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FelaFela Live In Detroit 1986 (3CD set) ... CD
Knitting Factory, 1986. New Copy 3CD ... $20.99 22.99
Amazing sounds from Fela – a previously-unreleased live show from the mid 80s! Given that there's very few live recordings of Fela at all, the album's quite a treasure – and is almost even more important, as it's one of the few from a time when Fela was hardly recording at all – yet clearly, from the concert performance, able to groove as strongly in the 80s as he could back in his heyday of 70s Afro Funk! Recording quality is a bit "live", but the album more than makes up for that fact with some very extended performances – tracks that usually spin out past the half hour mark, with even more jamming than on Fela's studio albums. Titles include "Beast Of No Nation", "Just Like That", "Confusion Break Bones", and "Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense". CD
 
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Edip AkbayramEdip Akbayram ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
A seminal debut set from Edip Akbanyram – a 70s Turkish singer whose music is every bit as compelling as arabesk rock by Baris Manco or Erkin Koray! Like both of those artists, Edip mixes older Anatolian roots with a freakier, fuzzier style from the psych generation – mixing electric guitar with offbeat Eastern phrasing, rootsy percussion, and very hip production that gives the whole record a sound that's as bold as it is brooding! Like Koray at his best, the music often has a bit of a groove – not entirely funky, but with these strong undercurrents that really move us – despite the barrier of language. Titles include "Bosu Bosuna", "Dumanu Dumanu Oy Bizim Eller", "Kukredi Cimenler", "Seve Beni Beni", "Deniz Ustu Kopurur", "Yakar Inceden Inceden", and "Daglar Dagladi Beni". CD
Also available Edip Akbayram ... LP 25.99

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Edip Akbayram & DostlarNedir Ne Degildir ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
A later gem from the Turkish scene of the 70s – one that's got a bit more funky touches than earlier Anatolian rock! There's still a fair bit of Eastern styles running through the mix, but most of the rhythms are really straightforward and use heavy basslines that really set the groove nicely – a bit psychedelic, but almost more funk-inspired at times – jamming in a way that's progressive, but never too noodly. The blend is a great one, and makes this record one of the best for those searching out the funkier side of the Turkish scene – and titles include "Yaralarim", "Arabam Kaldi Yolda", "Adam Olmak Dile Kolay", "Birak Beni", "Dar Agaci", "Mehmet Emmi", and "Haberin Varmi". CD
Also available Nedir Ne Degildir ... LP 25.99

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New VariousNigeria 70 – Lagos Jump – Original Heavyweight Afrobeat Highlife & Afro Funk ... CD
Strut (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer follow-up to the earlier Nigeria 70 compilation on Strut Records – a second set that digs even deeper than before, and one that shows a huge range of Nigerian grooves from the 70s! The styles here go way beyond familiar Afro Funk – and the rhythms here are often quite complicated – rootsy at times, modern at others – and served up in a blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation that dances together wonderfully! Most numbers have vocals, but those are often delivered as rhythmically as the instrumentation – and the package is filled with under-reissued gems that make the package an essential addition to any collection of global grooves. As with other sets on the newly-revived Strut label, there's full notes on the music and track-by-track details – all supporting a set list of 16 titles that includes "Everybody Likes Something Good" by Ify Jerry Krusade, "Yabis" by Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars, "Onyame" by Ashanti Afrika Jah, "Ezuku Buzo" by Bola Johnson & His Eazy Life Top Beats, "African Dialects" by Peter King, "You Are My Heart" by Rex Williams, "Hot Tears" by The Immortals, "Dododo (Ekassa No 1)" by Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestros, "Happy Survival" by Ifeanyi Eddie Okwedy & His Maymores Dance Band, "Tug Of War" by The Faces, "Ire Africa" by Chief Checker, and "Eddie Quansa" by Peacocks Guitar Band. CD

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New VariousQat, Coffee, & Qambus – Raw 45s From Yemen ... CD
Parlortone/Dust To Digital, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare 45s from Yemen – rawly, though crystal clear in both sound and emotion – a real eye-opener of a set compiled by Chris Menist! We've had little chance to hear Yemeni music of this period or any other – and judging from this set, these are sounds we want to explore and experience. Yearning ballads with clattering percussion, equally enthralling vocal numbers accompanied by handclaps and female backup vocals, melodies and rhythms from oud and other instrumentation. Very nicely done! Includes "Ya Mun Dakhal Bahr Al-Hawa (Hey, Who Enters The Sea Of Passion?)" by Fatimah Al-Zaelaeyah, "Raee Al-Gamel (The Owner Of Beauty)" by Ahmed Al Aoneedar, "Bellah Alek Wa Mosafer (Hey You, Passenger!)" by Ayob Absi, "Haya Abu-Saif (Welcome Saif's Father)" by Amna Hizam, "Amsi Sameer Al-Nojoom (Night Stars Watcher)" by Ahmad Al-Harazi and more. CD

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New VariousRadio Niger ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, 2000s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful collection of radio recordings from Niger – plucked out of the Saharan airwaves, and presented here as a demonstration of this very unusual mode of media! Usually, a CD of radio work might be a bore – but in Niger, broadcastings are usually a pretty spontaneous affair – a mix of recorded music, live performance, and a fair bit of input from the DJs and broadcasters themselves – which almost makes the selections here feel more like experimental performance than just a set of records on the radio! The package is one of the most exciting from Sublime Frequencies in years – and a real return to their early roots, taping things on the run – and the CD features nearly a hour's worth of listening, with eight differently-flavored selections. CD

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New VariousTisheh O Risheh – Funk, Psychedelia, & Pop From The Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from the pre-Ayatollah years in Iran – an incredible blend of different global influences, coming together in the sort of sound you'd expect from one of the most progressive scenes in the Mid-East! The work here has some of the same psych elements of Turkish work from the time – but also borrows lots from other sources too – including elements of Bollywood grooves from India, heavy funk from the US, and even some of the more inventive post-colonial sounds from London and Paris! Vocals are almost never in English, but the song structures create a really universal feel to the music – a transcendent sound that's documented perfectly by the selections in this well-done set. Titles include "Asal" by Sattar, "Eshghe To" by Gita, "Dele Khoshbavar" by Shohre Soltai, "Asheghi Ham Hadi Dare" by Shahram, "Pichak" by Nooshafarin, "Tishe O Risheh" by Amir Rassaie, and "Yek Roose Taazeh" by Neli. CD
Also available Tisheh O Risheh – Funk, Psychedelia, & Pop From The Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation ... LP 24.99

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New VariousZendooni – Funk, Psychedelia & Pop From The Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation ... CD
Pharaway Sounds, 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of the wildest sounds we've ever heard from Iran – a wealth of wonderful grooves that show that there was plenty happening in that unique scene before the Ayatollah came in and clamped down on Western culture! Styles really intertwine nicely throughout – mixing funk with pop with psych, disco, and even some soundtracky styles that feel a bit Bollywood at points – all coming across with a really cool, groovy, and other-worldly sound that has us loving the whole thing all the way through! The folks at Guerssen have done a great job with the package – adding enough good notes and quality sound to ensure that this one's not just a knockoff – and instead features a great range of well-chosen tracks, put together beautifully. Titles include "Setareh" by Azita, "Aroos Khanom" by Amir Rassaie, "Zandooni" by Farzin, "Bi Vafa" by Kambiz, "Safar" by Hassan Shamaizadeh, "Ey Vatan Iran" by Emad Ram, "Ghebleh" by Nooshafarin, "Gholake Cheshat" by Simin Ghanem, and "Rahgozar" by Morteza. CD
 
 
 



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