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KING AYISOBA- 1000 Can Die - LP - MAKKUM RECORDS

click to enlarge New full album from Ghanaian legend King Ayisoba and his band, fusing Ghana's traditional Kologo music with modern contemporary sounds to a fiery and uncompromising mix. Contains 9 tracks, mixed and produced by by Arnold de Boer (ZEA, THE EX), featuring guest-appearances from ZEA, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Afrobeat legend Orlando Julius, and more! LP comes in gatedfold-cover, with download-code included! Lots more info and songs to listen to here: https://ayisoba.bandcamp.com/album/1000-can-die

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KING AYISOBA- Modern Ghanaians - LP - MAKKUM RECORDS

click to enlarge Another outstanding release on Arnold de Boers (ZEA/THE EX) label! A selection of the best songs by KING AYISOBA, previously released on cassettes and CDs, for the first time ever on vinyl! KING AYISOBA is a star in Ghana, but almost unknown in Europe, and the idea for this album came when touring Europe together with ZEA in 2012. Mixing Ghanaian music, played with traditional instruments, with modern elements (like Hip Hop and Dancehall) and electronic beats, bleeps and basses, it's a great document of African traditions being confronted with the influences of western civilization and resulting in new lifestyles. http://www.makkumrecords.nl/mr8.html

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KING AYISOBA- Wicked Leaders - LP - MAKKUM RECORDS

click to enlarge Following the release of "Modern Ghanaians", here's the first album from Ghana's pop-star recorded with a full band. Mixing Ghanaian music, Afro-Beat, with modern elements, creating a high energy sound played with traditional acoustic instruments. Tradition and future in one. Original, fascinating and outstanding. 10 tracks that get you into the groove and make you want to move! https://soundcloud.com/makkumrecords/sets/king-ayisoba-wicked-leaders

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PRINCE BUJU- We Are In The War - LP - MAKKUM RECORDS / RED WIG

click to enlarge Prince Buju from Ghana is singing and playing the Kologo, a primitively made lute-guitar. His music is stripped-down, raw and direct, energetic and intense. It's not Punk-Rock, but it's Punk... Really interesting and impressive! If you like KING AYISOBA, you'll love this one as well! http://princebuju.bandcamp.com/releases

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V/A- THIS IS KOLOGO POWER! - LP - MAKKUM RECORDS / RED WIG

click to enlarge Following the releases of the KING AYISOBA and PRINCE BUJU LPs, here's now a full new compilation of Kologo musicians from Ghana, compiled and released by Arnold de Boer (THE EX/ZEA). Kologo is the traditional instrument of the region, a sort of simple banjo or guitar with only two strings. The LP contains 10 songs from various artists, also incl. KING AYISOBA and PRINCE BUJU again. The Kologo sound is like an African equivalent to the original Delta Blues (as Robert Johnson), but with it's strongly driving rhythms, the reduced directness, and the political attitude, it's as well some sort of original African Punk.
LP comes with insert featuring linernotes, photos and interviews. http://kologomusic.blogspot.nl

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ZEA- Moarn Gean Ik Dea - LP - MAKKUM RECORDS

click to enlarge New full album (10 songs) from ZEA alias Arnold De Boer, who's also singer/guitarist for THE EX. Between singer/songwriter, alternative Folk and Punk, with a reduced equipment (guitar and electronics) in a minimalistic sound, lyrics sung in Frisian (with English translations provided on the enclosed lyric-sheet). Intimate, atmospheric, deeply emotional, diversified, at times even hymnic. Overall an exciting and beautiful album! Can't come up with any more original comparison, but it's meant honestly: "Like a Frisian Elliott Smith". http://www.zea.dds.nl/

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ZEA- Split with OSCAR JAN HOOGLAND - 7" - MAKKUM RECORDS

click to enlarge Limited split-single featuring a joyfully swinging and bouncing ditty called "Exploding Head Syndrome" from ZEA. A catchy pop-tune with guitar, electronis, and vocals, and it's almost a Dancefloor smasher! On the B-side "Electric Clavichord" is an experminental noise-track recorded by Oscar Jan Hoogland with (as the title suggests) an electric clavichord. http://zeamusic.bandcamp.com/album/zea-oscar-jan-hoogland-split-7

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ZEA- The Beginner - LP - MAKKUM RECORDS / RED WIG

click to enlarge Full album by the solo-project of Arnold de Boer, now also a member of legendary dutch band THE EX! 15 tracks, where fancy and bouncing electro-vibes meet with Post-Punk and Afro-Pop influences. Helluva fun, filled with tons of ideas, being excellently smart and having a sense of humor. http://www.zea.dds.nl/

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ZEA- The Swimming City - LP - MAKKUM RECORDS

click to enlarge New album recorded by ZEA alias Arnold de Boer (THE EX) with Mats Gustafsson, Xavier Charles, Oscar Jan Hoogland and more. Minimalistic and experimental, interesting and entertaining, vivid and fresh! Sounds like a "No Wave Electronica Jazz-Pop offspring" of THE EX. Really cool! Pressed on 180-vinyl, 12 songs, with lyric-sheet and poster included! http://zeamusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-swimming-city

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