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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!


Buari

Buari
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lion/Get On Down, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
Mad sounds from Cambodia – rock and roll at the core, but with a delivery that's unlike anything you'd hear in the Anglo world! There's plenty of Eastern elements going down in the music – not just the local lyrics, but other ways of putting together a rhythm, tuning a guitar, and ... CD
Cosmic Disco Machine (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy 2LP
Maybe not the complete roots of African funk, but a set that does a great job of bringing together a range of different cuts that show the new sounds and styles that were really hitting the scene as the 70s moved in – work from a wide variety of sources, but which all seems to share a sound ... LP, Vinyl record album

Black Mango

Quicksand
Gusstaff (UK), 2022. New Copy
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 ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy
CD...$9.99 19.99
Rare sounds from Burkina Faso – music that's often much rootsier than other popular African sounds of the time, but in a way that beautifully ties together older traditions and contemporary instrumentation! Much of the work here has some sort of electric component – either a guitar, ... CD

Super Mama Djobo

Super Mama Djobo
New Dawn (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy
CD...$7.99 18.99
Rare work from this important Guinean combo! The work has all the sharp, rootsy edges we love in their other releases – but there's also a clarity of recording that really lets some of the best elements come through – especially the incredible interplay on guitar, which is woven ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2021. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A sweet set of grooves from around the globe – all the sorts of tracks that Guts plays in his legendary DJ sets overseas – music that's got a much more far-reaching vibe than some of the tracks he issues under his own name! Overall, the set's very much in the best spirit of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The definitely got the title right on this one – because the set is filled with some of the most heavenly tracks from the legendary Ethiopiques series – that legendary run of compilations that was the first introduction for most of us to the amazing music of Ethiopia! This package ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bonbon Vodou

Cimitere Creole
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2022. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Buda/L'Arome (France), 1972. New Copy
A special vinyl release of one of the most striking volumes of the legendary Ethiopiques series – a set that focuses on the mad saxophone work of Getachew Makurya! The recordings on this collection are all from 1972 – and they feature the deep-toned Mekurya blowing in a strange and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Buda/L'Arome (France), 1970s. New Copy
A stunning set of vocal recordings by Tlahoun Gessesse – one of the most important singers during the golden age of Ethiopian Music – caught here on a set of sides that sadly saw that period coming to an end! The tracks on the set are mostly from the early 70s, a time that saw great ... LP, Vinyl record album
Buda/L'Arome (France), 1970s. New Copy
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, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Buda/Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Amazing music from the golden years of Ethiopian Music – a set of tracks that will take you beyond the music of Mulatu, into a wealth of other talents from the scene at the same time! The sound here is incredible – a mix of heavy funk, spacey jazz, and other exotic touches all coming ... LP, Vinyl record album
Heavenly Sweetness (France), Early 70s. New Copy
A totally wonderful collection of Ethiopian sounds, circa 1972 – all pulled from a moment when the sound of the nation was really beginning to change in radical ways! The tracks here are sometimes funky, sometimes a bit more spiritual – and they showcase that bold new spirit that was ... LP, Vinyl record album
L'Arome/Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Mad grooves from the Ethiopian scene of the 70s – featuring work by the enigmatic Mulatu, plus some of the other extra-cool artists on that country's groundbreaking soul and funk scene! Mulatu plays Fender Rhodes and organ on his tracks – grooving with a slow, snakey approach that's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Fela & Africa 70

Coffin For Head Of State
Knitting Factory, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most compelling Fela albums of the 70s – and one that's got a very different feel than some of his others. The album features one long track – "Coffin For Head Of State" – and although the track still has the usual Fela staples of horn riffs, chopping vamps, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Gusstaff (UK), 2022. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Manu Dibango

Africadelic
Soul Makossa (France), Early 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD

Mor Thiam

Dini Safarrar
Rite/Jazzman (UK), 1973. New Copy
A killer little record that's way more than just a set of obscure Afro-styled grooves – given that the whole thing was produced by funky soul genius Oliver Sain – and features work from avant jazz musicians who include Oliver Lake on alto and flute, Lester Bowie on trumpet, and Charles ... CD
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A treasure trove of funky soul and trippy grooves from Eye Q – a group who hail from the same scene in Zimbabwe that gave us Witch and Ngozi Family, but who are maybe even groovier overall! There's some really wonderful guitar on most of these cuts – more funk-styled than some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Critique, 2021. New Copy 2LP
An unusual collection of work, and one that's very different than some of the other compilations of this nature that we've stocked in recent years – as the music here is mostly contemporary, but represents a way of illustrating the long legacy of Armenian culture in diaspora! The music ... LP, Vinyl record album
Caife/Honest Jons (UK), 1960s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
An incredible look at a very unique legacy of music – sounds from the Caife Records label in Ecuador, a company who was putting out very different music than most other Latin labels in the 60s! The work here isn't the local takes on New York and Cuban styles that were showing up in Central ... LP, Vinyl record album

Omar Khorshid

Giant + Guitar
Voice Of Lebanon/We Want Sounds (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Fantastic work from Omar Khorshid – definitely a giant in the 70s, due to his roles on screen – and a hell of a guitarist here, one working with a really great blend of trippy styles and Lebanese rhythms! There's some great moments on the record that mix eastern grooves with strong ... LP, Vinyl record album
Guerssen (Spain), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Funky, freaky, and freewheeling – a killer 70s set from Baris Manco – and quite possibly the greatest realization of his unique blend of sounds! Some tunes are short, while others are much longer – and Manco seems really set free to experiment here – still using the cool ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ziad Rahbani

Houdou Nisbi
Relax In/We Want Sounds (UK), 1985. New Copy (reissue)
A really unusual album from the 80s Lebanese scene – very different than you might expect, and a record with so many different things going on at once! There's plenty of elements of sophisticated soul and west coast 70s jazz funk in the lineup – but Ziad Rahbani also blends these with ... LP, Vinyl record album

Tony Allen with Afrobeat 2000

NEPA – Never Expect Power Always
Celluloid/Comet (France), 1984. New Copy (reissue)
Landmark material from the legendary Nigerian percussionist! NEPA is a great little album from Tony Allen – recorded in the mid 80s, but with a chunky groove that's very much in the style of his 70s Afro Funk work! The title track is one of Allen's best cuts ever – a really anthemic ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
Melopea/Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 80s. New Copy
The Argentine scene has always had a special sound that's all its own – maybe a bit more modernism in the music than some of its South American contemporaries – which is definitely the case here on a well-chosen array of tracks from the end of the 80s! The work was all recorded for the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Born Bad (France), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP
Totally cool, totally amazing music from the enigmatic Francis Bebey – a contemporary on the early 80s African scene of William Onyeabor, and an equally experimental artists! Bebey used a fair bit of electronics, but often with sounds that had acoustic roots – in this case, the ultra ... 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

Juanita Euka

Mabanzo
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Really fantastic grooves from this legendary Congolese combo – a group who've got a different spin than some of their 70s contemporaries, given the way the use lots of organ lines next to the percussion on the songs! The instrument often gets this melodic flow going with the rhythms – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Vis-A-Vis

Di Wo Ho Ni
We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
Beautiful bubbling grooves from Vis-A-Vis – a group who've got a very special way with a highlife rhythm, as you'll hear on this classic album from the late 70s! The percussion, bass, and rhythm guitar all percolate together beautifully – with a magical sort of flow that makes the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Honest Jons (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A long-overdue collection of work – one that really gets at the unusual appearance of Latin rhythms on the African scene of the postwar years! Latin sounds from Africa are nothing new, but they're one of those things that's always taken for granted, too – kind of assumed in most ... LP, Vinyl record album
Gallo/Tidal Waves, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A beautiful 70s album from Harari – a South African group who already had a long legacy in music before this set, and who really seem to come together with a style that's even more sophisticated than some of their previous albums! The cover might make the record look a bit disco, but there's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tidal Waves, 1985. New Copy
Rare solo work from Melvin Ukachi – a key member of the 70s Nigerian funk group Ofege, stepping out here with a style that's a bit more lean and 80s-styled overall! There's plenty of beats and keyboards in the mix – a really catchy groove that's in the best American boogie style of the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Majid Soula

Chant Amazigh
Habibi Funk (Germany), 1980s. New Copy
That's not a typo in the title – although the music of Majid Soula is pretty darn amazing – served up here in a collection of work from the 80s, all of which serves to find a new sort of contemporary expression for the Amazigh culture of North Africa! Majid uses a fair bit of keyboards ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kondi Band

We Famous
Strut (UK), 2021. New Copy Gatefold
A really great record from the Kondi Band – one of the few groups who can manage to combine the sound of the kalimba with more contemporary styles – and somehow make the whole thing come off without feeling like a gimmick! Sorie Kondi handles both the thumb piano and lead vocals – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Tony Allen & The Afro Messengers

No Discrimination
Comet (France), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
Tony Allen steps out onto his own – moving away from the Afrika 70 group who accompanied him on his first three solo albums – nicely cooking here into a whole new groove! The tracks are a bit shorter than the side-long jams of previous records, but no less funky – as Tony somehow ... 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
Salut/BBE (UK), 1985. New Copy (reissue)
A set of work from Lebanese composer Ihsan Al-Munzer, who you might know from his work with various vocalists – but a record that's all-instrumental, and which almost has the feel of an 80s sound library set overall! Tracks are heavy on keyboards – used in varying ways from cut to cut, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Roger Damawuzan & Les As Du Benin

Wait For Me
Hot Casa (France), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Roger Damawuzan looks a bit like an American soul singer on the cover of this excellent collection – and his music often comes across in the same way, with a nice undercurrent of funk in the rhythms, and very powerful vocals from the leader! The set's the first we've ever seen to focus on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dark Horse, 1974. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1981. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The third album from the mighty Oneness Of Juju – and a set that has the group tightening up their groove after the spiritual jazz approach of previous records! The style here mixes a bit more boogie with their very sharp instrumentation – still with lots of righteous energy throughout ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nyege Nyege Tapes, Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
Highly percussive sounds from the kingdom of Buganda – an area that predates the formation of modern day Uganda, and which has an equally ancient sound to its music! The work here is served up on a variety of instruments – percussion, drums, flutes, and stringed instruments – but ... LP, Vinyl record album

Etran De L'Air

Agadez
Sahel Sounds, 2022. New Copy
A fantastic little set, and one that may well represent a key evolution of the Tuareg sound – as the group here still work in the sublime blend of guitar lines that made their previous record so great, but also find this focus and majesty that really pushes the whole thing over the top! We're ... LP, Vinyl record album

Henri Guedon

Karma
La Voix Du Globe/Outre National (France), 1975. New Copy
A really brilliant album from percussionist Henri Guedon – an artist with Caribbean roots, but a sound that really seems to transcend all boundaries – as he mixes his own instrumentation with a great blend of keyboards, organ, piano, and plenty more percussion – in styles that ... CD
Umsakazo (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Rare work from the lovely Irene Mawela – material that the South African singer recorded for the SABC sound library in the 80s, none of it commercially available at the time! Yet despite that fact, this is material that can go head to head with some of the best SA soul of the time – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Daktaris

Soul Explosion
Desco/Daptone, 1998. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest grooves from the legendary Desco Records years – a brilliant album of modern Afro Funk done by The Daktaris – in a groove that's just as hard-hitting as any of Fela's work from the 70s! The album was one of the first to bring back an older African style to current ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy
A really fantastic look at a scene we might never heard otherwise – served up here in a selection of cuts that have a really surprising vibe! Forget everything you know about Indonesian music, as the work here seems to draw most heavily from the European scene at the time – ... CD
 
Updated May 17, 2022


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