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✨✧ OlatunjiZungo! – Afro Percussion ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good ... $7.99
One of Olatunji's best LPs, and a record that breaks out of his usual straight hard percussion stuff by adding some jazz players like Yusef Lateef, Clark Terry, and George Duvivier. There's also some singers augmenting the ensemble, but they drop out in parts, and the percussion and jazz take over. Olatunji's joined by Ray Barretto and Montego Joe on congas, and the whole thing grooves like one of Art Blakey's jazz/percussion experiments. 7 tracks: "Masque Dance", "Zungo", "Ajua", "Esum Buku Wa-Ya", "Gelewenwe", "Jolly Mensah" and "Philistine". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye mono pressing. Cover has a light wear.)

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✨✧ Juan SerranoJuan Serrano & The World's Fair – Flamenco Concert Recorded Live At The Spanish Pavilion ... LP
RCA, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great showcase fot the flamenco talents of this fiery guitarist! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 60s mono pressing. Back cover has a DJ promo stamp.)

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✨✧ VariousNigeria Rock Special – Psychedelic Afro Rock & Fuzz Funk In 1970s Nigeria ... CD
Soundway (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Forget the "rock" in the title, and just focus on the "funk" – because this set of tracks is a massively heavy batch of Nigerian numbers from the 70s – all with the same solidly soulful feel as more familiar Afro Funk work of the time! There's a definite emphasis on guitars – which are often used in freaky and fuzzy ways, to offer up a more tripped-out take on the music than you might expect – but they never go too far into mainstream rock territory, certainly not in an Anglo sort of way. Most of the rhythms are still very much in an Afro Funk mode – but again a bit more tripped-out than usual – sometimes with a nice sense of space and laidback timing, which is often augmented by production techniques that pull out some of the cooler aspects of the music. There's a fair bit of keyboards too, often used in ways that are similar to the guitars – and in a way, the vibe here is often in the mode of British cross-cultural groups of the post-colonial years – like Cymande or Demon Fuzz, both of whom would sound right at home here. As usual with Soundway, the whole package is put together with a great deal of love and care – and full notes on all the wonderful music within! 15 tracks in all – including "Finger Toe" by Tabukah X, "Odenigbo" by The Wings, "Adieu" by Ofege, "In The Jungle (inst)" by The Hygrades, "Freaking Out" by Question Mark, "Omoboa D'Eru Ri" by Tunji Oyelana, "Another Man's Thing" by Joe King Kologbo & His Black Sound, "Acid Rock" by The Funkees, "Kenimania" by Mono Mono, "Ku Mi Da Hankan" by The Elcados, and "Eniaro" by Ofo The Black Company. CD
 
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Henri BowaneDouble Take – Tala Kaka ... CD
Retro Afric (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $12.99
The only album recorded by Henri Bowane, an important pioneer of Congolese rumba! Back in the early 50s he was one of the first guitarists to record in Kinshasa, where he quickly became a prominent bandleader and arranger. He was the guy that introduced Franco to the world, hiring him for his band before OK Jazz even started. In the late 50s he left the Congo, managing Ry-Co Jazz, but after the group reorganized in 1960 Bowane settled in Ghana, where focused on behind the scenes responsibilities, producing records by Zaiko Langa Langa and managing the great Sam Mangwana. This superb album was cut in 1976 with Ghanaian musicians but never released until RetroAfric rescued it in the mid-90s. It's a dazzling fusion of Congolese guitar with the tight rhythms of modern highlife – and it's further enhanced by excellent horn charts. He's a terrific singer and decades after he started he can still unfurl amazing guitar solos. Tracks include "Sam Ba No", "Natalie Nato", "Monoko Ya Mboko", "Marie Louise", and "Wabon'kum Blues", a deeply soulful, organ-stoked Zaiko tune. CD

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MonomonoDawn Of Awareness ... CD
Tummy Touch/Soundway (UK), 1974. New Copy Gatefold ... $10.99 12.98
Seminal Afro Funk from Monomono – a killer combo from singer/percussionist Joni Haastrup, with a groove that's right up there with the best acts on the Lagos scene of the 70s! There's a nice degree of warmth in the music – thanks to some complicated guitar and basslines, which don't just have the usual highly-rhythmic groove, but inflect things with a melodic energy that's mighty nice! The blend is instantly entrancing – tight, but never overly polished – with a quality that really sets the record apart from other Afro Funk you might own. Tracks include "Plain Fighting", "Get Yourself Together", "Awareness Is Wot You Need", "Tire Loma Da Nigbehin", and "Ipade Aladun". CD

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MonomonoGive The Beggar A Chance ... CD
Tummy Touch/Soundway (UK), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $10.99 12.99
Massive music from Monomono – and a set of Afro Funk put together with a wonderful criss-crossing of sounds! The style here isn't just the familiar grooves you might expect – and instead, there's almost a post-colonial vibe going on – an ear towards London, and another towards Jamaica – bringing in basslines that give some tracks a great dubby energy, and which almost puts the record in the same territory as the best by Cymande! There's a blend of darkness and light on many tracks – some moody undercurrents that really draw us in, then redemptive vocal passages, often in English, which really tie the whole thing together beautifully. Monomono could have been huge at the time – and they did reach out pretty far with their few recordings – but it almost feels like their music has been waiting for the 21st Century to finally get the appreciation its due! Titles include "Find Out", "Lida Lou", "Kenimania", "Give The Beggar A Chance", "Ema Kowa Lasa Ile Wa", and "The World Might Fall Over". CD

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Verckys & Orchestre VeveCongolese Funk, Afrobeat, & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 to 1978 ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $18.99
An incredible compilation of work from Congolese sax player Verckys and his L'Orchestre Veve – a set that covers nearly a decade as it runs through a range of exhilarating styles – from heady funk, to psych-steeped rumba, to rawly-percussive Afrobeat! Verckys formed the L'Orchestre Veve after a short stint in Franco Lambo's OK Jazz – and right off the bat, they were breathing even fresher life into what was already a very creative Congolese music scene. There's a lot going on here, and it's all pretty amazing – and since Verckys is a sax player, you might go in thinking the instrumentation will be heavy on horns – but although there's plenty of solos and tight, funky horn punctuation – Verckys is clearly a generous band leader, and allows a diverse backdrop of guitar jamming, organ lines, heavy percussion and more – all to fit some really great vocals over the top. One of the best from Analog Africa in awhile – and that's really saying something – with titles that include "Vassala Hot", "Ya Nini", "Cheka Sana", "Oui Verckys", "Nakobala Yo Denise", "Sex Veve", "Sisi Motema", "Talali Talala", "Zonga Vonvon", "Nakomi Paralise" and "Matnida Comono". CD
Also available Congolese Funk, Afrobeat, & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 to 1978 (with download) ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ Verckys & Orchestre VeveCongolese Funk, Afrobeat, & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 to 1978 (with download) ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
An incredible compilation of work from Congolese sax player Verckys and his L'Orchestre Veve – a set that covers nearly a decade as it runs through a range of exhilarating styles – from heady funk, to psych-steeped rumba, to rawly-percussive Afrobeat! Verckys formed the L'Orchestre Veve after a short stint in Franco Lambo's OK Jazz – and right off the bat, they were breathing even fresher life into what was already a very creative Congolese music scene. There's a lot going on here, and it's all pretty amazing – and since Verckys is a sax player, you might go in thinking the instrumentation will be heavy on horns – but although there's plenty of solos and tight, funky horn punctuation – Verckys is clearly a generous band leader, and allows a diverse backdrop of guitar jamming, organ lines, heavy percussion and more – all to fit some really great vocals over the top. One of the best from Analog Africa in awhile – and that's really saying something – with titles that include "Vassala Hot", "Ya Nini", "Cheka Sana", "Oui Verckys", "Nakobala Yo Denise", "Sex Veve", "Sisi Motema", "Talali Talala", "Zonga Vonvon", "Nakomi Paralise" and "Matnida Comono". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Congolese Funk, Afrobeat, & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 to 1978 ... CD 18.99

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VariousNigeria 70 – The Definitive Story Of 1970s Funky Lagos ... CD
Afrostrut (UK), 1970s. Used 3 CDs ... $29.99
A fantastic batch of grooves – and a much-needed document of the rich array of funky sounds that were coming out of Nigeria in the 1970s! The country's best known as the homeland of Fela Kuti – an artist who forever changed the face of global funk – but what's not as well known is that there were a number of other artists operating in Fela's shadow, crafting their own interpretation of American soul and African funk during the same generation. This overstuffed package offers a great look (and listen) into that scene – and compiles tracks by a few artists you might already recognize, plus others that are presented here for the first time in such a set. As with other compilations on the Strut label, the notes are very well done, with loads of information and details on the recordings – but even more importantly, the music is fantastic, with a rich array of grooves that blows away most other recent compilations of Afro Funk from the 70s! Titles include "Enjoy Yourself" by Sahara All Stars Band, "Shango" by Peter King, "Dancing Time" by The Funkees, "Ikon Allah" by Bala Miller & The Great Music Pirameeds Of Afrika, "Tire Loma Da Nigbehin" by Monomono, "Kita Kita" by Gasper Lawal, "Agboju Logun" by Shina Williams & His African Percussionists, "Akayan Ekassa" by Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maesstroes, "Ja Fun Mi (inst)" by Sunny Ade, "Alla Wakbarr" by Ofo The Black Company, "Ifa" by Tunji Oyelana & The Benders, "Jenu Ko Ku" by Fela & Africa 70, "La La La" by Segun Bucknor, and "Orere Elejigbo" by Lijadu Sisters. 3CD version – with a great booklet – and a bonus CD that contains a documentary on the music. 23 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print – original version in slipcover!)

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✨✧ Joni HaastrupWake Up Your Mind ... LP
Hot Casa (France), 1978. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Funky funky solo work from Joni Haastrup – an artist who's also known for his work in Monomono, and who sounds equally great on his own! Joni's got this tight approach that wraps together Nigerian grooves of the 70s scene, and some bolder soul star energy that would be right at home in the US – a kind of powerhouse approach that really sends these tunes home beautifully! The lyrics are in English, which really helps broaden the appeal of the cuts – and the production has these cool compressed elements that are partly like the more psych-inspired modes of other Afro Funk groups, and partly those of the UK soul scene of the 70s. We've never heard a record exactly like this, and the whole thing's a truly memorable treasure from this key moment in African music. Cuts include "Watch Out", "Do The Funkro", "Greetings", "Free My People", "Wake Up Your Mind", and "Champions & Superstars". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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