"Candomble" by Mário Castro Neves. Cut Chemist namechecked this track without hesitation as "a big one." Find it on Mário Castro Neves & Samba S.A. (1967).
"Water No Get Enemy" by Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa '70, on Expensive Shit (1975), an indispensable Fela classic.
"Alèmyé" by Mahmoud Ahmed, compiled on volume 19 of the groundbreaking Ethiopiques collection.
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"Emnete" by Mulatu Astatke, now available on the handy New York-Addis-London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975. "I performed opening up for [Ethiopian jazz legend] Mulatu when he played in L.A. for Mochilla's Timeless series," says a proud Cut Chemist. "He's been playing the kind of music we've just discovered for years — and he's over it! He was playing some newer stuff for me, and it sounded pretty cool. He's trying to experiment."