King Sunny Ade —
Aura ... LP Island, 1984. Very Good+ ....
The third and tightest of Ade's albums for Island. The sound here is a hybrid of his Ju Ju style with a bit of Afrobeat thrown in, with Tony Allen guesting on one number. The percolating multi-guitar and talking drum sound that was Ade's signature keeps the set gliding along nicely. 6 longer ... 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 some light wear and aging.)
Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra —
Ayodegi ... LP Underdog (France), 2010. Very Good+ 2LP ....
Global jazz and funk from the excellent Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra – a group that works quite a timeless mode, actually – with strains of Nigerian jazz funk, Latin percussion and rhythms, 70s jazz funk and grittier funky soul throughout Ayodegi! What's so exceptional about this group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hypnotic Fuji music from Alhaji (Chief) Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and his Supreme Fuji Commanders! The rawly and heavily percussive sound is makes a strong sensory impact – with nicely recorded, echoey vocals out front of that thundering, though impressively rhythmic backdrop. The album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever contemporary recording on Soundway – but a set that's still got firm roots in the 70s African scene that's usually represented by the label! Batida is the brainchild of Portuguese DJ Mpula – who brings together samples from older Angolan recordings with contemporary ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
M'Bilia Bel —
Boya Ye ... LP Sterns (UK), 1985. Near Mint- ....
(Spine has one spot of old tape. Back cover has WGN Library letters. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Francisco Mora Catlett —
Mora! ... LP AACE, Early 80s. Near Mint- ....
A legendary early set from percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett – and a really sublime blend of spiritual jazz and Latin rhythms! Mora's percussion is definitely at the core – but the set also features wonderful contributions from Vincent Bowens on tenor and soprano sax, Jerome LeDuff ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet album of soulful jazz from trumpeter Johnny Coles – a wondeful talent who made a sad few albums as a leader! The record is quite different than Coles' earlier work for Epic and Blue Note – in that it's got the slightly electrified Mainstream sound of the 70s firmly in place ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky uptempo grooves from Manu Dibango, recorded on the heels of the success of his big "Soul Makossa" hit – and with a similar approach to the funk. The record's a bit more produced than Soul Makossa – with less of the hard funky cuts that were on that one, and more of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The massive first album from Hedzoleh Sounds – recorded before their better-known set with Hugh Masekela, and even heavier than that Afro Funk classic! The groove here is beautiful – warmer at times than other Afro Funk groups of their scene, yet never in a way that's soft, commercial, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first volume in Robert Brown's landmark documentation of the royal Javanese court gamelan. The sounds and style here are mesmerizing, and one can easily see the influence this sort of hypnotic pattern based percussive work had on Western composers like Steve Reich, with its rich overtones and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker and some tape on the spine.)
A relatively straight set of steel band tracks – but a nice one too! JP is Junior Pouchet, head of the Silver Stars Band – an ensemble who seemed to have gotten a fair bit of play in the early 70s explosion of steel band sounds. The album doesn't have any standout funk tracks, but the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A contemporary Afro combo, but one with a really unique twist – a focus on older Ghanaian styles of grooves, which makes them sound different than a lot of other groups of this nature! Unlike some of the more Nigerian-grooving groups out there these days, Konkoma take their inspiration from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really unusual work from Yusef Lateef – especially for the time! The set features Lateef on tenor and a range of different reed instruments – working with a Nigerian group on lots of regional instruments! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty great set – a bit folksier than most of Makeba's other work for Reprise, but recorded with a pretty lively groove on many numbers, a lot more interesting than some of Makeba's early work in the folk vein. The record includes a 7 minute version of "A Piece Of Ground", a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label mono promo. Cover has light wear, aging, a spot of tape on the spine, WGN Library letters and a promo sticker.)
A real rarity from Miriam Makeba – and a groovy one too! The set was recorded in LA, with help from The Crusaders, Arthur Adams, and David T Walker – with strings by David Axelrod! There's a righteous sound overall, and a nice undercurrent of funk – kind of like the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hugh's first album for Uni – and one that really lets him open up his groove! The record moves way past the short trumpet instrumental sound of earlier albums – into a complex groove that mixes Afro soul, LA funk, and loads of nice jazzy bits! The record's got a sound that's nicely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the cover with a picture of Hugh in a hat. Cover has light wear, a promo sticker, a spot of tape on the spine and WGN Library letters on the back.)
Early work by Hugh Masekela – recorded way before his big hits of the late 60s! The format is different than those recordings, too – with Hugh soloing on trumpet, over larger arrangements by Hugo Montenegro that have sort of a stock African soundtrack-y quality to them. The jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with the deep groove. Cover has a small split on the top seam.)
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
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear.)
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou —
Cotonou Club ... LP Strut (UK), 2011. Near Mint- 2LP ....
The first record in years from these Afro Funk giants – but don't hold it against them, as the whole thing's pretty darn wonderful! There's a rich, vibrant sound here that really lives up to the group's legacy from years back – and production is right on the money to keep things right ... 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
(Cover has some light wear and aging, with a bit of sticker residue on the front and a small stain on the back.)
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
(Cover has light wear. Vinyl has a click on one track.)
One of Astor Piazolla's beautiful expanded tango albums from the 70s – really groundbreaking work that still holds up beautifully today! For the set, Piazolla's usual modern bandoneon tangos are augmented by a set of lush orchestral arrangements that have an excellent romantic feel to them ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Insanely fantastic! Ananda Shankar was one of the hippest sitar players of the 60s – an artist who was not only steeped in the strongest traditions of Indian music heard in other more mainstream players, but one who also had a keen ear for modder and funkier grooves of the time! This rare ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo! Cover has a promo track list sticker, and masking tape on the top and bottom seams.)
An early 60s live set from Ravi Shankar – recorded at UCLA, but with a clarity of sound that rivals his studio albums from the time! The album features 2 long tracks – the extended raga "Madhuvanti", and the vocal number "Dhun In Mishra Mand" – both with Kanai ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear, seam splitting, and light stains on the back.)
Classic 60s work by Shankar – working here with Alla Rhaka on tabla and Shyam But Nagar on tamboura. The album features 3 long tracks – "Raga Marawa", which takes up all of side two, plus "Raga Bairaga" and "Nata Bhariravi". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet set of grooves from Sir Warrior – a record that seems to combine older high life modes with some of the electrified energy of the Nigerian Afro Funk scene of the 70s – a very hip blend that's spun out here over the course of two side-long tracks! Instrumentation is heavy on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soul Brothers —
Impimpi ... LP Soul Brothers (South Africa), 1989. Near Mint- ....
Raw, loose and rollicking gospel soul from the Congolese Spiritual Singers – with some sweet group vocals and arrangements that are in a bit an endearing mix of roots rock, blues, reggae and other global influences! Electric bass, drums, organ and guitar bring help with the rootsy touches, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
What a weird record! The group is a female quintet with a 60s girl group sound – mostly ballads with a few rock and roll numbers – and for some odd reason, they recorded for King records during the end of the label's history. (Who knows? Perhaps they were responsible for the company ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Spine has one spot of old tape. Top and bottom seams have masking tape. Cover has a promo sticker.)
Message ... LP Gramma (South Africa), 1989. Very Good+ ....
One of the greatest steel band records ever – and a hip hop sample classic from way back! Sure, there were other hip steel bands back in the 70s – but nobody else ever got as far as 20th Century – ending up on a major label, cutting some key funky covers, and crossing over with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album