Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids —
Angel Fell ... LP Strut (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Saxophonist Idris Ackamoor is a living jazz legend – but not the kind that's stale and stuffy, and instead a continuously vibrant player who's given us mindblowing music since his initial recordings with his Pyramids group in the 70s! This version of the Pyramids is different than that one, ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids —
Shaman ... LP Strut (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A tremendous return to form for reedman Idris Ackamoor and his Pyramids group – and a record that we love every bit as much as his classic material from the 70s! There's a power, righteousness, and urgency to this album that we haven't heard from Ackamoor in years – very much the kind ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of groundbreaking records from King Sunny Ade – both of which represent a new wave of interest in African music after the initial burst of the Fela Kuti generation! First up is Synchro System – fantastic work from King Sunny Ade – one of his first truly global releases, ... read moreCD
A set that's maybe not as experimental as you might guess from the title – but which sounds pretty darn great nonetheless! Afro National hail from Sierra Leone, and they work here in a sparkling take on the highlife groove – cascading swift guitar lines out over lively rhythms, often ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard in your life – an assortment of mid 70s tunes from Mahmoud Ahmed, the second grooviest Ethiopian artist, next to Mulatu! Ahmed's sound is a lot more out there than Mulatu's – less funky and jazz-based, and more in the mode of snakey ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alabe Ketujazz —
Kan ... LP Poeira (UK), 2022. New Copy ...
Wonderfully spare sounds from a musical partnership who are exactly as pictured on the cover – Antoine Olivier on percussion and Glaucus Linx on tenor sax – working together on these beautiful tunes that are a mix of rootsy sources and spiritual jazz! There's a sense of ritual to some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tony Allen & Afrika 70 —
Jealousy ... LP Comet (France), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
The start of a legend – the tremendous debut of drummer Tony Allen as a leader, after some key 70s work in the group of Fela Kuti! Fela's group is backing Tony up here – the key Afrika 70 lineup – and even Fela gets in on the action by laying down some piano solos and tenor ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic stuff – and one of the records that made drummer Tony Allen a legend, and one of the key musicians to step out of the larger setting of the Afrika 70 group of Fela Kuti! Allen's the leader here, and the vibe is nicely a bit different than some of Fela's records – although the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really fantastic collaboration between two pioneers of African music – and a set that nicely opens both into the jazziest side of their talents! Hugh Masekela blows flugelhorn, and Tony Allen handles drums and plenty of percussion – and although both artists sing a bit, the main ... read moreCD
Kio Amachree —
Ivory ... LP SKJ/Mondo Groove (Italy), 1981. New Copy (reissue)...
A record from that time when the Nigerian scene was really keeping pace with changes in soul music on the other side of the Atlantic – as you'll hear in the way that Kio Amachree serves up the grooves! Kio's the lead force here – not just on vocals, but also guitar and production as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Africa ... CD Now Again, 1975. New Copy 2 CDs ...
Wonderfully fuzzy work from Amanaz – one of the trippiest, headiest groups of the Zamrock scene of the 70s! The guitars here are very full and present – not at a hit you over the head jamming label, but with this rich sonic element that has lots of bassy undercurrents – at a ... read moreCD
Joyous 80s grooves from Charles Amoah of Ghana – a set that's maybe got all the same electro soul elements as indie sides from New York at the same time! Charles definitely has his ear to the streets with the beats – and the mix of those and the basslines is very much in the best old ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful sounds from Cabo Verde – served up by a group named after a famous composer on the island, and featuring three of his children working under the leadership of older guitarist/singer Pascoal, who'd studied with Ano Nobo before he passed away! The style of the music is wonderful ... read moreCD
Ansambl Mileta Petrovica —
Veseli Romi ... LP Radio Martiko (Belgium), Late 80s. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A record that's as groovy as the group looks on the cover – and one that comes across with just the blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation the image might imply! Ansambl Mileta Petrovica are a Serbian group from the 80s who took older songs and reworked them with a cool style that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Plays with surface noise and crackle. Cover has wear and aging, wide clear tape on all sides, and stained edges.)
Assagai ... LP Vertigo/Cosmic Rock, 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
An excellent bit of UK Afro-Funk – recorded at the beginning of the 70s by a group that included members of the legendary South African jazz combo The Blue Notes – Dudu Pukwana on reeds, Mongezi Feza on trumpet, and Louis Moholo on drums! The record's quite different than you'd guess ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Farid El Atrache —
Nagham Fi Hayati ... LP Voice Of Lebanon/We Want Sounds (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
A musical masterpiece from this legendary Egyptian talent – a blend of strings, grooves, and soul – all served up at a level that's got a sense of power that moves way beyond its Mid East roots! This is the kind of record that most of us in the western world overlooked for decades ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record with a really unusual pedigree, in that it was recorded by a number of Haitian singers and musicians on the New York scene – done in the mid 80s with a bit of a groove, and a compelling blend of Caribbean roots and more spiritual elements! At some level, the record is years ahead of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A long-overdue collection of work by Balka Sound – an important 80s group from Brazzaville, and one whose name evokes their style of music – a sound based in folksy roots, but which is updated here with electric guitar and bass, next to lively percussion and really great vocals! The ... 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
A surprising slice of work from the 70s – three different albums all released under various guises by Armenian American reedman Souren Baronian – all put out on his own Carlee label, and done in a very cool mix of styles! Baronian blows both familiar American horns and more exotic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Batidos (Jay Rodriguez & Ron Trent) —
Olajope ... CD Six Degrees, 2001. Used ...
One of the coolest projects to bear the imprint of New York DJ Ron Trent – a shimmering blend of house music, jazzy fusion, and Latin influences! The core group features Trent on percussion and keyboards – with additional keyboards, vocals, and woodwinds from Jay Rodriguez – and ... (New Grooves, Global Grooves)read moreCD
BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness) —
Healing ... LP Buda (France), 2018. New Copy ...
Killer work from a really incredible group – Soweto's Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness, a combo who are really rewriting the sound of Afro Funk with music like this – serving up long-jamming tracks that have a mighty fresh flavor of their own! The music isn't in a traditional style ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great collection – the rare two albums by Beginning Of The End, plus bonus tracks too! First up is the classic Funky Nassau – s monster bit of funk that's unlike anything else we can think of! Beginning Of The End hailed from The Bahamas, but don't hold that against them – ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreCD
A wonderfully weird little record – one that has Kola Beldy bringing back ancient chants from the Mongolian plains – then setting them to instrumentation that's a bit contemporary, but usually in some very offbeat ways! The record sounds nothing like what you'd guess from the date of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't think "rock", think "groove" – because oud player John Berberian takes his instrument into some very groovy territory here – mixing its Mid-East roots with a sweet array of modal rhythms and psychedelic elements – all of which make for an album that's ... read moreCD
Lucho Bermudez may look a bit square on the cover, but he was a key force in the rise of cumbia on the Colombian scene of the postwar years – and also handled a fair bit of other really great styles too! That work is finally given its due here – in a well-done package that brings ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Big Black's better LPs for UNI, and one that features stripped down conga groove with spare flute playing by Black "Melody" Harold. Side one is a long 3 part track, divided into "Problem", "Cause", and "Cure". Side two's got three long tracks: " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split spine, half split top & bottom seams, ring & surface wear, aging, name in marker on the back.)
Ethiopian keyboardist Kibrom Birhane has played alongside contemporary giants who include Kamasi Washington and Mark De Clive-Lowe – but he sounds even better here at the helm of a set of his own – a beautiful record that mixes older Ethio jazz elements with a cool, contemporary Cali ... read moreCD
Isaac Birituro & The Rail Abandon —
Small Small ... LP Wah Wah 45s (UK), 2022. New Copy ...
A nice update of older Ghanian modes – as Isaac Birituro mixes his beautiful work on the balafon with some more contemporary rhythms and vocals – all at a level that's nicely different from other recent work in an Afro Funk mode! The woody sounds of the core instrument make for a nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's got to be one of the coolest recorded in Calgary during the early 80s – as it offers up a really unusual blend of modes that definitely lives up to its title, and which also borrows a bit from Indian music as well! Singer Rupa Biswas fronts a group that's equally strong on ... read moreCD
Rare funky tracks from late 70s Kenya – both of which are pretty darn groovy! "You & Me" has a midtempo groove that's laced with these haunting spacey keyboards – and the English language vocals build things up in a nice way – with lots of catchy lyrics, but in a ... (Funky 45's, Global Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Hardly the kind of hippies that were always hanging around when we were growing up – as these guys are super tight, super funky, and right on the money throughout – grooving hard in one of the most searing styles of Afro Funk we've ever heard! Older psych modes are turned towards the ... read moreCD
A really unique project from Philippe Samiguel – recorded in Bamako, where Samiguel has worked as a producer for many years – during which time he's pulled together ideas from all sorts of different projects, and forged them into a new groove of his own! Samiguel's worked most famously ... read moreCD
A really unique project from Philippe Samiguel – recorded in Bamako, where Samiguel has worked as a producer for many years – during which time he's pulled together ideas from all sorts of different projects, and forged them into a new groove of his own! Samiguel's worked most famously ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully heavy sounds from Black Market Brass – a group who started out with more of a global funk approach, but who emerge here with the intensity of some lost funky soundtrack – all with the sort of edge you might expect from the cover! The style here is really revolutionary ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing – with download!)
Bobby Solo —
Superbobby ... LP Ricordi (Italy), 1968. Very Good Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A percussion record, but one with a very different twist – as the set was done both in collaboration with dancer Tonny Kennybrew, and based on his sense of motion – and it was done at the end of the 80s, and features a very cool mix of both acoustic and electric instrumentation! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really beautiful little record – one that bills itself as coming from from creole roots and French chanson – and which definitely delivers the goods as promised! The rhythms are often nice and lean – bubbling, percolating elements that maybe echo some older styles from the ... read moreCD
One of the most creative albums we've heard from Dee Dee Bridgewater in years – a set of tracks recorded with a host of Malian artists – in a unique cross-cultural mode that's unlike anything else Dee Dee has ever recorded! The core style here is still very firmly rooted in Bridgewater' ... (Vocalists, Global Grooves)read moreCD
(Sleeve has light wear and a faded shop stamp. Label on Side 2 has a sticker.)
Buari ... LP RCA/Be With (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Maybe the best-known international album from Sidiku Buari – an artist who recorded some killer sets in his native Ghana, but who got a rare chance to work here in the US for this album – which features some tight funky elements by Bernard Purdie on drums, Paul Grivvin on keyboards, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer blend of African roots and American rhythms – and a set that definitely lives up to the disco promised in the title! Buari's working here with a host of New York musicians – jazzy players who include Randy Brecker and Jon Faddis on trumpet, Barry Rogers on trombone, and ... read moreCD
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
RD Burman —
Mukti ... CD Subah Zindagi (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ...
A classic soundtrack from Indian film composer Rahul Dev Burman – and one that reminds us just how important the voice was to the format over the years! Unlike some Bollywood soundtracks, which have long upbeat songs that are driving the dance numbers in the film – this score has a ... read moreCD
A legendary early set from percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett – and a really sublime blend of spiritual jazz and Latin rhythms! Mora's percussion is definitely at the core – but the set also features wonderful contributions from Vincent Bowens on tenor and soprano sax, Jerome LeDuff ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Francisco Mora Catlett —
Mora/Mora 2 ... CD AACE/Far Out (UK), Late 80s. New Copy ...
A pair of great albums back to back – both rare albums from a percussionist who worked with Sun Ra! First up is Mora volume 1 – a legendary early set from percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett – and a really sublime blend of spiritual jazz and Latin rhythms! Mora's percussion is ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreCD
The great Dollar Brand is a wonderful pianist, no matter what the setting – but he seems especially great when in collaboration with other contemporary giants – which is definitely the case here in a superb live performance with trumpeter Don Cherry from the early 70s! As you'll guess ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tight set of solid percussion tracks – mostly just spare drumming, done in a very tribal sort of way! Most of the tunes feature only percussion and some occasional vocal chanting – and the record is almost as much of a Latin session as it is an African one – a factor that seems ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that really pushes the Congotronics world a lot farther than before – as the record features a supergroup that includes previous artists in the project, both Konono No 1 and Kasai All Stars – working here with extra help from Deerhoof, Juana Molina, and Wildbirds & Peacedrums ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Expansive project by drummer and percussionist Gustavo Cortinas with over 30 collaborators spanning 10 countries – with Drew Hansen on trumpet, Artie Black on tenor and bass clarinet, Joaquin Garcia on piano, Euan Edmonds on trombone, Matt Gold on guitar, and Kitt Lyles on bass; plus special ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest sets ever issued during the roots reggae wave of the 70s – and one of the most spiritual, too! The album's got a very special acoustic vibe at the core – earthy drumming that goes back to a pan-African tradition, these beautiful acoustic basslines that link the music ... (Reggae, Global Grooves)read moreCD
Funky French club tracks from the start of the 80s – all the brainchild of DJ Guy Cuevas, who has a perfect ear for mixing together dancefloor styles and a nice range of global elements! And sure, lots of folks worked in that territory during the 80s world music boom – but Cuevas was ... read moreCD
Jazzy vocals sung in French, all supported by a lot of tight percussion – in a groove that's completely fresh and unique! The album's unlike anything else we can think of – something of a blend of American, European, and Caribbean grooves – but also with a fair bit of mod 60s ... read moreCD
Heavy bass, tight percussion, and a wonderfully trippy groove – the stunning second album from Cymande, and one of our funk favorites from the 70s! These guys have a sound that's completely unique – a vibe that mixes African and Jamaican influences up in the heady London scene of the ... (Soul, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Late 70s issue. Cover is missing the plastic outer sleeve, and has some light stains and fading along the right side.)
Dadawah (Ras Michael) —
Peace & Love ... LP Trojan/Antarctica Starts Here, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
One of the most righteous albums to come out of the Kingston scene in the early 70s – a set that's driven by the new spirit of the Rastafarian generation, but which also pushes the music much more than some of the commercial efforts of the time! The style of the music here is almost to ... (Reggae, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dakila ... CD CBS/Guerssen (Spain), 1972. New Copy ...
A near-lost musical treasure from the cultural crossroads of the Bay Area scene in the early 70s – work by a Filipino American group who were big on the scene – and who have a mix of rock, jazz, and Latin elements that's not unlike some of their bigger San Francisco contemporaries! The ... read moreCD
Dakila ... LP CBS/Guerssen (Spain), 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A near-lost musical treasure from the cultural crossroads of the Bay Area scene in the early 70s – work by a Filipino American group who were big on the scene – and who have a mix of rock, jazz, and Latin elements that's not unlike some of their bigger San Francisco contemporaries! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Roger Damawuzan —
Seda ... CD Hot Casa (France), 2022. New Copy ...
New work from Togolese music legend Roger Damawuzan – but a set that feels as fierce and funky as if it were recorded in the 70s! The group is super-tight throughout – more inspired by the James Brown Band of the late 60s than other West African groups – and tracks are short, ... read moreCD
Roger Damawuzan —
Seda ... LP Hot Casa (France), 2022. New Copy ...
New work from Togolese music legend Roger Damawuzan – but a set that feels as fierce and funky as if it were recorded in the 70s! The group is super-tight throughout – more inspired by the James Brown Band of the late 60s than other West African groups – and tracks are short, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great grooves from Burundi – two very rare tracks! "Shoreza Inyange" begins with a keyboard flow, then takes a break for a spoken/shouted part from the lead singer – before the whole group rolls into the mix, and soars up the tune with tight horns and rhythms, ensemble vocals ... (Funky 45's, Global Grooves)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Alfredo De Angelis Y Su Orquesta Tipica —
La Brisa ... LP EMI (Argentina), Mid 40s-Early 50s. Near Mint- ...
With vocals by Carlos Dente and Julio Martel. LP, Vinyl record album
(70s issue. Cover has lightly bent corners, some aging, and notes in marker in back.)
A wonderful little record, and one that certainly lives up to the "fantastic variety" promise of its title! The set features work from Panamanian pianist Alonso Wilson De Briano – and although you'll see the word "calypso" in the title, the overall sound is maybe more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)
Sona Diabate & M'Mah Sylla —
Sahel ... LP Triple Earth (UK), 1988. Very Good+ ...
(70s Colombian pressing. Cover is lightly stained along the opening.)
Manu Dibango —
Africadelic ... LP Survival Research (Australia), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Incredibly funky work from Manu Dibango – a set that's easily as great as his classic Soul Makossa album – but which is a lot more obscure overall! The work's got a fiercely-jamming quality all the way through – lots of rumbling percussion at the bottom, and also a bit of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ernesto Djedje left the planet at a very young age – but thanks to recordings like this, he really left his mark on the music scene in the Ivory Coast – and the larger world of West African music as well! There's a special blend of traditional sounds and contemporary elements going on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunner of a set from the 70s African scene – and a record that may well be a lot rawer and harder than most that you have in your collection! Ferry Djimmy was originally a boxer, and spent time outside of his native Benin – but on a return to the country in the early 70s, he cut ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that's filled with mighty nice keyboards – delivered with plenty of 60s soul jazz inspiration in the style, but served up with more of a 70s vibe overall – especially on some of the cuts that bring in some very heavy funk elements at the bottom! As with the group's previous album ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Effie Duke & The Love Family —
Mr Love ... CD PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
A great return to form for this legendary Somalian group – a combo who made some important records in the 80s, but were part of the huge diaspora on their scene as the troubles of the following decade forced a long pause in cultural activity! Here, the group are reborn with new youthful ... read moreCD
E&S Brothers —
Taduma ... LP Blue Tree/Afrosynth (Netherlands), 1985. New Copy (reissue)...
Sweet keyboard soul from the South African scene of the mid 80s – a record that's got a vibe that's a lot leaner and more electro oriented than some of the bubblegum pop to come! E&S are the duo of Ernest Segeel and Shadrack Ndlovu – and although the tunes are mostly electric, they ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Edikanfo Super African Band —
Pace Setters ... LP EG, 1981. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
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
A killer groove from the legendary TP Orchestra – served up here with these really playful vocals from Tomede Ehue, a singer whose style really amplifies the groove! The original itself is great enough on its own – a killer club track with great percussion and horns – and the ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Great early work from Libyan singer Hamid El Shaeri – an artist who'd soon explode to huge global fame, but who's heard here on early tracks recorded for the Slam label in Egypt! Most of the releases were originally issued only on cassette – a format that allowed Hamid's music to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Elcados serve up a new sort of Nigerian groove for the end of the 70s – one that's got an electric vibe that definitely matches the look of their sweet suits on the cover! There's a fair bit of keyboards amidst the guitars that riff along with the rhythms – and the style has a bit ... read moreCD
Amazing 70s recordings from Ethiopian singer Alemayehu Eshete – one of the greatest stars of the Ethiopiques series next to Mulatu! The style here is often quite funky at times – a strong James Brown influence in some of the rhythms, hitting hard with a heavy funk groove at the bottom, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Juanita Euka —
Mabanzo ... CD Strut (UK), 2022. New Copy ...
The solo debut of Juanita Euka, a singer you might know for her fantastic contributions to the London Afrobeat Collective and other groups – yet clearly an artist waiting to shine in the spotlight on her own! Euka is Congolese, but raised in Argentina – and given her recent work on the ... read moreCD