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Fela Kuti Vs. De La Soul - Fela Soul Deluxe Editon
Fela Kuti Vs. De La Soul
Fela Soul Deluxe Editon
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Fela Soul)
21,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop, Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
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!
Voilaaa - African Music
Voilaaa
African Music
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Favorite)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Voilaaa is one of the many projects led and produced by Bruno “Patchworks” Hovart, who’s proven over the past 15 years, his place amongst the finest producers of groove music in all genres.This time exploring the wide spectrum of the African and Tropical Disco scene, he received a massive international support for Voilaaa’s first album, On te l’avait dit, released late 2015 on Favorite Recordings.With a second effort already planned for spring 2017, Voilaaa has not finished to feed international dancefloors with heavy Afro-Disco vibes.Here comes the first single from Voilaaa’s upcoming second efforts, made of 3 new killer tunes featuring Lass, Sir Jean, and Pat Kalla.
Kiki Gyan - 24 Hours In A Disco 1978-82
Kiki Gyan
24 Hours In A Disco 1978-82
2LP | 2012 | UK | Original (Soundway)
19,99 €*
Release:2012 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Soundway Records present ’24 Hours in A Disco 1978 - 82’, 7 cuts of relentless disco grooves from the sublimely gifted Kiki Gyan. Hailed as Africa’s answer to Stevie Wonder, Ghanaian multi-instrumentalist Kiki Gyan was a musical wunderkind who by 1975 had risen from the lowly status of high school dropout to being ranked eighth in a poll of the greatest keyboardists in the world (occupying the rarefied air of the top ten with heavyweights like Steve Winwood, Billy Preston, and Stevie Wonder) as well as becoming an in-demand session player in the top recording studios of London - all before his twenty-first birthday.
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.de 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.
Gravity / Matokenya / Jabali - Lost in Love / Mrs. Onyango / Folk Song
Gravity / Matokenya / Jabali
Lost in Love / Mrs. Onyango / Folk Song
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Afro7)
16,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Only one per customer! Three almost forgotten boogie tunes from Kenia. Exactly the stuff, which makes those weird afro-diggers go wild and dive deep into their wallets!
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. - Akwaba Abidjan: Afrofunk In 1970's Ivory Coast
V.A.
Akwaba Abidjan: Afrofunk In 1970's Ivory Coast
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Oriki Music)
20,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
This new Oriki Music compilation includes serious 1970’s Afro dancefloor hits, surely a promising favorite among deejays, Afrofunk and Tropical music revival aficionados.Vinyl diggers can finally play some of Ivory Coast’s hardest to find deep funk, Afrobeat, Manding and Tropical rhythms tunes recorded by such legends as Moussa Doumbia, De Frank Jr, or Francis Kingsley.The consistent liner notes focus on the original label history, Société Ivoirienne du disque, based on interviews with the producer. Original unreleased pictures of the artists and 1970’s Abidjan city, a great artwork and a limited press gatefold double LP and digipack CD make it a beautiful collectible object.Compiled by pioneer African music digger and respected deejay Greg de Villanova, a legend among Afro/Tropical music collectors and deejays, it signs the great return of the dormant French record label, which released such wonders as Orchestra Baobab’s A Night At Club Baobab or Moussa Doumbia’s Keleya.
Tony Allen & Africa 70 - Afro Disco Beat Disco Afro Reedit Volume 2
Tony Allen & Africa 70
Afro Disco Beat Disco Afro Reedit Volume 2
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Comet)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In 1976, Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Afrika 70 released a total of 8 albums including the hit Zombie. At the time of their height, Tony Allen, Fela's drummer, decided to release a follow-up album to Jealousy. Progress was the result of a series of studio sessions, featuring Fela himself with a tenor solo on the title-track. The b-side contains the dancefloor filler “Afro Disco Beat”.Today, Comet proudly presents the 2nd release of the Tony Allen & Africa 70 (Disco Afro Series): featuring remastered original versions of “Afro Disco Beat” and remixes by Africaine 808 & Mexican Institute of Sound.Africaine 808, the Berlin-based duo of Dirk Leyers and DJ Nomad (Hans Reuschl), have been challenging the norm with their distinctive flavor of West African bass, rhythms and samples mixed into moreish disco and house tracks.Camilo Lara, known as the Mexican Institute of Sound is a musician, remixer, producer, Dj and label manager for Casete Records in Mexico, which has distributed albums from artists such as Radiohead, Bjork, Jamie XX and Nick Cave.
Mac & Party - Harambe / Liverpool
Mac & Party
Harambe / Liverpool
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Afro7)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
One of the most prolific Kenyan taarab musicians from the 1950s and ‘60s was Yaseen Mohamed. Born in Mombasa in 1922 to a Omani mother and Kenyan father, Yaseen got professionally involved in music while working for a Mombasa-based music store as a radio technician during the second world war. Assanand, which would later grow into a well known music store brand with branches in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam and whose name is still on a store front in Nairobi today, started recording local musicians for Columbia Records to meet demand of a growing market for East African music on 78 rpm shellac records. Around 1950 Yaseen joined the recording sessions at Assanand as a singer, cutting a couple of songs for Columbia Records. In the next fifteen to twenty years many more followed on a number of labels, including Jambo, which released songs he recorded as Yaseen & Radio Singers for Sauti ya Mvita, a local radio station. Towards the early ‘60s Assanand started its own label called Mzuri, which would continue to put out an impressive range and number (hundreds) of songs from Kenya and Tanzania up to the 1970s on 78 rpm records and 45 rpm singles.One of the first releases on Mzuri was indeed by Yaseen; ‘Harambe/Africa Twist’ (Mzuri HL 2) carried the enigmatic name of Mac & Party (a group name that was not remembered by anyone we met in Mombasa) but an early Mzuri master catalog mentions Yaseen as the artist. Other Yaseen releases on Mzuri were under the name of Yaseen & Party. At least some of the songs were available both on fragile 78 rpm records as well as the handy and modern 7 inch format. While many of Yaseen’s releases under his own name (sometimes accompanied by his wife Saada, also known as Mimi) were Swahili songs in a number of styles loosely based around the increasingly eclectic Mombasa taarab, this and following Mac & Party singles were mostly sung in English, and musically the Mac & Party songs related to the international pop styles of the era. As Yaseen explained in the ‘60s to musicologist John Storm Roberts: “There is no certain thing which is tarabu. Even rock is tarabu if people just sit and listen”. Rather than explaining the genre by its borrowing from Arabic or Indian musical traditions, to Yaseen it was mostly the way the audience experienced the performance – sitting down – that made taarab unique, while “style depends on the people’s choice”. This would explain the experimentation and innovation during the era, and the introduction of new instruments such as tabla, a drum kit or the taishogoto, a Japanese harp.
Papas' Got - I Wanna Love At Kent Edit
Papas' Got
I Wanna Love At Kent Edit
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Rocafort)
11,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Growing up in Jamaica, young Rowland Abrahams loved dancing to James Brown so much that he earnt himself the nickname 'Papas' Got'. He later moved to Paris and in 1979 more or less single-handedly recorded the 'I Wanna Love' LP on the RGR label. Admittedly not an album with a heavy yield, the only pearl being the title track which Rocafort Records are releasing as a 12" with an exclusive Al Kent edit on the B side.No rocket science involved here, just pure killer afro-disco-funk groove from start to finish.Urgent funky guitar riffs, thumping drums and a strong hint of late 70s euro-disco fueled by the slightly unintelligible lyrics delivered with a Frenchie patois twist
V.A. - Mr Bongo Record Club Volume 1
V.A.
Mr Bongo Record Club Volume 1
2LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Mr Bongo)
26,99 €*
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.
Lord Echo - Harmonies
Lord Echo
Harmonies
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Soundway)
19,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 07.04.2017
Finally! Almost four long years after his afro-beat-excursion "Curiosities", Lord Echo steps up for his third and long-awaited longplayer "Harmonies" on the infamous label Soundway. A combination which couldn't fit better and warms our hearts in anticipation!
Livy Ekemezie - Friday Night
Livy Ekemezie
Friday Night
LP | 1983 | EU | Reissue (Odion Livingstone)
29,99 €*
Release:1983 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Reissue of the sought after Nigerian disco LP rarity from 1983. Fully remastered and pressed on blue vinyl.
Rob - Make It Fast, Make It Slow
Rob
Make It Fast, Make It Slow
LP | 2012 | UK | Original (Soundway)
16,99 €*
Release:2012 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Soundway re-issue ROB’s second album for the first time outside Ghana on CD, vinyl and digital.ROB was an enigmatic recording artist from Ghana who cut two albums for the legendary Essiebons label in 1977. Neither of these were big domestic hits at the time and have since become prized amongst collectors in recent years. The title track from this LP was always one of the most popular on the first Soundway release Ghana Soundz and over the years we have been asked many times to re-issue the LP in it’s entirety. A stranger, slower offering than his more dancefloor funk-laden and Spartan first LP, this record sees ROB in similar territory but with the tempo switched down and the introspection turned up. ROB’s trademark horns dominate and are supplied by the Mag-2, an army band founded by leader Amponsah Rockson, who named it after the army unit the band played for – the “magnificent” second battalion. In 1977, Rob traveled to the coastal town of Takoradi in search of Mag-2, which had an entire section of its line-up dedicated to horns, with the intension of laying out his proposal to them. Luckily for Rob, the band took him up on it.With religious overtones and a broody, slightly off-key atmosphere at points it’s certainly one of the stranger afro-funk records to come out of West Africa but with tracks like Loose up Yourself and Make it Fast, Make it Slow he nails it for sure.
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.
L’Ochestre Kyaddondo Int. / Mwenge Jazz - Gkinumanze / Kizunguzungu
L’Ochestre Kyaddondo Int. / Mwenge Jazz
Gkinumanze / Kizunguzungu
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Afro7)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Two tracks from the Doromy archives in Nairobi. Gkinumanze delivers a knockout bassriff in an uptempo frenzy of a tune sung by Charles Sonko from Uganda. Kizunguzungu is a a funky coastal groover from Mwenge Jazz band of Tanzania. Never before on vinyl! Secure your copy today!
Shadow - Sweet Sweet Dreams
Shadow
Sweet Sweet Dreams
LP | 2016 | EU | Reissue (Analog Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
When it came out in 1984 the far-out album 'Sweet Sweet Dreams' by Trinidad & Tobago's Shadow (aka Winston Bailey) wasdescribed as "way ahead of its time". Undeservedly it was panned by critics and, unable to reach markets, disappearedinto the dusty record collections of a few music aficionados. Now, more than three decades later that cosmic dance-floor UFOis about to take off again, change all that and set the record straight. Remastered and cut by Frank Meritt at The Carvery the album is truly a masterpiece.
V.A. - Mushroom House EP 2
V.A.
Mushroom House EP 2
12" | 2016 | EU | Original (Toy Tonics)
8,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Toy Tonics going Afro House. The MUSHROOM HOUSE compilation series part brings 4 unreleased tracks. Including two of the most relevant names of the growing scene: AUNTIE FLO from UK and mysterious producer HYENAH. Hyenah is a favourite of the scene’s main man Black Coffee and DJ’s like Dixon and the Innervisions circle are heavy fans. Also on this EP a new track by Toy Tonics very own ZHUT & KAPOTE. Kids from Berlin with a good buzz right now. Inside their track Afro Rico an Senegalese child choir meets some Zappaesque Marimbas going crazy… And as a bonus track you find Munk’s Nigerian Jam: A Nigerian Funk band rolling over an heavy disco beat. Very deep, but very effective.
Mulatu Astatke - Yegelle Tezeta / Yekatit
Amara Toure - Amara Toure 1973 - 1980
Amara Toure
Amara Toure 1973 - 1980
2LP | 2015 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
22,49 €* 24,99 € -10%
Release:2015 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The enigmatic Amara Touré from Guinée Conakry finally getting a well deserved compilation showcasing all of the 10 songs ever released between 1973 and 1980. Cuban influenced music of a different kind featuring amazing spaced-out guitar works!!Analog Africa compiles a complete collection of Amara Touré’s Afro-Cuban compositions, originally released between 1973 and 1980.
Joe King Kologbo & The High Grace - Sugar Daddy
Joe King Kologbo & The High Grace
Sugar Daddy
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
20,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut present the first in a series of essential original LP reissues exploring rare and under-rated African, Latin and Caribbean music classics, curated by Duncan Brooker. In January 2017, the series kicks off with ‘Sugar Daddy’, an experimental highlife / disco outing by Nigerian highlife guitarist Joe King Kologbo.Building his career as a composer and player with Eastern Star Dance Band at their residency at the Atlantic Hotel in Aba, Eastern Nigeria, Joe King Kologbo was forced to flee to Ghana when the Biafran War broke out in 1967. As his son Oghene recalls, “when war came, everything just scatter. He lost his house, everything.”Joe King played with a variety of bands in Ghana including Real Ruby’s, a jazz highlife big band, before returning to Lagos in 1971. By the time he recorded the ‘Sugar Daddy’ LP for the tiny Electromat label in 1980, he was one of the older musicians on the circuit. Oghene Kologbo remembers, “My Mum used to say, ‘I hope you don’t go and play guitar everywhere and play around, don’t go and be Sugar Daddy!’ All my father’s friends nicknamed him ‘Sugar Daddy’ so he did the song in a fun way. He was a nice man. He never did ‘playboy’.”“Since he was based in the East during his early days, he was not as well known nationally as some of the other highlife players of the time,” continues Oghene,”so it’s nice that this album is coming out again. It brings back good memories.”Joe King Kologbo’s ‘Sugar Daddy’ is released in its original artwork and features new interviews with Oghene Kologbo and Sonny Akpan of The Funkees. The album comes remastered by The Carvery, with vinyl pressed at Pallas.
Next Stop Soweto - Volume 1 - Township Sounds From The GoldenAge Of Mbaqanga
Next Stop Soweto
Volume 1 - Township Sounds From The GoldenAge Of Mbaqanga
2LP | 2010 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
23,99 €*
Release:2010 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The first volume of Strut’s groundbreaking series of South African music explores lesser known township jive and mbaqanga 45s. Artists include Mahotella Queens, Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje and Lucky Strike Sisters.
Soul Jazz Records presents - Nigeria Soul Fever! - Afro Funk, Disco and Boogie: West African Disco Mayem!
Soul Jazz Records presents
Nigeria Soul Fever! - Afro Funk, Disco and Boogie: West African Disco Mayem!
3LP | UK (Soul Jazz)
26,09 €* 28,99 € -10%
Release:UK
Genre:Organic Grooves
Soul Jazz Records’ new Nigeria Soul Fever is their first release to explore the vast wealth of Nigerian music recorded in the 1970s. The new album comes with introductory sleeve-notes by Bill Brewster (author of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life).Packed-full with Afro-Funk, Disco and Boogie all from Nigeria, this triple album/double CD set brings together a stunning collection of diverse West African sounds. Whilst a small handful of the artists featured (Joni Haastrup, Tee Mac, Christy Essien) have seen the light of day outside Africa, this is essentially a collection of killer tracks by an array of artists completely unknown outside of Nigeria. Artists such as Don Bruce & The Angels, Akin Richards & The Executives, Angela Starr, Jimmy Sherry & The Music Agents. It’s no surprise that these records are extremely rare and expensive to buy individually so this album will save you going broke trying to find them.These recordings were made at a time when Nigeria’s trade restrictions banned imported records. Whilst new musical trends (such as American soul, funk, disco etc) entered and influenced the country, the local music scene remained just that – local. Consequently, these recordings remain practically unknown to anyone outside of the country.
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.
Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu of Ethiopia
Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu of Ethiopia
LP | 1972 | US | Reissue (Worthy)
14,99 €*
Release:1972 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Oh so classic album of Mulatu, the spearhead of the Ethiopian sound export. 180g vinyl!
Scorpios, The - The Scorpios
Scorpios, The
The Scorpios
LP+CD | 2017 | EU | Original (Afro7)
19,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Scorpios is a a London outfit combining new and old in a classic traditional setting. First contemporary release on our own in-house label. The full album is here! Package includes CD and Digital Download. Front artwork by Toronto's own A man called Warwick! “Hailing from Central Sudan and now based in London after fleeing the fundamentalist takeover in that region, the Scorpios are a septet that melds Arabic rhythms and guitar chops (and a kind of swooning cyclical ecstasy) with a raw Eastern funk feel, properly dismantling cultural barriers in pursuit of a unifying rhythmic bliss. Heavy bass, synths, horns and percussions drive through traditional Sudanese forms to create a sound that owes as much to Detroit as it do to Khartoum” – Tusk “The Scorpios translate Sudanese music from past decades into the now while maintaining a raw, unplugged sound.” – Thomas Gesthuizen (africanhiphop.com) “Truly beautiful and hypnotic Sudanese sounds for the mind, body and soul. Clap your hands, tap your feet and then rewind.” – Rickard Masip (Tropical Treats)
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - Tinoge Ya Ta'a Ba, Part 1 & 2
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
Tinoge Ya Ta'a Ba, Part 1 & 2
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Philophon)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
2016 was the year for Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids: their album "We Be All Africans" (produced by Philophon and released on Strut Rec.) vaulted them among the global top acts of the current Spiritual Jazz renaissance. The strengh of the group is its deep connection to Africa: not just that their music is inspired by the spirit of Africa, they actually founded themselves on an extended trip to the Motherland in 1972.On that trip Idris Ackamoor visited the tiny town Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana to play with local Frafra musicians - an experiance which changed his life. Now, after 45 years, Idris dives once more into the magical music of the Frafra people by teaming up with master musician Guy One, the no. 1 Kologo artist of the vital music scene of Bolgatanga. On "Tinoge Ya Ta'a Ba" Guy One sings about the power of unity - a unity you hear clearly on this Afro-Euro-American cooperation: a driving rhythm, a eulogizing saxophone, a gripping voice and in total a journey into another dimension.
Tinariwen - ELWAN
V.A. - Wake Up You Volume 2: The Rise & Fall Of Nigerian Rock Music (1972 - 1977)
V.A.
Wake Up You Volume 2: The Rise & Fall Of Nigerian Rock Music (1972 - 1977)
2LP | 2016 | US | Reissue (Now Again)
22,49 €* 24,99 € -10%
Release:2016 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Western world was in the throes of peace, love and flower power as Nigeria descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel Fela to stardom after conflict ended in 1970. “Wake Up You!” tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s.
Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy - Mam Yinne Wa
Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy
Mam Yinne Wa
7" | 2016 | EU | Original (Philophon)
9,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Alogte Oho is the number one Frafra gospel artist from within the explosive music scene of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana. His international debut was the 2014 single Zota Yinne (Philophon PH45002), which has already become a collectors item. Alogte Oho is, as always, accompanied by his powerful female choir, the Sounds of Joy, comprised of Lizy, Patricia and Florence - all fantastic gospel performers in their own rights. The A-side, Mam Yinne Wa, is pure future gospel: a swinging rhythm with pumping synth bass and playful horns that weave around the eulogising choir of the group. As a highlight, the chasing flute solo of Free Jazz great Sabir Mateen (Cecile Taylor, Sunny Murray, Hamid Drake) catapults you into another dimension! On the B-side, Yu Ya Yumma, the rhythm section is driven by reggae master Josie Coppola on drums and gives a solid foundation for the brilliant performance of the singers. The title means: let's sing a song. And that is exactly what the group is doing.
Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force - Yermande
Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force
Yermande
LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Ndagga)
16,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Five years into the project, with two acclaimed albums and dozens of triumphant international performances to its name, “Yermande” announces a thrilling new phase for this Dakar-Berlin collaboration: emphatically a giant step forward.The group of players is boiled down to twelve for recordings, eight for shows; sessions in Dakar become steeply more focussed. ‘This time around I was better able to specify what I wanted right from the initial recording sessions in Dakar,’ says Ernestus; 'and further in the production process I took more freedom in reducing and editing audio tracks, changing MIDI data, replacing synth sounds and introducing electronic drum samples.’Right away you hear music-making which has come startlingly into its own. Rather than submitting to the routine, discrete gradations of recording, producing and mixing, the music is tangibly permeated with deadly intent from the off. Lethally it plays a coiled, clipped, percussive venom and thumping bass against the soaring, open-throated spirituality of Mbene Seck’s singing. Plainly expert, drilled and rooted, the drumming is unpredictable, exclamatory, zinging with life. Likewise the production: intuitive and fresh but utterly attentive; limber but hefty; vividly sculpted against a backdrop of cavernous silence. Six chunks of stunning, next-level mbalax, then, funky as anything.
Jackie Johnson's Back Beaters - Tobago Beat
Jackie Johnson's Back Beaters
Tobago Beat
7" | 2016 | UK | Original (Triple LLL)
7,99 €* 9,99 € -20%
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Digging into Trinidad and Tobago's '70s funk history,Jackie Johnson's Back Beatersis on everyone's list. The instrumental "Tobago Beat" is a futurist electro-funk number and is likely to become a favourite for DJs spinning at b-boy battles. The b-side is not for everyone, but those who are actually into lo-fi recorded funk (that's what we consider as deep-funk) will surely enjoy it. All in all a monstrous 2-sider which safes you a lot of money and puts a smile on your face.
Rich Medina - Jump N Funk
Awalom Gebremariam - Desdes
Awalom Gebremariam
Desdes
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
23,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Gebremariam recorded his only LP shortly before leaving war-torn East African nation Eritrea—he made his way to a refugee camp in neighbouring Ethiopia before heading to the US. According to AFTA, "when an agency for asylum-seekers in North Carolina met Gebremariam and researched his background, they saw an Awesome Tapes From Africa blog post of the cassette," leading to the forthcoming reissue. The album, which will be getting its first release on digital and vinyl formats, features traditional folk instruments—the one-string wata and the five-string krar—playing what ATFA's Brian Shimkovitz called "legit modern sounds culled from relatively ancient means."
Tony Grey - Time Factor / You Are The One
Tony Grey
Time Factor / You Are The One
LP | 2013 | UK | Original (Voodoo Funk)
12,99 €*
Release:2013 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The legendary digger re-ignites the Lagos Disco Inferno and kicks off his own mouth-watering imprint with these two sides of boogie-down bliss. Irresistible Afro-disco, layered with delirious syn-drums and sick keys, and featuring a horn-line bumptiously whipped from Louis 'Thunder Thumbs' Johnson's bass-playing on MJ's Workin' Day And Night. Originally from Warri where he stayed throughout most of his career, Tony's first band was the Famous Latin And His Dominant Seven. He gigged for a while as a James Brown imitator with The Great Peters, before his breakthrough fronting the Magnificient Zeinians, with some amazing 45s on EMI's HMV imprint — best of all the psych-rock-funk monster Ije Udo. From the early to mid 1970s, his EMI sides range from Afrobeat to rock and pop. All Tony's records are great. He came up with various names for his backing bands — the Black 7, the Super 7, the Black Kings... From the early-eighties, with the Ozimba Messengers, Grey's two recordings here were originally released on different LPs. Limited, top-notch pressing from Pallas via Abbey Road; with a lovely 12-by-24-inch poster.
Tex Soul & The Bayonets - Uto Nwa
Tex Soul & The Bayonets
Uto Nwa
7" | 2012 | US | Original (Academy)
7,99 €* 9,99 € -20%
Release:2012 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
This one might even be unknown to the most prolific Afrofunk heads. It's a lost gem from the East-Nigerian city of Aba, where Tex Soul was a local hero in the 70s music scene. Limited to 1000 copies.
Sir Waziri Oshomah & His Traditional Sound Makers - Volume 3
Sir Waziri Oshomah & His Traditional Sound Makers
Volume 3
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (Superfly)
22,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Jaw-dropping Highlife all the way, the type of record that will not sleep on your shelf for too long, because it’s such a good listen. This sounds like nothing else and it gets a quality reissue, limited to 1000 copies. Records are pressed on 180-gram vinyl with beautiful hard cardboard sleeves made in Japan with Obi. This release also contains liner notes by Uchenna Ikone.
Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu - Conflict
Francis Bebey - African Electronic Music 1975-1982
Francis Bebey
African Electronic Music 1975-1982
2LP | 2012 | EU | Original (Born Bad)
21,99 €*
Release:2012 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Cameroonian musician Francis Bebey is truly one of a kind. He entered the music scene with his african compositions for classical guitar. He gave recitals while pursuing a career in journalism and then as an international civil servant. The same creative impulse also led him to write pop songs, and some of which (based on novels he had written) became big hits in Africa and in the french-speaking world. But few people know that in the 1970s, Francis Bebey delved into electronic music. The first electronic keyboards, organs and drum machines offered him new possibilities of totally controlling his compositions. he embraced the technique of 'sound on sound' recording (recording several tracks, sequentially juxtaposed on the same tape). This new stage in his musical career included the production of several records ('savannah georgia,' 'new track', 'haiti'), rarities both for their creative explorations as well as their manifestations on vinyl. This was a particularly rich period for him, as he tested the limitless possibilities of the medium, and made use of surprising and novel instruments.
Niama Makalou Et African Soul Band - Kognokoura / Kognokoura - Daphni's Part 2 Edit
Niama Makalou Et African Soul Band
Kognokoura / Kognokoura - Daphni's Part 2 Edit
12" | 2012 | UK | Original (Sofrito Super Singles)
10,99 €*
Release:2012 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Sofrito present a unique slice of afro-disco from the celebrated griot, Niama Makalou, recorded in the late 70s.Descended from a family of griots (traditional Malian praise singers), Niama Makalou moved to France in the mid 70s where she cut this, her one and only vinyl release. At the time Paris (like much the rest of the world) was swept up in disco fever, so along with a group of Malian musicians the date was set to cut a piece of disco, griot style. The resulting mixture of off kilter hand claps, raw string arrangements, Balafon flourishes and Bambara vocals combine with a heavy disco groove to produce a one-off piece of cross-cultural dancefloor mayhem.On the flip Daphni (aka Caribou) crafts an extended version that distills it into a stripped down and dubbed out groove.
Dele Sosimi - You No Fit Touch Am Retouched 2
Dele Sosimi
You No Fit Touch Am Retouched 2
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Wah Wah 45s)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Dele Sosimi's album 'You No Fit Touch Am' was released in 2015 to much universal acclaim. A perfect document of the lessons the keyboard master and vocalist learned in Fela Kuti's ranks during the 70s and 80s, but brought firmly up-to-date and with contemporary social comment as vital to the Afrobeat genre as any rhythm or instrument. In 2016, to take that forward thinking even further, Wah Wah 45s commissioned four huge remixes from a quartet of the UK's most interesting new production names.That was just part one of the story though - this year the label can reveal the final four remixes to be taken from this hugely popular and influential project.Setting their sites further afield, first up is Roman turntablist and producer DJ Khalab. Since winning Track of the Year at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards in 2016 for his collaboration with Baba Sissiko, this talented Italian has been very much in demand. His remix of Dele's heavy hitter 'E Go Betta' combines sprightly electronics with ear-bending bass drops to provide a forward thinking dance floor destroyer.
Joe Kemfa - Jungle Juice
Joe Kemfa
Jungle Juice
LP | 1978 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1978 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Jungle Juice is a paean to the redemptive powers of boogie – a slab of New York ghetto grooves getting its freak on in the jungles of Africa. Joe Kemfa promises a magical party and that's what you get - from the straight-ahead party grooves of ‘Jungle Magic Music’ to the more slinky and sinuous ‘Jungle Juice.’ Hailing from Warra in Nigeria's Delta region, Joe Kemfa made his name with The Junkers and the Don Bruce Band. He recorded a few singles with Larry Ifedioranma from Ofo The Rock Company before disappearing to Europe. He returned in 1978 with two Germans in tow and, together with Cameroonian drummer Ali Ringo, they formed Aura, Joe's backing band on Jungle Juice. The best tracks are the freakiest. ‘I Got To Make It’ bemoans the cost of living, before becoming a stoned plea to the Lenleys, Joe’s very own Lijadu Sisters, to boogie it on a Saturday night. Freaky and funky, Jungle Juice is the sound of James Brown and Parliament jamming after a night on some nasty Delta home brew. One listen and you’ll want to get your hands on some Jungle Juice too. - Peter Moore
V.A. - Africa Airways Three - The Afro-Psych Excursion 1972-1984
V.A.
Africa Airways Three - The Afro-Psych Excursion 1972-1984
LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Africa Seven)
19,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
For our third flight with Africa Airways our pilot has informed us of some particularly adverse turbulence en-route. Our trip may be multi-coloured, the winds may be swirling and the clouds may be kaleidoscopic. Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seat belts for your mind-expanding journey through the Afro-Psych skies.
V.A. - Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds From South Eastern Nigeria 1972-1982
V.A.
Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds From South Eastern Nigeria 1972-1982
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Comb & Razor Sound)
29,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
When most people think about Nigerian music, the first thing that comes to mind is Lagos—the country’s main commercial center, the glittering megacity that spawned Yoruba-speaking music luminaries such as Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Sir Shina Peters and Wizkid. But Nigeria is a country of rich diversity, especially in its music: From the Igbo highlife and rock bands of east-central region, to the deep Edo roots rhythms from the midwest, to the keening, ornamented Fulani melodies of the north. But one region whose music has remained largely underexplored is the south eastern land of the Efik and Ibibio ethnic groups in Cross River and Akwa Ibom State—the region colloquially referred to as “Calabar.” A cradle of culture, this region was one of the earliest outposts of Nigerian popular music. Its primordial rhythms traveled across the Atlantic during the slave trade to provide the part of the foundation for Afro-Cuban grooves that would go on to influence the development of jazz, rock & roll, R&B and funk. With the new Calabar-Itu Road compilation, Comb & Razor Sound presents15 heavy tracks recorded in the decade between 1972 and 1982, spotlighting rare music from “Calabar” superstars such as Etubom Rex Williams, Cross River Nationale, Charles “Effi” Duke, The Doves and Mary Afi Usuah. The package features a magazine-style booklet containing a wealth of information about the milieu with rare photographs and illustrations. The Calabar-Itu Road is the major artery linking modern-day Cross River and Akwa Ibom States. And Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds from South Eastern Nigeria (1972-1982) will link the region’s music to the rest of the world!Limited edition for Black Friday RSD 2016!
Soul Safari Presents - Township Jive & Kwela Jazz Volume 4
Soul Safari Presents
Township Jive & Kwela Jazz Volume 4
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Ubuntu Publishing)
16,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
On this great compilation you’ll find 16 early vocal & jazzy tunes from the Golden Age of Jive & Kwela in South Africa. All released originally on fragile shellac discs only, which is a very delicate material but the music survived thanks to the archives of ILAM. A truly great source of South African music is being preserved here for new generations, to inspire young and hopeful musicians and singers from all over the world. These treasures of musical genius were recorded in the glory years of Jive and Kwela, the years 1940-1965.On side A it is not very difficult to recognize the similarities to American popular music like R&B and small combo close harmony singing. But most of all notice that typical South African swing, that Jive, that incredible smooth form of African Jazz on side B; Kwela!The rarest and most treasured finds are collected here, some with the original spoken intros, ‘sketches’ as these were called. Characteristic conversations between the musicians, often in a humoristic slang, always extremely funny. The record is pressed to 180gram vinyl.
Tee Mac & Marjorie Barnes - Night Illusion
Tee Mac & Marjorie Barnes
Night Illusion
LP | 1980 | UK | Reissue (Soul Jazz)
21,99 €*
Release:1980 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Soul Jazz Records’ are releasing Tee Mac’s ‘Night Illusion’, a lost classic Nigerian Afro soul meets disco boogie funk album originally released in Nigeria in 1980 as a private-press release of 1000 copies on the enigmatic artists’ own label.Impossibly hard to find, the record remains practically unknown outside of Nigeria. Tee Mac Omatshola Iseli is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger and features on Soul Jazz Records’ recent collection Nigeria Soul Fever – Afro Funk Disco and Boogie alongside Joni Haastrup, Christy Essien and others, as well as on a recent compilation ‘Nepa Oh Nepa’ (released on Hot Casa earlier this year). The timelessness of this soulful, ground-breaking funk jazz lost masterpiece ‘Night Illusion’ leads to comparisons with James Mason’s legendary lost classic album Rhythm of Life, with his unique individualism and intensity hinting at the boogie funk of groups such as Mass Production and Slave so loved by artists such as Moodyman and Theo Parrish. While Fela Kuti isnow a cultural icon of Nigerian music throughout the world, the recent crossover success of William Onyeabor shows just how much undiscovered Nigerian music remains waiting to be explored outside of the country.Tee Mac was born in Lagos, the son of a Nigerian princess and a Swiss diplomat. He picked up the flute at age 7 and ten years later was studying classical musical in Switzerland under his uncle the composer J.J. Direndirger. Returning to Lagos, Nigeria in 1970 heformed the heavyweight afro rock group Tee Mac and Afro Collection (which included Johnny Haastrup on keyboards and The Lijadu Sisters on vocals). This band was famously joined by the legendary Cream drummer GingerBaker who came to Nigeria to play with them in 1971 (captured in the film Ginger Baker in Africa).At age 24, Tee Mac moved to Germany where he co-wrote and recorded the European disco group Silver Convention (whose ‘Fly Robin Fly’ became number one in the USA charts). This enabled him to return to Nigeria where he formed his own label SKJRecords to release his self-financed album Night Illusion, as well as buying two nightclubs and also investing in a number of mineral mining companies!Tee Mac continues to live in Lagos today and travels the world as a composer – one of whose pieces is The City of Mer Kailash (2009), a two-hour ballet featuring over 60 dancers and a 100+ piece orchestra.
Susso - Keira
Susso
Keira
LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Soundway)
22,99 €*
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.
Shango Dance Band - Shango Dance Band
Shango Dance Band
Shango Dance Band
LP+7" | 2016 | US | Original (Comb & Razor Sound)
26,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In the early years of Fela Kuti's career, well before he would define the genre of afrobeat, and leave an indelible mark on the musical landscape, he was a struggling trumpet player, seeking to redefine the sound of his current group, the art-jazz ensemble Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet. As he moved his group towards the then-popular genre of highlife in 1963, he lost his bassist in the move towards commercial success, but gained the company of Ojo Okeji, who had a sterling reputation both as a bassist andpercussionist in groups like Lagos Cool Cats, Rex Williams' Nigerian Artistes, and Western Toppers Highlife Band, a favorite of Kuti's. Okeji impressed Kuti with his deft jazziness on the bass, so he was in on the spot, and the Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet became Koola Lobitos. It was Okeji that introduced Kuti to the famed percussionist Tony Allen, (Who would subsequently join Kuti into his greatest years as an artist) as well as conguero Abayomi "Easy" Adio. During his time in Koola Lobitos, Okeji not only contributed deeply melodic, and adeptly rhythmic baselines, but brought his own influence from emerging US soul artists like James Brown & The Famous Flames and Wilson Pickett, heavily pushing Koola Lobitos towards a more soulful direction. This push was often resisted by Kuti, who frequently clashed with Okeji. 1968 proved to be a turning point for the group, as the Nigerian Civil War broke out, and many starving musicians turned to the military for work. Okeji and Adio would leave for the army, while Kuti and Allen kept Koola Lobitos going, where it evolved through different names and iterations and grew into the worldwide afrobeat force that made Kuti an icon during the 70s and 80s. But as Kuti and Allen rose to global recognition, Okeji and Adio would form a new band within the ranks of the 6th Infantry Brigade of the Nigerian Army. Their emblazoned blue jackets earned them the nickname "The Blues”, but Okeji preferred the name “Shango” after the Yoruba thunder god. Shango took the fundamentals of Kuti's famous afrobeat and brought new layers of guitar and horn arrangements, while often invoking supernatural aesthetics, and maintaining a love for the US soul artists that influenced Okeji so much. Because Shango was an army band however, their records were not readily available to anyone outside of the military so their music, including their eponymous 1974 LP, remained relatively unknown even amongst the people of Nigeria. Decades later Comb & Razor is thrilled to present this long-lost Nigerian gem for the first time to a world-wide audience.LP is limited to 1000 copies and includes bonus 7-inch disc featuring the rare 1972 single “Son Of Thunder” b/w “Alupandugbe”.
Aleke Kanonu - Aleke
Aleke Kanonu
Aleke
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
After spending much of the ‘70s humping his congos around New York as a session musician, Nigerian Aleke Kanonu pulled in some favours to record an album of his own. The result was Aleke, a criminally obscure Afrobeat/Funk/Jazz masterpiece featuring Buddy Williams on drums, George Davis on guitar and a cameo from Wynton Marsalis on flugelhorn. There are only four tracks on the album but they are all killers. N’Gwode sounds like Fela Kuti and Manu Dibangu hanging out with Bobby Womack, probably somewhere across 110th Street. ‘Keep New York Clean’ struts like Shaft after a successful bust. And ‘Mothers Day’ keeps things sweet and soulful, before Wynton Marsalis brings back the groove with his flugelhorn on ‘Home Sweet Home’. Until recently you would have had to take out a second mortgage to get hold of Akele. And sold a kidney for the Happiness/Nwanne, Nwanne, Nwanne 12’’ Kanonu released a year later. Thankfully PMG has re-issued the LP and the EP, with the CD version containing both. - Peter Moore.
Calypso Rose - Far From Home
Calypso Rose
Far From Home
2x10"+CD | 2016 | EU | Original (Because)
21,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Calypso is a musical genre that was popularised in the 50’s and exclusively made by men for a long time. But if there is one queen of this movement, it is Calypso Rose. Life hasn’t always been easy for the Caribbean Diva and she willingly praises a di
International Soleil Band - Ta Lassa
International Soleil Band
Ta Lassa
12" | 2016 | UK | Original (Soundway)
13,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Composed by Gnamakoron Sidi Diabaté it was featured originally on an album released in 1983 by French Warners offshoot WAM (West African Music) - a short lived label that recorded about 20 releases of West African music released in France. This 12” features an extended Hide & Smile edit on the A side and the original album version on the flip. Better be fast!
V.A. - Space Echo
V.A.
Space Echo
2LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
24,99 €*
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”.
Bazare D. Pablo et Orchestre Nassima / Atalaku 8 - Nassima / Africa
Wganda Kenya - Afro Colombia EP
Wganda Kenya
Afro Colombia EP
12" | 2015 | EU | Original (Autonomous Africa)
10,99 €*
Release:2015 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
We are happy to announce the first in an occasional series of fully licensed 12" releases on Autonomous Africa exploring the influence of music from Africa across the globe. The first release comes from Colombia's Wganda Kenya with three tracks recorded in the mid 70s. The Caribbean coast of Colombia has a long relationship with Africa stretching back hundreds of years. Strong trading links and migration from West Africa to Colombia led to a distinct African influence on the music in cities such as Cartagena and the local music (cumbia and champeta) absorbed these influences. This was particularly notable in the 70s as records by Fela Kuti amongst others arrived in Colombia. One of the leading practitioners of this Afro Sound were the mighty Wganda Kenya who were huge there in the 70s and 80s and whose music is still highly regarded to this day.
NST Cophie's - Bian Kou
NST Cophie's
Bian Kou
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Kalita)
12,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
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Kalita Records are extremely proud to announce their first release, the three choice cuts from NST Cophie's 1980 private press Ivory Coast Afro-disco album 'Mon'Da Center'. After moving to Paris in 1976 and having played with other well-known bands such as N'Bamina, Osibisa, and with numerous artists including Jimmy Hyacinthe and Papa Wemba, 'Mon'Da Center' was Ernest's first solo album. Recorded at Studio Caroline in Paris's 20th sector over the space of one week, this self-funded ultra-rare album regularly exchanges hands for eye-watering prices. Pretty much unknown except to the most hardened of diggers, 'Bian Kou', 'E Clolo' and 'Mioukouna' are guaranteed to set any dance floor alight, with hypnotic Afro-disco grooves, killer drums and angelic female vocals. We hope that you love the tracks as much as we do, and invite you to join us in celebrating the musical world of NST Cophie's, all on glorious 180 gram vinyl! Accompanied with liner notes and exclusive photos!
Group Doueh & Cheveu - Dakhla Sahara Sessions
Ogoya Nengo / The Dodo Women's Group - On Mande Versions EP
Kelenkye Band - Moving World
Kelenkye Band
Moving World
LP | 1974 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1974 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
In 1974, a brash young designer called Augustus Kerry Taylor had an idea. He'd gather together the hottest musicians in Ghana and record an album of the heaviest and funkiest sounds coming out of America. And this time, he wouldn't just design the cover, like he'd done with Fela Kuti, he'd even release it on his new label, Emporium, as well. Local Accra legends Joe Wellington, Jagger Botchway, Leslie Addy, Officer Toro, Oko Ringo, Soldier and Steve answered the call. They were christened the Kelenkye Band and gelled immediately. Moving World, is a funky, disparate album that exudes a rare warmth, enthusiasm and togetherness. 'Moving World' and 'Brotherhood of Man' are hard, grinding funk. 'Jungle Music' has a more soulful groove. There's also a bit of reggae, 'Dracula Dance', and old-skool highlife, 'Wale Tobite'. Accra's leading DJ, Charlie Sam, declared his mind 'well and truly boggled.' The Kelenkye Band never recorded another album. Augustus Kerry Taylor shut down Emporium and went back to designing album covers. But in Moving World they delivered a perfect moment of funk alchemy that has rightly become the Holy Grail of 70's Ghanian groove. - Peter Moore, www.africanrevolutions.com / Licensed by the bandleaders and songwriters of the album, Joe Wellington and Jagger Botchway.
Harmonious Thelonious - International Dance Record
Harmonious Thelonious
International Dance Record
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Italic)
16,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Brighter than the sun of Africa and hotter than the desert wind Scirocco: Harmonious Thelonious returns with his fourth album. It comes with the enticing title “International Dance Record” and as always, much of it revolves around the vertical component of music: Harmony. The Düsseldorf producer has been exploring the infinite possibilities of electronic music production under pseudonyms like Antonelli Electr. since the late 1990s. He has produced contemporary voodoo art as part of the trio The Durian Brothers. Yet the new album is not a standard procedure. Rather, he shifts the harmonies of African music and juxtaposes them by a whole tone, generating simple harmonic changes with a magical effect. His unusual tonal game runs through half of his album, yet is not its major theme. That, rather, is hypnosis. All of his new tracks run through without detailed arrangements, have heavily infectious melodic passages and create a repetitive pull of mythical power.Overall, his music today is airier and more receptive than anything he has presented to the world to date as Harmonious Thelonious. The brute force beats his previous albums “Talking”, “Listen” and “Santos” have been replaced by simple rhythm box grooves. They are repeatedly joined by short highlife guitar themes, bright flute melodies and feathery keyboard hooks. Africa is also only partially a reference for this unclassifiable and cheerful dance sound, which is entitled “International Dance Record” for good reasons. Because this time the priority is on immediate movement and pieces like “Talking About” or the remake of “Muziek”, still crude on his 2012 EP “Ting Tong”, both nod to House without directly being that. A longplayer between worlds that creates its very own – and despite all its exoticism, somehow remains absolutely grounded.
Fela Kuti & The Africa 70 - Afrodisiac
Funkees, The - Now I'm A Man
Funkees, The
Now I'm A Man
LP | 1976 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1976 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Few bands out there are more worthy of belonging in the canon of appropriately-named acts than The Funkees. Formed in the aftermath of the Biafran Civil War in Nigeria to raise spirits, the band swiftly conquered the dancefloors of Nigeria and were soon off to London to achieve similar feats at Ronnie Scott's and other such legendary venues. Originally released in 1976, Now I'm A Man was the band's second LP and captured the Nigerian troupe three years into their London-era pomp, delivering a vibrant eight-track salvo of psychedelically-charged music that tightly fused afro, funk, rock, disco and more. Austrian archivists PMG step up with a timely reissue that reminds us just how damn funkee The Funkees were - the jungle bongo of "Salam" and straight-up party jam of "Dance With Me" being particular highlights.
Boddhi Satva - Awakened Spirit
Pasteur Lappe - African Funk Experimentals (1979 To 1981)
Pasteur Lappe
African Funk Experimentals (1979 To 1981)
LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Africa Seven)
19,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Next up on Africa Seven is the second edition of our "African Funk Experimentals" LPs. With these we took some of our favourite African artists, choose the most funky we can find and then put together a compilation of their choicest and funkiest tracks. Of course that may not be their most popular or best selling tracks..., but that's just fine. We are digging for the funk.
Niagara - Niagara
Niagara
Niagara
LP | 1970 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1970 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
This was more a project than an actual band formed by German jazz drum legend Klaus Weiss. He formerly worked with another jazz legend from his mother country, Klaus Doldinger and gained some fame in the German jazz circuit of the 60s and 70s. His 1971 works with Niagara was the offspring of the vision to create an orchestra made entirely of drummers and percussionists. Despite the fact that there is definitely no regular melody instrument to be heard on this album, the two lengthy compositions are arranged in such an enthralling way, that they have a rather catchy and memorable feel. Among the cult drummers featured on this album are Udo Lindenberg (yes, this icon of German rock and pop started as a drummer) and session hero Keith Forsey. So what both compositions offer is an ever pulsating rhythm inferno, a maelstrom of different grooves and sounds. If you go for this album to find some pop tunes you better change your mind. If you wish to be enchanted and hypnotized by a massive wall of percussion sounds and be dragged deeper and deeper into a state of trance which is utterly addictive you are welcome. This album goes deeper as most psychedelic rock with dreamy melodies and heavy organ work. You cannot compare it to anything ,so open your mind for the ultimate rhythm experience and join in if you dare. Only if you dare.
V.A. - Hot Shit! Dope Afro Funk Volume 2
V.A.
Hot Shit! Dope Afro Funk Volume 2
LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Hot Shit)
17,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Volume two of the "Dope Afro Funk" compilation series including some highly sought-after funk obscurities! Excavating another choice batch of rare grooves ranging from afro-rock, boogie-funk, psychedelic beats and beyond!!!
V.A. - Africa Airways Two - Funk Departures 1973-1982
V.A.
Africa Airways Two - Funk Departures 1973-1982
LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Africa Seven)
21,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Volume Two with an absolute corker... "Na Real Sekele Fo Ya" from Cameroonian-in-Paris Pasteur Lappe. Produced by Jacob Desvarieux of Kassav fame, this track is an instant grabber, Think of the Blockheads "Rhythm Stick" goes Afro chant with deep, soulful moog grooves and on-point brass stabs. Next up is M'Bamina an Italian / Ivory Coast band who swing things heavy with "Kilowi Kilowi". Sweeting strings, funky bass lines wrapped around a late 70s style disco groove.Ekambi Briallant is next up with his floor tappingly catchy afro soul "Aboki (Mon Copain)", produced by one of our favorite producers Slim Pezin. To round off the A-side of the vinyl we present the first outing from the Makeba family. Here the (sadly prematurely departed) Bongi Makeba, daughter of "Mama Africa" Myriam Makeba, shows the world just what an amazing artist she would have developed into. Bongi wrote a fair number of her mother's tracks in her later years and "Don't Do It" shows us what true talent for the song she was blessed with. The track her powers along with wah-wah guitar and masterful alto sax. A real treat.Friend of Africa Seven and Cameroonian native Jo Tongo opens thing up on Side B. Jo now lives in New York but back in the 70s he was part of the Fiesta label collective who were cranking out great records in Paris. "Piani" is his purest dancefloor moment, here again in full glory.Next up we bend our African remit ever-so slightly and head off to Holland for a James Brown style fuelled funk stomper "Relax.. Before Doing Sex" from Oscar Harris and his crew. Its big, its bold, its brassy...,.. It's fun.The power trio of Bozambo are next up. Between them they have released over 12 solo LPs and here together with "Get it On The Music" they power through with a keyboard/synyh driven afro-funk groove years ahead of its time..., made in 1978 but sounding like 1984. Misse Ngoh is one great guitarist and a masterful adaptor of the Makossa rhythms of his native Cameroun. The title track from his Esperance 1979 LP "Tata Ngoh" mixes in his trademark rhythms and grooves with slap bass and striking brass lines. One heck of a catchy song too.We round off the compilation with the Queen of Queens, Myriam Makeba. Possibly / probably the most influential female musician to come out of Africa..., ever. "Mama Africa's" biography is awe-inspiring and vast, but very hard to summarize in a few sentences... so please check it out for yourself. From breaking the African sound in the West, to the obsessively catchy "Pata Pata" to the influential, focal role she played in helping bring an end to Apartheid in her native South Africa. There are many tracks to feature from Myriam but we aren't about hits here at Africa Seven. Being the crate diggers we are, we thought the best way we could honour the lady was to dig the crate even deeper and go with the most obscure Myriam track we could find. "Toyota Fantasy" was recorded during her exile years spent in Guinea with the Esperance team as a one off promotional 7" single giveaway release. Be aspirational, as the lady says.
Ata Kak - Obaa Sima / Adagya
Ata Kak
Obaa Sima / Adagya
12" | 2015 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
14,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Single #2 from now-legendary 1993 solo cassette. The two Ghana-by-way-of-Toronto dance tracks whip themselves into an unabashed frenzy, & sound like nothing else.
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.
Idrissa Soumaoro - Ampsa
Idrissa Soumaoro
Ampsa
LP | 1978 | US | Reissue (Mississippi)
19,99 €*
Release:1978 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
A classic and seldom heard LP from Bamako! Not just your average Malian LP, 'Ampsa' features has to be heard to be believed organ, hypnotic guitar and amazing sweet vocals. A truly great LP and must have for fans of Malian music. A faithful reproduction of the original with the addition of liner notes by Florent Mazzoleni. A co-release with Singasongfighter.
Blo - Chapter One
Blo
Chapter One
LP | 1973 | UK | Reissue (Mr Bongo)
18,99 €*
Release:1973 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Chapter One was Blo’s debut album, originally released by EMI in 1973. Blo were remarkable for a variety of reasons: they were arguably the first rock trio to emerge from Africa and its members – Berkely ‘Ike’ Jones on guitar, Laolu ‘Akins’ Akintobi on drums and Mike ‘Gbenga’ Odumosu on bass – had a pedigree like few others at the time having worked as part of Ginger Baker’s band Salt in the years leading to their formation in 1972.
Antibalas - Antibalas
Antibalas
Antibalas
LP | 2012 | US | Original (Daptone)
16,99 €*
Release:2012 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Born in a Brooklyn warehouse in 1997, the 12-piece ensemble credited with introducing Afrobeat to a wider global audience have played on stage and in the studio with the likes of Paul Simon, TV on the Radio, Public Enemy and Amy Winehouse, and can count the likes of David Byrne and Questlove amongst their fans. Recorded over a two-week period at Daptone's House of Soul Studios in Brooklyn with Roth at the helm, Antibalas is their fifth album but the first to be released on Daptone, which brings things full-circle for the band. Niiiiiiice!
Walko - Afrobeat Trance
Brand New Wayo - Funk, Fast Times & Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983
Brand New Wayo
Funk, Fast Times & Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983
2LP | 2011 | US | Original (Comb & Razor Sound)
24,99 €*
Release:2011 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Comb & Razor Sound launches its exploration of the colourful world of popular music from Nigeria, starting with the post-disco era of the late 1970s and early 80s.The years between 1979 and 1983 were Nigeria’s Second Republic, when democracy finally returned after 23 years of uninterrupted military dictatorship. They were also the crest of Nigeria’s oil boom, when surging crude prices made the country a land of plenty, prosperity and profligacy. The influx of petrodollars meant an expansion in industry, and the music industry in particular. Record companies upgraded their technology and cranked out a staggering level of output to an audience hungry for music to celebrate the country’s prospective rise as global power of the future.While it was a boom time for a wide variety of popular music styles, the predominant commercial sound was a post-afrobeat, slickly modern dance groove that retrofitted the relentless four-on-the-floor bass beat of disco to a more laidback, upbeat-and-downbeat soul shuffle, mixing in jazz-funk, synthesizer pop and afro feeling. At the time, it was still mostly locally referred to as “disco”, but has since been recognized as its own unique genre retrospectively dubbed “Nigerian Boogie”. ‘Brand New Wayo’ collects 15 pulsing Nigerian boogie tracks in a lovingly compiled package chronicling one of the most progressive and creative eras in the history of African popular music.
V.A. - African Scream Contest
V.A.
African Scream Contest
2LP | 2008 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
21,99 €*
Release:2008 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
raw & psychedelic afro sounds from Benin & Togo 70s ... 14 tracks with extensive liner notes and a poster featuring the cover artwork!
Robert Helms - Sekele I Like It / Feet On The Ground
Robert Helms
Sekele I Like It / Feet On The Ground
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Betino's)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 21.04.2017
Unearthed by groove archeologist Betino Errera, this black gem was cut in Paris in 1980 by American vocalist Robert Helms. His French career being rather confidential with releases under his own name as well as Bobby Helms or simply Bobby, the Lay Down Girl album remained a well-kept secret for decades despite the fact that it contained two very strong disco-funk tunes.Helms was backed by a seasoned studio band including Donny Donable (of Lafayette Afro Rock Band) on drums, Christophe Zadire (of Zulu Gang fame) on bass and Beckie Bell on backing vocals. The session was led by master musician Jacob Desvarieux on guitar, piano and synths, who was already at that time one of the founders of Kassav. These recordings were made under the supervision of Pierre Jaubert, who was a major player on the independent French production scene from the late 60s onward, operating his own studio, famous for also being a much appreciated meeting point for musicians. He is responsible for bringing forth works from legendary bluesmen like John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, Roosevelt Sykes and jazz greats including Mal Waldron, Archie Shepp and Charlie Mingus. But to funk lovers, Pierre Jaubert is mostly known for his involvement with the mythical Lafayette Afro Rock Band whose prominent breaks and riffs have been sampled by the most illustrious rappers including Public Enemy, De La Soul, Naughty by Nature, Digital Underground, Wu Tang Clan and Ice Cube to name just a few.Today, Betino's Records reissues two very sought after tracks from the original album: "Feet On The Ground", cowritten by Desvarieux and Helms and "Sekele I Like It", written by Desvarieux and Pasteur Lappe, the latter hailing from Cameroon was the first one to record the song in 1979. In addition, both tunes get the contemporary rework treatment. Baptman and Betino editing the vocals out of "Sekele I Like It" then turning it into a very danceable Philly inspired dub. For his part, DJ Vas digs the Afrobeat seam on "Feet On The Ground", thickens the sauce with thumping bass lines and adds an "Earth Wind & Fire" feel by putting the emphasis on the horn section.And last but not least, this 12inch pressing is limited to 700 copies worldwide.
Voilaaa - Des Promesses
Voilaaa
Des Promesses
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Favorite)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 07.04.2017
Voilaaa is one of the many projects led and produced by Bruno “Patchworks” Hovart, who’s proven over the past 15 years, his place amongst the finest producers of groove music in all genres. This time exploring the wide spectrum of the African and Tropical Disco scene, he received a massive international support for Voilaaa’s first album, On te l’avait dit, released late 2015 on Favorite Recordings. Following to that success and pursuing the same direction combining of the festive, yet sometime futile nature of Disco, and the instinctive, deep, sometimes rough nature of African music, Voilaaa’s now presenting its 2nd efforts, Des Promesses. The 13 tracks of the album are again up to expectations, and Voilaaa has not finished feeding international dancefloors with heavy Afro-Disco music. Alongside Bruno at the production, singers Pat Kalla and Sir Jean are back providing their carefree lyrics and Afro vibes, and Senegalese artist Doctor Lass comes to extend the team, with 3 brilliant titles, including a great Funky cover of the classic “Mandjou” by Salif Keita and Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux..
Tony Igiettemo - Hot Like Fire
Tony Igiettemo
Hot Like Fire
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Leaning against a wall, his shirt unbuttoned to his navel and cradling a tumbler of something strong and sophisticated, Tony Igiettemo looks every bit the smooth talking 80s gent. When you put Hot Like Fire on the turntable and drop the needle, however, it is immediately clear that Smooth Tony is also a little bit freaky. Sirens, slap bass, squelchy synths and a titchy high hat that just won't give up, Hot Like Fire is a cosmic call from a dance floor on the far side of the universe. Produced by John Malife – the go-to man in Nigeria when you wanted your funk freaky – it's driven by a heavy low end that compels you to move. 'Baby You Can Do It' is Boney M's 'Daddy Cool' via a sweaty Nigerian dance floor. 'I Feel So Good' has a Kool & The Gang vibe, albeit with a freaky, warbling synth. And 'Hot Like Fire' is a strange reggae/funk fusion, fuelled by the righteous herb. 'We Are One' and 'Africa Must Unite', meanwhile, are post-disco, reggae-tinged calls for African Unity. 'Rock Your Baby' is the album's most relentless dance floor banger and sums up its ethos best. Clap your hands everybody and get down on it. Tony Igiettomo is here to make your body move. - Peter Moore
Hoodna Orchestra - Yelben / Beza
Hoodna Orchestra
Yelben / Beza
7" | 2017 | IL | Original (Todres)
8,99 €*
Release:2017 / IL – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Tel Aviv's The Hoodna Orchestra is a 12-member orchestra that studies and investigates the African origins of western popular music. 'Yelben' (featuring Tesfaye Negatu) was written by the Ethiopian poet and singer Demisu Belete and composed by Ilan Smilan (Hoodna's musical director). The B-side contains the instrumental song 'Beze'.
Loi Toki Tok - Chakacha / Mungwana
Loi Toki Tok
Chakacha / Mungwana
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Afro7)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Loi Toki Tok band started out as a nondescript musical group. But irrefutably, the band’s star scaled the heights and shone brightly on the early 1970s Kenyan capital, Nairobi’s burgeoning live music circuit. And basking on the top of the pops charts, was vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Leon Kabasela aka Kalle. He also doubled as band’s composer and songwriter – earning credits for among other tracks, this mellow ‘ballad’ aptly titled Mungwana – loosely translated in Swahili, is descriptive of a selfless and conscientious gentleman. Kalle is one of handful surviving remnants of the band, whose lifespan was somewhat short-lived. It lasted barely three years – circa 1971 to mid-1973. Mungwana’s lyrics, sang in Congolese lingala dialect, mirror his roots and musical dream, which lured the youthful artiste during late 1960s to pack bags, and desert the rural fringes of Lubumbashi – then Zaire’s second largest city. On the 45 single flipside is a soulful, funky hit Chakacha – a seemingly timeless afro-soul flavoured cut. Its catchy and hypnotic lyrical refrains, easily grow on the listeners. The vocals of the band’s one-time frontman, singer Kasim Combo, ooze with an unmistakable tinge of late 1960s to early 70s American soul rhythms, propelled onto the global showbiz spotlight by US pop stars Otis Redding, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. Their popular hits gained massive, almost staple airplay on Kenya’s then sole broadcaster’s twin national radio stations. The fact that this record was pressed on an obscure Athi River label, is perhaps symbolic of Loi Toki Tok’s last band phase – shifting base from Club Arcadia in the heart of Nairobi, to the Small World Club in Athi River – an equally nondescript urban town, tucked away along the Mombasa highway.
Shamrock - African Music By African People
Shamrock
African Music By African People
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (PENG)
12,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Shamrock grew up in the township called ‘Kwathema’, In the east of Johannesburg. He has being crazy for music since he was a young child, and at primary school he sang as the soloist in the choir. Everyone now knows that South Africa is the house music capitol of the world! Most young upcoming producers look up the American and European producers, But Shamrock’s sound is standing out from the rest, as he’s been digging into his African roots to come up with his own style of music, working with mainly South African musicians, only using the computer to record the audio. On this album he’s also featured international musicians Han Litz,Flutist from the Netherlands, Asali, vocalist from Kenya, Andy Compton, from the UK, and Jimmy Gabriel on Sax from Nigeria.His first releases came out on a South African label in 2014.He’s well known in South Africa for his live guitar shows, normally jamming with DJ’s. This is how he first met Andy Compton, and secured the Peng connection.Shamrock was a main writing contributor for the fantastic ’Sowetan Onesteps’ project, and after that success he knew the home for his album would be on Peng, which offers his sound to a worldwide audience So here it is! Enjoy the African rhythms and sun drenched music!.
Lancelot Layne - Blow Way
Lancelot Layne
Blow Way
2LP+7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Cree)
26,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In 1971 two songs were released in Trinidad & Tobago that represented completely new directions in the musical and lyrical expression of Trinidad's place in the diaspora, Indian on one hand and African on the other. Nanny & Nana by Sundar Popo and “Blow 'Way” by Lancelot Layne were revolutionary and ground breaking and spawned two distinctly new genres in Trinidad & Tobago music – Chutney music in the case of Sundar Popo and Rapso, in Lance's case. Brother Resistance calls Lancelot Layne the father of Rapso music.During the early 1970s Lance recorded at least a dozen startlingly original songs including “Blow 'Wa”y, “Afro'Dadian”, “Bringing' Off”, “Dat Is Horros” and “Kaiso For Mout' Band”. Each one expanding his talent for musical arrangements and dramatic counterpoint with chorus responses and vocal variation. He enlisted musicians, each exciting and pioneering in their own right, breaking ground in the post 1970 cultural revolution: calypso/jazz pianist, Clive Zanda; composer, guitarist, singer and flautist, Andre Tanker; Mau Mau Drummers including the young Jah Jah Onilu, Mansa Musa Drummers; vocalists, including Ann Marie Innis and Ella Andall.The result is exciting, confident and musically ground-breaking. Until his death in 1990 he kept commenting and educating T&T'ssociety with songs like Get Off The Radio, Kamboulay, Jambalasie Dance and Strike Squad.This release is pressed on 180-gram virgin vinyl and contains an additional 45RPM single. Everything is housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with 20-page booklet (8.2” x 8.2”) with extensive liner notes by Lancelot's daughter, Niasha Layne-Forde, and Christopher Laird. Cover and booklet artwork were created by famous Scottish painter, Peter Doig, one of the most renowned living figurative painters who settled in Trinidad since 2002.
Black Market Brass - Cheat And Start A Fight
Black Market Brass
Cheat And Start A Fight
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Secret Stash)
22,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Recorded in 2015 by the 12-piece instrumental band, the album is heavily inspired by the sounds of West African popular and spiritual music from long ago. In 2013, Secret Stash Records released Black Market Brass’s debut single to critical acclaim. The bible of all things funky, Wax Poetics, declared the record to be “Heavy Nigerian Madness.” Flea Market Funk raved: “This is some authentic music right here people, recorded in the United States. Inspired by the likes of The Funkees, The Black President, and Moussa Doumbia as much as James Brown and The Meters, this Twin Cities dozen (and sometimes more) is shoveling out their musical path with their unique sounds.” The entire pressing quickly sold out as Secret Stash shipped copies around the world. Two years later, after almost non-stop gigging and rehearsing, Black Market Brass finally tracked their debut album.Cut live in one room over three days, the recordings jump out of the speakers with an energy reminiscent of their celebrated live shows. The album’s title, “Cheat and Start a Fight”, and some of the songs on it are heavily influenced by Yoruba Bátà music, as taught to their conga player by Chief Muraina Oyelami in Iragbjiji, Nigeria. From start to finish, “Cheat And Start A Fight” is laden with endless polyrhythms driven by intricate percussion, intertwined guitar parts, and rock-solid bass and drums. Atop that complex backdrop, the members of the 4-piece horn section, anchored by copious amounts of baritone sax, revel in their ability to effortlessly float back and forth between almost militaristic precision and ultra-loose, sometimes free-jazz inspired playing. The result is a strange sort of booty-shaking party music with a dark, heavy, almost post-apocalyptic undertone. It’s Afrobeat with heavy doses of psychedelic textures and feelings.
Andre Tanker & The Mansa Musa Drummers - Back Home
Apotheke - Hi Baby Out / War
Apotheke
Hi Baby Out / War
7" | 2016 | EU | Original (Black Pearl Records)
14,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Vinyl reissue & first vinyl release ever, quality sound pressing, with restorated & remastered audio material from vinyl & original master tape.A-side was released in 1978, B-side was never released before!!!Comes in a wonderful, authentic and special old-fashioned cardboard cover with vintage haptics.
Johnny! - Only Love
Johnny!
Only Love
7" | 2016 | US | Original (Now Again)
9,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
We’re introducing: Johnny! Ghanaian Afro-Rock from German producer/composer J.J. Whitefield and an international cast of top shelf musicians. Whitefield, who in the early ‘90s revived the gritty, analogue Funk sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s with his Poets Of Rhythm, has been working with Now-Again Records for almost a decade, releasing a flock of acclaimed projects with Karl Hector & The Malcouns, Whitefield Brothers, Rodinia and the “Original Raw Soul” anthology. He first started exploring African rhythms with the Whitefield Brothers in the late ‘90s, continuing in the ‘00s with Karl Hector & The Malcouns. He’s been instrumental in launching Ghanaian Afro Beat/Funk legend Ebo Taylor´s international career, decades after the maestro recorded the landmark albums that have inspired thousands. Whitefield recorded two new studio albums with Taylor and toured in his band between 2009 and 2013, where he met Taylor’s son Henry and percussionist/Singer Eric Owusu. The trio now front the Johnny! band and find inspiration not only in Ghana’s hypnotic grooves, but also the full frontal fuzz guitar assault heard on the legion of 70s Zambian Zamrock albums recently reissued by Now-Again. Indeed, Whitefield credits his tours with Zamrock godfathers Rikki Ililonga and WITCH’s Jagari Chanda as instrumental in creating the Johnny’s sonic backdrop. The band is rounded out by Turkish drummer Bernd Oezsevim (Woima Collective, Rodinia) and Indonesian bassist/multi instrumentalist Tomi Simatupang (Whitefield Brothers). This is Dance Rock at the core with the possibilities to stretch out and go into psychedelic realms. The results, spread out over three 7”singles and pressed in a run of 1000 units each, speak for themselves. Every record comes with a download card for WAV files of all six tracks (vocals and instrumentals from each release) and point at a new direction for the music inspired by the Great Continent.
V.A. - Original Sound Of Mali
Tilahun Gessesse - Sima!
Tilahun Gessesse
Sima!
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Mississippi)
20,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
A great collection of songs from one of Ethiopia's most beloved singers, Tlahoun Gessesse (English spelling varies). These recordings, spanning the period 1969-1975, cover the full range of Tlahoun's styles and moods, including mystical modal songs, straight up rockers and ballads. Killer stuff from the golden age of Ethiopian soul music. Tlahoun's voice, alongside Mahmoud Ahmed's, is one of the strongest in the country's history, so don't miss out on this monstrously good LP. Edition of 1.800 copies.
Afous D'Afous - Tarhanine Tegla
Nigeria 70 - Volume 2: Lagos Jump
Nigeria 70
Volume 2: Lagos Jump
2LP+CD | 2008 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
21,99 €*
Release:2008 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Wow! A brilliant follow-up to Strut's essential Nigeria 70 compilation from a few years back!This is a brilliant compilation that will certainly appeal to fans of the Sound Way releases - sixteen tracks of obscure Nigerian music from the 1970s spanning afro-cosmic chuggers, to Fela-inspired afro-beat, to wicked afrofunk, to tough dancefloor highlife, to African reggae and beyond!
V.A. - Wake Up You Volume 1: The Rise & Fall Of Nigerian Rock Music (1972-1977)
V.A.
Wake Up You Volume 1: The Rise & Fall Of Nigerian Rock Music (1972-1977)
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Now Again)
24,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Western world was in the throes of peace, love and flower power as Nigeria descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel Fela Kuti to stardom after the conflict ended in 1970. Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to thesenow-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s. This "standard" 2LP set follows the now-OOP Record Store Day edition. It comes with a download card with full audio and a 104 page digital booklet (as a .pdf) filled with never-seen photos and detailed liner notes by Nigerian musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?; Brand New Wayo: Nigerian Boogie and Disco, etc.), with all tracks fully licensed from the bands themselves.
Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra - Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra
Wganda Kenya / Peter King - Shaloade / Ajo
Wganda Kenya / Peter King
Shaloade / Ajo
7" | 2016 | UK | Original (Mr Bongo)
10,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
A. Wganda Kenya - ShaloadeUptempo afro-latin business of the highest order.You might recognise Wganda Kenya from our Latin 45’s series; they are intact aLatin band produced by the legendary Fruko. This is a cover version of FelaKuti’s ‘Shakara Oloje’ originally released on Discos Fuentes in 1976, hencetheir inclusion here in Africa 45’s.AA. Peter King - AjoWe have released two albums by Peter King on Mr Bongo, ‘Miliki Sound’ and‘Shango’.‘Ajo’ is a Mr Bongo favourite. Reminiscent of Begining Of The End’s ‘FunkyNassau’, it’s sweet, vocal driven afro-funk with killer uplifting hornsections, changes and drum breaks.Originally appeared on King’s ‘Omo Lewa’ LP from 1976, originals of which arenigh on impossible to find for a reasonable price now.
Apagya Showband, The - Tamfo Nyi Ekyir / Mumude
Apagya Showband, The
Tamfo Nyi Ekyir / Mumude
7" | 2015 | UK | Original (Mr Bongo)
10,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Hailing from Ghana, The Apagya Showband was formed by the legendary EboTaylor and Ambolley after they left ‘Uhuru Dance Band’. The groupproduced only a couple of singles.‘Tamfo’ is a joyous, uptempo Afro-funk groover, laced with horns andhighlife guitar lines.‘Mumude’ is a fast paced, drum and percussion-heavy, folklore-basedsong from 1974. Originally released on Essiebons 7”.
Amazones De Guinee / Moussa Doumbia - Samba
Amazones De Guinee / Moussa Doumbia
Samba
7" | 2015 | UK | Original (Mr Bongo)
10,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
New series of sought-after tracks from across the African continent.
Ali Farka Toure & Ry Cooder - Talking Timbuktu
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.
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