Percolating high life guitar over rhythms from Mali, slightly infected with some doses of psychelica. Tracks include "Super Djata", "Bina", "Djegnogo Djougou", "Bandjila", "Tindoro", "Noumousso", "Facia", "Farima", ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Kubero Diaz —
Y La Pesada ... LP Music Hall (Argentina), 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
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
Doudou Ndiaye Rose —
Djabote ... CD Virgin (France), 1992. Used ...
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
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
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
Mike Ejeagha & His Premier Dance Band —
Anyi Ga Adi ... LP Polydor (Nigeria), 1985. Very Good- ...
(Out of print, digipack case has some light edgewear.)
El Rego —
El Rego ... CD Daptone/Voodoo Funk, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his ... read moreCD
El Rego —
El Rego ... LP Daptone/Voodoo Funk, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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.)
Can music get any stranger than this – a steel band cover of the theme to "Jesus Christ Superstar"? The tune's actually pretty great – using the groove to roll home nicely in the middle, and vamping a lot towards the end with some nice changes on the steel drums! "Singer ... (Funky 45's, Global Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Lovely stuff! The work of singer Cesara Evoria is remixed by a host of modern club talents – no surprise, as her best tracks of the past few years have been getting plenty of action on the 12" front – taking her from the world music scene into the clubs, with very surprising ... read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
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
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
Triumphant live material from the great European Afro Funk combo Fanga – captured in Montpellier, France – which is where they call home! We've found Fanga's efforts to date to be tightly grooving, spiritually resonant Afro Funk to be among the finest modern acts anywhere in the world ... read moreCD
Excellent work from Fela – recorded in the early 80s, but every bit as great as his classic 70s work! In fact, the cuts may be even more interesting – because the groove's a bit more complicated, and the overall sound is far moodier, with a greater range of emotion than the early days. ... read moreCD
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
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
A real classic from the great Fela Kuti – a seminal mid 70s record that not only shows his impeccable sense of rhythm, but also his sense of rage as well! The title track – "Expensive Sh_t" – is Fela's answer to the time that he got busted for dope, and was forced to ... 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 —
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
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
Monica Ferraz —
Love ... CD Sony (Portugal), 2014. Used ...
Maybe the first-ever collection of the work of this important group from Djibouti – a huge state-financed ensemble whose performances were captured on tape for radio, but never issued as regular commercial albums at the time! 4 Mars take their name from a key moment of independence in the ... read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from Tanzanian guitarist Frank Humplick – who plays here alongside vocal harmonies from his two sisters – in a mode that's almost like a East African cross between The Carter Family and Andy & The Bey Sisters! The vibe is different, of course – as the raw ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies. Comes with a great booklet of notes!)
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
(Beautiful pressing – heavy vinyl and cover!)
Soliman Gamil —
Ankh ... CD Touch (UK), 1987. Used ...
(Out of print.)
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.)
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 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
Idjah Hadidjah —
Tonggeret ... LP Nonesuch/Explorer, Late 70s/Early 80s. Near Mint- ...
An amazing record – one that sounds like nothing else we can think of! The tunes all feature Idonesian vocalist Idjah Hadidjah singing with smaller gamelon-based ensembles – working in a mode that almost makes more traditional "song" type structures out of the longer ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hallelujah Chicken Run Band —
Take One ... LP Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy Gatefold ...
Early work Zimbabwe legends Hallelujah Chicken Run Band – a group that was an early showcase for the vocal talents of the equally legendary Thomas Mapfumo! The set's not just a Mapfumo showcase, though – as the sound here resonates strongly from the whole group – nice harmonies ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clarinet music, but unlike anything else you might have heard before – as Greek musician Kitsos Harisiadis uses the instrument in a style that's quite far from American jazz and swing! Instead, the clarinet here is used on a series of folkloric tunes – music from the northwestern ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Heshoo Beshoo Group —
Armitage Road ... CD Little Giant/We Are Busy Bodies, 1970. New Copy ...
A rare South African jazz treasure – a set that's much more obscure than some of the bigger names of the scene, and which has a sound that's very different too! There's maybe a stronger American influence taking place here, especially in the rhythms, but also in the phrasing – and the ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
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.)
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
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
The rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition! Includes a great 12" square, 12 page booklet of notes and photos!)
A landmark album of Afro Soul! Orlando 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 James Brown's funkier work of the late 60s! Julius came to the US at the end of ... read moreCD
A fantastic batch of Nigerian funk from the great Orlando Julius – some of the most dynamic Afrobeat recordings ever made! These recordings document Orlando's years with his band the Afro Sounders, which evolved from his earlier band the Modern Aces in the mid 60s, and following his titanic ... read moreCD
An uber-rare album from Orlando Julius & The Afro Sounders – recorded at Ginger Baker's studio in Lagos and originally (apparently quite scarcely) released by Philips in 1973 – wonderful stuff and on par with the excellent material the group recorded in the handful of previous years! ... read moreCD
(CD version comes with a great hardcover book-like package that includes liner notes by Orlando Julius.)
The first new music we've heard in years from Afro Funk giant Orlando Julius – wonderfully paired here with the always-great Heliocentrics! Orlando's definitely in the lead here – singing, playing tenor, and contributing percussion to the overall groove of the group – which leans ... read moreCD
A sweet Soweto group from the start of the 80s – one who have a nice current of funk in their mix, but who also serve up some well-crafted solos on both guitar and flute! The vocals are often warmly in that more familiar South African style of the period – but the record's nicely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kaleta & Super Yamba Band —
Medaho ... CD Ubiquity, 2019. New Copy ...
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 ... read moreCD
Pat Kalla & Le Super Mojo —
Jongler ... CD Favorite (France), 2018. Used ...
A great little album from French singer Pat Kalla – an artist whose "Super Mojo" here is really the genius of producer Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart! The set is a collaboration between Pat and Patchworks – and uses the great vocals of Kalla to bring new focus to the ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from the Kasai All-Stars – a group we first discovered in the Congotronics series with Konono No 1 – and who still have the same wonderful blend of raw rhythms, fuzzy distortion, and very powerful vocals! Their music has this powerfully organic vibe – with acoustic ... read moreCD
(Also includes a bonus CD with 10 remix tracks by Afrikaine 808, Daedelus, High Wolf, Ramzi, and others.)
Salif Keita —
Papa ... CD Metro Blue, 1999. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Keleketla ... CD Ahead Of Our Time (UK), 2020. New Copy ...
A really fantastic collaboration between Coldcut and a host of South African musicians – and a set that also features a number of key contributions from the legendary Tony Allen! The record uses the older cutup style that Coldcut first forged on the London scene of the 80s – but has ... read moreCD
Classic benga work from the Kenyan scene – material pulled from the all-too-brief career of Kakai Kionzo, who managed to unite some of the scenes and styles in his nation, before leaving this planet at a very young age! The work here has a very rhythmic vibe throughout – basslines ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great one from Nigerian bandleader, composer and multi-instrumentalist Peter King – working in a funkier mode here than on the more jazz and roots based groove of his first record! The highlife sound is still a vital component, but on this one, Peter embraces a harder hitting approach on ... read moreCD