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|This World Is Unreal Like A Snake In A Rope|
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|Eat the Dream: Gnawa Music from Essaouira|
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|Hayvanlar Alemi - Yekermo Sew|
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|Princess Nicotine: Folk and Pop Sounds of Myanmar (Burma) Vol 1|
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|PAKISTAN: Instrumental Folk & Pop Sounds 1966 - 1976|
|Group Doueh: Beatte Harab|
|Hayvanlar Alemi: Guarana Superpower|
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|Group Inerane: Guitars From Agadez Volume 3|
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|My Friend Rain|
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|Ecstatic Music of the Jemaa El Fna|
|Omar Souleyman: Jazeera Nights|
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|Omar Souleyman: Dabke 2020 (Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria)|
|Group Doueh: Treeg Salaam|
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|Palace of the Winds|
|Group Bombino: Guitars from Agadez Vol 2|
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|1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground|
|1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground|
|Radio Myanmar (Burma)|
|Bollywood Steel Guitar|
|Shadow Music of Thailand|
|Shadow Music Of Thailand|
|Musical Brotherhoods From The Trans-Saharan Highway|
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|PROIBIDÃO C.V: Forbidden Gang Funk From Rio de Janeiro|
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|Music of Nat Pwe: Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar Vol. 3|
|Group Inerane: Guitars From Agadez (Music of Niger)|
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|Molam: Thai Country Groove From Isan Vol. 2|
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|Omar Souleyman: Highway to Hassake (Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria)|
|Omar Souleyman: Highway to Hassake (Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria)|
|Group Doueh: Guitar Music From The Western Sahara|
|Group Doueh: Guitar Music From The Western Sahara|
|Radio Thailand: Transmissions from the Tropical Kingdom|
|Ethnic Minority Music of Northeast Cambodia|
|Phi Ta Khon: Ghosts of Isan|
|Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq|
|Guitars of the Golden Triangle: Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar Vol. 2|
|Radio Pyongyang: Commie Funk and Agit Pop from the Hermit Kingdom|
|NIGER: Magic and Ecstasy in the Sahel|
|Radio Sumatra: The Indonesian FM Experience|
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|MOLAM: THAI Country Groove From ISAN|
|Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol. 2|
|Harmika Yab Yum: Folk Sounds From Nepal|
|Streets of Lhasa|
|Leaf Music, Drunks, Distant Drums|
|ISAN: Folk and Pop Music of Northeast Thailand|
|RADIO INDIA: The Eternal Dream of Sound|
|Brokenhearted Dragonflies: Insect Electronica from Southeast Asia|
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|Cambodian Cassette Archives: Khmer Folk & Pop music Vol. 1|
|Folk Music of the Sahara: Among the Tuareg of Libya|
|I Remember Syria|
|Radio Palestine: Sounds of the Eastern Mediterranean|
|Princess Nicotine: Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar (Burma)|
|Jemaa El Fna: Morocco's Rendezvous of the Dead|
|Nat Pwe: Burma's Carnival of Spirit Soul|
|Night Recordings from BALI|
|Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol.1|
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Ethnic Minority Music of Southern China CD SF081
The 5th Sublime Frequencies volume in Laurent Jeanneau’s amazing documentation of vanishing indigenous music of the rural Asian frontiers, this CD focuses on ethnic minority groups of Southern China. Presented here are 17 tracks of supremely infectious vocals and folkloric instrumentals played on a wide variety of local traditional instruments. This disc comes with a 16-page booklet of detailed notes and photographs of the musicians by Laurent Jeanneau.
The Pierced Heart and the Machete DVD SF080
The Pierced Heart & The Machete is a vivid, unflinching exploration of two annual Vodou pilgrimages in Haiti. This beautifully shot film offers disorienting yet illuminating glimpses of the contradictory and complementary aspects of these two lwa, the electrifying rites that honor them, and the intense music that accompanies these ecstatic and bloody ceremonies. As in her previous film for Sublime Frequencies, Staring Into the Sun, Olivia Wyatt’s vision is always sharp, unerring and unobtrusive. 70 minutes/Color; digipack; all-region DVD; NTSC format. Limited one-time edition of 1000 copies.
CD Pop Yeh Yeh: Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and Malaysia 1964-1970 CD SF079
Pop Yeh Yeh – Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and Malaysia – 1964-1970 – Vol. 1 - is the first of its kind to focus solely on the Malay rock groups of this region. Nearly eight years in the making, this compilation was exhaustively researched and compiled by Carl Hamm and features 26 classic tracks of the very best bands and singers from Singapore and Malaysia’s Pop Yeh Yeh era, including M. Osman, Orkes Nirwana, Adnan Othman, A. Halim, Roziah Latiff and the Jayhawkers, J. Sham, Hasnah Haron, Zaleha Hamid, and many more. This CD edition comes in a tri-fold digipak with gorgeous artwork, two 40 page booklets with insanely extensive liner notes including band/artist bios, an overview of the era, translated lyrics, and plenty of rare photos taken from vintage magazines, album covers, and the artists’ own personal collections.
The Crying Princess:78 rpm Records From Burma LP SF078
The Crying Princess (SF078) compiles rare Burmese 78rpm records gathered by Robert Millis and Sublime Frequencies co-founder Alan Bishop during various trips to Burma (Myanmar) and continues the tradition of amazing music from this Southeast Asian nation released by SF. Spanning the years 1909 to 1960 these unique and ridiculously rare records feature early sides by Po Sein (one of the giants of early Burmese music and theater), vocal and harp music from 1929, "modern songs with electric guitar", and unique Burmese pop songs with piano, all from 78rpm sources. This limited edition LP comes enclosed in a beautiful tip-on jacket with two-sided insert featuring liner notes by compiler Robert Millis.
Scattered Melodies: Korean Kayagum Sanjo LP SF077
Scattered Melodies (SF077) is a compilation of Korean Kayagum Sanjo Music. Sanjo, meaning "scattered melodies," is a form of stylized string improvisation developed in the 1890s originally for the Korean kayagum, a smaller distant cousin of the Japanese koto. Presented here are a few of the masters of sanjo as it originally emerged in the early part of the 20th century on 78rpm recordings from 1925 to the early 1950s. This limited edition LP comes enclosed in a beautiful tip-on jacket with two-sided insert featuring extended liner notes by compiler Robert Millis.
Molam: Thai Country Groove from Isan 2-LP SF019
Double LP reissue of the long out-of-print classic CD first released in 2004 -- the first modern electrified Molam recordings from the 1970s ever presented outside Thailand. A Rotating Pantheon of Freestyle Singers atop the addictive Molam Beat, this is the Soul AND country music of Laos and the predominantly rural Northeastern region of Thailand known as Isan. The Molam sound is like nothing else! The classic recordings featured here are selections from rare vinyl LPs, 45s and cassettes recorded during the 1970s and 1980s when electric bass, effected guitars, electric organs, kit drums and horns played alongside traditional instruments like the khaen and the phin.
Koudede: Guitars from Agadez Vol 6 7 inch SF076
The second 7" from Koudede for Sublime Frequencies and the sixth volume in the now-legendary Guitars from Agadez series. Recorded on location at Toumast by Hisham Mayet in January 2012, these two tracks are a scorching distillation of the urgency and fire in Koudede's music: the pure sound of his people and their constant struggles. Limited edition of 700 copies.
The Divine River: Ceremonial Pageantry In The Sahel DVD SF075
Sublime Frequencies announces a new film by Hisham Mayet: The Divine River: Ceremonial Pageantry in the Sahel. Condensed from 40 hours of footage shot between 2007 and 2012, The Divine River is an exhilarating, hallucinatory, harrowing record of music, ritual, life and landscape along the Niger River—which the Tuareg call Egerew n-Igerewen, or "River of Rivers"— as it winds through Mali and the Republic of Niger.
Bollywood Steel Guitar 2-LP SF043
2-LP Vinyl gatefold Reissue of the CD. Bollywood Steel Guitar is the most comprehensive collection to date of Steel Guitar pop instrumental music from India. All 21 tracks featured here were Film hits from 1962-1986 and all the masters of the steel guitar sound from the period are represented. This 2-LP was compiled and carefully selected from rare LPs over several years by Stuart Ellis.
Staring into the Sun: Ethiopian Tribal Music 2-LP SF074
A contemporary survey of the tribal music of Ethiopia. Recorded in 2009 by Olivia Wyatt, this collection showcases an array of mind-blowing sounds from the "land of eternal sunshine". Presented in this visually stunning gatefold 2-LP are audio examples ranging from remote tribes - of the Ethiopian highlands, the lower Omo and the Great Rift Valley – to their electric analogues in the sweaty beerhalls of Addis Ababa.
Omar Khorshid: Guitar El Chark (Guitar of the Orient) 2-CD SF052
Omar Khorshid is known as the king of Arabic guitarists. He played in the orchestras of legendary Egyptian vocalists Abdel Halim Hafez and Oum Khoultoum and then moved on to a solo recording career, acting in and scoring films. This beautiful limited edition 2-LP features the very best of his amazing belly dance Arabic surf guitar psychedelic oriental lounge material from his rare 1970s LPs. Compiled by Sublime Frequencies. Double CD reissue of the out of print vinyl addition. With an additional ten bonus tracks and a 14 page booklet in a tri-fold digipak.
This World Is Unreal Like A Snake In A Rope DVD SF073
A film by Robert Millis. Folk cinema from the eternal never-ending collage that is INDIA. A journey through the ancient Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu featuring Hindu trance ceremonies, street music, festivals, nagaswaram improvisations, impossibly loud cities, ancient temples, processions, devotions, decay, fireworks, abstractions and more. DVD features bonus photo gallery with over 100 images. 50 minutes/Color; digipack; all-region DVD; NTSC format. Limited one-time edition of 1000 copies.
Koudede - Guitars from Agadez Vol.5 7 inch SF072
First American release for one of the leading lights from the Agadez guitar scene. Koudede Maman finally steps out of the shadows and delivers two scorching tunes recorded live from the European tour of last year. The sinuous sound of the electrified West African guitar has long mesmerized listeners both at home in the Sahel and abroad, from the explosion of global phenomenons such as Tinariwen and Abdallah Oumbadougou to the recent emergence of the rawer sounds of Group Bombino and Group Inerane. Limited ed. one time pressing of 600 copies.
Eat the Dream: Gnawa Music from Essaouira LP SF071
Recorded and compiled by Tucker Martine in 1994, the bulk of this album features the magnificent results of a chance meeting between Martine and the late, great master of Gnawa music, Maâllem Boubker Ghania (1927–2000), who kindly offered to organize a several-day informal recording session in his home. Martine began rolling tape as musicians came and went throughout the sessions. These spectacular recordings from Essaouira Morocco are interwoven here with other encounters including a wedding procession in the streets of Marrakech, snake charmers of the Jemma El Fna with their rhaitas, calls to prayer with children playing while James Brown echoed off of the labyrinthian walls, Moroccan radio dial surfing and more. Limited Edition LP housed in a heavy-duty tip-on jacket with insert containing additional photos of the musicians and Tucker Martine’s liner notes.
Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974 CD SF060
The long-awaited foray into the Vietnamese Rock, Pop and Soul sound of the late 1960s and early 1970s is finally here. Saigon Rock and Soul delivers the goods International retro collectors have been searching for in vain for many years - and it delivers beyond belief. Every song is a mini-masterpiece be it heavy acid rock psychedelia, horn and guitar drenched funk grooves, or gripping soul ballads reflective of life during wartime. CD Version of the out of print 2-LP.
Hayvanlar Alemi - Yekermo Sew 7 Inch SF070
Hayvanlar Alemi comes smashing out of the gates in 2012 with a jaw dropping version of Mulatu Astatke’s Yekermo Sew as the A side of this single. Side B is an unreleased improvisation featuring the quartet version of the group. Limited Edition 45 rpm single.
Group Inerane: Guitars From Agadez Volume 4 7 Inch SF069
This is Sublime Frequencies first ever 7" release to coincide with Group Inerane's first ever European tour in November of 2011. Three blazing and incendiary tracks recorded in Niger by Hisham Mayet. Extremely limited tour only edition available for a short time for the discerning public.
Omar Souleyman: Haflat Gharbia (The Western Concerts) CD/LP SF068
Omar Souleyman's fourth release on Sublime Frequencies represents an hour of the best moments from the western tours between 2009 and 2011, captured in striking fidelity and intensity. Fans will recognize familiar songs, as well as previously unreleased material presented here for the first time, in what is the biggest sounding Omar record yet.
Erkin Koray: Mechul (Singles and Rarities) CD/LP SF067
Erkin Koray and Sublime Frequencies are pleased to present this collection of rare tracks and lesser-heard singles. All tracks were recorded and released in Turkey between 1970 – 1977 and culled from Koray's personal vinyl collection. Includes exclusive photos and remastered audio.
Group Doueh - Zayna Jumma LP SF066
LP Vinyl Gatefold Edition - Group Doueh's latest record is here and the plot continues to thicken! From the gorgeously cracked yet all-embracing opening drum roll of Zayna Jumma (the title track), it's evident this band is hell bent on redefining the sound of its influences and in turn, shape the future sound of its surroundings. Since its inception, Group Doueh's ability to craft pop hooks from a foundation of saharoui roots music has been a manifestation of sheer song craft and innovation.
Group Doueh: Zayna Jumma CD SF066
Group Doueh's latest record is here and the plot continues to thicken! From the gorgeously cracked yet all-embracing opening drum roll of Zayna Jumma (the title track), it's evident this band is hell bent on redefining the sound of its influences and in turn, shape the future sound of its surroundings. Since its inception, Group Doueh's ability to craft pop hooks from a foundation of saharoui roots music has been a manifestation of sheer song craft and innovation.
Staring Into The Sun DVD/CD/Book SF065
Staring into the Sun is the latest ethno-folk cinema classic from Sublime Frequencies. In 2009, photographer/filmmaker Olivia Wyatt explored 13 different tribes throughout Ethiopia in this visually stunning film on DVD with accompanying 136 page book of Polaroid photographs and audio CD of field recordings.
Princess Nicotine: Folk and Pop Sounds of Myanmar (Burma) Vol 1 LP SF006
This is the first true compilation of this phenomenal scene from Yangon to Mandalay and beyond. Here are some of the greatest names from the past 50 years of Burmese musical history from the original recordings featuring Mar Mar Aye, Bo Sein, and the incomparable Tonte Theintan. Listen, and be amazed! Limited edition full-color gatefold LP version of the Sublime Frequencies CD release from 2004.
Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol 1 LP SF001
An essential collection of unique folk and pop music from the Island of Sumatra, including drone beat pop, early variations on Orkes Melayu music, Batak Tapanuli, haunting vocal chants, folk drama and other beautiful, lost styles, which have yet to be discovered. Limited edition full-color gatefold LP version of the first Sublime Frequencies CD release from 2003.
PAKISTAN: Instrumental Folk & Pop Sounds 1966 - 1976 2-LP SF064
A mind-blowing set of Pakistani instrumentals spanning the period between 1966 and 1976. It’s all here: rock and roll beat, surf, folk traditional mixed with pop, film tunes, electric guitars, sitar and organ solos, brilliant percussion and arrangements crafted by the grooviest bands of the period: The Panthers, The Mods, The Bugs, The Blue Birds, The Abstracts, The Aay Jays, The Fore Thoughts, Nisar Bazmi, and Sohail Rana. Limited Edition 2-LP vinyl set with full color gatefold jacket.
Group Doueh: Beatte Harab LP SF063
The third LP by the now legendary Group Doueh, this record showcases a different side to their far reaching arsenal of sounds. Drawing from the classical repertoire of ancestral Mauritanian musical modes, Doueh employs the traditional Moorish instruments such as the Tinidit (three string Mauritanian lute), Ardin (Kora like harp played traditionally by women), Tbal (clay drum) and the Kass (tea glasses) along with guitar and Korg synth, to attain cosmic heights of spiritual poetry that this music aspires to convey. This truly epic Limited edition vinyl LP comes in a beautiful full color gatefold Jacket.
Hayvanlar Alemi: Guarana Superpower CD SF062
Hayvanlar Alemi is a group of contemporary players steeped in the art of psychedelics, surf, and expansive rock instrumental grandeur. Formed in Ankara Turkey in 1999, the band is led by Ozum Itez (electric guitar) and Isik Sarihan (percussion) and Guarana Superpower is their first official release outside their home country. CD version with 8 page color insert featuring two bonus tracks.
Hayvanlar Alemi: Guarana Superpower LP SF062
Hayvanlar Alemi is a group of contemporary players steeped in the art of psychedelics, surf, and expansive rock instrumental grandeur. Formed in 1999, the band is led by Ozum Itez (electric guitar) and Isik Sarihan (percussion) and Guarana Superpower is their first ever vinyl LP. This limited one-time LP pressing comes in a full color heavy duty tip-on jacket.
Group Inerane: Guitars From Agadez Volume 3 CD SF061
CD reissue of the instantly sold-out Volume 3 of the now-legendary Guitars From Agadez series. Volume 3 of the now legendary Guitars from Agadez series is finally here. Group Inerane's sophomore LP is the latest missive from the now sound of Niger's Tuareg guitar scene. Led by guitar hero Bibi Ahmed, this new incarnation introduces another legend on second guitar, one Koudede Maman. Limited edition LP comes in a beautiful full color gatefold Jacket with photos of the musicians and liner notes by Hisham Mayet.
Group Inerane: Guitars From Agadez Vol 3 LP SF061
Volume 3 of the now legendary Guitars from Agadez series is finally here. Group Inerane's sophomore LP is the latest missive from the now sound of Niger's Tuareg guitar scene. Led by guitar hero Bibi Ahmed, this new incarnation introduces another legend on second guitar, one Koudede Maman. Limited edition LP comes in a beautiful full color gatefold Jacket with photos of the musicians and liner notes by Hisham Mayet.
Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974 2-LP SF060
The long-awaited foray into the Vietnamese Rock, Pop and Soul sound of the late 1960s and early 1970s is finally here. Saigon Rock and Soul delivers the goods International retro collectors have been searching for in vain for many years - and it delivers beyond belief. Every song is a mini-masterpiece be it heavy acid rock psychedelia, horn and guitar drenched funk grooves, or gripping soul ballads reflective of life during wartime. Limited edition 2-LP in full-color gatefold jacket.
My Friend Rain DVD/CD SF059
"My Friend Rain" is an abstract homage to the endless monsoon cycles of rebirth and destruction. Dreamy musical segments, fleeting glimpses, odd sounds, temple shrines, tropical backdrops, decay, death, languid afternoon rains, and mysterious celebratory events take the viewer from soaked mornings in the lowlands of the Irrawaddy delta to humid nights on the streets of Isan province. DVD comes with bonus CD of the film's soundtrack. Filmed in Southeast Asia by Robert Millis.
Koes Plus Dheg Dheg Plas & Volume 2 CD SF058
Often referred to as “the Beatles of Indonesia”, Koes Plus are the most beloved pop group in the history of Indonesian music, yet they’ve been basically unknown to the rest of the world. Born in 1969 from the previously established roots of Koes Bersaudara, the group blazed a trail across the Indonesian popular music landscape of the 1970s. Reissued here for the first time, this CD contains the first two incredibly rare Koes Plus albums in their entirety: "Dheg Dheg Plas" from 1969 and "Volume 2" from 1970.
Ethnic Minority Music of Northwest Xinjiang (China) CD SF057
Fantastic live recordings by Laurent Jeanneau and Shi Tanding from the northwest Chinese territory of Xinjiang. Includes magnificent and unique varieties of traditional Islamic folk music with traces of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish influences heard throughout. The players are Kazakh, Uyghur, Kirgiz and Mongol Erut musicians performing on a wide array of local stringed instruments including dongbra, topchar, komuz, rushtar, rawab and tchang.
Ecstatic Music of the Jemaa El Fna LP SF056
Raw, blazing street music from Marrakesh recorded live at the Jemaa El Fna in 2005. Electrified banjos and mandolins red-lined to the max through amps powered by moped batteries backed by thundering vocal and drum choruses. Beautiful full-color gatefold limited LP release with photos/liner notes by Hisham Mayet.
Omar Souleyman: Jazeera Nights CD SF055
The third Omar Souleyman release features live recordings spanning 15 years of Omar's tireless repertoire, and is rife with frenzied Syrian Dabke (a regional folkloric dance and party music), Iraqi Choubi and a host of Arabic, Kurdish and Turkish styles, among others - an amalgamation that exemplifies the musical essence of Northeastern Syria.
Dara Puspita 1966-1968 CD SF054
Dara Puspita (Flower Girls) was arguably the world’s greatest all-female garage rock band. The reason you’ve probably never heard of them was that they came from Indonesia where they were extremely popular during the 1960s. Twenty-six of their most spectacular tracks (from the albums Jang Pertama, Special Edition, Green Green Grass, and A-Go-Go) are now finally available to hear in this essential release.
Koes Bersaudara 1967 CD SF053
This CD features the first ever reissue of Koes Bersaudara’s two extremely rare and almost impossible to find albums from 1967 - To the so-called “The Guilties” (12 song full-length LP) and Djadikan Aku Domba Mu (8 song 10-inch LP). Guilties has long been considered by Indonesian music historians as their nation’s legendary garage rock masterpiece as well as the first record to directly challenge or speak out against the Indonesian government.
Omar Khorshid: Guitar El Chark (Guitar of the Orient) LP SF052
Omar Khorshid is known as the king of Arabic guitarists. He played in the orchestras of legendary Egyptian vocalists Abdel Halim Hafez and Oum Khoultoum and then moved on to a solo recording career, acting in and scoring films. This beautiful limited edition 2-LP features the very best of his amazing belly dance Arabic surf guitar psychedelic oriental lounge material from his rare 1970s LPs. Compiled by Sublime Frequencies housed in a beautiful full-color gatefold jacket with extensive liner notes.
Singapore A-Go-Go Vol. 1 CD SF051
A superb collection of Singaporean 60’s beat, pop, and “off-beat cha-cha” instrumental classics from original vinyl 45’s. The vocals are sung in the dialects of Mandarin and Hokkien and they soar with catchy hooks atop groovy, clever beats. There’s plenty of electric guitar, organ, and crazy percussion rocking and twisting behind it all, at times reaching quite a mad and freaky state of affairs.
Siamese Soul: Thai Pop Spectacular Vol. 2 CD SF050
This second volume in the Thai Pop Spectacular series, Siamese Soul features 1970’s hard-grooved roots funk, hypnotic Luk Thung tracks from the Northeastern Thai countryside, 1960’s rock & roll and 1980’s groove anomalies. All cuts come heavily laced with electric organs and guitar, thick horn sections, the traditional khaen, driving bass and stunning vocal performances with a richness that can easily be called Thai soul music of the highest order.
Omar Souleyman: Dabke 2020 (Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria) CD SF049
Sublime Frequencies is proud to present the 2nd volume of Northeast Syrian Dabke music from legendary vocalist Omar Souleyman and his group. This CD was compiled by Mark Gergis to coincide with the Sublime Frequencies UK/European tour in May and June of 2009
Group Doueh: Treeg Salaam CD SF048
CD version of sold-out LP. Group Doueh’s follow up to their now legendary debut is here. While most would think it damn near impossible to top the former release, in terms of sheer “shock and awe”, Treeg Salaam (Streets of Peace), blows hot and dusty from the infernal sand swept dunes of the Western Sahara.
Group Doueh: Treeg Salaam LP SF048
Group Doueh’s follow up to their now legendary debut LP is here. While most would think it damn near impossible to top the former release, in terms of sheer “shock and awe”, Treeg Salaam (Streets of Peace), blows hot and dusty from the infernal sand swept dunes of the Western Sahara. Limited edition LP, 180 gram vinyl, in a full color gatefold jacket.
Palace of the Winds DVD SF047
Palace of the Winds is an intimate and dreamlike journey exploring the music of Saharawi culture from Guelmim in Southern Morocco to the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott. A film by Hisham Mayet, "Palace" features live performances by Group Doueh, Group Marwani, Sadoum Oueld Aida and Group Bab Sahara.
Group Bombino: Guitars from Agadez Vol 2 CD SF046
CD version of sold-out LP. Group Bombino are the latest discovery from the outer fringes of the Saharan Guitar scene. Volume 2 of the Guitars From Agadez series is their debut CD. Led by Omara Mochtar, Group Bombino are fast gaining mythic status within the Tuareg community for their legendary performances and incendiary guitar heroics.
Group Bombino: Guitars From Agadez Vol. 2 LP SF046
Limited Edition 180 gram vinyl LP with full-color gatefold jacket. Group Bombino are the latest discovery from the outer fringes of the Saharan Guitar scene. Volume 2 of the Guitars From Agadez series is their debut LP. Led by Omara Mochtar, Group Bombino are fast gaining mythic status within the Tuareg community for their legendary performances and incendiary guitar heroics.
1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground CD SF045
CD Version of the now sold out LP. This is Rai Music from Algeria as you've not heard it before. In the early 1970's, a new group of singers and musicians were operating on the northwest coast and what they pioneered was a sound that eventually reached worldwide status by the end of the decade, however their names are relatively unknown to this day outside Algeria.
1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground LP SF045
Limited Edition 180 gram vinyl LP with full-color gatefold jacket. This is Rai Music from Algeria as you've not heard it before. In the early 1970's, a new group of singers and musicians were operating on the northwest coast and what they pioneered was a sound that eventually reached worldwide status by the end of the decade, however their names are relatively unknown to this day outside Algeria.
Radio Myanmar (Burma) CD SF044
Radio Myanmar features over 40 tracks recorded between 1994-2007 highlighting many wonderfully strange and beautiful pop, folk, and classical music styles as well as commercials, news and weather reports, National songs, and government announcements. Many of the tracks are in English. This is a rare opportunity for listeners to delve behind the headlines and into the airwaves; to hear for themselves the sounds, rhythms, and voices of urban Burma's radio experience, unfiltered by the international press or state-spokesmen.
Bollywood Steel Guitar CD SF043
Bollywood Steel Guitar is the most comprehensive collection to date of Steel Guitar pop instrumental music from India. All 21 tracks featured here were Film hits from 1962-1986 and all the masters of the steel guitar sound from the period are represented. This CD was compiled and carefully selected from rare LPs over several years by Stuart Ellis.
Shadow Music of Thailand CD SF042
CD version of the sold-out LP. Welcome to the Thai Shadow sound of the mid-1960's. Shadow records were often marketed as 'Thai Modernized Music' which it was in the truest sense. Traditional Thai melodies were given the Shadow treatment; incorporating rock, surf, a-go-go, exotica, soul, blues, Latin and other worldly styles of the times and the results range from plaintive guitar and organ-driven lullabies to full-blown electric garage folk-psychedelia!
Shadow Music Of Thailand LP SF042
Limited Edition Vinyl LP! Welcome to the Thai Shadow sound of the mid-1960's. Shadow records were often marketed as 'Thai Modernized Music' which it was in the truest sense. Traditional Thai melodies were given the Shadow treatment; incorporating rock, surf, a-go-go, exotica, soul, blues, Latin and other worldly styles of the times and the results range from plaintive guitar and organ-driven lullabies to full-blown electric garage folk-psychedelia!
Musical Brotherhoods From The Trans-Saharan Highway DVD SF041
Filmed in 2005 by Hisham Mayet predominately at the Jemaa Al Fna in Marrakesh Morocco, 'Musical Brotherhoods of the Trans-Saharan Highway' captures an assortment of spectacular musical dramas presented live and unfiltered on the home turf of the world's most dynamic string and drum specialists performing and manifesting the ecstatic truth. This is some of the last great street music on Earth. A must see for string aficionados looking for inspiration as electric ouds, banjos, mandolins and the Gnawa sentir peel flesh from bone right before your eyes!
Sumatran Folk Cinema DVD SF040
A psychedelic collage of images and sounds from the heart and soul of Sumatran culture with the main focus on music. Witness classic Dangdut rock music, street and country scenes, raw TV excerpts, Minang Orchestras, night markets, folk musicians, and much more wrapped in a 60 minute kaleidoscope complete with an epic soundtrack. Filmed in and around Medan, Padang, Bukitinggi and beyond with some of the most amazing pre-tsunami footage ever captured from Aceh province. Shot by Mark Gergis and Alan Bishop on location in 2004 with a segment from Banda Aceh filmed by David Martinez in 2003.
Latinamericarpet: Exploring the Vinyl Warp of Latin American Psychedelia Vol 1 CD SF039
Latinamericarpet is a non-stop collage of vinyl artifacts culled from stacks of forgotten LPs of the 1960’s and 1970’s from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Chile, and Isle de Pascua (Easter Island). Although most of the tracks presented here were recorded during the peak of the psychedelic era in the late 60’s and early 70’s, this is not a collection exclusively packed with guitar group psychedelia. There are also pop and folkloric songs, children’s songs, odd instructional record excerpts, and a few other anomalies from our neighbours to the south.
PROIBIDÃO C.V: Forbidden Gang Funk From Rio de Janeiro CD SF038
PROIBIDÃO is the name given to a certain kind of electronic funk music produced in Brazilian favelas. A raw mix of live funk vocals and Miami bass structures, these anonymous tracks are spread illegally by DJs and gang sponsored parties. CV stands for Comando Vermelho, a criminal organization that was the strongest in all of Rio de Janeiro in the 1990's. Recorded and assembled by filmmaker Carlos Casas in 2003.
Ethnic Minority Music of North Vietnam CD SF037
This third volume in a series compiled by Laurent Jeanneau from his continual journeys into the more remote tribal areas of Southeast Asia features field recordings of the Giay, Lu, Red Zao, and Black Hmong peoples from North Vietnam. Here, one can discover an unusual vocal style called “Baozoo” which is unlike anything we've heard before.
Ethnic Minority Music of Southern Laos CD SF036
Ethnic Minority Music of Southern Laos is a collection of landmark recordings by Laurent Jeanneau documenting music created by the Harak and various Brao ethnic groups in Xekong, Champasak and Attapeu provinces . Here you can hear the true historic roots of Molam music, Gong ensembles, various stringed instruments, cymbals, drums, and sung poetry all captured live on location with the ambient sounds of the surrounding villages.
Music of Nat Pwe: Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar Vol. 3 CD SF035
Volume 3 of our Folk & Pop series from Myanmar documents the melodically ornamental and thundering sound of the Nat Pwe orchestra which is perhaps the last great internationally unknown musical juggernaut existing anywhere. Recorded live at various Nat Festivals throughout Myanmar and featuring some of Burma’s most popular musicians, you’ll witness impossible yet flawless execution of composition, wild free-form improvisation, ghost spirit-possessed vocal divas, and the apex of high cultural art blending seamlessly with folkloric-metaphysical ceremony.
Group Inerane: Guitars From Agadez (Music of Niger) CD SF034
CD Reissue of the sold-out LP edition. One of the most exciting records to come from West Africa. This is Group Inerane's debut release. These ten tracks are a combination of amplified roots rock, blues, and folk in the local Tuareg styles at times entering into full-on electric guitar psychedelia. Guitars, drums and female vocals that never lose their power to stun the listener.
Group Inerane: Guitars From Agadez (Music of Niger) LP SF034
Group Inerane is the now sound of the Tuareg Guitar Revolution sweeping across the Sahara Desert and inspired by the rebel musicians that started this music as a political weapon used to communicate from the Libyan Refugee camps in the 1980s and 1990s. Recorded by Hisham Mayet, this is the second Sublime Frequencies Vinyl Release. 180 gram vinyl, full-color gatefold jacket, and limited one-time pressing of 1000 copies.
Molam: Thai Country Groove From Isan Vol. 2 CD SF033
The true, raw & electrified, hardcore roots Molam sound from Northeastern Thailand. As psychedelic as Country music could ever be, this is a collection of the most grooving, rocking and droning beats of the Isan countryside from the 1970’s. Perhaps even better than Volume 1, this was the magic period of modern Molam when effected guitars & Phin, crazy organ sounds, and absolutely stunning vocal freestylers ruled the Northeast.
Thai Pop Spectacular (1960's-1980's) CD SF032
Thai Pop Music from the 1960’s-1980’s, every single track a winner! Surf guitars, funky organs, tight horn sections, and amazing vocals are assembled here in this compilation of retro-pop grooves from Bangkok and beyond. Featuring the “Queen of Luk Thung”, the “Shadow Music” style of Johnny Guitar, a few Thai trademark comedy songs, and much more. Romping Disco, seductive Thai soul, wah-wah pedals, and crazy arrangements help round out this astounding set.
Omar Souleyman: Highway to Hassake (Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria) 2-LP SF031
2-LP Gatefold vinyl edition of the original CD version. This is Omar Souleyman’s first release outside the middle east. Compiled, assembled, and edited by Mark Gergis, “Highway to Hassake” is an overview of Omar’s entire career. This is the true folk/pop sound of modern Syria. Instrumentation includes Saz, Oud, vocals and amazing keyboard electronics which play out as forbidden morse code at breakneck speeds…intense and mesmerizing.
Omar Souleyman: Highway to Hassake (Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria) CD SF031
This is Omar Souleyman’s first release outside the middle east. Compiled, assembled, and edited by Mark Gergis, “Highway to Hassake” is an overview of Omar’s entire career. This is the true folk/pop sound of modern Syria. Instrumentation includes Saz, Oud, vocals and amazing keyboard electronics which play out as forbidden morse code at breakneck speeds…intense and mesmerizing.
Group Doueh: Guitar Music From The Western Sahara CD SF030
CD Reissue of the sold-out LP edition. Raw & unfiltered electric Guitar Music of an entirely different order, this is Saharawi music from the Western Sahara sung in the Hassania language and Group Doueh’s first official release outside their home base of Dakhla.
Group Doueh: Guitar Music From The Western Sahara LP SF030
The first Sublime Frequencies Vinyl Release! 180 gram vinyl, full-color gatefold jacket, and limited one-time pressing of 1000 copies. Raw & unfiltered electric Guitar Music of an entirely different order, this is Saharawi music from the Western Sahara sung in the Hassania language and Group Doueh’s first official release outside their home base of Dakhla.
Radio Algeria CD SF029
Radio Algeria is a multi-dimensional assembly of audio culture and perhaps the most diverse collection of the Algerian listening experience ever presented featuring raw Berber folk, modern Arabic pop, sacred Islamic traditional, Andalusian orchestral, Guesba (the origin of Rai), classic early Rai, Khabyle, Tuareg, Saharaui, and hybrid music styles.
Radio Thailand: Transmissions from the Tropical Kingdom 2-CD SF028
This 2-CD set is an exhaustive collection of Thai Radio transmissions recorded over a 15-year period from 1989 to 2004. The Music presented here is relentlessly mystifying and seductive: Molam, Luk Thung, Kantrum, folk and pop, classic Thai guitar Rock, antique ballads, novelty tunes, traditional ceremonial music and other miscellaneous styles rarely heard outside the Kingdom.
Ethnic Minority Music of Northeast Cambodia CD SF027
For the first time ever, a recording that documents the ceremonial animist music from the mysterious tribal villages of Northeast Cambodia. Mesmerizing vocals, gong ensembles, guitars, flutes, and unique local instruments from Tampoan, Krung, kavet, Brao, Jarai, and Phnong people of Ratanakiri and Mondolkiri Provinces in NE Cambodia. Recorded by Laurent Jeanneau.
Phi Ta Khon: Ghosts of Isan DVD SF026
Described as ‘The Mardi Gras from Hell’ and ‘Thai Halloween" PHI TA KHON is a ghost festival that takes place every year in the Isan province of Northern Thailand. Colorful masks, MoLam music, magnificent costumes, and phallic icons of all sizes, Phi Ta Khon is a mind-blowing and obscure tradition hidden in the interior of the Indochine peninsula. A film by Robert Millis. Color/75 minutes
Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq CD SF025
BACK IN STOCK! This collection of vintage folk and pop displays a wealth of outstanding music that is exclusive to Iraq and has rarely been showcased abroad. Saddam Era Iraqi music styles from Choubi rhythms, Zanbour drumming (rapid-fire machine gun hand drums), Socialist folk-rock with electric guitar and trumpet, Basta, Bezikh, Hecha, and the gorgeous vocal style of Mawal.
Guitars of the Golden Triangle: Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar Vol. 2 CD SF024
Never before presented outside a tiny minority of the Burmese community, this is previously undiscovered 1970's garage and psychedelic rock, raw folk blues ballads, and country-western styled music from Shan State in Myanmar's Golden Triangle. These recordings are from a phenomenal “lost scene” and we’re thrilled to resurrect it for those interested in folk, rock and pop styles from lesser-known regions of the globe.
Radio Pyongyang: Commie Funk and Agit Pop from the Hermit Kingdom CD SF023
Schmaltzy synthpop, Revolutionary rock, Cheeky child rap, and a healthy dose of hagiography for Dear Leader Kim Jong-il, this is the NOW sound of North Korea! A hermit kingdom with a rich folk history and an even richer tradition in over-the-top praise for the ruling House of Kim. Christiaan Virant has visited this mysterious land and assembled this amazing audio collage.
NIGER: Magic and Ecstasy in the Sahel DVD SF022
A celebration of life in the Sahel region of Africa, this film showcases many of Niger’s venerable music styles. Tuareg Electric Guitar trance rock, Bori cult dance ceremonies, Fulani Folk, and Roadhouse Gospel Rave-ups are some of the segments included in this latest "Folk Cinema" classic from Sublime Frequencies!
Radio Sumatra: The Indonesian FM Experience CD SF021
Whats happening NOW on Indonesian Radio from the FM airwaves of Sumatra? A completely mystifying Universe of Sound swirling in an explosive musical kaleidoscope, thats what! Escape to the world of Dangdut, Melayu, Gambus, punk, rap, psych, and almost everything else with plenty of styles you never knew existed. Recorded/edited in 2004!
Radio Phnom Penh CD SF020
Rebel Guitars, Assorted Dialects, Heat-Stroke Synthesizers, and thats just a taste of this diverse assortment of Cambodian musical treasures you’ve NEVER heard before. Flowing from traditional to Modern, from rock and pop to folk and hybrid, all sequenced in the spirit of how it was captured: as radio programming designed to immediately transport you into the heart of Cambodia’s Capital.
MOLAM: THAI Country Groove From ISAN CD SF019
A Rotating Pantheon of Freestyle Singers atop the addictive Molam Beat, this is the Soul AND country music of Laos and the predominantly rural Northeastern region of Thailand known as Isan. The Molam sound is like nothing else! The classic recordings featured here are selections from rare vinyl LPs, 45s and cassettes recorded during the 1970s and 1980s when electric bass, effected guitars, electric organs, kit drums and horns played alongside traditional instruments like the khaen and the phin.
Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol. 2 CD SF018
From the infectious trance beat of Folk "Dangdut" music to the highly-refined "Orkes Gambus" (Orchestral Arabic music) this is an assortment of relics from a forgotten period of Sumatran music when psychedelic organs echoed underneath arabic string sections and rustic violins sawed atop trance beats from poorly-lit night markets.
Harmika Yab Yum: Folk Sounds From Nepal CD SF017
“Harmika Yab Yum” is a divine blend of Radio excerpts and field recordings from Nepal compiled by Robert Millis. This exciting mosaic snares among other oddities, a “King Cobra” snake charmer, the sounds of slaughtering buffaloes and guns firing amidst a Durga Puja festival, dreamy folk music, Sarangi and Harmonium players seeping in from unknown radio signals, pounding drums, praying monks, child choruses, street sermons, loudspeaker promotionals, and quiet footsteps at the top of the world.
Streets of Lhasa CD SF016
“Streets of Lhasa” lifts us to the high plateau of Tibet where anonymous street balladeers sell folk songs for a living and ghostly voices drift in an ambience of time forgotten. This ornamental carnival of sound was recorded by Zhang Jian (of the Beijing-based sound collective “fm3”) on the streets of Lhasa, ZhaDa and Shigatse in August 2003. Liner notes written by Steve Barker (ON THE WIRE/BBC).
Leaf Music, Drunks, Distant Drums CD ANOM26
Ambient and Musical recordings from Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma recorded by Robert Millis in 2002. In a strange twist of fate, Sublime Frequencies has obtained the rights to distribute the remaining copies of this superb collection released on Anomalous Records in 2004.
ISAN: Folk and Pop Music of Northeast Thailand DVD SF015
Welcome to ISAN, Thailand's forgotten frontier, where Lao, Thai and Cambodian folkloric traditions have conspired to create a mystifying pageantry of music and dance still relatively unknown to outsiders. Explore the raw cultural heritage of the Mekong interior, land of the Phin guitar and the bamboo Khaen and discover musical styles such as "Molam" and "Pong Lang".
RADIO INDIA: The Eternal Dream of Sound 2-CD SF014
A swan dive into perhaps the most astounding radio treasure chest the world has ever known, this amazing collection of audio art is a testament to India’s Museum of Sound. This two hour listening experience features Radio Collage of music-only edits on disc one, with a more adventurous mix of music, radio commercials, news, DJs, and miscellaneous sound dimensions on disc two.
Brokenhearted Dragonflies: Insect Electronica from Southeast Asia CD SF013
There is a legend in Burma stating that swarms of male dragonflies gather to join in choruses of high-pitched tones to court their mates. The ones that don’t succeed in mating eventually scream so loud that their chests explode and they drop dead to the ground. These recordings are a tribute to this legend. Droning cicadas, dragonflies and other insects display their charm as masters of the High Frequency Airwaves recorded live and unprocessed by Tucker Martine in the lush settings of Laos, Thailand, and Burma.
BUSH TAXI MALI: Field Recordings From Mali CD SF012
Bush Taxi Mali is an aural tour through the heart of Mali. These field recordings were made by Tucker Martine in 1998 while traveling throughout the West African country. Some of the highlights include Ngoni blues, Fulani flutes, street sounds of radios, Imams, and Dogon chants, and the stunning voice of Jalimusa Amanita Diabate!
Cambodian Cassette Archives: Khmer Folk & Pop music Vol. 1 CD SF011
An unbelievable collection of dynamic Cambodian music recorded between the 1960s and the 1990s, both in Cambodia and in the United States. A truly Khmer blend of folk and pop including Cha-Cha, Psychedelia, Phase-shifting Rock, sultry circle dance standards, pulsing Cambodian new wave, haunted ballads, musical comedy sketches, Easy-Listening numbers and raw instrumental grooves.
Folk Music of the Sahara: Among the Tuareg of Libya DVD SF010
Folk music of the Sahara is an intoxicating experience of sight and sound captured among the Tuareg and Libyan people of North Central Africa. Filmed from the perspective of actually being one of the performers, this mind-blowing IN YOUR FACE document captures the spirit of Libyan folklore and the essence of emotion armed with pounding rhythms and wailing vocal choruses
I Remember Syria 2-CD SF009
A jaw-dropping expose of music, news, interviews and field recordings from one of the least-known quarters of the Arab world. The country of Syria has been politically and culturally exiled for decades by the western media leaving little known of its rich heritage of art, music and culture.
Radio Palestine: Sounds of the Eastern Mediterranean CD SF008
From the traditional Nubian sounds of Southern Egypt to the cultured Arabic pop of Beirut, its all here in super-sonic collage: Cairo Orchestral/Greek Sartaki/Palestinian Folk/ Jewish and Euro-hybrid music styles/ Jordanian reverb guitar....all placed deep within the mirage of an 18 year-old time capsule of news, commercials, radio plays, UFO signals, Secret agent messages and chainsaw shortwave!
Radio Morocco CD SF007
Arabic music is HIGH ART. At its best, it transcends western music even as it utilizes it as a display of emotion and celebration. The Moroccans are deep contributors to the high art of Arabic music. This is radio collage from Morocco's airwaves circa 1983 when the American entertainment industry was grinding Michael Jackson's THRILLER into world conciousness as superpower export culture. Moroccan radio was broadcasting at a high level. The proof is right here.
Princess Nicotine: Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar (Burma) CD SF006
This is the first TRUE compilation of this phenomenal scene from Yangon to Mandalay and beyond. Here are some of the greatest names from the past 50 years of Burmese musical history from the original recordings featuring Mar Mar Aye, Bo Sein, and the incomparable Tonte Theintan. Listen, and be amazed!
Jemaa El Fna: Morocco's Rendezvous of the Dead DVD SF005
Filmed in Marrakech's legendary "Jemaa El Fna", the central square of the final outpost before venturing into the great beyond of the western Sahara desert, this film is one of the most vivid documents ever presented capturing the raw folk stylings of Moroccan music. Shot at night, the performers manifest their passions right before your eyes, some drifting into extreme characters, others floating in dark, flowering breeze.
Nat Pwe: Burma's Carnival of Spirit Soul DVD SF004
In Burma, many people believe in ghost spirits called NATs. They are said to possess the power to assist or devastate the lives of those who recognize them. A PWE is a ceremony held to appease a Nat. Pwes are arranged daily throughout Burma for many purposes including the achievement of success in business, a happy marriage, or improving one's health.
Night Recordings from BALI CD SF003
Field recordings from central Bali at night, with mood, magic and all the mystery this great island can supply. Several styles of Gamelan music are present along with sounds of the midnight forests and crossroads. Supernatural sound from the Balinese interior!
Radio Java CD SF002
A radio collage of Javanese music featuring dangdut, keroncong, jaipongan, rock, pop, disco, as well as theatre, commercials, DJ’s, news snippets, and other broadcast anomalies sequenced for listening perfection!
Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol.1 CD SF001
An essential collection of unique folk and pop music from the Island of Sumatra, including drone beat pop, jungle folk trance, gypsy hybrid songs, haunting vocal chants, and other beautiful, lost styles, which have yet to be discovered.