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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!


Cook, Late 50s. New Copy Gatefold
A stone classic from this legendary percussionist – a raw and rootsy set that's one of the standouts from the catalog of Cook Records! Like some of the best Cook titles, this one's recorded in a no-nonsense format that's quite live – as if you're happening upon a performance by Tiroro ... CD
Folkways, 1976. New Copy Gatefold
A beautiful record – and one that definitely lives up to the "innovative" name in the title! The set's a bit more complex, and more jazz-based than some of the other Folkways albums from Bilal Abdurahman – still very much in the spare modes of his other records, but also with ... CD
Folkways, 1951. New Copy Gatefold
40s field recordings in pre-Castro Cuba – a series of tracks recorded in Havana and more rural locations, all of which document the surviving African traditions in Cuban music! Much of the work here is relatively spare and percussive – done with instrumentation that includes gourd ... CD
Asch/Folkways, 1969. New Copy Gatefold
One of the darkest field recordings on the Folkways label – a set of Ichicha music – music traditionally performed during the wake of a funeral – actually recorded during a funeral! Some of the songs are just Ediigwu, but the others are call and response with a full chorus and ... CD

African & Afro-American Drums

African & Afro-American Drums
Folkways, 1954. New Copy Gatefold
A drum-heavy spectacular – recorded with a really rootsy feel! The first half of the material was recorded in Africa – not credited especially well, but done with a stripped-down sound that's very heavy on drums and other odd percussion instruments – recorded in that rough, loud ... CD

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
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
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
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

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
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
Reprise/Strut (UK), 1967. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A huge breakthrough moment for Miriam Makeba – a South African singer who'd been bringing her music to the American scene for a number of years, but really took off in new soulful directions with this album! Previously, Makeba was maybe more confined to the world of folk – mostly ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A real classic from the great Fela Kuti – a seminal mid 70s record that not only shows his impeccable sense of rhythm, but also his sense of rage as well! The title track – "Expensive Sh_t" – is Fela's answer to the time that he got busted for dope, and was forced to ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Rev-Ola (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy
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One of the hippest groups of the Nigerian scene of the 70s – presented here in two classic albums, back to back on a single CD! Chapter One is a landmark set of African grooves – very unusual in both conception and execution – with a feel that's unlike anything we can think of! ... CD

Ismail & Sixu Toure

Mandinka Dong
Secousse/Hot Mule (France), 1979. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
The debut albums from brothers Ismail and Sixu Toure – a duo who'd soon rise to global fame as Toure Kunda, but emerge here with a sound that's very lean and funky overall! The record's a great fusion of funky late 70s Parisian styles and elements from the Toure homeland of Senegal – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Fairuz

Wahdon
We Want Sounds (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A 70s treasure from Lebanese singer Fairuz – a vocalist who never broke big on our shores, but who gave the world this beautiful blend of traditional instrumentation and contemporary production! The music comes across in two different modes – side one has more acoustic elements, and ... 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

Dytomite Starlite Band

Dytomite Starlite Band of Ghana
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Early 80s. New Copy
That's "Dytomite", not "dynamite" – and don't ask us what it means, either! But we can tell you that the set's a great bit of highlife, recorded with a lean, breezy feel – a bit more heft than just the duo pictured on the cover – with criss-crossing guitars, ... 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), 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
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

Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor

Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor
Terrestrial Funk, 1984. New Copy (reissue)
A great singer and a great guitarist – both coming together here in a set that's got way more going on than you'd expect! The group here is tight – lots of congas and bass at the bottom, peppered with horns from a trio, while Ebo Taylor lays down both rhythm and lead guitars – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, & Uhuru Yenzu

Hitsville Re-Visited
Mr Bongo (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
Not the Hitsville of Motown fame – but instead a fantastic album of upbeat, hard-grooving highlife – served up by the collaborative efforts of Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, and Uhuru Yenzu! Taylor is kind of the guiding force here – as he handles arrangements, and uses his guitar to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Honest Jons (UK), Late 20s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
An amazing look at the Iraqi musical scene of the 20s – pulled from a treasure trove of rare work recorded in Baghdad by EMI! The music is hardly what you might expect from any past cliches of Middle Eastern music, or from current portrayals of the city – as most of it has a deeply ... 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
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

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
Soundway (UK), 1985. New Copy (pic cover)
Supposedly one of the first-ever hip hop tracks from Ghana – but a groove that fits in nicely with some of the other 80s rhythms from that scene! The vocals are sung at first, then served up in a sing-song vibe that recalls earlier South Bronx party modes – romping along the old school ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Ostinato, Early 90s. New Copy Gatefold
Quick-stepping grooves from Grupo Pilon – one of the key groups who migrated from Cabo Verde to Lisbon in the early 90s – creating almost their own wave of a musical diaspora in the process! The sounds here are a more electrified version of island styles – often with some sort of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A great batch of rare tracks from the legendary Fela Kuti – unreleased for many years after their recording – which was done in London in 1971, when EMI sent Fela to the UK for a special session at their Abbey Road studios! The set benefits from the great production values of that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

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

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
Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1980s. New Copy
A nicely-done overview of the Tabansi Records label – an important imprint in Nigeria during the 80s, and a company who really helped change up the groove for a whole new generation! Tabansi had a pretty wide range of styles in their catalog, but that also gave the label a way to merge ... CD

Ondigui & Bota Tabansi International

Ewondo Rhythm
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
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 ... 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), Late 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Unesco Collection, 1955. New Copy 3 CDs
An amazing 3CD set, put together from mid 50s recordings by Unesco – and featuring one of the richest looks at Indian music we've ever heard! The collection is much more ethnographic than the better-circulated Indian recordings of the time – and although the word "classical" ... CD
Folkways, 1979. New Copy Gatefold
A beautifully poetic take on the transplantation of African sounds in the US scene – played on a variety of different instruments by Bilal Abdurahman! The tracks are mostly short, percussive ones – with the strongest focus on instrumentation, but with occasional vocal refrains from ... CD
Folkways, 1975. New Copy Gatefold
A rare solo album from Nadi Qamar – an artist who's probably best known for his brief piano appearance with Charles Mingus, but who's working here on the Mama Likembi – an instrument of his own creation that's kind of like a big kalimba! From the information in the notes, it appears ... CD
Cook, 1958. New Copy Gatefold
Nothing too dirty about this jazz – especially considering that the "south" in the title is actually the Caribbean – an overlooked hotbed of creative improvisational activity! The album's similar to some of the other Caribbean jazz recorded by Cook Records at the time – ... CD

Ziad Rahbani

Abu Ali
Relax In/We Want Sounds (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A rare "disco suite" from late 70s Lebanon – but one that's way more sophisticated than you might expect! Each side of the record features one long track – building on a melody that's catchy, but spread out with a mix of jazz instrumentation, and "oriental" ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated October 23, 2019


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