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Bembeye JazzBembeye Jazz – Sous La Direction De Diaoune Hamidou ... LP
Syllart (France), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
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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Lili BonicheTresors De La Musique Judeo-Arabe ... CD
World Village, 2014. Used ... $6.99
CD
(Includes original slipcase.)

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Manitas De PlataA La Corrida ... LP
CBS (Holland), 1982. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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FelaKoola Lobitos/1969 LA Sessions ... CD
Barclay/Wrasse, Mid/Late 60s. New Copy ... $3.99 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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Orchestre De La Jardin Du GuineeOrchestre De La Jardin Du Guinee – Sous La Direction De Onivogui Balla ... LP
Syllart (France), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
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)... $23.99
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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Facio SantillanSortileges De La Flute Des Andes ... LP
Barclay (France), 1968. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
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✨✧ VariousAlbum D'Or De La Biguine 1966 to 1972 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1966/1972. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
A wonderful document of the very special sound of biguine – that beautiful blend of jazz, Latin, and other elements that flourished only in Guadeloupe, and hit an especially strong sound in the 60s – presented here in a collection of work by two different excellent groups! The bulk of the collection features 1966 material from Orchestra Traditionnelle De La Guadeloupe – a killer combo that features the might Alain Jean Marie on piano – a player who has this way of being both lyrical and rhythmic at the same time, soaring out alongside excellent work on clarinet and soprano sax from Robert Mavouzny, whose exotic lines really add a lot to the music. Mavouzny sings on two tracks in French, and Manuela Pioche sings on a few others – and the music has a strongly percussive bottom, with lots of nice congas in the mix. Titles include "Guadeloupe An Nous", "Ce Biguine", "Ninon", "Serpent Maigre", "Mon Automobile", "Touloulou", and "Chauffe Biguine La". Next up are four tracks by Ensemble De Quadrille Guadeloupeen – a much more traditional combo, even though recorded here in 1972 – and working with a highly percussive groove at the bottom, augmented by these cyclical lines on violin and guitar, and some nicely strong bass as well. Titles include "L'Ete", "Pantalon", "La Poule", and "Pastourelle". CD

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VariousLa Route Musicale De La Soie/The Musical Silk Road (2CD set) ... CD
Accords Croises (France), 2004. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
CD
(Out of print, small mark through barcode.)

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✨✧ FelaKoola Lobitos/1969 LA Sessions ... CD
Barclay, Mid/Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
Also available Koola Lobitos/1969 LA Sessions ... CD 3.99

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✨✧ Mercedes SosaGracias A La Vida ... CD
Polygram (Argentina), 1980s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousMata La Pena – A Compilation Of International Music ... LP
Mississippi, 1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/1960s/1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Global music of indeterminate origin, but indisputable beauty from Mississippi Records – from otherworldly vocals-only tunes, to lovely and lush arrangements – strains of calypso, Thai balladry, rural American yodeling, Hawaiian ukulele tunes, and beyond! There's no notes, but the mysteriousness is part of the allure! Includes "El Amanecer" by Roberto Y Su Orquesta Tipica, "Kuu Lei" by George Ku Trio, "The Arizona Yodeller" by The Dezurik Sisters, "Honey In The Rock" by Blind Mamie Forehand, "Oay Lahy E" by Hiran Ny Tanoran Ny Ntao Lo and more. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Roger Damawuzan & Les As Du BeninWait For Me ... LP
Hot Casa (France), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99
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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Manu DibangoCeddo – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Fiesta/Africa Seven (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $11.99
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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Esso! Afrojam FunkbeatEsso! Afrojam Funkbeat ... LP
Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat, 2015. New Copy ... $17.99 18.98
Sweet work from a great Chicago combo – one who go way past the usual grooves you might expect from an ensemble of this nature! Sure, these guys have "Afro" in their name, but they don't just play Fela-styled sounds – and instead step into a warm, wide range of sounds – all of which they do incredibly well! There's a touch of Brazilian elements on the guitars at points, and some deeper contemporary soul on the great vocals from Vivian Garcia – a singer who really adds a lot to the music when she steps into the spotlight – and the group even play around with some more Caribbean influences from time to time, keeping things freshly diverse, but never in a way that sounds unplanned or out of control. Titles include "La Lluvia", "Locas", "Uno Somos Todos", "Sabrosa", "Esso Strut", and "Iwbwu". LP, Vinyl record album

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FadoulAl Zman Saib ... CD
Habibi Funk (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
Maybe one of the funkiest records ever cut in Morocco – the debut set from Fadoul – a singer who starts out the record with a cover of James Brown funk, then moves into a whole host of heady sounds as the set goes on! In truth, these guys are probably more of a garage band than a soul combo – but the drums are often plenty heavy, and Fadoul's vocals have this raw, unbridled power that's quite different than anything we've heard from any other singer in Arabic – a quality that's clearly inspired by the sounds of the west, but delivered here in a very original style of its own! The group's tight drums and bass make all the tunes pretty darn great – and even if you can't understand the lyrics, Fadoul is expressive enough that you can definitely get his message – as he sings it loud and proud on the cuts "Sid Redad", "Kalam Al Nass", "Taarida", "La Tiq Tiq Latiq", "Tayeh", "Laylat Al Jadba", and "Maktoub Lah". CD

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✨✧ Juaneco Y Su ComboJuaneco Y Su Combo – Masters Of Chicha Vol 1 ... LP
Barbes, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.98
A great compilation of Peruvian Chicha combo Juaneco Y Su Combo from Barbes Records – and a great look at a really under-discovered scene! The grooves here have a skittishly romping feel in the rhythms, but also feature some great guitar and organ parts too – a great mix of electric and organic, with an appeal that's quite similar to early cumbia work from Columbia, especially some of the more electric-styled tunes. There's also a feel here that's slightly rural – almost western echoes in the guitar at times, but in ways that are quite different from any US sounds of the 60s – and although the music is more than enough on its own, the package also provides some good historical details as well. Titles include "Mujer Hilandera", "Me Robaron Mi Runamula", "El Lanto De Ayaimama", "La Patadita", Caballito Nocturno", "Recordando A Fachin", and "Dale Juaneco". 13 in all. LP, Vinyl record album

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KalyanKalyan ... LP
MCA, 1977. Very Good ... $3.99
These guys were a big group in Trinidad – where, according to the cover, they were the number 1 R&B group in the 70s – but they hardly cracked the US marked with this 1977 release. The album's a combination of 70s funk and various African influences – mostly uptempo, in a driving slicker version of the Afro Funk sound of the early 70s. Recorded in Canada with production and arrangements by Tony Silvester of the Main Ingredient – and tracks that include "Hello Africa", "Hosannah", "Sweet Music", La La Jam Back", and "Nice & Slow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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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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✨✧ Hugh MasekelaEmancipation Of Hugh Masekela (top hat cover) ... LP
Uni, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Hugh's first album for Uni – and one that really lets him open up his groove! The record moves way past the short trumpet instrumental sound of earlier albums – into a complex groove that mixes Afro soul, LA funk, and loads of nice jazzy bits! The record's got a sound that's nicely messed up – and which shows the crossroads of modern music that passed through Hugh during his best moments. Includes a great version of "What Is Wrong With Groovin?" (different than the Letta Mbulu version!), plus "Sqo", "Child Of Earth", "Ha Lese Le Di Khanna", "Chisa", and "Why Are You Blowing My Mind?". Great stuff! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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MombasaAfrican Rhythms & Blues ... CD
Spiegelei/Sonorama (Germany), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
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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Rim Kwaku Obeng & The BelieversRim Arrives/International Funk ... CD
BBE (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
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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