From increasingly popular Mississippi Records comes another fine compilation from the heart of Africa. Although actually out in 2013, the Rook Records team has embarrassingly just stumbled across this one. Featuring the likes of Mulatu Astatqe and Getatchew Kassa, this LP never ceases to surprise. Take some rusty saxophones and lo-fi rhythm sections, add in some hard funk breaks and the occasional tribal drum and you've found out what Assiyo Bellema is all about.
There seems to be a resurgence of this particular brand of African music these days, and long may it continue. With the likes of Madlib and Oh No ripping these breaks in recent years, we've seen people from across the musical spectrum checking out these artists. Who'd have thought in the 2010's would be the era for old African funk breaks. And thanks to the likes of Mississippi Records, these rare gems are being reissued on wax all the time.
Watch this space for more releases along these lines. In the meanwhile, this album will be back in stock next week so make sure to grab a copy.