Way more than just the kids record you'd guess from the title – and instead, one of the cool earthy percussion records cut by Bilal Abdurahman for Folkways! The format is that of an introduction to sounds and rhythm for children – and the set mixes some spoken bits with some ultra-cool ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes original booklet. Cover is nice!)
Alhaja Queen Salawa Abeni & Her Group —
Omi Yale ... LP Leader (Nigeria), 1980. Good+ ...
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(Cover has some wear and wide tape along the top seam.)
Alhaja Queen Salawa Abeni & Her Waka Moderniser —
India Waka ... LP Kollington (Nigeria), 1984. Poor ...
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(NOTE – Vinyl is in POOR condition. Cover has some stains and a chewed corner.)
King Sunny Ade —
Saviour ... LP Sunny Alade (Nigeria), 1985. Good+ ...
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(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.)
Prince Gbenga Adeboye —
Discovery ... LP Ogo Oluwakitan Trading Co (Nigeria), 1991. Good+ ...
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(Cover has some wear and taped seams.)
Ayewa International Gospel Singers —
Olorun Iye ... LP Ogo Oluwakitan Trading Co (Nigeria), 1988. Very Good- ...
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(Cover has some wear and wide clear tape over all seams.)
One of Big Black's better LPs for UNI, and one that features stripped down conga groove with spare flute playing by Black "Melody" Harold. Side one is a long 3 part track, divided into "Problem", "Cause", and "Cure". Side two's got three long tracks: " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Supposedly, this is one of the many incarnations of the group that's better known under the names Lafayette Afro-Rock Band and Ice. The material here is more in the vein of work by Ice – in that it's kind of faster Afro-Funk inspired grooves, with bass, guitar, organ, and lots of keyboards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy bass, tight percussion, and a wonderfully trippy groove – the stunning second album from Cymande, and one of our funk favorites from the 70s! These guys have a sound that's completely unique – a vibe that mixes African and Jamaican influences up in the heady London scene of the ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Diga Rhythm Band —
Diga ... LP Round/United Artists, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
One of Mickey Hart's first forays into the world music genre – and way way better than his later Planet Drum recordings! The Grateful Dead's drummer plays with, and produces, an all-percussion ensemble that includes tablas, marimbas, talking drums, timbales, and congas. All the melody parts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice collection of African pop tracks by the Duo Ouro Negro. The sound is slightly folksy, with lots of acoustic guitar, and a haunting style that's similar to some of Miriam Makeba's work from the same time. Titles include "Palamie", "Mulowa", "Kyrie", "Salome ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Rare late 70s Afro soul from Cameroonese bassist and singer Brigth Engelberts – insistent, hypnotic and danceable grooves that points the way to myriad trends in soul in the decade to come, well beyond easily categorizable Afro funk & soul! Some numbers have a punchier, hypnotic rhythmic ... 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
(Green label pressing. Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)
One of the best of Fela's albums from the 80's, and one that features one long track – "Army Arrangement" – done in vocal and instrumental versions, each lasting for a side of the record. The track's an excellent one – with a hard heavy groove, as the cut's the "ori ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Celluloid pressing. Cover has some creases on the back panel.)
A brilliant transformation of the sounds of Mali – one that takes songs composed by the legendary Toumani Diabate, and reworks them as pieces for solo guitar – yet played at a level that's every bit as haunting and evocative as the originals! Derek Gripper has this deftly harmonic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool set by an artist who's clearly influenced by all the older trippy styles issued by the Pharaway Sounds label – especially that imprint's strong focus on fuzzy psych from the Mid-East! In fact, the overall sound of this set's so cool, you could easily pass it off as some lost Turkish ... 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
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has a sticker spot.)
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
A great one from Fela – tight and outtasite, with one of our favorite tracks ever by him – "ITT", also known as "International Thief Thief"! The record's got a clean and simple approach to the groove that's right up there with the best of the Afrika 70 era – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label US Capitol pressing. Cover has a promo stamp & some light wear.)
A steel band album – but with some nice twists! The record features a number of straight calypso type tunes, but it's also got some other ones with a cool 70s groove – echoey production mixed with soulful instrumentation to come up with some nice sounds! Highlights include a nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Lema —
Gaia ... LP Mango, 1990. Near Mint- ...
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
A great little early album from Miriam Makeba – featuring trumpet and arrangements by Hugh Masekela, with backings by a small combo that give her a nice South African groove. Most of the tracks retain Miriam's early folksy style – with roosty vocals grooving around some nice jaunty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice hard funky Afro soul from Hugh – cut during the time when he was really perfecting his sweet little blend of African rhythms and LA soul! The tracks are all short and hard – with funky trumpet in the lead, and some tight hard-grooving rhythms in the back. Most of this stuff feels ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Shrinkwrap is cracked a bit on the opening, with some wear on the cover.)
One of Hugh's more poppy efforts, but still a nice batch of instrumentals with a good Afro soul groove to them, and the jaunty trumpet sound that was Hugh's stock in trade at the time. Tracks include "Actin' Like A Fool", "If I Needed Someone", "Sounds Of Silence", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the funkier albums by African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, and a record that's filled with lots of short little groovers that have more of an edge than on previous pop instrumental albums – much more of the hard funky vibe of the Chisa years! The set features loads of great funky 45 cuts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest albums ever cut by Letta Mbulu – a perfect mix of her Soweto roots and the funky styles of her adopted California home! The album's the only one that Mbulu ever recorded for Fantasy Records – and the style brings together those great sing-song vocal modes perfected ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: Cover has staining & waviness on the bottom 4 inches.)
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
(Cover has heavy wear and waviness due to moisture. Label is stained and peeling.)
Woyaya ... LP Decca, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ...
These early Osibisa records always used to be fairly common years back – perhaps because they were always a bit too hippy dippy and loose for the older funk crowd. But now, in today's blunted groove culture, they seem to have found a new appreciation for their trippy Afro funk style, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heady sounds from Bahrain – recorded in the early 80s by this ultra-cool group who would have been right at home in the European prog scene at the start of the decade before! Drums are heavy, guitar lines are great, and there's some especially cool moogy moments – including some solos ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful contemporary combo with an amped up take on traditional Ethiopian music! The quartet features Mesele Asmamaw on electric krar, Dawit Seyoum on electric bass krar, and percussionist Samson Sendekou – all from Ethiopia – with American violinist Kaethe Hostetter of Boston-based ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mickey Heart of the Grateful Dead teams up with Mike Hinton and Airto Moriera for this percussion heavy session, ostensibly recorded for use in Apocalypse Now. 10 tracks in all: "Compound", "Trenches", "Street Gang", "The Beast", "Steps", "Tar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink, with hype sticker. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Features guitar accompaniment from Jose Nunes and Castro Mota, plus piano from Alain Oulman on two tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Hevy original pressing!)
David Rudder, Charlie Roots & Others —
This Is Soca ... LP Sire, 1987. Very Good+ 2LP ...
One LP of Soca numbers by David Rudder and Charlie Roots, with 'Calypso Music", "Jourvert Music", "Yes Darling", "Bahia Girl", "Kojak", "Permission To Mash Up The Place" and others. The second album features numbers by Shadow, Natasha, Baron, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album