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Dart Drug

Label: Honest Jons Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Side One: Carminative; I Soon Learned To Know This Flower Better; Jaja. Side Two: Dart Drug.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Derek Bailey & Jamie Muir: Dart Drug

Read "Dart Drug" reviewed by Chris May

For decades as rare as hens's teeth--or should that be larks's tongues in aspic?--Dart Drug was originally released on the Incus label in 1981, and reissued on CD in 1994. In 2018 it has been remastered and rereleased on vinyl by Honest Jons. The bracing yet strangely beautiful album is one of ...

Mbaqanga Songs

Label: Honest Jons Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Good News; Nyusamkhaya; Lily Express; Rough Deal; Kwazakhele; Mini Mthembo; Hayini Bo; Nick Thethe; Mra; Kweleentonga; Botyana; Ndaqmbayo; Zangomva; Zonbongo; Keleketle; Ezindongeni.

London Is The Place For Me 4: African Dreams & The Piccadilly High Life

Label: Honest Jons Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Egyptian Bint Al Cha Cha; African Dream; Zoo Lake; Rock & Roll Calypso; Don't You Go Away; Mambo Indio; Alphonso In Town; Give Her The No.1; Dakuku Dum; Khauleza; Is Trouble; Ilu Oynbo Dara; V For Victory; Highlife Piccadilly; Everything Is Go; Chicken & Rice; Darling Don't Say No; Piccadilly Folk; African Jazz Cha Cha.

Lagos No Shaking

Label: Honest Jons Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Ise Nla; Morose; Aye Le; Losun; One Tree; Ole; Kilode; Awa Na Re; Ogogoro; Moyege; Obe Du.

London Is The Place For Me 3

Label: Honest Jons Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: We Have It In Africa; Oba Adele; The Wind In A Frolic; Iku Koni Payin; Ibkunle Alakija; Omo Laso; Calabar-O; Emi Wa Wa Lowo Re; Iwa D'Areke; Omnira; The Memorial Of Chief J.K.Randle; Mofi Ajobi Seyin; Unity; Oratido Soso; Ayami; Oba Ademola 11; Late Ojo Davies; Geneva Conference; Ele Da Awa; Aye Wa Adara; Lagos Mambo; Odudua; I Am A Stranger.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gwigwi Mrwebi: Mbaqanga Songs

Read "Mbaqanga Songs" reviewed by Chris May

Recorded in 1967, during the bloody heyday of apartheid South Africa, the joyful, defiant, easy-swinging jazz-jive heard on Mbaqanga Songs was then the recreational soundtrack of the country's black and coloured urban poor. After almost forty years off the shelves--and with impeccable synchronicity--the album was reissued late last month, just days before the death of P.W. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: London Is The Place For Me 4: African Dreams & The Piccadilly High Life

Read "London Is The Place For Me 4: African Dreams & The Piccadilly High Life" reviewed by Chris May

Honest Jons' exemplary archival collection of London-recorded Caribbean and African music from the '50s and '60s continues with this fourth, irresistible volume. After the third album's single-artist focus on the seminal Nigerian-expat bandleader Ambrose Adekoya Campbell, the series returns, for the moment anyway, to the broader spectrum of the first two volumes--taking in Trinidadian calypso, South ...

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Tony Allen: Lagos No Shaking

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More than any other member of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's early bands, drummer Tony Allen can be said to have co-invented Afrobeat. Kuti provided the funk/jazz/Yoruba folk music themes and arrangements--plus the trademark insurrectionary lyrics and, crucially in the face of vicious and ongoing state attempts to silence the band, the leadership. (The buck sure enough stopped ...

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Ambrose Adekoya Campbell: London Is The Place For Me 3

Read "London Is The Place For Me 3" reviewed by Chris May

History, they say, is written by the victors. Without a doubt, it's written by the governing majority, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the near invisibility, until very recently, of black and African people in chronicles of British life and culture. Honest Jons provides a vibrant antidote to this Eurocentric bias with ...


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