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Rita AbatziI'm Burning, I'm Burning – Beautiful & Haunting Greek Urban Songs 1933 to 1937 ... LP
Mississippi, Mid 30s. New Copy ... $12.99
Forget that you can't understand the language, forget that you may not have heard the style before – this music is amazing, and completely captivating right from the start! Rita Abatzi has this incredibly moving voice that goes way beyond the barriers of language or culture – quite ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a bonus booklet of notes!)

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Afro FunkBody Music (plus download) ... LP
Kabana/Secret Stash, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.98
They're not kidding with the name of this group – because the set's a masterpiece of 70s Afro Funk – totally great all the way through! The combo has African origins, but they're recording here in London – which makes for a really wonderful criss-crossing of cultural modes – ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Very limited, numbered edition – and includes code for digital download.)

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Afrobeat MakersAfrobeat Makers – Tony Allen Rhythms Revisited Vol 2 ... LP
Comet (France), 2014. New Copy ... $21.99
Tracks from the great Tony Allen – but completely remade here with a complicated set of rhythms and very tripped-out style of production! Doctor L features very heavily on the record (which also has contributions from Thiago Franca and Mps Pilot) – and the whole thing reminds us a lot ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Edip AkbayramEdip Akbayram ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1974. New Copy ... $25.99
A seminal debut set from Edip Akbanyram – a 70s Turkish singer whose music is every bit as compelling as arabesk rock by Baris Manco or Erkin Koray! Like both of those artists, Edip mixes older Anatolian roots with a freakier, fuzzier style from the psych generation – mixing electric ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Edip Akbayram ... CD 16.99

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AlpayYekte ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy ... $25.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album

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Gyedu-Blay AmbolleySimigwa ... LP
Academy, 1975. New Copy ... $14.99 22.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1500 copies.)
Also available Simigwa ... CD 11.99

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AntibalasAntibalas (with bonus download) ... LP
Daptone, 2012. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Amazing sounds from one of the best funky combos anywhere – ever! Antibalas have certainly risen to fame in the years since we first heard their Afro-styled grooves – working famously in the Fela musical, and reaching generations of ears with their own brilliant records. Yet ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for full album download.)

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New Pierre AntoineKalabuley Woman ... LP
Hot Casa (France), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
The album's only got two long tracks – but both of them are more than enough to make it great! "Kalabuley Woman" takes up all of side one – and the tune's got this wickedly dubby approach to funk – almost like Cymande at the start, but then filled up with all these ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Super heavy cover and vinyl – with poster too!)

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BatidaBatida (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2012. New Copy ... $12.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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Ali BirraAmmalele ... LP
Mississippi/Little Axe/Domino Sound, 1976. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the rarer Ethiopian recordings we've heard from the 70s – and one of the most compelling, too! The sounds here are just as haunting as more familiar Ethiopian music, but also have a nicely unbridled feel too – almost a bit rough at times, especially in the way the rhythms unfurl ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a great insert of notes, too!)

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Black Truth Rhythm BandIfetayo (180 gram pressing with bonus 7" single & download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $25.99
Wow! The one-and-only album by Trinidadian combo Black Truth Rhythm Band – a completely incredible one at that – hypnotic Caribbean funky soul, jazz and wildly impressive musicianship all around by this group led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Oluko Imo. The record was made in ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Ifetayo (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 18.99

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BloChapter One ... LP
EMI/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Chapter One ... CD 10.99

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BloPhase II (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strawberry Rain, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99
A 70s Afro Funk classic from Blo – really trippy grooves from this legendary Nigerian trio – and arguably their greatest album ever! Rhythms here are tremendous – not the usual sort of Afro style, and instead tightly focused at the roots, and coming off with this blistering blend ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – with heavy vinyl and cover, and insert too!)

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BombinoAgamgam 2004 (2014 Record Store Day Release) (with bonus download) ... LP
Glitterbeat (Germany), 2004. New Copy Gatefold ... $28.99
The first real album from Tuareg guitarist Bombino – recorded acoustically around a campfire in the desert, with an intimate feel that's different from other work on that scene! The guitar work is surprisingly deft, and is mixed with Bombino's vocals – and songs include his own ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download code!)

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CS CrewFunky Pack ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Funky Pack ... CD 10.99

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Debruit & AlsarahAljawal (plus download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
Weirdly wonderful sounds from Debruit & Alsarah – a duo who offer up their own take on older Sudanese modes – but with a very stripped-down style overall! Most numbers feature just Alsarah's lovely vocals atop beats and keys from Xavier Thomas – used in modes that evoke older ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download too!)
Also available Aljawal ... CD 9.99

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Dur-Dur BandVolume 5 ... LP
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1987. New Copy 2LP ... $18.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Volume 5 ... CD 8.99

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Alemayehu EsheteAlemayehu Eshete 1967 to 1974 ... LP
Mississippi, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
Incredible work from one of the most important Ethiopian artists of the 70s – a smoking set of vintage recordings from Alemayehu Eshete – some of them plenty darn funky too! As you'd guess from his picture on the cover, guitar is Eshete's main instrument – used in these twangy ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Family AtlanticaFamily Atlantica (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2013. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99
A brilliant criss-crossing of group from this cool trans-global group – a set recorded in London, but with roots in Venezuela, LA, and Ghana – served up with a sound that's even greater than the sum of its parts! Malcolm Catto recorded the record – and really helps bring a funky ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a bonus download of the album!)

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New FelaTeacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Knitting Factory, 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.99
An overlooked gem from the 80s years of Fela Kuti – and a set that has the Afro Funk genius working with strong studio help from Wally Badarou! The vibe's still as fierce and frenetic as Fela's classic material – each track takes up a full side of the record, with lots of hard rhythms, ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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New Fela & Africa 70Confusion (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Knitting Factory, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.99
Really mindblowing work from Fela – a seminal 70s set that may well open up even more than any other album from the time – as the leader and Africa 70 stretch out on a single track that takes up the entire record! "Confusion" is almost proggish at the start – with a ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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New Fela & Africa 70Sorrow Tears & Blood (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Knitting Factory, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album

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FontanellesHorns Of Freedom (includes download) ... LP
First Word (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $11.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition vinyl pressing – with bonus download.)
Also available Horns Of Freedom ... CD 9.99

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K Frimpong & His Cubano FiestasK Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas (plus download) ... LP
Continental, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99
The great second album from Ghana's K. Frimpong – backed by the group Vis-a-Vis (though billed in the title as his Cubano Fiestas) – a stunning blend of Ghanian Highlife music and rawer Afro Funk & soul! A few K. Frimpong numbers appeared on some of our favorite African ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(LP comes with the code for full digital download version.)

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Tlahoun GessesseTlahoun Gessesse – Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Vol 4 ... LP
Buda/L'Arome (France), 1970s. New Copy ... $22.99
A stunning set of vocal recordings by Tlahoun Gessesse – one of the most important singers during the golden age of Ethiopian Music – caught here on a set of sides that sadly saw that period coming to an end! The tracks on the set are mostly from the early 70s, a time that saw great ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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GoogooshGoogoosh ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), Early/Mid 70s. New Copy ... $22.99
Beautiful Persian pop from Faegheh Atashin, aka Googoosh (alternately, Gougoush)– and like some of the best, adventurous pop music from around the world at the the time, it's steeped in myriad styles – from emotionally string-laden to funky and danceable! Googoosh is a genuine ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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GraziaGrazia (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fortuna, 1978. New Copy Gatefold ... $22.99 24.98
Cool compelling grooves from Grazia – sung in Turkish, released in late 70s Israel, and a mad mix of styles throughout! The backings have some of the exotic elements you'd hear in Turkish rock from a few years before, but there's also a tighter studio presentation too – not really ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies.)

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Joni HaastrupWake Up Your Mind ... LP
Hot Casa (France), 1978. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
Funky funky solo work from Joni Haastrup – an artist who's also known for his work in Monomono, and who sounds equally great on his own! Joni's got this tight approach that wraps together Nigerian grooves of the 70s scene, and some bolder soul star energy that would be right at home in the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Hayvanlar AlemiTwisted Souvenirs ... LP
Unrock (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $25.99
If you think Turkish psychedelia is only a thing of the past, then guess again – because these guys really bring back the classic sound of Arabesk rock – complete with all its best fuzzy touches! The music is fast and free – driven by heavy drums, and cut through by lots of ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 750 copies.)

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Amartey HedzolehKukurantumi ... LP
Chop Time (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
Excellent solo work from Amartey Hedzoleh – a key member of the important Afro Funk combos Psychedelic Aliens and Hedzoleh Sounds – heard here in a set of previously-unreleased tracks from the early 80s! The music is quite rootsy all the way through – with Hedzoleh on vocals and ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Derdiyoklar IkilisiCoban Mamos – Disco Folk ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Late 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
A second set of Disco Folk from this unique Turkish pair – duo working in late 70s Germany, and mixing up their own roots with a range of different electric instrumentation! The odd modes of the sound are wonderfully captured in the unique three-necked guitar on the front cover – and ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Coban Mamos – Disco Folk ... CD 9.99

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Derdiyoklar IkilisiDisko Folk (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Guerssen (Spain), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Turkish electro folk from late 70s Germany! Derdiyoklar Ikilisi is the duo of singer, saz and guitar player Ali Ekber Aydogan and drummer & singer Ihsan Guvercin – delivering hypnotic and melodic music here that are steeped in traditional Turkish music, though played with a late 70s ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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IlaiyaraajaIlectro – Euphoric Electronics & Robotic Funk ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99
Great electronics from the Indian scene of the 80s – music that's a lot warmer and more evocative than you might guess from the "robotic" in the title – thanks to plenty of roots in the Kollywood soundtrack scene! The instrumentation is often spare, but still echoes the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Ilectro – Euphoric Electronics & Robotic Funk ... CD 11.99

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Jeri-JeriNdagga Versions ... LP
Ndagga (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99
Instrumental versions from the 800% Ndagga sessions – an absolutely incredible set of Sabar and talking-drum tracks – recorded in Dakar with an amazing group of players! The vocal versions are great, and bring in some beauty – but there's never a doubt that it's this amazing ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Dexter Johnson & Le Super Star De DakarLive A L'Etoile (with download) ... LP
Teranga Beat (Senegal), 1969. New Copy 2LPs ... $27.99
Seminal sounds from Senegalese saxophonist Dexter Johnson – a rare late 60s concert that captures him at the height of his powers – soloing brilliantly over the Latin grooves of Super Star De Dakar! The group was one of the best in Dakar to take on elements of Cuban music – and ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl pressing includes a bonus track & a download code.)

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Juju (Oneness Of Juju)Chapter Two – Nia ... LP
Strata East, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Chapter Two – Nia (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 19.99

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Juju (Oneness Of Juju)Message From Mozambique ... LP
Black Fire, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The first album by the group that later went on to become Oneness Of Juju! The album was recorded with a group that featured Plunky Nakabinde and Lon Moshe on reeds and percussion – plus Babatunde on congas and drums – and the overall sound is very much in kind of an Art Ensemble Of ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Orlando JuliusSuper Afro Soul (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1966. New Copy 2 LPs & CD ... $18.99
A landmark album of Afro Soul! Orlando Julius was one of Nigeria's biggest soul artists in the 60s – and has been credited with virtually inventing the Afro Funk sound, and for being the inspiration to some of James Brown's funkier work of the late 60s! Julius came to the US at the end of ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes full album on CD – too!)

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Kaleta & Zozo AfrobeatCountry Of Guns ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 2008. New Copy ... $9.99
Hypnotic grooves from Kaleta – a searing set of Afrobeat titles that really burns with a lot of energy! There's a complexity here that goes beyond most other contemporary Afro Funk ensembles – one that takes especial joy in the solo parts, which are really well-crafted, and have an ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Cem KaracaNin – Apaslar, Kardaslar, Mogollar, Ferdy Klein Orchestra ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1974. New Copy ... $26.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Nin – Apaslar, Kardaslar, Mogollar, Ferdy Klein Orchestra ... CD 10.99

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Karthala 72Diable Du Feu (140 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Electric Cowbell, 2012. New Copy ... $16.99
Heady sounds from Karthala 72 – a group with a very vintage sound – one that rings out with plenty of offbeat funky elements, African percussion, and maybe even a sense of bassline borrowed from Colombian music! The group have a wonderful criss-crossing of styles – and this full ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Download includes full album with bonus tracks & remixes.)

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Kaveri SpecialKaveri Special ... LP
Monamour (Finland), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
A unique Afro Funk group from Finland – and one who work in territory that's a bit different than most of their contemporaries! The guitars here take center stage instead of the usual horns – and criss-cross in this really beautiful way that's complex, yet rhythmically intense – ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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KG Band (Kiki Gyan)Disco Train (LP & 7" single) ... LP
Hot Casa (Belgium), 1980. New Copy ... $15.99
A short, but totally killer Ghanaian disco record from KG Band – which is led and produced by multi-instrumentalist Kiki Gyan – and recorded at Lagos' Decca Studios in 1980! Disco Train is a rare one – with one long grooving dancefloor stormer per side. Each cut is a really ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition. Includes a bonus 7" single featuring a radio edit by The Boogie Gentlemen.)

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KokoloHeavy Hustling ... LP
Record Kicks (Italy), 2009. New Copy ... $13.99
An amazing new sound from Kokolo – one that takes their Afro Funk groove, and turns it on a host of James Brown classics – all with a result that's completely unique! The album's hardly a copycat of James' original style – and instead, it reworks his funky favorites with a ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Seun KutiFrom Africa With Fury – Rise (with digital download) ... LP
Knitting Factory, 2011. New Copy 2LP ... $21.99 22.98
Seun Anikulapo Kuti returns with another strorming set of neo classic Afro Funk in the great tradition of his father – once again fronting the incredible Egypt 80 group! It's remarkable stuff that finds Seun – the youngest son of Fela – standing up as a visionary talent. He's ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available From Africa With Fury – Rise ... CD 8.99

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KutimangoesAfro Fire ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $15.99
An Afro Funk combo, but one who really open up their groove, too – mixing in some great outside instrumentation that still stays close to the roots! The core combo is a sextet with a really firey brace of saxes in the lead – a pair of players, one of whom sometimes shifts to flute ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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New Lafayette Afro Rock BandSoul Makossa ... LP
As The Record Turns, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Amazing Afro Funk from one of the greatest groups of the genre – The Lafayette Afro Rock Band, a funky ensemble recording in Paris in the early 70s! The group were working in a hotbed of cross-cultural styles – and brought American funk rhythms firmly into play with African influences ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Baris MancoYeni Bir Gun ... LP
Guerssen (Spain), 1979. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album

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CK Mann & His Carousel 7Funky Highlife ... LP
Qua Msa/Mr Bongo (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy MawiJimmy Mawi EP (10 inch pressing) ... LP
Pathe/Soundway (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
Wicked work from Jimmy Mawi – one of the coolest cats to work on the Kenyan scene of the 70s! Jimmy hailed from Madagascar, but cut his best work in Nairobi – and steps out here in this really weird, messed-up version of Afro Funk – one that also has plenty of bluesy riffs on the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Meridian BrothersSalvadora Robot (with download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $23.99 24.98
Amazing sounds from The Meridian Brothers – not a family act at all, but really just a one man operation – yet with a sound that's more than large enough to bring in a whole host of South and Central American influences! Eblis Alvarez uses elements of cumbia, merengue, and other Latin ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)
Also available Salvadora Robot ... CD 10.99

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Mdou MoctarAfelan ... LP
Mississippi/Sahel Sounds, 2012. New Copy ... $14.99
Haunting Tuareg guitar from Mdou Moctar – an artist who's got a really fuzzy, freaky sort of vibe – a lot more psychedelic than some of his contemporaries on the West African scene! This recent recording has a really timeless feel – with the guitar right out front, in a ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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MonomonoGive The Beggar A Chance (plus bonus 12" single & download card) ... LP
Tummy Touch/Soundway (UK), Early 70s. New Copy LP + 12" Gatefold ... $21.99 28.98
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Give The Beggar A Chance ... CD 14.99

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MulatuAfro Latin Soul ... LP
Worthy, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Pure insanity from the mighty Mulatu – one of his few American albums from the 60s! The record's an incredible blend of New York Latin and some of the more Afro-styled grooves Mulatu explored more freely on his Ethiopian recordings – served up in a jazzy style that has plenty of vibes ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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MulatuMulatu Of Ethiopia (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Worthy, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 14.98
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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MulatuSketches Of Ethiopia (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Jazz Village (France), 2013. New Copy ... $25.99
A brilliant new recording from Mulatu – one that shows that the Ethiopian legend hasn't lost a bit of his edge in recent years! The sound here is still very strong and bold – that crucial blending of African roots and jazzy inflections that's made Mulatu one of the most influential ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes digital download!)

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New Musi O TunyaWings Of Africa ... LP
EMI/Now Again, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.98
A landmark album from Musi O Tunya – a set billed as one of the first Zamrock albums, but a record that's also got a fair bit of funk and jazz as well! The rhythms really take off once things get going – complicating things more than usual for this sort of outing – and opening ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Nath & Martin BrothersMoney ... LP
Voodoo Funk (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
Afro Funk, but with a nice undercurrent of fuzz too – lots of nice flares around the guitars and keyboard bits, but always in way that keeps the funky rhythms right on track! Nath & Martin Brothers were the backing group on the famous Pax Nicholas album – but they work here on ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Pax Nicholas & The Netty FamilyNa Teef Know De Road Of Teef ... LP
Daptone, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99 14.99
An Afro Funk treasure from the 70s – a rare album recorded by Pax Nicholas, a singer and percussionist who was part of Fela's legendary Africa 70 band! The album's got a sound that definitely echoes that heritage, but with a groove that's pretty weird too – more stripped down than most ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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NkengasDestruction (plus download) ... LP
Orbitone/Secret Stash, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Destruction ... CD 9.99

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Henri Pierre NoelOne More Step ... LP
Wah Wah 45s (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $20.99
A cool combination of Island rhythms and free-flying piano lines – all wrapped together by the enigmatic Henri Pierre Noel! The vibe of the record is different than anything else we've ever heard – almost more European in the way that Henri handles the keys of the piano – which ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available One More Step ... CD 14.99

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NomoInvisible Cities ... LP
Ubiquity, 2009. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Invisible Cities ... CD 7.99

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OgassaOgassa Story (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Albarika Store/Hot Casa (France), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool deluxe pressing – super-heavy cover and vinyl!)

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OndatropicaOndatropica (deluxe version – with book, 7 inch, & download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2012. New Copy 3LP Gatefold & 45 ... $29.99
Colombian music, both classic and contemporary – as a group of older all-star players comes into contact with Will "Quantic" Holland! The set's easily one of the most smoking Latin-styled projects we've heard from Quantic so far – recorded in Colombia with work from Fruko, ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy version – with great bonus materials!)
Also available
Ondatropica (deluxe version – with book) ... CD 19.99
Ondatropica ... CD

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Penny PennyShaka Bundu (with download) ... LP
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 22.98
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a coupon that can be used for a limited time to download MP3 audio files.)

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Pyramid BluePyramid Blue (with download) ... LP
Lovemonk (Spain), 2012. New Copy ... $14.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes mp3 download.)

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AK SalimAfro Soul Drum Orgy ... LP
Prestige, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album

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SE RogieSounds Of SE Rogie ... LP
Mississippi/Domino Sound, 1960s. New Copy ... $11.99
Seminal sounds from SE Rogie – one of the most important palm wine artists to emerge from Sierra Leone in the 60s! Rogie sings in this wonderfully fluid style alongside his well-plucked guitar – which rings out with these bright tones that really illuminate the lyrics, but also ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Noura Mint SeymaliTzenni (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Glitterbeat (Germany), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $26.99
Mauritanian music from Noura Mint Seymali – a set recorded back home, as well as in Dakar and Brooklyn – with a kind of globe-spanning sound that really shows the power in her work! Noura sings with this amazing sense of inflection – the kind of vocal dynamics you might expect ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
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Son PalenqueAfro-Colombian Sound Modernizers ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LPs ... $26.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Afro-Colombian Sound Modernizers ... CD 16.99

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Sonido Gallo NegroSendero Mistico (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Glitterbeat (Germany), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $26.99
Contemporary cumbia sounds from this this sweetly trippy combo – a group who definitely do a good job of bringing out some of the more psychedelic aspects of the music! The album's a bit like some of the chicha remakes that have been coming out from the New York scene – in that it ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download code.)
Also available Sendero Mistico ... CD 16.99

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Souljazz OrchestraInner Fire (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $20.99 21.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the full album on CD, too!)

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Oscar SulleyJemelatu ... LP
Custom, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
One of the few rare records of African-tinged soul cut by percussionist Oscar Sulley in Chicago during the 70s – issued on the small Custom Records label, which was essentially a vanity press! Don't let that obscurity stop you, though – because the set's a real treasure, and one that ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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New SurvivalSimmer Down ... LP
Strawberry Rain, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $19.99 23.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition.)
Also available Simmer Down ... CD 11.99

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Ebo TaylorEbo Taylor (180 gram vinyl with download) ... LP
Essiebons/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $24.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album

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Ti ParisTi Paris Et Sa Guitare ... LP
Mississippi/Little Axe, Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Beautiful work from Ti Paris – a Haitian guitarist who works here in a relatively stripped-down setting – usually just his voice and acoustic guitar, light percussion, and occasional chorus vocals! The approach is quite different than later Haitian music we know – and has this ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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TinariwenEmmaar (with bonus tracks and CD) ... LP
Anti, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99 22.98
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 more LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a bonus CD of the whole album!)

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Boubacar TraoreMariama ... LP
Little Axe, Late 80s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
A seminal set of Mali blues from the legendary Boubacar Traore – and an album that was only issued on cassette upon its initial release! The set's got a spare, evocative sound that grabs you right away – hypnotic guitar lines that move in these slowly shifting patterns, topped by ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VampiresVampires Underground ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A heady South African group from the early 70s – but one who feel much more like underground funk of the late 60s! The feel here is a garagey blend of instrumental soul and early funk – mixed with with some fuzzier guitar lines that add a nice psychedelic undercurrent, but not in the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Tunde WilliamsMr Big Mouth ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Yes!! It's as if the folks at Honest Jon's have unearthed a great lost Fela session, and for all intents and purposes, they have! Mr Big Mouth is a session written and led by trumpeter Tunde Williams, a mainstay in Fela's group for many years and one of the most distinctive voices in the horn ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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WitchMovin' On ... LP
Teal/Invisible City Editions (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
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 more LP, Vinyl record album

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Zongo JunctionNo Discount ... LP
Electric Cowbell, 2014. New Copy ... $20.99
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Various1970s Algerian Folk & Pop ... LP
Sublime Frequencies, 1970s. New Copy Gatefold ... $22.99
A great dip into the sounds of Algeria in the 70s – surprisingly great music, and surprisingly sophisticated at times too – with a vibe that often matches the best Turkish or Iranian records from the time! Most numbers here are from smaller 45s and EP release – and are hardly the ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available 1970s Algerian Folk & Pop ... CD 15.99

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VariousAfrican Gems ... LP
SWP (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
The title gets it right – as the set features a host of ethnographic recordings from late 60s/early 70s Africa – all quite varied in scene and style, which makes for a wonderfully diverse record! One track features a set of balafon players moving together quickly; another has a kende ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousAfro Beat Airways Vol 2 – Return Flight To Ghana 1974 to 1983 ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
Amazing sounds from 70s Ghana – a killer collection that really lives up to all the greatness of other collections on the Analogue Africa label! There's a sharpness here right from the start – an approach to funk that's really universal, and shows why collections from a generation like ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousAfrosound Of Colombia Vol 1 – Funky, Hot Afro Influenced Tracks From The 60s & 70s Golden Period From Disco Fuentes ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 3LP ... Just Sold Out!
A far reaching triple platter of Afro Colombian grooves from the late 60s & 70s – propulsive percussion, bursts of brass, hot and heavy Afro Latin funk & soul, with some surprisingly heady and otherworldly sounds permeating some of material – all culled from the vaults of ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousAngola Soundtrack 2 – Hypnosis, Distortions, & Other Sonic Innovations 1969 to 1978 ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $29.99
A stunning companion to the first Angola Soundtrack set from Analog Africa – and a record that's filled with tunes that are rhythmically feverish, soulfully sung, and tremendously addictive! The music here is from the period soon after the electric guitar began to make a huge impact on ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Angola Soundtrack 2 – Hypnosis, Distortions, & Other Sonic Innovations 1969 to 1978 (with bonus track) ... CD 22.99

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VariousAssiyo Bellema – Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian Music ... LP
Mississippi, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
A heavy helping of Ethiopian grooves – pulled from the later volumes of the legendary Ethiopiques series, and served up here on a unique vinyl collection! The tunes are a nice mix of some of the best Ethio styles of the early 70s – and include a few standout funky numbers, plus some ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBalani Show Super Hits – Electronic Street Parties From Mali ... LP
Sahel Sounds, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99
Very cool contemporary work from Mali – music that's a lot more electric and beat-oriented than other sounds you might already know from the scene – but still served up in a style that's nice and stripped-down too! There's a mix of electricity and organic acoustic elements that almost ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBollywood Bloodbath – The B-Music Of The Indian Horror Film Industry ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99
One of the wildest, most stylistically panoramic and awe-inspiring Bollywood collections we've ever heard – seriously, leave all expectations you might have about about Indian film music compilations at the door – this Finders Keepers set culled from decades of Bombay horror soundtracks ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBombay Disco – Disco Hits From Hindi Films 1979 to 1985 ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99
A funky collection of soundtrack grooves from Hindi films – all from the late 70s to mid 80s – and with a lot more going on stylistically than just disco! It's got some of heaviest percussive sounds we've heard from period Eastern soundtracks – and lots of great vocals – ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Bombay Disco – Disco Hits From Hindi Films 1979 to 1985 ... CD 14.99

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VariousBush Taxi Mali – Field Recordings From Mali ... LP
Sublime Frequencies, 1998. New Copy ... $14.99
The cover is a great illustration of the feel of this set – a mound of clay and earth, with a speaker set at the top – an image that really gets at the organic feel of the music inside! The set's one of the earlier recordings in the Sublime Frequencies lineage, and if offers up a great ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousCalypso – Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955 to 1969 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
The deeper roots of calypso music in the Caribbean – a rich set of tracks that goes way past any preconceptions you might have about the genre! The music here goes way past the hits of Harry Belafonte – and really gets at the harder, more biting side of calypso – the sounds that ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Calypso – Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955 to 1969 ... CD 22.99

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VariousChoubi Choubi – Folk & Pop Sounds From Iraq (with bonus 7" single) ... LP
Sublime Frequencies, 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
A heady brew of unusual music from the Iraqi scene – material that's billed here as folk and pop, but which has a quality that's a lot different than those genres might sound in the US! The folksy cuts often have angular reed work in the mix, which really gives them a sharp edge – ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
(2 heavy records – and a bonus 7" single too!)

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VariousCongo Guitars 1952 & 1957 ... LP
SWP (France), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $19.99
Amazing sounds from the Congo scene of the 50s – as singers here work with their own acoustic guitar for accompaniment, often with additional guitar as well – and usually a glass bottle providing a spare sort of rhythm! The style is quite different than later, more blues-based material ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousCult Cargo – Grand Bahama Goombay ... LP
Numero, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99 21.99
Heavy funk from the Bahamas – a whole bunch of groups that will show you that Nassau had a lot more to offer than The Beginning Of The End! The groove here is totally wonderful – somewhat like American funk of the late 60s and early 70s, but served up with some very unusual rhythmic ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousDiablos Del Ritmo – The Colombian Melting Pot Part 1 – 1975 to 1985 ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
One of the deepest digs we've ever seen into the rich array of grooves from Colombia – a double-length page that covers a much wider range of sounds than you might expect! Colombia's unusual amongst Latin American nations, in that it's got kind of a "crossroads" sort of role – ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousGhana Special – Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968 to 1981 (5LP box set) ... LP
Soundway (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 5LP ... $44.99
A compilation of Ghana music like we've never seen before – and straight up beautifully put together by Soundway – 70s sounds that fused regional traditions with boundary free soul, rhythm & blues, and rock! Ghana in the 1970s was in a transition from a more prosperous, and less ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Ghana Special – Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968 to 1981 ... CD 12.99

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VariousHarafin So – Bollywood-Inspired Film Music From Hausa Nigeria ... LP
Sahel Sounds/Little Axe, Mid 90s. New Copy ... $9.99
Indian music with a Nigerian twist – heard here in a set of recordings from the Hausa cinematic scene! At first listen, you can hear the Bollywood influence right away – both in the rhythms of the tunes, which have that festive, bouncing quality of an Indian film music number – ... read more LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousHeavenly Ethiopiques – The Best Of The Ethiopiques Series ... LP
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
The definitely got the title right on this one – because the set is filled with some of the most heavenly tracks from the legendary Ethiopiques series – that legendary run of compilations that was the first introduction for most of us to the amazing music of Ethiopia! This package ... read more LP, Vinyl record album
 
 



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