The group's second album for Jive, and a batch of 80s African tracks that have a surprisingly jazzy edge to them. The sound here is quite different from the Celluloid approach to New African grooves – a bit more soulful and standard, but with strong use of instruments in a fusiony way, one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Two long grooves with a really amazing sound – both recorded in Tel Aviv by guitarist Aris San, who also provides these amazing vocals on the set! The guitar on "Boumpam" begins with almost a surf rock sort of tone, but it quickly goes into exotic qualities that are matched by San's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Santiago Del Nuevo Extremo —
A Mi Ciudad ... LP Messidor (Germany), 1984. Near Mint- ...
Beautiful work from reed player Tony Scott – recorded during a time when he was doing a lot of soul-searching with Eastern cultures! The set's a stripped-down batch of long tracks, with Scott's clarinet in the lead, and backing by 2 Japanese musicians on Koto and Shackuhachi. The tracks are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Incredible funky Eastern groove from Ananda Shankar – and some most propulsive, Western soul and psychedelia-tinged Indian music ever recorded! This is probably the definitive compilation of Ananda's work – collected from great albums such as Ananda Shankar And His Music, Missing You, ... read moreCD
Ravi Shankar —
Chappaqua ... LP Columbia, Mid 60s. Very Good- Gatefold ...
The "other" soundtrack to the film Chappaqua – the one used instead of the Ornette Coleman one that was also issued on record! LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Masterworks pressing. Cover has wear.)
An early American recording by Ravi Shankar – with some brief help from American jazz players! The bulk of the record features Ravi in a trio with tampura and tabla, performing long tunes similar to the ragas on his other albums from the time – but there's also a great track called ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Unlike Ravi's other LPs released here in the 60s, this one features a number of shorter tracks, as opposed to presenting longer pieces in their full form. It also features a collaboration with Paul Horn, featured on flute on the 6 shorter pieces on side one: "Tala Rasa Ranga", "Dhun& ... 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 mostly split bottom seam.)
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
Skylarks International Band —
Ochonma ... LP Philips (Nigeria), 1976. Poor ...
Just Sold Out!
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(Cover is worn, with wide tape along the seams. Label has pen.)
One of the tightest African funk records we've ever heard – a set that was recorded in London, and has this really warm clubby vibe all the way through! There's a mix of African roots and disco grooves going on throughout – in a manner that's not unlike some of the best cross-cultural ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A contemporary record, but one we'd rank right up there with the moodiest, most exotic African funk albums of the 70s – especially the gems we've discovered through the Ethiopiques series! These guys play in a style that certainly references Ethiopian reeds and keyboard work of the 70s, but ... read moreCD
A contemporary record, but one we'd rank right up there with the moodiest, most exotic African funk albums of the 70s – especially the gems we've discovered through the Ethiopiques series! These guys play in a style that certainly references Ethiopian reeds and keyboard work of the 70s, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very old school Afro Funk from Dele Sosimi – and we mean that in the best way possible! Dele's working here in a style that's right in the best 70s mode from Fela Kuti – very hypnotic at a rhythmic level, but filled with progressive lyrics from the man himself – all at a level ... 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
There's nothing too experimental about these sweet little African grooves from the 70s – as all the music is plenty darn funky, and very much right on the money! The music's definitely different than the familiar sounds of Lagos, and the basslines are often very complex – as are the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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
A really classic-styled cut from this great mix of old and young players – a group who definitely bring new energy to the scene in Togo with music this great! "Way Out Of Sadness" is an Afro funk groover, but one that's got this great current of melancholy – as you'd guess ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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!)
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.)
The flute sound of the Andes gets a bit of a hip 70s twist – in this album produced by Paul Simon, caught somewhere between his version of "El Condor Pasa" and his later South African pop. The group's got a traditional Peruvian feel – pan flutes, percussion, and a bit of ... 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Another great album from Danyel Waro, a leader of the thriving music scene on the Reunion Island! It's amazing that an album made almost exclusively with only voices and percussion and convey such soulful, melodic splendor, but then again, Waro is no ordinary singer. Waro is fiercely committed to ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Warrior & His Oriental Brothers International —
Onye Ije ... LP Afrodisia (Nigeria), 1982. Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear & pen in some spots.)
Warrior & His Oriental Brothers International —
Onye Oma Nmanu ... LP Afrodisia (Nigeria), 1980. Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear, wide tape over the spine and pen.)
Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra —
Wendelu ... CD Ubiquity, 2015. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
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
A mightily grooving Introduction to Witch – the legendary Zambian group whose name also means We Intend To Cause Havok! The group work here with a wicked blend of rock influences from the UK, plus a heavy dose of African rhythms – all blended together with loads of fuzzy guitar and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Movin' On ... LP Teal/Invisible City Editions (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)...
An unusual later album from Witch – one that has a sweet funky style at the core – a mode that shows the group picking up a fair bit of disco and club from the American scene, and fusing it with their older Zamrock styles to create a really unique sound overall! At times, the record ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from Witch – a Zambian group of the 70s, and easily one of the heaviest things happening in Africa at the time! Witch stands for "we intend to create havoc" – and the group's style here definitely gets that vibe right – serving up a heady brew of fuzzy ... 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
Spiritual sounds and a heck of a lot more – served up by Ndiko Xaba, an expatriate South African musician who was working in Oakland at the time of this record – fusing together the roots of his homeland with some wonderfully free and open American jazz styles! At times, there's a bit ... read moreCD
Melodic psychedelia from 70s Iran – an incredible full scale anthology of recordings by guitarist and vocalist Kourosh Yaghmaei from the pre-revolution years – and an absolute treasure! Kouroush often recorded with his brothers – Kourosh singing lead and playing guitars or bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A way cooler set of music than you might expect – not the kind of overdone Caribbean cliches of the mainstream, but some really great lesser-known gems that mix together sounds and styles from Cuba to Haiti, to Jamaica, and beyond – served up here in a host of gems all hand-picked by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal set of mbira recordings from Nonesuch Records – one of the most important albums to get the core sound of the instrument out to the mainstream – at a time when its electrified version was being used by artists like Earth Wind & Fire and Phil Cohran! The recordings here ... read moreCD
A totally sweet set of grooves from the African scene of the 70s – and one that's a fair bit different than most of the other collections we've got on our racks! The styles here are a bit more offbeat, and a bit less familiar – not straight Afro Funk, but also not some of the popular ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A long-overdue collection of work – one that really gets at the unusual appearance of Latin rhythms on the African scene of the postwar years! Latin sounds from Africa are nothing new, but they're one of those things that's always taken for granted, too – kind of assumed in most ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A compilation of hip hop mostly from Senegal, with some MC's from Gambia and Mali. The rhyming is mostly in French with a few tracks in Wolof. The idea here is to give a snapshot of what hip hop is like in Dakar, thankfully not an attempt to cross over in Europe or the US. Many of the tracks ... read moreCD
A wonderful document of the very special sound of biguine – that beautiful blend of jazz, Latin, and other elements that flourished only in Guadeloupe, and hit an especially strong sound in the 60s – presented here in a collection of work by two different excellent groups! The bulk of ... read moreCD
The early years of biguine – showcased here in a huge collection of recordings from Guadeloupe – an overseas French territory who seemed to share the same early love of jazz as the Parisian scene! Biguine is a wonderful hybrid of Caribbean rhythms and jazz-based instrumentation – ... read moreCD
Covers and music inspired by the towering figure in Afrofunk – the great Fela Kuti – rare 70s material a few modern cuts recorded in Nigeria, Trinidad, Ghana, Colombia, Germany and America – some previously unreleased, and all wonderful representations of the far-reaching ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky tracks from Indian films! The collection's the best so far of similar sets on the market – like Doob Doob O Rama or Bombay The Hard Way – and the tracks are really really funky, not just novelties from an out of the way source. The liner notes are a bit scarce, but we can ... read moreCD
The incredible first volume in one of the best series we've ever seen for Bollywood film music – served up not only with great rare tracks throughout, but also a wealth of notes and images as well! As the title implies, this one's all about the funk – and tracks are pulled from a great ... read moreCD
Bombay grooves, but not just the disco promised in the title – as these cuts come mostly from the 80s years of Bollywood, and show Indian funk moving into a great new realm of styles! There's definitely a disco vibe at the core – and as in other scenes, the style stayed current a lot ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The deeper roots of calypso music in the Caribbean – a rich set of tracks that goes way past any preconceptions you might have about the genre! The music here goes way past the hits of Harry Belafonte – and really gets at the harder, more biting side of calypso – the sounds that ... read moreCD
Come to the Caribbean – and get your mind blown with this incredible selection of grooves! The collection does a great job of stepping around a host of different styles from the time – easily mixing bits of cumbia, rhumba, bomba, cha cha, plena, calypso, and other styles – in an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album