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Momo Joseph / Le Groupe Podem

Love Africa Soul - Inc. Nik Weston Edit

Born in Baleveng, Cameroon in 1952, Momo Joseph is known more for his endeavours in acting than for his musical output, having appeared in numerous French films between 1977 and 2000, including 'L'Africain' (1983) and 'La Haine' (1995). However, his single 'Love Africa Soul', originally released in 1980, is acknowledged by many as an outstanding piece of relentless West African disco, and has recently become highly sought-after by collectors and DJs alike. Momo has lived most of his life in Paris, however has always retained a strong connection to his native Cameroon and to other fellow Cameroonian musicians such as Tala A.M. and Manu Dibango. Here we pair the original 'Love Africa Soul' with an on-point afro disco re-work of the original B side, 'Cameroun Airline', courtesy of Mukatsuku Records very own Nik Weston. We hope that this much-deserved re-release helps to shine a light on Momo's career and musical genius.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Y'all know the drill with Kalita wax, buy or cry. Their latest reissue heater comes from Cameroon's Momo Joseph, a smooth and soulful cat who knows a thing or two about the disco. Dramatic production and a groove that won't let up are the ticket on the A-side, while the flip struts into disco-funk territories thanks to Mukatsuku man Nik Weston.

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!

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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