A damn soulful album from Ghanaian percussionist Rim Kwaku Obeng – recorded in LA at the end of the 70s, with loads of sweet clubby touches in the mix! Rim gets in plenty of tight percussion – lots of which showcases his rim-heavy approach to the drums – and also plays keyboards ... read moreCD
Wonderfully groovy work from Rim Kwaku Obeng – an artist with African roots, but working here in the San Francisco scene of the early 80s – where he's clearly picked up a very international vibe in his music! Rim definitely plays some traditional percussion on the tracks, but there's ... read moreCD
Wonderfully groovy work from Rim Kwaku Obeng – an artist with African roots, but working here in the San Francisco scene of the early 80s – where he's clearly picked up a very international vibe in his music! Rim definitely plays some traditional percussion on the tracks, but there's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We have to be honest, we know a little bit about African music, but not a lot. So when we come across some nice African recordings, we scoop them up and put them online, but rather than insult those of you out there who know and love this stuff, we'll just list them at what we consider to be a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large stain with peeling on front, a few ink stamps, and some pen. Labels have ink stamps.)
The fourth and final album from Ofege – and a set that shows the Nigerian group still very much at the top of their game – soaring out on fast funk rhythms that often echo American styles of the time, but with a lot more edge – and produced with all these cool trippy touches ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A blistering set of Afro-Funk from the 70s – the debut of Ofege, a band of high school students at the time! There's a really trippy sound to the set, as the guitars figure strongly in the groove, and are often recorded with some slightly psychedelic touches – similar to Blo or some of ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Danny Offia & The Friks —
Funk With Me ... CD PMG (Austria), Early 80s. New Copy ...
An early 80s set from the Lagos scene – and one that's about as far from the Afro Funk sound of the 70s as that city is from New York! Instead of full-on ensemble styles, Danny Offia has this nice lean groove – basslines that bump with a wickedly catchy sound, laced with keyboard solos ... read moreCD
The debut album from the Ogyatanaa Show Band – a group who'd been working heavily on the Ghana scene in the early 70s, and who begin this set with a side-long track that pays tribute to all the giants in the world of highlife! That track's quite unusual – a highlife number, but one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
They sure got the title right on this one – as the album's a mad mix of sitar music and electronics! The set was recorded in Germany in the 70s, and it features Okko Bekker on both the moog and sitar – playing in a small group with Herb Geller on flute, and some extra guitar work on a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
US issue of some of Sonny's African recordings from the early 80s. The groove here is afro-pop, with crisp guitars and a lighter beat than Fela's style of afrobeat, but with similar cascading horn parts. The production's a bit slicker too, with the vocals pushed way forward in the mix. Titles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pericomo Okoye & His Traditional Dance Group Of Aro-Ndizuogu —
Ogba Aghara 1990 ... LP ACO (Nigeria), 1990. Poor ...
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(NOTE – Vinyl is in terrible condition unfortunately. Cover has heavy wear and aging, with wide clear tape on the seams and spine.)
The most ambitious set to date from bassist Michael Olatuja – a record that showcases him as way more than just a jazz musician, as he mixes together many different strands of music into his own sonic version of Lagos Pepper Soup! Olatuja plays a variety of basses, and is definitely a strong ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Colombian music, both classic and contemporary – as a group of older all-star players comes into contact with Will "Quantic" Holland! The set's easily one of the most smoking Latin-styled projects we've heard from Quantic so far – recorded in Colombia with work from Fruko, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy version – with great bonus materials!)
A landmark of 70s Afro-styled jazz – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the 70s, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Lacquered from the original master tapes in a tip-on sleeve. Includes 12 page booklet!)
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 ... read moreCD
Zeal Onyia is definitely the trumpet king here – at least of the Nigerian scene in which this album was recorded – as he blows strong solos throughout, and really brings a lot of jazz-based energy to the highlife rhythms! The use of trumpet in a smaller combo mode is really great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quirky small group highlife from Ghana! Kwabena "King" Onyina developed a distinctive take on Ghana's most famous style back in the 50s, and these recordings for Decca's African branch sound like little else out there. Supported by spare hand percussion, bass, and raw female vocal ... read moreCD
A great return to form for Orchestra Baobab – a group who really shone on the Senegalese scene in the 70s, but disbanded right as they were hitting global fame – eventually reuniting around the time of this album, thanks to demand from listeners around the world! The style is nicely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first record in years from these Afro Funk giants – but don't hold it against them, as the whole thing's pretty darn wonderful! There's a rich, vibrant sound here that really lives up to the group's legacy from years back – and production is right on the money to keep things right ... read moreCD
Oriental Brothers International Band —
Obi Nwanne ... LP Afrodisia, 1980. Fair ...
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(FAIR CONDITION. Cover has tape on the seams, wear, and aging.)
A surprisingly strong set from Osibisa – one that's got a full, rich, soulful feel – much better than we might have expected for an album recorded at the Royal Festival Hall! The venue's no surprise, though, given that Osibisa were clearly on top of their game at the time – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has heavy wear, with ring and edge wear, seam splitting.)
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
Penny Penny —
Yogo Yogo ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1996. New Copy ...
The strong second album from Penny Penny – a set that has the South African singer emerging as even more of a superstar than before – as you might guess from his look on the cover! The style is this unique blend of older South African vocal modes with more contemporary club elements ... read moreCD
Penny Penny —
Yogo Yogo ... LP Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1996. New Copy (reissue)...
The strong second album from Penny Penny – a set that has the South African singer emerging as even more of a superstar than before – as you might guess from his look on the cover! The style is this unique blend of older South African vocal modes with more contemporary club elements ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Late 70s work from Geraldo Pino – the artist who was credited as being one of the first musicians to bring the styles of James Brown to play in West Africa – still grooving hard here at the other end of the decade! The album's got a clubby vibe in parts – the "boogie" ... read moreCD
A really rare one from the Nigerian scene – the first record on the small Sir Dolu label! The date is 1984, but the sound is nice and raw – fast percussion and guitar, and vocals recorded with this really great echoey vibe – on four long tracks. LP, Vinyl record album
(Record has some light marks, but plays pretty nicely overall.)
A great mix of modes from Hubert Porter – tunes that are definitely the calypsos promised in the title, but which also have some unique elements that mark them as Jamaican, too – touches of mento, nice jazzy elements in the music, and that bubbling up of the new island modes that would ... (Reggae, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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!)
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the funkiest combos we've heard from the African scene of the 70s – and that's saying a lot, given how much great music was going on at the time! These guys really know how to lean into a long song, and open it up with incredible instrumental sharpness – a way of coming together ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from Niger – some really hypnotic lines on electric organ – played in a way that's unlike any other use of the instrument we've ever heard! There's a flowing, water-like quality to the music that's almost in the territory of Terry Riley's work on organ – yet the ... (Out Sound, Global Grooves)read moreCD
(Includes obi, which is bent with a small tear. Cover has a small split in the top seam.)
Tadao Sawai, Kazue Sawai, Hozan Yamamoto & Others —
Jazz Rock ... CD RCA/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy ...
A killer set of jazz rock from early 70s Japan – and a set that's way different than Anglo albums of this nature! There's definitely a mix of horns, jazzy soloing, and electrified elements on guitar, bass, and keyboards – but the themes here are often strongly Japanese, and also ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Tadao Sawai, Kazue Sawai, Hozan Yamamoto & Others —
Jazz Rock ... LP RCA/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A killer set of jazz rock from early 70s Japan – and a set that's way different than Anglo albums of this nature! There's definitely a mix of horns, jazzy soloing, and electrified elements on guitar, bass, and keyboards – but the themes here are often strongly Japanese, and also ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tripped out! Tony Scott plays clarinet with backing on sitar by Colin Walcott – making for a very spare, very spooky album that's a bit more mind-chilling than we'd normally use for meditation! The record has a nicely stripped-down approach that's different than most of the other Verve-groov ... (Now Sound, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Beautiful work from reed player Tony Scott – recorded during a time when he was doing a lot of soul-searching with Eastern cultures! The set's a stripped-down batch of long tracks, with Scott's clarinet in the lead, and backing by 2 Japanese musicians on Koto and Shackuhachi. The tracks are ... read moreCD
An unusual album from the West African scene of the 70s – a set that brings together that area's styles with touches of reggae and maybe a slight current of soul – all of which makes for a very distinct approach to rhythm, which is also echoed in the vocals and instrumentation! There's ... read moreCD
An unusual album from the West African scene of the 70s – a set that brings together that area's styles with touches of reggae and maybe a slight current of soul – all of which makes for a very distinct approach to rhythm, which is also echoed in the vocals and instrumentation! There's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really unusual music recorded in contemporary Niger – performed by a group that features two different musicians each playing calabash – a large gourd that is used in this very percussive way, but with deep sounds that almost rumble as if the earth itself were being pounded in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare Afro Rock from Nigeria's Semi-Colon group – and it's an astonishingly strong record! It's got fuzzy guitar grooves and spacey electic piano that are indebted to the global psych soul and rock scenes of the late 60s and early 70s – but the rhythmic sensibility, percussion and ... read moreCD
Noura Mint Seymali —
Tzenni ... CD Glitterbeat (Germany), 2014. Used ...
Mauritanian music from Noura Mint Seymali – a set recorded back home, as well as in Dakar and Brooklyn – with a kind of globe-spanning sound that really shows the power in her work! Noura sings with this amazing sense of inflection – the kind of vocal dynamics you might expect ... read moreCD
Totally wonderful sounds from an artist who mixes Greek musical styles with tight 70s jazz modes – not the electric fusion that you'd guess from the title, but instead a really unique criss-crossing of two different cultures! There's plenty to love here if you love soulful 70s jazz – ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Insanely wonderful work from Shango Dance Band – a group headed by onetime Fela Kuti bandmate Ojo Okeji – whose bass work here is worth the price of admission alone! Okeji was a key part of Fela's Koola Lobitos, until leaving the group in 1968 – and taking some of the best ... read moreCD
Insanely fantastic! Ananda Shankar was one of the hippest sitar players of the 60s – an artist who was not only steeped in the strongest traditions of Indian music heard in other more mainstream players, but one who also had a keen ear for modder and funkier grooves of the time! This rare ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album