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

Soundway (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy
Sweet electro grooves from the South African scene of the 80s – funky, soulful sides that are quite different than some of the nation's sounds that were getting bigger global play at the time! The 80s was a time of great worldwide awareness of the political struggles of South Africa and its ... CD
Soundway (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
Sweet electro grooves from the South African scene of the 80s – funky, soulful sides that are quite different than some of the nation's sounds that were getting bigger global play at the time! The 80s was a time of great worldwide awareness of the political struggles of South Africa and its ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lala Belu
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 2018. New Copy
The first record in many years from Ethiopian keyboardist Hailu Mergia – and a set that we actually like even better than his earlier work! This album's more jazz than some of the previous efforts – performed in a trio with bass and drums by players who often make things tightly ... CD
Matsuli (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most compelling albums we've heard from the African scene of the 70s – a rare set from a Soweto group, and one that's got a heavy dose of spiritual jazz in the mix! The album almost feels more like the kind of set you'd hear by a Paris group, extrapolating African sounds in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
BBE (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
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 – ... CD
Retro Afric/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk – 1969 to 1980
Analog Africa (Germany), 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The title gets it perfectly right on this sweet little set – as the grooves are raw and stripped down – often just to the core elements of Afro Funk! The music may be the most hard-hitting we've ever heard from this legendary combo – and it's served up beautifully in this well-sel ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fire Sheep (UK), 1930s/1940s. New Copy
A fascinating collection of rare Chinese 78rpm recordings – all commercially-released singles from the 30s and 40s, but with a sound that's completely timeless! The focus here is often on singers – and a number of the tracks are Chinese opera, in a style that's quite different than the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Worthy, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Night Express
Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Don't think "disco", think "funky jazz" – because this sweet South African group from the 70s is filled with lots of groovy twists and turns – all in a mode that's quite different than any of the American or European jazz albums we know from the time! The lineup ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Africa Seven (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
Tight Afro club grooves from Pasteur Lappe – but tracks that also have some nice roughness around the edges! The style here is often somewhat stripped-down – with rhythms that feature straight-ahead basslines and drums, which are then criss-crossed by Lappe's vocals, and peppered with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Africa Seven (UK), 1970s/2017. New Copy 2LP
The first installment in a series that we hope to hear from often in years to come – as it offers up new remixes of older African funk tracks from the 70s – but all in a way that crackles with the best contemporary energy of the London scene! Most of the material was issued in the ... 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
Ostinato (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Fantastic sounds from the unique musical crossroads of Cape Verde – an island culture that's closest to Africa in geographical terms, but which also has a strong influence from European colonization, and some shared musical modes from the Caribbean scene! Later Cape Verdean global stars have ... LP, Vinyl record album
EMI/Odion Livingstone (UK), 1979. New Copy
A wonderfully funky set from this hip Nigerian group of the 70s – a set that's a lot more soulful than their trippy first album – and done with a range of great grooves overall! The instrumentation here is focused on the core talents of the combo – with lots of riffing guitar ... CD
Knitting Factory, 2018. New Copy
The title of the first track here really gets the spirit of the album right – "Africa Will Be Great Again" – which stands at the start as one of the most declarative moments on record from Femi Kuti, and really sets the tone for the rest of the record! There's definitely some ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2CD
Latin grooves in many styles – a massive collection of work by percussionist Henri Guedon – a musician with roots in the French West Indies, but who played heavily on both the Paris and New York scenes! Guedon's music here has a vibe that really shows that cross-cultural blend – ... CD
Hamad Kalkaba & The Golden Sounds 1974/1975
Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy
Fierce funky sounds from 70s Cameroon – the entire recorded legacy of Hamad Kalkaba, who only issued three funky 45s back in the day! Yet even at six songs, the music here is completely tremendous – tunes that rumble along on this earthy sort of energy – drums that are heavier at ... CD
Updated March 17, 2018

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