Tuesday, June 28, 2022


Black Disco - "Night Express" (Night Express) Matsuli Records

A 2016 reissue of this 1976 favorite.  Released during the heyday of Soweto Soul.  Featuring Pops Mohamed on organ; Sipho Gumede on bass 

Outernational Meltdown - "Amagoduka (Migrant Workers)" (Jazzin' Universally) B+W Music

Recorded in 1995 in both Cape Town and J'Burg, it was produced by Black Disco's Pops Mohamed and Sipho Gumede!

Keleketla! - "Freedom Groove (On-U Sound Mix)" (Keleketla! Remixes) Ninja Tune Records

Ninja Tune artist and label founder Coldcut travels to Johannesburg to work with the Keleketla collective. Remixed by UK dub producer Adrian Sherwood.

Freshlyground - "Nomthandazo" (Take Me to the Dance) 

2012 release from Cape Town-based band blending traditional Kwela and African folk with contemporary rock and electronica.  The song title is the female version of a name meaning "prayer."   

Benjamin Ball - "Flash a Flashlight" (Boogie Breakdown: South African Synth Disco 1980-84) Cultures of Soul Records

Compiled by COS head honcho Deano Sounds in collaboration with Johannesburg-based DJ Okapi from the Afro-Synth blog and record store, Boogie Breakdown serves up two tracks apiece from six seminal acts from the era - Harari, The Cannibals, Neville Nash, Benjamin Ball, Don Laka and Al Etto – to offer a glimpse into this long-forgotten era in African music history.

Lucky Dude - "Different Colors/One People" (Victims) Shanachie Records

1993 recording from this South African reggae artist.  The song praises the end of apartheid and the beginning of a new story for the nation.

Spaza - "Five Rand Are Time..." (Spaza)

Conceived in the Mushroom Hour Half Hour lab, SPAZA is a band with no permanent personnel, with each lineup assembled for the express purpose of recording once-off improvised or workshopped material.

Shabaka and the Ancestors - "Til The Freedom Comes Home" (We are Sent Here By History) Impulse Records

British sax sensation Shabaka Hutchings performing with South African musicians as Shabaka and the Ancestors.  Very raw sound compared to his other creative outlets in Sons of Kemet and the Comet is Coming.

Miriam Make - "Masakhane" (Homeland) Putumayo Artists
2002 recording from the artist known as Mama Africa.  The song title translates to "Let's build up one another" and is a call for cooperation in the post-apartheid era.

The Drive - "Ain't Sittin' Down Doin' Nothing" (Next Stop: Soweto) Strut Records
1975 release, originally on the RCA label.  Part of the Strut Records "Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco" series.

Soul Brothers - "Idlozi" (South African Legends) Putumayo Artists
The title means "ancestor" and the brothers sing about the importance of heritage.

Desire Marea - "Ntkozo/Studies in Black Trauma" (Desire) Mute Records
South African artist who was half of the queer performance duo FAKA.  Marea majored in Performing Arts at the National School of Arts in Johannesburg.  

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa - "Genes and Spirits" (Genes and Spirits) Matsuli Records
1998 recording of this South African jazz pianist whose life ended in tragedy.

Monday, June 27, 2022

The Dread Zone: June 27, 2022


Little Axe - "Early in the morning" (If you want loyalty, get a dog) On-U Sound

Roots Manuva - "Highest Grade Dub" (Dub Come Save Me) Big Dada

Emanative - "Black Enchantment" (single) 

Link and Chain - "Dirty Works" (single) Issachar Muzik Productions - new release!!!

Johnny Clarke - "Fade Away" (Too Much Iron in the Fire) Trojan Records

Organic Grooves - "Know Now Go" (Black Cherry)

Ponga - "Nubile" (Psychological)

Lava La Rue - "Hi-Fidelity" (single) - new release!!!

Lightning Hopkins - "Baby You're Not Going to Make a Fool Out of Me" (The Complete Aladdin Recordings)

Hollie Cook - "Moving On" (Happy Hour) - new release!!!

African Head Charge - "Primal One Drop" (My Life in a Hole in the Ground) On U Sound 

Jimmy McGriff - "Everything Happens to Me" (Concert at the Cook County Jail) 

F.S. Bluum and Nils Framm - "Neckrub" (2x1=4)

Lonnie Smith and Loren Oden - "Love Brings Happiness" (Jazz is Dead 11) Jazz is Dead - new release!!!

Syl Johnson - "Concrete Reservation" (Is It Because I'm Black)

Danielle Ponder - "So Long" (single) - new release!!!

Koffee - "Shine" (single)

Ron Trent - "Fios Potentia" (What Do the Stars Say to You?) - new release!!!

Christopher Ellis - "Rub a Dub" 

Mikkim - "Dancehall Party" 

Harold Budd - "A Sidelong Glance from my Round Nefertiti" (Luxa)

Flying Lotus - "The Room" (The Room) - new release!!!

Catalyst - "Celestial Bodies" (If You Are Not Part of the Solution)

Cochemea - "Los Muertos" (All My Relations)

Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens - "One Day" 

Binker and Moses - "Because Because" (Feeding the Machine)

Monday, June 20, 2022

The Dread Zone: June 20, 2022 (Juneteenth!)


Max Roach - "Freedom Day" (We Insist!) Candid Records

Emanative and Tamar Collocutor - "Energy" (single) 

Material - "Downward" (Abstract Depressionism)

T.R. Shine feat Pupa Curly - "Not a Part a Ya Party" (single) Tuff Kruffy Entertainment - new release!!!

Mikkim feat. MC Turner and Earl 16. - "Bidlibam Skank" (Long Story Short) - new release!!!

Eek-a-Mouse - "Long Time Ago" (Wa Do Dem) Greensleeves Records

Sault - "Black Is" (Black Is) 

Butcher Brown and Michael Millions - "Black Man" (single) - new release!!!

Tiki Obmar - "Lilipadsb" (High School Confidential) Mush Records

Sir Coxsone Sound - "Many Moods of Coxsone" (King of the Dub Rock 1 and 2)

Khruangbin - "Maria Tambien/Mary Always" (Con Todo El Mundo/Hasta El Cielo) Late Nite Tales

Philip Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble - "Frankiphone Blues" (On the Beach)

Black Flower - "Deep Dive Down" (Magma)

Theon Cross - "Forward Progression II" (Intra-I)

Revolutionary Dub Warriors - "Mount Uhuru" (Reaction Dub Pt 1) On U Sound Records

Ben Marc - "First Batch" (Glass Effect) - new release!!!

Tetra Hydro K - "L'Impasse (feat. KT Gorique)" (single) - new release!!!

Dean Frasier and Ernie Ranglin - "Lightning From Da East" (Two Colors) Tad's Records - new release!!!

Roy Ayers - "Red, Black and Green" (Destination Motherland) Universal Records

Jean Carne - "Black Love" (Jazz is Dead 12)  Jazz is Dead - new release!!!

3Head - "Slo Funk" (single) - new release!!!

Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes - "The Real" (What Kinda Music?) Blue Note Records

George Darko - "Medo Menuanom" (Borga Revolution!  Ghanian Dance Music) Kalita Records - new release!!!

Dubxanne - "Heart of Glass" (King Size Dub 25) Echo Beach - new release!!!

Moodymann - "Taken Away" (Taken Away) KDJ Records

Steve Reid - "Lion of Juda" (Nova) Soul Jazz Records

Monday, June 13, 2022

The Dread Zone: June 13, 2022


L'Enterloop feat. Ken Boothe and Lion in Bed - "Eternal Roses" (La carte dans la confusion) - new release!!!

Shanti Powa - "Rocky Road" (single) Shanti Powa Records - new release!!!

Dean Fraser and Ernest Ranglin - "Lightning from the east" (Two Colors) Tad's Records - new release!!!

Dubxanne aka Guido Craveiro feat. Sara Lugo - "Heart of Glass (dub)" (King Size Dub 25) Echo Beach Records - new release!!!

3Head - "SLO Funk (Dogdub Sound System dub)" (single) new release!!!

Masta Recka - "Ghetto John Crow" (single) - new release!!!

Kabaka Pyramid - "Make Things Work" (

Paa Jude - "Odo Refre Wo" (Borga Revolution! Ghanian Dance Music in the Digital Age 1983-92) Kalita Records

Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes - "Sensational" (What Kinda Music) Blue Note Records

Max Roach - "Driva Man" (We Insist!)

McCoy Tyner - "Going Home" (Asante) Impulse!

Ghost Rhythms - "Uchimizu" (Spectral Music)

Ronnie Davis - "Inna Dis Time" (Too Much Iron for the Fire: Blackbeard Productions) Trojan Records

The Medusas - "Grooving Out of Life" (Blood Brothers) Nigeria

Frightnrs - "Profilin'" (Always) Daptone Records - new release!!!

Lava La Rue - "High Fidelity" (single) - new release!!!

Black Flower - "The Light" (Magma)

Leftfield - "6/8 War" (Rhythm and Stealth) Columbia Records

Mungo's Hi-Fi - "Ms. Burnett" (single) Scotch Bonnet Records - new release!!!

Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhamood feat. Phil Ranelin and Wendell Harrison - "Running with the Tribe" (Jazz is Dead 11) Jazz is Dead

Monday, June 6, 2022

The Dread Zone: June 6, 2022


The Frightnrs - "Why does it feel like a curse?" (Always) Daptone Records - new release!!!

Noah House of Dread - "Stand Firm in Dub" 

African Head Charge - "The Best Way" (Voodoo of the Godsent) On U Sound

Leftfield - "Chant of a Poorman" (Rhythm and Stealth) Columbia Records

L'Entourloop feat. Troy Berkley and Blabbermouf - "Madvilla" (single)

Tony Rebel - "Fire Fire" (I Rebel)

Qaballah Steppers - "Then What" (Qaballah Steppers) Imaginatrix

Belief [Stella Mozgawa and Boom Bip] - "I Want to Be" (Versions) Lex Records 

Maker - "Sundancer" (Vs. Now Again 2) Now Again Records

Mikkim feat. MC Turner and Earl 16 - "Bidlibam Skank" (Long Story Short) - new release!!!

Mebusas - "Blood Brothers" (V. 1 Blood Brothers)

Rhythm Machine - "Lil's Place" (Rhythm Machine) Now Again Records

Lonnie Liston Smith - "Peace and Love" (Reflections of a Golden Dream)

Christopher Ellis - "Rub a Dub" (single)

Ebi Soda - "Giraffe Bread" (Honk if You're Sad) Tru Thoughts Records

Bobby Previte - "111-Soul" (Counterclockwise)

Binker and Moses - "Feed Infinite" (Feeding the Machine)

Gene Russell - "If You Could See Me Now" (Talk to My Lady) Black Jazz

Maleem Mamoud Ghania - "Bala Mousaka" (Trance of the Seven Colors)

Black Flower - "Morning in the Jungle" (Magma)

Moodymann - "I Need Relief" (Taken Away)

Ben Marc - "Sweet Nineteen" (Glass Effect)

Musi-O-Tunya - "My Baby" (Give Love to Your Children) Now Again Records