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
A fantastic record – one that maybe has global styles at the core, but which also features improvisations in a modern European mode – Rene Clemencic on flutes, and Chemiriani on zarb, which is a percussive instrument! LP, Vinyl record album
(Top cover seam is partially unglued, but this is a great copy overall.)
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
One of our favorite albums ever from the legendary Paco De Lucia – and a set that really has the guitarist coming into his own – stepping past even his rich flamenco roots, and coming up with a new style that's practically a genre unto itself! Paco's sense of imagination here is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jean De Vres presents this collection of drum songs that use the traditional drums of Haiti. The songs are meant to invoke the happy gods of voodoo rather than the dark, black magic gods outsiders normally associate with voodoo. Tracks include "Ao-Mao", "Fire Dance", "Drum ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really cool set from a really groovy trio – a group from Hong Kong, but who sing in English, and have a great mix of jazz and soft rock styles! Danny sings, plays guitar and beer cans – and Rudy and Romeo harmonize while playing bass, keyboards, flute, and rice tins – on tunes ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: record has an edge warp, but played fine for us. Cover has autographs on back, and some light wear.)
A funky gem from reedman Manu Dibango – a set recorded hot on the heels of his huge Soul Makossa hit, and done with a similar blend of African roots and 70s funk! The main focus here is on the instrumentation – not just Manu's saxophone lines, but also some great keyboards too – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK Decca pressing. Cover has some water staining/peeling near the top, other light wear, and some seam splitting.)
Not "Soul Makossa", but also not a bad album of afro funk featuring Manu Dibango's usual squealing soprano sax, plus Fender Rhodes and vibes. Recorded in Jamaica, with a bit of a Carribean feel, and the tracks "Frozen Soul", "Doctor Bird", and "Full Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK Island pressing. Cover has a promo sticker.)
Do Amor —
Do Amor ... LP Vinyl Land (Brazil), 2010. Near Mint- ...
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Senior Eddie Donkor & International Band Of Ghana —
Wo Nso Try ... LP Sounds Linacco (Ghana), 1981. Very Good- ...
Quick rhythms, tight guitar, and some mighty nice vocals! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and tape along the bottom seam, with a vintage price sticker.)
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
(Limited edition on neon vinyl!)
Exile One —
Fism ... LP Barclay (France), 1976. Near Mint- ...
Lots of groovers from this combo who were big on the Parisian scene of the 70s – titles tha tinclude "Viel Ou La", "Music Of The Brothers", "Cadence Lypso", "Eldorado Main Road", "Misery", and "Sexile". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese King pressing – nice vinyl and cover!)
Expensive Olubi & His Golden Stars —
Vol 2 ... LP Ibukun Orisun Iye (Nigeria), Mid/Late 70s. Very Good- ...
Just Sold Out!
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(Cover has surface wear, a few stains, and small tears in the opening.)
A really killer 70s album from Fela Kuti – one that serves up a hell of a message, and some great slinky grooves too! "Yellow Fever" is a brutal attack on miscegenation, backed by a funky groove that makes the whole thing fall into place with an amazing riffing sound – bold, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original UK 70s pressing. Cover has staining and peeling on the spine, wide clear tape on the spine and top seam, and some general wear.)
80s reissue of one of the few US major label issues of work by Fela – the 1977 Mercury Zombie album, a record that's titled after the import Zombie LP, but which has a different set of tracks. The record does include the 12 and a half minute reading of "Zombie" that was on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most compelling albums we've ever heard by trumpeter Jon Hassell – with a lot more going on than usual! Hassell's still got that spacey trumpet sound that made him famous, but he's working here with a hip group of fusion players that includes Nana Vasconcelos, Miroslav Vitous, and ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
Hermanos Calatrava —
Ayer/Hoy ... LP Vergara (Spain), 1969. Very Good Gatefold ...
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(In a gatefold cover with pop-up inside. Cover has clear tape on the bottom seam, some wear, and pen on front.)
A really fresh group with a very unique sound – a combo that's partly rooted in older Afro Funk modes, but who also deliver their groove with kind of a leaner, New York street soul vibe as well! The album's cover image really gets the groove right – as the vintage is more 70s through ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A very different album than the previous effort from drummer/percussionist Saratha Korwar – a lot more political, as you might guess from the title – and a set that has the London musician working with performers from the hip hop scenes in Mumbai and New Delhi! Most of the tunes have a ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a small tear at the opening.)
A very cool record from saxophonist Robert Mavouzny and trombonist Al Lirvat – the latter of whom also cut some biguine albums on the French scene of the 70s! This set's maybe a bit straighter jazz, but you can definitely hear some unusual touches at play – as the group opens up with ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and one bumped corner.)
Tee Mac featuring Marjorie Barnes —
Night Illusion ... LP SKJ/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980. Near Mint- ...
A sweet bit of funky club from Tee Mac – a set that was recorded in Lagos at the end of the 70s, but which has plenty of American disco touches overall! Tee plays some sweet flute solos in the mix, and the record also features some great lead vocals from Majorie Barnes – who tops off ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly nice album for A&M, and one in which Letta's funky African soul style gets a bit more of an LA studio sound. The record features backing by a lot of well-known funky studio players, and Herb Alpert produced the record with a nice sound that still keeps Letta's rich voice in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
US issue of some of Sonny's African recordings from the early 80s. The groove here is afro-pop, with crisp guitars and a lighter beat than Fela's style of afrobeat, but with similar cascading horn parts. The production's a bit slicker too, with the vocals pushed way forward in the mix. Titles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two long tracks – "Unubi Top Special" and "Nwa Amaka"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, and tape on the top seam.)
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
A really rare one from the Nigerian scene – the first record on the small Sir Dolu label! The date is 1984, but the sound is nice and raw – fast percussion and guitar, and vocals recorded with this really great echoey vibe – on four long tracks. LP, Vinyl record album
(Record has some light marks, but plays pretty nicely overall.)
A fantastic record by a really wonderful group one who've got all these complex elements in their rhythms, and some great horns and guitar over the top! LP, Vinyl record album
(Nigerian pressing, on Afrodisia! Cover has some light wear, but is nice overall. Vinyl is clean, and plays well.)
Adam Rudolph & Go Organic Orchestra —
Sonic Mandala ... LP Meta, 2012. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from percussionist Adam Rudolph, and one of the most spiritual too – an extended set that draws on some really rich global elements, yet brings them all together with the focus of a more ambitious jazz composition! Rudolph uses the Sonica Mandala ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Insanely fantastic! Ananda Shankar was one of the hippest sitar players of the 60s – an artist who was not only steeped in the strongest traditions of Indian music heard in other more mainstream players, but one who also had a keen ear for modder and funkier grooves of the time! This rare ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early work from Sparrow – and an album that includes the track "Number 69", which was banned by the BBC! Other tracks include "Hangman's Cemetary", "BG War", "Robbery With V", "Wahbeen & Grog", and "Take Your Bundle & ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK 60s pressing, in flipback cover! Back cover has a small note in pen. Front has some light aging, but is nice overall.)