Global Grooves — Recently Added

XUnusual grooves from around the globe -- Afro Funk, Bollywood soundtracks, Turkish rock, gamelan, ethnographic/field recordings, sitar sounds, and more!


Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
One of the coolest albums to come from the Ghana scene in the 70s – served up by a group who's equally well-skilled at many ends of the musical spectrum! At one level, Marijata come on like a heavy funk act – lots of fuzz on the guitar, fierce drums at the bottom, and tight jazzy horns ... LP, Vinyl record album
Drift (UK), 2018. New Copy
A great tribute to Fela Kuti from saxophonist Bukky Leo – a player with Nigerian roots, but who's been working on the London scene for decades – with music that goes back to some key early records for the Acid Jazz label, and some great releases in more recent years! Here, Leo takes on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Africa Seven (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A great little groover by an artist who may have been born in Africa, but who works here on the Munich scene of the 70s – with help from a surprisingly strong jazz lineup that includes Benny Bailey on trumpets, Sal Nistico on tenor, and the mighty Klaus Weiss on drums, keyboards, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Afrodisia (Nigeria), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
An Afro Funk set with a very special vibe – a bit different than some of the other work of the time, and a standout performance from singer/instrumentalist Vicky Edimo! Vicky's a he, in case you didn't know (we didn't) – and his touch on percussion and keyboards is nicely moody in all ... LP, Vinyl record album
Yen Ara
Mr Bongo (UK), 2018. New Copy
Ebo Taylor takes off wonderfully here – clearly inspired by the new attention he's gotten in recent years, which includes a whole set of fresh recordings like this – which strongly continue the vibe of his classics from the 70s! The groove is tight and wonderfully focused – not ... LP, Vinyl record album
Yen Ara
Mr Bongo (UK), 2018. New Copy
Ebo Taylor takes off wonderfully here – clearly inspired by the new attention he's gotten in recent years, which includes a whole set of fresh recordings like this – which strongly continue the vibe of his classics from the 70s! The groove is tight and wonderfully focused – not ... CD
Mombasa Roots EP
Afro 7 (Finland), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
A Kenyan group from the early 80s – one who work in a great mix of clubby modes and Swahili soul styles! There's keyboards on most numbers, but this isn't the synth pop of the South African scene, as the tunes here generally have deeper grooves overall, and the percussion is usually live ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rough Guide, 1970s. New Copy
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All Saints, 2018. New Copy
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Lyrichord/Psychic Sounds, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Not the famous Divine Horsemen group from the LA scene, but instead a landmark set of recordings from Haiti – originally captured on tape by avant filmmaker Maya Deren, and issued here in an album that went on to have a surprisingly huge impact over the years! For folks in the postwar years, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
Fantastic sounds from the glory days of the Burkina Faso scene – a time when the country's place at the crossroads of West Africa was helping to create some really amazing music! There's no set style here that defines the groove – as some tracks seem to flow from Nigerian funk, while ... LP, Vinyl record album
Manduka
IRT/Ascensionale (Belgium), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Soulful sounds from 70s Chile – and a record that easily rivals some of the best acoustic work from the post-Tropicalia generation in Brazil! Manduka's got a heady sound that's very much in keeping with his image on the cover – a freer sort of approach to the music than the decade ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ostinato (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A stunning discovery in music – incredible sounds from the under-documented Somali scene – collected together from an archive of tapes that was rescued from a radio station right before the nation's years of political turmoil! The music here was mostly issued on cassette in the 70s and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A really seminal album from Fela Kuti – searing live set that pairs him with drummer Ginger Baker – formerly of Cream, and a huge supporter of Fela's music on the UK scene! Baker had already picked up a lot of Fela's influence in his music – and rather than the record being one ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fortuna (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold
Here's a scene we want to hear more from – even after first discovering it on this amazing set! The music here is all pretty darn funky, but in a very unusual way – offbeat and exotic, yet still with some wonderful drums at the core, and lots of hip trippy touches around the edges ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
One of the best collections of music from Mali that we've ever heard – and a set that nicely gets past some of the overdone cliches of that scene, to really focus on the kind of overlooked 70s gems that showcase sides of the music that are funky, jazzy, and plenty soulful throughout! There's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
Fantastic sounds from the glory days of the Burkina Faso scene – a time when the country's place at the crossroads of West Africa was helping to create some really amazing music! There's no set style here that defines the groove – as some tracks seem to flow from Nigerian funk, while ... CD
L'Arome/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD
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
Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat
Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat, 2015. New Copy
LP...$9.99 18.98
Sweet work from a great Chicago combo – one who go way past the usual grooves you might expect from an ensemble of this nature! Sure, these guys have "Afro" in their name, but they don't just play Fela-styled sounds – and instead step into a warm, wide range of sounds – ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated April 25, 2018


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