Basically the same recording which would also get issued in Nonesuch's Explorer series – this one's a studio session, recorded in New York by a group that's reputedly from Ghana, but which seems to be kind of a "fake" one from our perspective. Why? Well, because Charles Earland's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(Nigerian pressing on Sunny Alade. Cover has some wear.)
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats —
Check E ... LP Sunny Alade (Nigeria), 1981. Very Good- ...
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A nice side of JuJu from the originator of the Afro-pop style, with layers of gently bubbling guitars and percussion underneath some sweet pentatonic melodies. 8 pieces in all on the African only release, including "Omo Se Koko", "O-Wo-Wo Obele", "Odun Titun" and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Silly stuff – but it works! Ashwin Batish was born 10 years too late – because if this album was recorded in the 70s, it would have a strong Bollywood groove, with Ashwin's sitar funking over heavy wah-wah guitar. As it is, though, Ashwin recorded this one in 1986 – so the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool little record from percussionist Big Black – and one of his hippest too! The record features only percussion by Black, plus bits of guitar by Anthony Wheaton – making for a set that's mostly raw, stripped-down percussion tracks – most of which are quite long, and have ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and wide clear tape along the seams.)
Don Cherry/Nana Vasconcelos/Collin Walcott —
Codona ... LP ECM, 1978. Near Mint- ...
A mellow but striking blend of world and jazz styles – featuring Walcott on a variety of Indian instruments, Cherry on trumpet, flute, Doussn'Gouni, and voice, and Vasconcelos on berimbau, cuica, and percussion. Titles include "Codona", "Mumakata", "New Light", ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bro. Chidindu James & New Song Ministry —
Jehovah Azawom ... LP Uzy Music Productions (Nigeria), 1993. Very Good- ...
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(Cover has some wear and wide tape along the bottom seam.)
A brilliant 70s set from guitarist Paco DeLucia – one that really shows him stretching out with even more pride and power than before – finding that really unique groove that was part jazz, part flamenco, but really something very special of his own! Paco's got a highly rhythmic way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yugoslavian pressing. Cover has a small mark from sticker removal on back.)
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
A lost classic from reedman Joe Harriott – and a landmark blending of jazz and world music! The core of the group is that quintet of West Indian alto player Joe Harriott – one of the leading lights of the British jazz scene of the 60s, and a dedicated modernist who was as important to ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second entry in Brian Eno's 4th World series of "new ethnographic" recordings for EG – and a haunting batch of atmospheric tunes that feature great trumpet work from Jon Hassell! As with most of his work, Hassell's blowing in an airy, earthy tone, and often using processing ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ostensibly a "best of", but really a sampling of some of Fela's harder to find work for EMI during the 70s. Even if you've got the other Fela vinyl that's out there, the 4 tracks on this one are sure to be an essential addition to your collection – as they're all great, and you ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Collection of Miriam Makeba's singles for RCA, most of which have a pop-African sound that feels like an attempt by RCA to fill the gap in ethnic pop that was left by Harry Belafonte's fading career. Not totally authentic, but nice stuff nonetheless, with sweeping pop arrangements, and lovely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although South African vocalist Miriam Makeba had been cracking the American scene for the better part of the 60s, this was the album that really put her on the map – as her hit version of the song "Pata Pata" forever guaranteed that African-tinged grooves would have a place in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hugh Masekela —
Masekela ... LP Chisa/Uni, Early 70s. Sealed ...
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One of the funkier albums by African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, and a record that's filled with lots of short little groovers that have more of an edge than on previous pop instrumental albums – much more of the hard funky vibe of the Chisa years! The set features loads of great funky 45 cuts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work by Hugh Masekela – recorded way before his big hits of the late 60s! The format is different than those recordings, too – with Hugh soloing on trumpet, over larger arrangements by Hugo Montenegro that have sort of a stock African soundtrack-y quality to them. The jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album