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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Erkin Koray —
Arap Saci ... LP Turkofon/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP ....
The Jimi Hendrix of Turkey? That may well be the case with the legendary Erkin Koray – a musician who may not have had the pure chops of Hendrix, but who definitely helped transform the guitar sound of an entire generation! Erkin's got this massively wicked groove – rooted in years of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A masterpiece of Turkish psychedelia – and quite possibly the greatest album ever from Turkish psychedelic maestro Erkin Koray – a mad blend of sounds that definitely lives up to its "elektronik" title! Most numbers feature a weird blend of electric guitar and baglama – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A startling look at the early days of Afro Funk – some of the first recordings ever from Fela Kuti – working here with his Koola Lobitos group from the 60s! The music is a mixture of highlife, South African soul, and a good deal more funk than Fela's ever given credit for during the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seun Anikulapo Kuti returns with another strorming set of neo classic Afro Funk in the great tradition of his father – once again fronting the incredible Egypt 80 group! It's remarkable stuff that finds Seun – the youngest son of Fela – standing up as a visionary talent. He's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really unusual work from Yusef Lateef – especially for the time! The set features Lateef on tenor and a range of different reed instruments – working with a Nigerian group on lots of regional instruments! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Smoking Afro Funk from down under – played by a tight combo from Sydney who rival the best of the contemporary global underground! The horns here are very powerful – not a "struggle" but more of a blast of righteous energy that really puts the group firmly on the map – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever new recording on the Soundway label – and a honey of a session produced by Quantic at his Colombian studios! The sound here is very classic – raw percussion, sharp-edged saxes, and even a bit of accordion from Quantic himself – all wrapped up in a blend that's a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible batch of prime garage rock era nuggets from the Peruvian scene – fuzzy gems by the Saicos! The Saicos bring a sense of menace to these tunes – with a guitar tone touched with an eerie vibe, and lead vocals that are really piercing and gravelly in that instills this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really unique sounds from a contemporary Argentine combo – one who hail from a rural area, and who have a really unusual approach to their music! The style is psych but with heavy regional elements – and the band claim to be strongly influenced from hearing the sounds of far-off radios ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty great set – a bit folksier than most of Makeba's other work for Reprise, but recorded with a pretty lively groove on many numbers, a lot more interesting than some of Makeba's early work in the folk vein. The record includes a 7 minute version of "A Piece Of Ground", a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label mono promo. Cover has light wear, aging, a spot of tape on the spine, WGN Library letters and a promo sticker.)
A great little early album from Miriam Makeba – featuring trumpet and arrangements by Hugh Masekela, with backings by a small combo that give her a nice South African groove. Most of the tracks retain Miriam's early folksy style – with roosty vocals grooving around some nice jaunty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo Dynagroove pressing. Cover has some wear, masking tape along the top and bottom seams, and a spot of old tape on the spine with a peeled spot.)
A real rarity from Miriam Makeba – and a groovy one too! The set was recorded in LA, with help from The Crusaders, Arthur Adams, and David T Walker – with strings by David Axelrod! There's a righteous sound overall, and a nice undercurrent of funk – kind of like the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic funk from Baris Manco – a set of freaky Turkish tunes that step out with an amazing feel right from the start! There's plenty of Arabesk elements in the instrumentation – as you'd hear from his contemporaries on the scene – but there's also some western elements too, as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked late 70s album from the great Baris Manco – one that has the Turkish experimentalist unlocking even more strange corners of his music – finding a new way to combine eastern and western elements in his sound! The album's every bit as edgey and compelling as Manco's earlier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
CK Mann & His Carousel 7 —
Funky Highlife ... LP Qua Msa/Mr Bongo (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)....
A non-stop funky party from CK Mann – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The album's got an unusual approach – in that the first side is presented as a single long track – billed as a "medley" number, but wrapped together in a way that still seems to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hugh's first album for Uni – and one that really lets him open up his groove! The record moves way past the short trumpet instrumental sound of earlier albums – into a complex groove that mixes Afro soul, LA funk, and loads of nice jazzy bits! The record's got a sound that's nicely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the cover with a picture of Hugh in a hat. Cover has light wear, a promo sticker, a spot of tape on the spine and WGN Library letters on the back.)
Early work by Hugh Masekela – recorded way before his big hits of the late 60s! The format is different than those recordings, too – with Hugh soloing on trumpet, over larger arrangements by Hugo Montenegro that have sort of a stock African soundtrack-y quality to them. The jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with the deep groove. Cover has a small split on the top seam.)
An amazing set from Eduardo Mateo – easily one of the most enigmatic musicians to ever record on the Uruguay scene! Although once a member of some harder-edged rock acts in the 60s, Mateo is surprisingly warm and gentle on these tracks – slightly folksy at times, but also with echoes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful vinyl pressing – and includes a 11" x 34" six panel foldout insert.)
Wicked work from Jimmy Mawi – one of the coolest cats to work on the Kenyan scene of the 70s! Jimmy hailed from Madagascar, but cut his best work in Nairobi – and steps out here in this really weird, messed-up version of Afro Funk – one that also has plenty of bluesy riffs on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A special vinyl release of one of the most striking volumes of the legendary Ethiopiques series – a set that focuses on the mad saxophone work of Getachew Makurya! The recordings on this collection are all from 1972 – and they feature the deep-toned Mekurya blowing in a strange and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant meeting of talents – legendary Ethiopian saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria, and the ever-amazing Ex – paired together in a set of work that's even better than their previous collaboration! This time around, it The Ex feel even more like an Ethio-inspired group – often ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Searing 70s punk from the South African scene – music that's quite a change from the funk and world beat modes you might expect! These guys are unapologeticaly influenced by the sounds of late 70s London – and step out here in a blistering guitar-driven approach to their music – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work from a group who later grew into the famous Ikenga Super Stars Of Africa – recording here in London with a great raw sound – and an unusual mix of modes that's part Afro Funk, part something else entirely! The set's got that unique post-colonial vibe of some of the other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff from global funk phenoms Nomo – deftly blending Afro steeped funk with an astral reach – with more of a spiritual jazz influence and off kilter avant touches! Invisible Cities arrives just about a year since their breakthrough Ghost Rock opened so many doors, and although ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mindblowing work from one of the greatest new groups we've heard in years – Michigan's mighty Nomo, easily one of the greatest Afro Funk combos going! Nomo's got a tightness that surpasses most other heirs to Fela's throne – an intensely focused energy that's really tremendous – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Ogassa story is a short one, given that the group only issued a handful of recordings – one of which is this really unique Nigerian album! Ogassa have a style that's much more deeply soulful than some of their contemporaries – as equally committed to sad-tinged lyrics as they are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool deluxe pressing – super-heavy cover and vinyl!)
One of Olatunji's best LPs, and a record that breaks out of his usual straight hard percussion stuff by adding some jazz players like Yusef Lateef, Clark Terry, and George Duvivier. There's also some singers augmenting the ensemble, but they drop out in parts, and the percussion and jazz take over. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark of 70s Afro-styled jazz – 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 70s, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from this really unique ensemble – a group with a feel that's much looser than you might expect from the orchestra in their name – and a wonderful blend of electric and acoustic instruments, all with a feel that's as exotic and evocative as some of the best Ethiopian ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou —
Cotonou Club ... LP Strut (UK), 2011. Near Mint- 2LP ....
The first record in years from these Afro Funk giants – but don't hold it against them, as the whole thing's pretty darn wonderful! There's a rich, vibrant sound here that really lives up to the group's legacy from years back – and production is right on the money to keep things right ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title gets it perfectly right on this sweet little set – as the grooves are raw and stripped down – often just to the core elements of Afro Funk! The music may be the most hard-hitting we've ever heard from this legendary combo – and it's served up beautifully in this well-sel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most incredible African collections we've ever heard – almost more amazing than the African Scream Contest set from the same label! The package focuses on work by Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – a group who really live up to their name, by bringing in a host of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We'd never come across Orient Express before, one of the rare rock-oriented acts on the Mainsteam jazz label in the late 60s and 70s – but after a spin of this super rare hybrid of heavy psychedelic rock, HUGE percussion and electric Eastern string effects we're hooked! The group mixes heavy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This UK Afro Funk group is slicking things up a bit for this 1973 album – but not in a bad way, because it actually kicks up the groove considerably. In fact, it almost sounds like they've been listening to a bit of War – because the the best tracks on the album have lots of that funky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear and aging, with a bit of sticker residue on the front and a small stain on the back.)
Although Osibisa were one of the most successful of the London-based Afro-funk groups, they were also one of the best. This cool first album is filled with (as the label says) "criss cross rhythms that explode with happiness". Translated, that means that the record's got lots of nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Vinyl has a click on one track.)
Woyaya ... LP Decca, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ....
These early Osibisa records always used to be fairly common years back – perhaps because they were always a bit too hippy dippy and loose for the older funk crowd. But now, in today's blunted groove culture, they seem to have found a new appreciation for their trippy Afro funk style, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and moisture damage along the opening. Vinyl has a short click on side 2, track 2.)
A motherlode of music from the legendary Tunji Oyelana – a key figure in Nigerian music from the late 60s onward – with an influence that's almost as important as Fela's! Tunji's style is pretty darn funky, but different too – almost a pan-African sort of range that encompasses ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 download – with three bonus tracks!)
A weird little record from the Nigerian scene of the 70s – much more laidback than you might expect, and a set with a definite Jamaican influence too! At times, some of these tracks are almost more reggae than Afro Funk – although at other points, there's definitely the fierce energy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a coupon that can be used for a limited time to download MP3 audio files.)
Pheno S —
Kani ... LP Sahel Sounds, 2013. New Copy ....
$15.99Just Sold Out!
Spare Saharan hip hop from Pheno S – an artist we first heard on the excellent Music From Saharan Cellphones comp, but who sounds even better here on a full length of his own! The style is very unusual – lots of spare beats at the core, with vocals that are electronically distorted to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Astor Piazolla's beautiful expanded tango albums from the 70s – really groundbreaking work that still holds up beautifully today! For the set, Piazolla's usual modern bandoneon tangos are augmented by a set of lush orchestral arrangements that have an excellent romantic feel to them ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent set from Tito – very funky, unlike most of his other work from the time! The record has a great electric vibe to it – thanks to a hip bass player in the group, to Charlie Palmieri, who plays organ and electric piano on the record, and to Tito himself, who's never sounded ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Spanish group, but one with a sound that's heavy on Afro Funk – served up here in a culturally criss-crossing way that really lives up to the enigmatic title! There's some exotic moments that definitely echo the ancient strains you'd hear in Ethiopian and Egyptian funk – mixed with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Label has a rip. Cover has some ringwear and edge wear.)
Adam Rudolph & Go Organic Orchestra —
Sonic Mandala ... LP Meta, 2012. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ....
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from percussionist Adam Rudolph, and one of the most spiritual too – an extended set that draws on some really rich global elements, yet brings them all together with the focus of a more ambitious jazz composition! Rudolph uses the Sonica Mandala ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible! This is a stunning set of African-inspired jazzy percussion tracks – similar to some of the work done by Art Blakey on his Orgy In Rhythm albums, but with a lot better horn work, and with an overall conception that's much more unified! AK Salim did some sleepier work for Savoy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Plenty of fuzz and plenty of spirit – a wonderful debut from this African group of the 70s – a combo who work here with equal parts of influence from Jimi Hendrix and some of the other Zamrock groups of the time! Lyrics are in English, and have this blue-toned quality that's really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible live performances from this legendary Senegalese singer – a vocalist with a sensibility that goes way past the boundaries of language and culture – with a sound so expressive, we have to keep reminding ourselves we can't understand the lyrics of the songs! Mar Seck was a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare Afro Rock from Nigeria's Semi-Colon group – and it's an astonishingly strong record! It's got fuzzy guitar grooves and spacey electic piano that are indebted to the global psych soul and rock scenes of the late 60s and early 70s – but the rhythmic sensibility, percussion and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(The first 1000 copies come with bonus 7-inch limited featuring the previously unreleased demo "Our Fada")
Insanely fantastic! Ananda Shankar was one of the hippest sitar players of the 60s – an artist who was not only steeped in the strongest traditions of Indian music heard in other more mainstream players, but one who also had a keen ear for modder and funkier grooves of the time! This rare ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo! Cover has a promo track list sticker, and masking tape on the top and bottom seams.)
Unlike Ravi's other LPs released here in the 60s, this one features a number of shorter tracks, as opposed to presenting longer pieces in their full form. It also features a collaboration with Paul Horn, featured on flute on the 6 shorter pieces on side one: "Tala Rasa Ranga", "Dhun& ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover is worn.)
An early 60s live set from Ravi Shankar – recorded at UCLA, but with a clarity of sound that rivals his studio albums from the time! The album features 2 long tracks – the extended raga "Madhuvanti", and the vocal number "Dhun In Mishra Mand" – both with Kanai ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear, seam splitting, and light stains on the back.)
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". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title tells it all – as Ravi delivers three long ragas, with backing on tabla and tamboura. A nice one to plug in and drop out to – with the 28 minute-long "Raga Jog", plus "Raga Simhendra Madhyaman" and "Raga Ahir Bhairav". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a small sticker on back.)
Ragas and disco – an amazing little combination, with results that are greater than the sum of its parts! This album's hardly the cheesy affair you might expect – and instead of just adding a few typical Indian flourishes to disco music, Charanjit Singh comes up with a unique new ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soul Brothers —
Impimpi ... LP Soul Brothers (South Africa), 1989. Near Mint- ....
A second collection of great stuff from Syrian vocalist Omar Souleyman put together by Sublime Frequences – straight up amazing stuff that combines Omar's often bursting, gritty vocals with sputtering low fi electronics and rhythms! Most of the tunes are boisterous Dabke party tunes, a few ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Raw, loose and rollicking gospel soul from the Congolese Spiritual Singers – with some sweet group vocals and arrangements that are in a bit an endearing mix of roots rock, blues, reggae and other global influences! Electric bass, drums, organ and guitar bring help with the rootsy touches, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Super Biton De Segou —
Super Biton De Segou ... LP Mali Kunkan/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy (reissue)....
$18.99Just Sold Out!
Sublime sounds from the scene in 70s Mali – music that's an amazing hybrid of styles, and which has made this album a collector's treasure for years! There's echoes of familiar Mali modes in the music – especially in the group's use of blue notes – both in the guitar lines, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing mix of modes from the Super Djata Band – a record that has deep Malian roots in the rhythms, but which also offers up some key electric touches on guitar – served up here with plenty of lead solos from Zani Diabate! And when we say "lead", we don't mean the kind of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Special edition – with heavy tip-on cover, heavy vinyl, and insert!)
Stellar work from Zani Diabate and the Super Djata Band – a classic early 80s album by the combo, but one with a feel that's instantly timeless as well! The rhythms here are relatively spare, but very striking – usually these interweaving basslines and subtle percussive parts – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Special edition – with heavy tip-on cover, heavy vinyl, and insert!)
Ebo Taylor —
Twer Nyame ... LP Philips/Superfly (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)....
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – with super-heavy Japanese cover, and very nice vinyl.)
What a weird record! The group is a female quintet with a 60s girl group sound – mostly ballads with a few rock and roll numbers – and for some odd reason, they recorded for King records during the end of the label's history. (Who knows? Perhaps they were responsible for the company ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Spine has one spot of old tape. Top and bottom seams have masking tape. Cover has a promo sticker.)
Message ... LP Gramma (South Africa), 1989. Very Good+ ....
Boubacar Traore —
Mariama ... LP Little Axe, Late 80s. New Copy (reissue)....
$11.99Just Sold Out!
A seminal set of Mali blues from the legendary Boubacar Traore – and an album that was only issued on cassette upon its initial release! The set's got a spare, evocative sound that grabs you right away – hypnotic guitar lines that move in these slowly shifting patterns, topped by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest steel band records ever – and a hip hop sample classic from way back! Sure, there were other hip steel bands back in the 70s – but nobody else ever got as far as 20th Century – ending up on a major label, cutting some key funky covers, and crossing over with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album