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


Afrodesia (Nigeria), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A groovy little album with an unusual sort of vibe – created with a strong message of love and understanding – delivered by Nigerian singer Christy Essien, alongside rhythms from the Show Train group of Geraldo Pino! Most tracks have a clubby sort of groove – that move into late ... LP, Vinyl record album
Amsterdam To Nueiba
Fortuna, 1977. New Copy
A record that's as trippy as the image on the cover – sounds recorded in Tel Aviv in 1977, but which feel like they could have come from some California hippie cult in the late 60s! The music is very percussive at the core – snapping rhythms which are then spaced out by the production ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sony (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
A much-needed look at the huge legacy of female singers in Turkish music during the 70s – one that stands as a great complement to so much of the recent reissues of male artists from the same time! Much of this music shares qualities with reissues on labels like Pharaway Sounds or Finders ... CD
Sony (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold
A much-needed look at the huge legacy of female singers in Turkish music during the 70s – one that stands as a great complement to so much of the recent reissues of male artists from the same time! Much of this music shares qualities with reissues on labels like Pharaway Sounds or Finders ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ostinato (UK), 1970s. New Copy Gatefold
Really beautiful sounds from Abu Obaida Hassan – material that was mostly recorded in the 70s, but often has a much more ancient vibe – thanks to the striking sounds that Hassan produces on the tambour, which is an instrument that features a drum-like bass, and almost an explosive array ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Dini Safarrar
Rite/Jazzman (UK), 1973. New Copy
A killer little record that's way more than just a set of obscure Afro-styled grooves – given that the whole thing was produced by funky soul genius Oliver Sain – and features work from avant jazz musicians who include Oliver Lake on alto and flute, Lester Bowie on trumpet, and Charles ... CD
Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
Subah Zindagi (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
A great little Bollywood soundtrack by one of key composers of the genre – and one that's still got all the right sort of elements you might expect! There's some really great upbeat tracks – nice groovers that even get a bit funky at times – and which have a few cool instrumental ... CD
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
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
Born Bad (France), Late 70s. New Copy
A lost legacy in music from Pierre Sandwidi – a singer from Burkina Faso who had a fair bit to say about the social situation in his West African nation – often working in a mode that was a bit more cut off from mainstream music on the continent, which resulted in a very unique sort of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Born Bad (France), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP
Totally cool, totally amazing music from the enigmatic Francis Bebey – a contemporary on the early 80s African scene of William Onyeabor, and an equally experimental artists! Bebey used a fair bit of electronics, but often with sounds that had acoustic roots – in this case, the ultra ... LP, Vinyl record album
Na Man Pass Man
Disques D'Esperance/Africa Seven (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
An Afro Funk record, but one with a bit of an unusual groove, too – as the set was recorded in France, and features some unusual moogy touches next to the percussion, horns, and guitars! Pasteur Lappe's definitely going for more of a global funk vibe overall here – and, a bit like Ice ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A brilliant album from Fela – and one that shows him really coming into his own, with that tremendous new sound that would go onto influence decades of musicians! The title track – "Roforofo Fight" – is a side-long jam that instantly sets a new standard for African funk ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A stunner from Fela – a record that really leaps right into the groove right from the very first note – then never lets up at all! Igo Chiko provides some fantastic tenor sax solos on the tunes – and both Tunde Williams and Eddie Faychum serve up some killer trumpet – while ... LP, Vinyl record album
Worthy, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
Rare early work from Mulatu – material recorded in America, in the years before Mulatu returned to his Ethiopian homeland, and really set the scene on fire! The style here is a mix of Latin jazz with some more exotic elements – played by a combo that features Mulatu on vibes, alongside ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Ostinato (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Fantastic sounds from Haiti – served up in all the styles promised by the title, and pulled from a mixture of private collections and radio recordings that also document the Haitian diaspora during the nation's years of dictatorship! Yet given the restriction of the government, the cultural ... LP, Vinyl record album
Knitting Factory, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
The cover image here really demonstrates the charisma of Fela at his height – dozens of topless women, kneeling around the maestro and spelling out the number 70 – but to us, the music is what really shows the man's power – a bold, progressive statement of the new energy bubbling ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hot Casa (France), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
Fierce Afro Funk from King Bucknor – who serves up two side-long jams here, both very much in the best Fela vibe of the 70s! "Woman Nature" starts out the record – building nicely from rattling percussion that's peppered with Bucknor's rough calls at the start, then filled in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chisa/BBE (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP
A decade's worth of groundbreaking funk and African rhythms – all of it recorded by Hugh Masekela for his legendary Chisa label! Back in the 60s, Hugh cracked the American charts with a playful version of South African jazz – but he was also an even hipper cat than you'd guess from his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, 2017. New Copy
Maybe the most searing album we've ever heard from Antibalas – a set that's completely on fire from the very first note, both musically and politically – and which burns with an intensity that seems to blow away all their previous music! Make no mistake, we've always loved these guys ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Jazz (UK), 2018. New Copy
A beautiful set of contemporary yoruba recordings – performed by the Konkere Beats group in Nigeria, and with a different vibe than some of the more familiar yoruba material from the Caribbean! The sacred sounds are full of percussion and vocal chants – and have a vibe that's maybe ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A beautiful set of contemporary yoruba recordings – performed by the Konkere Beats group in Nigeria, and with a different vibe than some of the more familiar yoruba material from the Caribbean! The sacred sounds are full of percussion and vocal chants – and have a vibe that's maybe ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal/Wrasse, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 3CD
A fantastic collection – way more than just a greatest hits set of work by South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela – and instead a special package put together by Hugh himself, shortly before his death – featuring an album-by-album selection of the best cuts from his Chisa Records ... CD
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
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
Buda/Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Amazing music from the golden years of Ethiopian Music – a set of tracks that will take you beyond the music of Mulatu, into a wealth of other talents from the scene at the same time! The sound here is incredible – a mix of heavy funk, spacey jazz, and other exotic touches all coming ... LP, Vinyl record album
Buda/Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Mad music that's unlike anything else we can think of – a killer collection of funky grooves from the Ethiopian scene of the 70s – offered up here on a vinyl-only compilation! The set's a great one if you've heard the music of Mulatu, but want to dig a lot deeper – as the cats ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Chapter Two – Nia
Strata East, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
The rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St ... LP, Vinyl record album
Piranha (UK), 2018. New Copy
A fantastic collection of sounds from one of the more under-documented musical scenes on the African continent – and a really well-done package that showcases the unique guitar style used by musicians in Botswana! Much of this music features an unusual left-hand approach to the instrument ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hot Casa (France), 1981. New Copy (pic cover)
Two rare grooves from Mac Gregor – a female singer from Martinique who recorded these tracks in the Ivory Coast – in the crossroads city of Abidjan, which definitely had an influence in the music! "Nan Ye Li Kan" has a contemporary club vibe in the rhythms, but lots of rootsy ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
All Saints, 2018. New Copy
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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
Banko Woman
PMG (Austria), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
The Apostles are nice and groovy here – working in this offbeat way that combines upbeat cuts with some unusual mellower numbers – but all at a level that really keeps things interesting throughout! These guys can clearly move with the groove and hit some sharp funky instrumentation at ... LP, Vinyl record album
Boys & Girls
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
The music of Joe Moks has a nice sing-song feel here – a vibe that's almost more reggae than you'd expect from her Nigerian roots – but with an offbeat style that's also not like anything that might have come from Kingston! Instead, the groove here feels a bit like when American or ... LP, Vinyl record album
Funk With Me
PMG (Austria), Early 80s. New Copy
An early 80s set from the Lagos scene – and one that's about as far from the Afro Funk sound of the 70s as that city is from New York! Instead of full-on ensemble styles, Danny Offia has this nice lean groove – basslines that bump with a wickedly catchy sound, laced with keyboard solos ... CD
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Early 50s. New Copy 2CD
Very cool jazz from the Paris scene of the early 50s – an assortment of singles released on the Ritmo label, owned by reedman Eugene Delouche – who works here in a very cool blend of Martinique rhythms and modern jazz! The grooves here are a key part of the growing biguine style of the ... CD
Awesome Tapes From Africa, Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP
An incredible blend of sounds and styles – and one of the most enigmatic albums we've ever heard from the Ethiopian scene! Hailu Mergia plays alone here – but uses lots of overdubbing to layer together Fender Rhodes, accordion solos, and a rhythm machine – all mixed up in ways ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hi Hat, 1974. New Copy
Hugh Masekela at a really fantastic point in his career – recorded live for a radio broadcast, and working with a freewheeling style that's quite different than both his early and later work! The vibe here is right up there with some of the few longer-form jazz recordings made by Hugh in the ... CD
Let's Have A Party
PMG (Austria), 1974. New Copy
Let's Have A Party, indeed – as it's hard not to celebrate when a record sounds this great! The album's a boiling batch of Afro Funk numbers from the legendary Geraldo Pino – a key influence on the sound of Fela, and an artist with a sound that's got a bit more James Brown in his ... CD
Bomp
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy
Sweet funky sounds from east Nigeria, circa 1980 – a great little set that's got a laidback groove, and a style that's clearly learned plenty from the hipper corners of the American funk universe! The approach is a bit like funky club at times, a bit more like some of the larger funk acts of ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy
A special collaboration between these two legends of Ghanian music – one that has singer Pat Thomas working with the grooves of Ebo Taylor – in an effort to reclaim the sound of calypso as an African sound! The album's got an unusual mix of Caribbean modes and Ghanian soul – ... CD
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
Strut (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Great Ghana grooves from Ebo Taylor – a tremendous collection of his funkiest 70s work – and a much-needed reintroduction of his talents to the world at large! Much of the music here has strong links with more familiar Afro Funk – but the overall approach is often a bit unique, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Love & Death
Strut (UK), 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A brilliant new album from legendary Ghanaian performer Ebo Taylor – recorded in Berlin and backed by members of Poets Of Rhythm and others from that city's loose collective of international players dubbed the Afrobeat Academy – and the set itself is a great mix of classic Ghana grooves ... LP, Vinyl record album
Analog Africa (Germany), 1983. New Copy Gatefold
One the most unusual albums in the fuana style from Cape Verde – an early 80s variation on the mode that was first created by fusion European accordions and local rhythms on the island of Santiago – taken here into much groovier electronic territory! Keyboards take over lots of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated May 26, 2018


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