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 moreCD
Tony Allen & Afrika 70 —
Jealousy ... LP Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
The first of the legendary Tony Allen albums – and it's got a killer groove that's very similar to some of the best Fela work of the early 70s! Fela and his group (Afrika 70) are still working with Tony here, and Fela lays down some tenor and piano solos – but make no mistake, it's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pivotal Afro Funk tracks from Tony Allen – a masterpiece! Allen is recording here as the leader of the Afrika 70 group, but with Fela in the band, and handling production chores as well. The groove is very similar to Fela's, but with the drums higher in the mix, and a bit more of an ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Tony Allen & Afrika 70 —
Progress ... LP Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
An Afro Funk classic – killer solo work from Tony Allen – originally known as the drummer for Fela during his key years – stepping out here on his own with the Afrika 70 band! The album's a monster all the way through – every bit as great as any of Fela's 70s classics, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tony Allen & The Afro Messengers —
No Discrimination ... LP Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
Tony Allen steps out onto his own – moving away from the Afrika 70 group who accompanied him on his first three solo albums – nicely cooking here into a whole new groove! The tracks are a bit shorter than the side-long jams of previous records, but no less funky – as Tony somehow ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Apostles ... LP PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Fantastic funk from The Apostles – a group who were easily one of the most hard-hitting on the African scene of the 70s – and one who definitely absorbed key currents from a range of American artists – from James Brown through Booker T & The MGs! The groove here is totally ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Assagai ... CD Vertigo/Prog Temple (UK), 1971. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
One of the hippest blends of African roots and psychedelic sounds ever – a tremendous record from the UK scene at the start of the 70s! The group is a unique blend of the jazz elements of the Blue Notes group from South Africa – Mongezi Feza on trumpet, Dudu Pukwana on alto and vocals, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky breaks and fuzzy guitars – one of the most amazing albums to come out of the Turkish scene of the 70s – and one with a sound that really defies categorization! Although the sweet image of a girl and guitar on the cover might make you think the record's a folk set, the overall ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Psychedelic folk-rock from the Turkish scene of the 70s – a real criss-crossing of styles, carried off with strong emotive effect by protest singer Selda! There's a powerful sound here that's completely without referent, but immediately gripping – a blend of familiar and strange ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A haunting little record that's way more than the romantic tunes you'd guess from the title – as Yishak Banjaw is a really fantastic keyboard player – and works with sounds here that sound more like outerspace electronics than any love songs we've ever heard! There's definitely ... read moreCD
A haunting little record that's way more than the romantic tunes you'd guess from the title – as Yishak Banjaw is a really fantastic keyboard player – and works with sounds here that sound more like outerspace electronics than any love songs we've ever heard! There's definitely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ayu ... CD Mr Bongo (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Very cool sounds from this unique Brazilian group – an ensemble whose music mostly comes from their voices and percussive sounds made on their bodies! The approach is surprisingly great – and maybe not nearly as squishy as you'd expect – as there's a clean, clear sound to the ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreCD
An album with a very unusual vibe – one that showcases the Cape Verdean style of funana – a fast-moving groove that features accordion in the lead! That instrument is played here by Bitori – who was 57 years old at the time of the recording, but plays with the deft energy of a ... read moreCD
A completely beautiful set from contemporary Brazil – and a record that, like some of our favorite classics from that scene, has a mindblowing vibe and a sound that's completely beyond any sort of easy description! Rodrigo Campos has a way of weaving acoustic and electric elements together ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three groundbreaking albums from this ethereal ECM ensemble – a very hip trio that features Don Cherry, Nana Vasconcelos, and Collin Wolcott – all coming together in a beautiful blend of jazz, world music, and a touch of ECM atmospherics! The instrumentation is quite compelling with ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Rare sounds from Cameroon – a set that brings together a few rare singles, plus more full tracks by Ndo Clement and Les Titans Orchestra – a group with a very trippy sound of their own! The music is often quite funky, but in a very spacious, echoey way – as percussion rumbles at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite an obscure group from the Zambian scene of the 70s – and one who've got a vibe that's maybe a bit more soulful than some of their better-known Zamrock contemporaries! The octet have a great way of trading voices back and forth with their grooves – in a mode that's almost South ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand numbered limited edition of 65!)
DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson —
T'Es Qui ... CD Hot Casa (France), 2015. Used ...
French vocals, funky rhythms, and loads of sweet keyboards – a contemporary album, but one that really takes us back to our favorite global crossover years of the 70s! These guys almost have a vibe that reminds us of Seu Jorge at his funkiest – and certainly share this universal appeal ... read moreCD
Rare work from this important Guinean combo – music recorded in Lisbon at the start of the 80s, and issued here on vinyl for the first time ever! The work has all the sharp, rootsy edges we love in their other releases – but there's also a clarity of recording that really lets some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for album download plus a bonus 45 with 2 extra tracks: "E Ma Non Tin Me" and "Se Na Min".)
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
Heavy funk from the duo of Ezy Hart and Isaac Olashugba – a record that has way more appeal than just its Afro-styled roots – and a wicked vibe that would have been right at home in the farther reaches of the New York indie funk scene of the 70s! There's a nicely messed-up quality to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great pressing – heavy vinyl and cover, with insert!)
The title certainly gets it right – as there's a strongly unified sense of spirit here from Family Atlantica – even more so than on their debut album! As before, there's a range of global elements moving through the mix – currents of South American and African styles, given a ... read moreCD
A real classic from the great Fela Kuti – a seminal mid 70s record that not only shows his impeccable sense of rhythm, but also his sense of rage as well! The title track – "Expensive Sh_t" – is Fela's answer to the time that he got busted for dope, and was forced to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fela and Africa 70 are honed to razor-sharp perfection on these 2 albums from 1976! There's some incredible work on tenor sax on some of the cuts – especially "Ikoyi Blindness" and "Kalakuta Show", both of which begin with incredibly well-wrought solos that show Fela as ... read moreCD
(Does not include the outer slipcase in the image.)
These Friimen really know how to groove – but in a way that's quite unusual, as the set often has all their instruments percolating together in this quickly-syncopated mode that cooks things up at a nicely fast clip, while they throw vocals into the mix once things get moving along! There's ... read moreCD
These Friimen really know how to groove – but in a way that's quite unusual, as the set often has all their instruments percolating together in this quickly-syncopated mode that cooks things up at a nicely fast clip, while they throw vocals into the mix once things get moving along! There's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bold title statement from The Funkees – and one that's backed up with plenty of adult funky music as well – that hip blend of dubby soul that really made these guys a standout on the Nigerian scene of the 70s! The style's almost a bit like Cymande – with a head-nodding bassline ... read moreCD
Very cool stuff! Chick Ganimian plays oud, in a very jazzy setting – all in a mode that's a bit like some of Ahmed Abdul-Malik's work of the time – although a bit shorter and tighter overall! The record's got a way deeper sound than some of the other exotic-sploitation albums of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
The Gilfema trio's expanded here by the addition of two horns – clarinet and bass clarinet, which are both used to shade in the album's tones nicely – expanding the range of the core guitar, drums, and bass – with slightly angular elements and a great sense of color! As before, ... read moreCD
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
An album with a sound that's a bit more electric than some of the others from the Turkish scene – a style that's definitely hinted at by the "break dance" in the title! The music isn't exactly the sort of stuff that will have you pulling your linoleum pad to the sidewalk – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful set of solo piano work by Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou – probably the most delicately melodic material to date in the wonderful Ethiopiques series! Pianist-composer Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou has an extraordinary personal history. She is a daughter of the heralded Ethiopian intellectual the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the best material from Gambian psych funk pioneers Guelewar – a double-length collection, pulled from stellar albums of the late 70s and early 80s! Guelewar's got a really great sound here – one that brilliantly blends heavy, hypnotic rhythms, passionate vocals, swirling ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some waviness due to moisture.)
A fuzzy, freaky little set – and one that shows the Zambian scene really moving into some heady sounds for the second half of the 70s! The set's a standout effort from singer Rikki Ililonga – an artist who's now much more of a fully-fledged rocker than in previous years – singing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Odion Iruoje is billed as the "Sound President" on the cover – a title he definitely deserves, given the amazing sound of this set – which mixes early 80s Nigerian electro sounds with a bit of influence from hip hop too! Iruoje's completely comfortable in both mides – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies, includes download. Super-heavy vinyl and cover too!)
A really unique project from the end of the 70s – a set that takes some of the Afro Funk energy that was bubbling in West Africa during the decade, then mixes it with some funky jazz touches arranged by the great William S Fischer! The mix of cultures comes out perfectly – with no ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing performances from Kesarbia Kerkar – a key Indian singer of the postwar years, heard here in a variety of beautiful vintage recordings! Kerkar's got a voice that influenced many in generations to come – but the original sound here is much more mindblowing than so many others ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Four long ragas from Ustad Vilayat Khan – all played with a hypnotic quality that's really wonderful, and an edge that seems to set him apart from the sound of his contemporaries Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan! Vilayat's sound on the sitar is mighty sharp throughout – very piercing, ... read moreCD
Fela's funky son is back – sounding more soulful than ever! The album's a great one – an incredibly solid effort that's light years beyond Femi's first two LPs – spanning a globe of grooves with one foot in his father's Afro Funk tradition, and another in the future of soul, hip ... read moreCD
An Afro Funk double-header – a very cool 2CD package that offers up a disc each of music by the Lafayette Afro Rock Band and Ice – both funky combos who were very tied together at the time, and recorded some excellent music overseas! The Lafayette Afro Rock Band were a bunch of ... read moreCD
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
Aigbe Lebarty —
Unity ... CD PMG (Austria), Late 70s. New Copy ...
Aigbe Lebarty plays some mighty cool phased guitar on this sweet set from the 70s – a batch of long funky grooves that have his guitar lines moving back and forth over the rhythms, with a really great range of offbeat spacey sounds! The group also features some keyboards, bass, and lots of ... read moreCD
Intergalactic instrumentals from Les Yper Sound – and not the late French 60s psychedelia project of Michel Colombier & Pierre Henry– this one features drummer Miles Artntzen & sax player Jas Walton, with Money Mark & Sinkane! The group has a really unique vibe, rooted ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – on clear vinyl and with download!)
Lord Creator —
Big Bamboo ... LP Dynamic Sounds (Jamaica), 1964. Very Good+ ...
Turkish rocker Baris Manco hits the 80s, but still turns out work that's every bit as compelling as his famous sides from the decade before – although maybe with a bit more keyboards overall! The sound is a nice shift from exotic guitar fuzz to equally enigmatic keyboard lines – a bit ... read moreCD
Turkish rocker Baris Manco hits the 80s, but still turns out work that's every bit as compelling as his famous sides from the decade before – although maybe with a bit more keyboards overall! The sound is a nice shift from exotic guitar fuzz to equally enigmatic keyboard lines – a bit ... 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
Swirling Afro soul from Matana – with lots of African rhythms and heavy percussion laced with some trippy elements from the psychedelic scenes in the US and UK! Matana arrived in London, via their native Kenya in the early 70s – and rather seamlessly blended elements of soul, and on ... read moreCD
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 & 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!)
One of the most incredible African collections we've ever heard – almost more amazing than the African Scream Contest set from the same label! The package focuses on work by Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – a group who really live up to their name, by bringing in a host of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Other-worldly sounds from 70s Thailand – served up by the sublime vocals of Phairin Phonhibun – one of those singers who will grab you, even if you don't know what she's saying! Fortunately, this great package also features translations of the lyrics – which are helpful to turn ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Late 70s work from Geraldo Pino – the artist who was credited as being one of the first musicians to bring the styles of James Brown to play in West Africa – still grooving hard here at the other end of the decade! The album's got a clubby vibe in parts – the "boogie" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing grooves like you've never heard before – the seminal sides by Salah Ragab and his Cairo Jazz Band! As you can probably guess from their name, the ensemble was an Egyptian one – working at the end of the 60s in an incredible blend of jazz and more traditional Egyptian-styled ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the funkiest combos we've heard from the African scene of the 70s – and that's saying a lot, given how much great music was going on at the time! These guys really know how to lean into a long song, and open it up with incredible instrumental sharpness – a way of coming together ... read moreCD
One of the funkiest combos we've heard from the African scene of the 70s – and that's saying a lot, given how much great music was going on at the time! These guys really know how to lean into a long song, and open it up with incredible instrumental sharpness – a way of coming together ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic jazz group from the contemporary South African scene – one who've got a very righteous vibe, and a sound that's maybe even more far-reaching than any jazz we've heard from that scene back in the 60s or 70s! The group's led by Shabaka Hutchings on tenor, but is a very ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Nice stuff by Ravi Shankar – although we should hate the album for its patronizing liner notes, which refer to Shankar's work as "psychedelicacies", and which wonder aloud why people need to use hallucinogenic drugs if they've got Ravi! Titles include "Sitar Todi", "R ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early 60s live set from Ravi Shankar – recorded at UCLA, but with a clarity of sound that rivals his studio albums from the time! The album features 2 long tracks – the extended raga "Madhuvanti", and the vocal number "Dhun In Mishra Mand" – both with Kanai ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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
Dexter Story is a very cool singer with a sound that's almost impossible to describe in words – this hip fusion of global elements and cosmic spirit – one that's echoed by the slight Ethiopian style of the font on the cover, and the album's placement on the Soundway label – and ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
An amazing bit of funk from early 70s Brazil – an ultra-rare album, but one that almost beats some of the bigger Brazilian classics of the time! The recording has a very unusual approach – a non-stop blend of songs on each side – which makes for long, continuous tracks that mix ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Drums and chants – pretty sparely recorded, as if the record were done somewhere out in the wilds of Africa, but most likely recorded in the wilds of Hollywood! Tracks are of varying length – and the overall sound is pretty nice. Titles include "Miva", "Changoo", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible sounds from the legendary Discos Fuentes – Colombia's powerhouse of musical magic for the past 50 years – presented here on some of the rootsier recordings from the label's early years! The styles here include a fair bit of cumbia – but always in the earlier, folksier ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Raw sound, indeed – and possibly one of the most hard-hitting compilations so far from the Analog Africa label! There's a quality here that's mighty fresh, and which shows us that there's still plenty of African nuggets to find, if you know where to dig! Much of the music has a dark, moody ... 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
A killer collection of funky soul from the Caribbean – not tracks that have a typical island sort of sound, with roots in calypso, soca, or reggae – and instead just he kind of key cuts that match the best underground work on the New York scene! Keep in mind that lots of American disco ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album