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Darryl Douglas

Holding On

Kalita Records are extremely proud to announce the first ever official reissue of Darryl Douglas' 1981 gospel disco monster 'Holding On'.

Born out of a tight-knit friendship group based in Queens, New York, the gospel collective Darryl Douglas Inc. existed for a brief period of just two years. Yet their single 'Holding On' is as contemporary-sounding today as it was when it was first released in 1981. Originally pressed in a quantity of just one thousand, original copies have long been sought-after by both DJs and collectors alike, acknowledged as one of the best dancefloor-focused gospel tracks to have ever been pressed to wax.

Here we offer the 12" in its original form, accompanied by interview-based liner notes and a never-before-seen photo of the band, helping to tell the story and truly celebrate such a great track. We hope that you love the record as much as us!

After a pair of instant sell-outs, Kalita Records unleash their third release, an official reissue of Iwabo's 'Reggae Down', a Caribbean funk bomb of the highest calibre perfect for the modern discerning dancefloor. The band's only ever record, originally released in June 1985 in a small run of just five-hundred copies, 'Reggae Down' has been a staple semi-unknown weapon for various well-known selectors across the globe, and now's our chance to get in on the action. The A side is perfect for moving the dancefloor into next gear, whilst 'Smile On Your Face' is a joyous reggae track designed for the more chilled occasion. Accompanied with liner notes and a never-before-seen photo of the band, Kalita Records rightly shine a light on this magical record once again.There's a new beat in town.


Okyerema Asante

Sabi (Get Down)

Kalita Records are extremely excited to announce their second release, Okyerema Asante's Ghanaian disco monster, 'Sabi (Get Down)'.

After touring the world and recording with both Hugh Masekela and Oneness of Juju, 'Sabi (Get Down)' was Okyerema's first solo record, released privately in limited numbers on his label Atumpan Records in 1980/1. Recorded and manufactured in the USA, but only ever released on the African continent, this self-funded, scarce, and brilliant afro-disco LP regularly exchanges hands for eye-watering prices.

This is the first time that 'Sabi (Get Down)' has ever been officially reissued, and we are happy to reproduce it in its original, 14 minute long form (check out Lady Eke Ete's amazing vocals at the 13 minute mark!), backed by the equally impressive 'That's My Girl' on the B side. In addition, we are glad to accompany it with extensive interview-based liner notes and never-before-seen photos, detailing Okyerema's career from his membership of Ghana's legendary band Hedzolleh to performing with Paul Simon and Fleetwood Mac twenty years later.

We hope that you love both tracks as much as we do, and invite you to join us in celebrating the musical world of Okyerema Asante!


Kalita Records make a massive statement with their first release, serving up the three best cuts from NST Cophie's 1980 private press Ivory Coast Afro-disco album 'Mon'Da Center'. After moving to Paris in 1976 and having played with other well-known bands such as N'Bamina, Osibisa, and with numerous artists including Jimmy Hyacinthe and Papa Wemba, 'Mon'Da Center' was Ernest's first solo album. Recorded at Studio Caroline in Paris's 20th sector over the space of one week, this self-funded ultra-rare album regularly exchanges hands for eye-watering prices.Pretty much unknown except to the most hardened of diggers, 'Bian Kou', 'E Clolo' and 'Mioukouna' are guaranteed to set any dance floor alight, with hypnotic Afro-disco grooves, killer drums and angelic female vocals. An essential celebration of the musical world of NST Cophie's, delivered on glorious 180 gram viny and accompanied with liner notes and exclusive photos! Buy on sight!

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Currently enjoying heavy rotation from Gilles Peterson, this mega reissue of a lost Ivorian disco gem has sent out pre-order machine into meltdown. Grab a copy because this is gonna fly!


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