Maybe the most searing album we've ever heard from Antibalas – a set that's completely on fire from the very first note, both musically and politically – and which burns with an intensity that seems to blow away all their previous music! Make no mistake, we've always loved these guys ... read moreCD
A second pairing of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and the Amabutho Male Chorus – one that's indicated not just in the title of the record, but in a changing of the group's name! The sound here is even more Afro-styled than the previous effort – coming across right from the start with a ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)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 moreCD
Wonderful explorations of the sound of the didjeridu – done at a level that's quite different than any other use of the instrument we've ever heard – no surprise, given that the music here is all created by AACM legend Douglas Ewart! The performances bridge Ewart's two worlds of ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
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
A killer from the classic years, and one of Fela's best albums! "No Agreement" is a super great groover – with a catchy hook that goes on and on, and some very tasty playing by Tony Allen and the group. The track is long, with heavy solos, and vocals that will knock you out! ... read moreCD
Hank Jones with Cheick Tidiane Seck & The Mandikas —
Sarala ... CD Verve, 1995. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the hippest albums Hank Jones ever recorded – a very unique mixture of jazz and African elements, put together with organist Cheick Tidiane Seck! Jones plays his usual piano, but the strongest elements on the set come from Seck's Hammond work, and instrumentation from other members of ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
An uber-rare album from Orlando Julius & The Afro Sounders – recorded at Ginger Baker's studio in Lagos and originally (apparently quite scarcely) released by Philips in 1973 – wonderful stuff and on par with the excellent material the group recorded in the handful of previous years! ... read moreCD
(CD version comes with a great hardcover book-like package that includes liner notes by Orlando Julius.)
Kayhan Kalhor, Rembrandt Frerichs, Tony Overwater & Vinsent Planjer —
It's Still Autumn ... CD Kepera (Netherlands), 2019. Used ...
One of the most compelling entries so far in the all-great Congotronics series – a set of highly percussive work from this unique ensemble! The Kasai All Stars is a collective of members from six other groups – all working here in Konono-like territory that's heavy on distorted rhythms ... read moreCD
(Mark through barcode.)
Ali Akbar Khan & L Subramaniam —
Duet ... CD Ravi Shankar Music Circle, 1981. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A beautiful set of contemporary yoruba recordings – performed by the Konkere Beats group in Nigeria, and with a different vibe than some of the more familiar yoruba material from the Caribbean! The sacred sounds are full of percussion and vocal chants – and have a vibe that's maybe ... read moreCD
A brilliantly funky and raw live recording by the Congo's great Konono No 1 – taped in Vera, Holland on their first European tour in February of 2003, and released on Terp, the label owned by Terrie Ex of the Ex! The brittle, in-the-red likembe patterns fly by in high-velocity cycles, amped- ... read moreCD
A wonderful album from Mali's Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba group – another step in his boundary pushing mastery of the ngoni – a stringed instrument used in traditional folk music of Mali, played with unique modern twists by Bassekou & the group! I Speak Fula has a fairly ... read moreCD
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba —
Segu Blue ... CD Open House (Germany), 2006. Used ...
Beautiful music from Bassekou Kouyate and his Ngoni Ba group – a quartet of players who all handle different versions of the ngoni, a small four-stringed instrument with really unusual properties! The instrument's played partly like a guitar – strummed and plucked, but with really ... read moreCD
A contemporary Afro Funk record, but one with a vibe that makes us feel like we've discovered some lost strand of sound from the 70s! The Afrospot All Stars are wonderfully jazzy – a group who swing their horns more than blast them at times, warmed up by some great Fender Rhodes and very ... read moreCD
Other-worldly genius from the legendary Laraaji – a really special record that was done in collaboration with Brian Eno – as part of Eno's classic Ambient series at the end of the 70s – and as a way of showcasing some of the "fourth world" sounds that he was working in ... read moreCD
(Out of print, a few creases through the traycard artwork.)
Les Amazones De Guinee —
Wamato ... CD Sterns (UK), 2008. Used ...
Les Amazones De Guinee are something of an institution in African music – a decades-old group who've spanned the continent with their progressively political message – yet this album's only the combo's second, and should give them much-needed exposure to a larger audience! The rhythms ... read moreCD
Luka Productions —
Falaw ... CD Sahel Sounds, 2019. Used ...
Luka Productions is a showcase for the fantastic voice of Luka Guindo – a singer with this raspy charm that grabs you right away and really conveys the power of the tunes – so much so, you hardly need the English translations of the lyrics in the notes! The music is a blend of acoustic ... read moreCD
Raw crackling hip hop funk beatcraft at its deepest from mighty Madlib – working in his Beat Konducta style for this third entry in the epic Madlib's Medicine Show Series! Beat Konducta In Africa is a hazy hip hop instrumental set from 'Lib (lest you thought it might be a funky compilation ... (Hip Hop, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A fantastic legacy in music from Mohamed Mazouni – an Algerian singer who worked towards political ends during the heady changes of the 60s – and who soon left his native country work over a decade's worth of recording in Paris! The Paris/Arab continuum was stronger than ever after the ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Great instrumental grooves from the Occidental Brothers Dance Band – a combo who take strong inspiration from older African styles, yet fuse the music into their own unique blend! The group's from Chicago, but clearly have an international ear – and they work some really special magic ... read moreCD
Soulful and spiritual sounds from Yoruban via Brooklyn combo Okonkolo! There's a wonderful sonic range here – with voices, bata drum and coro strngs at the core – often taking flight on Cantos with some really nice additional strings and horns that bring the songs to soaring, sometimes ... read moreCD
One of the best recordings we've heard in years from saxophonist Plunky Branch – and one of the few to really capture the glory of his 70s classics with Oneness Of Juju! Given the billing of this set, it's clear that the older soul jazz spirit of Oneness is very strong in the conception of ... read moreCD
A brilliant new album from legendary Ghanaian performer Ebo Taylor – recorded in Berlin and backed by members of Poets Of Rhythm and others from that city's loose collective of international players dubbed the Afrobeat Academy – and the set itself is a great mix of classic Ghana grooves ... read moreCD
A pivotal album from Tinariwen – a set that really finds their sound coming together, with even more focus and power than before – yet all while still holding onto the rawer, rootsy style of their start! Sharp guitar lines ring out with an echoey sort of finish – sometimes ... read moreCD
The final recording made by Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate – and every bit as great as the pair's previous well-known work! As before, the main charm of the album comes from the instrumental interplay – the dance between the strings of Diabate's kora and Toure's guitar – and ... read moreCD
Two later moments from Zamrock legends Witch – both of which show the group moving into a much more soulful groove! Movin On has a sweet funky style at the core – a mode that shows Witch picking up a fair bit of disco and club from the American scene, and fusing it with their older ... read moreCD
Stunning new work from Kourosh Yaghmaei – the Iranian rock legend whose trippy sounds of the 70s have become the rage of global collectors – a style of music that Kourosh continues strongly with this new record! The album took over a decade to record – due to all the censorship ... read moreCD
Fuzzy, funky, and freaky – some really incredible work from Hungarian rocker Sarolta Zalatnay – an artist with a groove that's a lot easier to get than her name! The work here was recorded in collaboration with 70s groups Locomitiv GT, Metro, Omega, and Skorpio – all of whom are ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreCD
An amazing violinist from Greece, but one who recorded in New York during the 20s – on a host of rare 78rpm material presented in this lavish set! Alexis Zoumbas has a wonderfully melancholy feel to his instrument – a style that mixes virtuostic passages with these deeper, bluer ... read moreCD
The fifth volume of Buda's great Angola series examines the most contemporary musical streams of this strife-torn West African nation. Ebullient grooves serve to transcend the violence and instability while beautiful, mournful laments rhapsodize what's been lost. The music on this volume ... read moreCD
The brilliant follow up to the first Congotronics album – and a set that goes even deeper than the initial groundbreaking work by Konono! This album follows in a very similar spirit to Konono's Congotronics set – and like that one, focuses on musicians with a unique electro/acoustic ... read moreCD
An incredible musical discovery – and some really mindblowing grooves from a previously untapped source! As the title implies, Panama's a real crossroads of musical styles – bits of Latin, funk, and other Caribbean influences – all simmering together in the hot sun of the Isthmus ... read moreCD
Electro soul from a key moment in the South African scene – that point in the late 80s when it really seemed like there was some light at the end of the tunnel, and the nation's music seemed to hit a new vibe to match! The grooves here are unabashedly catchy, and seem to revel in the kind of ... read moreCD
Disco sounds from the Caribbean scene of the 70s – a really unique mix of regional styles with the kind of rhythms that were coming from New York and Philly at the time! The groove here is really unique – even different than some of the reggae or African disco numbers of the time ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The sound of disco left no corner of the world untouched in the late 70s – and the hipper side of the dancefloor mode had an especially strong impact down in the Caribbean! Of course, that's maybe not as much of a surprise – when you consider how much back/forth action was going on ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The Heavenly Sweetness label celebrates its first ten years in business – with a special birthday present of all-exclusive unreleased tracks! This set doesn't look back at the previous decade of the label, but instead points the way forward – with a wonderful selection of newly-recorded ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD