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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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Kiki Gyan24 Hours In A Disco – 1978 to 1982 (LP style sleeve) ... CD
Soundway (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99
Some of the funkiest, clubbiest work we've ever heard from the African scene of the 70s – great grooves that would be right at home on the New York dancefloors of the time! The style here is definitely drawn from disco, yet is a lot more funk-based too – more in the farther reaches of the disco underground of the late 70s – with some of the offbeat touches you might hear from some of the P&P family of labels. Basslines are often stronger than the beats – and although strings and other elements are sometimes used to sweeten the grooves – the approach is never too commercial, and never softens up the funky rhythms at the bottom. Kiki plays keyboards, sings a bit, and does a great job on production – working under his own name, and with some other key projects as well. Titles include "Disco Dancer", "24 Hours In A Disco", "Sexy Dancer", and "Keep On Dancing" by Kiki Gyan – plus "Loving You" and "Disco Train" by KG Band, and "Pretty Pretty Girls" by The Twins. 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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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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Khaira ArbyTimbuktu Tarab ... CD
Clermont, 2010. New Copy ... $7.99
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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Chalachew Ashenafi & Ililta BandLegendary Gondar Azmari – 1966 to 2012 ... CD
Terp (Netherlands), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99
The last recordings of Ethiopian musical legend Chalachew Ashenafi – recorded here with a small group that really preserves the timeless feel of his work! Chalachew sings and plays the masinko – a small one-stringed instrument which he manipulates in the same sonic range as his lyrics – moving up and down in these wonderful waves of sound, which further the hypnotic feel of the songs! The group also features vocals from the two other members – one of whom plays kobero, the other krar – which makes for an earthy, acoustic quality that's completely sublime – the core of the energy that's sometimes lost in larger Ethiopian groups. Titles include "Munit", "Tew Tew", "Hailoga", "Tezeta", "Tey Demam", and "Medina". CD

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AssagaiZimbabwe ... CD
Philips/Keyhole (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99
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 VariousRed Hot & Fela ... CD
Knitting Factory, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the hippest entries in the Red Hot series so far – a set of tracks dedicated to the legendary Fela Kuti – felled by AIDS after years of influential grooves – still being felt strongly by the rich array of artists collected in the set! Most tracks are contemporary, but feature a strong influence of the 70s modes of Fela's generation – those sharp percussive lines at the bottom of the tracks, soaring Afro-styled horn passages, and a righteous energy that really drives the whole thing all the way through! The package was put together in support of AIDS/HIV awareness, but is hardly an act of charity – as it's overflowing with great cuts that more than make the set stand as an Afro Funk collection on its own. Most tracks are remakes of older Fela numbers – and titles include "Buy Africa" by Baloiji & L'Orchestre De A Katuba, "Yellow Fever" by Spoek Mathambo & Zaki Ibrahim, ""Gentleman" by Just A Band & Baja, "Go Slow" by King, "Sorro Tears & blood" by Kronos Quartet & Kyp Malone, "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am" by My Morning Jacket, "Afrodisco Beat 2013" by Tony Allen & M1, and Lady" by Tune Yards, ?uestlove, and Angelique Kidjo. CD
Also available Red Hot & Fela (with bonus download) ... LP 21.99

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New VariousZanzibara 7 – Sikinde Vs Ndekule – Mlimani Park Orchestra & International Orchestra Safari Sound ... CD
Buda (France), Mid 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A Tanzanian battle of the bands – on this sweet little set that features two of the biggest dance orchestras of the 80s! The ensembles in Tanzania at the time were far more than just musical acts – as most were funded by larger organizations, and had either a political or economic agenda as well – one that sometimes came through in the subject of the music, and which definitely resonated with the popularity of the groups as well! The approach of both groups here – Mlimani Park Orchestra and International Orchestra Safari Sound – is a blend of older guitar rhythms, ala highlife, with some fuller horn passages and vocal choruses that often have some slight social undercurrent mixed with a more upfront lyrical groove. As always with both the Zanzibara and Ethiopiques series, the notes are excellent, in boht English and French – and really help situate the larger cultural context of the music. Tracks include "Mtoto Akihilia Wembe", "Neema", and "Chenga Ya Mwili" by Mlimani Park Orchestra – and "Sosy", "Majuto", "Chatu Mkali", and "Homa Imenizidia" by International Orchestra Safari Sound. CD
 
 
 



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