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Al JawalaAl Jawala Live ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2013. New Copy .... $13.99 15.99
Very hip sounds from Al Jawala – a mix of Mid-East instrumentation and jazz, served up in a way that hearkens back to some of the earliest world jazz experiments of Ahmed Abdul-Malik, but definitely done with a contemporary twist as well! The reed work alone is wonderful – alto from Steffi Schimmer and tenor from Krischan Lukanow – set over bass, drums, and keyboards – sometimes used in dubby ways, sometimes a bit more straightforward and direct. Rhythms percolate in a wider range than the sounds you'd expect from straight jazz – showcasing some more contemporary modes from North Africa – and titles include "Cigani Salsa", "Talibanski Dub", "Backstabbers", "Taratata", "Fast & Furious", and "Blast Your Ghetto". CD

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AlpayYekte ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy .... $15.99
Unusual sounds from Alpay – an artist who perfectly shows the unique east/west crossroads that ran through the Turkish scene of the 70s! At one level, Alpay's as Western as you might guess from his look on the cover – and attempts here to serve up rockish tracks aimed at the mainstream – but his music is also heavy on plenty of older Eastern elements too – unusual inflections on the vocals, exotic instrumentation alongside electronic, and a really compelling style that sounds both ancient and futuristic at the same time! There's a budding spiritualism that seems to seep out around the corners of more conventional song structures – and the blend definitely echoes some of the best modes of the Turkish scene of the same time. The package features a very well-selected batch of Alpay recordings from the early 70s, complete with notes – and titles include "Bak Kalbim", "Akca Kizlar", "Can Karagozlum", "Ask Boyledir", "Suna", and "Denizciler". CD
Also available Yekte ... LP 25.99

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Gyedu-Blay AmbolleySimigwa ... CD
Academy, 1975. New Copy .... $11.99 17.99
A holy grail of 70s African Funk – and not just for the unusual look of the cover! The set's a really unique one – almost rootsier than most of the better-known Ghanian grooves of the time, but funkier too – with a brilliant blend of raw percussion, quirky basslines, and some smoking horn parts that are a lot more American soul and funk than the usual 70s African groove! The whole thing's stunning all the way through – a record that totally informs an understanding of its generation, yet in ways that no other record can touch. Wonderful all the way through, with not a bit of filler – and all cuts are right on the money for any fan of African funk! Titles include "Toffie", "Fa No Dem Ara", "This Hustling World", "Kwaakwaa", and "Akoko Ba". CD
(Limited to 1500 copies. CD comes with a 15 x 15 poster of the cover art.)

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Khaira ArbyTimbuktu Tarab ... CD
Clermont, 2010. New Copy .... $12.99
Incredible vocals from Khaira Arby – soaring out with this sense of power and pride that really blows away most of her contemporaries on the Saharan scene! There's a universal appeal to the music that goes way beyond the boundaries of language and culture – a quality that makes us feel like we really get the meaning of Arby's songs, even though we can't understand most of the lyrics – and a quality that might partially come from the vivid instrumental accompaniment for the tunes, and the backup chorus, which makes us feel like Khaira's pulling along a whole community with her words! Titles include "Djaba", "Dja Cheickna", "Goumou", "Salou", "Delya", and "Feriene". CD

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Okyerema AsanteDrum Message ... CD
Black Fire, 1977. New Copy .... $11.99
A seminal bit of funky Afrojazz from the DC scene of the 70s! The album features work by percussionist Okyerema Asante, and also includes sax work by Plunky Nakabinde – best known as the leader of the group Oneness Of Juju. Plunky's influence can really be felt strongly on the set – and the record has much of the sound of the first two Oneness albums, which were also issued on Black Fire. Lots of funky fusion, with a few really nice drumbreaks, and an excellent spiritual vibe throughout the entire set! Includes the tracks "Asante Sana", "Sabi", "Play A Sweet Rhythm On Them Drums", and "Never Fly Away From The Funk". CD

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New AssagaiZimbabwe ... CD
Philips/Keyhole (UK), 1971. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
One of the hippest blends of African roots and psychedelic sounds ever – a tremendous record from the UK scene at the start of the 70s! The group is a unique blend of the jazz elements of the Blue Notes group from South Africa – Mongezi Feza on trumpet, Dudu Pukwana on alto and vocals, and Louis Moholo on drums – with some rock touches from guitarist Fred Coker, and Ghanian elements on percussion and vocals from Terri Quays! Most of the other players have strong jazz backgrounds, and because of that the set's got a style that's different than the usual Afro rock outing of its type – more far-reaching and cosmic overall, with some especially great passages from Feza, Pukwana, and Coker. Jade Warrior make a guest appearance too – and titles include "Barazinbar", "Wanga", "La La", "Dalani", "Bayeza", "Sanga", "Come Along", and "Kinzambi". CD

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New VariousSurinam – Boogie & Disco Funk From The Surinamese Dance Floors 1976 to 1983 ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Really rare grooves from an incredibly obscure scene – and that's saying a lot, given how many global sounds have been circulating in recent years! The cuts here represent a unique outpouring of funky club styles from the nation of Surinam – tracks recorded by a handful of groups in the wake of their mid-70s independence – and as filled with as much joy and positive energy as you might imagine from such a political moment! The grooves are surprisingly great – upbeat funk, with lots of jazzy inflections – in a space that's somewhere between the sound of Fantasy Records in the mid 70s, and Capitol soul at the start of the 80s – tight, but never too slick – and as cool as it is classy. Lyrics are in English, and titles include "Sweet Dream" by Alwin Reingoud, "Groovy Weekend" and "Disco Party" by Erwin Bouterse & The Group Roetoe, "Try Try Try" and "You Are Gonna Miss Me" by Solat, "Funkin In Your Mind" and "Going Insane" by Sumy, "Here's To You" by Thunderstorm, and "Waiting For Your Love" by Usje Sukatma. CD
 
 
 



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