One of the most roosty albums on Blue Note – and a fairly straight session of African percussion tracks by Solomon Ilori and his Afro Drum Ensemble! Unlike similar albums by Art Blakey, this one lacks any strong sort of jazz component – and really just features fairly straight African ... read moreCD
The first time on vinyl for these two percussion-heavy tracks – both numbers that were recorded during the original 1964 sessions for Solomon Ilori's album for Blue Note – but only issued recently as bonus tracks on a CD! Solomon's enigmatic work on talking drum is augmented by ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Itadi ... CD Hot Casa (France), 1977. New Copy ....
A rare Afro funk gem from Itadi – filled with righteous sounds and knowledge, and served up in a dubby groove that's pretty unique! Itadi hails from Togo, but already had experience in the US by the time of this recording – and the sound carries some cross-Atlantic styles that really ... read moreCD
Two killers from Jabula – overlooked Afro soul albums from the 70s! The set mixes up the track list a bit, but still comprises both full albums from the group – the first of which is the self-titled Jabula. Jabula is South African soul, but recorded in the UK – coming across ... read moreCD
"Bamba" has a great skittish grooves – contemporary Afro Funk, but a lot more stripped-down – so that the percussion and bass are really taking the lead, and providing a perfect foil for the atmospheric vocals of the tune! This quality really continues on "Walo", ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Instrumental versions from the 800% Ndagga sessions – an absolutely incredible set of Sabar and talking-drum tracks – recorded in Dakar with an amazing group of players! The vocal versions are great, and bring in some beauty – but there's never a doubt that it's this amazing ... read moreCD
Instrumental versions from the 800% Ndagga sessions – an absolutely incredible set of Sabar and talking-drum tracks – recorded in Dakar with an amazing group of players! The vocal versions are great, and bring in some beauty – but there's never a doubt that it's this amazing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Baaba Maal's vocals step out strongly here on "Gwalo" – soaring over the top of the track's skittish Afro rhythms, and giving the groove an even deeper sense of soul than other cuts by Jeri Jeri! The remix is even dubbier than the original, and really enforces the hypnotic quality ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The first album by the group that later went on to become Oneness Of Juju! The album was recorded with a group that featured Plunky Nakabinde and Lon Moshe on reeds and percussion – plus Babatunde on congas and drums – and the overall sound is very much in kind of an Art Ensemble Of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the clubbiest African records of the 70s – and a set that would be equally at home on a New York dancefloor as it would back in Lagos! Orlando Julius was always a funky cat – an artist with one ear keenly tuned to the American funk and soul underground, and ready to fuse those ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album of Afro Soul! Orlando Julius was one of Nigeria's biggest soul artists in the 60s – and has been credited with virtually inventing the Afro Funk sound, and for being the inspiration to some of James Brown's funkier work of the late 60s! Julius came to the US at the end of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ka Dao Yin —
Slow ... CD Nicole's Creative Artists Agency (Taiwan), 2013. Used ....
$9.99Just Sold Out!
An amazing tribute to the legendary Joseph Kabasele – easily one of the most influential forces in music from the Congo – and the bandleader who first introduced Manu Dibango and Tabu Ley Rocherau to the world! The package is beautiful – a heavy book-style cover with over 100 ... read moreCD
Hypnotic grooves from Kaleta – a searing set of Afrobeat titles that really burns with a lot of energy! There's a complexity here that goes beyond most other contemporary Afro Funk ensembles – one that takes especial joy in the solo parts, which are really well-crafted, and have an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very hip sounds from a very hip-looking cat – Cem Karaca, a Turkish contemporary of Baris Manco and Erkin Koray – heard here on a really great second album from the 70s! Some of the best cuts here mix in exotic Turkish roots with modern psychedelia – a sound that's set to vocals ... read moreCD
Very hip sounds from a very hip-looking cat – Cem Karaca, a Turkish contemporary of Baris Manco and Erkin Koray – heard here on a really great second album from the 70s! Some of the best cuts here mix in exotic Turkish roots with modern psychedelia – a sound that's set to vocals ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The group's name means "village people" in their native Java – but the sound here is way different than the big disco act of the time! Instead, Kelompok Kampungan have this earthy fusion of native instrumentation and folksy rock modes – a hypnotic blend that's served up on a ... read moreCD
Amazing performances from Kesarbia Kerkar – a key Indian singer of the postwar years, heard here in a variety of beautiful vintage recordings! Kerkar's got a voice that influenced many in generations to come – but the original sound here is much more mindblowing than so many others ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A short, but totally killer Ghanaian disco record from KG Band – which is led and produced by multi-instrumentalist Kiki Gyan – and recorded at Lagos' Decca Studios in 1980! Disco Train is a rare one – with one long grooving dancefloor stormer per side. Each cut is a really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great groove from the legendary Peter King – an album served up in a wicked mix of jazz and roots – a perfect summation of his Miliki Sound of the 70s! The core rhythms are very focused – rooted in high life, but with a more skittish energy overall – and they're topped by ... read moreCD
A great groove from the legendary Peter King – an album served up in a wicked mix of jazz and roots – a perfect summation of his Miliki Sound of the 70s! The core rhythms are very focused – rooted in high life, but with a more skittish energy overall – and they're topped by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fikret Kizilok —
Anadolu'Yum ... CD Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy ....
Really cool work from Turkish rocker Fikret Kizilok – a collection of early 70s singles that really know how to shake up and mess up the concept of musical genres! The tunes here start in a Turkish folk tradition – with stringed instruments, flute, and percussion that certainly display ... read moreCD
Really cool work from Turkish rocker Fikret Kizilok – a collection of early 70s singles that really know how to shake up and mess up the concept of musical genres! The tunes here start in a Turkish folk tradition – with stringed instruments, flute, and percussion that certainly display ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing new sound from Kokolo – one that takes their Afro Funk groove, and turns it on a host of James Brown classics – all with a result that's completely unique! The album's hardly a copycat of James' original style – and instead, it reworks his funky favorites with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer work from Konono – a set that easily rivals their previous album on Crammed, and which possibly even beats it – given the live intensity of the set! The sound here is amazing – that messed-up, amped-up sound forged from mixing electric pickups and acoustic instruments ... read moreCD
The Fela Kuti legacy is alive and well – in this smoking set from Femi Kuti, with superb backings from the Positive Force ensemble! The album really has the younger Kuti coming into his own – moving with a righteous message that's stronger than anything he's ever given us – and ... read moreCD
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
Lafayette Afro Rock Band —
Soul Makossa ... LP As The Record Turns, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)....
Amazing Afro Funk from one of the greatest groups of the genre – The Lafayette Afro Rock Band, a funky ensemble recording in Paris in the early 70s! The group were working in a hotbed of cross-cultural styles – and brought American funk rhythms firmly into play with African influences ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing music from Mali – quite different than most other albums we've heard from that scene in the 70s – with wonderful reed work that really lives up to the "jazz" in the group's name! The sound is bold and righteous, but with an other-worldly vibe too – a really ... read moreCD
Les Soeurs Blanches —
Missa Bantu ... LP Philips, Mid 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ....
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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
"Move" is an Afro Funk killer – but unlike anything else you might have heard! The cut's got these riffing guitars that are familiar for the scene, but captured with the sharpness of some South Bronx street jam – with Eno doing these English lyrics that are spoken more than ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Very nice bit of African funk from Ghana, recorded in LA, but with a nice hard sound that's sort of like some of the good Hugh Masekela LPs, and less like the sort of watered-down world music stuff you'd expect from A&M. There's lots of nice moments with good drum parts, and the group's also ... 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
A killer blend of Latin and African rhythms – topped by Kante Manfila's amazing work on guitar, which is produced with a range of weird and wonderful sounds! There's a quality to this music that's beyond easy description – a 60s blend of African roots and outside influences – ... read moreCD
Modern South African music from Foster Manganyi – really unique music a bit of breezy melodicism, thanks to Foster Manganyi's somewhat gruff, wholly (and holy...he's a pastor) vocals backed by sweeter female back up – over a hypnotic swirl of synthesizer, marimba, whistling and lean ... read moreCD
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
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 moreCD
Hats off to Hugh Masekela – one of the few artists who could record for the Casablanca label and never manage to lose his own sense of sound and spirit! The album's a surprisingly great one, filled with the kinds of subtle touches and earthy soul we've always loved in Hugh's music – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard funky soul with an Afrobeat backbone from Matata – who arrived on the London scene (via Kenya) in the mid 70s! Matata leaned mightily on the JBs for their groove, and laid out a heavy, rock solid variation on JBs funk with an African percussion base of congas and bongos at the core! ... read moreCD
One of the hippest albums ever cut by Letta Mbulu – a perfect mix of her Soweto roots and the funky styles of her adopted California home! The album's the only one that Mbulu ever recorded for Fantasy Records – and the style brings together those great sing-song vocal modes perfected ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Abbas Mehrpouya —
Soul Raga ... CD Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ....
Funky sitar work – but recorded in pre-revolution Iran – a really amazing blends of scenes and sounds from the legendary Abbas Mehrpouya! Abbas' music has hardly been heard outside of his own nation – especially given the cultural crackdown of the past 30 years – and this ... read moreCD
An incredible blend of sounds and styles – and one of the most enigmatic albums we've ever heard from the Ethiopian scene! Hailu Mergia plays alone here – but uses lots of overdubbing to layer together Fender Rhodes, accordion solos, and a rhythm machine – all mixed up in ways ... read moreCD
An incredible blend of sounds and styles – and one of the most enigmatic albums we've ever heard from the Ethiopian scene! Hailu Mergia plays alone here – but uses lots of overdubbing to layer together Fender Rhodes, accordion solos, and a rhythm machine – all mixed up in ways ... 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
Haunting Tuareg guitar from Mdou Moctar – an artist who's got a really fuzzy, freaky sort of vibe – a lot more psychedelic than some of his contemporaries on the West African scene! This recent recording has a really timeless feel – with the guitar right out front, in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massive music from Monomono – and a set of Afro Funk put together with a wonderful criss-crossing of sounds! The style here isn't just the familiar grooves you might expect – and instead, there's almost a post-colonial vibe going on – an ear towards London, and another towards ... read moreCD
Pure insanity from the mighty Mulatu – one of his few American albums from the 60s! The record's an incredible blend of New York Latin and some of the more Afro-styled grooves Mulatu explored more freely on his Ethiopian recordings – served up in a jazzy style that has plenty of vibes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant new recording from Mulatu – one that shows that the Ethiopian legend hasn't lost a bit of his edge in recent years! The sound here is still very strong and bold – that crucial blending of African roots and jazzy inflections that's made Mulatu one of the most influential ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mad grooves from the Ethiopian scene of the 70s – featuring work by the enigmatic Mulatu, plus some of the other extra-cool artists on that country's groundbreaking soul and funk scene! Mulatu plays Fender Rhodes and organ on his tracks – grooving with a slow, snakey approach that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mulatu Astatke Featuring Fekade Amde Maskal —
Ethio Jazz ... LP L'Arome (France), 1970s. New Copy (reissue)....
Mad funk from Ethiopia – classic work by the legendary Mulatu, one of Africa's heaviest artists of the 70s! Mulatu's been kind of a beathead secret for years – as most of his exotic grooves were never issued properly outside of Africa, and have only been the province of collectors who ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Searing sounds from 70s Zambia – from one of the hippest, funkiest, most sharp-edged groups on the scene! This sweet little set may well be the best album ever from Musi O Tunya – a perfect fusion of funky roots with lots of Afro Soul touches, and a wicked approach to the guitar that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Searing sounds from 70s Zambia – from one of the hippest, funkiest, most sharp-edged groups on the scene! This sweet little set may well be the best album ever from Musi O Tunya – a perfect fusion of funky roots with lots of Afro Soul touches, and a wicked approach to the guitar that ... read moreCD
A landmark album from Musi O Tunya – a set billed as one of the first Zamrock albums, but a record that's also got a fair bit of funk and jazz as well! The rhythms really take off once things get going – complicating things more than usual for this sort of outing – and opening ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nath & Martin Brothers —
Money ... LP Voodoo Funk (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)....
Afro Funk, but with a nice undercurrent of fuzz too – lots of nice flares around the guitars and keyboard bits, but always in way that keeps the funky rhythms right on track! Nath & Martin Brothers were the backing group on the famous Pax Nicholas album – but they work here on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An Afro Funk treasure from the 70s – a rare album recorded by Pax Nicholas, a singer and percussionist who was part of Fela's legendary Africa 70 band! The album's got a sound that definitely echoes that heritage, but with a groove that's pretty weird too – more stripped down than most ... 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 moreCD
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 moreCD
Amazing work from Nomo – a single that takes the group way past their Afro Funk roots! First up is a totally great cover of Sun Ra's "Rocket #9" – done with lots of skittish percussion really driving the bottom of the tune – and plenty of weird electric piano that ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A live recreation of Kpanlogo rhythms from West Africa recorded in London. Mustapha Tettey Addy and 4 other drummers lay down simple percussion patterns and sing playfully overtop and the dancing begins. Two long tracks – one for each side. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ponda O'Bryan Afro Drum Ensemble —
Ndama ... LP SMA (Netherlands), 1987. Near Mint- ....
A blistering set of Afro-Funk from the 70s – the debut of Ofege, a band of high school students at the time! There's a really trippy sound to the set, as the guitars figure strongly in the groove, and are often recorded with some slightly psychedelic touches – similar to Blo or some of ... read moreCD
A lively set of highlife tracks – recorded in English, Twi, and Krobo by Oscarmore Ofori – Ghanian composer and singer. The album's got a bouncy, optimistic feel that's typical of 60s African recordings of this nature – but it hits a few darker notes that keep things interesting ... 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
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
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard before – the rightly legendary musical legacy of William Onyeabor, one of the most enigmatic talents to come from the African scene of the 70s! The work here is all plenty darn funky, but it's also very different from familiar Afro Funk too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tremendous compilation of rare work by one of the hippest African groups of the 70s – the mighty Orchestra Baobab, a combo who wove together many different strands of jazz, funk, and soul! The tunes here are all live ones – recorded in the mid 70s in the group's home turf at Club ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Incredible West African grooves from Benin's Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – as hypnotic as any early 70s Afro sounds we can think of, and that's really saying something given the creative fertility of the period! The material here was recorded in Lagos, and was released the group's very ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 moreCD