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AFRICAN JAZZ

2012 - recommended recordings


Albums of the year

Album of the year - Central African jazz release of the yearSouthern African jazz release of the year - West Afica jazz release of the year - East African jazz release of the year  - Newcomers of the year - Reissue of the year   


Artists of the year

GuitaristsSaxophonists - Trumpet and Flugelhorn Trombone - Horn SectionsPiano and Keyboards - Bass - Drums  PercussionVocalists Female - Vocalists  Male - Vocal  duets and multi voice groups -Big Bands - Small Bandsmulti instrumentalists - ArrangersComposers - Electronica - Miscellaneous instruments -  African Jazz Party Albums - Some memorable brief appearances - DVD documentariesDeaths


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Links to reviews of individual albums can be reached by clicking the highlighted album titles below or by browsing the 2012 reviews section

 

Album of the year


Y’Anbessaw Tezeta - Getatchew Mekuria and The Ex + Friends (Ethiopia/ Netherlands)



Central African jazz release of the year

50 Ans - Les Bantous de la Capitale (Congo Brazzaville)


 

Southern African jazz release of the year


African Time - Herbie Tsoaeli (South Africa)



West African  jazz release of the year


200 Million Mumu (parts 1 & 3), Knock Knock Knock & Redemption Song - Lágbájá (Nigeria)



East African jazz release of the year


noise & chill out: Ethiopian groove worldwide - various artists (Ethiopia/ global) 



Newcomer of the year


Lwanda Gogwana - Songbook Chapter 1 (South Africa)


Recommended newcomers


Ablaye Cissoko and  Simon Goubert - African Jazz Roots (Senegal/France)

Kojato and The Afro Latin Cougaritas - All About Jazz (Liberia/Germany)

 Funmi Olawumi – Funmi Ti De (Nigeria)

Samuel YirgaGuzo (Ethiopia)



Reissue of the year


En Live Les Annés 80 Franco (DR Congo)

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Artists of the year


Guitarists

Release of the year

 Mpassi Mermans and Albert “Dede” Nsounga - featured on 50 Ans by Les Bantous de la Capitale  (DVD,Congo Brazzaville)


Recommended releases

Mose Fan Fan - Musicatelana (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Jeannot Bel -featured on Etike by Jeannot & Kelly  (DR Congo)

Lionel LouekeHeritage (Benin)

Dizzy Mandjeku - featured on Live à Paris by Sam Mangwana (previously unreleased CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Lawrence Matshikiza - featured on the DVD of A Legacy: the Live in Concert by Judith Sephuma (DVD/CD set, South Africa)

Le Poète Lutumba Simaro - Show Noël (DVD, DR Congo)

 Ebo Taylor - Apia Kwa Bridge (Ghana)

unidentified lead guitarist - featured on Chante Lutumba Vol 2 by Koffi Olomide (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Cameron Ward - featured on Playing @ Work by Hugh Masekela (two CD set, South Africa)


 Reissues

Franco, Gerry Dialungana,Thierry Mantuika Kobi Kobi, Le Poète Lutumba Simaro and Gege Yoka  Mangaya - featured on En Live Les Annés 80 by Franco (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Gerry Dialungana, Kasenga Sebene, Makosso, Le Poète Lutumba Simaro - featured on Chaude Ambaince by Le Poète Lutumba Simaro (DVD, DR Congo)

Gerry Gérard and Mpassi Mermans - featured on Vol 1 by Les Bantous de la Capitale  -  (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

Gerry Gérard and Mpassi Mermans - featured on Vol 2 by Les Bantous de la Capitale  -  (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

Ebo Taylor - Life Stories (two CD set,Ghana)

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Saxophonists

Release of the year

Getatchew Mekuria - featured on  Y’Anbessaw Tezeta by Getatchew Mekuria and The Ex + Friends (2 CD set, Ethiopia)


Recommended releases

 Y.S. Akinibosum - featured on Live in Detroit 1986 by Fela Kuti (previously unreleased two CD set, Nigeria)

Manu Dibango - Past, Present, Future (Cameroun)

Manu Dibango – Sax & Spirituals (previously unreleased DVD, Cameroun)

 Steve Dyer – Ubuntu Music (South Africa)

Ivan Mazuze – Ndzuti (Mozambique)

Sidney “Ace” Mnisi – featured on African Time by Herbie Tsoaeli (South Africa)

Sello Moeketsi - Outside the Box (digital download album, South Africa)

JB Moundélé – Fakabina (Poland/France/Malian jazz)

McCoy Mrubata - featured on The Boswil Concert by McCoy Mrubata and Paul Hanmer (South Africa)

Dele Pedro - featured on Musicatelana  by Mose Fan Fan (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Dudu Pukwana - featured on Before the Wind Changes by the Blue Notes (previously unreleased, South Africa)

Michel “sax” Yuma (alto) and  Didon Dibwdi (tenor)  - featured on Live à Paris by Sam Mangwana (previously unreleased CD/DVD set, DR Congo)


 Reissues

Dele Pedro - featured on En Live Les Annés 80 by Franco (CD/DVD set, Nigeria)

Dudu Pukwana - featured on Who (Ngubani)? By Jonas Gwangwa and African Explosion (LP, South Africa)

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Trumpet and Flugelhorn

  Release of the year

 Hugh Masekela  Playing @ Work (two CD set, South Africa)


Recommended releases

Victor Ademofe - Jehovah (digital download album, Nigeria)

Lwanda Gogwana - Songbook Chapter 1 (South Africa)

Lwanda Gogwana - featured on Mirriors by Bokani Dyer (South Africa)

Lwanda Gogwana - - featured on Ubuntu Music  by Steve Dyer (South Africa)

Sydney Mavundla - featured on African Time by Herbie Tsoaeli (South Africa)

Peter Nthwane - Nadabazabantu (Lesotho)

Nwokorma Ukem - featured on Live in Detroit 1986 by Fela Kuti (previously unreleased two CD set, Nigeria)


 Reissues

Feya Faku - The Colours they Bring (South Africa)

Mac Tontoh - featured on Live from London by Osibisa (DVD, Ghana)


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Trombone

Recommended release

Malcolm Jiyane and Jabu Magubane – featured on African Time by Herbie Tsoaeli (South Africa)


Reissue

Jonas Gwangwa - featured on Who (Ngubani)? By Jonas Gwangwa and African Explosion (LP, South Africa)


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Horn Sections

Release of the year

 Egypt 80’s horn section led by Lekan Animashaun - featured on Live in Detroit 1986 by Fela Kuti (previously unreleased two CD set, Nigeria)


Recommended releases

 Holy St John Brass Band – Ho Kgethelwe (South Africa)

Sammy Malonga (trumpet)  & and Franck Nkodia (tenor sax) - featured on 50 Ans by Les Bantous de la Capitale  (DVD,Congo Brazzaville)

Buddy Wells (tenor) and Kyle Sheppard (alto)- featured on South African History !X by Kyle Sheppard (South Africa)

unidentified 5 piece horn section - featured on Chante Lutumba Vol 2  by Koffi Olomide (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)


 Reissues

Nino Malapet ( tenor sax), Jean-Serge Essous (alto sax), Sammy Malonga (trumpet), etc. - featured on Vol 1 by Les Bantous de la Capitale  -  (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

Nino Malapet ( tenor sax), Jean-Serge Essous (alto sax), Sammy Malonga (trumpet), etc. - featured on Vol 2 by Les Bantous de la Capitale  -  (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

T.P.OK Jazz’s  six piece horn section (3 trumpeters,  two tenor saxophonists plus Dele Pedro on alto) - featured on En Live Les Annés 80 by Franco (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

T.P.OK Jazz/ Bana OK’s  horn section including Nzinga Ngole  (trumpet) - featured on Chaude Ambaince by Le Poète Lutumba Simaro (DVD, DR Congo)

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Piano and Keyboards

Release of the year

 Tete Mbambisa - Black Heroes (South Africa)


Recommended releases

Mpumi  Dhlamini – featured on Trail Blazer by Zamajobe (South Africa)

Abdoulaye Diabate - featured on the eponymous CD by Kora Jazz Band (Senegal)

Bokani DyerMirriors (Botswana)

Bokani Dyer - featured on Ubuntu Music  by Steve Dyer (Botswana)

Paul Hanmer  - featured on The Boswil Concert by McCoy Mrubata and Paul Hanmer (South Africa)

Don LakaHeritage (South Africa)

Ray Lema -  featured on Live  by Ray Lema and Jazz Symphonica de São Paulo conducted by Maestro João Mauricio Galindo (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Xoli Nkosi - featured on Live in Jo Joburg by Concord Nkabinde( DVD, South Africa)

 Faustin Nsakanda - featured on 50 Ans  by Les Bantous de la Capitale  (DVD,Congo Brazzaville)

Chris McGregor - featured on Before the Wind Changes by the Blue Notes (previously unreleased, South Africa)

Chris McGregor - Sea Breezes: solo piano - live in Durban 1987 (South Africa)

Black Moses - featured on Amaphutha by the Soul Brothers (South Africa)

Kyle Sheppard - South African History !X  (South Africa)

Randal Skippers - featured on Playing @ Work by Hugh Masekela (two CD set, South Africa)

Andile Yenana and Nduduzo Makhathini – featured on African Time  by Herbie Tsoaeli (South Africa)

Samuel Yirga – Guzo (Ethiopia)


 Reissues

Chris McGregor - In His Good Time (South Africa)

Themba Mkhize - featured on Rebirth/I am an African by Linda Kekana (two CD set, South Africa)

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Bass

Release of the year

Herbie TsoaeliAfrican Time  (South Africa)


Recommended releases

Concord Nkabinde - Live in Jo Joburg (DVD, South Africa)

Shane Cooper - featured Mirriors by Bokani Dyer (South Africa)

 Shane Cooper - featured on South African History !X  by Kyle Sheppard (South Africa)

Johnny Dyani - featured on Before the Wind Changes  by the Blue Notes (previously unreleased, South Africa)

Joseph “Ellyngton” Elenga - featured on 50 Ans by Les Bantous de la Capitale  (DVD,Congo Brazzaville)

Mashasha eponymous CD (Zimbabwe)

Harry Miller  - featured on The 100 Club Concert 1979 by Elton Dean's Ninesense (previously unreleased two CD set, South Africa) ca)

S’thembile Nandise  - featured on  Nadabazabantu by Peter Nthwane (Lesotho)

Fana Zulu - featured on Playing @ Work by Hugh Masekela (two CD set, South Africa)


 Reissues

Joseph “Ellyngton” Elenga - featured on Vol 1 by Les Bantous de la Capitale  -  (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

Joseph “Ellyngton” Elenga- featured on Vol 2 by Les Bantous de la Capitale  -  (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

Decca Mpudi- featured on En Live Les Annés 80  by Franco (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Decca Mpudi and Makabi Flavien - featured on Chaude Ambaince by Le Poète Lutumba Simaro (DVD, DR Congo)

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Drums

Release of the year

 Tony Allen - featured on the eponymous CD Rocket  Juice  & the Moon (Nigeria)


Recommended releases

Tony Allen - featured on Apia Kwa Bridge by Ebo Taylor (Nigeria)

Louis Moholo-Moholo - featured on Before the Wind Changes by the Blue Notes (previously unreleased, South Africa)

Louis Moholo-Moholo - featured on Keep Your Heart Straight by Alexander Hawkins & Louis Moholo-Moholo (South Africa)

Louis Moholo-Moholo -  featured on Ancestors by Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo (South Africa)

Louis Moholo-Moholo - featured on The 100 Club Concert 1979 by Elton Dean's Ninesense (previously unreleased two CD set, South Africa)

Ayanda Sikande  - featured on  A-rican Time  by Herbie Tsoaeli (South Africa)

Ricky Siméon- featured on 50 Ans by Les Bantous de la Capitale  (DVD,Congo Brazzaville)

John Sweetman - featured on South African History !X by Kyle Sheppard (South Africa)


 Reissues

Ricky Siméon - featured on Vol 1 by Les Bantous de la Capitale  -  (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

Ricky Siméon- featured on Vol 2 by Les Bantous de la Capitale  -  (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

  Ntoya Fwala Pajos and Ceskin Molenga- featured on  En Live Les Annés 80 by Franco (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)


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Percussion

 

Recommended releases

 Thomas Dyani - featured on the DVD of A Legacy:  Live in Concert by Judith Sephuma (DVD/CD set, South Africa)

The Faaji Drummers of Nigeria & Adwale Ibidapo Ibironke - featured on  Funmi Ti De  by Funmi Olawumi  (Nigeria)

Jagwa Music - Bongo Hotheads (Tanzania)

Lebo & John Hassan – featured on Trail Blazer by Zamajobe (South Africa)

Randy Makana Kalambayi - featured on  Bouger le Monde by Staff Benda Bilili (DR Congo)


- Consider also Electronica such as Professor & Revolution


 Reissues

Dessouin and  Ceskin Molenga- featured on En Live Les Annés 80  by Franco (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Weteto Mickorason - featured on  Chaude Ambaince by Le Poète Lutumba Simaro (DVD, DR Congo)

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Vocalists Female

Release of the year

 Tutu PuoaneBreathe (South Africa)


Recommended releases

Dora DeccaBelalo (Cameroun)

Swazi Dlamini - Gospel Meets Jazz- live in Durban (available on both CD and DVD, South Africa)

Angelique Kidjo - Spirit Rising (available on both CD and DVD, Benin)

Melody – Izizwe (South Africa)

Nolha - Nghala (South Africa)

Pu2ma – new material featured on the bonus DVD accompanying the reissue of her eponymous CD now re titled Reloaded (CD/DVD set, South Africa)

 Funmi Olawumi - Funmi Ti De (Nigeria)

Judith Sephuma - I am a Living Testimony (South Africa

Judith Sephuma - A Legacy: the Live in Concert by (DVD/CD set, South Africa)

Sia Tolno - My Life (Sierra Leone / Guinea Conakry)

ZamajobeTrail Blazer (South Africa)


 Reissues

Linda Kekana – Rebirth/I am an African (two CD set, South Africa)

Pu2ma - Reloaded (eponymous CD repackaged with new bonus tracks & DVD, South Africa)

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Vocalists Male

Release of the year

Ferre Gola – Nuit des Oeuvres: concert live Kinshasa (DVD/CD set, DR Congo)


Recommended releases

Sékouba Bambino – Innovation and Diatiguyw (two CDs, Diatiguyw also issued as The Griot’s Craft, Guinea Conakry)

Bonga – Hora Kota (Angola)

 Concord Nkabinde - Live in Jo Joburg (DVD, South Africa)

Ben Decca – Sym biose (Cameroun)

Général Defao - The Undertaker Vol 1 ( DR Congo)

Manu Dibango - Past, Present, Future (Cameroun)

Ferre Gola - Avant Gout  (maxi single CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Lambert Kabako- featured on 50 Ans by Les Bantous de la Capitale  (DVD,Congo Brazzaville)

Salif Keita – Talé (Mali)

Kojato  - featured on All About Jazz by Kojato and The Afro Latin Cougaritas (Liberia)

Lágbájá – 200 Million Mumu (parts 1 & 3), Knock Knock Knock and Redemption Song (digital download tracks, Nigeria)

Ray Lema -  featured on Live  by Ray Lema and Jazz Symphonica de São Paulo conducted by Maestro João Mauricio Galindo (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Sam Mangwana - Live à Paris (previously unreleased CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Peter Nthwane - Nadabazabantu (Lesotho)

Juwon Ogungbe – Life Force Music (Nigeria)

Koffi Olomide -Chante Lutumba Vol 2  (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Herbie TsoaeliAfrican Time (South Africa)


 Reissues

Nana Coyote – Best of the Best (South Africa)

Pamelo Mounk’a, Kosmo Moutouari, Lambert Kabako, etc. - featured on Vol 1 by Les Bantous de la Capitale  -  (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

Pamelo Mounk’a, Kosmo Moutouari, Lambert Kabako, etc. - featured on Vol 2 by Les Bantous de la Capitale  -  (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

Franco, Wuta Mayi, Ndombe Opetum, Josky Kiambukuta, Ntesa Dalienst, Lola Checain and Djo Mpoyi  - featured on En Live Les Annés 80  by Franco (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Madilu System, Sam Mangwana, Ndombe Opetum, Josky Kiambukuta, etc- featured on Chaude Ambaince  by Le Poète Lutumba Simaro (DVD, DR Congo)

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Vocal duets and multi voice groups

 Release of the year

 Mbongeni Ngema - Lion of the East… A Musical Explosion (DVD, South Africa)


Recommended releases

Erik Aliana & Korongo Jam - Songs from Badissa (Cameroun)

Zena Bacar, Chico Antonio, Chico da Conceicao, Aly Faque, Elvira Viegas, Julia Mwitu, Wazimbo, Xidiminguana, Hortencio Langa and Dilon Djindje  - featured on  Khanimambo: Tributes to Legends of Mozambique, Vol 1 by Moreira Chonguica (Mozambique)

 Fela Kuti and Egypt 80’s vocal chorus - - featured on Live in Detroit 1986 by Fela Kuti (previously unreleased two CD set, Nigeria)

Melody – Izizwe (South Africa)

Nana and Baniel - - featured on Live à Paris  by Sam Mangwana (previously unreleased CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

 

Reissues

Les Bantous de la Capitale -  Vol 1 (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

Les Bantous de la Capitale -  Vol 2 (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

Lijadu Sisters - Danger (Nigeria)

Lijadu Sisters - Mother Africa (Nigeria)

Lijadu Sisters - Sunshine (Nigeria)

Lijadu Sisters - Horizon Unlimited (Nigeria)

Lijadu Sisters - Afrobeat Soul Sisters (Nigeria)

Mbongeni Ngema – Music of Freedom (two CD plus DVD set, South Africa)

T.POK Jazz- featured on En Live Les Annés 80  by Franco (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

T.POK Jazz /Bana OK - featured on Chaude Ambaince by Le Poète Lutumba Simaro (DVD, DR Congo)

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Big Bands

Release of the year

Egypt 80 - featured on Live in Detroit 1986 by Fela Kuti (previously unreleased two CD set, Nigeria)

 

Recommended releases

 Antibalas -  eponymous CD (USA/Afrobeat)

Les Bantous de la Capitale -50 Ans  (DVD, Congo Brazzaville)

Les Freres Smith - Contraband Mentality (France/ afrobeat/ Ethio jazz)

Konkoma - eponymous CD (Ghana/UK)

Lágbájá – 200 Million Mumu (parts 1 & 3), Knock Knock Knock and Redemption Song, (digital download tracks, Nigeria)

Ray Lema and Jazz Symphonica de São Paulo conducted by Maestro João Mauricio GalindoLive (CD/DVD set, DR Congo/Brazil)

Odemba led by Dizzy Mandjeku - featured on Live à Paris by Sam Mangwana (previously unreleased CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Shokazoba - Congress for Sale (USA/afrobeat)

Le Poète Lutumba Simaro and  Koffi Olomide’s big band- featured on Chante Lutumba Vol 2 by Koffi Olomide (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

The Soul Jazz Orchestra - Solidarity (Canada/afrobeat & Senegalese)


 Reissues

Les Bantous de la Capitale -  Vol 1 (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

Les Bantous de la Capitale -  Vol 2 (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

CK Mann & his Carousel 7 - Funky Highlife (Ghana)

Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou -Bariba Sound 1970 – 1976 (Burkina Faso)

T.P.OK Jazz- featured on En Live Les Annés 80  by Franco (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

T.P.OK Jazz- featured on Guitar Hero  by Franco (DR Congo)

T.P.OK Jazz /Bana OK - featured on Chaude Ambaince by Le Poète Lutumba Simaro (DVD, DR Congo)


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Small Bands

 Release of the year

Ablaye Cissoko and  Simon Goubert - African Jazz Roots (Senegal/France)

 

Recommended releases

Akalé Wubé – Mata (France/Ethiopian jazz)

Erik Aliana & Korongo Jam - Songs from Badissa (Cameroun)

Blue Notes - Before the Wind Changes (previously unreleased, South Africa)

Steve Dyer – Ubuntu Music (South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe)

Fangwa - featured on Fangnwa Experience by Fangwa/ Mâlem Abdallah Guinéa (France/afrobeat/Burkina Faso)

Jeannot & Kelly - Etike (DR Congo)

Kora Jazz Band - eponymous CD (Mali/Senegal)

Lionel LouekeHeritage (Benin/ USA)

Hugh Masekela   Playing @ Work (two CD set, South Africa)

Ivan Mazuze – Ndzuti (Mozambique, Cote D’Ivoire & Norway))

Tutu PuoaneBreathe  (South Africa/ Belgium)

 Kyle Sheppard - South African History !X (South Africa)


 Reissues

Batsumi – Itumeleng (South Africa)

Blo – Step Tree (Nigeria)

Edzayawa - Projection One (Ghana)

Guelewa -  Touki Ba Banjul: acid trip from Banjul to Dakar (The Gambia)

Harari - Best of the Best (South Africa)

Osibisa - Live from London (DVD, Ghana)

WITCH  - We Intend To Cause Havoc (four disc set, Zambia)

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multi instrumentalists

Release of the year

 Kyle Sheppard - South African History !X  (South Africa)


Recommended release

 Erik Aliana  - featured on  Songs from Badissa by Erik Aliana & Korongo Jam  (Cameroun)

Steve Dyer – Ubuntu Music (South Africa)


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Arrangers

Release of the year

 João Mauricio Galindo and Ray Lema -  featured on Live  by Ray Lema and Jazz Symphonica de São Paulo conducted by Maestro João Mauricio Galindo (CD/DVD set, Brazil/DR Congo)


Recommended releases

 Erik Aliana  - featured on  Songs from Badissa by Erik Aliana & Korongo Jam  (Cameroun)

Moreira Chonguica - Khanimambo: Tributes to Legends of Mozambique, Vol 1 (Mozambique)

Jean-Serge Essous, “Mpassi” Mermans, etc. - featured on 50 Ans  by Les Bantous de la Capitale  (DVD,Congo Brazzaville)

Lwanda Gogwana - Songbook Chapter 1 (South Africa)

Fela Kuti - Live in Detroit 1986  (previously unreleased two CD set, Nigeria)

Lágbájá – 200 Million Mumu (parts 1 & 3), Knock Knock Knock and Redemption Song,  (digital download tracks, Nigeria)

Hugh Masekela  Playing @ Work (two CD set, South Africa)

Ivan Mazuze – Ndzuti (Mozambique)

Themba Mkhize - featured on the DVD of A Legacy: the Live in Concert by Judith Sephuma (DVD/CD set, South Africa)

 Mbongeni Ngema - Lion of the East… A Musical Explosion (DVD, South Africa)

Peter Nthwane - Nadabazabantu (Lesotho)

Herbie TsoaeliAfrican Time  (South Africa)


 Reissues

Nino Malapet, Jean-Serge Essous,  “Mpassi” Mermans, etc. - featured on Vol 1 by Les Bantous de la Capitale  -  (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

Nino Malapet, Jean-Serge Essous, “Mpassi” Mermans, etc. - featured on Vol 2 by Les Bantous de la Capitale  -  (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

Mbongeni Ngema – Music of Freedom (two CD plus DVD set, South Africa)

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Composers

 Release of the year

Le Poète Lutumba Simaro - featured on Chante Lutumba Vol 2  by Koffi Olomide (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)


Recommended releases

 Erik Aliana  - featured on  Songs from Badissa by Erik Aliana & Korongo Jam  (Cameroun)

Mpumi  Dhlamini & Zamajobe– featured on Trail Blazer by Zamajobe (South Africa)

Johnny Dyani - featured on Before the Wind Changes by the Blue Notes (previously unreleased, South Africa)

Franco, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Sam Mangwana, Vicky Longomba, etc. -  featured on  Live à Paris  by Sam Mangwana (previously unreleased CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Lwanda Gogwana -Songbook Chapter 1  (South Africa)

Fela Kuti -  -Live in Detroit 1986  (previously unreleased two CD set, Nigeria)

Lágbájá – 200 Million Mumu (parts 1 & 3) and Knock Knock Knock (digital download tracks, Nigeria)

Ray Lema -  featured on Live  by Ray Lema and Jazz Symphonica de São Paulo conducted by Maestro João Mauricio Galindo (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Tete Mbambisa - Black Heroes (South Africa)

Mpassi Mermans, Lambert Kabako, Pamelo Mounk’a, etc. - featured on 50 Ans by Les Bantous de la Capitale  (DVD,Congo Brazzaville)

 Mbongeni Ngema - Lion of the East… A Musical Explosion (DVD, South Africa)

Peter Nthwane - Nadabazabantu (Lesotho)

Le Poète Lutumba Simaro - Show Noël  (DVD,DR Congo)

Herbie TsoaeliAfrican Time  (South Africa)


 Reissues

Franco, Ndombe Opetum, Josky Kiambukuta, Nguashi N'timbo, Ntesa Dalienst, Le Poète Lutumba Simaro, Lola Checain, Wuta Mayi and Diatho- featured on En Live Les Annés 80 by Franco (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Mpassi Mermans, Lambert Kabako, Pamelo Mounk’a, etc. - featured on Vol 1 by Les Bantous de la Capitale  -  (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

Mpassi Mermans, Lambert Kabako, Pamelo Mounk’a, etc. - featured on Vol 2 by Les Bantous de la Capitale  -  (eponymous compilation DVD,  Congo Brazzaville)

Mbongeni Ngema – Music of Freedom (two CD plus DVD set, South Africa)

Rob – Make it Fast, Make it Slow (Ghana)

Le Poète Lutumba Simaro, Josky Kiambukuta, etc.- featured on Chaude Ambaince by Le Poète Lutumba Simaro (DVD, DR Congo)

Umanji – Remembering (South Africa)


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Electronica

Some Recommended releases

Black Coffee - Africa Rising (DVD, also available as three CD set, South Africa)

Dub Colossus - Dub me Tender Vol 1 & 2 (available as a CD or two separate LPs UK/Ethiopia)

Kabelo - Immortal Vol 1 (South Africa)

Kabelo – Immortal Vol 2 (South Africa)

Professor - The Orientation (South Africa)

Revolution - Evolution (South Africa)

 Spikiri - King Don Father 2.5 (two CD set, South Africa)

Tokollo – Heist (South Africa)


 Reissue

Francis Bebey - African Electronic Music 1975 -1982 (Cameroun)


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Miscellaneous Instruments

Recommended releases


Chromatic harmonica

Adam Glasser - Mzansi (South Africa)


Kora

Ablaye Cissoko - featured on African Jazz Roots by Ablaye Cissoko and  Simon Goubert  (Senegal/)

Mory Kanté - La Guinéenne (Guinea Conakry)

Balaké Sisoko – At Peace (Mali)

 Sura Susso – featured on Live by Sura Susso & Max Baillie (The Gambia)


 Reissues

Pennywhistle  

Big Voice Jack - Best of the Best (South Africa)

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African Jazz Party Albums

African Jazz Party album of the year:

Peter Nthwane - Nadabazbantu (Lesotho)


Recommended releases

Général Defao - The Undertaker Vol 1 ( DR Congo)

Mose Fan Fan -Musicatelana  (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Mory Kanté - La Guinéenne  (Guinea Conakry)

Kojato and The Afro Latin Cougaritas - All About Jazz (Liberia/Germany)

Professor - The Orientation (South Africa)

Revolution - Evolution (South Africa)

Spikiri -King Don Father 2.5   (two CD set, South Africa)

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Some memorable brief appearances

Release of the year

Dub Colossus, uKanDanZ , Alexo, Nubian Ark, Jazzmaris, Xavier Charles, Eth, Kronos Quartet, Daniel Téchané , Snowflake, Abegaz & Jörg Pfeil  and Samuel Yirga - noise & chill out: Ethiopian groove worldwide (Ethiopia/global)


Recommended releases

 Tony Allen and Oghene Kologbo – featured on Contraband Mentality  by Les Freres Smith (Nigeria)

Kunle Ayo & Jimmy Dludlu – featured on Trail Blazer by Zamajobe (Nigeria & Mozambique))

Zena Bacar, Chico Antonio, Chico da Conceicao, Aly Faque, Elvira Viegas, Julia Mwitu, Wazimbo, Xidiminguana, Hortencio Langa and Dilon Djindje  - featured on  Khanimambo: Tributes to Legends of Mozambique, Vol 1 by Moreira Chonguica (Mozambique)

Gloria Bosman &Louis Mhlanga– featured on Live in Jo Joburg by Concord Nkabinde( DVD, South Africa/ Zimbabwe)

Carlyto Lassa - featured on Livee in Concert à Londres by L’Evangeliste Denis Ngonde & Carlyto Lassa (DVD, DDR Congo)

Manu Dibango – featured on Talé by Salif Keita (Cameroun)

Manu Dibango - featured on the eponymous CD by Kora Jazz Band (Cameroun)

Jimmy Dludlu – featured on Songbook Chapter 1 by Lwanda Gogwana - (Mozambique)

Francis Fuster & Pu2ma - featured on  Playing @ Work by Hugh Masekela (Sierra Leone & South Africa)

Franco - composer of the track”Missile” on Hommage à Franco by JB Mpiana & Wenge BCBG (CD/DVD set, DDR Congo)

Hotep Idris Galeta – composer of the track “Sister Fania” on Playing @ Work by Hugh Masekela (South Africa)

Malcolm Jiyane - featured on the DVD of A Legacy: the Live in Concert by Judith Sephuma (DVD/CD set, South Africa)

Joseph Kabasele - composer of the track “Indépendance ChaCha” on Kinshasa Succursale by Baloji (DR Congo)

Lionel Loueke - featured on the track Black Gold on Radio Music Society by Esperanza Spalding (Benin)

Malage de Lugendo (vocals), Verckys Kiamuangana and Didan Daniel (both on tenor sax) - featured on Musicatelana  by Mose Fan Fan (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Madilu System, Papa Noel & Carlyto Lassa - featured as composers on Nuit des Oeuvres: concert live Kinshasa by Ferre Gola (DVD/CD set, DR Congo)

Tlale Makhene – featured on The Beginning Live by Zahara (DVD, Swaziland)

Hugh Masekela - featured on the live track Soweto Blues n the bonus DVD accompanying Reloaded by Pu2ma (CD/DVD set, South Africa)

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa & Pat Matshikiza - featured as composers on The Boswil Concert by McCoy Mrubata and Paul Hanmer (South Africa)

Zim Ngqawana - featured on South African History !X  by Kyle Sheppard (South Africa)

Victor Ntoni, Black Moses & Brothers of Peace - featured on Africa Rising by Black Coffee (DVD, also available as three CD set, South Africa)

Bez Roberts and Adam Howard – featured on the track Ice Cream Soda by Kabelo on Immortal, Vol 2 (South Africa)

Cheick Tidane Seck & Fatou Diawara - featured on the eponymous CD Rocket  Juice  & the Moon  (Mali)

Sonnyboy – featured on the track Wamuhle by Brothers of Peace ft Nokiwazi & QOB  on Kalawa Jazmee pre-release 2012 (two CD set, South Africa)

Oliver Tshimanga - featured on Avant Gout  by Ferre Gola (maxi single CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Oliver Tshimanga  featured on “Professeur” by Meiway (DR Congo)

Marcus Wyatt and  Feya Faku - – featured on African Time by Herbie Tsoaeli (South Africa)

Jimmy Yaba, Willy Moke, Dina Basse & Claudia Bakisa - featured on the track Retrovieur on Etike by Jeannot & Kelly (DR Congo)

Samuel Yirga - featured on Addis Through the Looking Glass by Dub Colossus (Ethiopia)


 Reissues

Getatchew Mekuria with the Police Orchestra – featured on the early 1960’s track “Shellelle/Fukera” on the bonus CD accompanying Y’Anbessaw Tezeta  by Mekuria Getatchew and The Ex + Friends (Ethiopia)

Nguashi N'timbo - featured on the track Manguta (aka “Elongi ya Cherie”) on En Live Les Annés 80 by Franco (CD/DVD set, DR Congo)

Etenesh Wassie & Mathieu Sourisseau,  Rattlemouth , Tezeta Band, Dereb the Ambassador, Man Bites Dog, Imperial Tiger Orchestra, Debo Band, Les Tigres Des Platanes , Arat Kilo, Tsédénia Gebremarkos, Bahta Gebre-Heywet , Jeff Fuller  & Charles Sutton, Zéritu Kébédé, Yasuaki Shimizu , Akale Wube, Getatchwew Mekuria & The Ex  -noise & chill out: Ethiopian groove worldwide   (Ethiopia/global)

Tunde Williams – featured on Step Three by Blo (Nigeria)


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DVD documentaries


Mama Africa – Miriam Makeba

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Deaths

Sean Bergin – South African saxophonist

Nino Malapet – tenor saxophonist and senior member of Congo Brazzaville’s Les Bantous de la Capitale

Ndombe Opetum - Congolese vocalist and composer whose  career with  Le Tout Puissant OK Jazz aka Bana OK spanned  37 years.

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