Modern Egyptian music, circa 1983 – served up here in a collection of recordings that initially only appeared on cassette! The leader of the group is Al Massrieen, but the music is a very collaborative affair – keyboards, upbeat rhythms, and vocals from many group members – in a ... read moreCD
Some of the heaviest funk recorded on the UK scene in the early 70s – courtesy of a Kenyan group who were making their home in London at the time – and cooking up music that was a fantastic blend of soulful modes from both their homeland, and the world of American funk and soul! These ... read moreCD
An incredible blend of sounds and styles – and one of the most enigmatic albums we've ever heard from the Ethiopian scene! Hailu Mergia plays alone here – but uses lots of overdubbing to layer together Fender Rhodes, accordion solos, and a rhythm machine – all mixed up in ways ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band —
Wede Harer Guzo ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1978. New Copy Gatefold ...
Maybe the coolest music we've ever heard from Ethiopian keyboard legend Hailu Mergia – a late 70s session that has his organ lines sounding even groovier than ever, on some sweet tracks that also bring in a fair bit of funk to the grooves! The style is much more in an Ethiopiques vein than ... read moreCD
The Meridian Brothers have been making music for quite a few years now – and with each new release, they seem to open up another fresh corner of southern hemisphere sounds, and continue to find a way to weave them together into something quite fresh and unique! Few other folks could navigate ... read moreCD
Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests —
Moa Anbessa ... CD Terp (Netherlands), 2007. Used ...
A killer combination of sounds – the searing tenor sax of Getatchew Mekuria and the raspy guitars of The Ex – brought together here in really unique cross-cultural formation! Mekuria's influence really transforms the sound of The Ex – bringing their anarchic spirit into a ... read moreCD
A bit late to be classic calypso, but a really stunning example of the style – recorded by Mighty Sparrow for Warner with some very hip production by Van Dyke Parks! The record's not only one of the best-produced that Sparrow also cut, it's also a great illustration of the different styles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Harumi Miyako —
Best ... LP Denon (Japan), 1981. Near Mint- ...
Beautifully trippy work from Mdou Moctar – an artist who's one of our favorite guitarists on the Touareg scene – and maybe one of the most experimental too! The songs here all have a long, stretched-out vibe – almost like some of the 60s guitar ragas of Peter Walker, or the sonic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed —
Takkabel ... CD Terp (Netherlands), 2006. Used ...
The first ever full length effort from blind Addis Ababa singer Mohammed 'Jimmy' Mohammed – who appeared on the second Ethiopiques compilation – finally with a recorded set of his own! There's a loose, melodic and all around wonderful feel – a warmth that really needs to be heard ... read moreCD
Not the same Moksha that you might know from the Swedish jazz scene of a decade ago – but instead a very cool Norwegian trio who blend together a range of different colors from guitar, voice, and some very cool global elements – including tablas, djembe, dhol, and darbuka! The approach ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A stone classic from one of the hippest groups on the South African scene of the 70s – and one of the few who could compete well with American soul groups of the same time! The cover makes the album look like some overlooked New York club treasure from the period – and the feel of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pure insanity from the mighty Mulatu – one of his few American albums from the 60s! The record's an incredible blend of New York Latin and some of the more Afro-styled grooves Mulatu explored more freely on his Ethiopian recordings – served up in a jazzy style that has plenty of vibes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and ... read moreCD
(CD features the full album in both stereo and mono versions!)
Steps Ahead is just about the least we could say about Ethio jazz funk genius Mulatu Astatke – he not only remains on a creative high point after so many years, he takes a couple more giant strides on Mulatu Steps Ahead for Strut Records! To put it simply, the music Mulatu makes here more ... read moreCD
Steps Ahead is just about the least we could say about Ethio jazz funk genius Mulatu Astatke – he not only remains on a creative high point after so many years, he takes a couple more giant strides on Mulatu Steps Ahead for Strut Records! To put it simply, the music Mulatu makes here more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning collaboration between Muruga Booker and Big Black– both percussionists who lead the session, but who also work here with lots of additional instrumentation that includes ocarina, violin, hammered dulcimer, and even some clarinet from avant jazz legend Perry Robinson! The tracks ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nath & Martin Brothers —
Money ... CD Voodoo Funk (UK), 1973. Used ...
Afro Funk, but with a nice undercurrent of fuzz too – lots of nice flares around the guitars and keyboard bits, but always in way that keeps the funky rhythms right on track! Nath & Martin Brothers were the backing group on the famous Pax Nicholas album – but they work here on ... read moreCD
An album that features vocal performances from Ogoya Nengo and her group – but one that also expands the groove a bit with some great added percussion at times – which really expands the energy of the record past the all-acapella passages! The vocals here are a lot more earthy and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool criss-crossing of modes – all produced by Bugge Wesseltoft in the usual genre-busting mode of the Jazzland label! The set features South African singer Bafana Issac Nhlapo working with a group of Norwegian musicians – who bring this bouncy, jazz-based style to his vocals – ... read moreCD
A contemporary group, but one that draws upon a huge tradition of Afro-Colombian sounds – pulled together by its members through travels that have taken them through all the many different regions of their diverse nation, and served up in a very spare style that mostly just features voice and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A second great set from Nomade Orchestra – a Brazilian group who bring a trans-global approach to jazz-based instrumentation – with a resulting sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! These guys aren't in the usual Brazilian groove, and they're also not like some of the Afro ... read moreCD
A second great set from Nomade Orchestra – a Brazilian group who bring a trans-global approach to jazz-based instrumentation – with a resulting sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! These guys aren't in the usual Brazilian groove, and they're also not like some of the Afro ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest keyboardists you'll ever hope to hear – an artist who can take a cheesy-looking instrument, and turn it into something that sounds ancient and exotic! This album may well be the most perfect distillation of the talents of Abdou El Omari – as most tracks just feature ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
William Onyeabor —
Tomorrow ... LP Luaka Bop, 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
The sound of tomorrow, circa 1979 – as Afro groove pioneer William Onyeabor works his magic on a host of extended tracks – finding a way for earlier funk modes to move into leaner styles for the 80s! The music here has plenty of keyboards and basslines, but is maybe less totally ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary East African band – finally given their due on the international scene! The set's got all the sharp edges and rich charms of older work by Orchestre Les Mangelepa – but there's also a focused clarity, and maybe even a maturity of presentation that's really nice too – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou —
Echos Hypnotiques ... LP Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
The second volume of rare Afrofunk from Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou from Analog Africa – a killer set of material recorded at EMI Studios in Lagos, Nigeria for the Albarika Store label – impeccable sounding and feverishly played by the group! This one's fairly jaw dropping, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Os Terribles De Donas —
Abrollido ... CD PAI Musica (Spain), 2009. Used ...
This UK Afro Funk group is slicking things up a bit for this 1973 album – but not in a bad way, because it actually kicks up the groove considerably. In fact, it almost sounds like they've been listening to a bit of War – because the the best tracks on the album have lots of that funky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No charity needed here – as reedman Eji Oyewole's got a wealth of talent on his own! Eji's a musician with roots in the 60s Nigerian scene, but left to follow a personal path through Europe and the US, where he picked up some wonderfully funky styles which are then brought home to create ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long-overdue return of Mustafa Ozkent – the legendary Turkish guitarist who made some very mad music in the 70s! The style here is a contemporary take on Mustafa's classic records from back in the day – all instrumental, with a heavy focus on his sharp-edged guitar lines – ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The long-overdue return of Mustafa Ozkent – the legendary Turkish guitarist who made some very mad music in the 70s! The style here is a contemporary take on Mustafa's classic records from back in the day – all instrumental, with a heavy focus on his sharp-edged guitar lines – ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal album from one of the hippest groups going on the South African scene of the 70s – a combo who mixed equal parts electric jazz and R&B, in a mode that's strongly inspired by American groups of the time! The Pacific Express vibe has plenty of echoes of the Earth Wind & Fire ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pazy & The Black Hippies —
Wa Ho Ha ... CD Secret Stash, 1978. Used ...
A weird little record from the Nigerian scene of the 70s – much more laidback than you might expect, and a set with a definite Jamaican influence too! At times, some of these tracks are almost more reggae than Afro Funk – although at other points, there's definitely the fierce energy ... read moreCD
A really raw set from 70s Africa – one that's more rock than Afro Funk, but which has a pretty hypnotic groove overall! The group's heavy on guitars, which are often played in a fuzzy, jamming sort of way – but with different tones and phrasing than American or Anglo psyche groups ... read moreCD
Black Power ... LP Copperbelt/Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
A really raw set from 70s Africa – one that's more rock than Afro Funk, but which has a pretty hypnotic groove overall! The group's heavy on guitars, which are often played in a fuzzy, jamming sort of way – but with different tones and phrasing than American or Anglo psyche groups ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most unique musical talents we've heard in years – finally given his due in this wonderful collection of work from the late 70s and early 80s! Alain Peters works in a style that's beyond description – a global mix of elements from both the Caribbean and Africa, but often ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Boban Petrovic —
Zora ... LP Discom/Disco Not Disco (Serbia), 1984. Near Mint- (reissue)...
A sweet slice of 80s electro soul from Serbia – a set that's the lasting legacy of Boban Petrovic, an artist who was heavily influenced by funky disco sounds from the west – and maybe a bit of fusion as well! The music has a much more soulful vibe than you'd guess from the cover image ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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Astor Piazzolla/Leo Brouwer/Marc Grauwels/Guy Luko —
Tango ... CD Carrere (Brazil), 1986. Used ...
The People Rock Outfit really knock it out of the park with this dark-edged classic from the 70s – one of the heaviest albums we've heard from the Nigerian scene at the time, and a record that's almost got more of a South African spirit overall! These guys effortlessly mix together funk and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Professor Rhythm —
Bafana Bafana ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, Late 80s. New Copy ...
Wicked house music grooves from Professor Rhythm – a South African producer from the 80s, but one who rivals some of the New York underground of the time! The work here has a compelling blend of straight-ahead house and Afro-styled inflections – maybe a bit like some of the tracks that ... read moreCD
A lost chapter from the late 60s/early 70s Ghana scene – a great mix of African rhythms & melodies with the raw grit of garage rock, the heavy groove of funk and soul, the swirling and fuzzed out guitars and organ of psychedelia – the Psycho African Beat of The Psychedelic Aliens! ... read moreCD
(Beautiful hardbound book style packaging – with a thick set of and photos and notes by band leader Carl Ricky Telfer!)
Quantic & Nidia Gongora —
Curao ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
Will "Quantic" Holland has really turned out to be a hell of a fellow – a guy we first fell in love with as a beatmaker, then as a funk artist – and now as one of the few people who can ever mix grooves with global elements and make the whole thing come out sounding right! ... (Deep Funk, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Amazing grooves like you've never heard before – the seminal sides by Salah Ragab and his Cairo Jazz Band! As you can probably guess from their name, the ensemble was an Egyptian one – working at the end of the 60s in an incredible blend of jazz and more traditional Egyptian-styled ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Roger Raspail —
Dalva ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2017. New Copy ...
Great work from Guadeloupean percussionist Roger Raspail – a set that offers up an unusual blend of jazz and island modes, but in a way that's very rich and organic – without any sort of self-conscious attitude about its presentation! Raspail's worked for years on the Paris scene ... read moreCD
Roger Raspail —
Dalva ... LP Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Great work from Guadeloupean percussionist Roger Raspail – a set that offers up an unusual blend of jazz and island modes, but in a way that's very rich and organic – without any sort of self-conscious attitude about its presentation! Raspail's worked for years on the Paris scene ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album