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03 Bab El West ‘Al Khil’ 04 Saigon Soul Revival ‘Nào Ta Cùng Hát’ 05 The Servants’ Ball ‘Number One Step Dance’

06 Antibalas ‘Fight Am Finish’ 07 Che Apalache ‘The Dreamer’

08 Super Parquet ‘Mars’ 09 Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela ‘We’ve Landed’

10 Tuulikki Bartosik ‘Tempest in a Teapot’

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11 DakhaBrakha ‘Baby’ 12 Lijadu Sisters ‘Come On Home’ 13 Noura Mint Seymali ‘Eguetmar’

14 DJ Nigga Fox ‘Hwwambo’ 15 Janka Nabay ‘Build Music’

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15 Janka Nabay ‘ Bui ld Music ’ (3:30) Bui ld Music ( Luaka Bop) & © 2017 Luaka Bop. Courtesy of Luaka Bop

14 DJ Nigga Fox ‘ Hw wambo’ (3:25) O Meu Esti lo ( Principe Discos) & © 2013 Principe Discos. Courtesy of Principe Discos

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13 Noura M int Seymali ‘ Eguetmar ’ (3:24) Tz e nni (Glitterbeat) & © 2014 Glitterbeat. Courtesy of Glitterbeat

06 Antibalas ‘ Fight Am Finish’ (6:34) Fu Chro nicles ( Daptone Records) & © 2020 Daptone Records. Courtesy of Daptone Records 07 Che Apalache ‘ The Dreamer ’ (4:35) Rearrange My Hear t ( Free Dir t Records) & © 2019 Che Apalache/Free Dirt Records. Courtesy of Free Dirt Records 08 S u per Parqu et ‘ Mars’ (5:48) Supe r Parqu et ( Pagans) & © 2019 Pagans. Courtesy of Pagans 09 Tony Al len & Hugh Masekela ‘ We’ve L anded’ (4:42) Rejoice ( World Circuit) & © 2020 World Circuit Ltd, a BMG company. Courtesy of BMG 10 Tuuli kki Bar tosi k ‘ Tempest in a Teapot ’ (4:41) Tempest in a Teapot ( Nordic Notes) & © 2019 Nordic Notes. Courtesy of Nordic Notes

12 Lijadu Sis ters ‘Come On Home’ (5:21) Ho riz o n Unlimited ( Lijadu Sisters) & © 1979 Lijadu Sisters, LLc. Courtesy of Lijadu Sisters

04 Saigon Soul Revival ‘ Nào Ta Cùng Hát ’ (4:11) Hoa ∙ Âm Xu’a (Saigon Supersound) & © 2019 Saigon Supersound a division of INFRACom!. Courtesy of INFRACom! 05 Th e Ser vants’ Bal l ‘ Number One Step Dance’ (2:46) The S e r vants’ Ball ( D Wink Recordings) & © 2019 D Wink Recordings. Courtesy of D Wink Recordings

03 Bab El Wes t ‘Al Khi l’ (4:16) Hou dou d ( Big Banana Music) & © 2019 Big Banana Music. Courtesy of Big Banana Music

02 Caprichoso ‘Cultura Cabocla’ (3:29) L’Amaz o ne : Le Chant des Fleuves Accords Croisés) & © 2019 Accords Croisés. Courtesy of Accords Croisés

01 Guiss Guiss Bou Bess ‘Sunu Gal’ From Set Sela on Hélico This much-acclaimed Senegalese ensemble blend de electro beats with traditional West African tropes to fashion impossible-to-resist dance music. This track is from their debut album. See p51

11 DakhaBrakha ‘ Baby ’ (7:26) Light ( DakhaBrakha) & © 2010 DakhaBrakha. Courtesy of DakhaBrakha

01 Guiss Guiss Bou Bess ‘Sunu Gal’ (4:57) S et S ela (Hélico) & © 2019 Hélico. Courtesy of Hélico

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10 tracks from this issue’s best new albums + 5 bonus tracks exclusively with the April 2020 issue of Songlines

06 Antibalas ‘Fight Am Finish’ From Fu Chronicles on Daptone Records Black power polemics and ancient deities jostle for elbow room on long-form Afrobeat arrangements brimming with blistering horns, juicy Hammond and funky guitar licks. See p64

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02 Caprichoso ‘Cultura Cabocla’ From L’Amazone: Le Chant des Fleuves on Accords Croisés Taken from a collection celebrating the disparate indigenous musics found along the Amazon river, this pounding percussive workout comes from the Bumba-Meu-Boi festival in Brazil. See p54

03 Bab El West ‘Al Khil’ From Houdoud on Big Banana Music In the culture-splicing hands of this Paris-based ensemble, surging rhythms, beautiful Maghrebi and Breton-influenced refrains and distorted guitar fuse to mesmeric effect. See p66 04 Saigon Soul Revival ‘Nào Ta Cùng Hát’ From Hoa . Âm Xu’a on Saigon Supersound Inspired by south Vietnam’s 1960s and 70s bolero scene, Saigon Soul Revival add punchy psych to their retro rock groove, breathing new life into their country’s pop culture. See p62

07 Che Apalache ‘The Dreamer’ From Rearrange MyHeart on Free Dirt Records Bluegrass sžlings imbued with Latin flavours, exquisite banjo-and-fiddle interplay and charming harmonies feature on this poignant tune about the plight of Mexican immigrants. See p52

08 Super Parquet ‘Mars’ From SuperParquet on Pagans Feral and experimental French folk is refracted and mutated in surreal and dark electronica, creating inexorable minimalist patterns with distinct nods toward Steve Reich. See p60

09 Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela ‘We’ve Landed’ From Rejoice on World Circuit Allen and the late Masekela combine here with all the verve you would expect from two titans of African music on this clarion call to today’s youth. See p48

05 The Servants’ Ball ‘Number One Step Dance’ From The Servants’ Ball on D Wink Recordings Floorboards echo beneath the infectious step dancing of Ewan Wardrop on this village music hall shanž inspired by the performances of Sussex concertina player Scan Tester and his Imperial Band. See p58

10 Tuulikki Bartosik ‘Tempest in a Teapot’ From Tempest in a Teapot on Nordic Notes This Estonian accordionist’s work is imbued with a sense of journey and this, the title-track from her new album, conjures images of swirling forest mists and other vistas of enchantment. See p56

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