Acclaimed label World Circuit Records are reissuing two essential records from their celebrated catalog. On March 26 Cumbia Cumbia 1 & 2, compiled by the label’s own Nick Gold, will be released on deluxe 180g, limited edition red and blue vinyl. Additionally, Ali Farka Touré’s revered breakthrough album Red will be available on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1984 on May 7. Pre-order Cumbia Cumbia 1 & 2 HERE and Ali Farka Touré’s Red HERE.

Cumbia Cumbia 1 & 2

Cumbia, the music and dance synonymous with Colombia, has been around almost since the 17th century. Today it’s a badge of identity for Colombians everywhere, enjoying a global renaissance and filling dance floors while captivating a new generation of music fans. This collection brings together some of the greatest recordings made by Colombia’s legendary record label, Discos Fuentes, between 1954 and 1988.

In celebration of the reissue, World Circuit is debuting a new animated video for the track “Cumbia del Monte” by Pedro Laza y sus Pelayeros; watch/share the video HERE.

Discos Fuentes was founded in Cartagena in 1934 by the visionary musician, arranger and producer Antonio Lopez Fuentes. It was the first important record label in the country and grew into a company of immense significance for Colombian music, responsible for thousands of hits and scores of legendary singers and musicians over six decades. Fuentes hand-picked his musicians and singers then meticulously arranged, produced and recorded their music in-house.

This collection presents thirty of these three-minute-masterpieces, showcasing the gamut of styles that make up the distinctive and irresistible cumbia sound; a sound typified by a loping 2/4 gait and a pulsing rocksteady bassline, overlaid with heavy rural percussion, brass, accordion, clarinet, electric guitar and vocals. Disc one features a broad range of cumbia styles with recordings from 1960 through to 1988, while disc two digs further into the classics of the past focusing almost exclusively on the 1950s and 1960s. Upon its release, The New York Times commented, “this album makes a case for cumbia being one of the great overlooked dance musics of the Caribbean.” Featuring cumbia’s biggest hits from Rudolfo y su Tipica, Gabriel Romero, Sonoro Dinamita and Armando Hernandez, Cumbia Cumbia 1 & 2 is a flawless collection from the Golden Age of Cumbia.

Ali Farka Touré, Red

Proclaimed by MOJO as “the Sun sessions of Malian guitar music,” this classic album is back on vinyl for the first time since its original 1984 release. The album’s reissue coincides with the 15th anniversary of Ali Farka Toure’s death on March 6, 2006 at the age of 66.

In 1982, the great Malian singer songwriter and guitarist Ali Farka Touré, then still in the early years of his recording career, teamed up with the brilliant percussionist Hama Sankare. Together, from a base in Ali’s home village of Niafunké, they travelled through Northern Mali refining a collection of new songs. When they were ready to record they followed the River Niger as it wound down through the desert to the capital city of Bamako.

In one afternoon, the great Radio Mali house engineer Boubacar Traore captured these eight superb performances on two microphones: two voices so close it was thought they were double tracked, one guitar (the distinctive Bulgarian acoustic model that Ali treasured) and Hama’s calabash percussion making its first appearance on record. The album, which includes some of Touré’s best loved songs, was released self-titled with no sleeve notes, just an enigmatic group photo on the cover. It became known as the “Red” album due to the color of its original sleeve.

Vinyl and cassette copies of Red began to circulate in West Africa, as well as making their way to Ry Cooder in the U.S. and to specialist journalists and DJs in the U.K. and France. On hearing the album Andy Kershaw remarked, “there have been only a handful of occasions where I’ve felt as a gambler must feel when he hits the jackpot, and one of those times was discovering the phenomenal Ali Farka Touré.” The album was popular in Mali and the Tuareg refugee camps in Libya, where it became an influence on the musicians who came together as Tinariwen.

About World Circuit Records

Since forming in London in the mid-1980s, World Circuit Records has made its reputation by producing some of the finest albums of the past three decades. The label is best known for the Grammy-winning Buena Vista Social Club album, which is the biggest selling world music album of all time and has contributed to the phenomenal rise in popularity of Cuban, as well as Latin American, music. The Buena Vista series continued with solo albums from the Grammy-winning Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, Rubén González, Guajiro Mirabal and innovative albums from Cachaíto López and Angá Díaz, which took Cuban music into the new millennium and beyond.

World Circuit is also home to a number of revered African artists. In 2020 the label unveiled a collaboration between legends Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela. The album Rejoice enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim and featured in numerous Albums of the Year polls. Last year also saw the release of celebrated guitarist and songwriter Afel Bocoum’s latest record. A protégé of the aforementioned Ali Farka Touré, Bocoum’s latest album Lindé was executive produced by Damon Albarn and World Circuit’s Nick Gold. Malian divas and social activists Oumou Sangaré and Fatoumata Diawara, master kora player Toumani Diabaté, the illustrious Orchestra Baobab and musical iconoclast Cheikh Lô have all established themselves as major stars across the globe.

With further reissues and brand new releases to come in 2021 and beyond, World Circuit continues to bring diverse, genre-defying music to a wider audience.

For more information, please contact Joe Cohen, Krista Williams or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.


1. Rodolfo y Su Típica, “La Colegiala”
2. Gabriel Romero, “La Subienda”
3. Armando Hernandez y Su Conjunto, “La Zenaida”
4. Adolfo Echevarría y Su Conjunto, “Amaneciendo”
5. Pedro Laza y Sus Pelayeros, “Navidad Negra”
6. Conjunto Típico Vallenato, “Cumbia Cienaguera”
7. Rodolfo y Su Típica, “Tabaco y Ron”
8. Gabriel Romero, “La Piragua”
9. Los Immortales, “La Pollera Colora”
10. La Sonora Dinamita, “Se Me Perdió La Cadenita”
11. Los Warahuaco, “El Pescador de Baru”
12. Conjunto Típica Vallenato, “Cumbia Sampuesana”

1. Pedro Laza y Sus Pelayeros, “Cumbia Del Monte”
2. El Combo de Los Galleros, “Soledad”
3. Los Guacharacos, “Baila Rosita”
4. Los Corraleros de Majagual, “Llora Acordeón”
5. La Sonora Del Caribe, “Noche de Estrellas”
6. Los Cumbiamberos de Pacheco, “Santo Domingo”
7. La Sonora Dinamita, “Ritmo de Tambo”
8. Lito Barrientos, “Cumbia En Do Menor”
9. Andres Landero, “Cumbia India”
10. El Combo Los Galleros, “Tabaco Mascao”
11. Los Corraleros de Majagual, “Cumbia Campesina”
12. Clímaco Sarmiento y Su Orquesta, “Cumbia Sabrosa”
13. Montería Swing, “La Samaria”
14. Los Guacharacos, “Esperma y Ron”
15. Los Gavilanes de la Costa, “Los Gavilanes”
16. La Sonora Cienaguera, “La Piojosa”


1. La Drogue
2. Ali Aoudy
3. Chérie
4. Timbindy
5. Laleïché
6. Ketiné
7. Laisse les Phases
8. Baliky Lalo