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Analog Africa: Journey to Sudan

40 minsRecorded 3 Jul 2015
Samy Ben Redjeb

Tireless cratediggers and music explorers Analog Africa take us on a journey through the Arabian-tinged sounds of Sudan and the River Nile.

Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb first thought of starting a label after finding a Green Arrows record while digging in Zimbabwe. He was hooked, and in 2001 he launched Analog Africa with a collection of Green Arrows gems, and has been exploring the music of the motherland ever since. Renowned for its extensive liner notes, deep research and above board licensing policy, Analog Africa is more than just a record label - it’s a living, breathing community archive, which has unearthed classic recordings by such masters as Brazilian Siriá genius Mestre Cupijó, Nigerian rap maverick Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, Dakar percussionist and singer Amara Touré, Benin’s legendary Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou and many others. Apart from running Analog Africa, Ben Redjeb is also one of the go-to guys for rare and sought-after African records by collectors, producers and DJs worldwide. Together with Pedo Knopp, Ben Redjeb plays as the Analog Africa Soundsystem - specializing in raw, funky and psychedelic tropical sounds from Africa and Latin America from the ’60s and ’70s. For this very special selection, recorded in one take with original vinyl singles only, the Analog Africa Soundsystem dig up obscure rarities from the deep Sudanese music history.

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