Fantastic stuff – and one of the records that made drummer Tony Allen a legend, and one of the key musicians to step out of the larger setting of the Afrika 70 group of Fela Kuti! Allen's the leader here, and the vibe is nicely a bit different than some of Fela's records – although the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really cool set from a really groovy trio – a group from Hong Kong, but who sing in English, and have a great mix of jazz and soft rock styles! Danny sings, plays guitar and beer cans – and Rudy and Romeo harmonize while playing bass, keyboards, flute, and rice tins – on tunes ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: record has an edge warp, but played fine for us. Cover has autographs on back, and some light wear.)
Aby Ngana Diop —
Liital ... LP Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. Near Mint- ...
Really unique music from Aby Ngana Diop – a poet as much as a singer – and one who speaks here over some really raw, really driving music that's plenty heavy on percussion! The sound is quite different than other Senegalese styles you might know from the time – as the sabar and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Super-rare Ghanaian funk from Edzayawa – one of the most unique and insistently appealing Afro Rock albums we've heard in years – with a hypnotic groove all its own! The album shares some of the same influences and instrumentation as many other groups from the time, but, there's really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear and aging, and some staining and peels on the back bottom.)
Icala ... LP Soul Brothers (South Africa), 1985. Near Mint- ...
Titles include "Into Yami", "Hamb Uyogana", "Icala", "Ungazi Ngabo", "Wangithanda Ungaqondanga", and "Ungenwe Yini". LP, 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
(Orange label Volt pressing. Cover has heavy surface wear, aging, and a stained corner.)
A hard-grooving, drum-heavy set from Jeri-Jeri – a project spearheaded by Berlin-based producer Mark Ernestus! 800% Ndagga is an incredible set of Sabar and talking-drum tracks – thunderous, unrelentingly thumped by a griot clan of drummers in Dakar – and taken to an even deeper ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kokolo pick up a bit more of a Latin groove than usual – mixing it in with their fierce Afro Funk riffing, and making for a very sweet little tune! The track burns and bubbles with the best of both cultures – a highly rhythmic number with some Spanish language lyrics – and a few ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A very different album than the previous effort from drummer/percussionist Saratha Korwar – a lot more political, as you might guess from the title – and a set that has the London musician working with performers from the hip hop scenes in Mumbai and New Delhi! Most of the tunes have a ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing, still sealed with hype sticker.)
Rare promo-only vinyl pressing of this 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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Promo in a plain sleeve.)
Lafayette Afro Rock Band —
Soul Makossa ... LP As The Record Turns, Early 70s. Sealed ...
Amazing Afro Funk from one of the greatest groups of the genre – The Lafayette Afro Rock Band, a funky ensemble recording in Paris in the early 70s! The group were working in a hotbed of cross-cultural styles – and brought American funk rhythms firmly into play with African influences ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strange little ethnographic record on Roulette – featuring a chorus of young female singers running through medleys of various African songs. Titles include "Mama Butidi Bana Bole", "Tu Tu", "Nzeka Nzenzele", "Ele Ele Mamiami", and "Mwana ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit of a mainstream effort from Makeba, as this set features more of an emphasis on pop material and standards than on some of her other records. Sid Bass conducted and arranged the orchestral backing on the folk and sixties pop classics, which doesn't leave as much room for her vocal stylings ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo Dynagroove pressing with deep groove. Includes the RCA inner sleeve. Cover has a small center split in the top seam, in great shape otherwise.)
A hip little album by Miriam Makeba – part South African soul, part New York hip, with arrangements that recall some of Makeba's later work, bits of Nina Simone, and touches of Uptown soul. Arrangements and backing are by Luchi De Jesus – and Sivuca's actually part of the backing, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing, with deep groove.)
Rat Race ... LP Polygram (Nigeria), 1988. Very Good- ...
Just Sold Out!
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(Cover has some surface wear and aging.)
Storm ... LP Sigma Disc Limited (Nigeria), 1992. Very Good ...
A later album from Hugh Masekela – but still plenty darn hip, way more so than most of the other artists on the Casablanca label at the time! Hugh's South African groove is still very firmly in place here – mixed with a slightly warmer LA soul sound, but expanded with loads of great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hugh Masekela's never been shy of the soul charts, and he made a nice dent with this excellent discofied jam, with the catchy chorus, and surprisingly little horn peaking through the percussion heavy mix. (Soul, Global Grooves)12-inch, Vinyl record
One of Hugh's most compelling records from the time – cut live at the Whiskey A Go Go, with a jazzy edge that really shows him growing a lot as a musician. The set features small combo backing by a group that features Al Abreu on sax, Hotep Cecil Barnard on piano, Henry Franklin on bass, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hats off to Hugh Masekela – one of the few artists who could record for the Casablanca label and never manage to lose his own sense of sound and spirit! The album's a surprisingly great one, filled with the kinds of subtle touches and earthy soul we've always loved in Hugh's music – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most evocative albums ever recorded by the enigmatic Lloyd Miller – a set created at Brigham Young University, in Utah – but filled with a mix of different styles from the other half of the planet! Miller plays a variety of stringed instruments and percussion – ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 200 copies – and packaged in a very heavy, hand-assembled cover!)
(French pressing on Disque Sonics. Cover has heavy wear, clear tape on the top and bottom seams, bent corners and sides, and an ink stamp on back. Labels have ink stamps.)
Denis Mpunga & Paul K —
Criola ... LP Music From Memory (Netherlands), Early 80s. Sealed ...
Very unusual work from the Belgian/Congolese duo of Denis Mpunga and Paul K – pulled from a series of early 80s experiments that mixed modern electronic modes with older rootsy traditions! Mpunga was born in the Congo, but relocated to Belgium in the 70s – and here, working with Paul K ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
US issue of some of Sonny's African recordings from the early 80s. The groove here is afro-pop, with crisp guitars and a lighter beat than Fela's style of afrobeat, but with similar cascading horn parts. The production's a bit slicker too, with the vocals pushed way forward in the mix. Titles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bouncing late 70s afro grooves, from Nigeria's Sonny Okosun's. Not as heavily syncopated as Fela, and with a more overt western rock influence, this set grooves a little harder than your typical NPR world music hour fare. 6 tracks in all, including "Bleech Peoiple", "Lagos High ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, a Sounds Workshop sticker, and a cut corner. Vinyl is nice and clean.)
It's the mid 80s and Mickey Hart's behind the production on this album, so you know it has a slick, glossy touch all over it, with a very "world music" approach. But the beauty of Olatunji's playing and subtle complexity of the rhythms trump the flashy approach. The lineup is huge, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Babatunde Olatunji goes even more drum-crazy than before – working here with no less than nine percussionists, plus a host of singers as well! The tunes have a very rootsy groove throughout – instrumentation that only comes from the rhythm instruments, some of which are pointed towards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on "Ayinde". Cover has some ring and edge wear, half split top seam, some splitting in the bottom seam, and some opaque white stains along the spine.)
One of Olatunji's best LPs, and a record that breaks out of his usual straight hard percussion stuff by adding some jazz players like Yusef Lateef, Clark Terry, and George Duvivier. There's also some singers augmenting the ensemble, but they drop out in parts, and the percussion and jazz take over. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing. Cover has light wear and some aging.)
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