SNDWCD013 – Panama! Volume 2 – Latin Sounds, Cumbia Tropical & Calypso Funk on the Isthmus 1967-77


Panama! Volume 2 – Latin Sounds, Cumbia Tropical & Calypso Funk on the Isthmus 1967-77

Volume 2 showcases more of the unique tropical music created in Panama in the fertile decades of the 1960s and ’70s. The thin, tropical bridge that connects North and South America, Panama is home to three million culturally diverse people, and its’ music is a soulful blend of Latin American, Caribbean, European and Indigenous forms. From Calypso Funk to Típico Soul, from hard Descargas to rustic Cumbia-related styles, Panamanian musicians fearlessly combined and brilliantly executed styles that reflected their multi-cultural environment during a turbulent time in the young country’s history. This collection presents more of the golden age of Panamanian music and the music of the Combos Nacionales on rare recordings that have never been released outside the Isthmus until now.

CD catalogue number: SNDWCD013

Barcode: 893775001507

Vinyl catalogue numnber: SNDWLP013

Barcode: 893775001514

Release date: 01 June 2009

Track list:

  1. La Murga De Panama – Papi Brandao y Su Conjunto Aires Tablenos
  2. Tamborito Swing – Los Silvertones
  3. Flora – Maximo Rodriguez y Sus Estrellas Panameñas
  4. Decidete Mi Amor – Papi Brandao y Sus Ejecutivos
  5. Te Toca Tocar La Tumba – Skorpio
  6. Descarga Superior – Los Superiores
  7. No Llores Porque Me Voy – Idamerica Ruiz con Osvaldo Ayala y Su Conjunto
  8. Mi Bella Panama – Los Revolucionarios (Soul Revolution)
  9. Dreams (edit) – The Duncan Brothers
  10. Ain’t No Sunshine – The Soul Fantastics
  11. Ese Muerto No Lo Cargo Yo – The Exciters
  12. La Confianza – Meñique El Panameño con Bush y Los Magnificos
  13. Borombon – Camilo Azuquita
  14. Jazzy – Los Papacitos
  15. La Escoba – Alfredo y Su Salsa Montañera
  16. Juck Juck Pt.1 – Sir Jablonsky
  17. Love Letters – Lord Cobra y Los Hnos. Duncan
  18. Ceferino En Salsa – Ceferino Nieto
  19. Si La Vez – Ormelis Cortez con Su Conjunto Viva Guararé
  20. Piculina – Chilo Pitty

SNDWCD012 – Sir Victor Uwaifo Guitar Boy Superstar 1970-76

Sir Victor Uwaifo Guitar Boy Superstar 1970-76

One of the true enigmas of the Nigerian music scene, Sir Victor Uwaifo has been an instantly recognisable figure throughout his five decades in the music industry. He built his first guitar aged 12 and went on to be awarded Africa’s first gold disc in 1969. His incessant energy have seen him record countless LP’s and single and become one of Nigeria’s true superstars. A musician, poet, philosopher, sculptor, painter, ambassador and recently Commissioner for Culture, he has carved a unique place for himself in the history of African music. This compilation focuses on his ‘Ekassa’ period in the first half of the 1970’s. These recordings were made after his return from Lagos to his home town of Benin City in Edo State at the start of the new decade. Uwaifo mixed the ancient culture of Benin Obas with highlife & a dash of rock and soul to form his new style.  Amazingly many of these cuts have remained unavailable since then…until now.


BARCODE: 827565038626



Track List:

  1. Kirikisi
  2. Igboroho
  3. Idogo
  4. Egbe Natete
  5. Edenederio
  6. Obodo Eyo
  7. Talking Instruments
  8. Agho
  9. Iye Iye Oh
  10. Mother Witch – Shu’husu’hu
  11. Atete
  12. Ebibi
  13. Osalobua Rekpama
  14. Do Lelezi
  15. Akuyan
  16. Dododo
  17. Madaka
  18. Happy Day From Me To You
  19. West African Safari

SNDWCD011 – Nigeria Rock Special! Pyschedelic Afro-Rock & Jazz Funk in 1970s Nigeria

Nigeria Rock Special! Pyschedelic Afro-Rock & Jazz Funk in 1970s Nigeria

Ginger Baker first visited Nigeria in 1970 at a time when local rock music was just finding its feet. By then the sound of Jimi Hendrix & bands like Santana had started to seep in to the mainly soul-based sets of a handful of young bands playing western influenced pop. Recognising the talent of hands like Cluster International and The Afro-Collection Baker include some of these musicians into his bands Airforce & Salt to tour Europe & America. Back home in 1972 and exposed the world of progressive and psychedelic rock at its peak, Joni Haastrup started his Mono-Mono band & Berkley Jones, Laolo Akins & Mike Odumosu set up BLO. The craze that following hit the youth and student population of Nigeria hard – mixing fuzz guitar & heavy, African rhythms with elements of Led Zeppelin, Traffic & the Chambers Brothers. 15 of the best LP and 45 cuts of the scene are available here for the first time in 30 years.


BARCODE: 827565035922

Track  List:

  1. Ofege – Adieu
  2. The Action 13 – More Bread to the People
  3. The Hygrades – In the Jungle (Instrumental)
  4. The Wings – Odenigbo
  5. Ofo The Black Company –  Eniaro
  6. The Elcados – Ku Mi Da Hankan
  7. Mono Mono – Kenimania
  8. Tabukah ‘X’ – Finger Toe
  9. The Funkees – Acid Rock
  10. Colomach – Cotocun Gba Gounke
  11. Joe King Kologbo & His Black Sound – Another Man’s Thing
  12. Question Mark – Freaking Out
  13. Original Wings – Igba Alusi
  14. Tunji Oyelana – Omoba D’Eru Ri
  15. BLO – Chant To Mother Earth

SNDWCD010 – Nigeria Disco Funk Special! The sound of the Underground Lagos Dancefloor 1974-79

Nigeria Disco Funk Special! The sound of the Underground Lagos Dancefloor 1974-79

Lagos, Nigeria, 1974-79: The Funk & Disco capital of West Africa. More nightclubs, bars, spots and dance-floors than any place along the coast from Dakar all the way to Kinshasa. The only 24 track recording studio in the same stretch with more DJs & imported American LPs and 45s than any of it’s neighbours. Soundway presents 9 slabs of rhythm form a time when Saturday  and Sunday nights in Lagos City were for looking good and going out. All of them vital musical feathers in the Lagos DJ bow alongside the latest  Brass Construction, BT Express & James Brown imports that were hot of the plane.


BARCODE: 827565033423

Read a review of the album on Pitchfork.

Track List:

  1. The Sahara All Stars – Take Your Soul
  2. T-Fire – Will of the People
  3. Asiko Rock Group – Lagos City
  4. Johnny Haastrup – Greetings
  5. Bongos Ikwue & The Groovies – You’ve Gotta Help Yourself
  6. Jay-U Experience – Some More
  7. Voices of Darkness – Mota Ginya
  8. Dr Adolf Ahanotu – Ijere
  9. S-Job Movement – Love Affair

SNDWCD009 – Nigeria Special! Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-6

Nigeria Special! Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-6

Nigeria 1970. Highlife, Afro-beat, Rock, Jazz & Native Blues rub shoulders and are turned out at an unprecedented level. New styles meet old styles. Newfound national confidence follows the near break up of the nation following the Biafran war. New fashions meet old fashions, creating new fusions. Soundway presents 26 original and previously un-reissued tracks from the time. Obscure a-side, b-sides & albm cuts that have resisted a second look until now.


BARCODE: 827565029525



The Anambra Beats

Read Charlie Gillet’s review in the Observer Music Monthly

Disc 1

  1. The Anambra Beats – Ayamma
  2. Celestine Ukwu & his Philosophers National – Okwukwe Na Nchekwube
  3. The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination – Amalinja
  4. The Funkees – Akula Owu Onyeara
  5. Dele Ojo & His Star Brothers Band – Oja Omoba
  6. The Harbours Band – Koma Mosi
  7. The Semi Colon – Nekwaha Semi Colon
  8. Sir Victor Uwaifo & his Melody Masters – Osalobua Rekpama
  9. St. Augustine & His Rovers Dance Band – Onwu Ama Dike
  10. The Sahara All Stars of Jos – Feso Jaiye
  11. Mono Mono – Ema Kowa Lasa lle Wa
  12. Tunji Oyelana & The Benders – To Whom It May concern
  13. The Tony Benson Sextet – Ugali


  1. The Nigerian Police Force Band (“The Force 7”) –  Asiko Mi Ni
  2. Godwin Ezike & The Ambassadors – Torri Wowo
  3. Opotopo (Easy Kabaka Brown) – Belema
  4. Dan Satch & His Atomic 8 Dance Band of Aba – Alabeke
  5. Popular Cooper & His All Beats Band – Arraino
  6. Collins Oke Elaiho & His Odologie Nobles Dance Band – Simini-Yaga
  7. Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats – Buroda Mase
  8. The Hykkers – I Want a Break Thru’
  9. George Akaeze & His Augmented Hits – Business Before Pleasure
  10. Shadow Abraham with Mono Mono Friends – Omo Yen Wu Mi
  11. Leo Fadaka & The Heroes – Blak Sound
  12. Osayomore Joseph and The Creative 7 – Eguae Oba
  13. Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes – Akpaison

SNDWCD008 – Colombia! The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes – The Powerhouse of Colombian Music 1960-76

Colombia! The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes – The Powerhouse of Colombian Music 1960-76

Disco Fuentes (Fuentes Records) has since 1934 been the largest record label in the vast country of Colombia, a place where music is impossible to escape. This collection concentrates largely on the golden years of 1960-76 and is hand picked by Soundway from a huge catalogue of hot, tropical music styles. Cumbia, Gaita, Fandango, Salsa and Champeta al feature in our selection from on of the worlds best Latin music archives.


BARCODE:  827565019120

RELEASED: 03/04/07


‘Blistering tracks that draw you deep into the jungle with their percussive mayhem […] this is a scene to explore, and this album’s 28-page booklet of liner notes will provide plenty to ponder after your party’ (Songlines Magazine, April 2007)

Track List:

  1. Salsa Na Ma – Fruko Y Sus Tesos
  2. Cumbia En Do Menor – Lito Barrientos
  3. Hong Kong – Michi Sarmiento Y Sus Bravos
  4. La Piojosa – Sonora Cieneguera
  5. Improvisando- Fruko Y Sus Tesos
  6. Patrona De Los Reclusos – The Latin Brothers
  7. Tifit Hayed – Wganda Kenya
  8. Fandango en percussion – Pedro Laza
  9. La Samaria – Orquesta Nunez
  10. El Mondongo – Los Corraleros De Majagual
  11. A La Memoria Del Muerto – Fruko Y Sus Tesos
  12. Primavera – Michi Sarmiento Y Sus Bravos
  13. Elyoyo – Wganda Kenya
  14. Gaita de las Flores – Lucho Bermudez
  15. Cumbiamba – El Sexteto Miramar
  16. Mirame San Miguel – Michi Sarmiento
  17. La Picua – Pedro Laza y sus Pelayeros
  18. la pata y el pato – Climaco Sarmiento
  19. Las Calenas Son Como Los Flores – The
  20. Latin Brothers – Los Calenas Son Como Los Flores
  21. Pacifico – Afrosound

SNDWCD007 – Panama! Latin, Calypso and Funk on the Isthmus 1965-75


Panama! Latin, Calypso and Funk on the Isthmus 1965-75

Review in the Telegraph (UK newspaper)

A fly-blown buffer zone between North and South America, Panama barely registers on the international cultural radar. Indeed, its one significant musical export, the loping cumbia rhythm, is generally associated with Colombia. Yet these grainy ’60s and ’70s recordings by bands you will absolutely never have heard of constitute one of the year’s most exhilarating listens so far.

The sheer heat generated by blasting salsa instrumentals such as Los Exagerados’s Panama estra bueno y ma makes most modern recordings seem pitifully tight and sterile by comparison. There’s an all-or-nothing fervour of the kind that can only be achieved through live, one-take recording – a relentless, super-fast piano figure providing a springboard for brass solos of truly nerve-jangling intensity.

The tempos settle slightly as the music reflects the influence of American funk and Trinidadian calypso. Victor Boa’s Soy Solo Para Ti has a glorious, quasi-African piano swing, while Bolito y Su Tentacion’s incandescent jam Descarga Tentacion has the feel of ’70s Latin New York at its most sophisticated. A plinking salsa-flavoured calypso, sung by one Lord Cobra, completes this revelatory album. Mark Hudson


BARCODE: 827565012220


Track List:

  1. Los Exagerados – Panama Esta Bueno y … Ma
  2. Bush y Sus Magnificos – Nana Nina
  3. Victor Boa y Su Musica – Soy Solo Para Ti
  4. The Exciters – The New Bag
  5. Los Fabulosos Festivals – El Mensaje
  6. Lord Cobra and Pana-Afro Sounds – Rocombey
  7. Los Dinamicos Exciters featuring Ralph Weeks – Let Me Do My Thing
  8. Freddy y sus Afro Latinos – Maltrato
  9. The Exciters – Exciters Theme
  10. Los Caballeros de Colon – Con Los Caballeros
  11. Bolita y su Tentacion Latina – Descarga Tentacion
  12. Los Silvertones – Old Buzzard
  13. Los Mozambiques – Viva Tirado
  14. Papi Brandao Y Su Ejecutivos – Viva Panama
  15. Maximo Rodriguez y Sus Estrellas Panameñas – Mambologia

Read a review of the record in Dusted Magazine