Hypnotic, spiritually resonant music from Rastafarian singer & hand drummer Ras Michael's Dadawah – with these organic, echoey, atmospheric drums, bass and trippy bits of keyboards – providing a strong, spacious backdrop for the freedom-seeking lyricism! It's very unique stuff, ... (Reggae, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
George Dalaras —
Latin ... LP Minos (Greece), 1987. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
A wonderfully rich extrapolation of the sound of Paco DeLucia – still served up with all the intensity of his solo guitar work of the 70s, but also with some additional instrumentation that helps bring out a stronger jazz vibe too! The approach is different than Paco's early jazz flamenco ... read moreCD
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.)
An amazing rare chapter in the career of the legendary Manu Dibango – and a darn funky one as well! This early 70s album was recorded in Paris, right before Manu's huge global "Soul Makossa" hit – and although it was done as an obscure sound library release, it really shows ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great project from the legendary saxophonist Manu Dibango – a set that's almost a return to more rootsy territory after his more upbeat grooves of the 80s – even though Manu was always a bit more of a hybrid player overall! The set was originally issued in two different ... read moreCD
Dibson & Essody —
Justice ... LP Wilfilms/Dig This Way (Italy), 1984. New Copy (reissue)...
Sweet boogie groovers from the early 80s Nigerian scene – heavy on warm vocals from Victor Essody and riffing guitar from Claude Dibson – but also warmed up with plenty of basslines and keyboards too! The sound is pretty spare and tight – electro soul, maybe filtered through a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The cover's got the look of a vintage set from the West African scene of the early 80s – and Lady Donli steps out here with an equally classic mode at times – but the set's also very contemporary at others, and really grabs our attention right away! The Lady's got a great style – ... read moreCD
David Pena Dorantes —
Orobroy ... CD EMI/Acqua (Spain), 1997. Used ...
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest albums we've ever heard from bassist Johnny Dyani – and that's saying a lot, given his tremendous records of the 70s! The album's different than the album that Johnny recorded with fellow Blue Notes members on the Steeplechase label – and instead, the group here is ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Edikanfo Super African Band —
Pace Setters ... CD EG/Glitterbeat (Germany), 1981. New Copy ...
A classic album from this great group from Ghana – one that probably got more exposure than usual, thanks to the fact that they were taken under the wing of Brian Eno, who produced the album, in a tradition that would stretch back to Ginger Baker's work with Fela! The group have a great ... read moreCD
Edikanfo Super African Band —
Pace Setters ... LP EG/Glitterbeat (Germany), 1981. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A classic album from this great group from Ghana – one that probably got more exposure than usual, thanks to the fact that they were taken under the wing of Brian Eno, who produced the album, in a tradition that would stretch back to Ginger Baker's work with Fela! The group have a great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really great work from this up and coming Brazilian beatmaker – and a record that really lives up to the promise of its title! The style here is heavy on African influences – often mixing together live percussion and acoustic instrumentation with tighter rhythm programs and ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A classic album of steel band grooving – a sound that made a surprising crossover in the American soul market in the early 70s! This album's one of the most famous of the genre – a session that was originally produced by Van Dyke Parks for Warner Brothers, and which has a nice blend of ... read moreCD
(There is no indication, but we are assuming the DVD is NTSC, Region 1.)
Evritiki Zygia —
Ormenion ... CD Teranga Beat (Senegal), 2020. New Copy ...
The ancient styles of Thrace, filtered through a psychedelic sensibility – with a result that's completely unlike anything we've ever heard! Imagine fuzzy guitars and trippy keyboards mixing with exotic reeds and rootsy percussion – all to rework the sorts of styles you might have ... read moreCD
Exile One —
Fism ... LP Barclay (France), 1976. Near Mint- ...
Lots of groovers from this combo who were big on the Parisian scene of the 70s – titles tha tinclude "Viel Ou La", "Music Of The Brothers", "Cadence Lypso", "Eldorado Main Road", "Misery", and "Sexile". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the most rootsy albums ever issued by the Tabansi label – a set that's quite different than their more familiar electric modes, and which features very raw, tribal sounds by a percussion group that is tied to the Niri Kingdom in Nigeria! As you'd guess from their name, the ensemble is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ahmed Fakroun —
Mots D'Amour ... LP Celluloid/PMG (Austria), 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
Words of love from Libyan singer Ahmed Fakroun – an artist who works with some sweet 80s electro soul backings that perfectly match his look on the cover! The vocals are mostly in Arabic, but they're set to backings that have a definite western approach – very universal in sound, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The US issue of "Shuffering & Shmiling" – a fierce attack on religion, and one of Fela's best grooves from the 70s! The track's presented here in both vocal and instrumental versions – each of which runs for over 12 minutes long – in a skipping Afro Funk groove that' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing with Hub etch. Vinyl has just a few light sleeve marks. Cover has light wear, aging, and very minor stains.)
The original take of "Army Arrangement" – one of the greatest 80s grooves from Fela Kuti – stretched out here over the course of the entire album! The notes list side one as being the "instrumental" and side two as the "vocal" – but in truth, the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best soul collaborations ever! Fela and Roy Ayers team up for this whopping album that brings together the best sides of these monster soul talents of the 70s! In keeping with Fela's work, the tracks are long and Afro-tinged, with a complicated groove that grows over the length of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever vinyl issue of the earliest recordings ever made by Fela – and a set that also includes two tracks that appear here for the first time ever! The work was recorded in London at the end of the 50s, and features a very young Fela doing a jazzy take on highlife styles – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most compelling Fela albums of the 70s – and one that's got a very different feel than some of his others. The album features one long track – "Coffin For Head Of State" – and although the track still has the usual Fela staples of horn riffs, chopping vamps, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing album-length jam from Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 – recorded on the group's home turf at Kalakuta, and with this stretched-out building of energy that's completely amazing! James Brown may have created the longform funky style of vamping and soloing – but Fela takes it here to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fela & Africa 70 —
No Agreement ... LP Knitting Factory, 1978. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A killer from the classic years, and one of Fela's best albums! "No Agreement" is a super great groover – with a catchy hook that goes on and on, and some very tasty playing by Tony Allen and the group. The track is long, with heavy solos, and vocals that will knock you out! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fela & Africa 70 —
VIP ... LP Knitting Factory, 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
A searing live set from Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 – a long album-length jam, recorded in Berlin – with the group really going to town in instrumental frenzy topped with very righteous lyrics! VIP doesn't have the usual meaning here – as it stands for "vagabonds in power" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fela & Africa 70 —
Yellow Fever ... LP Knitting Factory, 1976/1999. New Copy (reissue)...
A really killer 70s album from Fela Kuti – one that serves up a hell of a message, and some great slinky grooves too! "Yellow Fever" is a brutal attack on miscegenation, backed by a funky groove that makes the whole thing fall into place with an amazing riffing sound – bold, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Fela's greatest albums – and one of the few that got any sort of international circulation in the 70s! "Zombie" shows Fela at the height of his powers – grooving away in incredibly fast, incredibly tight Afro Funk lines, weaving guitar, sax, and keyboards together with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spare duets between guitarist N'Gou Bagayoko and vocalist Filifin. The album's got a nice rootsy feel – recorded mostly on location in Mali by Frederic Galliano. As with other of Galliano's Frikyiwa productions, the album has a bright consciousness that transcends its roots, yet firmly ... read moreCD
The first album recorded by singer Nkotti Francois and his Black Styls group – a combo who'd been backing Nkotti for years in clubs in Cameroon, and who work here with a very sharp sound right from the start! The instrumentation is often a bit unique – organ and guitar sometimes used ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic guitar work from K Frimpong – and plenty of other fantastic sounds too – all rolled up in his unique blend of Afro funk and high-life – served up here on four nice long tracks! There's vocals on the record, but the guitar and rhythms are what really drive the train ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – mastered at The Carvery, and served up in a nice heavy cover!)
K Frimpong & Super Complex Sounds —
Ahyewa Special ... LP Ofori Brothers/Hot Casa (France), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
The sublime first album from K Frimpong – a really unique blend of hi-life and Afro Funk, but served up with all these unusual touches that make the album stand out from even most of the rest of the revolutionary sounds that were coming from Ghana at the time! There's this sense of flow that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The fantastic first album from The Funkees – a Nigerian group, but one who also spent a good deal of time on the London scene – and who work here in a freaky, fuzzy, funky style that we might put somewhere in the same space as music by Demon Fuzz or Cymande! Like both of those groups, ... read moreCD
One of the more urban-oriented albums we've heard from Frederic Galliano – a set that's heavy on hip hop, dancehall, and bass-heavy elements – and one that almost offers up an African equivalent of Brazilian baile funk! The album gives strong focus to the work of the Kuduro Sound ... read moreCD
(Case has some light wear.)
Luis Garay Percussion World —
Sacumba ... CD Percumba, 2003. Used ...
A beautiful little project, and one that's better even than you'd guess from the outset – as the work is put together by percussionist Adam Randolph, and may well be one of the best things he's ever given us! Randolph composed the songs on the set, but they're performed with a very ... read moreCD
An unusual 60s set from Claude "Fats" Greene – featuring a mix of jazz and Caribbean rhythms – played by Greene on clarinet, Hilton Jefferson on alto, Herbert Jones and Kenneth Rickman on trumpet, and Pritchard on tenor – who gets in some nice tenors on the set! Al ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of light wear and some splitting on the bottom seam, but is nice overall.)
An amazing tribute to The Green Arrows – an ultra-hip combo from the 70s scene in Zimbabwe! The group had a sound that was dubbed "waka-waka" by its fans – thanks to unique guitar parts that wobble back and forth with the rhythmic groove of the tunes – often recorded ... read moreCD
A second amazing set of guitars from Agadez – this time around from Group Bombino, who have a slightly warmer sound than Group Inerane – but one that's equally great as well! The tunes build up sparely from percussion, guitar parts, and vocals from the group – sung together in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the wildest albums on the Sublime Frequencies label – really amazing music by a West Saharan group – one that features some of the most incredible guitar you'll ever hear! The music is all of recent vintage, recorded especially for this CD project – and the tunes have some ... read moreCD
One of the wildest albums on the Sublime Frequencies label – really amazing music by a West Saharan group – one that features some of the most incredible guitar you'll ever hear! The music is all of recent vintage, recorded especially for this CD project – and the tunes have some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great combo from the small nation of Djibouti – stepping out here in one of the first international record releases from that company in decades – a shuttered legacy to the rest of the world, given the tight control of music by the state! Yet despite that situation, the Groupe ... read moreCD
A really great combo from the small nation of Djibouti – stepping out here in one of the first international record releases from that company in decades – a shuttered legacy to the rest of the world, given the tight control of music by the state! Yet despite that situation, the Groupe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully ambitious project from Jephte Guillaume – a stunning blend of upbeat tracks steeped in Latin and African influences – grooving together with a globally conscious approach that's completely sublime! The album blows away any expectations we had for it – stretching ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD
(Out of print, French digipak pressing. Actual cover has a blue background. Case has light wear.)
A record with a new wave-looking cover – but with a sound that's a lot more acoustic overall – a really unusual blend of jazz and Balkan styles, recorded on the Vienna scene of the 80s! The group bill their music as "jazz meets the orient" – which is definitely the case ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic collection of cross-cultural grooves from Daniel Haaksman – the man who first raised our ears with his excellent Rio Baile Funk Favela Booty Beats compilations – then kept on giving us great music during all the years in between! This set has Haaksman providing his own ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A vital compilation of 70s material by Zimbabwe's Hallelujah Chicken Run Band! The Hallelujah Chicken Run Band vocals are led by the great Thomas Mapfumo, but overall it's very much a group effort that's rich in harmonies and backing vocals by all of the members. The guitars are just as important ... read moreCD
Groundbreaking guitar work from Mike Hanapi – one of the important early guitarists in the Hawaiian slide mode – from a generation that had a huge impact on blues and country music to come! Mike's style here isn't the cheesy 60s Hawaiian modes of the Don Ho generation – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from this cool Nigerian funk combo of the 70s – a group who bore strong ties to the equally-great Akwassa, and who work here with an equally righteous groove! Lyrics are mostly in English, and have some political currents that give the music a social sort of edge – but the ... read moreCD
The first-ever CD issue of a range of material from this ultra-hip group – all tracks that originally appeared on vinyl-only releases, now making their CD debut in an overstuffed collection that features 24 tracks in all! The vibe here is great – that Karl Hector & The Malcouns mix ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
They definitely got the title right on this one – because the group never seems to move in any sort of direct line – instead always tripping around nicely with all these hip little twists and turns! Karl Hector & The Malcouns are the same loose collective of players you'll know ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Heerlens Percussie Ensemble —
Biologic Music ... LP Hot Mule (France), 1986. New Copy (reissue)...
A really unusual little album – one that partly embraces a globe's worth of acoustic percussion, partly expresses itself in the minimal percussion legacy after Steve Reich's Drumming, and partly embraces some of the electric/acoustic sounds of the New York downtown scene of the early 80s ... (Out Sound, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a bonus set of notes, and a download code!)
Emo Henrich/Ernst Schutz/Siegfried Faller —
Aus Tirol ... LP Droll Yankees, 1962. Near Mint- ...
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(Cover has very small splits in the bottom seam and some yellowing from age.)
A really wonderful record – and one that maybe brings together a few key strands of the Folkways Records magic – as the album features narration by Langston Hughes, based on his First Book Of Rhythms book – layered with sound effects, folk songs, and music from around the world ... (Spoken Word, Global Grooves)read moreCD
(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.)
The debut album from Theadora Ifudu – a singer who hit greater fame on a bigger label a few years later – but who sounds pretty darn great here at the start! The music is an offbeat blend of American soul and Nigerian funk – recorded both in Lagos and London, but with a sound ... read moreCD
Igiligi Sounds Super Of Africa —
Ozo-Abia ... LP Odec (Nigeria), 1991. Good ...
Led By Denis Num. LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl plays with some pops and crackles. Cover has yellowed tape on three sides, some tears along the top seam, and some pen on front & back. Labels have some pen.)
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 moreCD
It's hard to imagine these kings being left behind, as the sound of Ikebe Shakedown just keeps getting bolder and more majestic with each new release – a very special strand of deep funk, with a blend of horns that you might find in a more Afro-styled band, mixed with tighter rhythms at the ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
An amazing set that documents the early years of the Zamrock scene – the funk and psych informed Afro Rock pioneered by vocalist and African guitar legend Rikki Ililonga and his group Musi-O-Tunya in Zambia from 1973 to 1976 – and compiled beautifully in this great set from Now ... read moreCD
A Venezuelan group, one who are living in Paris – and work here with a criss-crossing of styles that really reflect that global journey! The music definitely has echoes of older Venezuelan styles, but maybe served up in a more impressionistic version – with a dream-like quality at ... read moreCD
An album that's every bit as cool as you might expect – a set that's very much in the same Indo-jazz experiments as saxophonist Joe Harriott, but with a slightly different approach overall! Although sitar is part of the instrumentation, there's also a fair bit of conventional jazz phrasing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible double pack of African Funk – featuring 2 albums' worth of material by the legendary Orlando Julius! Julius was one of Nigeria's biggest soul artists in the 60s – and has been credited with virtually inventing the Afro Funk sound, and for being the inspiration to some of ... read moreCD