Jamaluddin Bhartiya —
Two Ragas ... LP Opus 3 (Sweden), 1980. Near Mint- ...
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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Drum Suite ... LP Columbia, 1956/1957. Very Good+ ...
An incredible early experimental album from Art Blakey – one of the first to feature him in expanded percussion format! Side one of the album features the extended "Drum Suite" – a set of 3 tracks ("The Sacrifice", "Cubano Chant", and "Oscalypso") ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a small split on the top seam and a bit of pen on front.)
Fred Bongusto —
Lunedi ... LP Warner (Italy), 1979. Very Good ...
While we have more or less dismissed a lot of the Celluloid world music productions from the 80s in the past, we look back now and realize that was pretty much just purist snobbery. This Laswell produced album of funky afro grooves doesn't have the same hard African funk that we dig so much about ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
As with other Africa 70 releases, 2 side long afro jams, with a strong pulsing groove percolating throughout. The set's got amazing keyboards, with this strange other-worldly sound that makes it feel like Sun Ra has suddenly joined the group, and the arrangements are nice and tight, in spite of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)
One of the best of Fela's albums from the 80's, and one that features one long track – "Army Arrangement" – done in vocal and instrumental versions, each lasting for a side of the record. The track's an excellent one – with a hard heavy groove, as the cut's the "ori ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Celluloid pressing. Cover has some creases on the back panel.)
A brilliant transformation of the sounds of Mali – one that takes songs composed by the legendary Toumani Diabate, and reworks them as pieces for solo guitar – yet played at a level that's every bit as haunting and evocative as the originals! Derek Gripper has this deftly harmonic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool set by an artist who's clearly influenced by all the older trippy styles issued by the Pharaway Sounds label – especially that imprint's strong focus on fuzzy psych from the Mid-East! In fact, the overall sound of this set's so cool, you could easily pass it off as some lost Turkish ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible sounds from trumpeter Jon Hassell – a really genre-defining record, and the start of a great run of music for years to come! The album's part of Brian Eno's "fourth world" series – explorations in mixing his own inventive modes with other global styles – but ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some waviness due to moisture.)
Muddy Ibe & His Nkwa Brothers System —
83 ... LP RAS, 1983. Good ...
A fuzzy, freaky little set – and one that shows the Zambian scene really moving into some heady sounds for the second half of the 70s! The set's a standout effort from singer Rikki Ililonga – an artist who's now much more of a fully-fledged rocker than in previous years – singing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ipi 'N Tombia —
Warrior ... LP Stax, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ...
Weird album that came out in the early 70s, when Stax was getting their hands into so many other styles of music besides southern soul and funk. Margaret Singana's the lead vocalist of this group that plays in a sort of Afro Pop/Afro Funk style, and she lays down the lyrics on tracks like "The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album of percussion grooves – hidden under a package that looks like it's going to be a lot more rootsy, but which ends up sounding like some of the hipper conga-heavy sessions on labels like Liberty or GNP from the late 50s. Jackson plays much of the percussion, but there's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Request pressing. Cover has some light wear and a small bit of splitting on the spine.)
Really cool work from Turkish rocker Fikret Kizilok – a collection of early 70s singles that really know how to shake up and mess up the concept of musical genres! The tunes here start in a Turkish folk tradition – with stringed instruments, flute, and percussion that certainly display ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great one from Fela – tight and outtasite, with one of our favorite tracks ever by him – "ITT", also known as "International Thief Thief"! The record's got a clean and simple approach to the groove that's right up there with the best of the Afrika 70 era – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label US Capitol pressing. Cover has a promo stamp & some light wear.)
We loved The Kutimangoes last time around, but we love them even more on this sweet second set – a record that, as the title implies, was recorded in Burkina Faso, with a killer sound that really opens up their groove! The music is Afro Funk at the core, but has lots of jazz inflections ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A steel band album – but with some nice twists! The record features a number of straight calypso type tunes, but it's also got some other ones with a cool 70s groove – echoey production mixed with soulful instrumentation to come up with some nice sounds! Highlights include a nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudoin —
Missa Luba ... LP Philips, 1968. Very Good Gatefold ...
One of the biggest world music hits of the 60s – a unique album that mixes Congolese songs with a new interpretation of the Latin mass! Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin are an ensemble of young singers with a very joyous sort of feel – one that works equally well for the traditional ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the extravagant gatefold cover, with booklet. Cover has a worn corner & sticker remnant.)
Los Fronterizos/Ariel Ramirez —
Misa Criolla ... LP Philips, 1965. Very Good- Gatefold ...
Great early work from Hugh Masekela! The record features all instrumental tracks – all short, and with Hugh's funky South African trumpet rolling over the top! The overall sound is a lot less slick than on some of his late 60s hits – and you can really hear his roots in the South ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Like Hugh Masekela's other records on Blue Thumb, this is a totally great bit of Afro funk, with a good hard groove filled with tight jazz playing, and some nice choppy rhythm that feels like it belongs on a Fela record. Great stuff played by his tight little Hedzoleh Soundz group, with the cuts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work from Hugh Masekela – and the album that pushed him over the top! The record features his version of "Grazin In The Grass", a runaway instrumental hit when it was issued – and a sly little groover that was based upon some earlier South African pop melodies that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent recording of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka – one to rival the earlier album recorded by Brian Jones for Apple Records! The on-site recording captures the music perfectly – an other-worldly blend of percussion and reed instruments with a droning and rhythmically intense ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly nice album for A&M, and one in which Letta's funky African soul style gets a bit more of an LA studio sound. The record features backing by a lot of well-known funky studio players, and Herb Alpert produced the record with a nice sound that still keeps Letta's rich voice in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slightly offensive title, but a set that features some great percussion from Montego Joe – in a much wider range than his usual Latin grooves! Marie Brooks narrates, and there's other drummers working with Joe – in a really wicked groove that's almost urged on by Marie's shouts and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Later material from Osibisa, who have lost some of their harder Afro-Funk edge, and are working here more as an ensemble funk outfit, with a sound that's similar to some of the bigger American groups of the time. Titles include "Do It (Like It Is)", "Uhuru", "Sunshine ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Otabor Cultural Group —
Benin City ... LP Ediendo Records (Nigeria), 1982. Very Good- ...
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(Cover has some wear, but is in decent shape overall.)
Mickey Heart of the Grateful Dead teams up with Mike Hinton and Airto Moriera for this percussion heavy session, ostensibly recorded for use in Apocalypse Now. 10 tracks in all: "Compound", "Trenches", "Street Gang", "The Beast", "Steps", "Tar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early American recording by Ravi Shankar – with some brief help from American jazz players! The bulk of the record features Ravi in a trio with tampura and tabla, performing long tunes similar to the ragas on his other albums from the time – but there's also a great track called ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing. Cover has splitting on the spine & top seam.)
A great steel band record, pretty much all covers and just about all funky, too! Like a lot of the groups updating the Carribbean sound with touches of rock, soul and funk, these guys seemed to have their brief moment, then just about completely disappear. There's vocals on some of the tracks, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally great, totally obscure album from the Argentine scene of the 60s – a modernist experiment to mix jazz and folklore – played by a sextet that features Strega on piano, plus vibes, flute, guitar, bass, and some mighty nice percussion! (Jazz, Global Grooves)LP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly soulful mix of disco grooves and Afro Funk influences – performed by this Italian group who were one of the better exports of that country's often-trashy disco scene. The tracks have mixed male and female vocals, with plenty of percussion and keyboards wrapped up in a slick ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really amazing music from Iraq – with a sound that's every bit as striking as the image on the cover! The sounds on the set all come from the era of Saddam, but show a cultural creativity that's quite surprising – some very unique hybrids of folkloric elements and more modern musical ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky psychedelic kaliedoscope of grooves from India – killer numbers from the 70s and into the early 80s – Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga, from the folks who put together the equally heavy Psych-Funk 101 and Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas compilations! Most of cuts here have a raw, fuzzed out ... (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Titles include "Dame Tu Craino" by Los Destellos, "El Solitario" by Alfredo Gutierrez, "Para Bailar" by El Hijo De La Cumbia, "La Canillona" by Juan Pina & La Revelacion, and "Fiesta En Corraleja" by Los Caporales Del Magdalena. LP, Vinyl record album
A startlingly deep and diverse second volume of ethnographic recordings from the first half of the 20th century – Secret Museum Of Mankind Volume 2 – material culled from archival 78s of recordings made all over the world! Includes recordings from Bulgaria, Puerto Rico, India, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album