Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra —
Pulsion ... CD Ubiquity, 2014. New Copy ...
A darker groove than usual from this hip European combo – a record that still has their commitment to global sounds at its core, but which also comes across with these great 70s electric modes too – almost echoes of Dark Magus Miles Davis and Sextant Herbie Hancock – thanks to ... read moreCD
Rare singles from this ultra-cool Turkish singer – including many tracks that are b-sides of vintage 45s, and maybe even trippier than the album material we've heard before! The work was recorded in the mid 70s, but there's much more of a late 60s vibe going on here – from the trippy ... read moreCD
One of the coolest Turkish singers we've heard so far from the 70s – an artist who's maybe a bit more funky and a bit less fuzzy than some of her contemporaries – blessed with a heavenly vocal style that's often set to these very groovy arrangements! The language is beyond the reach of ... read moreCD
A real back to basics set from Tony Allen – much more strongly in his Afro Funk groove of the late 70s than other recent work, and recorded in Lagos with an earthy approach that's totally great! All the experiments and odd flourishes of recent sets have been stripped away – and Allen ... read moreCD
The final recordings of Amadou Balake – but certainly not the end of a musical legacy that spans the course of decades! The record's got a really great back to basics sort of vibe – recorded with lean instrumentation that's a perfect support for Balake's richly expressive vocals – ... read moreCD
A beautiful Thai singer with a voice that maybe doesn't need any other instrumentation – given its incredibly haunting quality – but one who sounds even groovier once the music kicks in to play! The work here is mostly from the late 70s, but often has a feel that's really timeless ... read moreCD
A funky gem from reedman Manu Dibango – a set recorded hot on the heels of his huge Soul Makossa hit, and done with a similar blend of African roots and 70s funk! The main focus here is on the instrumentation – not just Manu's saxophone lines, but also some great keyboards too – ... read moreCD
One of the coolest 70s albums from the mighty Manu Dibango – a rare soundtrack that's done with an even greater variety of sounds than his more conventional albums! The sound's sometimes spare and rootsy, but still with this undercurrent of funk – as Dibango mixes together basslines ... read moreCD
Manu Dibango —
Home Made ... CD Fiesta/Africa Seven (UK), 1979. New Copy ...
A late 70s killer from Manu Dibango – recorded in Nigeria, and with a style that mixes his own sax-heavy funk with some of the leaner Lagos grooves of the time! The tracks are all nice and long – longer than most on any of Manu's other late 70s albums – and they stretch out in ... read moreCD
Sweet 70s Afro Funk from the great Manu Dibango – a record that adds in a bit more of a full production sound than on his earlier albums, but still sounds pretty darn wonderful overall! There's definitely more of an uptempo club groove going on – and the band has a lot more players ... read moreCD
Aby Ngana Diop —
Liital ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
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 moreCD
DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson —
T'Es Qui ... CD Hot Casa (France), 2015. New Copy ...
French vocals, funky rhythms, and loads of sweet keyboards – a contemporary album, but one that really takes us back to our favorite global crossover years of the 70s! These guys almost have a vibe that reminds us of Seu Jorge at his funkiest – and certainly share this universal appeal ... read moreCD
Levon Eskenian/Gurdjieff Ensemble —
Komitas ... CD ECM (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
A wonderful project from the Gurdjieff Ensemble – a group who initially formed to play the music of the composer of the same name, but who here take on the compositions of Komitas – an Armenian scholar from the same generation, and one whose sounds have an even more other-worldly vibe! ... read moreCD
Spare and sublime koto work from Kimio Eto – a CD that brings together work from some of the first albums to bring the sound of the Japanese instrument to the shores of the US – recordings that present the music in a very faithful level overall! There's no other arrangements or ... read moreCD
Maybe one of the funkiest records ever cut in Morocco – the debut set from Fadoul – a singer who starts out the record with a cover of James Brown funk, then moves into a whole host of heady sounds as the set goes on! In truth, these guys are probably more of a garage band than a soul ... read moreCD
One of those cool cases where you really don't need language at all to enjoy the sound of a singer – because Khwanta Fasawang has this amazing style that really grabs us, even if we can't understand what she's saying! The record's a key example of the lam phaen style of Thai music – a ... read moreCD
Some of Fela's earliest work! The Koola Lobitos record features work from 1964 to 1968, most of it never issued before, and a startling look at the early days of Afro Funk. The music is a mixture of highlife, South African soul, and a good deal more funk than Fela's every given credit for during ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
An excellent live set from Fela – one that shows that he was still very capable of going over the top during the 80s! The material was recorded in 1983 in Amsterdam, live before a very enthusiastic crowd – one that really drives Fela and the group on their instrumental solos and funky ... read moreCD
Late Fela – but great Fela! Underground System was released in 1992, but it sounds like Fela's best work from the late 70s – grooving away at a triple-time beat on two incredible tracks, "Underground System" and "Pansa Pansa". "Pansa Pansa" is especially ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A great 2CD set that brings together 2 different sides of Fela's work – his jazzy instrumental material, and his more dance-oriented tunes. Of course, it all sounds great to us, and it's all super-funky – but the breakdown of styles is also plenty darn nice, and really helps us ... read moreCD
Two killers from Jabula – overlooked Afro soul albums from the 70s! The set mixes up the track list a bit, but still comprises both full albums from the group – the first of which is the self-titled Jabula. Jabula is South African soul, but recorded in the UK – coming across ... read moreCD
JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra —
Mediacracy ... CD Tramp (Germany), 2012. New Copy ...
Hard-wailing Afro Funk from JariBu – a group who not only continue the best musical legacy of the 70s, but the political one as well! There's a tightness to the group that we really love – a way of starting a tune right on the money, and making you feel like everything is exactly where ... read moreCD
Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers —
African Party ... CD Freestyle (UK), 1967. New Copy ...
An African Party indeed – recorded in London at the end of the 60s, and featuring a blistering array of percussion and jazz-based influences! Ginger Johnson got his start on the London scene playing a mix of jazz and Latin rhythms in bigger groups, but broke out on his own in the mid 60s to ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds on an instrument we'd never heard before – the gyil, a version of the xylophone from Ghana, but one that operates with a very different sound than the more familiar western instrument! The gyil features wooden slats over a gourd, but with this really resonant quality that ... read moreCD
There's a definite sense of melody on these vintage recordings from Ali Akbar Khan – tunes that ring out with lots of spare sitar, and virtually no other instrumentation at all! The titles here are all quite long – mellow, introspective ragas that have a very meditative feel – ... read moreCD
Four long ragas from Ustad Vilayat Khan – all played with a hypnotic quality that's really wonderful, and an edge that seems to set him apart from the sound of his contemporaries Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan! Vilayat's sound on the sitar is mighty sharp throughout – very piercing, ... read moreCD
Les Freres Smith —
Free To Go ... CD Les Freres Smith (France), 2015. New Copy ...
This killer combo starts a fire right from the very first note on the set – then continues to burn strongly all the way through – with a vibe that's even sharper and tighter than their first set of Afro Funk a few years back! Les Freres Smith travel in familiar territory, but have a ... read moreCD
Some great work that will completely redefine your ideas about calypso music – especially if they're mostly relegated to cliches about Harry Belafonte! The tracks here were all recorded by Rupert "Lord Invader" Grant in New York during the late 40s and early 50s – and done ... read moreCD
Beautiful grooves from the Nigerian scene of the 70s – a set of really unique grooves, and the only-ever album from the enigmatic Mebusas! There's kind of a tripped-out feel to some of these tracks – Afro Funk, but taken left of center from the style of Fela – thanks to some ... read moreCD
A sublime blend of spiritual jazz and African rhythms – and one of the few 70s recordings made by Mombasa, a European group put together by LA trombonist Lou Blackburn! The record's got a much more righteous sound than any of Blackburn's work of the 60s – a boldness and sense of pride ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Searing sounds from 70s Zambia – from one of the hippest, funkiest, most sharp-edged groups on the scene! This sweet little set may well be the best album ever from Musi O Tunya – a perfect fusion of funky roots with lots of Afro Soul touches, and a wicked approach to the guitar that ... read moreCD
A damn soulful album from Ghanaian percussionist Rim Kwaku Obeng – recorded in LA at the end of the 70s, with loads of sweet clubby touches in the mix! Rim gets in plenty of tight percussion – lots of which showcases his rim-heavy approach to the drums – and also plays keyboards ... read moreCD
Wonderfully groovy work from Rim Kwaku Obeng – an artist with African roots, but working here in the San Francisco scene of the early 80s – where he's clearly picked up a very international vibe in his music! Rim definitely plays some traditional percussion on the tracks, but there's ... read moreCD
Owiny Sigoma Band —
Nyanza ... CD Brownswood (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
Maybe the greatest record so far from this ultra-hip group – a set recorded both in Kenya and London, and with a sound that really reflects that continental span! The style here is nicely trippy at many points – almost inspired by 70s Zamrock and other offbeat African psych scenes ... read moreCD
No charity needed here – as reedman Eji Oyewole's got a wealth of talent on his own! Eji's a musician with roots in the 60s Nigerian scene, but left to follow a personal path through Europe and the US, where he picked up some wonderfully funky styles which are then brought home to create ... read moreCD
A lost chapter from the late 60s/early 70s Ghana scene – a great mix of African rhythms & melodies with the raw grit of garage rock, the heavy groove of funk and soul, the swirling and fuzzed out guitars and organ of psychedelia – the Psycho African Beat of The Psychedelic Aliens! ... read moreCD
(Beautiful hardbound book style packaging – with a thick set of and photos and notes by band leader Carl Ricky Telfer!)
Heavy heady funk from the 70s Nigerian scene – a wicked little record that's unlike anything else we've heard before! SJOB is a combo made from ex-members of the group of Sonny Okosuns – all top-shelf players who've clearly got their chops down in the groove department, but are also ... read moreCD
A contemporary record, but one we'd rank right up there with the moodiest, most exotic African funk albums of the 70s – especially the gems we've discovered through the Ethiopiques series! These guys play in a style that certainly references Ethiopian reeds and keyboard work of the 70s, but ... read moreCD
Very old school Afro Funk from Dele Sosimi – and we mean that in the best way possible! Dele's working here in a style that's right in the best 70s mode from Fela Kuti – very hypnotic at a rhythmic level, but filled with progressive lyrics from the man himself – all at a level ... read moreCD
Incredible work from Ghanaian singer Pat Thomas & his Kwashibu Area Band – plus guests that include Afro Soul legend Tony Allen on drums! The foremost talent on display here is Pat Thomas, of course, and his voice is resonantly soulful and stirring all the way – he's amazing! ... read moreCD
Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra —
Wendelu ... CD Ubiquity, 2015. New Copy ...
Warsaw may seem like an unlikely place for Afro Funk to grow – but given the work of this excellent combo, we're guessing we may well be hearing more from the scene in years to come! The group's got a richer, more sophisticated vibe than some of the other Fela-inspired groups on the scene ... read moreCD
Spiritual sounds and a heck of a lot more – served up by Ndiko Xaba, an expatriate South African musician who was working in Oakland at the time of this record – fusing together the roots of his homeland with some wonderfully free and open American jazz styles! At times, there's a bit ... read moreCD
A seminal set of mbira recordings from Nonesuch Records – one of the most important albums to get the core sound of the instrument out to the mainstream – at a time when its electrified version was being used by artists like Earth Wind & Fire and Phil Cohran! The recordings here ... read moreCD
A wonderful document of the very special sound of biguine – that beautiful blend of jazz, Latin, and other elements that flourished only in Guadeloupe, and hit an especially strong sound in the 60s – presented here in a collection of work by two different excellent groups! The bulk of ... read moreCD
The early years of biguine – showcased here in a huge collection of recordings from Guadeloupe – an overseas French territory who seemed to share the same early love of jazz as the Parisian scene! Biguine is a wonderful hybrid of Caribbean rhythms and jazz-based instrumentation – ... read moreCD
The incredible first volume in one of the best series we've ever seen for Bollywood film music – served up not only with great rare tracks throughout, but also a wealth of notes and images as well! As the title implies, this one's all about the funk – and tracks are pulled from a great ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Not the straight disco you might expect from the title – and instead a whole host of weird and wonderful grooves from the later years of the Lollywood film scene! These Pakistani tracks follow a bit of the style of Bollywood work of the time, but often have a tighter, more compressed ... read moreCD
A great range of amazing reed sounds from the glory days of the global 78rpm scene – not just the saxes and woodwinds you'dknow from the west, but a whole host of even more exotic instruments from points east! The package is a companion to the excellent string-based set from the Excavated ... read moreCD
Global music from rare 78s – pulled together on this great compilation from the rare archival music savoirs at Dust-To-Digital – for their limited edition vinyl centric Parlophone imprint! This is the first in a series compiled by 78s collector Jonathan Ward, of the Excavated Shellac ... read moreCD
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, ... read moreCD
An amazing set on Soundway that not only captures Highlife On The Move from the early 50s to mid 60s, it's essentially the roots of the music and dancefloor culture of some of greatest Ghanaian and Nigerian grooves to come! The historical relevance of the material is monumental to say the least ... read moreCD
A mindblowing collection of vintage sounds from Indian 78rpm recordings – pulled together in a hardcover book that also features over 300 full color photographs! The sounds are sublime – great enough on their own, and an array of early Indian traditional styles on record, mixed with ... read moreCD
A totally smoking set of tracks from the Somali scene of the 70s – and maybe the coolest East African music we've heard from the time! The material here is all from a small label that was spun off an appliance store – and the imprint had a really great ear for recording these acts in ... read moreCD
One of the most interesting ethnographic projects we've ever heard from sound artist and theoretician David Toop – a series of late 70s recordings of the Yanomami cultures in the far north of Brazil – a people who had very little contact with mainstream civilization, and a very ... read moreCD
An explosive entry in Soundway's impeccable Nigeria Special series of rare Afrobeat – digging deep for for material that's largely been lost for years and years – many recorded in the wake of the Fela revolution and all of it exciting and essential! Of all the stellar tracks on the ... read moreCD
Unusual Cambodian grooves from the psychedelic years – recorded at a time when the nation was getting plenty of influences from western sources! Many of the tracks here are cover versions – done with lots of echo on the surfish or fuzzed-out guitars – and recast with local lyrics ... read moreCD
(Also features a bonus CD – a full album by Cambodian Space Project!)
Sweet sounds from 70s Senegal – a nation whose music was overflowing with Cuban influences at the time – which resulted in this amazing hybrid of Latin and African styles in the rhythms! The collection's one of the best to dip into the Senegalese groove we've ever heard – as it ... read moreCD
Maybe our favorite volume so far in this excellent series – a set that focuses on early 60s work from South Africa, with a vibe that really showcases that great sound that would soon explode globally – as artists like Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba got wider exposure! Yet the music ... read moreCD