Interesting album. Although most Nonesuch Explorer sessions were ethnographic ones, recorded in the field by the label's engineers – this one's a studio session, recorded in New York by a group that's reputedly from Ghana, but which seems to be kind of a "fake" one from our ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
King Sunny Ade —
Aura ... LP Island, 1984. Good+ ...
The third and tightest of Ade's albums for Island. The sound here is a hybrid of his Ju Ju style with a bit of Afrobeat thrown in, with Tony Allen guesting on one number. The percolating multi-guitar and talking drum sound that was Ade's signature keeps the set gliding along nicely. 6 longer ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nigerian pressing on Sunny Alade.)
King Sunny Ade —
Explosion! ... LP King Sunny Ade (Nigeria), 1984. Very Good- ...
Just Sold Out!
Nice one from Barcelona's Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – with some righteous, timeless original tunes by the group – plus some stylistic boundary-busting collaborations with remix producers! The straighter Afrobeat numbers are pretty great – inspired by the legends of the style, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nestor Amaral & His Continentals —
Brazil ... LP Golden Tone, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ...
(German pressing on Warner. Sleeve has some wear and old price stickers.)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Drum Suite ... LP Columbia, 1956/1957. Near Mint- ...
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 piece of clear tape on the top seam.)
Despite the colonialist overtones of the project – sort of the African equivalent to Porgy & Bess, at least in terms of authenticity – this groundbreaking musical was actually a crucial moment in the development of South African jazz. It's unfortunate that the package doesn't list ... (Soundtracks, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible stuff – and quite possibly the greatest album ever recorded by this enigmatic percussionist! The record features Chaino with his "African Percussion Safari" – not really listed on the notes individually, but (we surmise) most likely a group of studio percussionists. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing with deep groove. Cover has some peeled spots from price sticker removal.)
A world of rhythmic, danceable sounds from George Danquah – the legendary Ghanaian guitarist, composer and bandleader who had earlier played and/or toured with Benya Beats, Blue Monks and Uhuru Dance Band and other brilliant groups – and this rare mid 70s set is the only album billed to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early gem from the great guitarist Paco DeLucia – and one of the first to feature his solo instrument right out front in the mix, without support from another player or any large arrangements! The setting is breathtaking – incredibly deft guitar lines, with a style rooted in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard to peg this group from Chicago – but the album's got some pretty unusual rhythms! The combo looks to be a funky one – but they play with distinct Caribbean and African influences in the bass and drum parts, and especially in the guitar, which jangles back and forth across the ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Original cast production of this semi-popular musical from the early 70s – a collection of South African tunes performed by a large uncredited cast. The tunes have a nice groove that's sort of in the Miriam Makeba soul mode, mixed with others that get a bit more folksy and use a lot of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, but with heavy shopwear on the top seam.)
Fantastic work from the great Kip Hanrahan – as fiercely collaborative as any of his other best projects – with work by Jack Bruce on vocals and bass, Andy Gonzalez on bass, Milton Cardona on percussion, Steve Swallow on electric bass, Allen Toussaint on piano, Ignacio Berroa on drums, ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most enigmatic work we've ever heard from Karl Hector & The Malcouns – still every bit as funky as before, but with a deeper, more organic approach overall – one that includes loads of sweet acoustic instrumentation and mighty nice percussion! There's a very vintage ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The much anticipated full length debut of Brooklyn Afro Funk and psych soul-influenced combo Ikebe Shakedown – following up their tight, promising EP on the Colemine label with an excellent self-titled set on Ubiquity! One of our favorite things about Ikebe Shakedown's style is the way they ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most roosty albums on Blue Note – and a fairly straight session of African percussion tracks by Solomon Ilori and his Afro Drum Ensemble. Unlike similar albums by Art Blakey, this one lacks any strong sort of jazz component – and really just features fairly straight African ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first volume in Robert Brown's landmark documentation of the royal Javanese court gamelan. The sounds and style here are mesmerizing, and one can easily see the influence this sort of hypnotic pattern based percussive work had on Western composers like Steve Reich, with its rich overtones and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lateef Ahmed Khan plays tablas with tambura accompaniment on each track. Tracks are "Raga Ahir Bhairav In 3 Movements" with Mrinal Sen Gupta on sarod, "Raga Hamsadhvani In 3 Movements" performed with Surendra Kamat on flute, and "Raga Puriya Kalyan In 3 Movements" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some small splash stains on front.)
12 calypso-ish tracks: "Riverbank Jump Up", "Benwood Dick", "El Negrito", "The Road March", "Jamaica Jump Up", "Happy Wanderer", "Elaine, Harry & Mama", "Second Hand Piano", "St Thomas", "Village ... (Reggae, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label mono promo. Cover has some staple holes in one corner and a 4 inch split on the bottom seam.)
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.)
A weird album of spoken philosophy from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – known to most of the world at the time as the spiritual teach of The Beatles! The recording quality is pretty odd – just the voice of the Maharishi, recorded almost in ethnographic form – with kind of a tinny quality ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens —
Thokozile ... LP Earthworks/Virgin, 1985. Near Mint- ...
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(US pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and a lightly bent corner.)