Kondi Band Announce Debut Album ‘Salone,’ Share New Track “Titi Dem Too Service”

Kondi Band, the inspired Afro-electronic collaboration between Sierra Leonean kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi and US producer / DJ […] Read More…

Volume Two Of The Vinyl Edition Of Sun Ra’s Singles Lands In April

In the words of Sun Ra himself, Happy New Year To You! Last year saw the release of our lovingly […] Read More…

Free Download: Sorie Kondi – The Freetown Tapes (Mixed By Chief Boima)

In 2006, blind kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi was surviving by busking on the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone, […] Read More…

Pre-Order Strut’s Definitive Collection of Sun Ra’s Rare 45 RPM Singles

The immense output of Sun Ra and his many backing bands, coupled with the limited production of many of his […] Read More…

Career Retrospective For Highlife Master Pat Thomas

This Fall, we’re proud to present the first full career retrospective release for Ghanaian highlife master and “The Golden Voice […] Read More…

Anthony Joseph’s Caribbean Roots

Strut team up for the first time with acclaimed French label Heavenly Sweetness for the brand new album by the […] Read More…

Duncan Brooker Presents A Mix Of Rare East African 45s To Celebrate Sunburst Retrospective

On the occasion of the first-ever retrospective of Tanzanian Afro-Rock band Sunburst, longtime Strut associate and compiler of the Nigeria […] Read More…

Two Generations Of Sierra Leonean Musicians Unite With Kondi Band

Kondi Band is an inspired collaboration between Sierra Leonean kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi and US producer / DJ […] Read More…

Short-Lived Afro-Rock Band Sunburst Gets A Complete Retrospective On Strut

Strut is extremely proud to present a definitive collection of recordings from one of Tanzania’s most revered but short-lived bands […] Read More…

Hear Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids Title Track “We Be All Africans”

West Coast jazz mavericks, The Pyramids, led by their inspirational bandleader, Idris Ackamoor, return with a new album on Strut. […] Read More…

Kondi Band Announce Debut Album ‘Salone,’ Share New Track “Titi Dem Too Service”

Kondi Band, the inspired Afro-electronic collaboration between Sierra Leonean kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi and US producer / DJ Chief Boima, who himself has Sierra Leonean roots, has announced their debut LP Salone, coming out June 2nd.

The album follows the release of 2016’s Belle Wahallah EP, which spawned a #1 Spotify Viral Chart hit in the form of the track “Yeanoh (Powe Handa Blingabe),” as well as The Freetown Tapes, a free collection of Kondi’s solo work in the early 2000’s, mixed by Chief Boima.

According to Boima, the new album “forges a direct link between techno born in the black cities of the American Mid-West, where I grew up, and roots African music. Sorie Kondi may be playing an acoustic folk instrument from Sierra Leone, but he thinks about music as if he were a techno producer.”  It’s acoustic dance music that creates a sound as full and dynamic as any club track and, through Boima’s intricate production, the album subtly and skillfully integrates contemporary electronic sounds, keeping the simplicity and space in Sorie’s music.

Salone arrives June 2nd on CD, 2LP, and digital formats. Pre-orders are available now.

The new track “Titi Dem Too Service” is streaming below.

 

New ‘Original Masters’ Full-Album Re-Issue Series Kicks Off With A Lost Nigerian Disco Funk Classic

This year sees an exciting new undertaking from the Strut camp. We’re launching ‘Original Masters,’ a series of essential original LP reissues exploring rare and under-rated African, Latin and Caribbean music classics, curated by leading collector and DJ, Duncan Brooker.

If that right there is enough to let you know that you’ll be needing each of these classic LPs, we’re offering a subscription option which guarantees a copy of each of the four 1LP Original Masters releases we have planned for 2017. Each one is a new pressing of an extremely rare crate essential, so a subscription means you’ll have some great music to look forward to!
*Note, if you’ve already pre-ordered the Joe King Kologbo album and would like to subscribe to the full series, please email bandcamp@k7.com

The first release in the Original Masters series arrives February 10th 2017, in the form of an experimental highlife / disco outing by Nigerian highlife guitarist Joe King Kologbo.

Forced to flee Nigeria when the Biafran War broke out in 1967, Kologbo spent the late 60s performing with various outfits in Ghana before returning to Lagos in 1971 and playing with Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 and Fela’s wider circle of musicians. By the time he recorded the ‘Sugar Daddy’ LP for the tiny Electromat label in 1980, he was one of the older musicians on the circuit.

“Since he was based in the East during his early days, he was not as well known nationally as some of the other highlife players of the time,” says Oghene Kologbo, “so it’s nice that this album is coming out again. It brings back good memories. That Range Rover on the cover – that is Fela’s!”

Joe King Kologbo’s Sugar Daddy is released 10th February 2017 in its original artwork and features new interviews with Oghene Kologbo and Sonny Akpan of The Funkees. Pre-orders are available now. An edited version of the 15-minute title track is streaming below.

Volume Two Of The Vinyl Edition Of Sun Ra’s Singles Lands In April

In the words of Sun Ra himself, Happy New Year To You! Last year saw the release of our lovingly assembled collection of Sun Ra’s legendarily rare vinyl singles (including the seasonally appropriate jam linked above). The 3CD and digital editions contained all 65 tracks, but the vinyl editions (3xLP & 10×45) were split into two volumes, each focusing on a period of Ra’s legendary career. If you’re a vinyl buyer and want the complete story, this is the conclusion you’ve been waiting for.

Sun Ra Singles – The Definitive 45s Collection Vol. 2 is released this April on 3xLP and a limited edition 10×45 box set. Vinyl for volume one went quickly, so don’t snooze! Pre-orders are available now.

Praise for Volume 1

“Beautifully packaged collection bringing together all of [Sun Ra’s] super rare 7-inch sounds. Sun Ra authority Irwin Chusid music be applauded for this huge cosmic undertaking.”
Mojo (five stars)

“A compilation can only be as good as the artist(s) within it. This is incredible… as good a collection as is possible from which to explore the development of Sun Ra’s seemingly endless universe of music. Singles is gloriously extensive, bizarre, diverse and cerebral”
Drowned In Sound

“Blasting into the cosmos and beyond as the jazz titan and his Arkestra expand upon, and create, Ra’s brand of Afro-futurusim. Space Loneliness this is not. All aboard.”
Aquarium Drunkard (Best of 2016)

Tracklistings

3LP GATEFOLD VOLUME 2

A1 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – SPACE LONELINESS
A2 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – STATE STREET
A3 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – THE BLUE SET
A4 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – BIG CITY BLUES

B1 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA featuring PAT PATRICK – A BLUE ONE
B2 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA featuring PAT PATRICK – ORBITRATION IN BLUE
B3 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – OUT THERE A MINUTE
B4 LITTLE MACK with SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – TELL HER TO COME ON HOME
B5 LITTLE MACK with SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – I’M MAKING BELIEVE

C1 SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – THE BRIDGE
C2 SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – ROCKET # 9
C3 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-SOLAR-INFINITY ARKESTRA – BLUES ON PLANET MARS
C4 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-SOLAR-INFINITY ARKESTRA – SATURN MOON
C5 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – JOURNEY TO SATURN
C6 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – ENLIGHTENMENT

D1 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – I’M GONNA UNMASK THE BATMAN
D2 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – THE PERFECT MAN
D3 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – LOVE IN OUTER SPACE
D4 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – MAYAN TEMPLE
D5 SUN RA QUARTET – SKY BLUES

E1 SUN RA QUARTET– DISCO 3000
E2 SUN RA – ROUGH HOUSE BLUES
E3 SUN RA – COSMO-EXTENSIONS
E4 SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – QUEST
E5 SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – OUTER SPACE PLATEAU
E6 SUN RA ARKESTRA – SOMETIMES I’M HAPPY

F1 SUN RA ARKESTRA – NUCLEAR WAR
F2 SUN RA ARKESTRA – ON JUPITER / COSMO DRAMA
F3 SUN RA ARKESTRA – COSMO DRAMA
F4 SUN RA – I AM THE INSTRUMENT

10 x 45 SINGLES BOX SET VOLUME 2

1A SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – SPACE LONELINESS
1B SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – STATE STREET

2A SUN RA & HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – THE BLUE SET
2B SUN RA & HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – BIG CITY BLUES

3A SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA featuring PAT PATRICK – A BLUE ONE
3B SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA featuring PAT PATRICK – ORBITRATION IN BLUE

4A SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – THE BRIDGE
4B SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – ROCKET # 9

5A SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-SOLAR-INFINITY ARKESTRA – BLUES ON PLANET MARS
5B SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-SOLAR-INFINITY ARKESTRA – SATURN MOON

6A SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – JOURNEY TO SATURN
6B SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – ENLIGHTENMENT

7A SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – I’M GONNA UNMASK THE BATMAN
7B SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – THE PERFECT MAN

8A SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – LOVE IN OUTER SPACE
8B SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – MAYAN TEMPLE

9A SUN RA – ROUGH HOUSE BLUES
9B SUN RA – COSMO-EXTENSIONS

10A SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – QUEST
10B SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – OUTER SPACE PLATEAU

Free Download: Sorie Kondi – The Freetown Tapes (Mixed By Chief Boima)

In 2006, blind kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi was surviving by busking on the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone, abandoned by relatives and friends who had fled the rebel takeover of the city in the late ‘90s. Demos for his debut studio album had also been lost during that time. His sound was marked by his electrified Kondi, run through a small distorted amplifier that he carried on his back whilst performing on the street.

Since then, Sorie has recorded and finished five albums in total in Freetown, using whatever means available to him, culminating in the ‘Without Money No Family’ album, which happened to catch the ear of US producer / DJ Chief Boima (also of Sierra Leonean descent) after chancing upon a YouTube link.

The two joined forces as Kondi Band, combining Sorie Kondi’s traditionalist performances with Boima’s globally-informed electronic production. The duo released an EP this year on Strut, recently performed acclaimed sets to thousands at Transmusicales and Womex, and have received accolades from tastemakers including Gilles Peterson, leading to a recent takeover of Worldwide FM by Boima. With a Kondi Band album, ‘Salone’, coming in 2017, Boima has created a free mix to showcase Kondi’s incredible history.

As well as collecting songs from across Sorie Kondi’s recorded music career, this mix also includes one original and two remixes of songs from the forthcoming debut Kondi Band album. The mix is available now for free download on the Kondi Band Bandcamp.

Keep up with Kondi band on Facebook as they tour and prepare to release their debut album.

 

Free Download: Chris Deepak Remixes Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids In Advance of European Tour

prymmids_remix2On the eve of embarking on a European tour, the spiritual jazz ensemble The Pyramids, lead by Idris Ackamoor receive a remix from soulful house producer Chris Deepak. Deepak takes the title track of the Pyramids’ latest album on Strut, adding some low end and a propulsive afro-influenced rhythm.

Download the remix for free via Soundcloud below.

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids’ album We Be All Africans is out now on Strut.

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids Fall European Tour:
04.11. FR Paris: WorldStock Festival
05.11. CH Luzern: Südpol
06.11. CH Basel: Kaschemme
07.11. DE Augsburg: Grandhotel Cosmopolis
08:11. CZ Praha: Jazzdock
09.11. BE Brussels: Ancienne Belgique
11.11. NL Utrecht: Le Guess Who? Festival
12.11. DE Hamburg: Überjazz Festival
13.11. SE Stockholm: Fasching
18.11. DE Berlin: Prince Charles
19.11. UK London: Café OTO
20.11. UK London: Café OTO
22.11. UK London: Late Junction (recordings)
24.11. DE Frankfurt: Mousonturm
25.11. DE Frankfurt: Mousonturm

Pre-Order Strut’s Definitive Collection of Sun Ra’s Rare 45 RPM Singles

sun-ra-singles_webThe immense output of Sun Ra and his many backing bands, coupled with the limited production of many of his releases has long defied dedicated collectors. Parallel to a vast list of LP releases, Sun Ra released numerous 45 RPM singles; one-off meteorites from his prolific cosmic journey. Working closely with Sun Ra LLC and Art Yard Records, it is with great pride that Strut presents a definitive collection of the rare singles released by Sun Ra across his illustrious career, spanning 1952 to 1991.

Released prolifically during the 1950s and more sporadically thereafter, primarily on the Saturn label, the 45s trace the development of Sun Ra’s forward-thinking “Space-Bop” and his unique take on jazz and blues traditions which remains unlike anything else from the period. As with his LPs, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. Some have only been discovered in physical form in recent years; some were planned and penciled but allegedly never made it to vinyl and some appeared as one-off magazine singles and posthumous releases.

‘Singles: The Definitive 45 Collection’ will be released in one volume on CD, and two volumes on vinyl across two release dates. All formats feature fully remastered tracks, rare photos, poster artwork, extensive sleeve notes by Francis Gooding, an interview with Saturn Records founder Alton Abraham by John Corbett and detailed track by track and session notes by Paul Griffiths. The 45 RPM box sets, limited to 500 copies each, are currently only available via pre-orders from the Strut Bandcamp and web store. A full breakdown on formats and release dates is below:

25th NOVEMBER 2016

CD complete set covering Sun Ra’s full career: 1952-1991 (Pre-order)
(3CD digipak including 28pp booklet)

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Vinyl 45 box set Volume 1: 1952-1961 (Pre-order)
(10 x 45s in flip top hardboard box. Featuring original single artwork and bound 28pp booklet. Limited edition: 500 copies only)

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LP set Volume 1: 1952-1961 (Pre-order)
(3LP in gatefold sleeve)

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MARCH 2017

Vinyl 45 box set Volume 2: 1962-1991 (pre-order coming in 2017)
(10 x 45s in flip top hardboard box. Featuring original single artwork and bound 28pp booklet. Limited edition: 500 copies only)

LP set Volume 2: 1962-1991 (pre-order coming in 2017)
(3LP in gatefold sleeve)

TRACKLISTINGS

3CD DIGIPAK:

CD 1

1. SUN RA – I AM AN INSTRUMENT
2. SUN RA – I AM STRANGE
3. SUN RA & THE NU SOUNDS – CHICAGO USA
4. SUN RA & THE NU SOUNDS – SPACESHIP LULLABY
5. SUN RA & THE COSMIC RAYS – DADDY’S GONNA TELL YOU NO LIE
6. SUN RA & THE NU SOUNDS – A FOGGY DAY
7. BILLIE HAWKINS with SUN-RA & HIS ORCHESTRA – I’M COMING HOME
8. BILLIE HAWKINS with SUN-RA & HIS ORCHESTRA – LAST CALL FOR LOVE
9. SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – SOFT TALK
10. SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – SUPER BLONDE
11. LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – SATURN
12. LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – A CALL FOR DEMONS
13. LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – DEMON’S LULLABY
14. LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – SUPERSONIC JAZZ
15. LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – MEDICINE FOR A NIGHTMARE
16. LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – URNACK
17. THE QUALITIES – IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME
18. THE QUALITIES – HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU
19. YOCHANAN (THE SPACE AGE VOCALIST) – M UCK M UCK (MATT MATT)
20. YOCHANAN (THE SPACE AGE VOCALIST) – HOT SKILLET MAMA
21. SUN RA & THE COSMIC RAYS – BYE BYE
22. SUN RA & THE COSMIC RAYS – SOMEBODY’S IN LOVE
23. LE SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – HOURS AFTER
24. LE SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – GREAT BALLS OF FIRE

CD 2

1. SUN RA & HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – OCTOBER
2. SUN RA & HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – ADVENTUR IN SPACE
3. THE COSMIC RAYS with SUN RA & ARKESTRA – DREAMING
4. THE COSMIC RAYS with SUN RA & ARKESTRA – DADDY’S GONNA TELL YOU NO LIE
5. SUN RA & HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – ROUND MIDNIGHT
6. SUN RA & HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – BACK IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD
7. LE SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – SATURN
8. LE SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – VELVET
9. YOCHANAN with SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – THE SUN ONE
10. YOCHANAN with SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – MESSAGE TO EARTHMAN
11. YOCHANNAN with SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – THE SUN MAN SPEAKS
12. SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – SPACE LONELINESS
13. SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – STATE STREET
14. SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – THE BLUE SET
15. SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – BIG CITY BLUES
16. SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA featuring PAT PATRICK – A BLUE ONE
17. SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA featuring PAT PATRICK – ORBITRATION IN BLUE
18. SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – OUT THERE A MINUTE
19. LITTLE MACK with SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – TELL HER TO COME ON HOME
20. LITTLE MACK with SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – I’M MAKING BELIEVE

CD 3

1. SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – THE BRIDGE
2. SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – ROCKET # 9
3. SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-SOLAR-INFINITY ARKESTRA – BLUES ON PLANET MARS
4. SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-SOLAR-INFINITY ARKESTRA – SATURN MOON
5. SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – JOURNEY TO SATURN
6. SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – ENLIGHTENMENT
7. SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – I’M GONNA UNMASK THE BATMAN
8. SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – THE PERFECT MAN
9. SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – LOVE IN OUTER SPACE
10. SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – MAYAN TEMPLE
11. SUN RA QUARTET – SKY BLUES
12. SUN RA QUARTET– DISCO 3000
13. SUN RA – ROUGH HOUSE BLUES
14. SUN RA – COSMO-EXTENSIONS
15. SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – QUEST
16. SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – OUTER SPACE PLATEAU
17. SUN RA ARKESTRA – NUCLEAR WAR
18. SUN RA ARKESTRA – SOMETIMES I’M HAPPY
19. SUN RA ARKESTRA – ON JUPITER / COSMO DRAMA
20. SUN RA ARKESTRA – COSMO DRAMA
21. SUN RA – I AM THE INSTRUMENT

3LP GATEFOLD VOLUME 1

A1 SUN RA – I AM AN INSTRUMENT
A2 SUN RA – I AM STRANGE
A3 SUN RA & THE NU SOUNDS – CHICAGO USA
A4 SUN RA & THE NU SOUNDS – SPACESHIP LULLABY
A5 SUN RA & THE COSMIC RAYS – DADDY’S GONNA TELL YOU NO LIE
A6 SUN RA & THE NU SOUNDS – A FOGGY DAY
A7 BILLIE HAWKINS with SUN RA & HIS ORCHESTRA – I’M COMING HOME A8 BILLIE HAWKINS with SUN RA & HIS ORCHESTRA – LAST CALL FOR LOVE

B1 SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – SOFT TALK
B2 SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – SUPER BLONDE
B3 LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – SATURN
B4 LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – A CALL FOR DEMONS
B5 LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – DEMON’S LULLABY
B6 LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – SUPERSONIC JAZZ

C1 LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – MEDICINE FOR A NIGHTMARE
C2 LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – URNACK
C3 THE QUALITIES – IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME
C4 THE QUALITIES – HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!
C5 YOCHANAN (THE SPACE AGE VOCALIST) – M UCK M UCK (MATT MATT) C6 YOCHANAN (THE SPACE AGE VOCALIST) – HOT SKILLET MAMA

D1 SUN RA & THE COSMIC RAYS – BYE BYE
D2 SUN RA & THE COSMIC RAYS – SOMEBODY’S IN LOVE
D3 THE COSMIC RAYS with SUN RA & ARKESTRA – DREAMING (
D4 THE COSMIC RAYS with SUN RA & ARKESTRA – DADDY’S GONNA TELL YOU NO LIE
D5 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – OCTOBER

E1 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – ADVENTUR IN SPACE
E2 LE SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – HOURS AFTER
E3 LE SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
E4 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – ROUND MIDNIGHT
E5 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – BACK IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD

F1 LE SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – SATURN
F2 LE SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA – VELVET
F3 YOCHANAN with SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – THE SUN ONE
F4 YOCHANAN with SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – MESSAGE TO EARTHMAN
F5 YOCHANAN with SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – THE SUN MAN SPEAKS

10 x 45 SINGLES BOX SET VOLUME 1

1A SUN RA & THE COSMIC RAYS – DADDY’S GONNA TELL YOU NO LIE
1B SUN RA & THE NU SOUNDS – A FOGGY DAY

2A SUN RA & THE COSMIC RAYS –BYE BYE
2B SUN RA & THE COSMIC RAYS – SOMBODY’S IN LOVE

3A SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – SOFT TALK
3B SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – SUPER BLONDE

4A LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – MEDICINE FOR A NIGHTMARE
4B LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – URNACK

5A LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – SATURN
5B LE SUN RA & HIS ARKISTRA – A CALL FOR DEMONS

6A SUN RA & HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – OCTOBER
6B SUN RA & HIS ASTRO INFINITY ARKESTRA – ADVENTUR IN SPACE

7A THE COSMIC RAYS with SUN RA & ARKESTRA – DREAMING
7B THE COSMIC RAYS with SUN RA & ARKESTRA – DADDY’S GONNA TELL YOU NO LIE

8A SUN RA & HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – HOURS AFTER
8BSUN RA & HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – GREAT BALLS OF FIRE

9A YOCHANAN (THE SPACE AGE VOCALIST) – M UCK M UCK (MATT MATT) 9B YOCHANAN (THE SPACE AGE VOCALIST) – HOT SKILLET MAMA

10A YOCHANAN with SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – MESSAGE TO EARTHMAN
10B YOCHANAN with SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – THE SUN ONE

3LP GATEFOLD VOLUME 2

A1 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – SPACE LONELINESS
A2 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – STATE STREET
A3 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – THE BLUE SET
A4 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – BIG CITY BLUES

B1 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA featuring PAT PATRICK – A BLUE ONE
B2 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA featuring PAT PATRICK – ORBITRATION IN BLUE
B3 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – OUT THERE A MINUTE
B4 LITTLE MACK with SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – TELL HER TO COME ON HOME
B5 LITTLE MACK with SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – I’M MAKING BELIEVE

C1 SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – THE BRIDGE
C2 SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – ROCKET # 9
C3 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-SOLAR-INFINITY ARKESTRA – BLUES ON PLANET MARS
C4 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-SOLAR-INFINITY ARKESTRA – SATURN MOON
C5 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – JOURNEY TO SATURN
C6 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – ENLIGHTENMENT

D1 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – I’M GONNA UNMASK THE BATMAN
D2 SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – THE PERFECT MAN
D3 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – LOVE IN OUTER SPACE
D4 SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – MAYAN TEMPLE
D5 SUN RA QUARTET – SKY BLUES

E1 SUN RA QUARTET– DISCO 3000
E2 SUN RA – ROUGH HOUSE BLUES
E3 SUN RA – COSMO-EXTENSIONS
E4 SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – QUEST
E5 SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – OUTER SPACE PLATEAU
E6 SUN RA ARKESTRA – SOMETIMES I’M HAPPY

F1 SUN RA ARKESTRA – NUCLEAR WAR
F2 SUN RA ARKESTRA – ON JUPITER / COSMO DRAMA
F3 SUN RA ARKESTRA – COSMO DRAMA
F4 SUN RA – I AM THE INSTRUMENT

10 x 45 SINGLES BOX SET VOLUME 2

1A SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – SPACE LONELINESS
1B SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – STATE STREET

2A SUN RA & HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – THE BLUE SET
2B SUN RA & HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA – BIG CITY BLUES

3A SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA featuring PAT PATRICK – A BLUE ONE
3B SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA featuring PAT PATRICK – ORBITRATION IN BLUE

4A SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – THE BRIDGE
4B SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – ROCKET # 9

5A SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-SOLAR-INFINITY ARKESTRA – BLUES ON PLANET MARS
5B SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-SOLAR-INFINITY ARKESTRA – SATURN MOON

6A SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – JOURNEY TO SATURN
6B SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – ENLIGHTENMENT

7A SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – I’M GONNA UNMASK THE BATMAN
7B SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INTERGALACTIC INFINITY ARKESTRA – THE PERFECT MAN

8A SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – LOVE IN OUTER SPACE
8B SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – MAYAN TEMPLE

9A SUN RA – ROUGH HOUSE BLUES
9B SUN RA – COSMO-EXTENSIONS

10A SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – QUEST
10B SUN RA & HIS OUTER SPACE ARKESTRA – OUTER SPACE PLATEAU

New African Label ‘Odion Livingstone’ From Legendary Nigerian Producer Odion Iruoje And Collector Temi Kogbe

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Legendary EMI Nigeria producer Odion Iruoje and rare African music collector Temi Kogbe have launched a new label called Odion Livingstone, a brand new venture out of Lagos, Nigeria in association with Strut Records. The label is one of the only imprints based in Nigeria to specialize in new and back catalogue releases from across Africa, bringing a fresh African perspective.

The debut release in January 2017 will be an official reissue of the much in-demand 1983 LP ‘Friday Night’ by Livy Ekemezie, a brilliant one-off independently released disco / funk album originally pressed at William Onyeabor’s pressing plant in Enugu. Further releases will explore a wide variety of Africa’s lost back catalogue gems through original LP reissues and compilations alongside selected new artist recordings.

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Career Retrospective For Highlife Master Pat Thomas

PT_Coming_Home_packshot_RGB_1400x1400This Fall, we’re proud to present the first full career retrospective release for Ghanaian highlife master and “The Golden Voice Of Africa,” Pat Thomas, covering his late ‘60s big band highlife recordings through to the “burger highlife” movement of the early ‘80s. With Thomas currently wowing audiences on the road in support of last year’s incredible album with Kwishibu Area Band, Coming Home offers listeners a chance to get to know Thomas’ singular career.

One of Thomas’ earliest tracks, with the Ebo Taylor lead Broadway Dance Band, is streaming below. The partnership with Taylor would become one of the enduring forces in Ghanaian music during the ‘70s, creating a fresh, progressive new highlife sound. “Today, highlife has become the world’s music,” says Thomas, “and I am proud to still bring it to so many people.”

Pat Thomas – Coming Home is released 30th September on 2CD, 3LP and digital formats, and features exclusive photos and a full interview with Pat Thomas. Pre-orders are available now.

 

Interview With Sunburst’s Manager Peter Bagshawe

SUNBURST FINAL FRONT COVER HI RESIn the early 1970s, Yorkshireman Peter Bagshawe was living in Zambia, pursuing an interest in steam trains. He ended up as the de facto manager for one of the greatest Afro Rock bands of the era. How all of this came to pass is story you’ll have to hear him tell. Thankfully, he sat down via Skype recently to recount his time managing Sunburst.

Our Ave Africa compilation, which collects the Tanzanian band’s entire recorded output, is available now on CD, LP & digital formats.

Anthony Joseph’s Caribbean Roots

Anthony Joseph final cover hi resStrut team up for the first time with acclaimed French label Heavenly Sweetness for the brand new album by the celebrated poet, novelist and musician, Anthony Joseph.

‘Caribbean Roots’ represents an uncompromising return to his roots for Joseph, who has always remained true to a powerful, deep-seated sense of his own Caribbean identity. Starting out as a joint project with the outstanding percussionist Roger Raspail (Cesaria Evora, Papa Wemba), the album swiftly grew into a major work incorporating the rhythms, sounds and vibes that rock the Caribbean from San Fernando, Kingston and Les Abymes to Port-au-Prince and Havana. Backed by a band made up of a blend of musicians with Caribbean origins or connections, the album attempts to unite the different islands into a single entity without diluting any individual strand. “The idea, heard so often,” says Joseph, “is that the Caribbean is a fragmented region, socially, politically, historically. In my view, it’s a unified space, with more relations than disparities. The album is asking Caribbean people to consider that their roots are in the Caribbean, that their generations run deep and that now, we can claim it as ancestral space.”

AJ5 credit MIRABELWHITE med cropJoseph weaves an uncompromising direction through the album tracks, spinning his unique lyrical blend of afro-futurism and surrealism. He explores his native Trinidad and takes, in his own words, “a journey into the dark heart of the island”. He chronicles tales and parables: “songs tell of runaway slaves; badjohns or rude boys that we find much in black culture – our heroes, our soldiers”. There’s a muscular tribute to calypso great Mighty Sparrow and incisive reflections on colonialism: “As a Caribbean ex-pat living in Europe, I break out of the quotidian to realize that these grand architectures around me were built by those who colonized and enslaved me. I guess the album is about celebrating roots, but roots that lie within us.”

Heavyweight guests on the album include saxophonists Shabaka Hutchings (The Comet Is Coming) and Jason Yarde (Jazz Jamaica All Stars), trumpeter Yvon Guillard (Magma), bassist Mike Clinton (Salif Keita), trombonist Pierre Chabrèle (Creole Jazz Orchestra), Patrick Marie-Magdelene (Manu Dibango), celebrated Trinidad calypso icon David Rudder and Andy Narrell, master of the steel pans.

‘Caribbean Roots’ is released on Heavenly Sweetness / Strut on CD, LP and digital on June 24th. Pre-orders are available now. Album track “Mano A Mano” is streaming below.