The title's no like – as these guys definitely groove, and they're definitely funky too – a sweet 70s combo from the Lagos scene, and one who play with a very sharp edge at their core! Aktion make nice use of darker, downturning chords – which creates a moody feel to their funk, ... read moreCD
Stunning Afro Funk from this incredible combo – as great as anything from the 70s, and maybe even better! The album's the second full length release from New York's Antibalas Liberation Orchestra – and like the first, it's an insanely wonderful batch of funk tunes that follows fiercely ... read moreCD
Robo Arigo & His Konastone Majesty —
Sexy Thing ... CD PMG (Austria), 1982. Used ...
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
Seminal sounds from Segun Bucknor – one of the most soulful singers on the Nigerian scene of the 70s, and an artist who can mix funky grooves with some of the deeper currents and moodier themes that you'll hear in Zamrock recordings of the time! The album begins with some excellent upbeat ... read moreCD
Really lovely work from Stella Chiweshe – both a singer and a hell of an mbira player – both talents that get equal play on this collection of early singles from the 70s! In fact, the set feels a lot less like some African singles from the time, than a unified album that really offers ... read moreCD
Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze —
Sira ... CD ObliqSound, 2008. Used ...
Enigmatic duets between trumpet and kora – the former played by Volker Goetze, the latter by Ablaye Cissoko – who also sings a bit on the set as well! The sound is wonderfully spare, and extremely haunting – and the warmth of the trumpet is a great mix for the airier tones of the ... read moreCD
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
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Paco De Lucia —
Luzia ... CD Blue Thumb, 1998. Used ...
80s sounds from the Somali scene – but served up with a lean, raw quality that feels a lot more like 70s funk overall! In a decade where some of the other scenes on the continent were using more beats, electronics, and keyboards – Dur Dur Band still keep things plenty live, and plenty ... read moreCD
Brilliant stuff! Roforofo Fight hails from 1972 – an early full-length Fela LP, filled with 4 tight groovers that stand with his best work! "Go Slow" begins with this mad trumpet solo that you'll recognize from a famous sample, especially as it mixes in with keyboards; "Rofor ... read moreCD
Igna Igwebuike —
Bomp ... CD PMG (Austria), 1980. Used ...
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 moreCD
Great electronics from the Indian scene of the 80s – music that's a lot warmer and more evocative than you might guess from the "robotic" in the title – thanks to plenty of roots in the Kollywood soundtrack scene! The instrumentation is often spare, but still echoes the ... read moreCD
A brilliantly funky and raw live recording by the Congo's great Konono No 1 – taped in Vera, Holland on their first European tour in February of 2003, and released on Terp, the label owned by Terrie Ex of the Ex! The brittle, in-the-red likembe patterns fly by in high-velocity cycles, amped- ... read moreCD
A nicely-done overview of the best work of South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela – featuring tracks from his groundbreaking years at the Chisa, Uni, and Blue Thumb labels! The tracks bring together South African rhythms with a buoyant, celebratory approach to soul jazz – cut by ... read moreCD
A decade's worth of groundbreaking funk and African rhythms – all of it recorded by Hugh Masekela for his legendary Chisa label! Back in the 60s, Hugh cracked the American charts with a playful version of South African jazz – but he was also an even hipper cat than you'd guess from his ... read moreCD
A rare sitar record from Iran – a nicely psychedelic take the stirring sitar grooves and other Eastern styled records of the era from Abbass Mehrpouya! Mehrpouya Sitar is a pretty wonderful mix of Eastern strings, bits of psychedelia and some funk – with some flutes, keys, percussion ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
The rare first album by Ocho – and a killer batch of Latin tracks that breaks down all definitions of the music! Ocho were a seminal group in the NuYorica scene of the early 70s – blending soul, funk, Latin, jazz, and other styles into a groove that was perhaps a bit too complicated ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Sir Shina Peters —
Sewele ... CD Top Star/Strut (UK), 1986. Used ...
There's a really fantastic sense of sound going on here – not the usual Afro Funk, even though the record is plenty darn funky – and instead this really unique interplay between the bass and drums of the rhythms, and the overall sense of production! The record clearly has some mixing ... read moreCD
The funky Rob way is a massive one at that – a new path into Afro Funk modes for the 70s, with a groove that's made this set a collectors classic for decades! The group is tighter than most, yet more skittish too – percussion rattling alongside basslines that have these echoey ... read moreCD
Oumou Sangare —
Oumou ... CD Nonesuch, 2004. Used 2 CDs ...
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An incredible introduction to the work of Oumou Sangare – one of Mali's greatest singers, and an artist with an amazingly beautiful voice! The package features recordings that span Oumou's career, plus an additional 8 new songs that have never been on CD – all put together with a great ... read moreCD
A double-length look at the music of Pat Thomas – a key figure on the scene in Ghana during the 70s, heard here in a variety of settings and styles! The range of sounds promised in the title definitely rings true – as the music starts with early jazzy highlife, then moves through 70s ... read moreCD
Vieux Farka Toure —
Fondo ... CD Six Degrees, 2009. Used ...
Mindblowing funk from 70s Africa – a collection that's overflowing with great rare bits! If you ever thought that the sound of Afro Funk was just Fela, Tony Allen, and Manu Dibango – think again, because this set will really expand your horizons! The package was expertly selected, ... read moreCD
Music from Ana Firmino with Tito Paris, Boy Ge Mendes, Nana Matias, Teofilo Chantre, Cesaria Evora, Bana, Maria Alice, Jose "Zeca" Neves, Fantcha, Zeca Dinha Reinalda with Joao Cirilio & Blick Tchutchy, Dulce Matias & Djurumaru. CD
Traditional Latin rhythms meet with modern electronic and hip hop touches – in a set of tracks that are very much in keeping with other Putumayo sets! Titles include "Linda Manigua" by Sidestepper, "Salsita" by Sin Palbras, "El Carretero" by Barrio Cubano De ... read moreCD
The Heavenly Sweetness label celebrates its first ten years in business – with a special birthday present of all-exclusive unreleased tracks! This set doesn't look back at the previous decade of the label, but instead points the way forward – with a wonderful selection of newly-recorded ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD