A brilliant mix of jazz and world music! Abdul-Malik was the legendary bass player from the fifties who mixed straight jazz playing with traditional Middle Eastern rhythms – and although he most famously recorded albums with Monk as a regular bassist, his albums on his own are amazing ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label RCA stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has wear, splitting held with clear tape and a small sticker.)
High Life and other African pop have spread throughout the world, but at the time of this release, most forms of African music, including more modern styles, were not known in the Western world. This early document of the Ghanian pop form, has all the hallmarks of the style – bright melodies ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Cutout mark through slipcase barcode.)
King Sunny Ade & The New African Beats —
Authority ... LP Atom Park (Nigeria), 1990. Fair ...
Album features 7 tracks: "Alase Laiye Alase Lorun", "Majo Ronyinroyin", Kile Ni Mo Se", "Opa Ki Ipa Agogo", "KSA Ma Wo Won Loye","Yio Pe Leti Omi" and the side-long "Chief Dr Raymond A Dokpesi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has heavy wear, splitting & pen.)
King Sunny Ade & The New African Beats —
Jealousy ... LP Atom Park (Nigeria), 1987. Fair ...
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear and some peeled spots.)
King Sunny Ade & The New African Beats —
Merciful ... LP Atom Park (Nigeria), 1987. Good+ ...
We have to be honest, we know a little bit about African music, but not a lot. So when we came across a small stack of African records, we scooped them up and put them online, but rather than insult those of you out there who know and love this stuff, we're just listing them at a nice price ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pounding groover from the Africanism series! "Les Enfants" has a skipping groove that's very catchy – plain and simple, like the Afro Funk that inspired it, with some strange floating instruments in the mix, sounding a bit like didgeridoo! The "theme" version is nice ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A great step forward for the Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra – even better than their previous album, and a set that beautifully mixes together jazz, Latin, and African elements into one seamless groove! Percussionist Masta Conga is at the head of the group – leading the ensemble with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Evin Aghassi —
Evin ... LP Bianca & Brynner, 1986. Sealed ...
Fantastic solo work from Vincent Ahehehinnou – a singer who first rose to fame as a part of the funky sound of the Orchestre Poly Rhythmo De Cotonou – stepping out here in an even headier set on his own! The music has a more personal vibe overall – not just on the album's two ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tony Allen never lets us down – and even though he's well into the first decade of his "comeback" years, an album like this still has the same sort of fresh, urgent feel that got him noticed again by a whole new generation of fans! There's definitely lots of Allen's roots with Fela ... read moreCD
Fantastic Afro funky! This set lovingly repackages 2 early albums by Tony Allen, best known to the world as the drummer in Fela's legendary Africa 70 group! Both records have a distinctly Fela-sounding groove – which isn't surprising, as they were produced by Fela, feature Fela, and have ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Tony Allen & Afrika 70 —
Progress ... LP Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
An Afro Funk classic – killer solo work from Tony Allen – originally known as the drummer for Fela during his key years – stepping out here on his own with the Afrika 70 band! The album's a monster all the way through – every bit as great as any of Fela's 70s classics, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Allenko Afro Funk series keeps on grooving hard! "Allen Fresh" is a really great number with a heavy Tony Allen groove – lots of snapping drum work, a slow building sound, and a bit of spaciness that keeps the cut interesting, and which adds a bit of a psychedelic finish! ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
One of the best in this great series of modern Afro Funk numbers! Both sides have a warm acoustic feel to them – with plenty of heavy percussion, bits of organ or Fender Rhodes, and horn flourishes over the top. Tony Allen co-wrote both tracks – and the work's right in line with his ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble —
It's Time ... CD Slow Walk (Spain), 2016. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
Amanar De Kidal —
Tumastin ... LP Mississippi/Sahel Sounds, 2016. New Copy ...
Great work from one of the darkest groups working on the current Tuareg scene – an ensemble who can vary their tone nicely, and produce a range of emotions and compelling sounds that really make this set stand out from the pack! Sure, there's plenty of offbeat guitar work with lots of snakey ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ali Ag Amoumine —
Takamba ... LP Sahel Sounds/Mississippi, 2011. Near Mint- ...
A really wonderful document of of the Takamba style of music in Northern Mali and Niger – passionate, energetic and hypnotically performed by Ali Ag Amoumine! Ali's home is in Timbouctou, a couple hundred kilometers upriver from the Takamba region, and it was here that this excellent ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus 7-inch.)
Ganesh Anandan & John Gzowski —
Shruti Project ... CD Ambiances Magnetiques (Canada), 2007. Used ...
"Mavandeza" is a freaky little groove – a number with a jagged rhythmic feel, and a bassline and drum part that almost feel like they were lifted from an early Can record – then mixed with these very cool vocals that have an oddly vibrating quality! "Tarasty Maitso" ... (Funky 45's, Global Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
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 ... read moreCD
Ata Kak —
Obaa Sima ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. Used Gatefold ...
Rare work from an artist who was born in Ghana, spent time in Germany, and recorded this underground cassette-only release in Toronto during the early 90s! The music has this very odd pan-national style that references Ata Kak's Ghanian roots, but also brings in some cool electronics that must ... read moreCD
A really fantastic album that's way better than any other tribute record we've ever heard – even though the whole thing's a tribute to the legendary William Onyeabor! Yet rather than slavishly copying Onyeabor's music, the group here take off in so many new directions – many of them ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition vinyl only pressing – in a fold-out poster cover!)
Roy Ayers in a very Afro-styled mode – working here on his own after a famous collaboration with Fela Kuti – in a set that's filled with the same sort of hard-driving Afro-Funk grooves that you'd find in Fela's classic recordings! The songs are shorter than Fela's, and with more of Roy' ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A great early solo album from Wally Badarou – done before his bigger global records on Island, but at a point when he'd already had great work in the studio, helping out some of the key sessions on the Nassau scene at the end of the 70s! Wally's as much a singer as he is a keyboardist here ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Selda packs a heck of a punch on this late 70s set – a record that's still got all the wonderful elements of her previous three albums – that unique mix of folksy roots, protest themes, and nicely trippy production! Selda's holding an electrified version of the baglama on the front ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Funky breaks and fuzzy guitars – one of the most amazing albums to come out of the Turkish scene of the 70s – and one with a sound that really defies categorization! Although the sweet image of a girl and guitar on the cover might make you think the record's a folk set, the overall ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A definite eclectic groove here – music that has its roots in Mandingo and Dioula rhythms, but also features a fair bit of American funk and soul touches too – sometimes in the heavy grooves on the bottom, sometimes in the rumbling basslines and guitar parts too! The collection is a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic grooves from Sory Bamba – aka Sorry Bamba – sharp-edged, angular tracks that move at a similar pace to other late 70s Afro Funk – but with lots more weird and rough-edged touches! The recording quality isn't nearly as polished as some other efforts from the date – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ayu ... CD Mr Bongo (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Very cool sounds from this unique Brazilian group – an ensemble whose music mostly comes from their voices and percussive sounds made on their bodies! The approach is surprisingly great – and maybe not nearly as squishy as you'd expect – as there's a clean, clear sound to the ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreCD
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness) —
Our Truth ... LP Nyami Nyami, 2017. New Copy ...
A fantastic little record, and one that's a nice change from some of the overdone Afro Funk modes out there – as these guys come together more as a spiritual collective, with a righteous power that maybe even recalls some of the great 70s experiments of drummer Roy Brooks – especially ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty wild album – and a really wonderful mixture of funky fusion and Spanish guitar, featuring tunes written by flamenco guitarist Sabicas, backed by arrangements handled by funky guitarist Joe Beck! The sound is pretty darn incredible – way better than you might think, and ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A pretty wild album – and a really wonderful mixture of funky fusion and Spanish guitar, featuring tunes written by flamenco guitarist Sabicas, backed by arrangements handled by funky guitarist Joe Beck! The sound is pretty darn incredible – way better than you might think, and ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
All the important early work of Harry Belafonte – brought together in a really wonderful set! The package features all his important early sides for RCA – and also includes earlier material for labels like Roost, Capitol, and Jubilee – some of which show Belafonte as a postwar ... (Vocalists, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A fantastic contemporary performance from Girma Beyene – a key artist in the golden age of Ethiopian, working here with the excellent Akale Wube quintet! Girma's one of a number of singers who went into exile during the changing political climate of the 70s – but in recent years, he's ... read moreCD
These guys aren't mean at all – as their groove is so warm and rhythmically compelling, they feel pretty darn friendly right from the very first note! The music's a compelling hybrid of Latin, African, and other rhythmic modes – served up with a freshness that's a nice change from some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Supposedly, this is one of the many incarnations of the group that's better known under the names Lafayette Afro-Rock Band and Ice. The material here is more in the vein of work by Ice – in that it's kind of faster Afro-Funk inspired grooves, with bass, guitar, organ, and lots of keyboards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some staining & peeling on the bottom.)
Their name may be a mouthful, but the Black Children Sledge Funk Band have a groove that's nice and lean – a wicked blend of basslines, percussion, and lots of riffing guitar – plus these very cool keyboards that wander over the grooves and give the whole thing a sweetly spacey vibe! ... read moreCD
Don't let the "brass" in the title throw you off – as these guys are more of an Afro Funk ensemble than any sort of New Orleans-styled group – a combo that's actually only got a single trumpet and trombone in the mix, alongside loads of riffing guitar and heavy percussion! ... read moreCD
Don't let the "brass" in the title throw you off – as these guys are more of an Afro Funk ensemble than any sort of New Orleans-styled group – a combo that's actually only got a single trumpet and trombone in the mix, alongside loads of riffing guitar and heavy percussion! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mindblowing sounds from Blo – easily one of the most compelling groups of the African scene of the 70s – summed up perfectly here in this really essential set! Blo began as an Afro-rock combo, but grew to have plenty of funky touches too – which means that the set's got amazing ... read moreCD
A mix of contemporary club and Afrobeat – served up in a sweet limited edition single! "More Heavy" starts with a bouncing beat, but gets more Afro Funk as things move on – adding in percussion and horns with a nice 70s vibe – then mixing things up even more with some ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
One of the coolest volumes so far in this excellent series – filled with upbeat groovers that are far more catchy than they are experimental! Most of the work has a vibe that feels like underground American club mixing with some of the hipper styles coming out of west Africa as the 70s moved ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal sounds from Segun Bucknor – one of the most soulful singers on the Nigerian scene of the 70s, and an artist who can mix funky grooves with some of the deeper currents and moodier themes that you'll hear in Zamrock recordings of the time! The album begins with some excellent upbeat ... read moreCD