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Free Angela (Larry Saunders); The World Needs Changing (Ace Records); Liberation Music (Flying Dutchman Records)


At the end of 2013, Free Angela was reissued and two other compilations were released, all attempting to reflect the music of Black America in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Angela Davis was one of the best-known Communist Party activists in 1960s and 70s America. The then-governor of California, Ronald Reagan, tried to have her banned from teaching at any California university.

30 Years by The Pogues

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Out now, £44.99

One of the great voices from Thatcher's Britain is back to remind us even if we are in the gutter, some of us are looking at the stars. The Pogues have produced a commemorative box set to celebrate 30 years since the release of their first album. Many people will only know the band from their seasonal epic "Fairytale of New York" so now you can buy all their albums in one fell swoop.

Africa 13: taster with a difference

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Rough Trade Shops Africa 13, out now on CD and mp3

Rough Trade Shops has released the perfect stocking-filler for newcomers to music from Africa with its Africa 13.

Seasoned fans will be familiar with some of the choices originally released in the UK on labels such as Crammed Discs, Awesome Tapes From Africa and Soundway.

Highlights include the hypnotic polyrhythms of Congo's Konono No. 1, the minimalist electro groove of the Owiny Sigoma Band and Staff Benda Bilili's dance-floor filler Osali Mabe.

Fermin Muguruza

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Fermin Muguruza is one of the most important musicians from the Basque Country. In 1983 he formed the ska/punk band Kortatu influenced by the Clash and the Redskins. Since the 1980s his music has been part of the Basque fight for justice. Today he has a world wide following. Last month Fermin was in London for a gig where he spoke to Rafel Sanchis.

"I have always followed very closely what was happening here in movements against racism and against the Nazis. London had a big influence on me along with the music I heard at home in the 1960s when I was a kid, the protest songs from the Basque Country and from Latin America. The revival of ska and punk in England was a big influence on my first band, Kortatu, along with the two tone movement with Selector, The Specials and The Beat.

Wise Up Ghost

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Elvis Costello and The Roots

Wise Up Ghost is a collaboration between Elvis Costello and live instrumentation hip hop soul group The Roots.

I approached this album as a huge fan of The Roots and as someone who has nothing more than a very limited knowledge Elvis Costello, although after listening to this I think I may need to remedy that.

Stand Up, People: Gypsy Pop Songs from Tito's Yugoslavia, 1964 - 1980

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Various artists

Whatever else the long-gone "Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia" was, it was multicultural. Established in 1945, it was made up of six republics and populated by 22 different ethnicities, including Muslim Slavs, Albanians, Jews, ethnic Germans, Turks, Vlachs and Hungarians. It had three major religions, two alphabets, three official languages and a variety of minority languages, including Albanian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Italian, Czech, Slovak, Ruthenian and Roma.

Tomorrow's Harvest

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Boards of Canada

Electronic hermits Boards of Canada are renowned for making hypnotic and addictive down tempo electronica and shunning the limelight. In the run up to the release of Tomorrow's Harvest, Warp Records devised an elaborate breadcrumb trail of hidden codes and a handful of mysterious promo vinyl dotted in music stores around the world.

Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time

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Steve Mason

Steve Mason's superb second solo album sees him make a welcome return to a more experimental style that characterised his former combo the Beta Band. It also reveals deep anger at the current political situation. Mason's melancholic and troubled introspection is still present - now shot through with a new hopefulness - with the tail end of this 20-track album containing his most politically overt lyrics to date.

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