A great 2CD set that brings together 2 different sides of Fela's work – his jazzy instrumental material, and his more dance-oriented tunes. Of course, it all sounds great to us, and it's all super-funky – but the breakdown of styles is also plenty darn nice, and really helps us ... read moreCD
The horns here are plenty free – soaring over the top of some tight Afro Funk rhythms that are mixed with loads of great keyboard parts too! The vibe is a bit different than the usual Fela-inspired combo of this type – a bit fresher and more contemporary, with this fluid feeling that ... read moreCD
Heady psych, but with a funky groove – done by a contemporary group on Soundway, and truly akin to the global psych funk of late 60s and 70s we've always loved from the label! Fumaca Preta founder/percussion/vocalist Alex Figueira is Portuguese-Venezuelan and based in Amsterdam – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest, funkiest steel drum albums ever recorded – a really legendary set that played big on the New York club scene of the late 70s – and which has been the delight of collectors for years to come! Other steel pan bands in the Caribbean played funky styles in the 70s, but ... read moreCD
Beautiful Persian pop from Faegheh Atashin, aka Googoosh (alternately, Gougoush)– and like some of the best, adventurous pop music from around the world at the the time, it's steeped in myriad styles – from emotionally string-laden to funky and danceable! Googoosh is a genuine ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing tribute to The Green Arrows – an ultra-hip combo from the 70s scene in Zimbabwe! The group had a sound that was dubbed "waka-waka" by its fans – thanks to unique guitar parts that wobble back and forth with the rhythmic groove of the tunes – often recorded ... read moreCD
Jonas Gwangwa & The African Explosion —
Who (Ngubani)? ... LP Jamal, Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A rocketing bit of South African funky soul – and of the few great records released on Ahmad Jamal's short-lived Jamal label! The session's a lot hipper than some of the South African work that was issued in the US around the same time – and the feel here is almost more in a London ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the funkiest, clubbiest work we've ever heard from the African scene of the 70s – great grooves that would be right at home on the New York dancefloors of the time! The style here is definitely drawn from disco, yet is a lot more funk-based too – more in the farther reaches of ... read moreCD
Very cool keyboard work from this keyboardist from the Republic Of Niger – all work composed and created on a Yamaha PSR 64, but done with a style that really links back to older West African traditions too! The music is hardly the cold keyboards you might expect from the instrument – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 with screenprinted covers.)
Excellent solo work from Amartey Hedzoleh – a key member of the important Afro Funk combos Psychedelic Aliens and Hedzoleh Sounds – heard here in a set of previously-unreleased tracks from the early 80s! The music is quite rootsy all the way through – with Hedzoleh on vocals and ... read moreCD
An amazing, career-spanning compilation of pioneering psych and earlier material, mixed with more traditional elements of Korean music by Shin Joong Hyun – including his own numbers, great songs with his combos over the years and tunes he wrote for others to sing – from the late 50s to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really fresh group with a very unique sound – a combo that's partly rooted in older Afro Funk modes, but who also deliver their groove with kind of a leaner, New York street soul vibe as well! The album's cover image really gets the groove right – as the vintage is more 70s through ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing set that documents the early years of the Zamrock scene – the funk and psych informed Afro Rock pioneered by vocalist and African guitar legend Rikki Ililonga and his group Musi-O-Tunya in Zambia from 1973 to 1976 – and compiled beautifully in this great set from Now ... read moreCD
JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra —
Jaribu ... CD Tramp (Germany), 2014. New Copy ...
Percussion and keyboards are at the core of this tight funky combo – served up at a level that echoes Afro Funk traditions, but used in ways that deliver a very personal feel too! There's only a bit of horns over the top – mostly tenor and flute – which leaves lots of room for ... read moreCD
JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra —
Mediacracy ... CD Tramp (Germany), 2012. New Copy ...
Hard-wailing Afro Funk from JariBu – a group who not only continue the best musical legacy of the 70s, but the political one as well! There's a tightness to the group that we really love – a way of starting a tune right on the money, and making you feel like everything is exactly where ... read moreCD
Lovely sounds on the kora from Dawda Jobarteh – a player with a touch that's light, and pretty rhythmic too – a wonderful complement to his work on percussion and vocals as well! The set's got a really crisp feel, yet still retains all the best rootsy elements of the music – kind ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small mark from an old sticker, and a small cutout hole.)
Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers —
African Party ... LP Freestyle (UK), 1967. New Copy ...
An African Party indeed – recorded in London at the end of the 60s, and featuring a blistering array of percussion and jazz-based influences! Ginger Johnson got his start on the London scene playing a mix of jazz and Latin rhythms in bigger groups, but broke out on his own in the mid 60s to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds on an instrument we'd never heard before – the gyil, a version of the xylophone from Ghana, but one that operates with a very different sound than the more familiar western instrument! The gyil features wooden slats over a gourd, but with this really resonant quality that ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds on an instrument we'd never heard before – the gyil, a version of the xylophone from Ghana, but one that operates with a very different sound than the more familiar western instrument! The gyil features wooden slats over a gourd, but with this really resonant quality that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
SK Kakraba —
Yonye ... LP Sun Ark, 2015. New Copy ...
Beautiful balafon work from SK Kakraba – music with its roots in Ghana, but recorded in California – in an interesting criss-crossing of styles! The wooden xylophone seems to be the main instrument on most of these tracks – but often played in a variety of ways that show a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning collection of work from Zanzibar's greatest modern female singer! Bi Kidude is one of Zanzibar's most accomplished and experienced vocalists and this excellent collection presents her in several different contexts, all recorded in the 90s. She sings traditional taraab music – a ... read moreCD
Beautifully folksy work from pre-war Greece – a series of 78s from Constantinos Bezos, not only a musician, but also a journalist and actor too – and reportedly one with a very political wit! That wit comes through in the title of the collection – but might not in the lyrics to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Famoro Kouyate & Kike —
Assusu ... CD Popular African Music (Germany), 1992. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Balafon-heavy grooves from Kike – a group led by bassist Famoro Kouyate, a key member of the legendary Balla Et Ses Balladins combo – sounding great here at the head of his own ensemble too! The group features twin balafons – so that there's loads of percussive, ringing tones ... read moreCD
A startling look at the early days of Afro Funk – some of the first recordings ever from Fela Kuti – working here with his Koola Lobitos group from the 60s! The music is a mixture of highlife, South African soul, and a good deal more funk than Fela's ever given credit for during the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The one and only album by Mali's Sidi Yassa De Kayes – a beautiful group who really transcend any easy labels or genre conventions! The style here is almost more personal than some of the other large ensembles in Mali at the time – as the feel is pretty raw and up-close throughout, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ladysmith Black Mambazo —
Inala ... LP Shanachie, 1986. Near Mint- ...
Lafayette Afro Rock Band —
Soul Makossa ... LP As The Record Turns, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Amazing Afro Funk from one of the greatest groups of the genre – The Lafayette Afro Rock Band, a funky ensemble recording in Paris in the early 70s! The group were working in a hotbed of cross-cultural styles – and brought American funk rhythms firmly into play with African influences ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Le Kene Star De Sikasso —
Hodi Hu Yenyan ... LP Mali Kunkan/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from the Mali scene of the 70s – a set that's got lots of unusual rhythmic impulses and vocal inflections – with a style that moves way beyond anything we might have expected! One of the best elements of the record is this really cool use of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Les Freres Smith —
Free To Go ... CD Les Freres Smith (France), 2015. New Copy ...
This killer combo starts a fire right from the very first note on the set – then continues to burn strongly all the way through – with a vibe that's even sharper and tighter than their first set of Afro Funk a few years back! Les Freres Smith travel in familiar territory, but have a ... read moreCD
Les Freres Smith —
Free To Go ... LP Les Freres Smith (France), 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
This killer combo starts a fire right from the very first note on the set – then continues to burn strongly all the way through – with a vibe that's even sharper and tighter than their first set of Afro Funk a few years back! Les Freres Smith travel in familiar territory, but have a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudoin —
Missa Luba ... LP Philips, 1968. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
One of the biggest world music hits of the 60s – a unique album that mixes Congolese songs with a new interpretation of the Latin mass! Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin are an ensemble of young singers with a very joyous sort of feel – one that works equally well for the traditional ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the extravagant gatefold cover, with booklet.)
Lenka Lichtenberg With Fray —
Embrace ... CD Sunflower, 2013. Used ...
A sweet batch of grooves with a really trippy edge! The enigmatic Lord Sitar was one of a handful of late 60s sitar players who easily crossed into the world of groovy pop – blending traditional Indian instrumental styles with shorter pop tunes that had a wild psyche-out kind of feel. This ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Afro-soul double-header – one that features a disc apiece of these two great groups! CD 1 features classics by Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens – including a fair bit of older tracks that sound especially nice – really taking off from some of the mainstream South ... read moreCD
A mid 70s effort from Hugh Maskela, recorded in Nigeria, an excellent melding of his jazz inflected pop sound with some deeper soulful grooves. The vibe here is showing both some funk and disco influences, but with trademark South African style melodies floating over top and a dedication to Fela, ... read moreCD
A mid 70s effort from Hugh Maskela, recorded in Nigeria, an excellent melding of his jazz inflected pop sound with some deeper soulful grooves. The vibe here is showing both some funk and disco influences, but with trademark South African style melodies floating over top and a dedication to Fela, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early work from Hugh Masekela! The record features all instrumental tracks – all short, and with Hugh's funky South African trumpet rolling over the top! The overall sound is a lot less slick than on some of his late 60s hits – and you can really hear his roots in the South ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent little record from Hugh Masekela – cut right during that perfect time when he was mixing soul, funk, and just the right amount of jazz to keep things real! The record features some nice electric piano from Joe Sample, and the best cuts have a choppy funky groove. Some cuts have ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker, ink stamp, marker and a sticker in a corner – but is in good shape overall)
One of Hugh's best albums for MGM – with some tracks that are longer than his late 60s pop tunes, and which feature him stretching out more in a soulful mode, hitting some fuzzy Afro funk grooves that are very nice! Hugh's soulful trumpet is in fine fine form, and the titles include "Chi ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hats off to Hugh Masekela – one of the few artists who could record for the Casablanca label and never manage to lose his own sense of sound and spirit! The album's a surprisingly great one, filled with the kinds of subtle touches and earthy soul we've always loved in Hugh's music – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work from Hugh Masekela – and the album that pushed him over the top! The record features his version of "Grazin In The Grass", a runaway instrumental hit when it was issued – and a sly little groover that was based upon some earlier South African pop melodies that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a sticker.)
Master Musicians Of Joujouka —
Boujeloud ... CD Sub Rosa, Mid 90s. Used ...
Great 50s work from the father of highlife, ET Mensah! Starting in the late 40s Mensah took over the helm of Ghana's Tempos and pushed African pop music away from the dominant European model that was popular in urban areas, injecting his music with rhythms from the Caribbean – cha chas, ... read moreCD
An incredible blend of sounds and styles – and one of the most enigmatic albums we've ever heard from the Ethiopian scene! Hailu Mergia plays alone here – but uses lots of overdubbing to layer together Fender Rhodes, accordion solos, and a rhythm machine – all mixed up in ways ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a coupon that can be used for a limited time to download MP3 audio files.)
Hailu Mergia & The Walias —
Tche Belew ... LP Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1977. New Copy ...
An amazing organ player from the Ethiopian scene – one whose work here easily rivals that of Mulatu and some of the best artists on the Ethiopiques series! Hailu Mergi has plenty of jazz in his approach – not just on his own keyboard lines, but also in the way he lets the group members ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit late to be classic calypso, but a really stunning example of the style – recorded by Mighty Sparrow for Warner with some very hip production by Van Dyke Parks! The record's not only one of the best-produced that Sparrow also cut, it's also a great illustration of the different styles ... read moreCD
One of the best Tuareg guitar records we've ever heard – and the Saharan psych soul soundtrack to Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, billed as the first ever Tuareg language fiction movie – loosely inspired by Purple Rain! The film, like Prince's, focuses on the life of a struggling, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very early work from Paco De Lucia – duets with guitarist Ricard Modrego! LP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape, except for top and bottom cover seams – which are unglued, but taped a bit with clear tape.)
Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed —
Takkabel ... CD Terp (Netherlands), 2006. Used ...
The first ever full length effort from blind Addis Ababa singer Mohammed 'Jimmy' Mohammed – who appeared on the second Ethiopiques compilation – finally with a recorded set of his own! There's a loose, melodic and all around wonderful feel – a warmth that really needs to be heard ... read moreCD