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 seminal debut set from Edip Akbanyram – a 70s Turkish singer whose music is every bit as compelling as arabesk rock by Baris Manco or Erkin Koray! Like both of those artists, Edip mixes older Anatolian roots with a freakier, fuzzier style from the psych generation – mixing electric ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare singles from this ultra-cool Turkish singer – including many tracks that are b-sides of vintage 45s, and maybe even trippier than the album material we've heard before! The work was recorded in the mid 70s, but there's much more of a late 60s vibe going on here – from the trippy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later gem from the Turkish scene of the 70s – one that's got a bit more funky touches than earlier Anatolian rock! There's still a fair bit of Eastern styles running through the mix, but most of the rhythms are really straightforward and use heavy basslines that really set the groove ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Features original pop-up gatefold cover design!)
Akido ... LP Mercury, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ...
An obscure Afro Funk combo from the early 70s – produced by Ronnie Lane of The Faces, who may very well have been inspired by Ginger Baker's love of the style! The record's got some pretty heavy guitar work, and there's lots of funky rock running through the grooves – so those African-i ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some moderate wear. Vinyl has a short click on a couple of tracks.)
Kamuran Akkor —
Kamuran Akkor ... LP Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the coolest Turkish singers we've heard so far from the 70s – an artist who's maybe a bit more funky and a bit less fuzzy than some of her contemporaries – blessed with a heavenly vocal style that's often set to these very groovy arrangements! The language is beyond the reach of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderfully fuzzy work from Amanaz – one of the trippiest, headiest groups of the Zamrock scene of the 70s! The guitars here are very full and present – not at a hit you over the head jamming label, but with this rich sonic element that has lots of bassy undercurrents – at a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare work from an artist who was born in Ghana, spent time in Germany, and recorded this underground cassette-only release in Toronto during the early 90s! The music has this very odd pan-national style that references Ata Kak's Ghanian roots, but also brings in some cool electronics that must ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing groove from the legendary Amadou Balake – music that's got this tight focus that has everything coming down together right in the middle – from basslines to percussion to some mighty skittish guitar! The rhythmic lines here are even sharper than in other Afro Funk from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A definite eclectic groove here – music that has its roots in Mandingo and Dioula rhythms, but also features a fair bit of American funk and soul touches too – sometimes in the heavy grooves on the bottom, sometimes in the rumbling basslines and guitar parts too! The collection is a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With a singer this obscure, you might take the word "essential" in the title a bit loosely – but the set is a stunning batch of work from this popular Thai vocalist of the 70s! Dao Bandon's voice is amazing right from the start, even if you can't understand the language (although ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great vinyl, and includes bonus set of notes too!)
Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister —
Superiority ... LP Siky-Oluyole (Nigeria), 1985. Very Good ...
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(Cover has some light wear, but the vinyl is nice and clean!)
Rhythmic early 60s global grooves from John Berberian – a master of the oud with a great group of players on these oft intense takes traditional Turkish, Armenian and Arabic songs! The melodies and rhythms are pretty impressive – the percussion is particularly heavy and groovy! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early calypsos from Blind Blake – a version of the genre that's way different than any you might know from the Harry Belafonte generation! The sound here is often quite spare, and in a way, echoes earlier acoustic blues styles – turned towards Bahamian themes, of course, and given the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Collected work by Blo – a hip Nigerian funk ensemble from the mid 70s! The group have a more complicated sound than some of their contemporaries – adding in dubbier stylings and bits of psychedelic guitar to the more common Afro-Funk percussion – in a mode that almost sounds like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unique hybrid of Jamaican and African grooves – a rare set cut by this Nigerian artist in London, working with help from the Cool Notes! The overall style is definitely reggae, but there's compelling juju qualities in the rhythms – and Chief Checker's lyrical approach and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – heavy Japanese-style vinyl and tip-on cover!)
Roger Damawuzan & Les As Du Benin —
Wait For Me ... LP Hot Casa (France), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Roger Damawuzan looks a bit like an American soul singer on the cover of this excellent collection – and his music often comes across in the same way, with a nice undercurrent of funk in the rhythms, and very powerful vocals from the leader! The set's the first we've ever seen to focus on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really unique music from Aby Ngana Diop – a poet as much as a singer – and one who speaks here over some really raw, really driving music that's plenty heavy on percussion! The sound is quite different than other Senegalese styles you might know from the time – as the sabar and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare late 70s Afro soul from Cameroonese bassist and singer Brigth Engelberts – insistent, hypnotic and danceable grooves that points the way to myriad trends in soul in the decade to come, well beyond easily categorizable Afro funk & soul! Some numbers have a punchier, hypnotic rhythmic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from one of the most important Ethiopian artists of the 70s – a smoking set of vintage recordings from Alemayehu Eshete – some of them plenty darn funky too! As you'd guess from his picture on the cover, guitar is Eshete's main instrument – used in these twangy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked gem from the 80s years of Fela Kuti – and a set that has the Afro Funk genius working with strong studio help from Wally Badarou! The vibe's still as fierce and frenetic as Fela's classic material – each track takes up a full side of the record, with lots of hard rhythms, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original inner sleeve with lyrics. Cover has a promo stamp & creasing on the corners.)
Really mindblowing work from Fela – a seminal 70s set that may well open up even more than any other album from the time – as the leader and Africa 70 stretch out on a single track that takes up the entire record! "Confusion" is almost proggish at the start – with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A gem of a set from the legendary Fela Kuti – a classic set of Nigerian grooves produced by Ginger Baker – who was already a frequent musical partner of Fela! The set's got a sharp groove right from the start, and possibly some slighty darker elements than some of Kuti's other records ... 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
Heady psych, but with a funky groove – done by a contemporary group on Soundway, and truly akin to the global psych funk of late 60s and 70s we've always loved from the label! Fumaca Preta founder/percussion/vocalist Alex Figueira is Portuguese-Venezuelan and based in Amsterdam – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful Persian pop from Faegheh Atashin, aka Googoosh (alternately, Gougoush)– and like some of the best, adventurous pop music from around the world at the the time, it's steeped in myriad styles – from emotionally string-laden to funky and danceable! Googoosh is a genuine ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jonas Gwangwa & The African Explosion —
Who (Ngubani)? ... LP Jamal, Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A rocketing bit of South African funky soul – and of the few great records released on Ahmad Jamal's short-lived Jamal label! The session's a lot hipper than some of the South African work that was issued in the US around the same time – and the feel here is almost more in a London ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool keyboard work from this keyboardist from the Republic Of Niger – all work composed and created on a Yamaha PSR 64, but done with a style that really links back to older West African traditions too! The music is hardly the cold keyboards you might expect from the instrument – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 with screenprinted covers.)
An amazing, career-spanning compilation of pioneering psych and earlier material, mixed with more traditional elements of Korean music by Shin Joong Hyun – including his own numbers, great songs with his combos over the years and tunes he wrote for others to sing – from the late 50s to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest things to ever come out of Hugh Masekela's association with Uni Records – an album of instrumental tunes that recalls the older sound of the South African scene, yet which also has more of that modern and slightly funky groove that Hugh was bringing to his own work in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small mark from an old sticker, and a small cutout hole.)
Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers —
African Party ... LP Freestyle (UK), 1967. New Copy ...
An African Party indeed – recorded in London at the end of the 60s, and featuring a blistering array of percussion and jazz-based influences! Ginger Johnson got his start on the London scene playing a mix of jazz and Latin rhythms in bigger groups, but broke out on his own in the mid 60s to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds on an instrument we'd never heard before – the gyil, a version of the xylophone from Ghana, but one that operates with a very different sound than the more familiar western instrument! The gyil features wooden slats over a gourd, but with this really resonant quality that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
SK Kakraba —
Yonye ... LP Sun Ark, 2015. New Copy ...
Beautiful balafon work from SK Kakraba – music with its roots in Ghana, but recorded in California – in an interesting criss-crossing of styles! The wooden xylophone seems to be the main instrument on most of these tracks – but often played in a variety of ways that show a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully folksy work from pre-war Greece – a series of 78s from Constantinos Bezos, not only a musician, but also a journalist and actor too – and reportedly one with a very political wit! That wit comes through in the title of the collection – but might not in the lyrics to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A startling look at the early days of Afro Funk – some of the first recordings ever from Fela Kuti – working here with his Koola Lobitos group from the 60s! The music is a mixture of highlife, South African soul, and a good deal more funk than Fela's ever given credit for during the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The one and only album by Mali's Sidi Yassa De Kayes – a beautiful group who really transcend any easy labels or genre conventions! The style here is almost more personal than some of the other large ensembles in Mali at the time – as the feel is pretty raw and up-close throughout, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ladysmith Black Mambazo —
Inala ... LP Shanachie, 1986. Near Mint- ...
Lafayette Afro Rock Band —
Soul Makossa ... LP As The Record Turns, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Amazing Afro Funk from one of the greatest groups of the genre – The Lafayette Afro Rock Band, a funky ensemble recording in Paris in the early 70s! The group were working in a hotbed of cross-cultural styles – and brought American funk rhythms firmly into play with African influences ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Le Kene Star De Sikasso —
Hodi Hu Yenyan ... LP Mali Kunkan/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from the Mali scene of the 70s – a set that's got lots of unusual rhythmic impulses and vocal inflections – with a style that moves way beyond anything we might have expected! One of the best elements of the record is this really cool use of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
12 tracks: 'Firefly Jump Up", "TwoSilhouettes", "The Breeze & I", "Bunny's Jump", "Petticoats Of Portugal", "Ay-Ay-Ay", 'Dragon's Paradise", "A Lo Loco", "Mi Merengue", "Green Guava", "Limbo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy deep groove pressing – cover is great!)
Les Freres Smith —
Free To Go ... LP Les Freres Smith (France), 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
This killer combo starts a fire right from the very first note on the set – then continues to burn strongly all the way through – with a vibe that's even sharper and tighter than their first set of Afro Funk a few years back! Les Freres Smith travel in familiar territory, but have a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudoin —
Missa Luba ... LP Philips, 1968. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
One of the biggest world music hits of the 60s – a unique album that mixes Congolese songs with a new interpretation of the Latin mass! Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin are an ensemble of young singers with a very joyous sort of feel – one that works equally well for the traditional ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the extravagant gatefold cover, with booklet.)
A sweet batch of grooves with a really trippy edge! The enigmatic Lord Sitar was one of a handful of late 60s sitar players who easily crossed into the world of groovy pop – blending traditional Indian instrumental styles with shorter pop tunes that had a wild psyche-out kind of feel. This ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Do yourself a favor, and buy this album – you won't be disappointed! The record is a gem all the way through – a really unique mixture of LA soul jazz and African rhythms, with a sound that's almost like Hugh Masekela sitting in with the Jazz Crusaders! Of course, there's a lot of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mid 70s effort from Hugh Maskela, recorded in Nigeria, an excellent melding of his jazz inflected pop sound with some deeper soulful grooves. The vibe here is showing both some funk and disco influences, but with trademark South African style melodies floating over top and a dedication to Fela, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early work from Hugh Masekela! The record features all instrumental tracks – all short, and with Hugh's funky South African trumpet rolling over the top! The overall sound is a lot less slick than on some of his late 60s hits – and you can really hear his roots in the South ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent little record from Hugh Masekela – cut right during that perfect time when he was mixing soul, funk, and just the right amount of jazz to keep things real! The record features some nice electric piano from Joe Sample, and the best cuts have a choppy funky groove. Some cuts have ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker, ink stamp, marker and a sticker in a corner – but is in good shape overall)
One of Hugh's best albums for MGM – with some tracks that are longer than his late 60s pop tunes, and which feature him stretching out more in a soulful mode, hitting some fuzzy Afro funk grooves that are very nice! Hugh's soulful trumpet is in fine fine form, and the titles include "Chi ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hats off to Hugh Masekela – one of the few artists who could record for the Casablanca label and never manage to lose his own sense of sound and spirit! The album's a surprisingly great one, filled with the kinds of subtle touches and earthy soul we've always loved in Hugh's music – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
An incredible blend of sounds and styles – and one of the most enigmatic albums we've ever heard from the Ethiopian scene! Hailu Mergia plays alone here – but uses lots of overdubbing to layer together Fender Rhodes, accordion solos, and a rhythm machine – all mixed up in ways ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a coupon that can be used for a limited time to download MP3 audio files.)
Hailu Mergia & The Walias —
Tche Belew ... LP Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1977. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
An amazing organ player from the Ethiopian scene – one whose work here easily rivals that of Mulatu and some of the best artists on the Ethiopiques series! Hailu Mergi has plenty of jazz in his approach – not just on his own keyboard lines, but also in the way he lets the group members ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best Tuareg guitar records we've ever heard – and the Saharan psych soul soundtrack to Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, billed as the first ever Tuareg language fiction movie – loosely inspired by Purple Rain! The film, like Prince's, focuses on the life of a struggling, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pure insanity from the mighty Mulatu – one of his few American albums from the 60s! The record's an incredible blend of New York Latin and some of the more Afro-styled grooves Mulatu explored more freely on his Ethiopian recordings – served up in a jazzy style that has plenty of vibes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant new recording from Mulatu – one that shows that the Ethiopian legend hasn't lost a bit of his edge in recent years! The sound here is still very strong and bold – that crucial blending of African roots and jazzy inflections that's made Mulatu one of the most influential ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really weird, really wonderful sounds from rural Thailand – played by a group who have almost an ancient vibe overall, but who also echo lots of cool psychedelic elements of the 60s! The lead instrument in the group is a phin – a three-stringed, lute-like instrument which is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card.)
Deedar ... LP Odeon (India), 1975. Very Good ...
Features vocals from Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, and Shamshad Begum! LP, Vinyl record album
Stunning work from Shangaan Electro pioneer Nozinja Lodge – music that's equally awash in older African roots and 21st Century electronics – all served up with a style that's uniquely its own! Older styles of percussion, acoustic instrumentation, and vocals all bubble forth beautifully ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic session of pounding percussion – quite possibly the most successful entry into this earthy genre that hit the recording scene at the end of the 50s! Babatunde Olatunji is joined here by a great assemblage of players – including Montego Joe and Baba Hawthorne Bey on percussion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer album of Afro Funky tracks, and certainly one of Olatunji's best! The record was recorded in the early 70s, and it features Olatunji breaking past his usual heavy blend of African percussion, into a vein that's a lot more tinged with jazz and soul touches. He gets some great help on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has cutout marks and some wear. Labels have sticker spots.)
One of Olatunji's best LPs, and a record that breaks out of his usual straight hard percussion stuff by adding some jazz players like Yusef Lateef, Clark Terry, and George Duvivier. There's also some singers augmenting the ensemble, but they drop out in parts, and the percussion and jazz take over. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye mono pressing. Cover has a light wear & some discoloration from age.)
A landmark of 70s Afro-styled jazz – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the 70s, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
William Onyeabor —
Good Name ... LP Wilfilms/Luaka Bop, 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
Amazing sounds from William Onyeabor – space age keyboards mixed with electro funk mixed with Afro beat, snakey sax lines, and lots lots more – a really mind-bending album that's well-achieved legendary status over the years! Each song takes up a side of the record – but spins ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited repress! Purportedly down the last 100 copies!)
Hardly a pirate album at all – and instead one of the first big global moments of fame for the mighty Orchestra Baobob – a Senegalese combo who'd really been honing their craft during the 70s! The album has the group working with all the soulful currents of their early work – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
This UK Afro Funk group is slicking things up a bit for this 1973 album – but not in a bad way, because it actually kicks up the groove considerably. In fact, it almost sounds like they've been listening to a bit of War – because the the best tracks on the album have lots of that funky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album