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Michael Paul ‘Reggae Music’ Test Presses Now Shipping and Pre-order Live!

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Kalita are excited to announce the first ever official re-release of Michael Paul’s 1984 reggae boogie single ‘Reggae Music’!

Originally appearing on New York-based Revolver Records, run by famed jazz bassist Bob Cranshaw, ‘Reggae Music’ was seemingly the ‘hit-that-never-was’ upon its initial release. However, since then a combination of both scarcity and quality has transformed the single into one of the most sought-after records in the genre. Accompanied by a phenomenal dub version, this record easily deserves its space on record shelves across the world.

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Kalita Records proudly announces their first release, the three choice cuts from NST Cophie’s’ 1980 Ivory Coast disco LP ‘Mon’Da Center’!

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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