The title gets it perfectly right on this sweet little set – as the grooves are raw and stripped down – often just to the core elements of Afro Funk! The music may be the most hard-hitting we've ever heard from this legendary combo – and it's served up beautifully in this well-sel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Totally killing Congolese rumba from the early 70s! Saxophonist and bandleader Verckys Kiamuangana Mateta got his start by contributing grippingly muscular tenor saxophone work with the legendary Franco & OK Jazz during the mid-60s, providing unusual hefty horn work to a style where the ... read moreCD
Original Tropicana Steel Band —
Tropicana ... LP Polydor, 1976. Very Good ...
Osibisa's smoothing things up a bit by this point – going for a groove that's partially African-inspired, but which also has some mainstream Caribbean touches, and an overall approach that uses more mainstream R&B styles than on some of their previous records. The sound isn't bad, though ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album that definitely packs a powerful punch – thanks to a compelling blend of sounds from both London and Kenya, brought together in a whole new formation of African groove! The album's a wicked reworking of an older aesthetic – in a spirit that's similar to the really inventive ... read moreCD
Ulas Ozdemir —
Bu Dem ... CD Kalan (Turkey), 2008. Used ...
A lost chapter from the late 60s/early 70s Ghana scene – a great mix of African rhythms & melodies with the raw grit of garage rock, the heavy groove of funk and soul, the swirling and fuzzed out guitars and organ of psychedelia – the Psycho African Beat of The Psychedelic Aliens! ... read moreCD
(Beautiful hardbound book style packaging – with a thick set of and photos and notes by band leader Carl Ricky Telfer!)
A pretty darn interesting relic from the glory days of the Beatles' Apple Records label – an album of righteous Hare Krishna chants and songs, all produced by George Harrison! The tunes on the set have a playful, sing-song quality that's a bit different from other records of this sort – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Psychedelic keyboard grooves and funky sitar soundscapes from Sohail Rana – an accomplished Lollywood film music composer who also released some tripped out and more experimental records back in the day! Khyber Mail is just such a treasure – a great record that was funded by EMI ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer Congolese rhythms from Ry-Co Jazz – a group with as much of a Latin influence as an African one! The set features classic 60s and 70s work from the ensemble – grooves that grow beautifully from their Rhythme-Congolais name, with lightly dancing guitar over catchy percussion ... read moreCD
Classic work from one of the Conga's greatest bands! Organized in 1958 by Henri Bowane, the man who first introduced the world the mighty Franco, Ry-Co Jazz were veritable ambassadors for Congolese sounds. At their inception they took a steamer to the Central African Republic and didn't return ... read moreCD
Incredible! This is a stunning set of African-inspired jazzy percussion tracks – similar to some of the work done by Art Blakey on his Orgy In Rhythm albums, but with a lot better horn work, and with an overall conception that's much more unified! AK Salim did some sleepier work for Savoy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Salty Dog —
Salty Dog ... CD Strawberry Rain, 1976. New Copy Gatefold ...
Plenty of fuzz and plenty of spirit – a wonderful debut from this African group of the 70s – a combo who work here with equal parts of influence from Jimi Hendrix and some of the other Zamrock groups of the time! Lyrics are in English, and have this blue-toned quality that's really ... read moreCD
Seminal sounds from SE Rogie – one of the most important palm wine artists to emerge from Sierra Leone in the 60s! Rogie sings in this wonderfully fluid style alongside his well-plucked guitar – which rings out with these bright tones that really illuminate the lyrics, but also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare Afro Rock from Nigeria's Semi-Colon group – and it's an astonishingly strong record! It's got fuzzy guitar grooves and spacey electic piano that are indebted to the global psych soul and rock scenes of the late 60s and early 70s – but the rhythmic sensibility, percussion and ... read moreCD
A highly percussive New Orleans group with a feel that's right from the streets – just the kind of live, spontaneous energy you'd expect from the "Indian parade" image on the front! Most instrumentation comes from handheld percussion – the kind you'd use when marching down ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever by one of the most compelling figures in Indian music! Ananda Shankar's been chronicled elsewhere and often on these pages – so by this point, you probably already know that he's a renegade pioneer who combined funky grooves with sitars and tablas, forging a ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever by one of the most compelling figures in Indian music! Ananda Shankar's been chronicled elsewhere and often on these pages – so by this point, you probably already know that he's a renegade pioneer who combined funky grooves with sitars and tablas, forging a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the whole life of Ravi Shankar in music – and instead, a really cool concentration of work from one of his greatest periods ever – that magical late 50s/early 60s moment when he was completely transforming the sound of Indian music, and beginning to have an influence on the wider ... read moreCD
A very early US release of work by Ravi Shankar – originally part of Columbia's "Adventures In Sound" series, a mixed mood music/world music imprint that offered up some excellent work in its day! The set begins with a compelling "Introduction To Indian Music" – ... read moreCD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)
Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan —
From India ... CD Music Of The World, 1995. Used ...
Hypnotic vocals from Yoro Sidibe – a "hunter's singer" from the Wasulu region of Mali – and one who works with a very unique sort of groove! All tracks here feature Sidibe also playing the donso ngoni, a rough harp-like instrument that resonates strongly, and which is ... read moreCD
Heavy heady funk from the 70s Nigerian scene – a wicked little record that's unlike anything else we've heard before! SJOB is a combo made from ex-members of the group of Sonny Okosuns – all top-shelf players who've clearly got their chops down in the groove department, but are also ... read moreCD
A really charming and unexpected album from the humorously named Guinean Cheikh M. Smith. The piano is the titular "white man's balafon" and on this recording Smith, who played the simmering organ parts on Salif Keita's classic album "Manjou" (but works on solo piano here), ... read moreCD
A really great bit of Afro Funk from the 70s – recorded by a group with relatively obscure origins, but a pretty heavy duty sound! The album's a project from Jo Bisso, who later went onto some great Afro-styled club fame – but this set is much more deep funk overall – with lots ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand numbered, limited edion of 500!)
Mercedes Sosa —
De Mi ... CD Tropical Music (Germany), 1992. Used ...
One of the most compelling singers in the world today – an artist whose fame has spread so far, he's getting production help on this album from talents as big as Gilles Peterson, Four Tet, and Modeselektor! As you might imagine, the presence of these bigger names definitely adds something to ... read moreCD
One of the most compelling singers in the world today – an artist whose fame has spread so far, he's getting production help on this album from talents as big as Gilles Peterson, Four Tet, and Modeselektor! As you might imagine, the presence of these bigger names definitely adds something to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
More Afro Funk than the soul jazz you might guess from the group's name – but that's OK with us, because the record's plenty darn great! Souljazz Orchestra are one of the best of the current wave of Afro combos to hail from Canada – and they manage to get an incredible full sound from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A searing second set from Souljazz Orchestra – easily one of the funkiest groups in the contemporary Afro Funk underground! The set's even sharper than their first – really tight on the rhythms, which are filled with skittish guitars that cut a groove strongly – vamping and quick- ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful album from Idrissa Soumaoro and L'Eclipse – one recorded during a time of great political unrest in Mali, and a set that was never commercially issued – but just originally given away by the Malian Association for the Blind! The album's got all the power of earlier albums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual world music session from the FMP label – one of their few forays into the format, and one that's recorded with the same sense of creativity as their avant jazz sessions! The album features solo kora and voice from Jali Nyama Suso – working here in an unfettered setting that's ... read moreCD
Skin-bending beats from Andre Marie Tala – a musician whose work has rocked the scene in Cameroon for over 30 years! Tala first got his start with Manu Dibango, who produced some of the first recordings in this collection – and while you can definitely hear a linage that starts with ... read moreCD
D ... CD Green Linnet, 1999. Used ...
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 ... read moreCD
Afro-psychedelia from Chrissy Zebby Tembo – a set recorded in the Zambian scene of the early 70s, and served up in a blend of fuzzy guitar, funky drums, and some really unusual vocals! At times, Chrissy's voice almost sounds like it's being processed – filtered down nicely amidst the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really hypnotic sounds from Ethiopian singer Kassa Tessema – heard here on two records from the 70s, both of which have a very ancient feel! Kassa has this very deep sound in his voice – a range that really goes down right to the bottom, with less of the higher tones of other Ethiopian ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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! ... read moreCD
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! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful work from Ti Paris – a Haitian guitarist who works here in a relatively stripped-down setting – usually just his voice and acoustic guitar, light percussion, and occasional chorus vocals! The approach is quite different than later Haitian music we know – and has this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Key musical figures in the Touareg independence movement – and a very hip group of nomads working with a lot of guitars! There's a laidback pulse to the music that might run counter to their political presence, but the music has a very hypnotic feel that pulls you in slowly, then doesn't let ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wicked work from Stanislas Tohon – a sweet batch of skittish grooves that occasionally include some William Onyebor-like electronics! The tracks are all upbeat and uptempo – fast-riffing rhythms that spin out wonderfully right from the start – with some vocals on most numbers, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy vinyl, heavy cover, and inner sleeve with notes!)
Jo Tongo —
Jo Tongo ... LP Fiesta/Africa Seven (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
A soulful 70s set from Jo Tongo – a musician who worked often with Manu Dibango, and shares a slightly similar groove! The album's got a blend of Cameroon roots with some sweet clubby styles – not entirely an all-out Afro disco record, but just the kind of right balance we love in some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The near-complete recorded legacy of Amara Toure – a singer who made an incredible splash on the Cameroonian scene of the 70s, but who only managed to make a handful of singles and one full length LP! The material is all tremendous, though – as Toure sings with this rich, deep sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Packaged in a nice silkscreen printed gatefold cover with a silkscreen poster & download.)
Vieux Farka Toure —
Live ... CD Six Degrees, 2010. Used ...
A wonderful recording of gwo ka – a style unique only to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe – but a mode that's also got very strong roots in Africa! The album's a contemporary recording, but it's got an instantly timeless feel – strong use of acoustic percussion instruments, ... read moreCD
Not funky 70s steel drums, but, as you'd expect from a Folkways side, a more ethnographic document with one side featuring the ensemble performing traditional numbers, and the second side split into the individual drums for "Instructional purposes only, giving each instrument an opportunity to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the coolest, grooviest work we've ever heard from the Nigerian scene of the 70s – recorded by an artist who was heading a children's program at the time! Make no mistake, though – this is no kiddie music, but instead a wonderfully rich, vibrant collection of material – as ... read moreCD
A heady South African group from the early 70s – but one who feel much more like underground funk of the late 60s! The feel here is a garagey blend of instrumental soul and early funk – mixed with with some fuzzier guitar lines that add a nice psychedelic undercurrent, but not in the ... read moreCD
An incredible compilation of work from Congolese sax player Verckys and his L'Orchestre Veve – a set that covers nearly a decade as it runs through a range of exhilarating styles – from heady funk, to psych-steeped rumba, to rawly-percussive Afrobeat! Verckys formed the L'Orchestre ... read moreCD
Nancy Vieira —
Lus ... CD World Village, 2007. Used ...
Spare sounds from GG Vikey – an artist with roots in Dahomey, and a style that stretches back to embrace even deeper sounds from the African continent! Most tracks here just feature Vikey on vocals and acoustic guitar – but in folksy ways that are a nice change from the more bluesy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great lost LP that pairs the crazy African percussionist Guy Warren with the orchestra of Red Saunders, one of the most important local bands in Chicago in the 50's, and an ensemble that was woefully underrecorded. Saunders played a lot at the south side's Club De Lisa, where Sun Ra regularly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Warsaw may seem like an unlikely place for Afro Funk to grow – but given the work of this excellent combo, we're guessing we may well be hearing more from the scene in years to come! The group's got a richer, more sophisticated vibe than some of the other Fela-inspired groups on the scene ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two later moments from Zamrock legends Witch – both of which show the group moving into a much more soulful groove! Movin On has a sweet funky style at the core – a mode that shows Witch picking up a fair bit of disco and club from the American scene, and fusing it with their older ... read moreCD
Nothing frou frou about this heavy little set – as the record's a rock solid batch of African rhythms, served up with a distinctively Ethiopian feel – at a level that's even groovier than the group's first album! The collective clearly take some key inspiration from the more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Drums and chants – pretty sparely recorded, as if the record were done somewhere out in the wilds of Africa, but most likely recorded in the wilds of Hollywood! Tracks are of varying length – and the overall sound is pretty nice. Titles include "Miva", "Changoo", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Counterpoint/Esoteric pressing in a red & white cover.)
An amazing violinist from Greece, but one who recorded in New York during the 20s – on a host of rare 78rpm material presented in this lavish set! Alexis Zoumbas has a wonderfully melancholy feel to his instrument – a style that mixes virtuostic passages with these deeper, bluer ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album