Author Archives: Tony

Global Routes : Orchestre Massako

Jean-Christian Mboumba Mackaya (aka ‘Mack-Joss’) fronted Gabon’s Orchestre Massako from 1971 – when the armed forces formed their own band. Aged 17, he was well known on Gabon’s nightlife scene having released the pan-African hit record ‘Le Boucher’. Between 1968 … Continue reading

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Global Routes – Vieux Farka TourĂ©

Vieux Farka TourĂ©, son of Grammy Award winner and Malian national hero Ali Farka TourĂ© has a new album out called Les Racines (“the roots”) on World Circuit which sees Vieux reconnect with the Songhai music of Northern Mali — … Continue reading

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Are You Ready For The Country?

The Birth Of Country Rock: Great  13 minute film on the birth of country rock…..including Buck Owens, The Everly Brothers, The Byrds, The Dillards, Gene Clark/Doug Dillard, Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons, Mike Nesmith, Gosdin Brothers…….. Find it on Facebook … Continue reading

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Cameroon Garage Funk – “a legacy of raw grooves and magnificent tunes”

YaoundĂ©, in the 1970s, was a buzzing place. Every neighbourhood of Cameroon’s capital was filled with music spots – but surprisingly there was no infrastructure to immortalise those musical riches. The country suffered from a serious lack of proper recording … Continue reading

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The Trojan Records Story – Rob Bell and Rusty Zinn Interview

Rob Bell and Rusty Zinn to talk about their contributions to Trojan’s latest release – ‘The Trojan Story’. Rob Bell was the brains behind the original release of ‘The Trojan Story’ back in 1971, exactly 50 years later he talks … Continue reading

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Qobuz, UMe & Zappa Records Offer Zappa Albums in Hi-Res

Qobuz, the Hi-Res streaming and download provider, has partnered with UMe and Zappa Records to provide dozens of Frank Zappa albums for the first time in Hi-Res Audio. UMe, the global catalogue company of Universal Music Group, and Zappa Records are launching today a … Continue reading

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A Revolution In Sound: Pop Culture & The Classical Avant-Garde, 4CD Set

‘A Revolution In Sound’ looks at the influence of modern classical music, the avant-garde and free jazz on pop and pop culture, during the second half of the twentieth century. In the mid-1960s, as pop music acquired a greater sophistication … Continue reading

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Zappa’s Final U.S. Concert in 1988 Gets First-Ever Legit Release

Frank Zappa’s final U.S. concert from a March 25th, 1988 gig at New York’s Nassau Coliseum is the next archival release from the Zappa Trust and UMe. Due out June 18th, marks the first-ever posthumous release of a live album … Continue reading

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Great article on Charlie Gillett – Doyen Of World Music & UK Radio

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Death Might Be Your Santa Claus: Early Christmas Blues Jazz, Sermons & Gospel Recordings

By Gillian Atkinson A Christmas music playlist is a feature of modern life and we have ‹thousands of festive tracks to choose from. It seems it is in our blood to enjoy music connected to a winter festival. We can … Continue reading

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