A brilliant mix of jazz and world music! Abdul-Malik was the legendary bass player from the fifties who mixed straight jazz playing with traditional Middle Eastern rhythms – and although he most famously recorded albums with Monk as a regular bassist, his albums on his own are amazing ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label RCA stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has wear, splitting held with clear tape and a small sticker.)
King Sunny Ade's first major label LP, that helped him bring his juju music to the world. The blueprint of juju's laid down hear, with loads of intertwining guitar lines and tallking drums chattering away in a driving but never-too-busy fashion underneath. Includes "Sunny Ti De Arya", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great step forward for the Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra – even better than their previous album, and a set that beautifully mixes together jazz, Latin, and African elements into one seamless groove! Percussionist Masta Conga is at the head of the group – leading the ensemble with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ali Ag Amoumine —
Takamba ... LP Sahel Sounds/Mississippi, 2011. Near Mint- ...
A really wonderful document of of the Takamba style of music in Northern Mali and Niger – passionate, energetic and hypnotically performed by Ali Ag Amoumine! Ali's home is in Timbouctou, a couple hundred kilometers upriver from the Takamba region, and it was here that this excellent ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Supposedly, this is one of the many incarnations of the group that's better known under the names Lafayette Afro-Rock Band and Ice. The material here is more in the vein of work by Ice – in that it's kind of faster Afro-Funk inspired grooves, with bass, guitar, organ, and lots of keyboards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some staining & peeling on the bottom.)
A nice collection of African pop tracks by the Duo Ouro Negro. The sound is slightly folksy, with lots of acoustic guitar, and a haunting style that's similar to some of Miriam Makeba's work from the same time. Titles include "Palamie", "Mulowa", "Kyrie", "Salome ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty strong Afro Funk act from Ghana – one that probably got more exposure than usual, thanks to the fact that they were taken under the wing of Brian Eno, who produced the album, in a tradition that would stretch back to Ginger Baker's work with Fela. The tracks are all pretty strong, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Fela's all time classics – and a biting attack on the transnational monster that was International Telephone & Telegraph in the 70s! The album's a bit different than some of the others – in that it features one long tune that runs for both sides of the wax – but that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(FAK pressing from 1997.)
Fela & Africa 70 —
Na Poi ... LP Barclay (France), 1976. Very Good+ (reissue)...
One of the sexiest tunes that Fela ever cut – as you might guess from the image on the cover! The track begins with a cool spoken bit, about what man and woman get up to behind close doors – then moves into this pulsating keyboard part which is almost eerily spare, until the rest of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An impassioned attack on police and army violence in 70s Nigeria – and easily one of Fela Kuti's best-remembered albums of the time! The lead track – "Sorrow Tears & Blood" – is really tremendous – a wicked groove that begins with a very long electric piano ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully evocative work on the Balinese gamelan – music that's maybe not as sharp as other recordings from that particular island – with a warmly flowing vibe that comes from the melodic cascading of tuned percussion, vibes, and gongs! There's still a focused, rhythmic feel to the ... 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
Surprisingly fantastic bit of funky sitar tracks! The project's a recent one, but it's got a classic 70s global crossover funk sound that's very much in the vein of the weird Indian-funk work of Ananda Shankar or The Dave Pike set. The record's got a raw Meters-esque groove at the base – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible sounds from trumpeter Jon Hassell – a really genre-defining record, and the start of a great run of music for years to come! The album's part of Brian Eno's "fourth world" series – explorations in mixing his own inventive modes with other global styles – but ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most starkly beautiful recordings in Paul Horn's career – with spiritually resonant, almost spine tingling solo flute and some chants, all recorded in the Taj Majal one day in April of 1968! It's really all about the atmosphere, as it would have to be given the location – ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Yemi Eleburu Ibon & His Ancient Philosophy Interna —
Omo Gba Je Nsin Mi ... LP Yemi Eleburuibon (Nigeria), 1970s. Good ...
A really great chapter in the long and funky history of the musicians that also played in Lafayette Afro Rock Band and Cane & Abel – and a cool little set that may be one of the best records to ever come from the collective! The players work here as Ice – and come across like some ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is stained and flaky along the spine, which is split, with splitting on the top and bottom seams too.)
A second set of Disco Folk from this unique Turkish pair – duo working in late 70s Germany, and mixing up their own roots with a range of different electric instrumentation! The odd modes of the sound are wonderfully captured in the unique three-necked guitar on the front cover – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heady sounds from Karthala 72 – a group with a very vintage sound – one that rings out with plenty of offbeat funky elements, African percussion, and maybe even a sense of bassline borrowed from Colombian music! The group have a wonderful criss-crossing of styles – and this full ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alhaji Ayinla Omowura & His Apala Group —
Owo Tuntun ... LP EMI (France), 1977. Fair ...
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(NOTE: FAIR CONDITION. Cover has moderate wear & pen. Label has pen. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)
Heads ... LP MCA, 1972. Very Good- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A really wonderful third album from Osibisa – and a record that really crystallizes the group's sound into a trademark blend of African roots and more progressive-styled jamming! There's a mode here that's perfect for the cross-cultural London of the post-colonial 70s – a style that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear with a split top seam.)
Perry Robinson/Nana Vasconcelos/Badal Roy —
Kundalini ... LP Improvising Artists Inc, 1978. Near Mint- ...
One of the most interesting albums we've ever heard from clarinetist Perry Robinson – recorded with help from two master percussionists, in a style that makes for a very global groove! The set features Robinson blowing in snakey, almost exotic lines – with backing on tablas from Badal ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mid 60s release of some earlier sides recorded by Ravi in India – classic work with Ali Akbar Khan on sarod, plus Alla Rakha on tabla and Ashkish Kumar on tanpura. The album features two long ragas, each making up a side of the record – "Raga Shree" and "Raga Sindhu ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Capitol International Series pressing in alternate cover.)
Nice stuff by Ravi Shankar – although we should hate the album for its patronizing liner notes, which refer to Shankar's work as "psychedelicacies", and which wonder aloud why people need to use hallucinogenic drugs if they've got Ravi! Titles include "Sitar Todi", "R ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title tells it all – as Ravi delivers three long ragas, with backing on tabla and tamboura. A nice one to plug in and drop out to – with the 28 minute-long "Raga Jog", plus "Raga Simhendra Madhyaman" and "Raga Ahir Bhairav". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
One of Ravi's biggest-selling American albums – recorded in England, and issued here by World Pacific, who were just making the shift from a jazz label to a global one. The album features "Raga Charu Keshi", "Raga Puriya Dhanashri", "Dhun", and "Kafi ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Silver Stars Steel Orchestra —
Silver Stars ... LP Antillana (Barbados), Early 70s. Very Good ...
Long tracks filled with boatloads of percussion, from the Congo tradition, but all composed by Titos. Losts of chanting call and response vocals overtop of plenty plenty plenty percussion. Tracks include "Yao!", "Salongo", "The Birth", & "Ngoma Bakongo (I ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
Song Gol Mae —
II ... LP Jigu (Korea), 1982. Very Good+ ...
That's Don Cherry in the middle – who plays pocket trumpet and doussn'gouni on the record – along with Tim Moran on saxes and flute, and Tony Vacca on a range of interesting percussion instruments! (Jazz, Global Grooves)LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent set of percussion and vocals from this enigmatic Brazilian talent – recorded in Paris, featuring overdubs that led Nana layer percussion over percussion, and play parts of his body and voice along with the drums. The set's got a really spiritual quality – with much more ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic series of field recordings – done for Nonesuch by Stephen Jay, and recorded in Niger, Mali, & Upper Volta. Titles include "Kountougi Solo", "Djerma Dundun Drummers", "Tuareg Medicinal Chant", "Kouco Solo", "Songhay Kombi & ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heavy helping of Ethiopian grooves – pulled from the later volumes of the legendary Ethiopiques series, and served up here on a unique vinyl collection! The tunes are a nice mix of some of the best Ethio styles of the early 70s – and include a few standout funky numbers, plus some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual package – one that traces the roots of soul through older blues and gospel material on Chess – including work by Aretha Franklin, Ernest Franklin, Sammy Lewis, Martha Bass, Harold Smith, Little Milton, and Dorothy Best! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light aging, and a small cut corner.)