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✨✧ BiyounaBlonde Dans La Casbah ... CD
Naive (France), 2006. Used ... $4.99

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FelaKoola Lobitos/1969 LA Sessions ... CD
Barclay/Wrasse, Mid/Late 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
Some of Fela's earliest work! The Koola Lobitos record features work from 1964 to 1968, most of it never issued before, and a startling look at the early days of Afro Funk. The music is a mixture of highlife, South African soul, and a good deal more funk than Fela's every given credit for during the 60s. The horns come together beautifully, often in a sad Hugh Masekela-type style, underpinned by work on electric bass, and some warm electric piano! The 69 LA sessions are great, too – and feature pivotal work in a similar style, kicked up a few notches on bass and percussion. The tracks are shorter than later – most are 3 to 6 minutes long – but the intensity of the work is incredible, and makes us wonder what would have happened to the LA scene had Fela stayed in the city! Titles include "Eko", "My Lady Frustration", "Lover", "Funky Horn", "Olofe Mi", "Laise Lairo", "Wayo", "Highlife Time", and "This Is Sad". CD

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GuemPercussions Africaines Pour La Transe/African Percussion For Trance ... CD
Le Chant Du Monde (France), Late 70s/1980s/1990s/Early 2000s. Used ... $6.99

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Los CalchakisLa Marimba Indienne ... LP
Arion (France), Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $5.99
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✨✧ MandingoMejor De La Salsa Venezolana ... CD
ARC (UK), 1993. Used ... $4.99

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Esma Redzepova/Ensemble Stevo TeodosievskiLa Macedoine – Richesse Du Folklore No 13 ... LP
Amadeo (France), Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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GG VikeyGG Vikey – Chantre De La Negritude Et Sa Guitare Africaine ... LP
Riviera (France), 1980. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Spare sounds from GG Vikey – an artist with roots in Dahomey, and a style that stretches back to embrace even deeper sounds from the African continent! Most tracks here just feature Vikey on vocals and acoustic guitar – but in folksy ways that are a nice change from the more bluesy sounds that you're likely to hear from his generation – a style that almost shows some odd European influence in the way the tunes are phrased, as well as some traces of Cuban elements amidst the spare highlife modes. Titles include "Davi", "Nostalgie Africaine", "Viva L'Afrique", "No Ahue", "Vikey Est Mort", "La Fete Au Village", "Gentelmen Vikey", and "Je Vous Remercie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a center split on the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Bembeye JazzBembeye Jazz – Sous La Direction De Diaoune Hamidou ... LP
Syllart (France), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic set from the legendary Bembeya Jazz – a group with a sound that helped to revolutionize the larger world of West African music in the 60s! The group's got all the jazzy currents you'd expect from their name – including some strong tenor and trumpet lines that feel as if they're inspired by Cuban jazz – but mixed here with that much more freewheeling use of guitar that became the Bembeya sound – as the instrument dips back and forth between solo modes and rhythmic currents, providing the music with this strongly modern sparkle throughout! The set features vocals from a few different singers – including the group's legendary Demba Camara – and titles include "Bembeyako", "Loi-Cadre", "Air Guinee", "Trafiquant", "Djanfamagni", and "Dembaty Galant". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Orchestre De La Jardin Du GuineeOrchestre De La Jardin Du Guinee – Sous La Direction De Onivogui Balla ... LP
Syllart (France), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful set from the legendary Syllart label – a very well-recorded session from this Guinean group whose members include Diabate Sekou and Kante Manfila! The music has lots of jazzy currents – both on guitar and some of the saxophone lines too – and the rhythms echo some of that West African love of Cuban styles too, which fits in especially well with the horn passages! A few other tracks have a more regional approach to rhythms, but the overall sound is very much in keeping with the best modern, sophisticated tones we love from Syllart – the way the label was really helping push music forward with records like this. Titles include "Conakry", "Bandian", "Soumbouayaya", "JRDS", "Kaira", and "Sakhodou". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Orchestre PailloteOrchestre Paillote – Sous La Direction De Traore Keletigu Vol 1 ... LP
Syllart (France), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The group's showing off a sweet array of saxes, trumpet, congas, and guitar on the front cover of this classic Syllart set – and the music here sparkles in the best Afro-Cuban assemblage of all those parts! The music here soars with that 60s West African love of styles from Havana – that reworking of older rhythmic modes back to the shores of the continent, after time in Cuba influencing that scene, then acting as a perfect vehicle for expression of the new modernity in independent Africa of the post-colonial world of the 60s. Percussion and guitar interweave on some wonderful rhythms for the set – and the saxophone passages alone are worth the price of admission – providing lots of jazzy currents alongside the vocals! Titles include "Diaraby", "Mone Magnin", "Nadia", "Mariama", "Nankoura", "Orchestre Paillote", and "Bandian". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Alkibar GignorLa Paix ... LP
Mississippi, 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A group with a great blend of old and new modes – a mix of rootsy sounds from their native Mali, and some more focused guitar lines that really help revolutionize their music! The notes bill Alkibar Gignor as a "garage rock band" – and while we think that's a bit of a stretch, as there's not that much rock in their music, there is a nicely gritty style of production that really helps them keep their edge – a slightly muddy mode that's a great contrast from some of the "too clean" Mali recordings out there in recent years! The vocals get distorted at times, and the guitar workouts almost verge on fuzz – even though they spin out in clear lines that are much more Malian than Anglo – and the drums have a bumping quality under the vocal interplay, bringing an unexpected vibe to the record. Titles include "Adounia", "Lahidou", "Aniya", "Adibara", "Tamala", and "Dakou". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ricardo Lemvo & Makina LocaLa Rumba Soyo ... CD
Cumbancha, 2014. Used ... Out Of Stock
(Digipack has a cut corner.)
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BatidaDois ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 12.98
The second album from Batida, and even more crackling than the first – bristling beats, bubbling electronics, and a strongly Brazilian undercurrent – all blended together in the best contemporary styles we've been hearing from the Soundway label of late! Vocals are by a shifting lineup of singers, but there's a core sound that always holds fast – thanks to creative production from Pedro Coquenao, who mixes favela-styled elements with a more thoughtful, intellectual approach that almost reminds us of the late Trama Records at their best. Things are nicely skittish overall – and titles include "Luxo", "Bantu", "Cooking Ugali", "Fica Atento", "La Vai Maria", "Chat With Mr Ochieng", and "Ceu". CD

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Jean Marie BolangassaBrazzaville Percussions EP ... 12-inch
Sofrito (UK), 2015. New Copy (pic cover)... $17.99
A sweet little record that definitely lives up to its title – as the whole thing offers up a blinding mix of live percussion over shifting rhythm patterns – with a sound that shows that the acoustic is still very much superior to the electric! "Disna Ngai" is a long instrumental – a rolling groove, but with a heavy conga solo right over the top – played with nonstop energy throughout, and a nicely melodic approach to the percussion. The flipside features one vocal number – "Rikikida" – and one pulsating instrumental titled "La Vie"! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Roger Damawuzan & Les As Du BeninWait For Me ... LP
Hot Casa (France), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
Roger Damawuzan looks a bit like an American soul singer on the cover of this excellent collection – and his music often comes across in the same way, with a nice undercurrent of funk in the rhythms, and very powerful vocals from the leader! The set's the first we've ever seen to focus on Damawuzan's music – and brings forth a killer batch of tracks recorded in Togo in the late 70s and early 80s – some with a definite James Brown influence in the grooves, others more open to more familiar West African elements you might hear in some of Roger's contemporaries – but still always delivered with this lean, mean style that's mighty soulful! The Hot Casa label is one that we've really grown to trust for the funkier side of vintage African recordings, and this set is no exception – filled with great grooves that include "Wait For Me", "Do You Know My Name", "I Need A Horse", "Tirez Tirez", "Motherless Child", "Vino La Medo", and "Agbe Fe Avi". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Paco De Lucia Y Ramon De Algeciras12 Hits Para 2 Guitarras Flamencas Y Orquesta De Cuerda ... CD
Philips/Universal (Spain), 1969. Used ... $8.99
A lovely little take on the flamenco sound of Spain – one that pairs the guitar of Paco De Lucia with that of Ramon De Algeciras, and adds in a bit of larger orchestrations as well! The tunes are hardly "hits" in the American mode – more famous numbers that are recast beautifully here in the instrumental interplay of the two acoustic musicians – working with a complexity that's mindblowing, yet a sense of focus that really drives the record forward with a lot more power than most of their contemporaries. The orchestrations are relatively lean – no brassy cliches here – and are really used mostly to flesh out the sound a bit, with some nice richness around the edges. Titles include "Celos", "Los Pescadores De Perlas", "Tango De La Rosa", "Si No Me More", and "El Amore De Laura". CD

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Manu DibangoCeddo – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Fiesta/Africa Seven (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the coolest 70s albums from the mighty Manu Dibango – a rare soundtrack that's done with an even greater variety of sounds than his more conventional albums! The sound's sometimes spare and rootsy, but still with this undercurrent of funk – as Dibango mixes together basslines with marimba, percussion, and some other cool earthy touches – all to provide a very hip backdrop for his own sax solos in the lead – which are still as powerful as on his other records, but in a very different way – almost more thoughtful, and more deeply soulful. There's a brooding intensity to the whole thing that builds nicely as the album moves on – and titles include "Ceddo", "Marabout", "La Boisson", and "Les Cavaliers". CD

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Fela1969 Los Angeles Sessions ... CD
Sterns (UK), 1969. Used ... $9.99
The 69 LA sessions are great – and feature pivotal work in a similar style, kicked up a few notches on bass and percussion. The tracks are shorter than later – most are 3 to 6 minutes long – but the intensity of the work is incredible, and makes us wonder what would have happened to the LA scene had Fela stayed in the city! Titles include "Eko", "My Lady Frustration", "Lover", "Funky Horn", "Obe", "Lover", "Wayo", "Witchcraft", and "This Is Sad". CD
(Out of print.)

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Johannesburg Street BandDancin Through The Streets ... LP
Chisa/Uni, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $15.99
One of the greatest things to ever come out of Hugh Masekela's association with Uni Records – an album of instrumental tunes that recalls the older sound of the South African scene, yet which also has more of that modern and slightly funky groove that Hugh was bringing to his own work in the 60s! The drums here are a lot heavier and fuller than they would be on older South African tunes – and instead of using penny whistles and more folksy instrumentation, the horn work here has a hipper LA-styled approach that's really quite nice – almost like The Crusaders teaming up with Hugh for the album's tracks. Titles include the incredibly dark groover "Thimlela", a sonic treat that's worth the price of the album alone – plus "What's The Matter Zulu", "Special Branch", "No Passport", "Letter To Prospect Township", "Isangoma", and "Foyi Foyi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small mark from an old sticker, and a small cutout hole.)

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Duke LumumbaJungle Funk ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Do yourself a favor, and buy this album – you won't be disappointed! The record is a gem all the way through – a really unique mixture of LA soul jazz and African rhythms, with a sound that's almost like Hugh Masekela sitting in with the Jazz Crusaders! Of course, there's a lot of Jazz Crusaders in the set – as Wilton Felder plays electric bass on the album, giving it a fantastic loping groove – but there's also plenty of unique albums on the record, especially its way of approaching the rhythms with a sly, syncopated groove that's immediately infectious! Duke's trumpet solos are great, and they're augmented by tenor work by Chester Washington and trombone by George Bohannon – all nicely grooving on the album's brilliant blend of jazzy tracks. Titles include "Jungle Funk", "Afrikaloo", "Akagruge", "Like It Is", "Mafam", and "Peace Brother". Somebody put this one on CD – and do us all a treat! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MombasaAfrican Rhythms & Blues ... CD
Spiegelei/Sonorama (Germany), 1975. New Copy ... $18.99
A sublime blend of spiritual jazz and African rhythms – and one of the few 70s recordings made by Mombasa, a European group put together by LA trombonist Lou Blackburn! The record's got a much more righteous sound than any of Blackburn's work of the 60s – a boldness and sense of pride that comes from its blending of percussion, acoustic bass, and soaring horn lines on trombone, trumpet, and bamboo flute! Other African elements slide into the music too – like bits of kalimba – and the lack of piano or keyboards on the record makes for an especially earthy sound, one that trades rhythm from the percussion with melodies from the horns in a really magical way. Tracks are long, and the set was recorded with the same post-colonial energy as similar work from Paris or London at the time – a really righteous groove that longs to be rediscovered! Titles include "Nairobi", "Massai", "Holz", "Kenia", "Makishi", and "Shango". CD

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Orchestra BaobabPirates Choice (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
World Circuit/Nonesuch, 1982. New Copy 2LP ... $25.99 26.98
Hardly a pirate album at all – and instead one of the first big global moments of fame for the mighty Orchestra Baobob – a Senegalese combo who'd really been honing their craft during the 70s! The album has the group working with all the soulful currents of their early work – and especially that inflection from Cuban styles that made some of the groups in Dakar so unique – a special trans-Atlantic handshake between the nations that really helped these guys take off once they got exposure on a record like this! Titles include "Coumba", "Utru Horas", "Werente Seringe", "Ray M'Bele", "Toumaranke", "Ngalam", and "La Rebellion". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Native Steel Drum BandSteel Drums ... LP
Tradition, 1970s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
The notes on this one fail to offer any region, but we're assuming this was recorded live somewhere in the Carribean. It's a nice lively set of steel drum tracks, reportly played on the oil can kind. Tracks include "Fire Down Below", "Zulu Chant", "Grass Skirt", "La Paloma", "Mary Ann", "Out Of My Dreams", "Spear Dance", "Jungle", and "Spur Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light stain on one corner.)

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✨✧ Rim Kwaku Obeng & The BelieversRim Arrives/International Funk ... CD
BBE (UK), 1980. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A damn soulful album from Ghanaian percussionist Rim Kwaku Obeng – recorded in LA at the end of the 70s, with loads of sweet clubby touches in the mix! Rim gets in plenty of tight percussion – lots of which showcases his rim-heavy approach to the drums – and also plays keyboards and sings a bit too – in a larger group that mixes in some very hip LA funky elements, a bit like some of the criss-crossing that Hugh Masekela did on his Chisa Records sessions! The style makes for a great bit of funky club with lots of deeper acoustic percussion elements in the sound – and titles include the massive break classic "Funky Drummer", plus "Nothing Is Free", "Spend Your Money", "Gas Line", "Sunkwa", and "Believe In Yourself". Special package – also includes the bonus 12" tracks "International Funk (voc)", and "International Funk (inst)". CD

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