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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!


Edikanfo Super African Band

Pace Setters
EG/Glitterbeat (Germany), 1981. New Copy
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 ... CD

A Kostis (Constantinos Kostas Bezos)

Jail's A Fine School
Mississippi, 1930/1931. New Copy
Beautifully folksy work from pre-war Greece – a series of 78s from Constantinos Bezos, not only a musician, but also a journalist and actor too – and reportedly one with a very political wit! That wit comes through in the title of the collection – but might not in the lyrics to ... 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
Luaka Bop, 1995. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A great collection of tracks – and one of the first chances for most of us to hear the funkier side of sounds from Peru! The work isn't as full-on funky as Brazilian grooves from the time, but does share a very strong influence from American styles – and really goes way past any ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sharhabil Ahmed

King Of Sudanese Jazz
Habibi Funk (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy
Really fantastic music, with a sound that's as hip as the image on the cover – not jazz as we know it here in the US, but a wonderful hybrid of our own musical roots with elements of Sudanese music – all delivered with a very postmodern mish-mash of styles, and a sound that's unlike ... LP, Vinyl record album
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy
It's easy to wake up with grooves this great – a searing back of 70s Afro Rock gems that are also surprisingly funky, too! The tunes here do a wonderful job of mixing psych currents and headier rhythms – a great blend of the burning Afro Funk trends that were happening in Nigeria at ... CD
Comb & Razor, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
CD...$6.99 15.98
Not the usual sort of Nigerian sounds you'd hear on a collection focused on Lagos – and instead, music that was recorded far from the central city of the nation – often with a much rootsier vibe overall! These tunes still have plenty of funk and jazz in the mix, but they often come ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
A fantastic collection of Ethiopian funk – rare singles from the late 60s and early 70s – all brought together as an amazing illustration of a time when the scene was really on fire! The music here has this incredible resonance between ancient and modern – local and global – ... LP, Vinyl record album
BBE (UK), 1979. New Copy
One of the coolest records ever issued by Sidiku Buari – the Ghanian musician who also recorded just as Buari – stepping out here in a very unusual performance recorded live at a club in New York at the end of the 70s! Side one begins with this great crowd frenzy and very cool energy ... CD

Rim Kwaku Obeng & The Believers

Rim Arrives/International Funk
BBE (UK), 1980. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.98
A damn soulful album from Ghanaian percussionist Rim Kwaku Obeng – recorded in LA at the end of the 70s, with loads of sweet clubby touches in the mix! Rim gets in plenty of tight percussion – lots of which showcases his rim-heavy approach to the drums – and also plays keyboards ... CD
Numero, Late 70s. New Copy
Incredible third coast salsa from the late 70s – amazing stuff from the orquestras of Carlos Ruiz and his Ebirac label – made by singers and players in Chicago's Puerto Rican community of the period that stands up just as well today! Chicago salsa, unlike more nationally popular styles ... CD
Numero, Mid 70s. New Copy
CD...$7.99 18.99
Heavy funk from the Bahamas – a whole bunch of groups that will show you that Nassau had a lot more to offer than The Beginning Of The End! The groove here is totally wonderful – somewhat like American funk of the late 60s and early 70s, but served up with some very unusual rhythmic ... CD

Hugh Masekela

Live In Lesotho
Matsuli (UK), 1981. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
It's a strange thing to see Hugh Masekela sitting on a horse, out in a field – and the cover hardly gets at the energy that's going on inside – since the album features a full, funky live performance from the famous trumpeter – at a time when his group included piano and keyboards ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic collection of lesser-known gems from the 70s scene in Nigeria – music that's a great counterpart to better-remembered Afro Funk and soul from international giants like Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade! This set digs deep, and is a nicelly expanded version of a set that Soul Jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album
Honest Jons (UK), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A huge collection of work from the great Lord Kitchener – maybe one of the most important singers to move the music of the Caribbean to British shores during the postwar years – a time when he was a strong voice to new waves of immigrants arriving in London, and when he was also making ... LP, Vinyl record album
Now Again, 1975. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Oneness Of Juju

African Rhythms
Black Fire/Now Again, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark of 70s Afro-styled jazz – 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 70s, with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
A fantastic collection of lesser-known gems from the 70s scene in Nigeria – music that's a great counterpart to better-remembered Afro Funk and soul from international giants like Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade! This set digs deep, and is a nicelly expanded version of a set that Soul Jazz ... CD
Mississippi, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy
Groundbreaking guitar work from Mike Hanapi – one of the important early guitarists in the Hawaiian slide mode – from a generation that had a huge impact on blues and country music to come! Mike's style here isn't the cheesy 60s Hawaiian modes of the Don Ho generation – and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Peace

Black Power
Copperbelt/Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A really raw set from 70s Africa – one that's more rock than Afro Funk, but which has a pretty hypnotic groove overall! The group's heavy on guitars, which are often played in a fuzzy, jamming sort of way – but with different tones and phrasing than American or Anglo psyche groups ... LP, Vinyl record album
SWP (Netherlands), 2020. New Copy 4CD
A massive collection of music from the Barotseland province of Zambia – all recorded recently, but with a clarity and classic style of presentation that rivals some of the classic releases on Ocora from the 60s! The 4CD set features four different slices of music from the area, all presented ... CD
SWP (Netherlands), 2020. New Copy 4CD
A wealth of recent recordings from the SWP label – an ethnographic powerhouse who are really furthering the sorts of material initially captured by earlier labels like Folkways or Ocora! The style here is very much like the latter – very faithful to the presentation, and very well-recor ... CD

Tony Allen

Source
Blue Note (France), 2017. New Copy 2LP
One of the coolest records in years from the legendary Tony Allen – and that's saying a lot, given that his legacy includes famous work as a drummer with Fela Kuti, and a much more recent run of very experimental recordings! This set has Tony soaring out on Blue Note – and working with ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dibson & Essody

Justice
Wilfilms/Dig This Way (Italy), 1984. New Copy (reissue)
Sweet boogie groovers from the early 80s Nigerian scene – heavy on warm vocals from Victor Essody and riffing guitar from Claude Dibson – but also warmed up with plenty of basslines and keyboards too! The sound is pretty spare and tight – electro soul, maybe filtered through a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ofori Brothers/Hot Casa (France), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
Fantastic guitar work from K Frimpong – and plenty of other fantastic sounds too – all rolled up in his unique blend of Afro funk and high-life – served up here on four nice long tracks! There's vocals on the record, but the guitar and rhythms are what really drive the train ... LP, Vinyl record album

K Frimpong & Super Complex Sounds

Ahyewa Special
Ofori Brothers/Hot Casa (France), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
The sublime first album from K Frimpong – a really unique blend of hi-life and Afro Funk, but served up with all these unusual touches that make the album stand out from even most of the rest of the revolutionary sounds that were coming from Ghana at the time! There's this sense of flow that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Fairuz

Maarifti Feek
Relax In/We Want Sounds (UK), 1984. New Copy (reissue)
One of those records that grabs you right away, even if you can't understand the language – a classic 80s set by Lebanese singer Fairuz, set to superb arrangements that resonate with some of the best European work of the time! Fairuz herself has a voice that's amazing – full of life ... LP, Vinyl record album

Koko

Koko
Fortuna (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A nice hybrid of Mediterranean grooves from Koko – an artist born in Morocco, working in Jerusalem during the 70s, and open to a fair bit of elements from Greece as well! The record's got some elements of some of the funkier Mid-East work of the time, including tight rhythms and nicely ... LP, Vinyl record album
Light In The Attic, Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LPs
An amazing, career-spanning compilation of pioneering psych and earlier material, mixed with more traditional elements of Korean music by Shin Joong Hyun – including his own numbers, great songs with his combos over the years and tunes he wrote for others to sing – from the late 50s to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ostinato (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A really great combo from the small nation of Djibouti – stepping out here in one of the first international record releases from that company in decades – a shuttered legacy to the rest of the world, given the tight control of music by the state! Yet despite that situation, the Groupe ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nkem Njoku & Ozzobia Brothers

Ozzobia Special (180 gram pressing)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
A nice mix of older highlife modes with some of the more electric touches of the 80s – still produced with a nice lean vibe overall, and plenty of live energy that leaps between the riffing guitar, percussion, and horns – all augmented by these nicely quirky lines on keyboards! The ... 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

Edikanfo Super African Band

Pace Setters
EG/Glitterbeat (Germany), 1981. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... 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
Bronze/Trading Places (UK), 1977. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A surprisingly strong set from Osibisa – one that's got a full, rich, soulful feel – much better than we might have expected for an album recorded at the Royal Festival Hall! The venue's no surprise, though, given that Osibisa were clearly on top of their game at the time – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Okko/Survival Research (Italy), 1971. New Copy
They sure got the title right on this one – as the album's a mad mix of sitar music and electronics! The set was recorded in Germany in the 70s, and it features Okko Bekker on both the moog and sitar – playing in a small group with Herb Geller on flute, and some extra guitar work on a ... 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
PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ayalew Mesfin

Good Aderegechegn
Now Again, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
The first-ever full length global collection of material by one of the funkiest cats working the Ethiopian scene in the early 70s – an artist who works here in a mode that's even more hard-hitting and funk based than contemporaries like Mulatu or Mahmoud Ahmed! The band on most tracks is the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP
Fantastic sounds for fans of funk and rock alike – music from the freaky, fuzzy 70s scene in Zambia – a place where styles effortlessly criss-crossed to really produce something new and unique! The work here is often heavy on fuzz guitars, but also has some wickedly soulful basslines ... 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

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
Night Dreamer (UK), 2020. New Copy
The best album in years from Seun Kuti – recorded live in the studio, with no overdubs at all – in a way that really lives up to the best sound of his legacy in music! Tracks are all nice and long, and as spontaneous as they are hard-grooving – a perfect update of older Afro Funk ... LP, Vinyl record album
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP
The "nuggets" in the title is very well placed here – as all the cuts here have every bit as much freak and fuzz as the American garage and pre-punk work chronicled famously on the lengendary Nuggets series! Yet these tracks are all even more obscure, and all come from African ... LP, Vinyl record album
Crammed (Belgium), 1978/2020. New Copy
A really cool idea for a record – one that first features unreleased tracks recorded in Kinshasa in 1978, on a special bonus CD – then adds in vinyl versions of reworks of the original recordings done for the project! The originals are fantastic – very percussive and melodic at ... LP, Vinyl record album
SWP (Netherlands), 2020. New Copy
A nice range of different sounds from contemporary Zambia – a set that's got a partly ethnographic vibe, but which also features some electric instrumentation and more song-based work by a few different groups! The set begins with a mix of spare percussion and silimba xylophone from the duo ... 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

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

Sahara All Star Band Of Jos

Sahara All Star Band Of Jos
PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated October 25, 2020


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