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Straight out of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, NST Cophie’s 1980 LP ‘Mon’Da Center’ is an album that has long been sought-after by diggers and DJs alike, looking to find those killer tracks that no one else knows or can get their hands on. Often reaching eye-watering prices, Ernest Koffi’s Ivorian disco cuts have long been out of reach for music lovers and rare groove collectors across the globe – until now!
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Born in 1955 in Dimbokro, south-central Ivory Coast, NST Cophie’s (Ernest Koffi) grew up surrounded by music. Influenced both by his family – his grandmother and father were both musicians and his half-brother Alpha Blondy has himself had a successful musical career – and by American jazz musicians such as Chick Corea and Miles Davis, Ernest quickly realised that the only career he wanted was to be a musician himself. As he reminisces, ‘everyone was a musician. Music was in the blood’. It seems only natural therefore that he decided to start his first band with fellow Ivorian musician Desire Gadeau in 1968, followed by another outfit, ‘The Husband Mackers’ in 1970.
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An hour long vinyl mix recorded on a sunny Sunday afternoon in London. Perfect for chilling out to, whether you’re at the park soaking up the rays or stuck inside doing less entertaining things. Starting off with some beautiful Japanese spiritual jazz and US instrumental gospel, we quickly move into a quick span of tropical disco, soul and funk. Please enjoy, and don’t forget to follow us on Mixcloud, Facebook and Instagram!
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Join us for a (hopefully!) summery afternoon session at the infamous Spiritland, the bar with THAT soundsystem. We’ll be digging deeper than ever into the Kalita vaults to bring you the best in soul, disco, funk and jazz from across the world, focussing in particular on West Africa, the US and the Caribbean. Expect summer anthems and unknown rarities, plus premiers of upcoming releases on Kalita Records.
Easy access to Spiritland via Kings Cross/St. Pancras station.
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