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FelaFela Live In Detroit 1986 (3CD set) ... CD
Knitting Factory, 1986. New Copy 3CD ... $15.99 22.99
Amazing sounds from Fela – a previously-unreleased live show from the mid 80s! Given that there's very few live recordings of Fela at all, the album's quite a treasure – and is almost even more important, as it's one of the few from a time when Fela was hardly recording at all – yet clearly, from the concert performance, able to groove as strongly in the 80s as he could back in his heyday of 70s Afro Funk! Recording quality is a bit "live", but the album more than makes up for that fact with some very extended performances – tracks that usually spin out past the half hour mark, with even more jamming than on Fela's studio albums. Titles include "Beast Of No Nation", "Just Like That", "Confusion Break Bones", and "Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense". CD
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Slim Ali & The Hodi Boys70s Soul ... CD
ARC (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
Rare soul from 70s Kenya – music that's quite different than the usual Afro Funk of the period, and which has a sound that's more in the mode of American southern soul! Slim Ali since throughout, mostly in English – and it's clear that he's learned plenty from Tennessee soul of the late 60s and early 70s – bits of Al Green, Joe Simon, and others – whose ballad inspirations are mixed with some very unusual and offbeat instrumentation from the group! There's some occasional Jamaican-styled rhythms, and production has this higher-end quality – which often makes the saxophone or keyboard parts come off in a very unique way – a mode that's just right for Ali's vocals. Titles include "The World", "Live In Peace & Happiness", "I'll Be There", "Bahari", "Come Back To Me", "No Love To Buy", "This World", "Peace", and "We Need A Little Time". CD

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Gyedu-Blay AmbolleySimigwa ... CD
Academy, 1975. New Copy ... $11.99 17.99
A holy grail of 70s African Funk – and not just for the unusual look of the cover! The set's a really unique one – almost rootsier than most of the better-known Ghanian grooves of the time, but funkier too – with a brilliant blend of raw percussion, quirky basslines, and some smoking horn parts that are a lot more American soul and funk than the usual 70s African groove! The whole thing's stunning all the way through – a record that totally informs an understanding of its generation, yet in ways that no other record can touch. Wonderful all the way through, with not a bit of filler – and all cuts are right on the money for any fan of African funk! Titles include "Toffie", "Fa No Dem Ara", "This Hustling World", "Kwaakwaa", and "Akoko Ba". CD
(Limited to 1500 copies. CD comes with a 15 x 15 poster of the cover art.)

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New Ata KakObaa Sima ... CD
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Rare work from an artist who was born in Ghana, spent time in Germany, and recorded this underground cassette-only release in Toronto during the early 90s! The music has this very odd pan-national style that references Ata Kak's Ghanian roots, but also brings in some cool electronics that must have been picked up while in Germany, and fused with a style that's almost early electro – especially given the lean approach to rhythms and keyboards throughout! Ata Kak sings and raps a bit – the latter not entirely in a hip hop mode, more in this rhythmic and explosive style that's very unique – and the whole thing's got a wonderfully homegrown vibe that really takes us back to the cassette indie generation. Titles include "Oabaa Sima", "Daa Nyinaa", "Yemmpa Aba", "Bome Nnwom", and "Medfofo". CD
(Includes bonus download code.)
Also available Obaa Sima (with bonus download) ... LP

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Christie Azumah & The Uppers InternationalDin Ya Sugri ... CD
Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $22.99
Great Ghana grooves from the 70s – a smoking set that features some lead vocals from Christie Azuma, but lots more sweet sounds from The Uppers International Dance Band – a really well-titled combo, given the positive spirit of their music! The tunes bubble along wonderfully in this buoyant blend of percussion and guitar – often topped by horns in this super-sunny way, but with a really rootsy feel overall! The guitar lines ring out with these cool chromatic elements that almost make them a second sort of "voice" on the record – and Christie sings on half the tracks on the set, leaving other vocals to members of the band. Titles include "Din Ya Sugri", "Kapaa", "Ja Wenle", "Aja Wondo", "Naam", "Eye A Kyerew Me", and "Ba Mai Ayikin Banza". CD

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New VariousKhana Khana – Funk, Psychedelia, & Pop From The Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation ... CD
Pharaway Sounds, 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really tremendous stuff – and kind of a genre-defining compilation – one that will ship our listening for years to come! We've heard a bit of 70s Iranian music before, but this overstuffed package really opens up our ears – to a range of funky, freaky sounds that go way beyond just the kind of unusual psyche that folks have been passing around for years – and more into the kind of amazing and unreal sounds you might expect to find more in Indian music of the time! As with some Indian cuts, there's a wicked blend of Western funk and Eastern exoticism going on here – while others have a haunting feel that's a bit more regional, especially the vocal numbers – and throughout it all, the set continues to deliver some really wonderful surprises, with a track list that's very well thought out – and supported by great notes too. Titles include "Baanoye Sahar Aavaaz" by Soli, "Jodayee" by Afsar Shahidi, "Nefrin Nameh" by Dariush, "Ki Bood" by Neli, "Gharibaneh" by Beti, "Dokhtar Khoshgel" by Aghassi, "Khana Khana" by Habib Mohebian, "Kavire Del" by Marjan, "Do Ta Cheshmoon" by Mahsati, and "Woman" by Shahram. CD

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New VariousNigeria Special Vol 2 – Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970 to 1976 ... CD
Soundway (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A second volume from one of our favorite compilation series of 70s African music ever – Nigeria Special Volume 2 from the rare Afrobeat treasure diggers at Soundway Records! This deeper delve into the well of hard-to-find early to mid 70s material sticks is just as wonderful – chronicling rare singles, A-sides and B-sides, as well as lesser known album tracks that wonderful fuse styles of African funk, soul & jazz, highlife and more. Heavy rhythms and passionate sounds galore, from the first half dozen years of the decade in this second, and purportedly final installment of the flagship Nigerian Special series! It's very exciting that researcher and compiler Miles Cleret puts together compilations of such top caliber material, on a level that it's mindboggling that so much has languished largely unheard for so many years! 19 tracks : "Psychedelic Baby" by Fubura Sekibo, "Shango Oba Onina" by Black's Zenith, "Omohupa" by The Otarus, "The Lord's Prayer"m by The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination, "Jeka Subu" by Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats", "Motako" by Fidel Sax Bateke & The Voices Of Darkness and more. CD

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New VariousRough Guide To Bollywood Disco (with bonus CD) ... CD
Rough Guide, Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Disco music was alive and well in Indian cinema during the 80s – thanks to the style's great fit for the big numbers in Bollywood films! And although the title here might make you think that Indian movies grabbed up the New York trends of a few years before, the overall sound is more a later adaptation of earlier Bollywood grooves – which could arguably be called an early form of disco themselves! The biggest disco elements here are those from the European scene – especially Giorgio Moroder-like keyboard lines, which further the trance elements of some of the best cuts here – and are used in more subtle ways at other points. As always with Bollywood tunes, the vocals are still a key part – and the set features work by a number of key singers of the time – on tracks tha tinclude "Sansein Behki" by Asha Bhosle & Dili Sen, "Om Shanti Om" by Kishor Kumar, "I Am A Disco Dancer" by Vijay Benedict, "Sanam Mere Sanam" by Amit Kumar & Alka Yagnik, "Boom Boom" by Nazi Hassan, and "Dance Dance" by Salma Agha. Also features a full bonus CD of work by Kishor Kumar too! CD

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New VariousSound of Siam Vol 2 – Molam & Luk Thung From Northeast Thailand – 1970 to 1982 ... CD
Soundway (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sublime sounds from Siam – a beautiful second volume of Soundway's dig into the regional music of Thailand in the 70s! Most of the work here comes from the glory days of luk thung and molam – genres that often feature some unusual folksy elements mixed with more electric modes – in a wild style that's often a bit psychedelic – even if not intentionally so! Some numbers bristle with rhythmic energy, while others lay back and really let the singers take the lead – and the track selection is superb – the kind of high quality choices that initially made Soundway a key label for understanding the African scene – and which have now made them great at just about any global groove. Titles include "Lam Plearn Tua Yaang" by Petch Asia Band, "Ramwong Saraphan" by Banyen Sriwongsa, "Sao New Look" by Rome Sithammarat, "Yak Si Glap Isan" by Angkanag Kunchai, "Saam Gler Tiew Krung" by Thepporn Petchubon, and "Mainaa Tam Pom Loey" by Panom Promma. CD
Also available Sound of Siam Vol 2 – Molam & Luk Thung From Northeast Thailand – 1970 to 1982 (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP 23.99