Interesting album. Although most Nonesuch Explorer sessions were ethnographic ones, recorded in the field by the label's engineers – this one's a studio session, recorded in New York by a group that's reputedly from Ghana, but which seems to be kind of a "fake" one from our ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
An excellent bit of UK Afro-Funk – recorded at the beginning of the 70s by a group that included members of the legendary South African jazz combo The Blue Notes – Dudu Pukwana on reeds, Mongezi Feza on trumpet, and Louis Moholo on drums! The record's quite different than you'd guess ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic grooves from Sory Bamba – aka Sorry Bamba – sharp-edged, angular tracks that move at a similar pace to other late 70s Afro Funk – but with lots more weird and rough-edged touches! The recording quality isn't nearly as polished as some other efforts from the date – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness) —
Our Truth ... LP Nyami Nyami, 2017. New Copy ...
A fantastic little record, and one that's a nice change from some of the overdone Afro Funk modes out there – as these guys come together more as a spiritual collective, with a righteous power that maybe even recalls some of the great 70s experiments of drummer Roy Brooks – especially ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groovy Eastern sounds from John Berberian – a musician we know from more rockish projects, but who steps out here on a relatively traditional set of tunes! As you'd guess from the title, Berberian's instrument is the oud – that weird stringed instrument we probably know best from Ahmed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful use of Hawaiian guitar in early Greek 78rpm recordings – an amazing musical journey that's even more fascinating than the use of the instrument in American country music! The instrument here is the acoustic version of steel guitar, and is often played alongside other more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1200 copies – with booklet and bonus CD!)
Their name may be a mouthful, but the Black Children Sledge Funk Band have a groove that's nice and lean – a wicked blend of basslines, percussion, and lots of riffing guitar – plus these very cool keyboards that wander over the grooves and give the whole thing a sweetly spacey vibe! ... read moreCD
One of the most creative albums we've heard from Dee Dee Bridgewater in years – a set of tracks recorded with a host of Malian artists – in a unique cross-cultural mode that's unlike anything else Dee Dee has ever recorded! The core style here is still very firmly rooted in Bridgewater' ... (Vocalists, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The mighty RD Burman is at the height of his powers here – crafting a Bollywood soundtrack that has an even moodier, groovier feel than usual – with some currents that even link the music towards some European film score styles of the time! Tracks are shortish, and definitely have the ... read moreCD
Oguz Buyukberber —
Ara ... CD AK Muzik (Turkey), 2009. Used ...
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
(Out of print.)
Count Ossie & Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari —
Grounation (3LP set) ... LP Dub Store (Japan), 1972. New Copy 3LP Gatefold (reissue)...
An amazing record, and one of the most spiritual, righteous sets to ever come from Jamaica in the 70s – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given that scene at the time! The vibe here is really rootsy, and almost more spiritual jazz than reggae – with lots of spare percussion from Count ... (Reggae, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky gem from reedman Manu Dibango – a set recorded hot on the heels of his huge Soul Makossa hit, and done with a similar blend of African roots and 70s funk! The main focus here is on the instrumentation – not just Manu's saxophone lines, but also some great keyboards too – ... read moreCD
While we have more or less dismissed a lot of the Celluloid world music productions from the 80s in the past, we look back now and realize that was pretty much just purist snobbery. This Laswell produced album of funky afro grooves doesn't have the same hard African funk that we dig so much about ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tilahun Gessesse (Tlahoun Gessesse) —
Sima ... LP Mississippi, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
Incredible work from Ethiopian singer Tlahoun Gessesse – a vocal force in that nation's music who has been every bit as important as the instrumental sounds of Mulatu over the years! Like Mulatu, Tlahoun has a style that's completely unusual – lots of ebbs, flows, dips, and rises in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautifully trippy set of tracks from Edward Larry Gordon – an artist who's probably better known for his later Laraaji album recorded with Brian Eno, but one who sounds even better here on this debut set! The sound is very spiritual and meditative – long, drawn-out, side-long tracks ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit of a change for Group Doueh – but a set that's every bit as wonderful as some of their previous work! The album has the group working with the French trio Cheveu – who add some more conventional guitars next to the snakey Saharan sounds you might expect – but never in a way ... read moreCD
A bit of a change for Group Doueh – but a set that's every bit as wonderful as some of their previous work! The album has the group working with the French trio Cheveu – who add some more conventional guitars next to the snakey Saharan sounds you might expect – but never in a way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful fusion of traditional roots and contemporary funk – handled perfectly by this legendary Gambian band! The groove is unique – with earthy percussion and haunting vocals mixed with more 70s-styled funk instrumentation – but often in a way that's as interested in sonic ... read moreCD
Igna Igwebuike —
Bomp ... LP PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Sweet funky sounds from east Nigeria, circa 1980 – a great little set that's got a laidback groove, and a style that's clearly learned plenty from the hipper corners of the American funk universe! The approach is a bit like funky club at times, a bit more like some of the larger funk acts of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We're not sure what's in this jungle juice, but it's clearly having a great effect on Joe Kemfa – allowing him to move and groove in a really great way – as he leads his group through a sweet later take on the sound of Lagos funk! The album's got a great blend of rhythms and some ... 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
Amadou Binta Konte & Tidiane Thiam —
Waande Kadde ... LP Sahel Sounds, 2014. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Beautiful sounds on the hoddu – a four-stringed guitar-like instrument from the Fouta Toro region of the sahel – played here by Amadou Binta Konte with a much more laidback sound than some of the fiercer urban guitarists of the region! The music has this nicely languid pace – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Me ... CD Motherlan' Music, 2000. Used ...
(Out of print.)
We ... CD Motherlan' Music, 2000. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Andres Landero —
Yo Amaneci ... LP Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ...
Andres Landero has a pretty wild look on the cover here – and the sound of his music is equally wild, too – a very raw, rootsy approach to cumbia – very much in the most hard-edged style of the genre, with a quality that often feels more ancient than the 70s recording dates of ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Luka Productions —
Fasokan ... LP Sahel Sounds, 2017. New Copy ...
Luka Productions is Luka Guindo – who created the wonderful sounds on this set on the Bamako scene, then made space for a number of other voices to step in and out of the mix! At some level, the music is almost a contemporary studio reworking of older field recording modes from Mali – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the heaviest funk recorded on the UK scene in the early 70s – courtesy of a Kenyan group who were making their home in London at the time – and cooking up music that was a fantastic blend of soulful modes from both their homeland, and the world of American funk and soul! These ... read moreCD
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band —
Wede Harer Guzo ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1978. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
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 moreCD
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band —
Wede Harer Guzo ... LP Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1978. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)...
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!)
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
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Babatunde Olatunji goes even more drum-crazy than before – working here with no less than nine percussionists, plus a host of singers as well! The tunes have a very rootsy groove throughout – instrumentation that only comes from the rhythm instruments, some of which are pointed towards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has light wear & a sticker spot.)
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 moreCD
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou —
Echos Hypnotiques ... LP Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
The second volume of rare Afrofunk from Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou from Analog Africa – a killer set of material recorded at EMI Studios in Lagos, Nigeria for the Albarika Store label – impeccable sounding and feverishly played by the group! This one's fairly jaw dropping, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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
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 classic albums of Indian music – back to back on a single CD! The Music Of India features beautiful sounds from Sharan Rani – one of the few female sarod players on the Indian scene – stepping out here in a vintage session for the World Pacific label! The tracks are all ... read moreCD
A killer little record that's way more than just a set of obscure Afro-styled grooves – given that the whole thing was produced by funky soul genius Oliver Sain – and features work from avant jazz musicians who include Oliver Lake on alto and flute, Lester Bowie on trumpet, and Charles ... read moreCD
Funky-strutting genius from Wells Fargo – one of the coolest, heaviest acts to come out of the Zimbabwe scene of the 70s – a moment when hard rock and soulful basslines came together brilliantly, to power the raw edge of a handful of groups like this! The music is maybe more late 60s ... read moreCD
(Very cool package – a complete 72 page, hardcover book – with loads of notes on the band, and a huge amount of vintage images too!)
Haunting stuff, and one of Randy Weston's most globally-tinged recordings of the past years – a mix of jazz and many styles, recorded with assistance from the Gnawa Musicians of Marrakech and Tanger. Weston's core African Rhythms Quintet (with piano, flute, bass, trombone, and African ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
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
Great stuff! Phils Woods plays reeds over a cool crazy band of Greek players who are trying to do a "jazz meets Zorba the Greek" thing here. Sounds crazy, but the record's actually great, and has a mix of styles that comes together in an amazing way. We always used to pass this up, but ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Xtasy have a name and a look that feels a lot like some of the mainstream American soul acts of the time – and the sound of this album definitely fits that image too! The grooves are a sweet blend of bumping basslines and keyboards – borrowing strongly from electro soul instrumentation ... read moreCD
One of the coolest African collections we've seen in years – a beautiful assortment of untapped grooves from the 70s, put together with a massive booklet that sets a whole new standard in packaging! The grooves here are different from other Afro Funk collections of the time – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful collection of contemporary guitar work from Niger – as you might guess from the title – mostly songs in an acoustic mode, and captured in a very spare setting that really lets you hear the inflections of the different musicians! Some of this work echoes a west African blues ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most ambitious projects we've ever seen from Numero – and that's saying a lot, given some of their other releases! This package is equal parts cultural document and musical treasure trove – a heavy book full of photos from a time when Upper Volta was stepping past its ... read moreCD
One of the most ambitious projects we've ever seen from Numero – and that's saying a lot, given some of their other releases! This package is equal parts cultural document and musical treasure trove – a heavy book full of photos from a time when Upper Volta was stepping past its ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's no breakdown to the boogie here – as the album's overflowing with stunning sounds that are right up there with better-known club music from the early 80s – every bit as full of basslines, beats, and keyboards as the best tracks from the American scene of the period, but maybe ... read moreCD
There's no breakdown to the boogie here – as the album's overflowing with stunning sounds that are right up there with better-known club music from the early 80s – every bit as full of basslines, beats, and keyboards as the best tracks from the American scene of the period, but maybe ... 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
Contemporary Sufi music from Pakistan – recorded in the field, but with a really beautiful sound – crystal-clear presentation of the hypnotic vocals, reed instruments, and percussion that really drive the performances! The song styles vary – so that some are heavily vocal, if not ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not sure what the "poco" or the "coco" is – but this is a very groovy little collection, with a mad musical vibe that really lives up to the image on the cover! The work is a wonderful criss-crossing of sounds in the early rock years – modes that might be exotica or ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A motherlode of Indian-styled funk – grooves that are heavy on the sitar, but which also feature a fair bit of American funk influences as well! The tracks are all pretty darn obscure, and most are actually from India – not copycat tracks from Europe and the US – and alongside ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 title definitely gets the setting right – as the music here is from the Himalayas, where the high altitude seems to really produce something special in the culture! Many of these tracks have a spare, almost meditative feel – as a good deal of the music comes from spare pairings of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album