They're not kidding with the name of this group – because the set's a masterpiece of 70s Afro Funk – totally great all the way through! The combo has African origins, but they're recording here in London – which makes for a really wonderful criss-crossing of cultural modes – ... read moreCD
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
Slim Ali & The Hodi Boys —
70s Pop ... CD ARC (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ...
Hardly the pop you'd guess from the title – and instead a really compelling batch of Kenyan soul tracks from the 70s! Slim Ali has a style that's very different than the other 70s African work that's been reissued of late – less straight funk, although the music still has plenty 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
Africa ... CD Now Again, 1975. New Copy 2 CDs ...
Wonderfully fuzzy work from Amanaz – one of the trippiest, headiest groups of the Zamrock scene of the 70s! The guitars here are very full and present – not at a hit you over the head jamming label, but with this rich sonic element that has lots of bassy undercurrents – at a ... read moreCD
Ata Kak —
Obaa Sima ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. New Copy ...
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 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
Dois ... CD Soundway (UK), 2014. New Copy ...
The second album from Batida, and even more crackling than the first – bristling beats, bubbling electronics, and a strongly Brazilian undercurrent – all blended together in the best contemporary styles we've been hearing from the Soundway label of late! Vocals are by a shifting lineup ... 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
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
Incredible sounds from an obscure Senegalese group – one who burned brightly at the start of the 80s, but never issued any records at the time! Fortunately, this collection (and its previous partner) corrects that fact – and mixes together rare studio sides and one very fierce ... read moreCD
Aby Ngana Diop —
Liital ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. New Copy ...
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
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
Brilliant stuff! Roforofo Fight hails from 1972 – an early full-length Fela LP, filled with 4 tight groovers that stand with his best work! "Go Slow" begins with this mad trumpet solo that you'll recognize from a famous sample, especially as it mixes in with keyboards; "Rofor ... 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
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
Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics —
Jaiyede Afro ... CD Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy ...
The first new music we've heard in years from Afro Funk giant Orlando Julius – wonderfully paired here with the always-great Heliocentrics! Orlando's definitely in the lead here – singing, playing tenor, and contributing percussion to the overall groove of the group – which leans ... 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
A stunning collection of work from Zanzibar's greatest modern female singer! Bi Kidude is one of Zanzibar's most accomplished and experienced vocalists and this excellent collection presents her in several different contexts, all recorded in the 90s. She sings traditional taraab music – a ... read moreCD
Other-worldly genius from the legendary Laraaji – a really special record that was done in collaboration with Brian Eno – as part of Eno's classic Ambient series at the end of the 70s – and as a way of showcasing some of the "fourth world" sounds that he was working in ... 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
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
The second album from Mombasa – and possibly even better than the first! The group have really come into their own by the time of this date – mixing together jazz and African roots with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of – quite unique in its approach to rhythms, ... 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
Stunning work from Shangaan Electro pioneer Nozinja Lodge – music that's equally awash in older African roots and 21st Century electronics – all served up with a style that's uniquely its own! Older styles of percussion, acoustic instrumentation, and vocals all bubble forth beautifully ... 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
Not the whole life of Ravi Shankar in music – and instead, a really cool concentration of work from one of his greatest periods ever – that magical late 50s/early 60s moment when he was completely transforming the sound of Indian music, and beginning to have an influence on the wider ... read moreCD
Two classic albums of Indian music – back to back on a single CD! The Music Of India features beautiful sounds from Sharan Rani – one of the few female sarod players on the Indian scene – stepping out here in a vintage session for the World Pacific label! The tracks are all ... 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
Hard to resist the groove of a group this great – one of the longer-running Afro Funk combos around, and one of the best too! The group definitely have a touch of the soulful jazz promised by their name – thanks to strong solos on alto, tenor, and baritone – which often break out ... read moreCD
A vintage set from the great Ebo Talyor – an artist who's been recording new music in recent years, but who sounds even better here on one of his classics! Ebo's got a fair bit of jazz mixed in with his sound – a layering of flute, trombone, tenor, guitar, and keyboard parts with a ... 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
The near-complete recorded legacy of Amara Toure – a singer who made an incredible splash on the Cameroonian scene of the 70s, but who only managed to make a handful of singles and one full length LP! The material is all tremendous, though – as Toure sings with this rich, deep sound ... read moreCD
Some of the coolest, grooviest work we've ever heard from the Nigerian scene of the 70s – recorded by an artist who was heading a children's program at the time! Make no mistake, though – this is no kiddie music, but instead a wonderfully rich, vibrant collection of material – as ... read moreCD
A heady South African group from the early 70s – but one who feel much more like underground funk of the late 60s! The feel here is a garagey blend of instrumental soul and early funk – mixed with with some fuzzier guitar lines that add a nice psychedelic undercurrent, but not in the ... 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 way cooler set of music than you might expect – not the kind of overdone Caribbean cliches of the mainstream, but some really great lesser-known gems that mix together sounds and styles from Cuba to Haiti, to Jamaica, and beyond – served up here in a host of gems all hand-picked by ... 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
Bombay grooves, but not just the disco promised in the title – as these cuts come mostly from the 80s years of Bollywood, and show Indian funk moving into a great new realm of styles! There's definitely a disco vibe at the core – and as in other scenes, the style stayed current a lot ... 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
A stunning look at the early years of calypso music – not the first rootsy wave of music from the islands, but the second wave that spread across the global mainstream – when Caribbean styles got greater distribution on a host of bigger labels than before, which also led to a number of ... read moreCD
A great collection that serves up the roots of klezmer music – and at a level that may dig deeper than any other compilation we've heard before! These tracks are all from the earliest days of the 78rpm disc – pulled from EMI archives, and mostly from the turn of the 20th century – ... read moreCD
Really hypnotic sounds from Ethiopian singer Kassa Tessema – heard here on two records from the 70s, both of which have a very ancient feel! Kassa has this very deep sound in his voice – a range that really goes down right to the bottom, with less of the higher tones of other Ethiopian ... 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 even deeper set of African club tracks than the great first volume – and a limited CD release that brings together all the rare singles issued on the Voodoo Funk 12" series! The work here is every bit as disco as you'd guess from the title – but there's also a special sort of ... read moreCD
An amazing portrait of Iran in the years before WWII – pulled from rare 78rpm recordings which are remastered here beautifully, to present some stunning sounds we'd never have heard otherwise! There's a really unique flavor to most of this music – sounds that lie at the crossroads of ... read moreCD
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 different ... read moreCD
Music from planet earth – but a special side of the planet that's under the sway of Soundway Records – who've been creating some really great music of their own in recent years! Soundway is a label we mostly know for reissues of older Afro Funk – but they've also moved into a ... read moreCD
Stunning sounds from South Africa – pulled together from a time when the nation's music was really coming into its own – despite the actions of a still-restrictive regime! There's a great mix of styles going on here – some rockish elements, of the Zamrock scene – some more ... 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
Soundway Records delves deep into the great history Colombian cumbia and porro – beautifully putting together an expansive set that traces the evolution of the sounds throughout 3 decades – and keeping it coming feverishly and furiously well paced the whole way through! They do a ... read moreCD
A sprawling set of tropical grooves from Panama, and the third in the series from Soundway – compiled by Roberto Gyemant and Miles Cleret, with a little help for this set from Will Holland, aka Quantic – as soulful and brilliant as it is essential! These rare recordings blend cultural ... read moreCD
The coolest collection of Peruvian grooves we've ever seen – one that gets past some of the straighter psych and Latin moments to focus on the funkier grooves of the Lima scene! Most work here is late 60s/early 70s vintage – and although many of the groups are rooted in rock, they're ... read moreCD
Rare African tracks in a variety of styles – from heavy funk, to fuzzy psych, to other inventive grooves that create some whole new modes of their own! The tracks here move way past the usual familiar sound that "rare groove" might imply – quite far from American funk and ... 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!)