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XUnusual grooves from around the globe -- Afro Funk, Bollywood soundtracks, Turkish rock, gamelan, ethnographic/field recordings, sitar sounds, and more!

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Bilal AbdurahmanEchoes Of Timbuktu & Beyond In Congo Square ... CD
Folkways, 1979. New Copy Gatefold ... $8.99 16.98
A beautifully poetic take on the transplantation of African sounds in the US scene – played on a variety of different instruments by Bilal Abdurahman! The tracks are mostly short, percussive ones – with the strongest focus on instrumentation, but with occasional vocal refrains from ... read more CD
(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.)

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King Sunny AdeSynchro System/Aura ... CD
Mango/T-Bird (UK), 1983/1984. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
A pair of groundbreaking records from King Sunny Ade – both of which represent a new wave of interest in African music after the initial burst of the Fela Kuti generation! First up is Synchro System – fantastic work from King Sunny Ade – one of his first truly global releases, ... read more CD

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✨✧ Africa NegraAfrica Negra – Antologia No 1 ... CD
Bongo Joe (Switzerland), 1980s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A collection of work from one of the biggest bands on the scene in Sao Tome & Principe years ago – combo who rocked the small island nation with a great blend of West African modes and more tropical sounds! The guitar work is often very lively, and percolating strongly with the rhythms ... read more CD

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AkwassaLa'Ila ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1975. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
A stunner from the Afro Funk scene of the 70s – and the kind of record that makes us realize just how much greatness there is to discover! Years back, we thought we'd heard all the good cuts from the sub-Saharan continent – but a record like this really makes us sit up and take new ... read more CD

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AlostmenKologo ... CD
Strut (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
Really raw work from this Ghanaian group that emerged from jamming on the streets of Accra – a core quartet that mostly features tuned percussion and stringed instruments – used in a highly rhythmic way along with the vocals! The lineup features kologo, goje, gome, dondo, and kpanlogo ... read more CD

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AmanazAfrica ... CD
Now Again, 1975. New Copy 2 CDs ... $7.99 17.98
Wonderfully fuzzy work from Amanaz – one of the trippiest, headiest groups of the Zamrock scene of the 70s! The guitars here are very full and present – not at a hit you over the head jamming label, but with this rich sonic element that has lots of bassy undercurrents – at a ... read more CD
Also available Africa ... LP 23.99

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Kalyanji AnandjiMuqaddar Ka Sikandar ... CD
Subah Zindagi (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A great little Bollywood soundtrack by one of key composers of the genre – and one that's still got all the right sort of elements you might expect! There's some really great upbeat tracks – nice groovers that even get a bit funky at times – and which have a few cool instrumental ... read more CD

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Okyerema AsanteDrum Message ... CD
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A legendary album on the Black Fire label from the 70s – a set that features Ghanaian percussionist Oykerama Asante working in the same American mix of funk and spiritual jazz as his labelmates Oneness Of Juju! The set was recorded in the same stretch as the best work from that legendary ... read more CD

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Fred Fisher Atalobhor & His Ogiza Dance BandAfrican Carnival ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... $5.99 24.99
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 more CD

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Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandBacao Rhythm & Steel Band ... CD
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy ... $8.99 17.98
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 more CD

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Souren BaronianMiddle Eastern Soul Of Carlee Records (2022 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Carlee/Modern Harmonic, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $25.99
A surprising slice of work from the 70s – three different albums all released under various guises by Armenian American reedman Souren Baronian – all put out on his own Carlee label, and done in a very cool mix of styles! Baronian blows both familiar American horns and more exotic ... read more CD

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Batti MamzelleI See The Light (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Cube/Big Pink (Korea), 1974. New Copy ... $11.99 22.99
The only album ever recorded by Batti Mamzelle – an unusual group from Trinidad, and one who bring in a fair bit of steel drums to their music, alongside some heavier funk and rock modes! The blend is pretty darn unique – different than some of the straighter steel bands who were ... (Rock, Global Grooves) read more CD

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Steve BlackVillage Boogie ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
An album that definitely lives up to its title – thanks to a strong embrace of funky boogie styles, but served up here with a sweet Nigerian twist! Some cuts are heavy funk right from the start – clearly inspired by Kool & The Gang and other sharp-edged American groups of the 70s ... read more CD

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Black Children Sledge Funk BandBlack Children Sledge Funk Band Vol 3 – Aviation Grand Father ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
Their name may be a mouthful, but the Black Children Sledge Funk Band have a groove that's nice and lean – a wicked blend of basslines, percussion, and lots of riffing guitar – plus these very cool keyboards that wander over the grooves and give the whole thing a sweetly spacey vibe! ... read more CD

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Black MangoQuicksand ... CD
Gusstaff (UK), 2022. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
A really unique project from Philippe Samiguel – recorded in Bamako, where Samiguel has worked as a producer for many years – during which time he's pulled together ideas from all sorts of different projects, and forged them into a new groove of his own! Samiguel's worked most famously ... read more CD
Also available Quicksand (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP 24.99

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BloPhase IV (with bonus track) ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
Blo have gone through a few different phases before this fantastic fourth album – but none of them as funky as the work on this set – which may well set a whole new standard for the Nigerian music legends! The groove here is super-tight, with lots of excellent bass and drums snapping ... read more CD

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BombinoBombino Live In Amsterdam ... CD
Partisan, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A nice little set from Bombino – recorded in Amsterdam, but heavy on the kind of fuzzy, freaky guitar work that have made the Tuareg group such an international hit in recent years! These guys wail mightily throughout – mixing pulsing rhythms with nicely freaky guitar lines – ... read more CD
Also available Bombino Live In Amsterdam ... LP 14.99

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Francisco Mora CatlettMora/Mora 2 ... CD
AACE/Far Out (UK), Late 80s. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A pair of great albums back to back – both rare albums from a percussionist who worked with Sun Ra! First up is Mora volume 1 – a legendary early set from percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett – and a really sublime blend of spiritual jazz and Latin rhythms! Mora's percussion is ... (Jazz, Global Grooves) read more CD

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✨✧ Don Cherry/Carlos Ward/Dollar BrandUniversal Silence ... CD
Lepo Glasbo (Germany), 1972. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A beautiful live performance from the same trio that delivered the Third World Underground album for Trio Records in 1972 – a set done with a similar mix of earthy, global elements as that gem – delivered by Carlos Ward on alto and flute, Dollar Brand on piano and flute, and Don Cherry ... (Jazz, Global Grooves) read more CD

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Stella ChiwesheAmbuya (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Piranha (Germany), Late 80s. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
Classic work from Stella Chiweshe – a set that gave mbira player Stella Chiweshe much wider exposure than some of her previous records, and a nicely bold sound to match! Stella sings lead vocals, and handles her instrument with amazing dexterity – and also uses a few other percussion ... read more CD
Also available Ambuya (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP 12.99

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Mamadou Diabate & Percussion ManiaSeengwa ... CD
Delicious Tunes (Germany), 2022. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Mamadou Diabate stands poised over his chosen instrument on the cover – the lovely balafon, the West African equivalent of a xylophone, and an instrument of great beauty when in the hands of the right player! And Diabete's definitely the right player – working on the balafon in ways ... read more CD

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Manu DibangoAfricadelic ... CD
Soul Makossa (France), Early 70s. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
Incredibly funky work from Manu Dibango – a set that's easily as great as his classic Soul Makossa album – but which is a lot more obscure overall! The work's got a fiercely-jamming quality all the way through – lots of rumbling percussion at the bottom, and also a bit of ... read more CD

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Super Mama DjoboSuper Mama Djobo ... CD
New Dawn (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy ... $7.99 18.99
Rare work from this important Guinean combo! The work has all the sharp, rootsy edges we love in their other releases – but there's also a clarity of recording that really lets some of the best elements come through – especially the incredible interplay on guitar, which is woven ... read more CD

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Hamid El ShaeriSlam Years 1983 to 1988 ... CD
Habibi Funk (Germany), Mid 80s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Great early work from Libyan singer Hamid El Shaeri – an artist who'd soon explode to huge global fame, but who's heard here on early tracks recorded for the Slam label in Egypt! Most of the releases were originally issued only on cassette – a format that allowed Hamid's music to ... read more CD

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ElcadosWhatever You Need ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
The Elcados serve up a new sort of Nigerian groove for the end of the 70s – one that's got an electric vibe that definitely matches the look of their sweet suits on the cover! There's a fair bit of keyboards amidst the guitars that riff along with the rhythms – and the style has a bit ... read more CD

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Etran De L'AirAgadez ... CD
Sahel Sounds, 2022. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A fantastic little set, and one that may well represent a key evolution of the Tuareg sound – as the group here still work in the sublime blend of guitar lines that made their previous record so great, but also find this focus and majesty that really pushes the whole thing over the top! We're ... read more CD
Also available Agadez ... LP 18.99

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Eye QPlease The Nation ... CD
Afro Soul/Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 17.99
A treasure trove of funky soul and trippy grooves from Eye Q – a group who hail from the same scene in Zimbabwe that gave us Witch and Ngozi Family, but who are maybe even groovier overall! There's some really wonderful guitar on most of these cuts – more funk-styled than some of the ... read more CD
Also available Please The Nation (with bonus download) ... LP 49.99

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Roger FakhrFine Anyway ... CD
Habibi Funk (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Beautiful sounds from Roger Fahkr – a Lebanese singer/songwriter who recorded most of this music in the late 70s – but with a sound and style that's every bit as compelling as western talents from the earlier part of the decade! The tunes often begin with voice and acoustic guitar, but ... read more CD
Also available Fine Anyway ... LP 19.99

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Ahmed FakrounMots D'Amour ... CD
Celluloid/PMG (Austria), 1983. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
Words of love from Libyan singer Ahmed Fakroun – an artist who works with some sweet 80s electro soul backings that perfectly match his look on the cover! The vocals are mostly in Arabic, but they're set to backings that have a definite western approach – very universal in sound, with ... read more CD

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4 MarsSuper Somali Sounds From The Gulf Of Tadjoura ... CD
Ostinato (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy ... $12.99 20.99
Maybe the first-ever collection of the work of this important group from Djibouti – a huge state-financed ensemble whose performances were captured on tape for radio, but never issued as regular commercial albums at the time! 4 Mars take their name from a key moment of independence in the ... read more CD

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Henri GuedonKarma ... CD
La Voix Du Globe/Outre National (France), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
A really brilliant album from percussionist Henri Guedon – an artist with Caribbean roots, but a sound that really seems to transcend all boundaries – as he mixes his own instrumentation with a great blend of keyboards, organ, piano, and plenty more percussion – in styles that ... read more CD

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Kitsos HarisiadisLament In A Deep Style – 1929 to 1931 ... CD
Third Man, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy ... $10.99 15.00
Clarinet music, but unlike anything else you might have heard before – as Greek musician Kitsos Harisiadis uses the instrument in a style that's quite far from American jazz and swing! Instead, the clarinet here is used on a series of folkloric tunes – music from the northwestern ... read more CD

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Igna IgwebuikeBomp ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
Sweet funky sounds from east Nigeria, circa 1980 – a great little set that's got a laidback groove, and a style that's clearly learned plenty from the hipper corners of the American funk universe! The approach is a bit like funky club at times, a bit more like some of the larger funk acts of ... read more CD

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Jembaa GrooveSusuma ... CD
Agogo (Germany), 2022. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
A great criss-crossing of cultural roots, in the best mode of other projects on the Agogo label – such as some of their Latin and Brazilian-tinged recordings! This time around, though, the inspiration is from West Africa – core styles that are taken up by a group from Berlin, and woven ... read more CD

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Juju (Oneness of Juju)Live At 131 Prince Street (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A much-needed slice of work from Juju – the group who later transformed into spiritual funk ensemble Oneness Of Juju! Juju only recorded two full albums in the early 70s, so this unissued live set is a key addition to their catalog – and the whole thing's got this bold quality that's ... (Jazz, Global Grooves) read more CD

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Orlando Julius & The Afro SoundersOrlando Julius & The Afro Sounders ... CD
Philips/Voodoo Funk, 1973. New Copy ... $6.99 16.98
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 more CD
(CD version comes with a great hardcover book-like package that includes liner notes by Orlando Julius.)

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Jupiter & OkwessNa Kozonga ... CD
Everloving, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Fast funk and lots of sharp riffs from Okwess – a group with roots in the Congo, but who've risen to international fame – thanks in part to their updating of older Afro Funk modes, and the strong presence of lead singer Jupinter Bokondji! The group are clearly aware of more ... read more CD

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✨✧ KOGZone 6 – Agege ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness/Pura Vida (France), 2022. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
The first-ever solo album from Kweku of Ghana – who you've likely heard as KOG on projects with Nubiyan Twist, Onipa, and others – really sounding great here with a colorful vibe that really fits the image on the cover! The rhythms percolate nicely throughout – lean beats mixed ... read more CD

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Zdenka KovacicekZdenka Kovacicek ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
Funky sounds from Croatia – presented here with a sweet 70s groove, and some very offbeat vocals throughout! Zdenka Kovacicek has a completely different way of phrasing than most other European singers we've heard – all these weird twists, turns, and sharp little angles that are a ... read more CD

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Femi Kuti/Made KutiLegacy + (Stop The Hate/Foreward) ... CD
Partisan, 2021. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99 16.99
Two generations of the Fela Kuti legend work here back to back – in a double length set that features one full album from Fela's son, and another by his grandson! Femi is up first on a set titled Stop The Hate – full-on Afro Funk with plenty of message in the music – the older ... read more CD

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Jimi Lee/Mona Finnih & The SensationalsStroll In The Moonlight ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
Jimi Lee is a hell of a studio talent here – as he handles all the arrangements and production, and also sets up load of sweet guitar lines that riff alongside the vocals of Mona Finnih & The Sensationals! That riffing guitar really gets things moving here – sometimes in a heavier ... read more CD

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Los PiranasToma Tu Jabon Kapax ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2012. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
Tripped-out funk from contemporary Colombia – played by a group who've clearly dug all the nation's rich legacy of groove-heavy music! The album's got a vintage feel at points – especially when the heavy drums are mixed with weirdly-distorted guitars – which almost have the feel ... read more CD

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LuiLui (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Maui Surf/P-Vine (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $18.99
A rare bit of soul from the Hawaii scene of the 70s – and like some of the best of the genre, a record that's definitely got some influence from the warm Cali soul scene of the time, but which also brings plenty of its own style to play! The guitar lines have a nicely chromatic vibe, maybe ... (Soul, Global Grooves) read more CD

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Morteza MahjubiSelected Improvisations From Golha Part 1 ... CD
Death Is Not The End, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Stunning sounds from Iranian pianist Morteza Mahjubi – an artist who tunes his instrument in all these very unique ways – so that the strings and the keys come together in ways that are unlike anything at all you'd hear in the west! At times, the instrument almost feels more like a ... read more CD

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Miriam MakebaKeep Me In Mind ... CD
Reprise/Strut (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
One of Miriam Makeba's hippest albums of all time – a set that marked the end of her association with Reprise Records, and her fame in the crossover American scene of the 60s – and for good reason, too – as the whole thing's brimming over with much more righteous energy than ever ... read more CD

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Atakora ManuOmintiminim/Afro Highlife ... CD
BBE (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy ... $9.99 29.99
Two rare albums from Ghana – back to back in a single set! First up is Omintiminim – a record with a title that's a bit hard to say, but a groove that's instantly infectious – as older highlife modes come into play with all sorts of great 80s keyboards – in style that has ... read more CD

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Irene MawelaBest Of The SABC Years – 22 Rare Recordings From The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation Archives – 1982 to 1988 ... CD
Umsakazo (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy ... $14.99
Rare work from the lovely Irene Mawela – material that the South African singer recorded for the SABC sound library in the 80s, none of it commercially available at the time! Yet despite that fact, this is material that can go head to head with some of the best SA soul of the time – ... read more CD
Also available Best Of The SABC Years – 22 Rare Recordings From The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation Archives – 1982 to 1988 (gold and black vinyl pressing) ... LP 16.99

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Bala Miller & The Great Music Pirameeds Of AfricaPyramids ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
Bala Miller's got a great pan-African group here – one that's more from the western side of the scene, despite the pyramids mentioned in their name – with players hailing from Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon – all coming together in a mighty righteous style! The music is fairly ... read more CD

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MombasaAfrican Rhythms & Blues 2 ... CD
Spiegelei/Sonorama (Germany), 1976. New Copy ... $9.99 19.99
The second album from Mombasa – and possibly even better than the first! The group have really come into their own by the time of this date – mixing together jazz and African roots with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of – quite unique in its approach to rhythms, ... read more CD

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Steve MoniteOnly You ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1984. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
Sweet Nigerian boogie from Steve Monite – a set that mixes together bass-heavy funk and more guitar-driven numbers – kind of criss-crossing styles of the Lagos scene at the time, while also making a nod to the New York dancefloors as well! The tracks are all long, and although Steve ... read more CD

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Harry MoscoCountry Boy ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
Sweet grooves from Harry Mosco – once the leader of The Funkees, but stepping out here with some wicked work from the London scene at the end of the 70s! The album's got a snapping electric vibe – sometimes clubby, but with more of a funk feel overall – thanks to some heavy ... read more CD

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MulatuMulatu Of Ethiopia (stereo/mono) ... CD
Worthy/Strut (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and ... read more CD
(CD features the full album in both stereo and mono versions!)

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Ngozi FamilyDay Of Judgement ... CD
Now Again, 1976. New Copy ... $7.99 17.98
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 more CD

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Mike Nyoni & Born FreeMy Own Thing ... CD
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $8.99 19.98
Wonderfully trippy sounds from Mike Nyoni – one of the funkier talents in the Zamrock scene of the 70s – even though he also works with lots of the slight psychedelic touches of other contemporaries too! Mike's style on guitar is a bit too loose to be funk, but it's also got this nice ... read more CD

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Pape NzienguiKadi Yombo ... CD
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1989. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A set from the late 80s, but one that's got some nicely classic touches – thanks to strong work on the small-stringed ngombi from Pape Nziengui! Pape sings alongside his instrument, often with a raspy voice that's instantly compelling, even if you can't understand the lyrics – and ... read more CD

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Rim Kwaku Obeng & The BelieversToo Tough/I'm Not Going To Let You ... CD
Sum Sum/BBE (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $5.99 14.99
Wonderfully groovy work from Rim Kwaku Obeng – an artist with African roots, but working here in the San Francisco scene of the early 80s – where he's clearly picked up a very international vibe in his music! Rim definitely plays some traditional percussion on the tracks, but there's ... read more CD

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OkuteOkute ... CD
Chulo, 2021. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A contemporary Cuban group, but one who fit easily in the long cultural legacy of Havana – as the combo have a way of taking timeless modes and making them come alive again in all new ways – often really stripping things down to their roots, with an intimate, earthy presentation that ... (Latin, Global Grooves) read more CD

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Luis PerezIpan In Xiktli Metztli – Mexico Magico Cosmico – El Ombligo De La Luna ... CD
Issste/Mr Bongo (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A wonderfully hard-to-categorize album from the start of the 80s – a Mexican record that mixes folkloric roots with electronic instrumentation – but all in a way that sounds much more ancient than you'd expect for the time! The fusion of modes here is wonderful – almost at a ... (Latin, Global Grooves) read more CD
Also available Ipan In Xiktli Metztli – Mexico Magico Cosmico – El Ombligo De La Luna ... LP 29.99

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Astor PiazzollaAmerican Clave Recordings (Tango Zero Hour/La Camorra/Rough Dancer & The Cyclical Night) (3CD set) ... CD
American Clave/Nonesuch, Late 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $38.99 39.99
A stunning collection of work from one of the greatest periods in the career of this global music legend – material that gave Astor Piazzolla a chance to really stretch out and push some of the more modern ideas in his creations! First up is the incredible Zero Hour album – a fantastic ... (Latin, Global Grooves) read more CD

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Astor PiazzollaCollaboraciones 1975 to 1985 ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $16.99
Some really fantastic collaborations from the legendary Astor Piazzolla – done at a time when the Argentine musician was being seen as way more than just a bandoneon player – and instead the fully creative genius whose experiments really helped shape the music of the 70 at a global ... (Latin, Global Grooves) read more CD
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Astor PiazzollaOlympia 77 ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
A live set from Argentine musical legend Astor Piazzolla – recorded in Paris, and with a vibe that really makes the music even more striking than some of his other fantastic records from the 70s! The group's a bit different – in that it's got a drummer, who brings an even bolder sense ... (Latin, Global Grooves) read more CD
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Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz BandEgypt Strut (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Strut (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Amazing grooves like you've never heard before – seminal sides by Salah Ragab and his Cairo Jazz Band – work done by the percussionist who'd also worked with Sun Ra, but who's even more amazing here on his own! As you can probably guess from their name, the ensemble was an Egyptian one ... (Jazz, Global Grooves) read more CD

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Rock Town ExpressRock Town Express ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1977. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
The Rock Town Express here comes across with lots of fuzz in the guitars – that later psych influence that was tripping across the African scene in the late 70s, often mixed with a bit of funk – as in some of the hipper Zamrock grooves of the period! The approach here is maybe a bit ... read more CD

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Majid SoulaChant Amazigh ... CD
Habibi Funk (Germany), 1980s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
That's not a typo in the title – although the music of Majid Soula is pretty darn amazing – served up here in a collection of work from the 80s, all of which serves to find a new sort of contemporary expression for the Amazigh culture of North Africa! Majid uses a fair bit of keyboards ... read more CD
Also available Chant Amazigh ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ Idrissa SoumaoroAmpsa ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
A beautiful album from Idrissa Soumaoro and L'Eclipse – one recorded during a time of great political unrest in Mali, and a set that was never commercially issued – but just originally given away by the Malian Association for the Blind! The album's got all the power of earlier albums ... read more CD
Also available Ampsa ... LP 24.99

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Mor ThiamDini Safarrar ... CD
Rite/Jazzman (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $8.99
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 more CD

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Mary Afi UsuahAfrican Woman ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
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 more CD

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Vaudou GameNoussin ... CD
Hot Casa (France), 2021. New Copy ... $9.99 19.99
A sweet little album from Vaudou Game – a set that's got a leaner feel than some of their previous records, but in a way that also makes the whole thing funkier too! The group's a quartet this time around, and working with lots of guitar riffs and bass from lead singer Peter Solo – ... read more CD
Also available Noussin ... LP 19.99

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Voilaaa (Patchworks)Voicii ... CD
Favorite (France), 2021. New Copy ... $9.99
We've loved the music of Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart in all its many forms for years – but over time, this Voilaaa project might well be our favorite – as it really gives Patchworks a way to blend past and present, while also reaching out over the space of the globe! As before, ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves) read more CD

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XtasyE Je Ka Jo (Let's Dance) ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1984. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
Xtasy have a name and a look that feels a lot like some of the mainstream American soul acts of the time – and the sound of this album definitely fits that image too! The grooves are a sweet blend of bumping basslines and keyboards – borrowing strongly from electro soul instrumentation ... read more CD

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VariousAloha Got Soul – Soul, AOR & Disco In Hawai'I 1979 to 1985 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $8.99 15.98
Sweet soul from the Hawaii scene of the 70s – a surprisingly strong source of well-crafted, warmly-produced grooves – all with a special sort of sparkle that reminds us a lot of the best Bay Area or LA sounds of the time! There's a sunny vibe to the music that really belies its roots ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves) read more CD

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VariousAOR Global Sounds Vol 5 – 1977 to 1984 ... CD
Favorite (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $18.99 33.99
Sweet sounds from way beyond the American scene – a range of tracks from global sources, but which are tied to some of the best soulful styles of the Cali scene of the 70s! Don't think the AOR in the title means that these cuts are all commercial hits – as they're well-produced, but ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves) read more CD

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VariousBellissima – More 60s She Pop From Italy ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
Very cool sounds from the 60s scene in Italy – music that's clearly inspired by the best British female pop of the period, and also a bit by Detroit soul – with maybe just a touch of French "yeh yeh" modes thrown in for good measure! Yet because the sounds come from a scene ... (Rock, Global Grooves) read more CD

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VariousBombay Disco 2 ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, 1980s. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
Bombay grooves, but not just the disco promised in the title – as these cuts come mostly from the 80s years of Bollywood, and show Indian funk moving into a great new realm of styles! There's definitely a disco vibe at the core – and as in other scenes, the style stayed current a lot ... read more CD

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✨✧ VariousBoogie Breakdown – South African Synth Disco 1980 to 1984 ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Early 80s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
There's no breakdown to the boogie here – as the album's overflowing with stunning sounds that are right up there with better-known club music from the early 80s – every bit as full of basslines, beats, and keyboards as the best tracks from the American scene of the period, but maybe ... read more CD

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VariousCumbia Beat Vol 3 – 21 Peruvian Tropical Gems ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $9.99 16.99
A smoking third volume in this mighty look at the Peruvian cumbia scene of the 70s – music that often shares the same blend of guitar, percussion, and keyboards that makes some of the chica grooves from that time so great! The music here maybe owes a bit more to Latin sounds from up north, ... read more CD

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VariousCzech Up Vol 2 – We'd Be Happy ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $11.99
An unexpected legacy of funky sounds from the 70s – one that most of us never got to experience, given that most of these records were trapped behind the Iron Curtain for decades! Yet somehow, that curtain seemed to allow for plenty of influence from the west – as most of these obscure ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves) read more CD

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VariousDisco Dildar – DIY Disco From The Pakistani Pop Workshop ... CD
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
Not the straight disco you might expect from the title – and instead a whole host of weird and wonderful grooves from the later years of the Lollywood film scene! These Pakistani tracks follow a bit of the style of Bollywood work of the time, but often have a tighter, more compressed ... read more CD

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✨✧ VariousE Soul Cultura ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970s/2022. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
A really cool idea for a collection – a set that brings together vintage 70s tracks and more contemporary cuts – all with a globe-spanning ear for a groove, and an approach that's as heavy in soul as you'd expect from the title! This isn't your usual collection of sample tracks or funk ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves) read more CD

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VariousEssiebons Special 1973 to 1984 – Ghana Music Power House ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $17.99 18.99
Searing grooves from 70s Ghana – a set of tracks from the glory days of the Essiebons record label, mixed with a number of killers that weren't issued at the time! The music burns with a fire right from the start – and the package includes a fair number of really funky nuggets that not ... read more CD

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VariousGroove Club 3 – Cambodia Rock Intensified ... CD
Lion/Get On Down, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
Mad sounds from Cambodia – rock and roll at the core, but with a delivery that's unlike anything you'd hear in the Anglo world! There's plenty of Eastern elements going down in the music – not just the local lyrics, but other ways of putting together a rhythm, tuning a guitar, and ... read more CD

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VariousHabibi Funk – An Eclectic Selection Of Music From The Arab World ... CD
Habibi Funk (Germany), 1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Get ready to have your mind completely blown – because this compilation is one of those completely rare ear-opening experiences that will let you know that there's a hell of a lot of music in the world that you've never heard before – even if, like us, you've heard plenty of funky music ... read more CD

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VariousHabibi Funk Vol 2 – An Eclectic Selection Of Music From The Arab World ... CD
Habibi Funk (Germany), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $15.99 17.98
A second amazing collection of rare funk tracks from the Mid East – work that didn't exist in the same "scene"-styled world as American funk, but which instead comes from a disparate group of recordings that surprisingly, amazingly, turned out to be pretty darn funky! Musical modes ... read more CD

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VariousHeed The Call – 17 Of The Choicest Maori/Polynesian Soul, Funk, & Disco Tracks ... CD
Vostock (New Zealand), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
A little-heard assortment of rare funk tracks from the 70s – all music with a unique hybrid of styles, originally only issued for the small scene in Aotearoa – which most of us know as the nation of New Zealand! The music here draws on both American funk and south Pacific styles – ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves) read more CD

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VariousHow The River Ganges Flows – Sublime Masterpieces Of Indian Violin 1933 to 1952 ... CD
Third Man, 1930s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $10.99 15.00
A really beautiful collection of rare work pulled from a variety of different 78rpm singles – Indian classical music from the generation before Ravi Shankar and a few other artists gave it global exposure – with an especially strong focus on the use of the violin next to sitars and ... read more CD
Also available How The River Ganges Flows – Sublime Masterpieces Of Indian Violin 1933 to 1952 (with bonus 7" single) ... LP 18.99

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VariousKlezmer – American Recordings 1909 to 1952 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 1900s/1910s/1920s/1930s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 29.99
One of the best collections of early klezmer music we've ever seen – a big package that traces the roots of the style as it developed in the hands of early Jewish immigrants to America at the turn of the century – then grew and transformed as European styles came into context with ... read more CD

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VariousLes Musiques Des Caraibes – Du Vaudou Au Ska ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 29.99
An overstuffed package of classic work from the Caribbean – most of it from midcentury, at a time before reggae and other styles would bring even more exposure to the scene! The music here is in a nice mix of modes – separate by island identity, but drawn together in a good way by the ... read more CD

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VariousLibertango – Piazzolla Forever ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1990s. New Copy ... $16.99
A really wonderful tribute to the lasting power of Astor Piazzolla – a collection of tracks from later years – all new versions of some of his classic compositions, handled by a younger generation who've gotten great inspiration from his music! The setting is similar to some of Astor's ... (Latin, Global Grooves) read more CD

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VariousLife Between Islands – Soundsystem Culture – Black Musical Expression In The UK 1973 to 2006 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2CD ... $21.99 22.99
A really fantastic little collection – a look at the way that sounds from the Caribbean changed over nicely when brought to the UK scene – where immigrants from former British territory really helped to transform the sound of London in the 70s! The music here is served up in a range of ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves) read more CD
Also available Life Between Islands – Soundsystem Culture – Black Musical Expression In The UK 1973 to 2006 (3LP set – with bonus download) ... LP 36.99

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VariousLondon Is The Place For Me Vols 7 & 8 – Calypso, Palm Wine, Mento, Joropo, Steel, & Stringband/Lord Kitchener In England 1948 to 1962 ... CD
Honest Jons (UK), 1950s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
A great double header from Honest Jons – a 2CD set that brings together volumes 7 and 8 of their London Is The Place For Me series! Volume 7 is first – a fascinating look at musical modes in London during the big years of postwar immigration – a time when former residents of the ... read more CD

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VariousLove African Soul – T-Groove Presents African Modern Disco 1975 to 1980 ... CD
Africa Seven/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A really great idea for a collection – one that focuses on the clubbier sounds that were showing up in African records during the second half of the 70s – a definite influence from the disco sounds of New York, but often handled here in very different ways! Maybe think of the music ... read more CD

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VariousPsych Funk 101 – A Global Psychedelic Curriculum 1968 to 1975 ... CD
World Psychedelic Classics, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $7.99 17.98
A stunning collection of psychedelic funk from all over the world – incredible material that mixes the free spirit of the psychedelic scene and the furious sense of groove learned from the funk movement! The collection is a bit of a genre-starting compilation – as it brings together ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves) read more CD

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VariousSanteria – Mystic Music From Cuba 1939 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 30s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $22.99 29.98
A fantastic collection of music from Cuba – not the jazzy descarga styles that led to salsa, nor the more romantic singers that are maybe some of the nation's best-known artists – but instead a wealth of work that mixes raw percussion and vocals to support the spiritual practice of ... (Latin, Global Grooves) read more CD

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VariousSaturno 2000 – La Rebajada De Los Sonideros 1962 to 1983 ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $17.99 18.99
Other-worldly sounds from the Mexican scene – maybe the first-ever compilation we've seen to really dig deep into the world of the sonideros – sound system operators who work in a groove that's mellow but funky, and full of all these weird sort of echoes and effects! The core rhythms ... (Latin, Global Grooves) read more CD

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VariousSilk Road – Journey Of The Armenian Diaspora 1971 to 1982 ... CD
Terrestrial Funk, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Armenian grooves, but done with plenty of familiar funk elements as well – including lots of sweet keyboards and some hard-driving rhythms that makes more than a few of these tracks perfect for the clubs! There's not much in the way of notes with the package, and the set is hardly ... read more CD

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✨✧ VariousSurinam Funk Force – More Boogie & Disco Funk From The Surinamese Dance Floors ... CD
Rush Hour (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A huge range of funky soul cuts from a very surprising source – the nation of Surinam, which didn't earn its independence until the mid 70s – which then seemed to pave the way for a big wave of wonderful music like this! The cuts often have a groove that's more northern hemisphere club ... read more CD

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VariousTanamur City – Indonesian AOR, City Pop, & Boogie 1979 to 1991 ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A really fantastic look at a scene we might never heard otherwise – served up here in a selection of cuts that have a really surprising vibe! Forget everything you know about Indonesian music, as the work here seems to draw most heavily from the European scene at the time – ... read more CD
Also available Tanamur City – Indonesian AOR, City Pop, & Boogie 1979 to 1991 ... LP 23.99

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VariousTurkish Freakout – Psych Folk Singles 1969 to 1980 ... CD
Bouzouki Joe, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $7.99 17.98
A full plate of funky freakout grooves from the Turkish scene – compiled one and all from 7-inch records made from the end of the 60s to the dawn of the 80s! It's a mix of psych folk, funk, more traditional buzzing strings and hypnotic melodies – pretty wonderful all the way! Turkey's ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves) read more CD

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VariousVoltaique Panoramique Vol 1 – Popular Music In Ouagadougou & Bobo Dioulasso 1968 to 1978 ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $9.99 19.99
Rare sounds from Burkina Faso – music that's often much rootsier than other popular African sounds of the time, but in a way that beautifully ties together older traditions and contemporary instrumentation! Much of the work here has some sort of electric component – either a guitar, ... read more CD

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VariousWake Up You Vol 1 – The Rise & Fall Of Nigerian Rock Music 1972 to 1977 (CD with book) ... CD
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $10.99 24.98
The Nigerian scene might be best-remembered as a hotbed of Afro Funk in the 70s – but during the same key stretch, the nation also gave rise to a heady rock underground, too – one that often mix psychedelic inspirations with some of the soul and funk that were coming from the bigger ... read more CD
 
 



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