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
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for album download plus a bonus 45 with 2 extra tracks: "E Ma Non Tin Me" and "Se Na Min".)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fairuz/Rahbani Brothers —
AL Mahatta ... CD Voix De L'Orient (Lebanon), 1973. Used ....
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
Gigi ... CD Palm, 2001. Used ....
Just Sold Out!
A stunning new album from Ethiopian singer Gigi – working here with Bill Laswell to craft a batch of timeless grooves sung in her native Amharic. There's a universality to the music – not just because of Laswell's talent for crafting a globally oriented groove, but also because Gigi's ... read moreCD
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Habib Koite & Bamada —
Afriki ... CD Cumbancha, 2007. Used ....
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Oscar Sulley —
Jemelatu ... LP Custom, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)....
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
The brilliant follow up to the first Congotronics album – and a set that goes even deeper than the initial groundbreaking work by Konono! This album follows in a very similar spirit to Konono's Congotronics set – and like that one, focuses on musicians with a unique electro/acoustic ... read moreCD
(Cover has a light mark in one corner, but is nice overall.)
One of the best volumes in this series – especially because it includes a number of tracks by the legendary Mulatu of Ethiopia! The overall feel is much more jazzy than the others, and there's even a few tracks that have a nice funky sound. 14 cuts in all – including "Yekermo ... read moreCD
One of our favorite compilations in this amazing series – a killer batch of 70s funk from Ethiopia! The instrumental grooves are very much in the style of the best American work at the time – like tracks by James Brown or Kool & The Gang – but the vocals have this amazing ... read moreCD
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fascinating collection of West African music recorded in England during the late 20s – material done for the Zonophone label as part of a big wave of colonial immigration to London at the time! The package is one of the deepest-digging we've seen so far on the Honest Jon's label – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mindblowing follow-up to the first Saharan Cellphone collection – and like that one, a set that's comprised of music from underground sources in contemporary Mali – pulled from the memory cards of local cellphones! Don't think that the music's tinny or amateurish, though – as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wealth of contemporary Afro Funk music – played here by some of the hippest groups in the global funk underground! Over a decade ago, the idea of "new" Afro Funk seemed an impossibility – yet recent years have shown a tremendous growth in the genre – with wonderful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool collection of work from the South African scene – and almost all of it from the start of the 60s, despite the way the title is listed! Apart from one 1940 track, most of the music here comes from 1960 – a pivotal year when South African music was really growing up – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare Ethiopian material from the early 70s – ostensibly a set of wedding-related tracks, but with grooves that are every bit as great as classics in the Ethiopiques series! The songs are traditional, but given some great golden age arrangements by Getachew Degefu – who swings most of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The roots of Congolese rumba – served up here in a host of cool recordings from the 50s, in a package that really sheds new light on these under-exposed years of the genre! As you'd guess from the title, there's a fair bit of Latin rhythms at play here – a key Cuban contribution back ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album