Global Grooves

XUnusual grooves from around the globe -- Afro Funk, Bollywood soundtracks, Turkish rock, gamelan, ethnographic/field recordings, sitar sounds, and more!

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Orchestre Les MangelepaLast Band Standing ... CD
Strut (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A legendary East African band – finally given their due on the international scene! The set's got all the sharp edges and rich charms of older work by Orchestre Les Mangelepa – but there's also a focused clarity, and maybe even a maturity of presentation that's really nice too – never too polished or commercial, but perhaps a new sense of energy from the group as they spread their music out to a global audience. The lineup mixes original members with some younger musicians – and there's an especially strong sense of vocal interplay on some of the songs – lyrics traded back and forth over the tight percussion, horns, and guitar lines. Titles include "Maindusa", "Nyako Konya", "Ma Lilly", "Mimba", "Suzanna", "Mbungu", and "Malawi Zikomo". CD

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✨✧ VariousRastafari – The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955 to 1983 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
Way way more than just the usual roots reggae collection – a stunning set that documents the growth of Rastafari ideals in Jamaican music – with examples that range from years before the birth of reggae, through that style's bit growth in the 70s! The set includes this very large booklet of notes and images – giving plenty of historical context for the spiritual movement, and linking it's roots to Ethiopian political freedoms of the early 20th century, which then became a huge inspiration for oppressed Jamaicans. Styles of the music vary nicely – and include pre-reggae styles, mento, and other folkloric modes – which then give way to more familiar sounds, but always with an ear for the unique, and spiritually powerful. Titles include "Zion I" by Winston & Ansell, "Ethiopia" by Lord Lebby & The Jamaican Calypsonians, "Soul Drums" by Count Ossie & Leslie Butler, "His Imperial Majesty" by Rod Taylor, "Jah Will Cut You Down" by Earth & Stone, "Haile Selassie" by Laurel Aitken, "None Shall Escape The Judgement" by Johnny Clark, "African Drums" by Bongo Herman & Jah Lloyd, "Hail The Words Of Jah" by Ashanti Roy, "Salaam" by Bongo Herman, Les & Bunny, "Narration" by Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari, and "Rasta Dreadlocks" by The Heaven Singers. (Reggae, Global Grooves) CD

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✨✧ VariousEthiopiques Vol 7 – Mahmoud Ahmed: Ere Mela Mela ... CD
Buda (France), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Another great volume of Ethiopiques! Volume 7 of Ethiopiques series is another expanded re-issue of an LP by Mahmoud Ahmed originally released in 1975. Though there seems to be an abundance of songs by Ahmed from 1975 on volumes 1 and 3, we can't find any overlap with the songs on this album. The songs are the same sort of fusion of American soul and jazz with shuffling rhythms of Ethiopian music. Features "Belomi Benna" and "Bemen Sebeb Letlash". CD
 
 
 



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