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
The second domestically released album from King Sunny Ade and His African Beats, with the wonderful Ju Ju sound ringing throughout every piece, from the up tempo numbers to the more mellow grooves. Interlocking, chirping guitar parts are layered over nicely percolating rhythms, 9 tracks in all: ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small split at one spot in the spine, but is otherwise great.)
An Afro Funk classic – killer solo work from Tony Allen – originally known as the drummer for Fela during his key years – stepping out here on his own with the Afrika 70 band! The album's a monster all the way through – every bit as great as any of Fela's 70s classics, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(Sealed, and still includes download card.)
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.)
A real classic from the great Fela Kuti – a seminal mid 70s record that not only shows his impeccable sense of rhythm, but also his sense of rage as well! The title track – "Expensive Sh_t" – is Fela's answer to the time that he got busted for dope, and was forced to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The kind of reissue that makes us glad we're alive! This rare early album by Fela has always been darn tough to find – and even though we have had it in on a 2-in-1 Japanese CD, it's great to have a vinyl copy, with the original cover art and everything! The album has 2 long tracks – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An impassioned attack on police and army violence in 70s Nigeria – and easily one of Fela Kuti's best-remembered albums of the time! The lead track – "Sorrow Tears & Blood" – is really tremendous – a wicked groove that begins with a very long electric piano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(FAK pressing from 1997.)
Fela & Africa 70 —
Yellow Fever ... LP Barclay (France), 1976/1999. Very Good+ (reissue)...
Beautiful reissue of this very hard to find Fela album from the mid 70s! The reissue has everything you'd find in the original – right down to the cool painting on the cover of some T&A being covered with "Soyoyo Cream Skin Bleacher"! The cut "Yellow Fever" 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.)
Nigerian grooves, recorded in the mid 70s by Prince Nico Mgbarga and his Rocafil Jazz group. Note that these guys use "jazz" loosely, and that the record's not actually a jazz/funk one – and that the tracks have a long, free-flowing sound that's more directly African than some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear, a small peeled spot from sticker removal and a touch of pen in one corner.)
Beryl McBurnie/Emory Cook/Sam Eskin —
Three Rituals ... LP Cook, Late 50s. Very Good- ...
Just Sold Out!
An interesting cross-section of cultures in this classic Cook Records ethnographic set – a "Shango Sacrificial Ritual", then "Yemenite Nightsongs", followed by Cuban "Tumba Francessa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, masking tape on the seams, a sticker on the front, and some stains.)
We have to be honest, we know a little bit about African music, but not a lot. So when we came across a small stack of African records, we scooped them up and put them online, but rather than insult those of you out there who know and love this stuff, we're just listing them at a nice price ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A sweet set of biguine jazz – with clarinet, piano, bass, and drums. LP, Vinyl record album
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
(Vinyl plays with a short click on side two, tracks 1 & 3.)
(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
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
A classic LP by Guy Warren, an enigmatic figure who skated around between the jazz and lounge worlds, and who did really have a faithful dedication to African drumming. He hung with Monk, and yet also had his "sounds" group record masterpieces of exotica like this album for RCA. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, some light stains, and a partially split top seam.)
Drums and chants – pretty sparely recorded, as if the record were done somewhere out in the wilds of Africa, but most likely recorded in the wilds of Hollywood! Tracks are of varying length – and the overall sound is pretty nice. Titles include "Miva", "Changoo", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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