Folksy soul from George Anderson – an African singer by birth, recording here in a Paris studio, and singing in a mode that's a bit like some of Miriam Makeba's recordings from the time. George is on lead vocals and acoustic guitar – and most tracks have rather spare backings, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some edge wear, and small stickers.)
One of Big Black's better LPs for UNI, and one that features stripped down conga groove with spare flute playing by Black "Melody" Harold. Side one is a long 3 part track, divided into "Problem", "Cause", and "Cure". Side two's got three long tracks: " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has lightly bent corners.)
Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum Ensemble —
African Beat ... LP Blue Note, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ...
A completely righteous mix of jazz and African percussion – put together by drummer Art Blakey at a time when he was riding high with the Jazz Messengers, but also was willing to work on great experiments like this! The album's years ahead of its time – and arguably opens the door for ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert – in great shape!)
Despite the colonialist overtones of the project – sort of the African equivalent to Porgy & Bess, at least in terms of authenticity – this groundbreaking musical was actually a crucial moment in the development of South African jazz. It's unfortunate that the package doesn't list ... (Soundtracks, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label pressing. Cover has some splitting in the spine.)
Ceylieb People —
Tanyet ... LP Vault, Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
An incredible album of Eastern instrumentation and funky rock breaks – served up as one of the headiest studio sessions to come from the LA scene of the late 60s! The Ceylieb People work in the same territory as Devil's Anvil or The Orient Express – a blend of fuzzy psychedelia with ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sprightly, modernist Kollywood pop from the mid 80s – beautifully sung by KS Chithra, with the boundary-busting sounds and arrangements of Ilaiyaraaja! The songs are wonderful, time-honored regional pop sounds – traditionally-constructed songs blended with some 80s studio touches ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hypnotic, spiritually resonant music from Rastafarian singer & hand drummer Ras Michael's Dadawah – with these organic, echoey, atmospheric drums, bass and trippy bits of keyboards – providing a strong, spacious backdrop for the freedom-seeking lyricism! It's very unique stuff, ... (Reggae, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A world of rhythmic, danceable sounds from George Danquah – the legendary Ghanaian guitarist, composer and bandleader who had earlier played and/or toured with Benya Beats, Blue Monks and Uhuru Dance Band and other brilliant groups – and this rare mid 70s set is the only album billed to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from Senegal – a group working here with a trio of singers and some mighty great guitar from Papa Seck – all wrapped up into a groove that mixes the earthy with the trippy! The rhythms bump around with some really hypnotic elements, and often wrap the guitar right around ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title sounds a bit gospel, but the album's a smoker from mid 70s Nigeria – a very unique hybrid of styles that's unlike most of the Afro Funk we know from the time! The Doves seem to have an equal ear for reggae and regional sounds – and work here to fuse both together with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some discoloration and some pen. Label has some pen.)
El Rego —
El Rego ... LP Daptone/Voodoo Funk, Late 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint- ...
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
One of those records that definitely lives up to its cover – as it's not only a great mish-mash of styles, it's also got some 80s instrumental currents that might come as a surprise if you know other records on the Soundway label! The work recasts older elements of Ugandan music with old ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gibson Brothers —
Cuba ... LP Island, 1978. Near Mint- ...
One of Island's ventures into the disco realm, where they took one of their Carribbean acts and married them to modern disco-fied production. The combination's a winner here, and leans much more heavily on the disco side, with some occasional salsa sounding elements peeking through the slick ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic recording of Buddhist chants – from the legendary Gyuto monks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
John Handy/Ali Akbar Khan —
Rainbow ... LP MPS (Germany), 1980. Near Mint- ...
The second, and lesser-known collaboration between reedman John Handy and sarod player Ali Akbar Khan – and a record that's almost more freewheeling and open-ended than the first! The session's relatively spare – mostly just alto sax, sarod, and violin from L Subramaniam – plus ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredibly unique work from Panduranga Henderson – an artist who first worked as John Henderson in the group of Ray Charles, then hooked up with Alice Coltrane and had a spiritual awakening that really shaped his sound! The music here isn't at all like Charles or Coltrane – although it' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most starkly beautiful recordings in Paul Horn's career – with spiritually resonant, almost spine tingling solo flute and some chants, all recorded in the Taj Majal one day in April of 1968! It's really all about the atmosphere, as it would have to be given the location – ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paul Horn follows up his Inside The Taj Majal set – in someways leaving behind the stark, spare initimacy of that set for a more layered and tailored approach – and also leaving behind his more pronounced jazz roots for a more earthy and nature themed mode! Like Inside, it's a solo ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most roosty albums on Blue Note – and a fairly straight session of African percussion tracks by Solomon Ilori and his Afro Drum Ensemble. Unlike similar albums by Art Blakey, this one lacks any strong sort of jazz component – and really just features fairly straight African ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono New York pressing. Label on Side 2 has a name in marker. Cover has two small streaks of marker on front, name in marker on back, and small center split in the bottom seam.)
The group's name means "village people" in their native Java – but the sound here is way different than the big disco act of the time! Instead, Kelompok Kampungan have this earthy fusion of native instrumentation and folksy rock modes – a hypnotic blend that's served up on a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most mindblowing albums of Indian music we've ever heard from the early 60s – a set that doesn't focus on sitar or sarod, but on the deft tabla work of Chatur Lal – a really stunning musician! The spare set features long tracks, and just Chatur's tablas and voice alongside ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Music of a very different style than some of Laraaji's other work – more tuneful and song-based – with shorter tracks that show a whole different side of his talents! Laraaji's gotten great acclaim for his homespun spiritual sounds – long tracks that first found a home in Brian ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Miriam Makeba's hippest albums – recorded with slightly funky arrangements that really give her a different sound! Miriam's vocals are still in the folksy mode of earlier albums – but there's some great backing arranged by George Butcher that adds in lots of bass, percussion, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some wear and aging.)
80s electro Afro grooving from Mandingo – not to be confused with the UK group who recorded electronic exotic albums in the 70s – but one of the New Africa crossover projects on Celluloid, recorded during their brief period of colonial expansion! The group mixes together traditional ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 a small cutout hole.)
One of the few later recordings by Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath – and one that was done for a major label, and almost marketed as a world music album! Despite that fact, though, the set's still very firmly in McGregor's jazzy mode of the past – yet also certainly touched by ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a promo stamp and cutout notch.)
Timeless vocal work from Ogoya Nengo and her Dodo Women's group – an Kenyan ensemble with a really creative approach to their work! The dodo style refers to traditional music used for entertainment at weddings and festivals – but the voices have this really complex quality that's way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the heaviest work to come from the African scene of the 70s – the initial offering of the Ngozi Family – a group who clearly take strong inspiration from the Cream years of the UK scene, but who also come across with a grittier, punkier vibe overall – thanks to lean, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An Afro Funk treasure from the 70s – a rare album recorded by Pax Nicholas, a singer and percussionist who was part of Fela's legendary Africa 70 band! The album's got a sound that definitely echoes that heritage, but with a groove that's pretty weird too – more stripped down than most ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic set from the contemporary scene in Lagos – a set that's very heavy on percussion, but has a slightly electrical vibe too – almost the same sort of clash of contemporary and classic that we loved in the Congotronics series from a few years back! The approach here is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nneji International —
Sulu Gedee ... LP Ad Lib (Nigeria), 1981. Very Good+ ...
A classic session of pounding percussion – quite possibly the most successful entry into this earthy genre that hit the recording scene at the end of the 50s! Babatunde Olatunji is joined here by a great assemblage of players – including Montego Joe and Baba Hawthorne Bey on percussion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a small piece of clear tape at the top of the spine.)
Prince Onago & Princess Muana with Chick Foster —
Roots Of Rhythm ... LP Jubilee, Late 50s. Very Good ...
A strange and beautiful session of tracks that mix african percussion with jazzy rhythms, and slight touches of exotica. The album features the group of Chick Foster, a highly percussive combo with a lineup that includes bass, drums, percussion, and flute. Prince Onago plays conga with the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Note: vinyl has a light edge warp, which causes some light crackles at the start of each side, but rest plays fine. Cover has a split top seam.)
The mad music of William Onyeabor has gained many admirers over the years – a diverse array of artists from a diverse array of scenes – some of whom have come together in this mighty hip tribute to the master! The tunes here are either remixes, reworks, or complete covers of Onyeabor's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This UK Afro Funk group is slicking things up a bit for this 1973 album – but not in a bad way, because it actually kicks up the groove considerably. In fact, it almost sounds like they've been listening to a bit of War – because the the best tracks on the album have lots of that funky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a bumped corner and a promo sticker.)
Pazy & The Black Hippies —
Wa Ho Ha ... LP Secret Stash, 1978. Near Mint- ...
A weird little record from the Nigerian scene of the 70s – much more laidback than you might expect, and a set with a definite Jamaican influence too! At times, some of these tracks are almost more reggae than Afro Funk – although at other points, there's definitely the fierce energy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual double-length set from this great Argentine modernist – not his own compositions, but works from the history of tango – but all delivered with the kind of edge that Astor was bringing to his own music in the 70s! LP, Vinyl record album