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
A set recorded in Haiti, but one that features lots of heavy drums from the legendary Tony Allen – whose work here does a great job of bridging the sounds of two different cultures! The group here seems to be spearheaded by guitarist Mark Mulholland and keyboardist Olaf Hund – who also ... read moreCD
A set recorded in Haiti, but one that features lots of heavy drums from the legendary Tony Allen – whose work here does a great job of bridging the sounds of two different cultures! The group here seems to be spearheaded by guitarist Mark Mulholland and keyboardist Olaf Hund – who also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the rare few albums cut by this legendary South African group of the 70s – a set that's still got all the jazzy inflections of their previous records, but which also brings in a bit more soul and funk as well! The ensemble are wonderfully tight, but still have a sense of looseness ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pumped-up version of this classic bit of gwo ka – as Frankie Francis and Simbad add in these sweet electric touches to "Soufwans" – a cut originally released by Esnard Boisdur in 1991, but which sounds even better here! All the raw percussion and vocals of the original are ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Don Cherry/Nana Vasconcelos/Collin Walcott —
Codona 2 ... CD ECM, 1980. Used ...
The second album by this wonderful world jazz ensemble – a trio featuring sitar, tabla, and vocals by Colin Wolcott; trumpet, melodica, and percussion by Cherry; and assorted percussion and voice from Nana Vasconcelos. The tracks are mostly atmospheric and exploratory, but work in a style ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Don Cherry/Nana Vasconcelos/Collin Walcott —
Codona 3 ... CD ECM, 1980. Used ...
The third meeting of this world jazz ensemble, with Colin Walcott of Oregon on sitar, tabla and hammered dulcimer, Don Cherry on trumpet, organ and doussn'gouni and Nana Vasconcelos on berimbau and percussion. All three players have always had a very wide reaching approach to playing, even ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Sofrito edits of Nigerian boogie from Benis Cletin! "Jungle Magic" starts with tripped out, rubbery echoey synth sounds and the title words repeated and repeated before it kicks into full swing with some Afro disco guitar and heavy, heavy bass grooves. The madly percussive "Money ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Cymande hit some well-deserved heights on this massive third album – working with a complicated groove that's even more compelling than their earlier albums – in a righteous blend of heavy bass and tripped-out guitars that's unlike anything else we've ever heard! The music's a unique ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy bass, tight percussion, and a wonderfully trippy groove – the stunning second album from Cymande, and one of our funk favorites from the 70s! These guys have a sound that's completely unique – a vibe that mixes African and Jamaican influences up in the heady London scene of the ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful cut from the contemporary Saharan scene – one that's got this midtempo rhythm that steps along slowly – while a supremely hypnotic guitar line spins out over the top, after being introduced by a bit of catchy chorus! The guitar part's the main draw here – but the ... (Funky 45's, Global Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Some of the coolest work we've ever heard from the legendary Manu Dibango – sound library recordings done right around the same time as his "Soul Makossa" hit, and with an equally funky groove! The music often has Manu's sax in the lead, alongside larger orchestrations that have a ... read moreCD
A beautiful set of solo piano work by Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou – pulled from one of the CDs in the Ethiopiques series of compilations, and probably the most delicately melodic material in the series! Pianist-composer Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou has an extraordinary personal history – she is a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion Inc —
Ritual ... CD Omega/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. New Copy ...
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
One of the most compelling albums we've ever heard by trumpeter Jon Hassell – with a lot more going on than usual! Hassell's still got that spacey trumpet sound that made him famous, but he's working here with a hip group of fusion players that includes Nana Vasconcelos, Miroslav Vitous, and ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreCD
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 moreCD
Two killers from Jabula – overlooked Afro soul albums from the 70s! The set mixes up the track list a bit, but still comprises both full albums from the group – the first of which is the self-titled Jabula. Jabula is South African soul, but recorded in the UK – coming across ... read moreCD
The first album by the group that later went on to become Oneness Of Juju! The album was recorded with a group that featured Plunky Nakabinde and Lon Moshe on reeds and percussion – plus Babatunde on congas and drums – and the overall sound is very much in kind of an Art Ensemble Of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heady sound from Jungle Fire – a group who seem to be equal parts 70s Afro Funk and Latin – with percussion that rivals the best of the latter, and horns and guitar that match the best of the former! The group's got a super-sharp approach, but one that's never slick or commercial ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Barcode has a cutout mark. Out of print. Includes slipcase.)
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
A fantastic bit of Afro Disco – a tune that blends together snapping percussion, sharp handclaps, and just a touch of sweet strings – all peppered with balafon notes and wood flute, and topped by an incredible vocal over the top! The tune is amazing – a soaring groove that's ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some edge wear.)
Hard funky soul with an Afrobeat backbone from Matata – who arrived on the London scene (via Kenya) in the mid 70s! Matata leaned mightily on the JBs for their groove, and laid out a heavy, rock solid variation on JBs funk with an African percussion base of congas and bongos at the core! ... read moreCD
Mostly "east" – as the violin of the famous solist comes into play with the sitar of Ravi Shankar, plus tabla and tanpura! The vibe's a bit like some of the best John Mayer albums, although less jazz. LP, Vinyl record album
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band —
Wede Harer Guzo ... LP Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1978. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Maybe the coolest music we've ever heard from Ethiopian keyboard legend Hailu Mergia – a late 70s session that has his organ lines sounding even groovier than ever, on some sweet tracks that also bring in a fair bit of funk to the grooves! The style is much more in an Ethiopiques vein than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great 2LP pressing – with bonus insert of notes!)
A great little set from Caribbean drummer Mansa Musa – an album recorded in the mid 70s, but one with a vibe that feels much more like some of the percussion projects of the late 50s and early 60s! The style's echoes some of the exotica percussion records of that period – but also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ocho 1 ... LP United Artists, 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
The rare first album by Ocho – and a killer batch of Latin tracks that breaks down all definitions of the music! Ocho were a seminal group in the NuYorica scene of the early 70s – blending soul, funk, Latin, jazz, and other styles into a groove that was perhaps a bit too complicated ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Two sweet West African groovers – back to back on a limited 12" single! First up is this amazing cut from Bazare D Pablo – "Nassima" – a number that leaps around with this really dynamic bassline, while the percussion riffs right through the middle, with plenty of ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
One of the most unique musical talents we've heard in years – finally given his due in this wonderful collection of work from the late 70s and early 80s! Alain Peters works in a style that's beyond description – a global mix of elements from both the Caribbean and Africa, but often ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Insanely wonderful work from Shango Dance Band – a group headed by onetime Fela Kuti bandmate Ojo Okeji – whose bass work here is worth the price of admission alone! Okeji was a key part of Fela's Koola Lobitos, until leaving the group in 1968 – and taking some of the best ... 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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A special EP of tracks from the bigger Haiti Direct album – including a few exclusive edits for this package! Haiti Direct really brings the right sort of focus to Haitian music – and uses the Strut Records approach that's been tuned towards African and South American grooves in the ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A very unique version of funk – wonderful sounds cut during the golden years of Ethiopian music in the late 60s and early 70s – presented here in a sweet vinyl-only sampler that brings together the best bits from the long-running Ethiopiques CD series! The collection is filled with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set of music that's literally as its title indicates – compiled from the memory cards from cell phone users in the Saharan Desert – not only a fascinating selection of modern West African music, but a bit of a time capsule of modern "connected" musical culture of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Titles include "El Bimbo" by Bimbo Jet, "Tico Tico" by Magic Merry Band, "Slag Solution" by Buffalos Band, "Diabolic Man" by Diabolic Man, and "Soleado" and "Sweet Summer Love" by Sam Clayton Band. LP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic funk from Trinidad – music that's got a much deeper groove than some of the other Caribbean disco we know from the time! The rhythms here romp along with lots of unique elements – a deeply personal vocal here, some moogy flourishes there – all touches that really keep ... (Funky 45's, Global Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Amazing music you've probably never heard before – all from the tiny island of Mauritius in the 70s, and served up in a stunning mix of funk, blues, and soul! The grooves here are very offbeat – with rhythms that belie the island's location in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar, mixed ... read moreCD
Soweto disco from the dawn of the 80s – "Oh Yeo Soweto" and "Friday Night Special" by Teaspoon & Waves – the latter a Sofrito Vs Kilombo edit – plus an edited version of Highway Sporo Disco by Nzimande Allstars! Teaspoon & Waves' "Oh Yeh ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Fantastic sounds from Haiti – served up in all the styles promised by the title, and pulled from a mixture of private collections and radio recordings that also document the Haitian diaspora during the nation's years of dictatorship! Yet given the restriction of the government, the cultural ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Nigerian scene might be best-remembered as a hotbed of Afro Funk in the 70s – but during the same key stretch, the nation also gave rise to a heady rock underground, too – one that often mix psychedelic inspirations with some of the soul and funk that were coming from the bigger ... read moreCD
A really mind-bending collection of African grooves – one that digs deep into the West African scene of the early 70s – and comes up with a massive batch of tunes that really opens up our understanding of the music! The sound here isn't just 70s Afro Funk – as the tunes include a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album