Mor Thiam – Dini Safarrar


Originally released in small numbers as a custom pressing in 1973, the compelling ‘Dini Safarrar’ by Senegalese drummer Mor Thiam has gained cult status around the world amongst enthusiasts of jazz, funk, hip hop & African music, and grail status among LP collectors. Here is the first official reproduction of this album, faithful to the original and made with the blessing and cooperation of Mor Thiam himself, as well as his son Aliaume Thiam, otherwise known as hip hop and R&B superstar Akon.

– 180g LP with Tip-On sleeve numbered to 1500
– Insert with liner notes & pics
– Liner notes based on our exclusive interview with Mor Thiam himself

Now available on Jazzman Records

Omar – Love In Beats


Following on from The Man, his first for London based independent label Freestyle Records released in 2013, 2017 sees his new long player further cement his enviable reputation. Love In Beats is Omar’s 8th studio album and may just be the most eclectic & varied to date.
Somewhat more electronic in its conception and sound than its predecessor, Love In Beats incorporates soul, Caribbean rhythms, an undercurrent of funk, with touches of zouk, a jazzy waltz, spoken word. The album features collaborations with US soul legend Leon Ware, Blue Note pianist Robert Glasper, rapper Ty, Guadeloupe born singer Jean-Michele Rotin, and Uk soultress Natasha Watts, The Floacist and Mayra Andrade, the Cape Verdean born singer who lives and records in Paris.
Mainly recorded at his own Backayard Studio in South London his unique voice, multi -instrumental and production skills, together Omar and Scratch have brought forth a new collection that may just be the most beautifully formed and career defining album of all. Omar expands up on the inspiration, and the long running musical brotherhood which has forged this latest collection: ‘This album is a labour of love between myself and my Grammy award winning brother The Scratch Professer. Powerful songs over mesmerising beats in the evolution – that is omarmusic and Brothers sound, it is truly ‘Love in Beats’

Digital, CD and Vinyl pre-order now available.

Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids -Tinoge Ya Ta’a Ba


2016 was the year for Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids: their album We Be All Africans (produced by Philophon and released on Strut Records) vaulted them among the global top acts of the current Spiritual Jazz renaissance. The strength of the group is its deep connection to Africa: not just that their music is inspired by the spirit of Africa, they actually founded themselves on an extended trip to the Motherland in 1972.

On that trip Idris Ackamoor visited the tiny town, Bolgatanga, in Northern Ghana to play with local Frafra musicians – an experience which changed his life. Now, after 45 years, Idris dives once more into the magical music of the Frafra people by teaming up with master musician Guy One, the no.1 Kologo artist of the vital music scene of Bolgatanga. On “Tinoge Ya Ta’a Ba” Guy One sings about the power of unity – a unity you hear clearly on this Afro-Euro-American cooperation: a driving rhythm, a eulogizing saxophone, a gripping voice and in total a journey into another dimension.

7″ and digital now available for pre-order

SJOB Movement – Friendship Train


Cultures Of Soul are excited to announce the first in a series of rare Nigerian releases they’re putting out with the help of Uchenna Ikonne. SJOB Movement’s Friendship Train was the second LP by the group and one which saw the group rise to new heights. It’s a masterpiece of African music with it’s fluid afro beat grooves and spaced out Moog synthesizer sounds.

Coming out on LP and CD on February 3rd. Please note the CD comes with a bonus remix of Love Affair by the Sol Power All-Stars from Washington DC.

Now available for pre-order.

2016 – 2017


2016, what a year. A lot of musicians and artists have left us and a lot of negative shit happened but there are still a lot of things to be thankful for.
My last set of the year will be this friday december 30 at Schräinerei in Differdange.
I’m gonna start the new year 2017 with 2 gigs in Amsterdam, thursday january 5 at Cafe Belgique and friday january 6 at Cafe De Duivel. Come and say hello if you’re in the area.

As always I want to thank all the people who have invited me to play in 2016:
De Gudde Wëllen, Rocas, Ennert de Steiler, Buvette Rotondes, Spot 48, Nuit des Lampions, Why Not, Schräinerei, Ratelach, Red Rock Skatepark, From Dawn To Dawn, Coppers, Café Maison du Peuple, Bonnefooi Brussels, Bar Du Matin Bruxelles, Roest Amsterdam, Fat Black Pussycat, La Grooverie, Le Café Voisins, Arnold & Julen.

And of course, a huge thanks goes out to you out there, for visiting this little page of the endless blogosphere. I thought about ending it for a while now but I can’t just stop after 10 years of your support. If you feel like donating some of your hard earned cash, please feel free to send any amount to my paypal: and / or buying any of my releases on

I’m also looking for new places to play in 2017, so if you’re looking for DJs or know someone who does please let me know.

All the best and a happy new year!

Zillanova – The Fader


Three years after their first 7-inch release, Melbourne’s most elusive soul project Zillanova step out of the shadows with The Fader, a darkly sensual cut featuring a true revelation – the voice of Joshua Tavares. Bringing to mind both Donny and Marvin, Zillanova’s new frontman is the youngest son of a singing family, his brother Cisco a luminary of soul music in Australia, and his uncles the voices of Tavares, undisputed gods of 70s Disco.

This song is not disco though. The Fader is a dark horse, riding on a dark and funky pocket with a Latin tinge and shades of gospel. It’s a bit 70’s and a bit now – equal parts What’s Going On and Alabama Shakes. Lyrically, The Fader is an ode to departed loved ones and their ongoing presence in our lives. The chorus, ”we all fade away” is a reminder of our own mortality.

7″ vinyl and digital now available for pre-order

Dem Juju Poets – Voodoo Jazz / Watusi Fever


Voodoo Jazz marks the first release of Dem Juju Poets on french Radio Krimi Records. Their sound is dedicated to raw Afro influenced dance music. David Hanke aka Renegades Of Jazz, brainchild behind Dem Juju Poets, keeps on with his distinctive Afro sound and delivers a great 45 in two different styles.

As the Renegades Of Jazz journey will take a step away from Afrofunk music, Dem Juju Poets will be now the main outfit for Hanke to release more Afro driven music in the future.

Limited 7″ and digital now available.

Ahmed Malek & Flako – Habibi Funk 005: The Electronic Tapes


In the early 1980s, Ahmed Malek was already in his 50s, when he discovered synthesizers and electronic music for himself and started to experiment with sounds. None of it was ever released but we got a huge box of master tapes from his family and we’re happy to present this different side of Ahmed Malek’s music. It was compiled and co-produced by Flako, a fan of early electronic and synth music. This is not a remix album though, Flako’s aim was to create an album out of 2 hours of material that sounds like it might have if Mr. Malek would have finished it himself before of his death. Fully approved by the artists family.

Now available for pre-order, to be released february 17 2017.

BBE Staff Selections 2016


In what’s become something of a tradition in the BBE office, we’re once again closing out the year with a hand-picked selection of highlights from the last 12 months. It’s been something of a special 2016 for us at BBE: celebrating our 20th birthday, opening our own record store in London and having the continued privilege of working alongside so many of our favourite artists to release more incredible music, both old and new.
This year has seen re-issues of classic material by The Ted Coleman Band, Sun Palace, The People’s Workshop, Moods and even a J Dilla release on limited edition cassette tape. We’ve been bowled over by new material from DJ Spinna’s ‘Jigmastas’, Kon, DJ Vadim and Beatspoke. We’ve welcomed new artists Deep Tenor City, Rive Gauche, Kid Sublime & The Incognito Traveller to the BBE family, at the same time mourning the sad passing of our friend Rim Kawku Obeng, who sadly never got to witness the excitement and fascination around his two stellar BBE re-issues.
So without further ado, we present our Staff Selections for 2016 and wish you all a safe, happy and healthy festive season. See you next year!

Now available for pre-order.

Peter Thomas & Mocambo Astronautic Sound Orchestra – Space Patrol


Space Patrol (Raumpatrouille – Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes Orion) was the first German science fiction television series. Its seven episodes were broadcast by ARD TV, the first one being aired on September 17, 1966. Being a huge success with audience ratings up to 56%, the series acquired a distinct cult status in Germany and worldwide.
Peter Thomas composed and recorded the original score, which has become a soundtrack classic and collector’s item among rare groove afficionados since its original release on Philips.
Now, 50 years on, The Mighty Mocambos teamed up with the legendary musical mastermind a recorded an up to date, truly global and funky 2016 version in tribute of the original theme. “Space Patrol (Raumpatrouille)” is the only official recording of the track released for this anniversary and authorized by Peter Thomas, who even plays on it himself. To give this 50 years version a new twist, the specially formed Mocambo Astronautic Sound Orchestra adds steel band orchestration to the massive brass and funky rhythm section.

Now available on 7″ vinyl and digital.