Ras Midas - Rastaman In Exile (JML Records)
More than thirty years after its original release, Ras Midas is finally presenting a reissue of his iconic 'Rastaman In Exile' album.
Various Artists - Macondo Revisitado (Vampisoul/Munster Records)
As subtitle 'The Roots Of Subtropical Music In Uruguay 1975-1979' already implies, for 'Macondo Revisitado', Uruguayan deejay Selectorchico (Nandy Cabrera) selected 21 songs from the extensive catalog of the Macondo label.
Onetox - We Still Up + Stan And The Earth Force - Half Way Up (Mangrove Productions)
A while ago, New Caledonian label Mangrove already offered us the 'Knky Reggae' compilation and a new album by local band Kass Pa, and now they're present new work by Onetox and Stan And The Earth Force, bands from the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Shiny Roots - Sabor A Libertad EP (Self-published)
If you're one of the thousands of annual tourists spending their summer holidays at the Costa Blanca, you can now also enjoy some local reggae vibes, because Shiny Roots, a five piece band from Alicante now presents it recording debut with the 'Sabor A Libertad' EP.
Nilamayé - Las Flores Del Sol + Pixvae - Pixvae (Buda Musique)
'Las Flores Del Sol' immediately evokes memories of the work of the queen of Afro-Colombian music: Toto La Momposina, but thanks to the extensive liner notes by Carlos Blasco Miñana, ethnomusicologist at the University of Bogota, and the anthropologists Denis Laborde and Jaime Andres Salazar (the latter also responsible for the majority of the tracks on the album), one could almost consider 'Las Flores Del Sol' like a mini encyclopedia on everything related to Afro-Colombian culture.
Shishani & The Namibian Tales - Itaala (Mundus Production)
With 'Itaala' Belgian-Namibian Shishani Vranckx attempts to put the musical traditions of her motherland - Shishani was born in Windhoek, but in 1992 moved to The Netherlands - in the spotlight.
Jstar - Stand To Order (Jstar Records/Self-published)
The music addicts among you will undoubtedly already be familiar with John Ayers aka Jstar, as in the recent years the London based DJ collaborated, among others, with Major Lazer, DJ Vadim, Madness and Dub Pistols and with 'Stand To Order' now also finally presents his own solo album.
Black Omolo - Roots N Dub EP (Self-published)
Black Omolo was born in Kenya but has been living in Rotterdam in The Netherlands since the age of six.
Suga Roy & & The Fireball Crew + Conrad Crystal & Zareb - Honoring The Kings Of Reggae (Fire Ball Records/Dibyz Music)
For 'Honoring The Kings Of Reggae' Suga Roy and Conrad Crystal, joined for the occasion by Zareb, rehash the idea they already came up with in 2009 for 'Suga Roy & Conrad Crystal And The Great Reggae Icons'.
Nilza Costa - Roots (FonoFabrique)
For the successor of her 2014 effort 'Revolution, Rivoluzione, Revolução', Nilza Costa focused on her African roots ('Ya Ti Aye') and the plight of the many refugees who continue to flood Italy's coasts - Nilza lives and works in Bologna - haven't left her indifferent either ('Clandestino', 'Viagem').
Kottarashky - Cats, Dogs And Ghosts (Asphalt Tango Records)
With 'Cats, Dogs And Ghosts' Kottarashky takes us to the imaginary Sofia district in New York, where the soundtrack a mix of Balkan music, rock, blues and jazz.
Gaye Su Akyol - Hologram Imparatorluğu (Glitterbeat Records)
'Hologram Imparatorluğu' is the second album by Turkish singer-songwriter Gaye Su Akyol (daughter of painter Muzaffer Akyol).
Alsarah & The Nubatones - Manara (Wonderwheel Recordings)
Yours truly got to know Sudanese-American Sarah Mohamed Abunama-Elgadi aka Alsarah in 2013 thanks to 'Aljawal', a one-off collaborative project with French producer Débruit.
The Klezmatics - Apikorsim/Heretics (World Village/Harmonia Mundi)
For 'Apikorsim/Heretics' The Klezmatics got back to basics.
Çiğdem Aslan - A Thousand Cranes (Asphalt Tango Records)
For the successor of 2013's acclaimed 'Mortissa', Çiğdem Aslan slightly shifts the focus from Turkey to Greece, where she took to the legendary Antart studios in Athens where greats like Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Hatzidakis also recorded much of their work.
Various Artists - Derrick Harriott Reggae Funk & Soul 1969-1975 (Dub Store Records)
Dub Store Records continues to deliver excellent compilations as if they were hot cakes.
Pablo Moses - The Revolutionary Years 1975-83 (Grounded Music/Socadisc)
In recent years 'Revolutionary Dream', 'A Song', 'Pave The Way' and 'In The Future', the four albums that still form the foundation of Pablo Moses' discography, were all reissued on CD and vinyl, but for those who do not want to spend the cash to buy them individually, there's now this 'The Revolutionary Years 1975-83'.
Koro Fyah - Rough Diamond EP (Bebble Rock Music)
Bebble Rock Music already introduced us to Kabaka Pyramid on a previous occasion and is now presenting this 'Rough Diamond' EP, the debut effort of Shane Dixon aka Koro Fyah.
Flavia Coelho - Sonho Real (Le Label/Pias/World Village)
For those who in these grey autumn months are still is looking for a ray of sunshine, 'Sonho Real' ("real dream"), Flavia Coelho's third long player, is definitely recommended.
Yellam - The Musical Train (Irie Ites Records)
Yellam's 'The Musical Train' was already announced last year with the 'Get On Board' EP, but is now finally ready to depart.