Stern's Music Keeps the Word Real

Back in the 90s, before gentrification and digital downloads killed record shops, the Stern’s record shop in New York City was a favored destination and hangout for world music fans. With its deep selection of imported rare African and Latin records and CDs, along with a friendly and expert staff Sterns felt like the real thing. It was a sad day when the New York location closed, marking a shift in music markets and tastes. There are few places like Sterns found in New York City these days and even mega-sellers like Virgin are gone. We may have the convenience of music at a click but we’ve payed a large social cost for this.  Growing up in the era of the record shop, it’s sad to see it pass.  Back to Sterns: they continue their mission from their London base, releasing the best African and world music on the planet. And, in tribute to their amazing catalogue, we have compiled some free music as follows. Merry Christmas and remember to support the music, in this case Sterns. Peace be with you! – JC Tripp



The Classic Guinean Guitar GroupAfrican Virtuoses
“Toubaka” (mp3)
from “The Classic Guinean Guitar Group”
(Sterns)

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Francophonic - Vol. 1: 1953-1980Franco
“AZDA” (mp3)
from “Francophonic – Vol. 1: 1953-1980”
(Sterns)

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KetukubaAfricando
“Mario” (mp3)
from “Ketukuba”
(Sterns)

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Belle Epoque Vol. 1: SoundiataRail Band
“Armee Malienne” (mp3)
from “Belle Epoque Vol. 1: Soundiata”
(Sterns)

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The Syliphone YearsBalla et ses Balladins
“Sara ’70” (mp3)
from “The Syliphone Years”
(Sterns)

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Belle Epoque Vol. 2: MansaRail Band, Magan Ganessy
“Finza” (mp3)
from “Belle Epoque Vol. 2: Mansa”
(Sterns)

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