King Sunny Ade —
Aura ... LP Island, 1984. Good+ ...
The third and tightest of Ade's albums for Island. The sound here is a hybrid of his Ju Ju style with a bit of Afrobeat thrown in, with Tony Allen guesting on one number. The percolating multi-guitar and talking drum sound that was Ade's signature keeps the set gliding along nicely. 6 longer ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nigerian pressing on Sunny Alade.)
King Sunny Ade —
My Dear ... LP Atom Park (Nigeria), 1986. Very Good- ...
The second domestically released album from King Sunny Ade and His African Beats, with the wonderful Ju Ju sound ringing throughout every piece, from the up tempo numbers to the more mellow grooves. Interlocking, chirping guitar parts are layered over nicely percolating rhythms, 9 tracks in all: ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unique session of world music from the late 60s – recorded by the enigmatic Bauls Of Bengal, a group who were kind of playful tricksters in their Bengali home! "Baul" means "afflicted with the wind disease" – and the group have kind of a "crazyman" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a center split bottom seam.)
Bhagavan Das —
Ah ... LP Bhagavan Das, 1972. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
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(Includes the booklet. Cover has light wear.)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Drum Suite ... LP Columbia, 1956/1957. Good+ ...
An incredible early experimental album from Art Blakey – one of the first to feature him in expanded percussion format! Side one of the album features the extended "Drum Suite" – a set of 3 tracks ("The Sacrifice", "Cubano Chant", and "Oscalypso") ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split spine and mostly split bottom seam.)
Despite the colonialist overtones of the project – sort of the African equivalent to Porgy & Bess, at least in terms of authenticity – this groundbreaking musical was actually a crucial moment in the development of South African jazz. It's unfortunate that the package doesn't list ... (Soundtracks, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual Caribbean soundtrack – issued on the mostly-Latin Tico label! Titles include "Goombay", "Push Push", "Basket On Head", "Stranded", "Coconut Water Rum & Gin", and "Wanna Do Nothing All Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has some light wear and a cut corner.)
Hard to peg this group from Chicago – but the album's got some pretty unusual rhythms! The combo looks to be a funky one – but they play with distinct Caribbean and African influences in the bass and drum parts, and especially in the guitar, which jangles back and forth across the ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A partnership between US indie guitarists Ian Egelson and Alex Minoff of Golden – with Onyango Wuod Omari and the late Otieno Jagwasi of Nairobi based benga band Orchestra Extra Solar Africa – for an lightly funky, deeply melodic blend of hypnotic tunes! It's a true partnership – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool combination of folksy elements and jazzier styles – almost like some of the more sophisticated records that came from Havana at the end of the 60s! These guys do a wonderful job of mixing percussion, guitar, and flute with some warmer keyboards and other more modern touches ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a bit of seam splitting, and a small old sticker.)
A 2LP 70s set on Blue Note – one that reissues 2 Paul Horn albums for World Pacific in the 60s! First up is Paul Horn In India – a record in which Horn opens up in a really cool way – definitely moving past his early modern jazz years, to become one of the first American jazzmen ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing set that documents the early years of the Zamrock scene – the funk and psych informed Afro Rock pioneered by vocalist and African guitar legend Rikki Ililonga and his group Musi-O-Tunya in Zambia from 1973 to 1976 – and compiled beautifully in this great set from Now ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lateef Ahmed Khan plays tablas with tambura accompaniment on each track. Tracks are "Raga Ahir Bhairav In 3 Movements" with Mrinal Sen Gupta on sarod, "Raga Hamsadhvani In 3 Movements" performed with Surendra Kamat on flute, and "Raga Puriya Kalyan In 3 Movements" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some small splash stains on front.)
A weird album of spoken philosophy from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – known to most of the world at the time as the spiritual teacher of The Beatles! The recording quality is pretty odd – just the voice of the Maharishi, recorded almost in ethnographic form – with kind of a tinny ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker spot.)
Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens —
Thokozile ... LP Earthworks/Virgin, 1985. Near Mint- ...
A great little set of Hugh's MGM recordings – and one that features a nice mix of pop instrumental tracks, and others that have a more sophisticated African Soul sound. Included in this bunch are "Bajabula Bonke (Healing Song) parts 1 & 2", "U-Dwi", "Masquenada ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hugh's first album for Uni – and one that really lets him open up his groove! The record moves way past the short trumpet instrumental sound of earlier albums – into a complex groove that mixes Afro soul, LA funk, and loads of nice jazzy bits! The record's got a sound that's nicely ... 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. Cover has splitting on all seams.)
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
Quite an interesting record from Hugh – one that mixes his South African soul approach with some grooves that also have a bit more of a New Orleans funk feel. Overall, the style is similar to Les' work from the time – but with touches that make the whole thing a bit hipper than usual, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo ink stamp, split top seam, some splitting on the bottom seam, and a distro sticker.)
Quite different than most of Letta's other albums – with a smooth approach that's got a strong modern soul feel, one that works surprisingly well with Letta's vocals. Paul Riser handled the string and horn arrangements, and although the album's not as "authentic" as some of Letta's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole and promo sticker.)
A surprisingly nice album for A&M, and one in which Letta's funky African soul style gets a bit more of an LA studio sound. The record features backing by a lot of well-known funky studio players, and Herb Alpert produced the record with a nice sound that still keeps Letta's rich voice in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groovy vocal pop and funky from 70s Hong Kong – with Elisa Chan and Johnny Ip both singing English vocals – on titles that include "Pick Up The Pieces", "Slippery When Wet", "Under Pressure", "You Are Everything", "Cos We've Ended Up As ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ocho 1 ... LP United Artists, 1972. Near Mint- (reissue)...
The rare first album by Ocho – and a killer batch of Latin tracks that breaks down all definitions of the music! Ocho were a seminal group in the NuYorica scene of the early 70s – blending soul, funk, Latin, jazz, and other styles into a groove that was perhaps a bit too complicated ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This UK Afro Funk group is slicking things up a bit for this 1973 album – but not in a bad way, because it actually kicks up the groove considerably. In fact, it almost sounds like they've been listening to a bit of War – because the the best tracks on the album have lots of that funky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Later material from Osibisa, who have lost some of their harder Afro-Funk edge, and are working here more as an ensemble funk outfit, with a sound that's similar to some of the bigger American groups of the time. Titles include "Do It (Like It Is)", "Uhuru", "Sunshine ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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