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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!


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

Peter Abdul

Get Down With Me
EMI/Dig This Way (Italy), 1984. New Copy (reissue)
The cover looks a bit cheesy – like some sort of Star Search graphic – but the album's a rock-solid gem from the second decade of Nigerian funk – recorded in Lagos with a great boogie vibe, and a groove that's as heavy on keyboards as it is on riffing guitar and percussion! Peter ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lyncell/BBE (UK), 1982. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Disques Debs/Tidal Waves, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
The fantastic first album from Exile One – a group who recorded more mainstream work in Paris later in their career – but who really sound fierce and funky here right at the start! The sound is lean, stripped-down, and a lot more aimed towards American soul than you'd guess from their ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
No Wahala Sounds (UK), Early 80s. New Copy
A treasure trove of rare singles recorded in Nairobi – easily one of the most welcoming scenes in East Africa during the 80s – especially in comparison to more restrictive cultural territory to the west! At the time, Nairobi really opened up its door to new sounds and ideas – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mdou Moctar

Ilana – The Creator
Sahel Sounds, 2019. New Copy
An album titled after the creator, and a set that's maybe the most spiritual to date from Tuareg guitar genius Mdou Moctar – a record that comes across with a strong sense of focus right from the start, and which seems to have Mdou's guitar sounding even better than ever! The drums are maybe ... CD
Worthy, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Worthy, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lafayette Afro Rock Band

Soul Makossa
As The Record Turns, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Amazing Afro Funk from one of the greatest groups of the genre – The Lafayette Afro Rock Band, a funky ensemble recording in Paris in the early 70s! The group were working in a hotbed of cross-cultural styles – and brought American funk rhythms firmly into play with African influences ... LP, Vinyl record album
Africa Seven (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
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A totally sweet set of grooves from the African scene of the 70s – and one that's a fair bit different than most of the other collections we've got on our racks! The styles here are a bit more offbeat, and a bit less familiar – not straight Afro Funk, but also not some of the popular ... CD

Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr

Jazz Jazz Jazz
Habibi Funk (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy
A fantastic set from the Sudanese scene of the 70s – served up by a group who've definitely got all the jazz promised in the title, but who also have a special vibe that's all their own! The rhythms are nicely jagged – sometimes rolling and romping, almost with a South African jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia/Return To Analog (Canada), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A completely wonderful album from percussionist Guy Warren – a creative musician who made lots of great records over the years – but who maybe never topped himself after this gem from the late 60s UK scene! The set was done as part of the legendary Landsdowne Series for Columbia UK ... LP, Vinyl record album
Essiebons/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
The funky Rob way is a massive one at that – a new path into Afro Funk modes for the 70s, with a groove that's made this set a collectors classic for decades! The group is tighter than most, yet more skittish too – percussion rattling alongside basslines that have these echoey ... CD
Strut (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The musical wealth of Nigeria seems to know no bounds – especially when it comes to the worlds of funk and soul-styled records – and you can take it from us that when we're digging for vintage African gems, more than most seem to come from Nigeria in the 70s and 80s! That's why, even ... LP, Vinyl record album
NCF/Superfly (France), 1989. New Copy (reissue)
Sheila and Desmond Majek work here with support from the Nigeria Conservation Foundation – whose message really comes across in the album's earth-minded grooves! The rhythms are a blend of 80s soul modes, with maybe a bit of a Caribbean vibe at times too – and the spirit of the vocals ... LP, Vinyl record album

King Bucknor & His Afrodisk Beat Organisation

Katakata (180 gram pressing)
Shanu Olu/Hot Casa (France), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A really tremendous record from the Lagos scene of the 70s – a set that's completely sharp from beginning to end, and which has the same sort of side-long jamming that you'd find on the best records by Fela Kuti at the time! King Bucknor's billed as "The Black Isaiah Of Africa" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nanga Boko (France), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
Pascal Atangana is a hell of a singer – one who can move quickly, but with lots of deft changes – over the very dynamic rhythms provided by his excellent backing group! The set was originally issued as a part of a series to showcase the music of Cameroon in the 70s – but it's got ... LP, Vinyl record album

Chocolate (Julio Algendones)

Peru's Master Percussionist
Lyrichord/Buh, New Copy (reissue)
... LP, Vinyl record album
Tidal Waves, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
The rare second album from Ofege – an ultra-hip Nigerian group from the 70s, and one who was as influenced by the fuzzier sound of American rock as they were by the growing styles of Afro Funk on the Lagos scene! Ofege were younger than most of their contemporaries – and work here with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Oriki (France), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP
A fantastic collection of funk from the 70s scene in Ivory Coast – music that's every bit as heavy on jazz-based solos as it is on the grooves – with some especially strong sax lines that really give the tunes a lot of soul! The music here is nice and raw, and often very stripped-down ... LP, Vinyl record album

Americo Brito & Djarama

Nha D'Stine
Mar & Sol (Netherlands), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
One of the only albums ever recorded by Djarama – a group with roots in Cape Verde, but who rocked the Dutch scene of the mid 80s – where their highly rhythmic style must have been a huge hit! The approach here is a bit like some of the post-colonial acts recording in Paris around the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Hycento Junior

Mama Groove
Lorem Ipsum (France), Mid 80s. New Copy
A set that's maybe a bit different than other Nigerian grooves you might know from the early 80s – as Hycento Junior has a strong influence from American hip hop, and also a bit of reggae as well! Side one of the album feels almost as if it was lifted from the same scene as Grandmaster Flash ... LP, Vinyl record album
Akuphone (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Sublime sounds from Indonesia – a set of work that mixes older gamelan modes with contemporary vocals – with a result that's completely amazing! If you like gamelan as much as we do, the approach here will still hold you rapt – as there's plenty of percussion and gong interplay ... LP, Vinyl record album

Geraldo Pino

Afro Soco Soul Live
Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hot Casa (France), Late 70s. New Copy
A great companion to the Togo Soul 70 compilation – one that features two more rare tracks from back in the day, and two new remixes that offer up a contemporary take on a pair of other rare cuts! If you missed the core volume, it's definitely well worth checking out – and is a ... LP, Vinyl record album

General Franco Lee Ezute

Onye Kata Obia
Get/Bongo Joe (UK), 1989. New Copy (reissue)
General Franco is alive and well – at least General Franco Lee Ezute, as the sound of his work on this record is so vibrant, it will keep his legacy alive for decades! The rhythms move fast, the guitar dances along at a similar speed, and Franco works with his Harmony Kings International ... LP, Vinyl record album

Shankar Jaikishan

Raga Jazz Style
EMI/Outernational (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
No Wahala Sounds (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s. New Copy
A revelatory selection of tracks recorded on a Nairobi music scene that was really overflowing with creative energy – so much so that the music here doesn't just come from Kenyan talents, but from Tanzania and the Congo as well! There's a positive spirit that imbues most of the grooves ... LP, Vinyl record album

Black Savage/Majek/Ovid

Fire/Got The Feelin/Karibun/Operator
CBS/Afro 7 (Estonia), Early 80s. New Copy
A set of rare tracks from the vaults of CBS Records in Kenya – tunes that really show a nicely complex approach to the groove! Black Fire kick things off with "Fire" – a tune that's got a reggae vibe, but a sound that's quite different than the style of Kingston! The cut's ... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Yoruba Singers

Fighting For Survival
Interculture/Cultures Of Soul, 1981. New Copy (reissue)
Sweet electric funk from the Yoruba Singers – a group you might expect to have a spiritual bent, given their name – but who work here with lots of heavy rhythms, and some pretty fantastic keyboards! They're definitely "singers", though – as many tracks have the ensemble ... LP, Vinyl record album
Buda/Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Mad music that's unlike anything else we can think of – a killer collection of funky grooves from the Ethiopian scene of the 70s – offered up here on a vinyl-only compilation! The set's a great one if you've heard the music of Mulatu, but want to dig a lot deeper – as the cats ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy
A smoking third volume in this mighty look at the Peruvian cumbia scene of the 70s – music that often shares the same blend of guitar, percussion, and keyboards that makes some of the chica grooves from that time so great! The music here maybe owes a bit more to Latin sounds from up north, ... CD

Nigeria Fuji Machine

Synchro Sound System & Power
Soul Jazz (UK), 2018. New Copy
A fantastic set from the contemporary scene in Lagos – a set that's very heavy on percussion, but has a slightly electrical vibe too – almost the same sort of clash of contemporary and classic that we loved in the Congotronics series from a few years back! The approach here is ... CD
Ubuntu (Netherlands), Early 60s. New Copy
Maybe our favorite volume so far in this excellent series – a set that focuses on early 60s work from South Africa, with a vibe that really showcases that great sound that would soon explode globally – as artists like Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba got wider exposure! Yet the music ... CD

Le Kene Star De Sikasso

Hodi Hu Yenyan
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from the Mali scene of the 70s – a set that's got lots of unusual rhythmic impulses and vocal inflections – with a style that moves way beyond anything we might have expected! One of the best elements of the record is this really cool use of ... CD

L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa De

L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kays
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy
The one and only album by Mali's Sidi Yassa De Kayes – a beautiful group who really transcend any easy labels or genre conventions! The style here is almost more personal than some of the other large ensembles in Mali at the time – as the feel is pretty raw and up-close throughout, ... CD
Lyncell/BBE (UK), 1982. New Copy
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 ... CD

Bibi Den's Tshibayi

Sensible
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
A wonderful conflation of grooves all taking place in a single space – some of the West African modes of the late 70s, coming into play with more contemporary soul elements – all spun out over a quartet of long tracks that are filled with unusual grooves! Instrumentation is electric ... CD

Adama Barry

Lembi
OK World (Norway), 2018. New Copy
Spare sounds get taken to the next dimension – as the music of Adama Barry is presented in both its original creation, and in a set of remixes by Henrik Schwarz, Bugge Wesseltoft, Prins Thomas, Mental Overdrive, and others! The album's got an unusual approach – as two-thirds of the ... CD

Matona's Afdhal Group

Matona's Afdhal Group
Jazzland (Norway), 2018. New Copy
A beautifully dynamic set from Mohamed Issa Haji – aka Matona – a musician from Zanzibar with a specialty in Taarab, which is an unusual hybrid of African, Arabic, and Indian musical styles! The group here features Matona on oud, vocals, and percussion – illuminated by very ... CD

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band

Serpent's Mouth (with bonus tracks)
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy
Funky genius from a mighty unique group – one who've drunk deep on the classic steel band sounds of the 70s, but who've also refined that groove with a contemporary funk approach too! The group's the brainchild of Bjorn Wagner – who you might know from The Mighty Mocambos – and ... CD
Mississippi, Late 40s/1950s. New Copy
A really unusual slice of music from the southern African scene of the postwar years – sounds from a strange wave of cowboy-inspired music in Zimbabwe and South Africa – but with results that are completely unique! Many of these guys actually wore cowboy hats and played acoustic guitar ... LP, Vinyl record album

Geraldo Pino

Afro Soco Soul Live
Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
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

Baba Commandment & The Mandingo Band

Siri Ba Kele
Sublime Frequencies, 2018. New Copy
Rootsy grooves and heavy rhythms from Baba Commandant – an album recorded in Burkina Faso, and done with a nice blend of guitar, bass, and drums – plus plenty of work on balafon and n'goni! The steel tones of the n'goni ring out nicely next to the warmer percussive melody of the ... CD
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1975. New Copy
A landmark of Afro-centric jazz in the 70s – 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 ... CD
Born Bad (France), Late 70s. New Copy
A lost legacy in music from Pierre Sandwidi – a singer from Burkina Faso who had a fair bit to say about the social situation in his West African nation – often working in a mode that was a bit more cut off from mainstream music on the continent, which resulted in a very unique sort of ... CD

Kalyanji Anandji

Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
Subah Zindagi (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
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
Daptone, 2017. New Copy
Maybe the most searing album we've ever heard from Antibalas – a set that's completely on fire from the very first note, both musically and politically – and which burns with an intensity that seems to blow away all their previous music! Make no mistake, we've always loved these guys ... CD
Habibi Funk (Germany), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LP
Get ready to have your mind completely blown – because this compilation is one of those completely rare ear-opening experiences that will let you know that there's a hell of a lot of music in the world that you've never heard before – even if, like us, you've heard plenty of funky music ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated June 27, 2019


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