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Global Grooves

XUnusual grooves from around the globe -- Afro Funk, Bollywood soundtracks, Turkish rock, gamelan, ethnographic/field recordings, sitar sounds, and more!

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✨✧ BatsumiBatsumi (140 gram vinyl) ... LP
Matsuli (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most compelling albums we've heard from the African scene of the 70s – a rare set from a Soweto group, and one that's got a heavy dose of spiritual jazz in the mix! The album almost feels more like the kind of set you'd hear by a Paris group, extrapolating African sounds in the post-colonial era – or an American group, inspired by roots from the homeland – and the group sports some especially great work on tenor, played by Themba Koyana, a player we've never heard before! Rhythms are great, with lots of percussion, and some nice funky undercurrents at times – and other instrumentation includes organ, which often works well with the echoey production. The album does have some occasional vocals, but the main focus is instrumental, which is very jazzy too – and titles include "Itume Leng", "Anishilabi", "Lishonile", and "Emampondweni". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited repress!)

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Victor CaviniJapan ... LP
Selected Sound/Be With (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
A very unusual sound library album from the German scene – a set that's maybe a lot more ethnographic than the usual stock TV and commercial grooves you'd expect – done by Victor Cavini with a fairly sensitive blend of traditional Japanese instrumentation and a few key modern elements as well! Instrumentation includes koto, wood flute, and lots of percussion – mostly acoustic, and in these little short tunes that do a great job of painting a little scene in sound – served up as a total of 14 "Pictures Of Japan", originally recorded for the Selected Sound library label. (Sound Library, Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album

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Walter Gavitt FergusonLegendary Tape Recordings Vol 2 – The King Of Calypso Limonense ... LP
Bongo Joe (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $18.99
Not the kind of calypso that was issued by the big American labels in the 50s – and instead, sounds that have a sound, style, and overall approach that's maybe a lot more similar to American blues from the rural scene! The tracks here are all pulled from the personal archive of Walter Gavitt Ferguson – recorded mostly at his home, on cassette, over the space of many years in which Ferguson was growing in international fame, even while never leaving the space of his island. Recording quality is nice and raw – of the sort you'd be more likely to hear from rural Mississippi or Georgia bluesmen in some 60s ethnographic project – and the guitar phrasing is as biting as Walter's delivery of the lyrics. Titles on this second volume include "Not A Pugilist", "Roberto Tour", "You Cannot Bathe A Puss", "Hoorah For Paula", "Lock Me Up Neighbour", "One Pants Tearing Off", "Gal Must Be Take Me For A Fool", and "All Going Up To Glory". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe Harriott/John Mayer Double QuintetIndo-Jazz Fusions ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
The best of British modern jazz meets the world of post-colonial music on the London scene – and the result is a groundbreaking blend of cultural styles! Reedman Joe Harriott and his trumpeter Shake Keane both brought a fresh West Indian sensibility to the London scene in the 50s – and violinist/keyboardist John Mayer brought some very strong expressions from Indian music – both of which are blended here in an amazing way that went onto have a huge influence on other records for years to come! The tracks are long, and all penned by Mayer – in a mode that draws heavily from Indian classical music, but features lots of jazz elements from Harriott on alto, Keane on trumpet, Pat Smythe on piano, Coleridge Goode on bass, and Alan Ganley on drums – plus a bit of flute from Chris Taylor, who was a member of Mayer's group. Mayer plays both violin and harpsichord – amidst sitar, tambura, and tablas too – in a hypnotic blend that holds us rapt through tunes that include "Gana", "Partita", "Mulanti", "Acka Raga", and "Subject". (Jazz, Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo green & blue label pressing.)

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Sarathy KorwarMore Arriving ... CD
Leaf (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $7.99 11.99
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 soaring, majestic quality – a similar blend of jazz and global elements that we've heard in Korwar's music – but the additional of lyrics on most numbers really transforms the whole thing, and uses Korwar's strong sonic sensibilities as the backdrop for some very powerful global messages! MCs include Trap Poju, MIrande, Zia Ahmed, Aditya Prakash, Deepak Unnikrishnan, MC Mawali, and Delhi Sultanate – and titles include "Mango", "City Of Words", "Bol", "Pravasis", "Good Ol Vilayati", "Coolie", and "Mumbay". (Jazz, Global Grooves) CD
Also available More Arriving ... LP 19.99

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Sarathy KorwarMore Arriving ... LP
Leaf (UK), 2019. Near Mint- ... $19.99
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 soaring, majestic quality – a similar blend of jazz and global elements that we've heard in Korwar's music – but the additional of lyrics on most numbers really transforms the whole thing, and uses Korwar's strong sonic sensibilities as the backdrop for some very powerful global messages! MCs include Trap Poju, MIrande, Zia Ahmed, Aditya Prakash, Deepak Unnikrishnan, MC Mawali, and Delhi Sultanate – and titles include "Mango", "City Of Words", "Bol", "Pravasis", "Good Ol Vilayati", "Coolie", and "Mumbay". (Jazz, Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a small tear at the opening.)
Also available More Arriving ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Jean Bosco MwendaJean Bosco Mwenda ... LP
Mississippi, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A crucial slice of work from Jean Bosco Mwenda – a South African singer and guitarist that most folks know from famous Hugh Tracey recordings of the 50s, but who's represented here on a range of early 78rpm singles done for his nation's Gallotone label! The style is very stripped-down on most numbers – just Jean's fantastically melodic guitar playing, wrapped around a rhythmic impulse that's gently emphasized by light percussion, often on a bottle – then matched with the sing-song style of his vocalizations, which have a lyrical power that goes way beyond language. Titles include "Mwami", "Mukabe", "Bibi Mulevi", "Twafurahi Mwaka Mupia", "Kwa Leza", "Kubisha Na Bakubwa", "Ku Budongo", "Kijana Moja", and "Mama Kilio E". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lilly TchiumbaAngola – Songs Of My People ... CD
Monitor, 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really unique little record – an album of original songs based on older tradition, and one that interweaves elements of Portuguese culture with deeper roots of Angolan music! Lilly Tchiumba penned all the tracks herself, and sings in the Angolan language of Kimbundu – but there's a mix of percussion, guitar, and soaring vocals that echoes strongly with rootsier Brazilian, Cuban, and Haitian styles too – maybe in part because the Monitor label did such a wonderful job of recording the songs, and giving them this righteous, powerful vibe that still holds up strongly over the years! And by all of that, we almost mean that there's this sort of trans-global power to the whole record – one that moves beyond just a regional expression of culture, and past any sort of basic ethnographic mode – a lot like the Songs Of Protest album by Zelia Barbosa, also on the Monitor label. Titles include "Manazinha", "Gilagi Bu Kanga", "N'Zambi", "Mona Ki N'Gui Xissa", "Luanda M'Bolo", and "Kubata Di Rosinha". CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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✨✧ VariousApala – Apala Groups In Nigeria 1967 to 1970 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of sounds from the Nigerian scene at the end of the 60s – music in the apala mode, a highly rhythmic blend of percussion, voices, and thumb piano – served up with a style that's a lot grittier than some of the more commercial music of the time! These tracks are wonderfully raw, and completely hypnotic – all these criss-crossing changes and complicated elements at play in the percussion, but in ways that draw us in right away – then hold us in rapt attention at all the amazing elements going on! The style is maybe a key link between the West African modes that had been captured earlier by ethnographic recordings, and some of the sounds that would soon arise in more mainstream studios – and this collection is supposedly the first ever apala compilation issued outside of Nigeria, all done in the usual top-shelf Soul Jazz style. Titles include "Agilinti Lomu" by RA Tikalosoro & His Group, "Ewure Ile Komoyi Ode" by Haruna Ishola & His Apala Group, "Lekele Bale" by Adebukonla Ajao & Her Group, "Oko Lolomo" by Ayisatu Alabi & Her Group, "Orin Aje" by Rapheal Ajide & His Apala Group, "Rufai Balogun" by Haruna Ihsola & His Apala Group, and "Oriki Ibeji" by Jimoh Agbejo Bo Ogun & His Group. CD
Also available Apala – Apala Groups In Nigeria 1967 to 1970 ... LP 19.99

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VariousApala – Apala Groups In Nigeria 1967 to 1970 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99 34.99
A fantastic collection of sounds from the Nigerian scene at the end of the 60s – music in the apala mode, a highly rhythmic blend of percussion, voices, and thumb piano – served up with a style that's a lot grittier than some of the more commercial music of the time! These tracks are wonderfully raw, and completely hypnotic – all these criss-crossing changes and complicated elements at play in the percussion, but in ways that draw us in right away – then hold us in rapt attention at all the amazing elements going on! The style is maybe a key link between the West African modes that had been captured earlier by ethnographic recordings, and some of the sounds that would soon arise in more mainstream studios – and this collection is supposedly the first ever apala compilation issued outside of Nigeria, all done in the usual top-shelf Soul Jazz style. Titles include "Agilinti Lomu" by RA Tikalosoro & His Group, "Ewure Ile Komoyi Ode" by Haruna Ishola & His Apala Group, "Lekele Bale" by Adebukonla Ajao & Her Group, "Oko Lolomo" by Ayisatu Alabi & Her Group, "Orin Aje" by Rapheal Ajide & His Apala Group, "Rufai Balogun" by Haruna Ihsola & His Apala Group, and "Oriki Ibeji" by Jimoh Agbejo Bo Ogun & His Group. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousRadio Verde – Cape Verdean Dancefloor Magic ... LP
Colourful World (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A very cool little set – one that looks at the lost legacy of grooves from Cape Verde – recorded during a late 70s/early 80s stretch that's very different than sounds from that scene a few years before! The music isn't strictly straight dancefloor work – although it does borrow lots of keyboards from both the American and European scenes of the time, but used in ways that are often balanced with a warmer flow in the instrumentation – almost as if the electro elements have fallen into the tunes by accident – creating this very cool interplay that really keeps things interesting! The vibe is very different from some of the stiffer, colder synth work on the West African scene of the early 80s – and the rhythms nicely echo an earlier generation, but with more of a modern boogie approach. Titles include "La Mamai Ta Bem" by Jose Casimiro, "Mitamiyo" by Mendes & Mendes, "Coracao Dum Criola" by Galaxia 2000, "Rua D'Lisboa" by Vlu, "Tchon Di Somada" by Elisio Vieira, "Bo Terra Cabo Verde" by Cabo Verde Band, and "Rapaz Novo E Malandro" by Americo Brito & Djarama. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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