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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!


Hailu Mergia

Yene Mircha
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 2020. New Copy
A great new recording from Hailu Mergia – the Ethiopian keyboardist who's given us some great records over the years! This set has Hailu working on both of his strengths – using keyboards in the lead on some tracks, accordion on others – plus a bit of melodica, and just a slight ... LP, Vinyl record album
Teichiku (Japan), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
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Radio Martiko (Belgium), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic combination of sounds – as older Greek modes hit the rock and roll years, get electrified, and turn out all these amazing records in the process! Part of the sound here comes from an electrified version of the bouzouki – often used with a deftness that might rival American ... LP, Vinyl record album

Beaters

Harari
Sun/Matsuli (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark album on the South African scene of the 70s – a set that mixes together currents of jazz and funk, but at the start of a sound that would break forth even more in the decade to come! Yet The Beaters were there at the start – a young trio that includes drummer Sipho Mabuse, ... 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

Electric Jalaba

El Hal/The Feeling
Strut (UK), 2021. New Copy Gatefold
A swirling mix of modes from Electric Jalaba – a group who are first inspired by the hypnotic groove of gnawa music from North Africa, but who also bring a fair bit of contemporary elements to their music – dark strains of electronics that make the whole thing this unusual blend of ... 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

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

Dick Khoza

Chapita
Sun/Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy
One of the hippest bits of funk we've heard from the South African scene of the 70s – a record that mixes in plenty of currents from spiritual jazz, with a vibe that's very similar to the albums by Oneness Of Juju from the same time! The set's got this very universal appeal – earlier ... CD

Teaspoon & The Waves

Teaspoon & The Waves
Soul Jazz Pop/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. New Copy
Clubby work from the South African scene of the 70s – but a set that's got a very equal amount of jazz – as you might guess from the group's saxophone-wielding leader on the cover! Tracks are long, and build from an instrumental core first – often leaving out vocals entirely, as ... CD

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
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

Alostmen

Kologo
Strut (UK), 2021. New Copy
Really raw work from this Ghanaian group that emerged from jamming on the streets of Accra – a core quartet that mostly features tuned percussion and stringed instruments – used in a highly rhythmic way along with the vocals! The lineup features kologo, goje, gome, dondo, and kpanlogo ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
A really ear-opening set of music from the Portuguese scene of the postwar years – instrumental tracks that follow some of the stylistic developments of fado, but which often branch into wonderful sounds that are all their own! In a way, the set is a counterpart to the growth of flamenco ... CD
No Wahala Sounds (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy
A set of Kenyan tracks we've never heard before – all served up with the kind of fast-moving rhythms you'd guess from the title – occasional influences from Cuban music, blended with a spirit that's heavy on the vibrant style of East African music at the time! The "boys" in ... LP, Vinyl record album

Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats

Let's Have A Party
PMG (Austria), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Let's Have A Party, indeed – as it's hard not to celebrate when a record sounds this great! The album's a boiling batch of Afro Funk numbers from the legendary Geraldo Pino – a key influence on the sound of Fela, and an artist with a sound that's got a bit more James Brown in his ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mulatu Astatke Featuring Fekade Amde Maskal

Ethio Jazz (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
L'Arome/P-Vine (Japan), 1970s. New Copy
Mad funk from Ethiopia – classic work by the legendary Mulatu, one of Africa's heaviest artists of the 70s! Mulatu's been kind of a beathead secret for years – as most of his exotic grooves were never issued properly outside of Africa, and have only been the province of collectors who ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, 2021. New Copy
Other-worldly voices singing in unison – heard here in contemporary recordings, but with a quality that's very much out of time! The recordings are from three different nations, but unified in style – mostly no instrumentation at all, just female voices raising together in these ... LP, Vinyl record album

Danny Offia & The Friks

Funk With Me
PMG (Austria), Early 80s. New Copy
CD...$6.99 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

Stormers

Lovers Song
Tabansi/PMG (Austria), 1981. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
The Stormers are a group who rose from the ashes of the legendary Lagos funk combo Aktion – and they step out here with a really storming sound that definitely earns them their name! The groove is funk of the tightest form possible – especially for the start of the 80s – and the ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy
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
PMG (Austria), 1975. New Copy
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
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
Mokomizik (UK), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A wonderful little record, and one that certainly lives up to the "fantastic variety" promise of its title! The set features work from Panamanian pianist Alonso Wilson De Briano – and although you'll see the word "calypso" in the title, the overall sound is maybe more ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
Partisan, 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A nice little set from Bombino – recorded in Amsterdam, but heavy on the kind of fuzzy, freaky guitar work that have made the Tuareg group such an international hit in recent years! These guys wail mightily throughout – mixing pulsing rhythms with nicely freaky guitar lines – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Guerssen (Spain), 1971. New Copy
An incredible Turkish psych album from Baris Manco – totally riveting work that blends some traditional Turkish influences with the panoramic psychedelia of the late 60s & early 70s – all of which makes for lots of fuzzed out rock-funk, and a fantastic melodic sensibility! The ... LP, Vinyl record album

Femi Kuti/Made Kuti

Legacy + (Stop The Hate/Foreward)
Partisan, 2021. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A seminal album from one of the hippest groups going on the South African scene of the 70s – a combo who mixed equal parts electric jazz and R&B, in a mode that's strongly inspired by American groups of the time! The Pacific Express vibe has plenty of echoes of the Earth Wind & Fire ... LP, Vinyl record album

Victor Chukwu/The Black Irokos

Akalaka/The Power (180 gram pressing)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Two rare albums from Uncle Victor Chukwu – a hell of a guitarist, and the driving force behind both of these Nigerian gems from the late 70s! Akalaka is a record that's maybe higlife in outward appearance, but which has a very different quality overall – in part because the guitar work ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ostinato (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Maybe the first-ever collection of the work of this important group from Djibouti – a huge state-financed ensemble whose performances were captured on tape for radio, but never issued as regular commercial albums at the time! 4 Mars take their name from a key moment of independence in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Piranha (Germany), Late 80s. New Copy (reissue)
Classic work from Stella Chiweshe – a set that gave mbira player Stella Chiweshe much wider exposure than some of her previous records, and a nicely bold sound to match! Stella sings lead vocals, and handles her instrument with amazing dexterity – and also uses a few other percussion ... LP, Vinyl record album
Radio Martiko (Belgium), Mid 60s. New Copy Gatefold
Divine reeds, indeed – as the set features a host of rare recordings from Greek clarinet player Tassos Chalkias – recorded here for his own short-lived label! Tassos has a sound that's amazing – rooted in older Greek modes, but filled with the sorts of tones you'd hear from ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 1900s/1910s/1920s/1930s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy 2CD
One of the best collections of early klezmer music we've ever seen – a big package that traces the roots of the style as it developed in the hands of early Jewish immigrants to America at the turn of the century – then grew and transformed as European styles came into context with ... CD

Manu Dibango

Africadelic
Survival Research (Australia), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Various

Indaba Is
Brownswood (UK), 2021. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic overview of contemporary work from the South African scene – most of it jazz-based, and brought together here as a great discovery of underground material we never would have heard otherwise! The set follows in a similar spirit to other Brownswood label explorations of the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Beliz

Memoires
Beau Monde (France), 2009. New Copy (reissue)
A really cool take on traditions of Guadeloupean musical traditions – served up in a style that echoes some of the blends of jazz and island elements from earlier generations! The group here is a trio – with the great Edmondy Krater on ka, djembe, and percussion – all instruments ... 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
Crammed (Belgium), 1985. New Copy (reissue)
80s Afro grooves, recorded in Belgium – given a nice twist by the Crammed Discs label, which was one of the first to really open up African styles with more European elements! Bony Bikaye handles vocals, and Hector Zazou plays plenty of keyboards and adds in beat – so there's an ... LP, Vinyl record album
Munjale/Be With (UK), 1984. New Copy (reissue)
South African soul from Caiphus Semenya – and a set that's got a nicely righteous, upbeat vibe throughout! Caiphus works here in that best sort of South African style in the decade when the nation's struggles were getting a lot more global attention – showing a spirit that refuses to ... LP, Vinyl record album

Caiphus Semenya

Listen To The World
Sony/Be With (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
A sweet little record from Caiphus Semenya – a South African singer, but one who works here with backings from some top-shelf studio talents in LA – a mix of jazz and fusion players who really bring a great sense of groove to the material! Tracks include two originals co-written with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ostinato (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy
Maybe the first-ever collection of the work of this important group from Djibouti – a huge state-financed ensemble whose performances were captured on tape for radio, but never issued as regular commercial albums at the time! 4 Mars take their name from a key moment of independence in the ... CD

Manu Dibango

Negropolitaines
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Early 90s. New Copy
A really great project from the legendary saxophonist Manu Dibango – a set that's almost a return to more rootsy territory after his more upbeat grooves of the 80s – even though Manu was always a bit more of a hybrid player overall! The set was originally issued in two different ... CD
Honey Pie, 1974. New Copy 2LP
Hugh Masekela at a really fantastic point in his career – recorded live for a radio broadcast, and working with a freewheeling style that's quite different than both his early and later work! The vibe here is right up there with some of the few longer-form jazz recordings made by Hugh in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mochilla, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The Mulatu performance for the Timeless live series – the already legendary concerts organized by Mochilla in honor of influential composers J Dilla, Mulatu and Arthur Verocai – this one headlined by Mulatu himself! The evening was hosted by Eothen "Egon" Alapatt and Garth ... LP, Vinyl record album

Hailu Mergia & The Walias

Tche Belew (with download)
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1977. New Copy
An amazing organ player from the Ethiopian scene – one whose work here easily rivals that of Mulatu and some of the best artists on the Ethiopiques series! Hailu Mergi has plenty of jazz in his approach – not just on his own keyboard lines, but also in the way he lets the group members ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

Lafayette Afro Rock Band

Malik
Makossa/As The Record Turns, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic bit of Afro funky soul – one of a few albums recorded by the legendary Lafayette Afro Rock Band! The set has an incredible blend of American funk, African rhythms, and European production – recorded in the heady cross-cultural scene of early 70s Paris – with a sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
 
Updated June 13, 2021


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