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Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area BandPat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band ... CD
Strut (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Incredible work from Ghanaian singer Pat Thomas & his Kwashibu Area Band – plus guests that include Afro Soul legend Tony Allen on drums! The foremost talent on display here is Pat Thomas, of course, and his voice is resonantly soulful and stirring all the way – he's amazing! Kwashibu Area Band leader Kwame Yeboah is a not so secret force here, too – he handles all of the impeccable highlife guitars throughout, and also plays some organ, a bit of drums and sings backup – leading a great band that includes Ben Abarbanel-Wolff on saxes, Eric Owusu on percussion, Emmanuel Ofori on bass and backing vocals, plus Tony Allen on drums for a few tracks, and additional guest horns, bass and more. Titles include "Mewo Akomba", "Gyae Su", "Odoo Be Ba", "me Ho Asem", "Oye Asem", "Odo Adaada", "Brebrebre" and "Amaehu. CD
Also available Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (with bonus CD) ... LP 26.99

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Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area BandPat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 27.99
Incredible work from Ghanaian singer Pat Thomas & his Kwashibu Area Band – plus guests that include Afro Soul legend Tony Allen on drums! The foremost talent on display here is Pat Thomas, of course, and his voice is resonantly soulful and stirring all the way – he's amazing! Kwashibu Area Band leader Kwame Yeboah is a not so secret force here, too – he handles all of the impeccable highlife guitars throughout, and also plays some organ, a bit of drums and sings backup – leading a great band that includes Ben Abarbanel-Wolff on saxes, Eric Owusu on percussion, Emmanuel Ofori on bass and backing vocals, plus Tony Allen on drums for a few tracks, and additional guest horns, bass and more. Titles include "Mewo Akomba", "Gyae Su", "Odoo Be Ba", "me Ho Asem", "Oye Asem", "Odo Adaada", "Brebrebre" and "Amaehu. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the CD!)
Also available Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band ... CD 13.99

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VariousHaiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960 to 1978 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99 16.99
A much-needed look at the confusing world of grooves from Haiti – a scene that's always been accessible to most listeners in the US, but never with the kind of focus and direction we need! Haitian records are often a bit perplexing to our crate-digging ears – they look great on the cover, usually feature a hip lineup of cats with jazz instruments, but often move into territory that's either too sweet or too loose – not the kind of heavier sounds we were expecting. Yet this set really brings the right sort of focus to Haitian music – and uses the Strut Records approach that's been tuned towards African and South American grooves in the past – all to pull out the funkiest, jazziest, grooviest tunes from the 60s and 70s. The package has a great set of notes that really illustrate the scene and styles behind the music on the disc – and titles include "Ce Pas" by Tabou Combo, "Pile Ou Face" by Les Loups Noirs, "Ti Garcon" by Ibo Combo, "Choc Vikings" by Les Vikings, "Ti Machine" by Les Animateurs, "Cote Moune Yo" by Super Jazz Des Jeunes, "Cochon St Antoine" by Ti Paris, "L'Artibonite" by Les Freres Dejean, "Suspann" by Caribbean Sextet, "Line" by Bossa Combo, and "Ti Lu Lupe" by Scorpio Universal. CD

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✨✧ VariousNext Stop Soweto Vol 4 – Zulu Rock, Afro Disco & Mbaqanga 1975 to 1985 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Stunning sounds from South Africa – pulled together from a time when the nation's music was really coming into its own – despite the actions of a still-restrictive regime! There's a great mix of styles going on here – some rockish elements, of the Zamrock scene – some more upbeat grooves that seem borrowed from American club and fusion – and some really fresh, unique rhythms that show a really creative re-conception of music during the generation – reaching out strongly to find powerful new means of expression! The package is one of the most compelling in this series – hardly the also-rans, and maybe even stronger than some of the earlier volumes – and titles include "Get Down" by Isaac & The Sakie Special Band, "The Things We Do In Soweto" by Almon Memela, "Lekopokopo Single Moquashoa" by TY Boysk, "Unga Pfula A Chi Pfalo" by Kabasa, "Khombo Ranga" by Elias Maluleke & The Mavambe Girls, "Ain't Sittin Down Doin Nothin" by The Drive, and "Manano" by Xoliso. CD

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VariousPeru Bravo – Soul & Funk From Peru's Radical Decade ... CD
Tiger's Milk/Strut (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
The coolest collection of Peruvian grooves we've ever seen – one that gets past some of the straighter psych and Latin moments to focus on the funkier grooves of the Lima scene! Most work here is late 60s/early 70s vintage – and although many of the groups are rooted in rock, they're definitely reaching out for new modes here – bringing jazz, funky bass lines, soulful vocals, and more – almost like some of the unique Latin and funk hybrids happening in the LA and Bay Area scenes of the time! Yet lots of these cuts also have a really unique feel too – instrumentation that's tuned differently, produced with a special flair, and often mixed at a level that sounds very different than anything you'd hear in the US – all of which makes for stunning sound throughout. Titles include "Outasite" by Thee Image, "Cissy Strut" by Los Holys, "Hey Joe" by Jeriko, "Cacique" by Cacique, "La Camita" by Traffic Sound, "Bahia" by Laghonia, "Pancio Caliente" by Los Nuevos Shains, and "Aouh Aouh" by The Mads. CD

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✨✧ Oneness Of JujuAfrican Rhythms (UK pressing – expanded) ... CD
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark of Afro-centric jazz in the 70s – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the 70s, with spiritual and political aspirations that stretched far beyond the average funky combo. This first album is a masterful blend of percussion, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – alternating vocal tracks with harder-hitting jazz instrumentals, all held together under the leadership of sax player Plunky Nakabinde. The album's one of the greatest independent soul jazz albums of the 70s – and it's filled with great tracks, such as the breakbeat classic "African Rhythms" and "Liberation Dues". Other titles include "Kazi", "Funky Wood", "Don't Give Up", "Poo Too", and "Incognito". Expanded UK version also includes 2 bonus tracks – "Liberation Dues", done as an 8 minute instrumental, and the 45 version of "African Rhythms", which is shorter, and a bit funkier! Also completely remastered – with new notes and rare photos! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available African Rhythms ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Souljazz OrchestraInner Fire (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Easily the best work we've ever heard from the Souljazz Orchestra – a set that pushes their sound way past their Afro Funk-styled roots – into a realm of spiritual sounds that really live up to their name! The jazz component is even stronger than before – really wonderful instrumentation in both the rhythms and solo passages – at a level that's richly expressive and very personal, in a way we never would have expected from these guys a few years back! Elements of different styles run through the music – including an occasional undercurrent of Ethio-jazz or Afro-Cuban grooves – and the lineup includes vibes, tenor, alto, flute, and lots of great percussion. Titles include "Agoya", "East Flows The River", "Sommet En Sommet", "Initiation", "Kingdom Come", "As The Crow Flies", "Black Orchid", "One Life To Live", and "Completion" – plus a version of the Andy Bey classic "Celestial Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the full album on CD, too!)

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✨✧ Souljazz OrchestraRising Sun ... CD
Strut, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing set from this band that never fails to excite us – and a record that has them really living up to the spiritual promise of their name! Although still filled with the Afro Funky lines that first got the group some notice, there's also a deeper vibe running through this record too – one that has links to 70s righteous jazz, and a wider range of African expressions too – including bits of Ethiopian and Egyptian elements as well! The instrumentation is great – really complex and interesting, with bits of vibes, reeds, and a range of percussion instruments that really keep things fresh – plus some beautiful piano lines that create an almost Build An Ark sense of peace and promise. Titles include "Negus Negast", "Lotus Flower", "Awakening", "Agbara", and "Rejoice (parts 1 & 2)". CD

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✨✧ VariousClub Africa – Hard African Funk, Afro-Jazz, & Original Afro-Beat ... CD
Strut (UK), 1999. Used ... Out Of Stock
Massive Afro Funk! This slammin' batch of funky African (and African-sounding) tunes was put together by the same team who did the Africa Funk set on Harmless – and it's even better than that one was! Like Africa Funk, this set compiles a whopping batch of rare tracks from the 70s, plus a few from other eras that have a 70s feel – and the mix of tracks is filled with heavy drums, pounding percussion, funky keyboards, and choppy guitar riffs. You might have a few of the cuts on here, but most of them are quite rare, and the set's well worth having for newcomers and trainspotters alike! Titles include "Silver Black Summer Day" by Living Funk, "Rhythm On Rhythm" by Sookie, "Afro Funk" by Peter King, "Jungle Funk" by Nkengas, "Samba" by Miriam Makeba, "Everybody's Groove" by Ashantis, "Karam Bani" by Buari, and a nice remake of "Soul Makossa" by The Gaytones! CD
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✨✧ Orlando Julius with The HeliocentricsJaiyede Afro ... CD
Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first new music we've heard in years from Afro Funk giant Orlando Julius – wonderfully paired here with the always-great Heliocentrics! Orlando's definitely in the lead here – singing, playing tenor, and contributing percussion to the overall groove of the group – which leans a bit more towards a 70s African vibe than some of their other releases, yet still retains all their wonderful style of psychedelic funk! Some of the rhythms have an Ethiopian sense of slinkiness, while others hit more of a full-on Nigerian groove – and the whole thing's never forced, never gimmicky, and instead just the right sort of setting for Julius to re-emerge as a true giant of his generation. Titles include "Buje Buje", "Love Thy Neighbor", "Aseni", "Sangodele", "Jaiyede Afro", "Omo Oba Blues", "In The Middle", and "Be Counted". CD

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✨✧ Malombo/JabulaSpirit Of Malombo – Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula, & Jazz Afrika 1966 to 1984 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A seminal set of work that follows a rich musical journey from South Africa to the London scene – a collection that traces the development of one of the most important jazz groups of their generation, an ensemble that had a tremendous impact at home, then became an even greater force in the UK! Malombo existed under a few different names – Malombo Jazz Makers, Malombo Jazz Men, and just plain Malombo – and almost always worked in a style that put lots of earthy percussion first, then added on jazzy solo passages on guitar and flute, plus other occasional instrumentation as well. The group sometimes vocalized a bit – and their overall approach is a tremendous precursor to the burst of spiritual jazz in America during the 70s – but here served up much closer to the roots, with a sound that's wonderful – and really points the way towards styles that would emerge in the AACM and Strata East scenes. The collection then follows the group's move to London, and their growth into the Jabula group – a more contemporary Afro-styled combo who did a wonderful job of reworking South African styles with a 70s London vibe! As usual with Strut, the research, notes, and presentation are wonderful – and titles include "Bahula Dithabeng", "Abie's Mood", "Matshenyogo", "Bird Meets Elephant", "Jikeleza", and "Abbey's Body" by Malombo – plus "Jabula Happiness", "Let Us Be Free", "Tender Into Our Hearts", "Journey To Africa", and "Mathome" by Jabula. 25 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Ebo TaylorLove & Death ... CD
Strut (UK), 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant new album from legendary Ghanaian performer Ebo Taylor – recorded in Berlin and backed by members of Poets Of Rhythm and others from that city's loose collective of international players dubbed the Afrobeat Academy – and the set itself is a great mix of classic Ghana grooves and timeless Afro Funk! Guitarist and vocalist Taylor has roots in the highlife style from the late 50s through the 60s, but from the 70s onward he's been deftly blending styles – from traditional Ghanaian sounds, to Afro funk, jazz and soul. This excellent album for Strut Records carries on that adventurous spirit wonderfully. It's also the first ever Ebo Taylor album to receive an international release, reason enough to celebrate, all the more so given the creative high point the album is! Titles include "Nga Nga", "African Woman", "Love And Death", "Mizin", "Aborekyair Aba", "Obra" and the instrumentals "Victory" and "Kwame". CD

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✨✧ VariousNigeria 70 Vol 3 – Sweet Times – Afro Funk, Highlife, & Juju From 70s Lagos ... CD
Strut (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet Times, indeed – Strut Records returns for another truly great volume in their Nigeria 70 series – this one covering the highlife, juju and Afro Funk music of Lagos in the 1970s – stellar material that has never been issued outside of Nigeria before now! There's a pretty diverse cross section of the sounds coming from the region at the time – from upbeat funky Afro Soul to psych-infused guitar and percussion jams, jazzier instrumentation and impassioned vocals – most crucially, fusions of jazz, funk, soul, juju and highlife. Wonderful, wonderful material that stands proudly with the other great entries in the series. Includes "Life" by Moneyman And The Super 5 International, ""Ire" by The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination, "Unity In Africa" by Eji Oyewole, "Idegbani" by Zeal Onyia & His Music, "Viva Disco (Instrumental)" by Tunde Mabadu, "E Ma S'Eka" by Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats, "Ajoyio" by Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His International Brothers and more. CD
 
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VariousNigeria 70 – The Definitive Story Of 1970s Funky Lagos ... CD
Afrostrut (UK), 1970s. Used 3 CDs ... $24.99
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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