S. Piliso & His Super Seven

“Kuya Hanjwa”

From Strut:

With Next Stop Soweto, Strut trace some of the amazing music that often only appeared on short run 45s at the time, including tracks by smaller and lesser known bands that plied their trade under apartheid during the years before the tumultuous Soweto uprising of 1976. Featuring music recorded primarily for the local market, the album takes the listener far beyond the accepted township jive template into fusions with jazz, gospel, rumba, funk and traditional mining songs, all under-pinned by a gritty, uncompromising edge.

Next Stop … Soweto: Township Sounds From The Golden Age of Mbaqanga is due February 2 via Strut. Expect VW’s next album to sound like it.

Next Stop … Soweto: http://www.nextstopsoweto.com
• Strut Records: http://www.strut-records.com

No Age

Perform new songs for Daytrotter Session

No Age are working on a new album. You can preview three new tracks from it courtesy of their recent Daytrotter Session, which is available as a stream or download.

• No Age: http://www.myspace.com/nonoage
• Daytrotter: http://www.daytrotter.com

Alan Licht & Loren Connors

“Map of Dusk (excerpt)”

Alan Licht and Loren Connors’ sixth album, Into the Night Sky, is due February 23 on Family Vineyard.

• Alan Licht: http://www.myspace.com/alanlicht
• Loren Connors: http://www.fvrec.com/lorenconnors
• Family Vineyard: http://www.family-vineyard.com

Fela Kuti

“Chop ‘N Quench”

Here’s a stream of four Fela Kuti songs with over 40 minutes of music. The tracks are off the upcoming Chop ‘N Quench set, which features nine remastered Kuti albums that represent his early period (1969-1974). Buy me a copy today!

• Fela Kuti: http://www.fela.net
• Knitting Factory: http://www.knittingfactoryrecords.com


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