WELCOME TO AFRICA SEVEN

We are a record label. We may be based in Paris and London but our hearts firmly rooted in the universal motherland. We love African music, we want everyone to hear it and we want to spread the love. We are a collective of crate diggers, afro music-heads, label spotters and vinyl buying obsessives. We don't have any particular musical release agenda apart from,

"is it of African origin, does it have a beat?, do we like it?".

Launching in 2015 with the "Africa Airways" compilation series, we've gone on to re-issue several long lost gems from across Africa from the likes of Pasteur Lappe, Manu Dibango, Jo Tongo, Ekambi Brillant, Momo Joseph, Jake Solo & Jo Bisso


BIENVENUE CHEZ AFRICA SEVEN

Nous sommes basés à Paris et à Londres, notre cœur est fermement ancré dans la mère patrie universelle. Amoureux de la musique africaine, notre ambition est de la répandre dans le monde entier, Nous sommes un groupe de collectionneurs de disques, des passionnés de musique afro, des dénicheun rs de talents et des grands acheteurs de vinyles.

"Votre musique est-elle d'origine africaine? a-t-elle du rythme?".

Lancé en 2015 avec la série de compilations "Africa Airways", nous avons réédité plusieurs succès du passé Africains, comme Pasteur Lappe, Manu Dibango, Jo Tongo, Ekambi Brillant, Tala AM, Momo Joseph, Jake Sollo et Jo Bisso.

Reggae Africa
(Roots & Culture 1972-1988)

On 18th April, 1980, after decades of anti colonial struggle, the Zimbabweian flag was finally raised at midnight at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare. Not long after, the words "Ladies and Gentlemen, Bob Marley and The Wailers!" rang out, and Zimbabwe's independent future began.

In the years that followed, Africa was to produce it's own reggae superstars, as the likes of Alpha Blondy, Majek Fashek and Lucky Dube swept across the continent and beyond, and there's no doubting Bob Marley's explosive impact on this particular narrative.

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Jo Bisso
African Disco Experimentals (1974 to 1978)

Cameroonian Jo Bisso's earliest musical influences didn't come primarily from his homeland, but more from the neighbouring Congo, where the kind of early 60's Congolese Rumba played by the likes of Franco / TP Ok Jazz, and Tabu Ley Rochereau was establishing itself as a musical force in the region.

Alongside this exuberant, swinging, jazz influenced sound, the growing impact of the all conquering US soul titans became inescapable, and sprinkled with a bit of Johnny Halliday & Co's smooth chanson over the top, we get a snapshot of where Jo Bisso and friends post school musical experimentation was headed in the late 60's.

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