Easily one of the greatest albums recorded by Olatunji in the 60s – a set that's even more hard-driving than his classic records for Columbia, with an incredibly percussive groove all the way through! The group features an assortment of percussionists all driving along with Olatunji – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic session of pounding percussion – quite possibly the most successful entry into this earthy genre that hit the recording scene at the end of the 50s! Babatunde Olatunji is joined here by a great assemblage of players – including Montego Joe and Baba Hawthorne Bey on percussion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mad sounds from the mighty William Onyeabor – and a set that really lives up to the image of William on the cover! The cuts here are very heavy on keyboards, and lots of other electronic touches too – but all used in a way that's got a warmer Afro Funk vibe than you'd expect – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest records ever from this legendary Nigerian musician – a set that's filled with sharply funky moments, soulful saxophone solos, and lots of those cool keyboards we always love from William Onyeabor! The style here is a bit like the first Crashes In Love record – tied ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early moment for the legendary William Onyeabor – music created for the film Crashes In Love – which tells the sad story of a princess who has to choose between love and money – a setting that helps make for some of Onyeabor's greatest music on record! The style here is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A second version of William Onyeabor's music for the film Crashes In Love – one that's somewhat different than the first, and which almost has a different groove overall! Tracks are still nice and long, and have that hypnotic Onyeabor vibe – but there's stronger basslines at the bottom ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
William Onyeabor —
Good Name ... LP Wilfilms/Luaka Bop, 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
Amazing sounds from William Onyeabor – space age keyboards mixed with electro funk mixed with Afro beat, snakey sax lines, and lots lots more – a really mind-bending album that's well-achieved legendary status over the years! Each song takes up a side of the record – but spins ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
William Onyeabor looks like a great lover on the cover of this set – and he follows up that image with some of the slinkiest, most seductive music of his career! There's almost a dub element to the record at times – as if Onyeabor was borrowing inspiration from Kingston, and bringing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
William Onyeabor's looking pretty chilled out on the cover – especially given the Hypertension title of the record – a cool, confident dude decked out in a velvet jacket and sombrero – able to carry off that look as well as he can carry the grooves on the set! In anyone else's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
William Onyeabor —
Tomorrow ... LP Luaka Bop, 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
The sound of tomorrow, circa 1979 – as Afro groove pioneer William Onyeabor works his magic on a host of extended tracks – finding a way for earlier funk modes to move into leaner styles for the 80s! The music here has plenty of keyboards and basslines, but is maybe less totally ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard before – the rightly legendary musical legacy of William Onyeabor, one of the most enigmatic talents to come from the African scene of the 70s! The work here is all plenty darn funky, but it's also very different from familiar Afro Funk too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hardly a pirate album at all – and instead one of the first big global moments of fame for the mighty Orchestra Baobob – a Senegalese combo who'd really been honing their craft during the 70s! The album has the group working with all the soulful currents of their early work – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful set from the legendary Syllart label – a very well-recorded session from this Guinean group whose members include Diabate Sekou and Kante Manfila! The music has lots of jazzy currents – both on guitar and some of the saxophone lines too – and the rhythms echo some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title gets it perfectly right on this sweet little set – as the grooves are raw and stripped down – often just to the core elements of Afro Funk! The music may be the most hard-hitting we've ever heard from this legendary combo – and it's served up beautifully in this well-sel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We'd never come across Orient Express before, one of the rare rock-oriented acts on the Mainsteam jazz label in the late 60s and 70s – but after a spin of this super rare hybrid of heavy psychedelic rock, HUGE percussion and electric Eastern string effects we're hooked! The group mixes heavy ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, peeled spots and a bit of pen.)
Stephen Osita Osadebe —
Makojo ... LP Polydor (Nigeria), 1985. Good ...
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(Cover has a small name in pen on both sides and a stain on back.)
Stephen Osita Osadebe & His Nigeria Sound Makers International —
Osadebe 75 ... LP Polydor (Nigeria), 1972. Poor ...
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(Cover has moderate wear, pen on the front and wide tape along the spine.)
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
You might not be able to understand the lyrics, but you'll definitely be moved by the instant charm of Malaysian rocker Adnan Othman – a singer who works here in a groovy blend of fuzzy guitar, mod rhythms, and all the other great sounds we love from late 60s French and British tracks of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great package – with a wonderful booklet of notes, too!)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky samba gem from the 70s – the only album we've ever seen from Jorginho Pessanha, and a set that grooves with plenty of bassy percussion – in an all-acoustic mode that's nice and raw! Jorginho's got wonderfully soulful vocals – raspy, with a real charm that totally gets us, ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Boban Petrovic —
Zora ... LP Discom/Disco Not Disco (Serbia), 1984. New Copy (reissue)...
A sweet slice of 80s electro soul from Serbia – a set that's the lasting legacy of Boban Petrovic, an artist who was heavily influenced by funky disco sounds from the west – and maybe a bit of fusion as well! The music has a much more soulful vibe than you'd guess from the cover image ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Other-worldly sounds from 70s Thailand – served up by the sublime vocals of Phairin Phonhibun, one of those singers who will grab you, even if you don't know what she's saying! Fortunately, this great package also features translations of the lyrics – which are helpful to turn to if ... 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
Excellent work from Rakka – a group who make familiar instruments sound very unusual – and who weave together this magical blend of spiritual jazz, global elements, and lots of other very offbeat touches! The sound is always soulful, and never gimmicky at all – and these guys ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool group who are part spiritual jazz, part global rhythms – and who play in this way that brings in bits of Ethiopian grooves, bossa nova, and lots of other surprising elements – all in a style that really holds together beautifully across the entire set! The lineup's a bit ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two long grooves with a really amazing sound – both recorded in Tel Aviv by guitarist Aris San, who also provides these amazing vocals on the set! The guitar on "Boumpam" begins with almost a surf rock sort of tone, but it quickly goes into exotic qualities that are matched by San's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet electric keyboards from Mamman Sani Abdoulaye – recorded in both Niger and Paris, on a host of cool keys with a very spacey vibe! The music here is neither the Afro Funk you'd expect, nor the electro sounds of New York or Europe – but an unusual fusion that's very individual, and ... (Out Sound, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Santiago Del Nuevo Extremo —
A Mi Ciudad ... LP Messidor (Germany), 1984. Near Mint- ...
A highly percussive New Orleans group with a feel that's right from the streets – just the kind of live, spontaneous energy you'd expect from the "Indian parade" image on the front! Most instrumentation comes from handheld percussion – the kind you'd use when marching down ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very early US release of work by Ravi Shankar – originally part of Columbia's "Adventures In Sound" series, a mixed mood music/world music imprint that offered up some excellent work in its day! The set begins with a compelling "Introduction To Indian Music" – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(2 eye white label pressing.)
Roy Shurland And His Big Bamboo Orchestra —
Big Bamboo ... LP Carib, 1961. Very Good ...
A really great bit of Afro Funk from the 70s – recorded by a group with relatively obscure origins, but a pretty heavy duty sound! The album's a project from Jo Bisso, who later went onto some great Afro-styled club fame – but this set is much more deep funk overall – with lots ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tremendous bit of South African jazz – recorded in the years after bigger names like Hugh Masekela and The Blue Notes had left for greener pastures, but when there were still plenty of great artists back at home! The Soul Jazzmen have this laidback, souful sound that's very much in keeping ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most compelling singers in the world today – an artist whose fame has spread so far, he's getting production help on this album from talents as big as Gilles Peterson, Four Tet, and Modeselektor! As you might imagine, the presence of these bigger names definitely adds something to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the full album on CD.)
Tannahill Weavers —
Passage ... LP Green Linnet, 1984. Very Good ...
Really righteous sounds from the great Ebo Taylor – on a record that almost seems to show a bit of Jamaican or Caribbean influence on the rhythms, especially in the way the long tracks go tripping along lightly as the vocals and instrumentation unfold! The overall sound still has all the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ebo Taylor —
Twer Nyame ... LP Philips/Mr Bongo (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
An early gem from Ghana legend Ebo Taylor – a smoking little set with a really hypnotic feel overall! The tracks here are all nice and long – and build energy with kind of a minimal layering of sound – an approach that's different than some of the longer Nigerian jams you might ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever set to bring together the work of Nigerian flute player Tee Mac – a hell of a musician, and an Afro Funk contemporary of Fela Kuti, but with a huge legacy of his own! The set features both sides of Tee's talents – with one side of Afro Soul, and one of Afro Funk – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Packaged in a nice silkscreen printed gatefold cover with a silkscreen poster & download.)
One of the grooviest steel band records you'll ever hear – known for a great version of "Cissy Strut" – nice and funky! Other cuts include "Games People Play", "Put A Little Love In Your Heart", "Spinning Wheel", and "Those Were The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful grooves from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart – a set that mixes his classic-styled club sound with some sweet Afro-funk touches – all to create this wonderful hybrid of sounds that makes for one of his best records in years! The style here is more in the Afro-disco mode ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Movin' On ... LP Teal/Invisible City Editions (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)...
An unusual later album from Witch – one that has a sweet funky style at the core – a mode that shows the group picking up a fair bit of disco and club from the American scene, and fusing it with their older Zamrock styles to create a really unique sound overall! At times, the record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Melodic psychedelia from 70s Iran – an incredible full scale anthology of recordings by guitarist and vocalist Kourosh Yaghmaei from the pre-revolution years – and an absolute treasure! Kouroush often recorded with his brothers – Kourosh singing lead and playing guitars or bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally sweet set of grooves from the African scene of the 70s – and one that's a fair bit different than most of the other collections we've got on our racks! The styles here are a bit more offbeat, and a bit less familiar – not straight Afro Funk, but also not some of the popular ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great collection of tracks – and one of the first chance for most of us to hear the funkier side of sounds from Peru! The work isn't as full-on funky as Brazilian grooves from the time, but does share a very strong influence from American styles – and really goes way past any cliches ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massive assemblage of raw, percussive Cambodian music recorded between the 60s and the 90s! The blend of styles is pretty impressive – raw found-folk elements prevail throughout, but a pretty staggering array sounds throughout the years find their way into the mix – from traces of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The "nuggets" in the title is very well placed here – as all the cuts here have every bit as much freak and fuzz as the American garage and pre-punk work chronicled famously on the lengendary Nuggets series! Yet these tracks are all even more obscure, and all come from African ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer collection of funky soul from the Caribbean – not tracks that have a typical island sort of sound, with roots in calypso, soca, or reggae – and instead just he kind of key cuts that match the best underground work on the New York scene! Keep in mind that lots of American disco ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Come to the Caribbean – and get your mind blown with this incredible selection of grooves! The collection does a great job of stepping around a host of different styles from the time – easily mixing bits of cumbia, rhumba, bomba, cha cha, plena, calypso, and other styles – in an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from the Congo scene of the 50s – as singers here work with their own acoustic guitar for accompaniment, often with additional guitar as well – and usually a glass bottle providing a spare sort of rhythm! The style is quite different than later, more blues-based material ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
40s field recordings in pre-Castro Cuba – a series of tracks recorded in Havana and more rural locations, all of which document the surviving African traditions in Cuban music! Much of the work here is relatively spare and percussive – done with instrumentation that includes gourd ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest collections of chicha we've ever heard – that ultra-cool Peruvian style that mixes cumbia rhythms with electric surf-styled guitar – all in a sound that's as fresh today as when it was first waxed back in the 70s! Chicha is one of those rare cross-cultural moments ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Way more than just the rock and roll promised in the title – as the music here is surprisingly heartfelt, surprisingly moving, and surprisingly effective – even if we don't know the language! There's definitely a rock style on most tunes, but the music is hardly the kind of knockoff ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album