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✨✧ Afro Blues Quintet Plus OneNew Directions ... LP
Mira, Late 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
Great work by one of the grooviest groups on the LA 60s scene! The Afro Blues Quintet have a blend of soul jazz and Latin styles that's similar to the best 60s work by Cal Tjader, or to records by small combos like the Quartette Tres Bien or The Latin Jazz Quintet. Lots of grooves have a nice modal swing to them – nice and jazzy, with slight touches of soulful instrumentation, all fused into a tight Latin-styled groove. Loads of great original tunes – including "Mystic Mambo", "Freaks", "Incantations", "Victims Of Chance", "Let My People Go", and "Afro Rock". LP, Vinyl record album

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Afro Latin Vintage OrchestraPulsion ... LP
Ubiquity, 2014. Near Mint- 2LP ... $13.99
A darker groove than usual from this hip European combo – a record that still has their commitment to global sounds at its core, but which also comes across with these great 70s electric modes too – almost echoes of Dark Magus Miles Davis and Sextant Herbie Hancock – thanks to loads of cool keyboards and fuzzed-out production! The acoustic elements resonate wonderfully with the electric ones – so that percussion, bass, horns, and strings add a rich organic level next to the guitar, Fender Rhodes, and Wurlitzer – blending beautifully with a musical vision that really surprises us, given the earlier work from this group – a much richer sound, and one that's got us loving them way more than before. Titles include "Kagemusha", "Rituel", "Pulsion", "Complot", "Shaman", "Drama", "En Sursis", "Code Panthera", "French Connexion", "Homo Analog", and "Resurrection". LP, Vinyl record album

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Afro MystikFuture Tropic ... LP
Om Records, 1999. Very Good 2LP ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Labels have old price stickers.)

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Afro NationalTemedi Oh/Den Kick ... 7-inch
No Wahala Sounds (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99
Two great tracks by this group from Sierra Leone! "Temedi Oh" has this fast-moving groove that's totally wonderful – followed by guitar that riffs along in quick time with the pulsating bass, and topped with a vocal call that's like icing on the cake! "Den Kick" is a bit slower in pace, but equally groovy – with guitar lines that ring out almost louder than the vocals at times. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Afro Yaqui Music CollectiveMirror Butterfly ... CD
Innova, 2019. Used ... $8.99
... CD

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Niki Dave & Afro KidsShoreza Inyange/Amayaya ... 7-inch
Afro 7 (Finland), 1977. New Copy ... $12.99
Great grooves from Burundi – two very rare tracks! "Shoreza Inyange" begins with a keyboard flow, then takes a break for a spoken/shouted part from the lead singer – before the whole group rolls into the mix, and soars up the tune with tight horns and rhythms, ensemble vocals, and lots of strange sonic touches along the way! The flipside is even funkier – a great bassline and lots of tight riffing guitar! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Jean De Vres & His Afro DrumsExciting Voodoo! ... LP
Palace, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $3.99
Jean De Vres presents this collection of drum songs that use the traditional drums of Haiti. The songs are meant to invoke the happy gods of voodoo rather than the dark, black magic gods outsiders normally associate with voodoo. Tracks include "Ao-Mao", "Fire Dance", "Drum Festival", "Dolcini", "Voodoo Spirit Song", "Rhythm Of The Forest", and "Voo-Voo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. )

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Fred Ho & The Afro Asian EnsembleYes Means Yes, No Means No, Whatever She Wears, Wherever She Goes ... CD
Koch, 1998. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Solomon Ilori & His Afro Drum EnsembleAfrican High Life ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
One of the most roosty albums on Blue Note – and a fairly straight session of African percussion tracks by Solomon Ilori and his Afro Drum Ensemble. Unlike similar albums by Art Blakey, this one lacks any strong sort of jazz component – and really just features fairly straight African tracks, with heavy percussion, and touches of highlife grooves. The record features guitar by Jay Berliner, bass by Ahmed Abdul-Malik, and flute by Hosea Taylor – plus work by Montego Joe, Garvin Masseux, Chief Bey, and Robert Crowder, who often show up on other 60s sessions of this nature. Titles include "Follow Me To Africa", "Tolani", and "Ise Oluwa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono New York pressing. Label on Side 2 has a name in marker. Cover has two small streaks of marker on front, name in marker on back, and small center split in the bottom seam.)

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Orlando Julius & The Afro SoundersOrlando Julius & The Afro Sounders ... CD
Philips/Voodoo Funk, 1973. Used ... $9.99
An uber-rare album from Orlando Julius & The Afro Sounders – recorded at Ginger Baker's studio in Lagos and originally (apparently quite scarcely) released by Philips in 1973 – wonderful stuff and on par with the excellent material the group recorded in the handful of previous years! The sound is terrific, still fresh and live sounding, but recorded with the best studio technology Julius had access to to date. The drums and percussion are prominent in the mix and so is the bass – with punchy, soulful brass, organs and passionate vocals. Wonderful! Tracks include "Yio Si Da Miliki Beat", "Afro Instrumental", "Osika Ranti", "Buje Buje", "Aseni" and "Kete Kete Koro". CD
(CD version comes with a great hardcover book-like package that includes liner notes by Orlando Julius.)

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Machito & His Afro Cuban OrchestraGreatest Hits ... CD
Fania, 1940s/Early 50s. Used ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print, CRC music club pressing.)

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Machito & His Afro Cuban OrchestraVacation At The Concord ... LP
Coral, 1958. Very Good ... $14.99
A great document of the crossover between the New York Latin scene and the Catskills – the upstate resort community that was as important to the Latin groups as the uptown clubs! Like many groups of the period, Machito's found a heck of a lot of work in the Catskills during the 50s – most notably at the Concord Resort, paid tribute to by this set – which includes photos of famous Concord staffers that include swimming instructor Buster Crabbe and golf pro Jimmy Demarest! But apart from that gimmicky approach, the album's actually a strong one for Machito – showing the kind of grooves that helped his 50s group cross over big – a mix of mambo and early cha cha tracks that include "Patricia", "Guaglione", "Torero", "Cha Cha Cha Loco", "Cotillon Mambo", and "Mambo La Concord". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small orange label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Bill O'Connell & The Afro-Caribbean ProjectWind Off The Hudson ... CD
Savant, 2019. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Latin-tinged goodness from pianist Bill O'Connell – standing proudly here at the head of his always-great group – one of the best today to keep the Latin jazz spirit alive! Of course it's easy to do when you've got a lineup this great – Craig Handy on alto and soprano sax, Ralph Bowen on tenor, Gary Smulyan on baritone, Conrad Herwig on trombone, Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, and Andrea Brachfeld on flute – all players who definitely keep the jazz side of the record strong, while Bill adds plenty of Latin rhythms to the arrangements! Titles include "Got Cha", "Perdido", "Gospel 6", "Wind Off The Hudson", "Jerry's Blues", "Transition", and "Discombobulation". CD

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Chief Walatghi & His Afro DrummersTaboo – Exotic Rhythms Of The Jungle ... LP
Silver Seal, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
The cover's a bit cheesy, but the whole thing is better than you might guess! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ African & Afro-American DrumsAfrican & Afro-American Drums ... CD
Folkways, 1954. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A drum-heavy spectacular – recorded with a really rootsy feel! The first half of the material was recorded in Africa – not credited especially well, but done with a stripped-down sound that's very heavy on drums and other odd percussion instruments – recorded in that rough, loud Folkways style that really makes the music sound nicely bombastic. The remaining tracks on the set are from a variety of North and South American locales – Brazil, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, and even the US – as Baby Dodds turns in a solo on the final track! Titles include "Ceremonial Drums", "Dance Drums", "Stamping Tubes", "Salute To A Chief", "Sit Log Talking Drum", "Djuka Dance Drums", "Lucumi", "Jumping Dance Drums", "Cuminia Drums", "Rhythms For The Deity Ogoun", and "Jazz Drumming". CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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✨✧ Afro SonAfro Son Vol 2 ... CD
Afro Son, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Lafayette Afro Rock BandSoul Makossa ... LP
As The Record Turns, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 – creating grooves that were even heavier and harder than the work at the time by Fela Kuti, and which have stood for years as some of our favorite funk records! This album's one of their best – named after the title cut, their great take on Manu Dibango's "Soul Makossa" (done here even funkier than the original!), and featuring other great tracks, like "Voodounon", "Azeta", and "Hihache" – all of them filled with heavy bass, tight drums, and fuzzy guitar! Other cuts include "Oglenon", "MF Grayson", "Nicky" and "Right Foot". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Arsenio Rodriguez & The Afro-Cubano SoundViva Arsenio – Arsenio Rodriguez & The Afro-Cubano Sound Of Now! ... CD
Bang, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible record and very unique – cut around the same time as Arsenio's rare boogaloo album for Tico Records! Like that session, this one has a style in which Arsenio is featured in a larger group – playing with a raspy edge that really steps out in front of the fuller instruments and voices! The group's a great one – playing here with a few early Latin Soul touches, and in a way that mixes together different modes in a really unusual approach to the grooves. Arsenio's sound is still quite rootsy, but the larger backings are quite tight – and often done with a nod to more popular soul modes of the time. The whole thing was put together by producer Bert Berns, with arrangements by the great Artie Butler – and it's got a freewheeling New York groove that's as close to Latin Soul as Arsenio ever came! Includes Latin Soul versions of "Hang On Sloopy" and "La Bamba", plus the tracks "La Yuca", "Tres Marias", "Randy", "Vaya P'al Monte", and "El Elemento Del Bronx", a groovy guaguanco track! CD
(Out of print American CD pressing from 2006 Japanese edition.)

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✨✧ Afro Latin SoultetWild! ... LP
Tower, Late 60s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Madly romping Latin from this obscure group led by pianist Phil Moore III – a combo who effortlessly groove through a blend of boogaloo, Latin jazz, and plenty of percussion-heavy exotica – all in a style that's very much their own! There's a loose and free feel here that's far different than most of the other pop Latin combos of the time – a style that's even quite different from the New York scene of the time, and which rings out more with tones from the hipper groups of the LA soul jazz underground of the mid 60s – such as the Harold Johnson Sextet. Instrumentation includes alto, flute, trumpet, and plenty of heavy percussion and piano – on titles that include "Afro Soul", "Afro Freakout", "Afro Breed", "So There You Are", "The Sheik", and "Montuno". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with IAM stamp. Cover has a cutout hole, a split on the bottom seam, and light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum EnsembleAfrican Beat ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A completely righteous mix of jazz and African percussion – put together by drummer Art Blakey at a time when he was riding high with the Jazz Messengers, but also was willing to work on great experiments like this! The album's years ahead of its time – and arguably opens the door for countless spiritual jazz projects like this in the 70s, more proof that Blakey was a groundbreaking artist who was always opening doors for others! Blakey's own work on drums is joined by percussion from Montego Joe, Chief Bey, Garvin Masseux, James Ola, Folami, Robert Crowder, and Solomon Ilori – the last of whom would record his own record for Blue Note – and the rest of the group features Yusef Lateef on flute and tenor, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and the great Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass – a great choice for the record, given that he was mixing together similar modes on his own records of the time. Titles include "Tobi Ilu", "Love, The Mystery Of", and "Obirin African". CD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series!)

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Dorothy AshbyAfro-Harping ... LP
Cadet, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
One of the grooviest records ever – a sublime blend of African percussion, soulful orchestrations, and Dorothy Ashby's amazing electric harp! By the time of this landmark album, Dorothy had been knocking around the jazz world for a number of years, but it wasn't until she hooked up with Richard Evans at Cadet Records that her sound really began to cook – breaking down genres and expectations in the trademark style of the best late 60s sides from the Chicago underground. The record's got a bit of funk, a bit of jazz, and a heck of a lot of soul – and the setting works perfectly for Dorothy's harp, giving it a lot more room to work around than some of her smaller jazz combo albums. The album includes two great originals – "Soul Vibrations" and "Afro-Harping" – both of which have a nice funky edge, and a groovy soulful bounce – and other tunes include "Lonely Girl", "Life Has Its Trials", "Look Of Love", "Come Live With Me", and a great version of Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower". LP, Vinyl record album

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John Cameron/Alan ParkerAfro Rock – KPM 1030 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
African rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, rock inspiration, and a motherlode of funky sound library grooves from two of the best British maestros working in the business! The album's an early 70s gem from the KPM catalog – one of the most sought-after records ever issued by the label – and like the rest, never really made for public sale back at the time! Despite that humble origin, though, the grooves here are right up there with the funkiest work coming out from that side of the Atlantic at the time – a brilliant post-colonial blend of acoustic percussion, electric keyboards, and a fair bit of fuzzy guitar – all presented with a stripped-down, no-nonsense approach to the rhythms that's often funkier than work by some of the bigger names in the genre. Titles include "Heavy Water", "Ice Breaker", "Solid Satin", "Punch Bowl", "Frozen Steam", and "Black Light" by Alan Parker – and "Swamp Fever", "Range Rover", "Survival", "Afro Waltz", "Heat Haze", "Rocking Rhino", and "Afro Metropolis" by John Cameron. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John ColtraneAfro Blue Impressions ... CD
Pablo/Polygram (Germany), Early 60s/1977. Used ... $2.99
One of the best posthumous releases by the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – and a set that really captures the group at a perfect moment – when they were really beginning to stretch out a lot, yet still in a style that was mostly inside! The material was recorded in Berlin and Stockholm – and features wonderfully fresh versions of tunes you'll know from classic Impulse and Atlantic albums by Coltrane – really reworked in this live setting, and opened up in that magical style of the group! In addition to some wonderful soprano and tenor sax from Coltrane, the group also features McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – on titles that include "Lonnie's Lament", "Naima", "Impressions", "Spiritual", and "My Favorite Things". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Afro Blue Impressions ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ John ColtraneAfro Blue Impressions ... LP
Pablo, Early 60s/1977. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
One of the best posthumous releases by the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – and a set that really captures the group at a perfect moment – when they were really beginning to stretch out a lot, yet still in a style that was mostly inside! The material was recorded in Berlin and Stockholm – and features wonderfully fresh versions of tunes you'll know from classic Impulse and Atlantic albums by Coltrane – really reworked in this live setting, and opened up in that magical style of the group! In addition to some wonderful soprano and tenor sax from Coltrane, the group also features McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – on titles that include "Lonnie's Lament", "Afro Blue", "Cousin Mary", "Spiritual", and "My Favorite Things". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Afro Blue Impressions ... CD 2.99

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John ColtraneAfro Blue Impressions (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pablo, Early 60s/1977. Used 2 CDs ... $12.99
One of the best posthumous releases by the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – and a set that really captures the group at a perfect moment – when they were really beginning to stretch out a lot, yet still in a style that was mostly inside! The material was recorded in Berlin and Stockholm – and features wonderfully fresh versions of tunes you'll know from classic Impulse and Atlantic albums by Coltrane – really reworked in this live setting, and opened up in that magical style of the group! In addition to some wonderful soprano and tenor sax from Coltrane, the group also features McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – on titles that include "Lonnie's Lament", "Afro Blue", "Cousin Mary", "Spiritual", and "My Favorite Things". 2CD version features bonus tracks not on the original album, too – including new versions of "Naima", "My Favorite Things", and "I Want To Talk About You". CD

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Kenny DorhamAfro-Cuban ... LP
Blue Note, 1955. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
A completely unique little session – and a record that's every bit as musically striking as you might guess from its title and cover! The date's a rare Latin-tinged one for trumpeter Kenny Dorham – a record that takes his usually smooth sound and sets it up against octet backings with horns from JJ Johnson on trombone, Cecil Payne on baritone sax, and Hank Mobley on tenor – plus piano from Horace Silver, bass from Oscar Pettiford, and drums from Art Blakey – plus added congas from Patato Valdes! The expanded group plays with a great sense of power – really pushing Kenny's sound tremendously – and although the album also features a few tracks by a smaller group with less percussion, these also have a bit of a Latin/exotic tinge too. Titles include "Basheer's Dream", "Lotus Flower", "KD's Motion", "Venita's Dance", "Minor's Holiday", "La Villa", and "Afrodisia". LP, Vinyl record album

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Cynthia FeltonAfro Blue – The Music Of Oscar Brown ... CD
Felton, 2008. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Barcode has some marker.)

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Charles KynardAfro-Disiac (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Prestige, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
The rarest of all Charles Kynard albums – and a real standout groover from the classic funk days of Prestige! The album's a really creative outing – with arrangements by Richard Fritz that take the usual small combo Prestige sound to new heights – twisting and turning the rhythms past the usual heavy foot on the bass motif! Fritz wrote the bulk of the tracks, and they've got a modal grooving mode – with a mixture of hard rhythms and dancing organ, guitar, and tenor from Houston Person that's almost in a Funk Inc mode – with lots of sharp changes. The rest of the group is great – Bernard Purdie's on drums, Jimmy Lewis plays Fender bass, and Grant Green is on guitar – on titles that nclude "Sweetheart", "Odds On", "Afro-Disiac", "Trippin", and "Chanson Du Nuit". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – heavy vinyl and a tip-on cover!)

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Hubert LawsAfro-Classic ... LP
CTI, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $4.99
An amazing album – and the cornerstone of the CTI sound! The record's an incredibly baroque set of tracks from funky flautist Hubert Laws – featuring arrangements from Don Sebesky that mix complicated lines on flute with electric piano from Bob James, into a swirling mass of sound that's warm, soulful, and fuzzy. The record's incredibly hip – and even on material like "Theme From Love Story", "Fire & Rain", and "Passacaglia In C Minor", Laws and the group soar away into another plane of being! Jazz flute and CTI were never the same after this album! LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has surface wear.)

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Harold Mabern with Gregory Porter & Kurt EllingAfro Blue ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ... $15.99 17.99
The great Harold Mabern kicks it hard with a key core group – then finds a way to open up with some surprise guest artists as well – including singers Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, and Norah Jones! The core of the album features Mabern's piano rocketing out with rhythm from John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums – and getting some strong tenor work from the mighty Eric Alexander – and as the set goes on, the group also brings in Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and Steve Turre on trombone. But the key force here is the singers – especially Porter and Elling, who seem to find an old school space with the group that really takes them back to their roots. Elling sings on "You Needed Me", "Portrait Of Jennie", and "Billie's Bounce"'; Porter sings on "Afro Blue" and "The Man From Hyde Park"; Monheit sings on "I'll Take Romance" and "My One & Only Love"; and Norah Jones sings on "Don't Misunderstand" and "Fools Rush In". CD also features Alexis Cole on "Such Is Life" – and the instrumental tracks "The Chief", "Mozzin", and "Bobby Benny Jymie Lee Bu". CD

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MachitoAfro Cuban Jazz (10 inch LP) ... LP
Mercury, 1950. Good ... $19.99
A seminal bit of Latin jazz from the early 50s – Machito's first "Afro Cuban Jazz Suite", written by Chico O'Farrill, and packaged here in the original 10" LP on Mercury, complete with the David Stone Martin cover! The set features a stunning mix of jazz and Latin playing, in a manner that was to forever shape the future of both musics – with solo work by Flip Phillips and Charlie Parker, and Latin percussion by Mario Bauza, Jose Mangual, Candido, and Machito. The writing and playing is superb, and Chico O'Farrill arranged the whole thing with an energy level matching his best early work! LP, Vinyl record album
(Clef pressing. Cover has some wear, aging, and an upside down paste-on on back.)

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Herbie Mann with MachitoAfro-Jazziac ... LP
Roulette, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A great little LP – even if it is a discographer's nightmare! The record was most likely recorded originally under Machito's name, and only featured Mann as a soloist – but it's not the album Kenya, so we're not sure which one it is, although it does look like a repackaging job designed to cash in on Herbie's fame at other labels. Whatever the case, though, the record is a crack bit of New York Latin Jazz – with loads of short driving tracks very much in the mood of Machito's Kenya album. Herbie's credited with writing all the numbers – and titles include "Afternoon Death", "Brazilian Soft Shoe", "African Flute", "The Davis Cup", and "Carabunta". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Sabu MartinezAfro Temple ... LP
EFG, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Percussionist Sabu Martinez is one of the all-time greats of Latin music – and this record is probably the rarest he ever cut! The album came out of Sweden, where Sabu was residing during the 70s – enjoying some success as an expatriot jazz player in the European scene. The album mixes Latin grooves and hard funk in a way that's rarely been duplicated, and which has ensured Sabu a place in the funk hall of fame for all time! Breakbeat fanatics have always sought out the album for the cuts "All Camels Hump" and "My Cristina" – but the whole thing's a stunning batch of hard percussion grooves, and it's well worth its rare reputation! Other tracks include "Para Ti, Tito Rodriguez", "Martin Cohen Loves Latin Percussion", "My Son Johnny & Me", and "Wounded Knee". LP, Vinyl record album

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MulatuAfro Latin Soul ... LP
Worthy, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99
Pure insanity from the mighty Mulatu – one of his few American albums from the 60s! The record's an incredible blend of New York Latin and some of the more Afro-styled grooves Mulatu explored more freely on his Ethiopian recordings – served up in a jazzy style that has plenty of vibes in the mix, and lots of percussion at the bottom! The record is a treasure throughout – other-worldly, yet still very hip and swinging – a mysterious bridge between Latin America and Africa, suspended on waves of wonderful sound! Titles include "Shagu", "Mascaram Setaba", "Almaz", "Mulatu's Hideaway", "Askum", "Playboy Cha Cha", and "One For Buzayhew". LP, Vinyl record album

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Geraldo PinoAfro Soco Soul Live ... LP
Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
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 the stage, then belting out the lyrics in a voice that may not be as screechingly soulful as James, but which has the same sort of punch and hard-bitten political undercurrent! The instrumentation includes lots of heavy percussion, fast-riffing guitar, and this great electric piano that's thin, but very cool – almost giving a spacey sound to the heavier funk at the bottom of the tunes! Tracks include "Blackman Was Born To Be Free", "Man Pass Main, Iron De Cut Iron", "Right In The Centre", "On The Spot", "Woman Experience", and "Afro Soco Soul Live". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chano PozoRumbero Mayor – An Overview Of The Legendary Afro-Cuban Conguero That Changed Latin Music & Jazz Forever ... LP
Grosso! (Spain), 1940s. New Copy 2LP ... $34.99
A massive slice of music from percussionist Chano Pozo – best known as the guy who helped forge the mix of bebop and Latin that became known as cubop in the 40s – but also a hell of a musician in his own right too! The set brings together work from a wealth of early 78rpm singles – both cubop material that Pozo recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, and others – plus earlier straighter Latin work, with artists from both the New York and Havana scene! There's been some great CD issues of Chano's music from the time, but the package may be the first LP set to really do things justice – and features a total of 28 tracks that all feature Chano Pozo on percussion – titles that include "El Pin Pin" by Cascarita, "Guaguina Yerabo" by Miguelito Valdes, "Paran Pan Pin" by Panchito, "No Se Que Tienes" by Olga Guillot, "Seven Seven" by Chano Pozo, "Cubana Be" by Dizzy Gillespie, "Rumba En Swing" by Chano Pozo, "Tin Tin Deo" by James Moody, "Boco Boco" by Tito Rodriguez, "Manteca" by Dizzy Gillespie, "Cometelo To" by Chano Pozo, "Llora" by Cascarita, "Nague" by Miguelito Valdes, "Amparame" by Reinaldo Valdes, "Paran Pin Pin" by Panchito Riset, and "Conga De Los Dandy" by Orquesta Hotel Nacional. LP, Vinyl record album

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Shorty RogersAfro-Cuban Influence ... LP
RCA, 1958. Very Good- ... $4.99
A wonderful album of Latin grooves from Shorty! The record is one of his best, and features a whopping array of percussionists – including Carlos Vidal, Modesto Duran, and Mike Pacheco all coming into play with Shorty's west coast style of arrangements, tweaked greatly here to pick up an Afro Cuban sound. Players include Bud Shank, Bill Holman, Frank Rosolino, Herb Geller, and Bob Cooper – and the album is very similar to Perez Prado's Voodoo Suite album, which was also recorded for RCA around the same time. Includes the cuts "Un Poco Loco", "Manteca", "Viva Puente", and the extended suite "Wuayacanjanga". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging, half split top seam, and a center split in the spine.)

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RZA & OthersAfro Samurai ... CD
Koch, 2006. Used ... $7.99
The RZA's fine second phase career as a top notch soundtrack maestro continues with Afro Samurai – the music for the anime/blacksploitation hybrid starring Samuel L Jackson – and a varied batch of tracks that's really a lot more than the typical Ghost Dog/early Wu Tang style beats you might be expecting! Naturally, RZA does bring plenty of martial arts style and soul beat instrumentals, but there are also a lot of vocal cuts – which run the gamut from raw freestyle-like bits to atmospheric r&b. GZA drops in, as do pioneers Big Daddy Kane and Q-Tip! Titles include "Afro Theme" with rhymes by RZA, "Certified Samurai" feat Talib Kweli, Lil Free & Suga Bang, "Just A Little Dude" feat Q-Tip & Free Murder, "Oh" and "The Walk" feat Stone Mecca, "Cameo Afro" feat Big Daddy Kane, GZA & Suga Bang, "Take Sword Pt 1" with RZA & Berretta 9 and more vocal tracks, plus the instrumentals "Afro Intro", "Afro's Father Fight", "The Empty 7 Theme", "Afro Samurai Theme (First Part and Second Part)" and more. Several bonus tracks, too, billed as Bobby Digital! CD
(Out of print.)

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AK SalimAfro Soul Drum Orgy ... LP
Prestige, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 in the 50s – but by the time of this 1965 recording, he was emerging as a progressive composer with a strong talent for bringing together disparate moods and styles. This rare recording was one of his best works ever, and it's one of the most unusual sides cut by Prestige in the 60s. It features Johnny Coles, Pat Patrick, and Yusef Lateef out front on horns – plus backing by a host of Latin and African percussionists. Tracks are very long – and the reed work of Lateef and Patrick makes the set especially worthwhile for jazz listeners. Titles include "Afrika", "Kumuamkia Mzulu", and "Pepo Za Sarari". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mongo SantamariaAfro American Latin ... CD
Sony/Legacy, 1969. Used ... $1.99
Brilliant work by Mongo Santamaria – recorded at the end of his Latin Soul years for Columbia, but not issued until this CD! The album features Mongo going way way out from his earlier work from Columbia – taking the pop Latin Soul approach, and turning it towards some more rootsy material, yet still keeping all the wonderful jazzy components that made his work of the time so great. Players on the session include Charles Owens, Sonny Fortune, and Hubert Laws – whose solos are as much a great part of this record as they were of Mongo's other Columbia recordings – and as a bonus, the CD also features 5 tracks from Mongo's last Columbia album, All Strung Out, making for a total of 14 titles in all! Tracks include "Boogaloo Wow", "Mambo Leah", "Mi Reina Guajira", "Obatala", "Me & You Baby", "Naked If You Want To", "Afro American", and "Philadelphia". CD
(Out of print.)

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Situation featuring Andre EspeutNever Thought I'd Get Ya (orig, don thompson remix, mr mulatto's beatamix, afro acid remix, frank situation remix) ... 12-inch
Star Creature, 2018. Near Mint- ... $11.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Giuliano SorginiAfrica Oscura – Afro-Dark Electronic Percussions ... CD
Four Flies (Italy), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A really great record that definitely lives up to its title and cover – a set that's sort of a cool 70s take on exotica modes from years past! The music here is almost all performed by Giuliano Sorgini – who plays drums and lots of percussion, then adds in electronics too – using keyboard lines to shape the sounds alongside the rhythms, or occasionally making these sound effects that heighten the exotic vibe of the songs! A few tunes verge on funk, but most have a dreamier exotica vibe – and titles include "Miraggio", "Notte Nella Savana", "Senza Scampo", "Sacrificio Umano", "Voodoo", "Agguato", "Viaggio Nel Deserto", "Oasi Nella Giungla", and "Africa Oscura". CD
Also available Africa Oscura – Afro-Dark Electronic Percussions (180 gram pressing) ... LP 32.99

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✨✧ Giuliano SorginiAfrica Oscura – Afro-Dark Electronic Percussions (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 1976. New Copy ... $32.99
A really great record that definitely lives up to its title and cover – a set that's sort of a cool 70s take on exotica modes from years past! The music here is almost all performed by Giuliano Sorgini – who plays drums and lots of percussion, then adds in electronics too – using keyboard lines to shape the sounds alongside the rhythms, or occasionally making these sound effects that heighten the exotic vibe of the songs! A few tunes verge on funk, but most have a dreamier exotica vibe – and titles include "Miraggio", "Notte Nella Savana", "Senza Scampo", "Sacrificio Umano", "Voodoo", "Agguato", "Viaggio Nel Deserto", "Oasi Nella Giungla", and "Africa Oscura". LP, Vinyl record album

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Star Band De DakarPsicodelia Afro Cubana De Senegal ... LP
Ostinato (UK), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $23.99 28.99
Fantastic sounds from the Star Band Of Dakar – one of the leading lights of the new wave of Latin influence on the West African scene at the end of the 60s – presented here in a killer collection of work! The group have often been linked to the sounds of Cuba – which is clearly an influence on their rhythms and song structure – but there's also a lot of snakey guitar here that reminds us of some Colombian styles, and even a bit of Peruvian chica – as the instrument often gets a bit of effects, including some wah-wah work – in a way that creates psychedelic flourishes over the straighter rhythms! The package is great – with superb song selections, and a bit booklet of notes – and titles that include "Guajira VEn", "Mariama", "Danguele Fasso", "Le Lolaye", "Misterioso", and "Andado". LP, Vinyl record album

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Andre Tanker FiveAfro Blossom West (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Cree (Germany), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $26.99 29.99
A jazzy combo from the Caribbean – led by a singer who also plays some really wonderful vibes! The rhythms are strong, with a definite dose of calypso in the mix – but the overall sound is much more in the jazz side of the spectrum, thanks to fluidly melodic sounds from Andre Tanker on vibes! Tanker also sings a bit too – but he's open to Latin modes and soul jazz styles, which makes him sound a lot different than anything you might expect from a late 60s album recorded in Trinidad! In fact, a few of these tunes even hit a boogaloo groove – which is perfect for the vibes – and others maybe echo some of the groovier Verve records modes of the time. Titles include "Party In The City", "Lena", "Swahili", "Ho Ba La La", "Homburg", "Do Me So La So So", and "Old Lady Walk A Mile". LP, Vinyl record album

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Frankie ValentineIn Vienna – Moog Rock (chari chari remix)/In Vienna (unreleased mix)/O'Chant (patrick pulsinger afro acid mix) ... 12-inch
Sunshine Enterprises (Austria), 2003. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $3.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousAfro Exotique – Adventures In The Leftfield 1972 to 1982 ... LP
Africa Seven (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... About December 6, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousCosmic Discotheque Vol 2 – 12 Junkshop Afro Disco Funk Gems From The 70s ... LP
Naughty Rhythm (Italy), Mid 70s. New Copy ... About December 10, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousCuba Son – Les Enregistrements Fondateurs Du Son Afro-Cubain 1926 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 20s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $19.99 29.99
A wonderful overview of the Cuban musical style of son – the core Afro-Cuban blend that influenced generations of American Latin music in the 50s, 60s, and 70s – and which also laid the groundwork for salsa too! This package stretches back to the roots of the style on record in a really wonderful way – beginning with a full disc of acetates and aluminum recordings from the pre-war years, which may well be the rarest of the bunch – then moving forward for a full CD of pre-Castro work in the 50s, and a follow-up disc from the first few years of Revolution – when the music was still going strong! Given the scope of recordings, it's a bit hard to put our finger on one approach here – but we can definitely say that you'll discover the roots of many more contemporary Latin modes – as you dig into this set of 72 tracks, with work by artists who include Sexteto Bolana, Septeto Habanero, Conjunto Casino, Celia Cruz, Sexteto Tipico Habanero, Ignacio Pineiro, Conjunto Chapottin, Nelson Pinedo, Trio Matamoros, Abelardo Barroso, Beny More, Cachao, Cheo Marquetti, Los Compadres, Miguelito Cuni, and many others. CD

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VariousDJ Qbico Plays The Afro Funk II (pink marble colored vinyl) ... LP
EP Sound (Italy), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $29.99
DJ Qbico takes a second crack at the world of Afro Funk – and as he did the first time around, really blows us away with his knowledge of obscure tracks that are undeniable groovers! The package presents the music laid out back to back – as if you're catching Qbico spinning a wonderful night at some back alley club – pulling out his rarest gems from the 70s for an elite audience, and really keeping things moving with a range of unusually sweet records! We can't tell you much about the artists or titles within – but we can say that the record's a corker if you're a fan of rare Afro Funk. LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 75 – pressed on pink marble colored vinyl!)

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VariousDJ Qbico Plays The Afro Psychedelic Xhol ... LP
EP Sound (Italy), 1970s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Tripped-out sounds, selected by DJ Qbico – and offered up here in a manner that's similar to his other Afro-styled sets! Like those records, there's little here in the way of notes – but the track selection is great, and has a strong focus on those 70s African numbers that blend together equal parts funk and psych – always maintaining a groove, while still letting the freak flag fly! Lyrics are in English on a number of cuts, and the guitars are often nice and heavy – and plenty fuzzy, too – while the rhythms always have ties to more straight ahead 70s African funk and soul. The whole thing's presented as one live DJ mix – but with the songs all very strongly intact. LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 75!)

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VariousNigeria 70 Vol 4 – No Wahala – Highlife, Afro Funk, & Juju 1973 to 1987 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
The musical wealth of Nigeria seems to know no bounds – especially when it comes to the worlds of funk and soul-styled records – and you can take it from us that when we're digging for vintage African gems, more than most seem to come from Nigeria in the 70s and 80s! That's why, even into the 4th volume of this excellent series, the whole thing still explodes like a completely fresh discovery of music – filled with songs that we'd not discovered before, many of which have never been reissued either – all pulled together in a beautiful package that offers up enough thoughtful comments on the music to show that the guys at Strut always know where they're going when they reissue rare gems like this! Titles include "Sickness" by Prince Nico Mbarga & Rocafil Jazz, "Africa" by Sina Bakare, "Oni Suru" by Odeyemi, "Onuma Dimnobi" by International Brothers Band, "Kinuye" by Don Bruce & The Angels, "Let Them Say" by Rogana Ottah & His Black Heroes, "Psychedelic Shoes" by Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes, "Iziegbe" by Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titbitis, "Mundiya Loju" by MA Jaiyesimi & His Crescent Bros Band, "Obonogbozu" by Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7, "Black Precious Colour" by Felixson Ngasia & The Survivals, and "Special Secret Of Baby" by Saxon Lee & The Shadows International. CD
Also available Nigeria 70 Vol 4 – No Wahala – Highlife, Afro Funk, & Juju 1973 to 1987 ... LP 28.99

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VariousNigeria 70 Vol 4 – No Wahala – Highlife, Afro Funk, & Juju 1973 to 1987 ... LP
Strut (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
The musical wealth of Nigeria seems to know no bounds – especially when it comes to the worlds of funk and soul-styled records – and you can take it from us that when we're digging for vintage African gems, more than most seem to come from Nigeria in the 70s and 80s! That's why, even into the 4th volume of this excellent series, the whole thing still explodes like a completely fresh discovery of music – filled with songs that we'd not discovered before, many of which have never been reissued either – all pulled together in a beautiful package that offers up enough thoughtful comments on the music to show that the guys at Strut always know where they're going when they reissue rare gems like this! Titles include "Sickness" by Prince Nico Mbarga & Rocafil Jazz, "Africa" by Sina Bakare, "Oni Suru" by Odeyemi, "Onuma Dimnobi" by International Brothers Band, "Kinuye" by Don Bruce & The Angels, "Let Them Say" by Rogana Ottah & His Black Heroes, "Psychedelic Shoes" by Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes, "Iziegbe" by Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titbitis, "Mundiya Loju" by MA Jaiyesimi & His Crescent Bros Band, "Obonogbozu" by Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7, "Black Precious Colour" by Felixson Ngasia & The Survivals, and "Special Secret Of Baby" by Saxon Lee & The Shadows International. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Nigeria 70 Vol 4 – No Wahala – Highlife, Afro Funk, & Juju 1973 to 1987 ... CD 13.99

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VariousNigeria Soul Fever – Afro Funk, Disco, & Boogie – West African Disco Mayem (3LP set – with download) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... $32.99 34.99
The Nigerian groove of the 70s – way past the familiar modes of Fela Kuti, and served up here in a range of artists who followed on a huge second wave of soul that soared from Lagos and beyond in the second half of the decade! The music here opens up in a sweet range of different styles – including bits of club and boogie that have come into the scene to open up Nigerian funk in more global modes for the dancefloor – blending African roots with American currents, in a sound that's completely unique – and which is way better than some of the Afro-disco modes that were coming from Europe a the time! As usual with the folks at Soul Jazz, the set's an ear-opening work of genius – from the superb track selection, to the very thorough notes and research – which really do a great job of presenting this side of Nigerian funk that's always been a bit eclipsed by some of the bigger names on the scene. Liner notes are by dancefloor historian Bill Brewster – and titles include "Do The Funkro" by Joni Haastrup, "You Can't Change A Man" by Christy Essien, "Afrikana Disco" by Akin Richards & The Executives, "Ocheche" by Don Bruce & The Anges, "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" by Tee Mac, "Get Up & Dance" by Benis Cletin, "Enoviyin" by Colomach, "Nwaeze" by Jimmy Sherry & The Musik Agents, "Wake Up Your Mind" by Joni Haastrup, "Disco Dancing" by Angela Starr, "Mr Been To" by Arakatula, "Living Every Day" by Tee Mac with Marjorie Barnes, "Wake Up Africa" by Arakatula, and "Soul Fever" by Benis Cletin. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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VariousNigeria Soul Power 70 – Afro Funk, Afro Rock, Afro Disco ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99 32.99
A fantastic collection of lesser-known gems from the 70s scene in Nigeria – music that's a great counterpart to better-remembered Afro Funk and soul from international giants like Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade! This set digs deep, and is a nicelly expanded version of a set that Soul Jazz issued years back as a limited edition 7" single box for Record Store Day – presented here with more music, and a detailed set of notes – really getting at the special scene that was taking place in Nigeria at the time, as the nation was rising to the top of the African scene with a fantastic criss-crossing of musical modes! There's definitely plenty of the funk promised in the title, and the "rock" is usually of the funky kind with great guitar work – and a few later cuts even pick up the pace with a bit of disco, but more in the fast-funk mode, and hardly the slick stuff of the American scene. Titles include "Africans Must Unite" and "Shake Hands" by Geraldo Pino, "We'll Get Home" by The Wings, "E Ye Ika Se" by Alhagi Prof Kollington Ayinala, "Kassa Kpa Sama Kpa" by Colomach, "Beware" by MFB, "You Are The One" by Tony Grey & The Ozimba Messengers, "Single Boy" by The Wings, "Sugar Baby" by Don Bruce & The Angels", "Power To The People" by Geraldo Pino, "Igba Alusi" by Original Wings, "Dance Of The Elephants" by Sonny Okosunds Ozziddi, and "Oba Erediauwa I" by Sonny Okosuns. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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VariousNigeria Special – Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970 to 1976 ... CD
Soundway (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $11.99 19.98
Essential work from the African scene of the 70s – a collection of tracks that goes way beyond the more familiar grooves of Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango! The set may well be the deepest so far we've heard from the always-amazing Soundway Records – a package that digs into a wealth of under-heard music from early 70s Nigeria, all of it beyond simple stylistic definitions and overplayed world music cliches! Many of the grooves here are wonderfully unique – odd fusions of styles that include highlife, jazz, soul, Afrobeat, and other regional influences – sifted and shaken together, and spilled out in the studio with a really fresh sort of feel. Rhythms are at the core of most numbers here, but even those are often unfamiliar – skittish, soulful, and often somewhat playful – and the other instrumentation on the tracks is great too, and often resonates with some of the odd sounds and tunings we love in work on the Ethiopiques series. 2CD set features 26 tracks that include "Okwuke Na Nchekwube" by Celestine Ukwu & His Philosophers National, "Nekwaha Semi Colon" by The Semi Colon, "Osalobua Rekpama" by Sir Victor Owaifo & His Melody Maestros, "Onwu Ama Dike" by St Augustine & His Rovers Dance Band, "Feso Jaiye" by The Sahara All Stars Of Jos, "To Whom It May Concern" by Tunji Oyelana & The Benders, "Akula Owu Onyeara" by The Funkees, "Koma Mosi" by The Harbours Band, "Belema" by Opotopo, "Asiko Mi Ni" by Nigerian Police Force Band, "Alabeke" by Dan Satch & His Atomic 8 Dance Band, "Blak Sound" by Leo Fadaka & The Heroes, "Arraino" by Popular Cooper & His All Beats Band, "Ugali" by Tony Benson Sextet, "Akpaisong" by Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Allstars, "Eguae Oba" by Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7, "Torri Wowo" by Godwin Ezike & The Ambassadors, "Buroda Mase" by Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats, "I Want A Break Thru" by The Hykkers, and "Eguae Oba" by Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7. CD

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VariousSoul Of A Nation – Afro-Centric Visions In The Age Of Black Power – Underground Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap 1968 to 1979 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A fantastic look at the righteous current of energy that swept through American music at the end of the 60s – that huge wave of knowledge and political inspiration that still stands as one of our favorite moments in jazz and soul! The Civil Rights generation had gotten some things accomplished, but not everything – and a new wave of action arose in various scenes of the underground – not just pushing the musical formats past anything that had happened before, but also doing so with a strong message of pride and empowerment! This collection surveys some of the best tracks of that moment – and also provides a great batch of historical notes to put the whole thing in context – done in collaboration with the book of the same name, but equally great as a soundtrack and document on its own. The package is overflowing with Dusty Groove classics – and titles include "Sweet Songs" by Sarah Webster Fabio, "Surtal Ihklas" by Doug Carn, "Vibes From The Tribe" by Phil Ranelin, "Desert Fairy Princess" by Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, "Sounds From The Bush" by The Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry, "Is It Too Late" by Duke Edwards & The Young Ones, "Strong Men" by David McKnight, "Black Narcissus" by Joe Henderson, "Malcolm X" by Phil Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble, "Mother Of The Future" by Carlos Garnett, "Red Black & Green" by Roy Ayers, "African Rhythms" by Oneness Of Juju, and "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott-Heron. CD

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VariousSoul Of A Nation – Jazz Is The Teacher Funk Is The Preacher – Afro-Centric Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap In The Black Power Era 1969 to 1975 (3LP set) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3LP ... $32.99 34.99
The hippest funky jazz from the start of the 70s – music that takes all the pride, power, triumph, and challenge of the 60s – and focuses into a bold new energy for a young generation! The work here draws equally from jazz and soul, with lots of other global influences coming into play as well – and together, the tracks present an amazing portrait of a generation moving past the initial Civil Rights struggle – building a new culture through righteous expressions like these! Nearly every track is a classic – and all the artists are ones we've supported for years on their own reissues – and together, the tracks sound wonderful, especially when given the full sort of Soul Jazz presentation with great notes and other details. Titles include "Exchange (part 2)" by Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe, "Space Jungle Funk" by Oneness Of Juju, "Damballa" by The Pharoahs, "Whitey On The Moon" by Gil Scott Heron, "Brown Rice" by Don Cherry, "Work It Out" by Sarah Webster Fabio, "Celestial Blues" by Gary Bartz, "Beneficent" by Tribe, "Sweet Power Your Embrace" by James Mason, "Kitty Bey" by Byron Morris & Unity, "Nappy Dugout" by Funkadelic, "Theme De Yoyo" by Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and "Welcome To The Party" by Har-You Percussion Group. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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VariousSpace Funk – Afro Futurist Electro Funk In Space 1976 to 1984 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... About November 22, 2019
... CD

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VariousSpace Funk – Afro Futurist Electro Funk In Space 1976 to 1984 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... About November 22, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSpace Funk – Afro Futurist Electro Funk In Space 1976 to 1984 (2LP with bonus 7 inch) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP + 7inch ... About November 22, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousViva Cubop! Vol 1 – Jazz The Afro Cuban Way ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1999. Used ... $4.99
Although the Ubiquity label originally started out as a home for rare groove and funky jazz, sometime in 1995 they began their Cubop imprint as a home for all of the great Latin jazz currently being played on the west coast. The label immediately became one of the best Latin ones out there – and the past 5 years have seen an amazing set of Latin jazz releases that stand as some of greatest of the past decade! This tasty set compiles 13 tracks from the small but rich catalog of the label – and it's not only a perfect introduction to their great work, but also a great sampler for anyone into Latin jazz with a classic flavor. Titles icnlude "The Last Dynasty" by Papo Vazquez, "Picadillo" by Johnny Blas, "Tanga" by the Afro-Rican Ensemble, "Tierra Va Tamblar" by Snowboy, "Descarga On Las Palmas" by Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers, "The Creator Has a Master Plan" by Bobby Matos, and "Cavalie" by Franciso Aquabella. Great package, too! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Mario Bauza & FriendsAfro-Cuban Jazz ... CD
Caiman, 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first records to return Mario Bauza to the glory of his initial years in Latin jazz – a set that's a real back-to-basics outing – with Bauza's alto at the head of a super-sharp group! The production style is a bit more modern than on the cubop sides of the late 40s, but the performance is otherwise very much in that spirit – save for the fact that some of the tracks are longer, with more room for solos – which is a-OK with us! Jorge Dalto produced the set, and plays piano in the group – and other musicians include Paquito D'Rivera on alto and soprano sax, Ron Grunhont on tenor, Victor Paz on trumpet, Conrad Herwig on trombone, and Patato, Ignacio Berroa, and Daniel Ponce on percussion. Graciela sings a bit, but most of the set is instrumental – and the great Jose Fajardo provides flute solos on two tracks too. Titles include "Mambo Inn", "Cubanola", "Quedate", "Deja Que Diga La Gente", "Imitations", and "El Mareito". CD
(Out of print original CD pressing.)

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✨✧ Henri GuedonAfro Blue ... LP
Le Chant Du Monde (France), 1982. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MachitoTanga – The King Of Afro Jazz ... CD
El (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal sounds from the mighty Machito – all recorded during those key years when he was having a huge impact on both the jazz and Latin scenes in New York! Much of the work here features that blend of Havana roots and bebop performance that Machito and Mario Bauza pioneered during the postwar years – music that definitely draws strongly from some of the bigger groups and smaller combos in the US at the time, but which mixes their jazz lines with some incredible percussion and very lively rhythms. CD brings together 22 tracks in all – including "The Afro Cuban Jazz Suite", plus "Tanga", "Vaya Nina", "Babarabatiri", "Tibiri Tabara", "Frenzy", "Coisa Nova", "Brazilian Soft Shoe", "Mamabo Inn", and "Freezelandia". CD

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✨✧ Sabu MartinezAfro Temple ... LP
Afro Temple, Late 70s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Percussionist Sabu Martinez is one of the all-time greats of Latin music – and this record is probably the rarest he ever cut! The album came out of Sweden, where Sabu was residing during the 70s – enjoying some success as an expatriot jazz player in the European scene. The album mixes Latin grooves and hard funk in a way that's rarely been duplicated, and which has ensured Sabu a place in the funk hall of fame for all time! Breakbeat fanatics have always sought out the album for the cuts "All Camels Hump" and "My Cristina" – but the whole thing's a stunning batch of hard percussion grooves, and it's well worth its rare reputation! Other tracks include "Para Ti, Tito Rodriguez", "Martin Cohen Loves Latin Percussion", "My Son Johnny & Me", and "Wounded Knee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue.)
Also available Afro Temple ... LP 11.99

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✨✧ Noel McGhieNoel McGhie Afro-Carribean Project – Re-Masters ... CD
Marge (France), 2016. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We've loved drummer Noel McGhie in many modes over the years – including free jazz and funky fusion – and here, he's working in a very cool hybrid of jazz and Caribbean styles – with some island-styled rhythms inflected by solo work on trumpet, guitar, and alto sax! The sound is much brighter than some of Noel's early work – that might also have to do with the production – and his work on drums is almost funky at times, but with a bit more complication in the rhythms overall. Players include Patrick Sedoc on guitar, Daniele Vigilucci on alto, and Rasul Siddik on trumpet – and one track features a vocal appearance from Awa Timbo. Titles include "The Jump", "Footprints", "Mademoiselle Tulloch", "Rockin In Rhythm", and "My Little Suede Shoes". CD

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✨✧ MulatuAfro Latin Soul Vol 2 ... LP
Worthy, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 bass, congas, and timbales – plus a bit of trumpet and piano! The main groove, though, is heavy on vibes – handled with a very sharp tone, in a way that makes the music groove like some of the best 60s Latin Jazz albums by artists like Louie Ramirez or Pete Terrace. Titles include "The Panther", "Girl From Addis Ababa", "Raina", "Love Mood For Two", "Soul Power", "Konjit", and "Karayu". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousAfro Rock Vol 1 ... CD
Kona, 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best compilations of Afro Funk titles we've ever stocked – one that goes way past the obvious titles and minor hits of the 70s! Ever tune on here is a gem – and the package even includes a few tunes that were either previously unreleased, or which were only ever issued on cassette, a popular form in 70s Africa. The "rock" in the title should be taken lightly – because the groove here is more funky, with drums, guitar, and horns coming together in glorious rhythmic cacophony! The whole set's got a great raw sound – and titles include "Mabala" by Yahoos, "Onukpa Shawarpo" by Bokoor Band, "Sweeper Soul" by Super Mambo 69, "Yuda" by Dackin Dackino, "Envy No Good" by Mercury Dance Band", and "Fever" by Jingo. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousMatanzas Cuba 1957 – Afro Cuban Sacred Music From The Countryside ... CD
Smithsonian Folkways, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ VariousSoul Of A Nation – Jazz Is The Teacher Funk Is The Preacher – Afro-Centric Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap In The Black Power Era 1969 to 1975 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The hippest funky jazz from the start of the 70s – music that takes all the pride, power, triumph, and challenge of the 60s – and focuses into a bold new energy for a young generation! The work here draws equally from jazz and soul, with lots of other global influences coming into play as well – and together, the tracks present an amazing portrait of a generation moving past the initial Civil Rights struggle – building a new culture through righteous expressions like these! Nearly every track is a classic – and all the artists are ones we've supported for years on their own reissues – and together, the tracks sound wonderful, especially when given the full sort of Soul Jazz presentation with great notes and other details. Titles include "Exchange (part 2)" by Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe, "Space Jungle Funk" by Oneness Of Juju, "Damballa" by The Pharoahs, "Whitey On The Moon" by Gil Scott Heron, "Brown Rice" by Don Cherry, "Work It Out" by Sarah Webster Fabio, "Celestial Blues" by Gary Bartz, "Beneficent" by Tribe, "Sweet Power Your Embrace" by James Mason, "Kitty Bey" by Byron Morris & Unity, "Nappy Dugout" by Funkadelic, "Theme De Yoyo" by Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and "Welcome To The Party" by Har-You Percussion Group. CD
Also available Soul Of A Nation – Jazz Is The Teacher Funk Is The Preacher – Afro-Centric Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap In The Black Power Era 1969 to 1975 (3LP set) ... LP 32.99

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✨✧ Cossi AnatzCossi Anatz – Jazz Afro-Occitan ... LP
Vendemiaire/Digger's Digest (France), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Really fantastic work from Cossi Anatz – a 70s French group who play something they term as "jazz Afro-Occitan" – a wonderful hybrid of modes that's even more compelling than you might think! At some level, the record follows from some of the experiments of Jef Gilson along these lines, and maybe a bit like some of the famous MPS jazz-meets-world recordings – but the style is also more freewheeling and open, done with more of an influence from Free jazz at times – and with rhythms that almost point the way more towards 80s experiments of this nature, particularly some from the Don Cherry side of the spectrum. The group features Michel Marre on trumpet in the lead – clearly the lead creative force, as he also wrote all the songs – and the lineup also features Jean-Marc Padovani on soprano sax and tenor, plus electric and acoustic piano, drums, and two more percussionists. Titles include "Al Coltrane", "Sarhaoui", "Bourree Du Ceor", and "Hortus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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✨✧ Noro MoralesLecuona's Afro-Cuban Suite ... LP
Vik/RCA, 1957. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Noro Morales' most ambitious recording, and a beautiful reading of Ernesto Lecuona's extended Afro Cuban Suite! The suite spans both sides of the album, and is done here in a beautiful orchestral intervweaving of Latin themes, with arrangements by George Siravo, and piano by Noro, who also leads the group. The set's one of the best-ever Latin records to come out on RCA's Vik subsidiary, and it's a darn tough one to find! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Geraldo PinoAfro Soco Soul Live ... CD
Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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 the stage, then belting out the lyrics in a voice that may not be as screechingly soulful as James, but which has the same sort of punch and hard-bitten political undercurrent! The instrumentation includes lots of heavy percussion, fast-riffing guitar, and this great electric piano that's thin, but very cool – almost giving a spacey sound to the heavier funk at the bottom of the tunes! Tracks include "Blackman Was Born To Be Free", "Man Pass Man, Iron De Cut Iron", "Right In The Centre", "On The Spot", "Woman Experience", and "Afro Soco Soul Live". CD
Also available Afro Soco Soul Live ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ AK SalimAfro Soul Drum Orgy ... LP
Prestige, 1965. Good+ ... Out Of Stock
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 in the 50s – but by the time of this 1965 recording, he was emerging as a progressive composer with a strong talent for bringing together disparate moods and styles. This rare recording was one of his best works ever, and it's one of the most unusual sides cut by Prestige in the 60s. It features Johnny Coles, Pat Patrick, and Yusef Lateef out front on horns – plus backing by a host of Latin and African percussionists. Tracks are very long – and the reed work of Lateef and Patrick makes the set especially worthwhile for jazz listeners. Titles include "Afrika", "Kumuamkia Mzulu", and "Pepo Za Sarari". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Afro Soul Drum Orgy ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Guy WarrenAfro Jazz (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Columbia/Return To Analog (Canada), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A completely wonderful album from percussionist Guy Warren – a creative musician who made lots of great records over the years – but who maybe never topped himself after this gem from the late 60s UK scene! The set was done as part of the legendary Landsdowne Series for Columbia UK – and features Warren's percussion alongside some key Brit jazz talents – including Don Rendell on tenor and soprano saxes, Ian Carr on trumpet, Amancio D'Silva on guitar, and Michael Garrick on piano! Warren composed and arranged the whole thing, and brings in plenty of percussion too – but the album really gets its depth from the presence of these modern jazz giants – all of whom really shape the sound with wonderful contributions and some very strong solos. Titles include "Burning Bush", "I Love The Silence", "Africa Speaks India Answers", "Ours This Is Our Land", "Yaw Barima", "That Happy Feeling", and "Builsa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ VariousDJ Qbico Plays Afro Essence (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
EP Sound (Italy), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We're not entirely sure how to describe the sound of this set – and we're maybe not even entirely sure what "Afro Essence" might be – but from the music on the record, and the title on the cover, it might be the case that DJ Qbico has invented his own new genre! The tracks here are all from rare African singles, but also often have a freaky, psychedelic quality – with lots of fuzzy guitar, offbeat keyboards, and other interesting sonic touches – mixed with more traditional rhythms and lyrical patterns – all with a sound that's really fresh and wonderful! A few tracks have some especially great horn parts with echo – and titles include work by Segun Haastrup, John Broadway, Orchestre Impala De Higali, Orchestre Baobob, Azizaj Joymakers, Mack Joss Et L'Orchestre Massako, The Royal Banner, and Petelo Vicka. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 70 hand-numbered copies!)

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✨✧ VariousDJ Qbico Plays Afro Lovers Rock (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
EP Sound (Italy), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A range of unusual grooves from the global collection of DJ Qbico – tracks that echo the lovers rock sound of reggae from the late 70s, but which are mostly of African origin, and have a somewhat different groove! A few tunes are all-out funky, and others have a loping midtempo rhythm – with varying elements of Jamaican music coming into play, depending on the track. Titles include rare singles by The Professionals, Tony Barreth, Maxwell Elemuo, The Varhs Rebirth, The Faces, Ododo, and Jeff Tagoe. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 70 hand-numbered copies!)

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✨✧ VariousDJ Qbico Plays The Afro Boogie ... LP
EP Sound (Italy), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
African boogie, and plenty of funk as well – all served up by DJ Qbico, a name we're really coming to trust for top-shelf grooves! The set's as obscure as some of his other records – put together as a live DJ set, in which Qbico focuses on cuts from that moment when the African scene was discovering a post-disco groove, with lots of boogie rhythms in the basslines – of the sort that echoes the spirit of the best underground American club in the pre-house years! The package has no notes or titles, but the music is superb – really well-chosen numbers that move at an upbeat clip, but never in a way that's too commercially clubby. LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 75!)

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✨✧ VariousDJ Qbico Plays The Afro Funk ... LP
EP Sound (Italy), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A smoking set of rare funky numbers – served up here in a non-stop set by DJ Qubico! The package is very limited, and a bit spare on notes – but the sounds within are really wonderful – like stumbling upon a night of rare records, spun at some small European club – where the DJ knows more than we'll ever learn about African music, and really knows how to pick the best funkiest cuts for his set! Basslines are heavy, riffing guitars aplenty, and the tracks flow together beautifully, but never in a way that has things changed up by any sort of DJ tricks. LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 75!)

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✨✧ VariousDJ Qbico Plays The Afro Jazz (marble colored vinyl) ... LP
EP Sound (Italy), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the coolest album we've heard in this DJ Qbico series – as it really digs deep to pull together a number of completely obscure African jazz records – music we'd never hear otherwise, in modes that run from more familiar hardbop to styles that echo some of the hipper strands of the South African scene in the 70s! There's little in the way of information on the package – although it appears that some artists include Jimi Solanke, Edja Kungali, and The Jazz Ministers – and the sound quality is excellent, and really paves the way towards an overlooked current of global jazz! LP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on marble colored vinyl. Hand-numbered limited edition of 75!)

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✨✧ VariousNigeria Soul Power 70 – Afro Funk, Afro Rock, Afro Disco ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of lesser-known gems from the 70s scene in Nigeria – music that's a great counterpart to better-remembered Afro Funk and soul from international giants like Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade! This set digs deep, and is a nicelly expanded version of a set that Soul Jazz issued years back as a limited edition 7" single box for Record Store Day – presented here with more music, and a detailed set of notes – really getting at the special scene that was taking place in Nigeria at the time, as the nation was rising to the top of the African scene with a fantastic criss-crossing of musical modes! There's definitely plenty of the funk promised in the title, and the "rock" is usually of the funky kind with great guitar work – and a few later cuts even pick up the pace with a bit of disco, but more in the fast-funk mode, and hardly the slick stuff of the American scene. Titles include "Africans Must Unite" and "Shake Hands" by Geraldo Pino, "We'll Get Home" by The Wings, "E Ye Ika Se" by Alhagi Prof Kollington Ayinala, "Kassa Kpa Sama Kpa" by Colomach, "Beware" by MFB, "You Are The One" by Tony Grey & The Ozimba Messengers, "Single Boy" by The Wings, "Sugar Baby" by Don Bruce & The Angels", "Power To The People" by Geraldo Pino, "Igba Alusi" by Original Wings, "Dance Of The Elephants" by Sonny Okosunds Ozziddi, and "Oba Erediauwa I" by Sonny Okosuns. CD
Also available Nigeria Soul Power 70 – Afro Funk, Afro Rock, Afro Disco ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Robert Farris ThompsonAesthetic Of The Cool – Afro Atlantic Art & Music (hardcover) ... Book
Periscope, 2011. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A lavish, oversized book that traces the origins of "cool" in West African culture, through its passage in the Caribbean, American south, and up to the New York scene – all in a vivid interplay between words and images! The text is surprisingly deep – more than you'd expect from an art book of this style – so that images and words share space equally throughout – as the book covers areas that include New York salsa, Keith Harin, African American Quilts, Mongo Santamaria, Jean Michel Basquiat, Kongo New Orleans, Jose Bedia, and lots of other subjects too. Book is 178 pages, full color, and oversized. Book

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✨✧ John ColtraneAfro Blue Impressions ... CD
Pablo, Early 60s/1977. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
One of the best posthumous releases by the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – and a set that really captures the group at a perfect moment – when they were really beginning to stretch out a lot, yet still in a style that was mostly inside! The material was recorded in Berlin and Stockholm – and features wonderfully fresh versions of tunes you'll know from classic Impulse and Atlantic albums by Coltrane – really reworked in this live setting, and opened up in that magical style of the group! In addition to some wonderful soprano and tenor sax from Coltrane, the group also features McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – on titles that include "Lonnie's Lament", "Afro Blue", "Cousin Mary", "Spiritual", and "My Favorite Things". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Kenny DorhamAfro-Cuban (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1955. Used ... Out Of Stock
A completely unique little session – and a record that's every bit as musically striking as you might guess from its title and cover! The date's a rare Latin-tinged one for trumpeter Kenny Dorham – a record that takes his usually smooth sound and sets it up against octet backings with horns from JJ Johnson on trombone, Cecil Payne on baritone sax, and Hank Mobley on tenor – plus piano from Horace Silver, bass from Oscar Pettiford, and drums from Art Blakey – plus added congas from Patato Valdes! The expanded group plays with a great sense of power – really pushing Kenny's sound tremendously – and although the album also features a few tracks by a smaller group with less percussion, these also have a bit of a Latin/exotic tinge too. Titles include "Basheer's Dream", "Lotus Flower", "KD's Motion", "Venita's Dance", "Minor's Holiday", "La Villa", and "Afrodisia". CD features 2 bonus tracks too – "Echo Of Spring (aka KD's Cab Ride)" and "Minor's Holiday (alt take)". CD
(Original CD pressing.)
Also available Afro-Cuban ... LP 19.99
 
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AmabanoAmsterdam Ticket (with bonus download) ... LP
Afro 7 (Finland), 1987. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Fantastic grooves from Amabano – an obscure group from Burundi, on a record that was initially only issued in the Soviet Union! That strange lack of exposure is no reflection on the music at all, though – as these guys are wickedly funky, and play with the sharpness and rawness of some of the best West African funk combos from the mid 70s, and not the smoother, more well-produced elements of the world music scene of the late 80s! Percussion is quite strong on most numbers, as are the ringing tones of the guitar – and while a few tracks have female vocals in the lead, others have an especially strong instrumental groove. Our two favorites are "Ilunga Diamond's Touch" and "Amsterdam Ticket" – both of which we'd put up next to better known Nigerian funk classics – and other tracks include "Munzanire", "Ewe Burundi", and "Nter'amajane". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 copies – includes download!)

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Black Devil's MakaliYou & Me/I Found A Note ... 7-inch
Afro 7 (Finland), Late 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
Rare funky tracks from late 70s Kenya – both of which are pretty darn groovy! "You & Me" has a midtempo groove that's laced with these haunting spacey keyboards – and the English language vocals build things up in a nice way – with lots of catchy lyrics, but in a style that's as spare and moody as the instrumentation! "I Found A Note" has this pulsing clubby vibe, but again one that's relatively open – lots of room for a slightly exotic keyboard line next to more familiar rhythms – and more unusual vocals in the mix, plus a cool spacey keys breakdown near the end! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Black Savage/Majek/OvidFire/Got The Feelin/Karibun/Operator ... 12-inch
CBS/Afro 7 (Estonia), Early 80s. New Copy ... $11.99
A set of rare tracks from the vaults of CBS Records in Kenya – tunes that really show a nicely complex approach to the groove! Black Fire kick things off with "Fire" – a tune that's got a reggae vibe, but a sound that's quite different than the style of Kingston! The cut's followed by "Got The Feelin" by S&D Majek, which bounces and bubbles along with a bassline that might have made Cymande proud – but with a very different vibe overall! Ovid handles the two tracks on the flipside – "Operator", which is more in the Kenyan reggae mode – and "Karibun", which has more of an upbeat clubby groove! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to 500 copies – with download!)

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Mac & PartyZandale/Kiss To Kiss ... 7-inch
Afro 7 (Finland), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
Fantastic sounds from Mac & Party – two rare tracks recorded in Mombasa during the 60s! "Zandale" begins with this strutting spare guitar part, which then gets laced with these snakey, exotic keyboard lines – played on just a small set of notes, in a way that shows that you can do a heck of a lot with just a little – especially if you choose the right sort of little! That strong guitar comes back on the flipside, which also has more great percussion – and the tune's got this mix of East African and Mideast modes that's totally outta sight! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Malcolm XMessage To The Grass Roots (original pressing) ... LP
Twenty Grand/Afro American Broadcasting & Recording Co, 1965. Very Good ... $19.99
Original pressing of this classic speech and one of the best documents of Malcolm X on vinyl, and an essential bit of knowledge. LP, Vinyl record album

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Yaseen MohamedYaseen & Party ... LP
Mzuri/Afro 7 (Finland), 1960s. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Yaseen Mohamed doesn't look like a party animal on the cover – but he really makes some fantastic music with his group – in this unusual blend of percussion, vocals, and cool thin keyboard lines on an unusual 60s instrument! The group also recorded under the name Mac & Party, but at a level that was equally obscure to our western ears – as these tracks were all issued as vintage singles in Mombasa, and have a sound that really illustrates that city's cultural crossroads in the East African scene! Vocals are in Swahili, and the instrumentation often has more of a Mid-East vibe than more familiar African modes of the period – especially when Yaseen works out these cool keyboard lines, sometimes on a tashikoto, sometimes on a Clavioline. Titles include "Uwa", "Tufate", "Nimepata Mweana", "Ndoto", "Mahaba Masikini", "Lala Mpenzi", "Mwana Na Kibarua", and "Haki Yoko". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – includes download!)

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VariousLight & Sound Of Mogadishu (with download) ... LP
Jazzaggression/Afro 7 (Estonia), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
A totally smoking set of tracks from the Somali scene of the 70s – and maybe the coolest East African music we've heard from the time! The material here is all from a small label that was spun off an appliance store – and the imprint had a really great ear for recording these acts in ways that bring out all their most unusual elements, while still holding onto the strong groove at the bottom! Half the set features work by the Sharero Band – a really great group who have a wicked way with an organ line, so that the instrument has all these sharp edges and odd tunings – which create a cool exotic vibe over the more forward-moving grooves – on titles that include "Sharero", "Caashooy", and "Yaan Cuskanaa". The set features more music from Magool – a group with instrumentation that's maybe more Eastern, in ways that reflect the Islamic culture in Mogadishu, but the tracks also have a strongly percussive vibe too – which makes for a nice match alongside the vocals, on titles "Waly Sita" and "Shimbir Yohou". Last up is a track from guitarist Ahmed Rabsha and Hibbo Nuura – great vocal interplay with a lively vibe, on the striking "Bohol You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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✨✧ Black SavageBlack Savage (with bonus CD & download) ... LP
Afro 7 (Estonia), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Kenyan funk combo from the 70s – and one who've got a groove that definitely lives up to the striking image on the cover! The set brings together obscure singles and album tracks from Black Savage – a group who sing in English throughout, and also draw plenty of influence from American soul acts as well – but always with a vibe that filters the music through a slightly fuzzy sort of veil – creating lots of weird, wild elements on the guitars as well as the vocals – both of which seem to be pretty processed in the production! There's almost a Westbound Records sort of spirit to the record at times – that trippy blend of funk and psych that was a Detroit hallmark at the start of the 70s – although a few other tunes have a more sing/song, catchy sort of approach. Titles include "Do You Really Care", "Sharpeville", "Savaged", "I Don't Know What To Do", "Exotica", "Save The Savage", and "Grassland". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a bonus CD & download!)

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✨✧ ScorpiosScorpios (with bonus CD & download) ... LP
Afro 7 (Finland), 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Scorpios are a Sudanese group, now living in exile in London – and working here in this amazing remake of sounds from their homeland! The music has some echoes of the contemporary takes on Ethiopian music – definitely that blend of funk and exoticism – but there's also an extremely striking presence of the vocals, often sung by a female singer, whose ability to flow and inflect really leaves us breathless! The rhythms are great, too – with romping funky instrumentation that often has the guitar and keyboards coming down with the groove – and although there's some trumpet and tenor on the record, the horns are less of a factor than the interplay between percussion/guitar rhythms and the voice. Production is great, very vintage in approach, but never in a cliched way – and titles include "Eujoaideen", "Yadob Yadob", "Benreed El Etam", "Safar", "Saparna", "Kirfaya Mosa", and "La Shaftak Tabel Elshoog". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ CranesWhat's Love/Joy ... 7-inch
Afro 7 (Estonia), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The bass in our speakers nearly jumped out of the box when we first started to play "What's Love" – a cut with this great bottom end that really gets things going, before riffing guitar builds a bridge to these cool exotic horns over the top! The vocal's got a really offbeat vibe, too – sung by Tony Ssenkebejje in a style that's very much his own! "Joy" has an equally wonderful vibe – cyclic, rhythmic sounds from the combo – which provide a great contrast to the more freewheeling vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
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Dee Dee BridgewaterLittle B's Poem/People Make The World Go Round ... 7-inch
Trio (Japan), 1974. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $24.99
A unique Japanese-only single – one that features two of the best tracks from the legendary Afro Blue album by Dee Dee Bridgewater! First up is her take on the Bobby Hutcherson classic "Little B's Poem" – a completely wonderful vocal version that, to us, even blows away the well-known take on the tune by Doug and Jean Carn! The flipside features this great vocal jazz remake of the Stylistics hit "People Make The World Go Round" – served up with lots of spirit at the core, in a way that really changes things up! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series!)

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Pee Pee Dynamite/BB BoogalooGroovy Christmas & New Year/Soul Of Christmas ... 7-inch
Academy, 1970s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $7.99
Whoa. . .a seasonal treasure from the 70s Ghanaian funky soul scene! This incredible 45 from Academy digs up an uber-rare Afro Soul Christmas 7-inch – featuring early productions by Kwadwo Donkoh and lead vocals by Pee Pee Dynamite on "Groovy Christmas & New Years" and BB Boogaloo on "Soul Of Christmas" – both tracks played by a group led by El Gran Koffie. "Groovy Christmas & New Years" is the powerhouse number – with riveting drums & percussion, a thick layer of organ and tight bass groove – with feverishly soulful, JB inspired vocals out front. An absolute stunner! "Soul Of Christmas" slows things down a bit, but it's ultimately nearly as strong as the other side – with organ and hand percussion leading the instrumentation and with some gruff, but sweet soul vocals. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to 1000 copies.)

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PlusPlus (includes bonus 7" single) ... LP
Veals & Geeks (Belgium), 1972. New Copy LP + 7" (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Kind of an offshoot of the Marc Moulin world of the early 70s – the self-titled album from Plus, a group made up of musicians from the funky combo Placebo! The vibe is much more open than Placebo, but still shares lots of that group's great talent for mixing together jazz, funk, and trippy bits of prog – all in a way that's never too overindulgent, and always with a nice punch on most of the cuts – so that there's plenty of funky moments too! Drums are great, keeping things very interesting – and the horn passages run from Afro-styled lines with a nice exotic quality, to straighter jazz rock – augmented by some gritty vocals from time to time – in a raspy style that's kind of a 70s update of soulful UK mod styles of the previous generation. Titles include "The Search", "Gimme Some More Of That", "What Did You Do", "Open Letter", "Put Everything Together", and "Enjoy Yourself". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a bonus pic sleeve single – with the tracks "Kentucky Woman" and "Changing".)

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✨✧ VariousDoing It In Lagos – Boogie, Pop, & Disco In 80s Nigeria (3LP set with bonus 7 inch) ... LP
Soundway (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... $31.99 34.99
Damn great work from the early 80s Nigerian scene – music that's evolved strongly past the Afro Funk of the 70s, and often has the same electro soul sound as work from the US at the time! These cuts are unabashedly upbeat, and aimed at the dancefloor – full of the kind of basslines and keyboard lines that folks treasure in rare American boogie singles – and topped with English language lyrics that give these tunes a really universal appeal! There's a nicely offbeat vibe to the cuts at times – almost a P&P club sort of style – which makes the whole thing a real treasure for any fan of funky club music, not just Nigerian sounds. Titles include "Only You" by Steve Monite, "Don't You Know" by Peter Abdul, "Fellas Doing It In Lagos" by Hotline, "Too Hot" by Rick Asikpo & Afro Fusion, "Funk With Me" by Danny Offia & The Friks, "Don't Give Up" by Willy Roy, "Groove I Like" by Veno, "Don't Stop That Music" by Sony Enang, "Where Is The Answer" by Burnis Moleme, and "Enjoy Your Life" by Oby Onyioha. The LP version includes detailed booklet and bonus 45 with "On The Air (rap mix)" by Lexy Mella and "Burning Jungle" by Ofege! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ VariousKenya Special – Selected East African Recordings From The 70s & 80s (3LPs & bonus 7" single) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 3 LP & 7 Inch ... $31.99 34.98
A much-needed look at the massive amount of music recorded in Kenya during the 70s and 80s – an incredibly fertile time for local culture in the nation – and a time when it seemed like there was a great new groove coming out nearly every day! The work here really rivals the best of the classic Soundway compilations – especially their strong surveys of Ghana and Nigeria, with an ear for grooves that go way beyond the usual mainstream sounds of world music! There's more than enough grit and funk here to please any fan of American funk and soul – but the sounds also go way way deeper, too – and echo not only a long Kenyan cultural heritage, but also reflect the unique place the nation had at the crossroads of East Africa – a site that often made the scene especially vibrant in these years. The presentation is superb – with detailed notes and wonderful imagery that includes vintage label scans – and titles include "Mu Africa" by The Rift Valley Brothers, "Wendo Ti Mbia" by Gatanga Boys Band, "Ware Wa" by The Loi Toki Tok, "Sweet Sweet Mbombo" by Orchestre Baba National, "Cha Umheja" by Afro 70, "See Serere" by Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo, "Mutumia Muriu" by The Lulus Band, "Nzaumi" by Ndalani 77 Brothers, "Teresia" by Huruma Boys Band, and "Week End" by Afro 70. LP, Vinyl record album
(Great package – with 3 heavy LPs, a bonus 7" single, and a bonus download for 8 extra tracks!)
 
 
 



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