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Reggae / World

Various Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock &

Mixing their regional roots with European and American prog-rock influences, the bands that comprise this collection of funk-fused psych-rock gems didn’t follow the popular Afrobeat style pioneered by Nigeria’s Fela Kuti.… Read more »

Half Pint No Stress Express

Twenty-some years ago, a young Jamaican singer named Half Pint ushered in a new era of roots reggae with classic dancehall anthems like “Mr.… Read more »

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Augustus Pablo The Mystic World of Augustus Pablo: The Rockers Story

By now, the late Augustus Pablo’s contributions to music are well known to reggae and dub fans.… Read more »

Various Black Stars: Ghana’s Hiplife Generation

To hip you to music set to explode onto the international stage, favela-funk style, Black Stars does your legwork for ya: Copious and detailed liner notes accompany this disc bursting with the fresh sound and catalyzing energy of hiplife, Ghana’s m… Read more »

Elephant Man Let's Get Physical

Breakneck tempos, furious party-oriented lyrics, humorous asides, catchy choruses, and a star-studded guest list (Chris Brown, Wyclef, Swizz Beats, Rhianna, Shaggy) mark the Energy God’s return.… Read more »

DJ Dolores 1 Real

Since the late ’80s, Helder Aragão (a.k.a. DJ Dolores) has attempted to “go beyond samba and bossa nova,” his press info claims.… Read more »

Allá Es Tiempo

The three musicians behind Allá may be based in Chicago, but the most distinct geographical influence on their debut album comes from afar: Brazil.… Read more »

Jef Stott Saracen

Since founding Lumin and Stellamara, Jef Stott developed a jones for Middle Eastern sounds; then went on to degree in anthropology and pen ethnographies of Morocco and Turkey.… Read more »

Various The Mighty Striker Shoots at Hits

If a Mount Rushmore in honor of Jamaica’s most legendary record producers is ever sculpted, it’s fair to say that Bunny “Striker” Lee’s likeness should be cut into stone alongside Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, Duke Reid, and Joe Gibbs.… Read more »

Various Basic Replay

Basic Replay has already re-issued most of the cuts here, originally recorded years or decades ago.… Read more »

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