bana OK (double album available as set or separate discs, also as a digital album:: a DVD of several tracks is available too, DR Congo)


East African jazz release of the year


Sost  -  Akalé Wubé (Ethio jazz, France)


 Southern African jazz release of the year


Brasskap Sessions Vol .2 - McCoy Mrubata (South Africa)


West African  jazz release of the year


Live at Lagny Jazz Festival - Carmen Souza (DVD/CD set, Cabo Verde/ Portugal )



Newcomer of the year


The Offering - Thandi Ntuli (South Africa)


Recommended newcomers

Atomga - Atomga (digital download only. Afrobeat; USA)

Indwe  - Indwe (South Africa)

Luyanda Madope & Billy Monama - featured on Brasskap Sessions Vol .2 by McCoy Mrubata (South Africa)

Movi – M - Movi – M (South Africa)

Dominic Quachie - featured on The Different Shades of Ambolley  by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)

Sisa Sopazi - Images & Figures (South Africa)

Unidentified lead vocalist - featured on the track Salim by Lutumba Simaro & Bana OK on the album Encore & Toujours (double album (available as set or separate discs, also as a digital album: a DVD of several tracks is available too, DR Congo)

Villy &The Xtreme Volumes  - Let's Play (Nigeria, download only)

Sisonke Xonti - featured on African Time:Quartet In Concert by Herbie Tsoaeli - (2 CD set, South Africa)

Zongo Junction - No Discount  (Afrobeat; USA)



Reissue of the year


20 Years Sheer African Jazz - Various Artists (198 minute Digital download only, South Africa, plus  Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland & Zimbabwe)



Highly recommended reissues


Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako - eponymous (2 cd set, Mali)

Lekan Babalola - Songs Of Icon (2 CD set, Nigeria)

Francis Bebey - Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 (vinyl double album only, Cameroun)

Jazz Epistles -  The Complete Recordings (feat. Hugh Masekela & Dollar Brand) (Digital download only, South Africa)

Prince Youlou Mabiala and T.P. OK Jazz with Verckys on alto sax - Le Verdict (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - 18 further albums reissued simultaneously (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Shaluza Max / Tabu Ley Rochereau - Manganese / Hafi Deo (double A side 12 inch vinyl single, South Africa/ DR Congo)

William Onyeabor - 9 CD Box Set (Nigeria)

Aaron “Krucial Keys” Rimbui - Keys of Life (Digital download only; Kenya)

Aaron “Krucial Keys” Rimbui - Alfajiri (Digital download only; Kenya)

Tabu Ley Rochereau - For Ever (Best Of) (DVD, DR Congo)

Tabu Ley Rochereau - Prophete (DR Congo)

Tabu Ley Rochereau - Seigneur Rochereau : D'hier à Aujourd'hui (DVD, DR Congo)

Various artists - Live Gérard Madiata, Franco et Bombenga (DVD, DR Congo)

Various artists - Soul Safari Presents Township Jive & Kwela Jazz Volume 2 & 3 (South Africa)


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Artists of the year


Guitarists

Release of the year

Maika Munan – featured on Concert Koffi Chante Tabu Ley II (by Koffi Olomide (DVD, only; DR Congo)

Note: this is a new recording not to be confused with the 2011 digital download album Chante Tabu Ley volume 2.


Recommended releases

Alfred Kari Bannerman – featured on the eponymous album Ibibio Sound Machine (Ghana)

Jonathan Butler - Living My Dream (South Africa)

Jimmy Dludlu Live (two CD set, Mozambique)

Huit Kilos Nseka Bimwela – featured on La Rumba SoYo by Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca (DR Congo)

Djessou Mory Kante - River Strings - Maninka Guitar (Guinea)

Lionel Loueke - featured on the CD Eve by Angelique Kidjo (Benin)

Caen Madoka  - featured on Désoléeee!!! by Feya Tess (DR Congo)

Caen Madoka  - featured on Le Roi Polo XVIII by Sergeo Polo (DR Congo)

Pepe Fely Manuaku featured on Les Plus Classiques de la Musique Congolaise by Delvis El Salsero, Manuaku Pepe Fely, Ray Lema, Wuta May, Theo Blaise Kounkou & Ada Muangisa (DR Congo)

Louis Mhlanga,  Billy Monama & Erik Paliani - featured on Brasskap Sessions Vol .2 by McCoy Mrubata (Zimbabwe,South Africa & Malawi)

Maika Munan – featured on Koffi Chante Luambo - Live Concert (by Koffi Olomide (DVD, only DR Congo)

Davi Obayendo - featured on A Long Way to the Beginning by Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)

Dominic Quachie - featured on The Different Shades of Ambolley  by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)

Abdoulaye Samb - featured on Wouty by Abdoulaye Samb and Minnjiaraby (Senegal)

Julius Schultz - Color Blind (South Africa, studio CD plus live DVD set)

Lutumba Simaro & Bana OK’s guitarists  - featured on Encore & Toujours by Lutumba Simaro & Bana OK’s (double album available as set or separate discs, also as a digital album: a DVD of several tracks is available too, DR Congo)



Reissues

Afrisa’s guitarists - featured on Tabu Ley Rochereau - For Ever (Best Of) (DVD, DR Congo)

Afrisa’s guitarists - featured on  Seigneur Rochereau : D'hier à Aujourd'hui (DVD, DR Congo)

April Allou, Tony Cox, Errol Dyers, Prince Kupi (solo and with Moses Khumalo), Allen Kwela, Louis Mhlanga (solo & with Vusi Mahlesa, Sheer All Stars), John Selolwane (with Hugh Masekela), Ernie Smith - featured on 20 Years Sheer African Jazz by various artists (Digital download only, South Africa except  Mhlanga, Zimbabwe & Selolwane, Botswana))

Franco, Lutumba Simaro, etc. - featured on Live Gérard Madiata, Franco et Bombenga by various artists (DVD, DR Congo)

Franco, Lutumba Simaro, etc - featured on - The Very Best Of Vol .1 by Le Poète Lutumba Simaro ( DR Congo)

Amartey Hedzoleh ‎– Kukurantumi (Ghana)

Kanté Manfila – featured on Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako (2 cd set, Guinea)

Michelino – featured on Prophete by Tabu Ley Rochereau (DR Congo)

Dr Nico & Dechaud – featured on Megamix, Vol. 1 to 3 by Br Nico (digital download EP's only, DR Congo)

Dr Nico, Dechaud &Tino Brazza - featured on Independance Cha-Cha, Vol. 1 & 2  by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (Digital download only; DR Congo/Angola)

Dr Nico, Dechaud &Tino Brazza - featured on Souvenirs From The Congo by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (double album, vinyl only; DR Congo/Angola)

Dr Nico & Dechaud – featured on Souvenirs From Esengo 1957-1961 by Rock-a-Mambo, L'African Jazz (double album, vinyl only; DR Congo &Congo Brazzaville)

Lucky Ranku – featured on Next Stop Soweto Presents Spirit of Malombo: Malombo, Jabula, Jazz Afrika 1966-1984 by Various Artists (two CD set, South Africa)

Souza Vangou - featured on M'bata Otikali! Otika by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, DR Congo)

Souza Vangou - featured on Judoka by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, DR Congo)

Souza Vangou - featured on Etabe Mofude Special 3e Anniversaire by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, RR Congo)

Souza Vangou - featured on 100% De Pourcentage by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, DR Congo)

Souza Vangou - featured on Couper-Soucis by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, DR Congo)

Souza Vangou - featured on Sentimental by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, DR Congo)

Souza Vangou featured on Karibu by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, DR Congo)

Souza Vangou - featured on 1 x 2 = Mabé by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, DR Congo)

Souza Vangou - featured on Lili et nsona, live in Miguel by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, DR Congo)

Souza Vangou - featured on Leo?? Utataaaya!!! by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, DR Congo)

Souza Vangou - featured on Mon Avocat a Voyagé by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, DR Congo)

Souza Vangou featured on Loufoulakari by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, DR Congo)

Souza Vangou featured on Marie Bima (Mon Avocat a Voyagé 2e Épisode) by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, DR Congo)

Souza Vangou featured on Kamikaze Loningisa (feat. Virimiche & Angelou Chevauchet)  by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, DR Congo)

Souza Vangou featured on Dona beija by Youlou Mabiala Feat. Josky Kiambukuta (digital download only, DR Congo)

Souza Vangou - featured on Keba Na Moniato by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, DR Congo)

Souza Vangou - featured on  Le Verdict by Prince Youlou Mabiala and T.P. OK Jazz with Verckys on alto sax (digital download only, DR Congo)

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Saxophonists

Release of the year

Dexter Johnson – featured on Live À L’Etoile by Dexter Johnson & Le Super Star De Dakar(previously unreleased, Nigeria)


Recommended releases

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley & Colonel Faat (tenor), Olu Segun (alto) - featured on The Different Shades of Ambolley by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)

Ntshuks Bonga & Jason Yarde - featured on For The Blue Notes by Louis Moholo- Moholo(South Africa/UK)

Makeson Browne & Wesley Rustin – featured on Felix: Music From The Motion Picture feat. Makeson Browne, Lwanda Gogwana, Soi-Soi Gqeza, Lipuo Tsira, Duke Norman, Chris Engel, Bokani Dyer, Wesley Rustin & Kevin Gibson by  Murray Anderson  (digital download only, South Africa)

Steve Dyer- Confluence (South Africa)

Orlando Julius & Jason Yarde - featured on Jaiyede Afro by Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics (Nigeria/ UK)

Mandla Masuka – featured on Live Legend by by Sipho Gumede ( previously unreleased 2 CD set, South Africa)

McCoy Mrubata - featured on I Am Who Am I Mlungisi Gegana (South Africa)

McCoy Mrubata – featured on Brasskap Sessions Vol .2 by McCoy Mrubata (South Africa)

Mthuinzi Mvublu - featured on Innocent Victims & Perpetrators by Lex Futshane - (South Africa)

Mthuinzi Mvublu &Sisonke Xonti - featured on The Offering by Thandi Ntuli  (South Africa)

Various artists including Ntshuks Bonga - featured on Duduvudu – The Gospel According to Dudu Pukwana by various artists (South Africa (South Africa, USA)

Buddy Wells - featured on Dream State by Kyle Shepherd (2 CD set, South Africa)

Sisonke Xonti -:- featured on African Time:Quartet In Concert by Herbie Tsoaeli - (2 CD set, South Africa)


Reissues

Empopo Deyesse – featured onProphete by Tabu Ley Rochereau (DR Congo)

Manu Dibango - Africadelic (Cameroun)

Manu Dibango - Dance With Manu Dibango Cameroun)

Manu Dibango, etc.  - featured on Independance Cha-Cha, Vol. 1 & 2  by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (Digital download only; Cameroun)

Manu Dibango, etc.  - featured on Souvenirs From The Congo by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (double album, vinyl only; Cameroun)

Steve Dyer - Son Of The Soil (South Africa)

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

Moses Khumalo (solo plus with McCoy Mrubata, Pops Mohamed), Khaya Mahlangu (with Sakhle, Hugh Masekela),  Ezra Ngcukana (with Bheki Mseleku), Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Sydney Mnisi (with Marcus Wyatt, The Voice, Andile Yenana), McCoy Mrubata (solo & with Sheer All Stars,Paul Hanmer) , Zim Ngqawana (with McCoy Mrubata) Barney Rachebane (with Darius Brubeck)  - featured on 20 Years Sheer African Jazz by various artists (Digital download only, South Africa)

Verckys Kiamuangana Mateta - featured on Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 -1978 by Verckys & Orchestre Vévé:-  (DR Congo)

Verckys Kiamuangana Mateta - featured on  Le Verdict by Prince Youlou Mabiala and T.P. OK Jazz with Verckys on alto sax (digital download only, DR Congo)

Peter King – Omo Lewa (Nigeria)

Peter King – Shango (Nigeria)

Kippie Moeketsi - featured on The Complete Recordings (feat. Hugh Masekela & Dollar Brand) by The Jazz Epistles (Digital download only, South Africa)

Kippie Moeketsi - featured on Verse 1+ by The Jazz Epistles - (vinyl LP, South Africa)

Dudu Pukwana (alto) & Peter “Shimmy” Radise (tenor) - featured on Rejoice + Together Johnny Dyani (2 CD set, South Africa)

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Trumpet and Flugelhorn

Release of the year

Marcus Wyatt - featured on Maji Maji In The Land Of Milk & Honey by Marcus Wyatt & Language 12 (South Africa)


Recommended releases

Kuku Ansong - featured on The Different Shades of Ambolley by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)

Feya Faku - featured on I Am Who Am I Mlungisi Gegana (South Africa)

Lwanda Gogwana – featured on Felix: Music From The Motion Picture feat. Makeson Browne, Lwanda Gogwana, Soi-Soi Gqeza, Lipuo Tsira, Duke Norman, Chris Engel, Bokani Dyer, Wesley Rustin & Kevin Gibson by  Murray Anderson  (digital download only, South Africa

Marcus Wyatt  - featured on The Offering by Thandi Ntuli  (South Africa)

Marcus Wyatt & Lwanda Gogwana - featured on Confluence by Steve Dyer(South Africa)


 Reissues

Bruce Cassidy (with Kalamazoo), Feya Faku (with Mahube, Andile Yenana, Bheki Mseleku), Hugh Masekela, Prince Lengoasa (with McCoy Mrubata, Winston Mankunku Ngozi) Peter Nthwane, Brian Thusi, Marcus Wyatt (solo plus with The Voice, McCoy Mrubata , Hotep Idris Galeta & Heavy Spirits) - featured on 20 Years Sheer African Jazz by various artists (Digital download only, South Africa except Nthwane, Lesotho)

Mongezi Feza - featured on Rejoice + Together Johnny Dyani (2 CD set, South Africa)

South Africa)

Willy Kuntima – featured on Megamix, Vol. 1 to 3 by Br Nico (digital download EP's only, DR Congo)

Willy Kuntima - featured on Independance Cha-Cha, Vol. 1 & 2  by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (Digital download only; DR Congo)

Willy Kuntima - featured on Souvenirs From The Congo by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (double album, vinyl only; DR Congo)

Hugh Masekela - featured on The Complete Recordings (feat. Hugh Masekela & Dollar Brand) by The Jazz Epistles (Digital download only, South Africa)

Hugh Masekela - featured on Verse 1+ by The Jazz Epistles - (vinyl LP, South Africa)

(South Africa)

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Trombone


Recommended releases

Abdul Raheem  - featured on Jaiyede Afro by Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics (Ghana)


Reissues

 Jonas Gwangwa - featured on The Complete Recordings (feat. Hugh Masekela & Dollar Brand) by The Jazz Epistles (Digital download only, South Africa)

Jonas Gwangwa - featured on Verse 1+ by The Jazz Epistles - (vinyl LP, South Africa)

(South Africa)

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



Horn Sections

Release of the year

McCoy Mrubata’s horn section - featured on Brasskap Sessions Vol .2 by McCoy Mrubata (South Africa)


Recommended releases

Bana OK’s  horn section - featured on Encore & Toujours by Lutumba Simaro & Bana OK’s (double album available as set or separate discs, also as a digital album: a DVD of several tracks is available too, DR Congo and/or France)

C-Base Collective’s horn section - featured on Live by Jimmy Dludlu (two CD set, South Africa)

Egypt 80’s horn section including Adekunle Adebiyi (baritone),Oyinade Adeniran (tenor) - featured on A Long Way to the Beginning by Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)

Kaber Kabasele (trumpet), Augustin Ndilu (sax) plus two other Afrisa alumni - featured on Concert Koffi Chante Tabu Ley II (by Koffi Olomide (DVD, only DR Congo)

Note: this is a new recording not to be confused with the 2011 digital download album Chante Tabu Ley volume 2

unidentified 7 piece horn section– featured on Koffi Chante Luambo - Live Concert (by Koffi Olomide (DVD, only DR Congo)


 Reissues

Afrisa’s horn section - featured on Tabu Ley Rochereau - For Ever (Best Of) (DVD, DR Congo)

Afrisa’s horn section - featured on  Seigneur Rochereau : D'hier à Aujourd'hui (DVD, DR Congo)

Verckys Kiamuangana Mateta & T.P. OK Jazz’s horn section - featured on  Le Verdict by Prince Youlou Mabiala and T.P. OK Jazz with Verckys on alto sax (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville/ DR Congo)

Verckys Kiamuangana Mateta & Orchestre Vévé’s horn section - featured on Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 -1978 by Verckys & Orchestre Vévé:-  (DR Congo)

Zinga Ngola (trumpet) & Iblo (sax) - featured on Etabe Mofude Special 3e Anniversaire by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only,Congo Brazzaville)

T.P.OK Jazz’s horn section - featured on Live Gérard Madiata, Franco et Bombenga by various artists (DVD, DR Congo)

T.P.OK Jazz’s horn section - featured on - The Very Best Of Vol .1 by Le Poète Lutumba Simaro ( DR Congo)


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Piano and Keyboards

Release of the year

Nduduzo Makhathini:- featured on African Time:Quartet In Concert by Herbie Tsoaeli - (2 CD set, South Africa)


Recommended releases

Black Moses,  Paul Hanmer & Luyanda Madope - f featured on Brasskap Sessions Vol .2 by McCoy Mrubata (South Africa)

Mpumi Dhlamini & Luyanda Madope - featured on Love & Life by Wanda Baloyi (South Africa)

Bokani Dyer - – featured on Felix: Music From The Motion Picture feat. Makeson Browne, Lwanda Gogwana, Soi-Soi Gqeza, Lipuo Tsira, Duke Norman, Chris Engel, Bokani Dyer, Wesley Rustin & Kevin Gibson by  Murray Anderson  (digital download only, Botswana)

Valentia Ferlito - featured on I Am Who Am I Mlungisi Gegana (South Africa)

Abdullah Ibrahim - The Song is My Story (DVD/CD set, South Africa)

Isaac Karikari (Young Amin) - featured on The Different Shades of Ambolley by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)

Don Laka – Portraits (South Africa)

Ray Lema - featured on Essengo by Ray Lema et le Dock des Mômes (DR Congo)

Afrika Mkhize - featured on Miriam Makeba – Grand Finale South African Tour 2006 Live At The Cape Town International Jazz Festival  (DVD, previously unreleased; South Africa)

Thandi Ntuli - The Offering (South Africa)

Thandi Ntuli - featured on Innocent Victims & Perpetrators by Lex Futshane - (South Africa)

Funsho Ogundipe – featured on Afrobeat Chronicles, Vol. 4: Esoterica Galactica by Ayetoro (digital download EP also released as part of the vinyl LP compilation; Asoju Oba Ayetoro - Directions in Music by Funsho Ogundipe; Nigeria)

Kyle Shepherd - Dream State (2 CD set, South Africa)

Kyle Shepherd – Into Darkness

Kyle Shepherd – featured on Jubileejam by Claude Cozens Trio (South Africa)

Randal Skippers – featured on Color Blind by Julius Schultz - (South Africa, studio CD plus live DVD set)

Tatenda Viya - featured on Mukombe We Mvura (Live at Pakare Paye) by Oliver Mutukudzi (Zimbabwe)

Andile Yenana – featured on Images & Figures by Sisa Sopazi (South Africa)

Andile Yenana, Thandi Ntuli &  Bokani Dyer - featured on Confluence by Steve Dyer (South Africa)



 Reissues

Darius Brubeck,  Hotep Idris Galeta,Paul Hanmer(solo & with Gloria Bosman,McCoy Mrubata), Sylvester Mazinyane (with Moses Khumalo), Pops Mohamed  (solo & with Kalamazoo) Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (with Gito Baloi), Bheki Mseleku , Xoli Nkosi (solo and with Prince Kupi, Sakhile) Kyle Shepherd, Wessel Van Rensburg (solo & with Sheer All Stars ), Andile Yenana (solo & with The Voice, Mahube, Louis Mhlanga, Zim Ngqawana, Herbie Tsoaeli) - featured on 20 Years Sheer African Jazz by various artists (Digital download only, South Africa except Brubeck, USA)

Paul Hanmer & Themba - Mkhize - featured on Son of the Soil by Steve Dyer (South Africa)

Abdullah Ibrahim - featured on The Complete Recordings (feat. Hugh Masekela & Dollar Brand) by The Jazz Epistles (Digital download only, South Africa)

Abdullah Ibrahim - - featured on Verse 1+ by The Jazz Epistles - (vinyl LP, South Africa)

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

William Onyeabor - 9 CD Box Set (Nigeria)

Aaron “Krucial Keys” RimbuiKeys of Life (Digital download only; Kenya)

Aaron “Krucial Keys” RimbuiAlfajiri (Digital download only; Kenya)

Cheick Tidane Seck - featured on Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako (2 cd set, Mali)

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Bass

Release of the year

Sipho Gumede (first bass) & Bongani Nkwanyana (second bass) – featured on Live Legend by by Sipho Gumede (previously unreleased 2 CD set, South Africa)


Recommended releases

Okwarachukwu Ikechi Amaeshi - featured on Give And Take: Live by Zonke (2 CD+DVD set, South Africa)

Shane Cooper - featured on - featured on  Dream State by Kyle Shepherd (2 CD set, South Africa)

Charles O Donkorunkel (Kwesi Arko) - featured on The Different Shades of Ambolley by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)

Lex Futshane - Innocent Victims & Perpetrators (South Africa)

Mlungisi Gegana - I Am Who Am I (South Africa)

Benjamin Jephta – featured on Jubileejam by Claude Cozens Trio (South Africa)

 Benjamin Jephta - featured on The Offering by Thandi Ntuli  (South Africa)

Benjamin Jephta, Peter Sklair &  Herbie Tsoaeli - featured on Brasskap Sessions Vol .2 by McCoy Mrubata (South Africa)

Lucas Khumalo- featured on Live by Jimmy Dludlu (two CD set, South Africa)

Thembinkosi Mavimbela -– featured on Images & Figures by Sisa Sopazi (South Africa)

Etienne Mbappe  - featured on Essengo by Ray Lema et le Dock des Mômes (Cameroun)

Guy Nsangué Akwa - featured on African Woman by Sia Tolno (Cameroun)

Herbie Tsoaeli - African Time:Quartet In Concert (2 CD set, South Africa)

Herbie Tsoaeli - featured on Confluence by Steve Dyer (South Africa)


 Reissues

Gito Baloi, Shane Cooper(with Kyle Shepherd), Mlungisi Gegana (with McCoy Mrubata), Sipho Gumede (solo & with Kalamazoo, Sheer All Stars, Sakhile) Victor Masondo (with Hotep Idris Galeta) ,Jimmy Mngwandi (with Moses Khumalo), Peter Sklair (with Paul Hanmer), Herbie Tsoaeli (solo & with Gloria Bosman, Mahube, The Voice, Marcus Wyatt, Andile Yenana, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Bheki Mseleku), Fana Zulu (with Hugh Masekela) - featured on 20 Years Sheer African Jazz by various artists (Digital download only South Africa except Baloi, Mozambique)

Johnny Dyani  - - featured on Black Paladins by Joseph Jarman & Don Moye featuring Johnny Dyani (Vinyl LP plus CD set, South Africa)

Johnny Dyani & Virimujie Willie Mbuende - featured on Rejoice + Together Johnny Dyani (2 CD set, South Africa/ Namibia)

Johnny Gertze - featured on The Complete Recordings (feat. Hugh Masekela & Dollar Brand) by The Jazz Epistles (Digital download only, South Africa)

Johnny Gertze - - featured on Verse 1+ by The Jazz Epistles - (vinyl LP, South Africa)

Harry Miller - - featured on Opened, But Hardly Touched by Peter Brotzmann, Harry Miller & Louis Moholo Moholo (vinyl LP double album only, South Africa)

Albert Taumani & Joseph Mwena - featured on Independance Cha-Cha, Vol. 1 & 2  by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (Digital download only; DR Congo)

Albert Taumani & Joseph Mwena - featured on Souvenirs From The Congo by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (double album, vinyl only; DR Congo)

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Drums

Release of the year

Tony Allen - Film of Life (Nigeria)


Recommended releases

Tony Allen - featured on African Woman by Sia Tolno (Nigeria)

Tony Allen - featured on Tony Allen Rhythms Revisited, Vol 2 by Afrobeat Makers (LP only, Nigeria)

Bernice Boikanyo & Ayanda Sikade - featured on Brasskap Sessions Vol .2 by McCoy Mrubata (South Africa)

Legan Breda – featured on Color Blind by Julius Schultz - (studio CD plus live DVD set, Zimbabwe)

Claude Cozens – featured on Jubileejam by Claude Cozens Trio (South Africa)

Kevin Gibson - featured on I Am Who Am I Mlungisi Gegana (South Africa)

Kevin Gibson - featured on Felix: Music From The Motion Picture feat. Makeson Browne, Lwanda Gogwana, Soi-Soi Gqeza, Lipuo Tsira, Duke Norman, Chris Engel, Bokani Dyer, Wesley Rustin & Kevin Gibson by  Murray Anderson  (digital download only, South Africa

Sphelelo Mazibuko  - featured on The Offering by Thandi Ntuli  (South Africa)

Peter Mensah - featured on  The Different Shades of Ambolley by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)

Louis Moholo Moholo - For The Blue Notes (South Africa)

Louis Moholo Moholo - featured on the eponymous album 4 Blokes - Louis Moholo Moholo Quartet. (South Africa)

Ayanda Sikade -- featured on Confluence by Steve Dyer (South Africa)

Ayanda Sikade - featured on African Time:Quartet In Concert by Herbie Tsoaeli - (2 CD set, South Africa)

Sisa Sopazi - Images & Figures (South Africa)

Sisa Sopazi – featured on Innocent Victims & Perpetrators by Lex Futshane - (South Africa)

Jonno Sweetman - featured on  Dream State by Kyle Shepherd (2 CD set, South Africa)


 Reissues

Kevin Gibson (with Paul Hanmer, Andile Yenana, Hotep Idris Galeta), Lulu Gontsana (with Winston Mankunku Ngozi), Vusi Khumalo (with Allen Kwela), Sello Montwedi (with Moses Khumalo, Louis Mhlanga, Hugh Masekela), Kevisan Naidoo (with Marcus Wyatt), Ayanda Sikade (with Herbie Tsoaeli) - featured on 20 Years Sheer African Jazz by various artists (Digital download, South Africa)

Tumi Mogorosi  - Project ELO (South Africa)

Louis Moholo Moholo - featured on Opened, But Hardly Touched by Peter Brotzmann, Harry Miller & Louis Moholo Moholo (vinyl LP double album only, South Africa)

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

- Makaya Ntshoko -  featured on The Complete Recordings (feat. Hugh Masekela & Dollar Brand) by The Jazz Epistles (Digital download only, South Africa)

Makaya Ntshoko - featured on Verse 1+ by The Jazz Epistles - (vinyl LP, South Africa)

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Percussion

Release of the year

Tlale Makhene - featured on Brasskap Sessions Vol .2 by McCoy Mrubata (Swaziland)


Recommended releases

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley &Shikome - featured on The Different Shades of Ambolley by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)

John Hassan- featured on Live by Jimmy Dludlu (two CD set, South Africa)

Thomas Dyani, Tlale Makhene & Godfrey Mgcina - featured on Confluence by Steve Dyer (South Africa)

Kola Onasanyaists (giant conga) & Wale Totiola (claves) - featured on A Long Way to the Beginning by Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)

Tandjolo Yatshi (Lokombe/slit drum) & Tshimanga Mumba (resonator drum) Kasai All stars. - Beware The Fetish (two CD set, DR Congo)


 Reissues

Lekan Babalola - Songs Of Icon (2 CD set, Nigeria)

Julian Bahula – featured on Next Stop Soweto Presents Spirit of Malombo: Malombo, Jabula, Jazz Afrika 1966-1984 by Various Artists (two CD set, South Africa)

Etienne Dilvuila (Baskis) Depuissant, Padi, Roger Isedi, Petit Puerre & Pepito - featured on Independance Cha-Cha, Vol. 1 & 2  by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (Digital download only; DR Congo)

Etienne Dilvuila (Baskis) Depuissant, Padi, Roger Isedi, Petit Puerre & Pepito - featured on Souvenirs From The Congo by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (double album, vinyl only; DR Congo)

John Hassan (with Gito Baloi,) Tlale Makhene (with Heavy Spirits, McCoy Mrubata, Prince Kupi, Bheki Mseleku), Hugh Masekela, Mabi Thobjane (with Sipho Gumede, Sakhile) - featured on 20 Years Sheer African Jazz by various artists (Digital download,  South Africa except Makhene, Swaziland)

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

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Vocalists Female

Release of the year

Carmen Souza - Live at Lagny Jazz Festival (DVD/CD set, Cabo Verde/Portugal)


Recommended releases

Mayra Andrade - Lovely Difficult (Cabo Verde)

Claudia Bakisa - Destiny (CD & DVD set, DR Congo)

Wanda Baloyi - Love & Life (Mozambique)

Dobet Gnahore - Na Drê (Côte d'Ivoire)

Indwe - Indwe (South Africa)

Angelique KidjoEve (Benin)

Miriam Makeba – Grand Finale South African Tour 2006 Live At The Cape Town International Jazz Festival  (DVD, previously unreleased; South Africa)

Siya Makuzeni – featured on Maji Maji In The Land Of Milk & Honey by Marcus Wyatt & Language 12 (South Africa)

Sally Nyolo - Tiger Run (Cameroun)

Tutu Puoane - featured on Live at De Roma by Bert Joris & Tutu Puoane with The Royal Flemish Philharmonic/ Martyn Brabins. (South Africa)

Feya Tess - Désoléeee!!! (DR Congo)

Sia Tolno - African Woman (Guinea)

Unathi - Alive (South Africa)


Reissues

Gloria Bosman, Tutu Puoane (solo and with Marcus Wyatt), TK (with April Allou) - featured on 20 Years Sheer African Jazz by various artists (Digital download, South Africa)

Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks - Very Best Of (2 CD set, South Africa)


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Vocalists Male

Release of the year

Koffi Olomide - Koffi Chante Luambo - Live Concert (DVD, only DR Congo)


Recommended releases

Erik Aliana –featured on  If a Man... byTf Jass (Cameroun)

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley -The Different Shades of Ambolley by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)

Moni Bile - Cri D'Amour (Cameroun)

Jonathan Butler - Living My Dream (South Africa)

Jimmy Dludlu Live (two CD set, Mozambique)

Ferre Gola – featured on Werrason & Ferre Gola : Face à Face (Concert Live Au Nigeria) (DVD, DR Congo)

Orlando Julius - featured on Jaiyede Afro by Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics (Nigeria)

Ray Lema - featured on Essengo by Ray Lema et le Dock des Mômes (DR Congo)

Freddy Massamba – Makasi (Congo Brazzaville)

Movi – M - Movi – M (South Africa)

Koffi Olomide - Concert Koffi Chante Tabu Ley II (by Koffi Olomide (DVD, only DR Congo)

Note: this is a new recording not to be confused with the 2011 digital download album Chante Tabu Ley volume 2

Sergeo Polo -  Le Roi Polo XVIII (Cameroun)

Herbie Tsoaeli - African Time:Quartet In Concert (2 CD set, South Africa)

Villy &The Xtreme Volumes  - Let's Play (Nigeria, download only)

Wizkid  - Ayo (Joy) (Nigeria)

 Reissues

Gito Baloi, Hugh Masekela, Shaluza Max (with Sakhile), Xoli Nkosi, Peter Nthwane, Herbie Tsoaeli - featured on 20 Years Sheer African Jazz by various artists (Digital download, South Africa except Baloi,Mozambique & Nthwane, Lesotho)

Manu Dibango - Dance With Manu Dibango (Cameroun)

Le Grand Kallé (Joseph Kabasele), Tabu Ley Rochereau, Roger Izedi & Rossignol - featured on Independance Cha-Cha, Vol. 1 & 2  by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (Digital download only; DR Congo)

Le Grand Kallé (Joseph Kabasele), Tabu Ley Rochereau, Roger Izedi & Rossignol - featured on Souvenirs From The Congo by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (double album, vinyl only; DR Congo)

Salif Keita – featured on Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako (2 cd set, Mali)

Josky Kiambukuta  – featured on Megamix, Vol. 1 to 3 by Br Nico (digital download EP's only, DR Congo)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Youlou by Youlou Mabiala (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on  Youlou Mabiala & l'Orchestre Rumbaya (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on M'bata Otikali! Otika by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only,Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Judoka by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala featured on Etabe Mofude Special 3e Anniversaire by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on 100% De Pourcentage by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala featured on Couper-Soucis by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Sentimental by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Karibu by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on 1 x 2 = Mabé by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala featured on Lili et nsona, live in Miguel by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Leo?? Utataaaya!!! by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Mon Avocat a Voyagé by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville )

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Loufoulakari by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Marie Bima (Mon Avocat a Voyagé 2e Épisode) by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Kamikaze Loningisa (feat. Virimiche & Angelou Chevauchet)  by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Josky Kiambukuta - featured on Dona beija by Youlou Mabiala Feat. Josky Kiambukuta (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Keba Na Moniato by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only,Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on  Le Verdict by Prince Youlou Mabiala and T.P. OK Jazz with Verckys on alto sax (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Gérard Madiata, Franco, Youlou Mabiala, Josky Kiambukuta, etc - featured on Live Gérard Madiata, Franco et Bombengaby various artists (DVD, DR Congo)

Sam Mangwana, Youlou Mabiala,and other T.P.OK Jazz members - featured on - The Very Best Of Vol .1 by Le Poète Lutumba Simaro ( DR Congo)

Loko Massengo - featured on Best Of (Bloquer Zingu by Loko Massengo & L'international Rumbaya (Congo Brazzaville)

Shaluza Max / Tabu Ley Rochereau - Manganese / Hafi Deo (double A side 12 inch vinyl single, South Africa/ DR Congo)

Ndombe Opetum & Tabu Ley Rochereau - featured on Prophete by Tabu Ley Rochereau (DR Congo) Tabu Ley Rochereau - For Ever (Best Of) (DVD, DR Congo)

Tabu Ley Rochereau - For Ever (Best Of) (DVD, DR Congo)

Tabu Ley Rochereau - Seigneur Rochereau : D'hier à Aujourd'hui (DVD, DR Congo)

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Vocal duets and multi voice groups

Release of the year

Feya Tess & Canta Nyboma - featured on Désoléeee!!! by Feya Tess (DR Congo)


Recommended releases

Angelique Kidjo Eve (Benin)

Ray Lema et le Dock des Mômes Essengo (DR Congo, France)

Koffi Olomide - Koffi Chante Luambo - Live Concert (DVD, only DR Congo)

Koffi Olomide - Concert Koffi Chante Tabu Ley II (by Koffi Olomide (DVD, only DR Congo)

Note: this is a new recording not to be confused with the 2011 digital download album Chante Tabu Ley volume 2

Shak Shakembo, Papa Wemba &Bana OK’s  vocalists - featured on Encore & Toujours by Lutumba Simaro & Bana OK (double album available as set or separate discs, also as a digital album: a DVD of several tracks is available too, DR Congo)


Reissues

Afrisa - featured on Tabu Ley Rochereau - For Ever (Best Of) (DVD, DR Congo)

Afrisa - featured on  Seigneur Rochereau : D'hier à Aujourd'hui (DVD, DR Congo)

Les Trois Freres (Youlou Mabiala, Loko Massengo, & “Djeskain” Sosoliso) - featured on Youlou by Youlou Mabiala (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Les Trois Freres (Youlou Mabiala, Loko Massengo, & “Djeskain” Sosoliso) - featured on  Youlou Mabiala & l'Orchestre Rumbaya (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - M'bata Otikali! Otikali! (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa -Judoka (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Etabe Mofude Special 3e Anniversaire (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - 100% De Pourcentage  (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Couper-Soucis digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Sentimental (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Karibu (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - 1 x 2 = Mabé (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Lili et nsona, live in Miguel (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Leo?? Utataaaya!!! (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Mon Avocat a Voyagé (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Loufoulakari (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Marie Bima (Mon Avocat a Voyagé 2e Épisode) (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala, Kamikaze Loningisa, Virimiche & Angelou Chevauchet - featured on Kamikaze Loningisa (feat. Virimiche & Angelou Chevauchet) by Youlou Mabiala (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala Feat. Josky Kiambukuta - Dona beija (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville/ DR Congo)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Youlou Mabiala Feat. Josky Kiambukuta (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Prince Youlou Mabiala and T.P. OK Jazz with Verckys on alto sax - Le Verdict (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville/ DR Congo)

William Onyeabor - 9 CD Box Set (Nigeria)

Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks - Very Best Of (2 CD set, South Africa)

T.P.OK Jazz - featured on Live Gérard Madiata, Franco et Bombenga by various artists (DVD, DR Congo)

T.P.OK Jazz - featured on - The Very Best Of Vol .1 by Le Poète Lutumba Simaro ( DR Congo)

Verckys & Orchestre Vévé - Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 -1978  (DR Congo)


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Big Bands

Release of the year

Lutumba Simaro & Bana OK - Encore & Toujours (double album available as set or separate discs, also as a digital album: a DVD of several tracks is available too, DR Congo)


Recommended releases

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble - Life No Get Duplicate (Afrobeat, Spain)

Atomga Atomga (digital download only. Afrobeat; USA)

Egypt 80 under the leadership of Lekan Animashaun - featured on  A Long Way to the Beginning by Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)

Jungle By Night - The Hunt (Afrobeat, Netherlands)

London Afrobeat Collective - Prime Minister (digital download single, Afrobeat; UK)

NMB Brass Band  - Afrobeat Experience/ Mali (Afrobeat, France)

Koffi Olomide - Koffi Chante Luambo - Live Concert (DVD, only DR Congo)

Koffi Olomide - Concert Koffi Chante Tabu Ley II (by Koffi Olomide (DVD, only DR Congo)

Note: this is a new recording not to be confused with the 2011 digital download album Chante Tabu Ley volume 2

The Shaolin Afronauts - Follow the Path (2 CD set, Afrobeat/Ethio UK)

Woima Collective - Frou Frou Rokko (Afrobeat, Ethio jazz, etc. Germany)

Zongo Junction - No Discount  (digital download also available on vinyl, Afrobeat; USA))


 reissues

Afrisa - featured on Tabu Ley Rochereau - For Ever (Best Of) (DVD, DR Congo)

Afrisa - featured on Prophete by Tabu Ley Rochereau (DR Congo)

Afrisa - featured on  Seigneur Rochereau : D'hier à Aujourd'hui (DVD, DR Congo)

Youlou Mabiala - Youlou (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & l'Orchestre Rumbaya (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - M'bata Otikali! Otikali! (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa -  Judoka (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Etabe Mofude Special 3e Anniversaire (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - 100% De Pourcentage (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Couper-Soucis (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Sentimental (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Karibu (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - 1 x 2 = Mabé (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Lili et nsona, live in Miguel (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Leo?? Utataaaya!!! (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Mon Avocat a Voyagé (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Loufoulakari digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Marie Bima (Mon Avocat a Voyagé 2e Épisode) (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - Kamikaze Loningisa (feat. Virimiche & Angelou Chevauchet) (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala Feat. Josky Kiambukuta - Dona beija (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville/ DR Congo)

Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa - Keba Na Moniato (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Prince Youlou Mabiala and T.P. OK Jazz with Verckys on alto sax - Le Verdict (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville/ DR Congo)

Kibush Mambo And The International Orchestra - Boma-Liwanza (vinyl LP only, Kenya)

Simba Wanyika - Baba Asiya (digital download only, Kenya/ DR Congo)

T.P.OK Jazz - featured on Live Gérard Madiata, Franco et Bombenga by various artists (DVD, DR Congo)

T.P.OK Jazz - featured on - The Very Best Of Vol .1 by Le Poète Lutumba Simaro ( DR Congo)

Verckys & Orchestre Vévé:- Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 -1978  (DR Congo)

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Small Bands

Release of the year

Geydu-Blay Ambolley - The Different Shades of Ambolley (Ghana)


Recommended releases

African Time Quartet - featured on African Time:Quartet In Concert by Herbie Tsoaeli - (2 CD set, South Africa)

Akalé Wubé Sost (Ethio jazz, France)

C-Base Collective - featured on Live by Jimmy Dludlu (two CD set, Mozambique/South Africa)

Claude Cozens Trio –  Jubileejam (South Africa)

Lex Futshane - Innocent Victims & Perpetrators (South Africa)

Karl Hector & The Malcouns - Unstraight Ahead (Afrobeat/ Germany)

Jaribu Afrobeat Arkestra - (Afrobeat/Japan)

Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics - Jaiyede Afro (Nigeria/UK)

Don Laka – Portraits (South Africa)

Miriam Makeba – Grand Finale South African Tour 2006 Live At The Cape Town International Jazz Festival  (DVD, previously unreleased; South Africa, Cameroun, Guinee, USA, etc.))

Louis Moholo Moholo Quartet (John Edwards, Alexander Hawkins, Moholo & Jason Yarde  - featured on the eponymous album 4 Blokes - Louis Moholo Moholo Quartet. (South Africa/ UK)

Movi – M - Movi – M (South Africa)

Thandi Ntuli - The Offering (South Africa)

Kyle Shepherd Trio - Dream State (2 CD set, South Africa)

Carmen Souza - Live at Lagny Jazz Festival (DVD/CD set, Cabo Verde, Portugal. Mozambique, Greece,UK)

The Souljazz Orchestra – Innerfire (Afrobeat/ Ethio jazz, Canada)

Dexter Johnson & Le Super Star De Dakar - Live À L’Etoile (previously unreleased, Senegal/Nigeria)

Tf Jass feat. Erik Aliana –  If a Man... (Cameroun/France)

Ukandanz - Lantchi Biyé / Endè Iyèrusalém (digital download single, Ethiopia/ France)

Marcus Wyatt & Language 12 - Maji Maji In The Land Of Milk & Honey

Yaba Funk - My Vote Dey Count (Afrobeat/ highlife, UK)


Reissues

African Jazz - featured on Independance Cha-Cha, Vol. 1 & 2  by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (Digital download only; DR Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Angola, Cameroun, Zimbabwe)

African Jazz - featured on Souvenirs From The Congo by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (double album, vinyl only; DR Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Angola, Cameroun, Zimbabwe)

Afro Funk - Body Music (Ghana)

Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamakoeponymous (2 cd set, Mali)

Batsumi - Moving Along Vinyl LP only, South Africa)

Manu Dibango - Africadelic (Cameroun)

Manu Dibango - Dance With Manu Dibango (Cameroun)

Heavy Spirits, Kalamazoo, Kwani Experience, Sakhile, Sheer All Stars, The Voice - featured on 20 Years Sheer African Jazz by various artists (Digital download, South Africa)

Joseph Jarman & Don Moye featuring Johnny Dyani - Black Paladins (Vinyl LP plus CD set, USA/ South Africa)

Jazz Epistles -  The Complete Recordings (feat. Hugh Masekela & Dollar Brand) (Digital download only, South Africa)

Jazz Epistles - Verse 1+ (vinyl LP, South Africa)

Gérard Madiata’s band - featured on Live Gérard Madiata, Franco et Bombenga by various artists (DVD, DR Congo)

Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula & Julian Bahula's Jazz Afrika – featured on Next Stop Soweto Presents Spirit of Malombo: Malombo, Jabula, Jazz Afrika 1966-1984 by Various Artists (two CD set, South Africa)

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

Musi O Tunya - Give Love To Your Children Zambia)

Ogassa - Ogassa Original (vinyl LP only, Benin)

William Onyeabor - 9 CD Box Set (Nigeria)

Rock-a-Mambo, L'African Jazz ‎– Souvenirs From Esengo 1957-1961(double album, vinyl only; DR Congo &Congo Brazzaville)

Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks - Very Best Of (2 CD set, South Africa)

Various artists - Rebita 74 (vinyl LP only, Angola)

Various artists - Soul Safari Presents Township Jive & Kwela Jazz Volume 2 & 3 (South Africa)


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multi instrumentalists

Recommended release

Erik Aliana –featured on  If a Man... byTf Jass (Cameroun)

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley -The Different Shades of Ambolley by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)

Carmen Souza - Live at Lagny Jazz Festival (DVD/CD set, Cabo Verde/Portugal)


 Reissues

Francis Bebey - Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 (vinyl double album only, Cameroun)

Pops Mohamed (solo & with Kalamazoo), Zim Ngqawana, Kyle Shepherd - featured on 20 Years Sheer African Jazz by various artists (Digital download, South Africa)

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Arrangers


Release of the year

Maika Munan & Koffi Olomide – featured on Koffi Chante Luambo - Live Concert (by Koffi Olomide (DVD, only DR Congo)


Recommended releases

Erik Aliana –featured on  If a Man... byTf Jass (Cameroun)

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley -The Different Shades of Ambolley by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)

Lex Futshane - Innocent Victims & Perpetrators (South Africa)

Ray Lema - featured on Essengo by Ray Lema et le Dock des Mômes (DR Congo)

Modero Mekanisi, Maika Munan & Koffi Olomide – featured on Concert Koffi Chante Tabu Ley II (by Koffi Olomide (DVD, only DR Congo)

Note: this is a new recording not to be confused with the 2011 digital download album Chante Tabu Ley volume 2

McCoy Mrubata - Brasskap Sessions Vol .2 (South Africa)

Lutumba Simaro - featured on Encore & Toujours by Lutumba Simaro & Bana OK (double album available as set or separate discs, also as a digital album: a DVD of several tracks is available too, DR Congo)

Carmen Souza & Theo Pascal - Live at Lagny Jazz Festival (DVD/CD set, Cabo Verde/Portugal)


 Reissues

Manu Dibango - Africadelic (Cameroun)

Manu Dibango - Dance With Manu Dibango Cameroun)


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Composers


Release of the year

Franco – featured on Koffi Chante Luambo - Live Concert (by Koffi Olomide (DVD, only DR Congo)


Recommended releases

Erik Aliana –featured on  If a Man... byTf Jass (Cameroun)

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley -The Different Shades of Ambolley by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghana)

Murray Anderson - Felix: Music From The Motion Picture feat. Makeson Browne, Lwanda Gogwana, Soi-Soi Gqeza, Lipuo Tsira, Duke Norman, Chris Engel, Bokani Dyer, Wesley Rustin & Kevin Gibson (digital download only, South Africa)

Franco – featured on Generation Franco - La Rumba Congolaise by various artists (DR Congo/ USA)

Lex Futshane - Innocent Victims & Perpetrators (South Africa)

Abdullah Ibrahim - The Song is My Story (DVD/CD set, South Africa)

Orlando Julius - featured on Jaiyede Afro by Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics (Nigeria)

Seun Kuti - A Long Way to the Beginning by  by Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)

Don Laka – Portraits (South Africa)

Ray Lema - featured on Essengo by Ray Lema et le Dock des Mômes (DR Congo)

McCoy Mrubata - Brasskap Sessions Vol .2 (South Africa)

Thandi Ntuli - The Offering (South Africa)

Dudu Pukwana & Mongezi Feza - featured on Duduvudu – The Gospel According to Dudu Pukwana by various artists (South Africa (South Africa)

Tabu Ley Rochereau – featured on Concert Koffi Chante Tabu Ley II (by Koffi Olomide (DVD, only DR Congo)

Note: this is a new recording not to be confused with the 2011 digital download album Chante Tabu Ley volume 2

Lutumba Simaro - featured on Encore & Toujours by Lutumba Simaro & Bana OK (double album available as set or separate discs, also as a digital album: a DVD of several tracks is available too, DR Congo)

Carmen Souza, Theo Pascal, Cesária Évora, Richard Rodgers,Charlie Parker, etc. - Live at Lagny Jazz Festival by Carmen Souza (DVD/CD set, Cabo Verde, Portugal & USA)

Herbie Tsoaeli - African Time:Quartet In Concert (2 CD set, South Africa)


Reissues

Gito Baloi ,Hotep Idris Galeta, Paul Hanmer, Moses Khumalo, Hugh Masekela ,Kippie Moeketsi (on “Scullery Department,”) Bheki Mseleku,  Xoli Nkosi, Peter Nthwane, Herbie Tsoaeli - featured on 20 Years Sheer African Jazz by various artists (Digital download, South Africa except Baloi, Mozambique and Nthwane, Lesotho)

Francis Bebey - Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 (vinyl double album only, Cameroun)

Manu Dibango - Africadelic (Cameroun)

Manu Dibango - Dance With Manu Dibango Cameroun)

Franco, etc. featured on Live Gérard Madiata, Franco et Bombenga  by various artists (DVD, DR Congo)

Joseph Kabasele, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Dr Nico, Dechaud & Roger Izedi - featured on Independance Cha-Cha, Vol. 1 & 2  by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (Digital download only; DR Congo)

Joseph Kabasele, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Dr Nico, Dechaud & Roger Izedi - featured on Souvenirs From The Congo by Grand Kalle et L'African Jazz (double album, vinyl only; DR Congo)

Verckys Kiamuangana Mateta - featured on  Le Verdict by Prince Youlou Mabiala and T.P. OK Jazz with Verckys on alto sax (digital download only, DR Congo)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Youlou by Youlou Mabiala (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on  Youlou Mabiala & l'Orchestre Rumbaya (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on M'bata Otikali! Otika by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only,Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Judoka by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Etabe Mofude Special 3e Anniversaire by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on 100% De Pourcentage by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Couper-Soucis by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Sentimental by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala featured on Karibu by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on 1 x 2 = Mabé by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Lili et nsona, live in Miguel by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Leo?? Utataaaya!!! by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Mon Avocat a Voyagé by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville )

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Loufoulakari by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Marie Bima (Mon Avocat a Voyagé 2e Épisode) by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Kamikaze Loningisa (feat. Virimiche & Angelou Chevauchet)  by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Dona beija by Youlou Mabiala Feat. Josky Kiambukuta (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on Keba Na Moniato by Youlou Mabiala & Kamikaze Longisa (digital download only,Congo Brazzaville)

Youlou Mabiala - featured on  Le Verdict by Prince Youlou Mabiala and T.P. OK Jazz with Verckys on alto sax (digital download only, Congo Brazzaville)

Kippie Moeketsi -   featured on The Complete Recordings (feat. Hugh Masekela & Dollar Brand) by The Jazz Epistles (Digital download only, South Africa)

Kippie Moeketsi - featured on Verse 1+ by The Jazz Epistles - (vinyl LP, South Africa)

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

William Onyeabor - 9 CD Box Set (Nigeria)

Ndombe Opetum & Tabu Ley Rochereau - featured on Prophete by Tabu Ley Rochereau (DR Congo)

Tabu Ley Rochereau - For Ever (Best Of) (DVD, DR Congo)

Tabu Ley Rochereau - featured on  Seigneur Rochereau : D'hier à Aujourd'hui (DVD, DR Congo)

Le Poète Lutumba Simaro - The Very Best Of Vol .1 ( DR Congo)


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Electronica

Some Recommended releases

Midnight Ravers - Le triomphe du Chaos (France/ Mali)

Joe Nina - Back Together 4 Life (South Africa)

Wizkid  - Ayo (Joy) (Nigeria)


 Reissues

Francis Bebey - Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 (vinyl double album only, Cameroun)

Manu Dibango - Dance With Manu Dibango (Cameroun)

William Onyeabor - 9 CD Box Set (Nigeria)

Xoli Nkosi (solo and with Prince Kupi, Sakhile) - featured on 20 Years Sheer African Jazz by various artists (Digital download, South Africa

Various Artists – XX Celebrating 20 Years Of Kalawa Jazmee (2 CD set, South Africa)


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Miscellaneous Instruments

Release of the year

Toumani Diabate & Sidiki Diabate - Toumani & Sidiki (Kora duet, Mali)


Recommended releases

Kora

Ablaye Cissoko - Mes Racines (Senegal)

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


Violin

Tshepo Mngoma – Journey (digital download only, Swaziland)


Reissues


Mbira/thumb piano

Francis Bebey - Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 (vinyl double album only, Cameroun)


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African Jazz Party Albums

Release of the year

Wizkid  - Ayo (Joy) (Nigeria)


Recommended releases

Angelique KidjoEve (Benin)

Koffi Olomide - Koffi Chante Luambo - Live Concert (DVD, only DR Congo)

Lutumba Simaro & Bana OK - Encore & Toujours (DVD,, DR Congo)


Reissues

Simba Wanyika - Baba Asiya (digital download only, Kenya/ DR Congo)

Verckys & Orchestre Vévé:- Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 -1978  (DR Congo)

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Some memorable brief appearances


Release of the year

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa & Moses Humalo – featured on the previously unreleased track Sangema on Live At Kippies 2001 (Set Two) by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (digital download album, South Africa)


Recommended releases

Tony Allen - featured on the track 419 Afrobeat.com by Funsho Ogundipe feat Tony Allen, from featured on Afrobeat Chronicles, Vol. 4: Esoterica Galactica by Ayetoro (digital download EP also released as part of the vinyl LP compilation; Asoju Oba Ayetoro - Directions in Music by Funsho Ogundipe; Nigeria)

Mpumi Dhlamini - featured on the track Moon Cry on the eponymous album  Sol Phenduka (South Africa)

Manu Dibango - featured on the track Anbessa from the album Sost by kalé Wubé   (Cameroun)

Manu Dibango - featured on four jazz standards by Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet, etc,. on the eponymous album Dany Doriz Big Band, (Cameroun)

George Duke & Marcus Miller - featured on Living My Dream by Jonathan Butler (USA)

Kaber Kabasele, Ray Lema & Wuta Mayi, - featured on Les Plus Classiques de la Musique Congolaise by Delvis El Salsero, Manuaku Pepe Fely, Ray Lema, Wuta May, Theo Blaise Kounkou & Ada Muangisa (DR Congo)

Femi Kuti - featured on the track Colonial Mentality in the documentary Finding Fela  (available on DVD & soundtrack album (Nigeria)

Femi Kuti & Yemi Sax- featured on  Ayo (Joy) by Wizkid (Nigeria)

Hugh Masekela - featured on the track Migration Song on the album Journey by Tshepo Mngoma (South Africa)

Hugh Masekela & Oliver Mutukudzi - featured on the track Mwana Wa Mai on the album songs Of Empowerment  By Berita

Lindiwe Maxolo - featured on Brasskap Sessions Vol .2 by McCoy Mrubata (South Africa)

Pops Mohamed - featured on the track Ancient Footsteps from the album Spirit of Africa by Desert Rose by (South Africa)

Pule & Gibo Pheto - featured as co-composers on the track Mark of Respect on the eponymous album 4 Blokes - Louis Moholo Moholo Quartet. (South Africa)

Tabang Tabane, Khaya Mahlangu, Nduduzo Makhathini &Sisa Sopazi - featured on Indwe by Indwe (South Africa)

Jason Yarde - featured on  My Vote Dey Count by Yaba Funk (Afrobeat/ highlife, UK)




 Reissues

Brian Abrahams, Mervyn Africa, Busi Mhlongo, Dudu Pukwana – featured on Next Stop Soweto Presents Spirit of Malombo: Malombo, Jabula, Jazz Afrika 1966-1984 by Various Artists (two CD set, South Africa)

African Jazz - featured on the track Miwela  on Live Gérard Madiata, Franco et Bombenga by various artists (DVD, DR Congo)

Spokes Mashiyane - featured on Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks - Very Best Of (2 CD set, South Africa)

Shaluza Max / Tabu Ley Rochereau - Manganese / Hafi Deo (double A side 12 inch vinyl single, South Africa/ DR Congo)


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DVD documentaries


Felix - Directed by Roberta Durrant (South Africa)

Finding Fela -  Directed by Alex Gibney ( Nigeria/USA)

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Deaths


Pat Matshukiza - pianist and composer (South Africa)

Shaluza Max – vocalist and composer (South Africa)


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