A fantastic full length set from the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – a group who've really won us over in recent years with a fast flurry of funky 45s! The group take an older steel band sound, and forge it to a might tighter rhythmic impulse – with a sound that's often even funkier ... read moreCD
A fantastic full length set from the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – a group who've really won us over in recent years with a fast flurry of funky 45s! The group take an older steel band sound, and forge it to a might tighter rhythmic impulse – with a sound that's often even funkier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty wild album – and a really wonderful mixture of funky fusion and Spanish guitar, featuring tunes written by flamenco guitarist Sabicas, backed by arrangements handled by funky guitarist Joe Beck! The sound is pretty darn incredible – way better than you might think, and ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A collection of work from the legendary Fatai Rolling Dollar – the singer/guitarist who worked with Fela in the 70s, and also did a host of great recordings on his own! The set's got some wonderful notes on Fatai's career, but is a bit short on details on the music – yet from what we ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Dumba Kultur —
Sabab ... CD EMI (France), 2009. Used ...
While in the intervening years Hamza El Din has gone on to great prominence, this Nonesuch recording of his work on the oud was one of the earliest documents of his North African style of music. This recording consists of three pieces, with his virtuoso playing and singing, the first two extended ... read moreCD
Spare and sublime koto work from Kimio Eto – a CD that brings together work from some of the first albums to bring the sound of the Japanese instrument to the shores of the US – recordings that present the music in a very faithful level overall! There's no other arrangements or ... read moreCD
A wonderfully fuzzy little set – created by a group who are clearly influenced by the best sounds of Tropicalia and other hip South American rock at the end of the 60s – influences that they use strongly to forge into their own wonderful sound on this set! The album's the group's ... read moreCD
Awalom Gebremariam —
Desdes ... LP Awesome Tapes From Africa, Mid 2000s. New Copy ...
A beautiful mix of ancient and contemporary modes – tracks that feature Awalom Gebremariam playing the Ethiopian krar, which is a lute-like stringed instrument – and the especially cool wata, which features just a single string, inflected with a bow! These elements are set to spare ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
They definitely got the title right on this one – because the group never seems to move in any sort of direct line – instead always tripping around nicely with all these hip little twists and turns! Karl Hector & The Malcouns are the same loose collective of players you'll know ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
There's a definite sense of melody on these vintage recordings from Ali Akbar Khan – tunes that ring out with lots of spare sitar, and virtually no other instrumentation at all! The titles here are all quite long – mellow, introspective ragas that have a very meditative feel – ... read moreCD
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
Some of the greatest work we've ever heard from Joe Mensah – a rare 70s album that really gives him the space and time to open up his groove – which he does with effortless ease on the title track! "Cry Laughter" is a long gem that starts out with just raw percussion, then ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies – and pressed on very heavy vinyl, too!)
Hailu Mergia & The Walias —
Tche Belew ... LP Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1977. New Copy ...
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
Ingeborg Elise Moen —
Pa Sagtjern ... CD Folkemusikksenteret (Norway), 2008. Used ...
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard before – the rightly legendary musical legacy of William Onyeabor, one of the most enigmatic talents to come from the African scene of the 70s! The work here is all plenty darn funky, but it's also very different from familiar Afro Funk too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Woyaya ... LP Decca, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ...
These early Osibisa records always used to be fairly common years back – perhaps because they were always a bit too hippy dippy and loose for the older funk crowd. But now, in today's blunted groove culture, they seem to have found a new appreciation for their trippy Afro funk style, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really raw set from 70s Africa – one that's more rock than Afro Funk, but which has a pretty hypnotic groove overall! The group's heavy on guitars, which are often played in a fuzzy, jamming sort of way – but with different tones and phrasing than American or Anglo psyche groups ... read moreCD
Great archival live work from Ravi Shankar – recorded at a private concert at his home Highland Ave. Hollywood home in 1971! It's a 2LP set of 4 side-long ragas – and given the private nature and familiar surroundings of the venue, it's beautifully captured and still sounds wonderful! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really righteous sounds from the great Ebo Taylor – on a record that almost seems to show a bit of Jamaican or Caribbean influence on the rhythms, especially in the way the long tracks go tripping along lightly as the vocals and instrumentation unfold! The overall sound still has all the ... read moreCD
Really righteous sounds from the great Ebo Taylor – on a record that almost seems to show a bit of Jamaican or Caribbean influence on the rhythms, especially in the way the long tracks go tripping along lightly as the vocals and instrumentation unfold! The overall sound still has all the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ebo Taylor —
Twer Nyame ... LP Philips/Mr Bongo (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
An early gem from Ghana legend Ebo Taylor – a smoking little set with a really hypnotic feel overall! The tracks here are all nice and long – and build energy with kind of a minimal layering of sound – an approach that's different than some of the longer Nigerian jams you might ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 great collection of tracks – and one of the first chance for most of us to hear the funkier side of sounds from Peru! The work isn't as full-on funky as Brazilian grooves from the time, but does share a very strong influence from American styles – and really goes way past any cliches ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The "nuggets" in the title is very well placed here – as all the cuts here have every bit as much freak and fuzz as the American garage and pre-punk work chronicled famously on the lengendary Nuggets series! Yet these tracks are all even more obscure, and all come from African ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing set on Soundway that not only captures Highlife On The Move from the early 50s to mid 60s, it's essentially the roots of the music and dancefloor culture of some of greatest Ghanaian and Nigerian grooves to come! The historical relevance of the material is monumental to say the least ... read moreCD
An amazing set on Soundway that not only captures Highlife On The Move from the early 50s to mid 60s, it's essentially the roots of the music and dancefloor culture of some of greatest Ghanaian and Nigerian grooves to come! The historical relevance of the material is monumental to say the least ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus 7 inch with "Fela's Special" and "Aigana" by Fela Ransome-Kuti & His Highlife Rakers.)
A dizzying array of hallucinatory grooves from India – two CDs of incredible radio transcriptions that work in Bollywood-style scores, traditional folk, continental classical, oddball radio adverts and more! Disc one is a music only collage of grooves, with a track list that includes "R ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Please note: The recordings were culled from tapes and radio transcriptions. Occasional tape hiss, vinyl pops and drops in sound are inherent to the recordings – and factor into the appeal!)
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
One of the best volumes in the Zanzibara series so far – a CD that brings together important work from Mbaraka Mwinshehe and his Orchestra Super Volcano – one of the most popular East African acts of their time, thanks to an inventive blend of guitar, rhythms, and horns! The music here ... read moreCD