African Music Encyclopedia

African Music Sources

bullet  Africassette
P.O. Box 24941
Detroit, MI 48224
313-881-4108 (vox)     313-881-0260 (fax)

The best mail order source for African music. They carry lots of hard-to-find imported and domestic CD's and tapes.

bullet  Afrisong
60 Parkway Drive, Suite 15K
East Orange, NJ 07017-4550
201-673-7374 (vox)     201-673-7361 (fax)

An online source for ordering African music.

1122 East Pike Street, #1163
Seattle WA 98122-3934 USA

Focusing mainly on Shona marimba and mbira music, is a great online source for ordering African music.

bullet  Irresistable Rhythms

Call for their free catalog of CDs and cassettes.

bullet  Musicstrip: the Universal Music Store
317-293-117 (vox)     317-293-1346 (fax)

This online music store has quite a good selection of African artists, you have to know what you're looking for though, the only access is through a search engine.

bullet  Planet Earth Music
PO Box 789
Ukiah, CA 95482
888-216-4029 (vox)     888-212-9930 (fax)

An online source for New Age Music, also has African music available.

bullet  Rexam Music
210 Park Ave. #301
Worcester, MA 01609
Tel/Fax (508)797-3312

An online source for African music, heavy on highlife and music from Ghana.

bullet  Round-World By Mail
591 Guerrero Street
San Fransisco, CA 94110
415-255-8411 (vox)     415-255-8491 (fax)

send $2 for their catalog of African, Arabic, Brazilian, Latin, Caribbean, etc., recordings available.

bullet  Tower Records

Of course, you can always try Tower, they have quite a wide sampling of African music availble through special mail order. I was able to find two pretty rare CDs by Adewale Ayuba through Tower.



bullet  Earthbeat
(Distributed by Warner Bros. Records)
PO Box 1460
Redway, CA 95560-1460

bullet  Earthworks
c/o Caroline Records
114 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

bullet  Ellipis Arts

20 Lumber Road
Roslyn, NY 11576-9894

Ellipsis is a relatively new company, they have an excellent 3-CD compilation The Big Bang which they call "an explosive exploration of percussion music around the world." (ELLI-CD-3401, 3402, 3403)


bullet  Green Linnet Records
43 Beaver Brook Road
Danbury, CT 06810

Look for their release of I.K. Dairo & His Blue Spots, Ashiko (GLCD-4018).

bullet  Hannibal
is a Rykodisk label and is distributed by them, see below for address.

bullet  Hemisphere
c/o I.R.S. Records
3520 Hayden Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232
or for a free merchandise catalog:
IRS Merchandising
PO Box 4346
North Hollywood, CA 91617

Hemisphere has an interesting series of CD's on release including Patience Dabany, Reggae Africa, Super Guitar Soukous, and the King Sunny Ade release, Live at the Hollywood Palace.

bullet  Lyrichord Disks, Inc.
141 Perry Street
New York, NY 10014 USA

bullet  Mango Records
14 E 4th St.
New York, NY 10012

bullet  Music of the World
PO Box 3620
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-3620

They distribute the wonderful work of Dumisani Maraire's, Chaminuka (CDC-208), which is a fine example of mbira and marimba music from the Shona people of Zimbabwe.

bullet  Pi'ra:nha Musik
Kurfurstendamm 186
D-1000 Berlin 15
Piranha is distributed in America by Stern's, see below for address.


bullet  Real World Records, Ltd.
SN14 9PN
Real World Records/Virgin Records, Ltd. are distributed by:
c/o Caroline Records
114 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

Peter Gabriel's label featuring WOMAD artists among many others.

bullet  Nonsuch
c/o Warner Music Group Company
75 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10019

They released the '95 Cesaria Evora CD.

bullet  Rounder Records
One Camp Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
1-800-44 DISCS

Rounder has a small collection of African and Reggae recordings, I particularly reccommend Juju Roots: 1930s-1950s (CD-5017). They also have an interesting recording, Kwanzaa Music (CD-2133), which has a sampling of African and African-influenced music perfect to stick in the CD player while you're celebrating Kwanzaa. One of my very favorite CD's is Les Ambassadeurs Internationales featuring Salif Keita (CD-5053), an incredible piece of work.

bullet  Rykodisk
Shetland Park
27 Congress Street
Salem, MA 01970
Rykodisk Europe Unit 3, Linen House
253 Kilburn Lane
London W10 4BQ

Another favorite CD is Talking Timbuktu with Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder (HNCD-1381).

bullet  Shanachie Records
37 East Clinton St.
Newton, New Jersey 07860 USA

A large and diverse World Music label, featuring artists ranging from all sorts of Reggae artists to Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Clannad.

bullet  Stern's African Classics
598 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 USA
212-925-1648 (vox)     212-925-1689 (fax)
116 Whitfield Street, London W1P 5RW, UK
071- 387-5550 (vox)     071-388-2756 (fax)

This label re-issues many of the finest recordings, including early releases by Youssou N'dour and Orchestra Baobab. I particularly reccommend The Wassoulou Sound: Volume 2 (STCD-1048).

bullet  World Circuit Music
is distributed by Rounder Records, see above for address.

bullet  ZimBob Inc.
PO Box 2421
Champaign, IL 61825
217-344-6878 (vox)     fax 217-355-1801 (fax)

Zimbob (Bob Diener) has a large African catalog available, he specializes in music from Zimbabwe. I highly reccommend any recording by Thomas Mapfumo, he's a must have for any serious lover of African music. Currently I'm again enjoying the '93 release of Hondo (TMBU-13) by Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited.


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