Togo All Stars - Togo All Stars (Excelsior Recordings)
For many people, the Togolese music scene may still be somewhat of a blind spot in the West African musical landscape; the country is sandwiched between Ghana, Benin and Nigeria, and for their sound, Togo All Stars mix together highlife, vodun and afrobeat into an irresistible stew.
Pura Vida & Bleue - Into The Blue (Lost Ark Music)
For 'Into The Blue' the pride of Belgian reggae, Pura Vida, this time didn't join forces with an illustrious reggae veteran, but instead opted for a collaboration with young Jamaican talent Bleue (real name Chantelle Smith).
New Kingston - A Kingston Story: Come From Far (Easy Star Records)
After 2015's 'Kingston City', giving the band international momentum, family unit (brothers Stephen, Courtney Jr.
Ricky Persaud Jr. - Optimistic Bliss (Bongo Boy Records)
Ricky Persaud Jr. is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from New Jersey with roots spread over just about the entire Caribbean, from the Virgin Islands over St. Vincent & The Grenadines to Guyana and Barbados, and is what you could call a musical child prodigy, as he already took his first drum lessons at the Newark School of the Arts at the tender age of four.
Various Artists - Reggae Sunjam (Dub-O-Phonic)
For the past two years, Reggae Sunjam Festival has been Cyprus' biggest reggae event.
Hugh Mundell - Africa Must Be Free By 1983 (Greensleeves)
In their series of reissues for the occasion of the label's 40th anniversary, this time Greensleeves presents the Hugh Mundell classic 'Africa Must Be Free By 1983'.
Alborosie - Freedom In Dub (Greensleeves)
Just as was the case predecessor 'Sound The System', with 'Freedom In Dub' Alborosie now also presents a dub version of his latest album 'Freedom & Fyah'.
Mellow Mark - Nomade (Digital Dissidenz/Self-published)
We might only be discovering him now, but for Berlin-born Mark Schlumberger aka Mellow Mark, 'Nomade' is already his eighth long player to date.
The Movers - Kansas City (Soundway Records)
With 'Kansas City', Soundway Records signs for the reissue of an almost unfindable piece of South African vinyl from 1979.
Msafiri Zawose - Uhamiaji (Soundway Records)
'Uhamiaji' sprouted from the collaboration of producer Sam Jones with Msafiri Zawose, son of icon of the Tanzanian Wagogo music Hukwe Zawose.
Meridian Brothers - ¿Donde Estas Maria? (Soundway Records)
Meridian Brothers, the musical playground of Colombian singer and guitarist Eblis Alvarez returns with '¿Donde Estas Maria?'.
Gogol Bordello - Seekers And Finders (Casa Gogol Records/Cooking Vinyl)
At just under 40 minutes, 'Seekers And Finders' may be the first Gogol Bordello album in about four years, it's also the eleventh album by the gypsy punk band around charismatic front man Eugene Hütz.
Ennanga Vision - Ennanga Vision (Soundway Records)
For Ennanga Vision London producer Jesse Hackett (Owiny Sigoma Band, Gorillaz) travelled to Uganda, where he joined forces with singer and multi-instrumentalist Albert Ssempeke and a number of other local artists (Otim Alpha, a musical legend from the northern Ugandan Acholi culture - vocals/adongo, Twongweno, the king of the Acholi wedding music circuit and a Ugandan pioneer of electronic music).
Antonio Adolfo - Viralata (Far Out Recordings)
After the release of his 'Destiny' album in 2007, Far Out Recordings now presents this reissue of 'Viralata', the 1979 debut album of composer, arranger and pianist Antonio Adolfo.
Kristine Alicia - Songs From Zion (Rory Stone Love)
The release of Samory I's 'Black Gold' also made us discover 'Songs From Zion' by Kristine Alicia, a Jamaican singer based in Miami since the age of thirteen.
Iseo & Dodosound - Roots In The Air (Mundo Zurdo)
Spanish duo Iseo & Dodosound (in true life Madrid based Pamploneans Leire Villanueva and Alberto Iriarte) joined forces in 2014, when the former soul singer got mesmerized by Dodosound's digital reggae-riddims.
Aälma Dili - Pour Une Poignée De Dinars (Vlad Productions)
Aälma Dili (Romani for "the soul of the fool") is a Parisian quartet (Emilio Castiello - vocals/violin/mandolin, Clément Oury - vocals/violin, Benoit Vincent - vocals/guitar and Johnny Montreuil - vocals/bass) on 'Pour Une Poignée The Dinars', a nod to Sergio Leone's 'Pour Une Poignée De Dollars' (original title 'Per Un Pugno Di Dollari' or 'A Fistful Of Dollars'), successfully mixing Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western-sound with influences from the Balkans, Greece ('Mon Amour') and Spain ('Mi Patria' featuring French flamenco singer Paloma Pradal on vocals).
Dean Fraser - Melodies Of D.E.B. (Tad's Record)
Dean Fraser may be one of the most in demand and therefore busiest musicians in Jamaica, he only records solo albums on a very irregular basis, making 'Melodies Of D.E.B.' his first new long player since 2005s 'Plays Reggae Songs Of Praise'.
Dubious - Mumps EP (NunKi.rec)
Ivan Antezza's melodica first popped up on EP's like Dadub's 'Impressions' from 2009 and Jambassa's 'Owls' from 2014.
Richie Stephens - Luv-A-Dub Style (VPal/Steely & Clevie/Pot Of Gold)
For 'Luv-A-Dub Style' Jamaican crooner Richie Stephens stuck with what he does best: delivering a solid lovers rock album! Cleveland 'Clevie' Browne was in charge of production and 'Luv-A-Dub Style' appears the Steely & Clevie label, while being distributed by VPal.