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N’Draman Blintch - Cosmic Sounds
N’Draman Blintch
Cosmic Sounds
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (Hot Mule & Secousse)
23,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Tired of reading the words ‘classic’, ‘masterpiece’, ‘missing link’, ‘cult’, in every press release? Just trust us on this one: We have no choice but to use those words and urge you to (re)discover one of the ultimate Afro-Disco lost classics. How could such a masterpiece stay in obscurity for so long? Well, no one knows where N’Draman is. He’s presumed dead, and so is Mr Patrick, the label owner, an ex-football player who turned his focus into fashion after suffering a career ending injury. Selling jeans from an outlet in Monrovia (Liberia), he only ventured in the music business for a short period of time, releasing a handful of incredible albums on his Cosmic Sounds imprint.The word on the street was that Nigerian legend William Onyeabor was somehow involved with the production of the album, or maybe playing synths on it. Both were inaccurate, although N’Draman Blintch’s previous and first record Cikamele, was indeed recorded at Willfilms, Onyeabor’s studio. And some of the musicians playing here were also key members in his pool of session musicians.Cosmic Sounds is many things: Psychedelic, politically engaged, funky to death, full of synths, with an artwork to die for, a perfect crossover of African and Western culture: Music for the body and soul, Cosmic disco before the genre even existed. Did DJ Danielle Baldelli hear it? Was it ever played by Larry Levan or Mancuso? In a pre-internet era, it’s unlikely but not impossible.We are extremely honored in carrying the reissue of this gem and have treated the task with utmost respect: both artwork and audio were restored by specialists, and liner notes were written by Temitope Kogbe, Afro-Funk expert who runs the Odion Livingston label, founded with legendary producer Odion Iruoje. 38 years after its original release, the world is finally ready to hear Cosmic Sounds in all its glory.
Djeuhdjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson - El Nino / Fontaine
Djeuhdjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson
El Nino / Fontaine
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Hot Casa)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson is a French composers and afro-soul singer’s duo. T’es qui ? is their first album, fruit of an intense collaboration during many years, on stage and in studio. They call their music as “Afropean songs”, a collection of Jazzy-Pop melodies, Afro-Soul and Funk arrangements.They'll be back in November with a tremendous Afro-Jazz and Funky album titled Aimez ces airs. Until then, they present “El Nino”, an Afro-Funk gem about climate change, and “Fontaine”, an Afro hit with a great combination of analog take and electronic dancefloor ingredients.After massive support from national radios and prestigious DJs such as Gilles Peterson, it could be the funky summer hit 2018!Limited press on a deluxe vinyl designed by the artist Felix.
Dur-Dur Band - Dur Dur of Somalia
Dur-Dur Band
Dur Dur of Somalia
3LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
35,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Analog Africa are proud to present the 27th release of their Analog Africa Series. A fantastic, hypnotic and funky compilation from the Dur-Dur Band of Somalia that comes out on a Triple LP.When Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb arrived in Mogadishu in November of 2016, he was informed by his host that he would have to be accompanied at all times by an armed escort while in the country. The next morning, a neighbour and former security guard put on a military uniform, borrowed an AK-47 from somewhere and escorted him to Via Roma, an historical street in the heart of Hamar-Weyne, the city’s oldest district. Although previous Analog Africa releases have demonstrated a willingness to go more than the extra air-mile to track down the stories behind the music, the trip to Mogadishu was a musical journey of a different kind. It was the culmination of an odyssey that had started many years earlier.In 2007 John Beadle, a Milwaukee-based musicologist and owner of the much loved Likembe blog, uploaded a cassette he had been handed twenty years earlier by a Somalian student. The post was titled ‘Mystery Somali Funk’ and it was, in Samy’s own words, “some of the deepest funk ever recorded.” The cassette seemed to credit these dense, sonorous tunes to the legendary Iftin Band. But initial contact with Iftin’s lead singer suggested that the ‘mystery funk’ may have actually been the work of their chief rival, Dur-Dur, a young band from the 80s.Back then, Mogadishu had been a very different place. On the bustling Via Roma, people from all corners of society would gather at the Bar Novecento and Cafe Cappucino, watch movies at the famous Supercinema, and eat at the numerous pasta hang-outs or the traditional restaurants that served Bariis Maraq, a somali Beef Stew mixed with delicious spiced rice. The same street was also home to Iftinphone and Shankarphone, two of the city’s best known music shop. Located opposite each other, they were the centre of Somalia’s burgeoning cassette distribution network. Both shops, run by members of the legendary Iftin Band, would become first-hand witnesses to the meteoric rise of Dur- Dur, a rise that climaxed in April of 1987 with the release of Volume 2, their second album.The first single ‘Diinleya’ had taken Somalian airwaves by storm in a way rarely seen before or since. The next single, ‘Dab,’ had an even greater impact, and the two hits had turned them into the hottest band in town. In addition to their main gig as house band at the legendary Jubba Hotel, Dur-Dur had also been asked to perform the music for the play “Jascyl Laba Ruux Mid Ha Too Rido” (May one of us fall in love) at Mogadishu’s national theatre. The play was so successful that the management had been forced to extend the run by a month, throwing the theatre’s already packed schedule into complete disarray, and each night, as soon as the play had finished, Dur-Dur had to pack their instruments into a Volkswagen T1 tour bus that would shuttle them across town in time for their hotel performance.The secrets to Dur-Dur’s rapid success is inextricably linked to the vision of Isse Dahir, founder and keyboard player of the band. Isse´s plan was to locate some of the most forward-thinking musicians of Mogadishu´s buzzing scene and lure them into Dur-Dur. Ujeeri, the band’s mercurial bass player was recruited from Somali Jazz and drummer extraordinaire Handal previously played in Bakaka Band. These two formed the backbone of Dur-Dur and would become one of Somalia’s most extraordinary rhythm sections.Isse also added his two younger brothers to the line-up: Abukar Dahir Qassin was brought in to play lead guitar, and Ahmed Dahir Qassin was hired as a permanent sound engineer, a first in Somalia and one of the reasons that Dur-Dur became known as the best-sounding band in the country.On their first two albums, Volume 1 and Volume 2, three different singers traded lead-vocal duties back and forth. Shimaali, formerly of Bakaka Band, handled the Daantho songs, a Somalian rhythm from the northern part of the country that bears a striking resemblance to reggae, Sahra Dawo, a young female singer, had been recruited from Somalia’s national orchestra, the Waaberi Band. Their third singer, the legendary Baastow, whose nickname came from the italian word ‘pasta’ due to the spaghetti-like shape of his body, had also been a vocalist with the Waaberi Band, and had been brought into Dur-Dur due to his deep knowledge of traditional Somali music, particularly Saar, a type of music intended to summon the spirits during religious rituals. These traditional elements of Dur-Dur’s repertoire sometimes put them at odds with the manager of the Jubba Hotel who once told Baastow “I am not going to risk having Italian tourists possessed by Somali spirits. Stick to disco and reggae.”Yet from the very beginning, Dur-Dur’s doctrine was the fusion of traditional Somali music with whatever rhythms would make people dance: Funk, Reggae, Soul, Disco and New Wave were mixed effortlessly with Banaadiri beats, Daantho and spiritual Saar music. The concoction was explosive and when they stormed the Mogadishu music scene in 1986 with their very first hit single, ‘Yabaal,’ featuring vocals from Sahra Dawo, it was clear that a new meteorite had crash-landed in Somalia. As Abdulahi Ahmed, author of Somali Folk Dances explains: “Yabaal is a traditional song, but the way it was played and recorded was like nothing else we had heard before, it was new to us.” ‘Yabaal’ was one of the songs that resurfaced on the Likembe blog, and it became the symbolic starting point of this project.It initially seemed that Dur-Dur’s music had only been preserved as a series of murky tape dubs and YouTube videos, but after Samy arrived in Mogadishu he eventually got to the heart of Mogadishu’s tape-copying network – an analogue forerunner of the internet file-sharing that helped to keep the flame of this music alive through the darkest days of Somalia’s civil strife – and ended up finding some of the band’s fabled master tapes, long thought to have disappeared.This triple LP / double CD reissue of the band’s first two albums – the first installment in a three-part series dedicated to Dur-Dur Band – represents the first fruit of Analog Africa’s long labours to bring this extraordinary music to the wider world. Remastered from the best available audio sources, these songs have never sounded better. Some thirty years after they first made such a splash in the Mogadishu scene, they have been freed from the wobble and tape-hiss of second and third generation cassette dubs, to reveal a glorious mix of polychromatic organs, nightclub-ready rhythms and hauntingly soulful vocals.In addition to two previously unreleased tracks, the music is accompanied by extensive liner notes, featuring interviews with original band members, documenting a forgotten chapter of Somalia’s cultural history. Before the upheaval in the 1990s that turned Somalia into a war-zone, Mogadishu, the white pearl of the Indian Ocean, had been one of the jewels of eastern Africa, a modern paradise of culture and commerce. In the music of the Dur-Dur band – now widely available outside of Somalia – we can still catch a fleeting glimpse of that golden age.Listen & Enjoy!
Nu Guinea - The Tony Allen Experiments - Afrobeat Makers Volume 3
Nu Guinea
The Tony Allen Experiments - Afrobeat Makers Volume 3
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Comet)
15,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Comet is pleased to announce the third volume of the Afrobeat Makers Series: Nu Guinea - The Tony Allen Experiments.By re-working the original magic drum patterns from the Afrobeat master Tony Allen, Nu Guinea created a compilation of tracks which is charged by a voluminous electronic jazz-Psyche funk imprint.For this release, Comet Records teamed up with Early Sounds Recordings, the berlin label, also home to duo Berliners Nu Guinea.The Naples formed, Berlin-based duo, is a project that arose out of jam sessions, melting synthesizers with instruments, containing a handmade sound that is not aiming for perfection but genuineness. It can be understood as a steadily shaping form, always open for collaborations with other musicians.They've previously collaborated with singer Wayne Snow (fellow berliner artist on Comet) for the vocal edit of Nu-World, also delivered a remix for Wayne Snow’ ʻRosie Epʼ both recently released on Tartelet Records.
Orange Tree Edits - Afro Edits Volume 4
Orange Tree Edits
Afro Edits Volume 4
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Orange Tree Edits)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
More heat from OTE on their fifth release featuring reworks of two highly sought after afro gems. TIP!
Vaudou Game - Tata Fatiguee / Anniversaire
Les Choc Stars Du Zaire / Teknokrat's - Nakombe Nga / What Did She Say?
Les Choc Stars Du Zaire / Teknokrat's
Nakombe Nga / What Did She Say?
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Rush Hour)
9,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Heat in these two Belgian flavors! Check out the Zaïrian electronic dance floor banger “Nakombe Nga” by Les Choc Stars. Comes with the dope, unheard Belgium new beat version on the flip…Originally released in 1989, reissue co-curated with renowned record fiend John Gomez.
Nicola Cruz, Salvador Araguaya & Spaniol - Folha De Jurema Feat. Arteria FM
Nicola Cruz, Salvador Araguaya & Spaniol
Folha De Jurema Feat. Arteria FM
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (The Magic Movement)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Contrary to the songs name, this interpretation of a traditional Afro-Brasilian candomble song, appears to be forged from mythical lost amazonian gold.Recorded in Sao Paulo with an allstar cast of Arteria FM (on vocal duties), Salvador Araguaya (caressing the Viola Caipira) & Spaniol (stroking the Baixo), steered by Nicola's production prowess, this quartet delivers a melodic enhancement to the summer sun.As if the sun wasn't shining bright enough already, the single comes backed by a remarkable remixer ensemble procured from their duties as fellow sun-worshippers:Xique-Xique's Dragonfruit Mix is a wondrous journey full of surprising leaps and bounds, alternating between hypnotic electronics and organic song structure. Saving the best 'til last he raises the energy whilst keep the beats low and the vibes ecstatic. HIT !Crussen's creamy cocodub raises the energy whilst concentrating on a dubbed out groove, (that) classic Crussen bassline and carefully sliced & re-appropriated vocals.Finally in-house poster-boy Carrot Green's Granola mix combines disco, deep grainy bassines, juicy bells and signature flourishes into a bowl of magical mind-whirling hip-spinning edible sex.
V.A. - Princes Of Abzu
V.A.
Princes Of Abzu
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Hard Fist)
12,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
The Lyon imprint Hard Fist strikes again with the collaborative Princes of Abzu EP, federating producers hailing from multiple horizons. Although they may belong to different geographical spaces (London, Moscow, Amman, Tokyo, Paris…), the artists gathered in the EP share a common love for middle-eastern sounds and their transcendantal powers, which they mix with cosmic industrial beats, creating mystical imaginary landscapes, as if beduins were organising a pagan rave in a Düsseldorf factory. In addition with the producers, many musicians took part in this project, like for instance Mejwez's player Abu Sayah and Hervé Carvalho from Acid Arab who play in Semsemeh.
V.A. - Nouvelle Ambiance
V.A.
Nouvelle Ambiance
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Ambiance)
28,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Deluxe double vinyl pressing with 28 page magazine format booklet featuring in-depth interviews with musicians and producers plus previously unpublished photos from the archive of photographer Bill Akwa Bétotè. / Paris - Brazzaville - Kinshasa - Abidjan - Douala. A celebration of the underground Pan-African music scene centred around Paris in the 80s featuring never-before-reissued productions and dancefloor sure-shots taking in new forms of dancefloor-ready Rumba, Bikutsi, Soukous, Boogie and more. In the early 80s a perfect storm of social, technological, political and cultural developments brought about a unique music scene centred around Paris, away from the major labels and pop charts. Musicians, ideas and styles flew between the small independent studios and labels of the French capital and Francophone Africa and the Caribbean, experimenting with new technology and drawing in a dizzying array of influences to soundtrack clubs, bars and radio stations. Release comes with 28 page magazine format booklet featuring previsouly unpublishedphotos from the archives of photographer Bill Akwa Bétotè as well as interviews with producers Cyriaque Bassoka and Rigo Makengo, musicians Michel Alibo, Denis Hekimian & John Jongos and Studio Caroline owner Jacky Reggan.
Buari - Buari
Buari
Buari
LP | 1975 | UK | Reissue (Be With)
24,99 €*
Release:1975 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
A surefire Afro-Funk classic, long treasured by collectors across the globe, the fantastic self-titled LP from Ghanaian singing/percussion sensation Sidiku Buari nevertheless remains a criminally hard-to find gem. We're honoured to present the first ever officially licensed vinyl reissue of this undoubted masterpiece. Limited to just 500 copies.Originally released on RCA in 1975, this is, quite simply, a ridiculous record. This super-rare album boasts an all-star cast of top funk instrumentalists playing alongside Buari as he blends heavy African rhythms with American soul-funk grooves. The arrangements and the playing are incredibly tight and the album is stacked with killer tracks including "Advice From Father" (sampled brilliantly by Kenny Dope) and "Ku Ka Maria", with its intense, neck-snapping breaks and funky drumming from legend Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie. Purdie is in the pocket for the entirety of this stunning LP - the drumming is just straight out of hand, so varied yet so precise.It's not hard to fathom why these tracks have always been huge on the b-boy/breaking scene. Other standouts include the wonderful disco-tinged afro monsters "Karam Bani" and "Iro Le Pa" plus the cool laidback groove of "Them Yebtheyet".With access to the original analogue tape transfers, Simon Francis' stellar mastering elevates the sound throughout and, as ever, it has been pressed at a reassuringly weighty 180g.
V.A. - Heads Records - South African Disco Dub Edits
V.A.
Heads Records - South African Disco Dub Edits
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Soundway)
12,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Off the back of the recent Gumba Fire compilation, Soundway selects more sure-fire disco burners: a 4-track, dancefloor-orientated EP drawing from the Heads label out of South Africa.The Heads label lasted a brief two years between 1982 and 1984. Started and run by the late South African producer and singer Emil Zoghby, it released only a handful of records before folding.The early 1980s in the country was a time when disco was starting to fade into what was becoming known as Bubblegum: pop music aimed at the black population of South Africa. William Mthethwa and his backing band the Young Five started off in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s Mthethwa became a big star not only within his native Sotho community but all over South Africa. As with many of his releases, “You Turn Me On” was produced by the renowned engineer and producer Peter Moticoe. This was a big, meaty, classic early 80s disco jam that appeared on a 12” only, featuring a long instrumental dub version on the B-side. New York’s JKriv takes elements of the vocal and dub and reworks them into a condensed dancefloor winner.Adaye were a Heads studio outfit featuring Tom Dollar on vocals, and selected here is their typically 1980s track “Turn it Up” which saw some success in the charts. The Manyane cut “Thabong” fuses traditional Sotho music with electronics, synths and drum machines - a popular style at the time.Sofrito’s Frankie Francis gives both the Adaye and Manyane tracks the cut-up treatment focussing heavily on the spaced-out weirdness of the dub versions but adding nothing other than a fine ear for an edit.To complete the set we include “Picnic”, another in-demand track from the Heads archives that was originally the flip side to the track “Picnicing” (featured on Gumba Fire) by the mostly instrumental studio outfit Starlight. They recorded one album and a series of 12s that included classic covers of American and Italian disco cuts.
Mauskovic Dance Band, The - Down In The Basement
Mauskovic Dance Band, The
Down In The Basement
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Soundway)
14,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Soundway Records presents the debut EP from The Mauskovic Dance Band – a heady, tropical blend of cumbia, Afro-Caribbean rhythms and space disco, resulting in a vibrant hypnotic groove destined for bustling dancefloors. The Mauskovic Dance Band is the brainchild of the Amsterdam-based producer and musician, Nicola Mauskovic. A seasoned drummer, he finds himself constantly in demand – as part of Turkish psychedelic outfit Altin Gün, a recent tour with the revival of Zambian legends W.I.T.C.H., and a worldwide tour with psych-pop artist Jacco Gardner, with whom he then went on to form the dance-oriented duo Bruxas (released on Dekmantel). Throughout this hectic schedule Nic still found time to begin studio experiments that would eventually lead to several 7” singles, released on Swiss label Bongo Joe Records in 2017 under the name “The Mauskovic Dance Band”.Following this, he tapped long-time collaborators Donnie Mauskovic (vocals, keys, effects), Em Nix Mauskovic (guitar, synth, percussion), and Mano Mauskovic (bass) to make the jump from record to stage. Soon they caught the ear of fabled underground Cumbia producer Juan Hundred, who left his home on a Caribbean island to join the band on drums.With each band member of varying heritage, the group draws inspiration from diverse genres: primarily Afro-Colombian styles such as champeta, palenque, cumbia and the picó soundsystem culture, as well as the Afro-Disco and No-Wave scenes in their current base of Amsterdam. The city’s hotbed of underground producers has also brought an electronic edge to the band, with vintage drum machines and synthesisers effortlessly melding with Afro-Latin rhythms and slick guitar riffs to create a contemporary sound rich with cultural influence.Having toured extensively through Europe in 2017 as a staple of festival stages and clubs, The Mauskovic Dance Band continues to build exciting momentum – with appearances at Eurosonic Noorderslag 2018 and an extensive tour of the Netherlands coinciding with the launch of the EP.
Megaloh x Tony Allen - Regenmacher: Afrobeat Session
Megaloh x Tony Allen
Regenmacher: Afrobeat Session
LP | 2016 | DE | Original (Nesola)
12,99 €*
Release:2016 / DE – Original
Genre:Hip Hop, Organic Grooves
Exklusiv bei HHV und limitiert auf 1000 Stück: die Kollabo des Jahres!Megaloh ist nicht nur einer der besten Rapper Deutschlands, sondern auch ein leidenschaftlicher Musiker und Musik-Fan, der auf seinem letzten Album »Regenmacher« die Einflüsse der nigerianischen Heimat seiner Mutter in Form von Afrobeat-Samples und Versatzstücken von Drumspuren des Afrobeat-Pioniers Tony Allen verarbeitete.Nun entstand im Nachgang noch eine echte, lebendige Kooperation zwischen Megaloh und Tony Allen: Zwei Tage arbeiteten der deutschsprachige MC mit den nigerianisch-holländischen Wurzeln und der nigerianische »Erfinder des Afrobeat«, der in den 1970er Jahren mit Fela Kuti und Africa 70 spielte, gemeinsam an live eingespielten HipHop-meets-Afrobeat-Versionen einiger »Regenmacher«-Stücke — und einem brandneuen Song, der im Wege einer echten Jam-Session entstand. Nach zwei intensiven, inspirierenden und whiskygeschwängerten Tagen und Nächten war die EP »The Afrobeat Session« schließlich im Kasten: Produziert, arrangiert und gemischt von Elektronik-Legende Christian Prommer, eingespielt mit einer Band von unglaublicher musikalischer Qualität, geleitet durch den preisgekrönten Jazz-Pianisten Kelvin Sholar (u.a. Q-Tip, Carl Craig) und unter Mitwirkung von Alan »Ghanaian Stallion« Mensah (Producer), Charles Sammons (Bass), Johannes Brecht (bass), Sergio Manuel (Gitarre), Loomis Green (Gitarre), Ben Abarbanel-Wolff (Saxofon), Andrej Ugoljew (Posaune), Philip Sindy (Trompete) und natürlich Tony Allen (Drums), zu einer wahrhaftigen Zusammenkunft von Beats, Raps, Musik. »The Afrobeat Session« verfolgt einen der wichtigsten Erzählstränge des »Regenmacher« Albums noch einmal in die Tiefe — als Ergänzung, Fortführung und Dokument einer unvergesslichen Session in den Red Bull Studios Berlin.
Satari / Nicky Feat. Satari - Smile / Nobody To Love
Satari / Nicky Feat. Satari
Smile / Nobody To Love
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (La Casa Tropical)
14,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
First release of label La Casa Tropical, 2 South African nuggets.. Especially ''Smile'' is a sought after tune by Satari! Tip!Synth heavy South African Disco Boogie from the Mid 80’s. First issued near the end of the synth-pop era that gave boom to the local record industry, this release takes the B-sides off the mysterious group’s first 2 singles recorded at Johannesburg’s legendary Satbel and Ovation Studio. Combining live instruments and an embrace of the electronic gear that was already standard in all studios city wide, the newly formed supergroup was able to create a unique sound at a time the word ‘Disco” was starting to be associated with a different emerging movement.Initially a side project for the group Image (later changing their name to Ymage to avoid confusion after some success in Europe), the new outfit re-enlisted the help of their original producer and long time friend Sidwell Duda, followed with the addition of novice artist and songwriter Bibi Msomi . Their first release was a new take on a song they had recorded for their hit EP which became their first record to see a run outside their home country. Snuck on the B side was a steady 4/4 beat with fat bass synth and the quick funky keyboard licks Don Laka was known for. After an unsuccessful debut the newly formed group hoped to draw attention with a single front man. For their second release they used a tactic common amongst producers 10 years prior during the reign of the 7” single. Bringing two of his own compositions to the session, but unable to lead the group himself, Bibi’s independence and unique voice led to the creation of the ultra suave, party playboy known as Nicky Love. Although neither single saw any real success and failed to make it past an initial run of 500 copies, the now backing group known as Satari managed to produce a few more titles into the fast changing market that left their sound behind.
Gyedu Blay Ambolley - Simigwa
Gyedu Blay Ambolley
Simigwa
LP | 2018 | UK | Reissue (Mr Bongo)
20,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Legendary Ghanain album – with one of the music iconic covers ever! – that fuses Highlife, afrobeat, folk and funk. Ambolleys debut solo album originally released in 1975, written and produced with Ebo Taylor. Ambolley grew up during the peak of Highlife in Ghana and was a key figure in its fusion with soul and funk influences from the USA. He played in many bands including Houghas Extraordinaires, Meridians Of Tema, Ghana Broadcasting Band and the Uhuru Dance Band, for which he was recruited by his friend, Ebo Taylor. The group went to Nigeria in 1973 to play with Fela at his legendary Shrine spot. ‘Simigwa’ was a chance for Ambolley to release his own productions and to experiment to a certain extent. A main inspiration for this album was the work of the mighty Mr. James Brown, something that is evident from the rhythm section, horns, vocal stabs and percussion breaks throughout the record. Official Mr Bongo reissue, replica original artwork. Licensed from Essiebons.
Tunde Mabadu - Viva Disco
Tunde Mabadu
Viva Disco
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Mr Bongo)
20,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Official Mr Bongo reissue of the ultra-rare Nigerian disco-boogie, ‘Viva Disco’, album from 1980. Originally released on the Afrodisia label, this one is unknown to even the most knowledgable collectors out there. Tunde Mabadu recorded two albums in the 70’s – ‘Viva Disco’ and ‘Bisu’ as Tunde Mabadu & His Sunrise. Perfect examples of golden-era Nigerian disco & boogie, that still hold their own today.Licensed from Tunde Mabadu and PMG.
Jeremy Spellacy - Jeremy Spellacy presents Crown Ruler Sound
Jeremy Spellacy
Jeremy Spellacy presents Crown Ruler Sound
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Spacetalk)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Don’t be fooled by Spellacey’s lower profile: amongst those who know, the Melbourne-based New Zealander is widely regarded as a seriously dustyfingered digger, capable of unearthing and championing ridiculously good records from all four corners of the globe. He sells some of these exceptional finds through his Crown Ruler online store, though there are many more that he keeps hidden from the public.From synth-laden Zambian reggae and sumptuous orchestral Afro-soul, to humid Trinidadian boogie and horizontal Italian jazz-funk, Spellacey offers a whirlwind trip through the most kaleidoscopic and exotic parts of his epic collection. As you’d expect from a man who has traveled the world hunting down records, the majority of the 15 tracks will be unknown to all but a handful of similarly minded crate diggers. In fact, some are so obscure that you’ll struggle to find any mention of them at all online. This could be your only chance to own the boogie-era reggae-disco brilliance of Le Banda De Martin’s “Mi Dueno” and the tear-jerking Afro-soul shuffle of Kosmik 3’s “I’m Gonna Pack” (here featured in exclusive Jeremy Spellacey re-edit form).Highlights come thick and fast, from the first note to the last. Check, for example, the wild P-funk of Acayouman’s “Funk Around”, the dancing marimbas and undulating grooves of Feladey’s “Forest Music” and the impeccable South African jazz-funk of Stimela’s sought-after 1983 debut single, “I Love You”. Other notable highlights include Ezy & Isaac’s spellbinding 1977 cut “Let Your Body Move (Oba Balu Balu)”, seemingly the missing link between Rotary Connection, Fela Kuta and soundscape disco, Devon Russell’s inspired reggaesoul cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move on Up”, and Mike Fabulous’ “Wang East”, a sublime chunk of summery electro-reggae from Spellacey’s native New Zealand. We could go on, but we don’t want to spoil all the surprises. Suffice to say, Crown Ruler Sound will surprise and entertain you in equal measure.
Bixiga 70 - Quebra Cabeca
Bixiga 70
Quebra Cabeca
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Glitterbeat)
15,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 26.10.2018
Die kulturelle Verbindung zwischen Brasilien und Westafrika ist eng. Entsprechend pulsiert sie auch durch"Quebra Cabeça" (dt.: Puzzle), dem vierten Album des Instrumentalkollektivs Bixiga 70 aus São Paulo. Derenzehn Mitglieder amalgamieren unterschiedliche Einflüsse wie Jazz, Reggae oder die afrobrasilianischeReligion Candomblé zu einem fließenden Ganzen. "The whole idea of the band has been to take all thesedifferent elements that form us, from Africa and Brazil, and create a hybrid from them", erklärt derBaritonsaxofonist und Flötist Cuca Ferreira. Gegenüber den drei Vorgängern fällt "Quebra Cabeça" deutlichkomplexer aus. Die kraftvoll-coolen Kompositionen sind ausgereifter, jeder Song besitzt verschiedene Partsmit Drehungen und Wendungen sowie wechselnden Melodien und kurvenreichen Rhythmen. "They canseem like a journey", vergleicht Ferreira. Abgerundet wird das Ganze durch melodische Bläsersätze. Dieneue Herangehensweise entwickelte sich aus dem gnadenlos langen Tourplan der letzten Jahre. Bei ihrenAuftritten traf die Formation auf Musiker wie den ghanaischen Highlife-Sänger Pat Thomas, dennigerianischen Saxofonisten Orlando Julius oder den berühmten Bossa-Nova-Pianisten João Donato. Sie allebeeinflussten den Sound von Bixiga 70.
Dizzy K. Falola - Sweet Music Volume 1
Dizzy K. Falola
Sweet Music Volume 1
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Sticky Buttons)
31,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Having previously featured on Comb and Razor's popular compilation 'Brand New Wayo', Caribou's 'The Longest Mixtape: 1000 Songs For You' (twice) and remixed by numerous DJs including Kornel Kovacs. It has long been over due that Nigerian synth-funk legend Dizzy K gets the reissue he deserves, teaming up with London based record label Sticky Buttons for a very special double LP compilation. Dizzy K Falola is one of Nigeria's most adored disco funk artists form the early 80's. His career was propelled by EMI Nigeria who brought him to notoriety with his first album 'Excuse Me Baby', released in 1982. Excuse Me Baby became an instant success in Nigeria and within 3 months he was back in the studio recording his second album and touring with international superstars such as The Whispers. The success of his work came both from the creative collaboration of musicians and their progressive style of synth-funk and disco influenced heavily by western artists. The team included Nkono Teles, Felix Liberty and Dizzy K's mentor and manager Tony Okoroji amongst others who together formed the disco funk that infected the homes, streets and clubs of Lagos. Noted in 'Hip Hop Africa: New African Music in a Globalizing World', Dizzy K's song titled Saturday Night Raps which features on Excuse Me Baby is thought to have been on of the earliest examples of commercial African Rap music. It was examples like this that showed Dizzy K was bringing something new to the Nigerian boogie scene. With careful restoration by Colin Young at See Why Audio, (who's expertise and talents have graced some of the most iconic reissues of recent years, including "Who Is William Onyeabor" and Charanjit Singh's "Synthesizing: Ten Raga's to a Disco Beat") and vinyl mastering conducted by The Carvery, cutting the masters on a Neumann VMS70 mastering lathe originally used in Nashville's CBS studio to cut Motown classics. This is an uncompromising vinyl package covering Dizzy K's first 3 albums from '82-'84. Compiled for the dance floor and offering Sticky Buttons take on the bright boogie goodness of Dizzy. With personal liner notes from the artist and fresh artwork by the team this is a record that cuts to the point.
Mombasa Vikings - Kibe Kibe / Mama Matotoya
Mombasa Vikings
Kibe Kibe / Mama Matotoya
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Afro7)
9,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Two sides of killer chakacha flavoured jazzy afro-beat from Kenyas Coast, finally reissued by Afro7 records with original artwork and bespoke jacket. Limited release!
V.A. - Space Echo
V.A.
Space Echo
2LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
25,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In the spring of 1968 a cargo ship was preparing to leave the port of Baltimore with an important shipment of musical instruments. Its final destination was Rio De Janeiro, where the EMSE Exhibition (Exposição Mundial Do Son Eletrônico) was going to be held. It was the first expo of its kind to take place in the Southern Hemisphere and many of the leading companies in the field of electronic music were involved. Rhodes, Moog, Farfisa, Hammond and Korg, just to name a few, were all eager to present their newest synthesisers and other gadgets to a growing and promising South American market, spearheaded by Brazil and Colombia.The ship with the goods set sail on the 20th of March on a calm morning and mysteriously disappeared from the radar on the very same day. One can only imagine the surprise of the villagers of Cachaço, on the Sao Nicolau island of Cabo Verde, when a few months later they woke up and found a ship stranded in their fields, in the middle of nowhere, 8 km from any coastline.After consulting with the village elders, the locals had decided to open the containers to see what was inside – however gossip as scintillating as this travels fast and colonial police had already arrived and secured the area. Portuguese scientists and physicians were ordered to the scene and after weeks of thorough studies and research, it was concluded that the ship had fallen from the sky. One of the less plausible theories was that it might have fallen from a Russian military air carrier. The locals joked that again the government had wasted their tax money on a useless exercise, as a simple look at the crater generated by the impact could explain the phenomena. “No need for Portuguese rocket scientists to explain this!” they laughed.What the villagers didn’t know, was that traces of cosmic particles were discovered on the boat. The bow of the ship showed traces of extreme heat, very similar to traces found on meteors, suggesting that the ship had penetrated the hemisphere at high speed. That theory also didn't make sense as such an impact would have reduced the ship to dust. Mystery permeated the event.Finally, a team of welders arrived to open the containers and the whole village waited impatiently. The atmosphere, which had been filled with joy and excitement, quickly gave way to astonishment. Hundreds of boxes conjured, all containing keyboards and other instruments which they had never seen before: and all useless in an area devoid of electricity. Disappointment was palpable. The goods were temporarily stored in the local church and the women of the village had insisted a solution be found before Sunday mass.It is said that charismatic anti-colonial leader Amílcar Cabral had ordered for the instruments to be distributed equally in places that had access to electricity, which placed them mainly in schools. This distribution was best thing that could have happened - keyboards found fertile grounds in the hands of curious children, born with an innate sense of rhythm who picked up the ready-to-use instruments. This in turn facilitated the modernisation of local rhythms such as Mornas, Coladeras and the highly danceable music style called Funaná, which had been banned by the Portuguese colonial rulers until 1975 due to its sensuality!The observation was made that the children who came into contact with the instruments found on the ship inherited prodigious capabilities to understand music and learn instruments. One of them was the musical genius Paulino Vieira, who by the end of the 70s would become the country´s most important music arranger. 8 out of the 15 songs presented in this compilation had been recorded with the backing of the band Voz de Cabo Verde, lead by Paulino Vieira, the mastermind behind the creation and promulgation of what is known today as “The Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde”.
Fela Kuti Vs. De La Soul - Fela Soul Black Vinyl Editon
Fela Kuti Vs. De La Soul
Fela Soul Black Vinyl Editon
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Fela Soul)
19,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop, Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
The classic is back! Limited edition for Record Store Day 2015! Gummy Soul's Amerigo Gazaway mashes up Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti with acapellas from De La Soul to killer effect! A fantasic journey into the "world of afrobeat rhythms, funky horn riffs & classic hip-hop gems". Bonus track added, now on colored vinyl in a full color picture sleeve!
Hunee presents - Hunchin All Night 2LP Repress
Hunee presents
Hunchin All Night 2LP Repress
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Rush Hour)
18,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Back by public demand. But only as a 2LP Edtion.
Gboyega Adelaja - Colourful Environment
Gboyega Adelaja
Colourful Environment
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Odion Livingstone)
25,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Fresh from touring with Hugh Masekela (“The Boy’s Doin’ It”), Gboyega Adelaja goes into the lab to drop heavy keyboard science on his Moog and Fender Rhodes. Its Joe Sample meets the Afro Funk of BLO. With names like Jake Sollo on guitars, Mike Odumusu (BLO, Osibisa) on bass guitar and Gasper Lawal on percussion. This is a top quality, Afro-Funk, all-stars affair that shines from the inspired interventions, masterly arrangements to the sublime production.“I was already following Hugh Masekela when I met him, he was an outstanding musician and I knew of his collaboration with Hedzoleh, that band brought him nearer to many of us, because he was playing authentic African melodies with the Hedzolehsound which was mostly percussion oriented. Yes I knew about Hugh’s music before I met him. Infact when we started playing together, he insisted that I stay with him in our three bedroom apartment, other members of the band had their own apartments,but Hugh and myself shared the same 3 bedroom apartment”. “We were touring, under Casablanca owned by Neil Boggart, we toured as professional musicians, flying to our gigs. There was a time when we were touring with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic we had two luxury buses deployed for our use.We made many friends where ever we went to play, we met many big and popular musicians who came to watch our shows, the Spinners came to see us in Detroit, we met Wayne Shorter of Weather Report, Freddie Hubbard, we played a gig with HerbieHancock at the Carnegie Hall New York City, we toured almost all the 50 States of the US.”
Ntombi Ndaba & Survival - Tomorrow
Ntombi Ndaba & Survival
Tomorrow
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Afrosynth)
13,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Incl. her in demand tune "Tomorrow" . Six-track anthology of South African singer Ntombi Ndaba, featuring 2 songs from 3 of her solo albums, Mina Ngiljaji (1988), Mama Nature (1989) and Why Me (1991). Ntombi Ndaba first rose to fame in 1985 with Ntombi & Survival, becoming one of the most popular singers of the bubblegum era. After setting up the independent label Anneko with her producer A.T. ‘Rubber’ Khoza in 1988, she went solo. Following Khoza’s death in the early 1990s, Ndaba never recorded again.
Marijata - This Is Marijata
Marijata
This Is Marijata
LP | EU | Reissue (Mr Bongo)
20,99 €*
Release:EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Marijata was a group made up of three members – Kofi 'Electric' Addison on drums, Bob Fischlan on organ and Nat Osmanu on guitar, hailing from Ghana. ‘This Is Marijata’ is the groups first LP; released originally on the Gapophone label – it is pure, rootsy, raw, driving African funk music of the highest order, now highly sought-after in both its original and previously reissued forms.Addison, Osmanu and Fischlan formed a band called the Sweet Beans with a young singer and guitarist, namely the legendary Pat Thomas. They released ‘False Lover’ [GAPO LP 02] in 1974 on Gapophone Records before recording ‘This Is Marijata’ [GAPO LP 012] and then ‘Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata’ [GAPO LP 013] shortly afterwards. ‘This Is Marijata’ is summed up perfectly by the text on the back cover: “Three young musicians of the Sweet Beans believe that in music and entertainment business, there is no room for mediocrity if one’s music is to win over a bigger audience and fame.How could they give the public a taste of the talent they had so meticulously nurtured since they began their musical careers without upsetting the current musical inclination in the country?Simple, Gapahone Records, quick to spot talent listened to the music of Kofi “Electric” Addison (Drummer) Bob Fischlan (Organist) and Nat Osmanu (Guitarist), liked it and the result, after month of hard work is what you have on this album – THIS IS MARIJATA.
Wild Fire - Check It Out / The Dealer
Wild Fire
Check It Out / The Dealer
7" | 2016 | EU | Original (Black Pearl Records)
13,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Right for the cold season of the year comes another outstanding Island Funk vinyl to heat you up again. Continuing with their series "Message from the Islands" of rare funky & soulful tunes from Trinidad & Tobago, Black Pearl releasing another two outstanding tracks of the legendary band WILD FIRE.Both tracks are carefully remastered for a much fresher sound and an enjoyable listening pleasure. Comes in a wonderful, authentic and special old-fashioned cardboard cover with vintage haptics.
V.A. - Mr Bongo Record Club Volume 1
V.A.
Mr Bongo Record Club Volume 1
2LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Mr Bongo)
24,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The first instalment in our new ‘Mr Bongo Record Club’ compilation series – aselection of favourites, recent discoveries and sought after obscurities, whichform the basis of our DJ sets and our radio show of the same name. Includingcuts by Claudia, Cortex, Dave Pike Set, Fruko, Neno Exporta Som, ConnieLaverne, Barbosa and more.The original concept for ‘Mr Bongo Record Club’ was a radio show that allowedus to air our treasured record collections, recorded and broadcast once amonth. We wanted to create an outlet free from any genre or BPM restrictions,not constrained by the need to beat-mix every record, a space where we couldplay latest finds alongside favourites. The only self-imposed rule being thatit had to be played from vinyl.We have always DJ’d across-the-board, but playing in an eclectic way hasn’talways been easy. Recently DJ’s such as MCDE, Floating Points, Nick The Record,Leon Vynehall, Four Tet, Jeremy Underground, Antal (Rush Hour), Sassy J andYoung Marco – to name a few – have opened things up with very diverse sets toyounger audiences; Brazilian samba-rock, next to modern soul, highlife, disco,boogie, jazz, house, techno and beyond.We’re seeing a rare groove like sensibility. A shift towards the attitude oflegendary club nights hosted by the likes of Mr Scruff and Gilles Peterson,where you could hear house, hip hop, Turkish funk, boogie, jazz, dub and Latinback to back. At the same time it isn't a nostalgic or retro movement, peoplehave a progressive attitude and a thirst for new-old music. It is a vibrant andexciting time – we are proud to be a part of it.
V.A. - Two Niles to Sing a Melody
V.A.
Two Niles to Sing a Melody
3LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Ostinato)
35,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Ostinato presents "Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan", a superb Afro compilation released on 3xLP Gatefold with 20-page booklet & 2xCD Bookcase with 32-page booklet ... In Sudan, the political and cultural are inseparable.In 1989, a coup brought a hardline religious government to power. Music was violently condemned. Many musicians and artists were persecuted, tortured, forced to flee into exile — and even murdered, ending one of the most beloved music eras in all of Africa and largely denying Sudan's gifted instrumentalists, singers, and poets, from strutting their creative heritage on the global stage.What came before in a special era that protected and promoted the arts was one of the richest music scenes anywhere in the world. Although Sudanese styles are endlessly diverse, this compilation celebrates the golden sound of the capital, Khartoum. Each chapter of the cosmopolitan city's tumultuous musical story is covered through 16 tracks: from the hypnotic violin and accordion-driven orchestral music of the 1970s that captured the ears and hearts of Africa and the Arabic-speaking world, to the synthesizer and drum machine music of the 1980s, and the music produced in exile in the 1990s. The deep kicks of tum tum and Nubian rhythms keep the sound infectious.Sudan of old had music everywhere: roving sound systems and ubiquitous bands and orchestras kept Khartoum's sharply dressed youth on their feet. Live music was integral to cultural life, producing a catalog of concert recordings. In small arenas and large outdoor venues, musical royalty of the day built Khartoum's reputation as ground zero for innovation and technique that inspired a continent.Musicians in Ethiopia and Somalia frequently point to Sudan's biggest golden era stars as idols. Mention Mohammed Wardi — a legendary Sudanese singer and activist akin to Fela Kuti in stature and impact in his music and politics — and they often look to the heavens. A popular story is of one man from Mali who walked for three months across the Sahel to Sudan because the father of the woman he wanted to marry would only allow it if he got him a signed cassette from Wardi himself. Saied Khalifa is said to be the one of the few singers to make Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie smile.Such is the stature of Sudanese singers and the reputation of Sudanese music, particularly in the "Sudanic Belt," a cultural zone that stretches from Djibouti all the way west to Mauritania, covering much of the Sahara and the Sahel, lands where Sudanese artists are household names and Sudanese poems are regularly used as lyrics until today to produce the latest hits. Sudanese cassettes often sold more in Cameroon and Nigeria than at home.But years of anti-music sentiment have made recordings in Sudan difficult to source. Ostinato's team traveled to Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, and Egypt in search of the timeless cultural artifacts that hold the story of one of Africa's most mesmerizing cultures. That these cassette tape and vinyl recordings were mainly found in Sudan's neighbors is a testament to Sudanese music's widespread appeal.With our Sudanese partner and co-compiler Tamador Sheikh Eldin Gibreel, a once famous poet and actress in '70s Khartoum, Ostinato's fifth album, following our Grammy-nominated "Sweet As Broken Dates," revives the enchanting harmonies, haunting melodies, and relentless rhythms of Sudan's brightest years, fully restored, remastered and packaged luxuriously in a triple LP gatefold and double CD bookcase to match the regal repute of Sudanese music. A 20,000-word liner note booklet gives voice to the singers silenced by an oppressive regime.Take a sail down the Blue and White Nile as they pass through Khartoum, carrying with them an ancient history and a never-ending stream of poems and songs. It takes two Niles to sing a melody.
James Stewart - Cotounou EP
James Stewart
Cotounou EP
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Alma Negra)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Alma Negra Records are proud to present James Stewart, resident DJ and co-promoter of monthly night “Black Atlantic Club” at Le Sucre in Lyon, with his Cotonou EP
Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra - Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra
Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra
Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Paris DJs)
28,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Limited edition of 250 copies only!Only one copy per customer!Access to groovy, funkin', rockin', psychedelic, revolutionary (etc.) African music as we've grown to like it at Paris DJs was not for everyone before the internet age. For Paris DJs co-founder Loik, it began in the early 80s when he met with a former Fela Kuti horn player, who introduced him to Afrobeat. When Loik arrived at Radio Nova in 1986 (he was radio programmer there between 1987 and 1997), he then discovered marvels of African Music (other than Fela), through the radio's vast record collection, which soon led to the word-famous "La Sono Mondiale" concept. At the same time, Grant Phabao, in his late teens, discovered Congolese music through friends from Zaire. He gets access to Afrobeat in the mid-90s with a Fela Kuti CD gathering the "Zombie" and "He Miss Road" albums, which long-time friend Djouls brought back from his diggin' sessions in Paris. Many friends ripped and burned that CD, for sure. Then the legendary Daktaris album happened on Desco Records in 1998, followed by the beginning of the Antibalas, the Comet Records & Strut Records compilations in 2000, and soon after Soundway Records… the rest is history but that's roughly how African Music started for us at Paris DJs. At this point we met online with Calumbinho on the Soulseek P2P network. Such a mind-bending experience… The man was sharing hundreds of full albums, all sorted by country, and had music from every corner of 1960s/70s/80s Africa! We asked for advice, he listed 50 records to begin with! All those records, digital files, influences & experience gathered together gave birth in 2006 to a series of mixes on the Paris DJs podcast, "African Mashed Potato Popcorn", blending old and new African music from all over the world. It was an instant smash, DJs from all over the world reaching out asking us to keep on focusing on this amazing music coming from Africa (or inspired by music from Africa). Around that time, the Paris DJs crew met with musicians from Antibalas (Martín Perna, Duke Amayo / USA), and from the Poets Of Rhythm/Karl Hector bands (Ben Abarbanel-Wolff, Jan Whitefield / Germany). They had all played with Fela Kuti's guitar player Oghene Kologbo by then. The German guys had even started a band with him, the Afrobeat Academy, releasing an album together in 2007. Little did we know that from this point on, Kologbo and African music would grow to become a very important part of our lives. We started collaborating with Samy Ben Redjeb from Analog Africa, Miles Cleret from Soundway or Quantic from Tru Thoughts, among many others very influential record collectors, for some exclusive mixes of rare afro/latin music on the Paris DJs podcast. In 2009 we co-organized the first Ebo Taylor show in Europe, with German musicians from the Afrobeat Academy/Whitefield Brothers/Jimi Tenor crew backing him along with Kologbo. Soon we helped open the Superfly Record Store and got our hands (and ears) on many rare, original African Records. Loik started recording Kologbo's second solo album "Africa Is The Future" (featuring Tony Allen and Pat Thomas!), Grant Phabao was producing his first afrofunk tunes, and all this new music was damn funky… Phabao went on a trip to Benin and Ghana, where he ended up hooking up with Ben Abarbanel-Wolff, who was recording with Ebo Taylor and Pat Thomas there. After a two-year period during which Grant Phabao and Djouls partnered with famous Irish-born, Paris-based producer Doctor L, and released with Cameroonian artist Franck Biyong no less than 16 digital albums and conceptual compilations, the Paris DJs label was born in 2012, with the addition of poster artist Ben Hito to the gang. Five compilations in the "Tropical Grooves & Afrofunk International" series were released, with artists from all over the world, featuring the first tracks from the Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra project, with Grant Phabao at the controls and many guests from the now global African music scene adding their own, original touch. Most of those were compiled in the "Massive Hits From the Grant Phabao Factory" LP in 2015. It was a long read, many years of learning and sharing back, but we wanted to tell how African music slowly but surely infiltrated its way into Paris DJs' daily life, which led to the Kologbo LP being released at the end of 2017, and to this Grant Phabao Afrofunk LP to be released june 2018, featuring 20 guests among which Tony Allen, Oghene Kologbo, Sandra Nkaké, RacecaR, members of Antibalas, The Breakestra, Brownout, Fela Kuti's Egypt 80, Jungle Fire, Les Frères Smith, Ebo Taylor's Afrobeat Academy, Osemako… coming from Paris, Berlin, Lagos, Washington, Austin or Los Angeles!
Shina Williams & His African Percussionists - African Dances
Shina Williams & His African Percussionists
African Dances
LP | 1979 | EU | Reissue (Mr Bongo)
19,99 €*
Release:1979 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
First official reissue of the extremely rare full-length album by Lagos-based bandleader Shina Williams. Clean copies of the original currently sell for up to £500.The record was born in 1979 when Shina put Biddy Wright, Fred Fisher, Saliu Alabi, Prince Bola, Tutu Shoronmu, Tunde willimas and several other decorated Nigerian musicians – who played with the likes of Fela Kuti, SJOB Movement, Sonny Okoson, King Bucknor amongst others – together to record. The result is ‘African Dances’, a timeless fusion of afrobeat, electronics, boogie and disco. Includes his most well-known song, ‘Agboju Logun’ that Williams knew was ground breaking – “I want to show the whole wide world that Africa is alive with modern musicians to reckon with anywhere,”. This album version is a different mix to the two-track 12” that came out under on Earthworks, Rough Trade in 1984.Official Mr Bongo reissue. Replica original artwork. Licensed direct from Shina Williams.
V.A. - Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa
V.A.
Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa
3LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Soundway)
27,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In 1980s black South Africa a local form of pop music evolved as the disco boom died down and slowly mutated. It was often ubiquitously described as Bubblegum - usually stripped-down and lo-fi with a predominance of synths, keyboards and drum-machines and overlaid with the kind of deeply soulful trademark vocals and harmonies that South African music is famous for. Compilers Miles Cleret (Soundway) and DJ Okapi (Afrosynth Records) present a selection of 18 rare, handpicked 1980s cuts that highlight the period that nestles in between the ‘70s (where American-influenced jazz, funk and soul bumped shoulders with local Mbaqanga) and the ‘90s when Kwaito and eventually house-music ruled the dancefloors of urban South Africa.Alongside French-Caribbean Zouk this kind of music has slowly been making its way into the DJ sets of many of the most open minded selectors around the world. This compilation is in many ways a sister release to the hugely popular compilation of Nigerian boogie and disco that Soundway released in late 2016 : “Doing it In Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980s Nigeria”.The album takes its name from the band Ashiko’s track of the same name Gumba Fire that features on the compilation. The term is derived from gumba gumba, the term given to the booming speakers of the old spacegram radios thatbroadcast music into South Africa’s townships and villages. The phrase later evolved into Gumba Fire to refer to a hot party. Put this record on and feel the heat!
Kingdom Of Kaffa - K'ut'iri / Yeduri Tikusati
Kingdom Of Kaffa
K'ut'iri / Yeduri Tikusati
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (That's Why)
13,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strictly limited edition vinyl!Only one copy per customer!At first we thought, somebody turned up another fantastic unreleased tape in the vaults of some record studio in Marrakesh or Addis Abeba - Middle Eastern funk grooves tossing out the speakers, polyrhythmic drums topped with sounds phrased like various ethnic records. Even the guitar plays like Vis a Vis has just been around the corner. This is how we like it. On the flip side, a funky interpretation of Jungle Fever by the Chakachas, a sure shot for the dancefloors.
Senyaka - Bayanyonyoba
Senyaka
Bayanyonyoba
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Rush Hour)
13,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Two South African mastercuts by the legendary Senyaka Kekana. The unexpected deep house jam "Bayanyonyoba (1993)" and the illustrious soul song "Don't Judge Me Bad (1987)" are big RH favorites. Original copies are absolutely impossible to find, now released on 12inch for the first time.Esa Williams - "I had the pleasure of performing alongside Senyaka at the Alexander Theatre, Johannesburg back in 2012 which would have probably been his last most iconic gig before his passing in 2015. These two tracks really showcase the sounds of South Africa around the early to late 80’s, the influences from American synth pop and House that would then lead later into many of these records being played at the wrong speed which ultimately became the original Kwaito sound from South Africa."
Francis Bebey - Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984
Francis Bebey
Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984
2LP | 2014 | EU | Original (Born Bad)
24,99 €*
Release:2014 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Special compilation from Parisian re-issue kings, Born Bad, of the late Cameroonian master musician, Francis Bebey. This is the material we were hoping would follow the excellent comp from last year. Amazing 'universal' music currently only available on expensive originals. Double album with printed innersleeve.
Hycentto Junior - Mama Groove
Hycentto Junior
Mama Groove
LP | 1991 | EU | Reissue (Lorem Ipsum)
19,99 €*
Release:1991 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop, Organic Grooves
In the 80s, a Nigerian DJ named Hycentto Junior was notorious for making Onitsha people dance on his grooves. Soon, influenced by U.S hip-hop artists, he began rapping on top of the music he played.His eccentric style drew the attention of the biggest name, and the famous Nkono Teles decided to work with him on his next LP, Mama Groove. Their project was released in 1991. Due to unfortunate circumstances, the number of copies available was really low, making it very hard to find. More than 25 years later, working for a motor company, Hycentto met online with French music passionate collective “Lorem Ipsum”, that had randomly found his Mama Groove LP.The result is a reissue auditioning all the 1991 Mama Groove’s tracks and two bonuses selected from his first 1984 album, At A Party Last Night. The unique variety of sounds and genres, covering Electro Hip-Hop, Digi Reggae and Disco-Funk, will carry you from poolside to late night dancefloors!
Charly Kingson - Born In Africa
Charly Kingson
Born In Africa
12" | 1978 | EU | Reissue (Fleet)
12,99 €*
Release:1978 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Charly Kingson, (ps. for Charlie Kingue Soppo) is a legend of afro-funk who managed to shake the entire continent up with his infamous 1978 LP, Born In Africa. Often forgotten when conversations turn to Afro-dance, and the likes of Tony Allen or Fela Kuti, he has been an incredible source of inspiration to many musicians exploring the funkier side of jazz-dance, and this album itself goes way beyond any traditional notion of tropical discotheque. "Born In African" itself is a funky groover for the dancefloor and here is the original 1982 Remix, made by Dutch legendary percussionist Eddie Conard available again, featuring “Nimele Bolo” on the flip-side. Released in 1982 on Ariola/Fleet, but also pressed on the original Fleet label. The latter (remarkably with identical catalog-number) never saw daylight. But, we got them all! All in all, this hard to find 12” (at Discogs copies on the Ariola/Fleet label go for around 250 euro) was recently re-discovered, and now you can finally enjoy it again.
David Waciuma & The Rapture Voices - Devil Go / Jesu Kristo
David Waciuma & The Rapture Voices
Devil Go / Jesu Kristo
7" | 1976 | EU | Reissue (Afro7)
9,99 €*
Release:1976 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Reissue of a tough gospel doublesider from Nairobi 1976! Devil Go is a great R&B shaker while Jesu Kristo is a funky afro-ruck numbers. Comes with original label design and bespoke afro7 jacket!
Andy Compton / Shamrock - Bunny Chow
Andy Compton / Shamrock
Bunny Chow
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Lumberjacks In Hell)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Andy Compton & Shamrock team up with singer Asali for some sunlight drenched boogie sounds recorded in South Africa.
Fedia Laguerre - Divizion
Fedia Laguerre
Divizion
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Atangana)
13,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Founded in 2018 by DJ and producer Deni-Shain – the man behind acclaimed compilations Space Echo and Pop Makossa -, Atangana Records is the logical follow-up to more than 20 years of travels, constantly on the lookout for new artists and music around the world. As a “tropicalist globetrotter”, in this new project Deni-Shain, in partnership with Thomas Vicente, co-owner of the French restaurant “Le Verre Volé”, aims to dig, reproduce & transmit cross-cultural music, usually unreachable and/or less known by the public.The goal is simple: share the love of music and to rediscover the pleasure of voicings, percussions and sadly forgotten harmonies, whether you find yourself in a jam packed club or the intimacy of your home.Atangana’s first releases will be looking at the Caribbean’s Islands, especially into Haiti with the reissue – highly expected by various diggers – of the acclaimed single « Divizion » by singer Fedia Laguerre. Originally released in 1981, this first 12" comes with a remix by Voilaaa and an instrumental cut exclusively based on the additional work by the French afro-collective.
V.A. - African Scream Contest Volume 2
V.A.
African Scream Contest Volume 2
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
31,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
A great compilation can open the gate to another world. Who knew that some of the most exciting Afro-funk records of all time were actually made in the small West African country of Benin? Once Analog Africa released the first African Scream Contest in 2008, the proof was there for all to hear, gut-busting yelps, lethally welldrilled horn sections and irresistibly insistent rhythms added up to a record that took you into its own space with the same electrifying sureness as any favourite blues or soul or funk or punk sampler you might care to mention.Ten years on, intrepid crate-digger Samy Ben Redjeb unveils a new treasuretrove of Vodoun-inspired Afrobeat heavy funk crossover greatness. Right from the laceratingly raw guitar fanfare which kicks off Les Sympathics’ pile-driving opener, it’s clear that African Scream Contest II is going to be every bit as joyous a voyage of discovery as its predecessor. And just as you’re trying to get off the canvas after this one-punch knock out, an irresistible Afro-ska romp with a more than subliminal echo of the Batman theme puts you right back there. Ignace De Souza and the Melody Aces’ “Asaw Fofor" would’ve been a killer instrumental but once you’ve factored in the improbably-rich-to-the-point-of-being-Nat-King-Cole-influenced lead vocal, it’s a total revelation.
V.A. - Mr Bongo Record Club Volume 2
V.A.
Mr Bongo Record Club Volume 2
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Mr Bongo)
22,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
This instalment follows on from our acclaimed ‘Volume One’ – Lauren Laverne’s ‘Compilation Of The Week’, supported by the likes of Disclosure, Jeremy Underground, Horsemeat Disco, Hunee and Laurent Garnier. ‘Volume Two’ picks up where the last one left off — with a touch more soul and disco — records we’ve been spinning in our DJ sets and on the radio show of the same name, that inspired this series.Compiled by David ‘Mr Bongo’ Buttle and Gareth Stephens, plus a few personal favourites from Gary Johnson, Ville Marttila and Graham Luckhurst.TRACKLIST, VINYL 2-LP: A1. Elbernita ‘twinkie’ Clark – Awake O Zion (full length, original version) / A2. Dee Edwards – Put Your Love On The Line / A3. Anubis – Ecology / B1. Guy Cuevas – Ebony Game / B2. Kiru Stars (Julius Kang’ethe) – Family Planning / B3. Teaspoon & The Waves – Oh Yeh Soweto / C1. Leny Andrade – Não Adianta / C2. Rosa Maria – Samba Maneiro / C3. Tom & Dito – Obrigado Corcovado / C4. Inezita Barroso – Maracatu Elegante / C5. Joao Diaz – Capoeira / C6. The Equatics – Merry Go Round / D1. Elias Rahbani And His Orchestra – Liza… Liza / D2. The Beaters – Harari
Msafiri Zawose - Uhamiaji
Msafiri Zawose
Uhamiaji
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Soundway)
22,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Tanzania’s Msafiri Zawose has been one of the biggest slept-on musical forces from theregion. That’s about to change with the imminent arrival of a new album that will redefine the boundaries of gogo music. The Wagogo people are Msafiri’s traditionally nomadic tribe from the center of the Tanzania, known for their musicality and made famous by Hukwe Zawose - Msafiri’s father, who toured the world as a part of Peter Gabriel’s Real World roster in the 80s and 90s.The album has been produced in collaboration with Sam Jones from SoundThread, whoserecent works with Orlando Julius and remixes for Mugwisa International and Sarabi have been rapturously received. The tracks remain profoundly ‘gogo’ with traditional instruments and singing, but are infused with an organic electronic aesthetic. This is an afro-futurist journey that takes in dub, balearic, ambient and electronic vibrations alongside Zawose’s hypnotic playing and emotive, plaintive vocals.
V.A. - Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s
V.A.
Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s
3LP+7" | 2013 | UK | Original (Soundway)
29,99 €*
Release:2013 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Soundway Records present Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & ‘80s - a treasure-trove of rare and unusual recordings from East Africa. Spread out over two CDs and one triple LP, Kenya Special is accompanied by detailed liner notes, original artwork and photographs.It follows on from Soundway’s much acclaimed African ‘Special’ series that to date has focused on the highlife and afrobeat output from 1970s Nigeria and Ghana. Kenya Special is a collection of 32 recordings (most of which were only ever released on small-run 45rpm 7" singles) that stand out as being different or unique as well as some classic genre standards. From Kikuyu language ‘liquid soul’, Luo benga and Swahili afrobeat to genre-bending Congolese and Tanzanian tracks recorded in Nairobi, Kenya Special sees Soundway yet again taking the less trodden path. Many of the tracks featured here are peppered with innovation and experimentation highlighting how diverse the music scene in Kenya was at the time.In 1970s Kenya the two threads of rumba and benga loosely dominated the music scene. Benga quickly became Kenya’s unique contribution to afro-pop; spreading like wildfire through the interior countryside with it’s fast, 4/4 machine-gun beat and intricate electric guitar layers. The Congolese take on Afro-Cuban rumba was introduced by touring bands many of whom settled in East Africa - influencing bands from Kenya and Tanzania to come up with their own take on this popular style. Alongside these styles were small ensembles and hotel-sponsored bands, playing a blend of music that often included rock ‘n’ roll riffs, elements of ‘afro’ music (influenced by West African musicians like Fela Kuti), and multiple other combinations from South African and Zambian guitar styles to disco, funk and Swahili coastal rhythms like chakacha.Painstakingly compiled, assembled and researched over two years by a team of five people from five countries (Kenya included), Kenya Special is a collection that looks beyond the mainstream and brings new life and recognition to some little known gems and forgotten classics of Kenya’s past.
Fela Kuti Vs. De La Soul - Fela Soul Instrumentals
Fela Kuti Vs. De La Soul
Fela Soul Instrumentals
LP | 2012 | US | Original
15,99 €*
Release:2012 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop, Organic Grooves
Instrumental versions of the highly acclaimed "Fela Soul" smasher.
Andrea Benini - Drumphilia Volume 1
Andrea Benini
Drumphilia Volume 1
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Cristalline)
26,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
"a journey inspired by early African electronic music and modernbeats"Drumphilia volume 1 is a rhythmic experiment that sits on the faultline between traditional instrumentation and analogueelectronics. The project is a response to many years spent workingwith, learning about and listening to African and Caribbeanpercussion. Traditional rhythmic influences are combined withanalogue drum machines and drum synths to create a hybridsound that continues in the tradition of artists like Francis Bebey.There are no traditional harmonic instruments on the recordings -the aim was to create melody and texture using only carefullytuned percussion instruments, whether organic or electronic.Basslines were created by blending drum synth tones with theacoustic marimbula, a traditional Caribbean instrument that wasoften used in place of a bass guitar. Melodies were created witheverything from log drums and thumb pianos to early Soviet drummodules and the trailblazing Pearl Syncussion SY- 1.Various time signatures and textures are used across the album toproduce melody out of rhythm - hypnotic, evolving tracks thatcelebrate and highlight the importance of rhythm in modernmusic. All the sessions were recorded at the Mop Mop studio inBerlin between September and December, 2016. Instrumentsfeatured include: Log drum, marimbula, kalimba, sansula,krabebs. Pearl Syncussion SY-1, Vermona DRM1, MFB Tanzbär,MFB Tanzmaus RMIF Elsita, assorted drum machines andtalkboxes.Liner notes by Hugo Mendez
Etuk Ubong - Black Debtors / Collaboration Of Doom (C.O.D.)
Etuk Ubong
Black Debtors / Collaboration Of Doom (C.O.D.)
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Afro7)
9,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
New music from Nigeria's Etuk Ubong! Call it 'Earth Music' Raw and rhythmical drawing traditions from funk, high-life, jazz and afrobeat…with a political message! Limited Afro7 release comes in bespoke packaging!
Black Savage - Black Savage
Black Savage
Black Savage
LP | 1975 | EU | Reissue (Afro7)
19,99 €*
Release:1975 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Fantastic new compilation of the Kenyan Afro-Rock group Black Savage, 9 tracks taken from one extremely rare LP and two singles 1975-78. Comes with digital download codes, colorful insert and CD with bonus tracks not available on the lp, liners written by Kenyan music journalist Emmanuel Mwendwa. The Black Savage band came out of the Duke of York school in Nairobi, the group had prominent members like renowned world musician Job Seda (Ayub Ogada) they released one album on EMI East Africa in 1975 and three others singles, two in 76 and 78, and one in the early 80s. This LP (CD inside the jacket) is a compilation with half of the album and two of the singles. The music is somewhat rock hybrid with politically fueled lyrics and funky undertones and even folkloric at times, drawing influences from Deep Purple, Pink Floyd to Mandrill and Ohio Players – It’s a must listen!
Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats - Afro Soco Soul Live
Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats
Afro Soco Soul Live
LP | 1972 | EU | Reissue (Oom Dooby Dochas)
19,99 €*
Release:1972 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
He was born in Sierra Leone in the 1930s. Fact is that Gerald Pine was son to a lawyer working in Nigeria, lost his mother and sister at a very young age and found relief in music. He played social clubs by the early 60s with his newly founded band THE HEARTBEATS delivering cover-versions of American hits and Congolese rumba tunes that were then utterly popular in the West Africa area. Due to the influence of Congolese popular musicians Franco and Dr. Nico he adopted the more exotic sounding stage name of Geraldo Pino and he moved on from there. THE HEARTBEATS literally played until their fingers bled in popular night clubs in Sierra Leone, became one of the highest earning bands of Western Africa and were even able to put up their own television show after television had been introduced in Sierra Leone in 1962. All those developments put Geraldo Pino and his band in the position as leading figures in the African popular music that even a legend such as Nigerian cult musician Fela Kuti, who is often credited with originally creating the so called “Afro Beat” style stated Geraldo Pino and THE HEARTBEATS as major influence which even made him setting sail to the USA to introduce his musical vision over there for he could not match with Geraldo Pino concerning popularity in Africa. This of course is a whole different story. Geraldo Pino lived and played in his area, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria and created some of the hottest funky sounds with sophisticated sound gear, outstanding clothing and songs that made your blood boil. After a few 7” releases throughout the 1960s the first real album of GERALDO PINO & THE HEARTBEATS hit the scene in 1972. “Afro soco soul live” is as the title suggests an album that has been recorded at a concert and Geraldo Pino often communicates with the utterly enthusiastic audience, gives longer announcements between the songs or introduces his lead guitarist before he starts a simmering solo. All songs here have an average length of six minutes and despite their composed parts they show this free jammy flow. The basic style is funk with soulful vocals which gets mixed up with traditional African percussion grooves. This album swallows you with its mesmerizing rhythms. It's afro funk at best with a frantic atmosphere whirling up from the ever flashing percussive arrangements. The funky Hammond B – 3 organ is omnipresent on all the tracks and duels with the wild and completely unleashed lead guitar from time to time. Repetative chord progressions and harmonies decorate the solid rhythmmical base and deprive you of your senses while you get deeper and deeper into a trance like state moving and floating along on the dancefloor. Due to the crisp and clear sound this record gives you the feeling of being right at the scene, everything sounds and feels so vivid, even after more than four decades. So it is no wonder that this record is a popular gem in Western Africa but how is the reception from the European and American fans of furious funk music? Well, Geraldo Pino has become a legend in his home area but just a short time before his death in 2008 people from the Western World really discovered him and his amazing band. Original copies of this album go for several hundred USD if they ever turn up. So a reissue of this sacred gem of African funk music from the early 70s has been long overdue. A record that is made to let dancefloors smoke and tremble and the musicianship is sheer amazing!
V.A. - Ethiopiques Box Volume 2
V.A.
Ethiopiques Box Volume 2
6x7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Heavenly Sweetness)
49,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Only one copy per customer!Limited edition 7-inch set with original artworks and labels replica released for Record Store Day 2018. The set includes a poster and six stickers of the covers.Featuring another selection of great Ethiopian artists like Alèmayèhu Eshèté, Ali Mohamed Birra, Ayalew Mesfin, Mahmoud Ahmed, Muluken Melesse and Seyoum Gebreyes.
BKO - Mali Foli Coura
BKO
Mali Foli Coura
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Buda Musique)
19,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Experimental Malian 5 piece melds European and West African styles.
Grotto - Wait... No Hurry
Grotto
Wait... No Hurry
LP | 1978 | EU | Reissue (Odion Livingstone)
24,99 €*
Release:1978 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
First official reissue of Nigerian Boogie Disco Grail LP produced by Grotto for EMI Nigeria and originally released in 1978. Contains dance classic‘Bad city Girl’. Liner notes by Nigerian Music expert Uchenna Ikkone, include previously unpublished photos and extensive interviews by Temitope Kogbe..“Odion Iruoje was the A&R manager at EMI at the time,” Benson says, “and he auditioned us, liked he material and signed us.” Odion Iruoje of course had groomed and produced Ofege. Now he was looking to repeat the formula with other high school groups such as Tirogo, Apples and Question Mark. Grotto’s deep rock would be a welcome addition to this “schoolboy rock” series.Work on their album started immediately, with Iruoje in the producer’s chair. Adapting to the tastes of the times—as well as their own maturing musical sensibilities—Grotto started transitioning from acid rock towards sleeker, more dance floor-friendly grooves. “As I grew older I think I got a bit jazzier,” Benson says. “I also listened to Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Isley Brothers, Prince and a lot of funk groups from that era.”“Hard rock was the content of the first album,” Amenechi agrees, “and funk/jazz/R&B the focus of album number two. Especially with the late Toma Mason Jr. joining as bassist.” The group’s second album, Grotto II: Wait… No Hurry (released in 1979) reflected the growing sophistication of its members’ musical outlook. Fat, funky bass grooves rubbed shoulders with jazzy flute lines; space-age synthesizer tones punctuated good, old-fashioned crunchy rock riffs.
V.A. - Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes
V.A.
Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes
2LP | 2017 | US | Original (Ostinato)
29,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In 1988, on the eve of a two decade civil war, Somalia's authoritarian ruler Siad Barre launched punishing air strikes on the north of the country, known today as Somaliland, in response to agitations for independence. The bombing leveled the entire city. Barre targeted Radio Hargeisa to prevent any kind of central communication system that could organize a resistance. With the attack imminent, a few brave radio operators and dedicated vanguards of Somali culture knew the archives, containing over half a century of Somali music had to be preserved. Thousands upon thousands of cassette tapes and master reels were quickly removed from the soon-to-be targeted buildings. They were dispersed to neighboring countries like Djibouti and Ethiopia, and buried deep under the ground to withstand even the most powerful airstrikes."We buried them in the ground so the bomb's won't hit," one former leading journalist with Radio Hargeisa told us.These audio artifacts were excavated and recalled from their foreign shelters only very recently. Some of those recordings are now kept safe in the 10,000-strong cassette tape archive of the Red Sea Foundation, the largest collection of Somali cassettes in the world, in Somaliland's capital, Hargeisa. The Ostinato Records team digitized a large portion of the archive, distilling 15 songs that reveal the panoramic diversity of styles and sophistication of Somali musicianship.Over a millennia of trade in the Indian Ocean invited the cultures of the Arabian Peninsula, Persia, India, Southeast Asia, and even China to slowly work their melodies, scales, and sounds into Somalia's rich musical repertoire. Each track is a keen illustration of a carefully refined, rarely revealed cultural crossroads of the world.The archive offered a living window to the Mogadishu of the 1970s and 1980s, when the coastal capital glistened as the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean," when wine flowed freely. With its iconic ivory-colored architecture and crescent beaches overlooking the Indian Ocean, Mogadishu was home to the lavish Al Uruba and Jazira sea side hotels, where youthful bands like Iftiin, Sharero, and Dur Dur serenaded cosmopolitan crowds at some of the most elegant nightclubs in East Africa. These damaged cassettes evoked memories of the revered national theater, where Waaberi Band provided unforgettable soundtracks. Mogadishu's nightlife culture was rich and booming. Raucous rhythms, rugged horns, celestial synthesizers, and stalking baselines came alive alongside majestic voices like Mahmud "Jerry" Hussen and powerful and adored female singers like Faadumo Qaasim, Hibo Nuura, and Sahra Dawo. Somali music of this era is set apart by its empowerment of women. Female singers, often more prolific than their male counterparts, are inseparable from its evolution. Half the compilation is sung by women, their voices often compared in Somali poetry to the sweetness of broken dates. Poetry, intrinsic to the cultural fabric, forms the foundation of Somali songwriting.Somali music's golden age, curiously, occurred under a socialist military dictatorship, which effectively nationalized the music industry. A thriving scene was owned entirely by the state. Music was recorded for and by national radio stations and only disseminated through public broadcasts or live performances. Private labels were virtually non-existent. This music was never made available for mass release. Almost all recorded material came from original masters or homemade recordings of radio broadcasts. As a result, most of it has never been heard outside Somalia and the immediate region.During the Cold War, Somalia drifted between Soviet and American support — and a decade of U.S. backing allowed soul and funk to capture the imagination of Somali youth, adding the final touch on this masterpiece era.This project took our team to Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Djibouti, and across the Somali diaspora in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. For the last year, from Minnesota to Mogadishu to Malaysia, we have tracked down the musicians, songwriters, composers, former government officials, and quirky personalities that colored Somali music life. Their words and stories are revealed in a 15,000-word liner note booklet — the only document of its kind to cover this era of Somali music in depth.Alongside the story of Somalia's music before the civil war, the selection is also focused on the pan-Somali sound. Spread over much of the Horn of Africa, Somali language and culture transcend arbitrary borders. Somali singers from Djibouti were at home in Mogadishu. This compilation seeks to revive the rightful image, history, and identity of the Somali people, detached from war, violence, piracy, and the specter of a persistent threat. These 15 tracks should serve as a necessary starting point.
Pat Thomas - Coming Home (Classics 1967-1981) - Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics
Pat Thomas
Coming Home (Classics 1967-1981) - Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics
3LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Strut)
25,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Ghanaian highlife master and “The Golden Voice Of Africa”, Pat Thomas, returns with his first full career retrospective on Strut this Autumn, covering his late ‘60s big band highlife recordings through to the “burger highlife” movement of the early ‘80s. Growing up with music around him (“my uncle, King Onyina, was an important highlife musician”), Thomas was inspired to become a singer after hearing vocalist Joss Aikins: “He sang with Broadway Dance Band and Decca in Ghana chose him to sing with any group that came into their studios.”When a new incarnation of Broadway Dance Band was created in ‘67, led by Ebo Taylor, Thomas received his first big break. “Ebo started to write new songs. I added the lyrics and sang them and it worked well.” The partnership with Taylor would become one of the enduring forces in Ghanaian music during the ‘70s, creating a fresh, progressive new highlife sound. They played with the Blue Monks band before, in 1974, forming Sweet Beans with the backing of Ghana’s Cocoa Marketing Board: “The album, ‘False Lover’, was the first under my own name and my first for Gapophone,” Pat reflects. “Reggae was “on” at that time - Jimmy Cliff was the guy - so I tried reggae fusions and brought in some soul.” The album established Thomas across Ghana. Sweet Beans disbanded but the musicians stayed together as Marijata. “The guys initially used Jewel Ackah as their vocalist but they involved me and I re-vocalled the album. This became the ‘Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata’ LP. At that time, I would go to George Prah at Gapophone to ask for money and he would say, ‘if you want me to pay you, go and write a song!’ So, tracks like ‘Coming Home’ came about that way, written on the spot.” A second Marijata album followed before a damaging coup in Ghana in 1979. “Jerry Rawlings’ “house-cleaning” was designed to stop corruption but it seriously damaged our country’s music culture.”Thomas left for Berlin and stayed true to his highlife roots, becoming the first Ghanaian to record highlife there. “In Ghana, people ex-pats living in Germany called themselves ‘burgers’, so the scene became ‘burger highlife’.” Thomas travelled to Togo and London, before settling in Canada: “I ended up there for ten years playing for universities, Ghanaian societies and festivals.”
Susso - Keira
Susso
Keira
LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Soundway)
19,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Susso, aka bassist / producer Huw Bennett, creates music inspired by, and directly sampling, the magnificent sounds of the Mandinka people, recorded during a recent trip to Gambia. Initially travelling with the aim of gaining perspective as a musician and to discover a new world of music first hand, Huw found himself humbled by such a welcoming community of artists, mostly belonging to the celebrated Suso and Kuyateh griot families. The tracks are composed entirely from original source material, field recordings and Huw’s talents as a multi-instrumentalist; performing tuned percussion from the region including the Mandinka Balafon, Kutiringding drum, aswell drawing on his skill as a professional upright / electric bassist. The music produced has a contemporary electronic sound, whilst still paying homage to a traditional Gambian aesthetic. Keira (meaning peace) guides the listener through Huw’s journey up the River Gambia, being welcomed into remote dusty villages, where your people are the most important thing in life.
Rail Band / Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako - Mariba Yassah Feat. Mory Kante / Get Up James
Rail Band / Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako
Mariba Yassah Feat. Mory Kante / Get Up James
7" | 2016 | UK | Original (Mr Bongo)
9,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
A. Rail Band - Mariba Yassah ft. Mory KantéOne of Mali’s best known outfits, also known as Super Rail Band and the Bamako Rail Band. Led by the legendary Salif Keita. Their unique style came about as a result of the fusion of Afro-Latin-Jazz and traditional styles.This track is super funky and tight from the first beat, with a catchy trumpet line running over the top and throughout. Mory Kanté features here on lead vocals.Originally released on their album entitled ‘Super Rail Band Of The Buffet Hotel Del La Gare De Bamako, Mali - Rail Band’, in 1973 on RCAM. B. Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako - Get Up JamesSalif Keita becomes the subject of some unusual A-side/B-side drama here - he left Rail Band to join Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako! Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako are considered to be one of Africa’s greatest bands, assembled in the early 70’s in Mali.This record is a James Brown cover with a psychedelic-West African twist. Loud and proud JB style call-and-response vocals, driving organ, drums and guitar.
K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas / Ebo Taylor - Kyenkyen Bi Adi M'awu / Heaven
K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas / Ebo Taylor
Kyenkyen Bi Adi M'awu / Heaven
7" | 2015 | UK | Original (Mr Bongo)
9,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Ghanian musician K. Frimpong. In the 1970s, he recorded with two different bands, Vis-A-Vis and Cubano Fiestas. 'Kyenkyen Bi Adi M'awu' fuses heavy afrobeat drums and horns with a highlife guitar line and is his most well known track. Taken from the legendary 'K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas' LP released in 1977 on Continental Records out of Ghana. Licensed from Ofo brothers, a Ghanian independent. As sampled by Gnarls Barkley on his 'Storm Coming' track.Taken from Ebo's self titled LP released on Esibons in 1977, original copies of which regularly fetches upwards of $500. Ebo still tours extensively with his incredible band, their performances come very highly recommended.
Hailu Mergia & The Walias - Tche Belew
Hailu Mergia & The Walias
Tche Belew
LP | 1997 | US | Reissue (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:1997 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The album will be released by Awesome Tapes From Africa for the first time outside Ethiopia, with its original track sequence and album art along with exclusive period photos from Mergia’s personal scrapbook.
Fatoumata Diawara - Fatou
Docteur Nico - Dieu De La Guitare
Docteur Nico
Dieu De La Guitare
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Planet Ilunga)
36,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
This 2LP is a limited edition in a tri-fold jacket on 180g vinyl. This anthology, made in collaboration with Le Comite de Gestion des Oeuvres de Docteur Nico and the children of Docteur Nico, gives a detailed picture of the career of Nicolas Kasanda Wa Mikalayi.
Nana Tuffour - Sikyi Medley
Nana Tuffour
Sikyi Medley
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Kalita / CC:Editions)
14,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 26.10.2018
Kalita Records and CC:Editions (a new venture byAustralia’s CC:Disco) jointly announce a 12” EPcomprised of four of Nana Tuffour’s greatest electronicburger highlife tracks, accompanied by interview-based linernotes. Here, in partnership with Nana, we select two highlysought-after songs from his 1993 release ‘Genesis’, namely‘Sikyi Medley’ and ‘M’Anu Me Ho’, and pair them his with twolesser known yet equally deserving tracks ‘Asamando’ and‘Jesus’ from his 1997 CD-only release ‘Highlife Tropicana’.
Marsh Dondurma - Open
Marsh Dondurma
Open
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Todres)
28,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Marsh Dondurma had been kickin' it in around the world for a good 13 years now and they are HOT. Starting from a street show between the spice stands of the Jerusalem market, the band has grown to have its own luscious, unmistakable sound. In a sizzling pan, Marsh Dondurma stirs together middle eastern melodies with New Orleans trombones, Yemenite beats with Balkan riffs; Klezmer wails with booty-shaking funk."When they lock on to a groove, the outcome is irresistible" All about jazz
Braen & Raskovich - Afro Beat / Afro Flower
Braen & Raskovich
Afro Beat / Afro Flower
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Four Flies)
15,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Amazing afro-psych breaks from the Sorgini and Alessandroni, recorded between “Under Pompelmo” and The Pawnshop’s first 7''. Both tracks are previously unreleased!
Barney Mcall - Mother Of Dreams And Secrets
Barney Mcall
Mother Of Dreams And Secrets
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Research)
26,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
On a trip to Cuba in 1996, Barney McAll was invited to a ceremony in honour of the Yoruba goddess Yemaya. The experience drew McAll, one of Australia's leading jazz pianists who had moved to New York to join Gary Bartz' band, to delve deeper into Cuban music and culture.Originally released as a CD on the Jazzhead label in 2006, beside Hermeto Pascoal, Paul Grabowsky and many more, 'Mother of Dreams and Secrets' is a continuation of Barney's innovative exploration of sacred Afro-Cuban rhythms that has stood the test of time.The album was recorded at Egrem Studios in Havana with some of Cuba's finest percussionists and musicians, alongside New York-based American and Australian players, including the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel and Billy Harper.Available for the first time on vinyl, spread over a double LP for optimum sound quality, and including a digital download.
Mac Gregor - Abidjan
Mac Gregor
Abidjan
12" | 1981 | EU | Reissue (Hot Casa)
19,99 €*
Release:1981 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Rare and in High demand Afro digital Soul EP, recorded in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) in 1981.Originally from Martinique, Clem Marise Voltine aka Mac Gregor moved to Abidjan in 1979 searching for, what she called, her “negritude quest”. She sang about her love for her adoptive city until her death in April 2004 at CHU of Abidjan, Trechville Hospital.A visionary composer, poet and singer, mixing Creole, French and Nouchi, she made a brilliant musical bridge between the West-Indies and Ivory Coast, backed by a soulful group of top Ivorian musicians such as the great Houon Pierre.This unique and must have record is a pure dancefloor killer and will definitely be the next Afro Tropical Hit of the next decade!Fully Licensed in Abidjan, remastered at Carvery Studio on a 12inch vinyl (45 RPM).
Klaus Krüger of Tangerine Dream - Advanced Dance
Klaus Krüger of Tangerine Dream
Advanced Dance
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Early Sounds)
17,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
After more than 30 years Early Sounds and Halfway Ritmo are finally releasing unpublished recordings (1982-1989) from former Tangerine Dream and Iggy Pop's drummer Klaus Krüger.Advanced Dance combines a sweeping mix of Krüger's handcrafted acoustic drums and distinctive electronic sounds of the late Berlin-School years, creating a unique blend of advanced polyrhythms. Krüger achieved a balance between creativity and classic drum patterns giving birth to an unconventional and avant-garde type of music that could be easily defined as a precursor of techno. His progressive mentality led him to delve further into the tape collage technique and unique ways of triggering his drums. It was a whole new world of music - sustained by his artistic surroundings, which included collaborations as well as friendships with other influential artists such as David Bowie, Martin Kippenberger and Helmut Newton. In the time of German division, the pulsating West Berlin became a melting pot of creativity and international encounters. Advanced Dance is the result of the blazing heat feeding the unstoppable thirst of discovery which characterized that generation, creating tunes that transform the listener's experience into one blissful moment amidst beautiful confusion.
V.A. - Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa
V.A.
Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa
CD | 2018 | EU | Original (Soundway)
16,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In 1980s black South Africa a local form of pop music evolved as the disco boom died down and slowly mutated. It was often ubiquitously described as Bubblegum - usually stripped-down and lo-fi with a predominance of synths, keyboards and drum-machines and overlaid with the kind of deeply soulful trademark vocals and harmonies that South African music is famous for. Compilers Miles Cleret (Soundway) and DJ Okapi (Afrosynth Records) present a selection of 18 rare, handpicked 1980s cuts that highlight the period that nestles in between the ‘70s (where American-influenced jazz, funk and soul bumped shoulders with local Mbaqanga) and the ‘90s when Kwaito and eventually house-music ruled the dancefloors of urban South Africa.Alongside French-Caribbean Zouk this kind of music has slowly been making its way into the DJ sets of many of the most open minded selectors around the world. This compilation is in many ways a sister release to the hugely popular compilation of Nigerian boogie and disco that Soundway released in late 2016 : “Doing it In Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980s Nigeria”.The album takes its name from the band Ashiko’s track of the same name Gumba Fire that features on the compilation. The term is derived from gumba gumba, the term given to the booming speakers of the old spacegram radios thatbroadcast music into South Africa’s townships and villages. The phrase later evolved into Gumba Fire to refer to a hot party. Put this record on and feel the heat!
Ebo Taylor - Yen Ara
Ebo Taylor
Yen Ara
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Mr Bongo)
20,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Ghanaian music legend Ebo Taylor returns with perhaps his finest album to date. But don't take our word for it. That’s coming straight from the man himself. And he should know after more than 60 years in the business. The 81-year-old composer, arranger, guitarist and vocalist has been a key figure in the evolving afro-funk sound since the Seventies, working with the likes of Apagya Show Band, CK Mann and Pat Thomas. Famously, he rubbed shoulders with Fela Kuti while studying in London in the Sixties, before going on to lead the Ghana Black Star Band (featuring Osei and Sol Amarfio from Osibisa) and later the Uhuru Dance Band back in Ghana. Like Fela, he is always pushing forward, constantly reconceptualising his sound andattuning it for a new generation. Part teacher, part messenger. Listen to Yen Ara and you will not only hear the high-energy afrobeat, sweet highlife, jazz and konkoma influences that he’s famous for. There is also a disco pulse and hard-hitting percussive edge to the tracks, which were produced by Justin Adams (Tinariwen, Rachid Taha, Robert Plant) and recorded in the live room at Electric Monkey Studio in Amsterdam. An Ebo Taylor for these times, you might say.His group, the Saltpond City Band, are all handpicked local musicians featuring two of his sons. An appropriate line-up on an album whose titles means “we”. And they are on fine form, ripping through tracks such as ‘Krumandey’ (a surefire party starter) and ‘Mind Your Own Business’ (a simple message delivered over a frenetic drum rhythm). Elsewhere, ‘Aboa Kyirbin’ will please fans of tough afrobeat grooves, while Taylor could well be inciting a riot at his next gig with ‘Mumudey Mumudey’, We hear him calling for ‘preshaaah’ and leading us into a call and response as the trumpet takes us higher. And the lift of those horns on ‘Ankoma'm’ evokes some of his finest work such as ‘Love & Death’ and ‘Come Along’, the latter recordedwith the Pelikans and featured on a recent Mr Bongo reissue. This album fizzes and pops with life but the best way to experience Taylor, as always, is live. Catch him on tour in Europe from March 2018.
Ali Farka Toure - The Source (Special Edition)
Ali Farka Toure
The Source (Special Edition)
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (World Circuit)
25,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The third international release by the legendary Malian singer and guitarist is many fan’s favourite. ‘The Source’ established Ali Farka Touré on the international stage and paved the way for his legendary collaboration with Ry Cooder on the GRAMMY award winning album ‘Talking Timbuktu’.Available for the first time on vinyl, the album has been re-mixed from the original master tapes and includes a previously unreleased track from the same sessions. The album is presented in a gatefold sleeve containing double 180g vinyl and large format 28 page booklet with lyrics.‘The Source’ features Farka Touré’s first recordings with his home town band Group Asco, with vocalist Afel Bocoum and percussionists Hamma Sankare (calabash)and Oumar Touré (congas). Touré’s trademark acoustic and electric guitar (as well his njarka violin) playing are highlighted on some of his best loved and most sophisticated compositions.The father of the desert blues unleashes a set of driving small group performances, intimate love songs, mesmerising guitar solos and two unique duets with the great American bluesman Taj Mahal.
Newen Afrobeat - Newen Plays Fela
Newen Afrobeat
Newen Plays Fela
CD | 2017 | EU | Original (Newen Afrobeat)
12,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Newen Afrobeat is an afrobeat music project from Chile and one of the most successful afrobeat bands in the world. Following the legacy of Fela Kuti, they have achieve an interesting fusion between afrobeat and latin american sounds. Newen Afrobeat is an experience of dance and social change and they first album has become the most listened afrobeat album sensation on Youtube. Newen Afrobeat's album is a groovy trip through the first Chilean Afrobeat ever made. TIP!!
Jay U Experience - Enough Is Enough
Jay U Experience
Enough Is Enough
LP | 1977 | EU | Reissue (Soundway)
21,99 €*
Release:1977 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Soundway fans first got a taste of Jay-U’s infectious beats with the track ‘Some More’, featured on the Soundway compilation “Nigeria Disco Funk Special: The Sound Of The Underground Lagos Dancefloor 1974-79”.Originally released by EMI Nigeria in 1977, this now-rare album was written by Jay-U and engineered by disco-boogie artist Goddy Oku. Opening with the up-tempo reggae number “Reggae Deluxe”, the album descends into mind-blowing jazz-funk featuring several killer saxophone solos. The journey ends with a trip into psych-prog rock, with a sound not dissimilar to that coming out of the early 70s British rock scene.
Lord Echo - Harmonies DJ Friendly Edition
Lord Echo
Harmonies DJ Friendly Edition
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Soundway)
24,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
DJ friendly 2xLP version, cut loud for your pleasure!Harmonies is the new long player from underground super-producer Lord Echo. Hotly anticipated for the last few years by his growing entourage of fans, many were frustrated by his descent into obscurity in the industrial backwaters of New Zealand where he lived alone and went completely insane trying to complete the record. But those frustrations are finally at an end, and the wait was worth it - for fans at least.The new album solidifies his already distinctive mutations of reggae and rock steady with disco, African soul, techno and spiritual jazz. In other words, the Lord has returned from the wilderness with a bounty for his followers. Eat of the bread of life and enjoy access to his crazy World of Sound.
Fela Kuti & The Africa 70 - Zombie
Fela Kuti & The Africa 70
Zombie
LP | 1976 | UK | Reissue (Knitting Factory)
20,99 €*
Release:1976 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Der nigerianische Musiker Fela Kuti gilt als Begründer des Afrobeat. Das Label Knitting Factory legt nun verschiedene Werke aus dem Backcatalogue als neue Vinyl-Edition vor. Diese entstammen ursprünglich dem von Brian Eno zusammengestellten Set "Vinyl Box 3/Compiled by Brian Eno" und waren einzeln nicht erhältlich. Schwarzes Vinyl / 180g. Das 1976er Album meint mit dem Begriff "Zombie" einen Soldaten. Denn insgesamt 1000 Soldaten marschierten auf die Gebäude der Kalakuta Republic, den Aufnahmestudios von Fela Kuti zu. Bei dieser Aktion wurde nicht nur das Equipment zerstört, zudem Aufnahmen beschlagnahmt und Fela Kuti schwer zusammengeschlagen, sondern Fela Kutis Mutter wurde aus einem Fenster im ersten Stock geworfen. In der Folge lag sie über Wochen im Koma. Ein gewaltiger Einschnitt in Fela Kutis Biographie und die heftige Reaktion eines Staates auf seine Musik!
Ngozi Family - Day Of Judgment
Ngozi Family
Day Of Judgment
LP | 2014 | US | Reissue (Now Again)
20,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Proto-punk and garage Zamrock: the celebrated guitarist Paul Ngozi’s essential debut album. Featuring Chrissy Zebby Tembo.
V.A. - Light & Sound Of Mogadishu
Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Roforofo Fight
Fela Kuti & Africa 70
Roforofo Fight
LP | 1972 | UK | Reissue (Knitting Factory)
17,99 €*
Release:1972 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Der nigerianische Musiker Fela Kuti gilt als Begründer des "Afrobeat". Das Label Knitting Factory legt nun verschiedene Werke aus dem Backcatalogue als Vinyl-Edition vor. "Roforofo Fight" ist 180g schwer und mit einem Download-Code ausgestattet. Gegenüber der Originalaufnahme sind zwei Bonustracks aus gleicher Schaffensphase enthalten. 1972 veröffentlicht, gehören diese Stücke von Fela Kuti zu den Funk-beeinflussten Werken. Das Stück "Question Jam Answer" bewegt sich nicht allein schon wegen seiner in den Vordergrund rückenden Bläser-Sätze in die Nähe von James Brown. Die Verwendung von "Pidgin English" für seine Texte machte ihn in ganz Afrika verständlich, was seinen politischen Einfluss erhöhte. Abermals besonders hervorzuheben: Tony Allens Schlagzeug-Spiel, welches durch seine oft polyrhythmischen Muster den Stücken einen ganz eigenen Groove gibt.
Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family - My Ancestors
V.A. - Afro-Beat Airways Volume 2
V.A.
Afro-Beat Airways Volume 2
2LP | 2013 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2013 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
From the coastal cities of Accra and Cape Coast, basked in a tropical sound heavily influenced by highlife, to the semi-Saharan cities of Tamalé and Bolgatanga (part of a self-proclaimed 'Islamic Funk Belt') via the central city of Kumasi, Analog Africa has criss-crossed Ghana in search of rare tracks for the Afrobeat Airways series.
Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Of Ethiopia
Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu Of Ethiopia
LP | 1972 | US | Reissue (Worthy)
13,99 €*
Release:1972 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Oh so classic album of Mulatu, the spearhead of the Ethiopian sound export.
Rob - Hell Fire
Rob
Hell Fire
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Tambourine Party)
27,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder 08.12.2018
Madly rare album of Disco funk and reggae oddities from Rob (Ghanaian , Funky Rob, of 'Make It Fast, make It Slow' fame). " After many years the long lost Apocalyptic Disco Funk offering has been unearthed and re-released for the world to hear. Rob’s prophetic pre-apocalypse disco message, Hellfire, was originally released as a promotional LP by Nigerian label Taretone. Though a seminal work by Rob, disco stylings had fallen from vogue on the Nigerian dance floors. With the local airwaves dominated by artists like Félix Lebarty, Rob’s promotional release was shelved, and never got to see a full-scale commercial issue. Ultimately the master tapes were lost by Taretone and the album was doomed to obscurity for decades until its recent rediscovery by Tambourine Party Records.Hellfire is both a disco burner and a frantic warning about the impending end of the world. From the downtempo title track Hellfire to the floor-filling Glory be to Jesus, Rob will be sure to get his message across. Once the needle is dropped it is hard to deny that even if the world is coming to and end you can die happy listening to this album."
Tallawit Timbouctou - Hali Diallo
Tallawit Timbouctou
Hali Diallo
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Sahel Sounds)
20,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 26.10.2018
Tallawit Timbouctou are champions of takamba, a hypnotic traditional music fromNorthern Mali. Built around the tehardent, the four stringed lute and pre-cursor tothe American banjo, takamba's droning distortion comes from signature handmademics and blown out amplifiers. Accompanied by percussion pounded out onto anoverturned calabash with mind boggling time signatures, the combined effect istrance inducing. This is the music that long ruled the North of Mali, performed atfestivities, blasting out of dusty boomboxes, and beaming out from village radiostations. Its origin is shrouded in mystery, and though purportedly dating back to theSonghai Empire of the 15th century, takamba's heyday was in the 1980s, with theintroduction of amplification. Musicians found a lucrative circuit, performing inelegant weddings, creating cassettes on demand, and writing songs for their wealthypatrons. Today takamba has fallen out of popular fashion with the youth, butcontinues to thrive in a small network of die-hard traditionalists. Band leader AghalyAg Amoumine is one of the remaining renowned takamba musicians. Descendedfrom a long line of praise singers, he spent decades traveling across the Sahel,performing in remote nomad camps and crowded West African capitals. Hiscompositions continue to circulate today and have become part of the folkrepertoire. His group Tallawit Timbouctou, based in the city of the same name,continues in the family tradition, and has featured both his brother and nephew asaccompanying members. Recorded at home in Timbouctou, "Hali Diallo" is arelentless and nonstop recording, true to the form of takamba. Tracks blendseamlessly into one another, instruments are tuned mid-song, and Aghaly onlypauses singing long enough for the occasional shout-out or dedication. Unfilteredand direct as it's meant to be heard, Tallawit Timbouctou is a shining example of oneof the last great takamba bands.
Stella Chiweshe - Kasahwa: Early Singles
Stella Chiweshe
Kasahwa: Early Singles
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Glitterbeat)
19,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Erstveröffentlichung außerhalb Afrikas: Ausgesuchte Raritäten der "Queen of Mbila"aus den Jahren 1974-83.Stella Rambisai Chiweshe wurde 1946 in der britischen Kolonie Südrhodesien, dem heutigen Simbabwe,geboren. Sie ist die bekannteste Musikerin ihres Landes und gilt international als die "Queen of Mbila". Mbilaist eine im südlichen Afrika verbreitete Bezeichnung für unterschiedliche Xylophone und Lamellophone.Chiweshe spielt eine Lamellophon-Variante, die von den Zezuru, einer zu den Shona gehörendenVolksgruppe, "mbira dza vadzimu" genannt wird und 22 bis 28 Eisenlamellen in zwei Reihen hat. Chiwesheist eine der wenigen Frauen, die dieses traditionell Männern vorbehaltene Instrument beherrscht. Obwohl imersten Befreiungskrieg die britische Kolonialmacht alle kulturellen Aktivitäten verbot, die Kirche die Mbira zumTeufelswerk erklärte und sich Männer weigerten, ihr das Mbira-Spiel zu vermitteln oder überhaupt nur einLamellophon zu bauen, lernte Chiweshe zwischen 1966-69 das Instrument und nahm Anfang der 1970er anillegalen Heilungszeremonien teil, bei denen sie Mbira spielte. Nach der formalen Unabhängigkeit 1974 wares ihr möglich, erste Aufnahmen zu machen; gleich ihre Debüt-Single "Kasahwa" erreichte Goldstatus. Dievorliegende Kompilation enthält neben dem Erstling sieben weitere Stücke, die in den folgenden Jahren bis1983 in Afrika veröffentlicht wurden.
AfroNova - Whatever You Want / Keep Stepping feat. Tony Allen
Mabon Dawud Republic, The - Wawa Tree / Ayaya
Mabon Dawud Republic, The
Wawa Tree / Ayaya
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Budabeats)
12,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Mabon Dawud Republic, Hungary's first all-star progressive Afrobeat ensemble started as the Fela Kuti tribute band for the very first Felabration event in Budapest, organised by the band itself and joined by Fela's original Egypt 80 band member, keyboard player and singer Dele Sosimi.
Soul Jazz Records presents Nigeria Fuji Machine - Synchro Sound System & Power
Soul Jazz Records presents Nigeria Fuji Machine
Synchro Sound System & Power
LP | 2018 | UK | Original (Soul Jazz)
23,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
‘Syncho Sound System & Power’ features the music of Nigeria Fuji Machine,which includes some of the country’s finest ‘Fuji’ master drummers and singers,and is newly recorded by Soul Jazz Records in Lagos, Nigeria.Fuji is the heavily percussive and improvisational style of Nigerian popular music,at once modern and yet deeply rooted in the traditional Islamic Yoruba culture ofNigeria.Here on this album Nigeria Fuji Machine’s striking and powerful lead vocalistTaofik Yemi Fagbenro soars above a wild and energetic backdrop of polyrhythmsplayed on traditional talking drums, trap drums, electronic and street percussion tocreate a powerful wall of intense sound.
Akwassa - In The Groove
Akwassa
In The Groove
LP | 1977 | EU | Reissue (Oom Dooby Dochas)
19,99 €*
Release:1977 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
First official reissue ever! Nigeria had an utterly strong popular music scene in the 1970s, “Afro Beat” and “Afro Funk” were the hottest musical creations of the day and garage rock oriented bands like OFEGE or funky monsters AKWASSA were at the forefront of the movement. I deliberately call it their second album despite three albums that were released under the monicker HEADS FUNK BAND with exactly the same line up as AKWASSA from 1975 to 1978. However, the main difference between “In the groove” and the earlier records is a more slick and polished feeling and a strong reggae element. Next to this, there are definitely a few more up to date disco funk influences that outweigh the classic raw streetfunk we could find on the predecessors of “In the groove”. So the development in sound and style is obvious. 'In the Groove' has a more easy, more relaxed feeling. The atmosphere is bright and certainly reaches out for a wider audience. AKWASSA were stars in their palce. “In the groove” was a perfect album that would appeal to each and every fan of funky music. All the members of AKWASSA stayed with music after the band dissolved in the late 70s, some of them until recent years, others straight up into the 80s or 90s. Even though this important Nigerian band called out it's quit somewhen, they left a rich legacy of music! Colorful and inspiring this album is made to last forever due to the memorable hooks and harmonies. While collectors spend 1.000 EUR for original copies, an official reissue of this monster rarity was overdue and Afro Funk lovers around the world will leap for joy as nearly all tunes could be played in a row to set the dancefloor ablaze!
Super Elcados - Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture - Tambourine Party Volume 2
Super Elcados
Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture - Tambourine Party Volume 2
LP | 1976 | EU | Reissue
19,99 €*
Release:1976 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Official Mr Bongo reissue of the ultra-rare album by ‘Super Elcados’. A fusion of heavyweight Nigerian funk, soul & disco, originally released by EMI Nigeria in 1976. The ‘Super Elcados’ (and ’Elcados’ on other recordings) recorded three albums in the mid and late-70’s, this is their first. It was followed by ‘This World Is Full Of Injustice’ and ‘What Ever You Need’. Licensed from Geoffrey Johnson (Elcados), courtesy of PMG, with special thanks to Dave Hill for his help!
Mike Nyoni & Born Free - My Own Thing
Mike Nyoni & Born Free
My Own Thing
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Now Again)
54,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The latest release in Now-Again’s deluxe Reserve Edition series: the first ever anthology of Zamrock musician Mike Nyoni’s funky, psych-rock and folkloric 1970s recordings, plus bonus tracks on DL card for WAV files.Zambian guitarist and singer/songwriter Mike Nyoni’s music is Zamrock only because he came of age during the country’s rock revolution. His preferred wah-wah to fuzz guitar, James Brown to Jimi Hendrix. His 70s recordings – often politically charged, and ranging from despondent to exuberant – are amongst the funkiest on the African continent. He was also one of the only Zamrock musicians to see his music contemporaneously issued in Europe. This anthology collates works from his three 70s LPs – his first, with the Born Free band, and his two solo albums Kawalala and I Can’t Understand You – and presents a singular Zambian musician on par with celebrated artists Rikki Ililonga, Keith Mlevhu and Paul Ngozi. The package also features an extensive, photo-filled booklet contains an overview of the Zamrock scene and Nyoni’s story. Includes a download card to WAV files, including bonus tracks.
Otto De Rojas Y Los Ultra 76 - Choca Las Caderas
Otto De Rojas Y Los Ultra 76
Choca Las Caderas
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Matasuna)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Matasuna Records is delighted to reissue this Peruvian masterpiece by Otto de Rojas - one of the best Piano players from Peru. In 1976 he and his band Los Ultra 76 released this superb single mixing Latin with Funk, Jazz and Disco. Both tracks getting remastered to provide the best possible sound - even better than on the original 45! A 7inch not to be missed.Choca Las Caderas keeps its promises: with this tune the hips certainly won't stay still! The song builds its vibe with a funky guitar riff, a groovy bass line and Roja's virtuoso piano playing. The horn section and the vocals drive the tune to its climax: pure fire for the dance floor!On the flipside there's another jewel: Al Ritmo del Bump Bump - a Peruvian cover version of "Soulful Strut" by the US Soul-Jazz band "Young-Holt Unlimited". Otto de Rojas and his Ultra 76's adapt the original in their own groove-oriented way of playing: faster rhythm, amazing wah-wah guitars, layers of electric piano over a funky bass and brass. Another heater for the floors!
Giovanni Damico - Afro Stomp EP
Giovanni Damico
Afro Stomp EP
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Kalakuta Soul)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Giovanni Damico keeps amazing things coming and takes it with this release on the mighty label Kalakuta Soul Records to the next level. Joining forces with the mighty Gabriele Spagnuolo and Francesco Di Domenico on guitars and Saxophone, the italian boogie doctor brings to life three filthy stompers inspired by amazing artists from the african continent who have shaped what we now call (dance) music.
Samba Toure - Wande
Samba Toure
Wande
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Glitterbeat)
19,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Der Desert-Blues aus Mali ist ein musikalisches Markenzeichen Afrikas, das seit vielen Jahren weit über dieGrenzen des Kontinents hinaus geschätzt wird. Dessen berühmtester Vertreter ist Ali Farka Touré, obwohlder Bluesman bereits 2006 verstarb. Einer seiner Erben ist der Gitarrist und Sänger Samba Touré. Beide sindnicht miteinander verwandt. Allerdings war es Farka, der in den Neunzigern den jungen Samba entdeckteund ihn für eine Europa- und USA-Tour in seine Band holte. Aber noch wichtiger: er ermutigte das jungeTalent, einen eigenen Stil zu entwickeln. Es dauerte nicht lange, bis Samba Touré auch als SolokünstlerErfolge feierte. Daran schlossen sich Kollaborationen mit Superstars wie Vieux Farka Touré oder ToumaniDiabate an. Der internationale Durchbruch gelang Samba Touré 2013 mit dem von der Kritik begeistertaufgenommen Album "Albala". Heute zählt er zu den schillerndsten Vertretern afrikanischer Blues-Musik."Wande" (deutsch: "Der Geliebte") ist bereits sein drittes Glitterbeat-Album. Obwohl es konzeptionellursprünglich anders gedacht war, gerieten die Songs ganz warm und friedlich. Verantwortlich dafür war diegute Stimmung, die während der Sessions aufkam. Touré behielt seine ersten Takes, keine einzigeGitarrenspur wurde nachbearbeitet. Überhaupt kamen bei der Produktion kaum Overdubs zum Einsatz, wasdem Werk einen natürlichen Touch verleiht.
Fatoumata Diawara - Fenfo
Fatoumata Diawara
Fenfo
LP+CD | 2018 | EU | Original (3eme Bureau)
19,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Fatoumata Diawara ist eine malische Singer/Songwriterin und Schauspielerin. Ihr Debüt "Fatou" (2011) unddarauffolgende Aktivitäten machten die Künstlerin zu einer der wichtigsten Vertreterinnen modernerafrikanischer Musik. Sie sang auf Alben von Dee Dee Bridgewater ("Red Earth"), Oumou Sangaré ("Seya")und Herbie Hancock ("The Imagine Project"). Darüber hinaus kollaborierte sie mit Bobby Womack, MulatuAstatke, Cheikh Lô, dem Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, Blick Bassy sowie Rocket Juice & the Moon.Diawara spielte bereits Glastonbury und andere große Festivals, trat in der Carnegie Hall auf und begab sichan Bord von Damon Albarns Africa Express, wo sie sich als Höhepunkt eine Bühne mit Paul McCartney teilte.Parallel setzte sie ihre Karriere als Schauspielerin fort, unter anderem in den Filmen "Timbuktu" (2014) und"Mali Blues" (2015). Ihr Album "Fenfo" (deutsch: "Etwas zu sagen") wurde in Mali, Burkina Faso, Paris undBarcelona aufgenommen und von Diawara selbst sowie dem französischen Superstar Matthieu Chedid alias -M- produziert. "Fenfo" geriet zu einem im besten Sinne grenzenlosen Album. Die elf Songs verbinden alteafrikanischen Saiteninstrumente wie die Kora und Ngoni mit elektrischen Gitarren sowie traditionellePerkussion mit Kit-Drums. Diawara, die meist auf Bambara singt, wird unter anderem von -M- (Gitarre,Keyboards) dem brillanten Cellisten Vincent Ségal und dem Kora-Spieler Sidiki Diabaté begleitet.
Professor Rhythm - Professor 3
Professor Rhythm
Professor 3
LP | 1981 | EU | Reissue (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
17,99 €*
Release:1981 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
“Professor 3”, das 1991er Album von Professor Rhythm, ist einlebendiges Abbild des städtischen Südafrika zur Zeit des Endes derApartheid. Das Projekt von Thami Mdluli sorgte dafür, dass Jungund Alt zu einem Sound tanzten, dessen Ziel es war, die Schwarzenwieder mit Südafrika zu vereinen. „Unsere Musik gab denHoffnungslosen Hoffnung“, erinnert er sich. Das dritteInstrumentalalbum (bis auf einige Background Vocals) hält denMoment fest, in dem der dominante Mbaqanga Sound und deramerkanische Bubblegum-R&B, die bis dato in Johannesburg undanderen urbanen Zentren produziert wurden Platz für einen vonHouse und Hip Hop inspirierten Kwaito machten. Der Pop derachtziger Jahre und alles, was dazu gehörte – die Synthies undDrumcomputer und die Texte – traten zurück für eine neuemelodische Betonung und langsamere Geschwindigkeiten, die sichauf einem komplett unterschiedlichen Rhythmus aufbauten. Derquietschbunte Bubblegum Sound mit seinen doppelten Breakdownsverschwand allmählich und die Sounds begannen denen deszeitgenössischen schwarzen Amerikas zu ähneln – der Hip Hopwurde langsamer, die Basslinien und Melodien wurden launischerund düsterer. Zur gleichen Zeit war House im amerikanischenMainstream angekommen und von dieser Popularität wurde auch inAfrika Notiz genommen. Diese beiden Einflüsse schlugen sich in derwachsenden Houseszene in Johannesburg und Pretoria nieder.
Mulatu & His Ethiopian Quintet - Mulatu Of Ethiopia Colored Vinyl Edition
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