A well-done collection of some of King Sunny Ade's first recordings in Nigeria – presented in a package with great sound, and a heck of a lot of music overall! The work here has been reissued on other CDs by African Songs in the UK, but this collection is much more all-encompassing – ... read moreCD
King Sunny Ade's first major label LP, that helped him bring his juju music to the world. The blueprint of juju's laid down hear, with loads of intertwining guitar lines and tallking drums chattering away in a driving but never-too-busy fashion underneath. Includes "Sunny Ti De Arya", ... read moreCD
Afro Funk from the New York scene – served up by a combo who've taken Fela's inspiration to great new levels! The sound here definitely has roots in the grooves first grown in the 70s – heavy percussion, hard-rolling rhythms, and a brace of horns soaring over the top – tight on ... read moreCD
Tony Allen —
Source ... CD Blue Note, 2017. New Copy ...
One of the coolest records in years from the legendary Tony Allen – and that's saying a lot, given that his legacy includes famous work as a drummer with Fela Kuti, and a much more recent run of very experimental recordings! This set has Tony soaring out on Blue Note – and working with ... read moreCD
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble —
It's Time ... CD Slow Walk (Spain), 2016. Used ...
Nice one from Barcelona's Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – with some righteous, timeless original tunes by the group – plus some stylistic boundary-busting collaborations with remix producers! The straighter Afrobeat numbers are pretty great – inspired by the legends of the style, ... read moreCD
A legendary group from the 70s Nigerian scene – one who could be as trippy as they were funky – often in ways that had them using studio production to really get some cool effects from their vocals and guitar! There's a spacey edge to most of these tracks – one that comes through ... read moreCD
Aster Aweke —
Aster ... CD Triple Earth, 1990. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Aster Aweke —
Ebo ... CD Barkhanns, 1993. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Zeshan B —
Vetted ... CD Minty Fresh, 2017. New Copy ...
A record that certainly deserves its title – as the sound is well-vetted right from the start, and not at all the gimmicky approach you might expect! Zeshan B might well be forging a whole new genre here – one of Indian soul – as the singer was raised by Indian parents in ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Issa Bagayogo —
Sya ... CD Six Degrees, 1999. Used ...
Ayu ... CD Mr Bongo (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Very cool sounds from this unique Brazilian group – an ensemble whose music mostly comes from their voices and percussive sounds made on their bodies! The approach is surprisingly great – and maybe not nearly as squishy as you'd expect – as there's a clean, clear sound to the ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreCD
All the important early work of Harry Belafonte – brought together in a really wonderful set! The package features all his important early sides for RCA – and also includes earlier material for labels like Roost, Capitol, and Jubilee – some of which show Belafonte as a postwar ... (Vocalists, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A fantastic contemporary performance from Girma Beyene – a key artist in the golden age of Ethiopian, working here with the excellent Akale Wube quintet! Girma's one of a number of singers who went into exile during the changing political climate of the 70s – but in recent years, he's ... read moreCD
Collected work by Blo – a hip Nigerian funk ensemble from the mid 70s! The group have a more complicated sound than some of their contemporaries – adding in dubbier stylings and bits of psychedelic guitar to the more common Afro-Funk percussion – in a mode that almost sounds like ... read moreCD
Sweet African funk from Jagger Botchway – a musician with roots in The Barons, Hedzoleh Soundz, and Kelenkye Band – stepping out here on his own in a heady brew of percussion, guitar lines, and horns! Some of the cuts are vocal, some are instrumental – and the mix of melody 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
An album with an ancient-looking image on the cover, but one that actually represents the continuing tradition of ritual percussion in the Haitian scene – a fantastic musical legacy that began with voodoo practices in the 18th century, but which has continued to transform as the years moved ... read moreCD
An amazing tribute to one of the greatest series of ethnographic material ever recorded – the legendary Disques Ocora records – still unsurpassed in terms of their care and quality! The material set a new standard for field recordings – handled by musicologist Charles Duvelle, ... read moreCD
(293 page hardbound book with over 200 black & white and color photos plus 2CDs of field recordings – a beautiful package!)
One of those records that definitely lives up to its cover – as it's not only a great mish-mash of styles, it's also got some 80s instrumental currents that might come as a surprise if you know other records on the Soundway label! The work recasts older elements of Ugandan music with old ... read moreCD
Words of love from Libyan singer Ahmed Fakroun – an artist who works with some sweet 80s electro soul backings that perfectly match his look on the cover! The vocals are mostly in Arabic, but they're set to backings that have a definite western approach – very universal in sound, with ... read moreCD
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
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
About as classic as you can get for 70s Fela – 2 albums that are overflowing with righteous politics, heavy rhythms, and super-extended grooves! The CD features the complete tracks from the albums Yellow Fever and Na Poi – both recorded in 1976, but compiled here with a bonus alternate ... read moreCD
(Includes slipcase. Out of print.)
Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band —
Agada ... CD Dorian, 1994. Used ...
The great second album from Ghana's K. Frimpong – backed by the group Vis-a-Vis (though billed in the title as his Cubano Fiestas) – a stunning blend of Ghanian Highlife music and rawer Afro Funk & soul! A few K. Frimpong numbers appeared on some of our favorite African ... read moreCD
Gato Preto —
Tempo ... CD Unique (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
A mix of beats and bass, electro and African percussion and rhythms from duo Gato Treto – producer and beatmaker Lee Bass and vocalist Gato Misteriosa – delivering a seamless set of Afro-futurist dancefloor club grooves and tough, yet seductive vocals! Gato Preto claim Mozimbique, ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD