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|Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band - Juguya|
|Music of Tanzania|
|The Stirring of a Thousand Bells|
|A Distant Invitation: Ceremonial Street Recordings from Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand|
|The Travelling Archive- Folk Music from Bengal|
|Omar Khorshid and his Group: Live in Australia 1981|
|Folk Music of the Sahel Vol.1: Niger|
|Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast|
|1970s Algerian Folk & Pop|
|1970s Algerian Folk & Pop|
|Rajasthan Street Music|
|Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds From IRAQ (Volume 2)|
|Koudede: Guitars from Agadez Vol. 7|
|Small Path Music (With Laurent Jeanneau)|
|Ethnic Minority Music of Southern China|
|The Pierced Heart and the Machete|
|The Divine River: Ceremonial Pageantry In The Sahel|
|This World Is Unreal Like A Snake In A Rope|
|Hayvanlar Alemi - Yekermo Sew|
|Omar Souleyman: Haflat Gharbia (The Western Concerts)|
|Omar Souleyman: Haflat Gharbia (The Western Concerts)|
|Erkin Koray: Mechul (Singles and Rarities)|
|Erkin Koray: Mechul (Singles and Rarities)|
|Group Doueh - Zayna Jumma|
|Group Doueh: Zayna Jumma|
|Staring Into The Sun|
|PAKISTAN: Instrumental Folk & Pop Sounds 1966 - 1976|
|Hayvanlar Alemi: Guarana Superpower|
|Group Inerane: Guitars From Agadez Volume 3|
|Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974|
|My Friend Rain|
|Ethnic Minority Music of Northwest Xinjiang (China)|
|Omar Souleyman: Jazeera Nights|
|Omar Khorshid: Guitar El Chark (Guitar of the Orient)|
|Omar Souleyman: Dabke 2020 (Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria)|
|Omar Souleyman: Dabke 2020 (Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria)|
|Group Doueh: Treeg Salaam|
|Group Bombino: Guitars from Agadez Vol 2|
|Bollywood Steel Guitar|
|Latinamericarpet: Exploring the Vinyl Warp of Latin American Psychedelia Vol 1|
|Music of Nat Pwe: Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar Vol. 3|
|Group Inerane: Guitars From Agadez (Music of Niger)|
|Molam: Thai Country Groove From Isan Vol. 2|
|Omar Souleyman: Highway to Hassake (Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria)|
|Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq|
|Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq|
|Molam: Thai Country Groove from Isan|
|Streets of Lhasa|
|Brokenhearted Dragonflies: Insect Electronica from Southeast Asia|
|Bush Taxi Mali|
|Princess Nicotine: Folk and Pop Sounds of Myanmar (Burma) Vol 1|
|Night Recordings from BALI|
|Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol 1|
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Outlier: Recordings from Madagascar LP SF102
This collection is an impeccable and crystalline assortment of beautiful music from the deep southwestern provinces of Menabe and Tulear in Madagascar, recorded and assembled by Charles Brooks. (Limited Edition LP comes with full-size insert of text and photographs by the compiler Charles Brooks)
Music of Xinjiang: Uyghur and Kazakh Music from Northwest Xinjiang (China) LP SF101
Xinjiang (Eastern Turkestan) is China’s biggest province. The musical landscape here is one the world’s richest. The UYGHUR and the KAZAKH are the two main ethnicities represented on these recordings made by LAURENT JEANNEAU and SHI TANDING in June of 2009. (LIMITED ED. LP comes with full-size insert of text and photographs by the compiler Laurent Jeanneau)
INDIAN TALKING MACHINE: 78rpm and Gramophone Collecting on the Sub-Continent Book + 2CD SF099
Sublime Frequencies is proud to present INDIAN TALKING MACHINE: 78rpm and Gramophone Collecting on the Sub-Continent. Created and produced by Robert Millis, this 244 page full color hardcover book includes 2 CDs (46 tracks all previously unissued) and over 300 photos of 78rpm record collections, collectors and ephemera, detailed track notes, and essay. LIMITED EDITION ONE-TIME PRESSING OF 1000 COPIES.
Adnan Othman - Bersyukor: A Retrospective of Hits by a Malaysian Pop Yeh Yeh Legend LP SF098
The legendary Adnan Othman has long been a driving force in the Malaysian rock scene. As early as the 1960s his groundbreaking songs in the style known as Pop Yeh Yeh (rock and roll sung in Malay) attracted fans from across Southeast Asia. The 26 unforgettable tracks on these two records are soulful, electrifying, and beautiful. To the many fans of ’60s Asian Rock and Roll around the world who have been waiting for an album dedicated solely to the music of Adnan Othman, here it is! (Gorgeous 2-LP gatefold jacket with full-size color 8-page booklet of text and photographs)
Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band - Juguya LP SF097
Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band are a contemporary group from Burkina Faso. Coming from Bobo-Dioulasso, the group is steeped in the Mandingue musical traditions of their ancestral legacy. The enigmatic lead singer Baba Commandant (Mamadou Sanou) is an original and eccentric character who is well respected in the Burkinabé musical community. A sort of punk Faso Dan Fani activist for traditional Mandingo music, Baba continues to redefine the boundaries between traditional and modern. Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band are a formidable force steeped in Ouagadougou’s DIY underground musical culture. Juguya is their sound. Limited-edition LP housed in a Stoughton tip-on sleeve.
Music of Tanzania 2LP SF096
Music of Tanzania is a spectacular collection of field recordings gathered by Laurent Jeanneau between December 1999 and March 2000. This debut volume of Sublime Frequencies’ exploration of indigenous Tanzanian music compiles sacred and profane songs and dances of the Hadza, Datoga and Makonde people. Highlights include stoned ecstatic dancing in a Hadza encampment; a drunken celebration of preteen sexual initiation from a Makonde fishing village; baboon imitations performed on the malimba; electrified Islamic trance percussion; and useful tips for amateur hyrax hunters. Many of these poignant, exhilarating performances come from dwindling minority groups whose way of life stretches back to the Stone Age, and who are capable of creating breathtaking music with anything from agricultural tools to tin cans and plastic tubes.
Radio Vietnam CD SF095
This disc continues the Sublime Frequencies locale-specific radio collage series with Vietnamese radio recordings culled and assembled from signals received in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City between December 2013 and November 2014. Inside the program are moments of outstanding folkloric, traditional and pop music – including performances on the electric guitar and the dan bau (one stringed guitar-like instrument), eclectic Vietnamese folk and rock stylings, dramatic effects-laden radio theater and musical segues, new wave pop forays, traditional percussion and vocal chants, news segments, dynamic radio bumpers, jingles and advertisements, comedic interludes, phoned-in karaoke sing-a-longs, English-language programming, early-morning exercise regimens, and coded messages from the outer ether.
The Stirring of a Thousand Bells DVD SF094
Gamelan is one of the ancient music traditions of the world. In Solo, on the island of Java Indonesia, it’s still a part of everyday life and an important cultural custom. A complex wonder of human invention, it comes from a timeless world of aural tradition, contemplation, and relaxed living. These two films by Matt Dunning capture the essence of the gamelan tradition, in the context of the changing modern world.
A Distant Invitation: Ceremonial Street Recordings from Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand LP SF093
A hallucinogenic splatter-drift audio meltdown through the streets and back alleys of Southeast Asia recorded and assembled by Seattle-based multi-sword-wielding artist Jesse Paul Miller (Factums/Secret Records/Liver & Bacon/Big Tribal Balls). This limited edition LP includes street and folk music, situational ambiance, radio excerpts, and psychedelic atmospheres from Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Limited edition Vinyl LP pressing.
The Travelling Archive- Folk Music from Bengal LP SF092
The Travelling Archive is a journey through the folk music of Bengal (Indian province of Bengal and Bangladesh). It is run by Calcutta-based Bengali singer, writer and researcher Moushumi Bhowmik and sound recordist and sound designer Sukanta Majumdar. The music and instrumentation presented on this LP features solo voice and chorus vocals, harmonium, dotara (four-string fretless lute), ektara (traditional one string drone instrument), dugi (small kettle drum), bamboo flute, violin, and even an empty popcorn tub played like a drum. This is a diverse and magnificent sampling of what remains a massive archive of folk music from this region.
Omar Khorshid and his Group: Live in Australia 1981 LP SF091
This is the first live concert recording ever issued of legendary Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid and his group. It features tracks recorded during his 1981 tour of Australia including live versions of songs that grace his various LPs recorded for Lebanese and Egyptian labels during the 1970s with one phenomenal tune, Al Rabieh, being exclusive here as never before issued in any form. Collected and researched by Khorshid historian Hany Zaki in Cairo, this unbelievable treasure is now available for the world to behold. (Limited Edition LP release in full color gatefold jacket with exquisite photos from Khorshid's friend and fellow guitarist Mohamed Amine’s personal archive and informative liner notes by Hany Zaki)
Folk Music of the Sahel Vol.1: Niger 2-LP SF090
Folk Music of the Sahel: Niger consists of field recordings collected in the Republic of Niger during the course of six expeditions undertaken by Hisham Mayet between 2004 and 2014. This first volume in Sublime Frequencies’ new Folk Music of the Sahel series comprises a subjective but spectacular overview of Hausa, Zarma, Fulani, Songhai and Tuareg music culled from Mayet’s rich archives. Housed in one of Sublime Frequencies’ most stunning packages, which pays homage to the great European ethno labels of yore, this monumental (one time pressing, limited-edition double LP) beautifully inaugurates SF’s comprehensive musical survey of the Sahel.
Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast DVD SF089
Shot in January 2011 by Hisham Mayet during the country's rich annual Vodoun celebrations, this film offers an impressionistic glimpse of the major ceremonies and delirious musical performances associated with this ancient religion. Guided by the otherwordly rhythms and colors of Vodoun pageantry, Mayet presents an intimate view of metaphysical dramas enacted in magisterial costumes: The cult of Sakpata, fearsome god of pestilence, disfigurement and healing. The Egoun-goun, ancestral visitors from the realm of the dead, who bring blessings and warnings for the living. And the Zangbeto nightwatchmen, ambulatory haystacks who serve as Vodoun’s secret police.
1970s Algerian Folk & Pop CD SF088
Sublime Frequencies is thrilled to present a 2nd volume of classic tracks from Algeria’s popular music history. From the heavier rock and psychedelic sounds of Rachid & Fethi, Les Djinns and Les Abranis to the haunting folk music of Kri Kri and Djamel Allem and the Film soundtrack moods of Ahmed Malek, 1970s Algerian Folk & Pop documents a key period in the modern musical renaissance of a nation in transition. Most of these tracks are from 45 rpm singles, the key format during the early 1970s before the cassette took over as the medium of choice. Compiled by Hicham Chadly, this CD edition comes in a digipak with lovely images from the period and extensive liner notes by Omar Zelig.
1970s Algerian Folk & Pop LP SF088
Sublime Frequencies is thrilled to present a 2nd volume of classic tracks from Algeria’s popular music history. From the heavier rock and psychedelic sounds of Rachid & Fethi, Les Djinns and Les Abranis to the haunting folk music of Kri Kri and Djamel Allem and the Film soundtrack moods of Ahmed Malek, 1970s Algerian Folk & Pop documents a key period in the modern musical renaissance of a nation in transition. Most of these tracks are from 45 rpm singles, the key format during the early 1970s before the cassette took over as the medium of choice. Compiled by Hicham Chadly, this limited Edition LP comes in a full color gatefold jacket with lovely images from the period and extensive liner notes by Omar Zelig.
Rajasthan Street Music 2LP SF087
A 2 LP set of found folklore and unique street music from the Indian state of Rajasthan recorded and compiled by Seb Bassleer. The most important criteria for recording these musicians in their homes or on the streets was the personal beauty of raw power in their music and this collection represents that vibrant and particular aspect of Rajasthan's contemporary musical landscape as it was found in 2007-2008.
Radio Niger CD SF086
Radio Niger is outlaw radio, broadcast with freedom and spontaneity, and bathed in an arid fidelity that reveals the region’s character and landscape. Featuring a wide array of local music styles, DJs bring an improvisational element to local radio: singing along with tracks live on air; creating live multichannel compositions and avant-collage cutups; and generally preserving the human element that has long since disappeared from corporate western radio.
Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds From IRAQ (Volume 2) 2LP SF085
In 2005, Sublime Frequencies released Choubi Choubi: Folk and pop sounds from Iraq, and in the ensuing years it has become one of the most beloved and venerable titles in their catalog. Now, almost nine years later, this highly anticipated second volume is finally here. Compiler and producer Mark Gergis has once again put forth a revelatory and poignant collection of Iraq's national folk music. (Limited edition 2-LP set in heavy gatefold jacket with beautiful artwork and liner notes by Mark Gergis)
Koudede: Guitars from Agadez Vol. 7 LP SF084
In October 2012, the Tamashek community lost one of its most luminous voices when Koudede's life was cut short by a car crash during his trip home to Niger from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Koudede was a leading light among the myriad musical groups that have recently proliferated in Niger and Mali to voice the Tuareg struggle against exploitation and to exalt their proud but waning nomadic heritage. These recordings showcase Koudede's mastery of song and emotion, and memorialize his tragically short tenure as one of the Tuareg's most venerable prophets of the Kel Tamashek message to the outside world. Sublime Frequencies is honored to perpetuate Koudede's extraordinary legacy with this four-song, 45-rpm 12" EP.
Small Path Music (With Laurent Jeanneau) DVD SF082
Sublime Frequencies is pleased to present this unique story shot by filmmaker David Harris about the man behind the Ethnic Minority Music album series. Small Path Music was shot on location in Southeast Asia in 2010 with Laurent Jeanneau on his relentless quest to capture audio recordings of vanishing indigenous music from ethnic groups of this vast region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Omar Souleyman: Haflat Gharbia (The Western Concerts) CD SF068
CD Edition. 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.
Omar Souleyman: Haflat Gharbia (The Western Concerts) 2LP SF068
2LP Edition. 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 SF067
CD Edition. 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.
Erkin Koray: Mechul (Singles and Rarities) LP SF067
LP Edition. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Omar Souleyman: Dabke 2020 (Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria) LP SF049
LP version of the original CD release from 2009. 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Molam: Thai Country Groove From Isan Vol. 2 2LP 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.
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.
Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq CD SF025
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.
Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq 2LP SF025
2LP + bonus 7" edition of the original CD release from 2006. 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.
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.
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).
Brokenhearted Dragonflies: Insect Electronica from Southeast Asia LP SF013
LP vinyl version of the original Cd from 2004. 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 LP 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! Limited edition LP reissue of the original 2005 CD in a heavy duty tip-on jacket with gorgeous, redesigned front and back cover photos including a two-sided insert featuring liner notes by producer Tucker Martine and his photographs of the musicians.
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.
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!
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.