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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!


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

Ogyatanaa Show Band

African Fire Yerefrefre
Survival Research (Australia), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bongo Joe (UK), 1970s. New Copy
Amazing sounds from a scene we're just beginning to know – the sega music of the islands Mauritius, Seychelles and Reunion Island – all located in a very unique cultural cross-current in the Indian Ocean! The music here is often relatively spare and rootsy – guitars that are ... CD
BBE (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
A pair of albums from this Guyana group – both recorded overseas, and with a really unique sort of vibe! Young Ones Of Guyana On Tour was recorded in 1970, while the group was in London – at the legendary Landsdowne Studios, home to some really groundbreaking jazz at the time – a ... CD
Soundway (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 3LP
Damn great work from the early 80s Nigerian scene – music that's evolved strongly past the Afro Funk of the 70s, and often has the same electro soul sound as work from the US at the time! These cuts are unabashedly upbeat, and aimed at the dancefloor – full of the kind of basslines and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mauskovic Dance Band

Mauskovic Dance Band
Soundway (UK), 2019. New Copy
The debut album from the Mauskovic Dance Band – a compelling combo who bring together rhythms from around the globe, then fuse them together in a dark and moody sort of way – often with the kind of early 80s elements you might expect to hear from ESG or Quando Quango! The production is ... LP, Vinyl record album
Gallo/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. New Copy
A fantastic set from 70s South Africa – and a record that maybe has a lot more of an American funk vibe than you'd expect! The style is nice and lean, and is often in a mode that echoes some of the cooler underground disco of the late 70s on the east coast – almost as if these cuts ... CD

Marumo

Modiehi
Gallo/Mr Bongo (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
A really unusual album from the South African scene of the 80s – served up by a blind quartet who partly echo the styles of other vocal ensembles of the period, but done with a mish-mash of styles that really keeps the whole thing interesting! The album's maybe best-remembered for a few ... LP, Vinyl record album

Marumo

Modiehi
Gallo/Mr Bongo (UK), 1982. New Copy
A really unusual album from the South African scene of the 80s – served up by a blind quartet who partly echo the styles of other vocal ensembles of the period, but done with a mish-mash of styles that really keeps the whole thing interesting! The album's maybe best-remembered for a few ... CD

Jose Mancliere

Doubout Pou Gade
JMD/Digger's Digest (France), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
An album that's unlike anything else we've ever heard before – served up by a percussionist who spent the mid 70s touring the Caribbean and South Pacific, and who seems to have absorbed a globe's worth of rhythms in the process! The album's probably closest to a jazz fusion album – as ... LP, Vinyl record album
Beau Monde (France), 1990. New Copy (reissue)
A record from the start of the 90s, but one with a spirit that's much more like some of the best 70s hybrids of jazz and global rhythms – served up here by a group that features plenty of the three musical elements pictured on the cover, plus some vocals from the ensemble as well! Electric ... LP, Vinyl record album

Musical Breed

Save The Little Children
Dig This Way (Italy), 1989. New Copy (reissue)
A sweet set of digital dub from the Nigerian scene – a record that blends drum machine beats with richer, bassier currents – all in a vibe that's like some of the best underground work coming out of Kingston a few years before! Singer/leader Essco Wilson, aka Sharon Dread, features ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alhaji Kollington Ayinla & His Fuji 78 Organization

Blessing
Kollington/Soul Jazz (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
An album of heavy righteous power from Alhaji Kollington Ayinla and his Fuji 78 ensemble – a group who bring a very different sound to this record than some of the more mainstream Afro Funk work of the Nigerian scene at the time! The group are heavily percussive, and also use their drums in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic collection of sounds from the Nigerian scene at the end of the 60s – music in the apala mode, a highly rhythmic blend of percussion, voices, and thumb piano – served up with a style that's a lot grittier than some of the more commercial music of the time! These tracks are ... LP, Vinyl record album

Gulistan

Oriental Groove
Cactus/Hot Mule (France), 1986. New Copy (reissue)
A record with a new wave-looking cover – but with a sound that's a lot more acoustic overall – a really unusual blend of jazz and Balkan styles, recorded on the Vienna scene of the 80s! The group bill their music as "jazz meets the orient" – which is definitely the case ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tropical Diaspora (Germany), 2019. New Copy
The first full compilation issued by the Tropical Diaspora label – a relatively young company, but one with a great ear for picking up all the contemporary changes on the global underground! As you'd guess from their name, there's lots of music here that comes from cultures changing as they ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strut (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Stunning sounds from the Disques Debs label in the 70s – a powerhouse imprint in the French Caribbean scene, and a company who were really coming into their own during the decade! The "cadence revolution" in the title is a reference both to the revolution in new musical sounds that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bongo Joe (UK), 1970s. New Copy
Amazing sounds from a scene we're just beginning to know – the sega music of the islands Mauritius, Seychelles and Reunion Island – all located in a very unique cultural cross-current in the Indian Ocean! The music here is often relatively spare and rootsy – guitars that are ... LP, Vinyl record album
Reprise/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Malawian Madalitso Band

Wasalala
Bongo Joe (UK), 2019. New Copy
Malawian Madalitso are more of a duo than a band – Yobi Maligwa on babatoni and lead vocals, and Yosefe Kalenkeni on guitar and percussion – both working together with a beautiful sense of tightness and melody! The mix of stringed instruments is great – pulsating with an inherent ... LP, Vinyl record album
A Chahine & Fils/BBE (UK), 1979. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A really fantastic little record – and one that's even better than you might expect from the title – which itself is already pretty darn fantastic! The set is upbeat and funky, but not entirely disco – more this very groovy blend of Mid-East elements and more familiar keyboards ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ondigui & Bota Tabansi International

Ewondo Rhythm (180 gram pressing)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A great combination of Congo grooves and Nigerian 70s – served up here by vocalist Ondigui and his Bota Tabansi ensemble! Ondigui already has a fantastic sound himself – this vocal range and ability to inflect his notes that has the singer cascading up and down the spectrum – in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
Catchy, clubby grooves from the team of Zack Roberts and Gebah Swary – a Liberian duo who issued this very catchy record at the start of the 80s! The pair have an 80s look on the cover, and definitely bring that into their music too – with early electro touches used in very spare ways, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy
Sweet synth soul from 80s Nigeria – a set that definitely shows the evolution of that country's sound in the decade after the rise of Afro Funk – and a record that also delivers plenty of the beats promised in the title! There's lots of elements here borrowed from electro – drum ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Excellent sounds from Ojo Balingo – a Nigerian juju artist from the same stretch as King Sunny Ade – but one whose music is much more obscure to audiences on this side of the Atlantic! Balingo's group here has the loose, spontaneous vibe that characterizes juju at its best – this ... LP, Vinyl record album
BBE (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A pair of albums from this Guyana group – both recorded overseas, and with a really unique sort of vibe! Young Ones Of Guyana On Tour was recorded in 1970, while the group was in London – at the legendary Landsdowne Studios, home to some really groundbreaking jazz at the time – a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1975. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1980. New Copy Gatefold
A never-issued session from the legendary Ebo Taylor – recorded right at a time when Taylor was really hitting on all burners! The sessions were done for the Nigerian Tabansi label, but feature Ebo's touring band from Ghana – a tight combo whose crackling rhythms are perfect for his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Trikont/Sonorama (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Fantastic work from Kapingbdi – a group who hail from Liberia, but who recorded all of these tracks for a label in Germany – all at a level that makes for a wonderfully open, criss-crossing sort of sound! These tracks aren't cleaned up or polished world music for the post-colonial ... 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
National/Modern Harmonic, 1963. New Copy (reissue)
A great 60s record from Mighty Sparrow – and the kind of set that shows just how different calypso music could sound when you got away from Harry Belafonte and the hits! The music here is every bit as political and socially conscious as earlier recordings of the genre – but you can ... 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

Okyerema Asante

Sabi
Atumpan/Kalita (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
A lost set from percussionist Okyerema Asante – an African percussionist, but one who made some great music as part of the Black Fire/Oneness Of Juju collective on the DC scene in the 70s! This album follows with a spirit that's a bit like the later work of Oneness – and in fact, the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Gallo/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic set from 70s South Africa – and a record that maybe has a lot more of an American funk vibe than you'd expect! The style is nice and lean, and is often in a mode that echoes some of the cooler underground disco of the late 70s on the east coast – almost as if these cuts ... LP, Vinyl record album

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

Ambolley
Cougar/Mr Bongo (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
A really well-crafted set of funk from the legendary Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – maybe best known for his material in the mid 70s, but sounding equally wonderful here on an album from the start of the 80s! The sound is sharper and more sophisticated than before – recorded in London, with a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cultures Of Soul, Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
The debut solo album from Don Laka – an artist you might know from the huge 80s group Sakhile, but who here steps out as a soul singer on his own – working with a vocal range that's in the higher reaches, and which really fits the contemporary beats and keyboards in the grooves! Laka's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Habibi Funk (UK), 1977. New Copy
A really mindblowing set of music from late 70s Lebanon – an ambitious blend of jazzy instrumentation, poetic vocals, and larger instrumental impulses – all with this soaring sort of energy that reminds us of some of the more complex Brazilian records of the 70s, or of some of our ... LP, Vinyl record album
Original Music/Take It Acid Is, 1987. New Copy (reissue)
A set of recordings made in the Somali city of Baraawe, which is a bit south of Mogadishu – all done in the late 80s, but with a quality that sounds far more timeless and ancient! The instrumentation is all acoustic – mostly vocals and a single stringed instrument – used in ways ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jazzaggression/Afro 7 (Estonia), Mid 70s. New Copy
A totally smoking set of tracks from the Somali scene of the 70s – and maybe the coolest East African music we've heard from the time! The material here is all from a small label that was spun off an appliance store – and the imprint had a really great ear for recording these acts in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, 2019. New Copy
Antibalas take a page from the Wu-Tang book, and add a little kung fu action to their music – with results that maybe make this set one of their freshest in years! All the core energy of the group is very firmly in place – that razor-sharp instrumentation that's made these guys one of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alhaj Bai Konte, Dembo Konte, & Ma Lamini Jobare

Gambian Griot Kora Duets (180 gram pressing)
Folkways, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A beautiful little record – one that features cascading tones from the strings of the kora, mixed with occasional vocal moments too! The album was recorded in Dakar and Brikama in the mid 70s – and is maybe the start of a great run of later sessions that found a way of taking this ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kutimangoes

Afrotropism
Tramp (Germany), 2019. New Copy
The Kutimangoes keep on refining their groove with each new release – and really open up with a nice sense of variety from the usual Afro Funk mode! The horn section still has a strong role – two saxes, one trombone – but there are also both instrumental and rhythmic shifts from ... LP, Vinyl record album
A Chahine & Fils/BBE (UK), 1979. New Copy
A really fantastic little record – and one that's even better than you might expect from the title – which itself is already pretty darn fantastic! The set is upbeat and funky, but not entirely disco – more this very groovy blend of Mid-East elements and more familiar keyboards ... 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

Pandit Kanwar Sain Trikha

Three Sitar Pieces
Mushroom/Manufactured, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
Three sitar pieces from Pandit Kanwar Sain Trikha – all recorded in London at the staret of the 70s, and with a vibe that's every bit as trippy as the cover! Two of the album's tracks are especially long – and really have this open, free-flowing energy – more than meditative, as ... LP, Vinyl record album

KOG & The Zongo Brigade

Wahala Wahala – Joy From The Struggle
Heavenly Sweetness/Pura Vida (France), 2019. New Copy
Really driving percussion, and some great horns as well – the former served up by KOG, who also delivers some fantastic vocals on the set – the latter from The Zongo Brigade, who work in a great mix of funky rhythms, jazzy horns, and some sweet keyboards too! The set's very different ... CD
Habibi Funk (UK), 1977. New Copy
A really mindblowing set of music from late 70s Lebanon – an ambitious blend of jazzy instrumentation, poetic vocals, and larger instrumental impulses – all with this soaring sort of energy that reminds us of some of the more complex Brazilian records of the 70s, or of some of our ... CD

Zack & Geebah

For The Love Of Money
Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1980. New Copy
Catchy, clubby grooves from the team of Zack Roberts and Gebah Swary – a Liberian duo who issued this very catchy record at the start of the 80s! The pair have an 80s look on the cover, and definitely bring that into their music too – with early electro touches used in very spare ways, ... CD
Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1975. New Copy
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 ... CD

Ebo Taylor

Palaver
Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1980. New Copy
A never-issued session from the legendary Ebo Taylor – recorded right at a time when Taylor was really hitting on all burners! The sessions were done for the Nigerian Tabansi label, but feature Ebo's touring band from Ghana – a tight combo whose crackling rhythms are perfect for his ... CD
 
Updated April 04, 2020


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