A contemporary Afro combo, but one with a really unique twist – a focus on older Ghanaian styles of grooves, which makes them sound different than a lot of other groups of this nature! Unlike some of the more Nigerian-grooving groups out there these days, Konkoma take their inspiration from ... read moreCD
A group with a sound like no other – one that features home-made electronics and amplification, and an array of highly-percussive instrumentation that includes thumb pianos, megaphones, microphones, and old car parts! Konono's been making this music for the past 25 years – working in ... read moreCD
Great work from one of the most enigmatic molam singers on the Thai scene of the early 70s – a vocalist with a really other-worldly feel, and a way of shaping notes that's completely sublime! The vocals of Angkanag Kunchai just get better and better with each fresh track on this set – ... read moreCD
The soundtrack to the Finding Fela documentary – a very nicely done set, serving as an excellent compilation of classic Fela and his legendary Nigeria 70, Koola Lobitos, Africa 70 and Egypt 80 groups – plus a bonus, unreleased live track by Femi Kuti and a version of "Zombie" ... read moreCD
A key album in the 90s revival of Afro Funk – a seminal set from Fela's first famous son! The album's got a really nice edge throughout – and offers a mixture of older Afro Funk modes with some slight contemporary elements – bits of electronics and occasional programmed rhythms, ... read moreCD
Some of the fiercest, hardest work we've ever heard from Seun Kuti – a record that bristles with anger and energy right from the start – and which really has him lighting a whole new sort of fire under the Eygpt 80 band! Seun's got this intense look on the artwork of the record – ... read moreCD
The one and only album by Mali's Sidi Yassa De Kayes – a beautiful group who really transcend any easy labels or genre conventions! The style here is almost more personal than some of the other large ensembles in Mali at the time – as the feel is pretty raw and up-close throughout, ... read moreCD
Heavenly work from the enigmatic Laraaji – a musician who's best known for his ambient collaboration with Brian Eno, but who's also recorded a lot of sounds on his own! The package is the first we've ever seen to bring Laraaji's talents to light this strongly – as it not only features ... read moreCD
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from the Mali scene of the 70s – a set that's got lots of unusual rhythmic impulses and vocal inflections – with a style that moves way beyond anything we might have expected! One of the best elements of the record is this really cool use of ... read moreCD
Hardly the kind of group you'd hear in an American motel during the 70s – no cheesy lounge jazz here – and instead, a crucially important group on the West African scene, with great vocals by a young Salif Keita! The group have a style that nicely encompasses other influences from up ... read moreCD
The last album ever issued by the enigmatic studio collective Mandigo – a batch of British musicians, but recording here in the best Afro Rock mode of the 70s sound library scene! As with some of the best British projects of this nature, there's a lot of different elements at play in the mix ... read moreCD
A mid 70s effort from Hugh Maskela, recorded in Nigeria, an excellent melding of his jazz inflected pop sound with some deeper soulful grooves. The vibe here is showing both some funk and disco influences, but with trademark South African style melodies floating over top and a dedication to Fela, ... read moreCD
Hard funky soul with an Afrobeat backbone from Matata – who arrived on the London scene (via Kenya) in the mid 70s! Matata leaned mightily on the JBs for their groove, and laid out a heavy, rock solid variation on JBs funk with an African percussion base of congas and bongos at the core! ... read moreCD
Beautiful grooves from the Nigerian scene of the 70s – a set of really unique grooves, and the only-ever album from the enigmatic Mebusas! There's kind of a tripped-out feel to some of these tracks – Afro Funk, but taken left of center from the style of Fela – thanks to some ... read moreCD
Abbas Mehrpouya —
Soul Raga ... CD Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 2CD ...
Funky sitar work – but recorded in pre-revolution Iran – a really amazing blends of scenes and sounds from the legendary Abbas Mehrpouya! Abbas' music has hardly been heard outside of his own nation – especially given the cultural crackdown of the past 30 years – and this ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds from The Meridian Brothers – not a family act at all, but really just a one man operation – yet with a sound that's more than large enough to bring in a whole host of South and Central American influences! Eblis Alvarez uses elements of cumbia, merengue, and other Latin ... read moreCD
Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests —
Moa Anbessa ... CD Terp (Netherlands), 2007. Used ...
A killer combination of sounds – the searing tenor sax of Getatchew Mekuria and the raspy guitars of The Ex – brought together here in really unique cross-cultural formation! Mekuria's influence really transforms the sound of The Ex – bringing their anarchic spirit into a ... read moreCD
The music of Astor Piazzolla, played by a contemporary combo who really get the right sort of spirit for the recording! The set's relatively spare overall – a mixture of live tracks played by a combo with accordion, violin, bass, and piano – working in a mode that's almost even warmer ... read moreCD
Searing sounds from 70s Zambia – from one of the hippest, funkiest, most sharp-edged groups on the scene! This sweet little set may well be the best album ever from Musi O Tunya – a perfect fusion of funky roots with lots of Afro Soul touches, and a wicked approach to the guitar that ... read moreCD
Really weird, really wonderful sounds from rural Thailand – played by a group who have almost an ancient vibe overall, but who also echo lots of cool psychedelic elements of the 60s! The lead instrument in the group is a phin – a three-stringed, lute-like instrument which is ... read moreCD
Haunting voices from the Sufi side of Islam – recordings of the Nawa vocal group, before the recent Syrian conflict forced them to disband and scatter throughout the Middle East! There's an ancient sensibility to the music – even though the recordings are contemporary – a vibe ... read moreCD
Some of the heaviest work to come from the African scene of the 70s – the initial offering of the Ngozi Family – a group who clearly take strong inspiration from the Cream years of the UK scene, but who also come across with a grittier, punkier vibe overall – thanks to lean, ... read moreCD
A cool combination of Island rhythms and free-flying piano lines – all wrapped together by the enigmatic Henri Pierre Noel! The vibe of the record is different than anything else we've ever heard – almost more European in the way that Henri handles the keys of the piano – which ... read moreCD
Sally Nyolo & The Original Bands Of Yaounde —
Studio Cameroon ... CD Riverboat/World Music Network, 2006. Used ...
Earthy and relaxed recordings from vocalist Sally Nyolo – done in a richly collaborative style with an array of musicians and singers in her native Cameroon! The setting is relatively informal, and the work marks a nice return to basics by Sally after years working on the Paris scene – ... read moreCD
A blistering set of Afro-Funk from the 70s – the debut of Ofege, a band of high school students at the time! There's a really trippy sound to the set, as the guitars figure strongly in the groove, and are often recorded with some slightly psychedelic touches – similar to Blo or some of ... read moreCD
A landmark of Afro-centric jazz in the 70s – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the ... read moreCD
The second volume of rare Afrofunk from Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou from Analog Africa – a killer set of material recorded at EMI Studios in Lagos, Nigeria for the Albarika Store label – impeccable sounding and feverishly played by the group! This one's fairly jaw dropping, ... read moreCD
An album that definitely packs a powerful punch – thanks to a compelling blend of sounds from both London and Kenya, brought together in a whole new formation of African groove! The album's a wicked reworking of an older aesthetic – in a spirit that's similar to the really inventive ... read moreCD
The debut album from Penny Penny – and a really unique record that's gone onto have legendary status over the years! Penny Penny was an little-known laborer, working far from the music business – but burst out strongly with this album's unique hybrid of contemporary rhythms and older ... read moreCD
A hip group from Sierra Leone – but one who recorded these tracks in the US during the late 70s – which makes for a very unusual hybrid of sounds! The group's original approach was to update regional sounds from their nation, and avoid some of the more commercial cover versions of ... read moreCD
Mickey Heart of the Grateful Dead teams up with Mike Hinton and Airto Moriera for this percussion heavy session, ostensibly recorded for use in Apocalypse Now. 11 tracks in all: "Compound", "Trenches", "Street Gang", "The Beast", "Steps", "Tar ... read moreCD
Kind of an amazing collaboration – a core group that features Tony Allen, Damon Albarn, and Flea – with guest appearances by Erykah Badu, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Fatoumata Diawara, M.anifest, Cheick Tidiane Seck, and Thundercat! The sound of the set is surprisingly wonderful – ... read moreCD
album, Strobe's Drum & Bass mix, DJ Spooky's Isomorphic Flux mix, Strobe's Goa NRG mix, Strobe's Deep dub, Grooverider mix, Strobe's One Flute Over The Cukoo's Nest ... CD
Salem Tradition —
Fanm ... CD Cobalt (France), 2005. Used ...
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark.)
Awa Sangho —
Ala Ta ... CD Motema, 2014. New Copy ...
The first solo effort from Awa Sangho – a Mali-born, Abdijan-bred singer who's worked previously with other bigger names in African music – and with a few groups as well – but an artist who's definitely got the maturity to make it all on her own! The work has a very special ... read moreCD
Classic 60s work by Shankar – working here with Alla Rhaka on tabla and Shyam But Nagar on tamboura. The album features 3 long tracks – "Raga Marawa", which takes up all of side two, plus "Raga Bairaga" and "Nata Bhariravi". CD
We've really liked Somi's previous records, but here she's somehow even better than before – more soulful, jazzier, and with this sort of universal appeal that has his loving the record from the very first note! Somi's vocals slide perfectly alongside some relatively spare, jazzy backings ... read moreCD
A brilliant new album from legendary Ghanaian performer Ebo Taylor – recorded in Berlin and backed by members of Poets Of Rhythm and others from that city's loose collective of international players dubbed the Afrobeat Academy – and the set itself is a great mix of classic Ghana grooves ... read moreCD
An early gem from Ghana legend Ebo Taylor – a smoking little set with a really hypnotic feel overall! The tracks here are all nice and long – and build energy with kind of a minimal layering of sound – an approach that's different than some of the longer Nigerian jams you might ... read moreCD
Heci Tekbilek —
Turlu ... CD Country & Eastern (Sweden), 2010. Used ...
A great group from the contemporary scene in Mali – one that's graced by some excellent Tuareg guitar lines from Mohamed Issa Ag Oumar, who plays his instrument with a really nice range of melancholy tones! There's a special quality to the work here – very personal expressions of ... read moreCD
Makan Badje Tounkara —
Sodjan ... CD Buda (France), 2012. Used ...
Beautiful sounds from Makan Badje Tounkara – a Malian griot who works here on a small-stringed lute with a really evocative style! The recording is contemporary, but the core instrument has a really ancient feel – not surprising, given that its origins go back to ancient Egypt – ... read moreCD
A wonderful recording of gwo ka – a style unique only to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe – but a mode that's also got very strong roots in Africa! The album's a contemporary recording, but it's got an instantly timeless feel – strong use of acoustic percussion instruments, ... read moreCD
A heady South African group from the early 70s – but one who feel much more like underground funk of the late 60s! The feel here is a garagey blend of instrumental soul and early funk – mixed with with some fuzzier guitar lines that add a nice psychedelic undercurrent, but not in the ... read moreCD
Vaudou Game —
Apiafo ... CD Hot Casa (France), 2014. New Copy ...
A cool contemporary group with roots in Tojo – hotbed of African voodoo culture, which is a strong inspiration on their sound! The music takes an older style of voodoo chants, and fuses it onto a more funk-based approach – one that draws on inspirations from 70s west African funk, but ... read moreCD
Two later moments from Zamrock legends Witch – both of which show the group moving into a much more soulful groove! Movin On has a sweet funky style at the core – a mode that shows Witch picking up a fair bit of disco and club from the American scene, and fusing it with their older ... read moreCD
Nothing frou frou about this heavy little set – as the record's a rock solid batch of African rhythms, served up with a distinctively Ethiopian feel – at a level that's even groovier than the group's first album! The collective clearly take some key inspiration from the more ... read moreCD
Kenny Wollesen/Jonathon Haffner/Dalius Naujo —
Rasa Rasa ... CD Tzadik, 2014. New Copy ...
Compelling vocal work from Rasa Rasa – a set that has the core group working with a sextet of Lithuanian singers – in a mode that mixes timeless traditions with some unusual contemporary inflections! The singers work in a "round" style that has the vocals flowing together ... read moreCD