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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!


Ostinato (UK), Late 90s. New Copy
A really amazing criss-cross of musical modes from the island of Cape Verde – a nation that already gave the world many musical hybrids over the years, but really knocked things out of the park with the electrified funana movement in the 90s! The sounds here are ancient at the core – ... CD
Worthy/Strut (UK), 1966. New Copy
A pair of rare albums from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – back to back on a single CD! First up is Afro Latin Soul Vol 1 – pure insanity from the mighty Mulatu – one of his few American albums from the 60s! The record's an incredible blend of New York Latin and some of the more ... CD

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

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
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
Analog Africa (Germany), 1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy
A mountain of music from the scene in Somalia during the 70s and 80s – all of it pulled from the vast archives of Radio Mogadishu, and showing a wonderful range of expression at the time! The music here is all pretty darn funky and soulful – as you'd expect from a collection on Analog ... CD
Soundway (UK), 1950s/1960s. New Copy 2 CDs
An amazing set on Soundway that not only captures Highlife On The Move from the early 50s to mid 60s, it's essentially the roots of the music and dancefloor culture of some of greatest Ghanaian and Nigerian grooves to come! The historical relevance of the material is monumental to say the least ... CD

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
Colourful World (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A very cool little set – one that looks at the lost legacy of grooves from Cape Verde – recorded during a late 70s/early 80s stretch that's very different than sounds from that scene a few years before! The music isn't strictly straight dancefloor work – although it does borrow ... 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

Marius Cultier

Marius Cultier
Return To Analog (Canada), 1970. New Copy
Vintage work from Marius Cultier – a singer with roots in the Antilles, but who found a very welcome audience in the French Canadian scene – where he recorded this great little groover at the start of the 70s! Marius has this rich vocal style that's often best set up next to rhythms ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alexis Zoumbas

Alexis Zoumbas
Orpheum/Mississippi, Late 20s. New Copy
Astonishing work from Alexis Zoumbas – a Greek musician from the early days of the 78rpm recording, and one who plays violin with the dexterity of Paganini, but in ways that are much more rootsy and fokloric overall! Zoumbas' classic 78s have recently gotten new attention on an excellent ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

Fabriano Fuzion

Cosmic Sindika
Beau Monde (France), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
A beautiful blend of global rhythm and jazz – served up by bassist/berimbau player Serge Fabriano – a musician with equal ties to Paris and Guadeloupe, but who works here in a style that's completely his own! The music isn't as directly tied to other Guadeloupe rhythms as other ... 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
PSI/Hot Casa (France), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
An amazing rare chapter in the career of the legendary Manu Dibango – and a darn funky one as well! This early 70s album was recorded in Paris, right before Manu's huge global "Soul Makossa" hit – and although it was done as an obscure sound library release, it really shows ... 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
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
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

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

Shina Williams & His African Percussionists

Shina Williams
Help/Mr Bongo (UK), 1980. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A killer album of Afro Funk from the Nigerian scene at the start of the 80s – but a set that feels much more like some of the longer-form experiments in Lagos during the decade before! All the titles here are nice and long, and build with this instrumental jamming approach – lots of ... 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
Africa Seven (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
A set that definitely lives up to its title – as all the tracks are from the more exotic, unusual side of the Afro Funk spectrum – including some great 70s experiments with American soul, Cuban percussion, and even a touch of reggae too! The package is lean on notes, but has a really ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy

Mam Yinne Wa
Philophon (Germany), 2019. New Copy
A gospel group, but one with a very groovy vibe – as they hail from Ghana, and mix plenty of soulful elements into their music! Alogte Oho handles the lead vocals, and is backed by a small group of female singers – and while the back/forth approach is rooted in American traditions, ... 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

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

Saigon Soul Revival

Hoa Am Xu'A
Saigon Supersound, 2019. New Copy
One of the coolest concepts for a funky combo we've heard in a long time – and a group that are nicely different from some of the old school acts in recent years! These guys definitely work in a vintage funk style – but one that's filtered through a Vietnamese heritage, specifically ... CD
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

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
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
Columbia/Return To Analog (Canada), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A completely wonderful album from percussionist Guy Warren – a creative musician who made lots of great records over the years – but who maybe never topped himself after this gem from the late 60s UK scene! The set was done as part of the legendary Landsdowne Series for Columbia UK ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
Sublime Frequencies, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
You might not be able to understand the lyrics, but you'll definitely be moved by the instant charm of Malaysian rocker Adnan Othman – a singer who works here in a groovy blend of fuzzy guitar, mod rhythms, and all the other great sounds we love from late 60s French and British tracks of the ... CD

Buari

Disco Soccer
Makossa/BBE (UK), 1979. New Copy
A killer blend of African roots and American rhythms – and a set that definitely lives up to the disco promised in the title! Buari's working here with a host of New York musicians – jazzy players who include Randy Brecker and Jon Faddis on trumpet, Barry Rogers on trombone, 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
 
Updated January 21, 2020


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