Wonderful work by one of the best Latin-styled groups to emerge from the African scene over the past few decades – a combo who've fully integrated a range of Afro-Cuban influences – so much so that they can easily challenge the best Latin ensembles of New York! This smoking set sits ... read moreCD
Very hip sounds from Al Jawala – a mix of Mid-East instrumentation and jazz, served up in a way that hearkens back to some of the earliest world jazz experiments of Ahmed Abdul-Malik, but definitely done with a contemporary twist as well! The reed work alone is wonderful – alto from ... read moreCD
Stunning Afro Funk grooves! Fela's legendary drummer, Tony Allen, leads the set on both of these rare albums – nicely packaged onto 2 individual CDs that are like tiny record sleeves, complete with all the original cover art and everything! The groove on the record is pure Fela – and ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Yekte ... CD Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy ....
Unusual sounds from Alpay – an artist who perfectly shows the unique east/west crossroads that ran through the Turkish scene of the 70s! At one level, Alpay's as Western as you might guess from his look on the cover – and attempts here to serve up rockish tracks aimed at the mainstream ... read moreCD
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley —
Simigwa ... CD Academy, 1975. New Copy ....
A holy grail of 70s African Funk – and not just for the unusual look of the cover! The set's a really unique one – almost rootsier than most of the better-known Ghanian grooves of the time, but funkier too – with a brilliant blend of raw percussion, quirky basslines, and some ... read moreCD
(Limited to 1500 copies. CD comes with a 15 x 15 poster of the cover art.)
Incredible vocals from Khaira Arby – soaring out with this sense of power and pride that really blows away most of her contemporaries on the Saharan scene! There's a universal appeal to the music that goes way beyond the boundaries of language and culture – a quality that makes us feel ... read moreCD
A seminal bit of funky Afrojazz from the DC scene of the 70s! The album features work by percussionist Okyerema Asante, and also includes sax work by Plunky Nakabinde – best known as the leader of the group Oneness Of Juju. Plunky's influence can really be felt strongly on the set – ... read moreCD
A definite eclectic groove here – music that has its roots in Mandingo and Dioula rhythms, but also features a fair bit of American funk and soul touches too – sometimes in the heavy grooves on the bottom, sometimes in the rumbling basslines and guitar parts too! The collection is a ... read moreCD
One of the most compelling combinations of global styles we've heard in awhile – a great second set from Belgian-Congolese artist Baloji! The set's got an unusual approach that's rooted in African instrumentation, run through European filters, and imbued with a bit of hip hop energy – ... read moreCD
A wonderful testament to the legacy of Malian singer, flute player and group leader Sorry Bamba – documenting his years leading the Kanaga Orchestra Of Mopti throughout the 1970s – and a great, vital release on Thrill Jockey! The region's musical heritage is intergral to Sorry Bamba's ... read moreCD
An awe-inspiring mother lode of classic Guinean grooves from one of Africa's greatest bands! Senegal's Orchestra Baobab have become the media favorite of Africa's golden era, but it only takes one spin of this fabulous anthology to realize that Bembeya Jazz National were as good as any band the ... read moreCD
Gyedu Blay Ambolley —
Sekunde ... CD Hippo (Netherlands), 2012. New Copy ....
A great new album from this 70s Afro Funk legend – work that shows that Gydeu Blay Ambolley hasn't lost a bit of his groove over the years! There's a really great approach to the album that keeps things fresh – a sound that's lean and stripped-down, and not overproduced at all – ... read moreCD
Mindblowing sounds from Blo – easily one of the most compelling groups of the African scene of the 70s – summed up perfectly here in this really essential set! Blo began as an Afro-rock combo, but grew to have plenty of funky touches too – which means that the set's got amazing ... read moreCD
The first album from Chicago Afrobeat Project – and a set that rivals any of the best Afro Funk out there on other scenes of late! We'll be honest in saying we'd actually missed this one the first time around, but the group's recent fame has led us back to this one – and it's every bit ... read moreCD
A magnificent set from the Chicago Afrobeat Project – the kind of group that makes us plenty proud we live in the Windy City! The record's got a quality that's a bit more ambitious than you might guess – a complicated style that's still plenty grooving, but which really features some ... read moreCD
Sprightly, modernist Kollywood pop from the mid 80s – beautifully sung by KS Chithra, with the boundary-busting sounds and arrangements of Ilaiyaraaja! The songs are wonderful, time-honored regional pop sounds – traditionally-constructed songs blended with some 80s studio touches ... read moreCD
Unusual grooves from the Colombia scene – a contemporary pan-Atlantic style that brings together older African modes with some of the Latin influences from Colombia! Elements of soukous, highlife, and Afro-Beat come into play with romping Latin percussion and some slight contemporary ... read moreCD
A massive set from Nigeria's CS Crew – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The bass is super-heavy on these grooves – way more so than on other Afro Funk records of the time, and in ways that easily match, if not beat, the early best by Fatback Band and Kool & The Gang ... read moreCD
Paco De Lucia —
Almoraima ... CD Philips/Universal (Spain), 1976. New Copy ....
A brilliant 70s set from guitarist Paco DeLucia – one that really shows him stretching out with even more pride and power than before – finding that really unique groove that was part jazz, part flamenco, but really something very special of his own! Paco's got a highly rhythmic way ... read moreCD
A flamenco fantasy from the legendary Paco De Lucia – one served up with a sound that's a lot more revolutionary than you might guess from the title and cover! Sure, the style is rooted in older Spanish modes – but Paco's approach here is really freewheeling and personal – ... read moreCD
Sublime early work from guitarist Paco De Lucia – working here with Ricardo Modrego on second guitar, in a wonderful batch of new readings of the work of Federico Garcia Lorca! The tunes are all instrumental, but have a richness that goes beyond words – amazing guitar interplay pulled ... read moreCD
A lovely little take on the flamenco sound of Spain – one that pairs the guitar of Paco De Lucia with that of Ramon De Algeciras, and adds in a bit of larger orchestrations as well! The tunes are hardly "hits" in the American mode – more famous numbers that are recast ... read moreCD
Pretty great work from Dengue Fever – a group who draw heavily from Cambodian sounds of the 60s and 70s, but manage to come up with a unique groove that's all their own! The album's quite possibly the group's best so far – a really bizarre blend of sounds that stands wonderfully ... read moreCD
Incredibly funky work from Manu Dibango – a set that's easily as great as his classic Soul Makossa album – but which is a lot more obscure overall! The work's got a fiercely-jamming quality all the way through – lots of rumbling percussion at the bottom, and also a bit of ... read moreCD
Abdou Diop —
Nootee ... CD Sterns (UK), 2012. New Copy ....
Senegalese singer Amadou Diop with a beautiful set for Sterns Africa! Abdou's voice is rightly out front in the mix – but instrumentally, his musicians do a terrific job of highlighting Senegal tradition, albeit with clean, modern and contemporary sound. It's a blend of acoustic and ... read moreCD
Dur-Dur Band —
Volume 5 ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1987. New Copy ....
Somali sounds from the late 80s – a wonderful set of grooves from the Dur Dur Band – originally issued only on cassette, and lovingly restored here on some more enduring formats! The style is pretty darn funky – maybe some of the latest Afro Funk grooves we've heard from the ... read moreCD
A sublime second album on Thrill Jockey from Extra Golden – a more cohesive blend Kenyan benga and reverent American groove rock! The globally stretched partnership of the group continues on in honor of the deceased co-founding guitarist/singer/composer Otieno Jagwasi for this one. Opiyo ... read moreCD
Fairuz/Rahbani Brothers —
AL Mahatta ... CD Voix De L'Orient (Lebanon), 1973. Used ....
Hard to go wrong with a set like this – because in our opinion, just about every track recorded by Fela is a "best" – which makes the collection a massive batch of goodness all the way through! Every track here is presented in its original extended version – a dozen ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds from Fela – a previously-unreleased live show from the mid 80s! Given that there's very few live recordings of Fela at all, the album's quite a treasure – and is almost even more important, as it's one of the few from a time when Fela was hardly recording at all – ... read moreCD
The full-length version of the Army Arrangement album, issued here with 3 long tracks – "Army Arrangement", "Cross Examination", and "Government Chicken Boy". The record was recorded in 1985, with Bill Laswell producing, and it's got a bit more of an electro ... read moreCD
A strong return to a classic 70s Afro Funk groove from Fela! The CD features tracks from 2 albums – "Beasts Of No Nation" and "Overtake Don Overtake Overtake" – both 30 minute long tracks recorded at the end of the 80s, when Fela was getting back to his roots, but ... read moreCD
(Out of print original pressing. Does not include slipcase in image. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
A great place to start with Fela! This 2CD set features the "best best best best" of Fela's classic mid 70s recordings – and it includes a total of 13 cuts, with some of them obviously edited down to shorter takes than the extended ones that appear on the full LPs. With all the ... read moreCD
Two beautiful albums from one of the most difficult periods of Fela's life. "Coffin For Head Of State (Part 1 & 2)" is a mournful dirge-like track (although not without a good deal of funk), written around the death of Fela's mother from an attack on his Kalakatua Republic. "Unk ... read moreCD
The horns here are plenty free – soaring over the top of some tight Afro Funk rhythms that are mixed with loads of great keyboard parts too! The vibe is a bit different than the usual Fela-inspired combo of this type – a bit fresher and more contemporary, with this fluid feeling that ... read moreCD
The great K Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas self-titled set from 1976 – trailblazing work that helped cement Frimpong's legend! The singer is backed on it by the group Vis-a-Vis, as he would be on the equally great and similarly titled album from the following year, appearing as his ... read moreCD
A second amazing set of guitars from Agadez – this time around from Group Bombino, who have a slightly warmer sound than Group Inerane – but one that's equally great as well! The tunes build up sparely from percussion, guitar parts, and vocals from the group – sung together in a ... read moreCD
A great live recording of Banjul, Gambia's Guelewar group – captured at the Canari Club de Kaolack in Senegal in 1982! Guelewar is considered one of the more experimental groups of the region, but that's not to say that there sound is any less hypnotic or danceable – it's certainly ... read moreCD
A Belgian take on the Congotronics vibe – not done in the same musical style necessarily, but definitely grabbing that great spirit for homemade instruments and unique stylistic hybrids! There's a punky, funky sort of vibe going on here – but one that also has more laidback qualities ... read moreCD
A heady set from mid 70s South Korea – the debut album from a mighty edgey little trio! The album's not nearly as psych as some of the other Korean efforts from the period – as the group's got a tight groove on most numbers, with a definite funk influence on the drums and bass – ... read moreCD
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
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
Keletigui Et Ses Tambourinis —
Syliphone Years ... CD Sterns (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ....
A beautiful package of work from Keletigui Et Ses Tambourinis – a group who've never been represented this well in the reissue market – finally getting their due in a well-done 2CD set! The sound of the group's a bit different than some of their contemporaries – a haunting blend ... read moreCD
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
Really lovely music from Amira Kheir – a singer who works here mostly in Arabic, and blends Sudanese roots with some warmer jazz instrumentation! The record's got a wonderful hybrid that's very compelling – not commercial at all, or faked in any way too far from its roots – but ... 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 moreCD
A great one from Nigerian bandleader, composer and multi-instrumentalist Peter King – working in a funkier mode here than on the more jazz and roots based groove of his first record! The highlife sound is still a vital component, but on this one, Peter embraces a harder hitting approach on ... read moreCD
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
A group with a sound like no other – one that features home-made electronics and amplification, and an array of highly-percussive instrumentation that includes thumb pianos, megaphones, microphones, and old car parts! Konono's been making this music for the past 25 years – working in ... 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
Killer new Afro Funk! This is an excellent package of tracks that features Femi Kuti's last album – Shoki Shoki – remixed by a host of excellent DJs! The cut "Beng Beng Beng" is handled by Ashley Beedle, I-Cube, and Mateo & Matos; "Truth Don Die" is redone by ... read moreCD
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
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 moreCD
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
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
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
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
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
Monoswezi ... CD Parallel Thought (Norway), 2010. Used ....
Just Sold Out!
Village ... CD World Music Network, 2012. Used ....
Just Sold Out!
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
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