A stunning collection of work from Zanzibar's greatest modern female singer! Bi Kidude is one of Zanzibar's most accomplished and experienced vocalists and this excellent collection presents her in several different contexts, all recorded in the 90s. She sings traditional taraab music – a ... read moreCD
Way more than just the usual Afro Funk sounds – as King Yoruba mix together a trans-Atlantic blend of styles that includes Latin elements, jazzy bits, and even some 70s soundtrack elements – all wrapped up in a tapestry of grooves that are heavy on acoustic percussion and electric ... read moreCD
Les Freres Smith —
Free To Go ... CD Les Freres Smith (France), 2015. New Copy ...
This killer combo starts a fire right from the very first note on the set – then continues to burn strongly all the way through – with a vibe that's even sharper and tighter than their first set of Afro Funk a few years back! Les Freres Smith travel in familiar territory, but have a ... read moreCD
A great Afro-soul double-header – one that features a disc apiece of these two great groups! CD 1 features classics by Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens – including a fair bit of older tracks that sound especially nice – really taking off from some of the mainstream South ... read moreCD
A mid 70s effort from Hugh Maskela, recorded in Nigeria, an excellent melding of his jazz inflected pop sound with some deeper soulful grooves. The vibe here is showing both some funk and disco influences, but with trademark South African style melodies floating over top and a dedication to Fela, ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Master Musicians Of Joujouka —
Boujeloud ... CD Sub Rosa, Mid 90s. Used ...
Beautiful grooves from the Nigerian scene of the 70s – a set of really unique grooves, and the only-ever album from the enigmatic Mebusas! There's kind of a tripped-out feel to some of these tracks – Afro Funk, but taken left of center from the style of Fela – thanks to some ... read moreCD
Great 50s work from the father of highlife, ET Mensah! Starting in the late 40s Mensah took over the helm of Ghana's Tempos and pushed African pop music away from the dominant European model that was popular in urban areas, injecting his music with rhythms from the Caribbean – cha chas, ... read moreCD
An incredible collection of work from the legendary ET Mensah – one of the strongest early proponents of highlife on the African scene of the postwar years, and one of the jazziest too! In the late 40s Mensah took over the helm of Ghana's Tempos and pushed African pop music away from the ... read moreCD
Hailu Mergia & The Walias —
Tche Belew ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1977. New Copy ...
An amazing organ player from the Ethiopian scene – one whose work here easily rivals that of Mulatu and some of the best artists on the Ethiopiques series! Hailu Mergi has plenty of jazz in his approach – not just on his own keyboard lines, but also in the way he lets the group members ... read moreCD
Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed —
Takkabel ... CD Terp (Netherlands), 2006. Used ...
The first ever full length effort from blind Addis Ababa singer Mohammed 'Jimmy' Mohammed – who appeared on the second Ethiopiques compilation – finally with a recorded set of his own! There's a loose, melodic and all around wonderful feel – a warmth that really needs to be heard ... read moreCD
The second album from Mombasa – and possibly even better than the first! The group have really come into their own by the time of this date – mixing together jazz and African roots with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of – quite unique in its approach to rhythms, ... read moreCD
A brilliant new recording from Mulatu – one that shows that the Ethiopian legend hasn't lost a bit of his edge in recent years! The sound here is still very strong and bold – that crucial blending of African roots and jazzy inflections that's made Mulatu one of the most influential ... read moreCD
Searing sounds from 70s Zambia – from one of the hippest, funkiest, most sharp-edged groups on the scene! This sweet little set may well be the best album ever from Musi O Tunya – a perfect fusion of funky roots with lots of Afro Soul touches, and a wicked approach to the guitar that ... read moreCD
Abdoulaye N'Diaye —
Taoue ... CD Justin Time (Canada), 2003. Used ...
A wonderful set of global jazz – recorded in Senegal by saxophonist Abdoulaye N'Diaye, but produced by David Murray, and featuring Murray on tenor, Dave Burrell on piano, and Hamid Drake on percussion! N'Diaye's tone on soprano, alto, and tenor is deep and rich – with strains of the ... read moreCD
Some of the heaviest work to come from the African scene of the 70s – the initial offering of the Ngozi Family – a group who clearly take strong inspiration from the Cream years of the UK scene, but who also come across with a grittier, punkier vibe overall – thanks to lean, ... read moreCD
Stunning work from Shangaan Electro pioneer Nozinja Lodge – music that's equally awash in older African roots and 21st Century electronics – all served up with a style that's uniquely its own! Older styles of percussion, acoustic instrumentation, and vocals all bubble forth beautifully ... read moreCD
(In a great oversized hardbound book! Out of print.)
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
Colombian music, both classic and contemporary – as a group of older all-star players comes into contact with Will "Quantic" Holland! The set's easily one of the most smoking Latin-styled projects we've heard from Quantic so far – recorded in Colombia with work from Fruko, ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
An incredible legacy in music – presented here in a really wonderful package! For years, the music of William Onyeabar has been the stuff of legend, but only accessible to a few who could get their hands on scarce original pressings – but that lack has really been corrected by this ... read moreCD
The mad music of William Onyeabor has gained many admirers over the years – a diverse array of artists from a diverse array of scenes – some of whom have come together in this mighty hip tribute to the master! The tunes here are either remixes, reworks, or complete covers of Onyeabor's ... read moreCD
An album that definitely packs a powerful punch – thanks to a compelling blend of sounds from both London and Kenya, brought together in a whole new formation of African groove! The album's a wicked reworking of an older aesthetic – in a spirit that's similar to the really inventive ... read moreCD
Ulas Ozdemir —
Bu Dem ... CD Kalan (Turkey), 2008. Used ...
A lost chapter from the late 60s/early 70s Ghana scene – a great mix of African rhythms & melodies with the raw grit of garage rock, the heavy groove of funk and soul, the swirling and fuzzed out guitars and organ of psychedelia – the Psycho African Beat of The Psychedelic Aliens! ... read moreCD
(Beautiful hardbound book style packaging – with a thick set of and photos and notes by band leader Carl Ricky Telfer!)
Salty Dog —
Salty Dog ... CD Strawberry Rain, 1976. New Copy Gatefold ...
Plenty of fuzz and plenty of spirit – a wonderful debut from this African group of the 70s – a combo who work here with equal parts of influence from Jimi Hendrix and some of the other Zamrock groups of the time! Lyrics are in English, and have this blue-toned quality that's really ... read moreCD
Rare Afro Rock from Nigeria's Semi-Colon group – and it's an astonishingly strong record! It's got fuzzy guitar grooves and spacey electic piano that are indebted to the global psych soul and rock scenes of the late 60s and early 70s – but the rhythmic sensibility, percussion and ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever by one of the most compelling figures in Indian music! Ananda Shankar's been chronicled elsewhere and often on these pages – so by this point, you probably already know that he's a renegade pioneer who combined funky grooves with sitars and tablas, forging a ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)
Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan —
From India ... CD Music Of The World, 1995. Used ...
Heavy heady funk from the 70s Nigerian scene – a wicked little record that's unlike anything else we've heard before! SJOB is a combo made from ex-members of the group of Sonny Okosuns – all top-shelf players who've clearly got their chops down in the groove department, but are also ... read moreCD
A really charming and unexpected album from the humorously named Guinean Cheikh M. Smith. The piano is the titular "white man's balafon" and on this recording Smith, who played the simmering organ parts on Salif Keita's classic album "Manjou" (but works on solo piano here), ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Mercedes Sosa —
De Mi ... CD Tropical Music (Germany), 1992. Used ...
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 moreCD