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Global Grooves — Recently Added

XUnusual grooves from around the globe -- Afro Funk, Bollywood soundtracks, Turkish rock, gamelan, ethnographic/field recordings, sitar sounds, and more!


Akwassa

In The Groove
Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
An interesting turning point for this funky Nigerian group of the 70s – as the set's still got the chunky rhythms of previous efforts, but also shows a touch of influence from reggae on some of the grooves – as well as some very cool use of keyboard touches that give the whole thing ... LP, Vinyl record album
Terrestrial Funk, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
Armenian grooves, but done with plenty of familiar funk elements as well – including lots of sweet keyboards and some hard-driving rhythms that makes more than a few of these tracks perfect for the clubs! There's not much in the way of notes with the package, and the set is hardly ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soundway (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
A hip group from Sierra Leone – but one who recorded these tracks in the US during the late 70s – which makes for a very unusual hybrid of sounds! The group's original approach was to update regional sounds from their nation, and avoid some of the more commercial cover versions of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joe Moks

Boys & Girls
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
The music of Joe Moks has a nice sing-song feel here – a vibe that's almost more reggae than you'd expect from her Nigerian roots – but with an offbeat style that's also not like anything that might have come from Kingston! Instead, the groove here feels a bit like when American or ... CD

Geraldo Pino

Boogie Fever
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy
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" ... CD

Berkely Ike Jones

Nation Building
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
A mighty nice set from Berkely Ike Jones – guitarist and one of the founders of the legendary Blo – working here in a groove that's a bit more Afro disco overall, but which still has all the great touches of his previous work! The music's plenty funky, but more in a clubby way than ... CD

Okyerema Asante

Drum Message
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1977. New Copy 2LP
A legendary album on the Black Fire label from the 70s – a set that features Ghanaian percussionist Oykerama Asante working in the same American mix of funk and spiritual jazz as his labelmates Oneness Of Juju! The set was recorded in the same stretch as the best work from that legendary ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Okyerema Asante

Drum Message
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1977. New Copy
A legendary album on the Black Fire label from the 70s – a set that features Ghanaian percussionist Oykerama Asante working in the same American mix of funk and spiritual jazz as his labelmates Oneness Of Juju! The set was recorded in the same stretch as the best work from that legendary ... CD

Akwassa

La'Ila
PMG (Austria), 1975. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
A stunner from the Afro Funk scene of the 70s – and the kind of record that makes us realize just how much greatness there is to discover! Years back, we thought we'd heard all the good cuts from the sub-Saharan continent – but a record like this really makes us sit up and take new ... CD

Mary Afi Usuah

African Woman
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
One of the most hard-grooving set we've heard from singer Mary Afi Usuah – a set that has all these deep, bassy currents on the bottom – which hold a nice groove underneath Mary's heavenly voice! Usuah has a range that's much greater than some of her contemporaries – no surprise, ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1975. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
The title's no like – as these guys definitely groove, and they're definitely funky too – a sweet 70s combo from the Lagos scene, and one who play with a very sharp edge at their core! Aktion make nice use of darker, downturning chords – which creates a moody feel to their funk, ... CD

Segun Bucknor

Who Say I Tire
Vampi Soul (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
CD...$5.99 24.99
Heavy Nigerian funk from the great Segun Bucknor – an artist who was working during the same Afro Funk revolution as Fela Kuti & Africa 70, but one who never fully got the exposure he deserved on a global level! By the time of these cuts, Segun had already been working hard in a variety ... CD

RD Burman

Mukti
Subah Zindagi (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
CD...$4.99 16.99
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 ... CD

Sahara All Star Band Of Jos

Sahara All Star Band Of Jos
PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
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 ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
Blo have gone through a few different phases before this fantastic fourth album – but none of them as funky as the work on this set – which may well set a whole new standard for the Nigerian music legends! The groove here is super-tight, with lots of excellent bass and drums snapping ... CD

Apostles

Banko Woman
PMG (Austria), 1977. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
The Apostles are nice and groovy here – working in this offbeat way that combines upbeat cuts with some unusual mellower numbers – but all at a level that really keeps things interesting throughout! These guys can clearly move with the groove and hit some sharp funky instrumentation at ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
A special collaboration between these two legends of Ghanian music – one that has singer Pat Thomas working with the grooves of Ebo Taylor – in an effort to reclaim the sound of calypso as an African sound! The album's got an unusual mix of Caribbean modes and Ghanian soul – ... CD

Joe Kemfa

Jungle Juice
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
We're not sure what's in this jungle juice, but it's clearly having a great effect on Joe Kemfa – allowing him to move and groove in a really great way – as he leads his group through a sweet later take on the sound of Lagos funk! The album's got a great blend of rhythms and some ... CD

Bala Miller & The Great Music Pirameeds Of Africa

Pyramids
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
Bala Miller's got a great pan-African group here – one that's more from the western side of the scene, despite the pyramids mentioned in their name – with players hailing from Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon – all coming together in a mighty righteous style! The music is fairly ... CD

Apostles

Apostles
PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
Fantastic funk from The Apostles – a group who were easily one of the most hard-hitting on the African scene of the 70s – and one who definitely absorbed key currents from a range of American artists – from James Brown through Booker T & The MGs! The groove here is totally ... CD

Harry Mosco

Country Boy
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
Sweet grooves from Harry Mosco – once the leader of The Funkees, but stepping out here with some wicked work from the London scene at the end of the 70s! The album's got a snapping electric vibe – sometimes clubby, but with more of a funk feel overall – thanks to some heavy ... CD
Far Eastern Sunshine (Germany), 1971. New Copy
CD...$4.99 16.99
The mighty RD Burman is at the height of his powers here – crafting a Bollywood soundtrack that has an even moodier, groovier feel than usual – with some currents that even link the music towards some European film score styles of the time! Tracks are shortish, and definitely have the ... CD

Nubiyan Twist

Freedom Fables
Strut (UK), 2021. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Nubiyan Twist really open up their sound here – in part by opening the door to a rich array of guest singers and instrumentalists – a lineup that includes Cherise, Pat Thomas, Soweto Kinch, Ria Moran, and Nick Richards – all artists who help bring a different personal flavor to ... LP, Vinyl record album

Harari (The Beaters)

Rufaro/Happiness
Sun/Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Seminal South African work from Harari – a group who'd previously recorded as The Beaters, but changed their name after getting a new spiritual awakening while touring Zimbabwe! That new name and new spirit really fits the sound here – an even deeper incarnation of the style they ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cultures Of Soul, Mid 80s. New Copy
Excellent work from the South African scene of the 80s – music that maybe provides a pathway to the new freedom to come, thanks to a joyous, upbeat sense of spirit – one that's equally wonderful all these many years later! The cuts here are all clubby, but less in the disco mode that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lokkhi Terra & Dele Sosimi

Cubafrobeat (180 gram pressing)
Funkiwala (UK), 2020. New Copy
Vocalist Dele Sosimi joins this ultra-hip London group – a combo who are equally skilled in African and Cuban elements, hence the title of the record – and one who can also serve things up with lots of jazz-based energy as well! All tracks are nice and long – and in addition to ... LP, Vinyl record album

Femi Kuti/Made Kuti

Legacy + (Stop The Hate/Foreward)
Partisan, 2021. New Copy 2CD
Two generations of the Fela Kuti legend work here back to back – in a double length set that features one full album from Fela's son, and another by his grandson! Femi is up first on a set titled Stop The Hate – full-on Afro Funk with plenty of message in the music – the older ... CD

Igna Igwebuike

Bomp
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
Sweet funky sounds from east Nigeria, circa 1980 – a great little set that's got a laidback groove, and a style that's clearly learned plenty from the hipper corners of the American funk universe! The approach is a bit like funky club at times, a bit more like some of the larger funk acts of ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
Their name may be a mouthful, but the Black Children Sledge Funk Band have a groove that's nice and lean – a wicked blend of basslines, percussion, and lots of riffing guitar – plus these very cool keyboards that wander over the grooves and give the whole thing a sweetly spacey vibe! ... CD

Steve Black

Village Boogie
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
An album that definitely lives up to its title – thanks to a strong embrace of funky boogie styles, but served up here with a sweet Nigerian twist! Some cuts are heavy funk right from the start – clearly inspired by Kool & The Gang and other sharp-edged American groups of the 70s ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 2 CDs
CD...$5.99 24.99
A stunning selection of highlife material from the Nigerian scene – a huge double-length collection that really offers up a vivid example of the music that was in place before the big wave of 70s Afro Funk and other new styles! The work here is different than some of the more commercial ... CD

Bola Johnson

Man No Die
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs
CD...$5.99 24.99
A stunning collection of work from Bola Johnson – a key figure on the scene in Lagos in the years before Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade! Johnson's style here really shows Nigerian music at the crossroads – upbeat elements of early highlife informing the rhythms with plenty of lean guitar ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1970. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
Massive work from this funky Nigerian cat – a set that offers up a key mix of James Brown funk and home-grown elements – all in a blend that's totally unique! The 1970 album mixes together equal parts African highlife and American soul – making for a style that's heavy one minute ... CD

Sahara All Star Band Of Jos

Sahara All Star Band Of Jos
PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
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 ... CD
Worthy, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
Rare early work from Mulatu – material recorded in America, in the years before Mulatu returned to his Ethiopian homeland, and really set the scene on fire! The style here is a mix of Latin jazz with some more exotic elements – played by a combo that features Mulatu on vibes, alongside ... LP, Vinyl record album
Prestige, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
Incredible! This is a stunning set of African-inspired jazzy percussion tracks – similar to some of the work done by Art Blakey on his Orgy In Rhythm albums, but with a lot better horn work, and with an overall conception that's much more unified! AK Salim did some sleepier work for Savoy ... LP, Vinyl record album
Subah Zindagi (UK), Early 80s. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
A definite disco sensation from Babla – a singer who refits older Indian film songs with new club grooves for the 80s – definitely very much in the mode that's promised by the title! The set features older songs by Shankhar Jakishan, Kalyanji Anadji, and Hemant Kumar – plus a few ... CD

Maalem Mahmoud Gania

Aicha
Hive Mind (UK), Early 90s. New Copy
The first-ever vinyl issue of a fantastic batch of music – tracks recorded by master Gnawa legend Maalem Mahmoud Gania – sounds originally only issued on cassette in Morocco, but which sound far more powerful here in a more durable format! The tracks are heavy on percussion, but the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Rim Kwaku Obeng & The Believers

Too Tough/I'm Not Going To Let You
Sum Sum/BBE (UK), 1983. New Copy
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 ... CD

Reebop (Anthony Reebop Kwaku Bah)

Anthony Reebop Kwaku Bah
Jet (Austria), 1971. New Copy
CD...$7.99 18.98
A killer set from percussionist Anthony Reebop Kwaku Bah – one done with the same sort of genre-crossing vibe as some of his work with the hipper members of the British rock scene – but at a level that's even cooler and groovier than his album for Island around the same time! The set's ... CD

Danny Offia & The Friks

Funk With Me
PMG (Austria), Early 80s. New Copy
CD...$7.99 16.99
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 ... CD

Heads Funk Band

Hard World
PMG (Austria), 1975. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
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 ... CD
Syllart (France), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
An amazing classic from Orchestra Baobab – one of those records that reminds us why the group were always so different than anyone else! Some of the rhythms are familiar, but the execution is very unique – chopped up at times, so that the grooves are a perfect mix for the angular tenor ... LP, Vinyl record album

Manduka

Manduka
IRT/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Soulful sounds from 70s Chile – and a record that easily rivals some of the best acoustic work from the post-Tropicalia generation in Brazil! Manduka's got a heady sound that's very much in keeping with his image on the cover – a freer sort of approach to the music than the decade ... LP, Vinyl record album

Vis-A-Vis

Odo Gu Ahorow
We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A record with a really wonderful groove – bubbling bass next to riffing guitar lines – a bit funky at times, but as a warm hybrid with more familiar highlife modes! The album's a key testament to the strengths of this 70s group from Ghana – filled with lively vocal interplay ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Mid 30s. New Copy 4CD
A huge amount of work from a reedman we'd never heard before – Martinique-born Alexandre Stellio – a hell of a clarinet player, and one who effortlessly weaves together island rhythms and early strands of jazz! All of the recordings here were done in Paris during the mid 30s, and ... CD

Kalyanji Anandji

Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
Subah Zindagi (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
A great little Bollywood soundtrack by one of key composers of the genre – and one that's still got all the right sort of elements you might expect! There's some really great upbeat tracks – nice groovers that even get a bit funky at times – and which have a few cool instrumental ... CD

Kiki Gyan

Feeling So Good
Everland (Austria), 1979. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
A fantastic groover from Kiki Gyan – a singer from Ghana who worked in Osibisa during the early 70s – but one who's also got a really universal club vibe here on this overlooked gem from the end of the 70s! The record's got a bubbling, upbeat vibe that really lives up to its title ... CD

Geraldo Pino

Afro Soco Soul Live
Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
CD...$5.99 16.99
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 ... CD
 
Updated November 27, 2021


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