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VariousSynthesize The Soul – Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973 to 1988 ... LP
Ostinato (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 23.99
Fantastic sounds from the unique musical crossroads of Cape Verde – an island culture that's closest to Africa in geographical terms, but which also has a strong influence from European colonization, and some shared musical modes from the Caribbean scene! Later Cape Verdean global stars have perhaps come across with a more iconic approach – but the work here is from the earliest years of independence, and shows a culture ready to reach out, bring in new ideas, and send them back out to the rest of the planet with a new sense of pride! Some cuts here remind us of the best Caribbean club from the start of the 80s, other cuts have some of that electro soul spirit that was bubbling in the post-colonial scene in Paris – and still others have maybe more of a rootsier approach, with lots of guitars in the rhythm, of a mode you might hear in West African music. The collection's a great one – filled with detailed notes, and brimming over with music that will get you far beyond any Cape Verde cliches you might be expecting. Titles include "Babylon 79" by Americo Brito, "Lameirao" by Kola, "Nanda" by Pedrinho, "Nos Criola" by Nhu De Ped Bia, "Mie Fogo" by Dionisio Maio, "Melhor Futuro" by Tam Tam 2000, "Nova Coladeira" by Cabo Verde Show, "Chuma Lopes" by Elisio Gomes & Joachim Varela, "Farmacia" by Abel Lima, and "Bo Ta Cool" by Jovino Dos Santos. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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ClannadFuaim ... CD
Atlantic, 1982. Used ... $3.99

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Manu DibangoSoul Makossa ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good ... $29.99
An incredible record – even if it was a worldwide hit! Before this one came out, Manu was a funky sax player grooving away in Cameroun, cutting tight but obscure soulful sides. In 1972, though, he exploded with the track "Soul Makossa" – a choppy hard-riffing number that blew up on dancefloors instantly, thanks to a strong cultural colonial pipeline already laid down by the French. The track had this amazing choppy beat that was instantly copied by loads of folks – as was the "Soul Makossa" tune, which due to some sort of copyright loophole, was covered by just about as many groups in the 70s as "Der Komissar" was in the 80s! (This is also why the album has a banner on the top that says "The Original"!) The rest of the album was recorded to follow up on the strength of that single – and believe it or not, it's actually even better, as the band is completely tight, very funky, and playing with that weird mix of Afro rhythms and electric funk that was being laid down in Paris at the time (and in fact, French jazzer Georges Arvanitas actually plays on the album!) Manu's tone is incredible, and the record's a must-have in the bin of any fan of 70s Afro Funk! Cuts include "New Bell", "Hibiscus", "Lily", and "O Boso". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear with a small cutout notch.)
 
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Family AtlanticaCosmic Unity ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
The title certainly gets it right – as there's a strongly unified sense of spirit here from Family Atlantica – even more so than on their debut album! As before, there's a range of global elements moving through the mix – currents of South American and African styles, given a slightly more contemporary European presentation – but somehow these guys have really found a way to put everything together with an even tighter, more cohesive sound – one that expands through jazzy solo work on tenor, alto, trumpet, and trombone – and which really draws a lot from the wide range of percussion and other instrumentation used by co-leader Jack Yglesias. The lovely Luzmira Zerpa handles most of the vocals – and some percussion too – and the album also features guest appearances from 70s legends Orlando Julius on tenor and Marshal Allen on alto sax. Titles include "Baiao Infinito", "Near The Ocean", "Efik", "Cosmic Unity", "Canto De Pilon", "El Rio", "Cacao", "Okoroba", and "Neti Neti". CD

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Ganimian (Chuck Ganimian)Come With Me To The Casbah – Ganimian & His Oriental Music ... LP
Atco/Cacophonic (UK), 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
Very cool stuff! Chick Ganimian plays oud, in a very jazzy setting – all in a mode that's a bit like some of Ahmed Abdul-Malik's work of the time – although a bit shorter and tighter overall! The record's got a way deeper sound than some of the other exotic-sploitation albums of the period – recorded by Atlantic Records, who clearly knew what they were doing – and who seem to go much more for a jazz-meets-world vibe on the record than any sort of cheap bellydance album! Gaimian's oud comes across beautifully – and the album also features jazz legend Peter Ind on bass, plus work from Sudan Baronian on tenor and baritone sax, and Al Schakman on guitar. Titles include "Play Girl Play", "Oriental Jam", "Nine Eight", "Halvah", "Hayastan Moods", "Hedy Lou", and "Daddy Lolo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion IncRitual (with download) ... LP
Omega/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions – but there's also lots of heavy funk at the bottom – with basslines that drive most numbers along boldly, really raw percussion played with a nice sense of spontaneity, and these super-tight keyboards and guitars that you might find in American funk! The mix of modes is very much in the best spirit of contemporary groups like Chakachas or Lafayette Afro Rock Band – and titles include "Caballo Negro", "Lupita", "Baila Chibiquiban", "Pa! Pa! Pa! Pa!", "One Note Samba", "Cuba Libre", and "El Condor Pasa". (Latin, Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 download.)

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Son PalenqueAfro-Colombian Sound Modernizers ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1970s/1980s. Used ... $11.99
Seminal sounds from Son Palenque – one of the funkiest, earthiest groups to ever come from the Colombian scene – and an ensemble who draw so much inspiration from African styles, they've really found a musical bridge across the Atlantic! There's a fair bit of Afro Funk in the mix here, but given some rootsier twists and more intense rhythms that also reflect the group's Colombian origin – a blend that's almost their way of paying back the rich reworking of Cuban grooves done by key African artists in the 70s – extrapolated here even further by Son Palenque. Most tunes are very heavy on percussion, and feature chorus vocals that support the strongly criss-crossing instrumentation – and even some more electric moments on guitar and keyboards still seem to quickly give way to acoustic rhythms. The set's the first-ever to focus on this unique group – and titles include "Alocusa", "El Mojan", "Itan Pamajate", "Achinagua", "Pa Bete", "Arriba Arriba", "Chofao Apele", "Atina Tina", "El Tigre", "Azuca Y Limon", and "Chande". CD
(Small cutout hole through case.)

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✨✧ VariousAfrobeat Brasil ... LP
BBE (UK), 2010s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 28.99
A killer collection of contemporary Afro Funk work – but all served up from quite a surprising source! The music here is all from Brazil, but also continues that nation's long tradition of sharing roots and culture with the continent across the Atlantic – a legacy that's sometimes been subtle, especially as sounds get localized – but which bursts out here with a renewed sense of pride and power! The style on many cuts is nicely different than some of the too-slavish Afro combos from up north – as these musicians aren't afraid to make their own shifts in sound, and leave their own mark on the music – so that much of the cuts feel more like a fusion between rootsier traditions from both sides of the ocean, often given a funky and jazzy spin. Titles include "Afoxe" by Camarao Orchestra, "Etiopia" by Thiago Franca, "Musico" by Lucas Santtana, "Democracia" by Otto Nasca, "Farofa De Banana" by Trabalhos Espaciais Manuais, "Wababa" by Andre Sampaiao & Os Afromandinga, "Logun" by Meta Meta, "Origem" by Andre Abujamra, and "Bass Do Tambo" by BNegao & Os Seletores De Frequencia. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Afrobeat/Brasil ... CD 13.99

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VariousAfrobeat/Brasil ... CD
BBE (UK), 2010s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A killer collection of contemporary Afro Funk work – but all served up from quite a surprising source! The music here is all from Brazil, but also continues that nation's long tradition of sharing roots and culture with the continent across the Atlantic – a legacy that's sometimes been subtle, especially as sounds get localized – but which bursts out here with a renewed sense of pride and power! The style on many cuts is nicely different than some of the too-slavish Afro combos from up north – as these musicians aren't afraid to make their own shifts in sound, and leave their own mark on the music – so that much of the cuts feel more like a fusion between rootsier traditions from both sides of the ocean, often given a funky and jazzy spin. Titles include "Afoxe" by Camarao Orchestra, "Etiopia" by Thiago Franca, "Musico" by Lucas Santtana, "Democracia" by Otto Nasca, "Farofa De Banana" by Trabalhos Espaciais Manuais, "Wababa" by Andre Sampaiao & Os Afromandinga, "Logun" by Meta Meta, "Origem" by Andre Abujamra, and "Bass Do Tambo" by BNegao & Os Seletores De Frequencia. CD
Also available Afrobeat Brasil ... LP 26.99
 
 
 



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