Echoes of Africa
Early Recordings 1930s-1950s
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
“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.