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Echoes of Africa

Echoes of Africa

Early Recordings 1930s-1950s

editor: Christoph Wagner
booklet writer: Keith Chandler

Willie Gumede and His Concertina Band / Al Usthadh Umar Awadh Ban / The West African Instrumental Quintet / Mamica / Abdo Shamakh / Darktown Strutters / Hadji Amusa & Hadji Mustafa / Lagos Mozart Orchestra / Nini Mikie and Her Group / Siti Binti Saadi / Sackey Band, Appam / Ngoma Dunduri / Askari Wa K.A.R. Ya Sita (6th K.A.R.) / Ishaku Dan Zhabarumoh and His Group / H.M. Timayare / Abibu Oluwa & His Group

Edition: CD
Order number: SM 16242

Price: 17.50 €
including VAT and plus delivery


Willie Gumede and His Concertina Band: Umgoboti
Al Usthadh Umar Awadh Ban: Anta Lhayatu
The West African Instrumental Quintet: Bea Tsin No. 2
Mamica: Nwomboko
Abdo Shamakh: Mapenzi Ya Ashiki
Darktown Strutters: Be Ngi Hamba
Hadji Amusa & Hadji Mustafa: Nigbati Anobi Gunsanma
Lagos Mozart Orchestra: Aduke
Nini Mikie and Her Group: Itseko
Siti Binti Saadi: Njia Ungurusumbwe
Willie Gumede and His Concertina Band: U Gumede
Abdo Shamakh: Nalat Ala Yadaha
Mamica: March
Sackey Band, Appam: Wa Wie Me Ye Mina Asabah
Darktown Strutters: Wiwi Singomlil’ Ovhuthayo
Abibu Oluwa & His Group: Aiye Loja
Ngoma Dunduri: Tumkimiree Simba
Lagos Mozart Orchestra: Ore Mi Kini Se
Askari Wa K.A.R. Ya Sita (6th K.A.R.): Kofia Nyekundu
Sackey Band, Appam: Abasuafu Ara Gyan
Ishaku Dan Zhabarumoh and His Group: Mahamodu Nadani
H.M. Timayare: Ashac
Abibu Oluwa & His Group: Layiwola Akande


“Echoes of Africa” offer 24 rare recordings from the early days of the African record industry, hardly heard in the West before. Concertina bands and doo-wop singers from South Africa, accordion groups from Kenya, West African brass bands, unaccompanied vocal and drum ensembles from Nigeria and Tanzania, plus bands from East Africa with their Arabic influences, reveal a huge variety of early African pop music and more traditional styles.


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