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
Manu Dibango —
African Woodoo ... CD Fremeaux & Associates (France), Early 70s. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
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
Overlooked work from the mighty Manu Dibango – material that comes after his first initial wave of hits in the 70s – and which shows that he was still going strongly in pursuit of a groove! Some of the cuts here have a more contemporary clubby rework of his Cameroon roots, while others ... read moreCD
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
Amazing sounds from Fela – a previously-unreleased live show from the mid 80s – almost three times as long as a studio album, and appearing here for the first time ever! Given that there's very few live recordings of Fela at all, the album's quite a treasure – and is almost even ... read moreCD
Ipi 'N Tombia —
Warrior ... LP Stax, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Weird album that came out in the early 70s, when Stax was getting their hands into so many other styles of music besides southern soul and funk. Margaret Singana's the lead vocalist of this group that plays in a sort of Afro Pop/Afro Funk style, and she lays down the lyrics on tracks like "The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great compilation of Peruvian Chicha combo Juaneco Y Su Combo from Barbes Records – and a great look at a really under-discovered scene! The grooves here have a skittishly romping feel in the rhythms, but also feature some great guitar and organ parts too – a great mix of electric ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Searing sounds from 70s Zambia – from one of the hippest, funkiest, most sharp-edged groups on the scene! This sweet little set may well be the best album ever from Musi O Tunya – a perfect fusion of funky roots with lots of Afro Soul touches, and a wicked approach to the guitar that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest groups on the Moroccan scene of the 70s – a quartet with an amazing talent for blending together complex rhythms, quick-fingered string instrumentation, and their own vocals as well! The vibe of the set is very much like the image on the cover – warmly collaborative ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies!)
Deedar ... LP Odeon (India), 1975. Very Good ...
Features vocals from Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, and Shamshad Begum! LP, Vinyl record album
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
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
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
A really great bit of Afro Funk from the 70s – recorded by a group with relatively obscure origins, but a pretty heavy duty sound! The album's a project from Jo Bisso, who later went onto some great Afro-styled club fame – but this set is much more deep funk overall – with lots ... 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
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 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
Modern Malian music from Rokia Traore – with vocals and guitars by Rokia backed by additional guitars, ngoni, bass, harp, drums, percussion, beatbox and backing vocals. Folksy and bluesy on one hand, but with more modern and contemporary vibe than her previous album. Titles include "Dou ... read moreCD
(Penmark through barcode & sticker on rear of digipack case.)
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
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
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
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
Incredible sounds from Xinjiang – the Chinese prefecture that was also known as East Turkestan – almost all of them coming from the sorts of unique string instruments on the cover! The music here is a stunning blend of rhythmic impulses and melodic explosions – often produced by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Field recordings made on the west coast of Africa – in the Ivory Coast and Guinea, as part of the classic series of ethnographic sides produced by Gilbert Rouget. Tunes are all relatively spare, and instrumentation includes flute, lute, xylophone, and percussion – plus vocals on many ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavenly sounds from Madagascar – mostly music recorded in the southwestern part of the island nation – and mostly done on regional string instruments and percussion! The collection features a variety of different performers, all very well recorded in the field – and the spirit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great compilation put out by the folks at Red Hot – an organization dedicated to "Fighting Aids Through Popular Culture". Previous sets by the group have focussed on jazz, bossa, and other music – and this time around, the focus is Africa, currently suffering from a ... read moreCD
Sweet sounds from 70s Senegal – a nation whose music was overflowing with Cuban influences at the time – which resulted in this amazing hybrid of Latin and African styles in the rhythms! The collection's one of the best to dip into the Senegalese groove we've ever heard – as it ... read moreCD
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album