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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A killer set of spare percussion from this little-known group – a set that's recorded with a very raw, rootsy style – and no other adornment at all! The instrumentation on the set is very spare – nearly all percussion, and performed on claves, bata drums, and congas – plus ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal debut set from Edip Akbanyram – a 70s Turkish singer whose music is every bit as compelling as arabesk rock by Baris Manco or Erkin Koray! Like both of those artists, Edip mixes older Anatolian roots with a freakier, fuzzier style from the psych generation – mixing electric ... read moreCD
A seminal debut set from Edip Akbanyram – a 70s Turkish singer whose music is every bit as compelling as arabesk rock by Baris Manco or Erkin Koray! Like both of those artists, Edip mixes older Anatolian roots with a freakier, fuzzier style from the psych generation – mixing electric ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later gem from the Turkish scene of the 70s – one that's got a bit more funky touches than earlier Anatolian rock! There's still a fair bit of Eastern styles running through the mix, but most of the rhythms are really straightforward and use heavy basslines that really set the groove ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Features original pop-up gatefold cover design!)
Akido ... LP Mercury, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ...
An obscure Afro Funk combo from the early 70s – produced by Ronnie Lane of The Faces, who may very well have been inspired by Ginger Baker's love of the style! The record's got some pretty heavy guitar work, and there's lots of funky rock running through the grooves – so those African-i ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some moderate wear. Vinyl has a short click on a couple of tracks.)
Kamuran Akkor —
Kamuran Akkor ... LP Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(Out of print.)
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The most outwardly political album to date from Antibalas – and quite possibly the funkiest one too! The set's got the group really grooving hard in their 70s Afro Funk-inspired vein – jamming at a level that would make Fela Kuti blush – working together with a fierce array of ... read moreCD
Two sweet electro groovers from Ata Kak – originally issued on cassette back in the 90s, but very much at home here on a 12" single! "Daa Nyinaa" has this playful, bouncy house rhythm at the start – peppered with keyboards over the bassline – then a very cool vocal ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Christie Azumah & The Uppers International —
Din Ya Sugri ... CD Production Dessinee (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
Great Ghana grooves from the 70s – a smoking set that features some lead vocals from Christie Azuma, but lots more sweet sounds from The Uppers International Dance Band – a really well-titled combo, given the positive spirit of their music! The tunes bubble along wonderfully in this ... read moreCD
An amazing groove from the legendary Amadou Balake – music that's got this tight focus that has everything coming down together right in the middle – from basslines to percussion to some mighty skittish guitar! The rhythmic lines here are even sharper than in other Afro Funk from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A definite eclectic groove here – music that has its roots in Mandingo and Dioula rhythms, but also features a fair bit of American funk and soul touches too – sometimes in the heavy grooves on the bottom, sometimes in the rumbling basslines and guitar parts too! The collection is a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With a singer this obscure, you might take the word "essential" in the title a bit loosely – but the set is a stunning batch of work from this popular Thai vocalist of the 70s! Dao Bandon's voice is amazing right from the start, even if you can't understand the language (although ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great vinyl, and includes bonus set of notes too!)
Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister —
Superiority ... LP Siky-Oluyole (Nigeria), 1985. Very Good ...
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, but the vinyl is nice and clean!)
Crucial work from Moreno Batamba – a set that brings together his Sister Pili album with a few bonus tracks as well! The core record is a cracker from 1983 – a set that shows the farther-reaching style in East African music at the time, yet without any too-commercial styles at all ... 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 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 moreCD
Rhythmic early 60s global grooves from John Berberian – a master of the oud with a great group of players on these oft intense takes traditional Turkish, Armenian and Arabic songs! The melodies and rhythms are pretty impressive – the percussion is particularly heavy and groovy! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early calypsos from Blind Blake – a version of the genre that's way different than any you might know from the Harry Belafonte generation! The sound here is often quite spare, and in a way, echoes earlier acoustic blues styles – turned towards Bahamian themes, of course, and given the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little record that definitely lives up to its title – as the whole thing offers up a blinding mix of live percussion over shifting rhythm patterns – with a sound that shows that the acoustic is still very much superior to the electric! "Disna Ngai" is a long ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A really unique hybrid of Jamaican and African grooves – a rare set cut by this Nigerian artist in London, working with help from the Cool Notes! The overall style is definitely reggae, but there's compelling juju qualities in the rhythms – and Chief Checker's lyrical approach and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – heavy Japanese-style vinyl and tip-on cover!)
A really unique hybrid of Jamaican and African grooves – a rare set cut by this Nigerian artist in London, working with help from the Cool Notes! The overall style is definitely reggae, but there's compelling juju qualities in the rhythms – and Chief Checker's lyrical approach and ... read moreCD
Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band —
Juguya ... CD Sublime Frequencies, 2015. New Copy ...
One of the most solid albums we've ever heard on the Sublime Frequencies label – a studio recording by a group with a really great approach to their music – a style that mixes classic Afro Funk elements with rootsier elements on the instrumentation! The grooves are tight, but the sound ... read moreCD
Yair Dalal & the Tarab Ensemble —
Azame ... CD Magda (Israel), 1999. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Roger Damawuzan & Les As Du Benin —
Wait For Me ... LP Hot Casa (France), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Roger Damawuzan looks a bit like an American soul singer on the cover of this excellent collection – and his music often comes across in the same way, with a nice undercurrent of funk in the rhythms, and very powerful vocals from the leader! The set's the first we've ever seen to focus on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A world of rhythmic, danceable sounds from George Danquah – the legendary Ghanaian guitarist, composer and bandleader who had earlier played and/or toured with Benya Beats, Blue Monks and Uhuru Dance Band and other brilliant groups – and this rare mid 70s set is the only album billed to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition. LP comes with the code for full digital download version.)
Dark City Sisters/Flying Jazz Queens —
Star Time Vol 2 ... LP Odeon (UK), Mid 60s. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Vintage work from these great South African soul groups! LP, Vinyl record album
A strong live set from the great Paco DeLucia – one that has his sublime acoustic guitar sounds really ringing out in the large space of a theater – which creates a slightly different vibe than some of his more close-up studio records of the 70s! DeLucia is extremely commanding in this ... read moreCD
A lovely little take on the flamenco sound of Spain – one that pairs the guitar of Paco De Lucia with that of Ramon De Algeciras, and adds in a bit of larger orchestrations as well! The tunes are hardly "hits" in the American mode – more famous numbers that are recast ... 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
Very nice compilation of some of the best of Manu Dibango's afro funky tracks from the early 70's! The folks at Unidisc licensed this stuff from Musidisc in France, and the set's got a lot of killer hard funky tracks, like the hit "Soul Makossa", plus "O Boso", "Pepe ... 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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Stephen Duros —
Aeaea ... CD Luminescent, 2015. Used ...
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
(Limited edition repress with tip on jacket!)
Esso Trinidad Steel Band —
Esso ... CD Warner/Minky, 1971. New Copy Gatefold ...
A classic album of steel band grooving – a sound that made a surprising crossover in the American soul market in the early 70s! This album's one of the most famous of the genre – a session that was originally produced by Van Dyke Parks for Warner Brothers, and which has a nice blend of ... read moreCD
The 69 LA sessions are great – and feature pivotal work in a similar style, kicked up a few notches on bass and percussion. The tracks are shorter than later – most are 3 to 6 minutes long – but the intensity of the work is incredible, and makes us wonder what would have happened ... 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original inner sleeve with lyrics. Cover has a promo stamp & creasing on the corners.)
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
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 a torn/cut corner.)
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