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
(Back artwork has some light water staining. Booklet/front is fine.)
Beautiful work from African Virtuoses – a group who really earn their name, thanks to great guitar work from Abdoulaye and Sekou Diabate! There's a sweetly trilling feel to most of these numbers – light and melodic guitar interplay over bass and percussion – augmented with a bit ... read moreCD
Nothing too loungey here – and instead, the record's a nice blend of older South African modes and contemporary styles – some nicely mellow grooves from the Afronaut trio! The grooves are a bit downtempo at times, but with a lot more going on than just beats and a few stray sounds ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Maybe the best album we've heard from Tony Allen in years – a really compelling set that still holds onto all the elements we love in his music, but which also introduces all these great other bits as well! The sound's never unfocused or confused – and instead, it kind of allows Allen ... 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
(Out of print.)
Fred Fisher Atalobhor & His Ogiza Dance Band —
African Carnival ... CD Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 70s/1980s. Used 2 CDs ...
Funky African work from Fred Fisher – a Nigerian trombonist who crafted his own unique groove at the end of the 70s! Fred both sings and plays trombone – the latter with a Fred Wesley-like soulfulness – and his rhythms here are really wide-ranging, and embrace a host of new ... read moreCD
Selda Bagcan —
Selda ... CD B- Music/Finders Keepers, 1975. Used ...
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 moreCD
A wonderful testament to the legacy of Malian singer, flute player and group leader Sorry Bamba – documenting his years leading the Kanaga Orchestra Of Mopti throughout the 1970s – and a great, vital release on Thrill Jockey! The region's musical heritage is intergral to Sorry Bamba's ... read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through digipack spine.)
Bembeya Jazz —
Bembeya ... CD Marabi/World Village, 2002. Used ...
An awe-inspiring mother lode of classic Guinean grooves from one of Africa's greatest bands! Senegal's Orchestra Baobab have become the media favorite of Africa's golden era, but it only takes one spin of this fabulous anthology to realize that Bembeya Jazz National were as good as any band the ... read moreCD
A strangely beautiful set of African-tinged folksy soul – with a sound that's pretty darn tough to describe! Birigwa plays guitar and sings – and he's got a breezy style that sounds a bit like Letta Mbulu on some tracks – but a bit more folksy on others, given the largely ... 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 killer blend of African roots and American rhythms – and a set that definitely lives up to the disco promised in the title! Buari's working here with a host of New York musicians – jazzy players who include Randy Brecker and Jon Faddis on trumpet, Barry Rogers on trombone, and ... read moreCD
Funky 70s Nigerian grooves from the great Segun Bucknor – African roots music with the finest, funkiest and soulful sounds this side of Fela! This is music Bucknor recorded in the early 70s upon returning to Lagos after studying at Columbia University and having been fully immersed in the ... read moreCD
Gadji Celi —
Espoir ... CD Sonodisc (France), 1993. Used ...
A magnificent set from the Chicago Afrobeat Project – the kind of group that makes us plenty proud we live in the Windy City! The record's got a quality that's a bit more ambitious than you might guess – a complicated style that's still plenty grooving, but which really features some ... read moreCD
A short set, but one that's packed with loads of great work from this hip Chicago ensemble – an Afro Funk group with a style that's a bit different than some of the rest – not content to simply copy older 70s sounds, and always searching for unusual ways to serve up a groove! The ... read moreCD
Reputedly, this is an African funk band recorded recently by the folks at Desco Records – but as with a lot of their projects, we're not entirely sure whether or not to believe them, since they're always a bit too mysterious about the origins of their material, and this may just be some new ... read moreCD
An early gem from the great guitarist Paco DeLucia – and one of the first to feature his solo instrument right out front in the mix, without support from another player or any large arrangements! The setting is breathtaking – incredibly deft guitar lines, with a style rooted in ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Booklet has a small inventory sticker on the back cover.)
A wonderfully rich extrapolation of the sound of Paco DeLucia – still served up with all the intensity of his solo guitar work of the 70s, but also with some additional instrumentation that helps bring out a stronger jazz vibe too! The approach is different than Paco's early jazz flamenco ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Manitas De Plata —
Ole! ... CD Vanguard, 1963. Used ...
Really great work from this up and coming Brazilian beatmaker – and a record that really lives up to the promise of its title! The style here is heavy on African influences – often mixing together live percussion and acoustic instrumentation with tighter rhythm programs and ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Passionate, legendary and feverishly played music from Senegal's great Etoile De Dakar – an ultra important group previously anthologized by Sterns, but the the label outdoes itself once again – a great selection of material the group recorded between 1979 and 1981! It's the roots of ... read moreCD
Fantastic funk from Fanga – one of the hippest Afro-styled combos around! These guys have a bit more grit in their grooves than most – still very much in the best 70s-inspired Afro Funk styles you'd expect, but with a nice edge in some of the rhythmic undercurrents – almost as if ... read moreCD
Two albums on one CD – and they both have killer long tracks that are released here in their entirey, without the cutting up that you'd get if they were split out over both sides of an album. "V.I.P." stands for "Vagabonds In Power", and the track was recorded live by ... read moreCD
(Punch through barcode, does not include slipcover from the image.)
Spare duets between guitarist N'Gou Bagayoko and vocalist Filifin. The album's got a nice rootsy feel – recorded mostly on location in Mali by Frederic Galliano. As with other of Galliano's Frikyiwa productions, the album has a bright consciousness that transcends its roots, yet firmly ... read moreCD
One of the more urban-oriented albums we've heard from Frederic Galliano – a set that's heavy on hip hop, dancehall, and bass-heavy elements – and one that almost offers up an African equivalent of Brazilian baile funk! The album gives strong focus to the work of the Kuduro Sound ... read moreCD
(Case has some light wear.)
Frederic Galliano & The African Divas —
Sacre Live! ... CD F Communications (UK), 2004. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A fantastic set by Paris based Afrobeat fan and F Communications honcho Frederic Galliano – who teams here with Afrobeat vocalist Nahawa Doumbia and others for a beautiful blend of house-based beats, African rhythms and vocals! If you're at least somewhat familiar with some of the label's ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Luis Garay Percussion World —
Sacumba ... CD Percumba, 2003. Used ...
An amazing tribute to The Green Arrows – an ultra-hip combo from the 70s scene in Zimbabwe! The group had a sound that was dubbed "waka-waka" by its fans – thanks to unique guitar parts that wobble back and forth with the rhythmic groove of the tunes – often recorded ... read moreCD
A wonderfully ambitious project from Jephte Guillaume – a stunning blend of upbeat tracks steeped in Latin and African influences – grooving together with a globally conscious approach that's completely sublime! The album blows away any expectations we had for it – stretching ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print, French digipak pressing. Actual cover has a blue background. Case has light wear.)
A vital compilation of 70s material by Zimbabwe's Hallelujah Chicken Run Band! The Hallelujah Chicken Run Band vocals are led by the great Thomas Mapfumo, but overall it's very much a group effort that's rich in harmonies and backing vocals by all of the members. The guitars are just as important ... read moreCD
Great grooves from Sofi Hellborg – a European musician, but one with a deep commitment to Afro Funk grooves! The style here is nicely divergent from Sofi's previous set with Tony Allen – still strongly Afro funky at the roots, but with a bit more emphasis on jazzy passages too – ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Hard Steppin funk and Afro steeped grooves from Ikebe Shakedown – solid stuff from the fertile Brooklyn funk scene – blending hard hitting 70s funk & soul with both stateside and African influences and more measured and slow cooking numbers! The group is young and doesn't take the ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The first album by the group that later went on to become Oneness Of Juju! The album was recorded with a group that featured Plunky Nakabinde and Lon Moshe on reeds and percussion – plus Babatunde on congas and drums – and the overall sound is very much in kind of an Art Ensemble Of ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Warm modern Afro-inspired funk & soul from Amsterdam's Jungle By Night – whose promising earlier 45 primed us pretty well – and this self-titled set of live-in-the-studio grooves for Kindred Spirits more than delivers on it! The set is described simply as "highlights from a ... read moreCD
A wicked bit of funk from Ghana – a record that's as amazing and wonderful as it is rare! The set's one of the best African 70s rarities we've ever heard – filled with massive grooves that offer up a take on funk that's far different than American grooves – but which also comes ... read moreCD
Kid & The First People —
Tiwerenge ... CD Dakar Sound (Netherlands), 2005. Used ...
Jaunty Afropop grooves from Malawi! Although Kid Mkandawire was born in Zambia and since 1995 has lived in Denmark, he cut his musical teeth in Malawi, a tiny sliver of a country sandwiched by Zambia and Mozambique. Over the last two decades Congolese soukous and reggae have been popular imports, ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Angelique Kidjo —
Aye ... CD Mango, 1994. Used ...
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
Angelique Kidjo with the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg —
Sings ... CD 429 Records, 2015. Used ...
A totally sweet bit of Afro Funk from the 70s – cut in England by Nigerian sax player Peter King! King was an incredible talent back in the day – having started his groove on the Nigerian scene, then travelled globally to pick up a wealth of influences from soul, jazz, and funk acts in ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
KI ... CD Gramavision, 1985. Used ...
Afro Funk is alive and well – thanks to the efforts of Kokolo, one of the best new groups of the genre working today! Kokolo have a sound that completely respects the 70s roots of the Afro Funk sound, yet also play here with a burning style that reminds us a lot of some of the current groups ... read moreCD
The bold voice of a new Afro Funk ensemble – jamming hard with an intensity that matches recent work by Antibalas or The Daktaris, and which stands proudly in a tradition that runs back to Fela's best work of the 70s! The group's extremely tight, and have a good funky edge – and they've ... read moreCD
A masterpiece of Turkish psychedelia – and quite possibly the greatest album ever from Turkish psychedelic maestro Erkin Koray – a mad blend of sounds that definitely lives up to its "elektronik" title! Most numbers feature a weird blend of electric guitar and baglama – ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Joe Driscoll & Bassekou Kouyate —
Faya ... CD Cumbancha, 2014. Used ...
Kandia Kouyate —
Biriko ... CD Syllart (Mali), 2002. Used ...
Powerful acoustic songs from one of Mali's greatest female singers! Although her career started back in the early 90s, Kandia Kouyate record commercially until 1997 when she recorded a hit duet with Sekouba Bambino Diabate. Biriko is her second album, and its gorgeous mixture of hand percussion, ... read moreCD
Turns out, it DOES run in the family – a great talent for Afro Funk grooves, with the same deeply soulful elements that made Fela Kuti's music so great back in the 70s! This smoker from Femi was recorded at the legendary Afrodisia studios in Lagos – with a nice degree of edge in the ... 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
A long-overdue album from saxophonist Bukky Leo – a player with roots in 70s Ethiopia, and a range of experiences that also includes key recordings in the early British acid jazz scene! Bukky's got a resume that includes work with Fela and Tony Allen – and he's working here in a mode ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from Mali – recorded by the nomadic studio of Frikyiwa, and a mixture of music, vocals, and sounds of the city of Bougouni! The approach is really striking, and makes for a CD that's as much a cultural document of Lipitone's music as one could hope for. Titles include "Ta ... read moreCD
An incredible batch of prime garage rock era nuggets from the Peruvian scene – fuzzy gems by the Saicos! The Saicos bring a sense of menace to these tunes – with a guitar tone touched with an eerie vibe, and lead vocals that are really piercing and gravelly in that instills this ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreCD