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'African All Stars' Compilation With Tony Allen, Femi Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Tinariwen, Fantasma & More

Hear the 30-track 'African All Stars: The Best Indie & Alternative African Recordings From 1970 To 2015' compilation.


The African All Stars compilation brings together some of the most groundbreaking African artists from the past 45 years, established and contemporary, for an extensive 30-track collection. The release, which looks to showcase The Best Indie & Alternative African Recordings From 1970 To 2015, features contributions from an eclectic and striking roster that includes afrobeat torchbearers Tony Allen and Femi Kuti, Ghanaian highlife legend Ebo Taylor, Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, and 70s Nigerian funk guitarist Harry Mosco, alongside newer names like Tuareg desert blues outfit Tinariwen, SA 'guzu' band Fantasma, London-Nairobi seven-piece Owiny Sigoma Band, Burkinabé rapper Art Melody, Rocky Marsiano, and Ibibio Sound Machine, among many others.

African All Stars: The Best Indie & Alternative African Recordings From 1970 To 2015 was put together by the independent digital music distributor Believe Digital and is being released in partnership by Okayafrica and French clothing label Babatunde. The 30-track compilation is available for purchase on iTunes and can be streamed in its entirety on Spotify, Rdio and Deezer.

>>>Grab Africa All Stars: The Best Indie & Alternative African Recordings From 1970 To 2015 on iTunes

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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