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Album: Various artists, Diablos del Ritmo – The Colombian Melting Pot 1960-1985 (Analog Africa)

This is another one of those indispensable compilations where you can only marvel at the heroic dedication of the man who put it together.

Samy Ben Redjeb collected literally thousands of tracks, mainly from the 1970s, from which these 32 funky nuggets were plucked. Afrobeat, psychedelia, American funk, rock'*'roll – as well as the core rhythms of Nigeria, the Congo and Cuba – are all stirred into the spicy pot. Retro collection of the year.