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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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Sidiku BuariFeelings In Africa/Sidiku Buari & His Jam Busters ... CD
Precious/BBE (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99 16.99
A pair of rare records by Sidiku Buari – issued back to back on a single CD! Feelings is a record that was issued on the tiny Precious label – home to only two Buari albums in its tiny catalog – and the set follows strongly on the work that Sidiku recorded in New York during the 70s, records that were initially issued just under his last name! The groove on some tracks is full of early 80s NYC touches – sweet electro keyboards that provide some great middle-ground shocks to the tunes – while beats crackle crispy at the bottom, and Buari sings these slinky soul vocals that are a lot more American than you'd guess from the Ghanaian recording of the album. But other numbers have more of a West Africa vibe – that updating of older modes that was taking place in Nigeria too. Titles include "Music", "Feelings", "Anowar", and "Yayo Papa". Sidiku Buari & His Jam Busters has a groove that definitely lives up to its name – a sweet 80s crackle with lots of tunes that jam in an old school funk style – keyboards, basslines, and rhythms right on the money – in a great Transatlantic bridge between Ghana and New York City! The set begins with the super-funky "Let's Go To Funky Town" – a tune with a break on the intro to rival some of the best funky club work of the time – and the vibe continues strongly through the rest of the set, on titles that include "Sophisticated Jammer", "Power To My People", "Rhythm Of Africa", "Minsumobo", and "Karambani". CD

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Juaneco Y Su ComboEl Gran Cacique ... LP
Infopesa (Peru), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $30.99
A cornerstone of the classic chica groove in Peru – and one of the albums that put Juaneco and his very groovy combo on the musical map of 70s South America! The tracks are mostly instrumental, and have a fantastically tight blend of percussion, keyboard lines, and electric guitar – the last of which has a style that's directly tied to surf guitar modes of the American west coast of the 60s – but with leaner, snakier, spookier styles that are completely sublime – and which often have a way of stepping around the rhythms that would have made The Ventures weep! Production is great – with just the right dose of echo to make everything sound even more wonderful – and titles include "El Pajarito Pajero", "La Marcha Del Sapo", "Aguita De Sachachorro", "Me Robaron Mi Runa Mula", "Vacilando Con Ayahuasca", "Volando", and "La Incognita". (Latin, Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album

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Kodjovi Kush & Afrospot All StarsLove In Africa ... CD
Chop Time (Netherlands), 2017. Used ... $6.99
A contemporary Afro Funk record, but one with a vibe that makes us feel like we've discovered some lost strand of sound from the 70s! The Afrospot All Stars are wonderfully jazzy – a group who swing their horns more than blast them at times, warmed up by some great Fender Rhodes and very deft basslines – which seems to inspire some jazzier inflection in the vocals of Kodjovi Kush – a singer with a righteous style that reaches across different musical cultures, and has a power that really grabs us right away. There's lots of varied sounds bubbling through the mix, but never in any kind of overdone mash-up mode – just echoes of highlife, and maybe some Caribbean currents along with the groove. Beautiful stuff – a great antidote to some of the stiffer Afro-styled acts out there – with tracks that include "Togolo", "Agbadjazz", "Mariatou", "Mawuto", "Nutifafa", "Vonvononon", and "Yiri Yiri Boum". CD

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Geraldo PinoAfro Soco Soul Live ... LP
Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A blistering batch of live tracks from the amazing Geraldo Pino – super-tight Afro Funk with a groove to rival some of James Brown's funkiest work! Pino clearly takes a lot of cues from The Godfather in the way he leads the band – working with an MC who starts the set and calls him to the stage, then belting out the lyrics in a voice that may not be as screechingly soulful as James, but which has the same sort of punch and hard-bitten political undercurrent! The instrumentation includes lots of heavy percussion, fast-riffing guitar, and this great electric piano that's thin, but very cool – almost giving a spacey sound to the heavier funk at the bottom of the tunes! Tracks include "Blackman Was Born To Be Free", "Man Pass Main, Iron De Cut Iron", "Right In The Centre", "On The Spot", "Woman Experience", and "Afro Soco Soul Live". LP, Vinyl record album

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SorcerersSorcerers ... LP
ATA (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $24.99
A contemporary record, but one we'd rank right up there with the moodiest, most exotic African funk albums of the 70s – especially the gems we've discovered through the Ethiopiques series! These guys play in a style that certainly references Ethiopian reeds and keyboard work of the 70s, but with a groove that's even funkier too – an understanding of the possibilities of a deep funk combo, but expressed through a much richer, more organic vibe – so that nothing's ever forced or faked at all, and the music is wonderfully captivating throughout. Production is perfect for this sort of set – and titles include "Pinch Of The Death Nerve", "Viking Of 5th Avenue", "Cave Of Brahma", "Night Of The Sorcerer", and "Suur Toll". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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VariousTropical Disco Hustle ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $4.99
Disco sounds from the Caribbean scene of the 70s – a really unique mix of regional styles with the kind of rhythms that were coming from New York and Philly at the time! The groove here is really unique – even different than some of the reggae or African disco numbers of the time – as the sunny style of Trinidad & Tobago and other islands turns out to be a perfect fit for clubby elements – mixing riffing instrumentation with playful lyrics that would have been right at home in older musical modes, but which are tuned just right here to match the energy of the disco generation. And these cuts have an appeal that goes way beyond any sense of novelty or gimmick – often served up with a soulfulness that meets or beats mainstream US disco of the period. Hats off to Cultures of Soul for bringing all these great grooves together – on a set that includes "Dance With Me" by Odessey One, "Feel Like Dancing" by Levi John, "Instant Funk" by Merchant, Be Yourself" by Mighty Duke, "The Rebels" and "Living On A String" by Wild Fire, "Peace Without Love" by Ronnie Butler And The Ramblers, "Rockers Delight" by Prince Blackman (a nicely simmering Jamaican funk take on "Rappers Delight"), "Got To Have You" by Joanne Wilson, "Disco Music" by Trinadad Troubadours – plus the bonus tracks "Got To Have You (Whiskey Barons Rework)" and "Dance With Me (Al Kent Version)" by Odessey One. (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves) CD

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✨✧ Effie Duke & The Love FamilyMr Love (with bonus download) ... LP
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet bit of Afro Funk from Effi Duke & The Love Family – a set that's got some great touches that make the whole album pretty darn unique! There's a lot more groove here than you might expect from the "love" in the title – long tracks that build up in a flurry of skittish rhythms, dubby basslines, and these evocative lyrics that are maybe more calls to action for the groove, than actual song content – put forth by Effi Duke, who handles the guitar and bass – the latter with a nicely dark edge – in a small combo that mostly just includes drums and keyboards! The keyboards are especially cool – sometimes right on the groove, sometimes stepping out in spacier lines – almost hitting some William Onyeabar touches – and given the cool currents at the bottom, the album really comes across with a lot of power from just a little. Titles include "Time Is Come", "Mr Love", "Know Thyself", "Get Ready", and "Turn Me On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Funk ArkHigh Noon ... CD
ESL, 2012. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Funk Ark floats mighty high on this sweet little set – charting a course on the sea of grooves with strong currents of African and Latin rhythms in the mix! The group are a funk combo at the core, but they've got a great ear for all sounds global – complex rhythms, unusual instrumental inflections, and a forward-moving groove that's able to pull in plenty of different strands, and keep things funky throughout! Funk Ark work here with sweet production from Adrian Quesada, who helps them find just the right sort of vibe in the studio – with the crisp crackle of some of his own work – and titles include "Road To Coba", "High Noon", "Riconcito", "Wayward Bill", "El Rancho Motel", and "Green Tree Yellow Sky". (Deep Funk, Global Grooves) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Igna IgwebuikeBomp ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet funky sounds from east Nigeria, circa 1980 – a great little set that's got a laidback groove, and a style that's clearly learned plenty from the hipper corners of the American funk universe! The approach is a bit like funky club at times, a bit more like some of the larger funk acts of the time at others – all handled with a groove that's every bit as badass as you might guess from the cover! The music has a few more tropical touches at times, almost Caribbean energy when the rhythms speed up – but some of the best tracks are right on the money, with a superdope vibe. Titles include "World Of Misery", "Take Me High", "Funk In A Ghetto", "Disco Bomp", and "World Of Love". CD

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✨✧ Lijadu SistersDanger ... CD
Knitting Factory, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing work from the 70s Nigerian scene – and one of the few female funk records to come out of Africa back in the days! The Lijadu Sisters have a groove that's unlike anything else we've ever heard before – partly Afro Funk, but often changed up a lot in really weird ways – rhythms that get a bit complicated, yet still have a straight ahead punch – taken to new areas by the playful back/forth singing style of the sisters! Their vocals are amazing, sweet, but kind of eerie at times too – almost reminiscent of ESG in the early days – and with a similar style that's infectious right from the start! The whole thing's essential work from an overlooked 70s Afro Funk act – and titles include "Danger", "Cashing In", "Bobby", "Life's Gone Down Low", and "Amebo". CD

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✨✧ MonomonoDawn Of Awareness ... LP
Capitol, 1974. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal Afro Funk from Monomono – a killer combo from singer/percussionist Joni Haastrup, with a groove that's right up there with the best acts on the Lagos scene of the 70s! There's a nice degree of warmth in the music – thanks to some complicated guitar and basslines, which don't just have the usual highly-rhythmic groove, but inflect things with a melodic energy that's mighty nice! The blend is instantly entrancing – tight, but never overly polished – with a quality that really sets the record apart from other Afro Funk you might own. Tracks include "Plain Fighting", "Get Yourself Together", "Awareness Is Wot You Need", "Tire Loma Da Nigbehin", and "Ipade Aladun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear.)

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✨✧ PolyrhythmicsLibra Stripes ... CD
Kept, 2013. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Afro Funk mixed with lots of wah wah guitar – a wonderfully wicked set from the Polyrthmics, and one that's got an even sharper groove than ever before! These guys have all the right rhythms and horns to get an Afro Funk groove just right – but the guitar is often a bit tighter and more prominent than in other combos of this nature – played with this force and wide-spaced power that really brings a deeply funky undercurrent to the record – one that's not just Nigeria 70s, but which has plenty of echoes of the funky 45 generation as well! The mix of modes is wonderful – and titles include "Libra Stripes", "Pupsa Strut", "Snake In The Grass", "Chingador", "Skin The Fat", "Mr Wasbi Rides Again", and "Retrobotic". (Deep Funk, Global Grooves) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Geraldo PinoAfro Soco Soul Live ... CD
Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A blistering batch of live tracks from the amazing Geraldo Pino – super-tight Afro Funk with a groove to rival some of James Brown's funkiest work! Pino clearly takes a lot of cues from The Godfather in the way he leads the band – working with an MC who starts the set and calls him to the stage, then belting out the lyrics in a voice that may not be as screechingly soulful as James, but which has the same sort of punch and hard-bitten political undercurrent! The instrumentation includes lots of heavy percussion, fast-riffing guitar, and this great electric piano that's thin, but very cool – almost giving a spacey sound to the heavier funk at the bottom of the tunes! Tracks include "Blackman Was Born To Be Free", "Man Pass Man, Iron De Cut Iron", "Right In The Centre", "On The Spot", "Woman Experience", and "Afro Soco Soul Live". CD
Also available Afro Soco Soul Live ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Punta DiamanteAfrodelia ... LP
Sonorama Discos, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great work by a sharp-edged ensemble from Mexico City – a group who start out in familiar territory of Afro Funk, then quickly take the music in directions of their own – which includes a bit of the psychedelia promised in the title! Instrumentation features the core Afro Funk modes of percussion and horns – but there's also these cool spacey touches on keyboards and electronics, used in ways that really trip out the grooves and keep things interesting – and some of the horn solos are pretty great too, nicely wild in all the right ways! Titles include "Champ Fire", "GElatin Lover", "Afrodita Vs Tongolele", and "Babuino Groove". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Effie Duke & The Love FamilyMr Love ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet bit of Afro Funk from Effi Duke & The Love Family – a set that's got some great touches that make the whole album pretty darn unique! There's a lot more groove here than you might expect from the "love" in the title – long tracks that build up in a flurry of skittish rhythms, dubby basslines, and these evocative lyrics that are maybe more calls to action for the groove, than actual song content – put forth by Effi Duke, who handles the guitar and bass – the latter with a nicely dark edge – in a small combo that mostly just includes drums and keyboards! The keyboards are especially cool – sometimes right on the groove, sometimes stepping out in spacier lines – almost hitting some William Onyeabar touches – and given the cool currents at the bottom, the album really comes across with a lot of power from just a little. Titles include "Time Is Come", "Mr Love", "Know Thyself", "Get Ready", and "Turn Me On". CD

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✨✧ Kaleta & Super Yamba BandMedaho ... CD
Ubiquity, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
That's a pretty trippy cover on the front, and an image that really sums up the vibe of this excellent record from Kaleta – a set that's even sharper and funkier than any of his previous efforts – yet which has some nicely way out qualities too! The instrumentation is heavy on elements from old school funk – both Afro and Anglo – but the execution is very individual, and graced strongly by the wicked guitar work of the leader – who steps out in front of the band with the majesty of some West African genius from years back – calling out boldly with his lyrics, and turning out guitar parts that clearly know the farther reaches of the fuzzy spectrum, but which also never stray too far from the groove to get lost in their own space! Everything is tight and right on the money – and the record packs a lot more punch than some of its contemporaries, as you'll hear on titles that include "Hungry Man Angry Man", "Jibiti", "Goyito", "Medaho", "La Guele", "Adjoto", and "Gogo Rock". CD

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✨✧ Kaleta & Super Yamba BandMedaho ... LP
Ubiquity, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
That's a pretty trippy cover on the front, and an image that really sums up the vibe of this excellent record from Kaleta – a set that's even sharper and funkier than any of his previous efforts – yet which has some nicely way out qualities too! The instrumentation is heavy on elements from old school funk – both Afro and Anglo – but the execution is very individual, and graced strongly by the wicked guitar work of the leader – who steps out in front of the band with the majesty of some West African genius from years back – calling out boldly with his lyrics, and turning out guitar parts that clearly know the farther reaches of the fuzzy spectrum, but which also never stray too far from the groove to get lost in their own space! Everything is tight and right on the money – and the record packs a lot more punch than some of its contemporaries, as you'll hear on titles that include "Hungry Man Angry Man", "Jibiti", "Goyito", "Medaho", "La Guele", "Adjoto", and "Gogo Rock". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Etuk UbongNight Dreamer Direct To Disc Sessions ... LP
Night Dreamer (UK), 2020. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Trumpeter Etuk Ubong leads a mighty heavy combo here – a righteous group that mixes together Nigerian roots and spiritual jazz – a blend that's very different than anything we've ever heard before – and which maybe puts Ubong's music in the same territory as some of the South African jazz greats from decades past! Ubong's not afraid to sing with the group, too – and alternates between his instrument and occasional vocals in a lineup that has lots of percussion and drums at the core – with added horns, bass, and a bit of keyboards – plus guest vocals from Bahghi Yemane – whose style is a nice contrast to Ubong's. The main focus is on righteous grooves and soaring solos – bold trumpet lines over some fast modal rhythms, on titles that include "Mass Corruption", "Spiritual Change", "Purpose Of Creation", "African Struggle", and "Africa Today". (Jazz, Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album

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AntibalasAntibalas ... CD
Daptone, 2012. Used ... $5.99
Amazing sounds from one of the best funky combos anywhere – ever! Antibalas have certainly risen to fame in the years since we first heard their Afro-styled grooves – working famously in the Fela musical, and reaching generations of ears with their own brilliant records. Yet throughout it all, they've always stayed true to their sound – and, if anything, are even sharper, tighter, and funkier than before – all extremely adept not only at playing their instruments, but at hitting the right sort of sound to cut through all the BS that was holding back funky Afro grooves for years! Part of that sound comes from superb Daptone production by Gabriel Roth – who really knows how to keep things lean and mean and full of energy. But the core credit really goes to the group – who never cease to amaze us here – and continually come up with fresh sounds on their keyboards and horns – and inventive rhythms to match! Titles include "Dirty Money", "The Rat Catcher", "Ari Degbe", "Ibeji", "Sare Kon Kon", and "Him Belly No Go Sweet". CD

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Steve BlackVillage Boogie ... LP
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
An album that definitely lives up to its title – thanks to a strong embrace of funky boogie styles, but served up here with a sweet Nigerian twist! Some cuts are heavy funk right from the start – clearly inspired by Kool & The Gang and other sharp-edged American groups of the 70s – while others have a slightly looser rhythmic approach, but one that still grooves nicely, too – all given some great energy by the vocals of Steve Black, whose style of singing is nicely playful, and almost as bubbling as the instrumentation! The title track has this really cool mix of electronics and dub – and titles include "Brand New Wayo", "Igholoye", "Precious Tim", "Village Boogie", "When You Know What's Wrong", "Fun In The Street", and "Step Out When You're Down". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jagger BotchwayOdze Odze (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Mid 80s. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
Sweet African funk from Jagger Botchway – a musician with roots in The Barons, Hedzoleh Soundz, and Kelenkye Band – stepping out here on his own in a heady brew of percussion, guitar lines, and horns! Some of the cuts are vocal, some are instrumental – and the mix of melody and rhythm is very unique – almost with Caribbean elements filtered into the more Ghanian styles you'd expect from Jagger – with a brightness in the grooves that fits well with the horn parts in the mix! And this special package doubles the content of the original record – by offering up all the album tracks, then adding in a full album of remixes too – which further emphasize the grit in the grooves. Titles include "Odze Odze", "Take Time", "Obleku", "Chapter 5", "Kake Odzole Oye", "Moko Le Dzen", "Odze Oldze (Africaine 808 rmx)", "Moko Le Dzen (Ruf Dug disco dub)", "Take Time (GRC rmx)", "Odze Odze (Alma Negra rmx)", and "Moko Le Dzen (GRC rmx)". CD

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SJOB MovementFriendship Train (with bonus track) ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, 1977. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
Fantastic funk from SJOB Movement – a 70s group who only cut a handful of records – all of them every bit as righteous and heavy as this one! The group have a perfect fusion of funk, psych, and other cool elements – all served up in a blend that's more straightforwardly soulful than some of their contemporaries, but not averse to trippier sidetracks too – especially when a bit of moogy keyboards come into the mix, and space things out nicely alongside the riffing guitars and tight horns in the groove! The sound is perfect – neither in a too-familiar Fela mode, nor in the too-dark style of some of the group's contemporaries – full of life, but never losing its focus – on cuts that include "Friendship Train", "Love Affair", "Odiaria", "let's Do It", "What Could It Be", and "Halleluyah". Also includes a bonus track – "Love Affair (Sol Power All-Stars rework)". CD

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✨✧ ArtISt Alhousseini Anivolla & Girum MezmurAfropentatonism ... CD
Piranha (Germany), 2020. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A great blend of Saharan and Ethiopian guitar styles – the former played by Alhousseini Anivolla, the latter by Girum Mezmur – working together here in a set of intertwining solos and nicely snakey grooves! There's a really seductive feel to the record, right from the start – and although Alhousseini sings a bit, the main attraction is the guitars – used here in ways that really break from more familiar Tuareg modes, and which seem to inspire a new sort of flexibility of expression, as both players really reach out on their instruments! There's a bit of added percussion, mandolin, and krar on the record – but things are nicely spare overall, on tunes that include "Toumast Enkere", "Isouwad", "Awash/Ammalele", "Asalam", and "Algher". CD

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✨✧ ArtISt Alhousseini Anivolla & Girum MezmurAfropentatonism (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Piranha (Germany), 2020. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A great blend of Saharan and Ethiopian guitar styles – the former played by Alhousseini Anivolla, the latter by Girum Mezmur – working together here in a set of intertwining solos and nicely snakey grooves! There's a really seductive feel to the record, right from the start – and although Alhousseini sings a bit, the main attraction is the guitars – used here in ways that really break from more familiar Tuareg modes, and which seem to inspire a new sort of flexibility of expression, as both players really reach out on their instruments! There's a bit of added percussion, mandolin, and krar on the record – but things are nicely spare overall, on tunes that include "Toumast Enkere", "Isouwad", "Awash/Ammalele", "Asalam", and "Algher". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Bayan Mongol Variety GroupBayan Mongol Variety Group ... LP
Everland (Austria), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
Bayan Mongol Variety Group may not have the catchiest name in the record store – but they definitely have a sound that really stands out from the pack – and which comes across as this unusual mix of 70s styles and more traditional modes! The vocals are by the two ladies pictured on the front – who quickly move into emotive modes when needed, supported by a group with these nicely dipping basslines that step along in gentle grooves that are sometimes augmented by just the right touches on horns and keyboards. Things are never totally funky, but maybe always on the edge – and titles include "May There Always Be Peace", "Bayan Mongol", "I Sing For You From Afar", "A Black Horse", "Song Of Mother", and "Eighteen Years Old". LP, Vinyl record album

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BelenouEmosyon Tambou-a ... LP
Beau Monde (France), 1990. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
A record from the start of the 90s, but one with a spirit that's much more like some of the best 70s hybrids of jazz and global rhythms – served up here by a group that features plenty of the three musical elements pictured on the cover, plus some vocals from the ensemble as well! Electric bass and guitar are the two non-acoustic instruments in the mix – and there's plenty of rootsy percussion that really moves quickly with the grooves, as the bass often inflects along with the energy of the rhythms – laying out a tuneful path that's then followed by the vocals! And there's more guitar solos than tenor moments, but they definitely get the right sort of space to stretch out – on titles that include "Danse Ting Bang", "Wi Nou Ke Rive", "Demokrasi", "Emosyon Tanbou-A", "Sove Te A", and "Tout Pep La Sanble". LP, Vinyl record album

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CS CrewFunky Pack ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, 1976. Used ... $5.99
A massive set from Nigeria's CS Crew – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The bass is super-heavy on these grooves – way more so than on other Afro Funk records of the time, and in ways that easily match, if not beat, the early best by Fatback Band and Kool & The Gang – grooves that have amazing dexterity that few others could match, yet which always come through right on the money every time! The bass dips, turns, soars, and drops magically on each number – setting things up strongly for the group's riffing guitar, sweet keyboard lines (including a big of moog!), and few horn moments – which themselves often come across more like an American group than a Nigerian one. Vocals have this rough approach – often part of the rhythm more than anything else – and titles include "Love Is Peace", "Freaky Funkyfied Fix", "Bread Power", "Doin The Good Thing", "I've Found Love", "Last Day", and "Dig In With Time". CD

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Kiki GyanFeeling So Good ... CD
Everland (Austria), 1979. New Copy ... $9.99
A fantastic groover from Kiki Gyan – a singer from Ghana who worked in Osibisa during the early 70s – but one who's also got a really universal club vibe here on this overlooked gem from the end of the 70s! The record's got a bubbling, upbeat vibe that really lives up to its title – with a cross between American boogie grooves of the period, and maybe some of the more complicated rhythms that you'd expect from Gyan's legacy – all woven together with a sound that's tight, but never commercial at all – just right-on-the money funk with a clubby spin, on titles that include "Disco Dancer", "Sunshine Baby", "Sexy Dance", "We Make Music", "Black Afro Punk", and "Alhaji Who Are You". CD

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Joni HaastrupWake Up Your Mind ... CD
Tummy Touch/Soundway (UK), 1978. Used Gatefold ... $6.99
Funky funky solo work from Joni Haastrup – an artist who's also known for his work in Monomono, and who sounds equally great on his own! Joni's got this tight approach that wraps together Nigerian grooves of the 70s scene, and some bolder soul star energy that would be right at home in the US – a kind of powerhouse approach that really sends these tunes home beautifully! The lyrics are in English, which really helps broaden the appeal of the cuts – and the production has these cool compressed elements that are partly like the more psych-inspired modes of other Afro Funk groups, and partly those of the UK soul scene of the 70s. We've never heard a record exactly like this, and the whole thing's a truly memorable treasure from this key moment in African music. Cuts include "Watch Out", "Do The Funkro", "Greetings", "Free My People", "Wake Up Your Mind", and "Champions & Superstars". CD

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Sofi HellborgDrumming Is Calling ... CD
Ajabu (Germany), 2008. Used ... $8.99
Great grooves from Sofi Hellborg – a European musician, but one with a deep commitment to Afro Funk grooves! The style here is nicely divergent from Sofi's previous set with Tony Allen – still strongly Afro funky at the roots, but with a bit more emphasis on jazzy passages too – not only Sofi's own work on alto and soprano sax, but also trombone, guitar, and keyboards from group members too. Sofi sings a bit on the record – in sweet tones that are again a nice change from the usual Afro Funk revival record – and the lyrics are often righteous, but without ever going too far over the top. Titles include "Mother Earth", "Maybe I Was Dreaming", "All The Signs", "Drumming Is Calling", "Tell Your Mama", "Cannot Stop To Play", and "Bottledance", which features some great instrumentation on glass bottles! (New Grooves, Global Grooves) CD
(Out of print.)

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Ben JaggaHold On Pretty Woman (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 29.99
Tight Nigerian boogie from Ben Jagga – done with a lean groove that really represents the change in styles during the 80s, while still holding onto modes that reference some of the funk from before! Ben's got this bright style of singing, and at times the record almost has a Caribbean vibe – that sort of special, sunny style that we love in some of the Caribe disco singles from the period – mixed with more of the mainstream R&B modes that were coming out of Lagos, particularly those that have a stronger electro soul influence. Titles include "You Are My Reason For Living", "Aliyenju", "Hold On Pretty Woman", "Just Forgive & Forget", and "Jack & Jill". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lafayette Afro Rock BandSoul Makossa ... LP
As The Record Turns, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
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 – creating grooves that were even heavier and harder than the work at the time by Fela Kuti, and which have stood for years as some of our favorite funk records! This album's one of their best – named after the title cut, their great take on Manu Dibango's "Soul Makossa" (done here even funkier than the original!), and featuring other great tracks, like "Voodounon", "Azeta", and "Hihache" – all of them filled with heavy bass, tight drums, and fuzzy guitar! Other cuts include "Oglenon", "MF Grayson", "Nicky" and "Right Foot". LP, Vinyl record album

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Oneness Of JujuAfrican Rhythms – Oneness Of Juju 1970 to 1982 ... CD
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CDs ... On July 17, 2020
An incredible collection of work by one of the greatest Afro Funk groups of the 70s! From their inception as the AACM-styled jazz group Juju in the early 70s, to their key days in the DC Black Fire scene of the mid 70s, to their early 80s fame as club groovers, Oneness of Juju were one of the most revolutionary acts of their generation, with an influence that spanned far more than just the few albums the group released under their own name. This wonderfully-compiled set is the first-ever to really document the full scope of the group's activities – and apart from tracks that were included on their classic albums, it's got a wealth of other material that you probably don't have in your record collection! The notes are great, the music is amazing, and there's more tunes on here than we could have ever hoped to hear! Titles include "No Name #3/Love Is/My N_gger & Me" by Roach Om, "West Wind (previously unissued)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Every Way But Loose" by Plunky & Oneness Of Juju, "African Rhythms (LP version)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Asante Sana" by Okyerema Asante, "Nairobi/Chants" by Juju, "Sabi (Black Fire mix)" by Okyerema Asante, "Got To Be Right On It (45 version)" by Juju & The Space Rangers, "Bootsie's Lament (unreleased version)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Plastic (45 version)" by Juju & The Space Rangers, "Doin The Carvin For Thabo" by Lon Moshe, "Nomusa" by Ndinkho Xaba, and "The End Of The Butterfly King" by Juju. CD has 25 tracks on 2CDs! CD

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Oneness Of JujuAfrican Rhythms – Oneness Of Juju 1970 to 1982 ... LP
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... On July 17, 2020
An incredible collection of work by one of the greatest Afro Funk groups of the 70s! From their inception as the AACM-styled jazz group Juju in the early 70s, to their key days in the DC Black Fire scene of the mid 70s, to their early 80s fame as club groovers, Oneness of Juju were one of the most revolutionary acts of their generation, with an influence that spanned far more than just the few albums the group released under their own name. This wonderfully-compiled set is the first-ever to really document the full scope of the group's activities – and apart from tracks that were included on their classic albums, it's got a wealth of other material that you probably don't have in your record collection! The notes are great, the music is amazing, and there's more tunes on here than we could have ever hoped to hear! Titles include "No Name #3/Love Is/My N_gger & Me" by Roach Om, "West Wind (previously unissued)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Every Way But Loose" by Plunky & Oneness Of Juju, "African Rhythms (LP version)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Asante Sana" by Okyerema Asante, "Nairobi/Chants" by Juju, "Sabi (Black Fire mix)" by Okyerema Asante, "Got To Be Right On It (45 version)" by Juju & The Space Rangers, "Bootsie's Lament (unreleased version)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Plastic (45 version)" by Juju & The Space Rangers, "Doin The Carvin For Thabo" by Lon Moshe, "Nomusa" by Ndinkho Xaba, and "The End Of The Butterfly King" by Juju. CD has 25 tracks on 2CDs! LP, Vinyl record album

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William OnyeaborWho Is William Onyeabor – World Psychedelic Classics 5 (3LP set with download) ... LP
Luaka Bop, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 LPs Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard before – the rightly legendary musical legacy of William Onyeabor, one of the most enigmatic talents to come from the African scene of the 70s! The work here is all plenty darn funky, but it's also very different from familiar Afro Funk too – as the instrumentation is heavy on keyboards, handled by William with incredible dexterity – and spun out in these soaring lines that bristle with righteous touches that really support the message of his tunes! The vibe mixes in some electro elements with long-drawn rhythms – and the vocals often step aside for lots of keyboard and rhythm interplay, then come in to send things home at just the right moment. Onyeabor's been a pretty elusive cat over the years, and it's taken Luaka Bop quite some time to put this collection together – amazing work that may well make the album one of the most important to ever come from the label – and the first introduction to the non-African world of Onyeabor's incredible sounds. Titles include "Body & Soul", "Atomic Bomb", "Something You'll Never Forget", "Why Go To War", "Love Is Blind", "Fantastic Man", and "Let's Fall In Love". 3LP set features four bonus tracks not on the CD! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Who Is William Onyeabor – World Psychedelic Classics 5 (3LP set) ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ William OnyeaborWho Is William Onyeabor – World Psychedelic Classics 5 (3LP set) ... LP
Luaka Bop, Late 70s/Early 80s. Near Mint- 3LP Gatefold ... $24.99
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard before – the rightly legendary musical legacy of William Onyeabor, one of the most enigmatic talents to come from the African scene of the 70s! The work here is all plenty darn funky, but it's also very different from familiar Afro Funk too – as the instrumentation is heavy on keyboards, handled by William with incredible dexterity – and spun out in these soaring lines that bristle with righteous touches that really support the message of his tunes! The vibe mixes in some electro elements with long-drawn rhythms – and the vocals often step aside for lots of keyboard and rhythm interplay, then come in to send things home at just the right moment. Onyeabor's been a pretty elusive cat over the years, and it's taken Luaka Bop quite some time to put this collection together – amazing work that may well make the album one of the most important to ever come from the label – and the first introduction to the non-African world of Onyeabor's incredible sounds. Titles include "Body & Soul", "Atomic Bomb", "Something You'll Never Forget", "Why Go To War", "Love Is Blind", "Fantastic Man", and "Let's Fall In Love". 3LP set features four bonus tracks not on the CD! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Who Is William Onyeabor – World Psychedelic Classics 5 (3LP set with download) ... LP 28.99

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Mor ThiamDini Safarrar ... CD
Rite/Jazzman (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $8.99
A killer little record that's way more than just a set of obscure Afro-styled grooves – given that the whole thing was produced by funky soul genius Oliver Sain – and features work from avant jazz musicians who include Oliver Lake on alto and flute, Lester Bowie on trumpet, and Charles Bobo Shaw on drums! The style here is wonderful – almost a more freewheeling, groove-heavy take on the underground jazz that Lake, Shaw, and Bowie were playing on the St Louis and Chicago scenes – but given amore righteous focus through the djembe and lyrics of Mor Thiam, who was raised in Senegal, and works here with American musicians in a really unique way – which makes the album almost more of a spiritual jazz set overall. Titles include "Sindiely", "Ayo Ayo Nene", "Kanfera", "Africa", and "Kele Mubana". CD

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VariousAkwaba Abidjan – Afrofunk In 1970s Ivory Coast ... LP
Oriki (France), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99
A fantastic collection of funk from the 70s scene in Ivory Coast – music that's every bit as heavy on jazz-based solos as it is on the grooves – with some especially strong sax lines that really give the tunes a lot of soul! The music here is nice and raw, and often very stripped-down in terms of presentation and production – never too polished or commercial, nor purposely tripped-out – and instead the vein of Afro Funk that's fantastically put-together right from the start, and which has plenty of appeal to fans of American funk from the same time! Lots of these artists clearly borrow the same James Brown influence that Nigerian funk work had in the early 70s – but they also work with very interesting and unique sounds throughout – especially on the reeds and keyboards, which cascade with lots of fresh phrasings and frenetic energy. There are vocals on some cuts, but the instrumentation is always what keeps things strong – and titles include "Tumba Safari" by Afro Train, "Chicken" by De Frank Jr, "Tink Tank" by Afro Soul System, "Issa" by Les Nidrou, "Secret Populaire" by Sewa Jacintho, "Ayee Menko" by De Frank Jr, "Femme D'Ajourd'hui (part 2)" by Moussa Doumbia, "Assalam Aleikoum" by Francis Kingsley, "Dankasa" by De Frank Jr, and "Mariage" by Moussa Doumbia. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousFavela Chic Postonove ... CD
BMG (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. Used ... $8.99
Brazilian grooves from the past, present, and future – all selected by the folks at Favela Chic, one of Paris' hippest night spots! The selection of tunes shows the same sort of shift in Paris that's been happening in London and Tokyo lately – an interest in Brazilian music that's moved past just bossa nova and jazz, to encompass styles from a wide range of periods, including funky 70s samba, underground funk and soul, and current work by MPB artists. The package features 25 very fresh grooves – dating as far back as the 60s, and moving right up to the present – and titles include "Morte Da Sandalia De Couro" by Bebeto, "Alegria De Voces" by Jair Rodrigues, "Edmundo" by Elsa Soares, "Popozuda Rock & Roll" by De Falla, "Megamon" by Btutinha DJ, "Eu Sou Favela" by Bezerra Da Silva, "Eu Tambem Quero Mocoto" by Jorge Ben, "Vendedor De Bananas" by Os Increveis, and "Aquecimento De Capoeira" by A Coisona. (Brazil, Global Grooves) CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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