King Sunny Ade & His African Beats —
Bobby ... LP Sunny Alade (Nigeria), 1983. Very Good ...
Like so much of Sunny Ade's work released in Africa, this album has a much less slick approach than those released in the US. The familiar elements of JuJu are all here, gently percolating percussion underneath layers of gently arpeggiated guitars, with some wonderful melodies fluttering over top. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats —
Check E ... LP Sunny Alade (Nigeria), 1981. Fair ...
A nice side of JuJu from the originator of the Afro-pop style, with layers of gently bubbling guitars and percussion underneath some sweet pentatonic melodies. 8 pieces in all on the African only release, including "Omo Se Koko", "O-Wo-Wo Obele", "Odun Titun" and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear.)
King Sunny Ade & The New African Beats —
Jealousy ... LP Atom Park (Nigeria), 1987. Fair ...
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
A great introduction to the music of Paco De Lucia – and a set that features some of his most sublime solo recordings from the early years! Paco's a player who helped move flamenco guitar way way past any hokey cliches you might expect – and the music here is deeply personal and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slightly confused effort from Manu Dibango's later years – sessions recorded in Paris, London, New York, and Kingston – which must have cost Island Records a bundle! There's an attempt here to change up Manu's groove a bit – one that brings a fair bit of reggae into the mix in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has radio station stickers and call letters in marker, edge wear, and some Cover has a cut corner.)
Kayode Dosumu & Kay Dee Juju Internationa —
Devotion ... LP Lakayana Records, 1984. Very Good ...
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(Cover has heavy edge wear, with brown packing tape holding the bottom seam.)
A late 70s album from the great bassist Johnny Dyani – but one that really gets back to his roots in South African jazz! Although Dyani and his expatriates in the Blue Notes helped give London a new sound of avant jazz expression in the 70s, the music here returns to the warmer melodic style ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Super-rare Ghanaian funk from Edzayawa – one of the most unique and insistently appealing Afro Rock albums we've heard in years – with a hypnotic groove all its own! The album shares some of the same influences and instrumentation as many other groups from the time, but, there's really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight grooving benga funk rock from Extra Golden – the third, and to date the best album from the cross cultural combo! At this point, it's not fair to simply call the group's sound a seamless blend of disparate styles, as we've been tempted to in the past – they've found their own ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
As with other Africa 70 releases, 2 side long afro jams, with a strong pulsing groove percolating throughout. The set's got amazing keyboards, with this strange other-worldly sound that makes it feel like Sun Ra has suddenly joined the group, and the arrangements are nice and tight, in spite of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herbie Hancock & Foday Musa Suso —
Village Life ... LP Columbia, 1985. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
An early world music/jazz collaboration production from Bill Laswell, a format he'd return to again and again in later years. For the most part, the tunes seem to be excursions on Musa Suso's native Gambian rhythms, plucked out as gentle arpeggios on the Kora, with Herbie's subtle keys and synths ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most starkly beautiful recordings in Paul Horn's career – with spiritually resonant, almost spine tingling solo flute and some chants, all recorded in the Taj Majal one day in April of 1968! It's really all about the atmosphere, as it would have to be given the location – ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album of percussion grooves – hidden under a package that looks like it's going to be a lot more rootsy, but which ends up sounding like some of the hipper conga-heavy sessions on labels like Liberty or GNP from the late 50s. Jackson plays much of the percussion, but there's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small piece of clear tape on one corner.)
One of the rare few world music sessions ever issued on Prestige records – and a surprisingly excellent album from Ali Akbar-Khan. The record features two long tracks – one on each side – and titles are "Raga Chandranandan" and "Raga Bhairavi". Khan plays ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Miriam's first albums in the US – issued under the supervision of Harry Belafonte, and recorded with only guitar backing on most cuts, plus some additional vocal help from the Belafonte Folk Singers. Tracks include "Olili", "The Retreat Song", "Umhome", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK mono pressing. Cover has unglued top & bottom seams.v-)
Jade ... LP Warner (France), 2000. Very Good+ ...
Excellent work from this jazzy Indian combo! Mukta mix together Indian rhythms and funky jazz – in a way that's unlike anything we've ever heard, but which draws a bit of an influence from the 60s funk of Ananda Shankar and the 70s Bollywood funky era. The focus on this album, though, is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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