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Jeremy Spellacy - Jeremy Spellacy presents Crown Ruler Sound
Jeremy Spellacy
Jeremy Spellacy presents Crown Ruler Sound
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Spacetalk)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Don’t be fooled by Spellacey’s lower profile: amongst those who know, the Melbourne-based New Zealander is widely regarded as a seriously dustyfingered digger, capable of unearthing and championing ridiculously good records from all four corners of the globe. He sells some of these exceptional finds through his Crown Ruler online store, though there are many more that he keeps hidden from the public.From synth-laden Zambian reggae and sumptuous orchestral Afro-soul, to humid Trinidadian boogie and horizontal Italian jazz-funk, Spellacey offers a whirlwind trip through the most kaleidoscopic and exotic parts of his epic collection. As you’d expect from a man who has traveled the world hunting down records, the majority of the 15 tracks will be unknown to all but a handful of similarly minded crate diggers. In fact, some are so obscure that you’ll struggle to find any mention of them at all online. This could be your only chance to own the boogie-era reggae-disco brilliance of Le Banda De Martin’s “Mi Dueno” and the tear-jerking Afro-soul shuffle of Kosmik 3’s “I’m Gonna Pack” (here featured in exclusive Jeremy Spellacey re-edit form).Highlights come thick and fast, from the first note to the last. Check, for example, the wild P-funk of Acayouman’s “Funk Around”, the dancing marimbas and undulating grooves of Feladey’s “Forest Music” and the impeccable South African jazz-funk of Stimela’s sought-after 1983 debut single, “I Love You”. Other notable highlights include Ezy & Isaac’s spellbinding 1977 cut “Let Your Body Move (Oba Balu Balu)”, seemingly the missing link between Rotary Connection, Fela Kuta and soundscape disco, Devon Russell’s inspired reggaesoul cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move on Up”, and Mike Fabulous’ “Wang East”, a sublime chunk of summery electro-reggae from Spellacey’s native New Zealand. We could go on, but we don’t want to spoil all the surprises. Suffice to say, Crown Ruler Sound will surprise and entertain you in equal measure.
Pop Makossa - The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984
Pop Makossa
The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
An explosivecompilation highlighting the era when funk and disco soundsbegan to infiltrate Cameroon's Makossa style. The beat thatholds everything together originate's from the Sawa people'srhythms. When these rhythms collided with merengue, high-life,Congolese rumba, and, later, funk and disco, modern Makossa wasborn. Makossa, the beat that long before football, managed tounify the whole of Cameroon. Some of the greatest Makossa hitsincorporated the electrifying guitars and tight grooves offunk, while others were laced with cosmic synth flourishes.However, most of this music's vibe came down to the bass, and'Pop Makossa' demonstrates why many Cameroonian bass playersare among the most revered in the world.
Senyaka - Bayanyonyoba
Senyaka
Bayanyonyoba
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Rush Hour)
13,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Two South African mastercuts by the legendary Senyaka Kekana. The unexpected deep house jam "Bayanyonyoba (1993)" and the illustrious soul song "Don't Judge Me Bad (1987)" are big RH favorites. Original copies are absolutely impossible to find, now released on 12inch for the first time.Esa Williams - "I had the pleasure of performing alongside Senyaka at the Alexander Theatre, Johannesburg back in 2012 which would have probably been his last most iconic gig before his passing in 2015. These two tracks really showcase the sounds of South Africa around the early to late 80’s, the influences from American synth pop and House that would then lead later into many of these records being played at the wrong speed which ultimately became the original Kwaito sound from South Africa."
Marijata - This Is Marijata
Marijata
This Is Marijata
LP | EU | Reissue (Mr Bongo)
22,99 €*
Release:EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Marijata was a group made up of three members – Kofi 'Electric' Addison on drums, Bob Fischlan on organ and Nat Osmanu on guitar, hailing from Ghana. ‘This Is Marijata’ is the groups first LP; released originally on the Gapophone label – it is pure, rootsy, raw, driving African funk music of the highest order, now highly sought-after in both its original and previously reissued forms.Addison, Osmanu and Fischlan formed a band called the Sweet Beans with a young singer and guitarist, namely the legendary Pat Thomas. They released ‘False Lover’ [GAPO LP 02] in 1974 on Gapophone Records before recording ‘This Is Marijata’ [GAPO LP 012] and then ‘Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata’ [GAPO LP 013] shortly afterwards. ‘This Is Marijata’ is summed up perfectly by the text on the back cover: “Three young musicians of the Sweet Beans believe that in music and entertainment business, there is no room for mediocrity if one’s music is to win over a bigger audience and fame.How could they give the public a taste of the talent they had so meticulously nurtured since they began their musical careers without upsetting the current musical inclination in the country?Simple, Gapahone Records, quick to spot talent listened to the music of Kofi “Electric” Addison (Drummer) Bob Fischlan (Organist) and Nat Osmanu (Guitarist), liked it and the result, after month of hard work is what you have on this album – THIS IS MARIJATA.
Shadow - D'Hardest
Shadow
D'Hardest
12" | 1980 | EU | Reissue (Jamwax)
13,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
After Sweet Sweet Dreams album, Jamwax is very proud to finally release D'Hardest on its original maxi 12'' format. “D'Hardest” was recorded at K.H. studios in Trinidad in 1980 and another version/mix was released on the Wake Up album. This song is everything, thanks to Winston Bailey aka Shadow and all his team.
Alemayehu Eshete - Alteleyeshegnem / Temar Ledje
Alemayehu Eshete
Alteleyeshegnem / Temar Ledje
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Philophon)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Alemayehu Eshete is considered the golden voice of Ethopia. Since his first hit single "Seul" in 1961 he has become the father figure of the soulful stream of Ethopian music. In Ethiopia no other musician adapted the newest trends from the US soul scene as consequently as Alemayehu did. With this new 7" he continues his soulful approach on Ethopian music. His funky classic Alteleyeshegnem is here re-interpretated by the Philophon house band in an even funkier way than the original. A tough beat is crisscrossed by mystic harmonies and a pumping bassline. Temar Ledje points out the sweet side of master Alemayehu. This is another classic tune that comes dosed with a rejuvenating cure by the Philophon production team. Just listen!
V.A. - Ote Maloya: The Birth Of Electric Maloya On Reunion Island 1975 -1986
V.A.
Ote Maloya: The Birth Of Electric Maloya On Reunion Island 1975 -1986
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Strut)
25,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut present a brand new compilation documenting the groundbreaking maloya scene on Réunion Island from the mid- ‘70s, as Western instrumentation joined traditional Malagasy, African and Indian acoustic instruments to spark a whole era of new fusions and creativity. Compiled by Réunionese DJ duo La Basse Tropicale, ‘Oté Maloya’ follows up last year’s acclaimed ‘Soul Sok Séga’ release on Strut.
Lord Echo - Harmonies
Lord Echo
Harmonies
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Soundway)
17,99 €* 19,99 € -10%
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
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!
V.A. - Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s
V.A.
Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s
3LP+7" | 2013 | UK | Original (Soundway)
29,99 €*
Release:2013 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Soundway Records present Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & ‘80s - a treasure-trove of rare and unusual recordings from East Africa. Spread out over two CDs and one triple LP, Kenya Special is accompanied by detailed liner notes, original artwork and photographs.It follows on from Soundway’s much acclaimed African ‘Special’ series that to date has focused on the highlife and afrobeat output from 1970s Nigeria and Ghana. Kenya Special is a collection of 32 recordings (most of which were only ever released on small-run 45rpm 7" singles) that stand out as being different or unique as well as some classic genre standards. From Kikuyu language ‘liquid soul’, Luo benga and Swahili afrobeat to genre-bending Congolese and Tanzanian tracks recorded in Nairobi, Kenya Special sees Soundway yet again taking the less trodden path. Many of the tracks featured here are peppered with innovation and experimentation highlighting how diverse the music scene in Kenya was at the time.In 1970s Kenya the two threads of rumba and benga loosely dominated the music scene. Benga quickly became Kenya’s unique contribution to afro-pop; spreading like wildfire through the interior countryside with it’s fast, 4/4 machine-gun beat and intricate electric guitar layers. The Congolese take on Afro-Cuban rumba was introduced by touring bands many of whom settled in East Africa - influencing bands from Kenya and Tanzania to come up with their own take on this popular style. Alongside these styles were small ensembles and hotel-sponsored bands, playing a blend of music that often included rock ‘n’ roll riffs, elements of ‘afro’ music (influenced by West African musicians like Fela Kuti), and multiple other combinations from South African and Zambian guitar styles to disco, funk and Swahili coastal rhythms like chakacha.Painstakingly compiled, assembled and researched over two years by a team of five people from five countries (Kenya included), Kenya Special is a collection that looks beyond the mainstream and brings new life and recognition to some little known gems and forgotten classics of Kenya’s past.
Hotline - You Are Mine
Hotline
You Are Mine
LP | 1983 | EU | Reissue (Soundway)
19,99 €*
Release:1983 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
A very rare LP originally released in 1983 has made its way to Soundway and been mastered with the utmost care.The only known recorded album by the band, it also features the track “Fella’s Doing It In Lagos” which was included on and inspired the name for Soundway’s hit compilation in 2016.Band members: Austing D. Ilukhor, Charles Chiagoro, Geofrey Ochiagha, Hawly Adeyefa Jnr, Klesye Edward Doja, Shola Damole, Stanley Ifejoku.
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!
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.
Pasteur Lappe - Na Man Pass Man
Pasteur Lappe
Na Man Pass Man
LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Africa Seven)
18,89 €* 20,99 € -10%
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following on from the Pasteur Lappé compilation 'African Funk Experimentals' on Africa Seven, here's a repress of his second album from 1979, 'Na Man Pass Man'. The album is full of diverse sounds, ranging from driving funk, sweeping disco grooves, syrupy ballads, reggae and Jackson-five-esque pop to finger-lickin' soul.
Megaloh x Tony Allen - Regenmacher: Afrobeat Session
Megaloh x Tony Allen
Regenmacher: Afrobeat Session
LP | 2016 | DE | Original (Nesola)
11,69 €* 12,99 € -10%
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.
Apostles - Banko Woman
Apostles
Banko Woman
7" | 2017 | US | Original (Cultures Of Soul)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
For over forty years, the Apostles of Aba have stood as the jewel in the crown of the music scene in Eastern Nigeria. Since their formation in 1973, the band has turned out memorable performances in a variety of styles including rock, soul, funk, pop andreggae. Even today, the Apostles continue to thrill audiences in their hometown of Aba with dazzling shows. Cultures of Soul is proud to present one of the Apostles’ more obscure—yet relentlessly funky recordings in a full-color custom reverse board jacket. BankoWoman, originally released on the eponymous LP on Love Day Records in 1977. Straddling the world realms of afro-funk and disco, the track has long been a coveted dance floor filler amongst DJs, and for the first time is available for a wider audience. On the B-side is “Faith, Luck & Music,” also from the original Banko Woman album.
V.A. - Original Sound Of Mali
V.A.
Original Sound Of Mali
2LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Mr Bongo)
21,59 €* 23,99 € -10%
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Original Sound of Mali’ compiled by David ‘Mr Bongo’ Buttle, Vik Sohonie (Ostinato Records) and 
Florent Mazzoleni.Malian music is a deep, lyrical form of African music. Those of us deeply entranced by Malian culture, and, in particular, the immense hypnotic beauty of Malian music, have put together a selection of songs from across the country.Includes a 24 page booklet on Malian Music written by Florent Mazzoleni. Includes MP3 download.
Girma Beyene & Akale Wube - Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes on Purpose
Girma Beyene & Akale Wube
Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes on Purpose
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Heavenly Sweetness)
17,99 €* 19,99 € -10%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
There are stars that fade away, unnoticed. And then one day they reappear, as if by magic…That’s what happened to Girma Bèyènè, a glorious yet painfully shy musician. A lady-killer, yet lovelorn. An expert at fading into the woodwork, yet forever a rebel. Beginning in the early 1960s and for some 20 years, Girma Bèyènè was one of the most creative and prolific artists on the Ethiopian musical scene. And also amongst its most recognised and celebrated. After the fall of Emperor Haile Sellassie (1974) and the turbulence that followed, Girma seized the first opportunity (1981) to slip away from the revolutionary promises that now lay in ruins. Gave in to his absolute fascination with America, and took a chance on an uncertain exile rather than languish in Stalinist paradise. And heedless of the twists of fate that would soon conspire to take Girma away from the public stage.A singer who left behind all too few recordings as a soloist (cf. éthiopiques 8), it was mainly as a pianist and organist, composer and arranger that Girma would leave his mark on what has now come to be known as the golden age of Ethiopian music. His composition "Muziqawi silt" has given rise to more than 30 cover versions around the world, an all-time record for an Ethiopian title.
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.
Unknown Artist - Decent International 01
Unknown Artist
Decent International 01
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Decent International)
11,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
The drums smack. The bass is too loud. Liberia, Ghana, all the way across to Uganda. 1970's tinpot dictatorships birth colourful sounds. Magnetic tape, Linn drums and Bucket Brigade delay units confuse the mix. Sub-cultural colonialism to destroy the dance. Still, it sounds good. And it looks nice. Nice sleeve art. Move along. Move along....
Dexter Story - Wejene Aola Feat. Kamasi Washington
Dexter Story
Wejene Aola Feat. Kamasi Washington
7" | 2016 | UK | Original (Soundway)
9,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
For his next release on Soundway Records, Los Angeles-based Dexter Story hooks up with long time friend and compatriot of music, the saxophonist, jazz composer, producer and band-leader Kamasi Washington. A fierce, rumbling electro Ethio-Funk groove provides the platform for an intense and powerful interplay between Washington on tenor sax and Todd Simon on trumpet. An instrumental cover version of Tilahun Gessesse's 1970s cut of the same name, it's Story's homage to the oppressed Oromo people of Southern Ethiopia. Backed on the flip by the one cut from Story's 'Wondem' long-player that did not make it to vinyl when the LP version was cut, Nia Andrew's sublime and atmospheric collaboration on Eastern Prayer will keep all those happy who grumbled at it's exclusion from wax first time around. This is a record that no lover of Ethio-Jazz, Afro-Beat or Funk should be excused for not owning.
Ebo Taylor - Life Stories
Ebo Taylor
Life Stories
2LP | 2011 | EU | Reissue (Strut)
27,99 €*
Release:2011 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
New repressing of the essential Ebo Taylor compilation ‘Life Stories’ in its original 2LP gatefold format.
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 28.07.2017
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.
Makadem - Nyako
Makadem
Nyako
12" | 2017 | UK | Original (On The Corner)
16,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Nyako' is our 7th vinyl release here at OtC and it's a big one. South African producer 'Behr' created 'Nyako' together with Makadem during a Santuri Safari session at Sondeka Festival in Kenya. The E.P is 4 cuts that build in brilliance from the original which has extremely broad appeal. Indian producer 'Daisho' delivers a straight ahead 4 x 4 house groover, south-London production duo Modified Man swing their analogue machines into action for a heady synth adventure, which is just a bit broken. Berlin-based duo of Dirk Leyers and DJ Nomad (Hans Reuschl) are the ideal pairing to merge technology and tradition together as AFRICAINE808 bring up the rear with a balearic sensation to round off the EP. Makadem is a talented musician and vibrant performing artist from Kenya. He's a figurehead of the Benga scene in Nairobi. His stage presence and powerful vocal delivery, had him likened to the legendary Fela Kuti. Makadem innovates by bringing traditional African instrumentation, story telling and contemporary production methods together.
Jay U Experience - Enough Is Enough
Jay U Experience
Enough Is Enough
LP | 1977 | EU | Reissue (Soundway)
20,99 €*
Release:1977 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 18.08.2017
Soundway fans first got a taste of Jay-U’s infectious beats with the track ‘Some More’, featured on the Soundway compilation “Nigeria Disco Funk Special: The Sound Of The Underground Lagos Dancefloor 1974-79”.Originally released by EMI Nigeria in 1977, this now-rare album was written by Jay-U and engineered by disco-boogie artist Goddy Oku. Opening with the up-tempo reggae number “Reggae Deluxe”, the album descends into mind-blowing jazz-funk featuring several killer saxophone solos. The journey ends with a trip into psych-prog rock, with a sound not dissimilar to that coming out of the early 70s British rock scene.
V.A. - Antilles Chéries
V.A.
Antilles Chéries
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Fanon)
20,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The French Antilles have been a huge source of influence on the global scene of the past few decades – especially during the big years of the zouk explosion, which opened up the island grooves to a huge global audience! But there's a much richer history of Antilles music that doesn't always get exposure – and part of that is presented here, in a beautiful batch of 70s material that paves the way towards 80s world music trends – but with earthier examples from the styles of compas and cadence! The rhythms are complex, but immediately compelling too – often upbeat and infectious, and in some spots touched by a bit of a 70s funk influence too – and most numbers have horn parts that are as upbeat and powerful as some of the best salsa work of the time, but turned towards slightly different ends. The grooves have so many different strands of sounds working together at once, the result is completely mindblowing – and the well-chosen tracks on the set are supported with notes in French and English that really illuminate this overlooked history. Titles include "La Vie Musique" by Black Affairs, "Si Bon Di Bon" by Simon Jurad, "Cail La Mande Rouse" by Toto Necessite, "Kokoye" by Combo Creole, "Money First" by Selecta Martinique, "Pale Creole" by Rodrigue Millien & Blagueur, "Coeur A Moin" by Belles Combo, and "Marchande" by Gervais Nerva.
Lord Echo - Harmonies DJ Friendly Edition
Lord Echo
Harmonies DJ Friendly Edition
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Soundway)
22,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
DJ friendly 2xLP version, cut loud for your pleasure!Harmonies is the new long player from underground super-producer Lord Echo. Hotly anticipated for the last few years by his growing entourage of fans, many were frustrated by his descent into obscurity in the industrial backwaters of New Zealand where he lived alone and went completely insane trying to complete the record. But those frustrations are finally at an end, and the wait was worth it - for fans at least.The new album solidifies his already distinctive mutations of reggae and rock steady with disco, African soul, techno and spiritual jazz. In other words, the Lord has returned from the wilderness with a bounty for his followers. Eat of the bread of life and enjoy access to his crazy World of Sound.
Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats - Let's Have A Party
Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats
Let's Have A Party
LP | 1974 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
19,99 €*
Release:1974 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
It’s no exaggeration to say that Geraldo Pino and his band the Heartbeats kickstarted the whole soul/funk/afrobeat scene in West Africa. Mixing highlife, funk and jazz, and using the latest equipment, they laid waste to all before them. In 1966 Fela Kuti was a jobbing musician, eeking out a living with highlife bands. When Gerlado Pino came to town, it changed his life. “Pino tore up the scene,” he recalls in an interview with Carlos Moore. “I knew I had to get my shit together. And fast!”. Produced by Odion Iruoje and engineered by Emmanual Odenusi, Let’s Have A Party is Geraldo Pino’s masterpiece. It’s slick and heavy, tough and uncompromising, with musicianship that will blow your mind. It’s all killer, no filler, with ‘Heavy Heavy Heavy’ and ‘Let Them Talk’ bonafide, nailed on funk classics. The Heartbeats are exactly that, a tight and efficient engine that keeps the groove moving. This is US-style funk, with an emphasis on extended percussion workouts and organ wigouts. You can’t listen to ‘Power To The People’ without being impressed – or compelled to dance. The extended call out to each Heartbeat in ‘Let’s Have a Party’ is well deserved. If my house caught on fire, this is the one album I’d rescue. After one listen, I reckon you’d do the same. - Peter Moore
Kondi Band - Salone
Kondi Band
Salone
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Strut)
22,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut present an inspired new Afro-electronic project for June 2017, Kondi Band, a collaboration between Sierra Leonean kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi and US producer / DJ Chief Boima, who himself has Sierra Leonean roots.
Voilaaa - Des Promesses
Voilaaa
Des Promesses
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Favorite)
21,99 €*
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. 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..
Sir Waziri Oshomah & His Traditional Sound Makers - Volume 3
Sir Waziri Oshomah & His Traditional Sound Makers
Volume 3
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (Superfly)
20,69 €* 22,99 € -10%
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.
Mugwisa International Xylophone Group - Santuri's Embaire Umeme
Mugwisa International Xylophone Group
Santuri's Embaire Umeme
12" | 2016 | UK | Original (On The Corner)
16,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Santuri's Embaire Umeme E.P. got a Worldwide Premiere fromGilles Peterson"On a never-ending quest to support and exposure far off musical cultures around the world, the nextOn The Cornerreleases sees them look to Uganda. Teaming up withSanturi(an East African electronic music innovation project) andSoundthread(a creative development non-profit), they have worked alongside the Mugwisa International Xylophone Group with modern recording techniques and further re-arrangement on two remixes. The first, by Sam Jones, wasPremiered last week by Stamp The Wax,and today ushers in the second by Alejandro Mosso.
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.
N'Kouri Percussions - N'Kouri Percussion
N'Kouri Percussions
N'Kouri Percussion
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (Superfly)
25,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 03.11.2017
Only one copy per customer!Wicked reissue of this afro percussive rarity on Superfly, Tip!
Vincent Ahehehinnou - Best Woman
Vincent Ahehehinnou
Best Woman
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
29,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In early 1978, Vincent Ahehehinnou left the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou without explanation. He had been one of their principal vocalist since 1968 and had helped transform them from a hard-charging nightclubband into a musical powerhouse and Africa-wide sensation. By the end of 1977, after an explosive performance at the pan-African arts and culture festival (Festac77) in Lagos, the band had reached the very pinnacle of their success.For nearly forty years, the reasons behind Vincent’s sudden departure have remained a mystery. Until now. In an interview included with Analog Africa’s new reissue of Best Woman – Vincent’s first post-Poly-Rythmo album, which has been out-of-print for close to four decades and nearly impossible to find outside West Africa – the great singer finally breaks his silence. He didn’t leave … he was pushed.Poly-Rythmo were already popular in their native Benin but, in the aftermath of Festac ’77, the band were poised for break-out success throughout Africa. One of the people who stood to benefit most was the band’s manager Adissa Seidou, whose label Albarika Store had released most of the band’s recordings. However Adissa’s vision for Poly-Rythmo didn’t always line up with that of the musicians and, more often than not, it was Vincent who spoke up for the band.The two men grew increasingly estranged until one day – at the funeral for Adissa’s father no less – Adissa gave Vincent an ultimatum of sorts. In Vincent’s own words: ‘I asked him if there is a way we could sort out our differences to which he replied that the only solution was for me to leave the band, adding, “if not I will kill you”’. And so Vincent found himself forced out of the band he had helped build. He tried his hand at various business ventures, but soon realised that the pull of music was too strong. On a business trip to Nigeria, Vincent met with Ignace de Souza of Benin’s Black Santiago band, who agreed to arrange Vincent’s songs, assemble musicians, and book a session at the legendary Decca Studios in Lagos.With everything in place Vincent returned to Cotonou, gathered together all the money he had saved over the years and set out again for Lagos. But the simple bus journey to Nigeria turned into a nightmarish odyssey of military corruption … and had it not been for the random kindness of an unknown woman on the bus, this album – along with Vincent’s subsequent solo career – might never have existed. Vincent tells the full story in the liner notes to this LP.But Vincent did make it to Lagos and the sessions went ahead. The nine-piece band, handpicked by de Souza, learned the songs and set them to tape in the span of only a week … but the results are as timeless and essential as anything to emerge from West Africa in the late 1970s.Vincent’s afrobeat credentials are in full evidence on opening track ‘Best Woman’ (English) whose driving beat, focussed horns and intricate vocal melody recall the raucous intensity of Poly-Rythmo. But the deep funk of the title track turns out to be only a warm-up for album-highlight ‘Maimouna Cherie’ (French), a moving expression of love and longing which kicks off with a hi-hat and wah-wah guitar workout but shifts gears mid-way into a more concentrated and contemplative groove.The funk and afrobeat gems on Best Woman are balanced by songs that draw upon Sato, one of the many Vodoun rhythms of Vincent’s native Benin. Side one concludes with ‘Vi Deka’ (Mina), an epic slow-burner propelled by some of the record’s most soulful vocals, while album closer ‘Wa Do Verite Ton Noumi’ (Fon) all but dares you not to lose yourself in its sublime hypnotic trance.Best Woman was released on Nigeria’s Hasbunalau Records in 1978, and original pressings are now highly-prized collector’s items. With this reissue on Analog Africa’s Dance Edition imprint – newly mastered by Nick Robbins, cut by to vinyl by Frank Merritt at the Carvery, and approved by Vincent himself – Best Woman makes a welcome and long-overdue return to turntables around the world.
Wells Fargo - Watch Out
Wells Fargo
Watch Out
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Now Again)
24,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Just as the hippie era came to an end in America, a second 60s was beginning. In what is now Zimbabwe,young people created a rock and roll counterculture that drew inspiration from hippie ideals and the soundsof Hendrix and Deep Purple. The kids in the scene called their music “heavy,” because they could feel itsimpact, and it resonated from Zambia to Nigeria.At its peak in the mid-70s, the heavy rock scene united tens of thousands of young progressives of all racialand social backgrounds. The country was called Rhodesia then, one of the last bastions of white rule in Africa,and heavy rockers defied segregation laws and secret police to make a stand for democratic change.Wells Fargo was at the forefront of the scene, and the title track of this album, Watch Out, was the anthem ofthe counterculture. This is the first time their music has been issued outside of Zimbabwe.Matthew Shechmeister tells the story of Wells Fargo drawing on interviews with the band's remainingmembers and numerous trips to Zimbabwe to investigate the genesis of the heavy rock scene under IanSmith's oppressive government, and its dissipation after Zimbabwe's liberation. Never-before-publishedphotographs and rare ephemera color the vibrant era of which this band was part.Bundled with a download card for WAV files and 72 page digital PDF that details the history of Zimbabwe’sheavy rock scene and the trajectory of Wells Fargo.
Susso - Keira
Susso
Keira
LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Soundway)
20,99 €*
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.
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.
Apples - Mind Twister
V.A. - Welcome To Zamrock Volume 1
V.A.
Welcome To Zamrock Volume 1
2LP | 2017 | US | Original (Now Again)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
How Zambia’s Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution. 1972-1977By the mid-1970s, the Southern African nation known as the Republic of Zambia had fallen on hard times. Though thecountry’s first president Kenneth Kaunda had thrown off the yoke of British colonialism, the new federation found itselfunder his self-imposed, autocratic rule. Conflict loomed on all sides of this landlocked nation. Kaunda protected Zambiafrom war, but his country descended into isolation and poverty.This is the environment in which the ’70s rock revolution that has come to be known as Zamrock flourished. Fuzz guitarswere commonplace, as were driving rhythms as influenced by James Brown’s funk as Jimi Hendrix’s rock predominated.Musical themes, mainly sung in the country’s constitutional language, English, were often bleak.In present day Zambia, Zamrock markers were few. Only a small number of the original Zamrock godfathers that remainedin the country survived through the late ’90s. AIDS decimated this country, and uncontrollable inflation forced the Zambianrockers that could afford to flee into something resembling exile. This was not a likely scene to survive - but it did. WelcomeTo Zamrock!, presented in two volumes, is an overview of its most beloved ensembles, and a trace of its arc from itsascension, to its fall, to its resurgence.
Orlando Julius & Ashiko - Love , Peace & Happiness
Orlando Julius & Ashiko
Love , Peace & Happiness
LP | 1978 | EU | Reissue (Hot Casa)
22,99 €*
Release:1978 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Official reissue of one of the hardest to find albums by the Afro Soul maestro, a pure Afro Funk spiritual grail from 1978!Born in 1943 in Ikole-Ekiti in Ondo State, Nigeria, Orlando Julius Ekemode (“Orlando was really a nickname, taken from the Nigerian actor, Orlando Martins“) had started in music from an early age, becoming the school drummer and learning flute, bugle and other instruments at St Peters Anglican School in Ikole-Ekiti. Nigerian musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he is credited as one of the first musicians to fuse US R&B into traditional highlife music, creating his own influential Afrobeat sound during the mid-‘60s.From his time playing in the USA during the 1970s onwards, he is credited with bringing African music to a broader audience and famously co-composed the song “Going Back To My Roots” with Lamont Dozier. In 1978, Orlando Julius Ekemode decided to produce himself this amazing session, originally recorded between Maryland and West Virginia (USA) and released in limited quantity in Nigeria by the obscure label Jungle Records. 6 stunning Afro-Funk monster tracks, recorded by 8 musicians based in Oakland.Fully licensed with the artist and remastered by The Carvery. Essential!
L’Ochestre Kyaddondo Int. / Mwenge Jazz - Gkinumanze / Kizunguzungu
L’Ochestre Kyaddondo Int. / Mwenge Jazz
Gkinumanze / Kizunguzungu
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Afro7)
8,99 €* 9,99 € -10%
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!
Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet - Afro-Latin Soul Volume 2
Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
Afro-Latin Soul Volume 2
LP | 1966 | US | Reissue (Worthy)
16,99 €*
Release:1966 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Exact repro vinyl reissue. The second volume of the 'Afro-Latin Soul' releases from Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet. This superb LP ws originally issued in 1966.
Johnny! - I'm Gone
Johnny!
I'm Gone
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.
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.
Amara Toure - Amara Toure 1973 - 1980
Amara Toure
Amara Toure 1973 - 1980
2LP | 2015 | EU | Original (Analog Africa)
24,99 €*
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.
Ata Kak - Obaa Sima
Ata Kak
Obaa Sima
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
22,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
A 1994 tape by Ghanaian musician Ata Kak called Obaa Sima is being reissued by Awesome Tapes From Africa. The release is the culmination of a 13-year story for Awesome Tapes From Africa founder Brian Shimkovitz, who bought a cassette copy of Obaa Sima from a roadside stall in Cape Coast, Ghana, in 2002. The tape was the subject of the first post on his Awesome Tapes From Africa blog in 2006—the blog spawned a full record label in 2011. Shimkovitz began searching for Ata Kat and says "Google and endless phone calls provided no leads." It was eventually discovered the musician, real name Yaw Atta-Owusu, had recorded Obaa Sima in Toronto before moving back to Ghana in 2006. The restoration of the tape proved challenging. Only about 50 copies of the original tape were produced, and Atta-Owusu's master DAT had disintegrated, so the second-hand copy purchased by Shimkovitz was used as the source for the reissue.
V.A. - Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes
V.A.
Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Ostinato)
29,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 01.09.2017
In 1988, on the eve of a two decade civil war, Somalia's authoritarian ruler Siad Barre launched punishing air strikes on the north of the country, known today as Somaliland, in response to agitations for independence. The bombing leveled the entire city. Barre targeted Radio Hargeisa to prevent any kind of central communication system that could organize a resistance. With the attack imminent, a few brave radio operators and dedicated vanguards of Somali culture knew the archives, containing over half a century of Somali music had to be preserved. Thousands upon thousands of cassette tapes and master reels were quickly removed from the soon-to-be targeted buildings. They were dispersed to neighboring countries like Djibouti and Ethiopia, and buried deep under the ground to withstand even the most powerful airstrikes."We buried them in the ground so the bomb's won't hit," one former leading journalist with Radio Hargeisa told us.These audio artifacts were excavated and recalled from their foreign shelters only very recently. Some of those recordings are now kept safe in the 10,000-strong cassette tape archive of the Red Sea Foundation, the largest collection of Somali cassettes in the world, in Somaliland's capital, Hargeisa. The Ostinato Records team digitized a large portion of the archive, distilling 15 songs that reveal the panoramic diversity of styles and sophistication of Somali musicianship.Over a millennia of trade in the Indian Ocean invited the cultures of the Arabian Peninsula, Persia, India, Southeast Asia, and even China to slowly work their melodies, scales, and sounds into Somalia's rich musical repertoire. Each track is a keen illustration of a carefully refined, rarely revealed cultural crossroads of the world.The archive offered a living window to the Mogadishu of the 1970s and 1980s, when the coastal capital glistened as the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean," when wine flowed freely. With its iconic ivory-colored architecture and crescent beaches overlooking the Indian Ocean, Mogadishu was home to the lavish Al Uruba and Jazira sea side hotels, where youthful bands like Iftiin, Sharero, and Dur Dur serenaded cosmopolitan crowds at some of the most elegant nightclubs in East Africa. These damaged cassettes evoked memories of the revered national theater, where Waaberi Band provided unforgettable soundtracks. Mogadishu's nightlife culture was rich and booming. Raucous rhythms, rugged horns, celestial synthesizers, and stalking baselines came alive alongside majestic voices like Mahmud "Jerry" Hussen and powerful and adored female singers like Faadumo Qaasim, Hibo Nuura, and Sahra Dawo. Somali music of this era is set apart by its empowerment of women. Female singers, often more prolific than their male counterparts, are inseparable from its evolution. Half the compilation is sung by women, their voices often compared in Somali poetry to the sweetness of broken dates. Poetry, intrinsic to the cultural fabric, forms the foundation of Somali songwriting.Somali music's golden age, curiously, occurred under a socialist military dictatorship, which effectively nationalized the music industry. A thriving scene was owned entirely by the state. Music was recorded for and by national radio stations and only disseminated through public broadcasts or live performances. Private labels were virtually non-existent. This music was never made available for mass release. Almost all recorded material came from original masters or homemade recordings of radio broadcasts. As a result, most of it has never been heard outside Somalia and the immediate region.During the Cold War, Somalia drifted between Soviet and American support — and a decade of U.S. backing allowed soul and funk to capture the imagination of Somali youth, adding the final touch on this masterpiece era.This project took our team to Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Djibouti, and across the Somali diaspora in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. For the last year, from Minnesota to Mogadishu to Malaysia, we have tracked down the musicians, songwriters, composers, former government officials, and quirky personalities that colored Somali music life. Their words and stories are revealed in a 15,000-word liner note booklet — the only document of its kind to cover this era of Somali music in depth.Alongside the story of Somalia's music before the civil war, the selection is also focused on the pan-Somali sound. Spread over much of the Horn of Africa, Somali language and culture transcend arbitrary borders. Somali singers from Djibouti were at home in Mogadishu. This compilation seeks to revive the rightful image, history, and identity of the Somali people, detached from war, violence, piracy, and the specter of a persistent threat. These 15 tracks should serve as a necessary starting point.
Jacob Mafuleni & Gary Gritness - Batanzido
Jacob Mafuleni & Gary Gritness
Batanzido
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Nyami Nyami)
18,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
After a successful first collaboration for a 12-inch in 2016, Zimbabwean mbira maestro Jacob Mafuleni and percussionist/singer Martha Thom teamed up once again with French electro-funk producer Gary Gritness, this time for an album recorded in Paris during the last Redbull Music Academy Festival.
Afro Soul Prophecy, The - Daddy’s Groove / Let me Be Your Lover
Afro Soul Prophecy, The
Daddy’s Groove / Let me Be Your Lover
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Schema)
8,99 €* 9,99 € -10%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Afro Soul Prophecy project welcomes the Spring of 2017 with a series of two exclusive 7-inch records, for a total of four fully instrumental new compositions. This second 45rpm of the series consists of the main track “Daddy’s Groove”, a catchy funky song with wah-wah guitars and a long middle sax solo part, paired with the romantic slow-paced “Let Me Be Your Lover”. Once again Alex Puddu has lent his creativity and put his music signature on these tracks, for an exciting and charming result!
Umoja - 707
Umoja
707
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
15,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Originally recorded in the 1980's in South Africa the release is a cosmic blend of disco, soul and pop. Umoja were one of the key figures in a genre which has since become known as 'Bubblegum Music' with the group recording their music during the violent era of apartheid in Africa.
Dem Juju Poets - Liberated Thoughts
Dem Juju Poets
Liberated Thoughts
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Matasuna)
20,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
What initially started as idea for a DJ-duo project quickly turned into a new production outlet for German producer David Hanke. He is well known for his Northern Jazz, Funk and Afrofunk productions under various monikers ever since his first release back in 2008 of which the most recognized surely is his Renegades Of Jazz-alias.After starting to fully embrace the Afrofunk vibe with his 2016-released Renegades Of Jazz album 'Moyo Wangu' as well as two Dem Juju Poets singles in the same year it's now about time to release 'Liberated Thoughts' - the longplay debut for Dem Juju Poets which is scheduled for April 2017.
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.
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)
Inna Baba Coulibaly Feat. Ali Farka Toure - Sahel
Inna Baba Coulibaly Feat. Ali Farka Toure
Sahel
10" | 2017 | EU | Original (World Circuit)
13,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Limited edition for Record Store Day 2017!In the mid-1970s, the young Peul singer Inna Baba Coulibaly, was a regular visitor to the Bamako home of Amadou Djeli Ba, master of the ngoni from her village of Dilly. It was there that she met Ali Farka Touré who was already famous thanks to his regular broadcasts on Radio Mali. It took her some time to overcome her shyness and come out from behind the door where she would hide, singing the songs softly to herself while the two great musicians played together. After a while Ali suggested they go to the Radio Mali studio to record a few songs. This album is the result of those recordings.
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.
Tinariwen - ELWAN
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.
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.
KutiMangoes, The - Made in Africa
KutiMangoes, The
Made in Africa
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Tramp)
18,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Three years ago, a group of renowned danish jazz musicians showed up on the Copenhagen club scene. Their goal was to put together a band which would fuse the west african music of Fela Kuti with the inimitable style of jazz bassist Charlie Mingus. The two creative directors Michael Blicher (sax) and Gustav Rasmussen (trombone / guitar) dubbed their project The KutiMangoes (TKM).TKM have composed new tunes based on ancient traditional songs (such as Tolma and M'ba) and included them alongside original afro beat and afro jazz within the tracklisting. TKM's goal is to create music together - to share and meet diverse but brotherly cultures through music. And that's exactly what you will experience when listening to this album.
Fela Kuti & The Africa 70 - Zombie
Fela Kuti & The Africa 70
Zombie
LP | 1976 | UK | Reissue (Knitting Factory)
20,99 €*
Release:1976 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Der nigerianische Musiker Fela Kuti gilt als Begründer des Afrobeat. Das Label Knitting Factory legt nun verschiedene Werke aus dem Backcatalogue als neue Vinyl-Edition vor. Diese entstammen ursprünglich dem von Brian Eno zusammengestellten Set "Vinyl Box 3/Compiled by Brian Eno" und waren einzeln nicht erhältlich. Schwarzes Vinyl / 180g. Das 1976er Album meint mit dem Begriff "Zombie" einen Soldaten. Denn insgesamt 1000 Soldaten marschierten auf die Gebäude der Kalakuta Republic, den Aufnahmestudios von Fela Kuti zu. Bei dieser Aktion wurde nicht nur das Equipment zerstört, zudem Aufnahmen beschlagnahmt und Fela Kuti schwer zusammengeschlagen, sondern Fela Kutis Mutter wurde aus einem Fenster im ersten Stock geworfen. In der Folge lag sie über Wochen im Koma. Ein gewaltiger Einschnitt in Fela Kutis Biographie und die heftige Reaktion eines Staates auf seine Musik!
Pat Thomas - Coming Home (Classics 1967-1981) - Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics
Pat Thomas
Coming Home (Classics 1967-1981) - Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics
3LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Strut)
25,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Ghanaian highlife master and “The Golden Voice Of Africa”, Pat Thomas, returns with his first full career retrospective on Strut this Autumn, covering his late ‘60s big band highlife recordings through to the “burger highlife” movement of the early ‘80s. Growing up with music around him (“my uncle, King Onyina, was an important highlife musician”), Thomas was inspired to become a singer after hearing vocalist Joss Aikins: “He sang with Broadway Dance Band and Decca in Ghana chose him to sing with any group that came into their studios.”When a new incarnation of Broadway Dance Band was created in ‘67, led by Ebo Taylor, Thomas received his first big break. “Ebo started to write new songs. I added the lyrics and sang them and it worked well.” The partnership with Taylor would become one of the enduring forces in Ghanaian music during the ‘70s, creating a fresh, progressive new highlife sound. They played with the Blue Monks band before, in 1974, forming Sweet Beans with the backing of Ghana’s Cocoa Marketing Board: “The album, ‘False Lover’, was the first under my own name and my first for Gapophone,” Pat reflects. “Reggae was “on” at that time - Jimmy Cliff was the guy - so I tried reggae fusions and brought in some soul.” The album established Thomas across Ghana. Sweet Beans disbanded but the musicians stayed together as Marijata. “The guys initially used Jewel Ackah as their vocalist but they involved me and I re-vocalled the album. This became the ‘Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata’ LP. At that time, I would go to George Prah at Gapophone to ask for money and he would say, ‘if you want me to pay you, go and write a song!’ So, tracks like ‘Coming Home’ came about that way, written on the spot.” A second Marijata album followed before a damaging coup in Ghana in 1979. “Jerry Rawlings’ “house-cleaning” was designed to stop corruption but it seriously damaged our country’s music culture.”Thomas left for Berlin and stayed true to his highlife roots, becoming the first Ghanaian to record highlife there. “In Ghana, people ex-pats living in Germany called themselves ‘burgers’, so the scene became ‘burger highlife’.” Thomas travelled to Togo and London, before settling in Canada: “I ended up there for ten years playing for universities, Ghanaian societies and festivals.”
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.
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble - It's Time
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble
It's Time
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Slow Walk Music)
15,29 €* 16,99 € -10%
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
It’s Time, the band’s third album, is a contrastive reevaluation of the modern state of Afrobeat, which reaffirms AAbE’s role as an international catalyst for that same style. It is both classic in its respect for the roots of the genre, yet modern and forward-thinking in its compositional style and aesthetic relevance.
Oumou Sangare - Moussolou
Oumou Sangare
Moussolou
LP | 2016 | UK | Original (World Circuit)
20,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Limited edition for Record Store Day 2016! Now for the very first time World Circuit are releasing this iconic album on deluxe single vinyl. Mastered at Abbey Road the vinyl is pressed on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl and presented alongside a beautiful 10 page booklet and download card.
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.
Fela Kuti - Beasts Of No Nation
Fela Kuti
Beasts Of No Nation
LP | 1989 | EU | Reissue (Knitting Factory)
18,99 €*
Release:1989 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Der nigerianische Musiker Fela Kuti gilt als Begründer des "Afrobeat". Das Label Knitting Factory legt nun verschiedene Werke aus dem Backcatalogue als Vinyl-Edition vor. "Beats Of No Nation" ist 180g schwer und mit einem Download-Code ausgestattet. Nach einigen mittelprächtigen Alben Ende der 70er Jahre, markiert "Beasts Of No Nation" die Rückkehr zu alter Stärke. "Animals wan dash our human rights" singt Fela Kuti und bezieht sich auf die auf dem Cover abgebildeten Politiker. W. Botha, Margaret Thatcher und Ronald Reagan sind als gehörnte Vampire zu sehen, denen das Blut aus dem Mund tropft. Produziert von Wally Badarou, geht die Kombination aus Afrobeat und politischer Message kraftvoll auf.
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.
Fela Kuti - Fela With Ginger Baker Live
Freedom Family - Ayentsoo
Freedom Family
Ayentsoo
LP | 1974 | US | Reissue (Academy)
15,99 €* 19,99 € -20%
Release:1974 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Academy Lps and Frank Gossner (Voodoo Funk) continue their fruitful collaboration with the release of AYENTSOO, an incredible Afro Funk record that is rivaled only by the first Marijata record (also released on Academy Lps) in it's sheer power and heaviness. Indeed, this record takes it's rightful place along any funk record from anywhere as a pinnacle of the genre. Absolutely consistent from beginning to end, there is not a dull second here. This deluxe reissue continues the high standards set by the previous Academy Lps releases with beautifully restored artwork, 8 page illustrated 12” x 12” booklet and powerful remastered sound by Tim Warren.
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.
Ozo - Anambra
Ozo
Anambra
12" | 1976 | EU | Reissue (Isle Of Jura Records)
9,99 €*
Release:1976 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
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Isle Of Jura go back to 1976 to resurrect ‘Anambra’, the jewel in the crown of Dub, Soul & Funk outfit Ozo. ‘Anambra’ is something of a classic, a unique song that’s slow, ritualistic and spiritual, mixing African & Nyabinghi drumming with a Buddhist Sanskrit mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’. An alternate version ‘Anambra River’ appears for the first time on the same 12”.
V.A. - Ethiopian Urban And Tribal Music
V.A.
Ethiopian Urban And Tribal Music
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Sub Rosa)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The two LP's brought together in this set were recorded in 1971, and originally released separately in 1972. The music features many traditional Ethiopian instruments and elements, but you'll also hear Christian influences. Also available: ETHIOPIAN URBAN AND TRIBAL MUSIC (2CD) (CD).
V.A. - Welcome To Zamrock Volume 2
V.A.
Welcome To Zamrock Volume 2
2LP | 2017 | US | Original (Now Again)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
How Zambia’s Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution. 1972-1977By the mid-1970s, the Southern African nation known as the Republic of Zambia had fallen on hard times. Though thecountry’s first president Kenneth Kaunda had thrown off the yoke of British colonialism, the new federation found itselfunder his self-imposed, autocratic rule. Conflict loomed on all sides of this landlocked nation. Kaunda protected Zambiafrom war, but his country descended into isolation and poverty.This is the environment in which the ’70s rock revolution that has come to be known as Zamrock flourished. Fuzz guitarswere commonplace, as were driving rhythms as influenced by James Brown’s funk as Jimi Hendrix’s rock predominated.Musical themes, mainly sung in the country’s constitutional language, English, were often bleak.In present day Zambia, Zamrock markers were few. Only a small number of the original Zamrock godfathers that remainedin the country survived through the late ’90s. AIDS decimated this country, and uncontrollable inflation forced the Zambianrockers that could afford to flee into something resembling exile. This was not a likely scene to survive - but it did. WelcomeTo Zamrock!, presented in two volumes, is an overview of its most beloved ensembles, and a trace of its arc from itsascension, to its fall, to its resurgence.
Oumou Sangare - Mogoya White Vinyl Edition
Oumou Sangare
Mogoya White Vinyl Edition
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (No Format)
19,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Die malische, 1968 geborene Wassoulou-Musikerin Oumou Sangaré ist so etwas wie die Diva der Weltmusik.Seit 1990 hat die UN-Botschafterin mit Künstlerinnen wie Alicia Keys, Tracy Chapman, Bela Fleck und DeeDee Bridgewater kollaboriert, ist mehrfach weltweit getourt und hat sechs überaus erfolgreiche Alben beiWorld Circuit veröffentlicht, die einen nicht unwesentlichen Beitrag zum Boom malischer Musik leisteten."Mogoya" kommt nun allerdings via Nø Førmat! in den Handel. Nicht die einzige Veränderung, auch dasKlangbild wurde modifiziert. Zwar fußen die neuen Songs nach wie vor tief in den Traditionen Malis, doch derSound wirkt viel frischer und kraftvoller, als man das von früheren Aufnahmen kennt. "This time round Iwanted to go for more of a modern sound, to satisfy young people in Mali but being careful, all the while, torespect my culture and tradition", wie Sangaré unterstreicht. Neben herkömmlichen afrikanischenKlangerzeugern wie dem Saiteninstrument Kamele N’goni oder der Röhrenglocke Karignan kamen zu diesemZweck elektrische Gitarren, Bass, Keyboards, Synthesizer und Tony Allen an den Drums zum Einsatz. Fürdie Produktion von "Mogoya" zeichnen der Schwede Andreas Unge und das französische Kollektiv A.l.b.e.r.t.(Ludovic Bruni, Vincent Taurelle, Vincent Taeger), das bereits für Air, Tony Allen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beckund Franz Ferdinand tätig war, verantwortlich.
Ennanga Vision - Ennanga Vision Black Vinyl Version
Ennanga Vision
Ennanga Vision Black Vinyl Version
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Soundway)
18,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Standard Edition on black Vinyl. This post-modern African soundtrack follows London producer Jesse Hackett’s heady musical journey into the heart of Uganda - recording with chief collaborator, multi instrumentalist and singer Albert Ssempeke and featuring assorted vocal legends from the north of the country. The music blends a fully electronic sensibility with unusual, hand-crafted, African one-string fiddles, a 200-year-old harp and an enormous, group-played xylophone. It mixes traditional Ugandan folk songs and modern pop forms into a new plastic organic vision.
Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Of Ethiopia Deluxe Edition
Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu Of Ethiopia Deluxe Edition
3LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Strut)
29,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strut present the first official reissue of a landmark album in the field of African music, Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ from 1972. Recorded in New York, the album arrived at a time when Astatke had begun to master the delicate fusion of styles needed to create Ethio jazz.This definitive reissue of the album comes in a limited edition 3LP 6-panel gatefold set featuring the stereo album master, a pre-mix mono master and a selection of out-takes from the sessions, giving the listener rare access to the DNA of the studio process.
Tony Igiettemo - Hot Like Fire
Tony Igiettemo
Hot Like Fire
LP | 1980 | EU | Reissue (PMG)
17,99 €* 19,99 € -10%
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
Zimba - Baleka
Zimba
Baleka
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Nyami Nyami)
14,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In the mid-'70s, musician and songwriter Phil Arosa fled the apartheid of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to settle in the Netherlands and pursue his musical career under more mundane skies. With his partner Marga he started the band Zimba, which enjoyed a 10-year career of playing clubs around the country.During its active days Zimba released only one song, 'Baleka', which stayed under the radar back in 1983. This 12-inch contains not only the original recording of 'Baleka', but also two new versions courtesey of London's The Comet Is Coming and Blackjoy (Siwo) from Paris. This minimal and powerful mix of African rhythms with new wave vocals, and an irresistible mbira gimmick won't stay unnoticed this time around. And now get your ass over to that dancefloor
Cannibale - No Mercy For Love
Cannibale
No Mercy For Love
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Born Bad)
14,39 €* 15,99 € -10%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
French band Cannibale releases an exciting album that sounds like a surprising -and very psychedelic- mixture of cumbia, African rhythms and garage music. Or, if you will, a kind of missing link between Fela Kuti, The Doors and The Seeds!
Afro Soul Prophecy, The - The Devil Made Me Do It
Afro Soul Prophecy, The
The Devil Made Me Do It
10" | 2017 | EU | Original (Schema)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Inspired by the music of Fela Kuti and his Africa 70 project feat. drummer Tony Allenl, “The Devil Made Me Do It” is pure downtempo afro beat in its original version; the first remix here included, the “Invisible Cosmic Echoes”, has a slower pace and is characterized - as the title suggests - by reverberations and space sound, while the “Invisible Astral Wave” is perfect for a DJ remix and has got a slightly accelerated pace, with an emphasis on the percussive / tribal element.
Andre Tanker & The Mansa Musa Drummers - Back Home
Shadow - Sweet Sweet Dreams
Shadow
Sweet Sweet Dreams
LP | 1984 | EU | Reissue (Jamwax)
17,09 €* 18,99 € -10%
Release:1984 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Winston ‘Shadow’ Bailey (born 4 october 1941) is a calypsonian from Trinidad and Tobago. He was born in Belmont, a suburb of Port of Spain in Trinidad, but grew up in Les Coteaux, Tobago, with his grandparents. He began to sing at a very early age and he wanted to be a singer although his grandfather told him he must be a lawyer. We are very proud to start a collaboration with the living legend. Since february 2016, we have spoken a lot with him to explain our reissue project and also with his son. Unfortunatly he is now very old and very sick and a few months ago he was hospitalized. He's now better with the care from his family and he received help from his friend to manage his musical rights. So we start with this awesome album ‘Sweet Sweet Dreams’ originally released in 1984 in Trinidad and Tobago. This LP is a mix of disco, funk, reggae, electronic and soca music with the monster cosmic disco dancefloor killer tune "Lets Get It Together". TheVinylFactory call it "The holy grail of Shadow albums". We will release more musical gems from the Mighty Shadow in the future.Stay tuned.
Amadou Binta Kont & Tidiane Thiam - Waande Kadde
Amadou Binta Kont & Tidiane Thiam
Waande Kadde
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Sahel Sounds)
26,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Recorded in Fouta Toro, a fishing village in Northern Senegal, this LP offers dreamy, improvised instrumentals with an ever present backdrop of children's voices culminating in a clapping and stomping rhythm section. Featuring acoustic guitar and hoddu, the material draws on regional folklore, ancient praise songs and epic ballads. Limited edition of 500 LP's with offset printed covers.
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.
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)
19,99 €* 24,99 € -20%
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.
V.A. - Togo Soul 70: Selected Rare Togolese Recordings From 1971 To 1981
V.A.
Togo Soul 70: Selected Rare Togolese Recordings From 1971 To 1981
2LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Hot Casa)
26,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
TOGO SOUL 70 project, is the collaboration between Julien Lebrun, label Manager and Liz Gomis, journalist and director. Two friends that are combining their skills to relate the process of pressing a compilation of rare grooves in Africa From the original quest, searching for vinyls and right holders in adventurous conditions (sometimes) to the contract final signature, we'll travel throughout Togo to witness the post-colonial story of the country by the prism of its soundtrack More than a digging session, we'll highlight togolese culture through music. Music that you'll be able to listen in May 2016 on the double vinyl compilation TOGO SOUL 70 (Hot Casa Records gatefold)
Yishak Banjaw - Love Songs Volume 2
Yishak Banjaw
Love Songs Volume 2
2LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Teranga Beat)
22,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Yishak, composer and keyboard player from Addis Ababa known to his country for his innovative compositions and unique sound. His ability to transform traditional Ethiopian songs into spacey Minimal-Wave gems creates an ultra hypnotic and psychedelic atmosphere, a sound that you have never experienced before. A genuine talent who carried the long tradition of Ethiopia into another level.
V.A. - Kenya Special Volume 2: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s
V.A.
Kenya Special Volume 2: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s
3LP | 2016 | UK | Original (Soundway)
29,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Kenya Special was one of Soundway Records’ most popular releases and is considered a milestone in East African compilations.Soundway is now proud to present ‘Kenya Special : Volume Two’. This time the team of compilers have gone to even greater lengths to share a small part of what is slowly being accepted as an essential element of East Africa’s cultural heritage: the history of recorded popular music.The featured songs on Kenya Special : Volume Two bend the rules, break away from existing genres and sometimes experiment with foreign music trends. The approach to musical rediscovery behind Kenya Special : Volume Two has its origins in a youthful movement of vinyl collecting as well as, to some extent, club culture.
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”.
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
Niagara - Afire
Niagara
Afire
LP | 1973 | EU | Reissue (Wah Wah)
20,99 €*
Release:1973 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Niagara's third LP Afire is the rarest one from kraut drummer, formerly of Sunbirds, Klaus Weiss' band. An astonishing album which returns to the minimal sounds based on percussion and rhythm of their first album, yet retaining a feel of harmony all through it - this time not provided by the brass instruments that had been added in S.U.B., but though to the high emphasis put on combining a variety of drums each tuned to their perfect pitch, and the contribution of Embryo's bass player Dave King. Also present on the sessions were percussionists George Brown, Sabu Rex and Norman Tolbert. The phenomenal rhythms contained on this LP have made it a very sought after piece among those looking for cool samplers to mix.Klaus Weiss is considered one of the best drummers of the German jazz scene, he was always very active and played with a lot of USA jazzmen travelling Germany like Hampton Hawes, Herbie Mann, Mal Waldron or Johnny Griffin, as well as with German greats as Klaus Doldinger, George Gruntz, Friedrich Gulda, etc.The Wah Wah edition is the first ever vinyl reissue and comes with remastered sound, housed in a nice cover reproducing the original fluorescent ink artwork and an insert with notes. Limited to only 500 copies!
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.
Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Roforofo Fight
Fela Kuti & Africa 70
Roforofo Fight
LP | 1972 | UK | Reissue (Knitting Factory)
17,99 €*
Release:1972 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Der nigerianische Musiker Fela Kuti gilt als Begründer des "Afrobeat". Das Label Knitting Factory legt nun verschiedene Werke aus dem Backcatalogue als Vinyl-Edition vor. "Roforofo Fight" ist 180g schwer und mit einem Download-Code ausgestattet. Gegenüber der Originalaufnahme sind zwei Bonustracks aus gleicher Schaffensphase enthalten. 1972 veröffentlicht, gehören diese Stücke von Fela Kuti zu den Funk-beeinflussten Werken. Das Stück "Question Jam Answer" bewegt sich nicht allein schon wegen seiner in den Vordergrund rückenden Bläser-Sätze in die Nähe von James Brown. Die Verwendung von "Pidgin English" für seine Texte machte ihn in ganz Afrika verständlich, was seinen politischen Einfluss erhöhte. Abermals besonders hervorzuheben: Tony Allens Schlagzeug-Spiel, welches durch seine oft polyrhythmischen Muster den Stücken einen ganz eigenen Groove gibt.
Bazare D. Pablo et Orchestre Nassima / Atalaku 8 - Nassima / Africa
Bazare D. Pablo et Orchestre Nassima / Atalaku 8
Nassima / Africa
12" | 2015 | UK | Original (Sofrito)
10,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Another quality release in Sofrito's Super Single series. Tip!
Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics - Jaiyede Afro
Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics
Jaiyede Afro
2LP+CD | 2014 | EU | Original (Strut)
24,99 €*
Release:2014 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Heliocentrics team up with the legendary Orlando Julius this time. Expect nothing but another slammer like their collaborations with Mulatu Astatke or Lloyd Miller!
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