A series of extended song medleys from Nigerian musician Idowu Animashaun – tracks that mix together wispy guitar, light percussion, and vocals that playfully deal with a variety of themes! The style here isn't nearly as heavy-hitting as that of Idowu's 70s contemporaries – especially ... read moreCD
Batida ... CD Soundway (UK), 2012. Used Gatefold ...
The first-ever contemporary recording on Soundway – but a set that's still got firm roots in the 70s African scene that's usually represented by the label! Batida is the brainchild of Portuguese DJ Mpula – who brings together samples from older Angolan recordings with contemporary ... read moreCD
Bixiga 70 —
Ocupai ... CD Mais Um Discos (UK), 2014. Used ...
An Afro Funk combo from Brazil, but one who bring in a huge amount of different influences to their music as well – expanding their sound with a range of soulful colors that make this set even more compelling than their debut! In addition to some expected Brazilian elements, there's also ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A completely righteous mix of jazz and African percussion – put together by drummer Art Blakey at a time when he was riding high with the Jazz Messengers, but also was willing to work on great experiments like this! The album's years ahead of its time – and arguably opens the door for ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print original pressing.)
Gyedu Blay Ambolley —
Sekunde ... CD Hippo (Netherlands), 2012. Used ...
A great new album from this 70s Afro Funk legend – work that shows that Gydeu Blay Ambolley hasn't lost a bit of his groove over the years! There's a really great approach to the album that keeps things fresh – a sound that's lean and stripped-down, and not overproduced at all – ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Afel Bocoum, Damon Albarn, Toumani Tiabate —
Mali Music ... CD Honest Jons/Astralwerks, 2002. Used ...
That Damon Albarn's a busy guy! When he's not busy being a rock star or mock rock star, he's off on holiday in some exotic locale – but making another record at the same time, like this one, recorded in Mali. We have to admit, though we were predisposed towards the bare field recordings ... read moreCD
The best album so far from this up-and-coming Colombian group – a great mix of rootsy elements and more electronic production – served up in the forward-reaching style we've come to love in recent projects from the Soundway label! Bomba Estereo are easily one of the most contemporary ... read moreCD
(Out of print, please note that there is tear on the corner of the sleeve cover & is priced accordingly.)
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 moreCD
Roland Brival —
Waka ... CD Isma'a (France), 2003. Used ...
New diaspora soul from Roland Brival – a wonderful recording that's every bit as great as his classic Creole Gypsy set! Roland's working here in a hotbed of cross-cultural talents – blending together African, Caribbean, and jazz-based rhythms with a style that's extremely unique. A ... read moreCD
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
Lovely stuff! The work of singer Cesara Evoria is remixed by a host of modern club talents – no surprise, as her best tracks of the past few years have been getting plenty of action on the 12" front – taking her from the world music scene into the clubs, with very surprising ... read moreCD
A brilliant criss-crossing of group from this cool trans-global group – a set recorded in London, but with roots in Venezuela, LA, and Ghana – served up with a sound that's even greater than the sum of its parts! Malcolm Catto recorded the record – and really helps bring a funky ... read moreCD
Triumphant live material from the great European Afro Funk combo Fanga – captured in Montpellier, France – which is where they call home! We've found Fanga's efforts to date to be tightly grooving, spiritually resonant Afro Funk to be among the finest modern acts anywhere in the world ... read moreCD
A great place to start with Fela! This 2CD set features the "best best best best" of Fela's classic mid 70s recordings – and it includes a total of 13 cuts, with some of them obviously edited down to shorter takes than the extended ones that appear on the full LPs. With all the ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Monica Ferraz —
Love ... CD Sony (Portugal), 2014. Used ...
Heady psych, but with a funky groove – done by a contemporary group on Soundway, and truly akin to the global psych funk of late 60s and 70s we've always loved from the label! Fumaca Preta founder/percussion/vocalist Alex Figueira is Portuguese-Venezuelan and based in Amsterdam – and ... read moreCD
Soliman Gamil —
Ankh ... CD Touch (UK), 1987. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Luis Garay Percussion World —
Sacumba ... CD Percumba, 2003. Used ...
A landmark album of Afro Soul! Orlando Julius was one of Nigeria's biggest soul artists in the 60s – and has been credited with virtually inventing the Afro Funk sound, and for being the inspiration to some of James Brown's funkier work of the late 60s! Julius came to the US at the end of ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Pat Kalla & Le Super Mojo —
Jongler ... CD Favorite (France), 2018. Used ...
A great little album from French singer Pat Kalla – an artist whose "Super Mojo" here is really the genius of producer Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart! The set is a collaboration between Pat and Patchworks – and uses the great vocals of Kalla to bring new focus to the ... read moreCD
Features Manu Katche on drums – with Mathias Eick on trumpet, Trygyve Seim on tenor and soprano, Marcin Wasilewski on piano, and Slawomir Kurkiewicz on bass – plus guest guitar from David Torn! (Jazz, Global Grooves)CD
Miguel Kertsman & Camerata Cantione Antiqua —
Amazonica ... CD Sony, 1997. Used ...
A contemporary Afro combo, but one with a really unique twist – a focus on older Ghanaian styles of grooves, which makes them sound different than a lot of other groups of this nature! Unlike some of the more Nigerian-grooving groups out there these days, Konkoma take their inspiration from ... read moreCD
A group with a sound like no other – one that features home-made electronics and amplification, and an array of highly-percussive instrumentation that includes thumb pianos, megaphones, microphones, and old car parts! Konono's been making this music for the past 25 years – working in ... read moreCD
Early album by Femi Kuti – a tight bunch of tracks that picks up where his father's work left off, taking the classic 70s Afro Funk sound firmly into the 90s. By that, we don't mean that Femi's adding in any extra garbage to the music – because the overall sound is very much 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 beautifully dynamic set from Mohamed Issa Haji – aka Matona – a musician from Zanzibar with a specialty in Taarab, which is an unusual hybrid of African, Arabic, and Indian musical styles! The group here features Matona on oud, vocals, and percussion – illuminated by very ... read moreCD
A cool combination of Island rhythms and free-flying piano lines – all wrapped together by the enigmatic Henri Pierre Noel! The vibe of the record is different than anything else we've ever heard – almost more European in the way that Henri handles the keys of the piano – which ... read moreCD