Featured Label: Analog Africa

Analog Africa releases unusual African music from the 70s, music with a certain twist that will surprise you or that you didn’t expect to hear from Africa, and that often had a strong impact on its country of origin. Frequently these recordings – all fully licensed – were never released outside of Africa before. Considerable importance is also placed on detailed liners notes telling unusual stories about unusual musicians, complete with rare photographs, interviews and full discographies.

Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb was born in Carthage, Tunisia, to a Tunisian father and a German mother. He was brought up in many different countries, such as Sweden, Tunisia and Austria, and is now based in Frankfurt, Germany. The idea of the label started in November 1999 when he came across a recording by the Green Arrows whilst digging for vinyl records in Zimbabwe. He was so captured by what he heard that in October 2001 he set up Analog Africa, his first project being a compilation by the Green Arrows.

Apart from running Analog Africa, Ben Redjeb has established himself as one of the main sources for original African vinyl records for DJs, producers and collectors worldwide. Also after a long break he has started Djing again. Together with his partner Pedo Knopp he forms the Analog Africa Soundsystem. Besides Samy, Pedo and Marc Petri (Jazzkeller Frankfurt) run the AFRICADELAY club night in Frankfurt specialising in raw, funky and psychedelic tropical sounds from the 70ies.

Analog Africa’s new release Siria is a compilation of carefully selected tracks drawn from the great Mestre Cupijo’s 6 studio albums. Coming from thee state of Para in Northern Brasil “Siria” is a cross pollination between the music of the inhabitants of the quilombos, a Brazilian hinterland settlement founded by escaped slaves of African origins, and the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest.

It is a breathing, pulsing, emphatic beat, and the modernised version of this local music, created by Mestre Cupijó, has been igniting street parties and traditional festivals across the state of Pará in Northern Brazil for decades. And at last in 2014, the combustible sound of Siria will be celebrated internationally as the feverish, tropical sound of the summer!

Find out more about Analog Africa on their blog and Facebook page.