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
Early work from a group who later grew into the famous Ikenga Super Stars Of Africa – recording here in London with a great raw sound – and an unusual mix of modes that's part Afro Funk, part something else entirely! The set's got that unique post-colonial vibe of some of the other ... read moreCD
Amazing work from Nomo – their greatest album so far, and an incredible step forward in styles! Nomo started out as an already-great Afro Funk combo – but over the past few records, they've picked up a really hip range of musical influences – spiritual jazz, electronica, ... 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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some stains on the seams, which are unglued.)
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
(US pressing on Capitol. Cover has discoloration due to aging, and some wear.)
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
(Very cool deluxe pressing – super-heavy cover and vinyl!)
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 moreCD
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
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album that definitely packs a powerful punch – thanks to a compelling blend of sounds from both London and Kenya, brought together in a whole new formation of African groove! The album's a wicked reworking of an older aesthetic – in a spirit that's similar to the really inventive ... read moreCD
Pan African Orchestra —
Opus 1 ... CD Real World, 1995. Used ....
Pazy & The Black Hippies —
Wa Ho Ha ... CD Secret Stash, 1978. New Copy ....
A weird little record from the Nigerian scene of the 70s – much more laidback than you might expect, and a set with a definite Jamaican influence too! At times, some of these tracks are almost more reggae than Afro Funk – although at other points, there's definitely the fierce energy ... read moreCD
Penny Penny —
Shaka Bundu ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. New Copy Gatefold ....
The debut album from Penny Penny – and a really unique record that's gone onto have legendary status over the years! Penny Penny was an little-known laborer, working far from the music business – but burst out strongly with this album's unique hybrid of contemporary rhythms and older ... read moreCD
Afro Funk mixed with lots of wah wah guitar – a wonderfully wicked set from the Polyrthmics, and one that's got an even sharper groove than ever before! These guys have all the right rhythms and horns to get an Afro Funk groove just right – but the guitar is often a bit tighter and ... read moreCD
A lost chapter from the late 60s/early 70s Ghana scene – a great mix of African rhythms & melodies with the raw grit of garage rock, the heavy groove of funk and soul, the swirling and fuzzed out guitars and organ of psychedelia – the Psycho African Beat of The Psychedelic Aliens! ... read moreCD
(Beautiful hardbound book style packaging – with a thick set of and photos and notes by band leader Carl Ricky Telfer!)
A Spanish group, but one with a sound that's heavy on Afro Funk – served up here in a culturally criss-crossing way that really lives up to the enigmatic title! There's some exotic moments that definitely echo the ancient strains you'd hear in Ethiopian and Egyptian funk – mixed with ... read moreCD
A Spanish group, but one with a sound that's heavy on Afro Funk – served up here in a culturally criss-crossing way that really lives up to the enigmatic title! There's some exotic moments that definitely echo the ancient strains you'd hear in Ethiopian and Egyptian funk – mixed with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful batch of contemporary tango tunes from Quinteto El Despues – a group that features some sublime work on bandoneon by Victor Hugo Villena! Villena's got these dark tones and deft turns in his phrasing – matched with bass, guitar, violin, and piano – used at a level ... read moreCD
An in-depth look at the Rail Band – an important musical force in Mali during the 70s and early 80s – initially supported by the national railway for work at their hotel (hence their name!), and initial home to African music superstars Salif Keita and Mory Kante! Most of the work on ... read moreCD
A third selection of work from the golden years of Mali's legendary Rail Band – and a set that digs even deeper than the first two volumes! Despite being third in the set, this volume features just as wide a range of work as the other two – mostly material from the 70s, plus a few ... read moreCD
Psychedelic keyboard grooves and funky sitar soundscapes from Sohail Rana – an accomplished Lollywood film music composer who also released some tripped out and more experimental records back in the day! Khyber Mail is just such a treasure – a great record that was funded by EMI ... 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
There were lots of funky steel drum bands during the early 70s – but this isn't one of them! Ronnie & crew are more in the straight steel drum mode – and they crank out mellow versions of hits like "Never On A Sunday", "Yellow Bird", "Somewhere My Love" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light stains.)
Rajesh Roshan —
Yaarana ... LP Polydor (India), 1980. Very Good Gatefold ....
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(Cover has some wear on one edge, and an India Gifts sticker on the edge.)
Incredible! This is a stunning set of African-inspired jazzy percussion tracks – similar to some of the work done by Art Blakey on his Orgy In Rhythm albums, but with a lot better horn work, and with an overall conception that's much more unified! AK Salim did some sleepier work for Savoy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Salty Dog —
Salty Dog ... CD Strawberry Rain, 1976. New Copy Gatefold ....
Plenty of fuzz and plenty of spirit – a wonderful debut from this African group of the 70s – a combo who work here with equal parts of influence from Jimi Hendrix and some of the other Zamrock groups of the time! Lyrics are in English, and have this blue-toned quality that's really ... read moreCD
Massive sounds from Scorpio – a group who've got just the right sort of sting you'd expect from their name! The album's got a Haitian music vibe at the start, but often shows some funkier American touches too – particularly in the way the rhythms come together on some of the harder ... read moreCD
Incredible live performances from this legendary Senegalese singer – a vocalist with a sensibility that goes way past the boundaries of language and culture – with a sound so expressive, we have to keep reminding ourselves we can't understand the lyrics of the songs! Mar Seck was a ... read moreCD
Incredible live performances from this legendary Senegalese singer – a vocalist with a sensibility that goes way past the boundaries of language and culture – with a sound so expressive, we have to keep reminding ourselves we can't understand the lyrics of the songs! Mar Seck was a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever by one of the most compelling figures in Indian music! Ananda Shankar's been chronicled elsewhere and often on these pages – so by this point, you probably already know that he's a renegade pioneer who combined funky grooves with sitars and tablas, forging a ... read moreCD
Two classic albums of Indian music – back to back on a single CD! The Music Of India features beautiful sounds from Sharan Rani – one of the few female sarod players on the Indian scene – stepping out here in a vintage session for the World Pacific label! The tracks are all ... read moreCD
Unusual stuff – a spoken word document on Haitian culture, presented entirely in French! Maurice Sixtoo has a pretty compelling speaking style – and the album features one long recitation, which takes up both sides of the record! CD
Heavy heady funk from the 70s Nigerian scene – a wicked little record that's unlike anything else we've heard before! SJOB is a combo made from ex-members of the group of Sonny Okosuns – all top-shelf players who've clearly got their chops down in the groove department, but are also ... read moreCD
Society Of Seven —
Flashback ... LP Silver Sword, Early 70s. Very Good+ ....
Seminal sounds from Son Palenque – one of the funkiest, earthiest groups to ever come from the Colombian scene – and an ensemble who draw so much inspiration from African styles, they've really found a musical bridge across the Atlantic! There's a fair bit of Afro Funk in the mix here, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A second collection of great stuff from Syrian vocalist Omar Souleyman put together by Sublime Frequences – straight up amazing stuff that combines Omar's often bursting, gritty vocals with sputtering low fi electronics and rhythms! Most of the tunes are boisterous Dabke party tunes, a few ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The third collection of striking Syrian recordings from singer Omar Souleyman on Sublime Frequencies – and the label is 3 for 3 in fever inducing amazement for us – frenzied Arabic dance and party music from the mid 90s to late 00s! The material ranges from Syrian dabke to Iraqi choubi ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easily the best work we've ever heard from the Souljazz Orchestra – a set that pushes their sound way past their Afro Funk-styled roots – into a realm of spiritual sounds that really live up to their name! The jazz component is even stronger than before – really wonderful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real smoker from Staff Benda Bilili – a record that really grooves right from the start, and which more than holds its own as a musical text – even away from the group's unique stature! Tracks are mostly upbeat, and filled with a frenzy of percussion and guitar – and vocals ... read moreCD
An amazing mix of modes from the Super Djata Band – a record that has deep Malian roots in the rhythms, but which also offers up some key electric touches on guitar – served up here with plenty of lead solos from Zani Diabate! And when we say "lead", we don't mean the kind of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stellar work from Zani Diabate and the Super Djata Band – a classic early 80s album by the combo, but one with a feel that's instantly timeless as well! The rhythms here are relatively spare, but very striking – usually these interweaving basslines and subtle percussive parts – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's impossible to simmer down with a groove this great – a wicked blend of African funk and fuzzier psych touches – all served up by Nigeria's legendary Survival! The set was recorded at Ginger Baker's Arc Studios, and has his own blend of rootsy elements, complicated rhythms, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tall National —
Kaani ... CD Fat Cat, 2013. New Copy ....
A key American release for one of the most popular bands in Niger – a really unique ensemble whose sound definitely reflects their cultures place at the crossroads of north Africa! The music is heavy on guitars – criss-crossing in ways that clearly take inspiration from high-life, but ... read moreCD
A key American release for one of the most popular bands in Niger – a really unique ensemble whose sound definitely reflects their cultures place at the crossroads of north Africa! The music is heavy on guitars – criss-crossing in ways that clearly take inspiration from high-life, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool little track – one that's got an Afro Funk vibe, but at a pace that's much slower and moodier than usual! The beats have a nicely space feel, and they're interwoven with these little keyboard bursts that sound very cool and trippy – really keeping the right pace to move ... read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Ebo Taylor —
Conflict ... CD Essiebons/Mr Bongo (UK), 1980. New Copy ....
Beautiful work from the great Ebo Taylor – long tracks filled with the kind of grooves that have made him a funky favorite over the years – and which have kept him going strong into the 21st Century! There's a really unique feel to this record – lots of jazzy inflections that go ... read moreCD
Ebo Taylor at his finest – stepping out here in a wicked set of work from the 70s – filled with upbeat rhythms, sweet instrumental touches, and a heck of a lot of soul! There's a bubbling undercurrent in the rhythms that's almost Caribbean at times, yet the overall groove is a lot ... read moreCD
Pierre Didy Tchakounte —
Magabe Man ... LP MSKA (France), Early 80s. Near Mint- ....
A great group from the contemporary scene in Mali – one that's graced by some excellent Tuareg guitar lines from Mohamed Issa Ag Oumar, who plays his instrument with a really nice range of melancholy tones! There's a special quality to the work here – very personal expressions of ... read moreCD
Maybe the greatest record so far from Tinariwen – and a set that definitely has them really honing their amazing guitar-based skills, yet all without sounding commercial or crossover at all! The album's got a fullness that we've never heard before from the group – kind of a righteous ... read moreCD
A groove that's way different than the disco you might hear on this side of the Atlantic in the late 70s – more a tight Afro Funk approach, served up here with riffing guitars and lots of tight horns that descend in a really cool way with the vocals! "We Like To Party" follows in a ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Comes with a cool poster on the front!)
Makan Badje Tounkara —
Sodjan ... CD Buda (France), 2012. New Copy ....
Beautiful sounds from Makan Badje Tounkara – a Malian griot who works here on a small-stringed lute with a really evocative style! The recording is contemporary, but the core instrument has a really ancient feel – not surprising, given that its origins go back to ancient Egypt – ... read moreCD
Sidi Toure —
Alafia ... CD Thrill Jockey, 2013. New Copy ....
Stunning sounds from Sidi Toure – an artist who's been making music for quite a few years now, but seems to get better and better with each new release! This set's got a wonderful sense of flow right from the start – a warm blend of Sidi's guitar and vocals with additional lead guitar ... read moreCD
Stunning sounds from Sidi Toure – an artist who's been making music for quite a few years now, but seems to get better and better with each new release! This set's got a wonderful sense of flow right from the start – a warm blend of Sidi's guitar and vocals with additional lead guitar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A previously-unreleased live performance from the legendary Lobi Traore – and a wonderful way to hear the power of his music at work on the scene in Mali! The performance has a crispness that's different than some of Traore's studio recordings – maybe a bit more spontaneous and ... read moreCD
A previously-unreleased live performance from the legendary Lobi Traore – and a wonderful way to hear the power of his music at work on the scene in Mali! The performance has a crispness that's different than some of Traore's studio recordings – maybe a bit more spontaneous and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Finnish traditional chanting with ambient backing. CD
Movin' On ... LP Teal/Invisible City Editions (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)....
An unusual later album from Witch – one that has a sweet funky style at the core – a mode that shows the group picking up a fair bit of disco and club from the American scene, and fusing it with their older Zamrock styles to create a really unique sound overall! At times, the record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
African rhythms with a distinctively Ethiopian inspired sound from Woima Collective – with even more dexterous percussive textures than on their earlier work – nicely layered underneath some snakey, hypnotic horns and psych funk guitar grooves! The players include veterans of ... 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
(Olympic pressing in the blue photo cover.)
Youssou N'Dour —
Set ... CD Virgin, 1990. Used ....
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
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 combines the second and third volumes in Pharaway's look at Ahmad Zahir – a charismatic singer who rose to huge fame in ... read moreCD
An incredibly beautiful record – one scored to accompany a "photo novel" included in the set! The work brings together vocals from Congolese singers and musicians Ray Lema, Kanda Bongo Man, and Bony Bikaye – plus a range of light strings, percussion, and electronics – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime vocal work from a contemporary Georgian ensemble – but one who work strongly in the best ancient modes of the Eastern world! The group have an amazing polyphonic approach – voices rising and falling, crossing and turning, coming together in a way that's far more than usual ... read moreCD