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New Alkibar GignorLa Paix ... LP
Mississippi, 2012. New Copy ... $8.99
A group with a great blend of old and new modes – a mix of rootsy sounds from their native Mali, and some more focused guitar lines that really help revolutionize their music! The notes bill Alkibar Gignor as a "garage rock band" – and while we think that's a bit of a stretch, as there's not that much rock in their music, there is a nicely gritty style of production that really helps them keep their edge – a slightly muddy mode that's a great contrast from some of the "too clean" Mali recordings out there in recent years! The vocals get distorted at times, and the guitar workouts almost verge on fuzz – even though they spin out in clear lines that are much more Malian than Anglo – and the drums have a bumping quality under the vocal interplay, bringing an unexpected vibe to the record. Titles include "Adounia", "Lahidou", "Aniya", "Adibara", "Tamala", and "Dakou". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bumba MassaL'Argent Et La Femme ... LP
Star Musique, Early 80s. Very Good- ... $6.99
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(Cover has a split bottom seam.)

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VariousGroove Club 1 – La Confiserie Magique ... CD
Lion, 1960s/1970s. Used ... $6.99
Rare pop psych from the late 60s & early 70s French scene – groovy singles from Le Coeur, Les Hamsters, Les Chimeriennes, Dan Le Bouffon, Christopher Laird, Yar & Yana and others – really cool stuff, most of which we've never heard before! Lion's Groove Club series goes on to focus on Cambodian grooves for Vols 2 & 3, but the belated Vol 1 belongs to the Parisian pop psych scene. Chiming little guitar tunes with sweet harmony vocals, even more harmony drenched tunes inspired by west coast US acts like The Mamas & Papas, medieval folk pop styled tunes, mod & funk groovers and more – lots of period influences from the US and Europe, but ultimately it's profoundly, and charmingly French sounding! Includes "Bye, Bye City" by Le Coeur, "Flower Power" and "Georgie Girl" by Les Hamsters, "Dee Duck" by Maraton, "Une Petite Fille" by L'Empreinte, "Bye, Bye Brighton" by Epta, "Nevada" by Les Rotomagus, "Crazy Mister Badge" by Mister Badge, "Monsieur Cyber" by Les Chimeriennes and more. CD
(Cutout notch through spine.)

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VariousKosmopolis/Que Se Mueran Las Feas/Roxana La Coresana/Eureka ... CD
Blue Moon (Spain), Late 20s. Used ... $4.99
Zarzuelas from the late 20's recorded in Barcelona and Madrid. CD
(Out of print.)

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New Paco De LuciaLa Fabulosa Guitarra De Paco De Lucia ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An early gem from the great guitarist Paco DeLucia – and one of the first to feature his solo instrument right out front in the mix, without support from another player or any large arrangements! The setting is breathtaking – incredibly deft guitar lines, with a style rooted in flamenco, but a level of personal expression that's quite different – a rich new voice on the acoustic guitar, at a time when it already seemed like the instrument had been explored fully by so many others! The album's a landmark, and is filled with treasures that include "Gitanos Trianeros", "Impetu", "El Tajo", "Llora La Siguiriya", "Jerenza", and "Punta Umbria". CD

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New Eldorado OrchestraLa Vie/Chitio Bouman Melaye/Assokpe/N'pete Koewoun ... 7-inch
Djima (France), Early 70s. Used (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
7-inch, Vinyl record
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Les Primitifs du FuturTrop De Routes Trop De Trains ... CD
La Lichere (France), 1994. Used ... $9.99
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BalojiKinshasa Succursale ... CD
Crammed (Belgium), 2011. New Copy ... $7.99 13.98
One of the most compelling combinations of global styles we've heard in awhile – a great second set from Belgian-Congolese artist Baloji! The set's got an unusual approach that's rooted in African instrumentation, run through European filters, and imbued with a bit of hip hop energy – particularly in Baloji's sharply-spoken lyrics – which are more bold messages than straight hip hop rhymes – especially set amidst some of the warmer, more flowing musical passages. The set features guest work from a wide range of talents – including Konono No.1, soukous stars Zaiko Langa Langa, American soul maverick Amp Fiddler, brass band Fanfare La Confiance, and the choir Choeur La Grace – all of whom leave their unique imprint on the set – creating a great sense of change as the music flows along. Titles include "Tshena Ndekela", "De L'Autre Cote De La Mere", "Genese 89", "Kesho", "Tout Ceci Ne Vous Rendra Pas Le Congo", "Nazongi Ndako", and "Karibu Ya Bintou". CD

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Paco De LuciaEl Duende Flamenco De Paco De Lucia ... CD
Philips/Universal (Spain), 1972. Used ... $6.99
The album may have "flamenco" in the title, but in the hands of Paco De Lucia, the style is something else entirely – a richly personal vision of music – played by Paco with incredible deftness on the guitar, yet with a way that's never trying to show off, or bury feeling with any overdone sense of technique! Instead, De Lucia creates this really special sort of magic on the instrument – unlocking amazing tones and colors with effortless ease – all with the energy you might expect from a free jazz musician on the instrument, yet always directed in a tuneful, musical way. The album's a key early accomplishment from Paco – and although some tracks have light additional strings, these are used very gently to shade in the background, and still leave the set with the feeling of a solo album overall. Titles include "Percusion Flamenca", "Barrio La Vina", "De Madruga", "Cuando Canta El Gallo", "Canestera", "Punta Del Faro", and "Farolillo De Ferria". CD

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Dengue FeverVenus On Earth ... CD
M80 Music, 2008. Used ... $4.99
Moody, kind of sultry and pulpy Cambodian rock, LA style – perhaps the best record yet from Dengue Fever! The backdrop of keys, horns, guitars, percussion and bass has never sound as measured, loose and assured as it does on Venus On Earth – with Chhom Nimol reminding us of the sweetness out front of the raucous, exuberant sounds of 60s underground Cambodian rock, and living up to that legacy quite well! Titles include "Seeing Hands", "Clipped Wings", "Tigher Phone Card", "Sober Driver", "Monsoon Of Perfume", "Integration", "Oceans Of Venus", "Tooth And Nail" and "Mr Orange". CD

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El RegoEl Rego (plus bonus 45 & download) ... LP
Daptone/Voodoo Funk, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy LP & 7 Inch ... $16.99
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his native Benin, essentially credited as the godfather of Benin funk – but to date, he hasn't been celebrated around the world nearly as famously as the superstars of African music hailing from Nigeria and Ghana. That's something that can change really quickly if enough people pick up this truly great compilation of pioneering recordings. Singer El Rego and his excellent, diversely capable band – sax and flute by Baboni Oudou, sax by Michel Diogo, guitar by Oscar De Souza, trumpet by Emmanuel Ganssounou, guitar by Roger Coffi, tumba by Marcelin Kpohonon, additional vocals by Christian Agueh, and bass by band leader Paul Hounnou – take a tighter approach to funky soul. Just a couple tracks on this set roll past the 4 minute mark – which gives it a tighter soul sound, along with some Benin blues and some riveting JB-indebted vocal affections. We owe Voodoo Funk and Daptone big for putting this together! Includes "Feeling You Got", "Zon Dede", "E Nan Mian Duku", "Dkobime", "Dis-Moi Oui", "Djobime", "Hessa" (the centerpiece of the album, 3 minutes of Afro Soul perfection. . .the whole set is great, but this track is unforgettable), "Kpon Fi La", "Do Do Baya", "Vive Le Renouveau", "Achuta", "Cholera" and "Ke Amon-Gbetchea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for album download plus a bonus 45 with 2 extra tracks: "E Ma Non Tin Me" and "Se Na Min".)

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Family AtlanticaFamily Atlantica (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2013. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99
A brilliant criss-crossing of group from this cool trans-global group – a set recorded in London, but with roots in Venezuela, LA, and Ghana – served up with a sound that's even greater than the sum of its parts! Malcolm Catto recorded the record – and really helps bring a funky energy to the record, by working alongside lead studio help from Jack Yglesias of The Heliocentrics – pushing here into a space that's even more offbeat than the grooves of that group! There's loads of rich acoustic instrumentation – especially percussion – and Mulatu joins the record at one spot, furthering the exotic appeal of the set. Some tracks have an almost ethnographic vibes, while others are a bit more contemporary – although the overall sound is more than worthy of placement on the Soundway label. Titles incude "Arena", "Cumbacutiri", "Fly Through The Lightning To Speak With The Sun", "El Negrero", "Escape To The Palenque", "Manicero", "La Familia", and "Speak To The Spirit Of The Sea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a bonus download of the album!)

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Fela & Africa 70Upside Down/Fela & Roy Ayers – Music Of Many Colors ... CD
Barclay (France), 1976/1980. Used ... $8.99
Two of Fela's greatest collaborative efforts! Upside Down features Fela & Africa 70, with some guest vocals by Sandra Akane Isidore, a key figure in his political development, and the woman who introduced him to the Black Panthers when he was living in LA at the end of the 60s. The two tracks on that album – "Upside Down" and a version of "Go Slow" – still feature a considerable amount of vocals by Fela, but the addition of the female guest makes for a nicely different sound. Music Of Many Colors is a groundbreaking 1980 collaboration with American soul singer/jazz vibist Roy Ayers – and it brings together the best sides of these monster soul talents of the 70s! In keeping with Fela's work, the tracks are long and Afro-tinged, with a complicated groove that grows over the length of the track. And in keeping with Roy's work, the album has a sweet soulful feel, with lots of nice jazzy touches, cool vibes, and great vocals by Roy. Two long tracks, both classics: "2000 Black" and "Africa, Center Of The World". CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Johannesburg Street BandDancin Through The Streets ... LP
Chisa/Uni, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
One of the greatest things to ever come out of Hugh Masekela's association with Uni Records – an album of instrumental tunes that recalls the older sound of the South African scene, yet which also has more of that modern and slightly funky groove that Hugh was bringing to his own work in the 60s! The drums here are a lot heavier and fuller than they would be on older South African tunes – and instead of using penny whistles and more folksy instrumentation, the horn work here has a hipper LA-styled approach that's really quite nice – almost like The Crusaders teaming up with Hugh for the album's tracks. Titles include the incredibly dark groover "Thimlela", a sonic treat that's worth the price of the album alone – plus "What's The Matter Zulu", "Special Branch", "No Passport", "Letter To Prospect Township", "Isangoma", and "Foyi Foyi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a promo ink stamp on the back.)

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Karthala 72Diable Du Feu (140 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Electric Cowbell, 2012. New Copy ... $16.99
Heady sounds from Karthala 72 – a group with a very vintage sound – one that rings out with plenty of offbeat funky elements, African percussion, and maybe even a sense of bassline borrowed from Colombian music! The group have a wonderful criss-crossing of styles – and this full length set mixes electric and acoustic elements brilliantly – almost with a Konono approach at times, but with a groove that's much more expansive overall! The liner notes try to bill the record as an obscurity from the past, but it's our guess that these guys are contemporary – which is even more reason to love them. Titles include "Delores", "Diable Du Feu", "Marche De La Mort", "Bahari Farasi", "Armour Sombre", "Trop Fort", and "Le Vieux Chien Marcel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Download includes full album with bonus tracks & remixes.)

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Duke LumumbaJungle Funk ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Do yourself a favor, and buy this album – you won't be disappointed! The record is a gem all the way through – a really unique mixture of LA soul jazz and African rhythms, with a sound that's almost like Hugh Masekela sitting in with the Jazz Crusaders! Of course, there's a lot of Jazz Crusaders in the set – as Wilton Felder plays electric bass on the album, giving it a fantastic loping groove – but there's also plenty of unique albums on the record, especially its way of approaching the rhythms with a sly, syncopated groove that's immediately infectious! Duke's trumpet solos are great, and they're augmented by tenor work by Chester Washington and trombone by George Bohannon – all nicely grooving on the album's brilliant blend of jazzy tracks. Titles include "Jungle Funk", "Afrikaloo", "Akagruge", "Like It Is", "Mafam", and "Peace Brother". Somebody put this one on CD – and do us all a treat! LP, Vinyl record album

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Hugh MasekelaColonial Man ... LP
Casablanca, 1976. Very Good- ... $1.99
A later album from Hugh Masekela – but still plenty darn hip, way more so than most of the other artists on the Casablanca label at the time! Hugh's South African groove is still very firmly in place here – mixed with a slightly warmer LA soul sound, but expanded with loads of great arrangements that get a lot more complicated than before – and which bring in some great keyboard and percussion bits. Sivuca makes a wonderful appearance on 2 tracks – using that blend of voice and accordion that sounds so great – and the whole record's got a depth and sense of soul that you'd never guess from it's silly title and cover! Titles include "Colonial Man", "Song For Brazil", "Vasco Da Gama", "For The Love Of You", "Witch Doctor", and "Cecil Rhodes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a peeled mark on the front, and a light stain on the back.)

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NomoNomo ... CD
Ypsilanti, 2004. Used ... $4.99
A massive slice of Afro Funk from the Detroit scene – recorded by a group that we'd rank right up there with The Daktaris, Antibalas, and the best of the Afro-revival scene! The group's got a really great approach that brings plenty of jazz into the mix – really using the horns to great effect, and throwing in plenty of warm electric keyboards to give the tunes a sweeping, soulful groove. The sound is great throughout – and really caught our surprise, as we had no idea that music this great was burning out of Michigan these days! Titles include "Better Than That", "Hourglass", "Busy", "The Seams", "La La La", and "Moving In Circles". CD
(Original silkscreen cover – now out of print!)

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Sally Nyolo & The Original Bands Of YaoundeStudio Cameroon ... CD
Riverboat/World Music Network, 2006. Used ... $2.99
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 – yet there's also a sense of tightness here that shows the influence of the French scene, particularly on the grooves on most of the numbers. Sally sings lead on a number of tracks, but also steps back on other numbers – singing only backup vocals, and allowing others to lead while she directs the production. Titles include "Djim Miadje", "Esclaves", "Ikoak Soat", "Obili Eba", "La Vie", "Chantal", "Souris Moi", and "Bikoutsi". CD
(Promotional copy without a barcode.)