A wicked bit of 80s electro soul – one that's heavy on Yamaha keyboards and beats, but which was also recorded in Gabon – which gives the whole record a very different sound than New York material of the time! The rhythms are definitely in the funky soul side of the spectrum, but have ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really fantastic jazz project from early 70s France – but one that also features a strong contribution from Chicago percussionist Steve McCall – best known for his work in the Air trio, and as part of the AACM! The music is a very freewheeling mix of jazz and global elements – ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal album in Jamaican music from Lord Tanamo – a singer with roots in calypso, but a sound that really paves the way for ska and rocksteady to come! The record's a full length set from the Gaydisc label of important early producer Sonia Pottinger – and like some of Pottinger's ... (Reggae, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A jazzy combo from the Caribbean – led by a singer who also plays some really wonderful vibes! The rhythms are strong, with a definite dose of calypso in the mix – but the overall sound is much more in the jazz side of the spectrum, thanks to fluidly melodic sounds from Andre Tanker on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ebo Taylor —
Conflict ... LP Essiebons (Ghana), 1980. Near Mint- ...
Beautiful work from the great Ebo Taylor – long tracks filled with the kind of grooves that have made him a funky favorite over the years – and which have kept him going strong into the 21st Century! There's a really unique feel to this record – lots of jazzy inflections that go ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent Mr Bongo reissue. Cover has lightly bent corners.)
A vintage set from the great Ebo Talyor – an artist who's been recording new music in recent years, but who sounds even better here on one of his classics! Ebo's got a fair bit of jazz mixed in with his sound – a layering of flute, trombone, tenor, guitar, and keyboard parts with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ebo Taylor —
Palaver ... CD Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1980. New Copy ...
A never-issued session from the legendary Ebo Taylor – recorded right at a time when Taylor was really hitting on all burners! The sessions were done for the Nigerian Tabansi label, but feature Ebo's touring band from Ghana – a tight combo whose crackling rhythms are perfect for his ... read moreCD
A never-issued session from the legendary Ebo Taylor – recorded right at a time when Taylor was really hitting on all burners! The sessions were done for the Nigerian Tabansi label, but feature Ebo's touring band from Ghana – a tight combo whose crackling rhythms are perfect for his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The son of the legendary Ebo Taylor serves up a great record of his own – a sweet blend of funky highlife and other 70s-styled grooves – set to short cuts with a nicely compact vibe, and a cool style of production that almost owes a bit to the style of Jamaican music! There's lots of ... read moreCD
Sweet synth soul from 80s Nigeria – a set that definitely shows the evolution of that country's sound in the decade after the rise of Afro Funk – and a record that also delivers plenty of the beats promised in the title! There's lots of elements here borrowed from electro – drum ... 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
Beautifully spare work on guitar from Tidiane Thiam – a Senegalese guitarist who's got some of the same amazing sense of tone and phrasing as John Fahey, Robbie Basho, and the acoustic underground of their generation! Thiam's sense of chromatics is wonderful – and the tunes have a slow- ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great singer and a great guitarist – both coming together here in a set that's got way more going on than you'd expect! The group here is tight – lots of congas and bass at the bottom, peppered with horns from a trio, while Ebo Taylor lays down both rhythm and lead guitars – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band —
Obiaa ... CD Strut (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
Pat Thomas is one of the few Afro Funk legends of the 70s who's still going strong – and on this wonderful set, he gives us sounds and styles that show that his genius is fresher than ever! Pat's working with a younger group, but in a style that's free from any attempt to sound too ... read moreCD
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band —
Obiaa ... LP Strut (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP ...
Pat Thomas is one of the few Afro Funk legends of the 70s who's still going strong – and on this wonderful set, he gives us sounds and styles that show that his genius is fresher than ever! Pat's working with a younger group, but in a style that's free from any attempt to sound too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jaggedly rhythmic work from TP Orchestre – one of the greatest musical groups on the African scene of the 70s, and a group with a sound like nobody else! TP have a way of stringing the guitar around the beats that's really wonderful – creating a magical interplay between rhythm and ... read moreCD
An excellent album of spare percussion tracks – served up by Jorge Trasante, who'd later rise to fame in the Gypsy Kings – but who here is working as a young percussionist with a great love of South American rhythms! As the title implies, the set is an exploration of the roots of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most hard-grooving set we've heard from singer Mary Afi Usuah – a set that has all these deep, bassy currents on the bottom – which hold a nice groove underneath Mary's heavenly voice! Usuah has a range that's much greater than some of her contemporaries – no surprise, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nana Vasconcelos —
Zumbi ... LP Europa, 1983. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
An excellent set of percussion and vocals from this enigmatic Brazilian talent – recorded in Paris, featuring overdubs that led Nana layer percussion over percussion, and play parts of his body and voice along with the drums. The set's got a really spiritual quality – with much more ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
David Walters —
Soleil Kreyol ... LP Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A really great project from singer David Walters – a set that tries to reimagine a 21st Century creole culture – linking diaspora roots into a new sort of groove, all with plenty of help on production from Bruno Patchworks! There's a warmth to most of these tracks that draws us in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guy Warren —
Afro Jazz ... LP Columbia/Return To Analog (Canada), 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
A completely wonderful album from percussionist Guy Warren – a creative musician who made lots of great records over the years – but who maybe never topped himself after this gem from the late 60s UK scene! The set was done as part of the legendary Landsdowne Series for Columbia UK ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Amazing sounds from Witch – a Zambian group of the 70s, and easily one of the heaviest things happening in Africa at the time! Witch stands for "we intend to create havoc" – and the group's style here definitely gets that vibe right – serving up a heady brew of fuzzy ... read moreCD
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
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and light aging.)
A great little session of electric funky jazz – with a bit of a West Indian twist – all of which makes the album a real standout from other efforts at the time! The session was recorded in Paris, and led by bassist Louis Xavier – but the killer talent is saxophonist Jo Maka, who ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Y-Bayani & Baby Naa & Their Band Of Enlightenment —
Nsie Nsie ... LP Philophon (UK), 2020. New Copy ...
Sweetly stepping sounds from Y-Bayani and Baby Naa – a duo who work together in a style that's almost like a dubbier take on the territory of lovers rock! The tunes are midtempo and laidback – most have both voices singing together, in this male/female blend that's really great and ... (Reggae, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Melodic psychedelia from 70s Iran – an incredible full scale anthology of recordings by guitarist and vocalist Kourosh Yaghmaei from the pre-revolution years – and an absolute treasure! Kouroush often recorded with his brothers – Kourosh singing lead and playing guitars or bass ... 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
A pair of albums from this Guyana group – both recorded overseas, and with a really unique sort of vibe! Young Ones Of Guyana On Tour was recorded in 1970, while the group was in London – at the legendary Landsdowne Studios, home to some really groundbreaking jazz at the time – a ... read moreCD
A pair of albums from this Guyana group – both recorded overseas, and with a really unique sort of vibe! Young Ones Of Guyana On Tour was recorded in 1970, while the group was in London – at the legendary Landsdowne Studios, home to some really groundbreaking jazz at the time – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Catchy, clubby grooves from the team of Zack Roberts and Gebah Swary – a Liberian duo who issued this very catchy record at the start of the 80s! The pair have an 80s look on the cover, and definitely bring that into their music too – with early electro touches used in very spare ways, ... read moreCD
Catchy, clubby grooves from the team of Zack Roberts and Gebah Swary – a Liberian duo who issued this very catchy record at the start of the 80s! The pair have an 80s look on the cover, and definitely bring that into their music too – with early electro touches used in very spare ways, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare set from Zorro Five – a South African group, but one who sound a bit like some of the best Italian sound library combos of the time – really stepping out in a hip blend of riffing guitar, hard drums, and organ! That aspect is maybe no surprise, given that Zorro Five were more of ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Includes "Medee Mentee" by EK's Band, "Aware Bone Agu Manim Ase" by TO Jazz, "Ablavi Eblem" by Melo Togo Band, "Mo Ma Yengye Yen Ani" by The Beach Scorpions, "Julie" by Djobi, "Ao Obra Yi" Gomoa Afransi Merry Makers, "Play Play" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A compelling collection of underground Latin tracks recorded on the San Francisco scene – issued here by the Nucleus Records label, who were best known for their Bay Area Brazilian releases! The set features selections from a festival of Latin American styles in SF – and includes ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A way cooler set of music than you might expect – not the kind of overdone Caribbean cliches of the mainstream, but some really great lesser-known gems that mix together sounds and styles from Cuba to Haiti, to Jamaica, and beyond – served up here in a host of gems all hand-picked by ... read moreCD
For years, these volumes, issued by Nonesuch in the 70s, have served as the benchmark for field recordings of traditional folk musics from all over the African continent. This volume documents ceremonial dance musics from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania and covers many styles, from small ensembles and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with Sterling stamp. Cover has some wear and aging.)
A classic series of field recordings – done for Nonesuch by Stephen Jay, and recorded in Niger, Mali, & Upper Volta. Titles include "Kountougi Solo", "Djerma Dundun Drummers", "Tuareg Medicinal Chant", "Kouco Solo", "Songhay Kombi & ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soar through the skies on this sweet collection of rare African funk – the sixth volume in a series that seems to get better and better with each new release! Most of the cuts here are heavy on styles that resonate with the American scene of the late 70s – particularly the large ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A long-overdue collection of work – one that really gets at the unusual appearance of Latin rhythms on the African scene of the postwar years! Latin sounds from Africa are nothing new, but they're one of those things that's always taken for granted, too – kind of assumed in most ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fresh take on the African sound of the 70s – a compilation that focuses more on the club-oriented tracks of the scene, and less on the harder funkier tunes that have showed up in abundance on recent compilations. The feel here is tighter and smoother than work by Fela and some of the ... read moreCD
Way cooler than the usual score you might expect – as the record not only features the main theme, plus some ethnographic recordings – but also includes cuts by Fela, Toure Kunda, and Youssou N'Dour! LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – Cover has wear, staining, and a cut corner.)
A fantastic collection of funk from the 70s scene in Ivory Coast – music that's every bit as heavy on jazz-based solos as it is on the grooves – with some especially strong sax lines that really give the tunes a lot of soul! The music here is nice and raw, and often very stripped-down ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really riveting collection of music from a scene that we've hardly heard much from before – upbeat grooves from the island nation of Madagascar, all recorded at the end of the 70s and start of the 80s – but with a vibe that sounds much older overall! The one thing that really stands ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A collection of music we never expected to be this wonderful – but that's also because we were completely unaware of the scene until this release! The album brings together songs from a special time in Uruguay – a moment when democracy was returning to the nation, which seemed to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wide range of electric Angolan music from the late 60s through early 70s – one of the finest compilations yet on the Analog Africa label! The music is a feverish mix of traditional Luandan island rhythms and other regional and global influences – but ultimately the way this sonic ... read moreCD
An amazing 3CD set, put together from mid 50s recordings by Unesco – and featuring one of the richest looks at Indian music we've ever heard! The collection is much more ethnographic than the better-circulated Indian recordings of the time – and although the word "classical" ... read moreCD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)
A fantastic collection of sounds from the Nigerian scene at the end of the 60s – music in the apala mode, a highly rhythmic blend of percussion, voices, and thumb piano – served up with a style that's a lot grittier than some of the more commercial music of the time! These tracks are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heavy helping of Ethiopian grooves – pulled from the later volumes of the legendary Ethiopiques series, and served up here on a unique vinyl collection! The tunes are a nice mix of some of the best Ethio styles of the early 70s – and include a few standout funky numbers, plus some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
28 track collection split into two parts – classic and new grooves. First half includes music by Ravi Shankar, Lata Mangeshkar, Ananda Shankar, Chitra Singh, and Kavita Krishnamurthy. Second half include music from Nitin Sawhney, TJ Rehmi, Sutrasonic, and Transglobal Underground. CD
Way more than just a beginners guide to African Funk – as the set's filled with goodies that go way past the obvious! The package mostly features material from the 70s – and includes a heck of a lot of great music for a very low price – 35 tracks on 3CDs, with a selection that ... read moreCD