A seminal set that really put Tony Allen back on top – a record that showed that Allen was way more than just Fela's drummer, or another Afro Funk artist in general – but instead a really free-thinking, deep-concept musician overall! The album comes from key time that Allen spent on ... read moreCD
A real back to basics set from Tony Allen – much more strongly in his Afro Funk groove of the late 70s than other recent work, and recorded in Lagos with an earthy approach that's totally great! All the experiments and odd flourishes of recent sets have been stripped away – and 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
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 moreCD
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
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
Contemporary chica from this hip New York combo – great sounds that echo with a really timeless feel! The instrumentation here is right on the money – bouncy percussion, sweet electric guitar, outer space keyboards, and a perfect production approach that really ties the whole thing ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Nicola Cruz —
Siku ... CD Xtra Mile (UK), 2019. Used ...
Nicola Cruz has a very unusual style here – one that mixes percussion, wooden flutes, and some occasional contemporary production touches – almost in a way that bridges ancient musical modes and 21st Century spirits – but at a level that's always far less gimmicky than that ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)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
Djessou Mory Kante —
Guitar Seche ... CD Popular African Music (Germany), 1998. Used ...
Guitar Seche means "acoustic guitar" in French – and a further interpretation also means "straight", or "with nothing added" – a great description of the instrumentation on the CD! The set's wonderfully spare, and quite evocative – with lead guitar ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Do Amor —
Do Amor ... CD Plus Brasil Musica (Brazil), 2010. Used ...
An early recording by the great Malian singer Na Hawa Doumbia – made in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in 1982 – which finds her backed by guitar, keyboards and raw drums that starkly frame her voice in a great way! It's that voice that really carries this recording – it's piercing, ... 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
A killer from the classic years, and one of Fela's best albums! "No Agreement" is a super great groover – with a catchy hook that goes on and on, and some very tasty playing by Tony Allen and the group. The track is long, with heavy solos, and vocals that will knock you out! ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Monica Ferraz —
Love ... CD Sony (Portugal), 2014. Used ...
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Googoosh ... CD Finders Keepers/B- Music, Early/Mid 70s. Used ...
Beautiful Persian pop from Faegheh Atashin, aka Googoosh (alternately, Gougoush)– and like some of the best, adventurous pop music from around the world at the the time, it's steeped in myriad styles – from emotionally string-laden to funky and danceable! Googoosh is a genuine ... read moreCD
Incredible contemporary Turkish psychedelia and hypnotic instrumental jams from Hayvanlar Alemi – a group that blends their region influences with a world of psychedelia and wordlessly anthemic possibilities for a sound all their own! Electric guitars drive of the group's sound – with ... read moreCD
They definitely got the title right on this one – because the group never seems to move in any sort of direct line – instead always tripping around nicely with all these hip little twists and turns! Karl Hector & The Malcouns are the same loose collective of players you'll know ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Fuzzy, post psyche organ rock from South Africa – There's A Light There's A Way from 1971! The group has fairly versatile groove, from hard charging, bluesy psyche funk on the grittier gems, to more of an an open, less raucous mix of melodies, harmonies and righteous lyricism. In some ways ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Two killers from Jabula – overlooked Afro soul albums from the 70s! The set mixes up the track list a bit, but still comprises both full albums from the group – the first of which is the self-titled Jabula. Jabula is South African soul, but recorded in the UK – coming across ... read moreCD
A really unique project from the end of the 70s – a set that takes some of the Afro Funk energy that was bubbling in West Africa during the decade, then mixes it with some funky jazz touches arranged by the great William S Fischer! The mix of cultures comes out perfectly – with no ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Miguel Kertsman & Camerata Cantione Antiqua —
Amazonica ... CD Sony, 1997. Used ...
Gidon Kremer on violin, Friedrich Lips on accordion, Per Arne Glorvigen on bandoneon, Vladimir Tonkha on cello, Michel Portal on clarinet, Alois Posch on double bass, Elisabeth Chojnacka on harpischord, Mark Pekarsky on percussion, and Vadim Sakharov on piano. (Jazz, Global Grooves)CD
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
A key album in the 90s revival of Afro Funk – a seminal set from Fela's first famous son! The album's got a really nice edge throughout – and offers a mixture of older Afro Funk modes with some slight contemporary elements – bits of electronics and occasional programmed rhythms, ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A beautiful record from pianist Evan Lurie – very different than his work in the Lounge Lizards – as the set features bandoneon from Alfred Pedernera, guitar from Marc Ribot, and violin and viola from Jill Jaffee – in a mode that's almost like the hip modern work of Astor ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)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 great entry in the ongoing resurgence of the mighty Mulatu Astatke – the legend of Ethiopian music from the 70s, still going strong after all these years – and finding new ways to interact with generations of musicians that he inspired with his original recordings! This set has ... read moreCD
Naftule's Dream —
Job ... CD Tzadik, 2001. Used ...
Michael McLaughlin on accordion, Glenn Dickson on clarinet, Eric Rosenthal on drums, Pete Fitzpatrick on guitar, David Harris on trombone, and Jim Gray on tuba. (Jazz, Global Grooves)CD