King Sunny Ade's first major label LP, that helped him bring his juju music to the world. The blueprint of juju's laid down hear, with loads of intertwining guitar lines and tallking drums chattering away in a driving but never-too-busy fashion underneath. Includes "Sunny Ti De Arya", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With vocals by Mahendrea Kapoor and Lata Mangeshkar. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, some seam splitting, and staining on parts of the bottom half, with some other stains and a bit of pen on the back.)
Christie Azumah & The Uppers International —
Din Ya Sugri ... LP Superfly (France), 1974. Near Mint- (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Great Ghana grooves from the 70s – a smoking set that features some lead vocals from Christie Azuma, but lots more sweet sounds from The Uppers International Dance Band – a really well-titled combo, given the positive spirit of their music! The tunes bubble along wonderfully in this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Supposedly, this is one of the many incarnations of the group that's better known under the names Lafayette Afro-Rock Band and Ice. The material here is more in the vein of work by Ice – in that it's kind of faster Afro-Funk inspired grooves, with bass, guitar, organ, and lots of keyboards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Later work from the combo also known as Lafayette Afro Rock Band and Ice – but still pretty darn nice – and served up in a style that has more straight Afro-Funk grooving than you'd expect! There's a nicely tight small combo feel to the whole thing – more African than before, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, some edge wear, and a peeled spot on front.)
Charlie's Roots —
Hammer ... LP Charlie's, Mid 80s. Very Good ...
Afro grooves galore – all taken to rich new territory in the hands of a few contemporary mixers! The set's based around a core track – "Prudence", sung and played by Cheick Hamala Diabate – with great work on ngoni in the lead – a hip stringed instrument that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album of Manu Dibango's that was released after his big hit "Soul Makossa", but which was actually recorded before, in a very heavy Afro Funk mode! Manu plays organ and piano, as well as his usual soprano sax, and the tracks include "Weya", "Tom Tom", "Pepe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some tape residue along the opening.)
Eddie & The Movements —
Legal ... LP WB, Mid 80s. Very Good ...
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(Vinyl has a short click on side two, track one. Cover has some edge wear and light ringwear.)
Original cast production of this semi-popular musical from the early 70s – a collection of South African tunes performed by a large uncredited cast. The tunes have a nice groove that's sort of in the Miriam Makeba soul mode, mixed with others that get a bit more folksy and use a lot of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has bubbles in the gloss and small stickers.)
Truly fantastic stuff – and one of the hardest Fela records to find! The record features a guest appearance by Sandra Akanke Isidore on vocals, but most of the singing's still done by Fela, and the band features Tony Allen on drums, plus the usual suspects. "Upside Down" is a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a promo ink stamp on the back.)
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a peeled mark on the front, and a light stain on the back.)
Great early work from Hugh Masekela! The record features all instrumental tracks – all short, and with Hugh's funky South African trumpet rolling over the top! The overall sound is a lot less slick than on some of his late 60s hits – and you can really hear his roots in the South ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work from Hugh Masekela – and the album that pushed him over the top! The record features his version of "Grazin In The Grass", a runaway instrumental hit when it was issued – and a sly little groover that was based upon some earlier South African pop melodies that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly nice album for A&M, and one in which Letta's funky African soul style gets a bit more of an LA studio sound. The record features backing by a lot of well-known funky studio players, and Herb Alpert produced the record with a nice sound that still keeps Letta's rich voice in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Nice uptempo modern afro funk by Sonny Okosuns from the mid 80s. 4 stretched out grooves, with less of the syncopated approach or raw funk of Fela, but still with a great post disco feel that never loses its distinctly Nigerian vibe. Pulsing interwoven guitar lines keep the tracks moving along ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and a gouge on the front.)
A killer album of Afro Funky tracks, and certainly one of Olatunji's best! The record was recorded in the early 70s, and it features Olatunji breaking past his usual heavy blend of African percussion, into a vein that's a lot more tinged with jazz and soul touches. He gets some great help on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Olatunji's best LPs, and a record that breaks out of his usual straight hard percussion stuff by adding some jazz players like Yusef Lateef, Clark Terry, and George Duvivier. There's also some singers augmenting the ensemble, but they drop out in parts, and the percussion and jazz take over. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye mono pressing. Cover has some wear, a few small stains, and a partially split bottom seam.)
Later material from Osibisa, who have lost some of their harder Afro-Funk edge, and are working here more as an ensemble funk outfit, with a sound that's similar to some of the bigger American groups of the time. Titles include "Do It (Like It Is)", "Uhuru", "Sunshine ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
Other Brothers with Pierre Noles —
Ay Bo Le ... LP Trans Canada (Canada), Early 60s. Very Good- ...
Reebop Kwaku Baah —
Reebop ... LP Island, 1972. Very Good ...
One of those British sessions from the early 70s that mix African grooves with British prog rock, in a mode that's similar to some of the Ginger Baker albums from the same time. Percussionist Anthony Reebop Kwaku Baah sings on the whole record, but the real strength comes from the ensemble backing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Vinyl plays with a short click on side 2, track 2.)
(Cover appears to have been signed by the group on back.)
David Rudder, Charlie Roots & Others —
This Is Soca ... LP Sire, 1987. Very Good+ 2LP ...
One LP of Soca numbers by David Rudder and Charlie Roots, with 'Calypso Music", "Jourvert Music", "Yes Darling", "Bahia Girl", "Kojak", "Permission To Mash Up The Place" and others. The second album features numbers by Shadow, Natasha, Baron, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy-duty 2LP set that documents Ravi's music festival in India – one that features work by him and other Indian musicians like Sabri Khan, Laskshmi Shankar, Sharad Kumar, and Jitendra Abhisheki. Titles include "Raga Kirwani", "Raga Mishra Gara, Teental", "Doh ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title tells it all – as Ravi delivers three long ragas, with backing on tabla and tamboura. A nice one to plug in and drop out to – with the 28 minute-long "Raga Jog", plus "Raga Simhendra Madhyaman" and "Raga Ahir Bhairav". LP, Vinyl record album
A sweet jazz set that has Rudy Smith on steel drums, working with a Danish piano trio – on long tracks that include Coltrane's "Impressions", plus "Blues For Egar", "Blues L'Amoise", and "Song For Ginger". LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful mix of modes here – steel drums and jazz, wrapped together in a sound that's quite different than most other work of its nature! Usually, we're not the biggest fans of steel drum records – because while they might have a few good moments, they've also got plenty of schlock. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Society Of Seven —
Flashback ... LP Silver Sword, Early 70s. Very Good+ ...
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Soweto Teachers' Choir —
U Shaka ... LP Gallo (South Africa), 1983. Near Mint- ...
Tala (Tala Andre Marie) —
Tala 81 ... LP Andy's (Cameroon), 1981. Near Mint- ...
Includes the wicked funk track "Get Up Tchamassi" – plus some other more traditional Afro-styled groovers – like "Hop Sy Trong", "Gue Ghokte Wo", "What Your Problem", and "Mete Ne Mse". LP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has some light water damage – but vinyl is nice.)
Afro-soul from Tala – a set that has a nice range of modes, all of them pretty groovy! The title track is a stunning slow soul number – definitely inspired by James Brown's "It's A Man's World" – but some other tracks sparkle with a bit more boogie too – a key ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pretty great work from Toure Kunda – one of the best of the New Africa acts to record for Celluloid during the 80s! The album's got a bit of electro modernism in the mix, thanks to production by Bill Laswell – and guest keyboards by Bernie Worrell. The overall sound is very tight, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a crease on one corner.)
A very hip record – especially for the sometimes square Solid State label! The group is a very percussion-heavy one, with slight touches of jazz, and a very Afro-centric approach that is said to have "mixed appeal" in the liner notes. Wali plays conga and bongos, and does a bit of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and small splits on the top and bottom seams, with staining along the spine, in the top right corner, and inside the gatefold.)
Some of the hippest sounds ever recorded on the Afghan scene – and a great reminder that the nation's got some standout music if you know where to look! The package is the third whopping volume in Pharaway's look at Ahmad Zahir – a charismatic singer who rose to huge fame in the 70s, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Way cooler than the usual score you might expect – as the record not only features the main theme, plus some ethnographic recordings – but also includes cuts by Fela, Toure Kunda, and Youssou N'Dour! LP, Vinyl record album
Nothing too dirty about this jazz – especially considering that the "south" in the title is actually the Caribbean – an overlooked hotbed of creative improvisational activity! The album's similar to some of the other Caribbean jazz recorded by Cook Records at the time – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing, in a black sleeve with Cook logo and title sticker.)
Lively upbeat songs from high in the Andes with the kena, antaro and zampona flutes accompanied by guitar, bass, and percusion. Tracks include "El Condor Pasa", "Vasija De Barro", "Selvas Virgenes", "La Bandenita", "Alborozo Kolla", "El ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Most of these songs are percussion tracks, with singing and chanting overtop. Instruments include cow bells, wooden clappers, finger bells, crow-bar, yuroba talking drum, and the thumb piano. Recorded by Ivan Annan. Tracks include "Akoroah Anumah", "Agbaja", "Simpa" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some tearing and tape residue around the edges.)
Recorded in N'guni villages for the film, produced by Cornel Wilde. Most of these tracks are smaller vocal groups chanting in nice rhythmic form, with minimal percussion accompanying. The tracks on side 1 were used directly in the production, and are nicely focused and seem rehearsed (in a good ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy original pressing – with orange-tinted cover, and book!)
A surprisingly great set of African tracks – surprising because they were recorded as part of an ABC documentary from the 60s, but end up having a really great ethnographic feel! The album features work from all over the continent – recordings from Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Senegal, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album