Amazing funk from this new Afro Beat combo! Forget that they're a bunch of young guys from New York – because the sound of this one is pure 70s Africa, with hard heavy drum work, super-tight horn riffing, spiraling keyboard lines, and some excellent guitar! You probably also know the work ... read moreCD
An amazing record – one that sounds like nothing else we can think of! The tunes all feature Idonesian vocalist Idjah Hadidjah singing with smaller gamelon-based ensembles – working in a mode that almost makes more traditional "song" type structures out of the longer ... read moreCD
Lijadu Sisters —
Danger ... CD Knitting Factory, 1976. Used ...
Amazing work from the 70s Nigerian scene – and one of the few female funk records to come out of Africa back in the days! The Lijadu Sisters have a groove that's unlike anything else we've ever heard before – partly Afro Funk, but often changed up a lot in really weird ways – ... read moreCD
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Ismael Lo —
Iso ... CD Mango, 1994. Used ...
Fantastic Indian funk from one of our favorite new groups! In contrast to the band's jazzy second album Jade, issued right before this one, Dancing On One's Hands is more of a 70s funk outing – with hard grooves that recall the best moment of funky Bollywood soundtracks from the 70s, plus a ... read moreCD
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International —
Odo Sanbra ... CD Occidental Brothers, 2009. Used ...
A Chicago combo, but one with a very international groove – a sound that hearkens back to West African grooves of the 70s, played here with a great mix of guitars, percussion, and saxes! Most tunes are recorded with a very spare style that almost sounds classic – and the vocals from ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Orchestre National De Barbes —
Poulina ... CD Virgin (France), 1999. Used ...
The title tells it all – as Ravi delivers three long ragas, with backing on tabla and tamboura. A nice one to plug in and drop out to – with the 28 minute-long "Raga Jog", plus "Raga Simhendra Madhyaman" and "Raga Ahir Bhairav". CD
Hypnotic vocals from Yoro Sidibe – a "hunter's singer" from the Wasulu region of Mali – and one who works with a very unique sort of groove! All tracks here feature Sidibe also playing the donso ngoni, a rough harp-like instrument that resonates strongly, and which is ... read moreCD
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars —
Libation ... CD Cumbancha, 2014. Used ...