Duende - Jugarse La Vida (Kiéki Musiques/Dibyz Music)

With their mix of salsa, merengue, tango, hip-hop and reggae, the seven-piece French band Duende is reminiscent of Sergent Garcia (the salsa muffin of opener 'No Me Callare'), Argentine band Los Fabulossos Cadillacs ('Lapices The Colores') or the Mexicans of Maldita Vecindad ('Fuego').

Fred Locks - Do Jah Works (Rebel Sound Records)

Of course everyone knows his timeless classic 'Black Star Liner', but to yours truly, Fred Locks is one of those foundation artists whose career largely escaped us.

Henri Dikongue - Diaspora (Jazz Out Prod)

Cameroonian singer-songwriter Henri Dikongue was born in Douala, Cameroon's main port city, but has been a resident of Besançon in the east of France for many years now.

Kimi Djabaté - Kanamalu (Red Orange Recordings)

Yours truly got to know Kimi Djabaté, the griot from Guinea-Bissau, thanks to 'Karam', an album from 2009 in the Cumbancha Discovery series, but this new long player of the balafon-grand master appears on the all-new Red Orange Recordings label.

Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra - Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra (Glitterbeat Records)

Haiti is clearly hot at the moment, as only weeks after the release of Lakou Mizik's 'Wa DiYo', there's now this self-titled debut of Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra.

Miramar - Dedication To Sylvia Rexach (Barbès Records)

The album debut of Miramar, an American band around vocalists Reinaldo Alvarez and Laura Ann Singh and arranger Marlysse Simmons-Argandoña, became a tribute to Porto Rican musician Sylvia Rexach.

Rocker-T - Tru Ganjaman, The Remixes + The Return Of The Tru Ganjaman (Self-published/Luvinitt Productions)

Even though outside of the US, he may not have the status he has in his home country, Rocker-T's career spans over three decades, quite enough to call the man a veteran.

Various Artists - Ganja Anthems (Irie Ites Records)

It's already been since 2014 that Greensleeves last treated amateurs of the green herb with a new volume in their 'High Grade Ganja Anthems' series; a gap the French Irie Ites label is only too happy to fill.

Kiddus I - Kiddus I meets Reggaelation Independence EP (Dub Store Records)

In 2007, the Japanese Dub Store Records label released 'Graduation In Zion 1978 - 1980', the first volume of what was to be a three-part overview of the work of Kiddus I.

Les R'tardataires - Rien Ne Sert De Courir (Self-published)

With 'Rien Ne Sert De Courir' (loosely translated "nothing's worth running for"), Les R'tardataires, a Liege based collective, is presenting its second long player.

Raging Fyah - Everlasting (VP Records)

For 'Everlasting', their first album for VP Records, Raging Fyah took to Tuff Gong, where they collaborated with producer Llamar 'Riff Raff' Brown.

Various Artists - Compendulum (Sugar Shack Records)

"This album isn't a compilation, it's not a remix project, it's not the vision of one producer or musician, it's not old and it's not new, yeti t is also in part all of those things.

Sunburst - Ave Africa (Strut Records)

It had been a while since we last heard from the Strut Records label, but now there's 'Ave Africa', an anthology of the work of Tanzanian band Sunburst.

Xamanek - Y Se Fue La Bolita (Self-published/Pacharango Prod)

For 'Y Se Fue La Bolita' Xamanek travelled to Chile, the birthplace of Luis and Sergio Pincheira, together with their sister Victoria, the core of the Liège based mestizo-band.

Rebelution - Falling Into Place (Easy Star Records)

For their fifth long player, Californian band Rebelution once again joined forces with Michael Goldwasser's Easy Star Records label.

Jahcoustix - Seriously Positive (Irievibrations Records)

Just like for predecessor 'Frequency', Jahcoustix once again joined forces with the team of Irievibrations Records for 'Seriously Positive'.

King Ital Rebel - Rebel Chant (JamrockVybz Records/VPal)

As the man behind Jamrock Vibez, Iregi 'Ital' Miller aka King Ital Rebel was responsible for numerous hit tunes of artists like Sizzla, Luciano, Lutan Fyah and Chezidek, but with 'Rebel Chant', he's now also releasing his personal long player debut.

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem - Mezcla (Glitterbeat Records)


Family Atlantica - Cosmic Unity (Soundway Records)

London based Family Atlantica, the band around musical couple Jack Yglesias and Luzmira Zerpa, returns with a follow-up to their 2013 self-titled debut.

Elza - The Woman At The End Of The World (Mais Um Discos)

Elza Soares, the Brazilian samba diva whose life story could easily serve as a film script, is now somewhere in her seventies.