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.)
The Fantasy debut of Dengue Fever – delivering beautifully on the promise of earlier work – a major step from one of the most adventurous groups anywhere! Dengue Fever have always been steeped heavily in 60s & 70s Cambodian rock, a style that blended myriad influences in its heyday ... 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 a cutout notch, some wear, and a small stain near the spine.)
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.)
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
2 album-side long ragas by Ali Akbar Khan – "Morning" and "Evening" – with added playing by Chatur Lal and Shirish Gor. Yehudi Menuhin provides a spoken introduction to each piece. LP, Vinyl record album
Also includes Ustad Ali Akbar Khan on lute and Pandit Mahapurush Misra on tabla. LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s stereo pressing!)
Ustad Ali Akbar Khan —
Halfmoon ... LP Metalanguage, 1982. Near Mint- ...
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(Cover has light wear.)
Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudoin —
Missa Luba ... LP Philips, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
One of the biggest world music hits of the 60s – a unique album that mixes Congolese songs with a new interpretation of the Latin mass! Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin are an ensemble of young singers with a very joyous sort of feel – one that works equally well for the traditional ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the extravagant gatefold cover, with booklet.)
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
An obscure release that compiles tracks from a number of different sessions by this legendary American soul jazz combo. The tracks are less soul jazz oriented than their records from the mid 70's, and much more oriented towards their big club sound from the early 80's. Plunky's still in the group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This UK Afro Funk group is slicking things up a bit for this 1973 album – but not in a bad way, because it actually kicks up the groove considerably. In fact, it almost sounds like they've been listening to a bit of War – because the the best tracks on the album have lots of that funky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although Osibisa were one of the most successful of the London-based Afro-funk groups, they were also one of the best. This cool first album is filled with (as the label says) "criss cross rhythms that explode with happiness". Translated, that means that the record's got lots of nice ... read moreLP, 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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Soul Brothers —
Isithembiso ... LP Soul Brother (South Africa), 1984. Near Mint- ...
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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
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
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
Hard and heavy grooves that lay somewhere in a space between baile funk and African hip hop – very bass-heavy material that's in the spirit of other Flamin Hotz releases! The set's billed as an EP, but really features enough for a full album – 6 tracks that are all long, loud, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best recordings of Balinese gamelan music you could hope to find! While not as straightly ethnographic as some of the other gamelan albums on the market, this selection of 9 tracks recorded in Bali is some of the most compelling work we've ever heard. Engineer David Lewiston does an ... read moreLP, 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