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Afro NationalMarie/Kabala ... 7-inch
Makossa, 1976. Very Good ... $24.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has some pen.)

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Afro-PlaneShine (album, african mix, european mix, what the funk mix, acapella, orig inst) ... 12-inch
Kaper, 1994. Near Mint- ... $1.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Jean De Vres & His Afro DrumsExciting Voodoo! ... LP
Palace, Early 60s. Very Good ... $0.99
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

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Orlando Julius & The Afro SoundersOrlando Julius & The Afro Sounders ... CD
Philips/Voodoo Funk, 1973. New Copy ... $6.99 16.98
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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Lack Of AfroHello Baby ... CD
Loa (UK), 2016. Used ... $6.99
Lack Of Afro really seems to have tightened up his game – realizing that more can come from less – especially when it's focused on a sound this strong! Gone are some of the tricks and turns you might know from the LOA of years back – especially some of the mixes that circulated under that name – and instead, the album's got this solid soulful vibe that feels more like a deep funk combo, than a set of tracks that come mostly from the hands of producer/instrumentalist Adam Gibbons! Yet while Gibbons plays much of the music on the set, he's also got some help from other funk players, too – and singers who include Joss Stone, Elliott Cole, Emma Noble, and Juliette Ashby – who help emphasize some of the more retro soul elements in the music, but with the collaborative vibe of singers in a soundsystem. Titles include "Hello Baby", "I Got The Rhythm", "Nothing Personal", "Take You Home", "One World", "The Bakery Girl", "Now I Feel Good", "Walk In The Sun", and "Peace & Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lafayette Afro Rock BandSoul Makossa ... LP
As The Record Turns, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
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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Machito & His Afro Cuban OrchestraTambo ... CD
Intermusic (Portugal), Late 40s. Used ... $14.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Machito & His Afro CubansMachito & His Afro Cubans 1941 ... CD
Palladium (Spain), 1941. Used ... $11.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Herbie Mann & The Afro-Jazz Sextet + Four TrumpetsCommon Ground ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1960. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A great little record, filled with loads of cross-cultural influences that make for one of the most exotic Herbie Mann albums of the 60s! The group's billed as the Afro-Jazz Sextet– but has a strong Latin vibe as well – a bit of an echo of the experiments Herbie Mann did with Latin jazz previously on labels like Verve and United Artists – but given a bit more of the Atlantic-era punch here as well! The group features some wonderful vibes from John Rae – whose tones ring out beautifully on some of the best numbers – plus a mix of Latin and African-styled percussion from Ray Barretto, Olatunjii, and Ray Mantilla – who really make the record cook. A few tunes feature an added trumpet group, and the rest are mostly just flute and percussion – on titles that include "St Thomas", "Walkin", "Uhuru", "High Life", and "Sawa Sawa De". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Orquesta Afro BrasileiraOrquesta Afro Brasileira (180 gram pressing) ... LP
CBS/Polysom (Brazil), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A wholly unique late 60s record by Orquesta Afro Brasileira – with these raw, heavy and unforgettable roosty rhythms and chorus vocals that give it something of a spiritual, folkloric vibe – yet the overall sound is still indicative of the genre-busting creativity of the many different late 60s Brazilian scenes! Those folk and roots elements are balanced by more modernly inspired sax, clarinet and piano that remind us a bit of some of nascent Afro jazz and funk from the late 60s. The mix of styles has a really hypnotic effect! Includes "Ago Lonan", "Rei N'Aruanda", "Nagana (Senhor)", "Xango". "Os Oinho De Iaia", "Babaloxa", "Tire O Calundu", "Palmares", "India", "Mo-Fi-La-Do-Fe", "Saudacao Aos Orixas" and "Canto Para Omolu". 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 ... $14.99
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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Ronnie Scott with Kenny Graham's Afro-CubistsBattle Royale – Studio Recordings Volume 2 ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1951/1952. Used ... $18.99
Sublime early work from the legendary Ronnie Scott – small group numbers that show him starting out the 50s as a hell of a bopper, and a handful of tracks with a Latin vibe – cut with Kenny Graham's Afro-Cubists! Those cuts begin the set, and they're wonderful – material that often has Scott out front, soloing on tenor alongside Graham – with Latin jazz backings, in a way that's similar to the best cubop material that Verve was doing at the time! The remaining part of the record features Scott leading two different small groups – with players who include Dill Jones on piano, Harry Klein on baritone, and Tony Crombie on drums. Titles include "Not So Fast", "Fast", "Twin Beds", "Avalon", "Scott's Expedition", "Nemo", "Troubled Air", "Eureka", and "Seven Eleven". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Afro Celt Sound SystemVol 1 – Sound Magic ... CD
Real World, 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ Afro SoultetAfrodesia ... CD
Banyon/Luv N' Haight, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The wildly diverse, heavily percussive global jazz, soul, and exotica inspired Afrodesia from the late 60s combo Afro Soultet – a crazy rare one, too! The group purportedly has roots in Texas, but incarnations of it were gigging around LA a bit earlier as Afro Latin Blues Quintet +1 and a bit later as Afro Latin Soultet. Here they play with boundless inspiration from around the globe. Afro Latin percussion and rhythms hold it all together, but they bring in strains of Latin soul, African rhythms, straighter jazz and madly percussive instrumental rock. Producer/composer/arranger/raconteur Jack Millman plays drums in the group as Johnny Kitchen, and other players include Joey Dubreau on vibes, Frank Morris on guitar and harmonica, Eddie Paris on drums, Dean Elliot on percussion, William Quinn on flute & sax, and Bill Collins on keys. Includes "Afrodesia", "Mozamba", "Soul Rockin'", "Afro Revolt", "Torrid Zone", "Oom Gowa", "Slave Traders", "Drumbouie", "Aphro Bugaloo", "Chocolate Drop", "Le Berber" and "Sand, Sun And Sea". CD

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✨✧ Chicago Afro Latin Jazz EnsembleBlueprint ... CD
Chicago Sessions, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ Kenny Graham's Afro CubistsAfro Kadabra Caribbean Suite – Kenny Graham's Afro Cubists Vol 2 ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), 1953. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds from Kenny Graham – maybe the only musician on the London scene of the postwar years who could take on Latin music, and make it sound as sharp as work from the other side of the Atlantic! Graham's working here with his amazing Afro-Cubists group – an ensemble filled with the best modern players British jazz had to offer at the time – with tenor work from Graham, Derek Humble, and Peter King – plus Phil Seamen on drums, Joe Hunter on trumpet, and Roy Plummer on guitar! The arrangements are wonderful – heavy on percussion, but equally weighted to the vivid work on horns – and titles include "Jump For Joe", "Afro Kadabra", "Bongo Chant", "Saga Boy", "Dance Of The Zombies", "Wha Huppin Sah", "Tempo Medio Lento", and "Hatian Ritual". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Kenny Graham's Afro CubistsMango Walk – Kenny Graham's Afro Cubists Vol 1 ... CD
Esquire/Solid (Japan), Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from one of the hippest British groups of the postwar years – an ensemble who definitely live up to their name – by presenting both modern sounds of bop, and some hard-driving rhythms rooted in Afro-Cuban modes! The approach is very similar to the best Verve-related projects of this nature from the time – such as records by Machito or Chico O'Farrill, or some of the Charlie Parker Latin sides – with a similar sense of larger arrangements and individual solo strengths – very much at the cutting edge of jazz, and with a sharpness that still sounds tremendous all these many years later. Graham leads the group on tenor sax, and other musicians include Derek Humble on tenor, Joe Hunter on trumpet, and Ralph Dollimore on piano – as well as a fair bit of percussion, too – including early work from Ginger Johnson and Phil Seaman. Titles include "Mike Fright", "Skylon", "Chloe", "Mango Walk", "All The King's Horses", "Barbados", and "Cuban Canon". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Lafayette Afro Rock BandMalik ... LP
Makossa/As The Record Turns, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fantastic bit of Afro funky soul – one of a few albums recorded by the legendary Lafayette Afro Rock Band! The set has an incredible blend of American funk, African rhythms, and European production – recorded in the heady cross-cultural scene of early 70s Paris – with a sound that's often imitated, but never duplicated! Funky guitar snakes through electric piano riffing, rolling basslines, and some really heavy percussion – occasionally supporting a bit of chorus vocals, but mostly going for a hard-grooving instrumental sound overall! Includes the classic break track "Darkest Light", sampled by PE and others – plus "Djungi", "Raff", "Conga", "Avi-Vo", and "Malik". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Afro Common DenominatorsAtakoshi/Mushe ... 7-inch
ACD, 1970. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ DJ AfroFree ... CD
Gozadera/Nacional, 2011. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ Bill O'Connell & The Afro-Caribbean ProjectWind Off The Hudson ... CD
Savant, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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Alessandro AlessandroniAfro Discoteca Reworked EP ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 1978/2020. New Copy ... $13.99
Four fantastic tracks from the Afro Discoteca record by sound library genius Alesseandro Alessandroni – all reworked in contemporary versions, yet in a way that never loses the funky charm of the originals! There's a real respect for classic styles going on here – partly because the choice of remixers is so strong, the project features just the right sort of artists to keep things right, while still also adding in their own contributions too – maybe some extra keyboards or subtle electronic elements that never get in the way of the original tribal disco inspiration! Titles include "Afro Voodoo (Bovisa rmx with Calibro 35)", "Afro Darkness (Pad rmx)", "Afro Discoteca (Jolly Mare lifting)", and "Afro Darkness (LUCA quirky version)". LP, Vinyl record album

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ArrowO' La Soca ( Jam Fierce Remix, Dub, Afro Soca Acid Dub, Techno Dub) ... 12-inch
Mango, 1989. Sealed ... $1.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Mango sleeve.)

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Dorothy AshbyAfro-Harping ... CD
Cadet/Verve, 1968. Used ... $34.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gato Barbieri, Steve Berrios, Andy Gonzalez et alAfro Cuban Chant ... CD
Silva, 1995. Used ... $12.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dee Dee BridgewaterAfro Blue ... LP
Trio/Mr Bongo (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 21.98
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's quite different than her later R&B-inflected sides from the late 70s – very soaring and spiritual work, delivered in a way that set a whole new standard for jazz at the time! Backing is by a small combo with brothers Ron and Cecil Bridgewater, plus Roland Hanna on acoustic and electric piano, George Mraz on bass, and Motohiko Hino on drums and percussion – but the star of the set is always Dee Dee, who sparkles beautifully on the album's classic versions of "Afro Blue" and "Little B's Poem" – both of which have been redone by many other singers over the years. Other great cuts include "People Make The World Go Round", "Love From The Sun", and "Love Vibrations". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John ColtraneAfro Blue Impressions ... CD
Pablo, Early 60s/1977. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Eddie Lockjaw DavisAfro-Jaws ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good+ ... $34.99
A soul jazz Latin classic – one that matches the searing tenor work of Eddie Lockjaw Davis with the hard-hitting conga of a young Ray Barretto! The core group of the set is a soul jazz one – with Lockjaw blowing over rhythm by Lloyd Mayers on piano, Larry Gales on bass, and Ben Riley on drums – plus a small added trumpet section on a few tracks. Ray comes into the mix with some really tight percussion on the bottom, aided by a few other players at times – kicking up the tunes and giving them a lot of fire – something that Davis seems to really respond to in his horn. Thanks should also be given to arranger Gil Lopez, who put together the overall sound of the set – and the album's a hard groover all the way through, filled with Latin jammers like "Wild Rice", "Jazz-a-Samba", "Guanco Lament", "Afro Jaws", and "Tin Tin Deo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue label Bill Grauer pressing, RLP 373, with microphone logo and deep groove. Labels have a name in pen. Cover has edge wear, a half split top seam, small splits in the bottom seam, and some pen on back.)

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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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Orlando JuliusDance Afro-Beat ... LP
Afro-Beat, 1984. Good ... $6.99
An obscure album of 80s grooves from the man who virtually invented African Funk! As you can guess by the date, this one's not in the harder mode of Julius' earlier sessions – but it's still got some great choppy Fela-like grooves, and instrumentation that's still quite committed to maintaining all the classic elements of the sound, especially on the horns, percussion, and guitar parts. Titles include "A Dara", "Ashiko", "Dance Afro-Beat", and "Ishe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and staining.)

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Kanda Bongo ManAfro Rythmes Presente Kanda Bongo Man ... LP
Afro Rythmes (France), 1982. Very Good ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a bit of pen. Vinyl has a click on "Djessy".)

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Madioka & RafikaRythm N Bled – Afro-Funk-Oriental ... CD
Kamazi (France), 2005. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Geraldo PinoAfro Soco Soul Live ... LP
Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
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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✨✧ 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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Semi ColonNdia Egbuo Nia (Afro Jigida) (2CD edition – with bonus tracks and 72-page book) ... CD
Comb & Razor, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD & Book ... $9.99 19.98
Rare Afro Rock from Nigeria's Semi-Colon group – and it's an astonishingly strong record! It's got fuzzy guitar grooves and spacey electic piano that are indebted to the global psych soul and rock scenes of the late 60s and early 70s – but the rhythmic sensibility, percussion and vocals are prime 70s Nigeria. The original record has 3 great jams per side- - allowing each number plenty of space to stretch, and sink into to a hypnotic groove, but they're just succinct enough to leave us wanting more! One this excellent, first time ever 2CD version, we get the "more" we wanted! CD includes the original album and 3 bonus tracks. CD2 features a full album's worth of demos, original sketches and rehearsal material from 1975 and 1976. Last but not least, it's packaged in a beautiful, 72-page hardcover book! Includes "Ndia Egbuo Ndia", "Ebenebe", "Isi Agboncha", "Afro Jigada", "True Fine Mama/True Fine Woman", "Giam Blow" and "Yanga (Okongwu)", "Onyebulu/Agbero", "Nekwaha Semi-Colon", "Our Fada", "Ebelebe", "Chi Di Ebere (Ver. 2)", "Isi Agboncha (Take 2)" and more. CD

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Lonnie SmithAfro-desia ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. Used ... $16.99
Excellent work by Lonnie Smith – a free-flowing album of long jazzy grooves that's kind of an extension of his Blue Note albums, touches with more of the electricity of his 70s playing! There's some killer rhythms on the album – courtesy of drummers Jamey Hudad and Ben Riley, and electric bassists Ron Carter and Ralphe Armstrong – and Lonnie's on organ grooving alongside a young Joe Lovano, who plays some killer tenor and soprano sax. Includes the 15 minute jammer "Spirits Free", plus "Afrodesia", "Favors", "Straight To The Point", and "The Awakening". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Jorge TrasanteFolklore Afro Uruguayo – Investigacion Musical Desde Las Raices ... LP
Sondor/Lion, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
An excellent album of spare percussion tracks – served up by Jorge Trasante, who'd later rise to fame in the Gypsy Kings – but who here is working as a young percussionist with a great love of South American rhythms! As the title implies, the set is an exploration of the roots of his native Uruguay – and Trasante plays a variety of different instruments, in a variety of different modes – with a result that puts the record very strongly in a tradition of spare percussion sets that might include the classic Drums & Chants record by Mongo Santamaria, or some of the famous albums on the Latin Percussion label in the 70s! Titles include "Candombe De La Calle Cuareim", "Afro", "Candombe Calle Ansina", "Murga", "Zamba", "Tango", and "Malambo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Guy WarrenAfro Jazz ... LP
Columbia/Return To Analog (Canada), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
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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VariousAfro Brasil ... CD
Verve, 1990. Used ... $4.99
The heavier side of Brazil – featuring 18 numbers that show the strong influence of African rhythms on the music of Rio, Bahia, and beyond! Tracks are a mixture of new and old recordings – and titles include "Guerra No Mar" by Maria Bethania, "Benca Negro" by Agepe, "Male Debale" by Lazzo, "Um Canto De Afoxe Para O Bloco Do Ile" by Caetano Veloso, "O Bondade" by Luiz Caldas, "Odile Odila" by Elba Ramalho, "Olere Camara" by Alcione, "Eh Bahia" by Nana Vasconcelos & The Bushdancers, "Ijexa Filhos De Gandhi" by Tribo Nacao Ijexa, and "Grito De Guerra" by Moraes Moreira. CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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VariousAfro Peruvian Classics – The Soul Of Black Peru (with download) ... LP
Luaka Bop, 1995. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $20.99 25.98
A great collection of tracks – and one of the first chances for most of us to hear the funkier side of sounds from Peru! The work isn't as full-on funky as Brazilian grooves from the time, but does share a very strong influence from American styles – and really goes way past any cliches of pan pipes you might have for Peruvian music – to a more complicated world of criss-crossing styles that echoes more creative moments from Columbia as well. Titles include "Lando" by Chabuca Granda, "Maria Lando" by Susana Baca, "Samba Malato" by Lucila Campos, "Prendeme La Vela" by Abelardo Vasquez, "Enciendete Candela" by Roberto Rivas, "No Me Cumben" by Nicomedes Santa Cruz, and more. Nice enough that you could almost forgive David Byrne for including one of his own tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card.)

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VariousContemporary Afro Beat – A Fine Selection Of Some Of Today's Most Exciting Afro Beat Bands From All Over The World ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 2011. Used ... $9.99
The third in the Contemporary series from Tramp Records – this one focusing on the fertile modern international Afro Beat scene – with funky numbers by Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra, The Boogoos, Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble, Express Brass Band, N'Ghare Hi Power Band and more! What's so impressive about the material on Contemporary Afro Beat is essentially how well it lives up to the title in such a great away. The spirit of Fela and classic Afro Funk inflects every drum beat, impassioned vocal and burst of brass, but it's done by combos who are not living in a timewarp, it's freshly done with modern relevance. Titles include "Crache La Douleur" by Fanga, "One Way" by Afromotive, "Every Woman Is A Good Woman" by Jojo Quo & Challengers, "Donkey" by Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra, "Theme For Isaac Kirya" by The Boogoos, "PDP" by Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble, "Radio Kabul" by Express Brass Band, "Africa My Dear" by Afrodita and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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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 ... $22.99 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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VariousDaora – Underground Sounds Of Urban Brasil – Hip Hop, Beats, Afro, & Dub ... LP
Mais Um Discos (UK), 2013. New Copy ... About November 27, 2020
A really excellent little compilation – one filled with great sounds from the Brazilian underground, and a really rich blend of music that goes way beyond the straighter booty-shaking beats you'll find on other collections of this nature! The music here is often much deeper than some of the straight bass and hip hop coming out of the Brazilian charts – and although lots of these cuts do draw on American production influences, the overall presentation is much rootsier – with echoes of the samba soul generation and other great stretches of Brazilian grooves – even when things are somewhat electric overall. The whole thing's a very much-needed push deeper into the contemporary underground in Rio and Sao Paulo – and titles include "Cada Um Cada Um" by Espiao, "Mulato" by Iconili, "Blu" by DJ Mako, "Para Mulatu" by Amabis, 10 cuts in all! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDisques Debs International Vol 1 – An Island Story – Biguine, Afro Latin & Musique Antillaise – 1960 to 1972 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A fantastic look at the groundbreaking sounds of the Disques Debs label – one of the most important companies producing music in the French Caribbean – and an imprint whose impact was strongly felt on the other side of the Atlantic as well! The core of these grooves is that compelling biguine rhythm that flowed from Guadeloupe – almost a mix of Latin and jazz, but with a different sort of vibe of its own – which was then interwoven with elements from Cuban, European, and African styles amidst the initial decade or so of recordings on this set! Debs had strong ties with Paris, and a bit with the West African scene – and their recorded legacy almost follows old colonial paths, but in reverse – creating this wonderful criss-crossing of cultures amidst their grooves. The package is wonderful – loads of vintage photos and great notes in the best Strut Records way – and titles include "Douce Kombass" by Henri Debs Quintet, "Mr Morin" by Joseph Lacides, "Lan Mise" by Geno Exilie, "Feeling Happy" by Cyril Dias Et Son Orchestre, "Ces P'Tits Je T'Aime" by Daniel Forestal Et Sa Guitare, "Assez Fait Cancan" by Guy Conquette, "Stanislas" by Eric Virgal, "Meringue Mondey" by Remy Mondey, "Si I Bon Di I Bon" by Le Ry-Co Jazz, "Salvana" by Dolor Et Les Diables Du Rhythme, and "Van Van" by Henri Guedon Et Les Contesta. CD

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VariousFuture World Funk – Latin, Afro, Funk, Dub, & Future World Beats ... CD
Ocho (UK), 2000. Used ... $6.99
This is the kind of record we started the Global Grooves section for! This one moves way past most of the other ethnic beats compilations we've stocked – to include a truly global blend of tracks that run through current Brazilian pop to British colonialist remixes to heavy dubby reggae and a lot more! Tracks include "Rios, Pontes, & Overdrives" by Chico Science, "Logozo" by Sidestepper, "TV A Cabo/O Que Da La E Lama" by Otto, "Shalamar" by Sutra Sonic, "Baila Plena (off world rmx)" by Papa Vazquez, "Yankaw (bassino dub mix)" by Nahawa Doumbia, "Skenga" by Manasseh, "Azteca" by Simon Lee & Raj Gupta, and "Mammy Hot Daddy Cool" by Big Youth. 14 tracks in all – and a nice cover! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousGuasa, Cununo, Y Marimba – Afro-Colombian Music From The Pacific Coast ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 2LP ... $34.99
A stunning collection of rare work from the west coast of Colombia – sounds that are in the deepest Afro-Peruvian tradition, given that a large part of the area's population is of African descent! Much of the music is heavily percussive, but filled with these fantastic instrumental bursts on guitar, xylophone, horns, and other instrumentation – almost a reverse of the mix of Latin influences that peppered 60s and 70s styles in West Africa, finding a new sort of inspiration in Colombia! The set covers a very wide scope of recordings, but really has a strongest focus on tracks from the 70s and 80s – and although we'd heard work by a few of these artists before, most of them are very new to our ears – and make the whole thing a fantastic fresh musical discovery. Titles include "Caso Del Vencedor" by La Marucha, "La Logia" by Chencho Trompeta Y Los Brujos Del Folklore, "Manueal La Bullanguera" by Gertrudis Bonilla Y Jimmy Puchey, "Petra" by Julian Y Su Combo, "La Viuda" by La Sonora Del Pacifico De Cachito Vidal, "Patio No" by La Contundencia, "La Tunda" by Los Trovadores Del Pacifico, "Un Guali" by Bambazulu, "Boga Boga Candero" by Peregoyo Y Su Combo Vacana, and "Pascual Rovira" by La Sonora Del Pacifico De Cachito Vidal. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousMurder By Contract – Noir C'est Noir Second Volume – Afro Rock & Garage ... LP
Aziza (Spain), 1960s/1970s. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
Includes selections by Wrong Notes, Narma Samith, Orquestre Veve, Os Rebeldes, Sunny Blacks Band, Vum Vum, HC Clementophe, Tall Enma & His Skipper, Os Impacto, Gino Garrido, Teta Lando, Os Inflexos, Shar' Habeel, and H20. LP, Vinyl record album
(In a flip-back cover.)

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✨✧ VariousNigeria Soul Power 70 – Afro Funk, Afro Rock, Afro Disco ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
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. CD
Also available Nigeria Soul Power 70 – Afro Funk, Afro Rock, Afro Disco ... LP 29.99

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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 34.99
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!)
Also available Nigeria Soul Power 70 – Afro Funk, Afro Rock, Afro Disco ... CD 18.99

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VariousNigeria Special Vol 2 – Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970 to 1976 ... CD
Soundway (UK), 1970s. Used ... $9.99
A second volume from one of our favorite compilation series of 70s African music ever – Nigeria Special Volume 2 from the rare Afrobeat treasure diggers at Soundway Records! This deeper delve into the well of hard-to-find early to mid 70s material sticks is just as wonderful – chronicling rare singles, A-sides and B-sides, as well as lesser known album tracks that wonderful fuse styles of African funk, soul & jazz, highlife and more. Heavy rhythms and passionate sounds galore, from the first half dozen years of the decade in this second, and purportedly final installment of the flagship Nigerian Special series! It's very exciting that researcher and compiler Miles Cleret puts together compilations of such top caliber material, on a level that it's mindboggling that so much has languished largely unheard for so many years! 19 tracks : "Psychedelic Baby" by Fubura Sekibo, "Shango Oba Onina" by Black's Zenith, "Omohupa" by The Otarus, "The Lord's Prayer"m by The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination, "Jeka Subu" by Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats", "Motako" by Fidel Sax Bateke & The Voices Of Darkness and more. CD

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VariousRacubah! – A Collection Of Modern Afro Rhythms ... CD
Comet (France), 1999. Used ... $9.99
Groovy double-length set that combines new and old Afro Grooves (in the tradition of Africa Funk!) – with many rare titles by African artists recorded in France that you'll be hard pressed to find elsewhere! Includes "Afro-Disco Beat" by Fela's drummer Tony Allen, "Racubah!" by the dancefloor group Ice, "Nairobi" by Mombassa, "Wilderness" from a rare library album by Manu Dibango, "Soul Power" by Mulatu Astatke, and "Creole Gypsy" by Roland Brival. Lots more, and a nice batch of grooves! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousRitmo Afro Cubano ... CD
Fantasy, 1960s. Used ... $6.99
Features music by Chico O'Farrill, Alfredito Valdes, Dizzy Gillespie, Machito, The Latin Jazz Quintet, Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers, Montego Joe, Cal Tjader, Joe Loco, George Shearing and more! CD
(Out of print.)

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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 (with bonus download) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $32.99 34.99
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. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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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 ... $18.99 22.99
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. 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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✨✧ 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 39.99
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!)
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 ... CD 18.99

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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 ... Just Sold Out!
Sun Ra was one of the first 20th Century artists to soar off in space, and George Clinton followed his lead with the Mothership in the 70s – and after that time, there was a surprisingly huge legacy of funk and soul artists who also headed for the cosmos – as you'll discover in this very unique set! The package is one of the deepest-digging soul collections we've ever heard from Soul Jazz – as most of the material here is pretty darn obscure – tracks that are from farther in the hinterlands of American soul at the end of the 70s and start of the 80s – and which are heavy on the sort of electrified touches it must have taken to send a funky spaceship out into the stratosphere! Many of these cuts have a sweet electro soul groove, which includes some nice keyboards and even a bit of vocoder work too – while others have a more old school funk approach, but still plenty of cosmic vibes in the mix. Titles include "Supersonic Space Lady" by Ernest Flippin II, "Make It Good To Me Baby" by Copperfield, "Break Out" by Rodney Stepp, "Computer Funk" by Ose, "Fly Guy & The Unemployed" by Ramsey 2C/3D, "Fee Fi Fo Fum" by Leo, "Bionic Funk" by Santiago, "Space Invaders" by Solaris, "Computer Power" by Jamie Jupitor, "Plastic" by Juju & The Space Rangers, and "Computer Games" by Frank Cornelius. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousWanted – Afro Groove – From Diggers To Music Lovers ... LP
Wagram (France), 2020. New Copy ... $26.99
A cool collection of Afro-funky nuggets – a set that features a few classics from back in the day, plus contemporary work that show just how strongly the original vibe has continued into the 21st Century! The set list is great – and there's a lot less familiar material than you might expect – well-chosen tracks pulled from a variety of contemporary labels dedicated to keeping up the groove – Mr Bongo, Soul Makossa, Awesome Tapes From Africa, and others – on titles that include "Wake Up Your Mind" by Joni Haastrup, "Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae" by Marumo, "E Go Betta" by Dele Sosimi, "Baleka" by Zimba, "Motapo" by Manu Dibango, "Kudaushe" by Afriquoi, "Take Me Higher" by Om Alec Khaoli & Umoja, "Simigwa Do" by Gyedu Bley Ambolley, "Gyae Su" by Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, and "Shaka Bundu" by Penny Penny. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dee Dee BridgewaterAfro Blue ... CD
Trio/Mr Bongo (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's quite different than her later R&B-inflected sides from the late 70s – very soaring and spiritual work, delivered in a way that set a whole new standard for jazz at the time! Backing is by a small combo with brothers Ron and Cecil Bridgewater, plus Roland Hanna on acoustic and electric piano, George Mraz on bass, and Motohiko Hino on drums and percussion – but the star of the set is always Dee Dee, who sparkles beautifully on the album's classic versions of "Afro Blue" and "Little B's Poem" – both of which have been redone by many other singers over the years. Other great cuts include "People Make The World Go Round", "Love From The Sun", and "Love Vibrations". CD
Also available Afro Blue ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ John Cameron/Alan ParkerAfro Rock – KPM 1030 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Luis CarbonellEn La Poesia Afro-Americana ... LP
Kubaney, 1958. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing with "Poesia Antillana" title. Cover has some light stains near the opening and some seam splitting.)

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✨✧ Hubert LawsAfro-Classic ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 – moving way beyond simple jazz-based expression, into an exploration of space, tone, and color that's barely ever been matched on record. 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! CD
(2017 Japanese pressing, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Hubert LawsAfro-Classic ... LP
CTI, 1970. Very Good- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Cover has gloss separation around the edges and a scrape down the back.)

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✨✧ MulatuAfro Latin Soul ... LP
Worthy, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Geraldo PinoAfro Soco Soul Live ... CD
Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily 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 18.99

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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 ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Giuliano SorginiAfrica Oscura – Afro-Dark Electronic Percussions ... CD
Four Flies (Italy), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ VariousMad Styles & Crazy Visions Vol 2 – A Journey Into Electronic, Soulful, Afro & Latino Rhythms ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 2000s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
DJ Louie Vega returns to his Mad Styles & Crazy Visions project for BBE after about a decade – following up that stellar first volume of modern dancefloor stormers with a great batch of diverse club jams from the more recent past! Vol 1 covered the 90s and Vol 2, appropriately, takes a solid look at the 00s, with great tracks by Peven Everett, Paul Deep, Boddi Satva, Black Coffee, Papo Sanchez and more. Classic house and more contemporary influences of the most timeless sort, plus bits of Latin and African rhythms and percussion, some soulful vocals, and hypnotically soulful dancefloor grooves abound. 2CD version is deftly mixed by Louie Vega: "Plastic People (Adam Rios Mix)" by Anane, "Burning Hot (Timmy Regisford & Adam Rios Remix)" by Peven Everett, "Who Am I" feat Athenai & C Robert Walker (c2 Version Mix)" by Boddhi Satva, "I Love The Night" by Rocco & C Robert Walker, "Your Body (Dance Ritual Dub)" by Josh Milan, "Imoto" by Professor feat Character, "Guaganco (Terry Hunter Remix)" by Papo Sanchets, "We Are One (Louie Vega EOL Mix)" by Black Coffee feat Hugh Maseleka and more. CD

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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 ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sun Ra was one of the first 20th Century artists to soar off in space, and George Clinton followed his lead with the Mothership in the 70s – and after that time, there was a surprisingly huge legacy of funk and soul artists who also headed for the cosmos – as you'll discover in this very unique set! The package is one of the deepest-digging soul collections we've ever heard from Soul Jazz – as most of the material here is pretty darn obscure – tracks that are from farther in the hinterlands of American soul at the end of the 70s and start of the 80s – and which are heavy on the sort of electrified touches it must have taken to send a funky spaceship out into the stratosphere! Many of these cuts have a sweet electro soul groove, which includes some nice keyboards and even a bit of vocoder work too – while others have a more old school funk approach, but still plenty of cosmic vibes in the mix. Titles include "Supersonic Space Lady" by Ernest Flippin II, "Make It Good To Me Baby" by Copperfield, "Break Out" by Rodney Stepp, "Computer Funk" by Ose, "Fly Guy & The Unemployed" by Ramsey 2C/3D, "Fee Fi Fo Fum" by Leo, "Bionic Funk" by Santiago, "Space Invaders" by Solaris, "Computer Power" by Jamie Jupitor, "Plastic" by Juju & The Space Rangers, and "Computer Games" by Frank Cornelius. CD features the bonus track "Electro-?" by Robotron 4. CD

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✨✧ Harold Mabern with Gregory Porter & Kurt EllingAfro Blue ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Shorty RogersAfro-Cuban Influence ... CD
RCA, 1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousBridge Into The New Age – Funky Afro-Centric Spiritual Sounds From Jazz's Forgotten Decade ... CD
BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautifully spiritual jazz from the post-Coltrane generation – a wealth of righteous grooves from the early 70s – brought together in one mighty collection! If you dig the work of Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, and other giants on Impulse Records, this is a great way to dig even deeper – and hear the way their late 60s legacy inspired other musicians to new heights in their own music – sounds that hit a new level of freedom in jazz, yet which are still filled with enough swing and soul to avoid some of the more avant modes of the free jazz scene! If that description sounds a bit obtuse, then just plug into the collection, and let the music do its thing – as it's got a very powerful vibe throughout – the kind of inspirational, socially conscious work that flourished best during the 70s – and which is finally getting its due all these many years later. The package is new territory for Ace/BGP, but they've done a great job as usual – picking key tracks from the era, and coming up with detailed notes on each of the long tracks. Titles include "Free Angela" by Bayete, "Bridge Into The New Age" by Azar Lawrence, "Tress Cun De O La" by Joe Henderson, "Ebony Queen" by McCoy Tyner, "Peace" by Idris Muhammad, "Mother Of The Future" by Norman Connors, "Brown Warm & Wintry" by Jack DeJohnette, "I've Known Rivers" by Gary Bartz, and "Fire" by Joe Henderson & Alice Coltrane. CD

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✨✧ Dorothy AshbyAfro-Harping ... LP
Cadet, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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
Also available Afro-Harping ... CD 34.99

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✨✧ Giuliano SorginiAfrica Oscura – Afro-Dark Electronic Percussions (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousEarly Works – Funk, Soul, & Afro Rarities From The Archives (with bonus download) ... LP
ATA (UK), Mid 2010s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great little collection – one that's maybe not as "early" as you'd guess from the title, given that most of these tracks are less than a decade old – but a set that really shows the great ear for a classic style that we love from the ATA label! Most of these tracks have a rock-solid deep funk mode – more 70s in their approach, and with a range that moves between cinematic funk, Ethio-influenced numbers, and a number of down-to-earth grooves – of the sort you might find on a vintage funky 45! Titles include "Cave Of Brahma" and "Elephant" by The Sorcerers, "The Flip" by Cleveland Freckleton, "Cookie Jar" by The Reverend Barrington Stanley, "Thought Forms" by Ivan Von Engelberger's Asteroid, "Sucker Punch" by The Mandatory Eight, "What Are We Made Of" by The Cadets, and "London Station" by The Lamplighters. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
 
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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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VariousBrazil – Sambossica ... CD
Afro Baile, 2008. Used ... $6.99
A cool collection of contemporary grooves with Brazilian roots – material that's right up there with some of the best recent material from labels like Far Out or Trama, and which shares a similar blend of acoustic and electric elements! Most of these numbers have a warmly soulful glow – great vocals on the top, usually sung in Portuguese – supported with live instrumentation that's heavy on percussion, but also includes keyboards, guitar, and occasional electronics too – all handled with a beautiful sense of balance, and never pushed into the colder territory that can turn us off. A number of these artists are ones we'd never heard at all – making the CD an especially great discovery for us – and titles include "Maimborie" by Mr Ze, "Quando Voce Chega" by Soukeyna, "Jeito Esquisito" by Fabio Fonseca Trio, "Pra Bahia" by Boca Do Rio, "Que Nego E Esse" by Micheline Cardoso, "Preta" by Partido Leve, "Canto Negro" by Ana Paula Da Silva, and "Tambores Da Serra" by Tambores Da Serra. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBrazil – Sambossica 2 ... CD
Afro Baile, 2009. Used ... $4.99
A second great set of Sambossica grooves – modern cuts, but with their roots back in the 60s sound of Brazil! Instrumentation often mixes up acoustic and electric elements – gentle guitar or percussion blended with warmer keyboards – sometimes set to a bit of beats, sometimes just plain grooving enough on its own! Most numbers have vocals, the majority by female singers – and like the first volume, there's a heck of a lot of great work here we've never heard before – proving again that the folks at Afro Baile are doing a great job of reaching out to some great lesser-known artists. Titles include "Frases Do Luar" by Eliza Lacerda, "Santo Brasileiro" by Katia Rocha, "Preto E Branco" by Livia Lucas, "Tribo Ghandista" by Sambaguru, "Gema" by Micheline Cardoso, "Ex Ceu" by Marcela Ribeiro, "Vai Dar Samba" by Samba Um, "Ladeira Do Samba" by Zambe, and "Temporal" by Brazuka Fina. CD
(CDr release.)

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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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✨✧ Victor DaviesHoxton Popstars ... CD
Sony/Afro Gigolo (Japan), 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful little record from UK soul singer Victor Davies – a really unique artist who's as steeped in folk and Brazilian styles as he is in soul! The album was written, arranged, and produced by Victor – done completely in his own style, with a warmth and sense of creativity that's instantly refreshing! Acoustic guitar meets with light electronic touches and jazzy percussion – all skipping lightly around Victor's deep vocals, which are somewhere in between the styles of Terry Callier and Jon Lucien. A marvelous album, and even better than any of his previous work! Titles include "What Could Be More Sad", "Be Yourself", "Fly Away", "Mama's Eyes", "Ba Do De Da", "This One's For Everyone", and "Maybe Tomorrow". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Sami Kamara & His Black DiamondsSongs & Rhythms From Sierra Leone ... LP
Afro Request, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A very rootsy album of stripped down tracks by Sami Kamara and his Black Diamonds group. Sami plays guitar, sings, and handles the occasional kazoo solo – and the rest of the group play percussion and vocalize behind him. The sound's kind of like a rootsy version of highlife – with lots of light fluttering guitar notes over heavier percussion – and tracks include "Kisiyade", "Egun Dide", "Mina Stranger", "Nadeo", "Pom Pom Lolo", and "E Hallah Wye". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and staining.)

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✨✧ Yaseen MohamedYaseen & Party ... LP
Mzuri/Afro 7 (Finland), 1960s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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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PlusPlus (includes bonus 7" single) ... LP
Veals & Geeks (Belgium), 1972. New Copy LP + 7" (reissue)... $22.99
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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Serengeti1979 Kenny Dennis Demos –Field On Fire/Up To The Middle ... 7-inch
Fake Four Inc, 2020. New Copy (pic cover)... $10.99 12.98
Oddball, brilliant, slyly concept-driven hip hop from Serengeti in his Kenny Dennis alter ego! The story behind the 1979 Kenny Dennis Demos is that the working class Chicago every man Kenny got signed and cut a couple demos in the style of the times in the late 70s – an opportunity to hear that uber-distinctive voice we've known and loved since Dennehy rap over of a late model disco groove on "Field On Fire". "Up To The Middle" is even wilder, starting with an echoey, kinda roots rock sound that builds to something like guitar and beats driven Afro Rock before rolling back to how it started. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition – with 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 ... Out Of Stock
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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AfriqueSoul Makossa ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
A killer album of Afro Funk – with a very unusual origin! In the wake of Manu Dibango's big hit (and some kind of failure to register the copyright), many many versions of "Soul Makossa" were recorded and released, some good, some bad. This album is a good example of that situation – kind of a quickie project issued by Mainstream Records to cash in on the hit – but it's also an amazing bit of lost funk, and a record that's lasted for years in the hearts of beatheads! The group's a studio combo headed by Richard Fritz – and includes funky drummer Paul Humphrey, organist Charles Kynard, and guitarist David T Walker – all players we can trust to keep things groovy. The record does include a version of "Soul Makossa" that's pretty great – but even better is the breakbeat classic "House Of The Rising Funk", apparently the same version of the track that was issued on a 45 under the name The Chubukos. Other nice ones include "Kissing My Love", "Hot Mud", "Get It", "Hot Doggin", and "Let Me Do My Thing". CD

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Akofa AkoussahAkofa Akoussah ... CD
Sonafric/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A beautiful record from Akofa Akoussah – a singer from Togo who's equally gifted in funky and sweeter soul styles! Half the record is full-on funk, and we'd swear that Lafayette Afro Rock Band must have had a hand in some of the instrumentation (possible, as it was recorded in Paris) – as there's reed lines and trippy electric elements that feel like they're very much their work – especially the way they could make things wig out around the edges of the mix! And if they're not on the record, the sound is very similar on the funky numbers – which then leaves the sweeter tracks to bring in a bit more of an acoustic balance, and really foreground Akofa's amazing voice. Titles include "Tango", "La Lem", "Mitso Aseye", "Dandou Kodjo", "G Blem Di", and "Kimumbu". CD

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AkwassaLa'Ila (with bonus download) ... LP
PMG (Austria), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A stunner from the Afro Funk scene of the 70s – and the kind of record that makes us realize just how much greatness there is to discover! Years back, we thought we'd heard all the good cuts from the sub-Saharan continent – but a record like this really makes us sit up and take new notice – grabbed by the core funky rhythms of the combo, which feel like some lost east coast funky 45 on the harder moments, and which get some cool production and keyboard touches on other tracks – all to perfectly underscore the group's amazingly catchy vocals! The organ lines burn right on top of the basslines, creating these waves of soul that grab us right away – and titles include "Funky Girl", "Feel Alone", "Orule", "Be Yourself", "I Don't Want No-Body", and "Laila". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Tony AllenFilm Of Life ... CD
Jazz Village (France), 2014. Used ... $14.99
Maybe the best album we've heard from Tony Allen in years – a really compelling set that still holds onto all the elements we love in his music, but which also introduces all these great other bits as well! The sound's never unfocused or confused – and instead, it kind of allows Allen to leap off in even more expressive styles – still grounded in rhythms that run back to his roots – but filled with creative instrumentation from an array of guests, and some spacey, electric touches that recall the fire in Tony's music when he first sprang back on the scene about a decade ago! Allen adds a few pointed lyrics at points – furthering the "life" presented in the title and great cover image – and titles include "Go Back", "Ire Omo", "Ewa", "Afro Kungfu Beat", "Moving On", "Boat Journey", and "African Man". CD
(Out of print.)

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Tony AllenSource ... LP
Blue Note (France), 2017. New Copy 2LP ... $36.99
One of the coolest records in years from the legendary Tony Allen – and that's saying a lot, given that his legacy includes famous work as a drummer with Fela Kuti, and a much more recent run of very experimental recordings! This set has Tony soaring out on Blue Note – and working with more of the jazz currents you'd expect from the label – while still, in the Allen legacy, really going for something fresh and unique – as spontaneously creative as it is outright funky! There's definitely some Afro Funk rhythms on the album, but there's also a fuller brace of horns, dedicated to painting sound in rich colors and tones – alongside riffing guitar, organ and keyboard lines, and Tony's own mighty drums – which keep things moving in a straight ahead way, while also filling in the rhythms with wonderfully complicated bits too. The album's as rich and beautiful as you might hope – with titles that include "Cool Cats", "On Fire", "Wolf Eats Wolf", "Life Is Beautiful", "Ewajo", "Moody Boy", "Bad Roads", and "Woro Dance". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tony Allen & Afrika 70Progress ... LP
Comet (France), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
An Afro Funk classic – killer solo work from Tony Allen – originally known as the drummer for Fela during his key years – stepping out here on his own with the Afrika 70 band! The album's a monster all the way through – every bit as great as any of Fela's 70s classics, but handled with a weird twist, too – the kind of offbeat groove we've come to love from Allen's revival of the past decade – laid out here in a wonderful groove that's very drum-heavy on the bottom! The album's only got two long tracks – "Progress" and "Afro Disco Beat" – but each runs for a side apiece, which makes for plenty of funky changes! LP, Vinyl record album

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Roman AndrenJuanita & Beyond – Live Studio Sessions ... CD
Ajabu/P-Vine (Japan), 2008. Used ... $11.99
Incredible work from Roman Andren – a genre-defying set that's filled with warmth, soul, and imagination – all recorded live in the studio with a really organic feel! The music's a cross between a few different jazz, Afro, and Latin modes – played by a group that features Roman on Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano, with tenor, flute, trumpet, guitar, and some especially great rhythms – lively percussion that brings a bit of a Latin or Brazilian flavor to the music at points, and pushes the set with some great club jazz energy. There's a bit of vocals on the record too – sung by Susanne Ottebring or Miriam Aida – and Fredrik Kronkvist also plays a bit of guest alto sax too. The whole thing's wonderful – a warmly seductive album that really grabs us from the get-go – filled with wonderful tunes that include "Long Ago & Far Far Away", "Felaflight", "Nawana", "Bumblebee", "Let's Live Forever Love", "It's Nice", and "O Mundo E Seu". CD
(Out of print digipack pressing – in great shape with obi!)

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AntibalasFu Chronicles (with download) ... LP
Daptone, 2020. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Antibalas take a page from the Wu-Tang book, and add a little kung fu action to their music – with results that maybe make this set one of their freshest in years! All the core energy of the group is very firmly in place – that razor-sharp instrumentation that's made these guys one of the best funky groups on the planet for over 20 years, and which also still makes Antibalas head and shoulders above some of the groups that sprung up in their wake – and this time around, the lyrical themes are nicely expanded, so that the vocals have as much dynamic energy as the horns and Afro Funk percussion – almost with this narrative approach that furthers the message in the music. Titles include "Lai Lai", "Fight Am Finish", "Koto", "Amenawon", and "Mttt (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Art Ensemble Of Soweto (Art Ensemble Of Chicago)America – South Africa ... CD
DIW/Columbia, 1989/1990. Used ... $6.99
A second pairing of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and the Amabutho Male Chorus – one that's indicated not just in the title of the record, but in a changing of the group's name! The sound here is even more Afro-styled than the previous effort – coming across right from the start with a bold, righteous vibe that's quite unique – almost a bit more confident than some of the Ensemble's other work of the time – and executed in a way that really shows that confidence! The male voices aren't always in strong focus, which still leaves plenty of space for the group's creative instrumental interplay – and titles include "Colors One", "US of A/U of SA", "Zola's Smile", "America", and "You Got It". CD
(Out of print.)

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Alhaji Kollington Ayinla & His Fuji 78 OrganizationBlessing ... LP
Kollington/Soul Jazz (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 32.99
An album of heavy righteous power from Alhaji Kollington Ayinla and his Fuji 78 ensemble – a group who bring a very different sound to this record than some of the more mainstream Afro Funk work of the Nigerian scene at the time! The group are heavily percussive, and also use their drums in these inflected ways that open up next to the vocals – yet they're also not afraid to throw in a bit of synth and keyboards, but with modes that are never trying to overwhelm the core fuji energy of the music – which really comes from the hard-driving percussion, and the rising of group vocals next to the lead of Ayinla – all in ways that almost have the righteous energy of prayer, but tuned here towards much more secular politics in the end. The whole record has a timeless power that's undeniable – and titles include "Pataki L'Omo", "To Ba Jisoro Mi", "Won Ti Gbe Oye Fun Mi", "Adio Shile", "E Ye Ika Se", and "Odu Titun De". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000!)

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✨✧ Joe BataanLost Sessions – New York 1976 ... CD
BGP (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Joe Bataan working in a pronounced dancefloor soul mode! While the legendary Bataan was no stranger to the fusion of Latin, soul and funk, this some of the most club soul oriented sounds from Joe we've ever heard – and the sessions are seeing official release for the first time ever! The recording feature players who worked on Joe's stellar Afrofilipino and features a backdrop of wonderful Afro and Latin percussion and rhythms with the best sounds of the NYC dancefloor soul in the mix – with uptempo and midtempo vocal numbers flirting with disco and modern soul very nicely – with solid lead vocals and groovy female backup! Most tunes bring a bit of harp into the mix for a little more of a soar that plays off the percussion in really cool way. Titles include "Sadie", "When We Get Married", "My Cloud", "I Need Love", a take on the Isaac Hayes "Theme From The Men", "Let Me Kove You", "My Opera" and "I Do Love You". CD

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BeatfanaticGospel According To Beatfanatic (2CD limited edition) ... CD
Soundscape, 2005. Used ... $6.99
Sweden's Beatfantatic returns with an offering – one that's filled with elements of the best funky soul, Afro groove, thumping Latin and hip hop turntable wizardry one could spin into a glorious set! One listen and you'll understand why some of the globe's most tasteful DJs are singing Beatfanatic's praises. The record is clearly built from samples and found grooves – but mixed with the dynamic genius of the funkiest DJs! Where some of the better known turntablists, DJs and producers that get mentioned in the same circles have grown ponderous, Beatfanatic is all about the funky party at hand – really living up to their moniker! 15 tracks on the CD: "Pete's Funk", "El Ritmo", "Like A Sound", "African Love (album version)", "Boom Bangin'", "Let Us Pray", "Planet Earth (Beatfanatic rmx)", "Holdin' Out", "Blow My Mind" feat 12th Floor, "Doin' Fine" and more! This limited edition version of the CD includes a bonus 8 track set – adding up to another 50 minutes of grooves! CD
(Out of print.)

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Big BlackEthnic Fusion ... LP
Arch, 1982. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A very cool little record from percussionist Big Black – and one of his hippest too! The record features only percussion by Black, plus bits of guitar by Anthony Wheaton – making for a set that's mostly raw, stripped-down percussion tracks – most of which are quite long, and have Black really jamming out on tumbas and bongos! Titles include "China Lake", "Jigs", "Trinidad", and the excellent "Afro-Cuban Lullaby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Franck Biyong with Cristina ViolleTrouble – Anywhere Trouble (club mix, radio edit, inst)/Trouble (beats) ... 12-inch
Hot Casa (France), 2020. New Copy (pic cover)... $14.99
A great little funky single from Franck Biyong – part of his continuing evolution and growth as one of the leading lights in the contemporary Afro Funk underground – an artist who's really moved past some of the slavish styles of years behind! Franck adds in both live drums and rhythm programs here – chanting out the vocals with Cristina Violle alongside him in the lead – while keyboardist Florian Pellissier and a jazzy combo keep things moving in the back! All three vocal mixes of the tune are great, but the club mix may well be the best – although the whole four track single works together almost as a mini suite based on the music! 12-inch, Vinyl record
 
 
 



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