Global Grooves — Recently Added

Unusual grooves from around the globe -- with an especially strong emphasis on the music of Africa, India, and the Mid-East!


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Reconstruction
Chisa/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy
Hugh Masekela kicks off the 70s with this wonderfully bold statement – a record that's light years from the shorter, simpler instrumentals of his earliest American years – and which really shows Hugh trying to reach out for a new groove! Masekela sings a bit on the set – often ... CD
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Creole Stream (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A funky gem from reedman Manu Dibango – a set recorded hot on the heels of his huge Soul Makossa hit, and done with a similar blend of African roots and 70s funk! The main focus here is on the instrumentation – not just Manu's saxophone lines, but also some great keyboards too – ... CD
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Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Stunning sounds from South Africa – pulled together from a time when the nation's music was really coming into its own – despite the actions of a still-restrictive regime! There's a great mix of styles going on here – some rockish elements, of the Zamrock scene – some more ... CD
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Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Stunning sounds from South Africa – pulled together from a time when the nation's music was really coming into its own – despite the actions of a still-restrictive regime! There's a great mix of styles going on here – some rockish elements, of the Zamrock scene – some more ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Wendelu (with bonus download)
Ubiquity, 2015. New Copy 2LP
Warsaw may seem like an unlikely place for Afro Funk to grow – but given the work of this excellent combo, we're guessing we may well be hearing more from the scene in years to come! The group's got a richer, more sophisticated vibe than some of the other Fela-inspired groups on the scene ... LP, Vinyl record album
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La Macedoine – Richesse Du Folklore No 13
Amadeo (France), Mid 60s. Very Good+
No description available. LP, Vinyl record album
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Barclay (France), Early 70s. Near Mint-
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Vogue (France), Late 60s. Near Mint-
Long tracks – and features work by Chiek Amar Bou Saadi, Hassien, Zerrouki Alaoua, and Cheikh Abdelkader Bourass. LP, Vinyl record album
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Yannis Poulopoulos 2
Lyra (Greece), Late 60s. Near Mint-
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Comet (France), 1970s. Used
Prepare to have your mind blown – and discover a whole new genre of funky grooves! Henri "Kike" Guedon was a French West Indian percussionist who recorded in both Paris and New York – crafting a really unique style that brought together American, Caribbean, and Parisian takes ... CD
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Wild River
President (UK), 1972. Used
Swirling Afro soul from Matana – with lots of African rhythms and heavy percussion laced with some trippy elements from the psychedelic scenes in the US and UK! Matana arrived in London, via their native Kenya in the early 70s – and rather seamlessly blended elements of soul, and on ... CD
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Nascente (UK), Late 90s/Early 2000s. Used 3CD
A much better collection than you'd guess from the title – even if the individual CDs are named "chill", "bar", and "club" – all words we're pretty suspicious of these days in compilations! The collection is a shift in Nascente's "Beginner's ... CD
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Shanachie, 2002. Used
No description available. CD
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Spiegelei/Sonorama (Germany), 1976. New Copy
The second album from Mombasa – and possibly even better than the first! The group have really come into their own by the time of this date – mixing together jazz and African roots with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of – quite unique in its approach to rhythms, ... CD
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Spiegelei/Sonorama (Germany), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A sublime blend of spiritual jazz and African rhythms – and one of the few 70s recordings made by Mombasa, a European group put together by LA trombonist Lou Blackburn! The record's got a much more righteous sound than any of Blackburn's work of the 60s – a boldness and sense of pride ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Volume 5
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1987. New Copy 2LP
Somali sounds from the late 80s – a wonderful set of grooves from the Dur Dur Band – originally issued only on cassette, and lovingly restored here on some more enduring formats! The style is pretty darn funky – maybe some of the latest Afro Funk grooves we've heard from the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Rough Guide, 1970s/1980s. New Copy
Rare African tracks in a variety of styles – from heavy funk, to fuzzy psych, to other inventive grooves that create some whole new modes of their own! The tracks here move way past the usual familiar sound that "rare groove" might imply – quite far from American funk and ... CD
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Knitting Factory, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
An impassioned attack on police and army violence in 70s Nigeria – and easily one of Fela Kuti's best-remembered albums of the time! The lead track – "Sorrow Tears & Blood" – is really tremendous – a wicked groove that begins with a very long electric piano ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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
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Innovative Leisure, 2014. New Copy
LP...$16.99 18.98 (CD)
Really weird, really wonderful sounds from rural Thailand – played by a group who have almost an ancient vibe overall, but who also echo lots of cool psychedelic elements of the 60s! The lead instrument in the group is a phin – a three-stringed, lute-like instrument which is ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated March 26, 2015


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