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The accompanying information’s boast of “ultra-rare tracks” could have been a euphemism for “scraping the barrel”. But because of the apparently bottomless pit of 1970s Afro-funk still being found and dusted down – and because this is an Analog Africa release – you can be sure quality control has been maintained for this “Return to Ghana 1974-1983”.

My Fantasy Band: Brody Dalle, Spinnerette

Vocals - Kathleen Hanna
My teenage years were filled with the sound of Bikini Kill. I love Kathleen's voice. I would want her shouty shrieks and screams all over this band. Her politico-sexual female empowerment is just what this band needs.

Album: Various Artists, Theme Time Radio Hour, Season 2 (Ace)

This second compilation of juicy morsels plucked from Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour is every bit as nourishing as the first, its 50 tracks ranging from 1927 ("Diamond Joe" by The Georgia Crackers) to 2004 (Jolie Holland's "Goodbye California"), and stylistically across the entire gamut of musical endeavour, except maybe heavy metal and heavy classical.

Controlled Falling Project, Udderbelly's Pasture, Edinburgh

Circus has come a long way since the days of sawdust and spandex. You don’t even need a big top anymore. Controlled Falling Project takes place inside the belly of an upside down purple cow, the three acrobats performing their extraordinary feats within thrilling touching distance - so close you can hear their breathing and count the beads of sweat.

Dress Code: James Brown, hairdresser

What are you wearing right now?

Soul Power (12A)

Kinshasa, Zaire, in 1974, will always be remembered for the Rumble in the Jungle, but six weeks before the Ali-Foreman fight another epic was in progress – a three-night concert that brought together Southern Africa's top musicians and America's leading black R&B acts.

Jury finds banjo killer guilty of manslaughter

A tourist who killed a man with a banjo after he received unwanted sexual advances has been found guilty of manslaughter in New Zealand.

Album: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, The Vodoun Effect, (Analogue Africa)

If these 14 tracks are representative of the 500 or so that had to be sifted through from this West African band's prolific output between 1970 and 1983, then let's have the boxed set pronto!

Nappy Brown: Gospel singer who switched to rhythm 'n' blues and influenced James Brown and Otis Redding

During their "A Bigger Bang" tour of 2005-07, the Rolling Stones often paid tribute to the late Ray Charles with a performance of "(Night Time Is) The Right Time". Though Charles is most commonly associated with the song, his 1958 version closely followed a 1957 recording of "The Right Time" by the gospel singer turned rhythm 'n' blues shouter Nappy Brown. "He had all my notes in there," Brown said. "He had everything. Everything, but one thing. I had men [doing backing vocals] behind mine. He had women [the Raelettes] behind his. But his was up-tempo. It became a big hit."

Album: Nightmares On Wax, Thought So...(Warp)

During his relocation from Leeds to his new home and studio in Ibiza, Nightmares On Wax leader/producer opted to travel in a convoy of camper-vans carrying his equipment, sound engineer, band and singers, the caravan making stops to take in the sights and evoke moods and landscapes through impromptu recordings.

Album: Various artists, The Godfather's R&B – James Brown's Productions 1962-67 (BGP)

With many of the late James Brown's most famous recordings rendered almost unlistenable through overfamiliarity, the chance to check out his work producing other artists should provide access to undiscovered gems.

Feel like being a sex machine? Bid for a James Brown jumpsuit

Grab a final slice of the late Godfather of Soul as 350 items of personal memorabilia go up for sale

Feud ends with auction of James Brown memorabilia

A South Carolina judge says an auction of James Brown's belongings in New York can go forward as planned this week.

Scottish snare Premiership pair

London Scottish have issued a warning to their National Three South promotion rivals with a double swoop for established Premiership pair Paul Volley and Ian Fullarton.

Album: Ian Siegal, Meat & Potatoes (Nugene)

Ian Siegal's live shows confirm him as the leading bluesman in Britain. Their sweaty catharsis is hinted at here.

Solomon Burke: last of the great soul men

He's a 30-stone ladies' man with 89 grandchildren; a mortician-turned-preacher who claims to be a king; a friend of Malcolm X who played for the Ku Klux Klan... Ahead of his performance at Glastonbury tonight, Solomon Burke, soul legend, tells his amazing, contradictory life story
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