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b_dbraun an album one can't get tired of listening to... with tracks that trigger emotions I didn't know I had Favorite track: Na Kolonia.
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Citoyen Jensen Guinea-Bissau's José Carlos Schwarz & Le Cobiana Djazz: Maybe it is the only music of national liberation you can actually dance close to?
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J Ringsak This is a West African gem that covers a lot of ground, from upbeat dance to more soulful, mellower grooves. Superior horn parts, particularly trumpet, as shimmering guitar that has some traces of chicha and cumbia style. Through it all, José's voice propels each track, passion soaking every note. Love this record.
Rebel Up SebCat
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Rebel Up SebCat amazing Gumbé and criol vibe, an album as call for independence and the linking the Guiné Bissau and Cape Verdian communities through music. Favorite track: Tiu Bernal.
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globalgogoradio Global A Go-Go's #1 compilation/reissue/historic recording of 2021. The greatest band of West Africa's golden age that you'd never heard before. Favorite track: Na Kolonia.
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rubenzinho Long time waiting for a reissue... patiently ! Thanks for doing it :)
Favorite track: Na Kolonia.
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Indicativo 02:44
Estin 04:21
Tiu Bernal 02:47
Na Kolonia 05:40



"Jaw dropping Guinée-Bissau folk by one of the musical heroes of West Africa. Highly recommended!" - SUPERFLY RECORDS

"A captivating, poignant blend of anti-colonial militancy and the knot of homesickness, regret, loss and melancholy at the heart of saudade. Ace." - HONEST JONS

"Lua Ki Di Nos is at once militant and peaceful, melancholic and jubilant, it is a party and a funeral." GREENHOUSE RECORDS

"Beautiful deep music. Mesmerizing." - RUSH HOUR STORE

"A reissue as beautiful as its story is tragic." - FRANCE INTER

"Lua Ki Di Nos is a small but important piece of JCS' story." - BANDCAMP

"Incredibly beautiful" - HUNEE

"Re-issue specialists Hot Mule have delivered a shining beam of melodic delight." - COSMIC TIGER

"An incredible compilation" MUSIC IS MY SANCTUARY

"Song of the week (Na Kolonia)" - PAN AFRICAN MUSIC

"An enchantingly beautiful document of a short but all the more intense life. 9/10" - HHV MAG

"A truly iconic release, and as reissues go this year, this might just be the very best of the lot." - ENDLESS GROOVES

"Ten seconds, that's about the time it took for us to fall under the spell of José Carlos Schwarz & his Cobiana Djazz' music." BALADES SONORES

"This collection of sounds from the pair is rather unknown outside its own country but thanks to this reissue that is all sure to change." - JUNO RECORDS

"The uplifting rhythms based on it, melancholy melodies, and the enthusiastic energy of a close band ensemble will go directly into the listener's heart, offering a unique emotional depth" THE ATTIC MAG

"A wonderful selection that displays the power of music and art in shaping the social and political consciousness of a country deprived of independence. 4.5/5" JAZZ REVELATIONS

"Much respect to Hot Mule for such a well crafted reissue (both packaging and sound are splendid) and for reviving the legacy of such an important artist." CEDRIC WOO (BEAUTY & THE BEAT)

"The kind of compilation we could listen to every morning" L'OBS

"A wonderful selection that displays the power of music and art in shaping the social and political consciousness of a country deprived of independence." ELIGO AUDIO CULTURE


In the beginning of the 1970’s, Guinea-Bissau was a country broken up into many ethnic groups and at the heart of a war for independence.

By reviving traditional musical genres as Gumbé and singing in guinean Kriol, José Carlos Schwarz & Cobiana Djazz established an immediate affective bond with their audiences. Through its music and the politically engaged spirit of its lyrics, the band played a significant role in shaping the social and political consciousness of the masses.
Besides influencing local bands like Super Mama Djombo and giving back a deep sense of cultural identity to bissau-guineans.

The explosive birth of Cobiana Djazz brought about other kinds of detonation. Schwarz became involved in urban guerilla activities which resulted in several bombings in the centre of Bissau, leading to his imprisonment and torture. He remained in lockup for a total period of about 2 years, between 1972 and 1974.

The process of decolonisation, in the wake of the Portuguese revolution of 25 April 1974, led to the recognition, during the same year, of the sovereign nation of Guinea-Bissau.
Schwarz, a key figure in the fight for independence, played an important part in the transition to the democratic regime, profiting from his popularity as an artist. Soon, his criticism (underscoring opportunism and irresponsibility in high places) became a thorn in the side of the political elite. Uneasy with the disquieting effects of his work, government officials effectively separated the author from his supporters by assigning him to the embassy in Havana.

José Carlos Schwarz met a tragic and untimely death at the age of 27, when his plane crashed on arrival at Cuba's José Martí International Airport, on May 27th 1977.

Hailed by african giants like Orchestra Baobab, Letta Mbulu or Miriam Makeba (with whom he recorded his first and only solo album), “Zé Carlos” and his poetry won a lasting position in the annals of Guinea-Bissau. However, this collection of songs remains unjustifiably unknown outside the country and its diasporas.

We are proud to offer, in close collaboration with the Schwarz family, this first official reissue on vinyl.

Remastered and pressed on heavyweight vinyl.


released April 9, 2021

Wholesale distribution: www.thepusher.fr

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