Akido ... LP Mercury, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ...
An obscure Afro Funk combo from the early 70s – produced by Ronnie Lane of The Faces, who may very well have been inspired by Ginger Baker's love of the style! The record's got some pretty heavy guitar work, and there's lots of funky rock running through the grooves – so those African-i ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some moderate wear. Vinyl has a short click on a couple of tracks.)
Aram Arakelian Ensemble —
Oud ... LP Carlton, Early 60s. Very Good ...
Middle Eastern grooves from Aram Arakelian – with a focus on The Oud, that enigmatic stringed instrument that we first came to love through the jazz/world experiments of Ahmed Abdul-Malik! Actually, the set's got a lot of of the flavor of Abdul-Malik's work – or at least his more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare work from an artist who was born in Ghana, spent time in Germany, and recorded this underground cassette-only release in Toronto during the early 90s! The music has this very odd pan-national style that references Ata Kak's Ghanian roots, but also brings in some cool electronics that must ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rhythmic early 60s global grooves from John Berberian – a master of the oud with a great group of players on these oft intense takes traditional Turkish, Armenian and Arabic songs! The melodies and rhythms are pretty impressive – the percussion is particularly heavy and groovy! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early calypsos from Blind Blake – a version of the genre that's way different than any you might know from the Harry Belafonte generation! The sound here is often quite spare, and in a way, echoes earlier acoustic blues styles – turned towards Bahamian themes, of course, and given the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paco De Lucia with Larry Coryell & John McLaughlin —
Castro Marin ... LP Philips (Netherlands), 1981. Very Good- ...
A real bridge-building album for the legendary Paco DeLucia – as the set begins in the same solo mode as his best records from the 70s, but expands near the end to bring in help from two other key guitarists of the time! The setting is quite similar to previous DeLucia albums – at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Aby Ngana Diop —
Liital ... LP Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. Near Mint- ...
Really unique music from Aby Ngana Diop – a poet as much as a singer – and one who speaks here over some really raw, really driving music that's plenty heavy on percussion! The sound is quite different than other Senegalese styles you might know from the time – as the sabar and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Haunting work from Hamza El Din – a spare album that mostly features work on the oud, that mystical instrument that has a short plucked stringy kind of sound. There's also vocals on a few tracks, and one number features guest bass work by Ahmed Abdul Malik, and another features bongos by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure album of 80s grooves from the man who virtually invented African Funk! As you can guess by the date, this one's not in the harder mode of Julius' earlier sessions – but it's still got some great choppy Fela-like grooves, and instrumentation that's still quite committed to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mid 70s effort from Hugh Maskela, recorded in Nigeria, an excellent melding of his jazz inflected pop sound with some deeper soulful grooves. The vibe here is showing both some funk and disco influences, but with trademark South African style melodies floating over top and a dedication to Fela, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massively wonderful work from the mighty Hugh Masekela – easily one of his hippest, most soulful sessions ever! This double-length gem really has Hugh letting go – moving way beyond the pop modes of the late 60s, into a long-flowing, open-rolling groove that's played by a spare quintet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the extravagant gatefold cover, with some light wear & a bumped corner.)
Great early work from Hugh Masekela! The record features all instrumental tracks – all short, and with Hugh's funky South African trumpet rolling over the top! The overall sound is a lot less slick than on some of his late 60s hits – and you can really hear his roots in the South ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hats off to Hugh Masekela – one of the few artists who could record for the Casablanca label and never manage to lose his own sense of sound and spirit! The album's a surprisingly great one, filled with the kinds of subtle touches and earthy soul we've always loved in Hugh's music – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work from Hugh Masekela – and the album that pushed him over the top! The record features his version of "Grazin In The Grass", a runaway instrumental hit when it was issued – and a sly little groover that was based upon some earlier South African pop melodies that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Haunting voices from the Sufi side of Islam – recordings of the Nawa vocal group, before the recent Syrian conflict forced them to disband and scatter throughout the Middle East! There's an ancient sensibility to the music – even though the recordings are contemporary – a vibe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card.)
Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey —
Juju Jubilee ... LP Shanachie, 1985. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
We have to be honest, we know a little bit about African music, but not a lot. So when we came across a small stack of African records, we scooped them up and put them online, but rather than insult those of you out there who know and love this stuff, we're just listing them at a nice price ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easily one of the greatest albums recorded by Olatunji in the 60s – a set that's even more hard-driving than his classic records for Columbia, with an incredibly percussive groove all the way through! The group features an assortment of percussionists all driving along with Olatunji – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has moderate wear, staining, a fully split bottom seam, and partially split top.)
A killer album of Afro Funky tracks, and certainly one of Olatunji's best! The record was recorded in the early 70s, and it features Olatunji breaking past his usual heavy blend of African percussion, into a vein that's a lot more tinged with jazz and soul touches. He gets some great help on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has cutout marks and some wear. Labels have sticker spots.)
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
(6 eye mono pressing. Cover has a light wear & some discoloration from age.)
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
A hip group from Sierra Leone – but one who recorded these tracks in the US during the late 70s – which makes for a very unusual hybrid of sounds! The group's original approach was to update regional sounds from their nation, and avoid some of the more commercial cover versions of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty darn interesting relic from the glory days of the Beatles' Apple Records label – an album of righteous Hare Krishna chants and songs, all produced by George Harrison! The tunes on the set have a playful, sing-song quality that's a bit different from other records of this sort – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing.)
C Ramchandra —
Albela ... LP Odeon (India), 1975. Near Mint- ...
Features vocals from Lata Mangeskhar and Mohammad Rafi! LP, Vinyl record album
Sakhile ... LP Moonshine, 1982. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A pretty darn nice album of mellow African soul – issued as part of Jive's Afrika series, way back in the early 80s, when American companies thought they could make a lot of money off of Afro Funk. Fortunately, they did make this one available – and it's a very nice batch of tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner & some light wear.)
Santiago Del Nuevo Extremo —
A Mi Ciudad ... LP Messidor (Germany), 1984. Near Mint- ...
Beautiful work from reed player Tony Scott – recorded during a time when he was doing a lot of soul-searching with Eastern cultures! The set's a stripped-down batch of long tracks, with Scott's clarinet in the lead, and backing by 2 Japanese musicians on Koto and Shackuhachi. The tracks are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and an old price sticker on back.)
The title tells it all – as Ravi delivers three long ragas, with backing on tabla and tamboura. A nice one to plug in and drop out to – with the 28 minute-long "Raga Jog", plus "Raga Simhendra Madhyaman" and "Raga Ahir Bhairav". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has some light wear.)
Not funky 70s steel drums, but, as you'd expect from a Folkways side, a more ethnographic document with one side featuring the ensemble performing traditional numbers, and the second side split into the individual drums for "Instructional purposes only, giving each instrument an opportunity to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spare sounds from GG Vikey – an artist with roots in Dahomey, and a style that stretches back to embrace even deeper sounds from the African continent! Most tracks here just feature Vikey on vocals and acoustic guitar – but in folksy ways that are a nice change from the more bluesy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic LP by Guy Warren, an enigmatic figure who skated around between the jazz and lounge worlds, and who did really have a faithful dedication to African drumming. He hung with Monk, and yet also had his "sounds" group record masterpieces of exotica like this album for RCA. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great lost LP that pairs the crazy African percussionist Guy Warren with the orchestra of Red Saunders, one of the most important local bands in Chicago in the 50's, and an ensemble that was woefully underrecorded. Saunders played a lot at the south side's Club De Lisa, where Sun Ra regularly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Drums and chants – pretty sparely recorded, as if the record were done somewhere out in the wilds of Africa, but most likely recorded in the wilds of Hollywood! Tracks are of varying length – and the overall sound is pretty nice. Titles include "Miva", "Changoo", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Counterpoint/Esoteric pressing in a red & white cover.)
Spiritually resonant Moroccan trance music – recorded in Essaouira, Morrocco by Tucker Martine on a visit in the mid 90s! The record is, for the most part, beautiful results of an informal gathering of Gnawa music master Maallem Boubker Ghania. The opener "Chelha" sets the pace ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album