Global Grooves — Recently Added

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


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Comb & Razor, Early 70s. New Copy
Insanely wonderful work from Shango Dance Band – a group headed by onetime Fela Kuti bandmate Ojo Okeji – whose bass work here is worth the price of admission alone! Okeji was a key part of Fela's Koola Lobitos, until leaving the group in 1968 – and taking some of the best ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Cree (Germany), 1976. New Copy
A great little set from Caribbean drummer Mansa Musa – an album recorded in the mid 70s, but one with a vibe that feels much more like some of the percussion projects of the late 50s and early 60s! The style's echoes some of the exotica percussion records of that period – but also ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Kognokoura (orig 12" version, Daphni's pt 2 edit)
Sofrito (UK), 2012. New Copy
A fantastic bit of Afro Disco – a tune that blends together snapping percussion, sharp handclaps, and just a touch of sweet strings – all peppered with balafon notes and wood flute, and topped by an incredible vocal over the top! The tune is amazing – a soaring groove that's ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Rest La Moya
Bongo Joe (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
One of the most unique musical talents we've heard in years – finally given his due in this wonderful collection of work from the late 70s and early 80s! Alain Peters works in a style that's beyond description – a global mix of elements from both the Caribbean and Africa, but often ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Spielt Eigene Komposition
Mississippi, 1960s. New Copy
A beautiful set of solo piano work by Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou – pulled from one of the CDs in the Ethiopiques series of compilations, and probably the most delicately melodic material in the series! Pianist-composer Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou has an extraordinary personal history – she is a ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Sofrito (UK), 1979. New Copy
Sofrito edits of Nigerian boogie from Benis Cletin! "Jungle Magic" starts with tripped out, rubbery echoey synth sounds and the title words repeated and repeated before it kicks into full swing with some Afro disco guitar and heavy, heavy bass grooves. The madly percussive "Money ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Haiti Direct EP
Sofrito (UK), New Copy
A special EP of tracks from the bigger Haiti Direct album – including a few exclusive edits for this package! Haiti Direct really brings the right sort of focus to Haitian music – and uses the Strut Records approach that's been tuned towards African and South American grooves in the ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Sofrito (UK), Early 80s/2010. New Copy
Soweto disco from the dawn of the 80s – "Oh Yeo Soweto" and "Friday Night Special" by Teaspoon & Waves – the latter a Sofrito Vs Kilombo edit – plus an edited version of Highway Sporo Disco by Nzimande Allstars! Teaspoon & Waves' "Oh Yeh ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Soundway (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
Odion Iruoje is billed as the "Sound President" on the cover – a title he definitely deserves, given the amazing sound of this set – which mixes early 80s Nigerian electro sounds with a bit of influence from hip hop too! Iruoje's completely comfortable in both mides – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
Late 70s work from Geraldo Pino – the artist who was credited as being one of the first musicians to bring the styles of James Brown to play in West Africa – still grooving hard here at the other end of the decade! The album's got a clubby vibe in parts – the "boogie" ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra (180 gram pressing)
Glitterbeat, 2016. New Copy
A set recorded in Haiti, but one that features lots of heavy drums from the legendary Tony Allen – whose work here does a great job of bridging the sounds of two different cultures! The group here seems to be spearheaded by guitarist Mark Mulholland and keyboardist Olaf Hund – who also ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra
Glitterbeat, 2016. New Copy
A set recorded in Haiti, but one that features lots of heavy drums from the legendary Tony Allen – whose work here does a great job of bridging the sounds of two different cultures! The group here seems to be spearheaded by guitarist Mark Mulholland and keyboardist Olaf Hund – who also ... CD
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Sahel Sounds, 2011. New Copy
A great set of music that's literally as its title indicates – compiled from the memory cards from cell phone users in the Saharan Desert – not only a fascinating selection of modern West African music, but a bit of a time capsule of modern "connected" musical culture of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Soul Makossa
As The Record Turns, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Amazing Afro Funk from one of the greatest groups of the genre – The Lafayette Afro Rock Band, a funky ensemble recording in Paris in the early 70s! The group were working in a hotbed of cross-cultural styles – and brought American funk rhythms firmly into play with African influences ... LP, Vinyl record album
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African Rhythms
Black Fire, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark of 70s Afro-styled jazz – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the 70s, with ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Mississippi, Late 60s-Mid 70s. New Copy
A very unique version of funk – wonderful sounds cut during the golden years of Ethiopian music in the late 60s and early 70s – presented here in a sweet vinyl-only sampler that brings together the best bits from the long-running Ethiopiques CD series! The collection is filled with ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Message From Mozambique
Black Fire, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
The first album by the group that later went on to become Oneness Of Juju! The album was recorded with a group that featured Plunky Nakabinde and Lon Moshe on reeds and percussion – plus Babatunde on congas and drums – and the overall sound is very much in kind of an Art Ensemble Of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold
Extraterrestrial synths and tight, dancefloor-ready grooves from Cabo Verde – compiled here on one the most mindblowing Analog Africa collections in years! The well-detailed, beautiful-illustrated notes (an always welcome feature in Analog Africa set) tells the story of a cargo ship full of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Moving Along
Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
One of the rare few albums cut by this legendary South African group of the 70s – a set that's still got all the jazzy inflections of their previous records, but which also brings in a bit more soul and funk as well! The ensemble are wonderfully tight, but still have a sense of looseness ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Caroline/RPM (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy
Two killers from Jabula – overlooked Afro soul albums from the 70s! The set mixes up the track list a bit, but still comprises both full albums from the group – the first of which is the self-titled Jabula. Jabula is South African soul, but recorded in the UK – coming across ... CD
 
Updated August 31, 2016


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