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Unusual grooves from around the globe -- with an especially strong emphasis on the music of Africa, India, and the Mid-East!


Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
An amazing groove from the legendary Amadou Balake – music that's got this tight focus that has everything coming down together right in the middle – from basslines to percussion to some mighty skittish guitar! The rhythmic lines here are even sharper than in other Afro Funk from the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
One of the coolest collections of music we've ever heard from the folks at Soul Jazz Records – and a batch of work that we never would have heard otherwise! The sounds here are from a unique point in Spanish music – one in which flamenco guitar mixed with Latin rhythms, gypsy culture, ... CD
Movin' On
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
En Slip Chaussettes (vocal, dub)
L'inlassable Disque (France), 2008. New Copy (pic cover)
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 ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
One of the coolest collections of music we've ever heard from the folks at Soul Jazz Records – and a batch of work that we never would have heard otherwise! The sounds here are from a unique point in Spanish music – one in which flamenco guitar mixed with Latin rhythms, gypsy culture, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Push The Fader, 2014. New Copy (pic cover)
A great collaboration between DJ Center and Akyoa Afrobeat Project – one that takes the Afro Funk group into some great new territory! The vibe here still echoes the classic modes of Akyoa's other records, but also adds in some slight clubby touches too – focusing a bit more on the ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Jemelatu
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Afro Fire
Tramp (Germany), 2014. New Copy
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 ... CD
My Vote Dey Count
Sterns (UK), 2014. New Copy
London Afrobeat from Yaaba Funk – a group who definitely dig deep in the cross-cultural scene of their city! Yaaba Funk have an approach that recalls some of the better London work of this nature from years back – not just a rehash of older Nigerian modes, but a willingness to make the ... CD
Bouger Le Monde
Crammed, 2012. New Copy
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 ... CD
Crammed (Belgium), 2011. New Copy
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 – ... CD
Bik (UK), 2013. Used
The first new music in years from Nigerian singer Bongos Ikwue – backed by musicians from Nigeria, the UK and US working together as Double X – and the record has the diverse and accessible vibe to show for it! Highlife, American soul, reggae and global folk inform the material – ... CD
Rough Guide, 2000. Used
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Zonophone/Honest Jons (UK), Late 20s. Near Mint- 2LP
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 – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kemialliset Ysavat
Fonal (Finland), 2007. Used
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Battements Au Coeur De L'Orient – Batement In Orient Heart
Accords Croises (France), 2007. Used
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Kellari Juniversumi
Fonal (Finland), 2004. Used
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Baraka, 1999. Used
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Congotronics
Crammed (Belgium), 2004. Used
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 ... CD
Souvenir D'Haiti Vol 4
Rotel, Late 70s. Used
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
Pyramid Blue
Lovemonk (Spain), 2012. Used
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 ... CD
Mechmetio
Intuition, 2000. Used
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EMI (UK), 1989. Used
The Indian Madonna! ... CD
Habibati Wal Matar
EMI (Saudi Arabia), 1999. Used
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Al Faro Est
Casa Nostra (Canada), 2010. Used
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Mirrors Of My Soul
Valley, 2005. Used
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Pharaway Sounds, 1970s. Used 2CDs
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 ... CD
Frou Frou Rokko
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jealousy
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
The first of the legendary Tony Allen albums – and it's got a killer groove that's very similar to some of the best Fela work of the early 70s! Fela and his group (Afrika 70) are still working with Tony here, and Fela lays down some tenor and piano solos – but make no mistake, it's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Syliphone Years
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 ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Awesome Tapes From Africa, Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
NEPA – Never Expect Power Always
Celluloid/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1984. New Copy (reissue)
Landmark material from the legendary Nigerian percussionist! NEPA is a great little album from Tony Allen – recorded in the mid 80s, but with a chunky groove that's very much in the style of his 70s Afro Funk work! The title track is one of Allen's best cuts ever – a really anthemic ... LP, Vinyl record album
Buda/L'Arome/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard in your life – an assortment of mid 70s tunes from Mahmoud Ahmed, the second grooviest Ethiopian artist, next to Mulatu! Ahmed's sound is a lot more out there than Mulatu's – less funky and jazz-based, and more in the mode of snakey ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ethio Jazz
L'Arome (France), 1970s. New Copy (reissue)
Mad funk from Ethiopia – classic work by the legendary Mulatu, one of Africa's heaviest artists of the 70s! Mulatu's been kind of a beathead secret for years – as most of his exotic grooves were never issued properly outside of Africa, and have only been the province of collectors who ... LP, Vinyl record album
L'Arome/Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Mad grooves from the Ethiopian scene of the 70s – featuring work by the enigmatic Mulatu, plus some of the other extra-cool artists on that country's groundbreaking soul and funk scene! Mulatu plays Fender Rhodes and organ on his tracks – grooving with a slow, snakey approach that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Worthy, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
LP...$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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Analog Africa (Germany), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Shin Joong Hyun & Yup Juns
Lion, 1974. New Copy
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 – ... CD
Worthy, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 3LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mississippi, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips/Domino Sound, 1973. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jungle Funk
Capitol, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Do yourself a favor, and buy this album – you won't be disappointed! The record is a gem all the way through – a really unique mixture of LA soul jazz and African rhythms, with a sound that's almost like Hugh Masekela sitting in with the Jazz Crusaders! Of course, there's a lot of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Yekte
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Afelan
Mississippi/Sahel Sounds, 2012. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Zimbabwe
Philips/Keyhole (UK), 1971. New Copy
One of the hippest blends of African roots and psychedelic sounds ever – a tremendous record from the UK scene at the start of the 70s! The group is a unique blend of the jazz elements of the Blue Notes group from South Africa – Mongezi Feza on trumpet, Dudu Pukwana on alto and vocals, ... CD
Soul Makossa
As The Record Turns, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sahel Sounds/Little Axe, Mid 90s. New Copy
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 – ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated April 19, 2014


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