Jaume Compte Nafas Ensemble —
Tariq ... CD ARC (UK), 2014. Used ...
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Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers —
African Party ... CD Freestyle (UK), 1967. New Copy ...
An African Party indeed – recorded in London at the end of the 60s, and featuring a blistering array of percussion and jazz-based influences! Ginger Johnson got his start on the London scene playing a mix of jazz and Latin rhythms in bigger groups, but broke out on his own in the mid 60s to ... read moreCD
The rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St ... read moreCD
Classic ragas from Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Kahn and Ustad Amir Khan on this compilation from El UK! The earlier material on Psychedelic India predates the psychedelic rock movement by nearly a decade, but the trance inducing sitar atmosphere is obviously an important precursor, and always amazing ... read moreCD
Dick Khoza —
Chapita ... CD Sun/Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy ...
Rare South African Afro jazz from Dick Khoza – Legendary material from the vaults of Rashid Vally's As-shams (Sun) record label. Khoza leads mightily on African drums and players include Bethuel Maphmulo on bass, Themba Mehlomakulu on trumpet, Aubrey Simani on tenor, Joe Zikhali on rhythm ... read moreCD
Angelique Kidjo —
Fifa ... CD Mango, 1996. Used ...
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
A great one from Nigerian bandleader, composer and multi-instrumentalist Peter King – working in a funkier mode here than on the more jazz and roots based groove of his first record! The highlife sound is still a vital component, but on this one, Peter embraces a harder hitting approach on ... 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
The one and only album by Mali's Sidi Yassa De Kayes – a beautiful group who really transcend any easy labels or genre conventions! The style here is almost more personal than some of the other large ensembles in Mali at the time – as the feel is pretty raw and up-close throughout, ... 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
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 ...
Three early albums from Baaba Maal – all of which you'll find a lot more edgey and compelling than material that's more familiarly issued over here in the US! There's a great mix of rootsy elements and some slight electric elements, more as the albums progress – in a blend that works ... 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
The last album ever issued by the enigmatic studio collective Mandigo – a batch of British musicians, but recording here in the best Afro Rock mode of the 70s sound library scene! As with some of the best British projects of this nature, there's a lot of different elements at play in the mix ... 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
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
The first album as a solo act from Harry Mosco – better known for his previous music with The Funkees – one of the best Afro Funk combos of the early 70s! The style here is a nice expansion of that previous group's work – very heavily rooted in the right sort of basslines to kick ... read moreCD
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
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
Timeless vocal work from Ogoya Nengo and her Dodo Women's group – an Kenyan ensemble with a really creative approach to their work! The dodo style refers to traditional music used for entertainment at weddings and festivals – but the voices have this really complex quality that's way ... 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
A cool combination of Island rhythms and free-flying piano lines – all wrapped together by the enigmatic Henri Pierre Noel! The vibe of the record is different than anything else we've ever heard – almost more European in the way that Henri handles the keys of the piano – which ... 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
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
A blistering set of Afro-Funk from the 70s – the debut of Ofege, a band of high school students at the time! There's a really trippy sound to the set, as the guitars figure strongly in the groove, and are often recorded with some slightly psychedelic touches – similar to Blo or some of ... 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
Rare recordings from the mighty Orchestra Baobab, Senegal's most important and popular dance band of the 70s. Brilliantly mixing sexy Afro-Cuban rhythms with native melodies from the country's Casamance region – sung in a mixture of Spanish, French, and Wolof – the band developed an ... read moreCD
Totally killing Congolese rumba from the early 70s! Saxophonist and bandleader Verckys Kiamuangana Mateta got his start by contributing grippingly muscular tenor saxophone work with the legendary Franco & OK Jazz during the mid-60s, providing unusual hefty horn work to a style where the ... 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 ...
Killer Congolese rhythms from Ry-Co Jazz – a group with as much of a Latin influence as an African one! The set features classic 60s and 70s work from the ensemble – grooves that grow beautifully from their Rhythme-Congolais name, with lightly dancing guitar over catchy percussion ... read moreCD
Classic work from one of the Conga's greatest bands! Organized in 1958 by Henri Bowane, the man who first introduced the world the mighty Franco, Ry-Co Jazz were veritable ambassadors for Congolese sounds. At their inception they took a steamer to the Central African Republic and didn't return ... read moreCD
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
Oumou Sangare —
Seya ... CD World Circuit/Nonesuch, 2009. Used ...
Oumou Sangare —
Worotan ... CD World Circuit/Nonesuch, 1996. Used ...
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
Not the whole life of Ravi Shankar in music – and instead, a really cool concentration of work from one of his greatest periods ever – that magical late 50s/early 60s moment when he was completely transforming the sound of Indian music, and beginning to have an influence on the wider ... read moreCD
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