Landmark material from the legendary Nigerian percussionist! NEPA is a great little album from Tony Allen – recorded in the mid 80s, but with a chunky groove that's very much in the style of his 70s Afro Funk work! The title track is one of Allen's best cuts ever – a really anthemic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sikiru Ayinde Barrister —
Iwa ... LP Siky-Oluyole (Nigeria), Early 80s. Good ...
Hypnotic Fuji music from Alhaji (Chief) Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and his Supreme Fuji Commanders! The rawly and heavily percussive sound is makes a strong sensory impact – with nicely recorded, echoey vocals out front of that thundering, though impressively rhythmic backdrop. The album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear and tape along all seams.)
A nice batch of raw African rhythms. Unlike the more complicated Ju Ju style, Fuji breaks everything down to bare essentials, stripped down percussion with lengthy vocal melodies unfolding over top. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cvoer has moderate wear, a bit of peeling and tape along all seams.)
South Indian music played on Venu (or flute), tamboura, kanjeera, and mridangam. Stretched out over 4 long tracks – "Sarasa Saama Dhaana", "Koluvai Unnadae", "Kadhanavarike", and "Varanaaradha Naaraayana". LP, Vinyl record album
Manitas De Plata —
Hommages ... LP Ri Fi (Italy), Mid 60s. Very Good+ ...
That's Brigitte Bardot on the cover – and album tribute tracks include "Hommage A Brigitte Bardot", "Hommage A Jean Cocteau", "Hommage A Pablo Picasso", "Hommage A Salvador Dali", and "Hommage A Ma Guitare". LP, Vinyl record album
Percolating high life guitar over rhythms from Mali, slightly infected with some doses of psychelica. Tracks include "Super Djata", "Bina", "Djegnogo Djougou", "Bandjila", "Tindoro", "Noumousso", "Facia", "Farima", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record – even if it was a worldwide hit! Before this one came out, Manu was a funky sax player grooving away in Cameroun, cutting tight but obscure soulful sides. In 1972, though, he exploded with the track "Soul Makossa" – a choppy hard-riffing number that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite an interesting album – one that pairs the koto work of Kimio Eto with the flute of Bud Shank. Shank's incredible in this setting – really moving away from most of his jazz-based work, and playing with shades and tones that we've never heard before, a perfect accompaniment to the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing! Cover has a small split on the top seam, but is nice overall.)
A brilliant transformation of the sounds of Mali – one that takes songs composed by the legendary Toumani Diabate, and reworks them as pieces for solo guitar – yet played at a level that's every bit as haunting and evocative as the originals! Derek Gripper has this deftly harmonic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ostensibly a calypso record, but one that features instrumentation by a great host of New York Latin musicians – including Candido, Yomo Toro, Mauricio Smith, Chombo Silva, Chocolate Armenteros, and others! LP, Vinyl record album
Features Roop Verma on sitar, Narendra Verma on tabla & Tracy Andrews on tamboura. LP, Vinyl record album
Ipi 'N Tombia —
Warrior ... LP Stax, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Weird album that came out in the early 70s, when Stax was getting their hands into so many other styles of music besides southern soul and funk. Margaret Singana's the lead vocalist of this group that plays in a sort of Afro Pop/Afro Funk style, and she lays down the lyrics on tracks like "The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shankar Jaikishan —
Barsaat ... LP Odeon (India), 1973. Very Good ...
Features vocals by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small name sticker, and some splitting on the spine.)
Shankar Jaikishan —
lar gul ... LP EMI (India), 1976. Very Good ...
Features vocals from Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, Asha Bhosle, and Mohammad Rafi! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small name sticker and a small bit of pen.)
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit of 80s groove, a bit of African soul, and a pretty nice batch of crossover tracks that approximates 80s take on 70s Afro funk. Titles include "Lengoma", "Sanibonani", "Boyane", "Madoda", "Dimakatso", and "Sikelela". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a cut corner where a promo stamp was applied.)
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
Mostly "east" – as the violin of the famous solist comes into play with the sitar of Ravi Shankar, plus tabla and tanpura! The vibe's a bit like some of the best John Mayer albums, although less jazz. LP, Vinyl record album
It's the mid 80s and Mickey Hart's behind the production on this album, so you know it has a slick, glossy touch all over it, with a very "world music" approach. But the beauty of Olatunji's playing and subtle complexity of the rhythms trump the flashy approach. The lineup is huge, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easily one of the greatest albums recorded by Olatunji in the 60s – a set that's even more hard-driving than his classic records for Columbia, with an incredibly percussive groove all the way through! The group features an assortment of percussionists all driving along with Olatunji – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album