Music from Oliver Mtukdzi, Lady Smith Black Mambazo, Ali Farka Toure, Lulu Masilela, Pierre Akendengue, Baaba Maal, the Mendes Brothers, Oumou Sangare, Ndere Troupe, the Kapere Jazz Band, Farafina, Seleshe Demassae, and more. CD
A great collection of tracks – and one of the first chances for most of us to hear the funkier side of sounds from Peru! The work isn't as full-on funky as Brazilian grooves from the time, but does share a very strong influence from American styles – and really goes way past any ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Prophet Afam Ogbuotobo & His Ado-Nene Musical Group —
Zik Owelle Imeka ... LP Olisa Mortune (Nigeria), Mid/Late 70s. Very Good ...
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has lightly wrinkled and bent corners, with some tape remnants around the edges.)
Dick Khoza —
Chapita ... LP Sun/Tooth Factory, 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the hippest bits of funk we've heard from the South African scene of the 70s – a record that mixes in plenty of currents from spiritual jazz, with a vibe that's very similar to the albums by Oneness Of Juju from the same time! The set's got this very universal appeal – earlier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare bit of funk from the South African scene of the 70s – a set with a style that's a bit different than American work of the time – maybe a bit more laidback, and with this easygoing vibe that's really great! Saitana don't have to hit you over the head with their groove, but it's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderfully weird work from Saitana – one of those 70s South African groups who found a way of mixing equal parts soul, funk, and psychedelic influences – then deliver the music with this languid groove that's all their own! The group has ties to other SA combos of the time – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the first-ever collection of the work of this important group from Djibouti – a huge state-financed ensemble whose performances were captured on tape for radio, but never issued as regular commercial albums at the time! 4 Mars take their name from a key moment of independence in the ... read moreCD
Erkin Koray —
Erkin Koray 2 ... LP Dogon/Survival Research (Italy), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
Excellent mid 70s work from one of the hippest dudes in Turkey – guitarist Erik Koray, a player who had a wonderful talent for mixing together a range of cross-cultural influences! The style here is a lot more sophisticated than that of Koray's first album – in a mode that shakes off ... (Rock, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great combo from the small nation of Djibouti – stepping out here in one of the first international record releases from that company in decades – a shuttered legacy to the rest of the world, given the tight control of music by the state! Yet despite that situation, the Groupe ... read moreCD
One of the funkiest albums ever from Gilberto Gil – a set that beautifully mixes rootsy elements with tighter funk arrangements – in a style that's not unlike some of the 70s samba soul experiments from Jorge Ben! The record borrows heavily from American funk and soul of the time, and ... (Brazil, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sikiru Ayinde Barrister & His Supreme Fuji Vibrati —
Destiny ... LP Siky-Oluyole (Nigeria), 1985. Very Good ...
Groovy 2LP set that combines new and old Afro Grooves (in the tradition of Africa Funk!) – with many rare titles by African artists recorded in France that you'll be hard pressed to find elsewhere! Includes "Afro-Disco Beat" by Fela's drummer Tony Allen, "Racubah!" by the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Images of the Caribbean in many styles – from the striking color image on the front, to vintage black and white shots throughout the book – all at a level that really illuminates the criss-crossing cultures of the island scene! The book's got a wonderfully sharp sensibility – as ... (Books, Global Grooves)read moreBook
An 80s number from Fela, off the Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense album, where he was working with groundbreaking producer Wally Badarou, who gives the keyboard stylings of the Egypt 80 groove the same spacey spooky sound that you'll find in his own work from the time – blending the Afro Funk ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original Nigerian Philips pressing! Vinyl plays with some faint crackles. Cover has some wear and aging, light stains, and a bit of pen on front and back.)
Aurita Y Su Conjunto (Aurita Castillo) —
Chambacu ... LP Discos Fuentes/Mississippi, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the most unusual albums ever issued on the legendary Discos Fuentes label – and that's saying a lot, given how many unusual albums the company put out! This set's got a core Colombian groove in the rhythms – very much in the rootsy style that the company was making a name for in ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The image on the cover will let you know that you're in for something very different right away – as Brij Bhushan Kabra not only plays the guitar in a way that's different than others, he also strings the instrument in very different ways too! The set's a bit different than some of Kabra's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groundbreaking guitar work from Mike Hanapi – one of the important early guitarists in the Hawaiian slide mode – from a generation that had a huge impact on blues and country music to come! Mike's style here isn't the cheesy 60s Hawaiian modes of the Don Ho generation – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unusual slice of music from the southern African scene of the postwar years – sounds from a strange wave of cowboy-inspired music in Zimbabwe and South Africa – but with results that are completely unique! Many of these guys actually wore cowboy hats and played acoustic guitar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a big booklet of notes on the music, too!)
Chrissy Zebby Tembo —
My Ancestors ... LP Mississippi, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Afro-psychedelia from Chrissy Zebby Tembo – a set recorded in the Zambian scene of the early 70s, and served up in a blend of fuzzy guitar, funky drums, and some really unusual vocals! At times, Chrissy's voice almost sounds like it's being processed – filtered down nicely amidst the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We're not sure we've ever heard the term "garage funk" before, but it certainly fits the vibe of this sweet little collection – even though all the tracks here were actually recorded in a church! Not that the music is religious, though – the funky sounds within are certainly ... read moreCD
William Onyeabor —
Good Name ... LP Wilfilms/Luaka Bop, 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Amazing sounds from William Onyeabor – space age keyboards mixed with electro funk mixed with Afro beat, snakey sax lines, and lots lots more – a really mind-bending album that's well-achieved legendary status over the years! Each song takes up a side of the record – but spins ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tadao Sawai, Kazue Sawai, Hozan Yamamoto & Others —
Jazz Rock ... LP RCA/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A killer set of jazz rock from early 70s Japan – and a set that's way different than Anglo albums of this nature! There's definitely a mix of horns, jazzy soloing, and electrified elements on guitar, bass, and keyboards – but the themes here are often strongly Japanese, and also ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Olatunji's best LPs, and a record that breaks out of his usual straight hard percussion stuff by adding some jazz players like Yusef Lateef, Clark Terry, and George Duvivier. There's also some singers augmenting the ensemble, but they drop out in parts, and the percussion and jazz take over. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing. Cover has light wear and some aging.)