African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

1-100 of 637 item(s) found.  Next »

Seu Jorbe & Rogê
Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions

You may remember Seu Jorge from his David Bowie covers which soundtracked the Wes Anderson film The Life Aquatic. Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions sees the Brazillian guitarist and singer record with lifelong collaborator Rogê for the first time. The album went from idea to LP in just four days. The music is influenced by Brazillian masters such as Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil and Jorge Ben.

Various
Africa Airways Six (Mile High Funk 1974 - 1981)

The Africa Airways series on the Africa Seven label returns with its sixth instalment. Africa Airways Six (Mile High Funk 1974 - 1981) is a scintillating ten-track collection featuring the likes of Cameroonian artist Eko Roosevelt, Nigerian street funk from Akwassa and former Osibisa bassist JK Mandengue. 
  • Vinyl LP (ASVN060)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Zé Manel & 2M G-B
Tustumunhos Di Aonti...

When it was originally released back in 1982, the recording of Tustumunhos Di Aonti… was apocryphally said to be considered a national event for the people of Guinea-Bissau. Recorded by Super Mama Djombo member Zé Manel and his backing band 2M G-B, it was a personal and political account of what was happening around him and to his community in the aftermath of the country’s independence from Portugal, and it now gets a re-issue on New Dawn. 
  • Vinyl LP (ND 002 DLX)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Limited edition

Ofege
Try And Love

Largely neglected in the wave of Lagos Funk and Afrobeat reissues of the past decade, Ofege now get their dues with a reissue. Recorded when the group were still in high school, Try And Love went on to sell loads of copies when it first came out in 1973. Ofege’s brand of Nigerian boogie-rock is closest in style to the more blues-influenced groups like Monomono and BLO.
  • More from:
  • Ofege
  • Imara
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Cha Cha Au Harem - Orientica - France 1960-1964

Cha Cha Au Harem - Orientica-France 1960-1964 is a new 16-track compilation from Born Bad showcasing French cha-cha-cha music performed in a Middle Eastern style dating from the early Sixties. Includes tracks from the likes of Leo Clarens, Kemal Rachid and Zina Nahid, with liner notes in French and English to provide context. 
  • More from:
  • Various
  • Born Bad
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Tchic Tchic - French Bossa Nova 1963-1974

Charting the influence of Brazilian music on France over the course of more than a decade, Tchic Tchic - French Bossa Nova 1963-1974 is a 22-track compilation from Born Bad. Containing bi-lingual liner notes and tracks from the likes of Isabelle Aubret, Christiane Legrand and Sophia Loren, it’s a tremendously fun and informative collection. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (BB125LPX)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • More from:
  • Various
  • Born Bad
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Tony Allen
A Tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers

A legendary drummer plays due homage to a legendary drummer on this Blue Note-released album. A Tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers finds Fela Kuti’s long-running percussion maestro Tony Allen following one of the roots of his amazing afro-jazz style back to the source, with reinterpretations of four of Art Blakey’s pieces. Vinyl release on Blue Note.
  • Vinyl 10" (5744394)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Fela Kuti
Gentleman

The first time Gentleman has been made available on individual vinyl since its original release in 1973. The father of Afrobeat Fela Kuti pulls no punches with Gentleman, big band groove for days with serious and equally big messages. The title track being an opposition to the west, Fefe Naa Efe a tribute to Ghana, and Igbe showing Kuti breaking taboos again and again with his constant use of the word Sh*t in various languages.

Rob
Make It Fast, Make It Slow

The second of two albums that the mysterious Ghanaian artist Rob recorded for the Essiebons label in 1977, Make It Fast, Make It Slow is re-issued as a response to popular demand on Soundway. The overtly religious themes and the wonky, off-key funk atmosphere make it a real oddity from the afro-funk scene of West Africa in the Seventies, but the title track endures as a cult favourite today. 
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP40)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • More from:
  • Rob
  • Soundway
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

The Heshoo Beshoo Group
Armitage Road

A highly prized collector’s item since it was originally released back in 1970, Armitage Road was the sole studio recording from The Heshoo Beshoo Group. A critique of the apartheid regime in their native South Africa set to an inventive fusion of American and African jazz traditions, it now gets hugely overdue re-issue on vinyl via We Are Busy Bodies. 

Antonio Adolfo
Viralata

Viralata is the big classic for explorers of Brazilian progressive jazz-funk, standing tall above the rest with its fabulous grooves. Antonio Adolfo and his band really nailed it here, earning the album a surprise afterlife as a favourite in seminal London dubstep club Plastic People… Needless to say original copies of this are supremely rare, but this first-time vinyl reissue is here to save the day! On Far Out Recordings.

Songhoy Blues
Optimisme

Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Iggy Pop, Bonnie Prince Billy) was hired to produce the Songhoy Blues album, Optimisme. His mission was to make a real rock record that captured the band’s live energy. The band also wanted to make an album that got the crowd jumping. Judging by Led Zeppelin-esque lead single Badala it would seem that they accomplished their mission.
  • Vinyl LP (TRANS469X)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Gigi
Illuminated Audio

A first-ever vinyl release for Illuminated Audio, an album of dub reinterpretations by producer Bill Laswell of Ethiopian singer Ejigayehu Shibabaw (a.k.a. Gigi). Following the release of her self-titled major-label album in 2001, recorded alongside legendary jazz names such as Wayne Shorter, Laswell embarked on a series of ambient re-works of the record, which were released on CD in 2003 and which brought out Gigi’s deep musicality. 

The Budos Band
Long In The Tooth

Formed out of members of Antibalas pretty much exactly 15 years ago, Staten Island outfit The Budos Band announce their sixth studio album. Long In The Tooth finds them exploring the dark, Sabbath-esque hard-rock territory they’ve recently begun tapping, but not abandoning their Afrobeat roots in the process. 
  • Vinyl LP (DAP-065LPX)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (DAP-065LP)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)

Demon Fuzz
Afreaka!

A crucial fact stated about Demon Fuzz is that they all immigrated to Britain from old Commonwealth nations. This shows in their blend of funky/psych-rock/jazz fusion record, and only record, Afreka!. Originally released in 1970, this much bootlegged work showcases a unique mixture of psychedelic soul, dub-heavy funk, progressive rock, Afro-jazz and acid rock.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1935C)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Admas
Sons of Ethiopia

Emerging from the Ethiopian exile community in the Eighties following the overthrow of Haile Selassie, Sons of Ethiopia from Admas gets its first-ever vinyl and digital re-issue. Originally released in 1984, it’s a true lost gem, taking the traditional musical styles with which they were raised and mixing them up with global influences ranging from synthesiser music to roots reggae. 

Revelation
Love Affairs

Revelation were a West African band fronted by Francis Mbilong, a multi-instrumentalist from Cameroon. His musical ability meant he could easily slip himself into a number of different genres. Love Affairs, from 1981, sees him cutting the rug with some profound and playful disco. It’s a real rarity!

Mike Hanapi
With Kalama's Quartet

Singer and steel guitarist Mike Hanapi is one of the most revered musicians to have ever emerged from Hawaii, and his music recorded with various ensembles being the most acclaimed. With Kalama’s Quartet contains many pieces of music that have never been re-issued before, in some cases re-mastered from 78s. Contains a booklet with photos, biographical notes and full lyrics. 

A. Kostis
The Jail's A Fine School

Archival Greek rebetika music here from A. Kostis, unearthed from the 1930’s. Vivid tales of crime and prison are Kostis’ stock-in-trade, accompanied by remarkable guitar. The Jail’s A Fine School has never been released on vinyl before: that, coupled with the relative obscurity of the rebetika form, means that not many have heard this. Change that now.

Arthur Verocai
Arthur Verocai

Well for once, the press release -- "one of the greatest albums ever made" -- sounds less like the usual over-enthusiastic blurb (hyperbole) and more in keeping with widely-held muso opinion. Arthur Verocai's self-titled solo record was a masterpiece produced, directed and created by the self-taught musician. Original copies of the 1972 classic recorded in Rio de Janeiro now fetch a heck of a lot of £££'s so here is a repress of the 2012 re-master supervised by the maestro Verocai himself. Truly music that transcends genre. Comes packaged in replica gatefold with artwork true to the original. On Mr Bongo records.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP133)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

The Mystery Kindaichi Band
The Adventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke

Here we have some much coveted Japanese disco funk in the form of The Adventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke by The Mystery Kindaichi Band. It’s an imaginary soundtrack from 1977 which features the best Tokyo Funk and City Pop musicians Japan has to offer: pianist Hideo Ichikawa, drummer Jun Moriya, percussionist Tadaomi Anai, Eri Ohno on vocals, Takeru Muraoka on sax, trumpeter Koji Hadori and Koji Yamaguchi on French horn.

Ze Roberto
Lotus 72 D

And there’s this Norman Records™ keyboard cat thinking that the Zé Roberto we were dealing with was the former Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Brazil footballer. More fool me. Anyway, the Z-Rob in question is another Brazilian who made one LP and a few singles in the 70’s. 1973’s ‘Lotus 72 D’, a tribute to champion Formula 1 driver Emerson Fittipaldi, is a strutting samba-funk number that has been subject to renewed interest since its inclusion on the 2001 compilation Via Brazil. On that album it was pitched up in what became known as the ‘Fast Version’, something Mr. Bongo have included on this 7” alongside the original.
  • Vinyl 7" (MRB7156)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Jake Sollo
Boogie Legs

A former member of legendary Nigerian groups The Hykkers, The Funkees and Osibisa as well as a famed session musician and producer, Jake Sollo also enjoyed a short but intense solo career. Boogie Legs, originally released in 1980 and a great workout in Afro-funk, disco and psychedelic reggae, was the third and final of these before his untimely death in a car accident in 1985. 
  • Vinyl LP (TWM48)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Sharhabil Ahmed
The King Of Sudanese Jazz

The King of Sudanese Jazz is Habibi Funk’s 13th album release, showcasing the work of the inimitable Sharhabil Ahmed, who was actually bestowed with the same title in a competition in the Seventies. Happily, this album makes some Sharhabil’s very-hard-to-find recordings available more widely, and it’s a snapshot into a jazz scene that’s very different from our Western preconceptions of what it should sound like. 

Various
Space Echo: The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed

The West African island nation of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) really took a shine to synthesisers when they started becoming available in the 70’s, and Space Echo: The Mysterious Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed documents an array of super-groovy meldings of the synths with the local music. Double LP on Analog Africa.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AALP080)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

The Budos Band
Burnt Offering

'Burnt Offering' is the newest record from that ten-piece that just wants to have fun: the Budos Band. Riffs on riffs front this record of hazy psych-rock and proud metal worship, though the band retain their jazz and Afrobeat influences and pack their tunes with all the things that make them more like Fela Kuti. A weird, wonderful hybrid of musical party makes up 'Burnt Offering'.
  • Vinyl LP (DAP034LP)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)

Caiphus Semenya
Listen To The Wind

Be With are really finding some lost gems of late. The latest is this 1982 album by Caiphus Semenya - a South African in self imposed exile in Southern California. He was already well known as a collaborator with the likes of Lou Rawls and Quincy Jones when he finally got round to making a solo LP. The album blends funk, soul, jazz and boogie with his South African roots for a modern soul album which blended '80s production with more traditional sounds and compositions. 
  • Vinyl LP (BEWITH084LP)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)

Caiphus Semenya
Streams Today… Rivers Tomorrow

Caiphus Semenya is a South African musician who fled apartheid in order to live in exile on the west coast of America. His second solo album Streams Today… Rivers Tomorrow carried on where his classic debut Listen to the Wind left off  - blending boogie, soul and jazz with more traditional sounds from his South African musical birth. Indeed Matswale was a massive hit in his homeland. Re-issue on Be With. 
  • Vinyl LP (BEWITH086LP)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)

Tony Allen & Jeff Mills
Tomorrow Comes The Harvest

Coming at us via jazz colossus Blue Note is this interesting thing: a 4-track 10" from Tony Allen & Jeff Mills which they've called "Tomorrow Comes The Harvest". So that's Allen the legendary jazz drummer and Afrobeatist making sweet rhythmic music with Mills the Detroit Techno Titan. Two futurists with some serious chops that accompany their intimidating CVs combine on this record to bring us a rhythmical conversation. Nice.
  • Vinyl 10" (6778630)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Oneness of Juju
African Rhythms 1970-1982

African Rhythms 1970-1982 is a triple-LP / double-CD compilation tracing the career of Plunky J. Branch’s Oneness of Juju across their many iterations. An expansion of an existing compilation dating from 2001, with liner notes by Chris Menist, the music within has been has been highly sought-after by rare groove collectors and DJs for years. 

Tinariwen
Amadjar

Malian group Tinariwen recorded their ninth studio album in the Mauritanian desert under a sea of stars during a recording session that lasted a little over two weeks. Nature’s influence shines through the recording, producing a record that showcases Tinariwen at their most authentic and comfortable.
  • CD (COOP011CD)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Vinyl Double LP (COOP011LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • More from:
  • Tinariwen
  • Wedge
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Don Pascal
The Dakar Experiment

Producer Don Pascal continues in his mission statement of forging global links with London’s well-established sound system culture with The Dakar Experiment. Featuring personnel from Senegalese outfit Xalam, it fuses the unique musicianship of the African state with London’s broken beat scene. 
  • Vinyl LP
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Manu Dibango
Gone Clear

Gone Clear is a 1980 roots reggae album by Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango. It was recorded in Jamaica with the likes of Sly and Robbie in his band. It includes a reggae reworking of his afrobeat-funk classic Soul Makossa, the original of which was illegally sampled by both Michael Jackson and Rhianna. Manu Dibango sadly fell victim to COVID-19, aged 86, but his music is here to keep finding new fans.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SMV2)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)

Aziz Balouch
Sufi Hispano-Pakistani

A four-track EP excavating some rare recordings from Aziz Balouch, Sufi Hispano-Pakistani sees the talented musician forging the music of his homeland of Pakistan with that of the Iberian peninsula, where he moved in the early 1930s. These recordings are from 1962, way before any notions of ‘fusion’ in music had entered the mainstream. 
  • Vinyl 7" (DEATH036)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Maki Asakawa
Maki Asakawa

Maki Asakawa was essentially a jazz and blues singer - but with a difference: Imagine Nina Simone, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday with a bit of Nico, experimental big band and psychedelic sitar wig-outs. This eponymous compilation gathers together the best of her ‘70s output. An intriguing collection.

Serginho Meriti
Bons Momentos

Time Capsule prevent a re-issue of one of the seminal examples of Brazilian funk and soul Serginho Meriti's debut Bons Momentos. It was released on Polydor in the early '80s and forged a new sound take on the Black Rio sound blending a funky rhythm section with samba sounds, in vogue synths and vocals which take something from the Fela Kuti blueprint. Long a favourite on the collectors circuit, this is a must for fans of Brazilian music.  

Various
New Horizons

Presented over two LPs, New Horizons is a stunning compilation of South Africa’s brightest emerging jazz talent, curated by DJ Okapi and Shane Cooper for Afrosynth Records. Running the gauntlet between disciplined, tight instrumental outfits and some truly out-there, expansive performances, it includes contributions from Thandi Ntuli, Kyle Shepherd, Mabuta and loads more. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (AFS 049)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)

Penny Penny
Yogo Yogo

There’s much more to the story of South African star Penny Penny than his mid-Nineties hit debut album Shaka Bundu, which was a continental smash. 1996 follow-up Yogo Yogo represented personal, political and artistic growth from that exuberant debut, and it now gets a much-deserved vinyl re-issue. 

Jungle By Night
Spending Week (Oceanic Remix) / Hangmat (Bruxas Remix)

Jungle by Night are a young, nine-piece electronic / dance band from Amsterdam. Two of their tracks have been remixed for this 12”. Spending Week gets remixed by Oceanic, a fellow Amsterdam resident. On the flip Portugese duo, Bruxas add their sun-kissed psychedelic style to Hangmat. On New Dawn.

Michael O'Shea
Michael O'Shea

Few artists out there with a story as fascinating as Michael O’Shea, a street musician who due to finances had to construct his own instrument. O’Shea had travelled around the world and owned instruments such as the sitar or zelochord but had to sell them to fund his lifestyle. The resulting instrument - build from things such as an old door and chopsticks - created a profoundly DIY - in the true sense - take on minimalism and traditional forms of Asian and North African music. Originally issued in 1982 on Wire/Dome fellows Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis' Dome Records.

Adaye
Turn It Up

Turn It Up by Adaye was originally released in 1983. It is a prime cut of South African guitar funk-meets-disco. Emil Zoghby, head of Heads Music and Ray Phiri co-wrote the track which features Al Etto on vocals. Turn It Up was the only song Adaye released - they were a one-off project featuring members of Stimela fka The Cannibals. They also performed under the names Street Kids and Kumasi.

Various
Pacific Breeze 2: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1972-1986

As always with Light In the Attic you get carefully created compilations of sought after tracks housed in lavish packaging. This second edition of their Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie brings together another batch of rare tunes you won't have heard unless you were in Japan between 1972 and 1986. It's all here  - AOR, soul, funk, disco, tropicalia and everything in between for that veranda-ready playlist of rare things. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (LITA1791)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

William Onyeabor
World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

'Who is William Onyeabor' indeed? This vast collection from Luaka Bop should clear the question up. Rising from obscurity to fame, Onyeabor's deliriously danceable Afro-funk marries hot grooves with lo-fi electronics, awarding him the status of one of the continent's visionary producers. Need convincing? Listen to 'Good Name' and don't look back.
  • CD (8089900792)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Afel Bocoum
Lindé

Named after the wild lands located near his home town of Niafunké, World Circuit releases a new studio album from the talented Malian songwriter and guitarist Afel Bocoum. Co-recorded with a number of eminent Malian musicians, as well as Joan As Police Woman and the late Afrobeat percussionist Tony Allen, Lindé is an absolute treat. 
  • Vinyl LP (4050538611373)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • CD (4050538614206)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)

Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience
To Know Without Knowing

Mulatu Astatke is an influential musician from Africa, Black Jesus Experience are a twelve piece funk conglomerate out of Australia. This is the latest example of their musical journey together which began in 2009. Astakte calles Black Jesus Experience his favourite backing band and on To Know Without Knowing their shared love of funk and jazz creates a groove-laden classic. 

Fairuz
Maarifti Feek

The reissue of the rare 1987 album Maarifti Feek by Lebanese diva Fairuz follows WEWANTSOUNDS reissue of the 1979 classic Wahdon in 2019 which gave the label a thirst for Lebanese music. Ziad Rahbani composed and orchestrated the album in his own inimitable jazz / funk way. It includes the track Overture 83.

Keleketla!
Keleketla!

Originally established as an international collaboration project between Coldcut and a selection of South African musicians, Keleketla! includes a dizzying number of star names who forged the material over sessions in London and Johannesburg, including new British jazz figurehead Shabaka Hutchings and the late Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen.
  • CD (AHEDCD024)
  • £10.50 £8.40 (saving: £2.10)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Haruomi Hosono, Takahiko Ishikawa & Masataka Matsutoya
The Aegean Sea

The Aegean Sea by Haruomi Hosono, Masataka Matsutoya, and Takahiko Ishikawa shows the Japanese trio’s admiration for the Aegean Sea using acoustic guitar, mandolin, harp and strings to create music that is both intense and intricate. It was originally released in 1979 and has been unavailable on vinyl since 1983.
  • Vinyl LP (MHJL153)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Antonio Carlos Jobim
Wave

Dating back to the time when Antonio Carlos Jobim was being dubbed the ‘Gershwin of Brazil’ and when international stars were flocking to work with him, Wave was originally released in 1967 off the back of a recording session with none other than Frank Sinatra. It’s always been regarded as a minor masterpiece of the country’s fertile music history, and is now re-issued on vinyl by Elemental. 
  • Vinyl LP (700158)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Fela Kuti
Roforofo Fight / The Fela Singles

Part of a series of CD reissues that were made to celebrate the great man's birthday. The title misleads slightly in that it contains his 1971 album Roforofo Fight with two previously unreleased tracks from the same era (known for some reason as the Fela Singles). It captures Fela Kuti in longform Afro-jazz period inspired somewhat by James Brown. Each track weighs in at nine minutes plus  - essential grooves from a much missed artist. 

Fela Kuti & Afrika 70
No Agreement

There's at least one of our customers who should be happy about all these Fela Kuti re-issues... the guy who asked me all about how he could get hold of rare Fela Kuti stuff about six months ago. Whether or not this is you then you should be excited to learn that Kuti's No Agreement is now available as a single vinyl having previously only part of the box set series. It's one of Kuti's best and most overlooked albums of its era.   
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2007-1)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Various
Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986

Light In The Attic’s fascination with Japan continues with Pacific Breeze, a compilation that celebrates one of the country’s most fertile musical epochs. Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986 presents some of the best and artists from the period - Haruomi Hosono, Taeko Ohnuki and Minako Yoshida all feature. Andy Cabic (aka Vetiver), Zach Cowie and Mark “Frosty” McNeill (dublab) have done a fine job of curating Pacific Breeze.
  • Vinyl Double LP (LITA163LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Vinyl Double LP (LITA16311)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Tidiane Thiam
Siftorde

On Siftorde, self-taught Senegalese guitarist, Tidiane Thiam adopts the intricate fingerpicked syncopation used to play the ancient hoddu (four stringed West African banjo type instrument) for the acoustic guitar. The result is a bunch of hazy, reflective folk instrumentals. The album was recorded at night time using one microphone and allowing the atmosphere to inform the music. The title translates into English as Remember,

Fabiano do Nascimento
Preludio

Prodigiously talented Brazilian guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento releases his third studio album. Unlike his previous albums Dança dos Tempos and Tempo dos Mestres, Preludio consists entirely of his own compositions, exploring the rich history of his country’s music spanning folk, jazz, samba and bossa nova. 

Lingo Seini et son groupe
Musique Hauka

A full-length compilation album capturing the sound of hauka music, the product of a resistance movement that spread in French colonial Africa in the mid-20th century and documented in the 1955 Jean Rouch film Les Maîtres Fous. On Musique Hauka, veteran musician Lingo Seini is joined by his son Yousouf on calabass and Issaka Moulla on kuntigi, recorded on a single microphone in the city of Niamey (capital of Niger). 
  • Vinyl LP (SS061LP)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Limited edition

Skinshape
Umoja

Will Dorey’s fifth Skinshape album dives completely into the pool of African musical inspiration that he’d been only drawing upon until now. Featuring guest musicians such as Malcolm Catto, Idd Aziz and Modou Touré, Umoja is a joyous and accessible take on the rhythms and musical styles that the continent has produced. 

Various
If I Had a Pair of Wings: Jamaican Doo Wop, Vol. 1

Essential collection of Jamaican doo wop and R&B dating from the 50s to the early 60s. What’s really exciting here is the early of traces ska emerging from what may initially appear to be a replication of American sounds. Many of the artists here would become essential in the development of ska and reggae, such as Alton Ellis and Jimmy Cliff. It documents a moment of transition, a key part of Jamaican musical history. The cassette is put out by Death is Not The End.
  • Tape (DEATH025)
  • £6.99 £5.59 (saving: £1.40)
  • In stock and ready to ship

Sessa
Grandeza

Grandeza is the debut solo album by Brazilian musician, Sessa. Those who follow their Brazillian music will know him as a founding member of psych-rockers Garotas Suecas and from his collaborations with New York-based experimental guitarist Yontan Gat. This album however, sees him move in the direction Brazilian pop, Spiritual and free jazz and a vibe that comes off like Leonard Cohen-meets-Tropicalia.
  • Vinyl LP (BOI010)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Various
MORIS ZEKLER - Fuzz & Soul Sega from 70's Mauritius

MORIS ZEKLER - Fuzz & Soul Sega from 70's Mauritius is a new compilation charting the curious origins of sega. Forged from Western and Indian influences in Mozambique and East Africa in the Seventies, its key practitioners are collected on this 13-track album, including Harold Berty, Ti L’Afrique and Claudio Veeraragoo. 

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
My Jamaican Dub / The Healer

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band are an enigmatic bunch from Hamburg, Germany. One thing that’s not so shrouded in mystery, however, is their tunes. They have graced the decks of many a DJ from Brazil to Berlin. Here we have a 7” featuring two steel drum covers. One side is My Jamaican Dub, a version of Grace Jones’ My Jamaican Guy with a version of Eyrkah Badu’s The Healer on the flip.

Ahmed Ag Kaedy
Akaline Kidal

Prior to Akaline Kidal, Ahmed Ag Kaedy had been working with a band for some more filled out recordings. For this album he's gone back to the basics of the Tuareg folk tradition, recording 12 tracks with just his voice and his acoustic guitar. The album is a sombre one, as he reflects on his exile from Northern Mali, and the civil war that drove him out. 

Salm
Salm Volume Two - Gaelic Psalms from the Hebrides of Scotland

Salm Volume Two - Gaelic Psalms from the Hebrides of Scotland, continues on from volume one on Arc Light Editions of gaelic psalms recordings. The traditional psalm signing from a mixture of congregational choir and individual voices was recorded in 2004 in the Back Free Church, Isle of Lewis, Scotland.

Zenobia
Halak Halak

At the cutting-edge of Palestine’s rapidly expanding electronic music scene, Haifa-based duo Zenobia (consisting of Nasser Halahlih and Isam Elias) present their much-anticipated debut album Halak Halak, capitalising on the buzz generated by their first EP and combining Levantine folk sounds with synths and powerful percussion. 

Various
Heavenly Ethiopiques – The Best of the Ethiopiques Series

Culled from 28 CD releases to date, this is a compilation of highlights from the well-regarded Ethiopiques series. An incredible range of artists known and unknown populate this release, including Getachew Mekuria and Seyoum Gebreyes. The perfect introduction to the series. Lushly packaged double LP on the delightfully named Heavenly Sweetness label.

Fela Kuti
Zombie

Fela Kuti is known for having a huge catalogue, but over the years many of his albums have been nigh-on forgotten. The title track of Zombie is an acknowledged Fela classic, but the album as a whole hasn’t been available as a stand-alone vinyl since the original release. Mmmm, tasty political afrobeat.... LP on Knitting Factory.

Various
Outro Tempo: Electronic and Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1978-1992

Archivist wonderkids Music From Memory spread the love with their first compilation, sourcing tracks from a golden era of Brazilian electronics. Lapping from the late seventies to early nineties, this release spans upheavals both political and musical, as reflected in the different approaches and innovations made to electronic music -- considering that some of this includes jazz fusion and ambient, it matches quite well with previous MoM releases. Plenty of new artists to unfurl on this one.

Kutiman
Wachaga

Based upon field recordings from the titular area of Tanzania of local musicians in 2014 and then built up from his home studio, Wachaga is a long-awaited album from Israeli musician Ophir Kutiel, a.k.a. Kutiman. The rhythm patterns, chants and repetitive passages provide a platform for Kutiman’s psychedelic explorations. 

Various
Early Works: Funk, Soul and Afro Rarities from the Archives

Early Works: Funk, Soul and Afro Rarities from the Archives is a compilation from the early days of the ATA label and have since been unavailable. Among the tracks are the first three recordings The Sorcerers and the first recordings of The Mandatory Eight and The Yorkshire Film and Television Orchestra. The Lamp Lighters, The Rev Barrington Stanley and The Cadets also feature. 

Piper
Gentle Breeze

Piper were an early 1980s-era Japanese pop band who scored a hit with second album Summer Breeze in 1983. The remarkably similarly titled Gentle Breeze was its followed up released just a few months later and continued their ability to make a summery synthy funk sound that could allow you to think that you were at an L.A pool party. Brilliantly the sleeve art is of a snow covered vehicle. Remastered LP on red vinyl with white splatter. 

Piper
Sunshine Kiz

Assembled in the space of just six months, displaying the creative restlessness of its creators Piper and their ingenious lead singer Keisuke Yamamoto, 1984’s wonderful Sunshine Kiz followed up the genre-defining Gentle Breeze by including more vocal-orientated tracks and live instrumentation. 

Saba Alizadeh
Scattered Memories

Saba Alizadeh is a crucial part of the experimental music world in Iran, using both traditional instrumentation and experimental noise techniques, along with field recordings and samples, to weave together powerful electroacoustic pieces that carry a sense of place while totally ignoring dumb ideas of what ‘world music’ sounds like. Initially self-released within Iran, Scattered Memories has now been pressed to vinyl by Karlrecords.

Edikanfo
The Pace Setters

One for fans of Brian Eno and David Byrne’s genre-splicing My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, the 1981 debut album from Ghanaian outfit Edikanfo is getting its first-ever vinyl re-issue, with extensive liner notes. Produced by Eno himself in Ghana’s capital Accra, The Pace Setters is a psychedelic meeting of highlife music and afro-funk. 

Les Filles de Illighadad
Eghass Malan

Sahel Sounds have uncovered something genuinely original and unique here. The female trio live in a remote Saharan village in Niger and have devised a style combining modern Tuareg guitar with rural tende songs, and new songs in that style. In doing so they’ve matched  traditionally female-sung folk with a modern style that’s usually the sole preserve of men. The band first left their village last year, and recorded this LP during their European tour. Fans of Tinariwen will dig this.

Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela
Rejoice

Two long-time associates of the legendary Fela Kuti come together on Rejoice. Afrobeat drumming pioneer Tony Allen and the (now sadly departed) South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela got together in 2010 when their touring schedules allowed, with the unfinished sessions laying in an archive until last summer when producer Nick Gold applied the finishing touches. 

Mamman Sani
Unreleased Tapes 1981-1984

“Yeah man, I’m not really interested in The Beatles, I like early Saharan experimental electronic music, yeah?” Well mate, you’re in luck. Unreleased Tapes 1981-1984 by maverick musician Mamman Sani gives us the nascent sounds of electronic Africa. Like the continent itself, the music is a mix of serenity and hugeness. 

Evritiki Zygia
Ormenion

Ormenion is a place in Northern Greece that shares its border with Bulgaria and Turkey - a region known as Thrace. Immigration and its mix of traditions is essential to the region. Evritiki Zygia formed over a decade ago, spurred on by these traditions and different cultures, with the aim of keeping Thracian music alive. They kept their music very local until an appearance at Womex in 2018 introduced their music to a wider audience. Ormenion was recorded live to capture the essence of the band - their live energy. 

Dewa Alit & Gamelan Salukat
Genetic

The first international release from Balinese composer Dewa Alit and his 25-piece Gamelan Salukat, who perform on unique instruments built to Alit’s special 11-note-scale specifications. Genetic is one single composition taking up both sides of vinyl, and takes refreshing liberties with the traditions of gamelan music while respecting its origins. 

Om Kalsoum
Alf Leila Wa Leila

Oum Kalthoum - ‘The Rose of the Nile’, ‘The 4th Pyramid of Egypt’ and without doubt one of the country’s defining musicians - recorded Alf Leila Wa Leila towards the end of her career. The 1969 LP featured some of Cairo’s finest musical talent of the age, with organist Hany Mehanna, guitarist Omar Khorshid and composer Baligh Hamdy all putting in a shift. The resulting record is a proud piece of early Egyptian pop, full of weeping strings and tear-stained vocals. Alf Leila Wa Leila is now reissued by new imprint Souma Records.

Nkem Njoku & Ozzobia Brothers
Ozobia Special

Nkem Njoku & Ozzobia Brothers only made one album together but it is a good one. Originally released in 1981 it is a Gospel-tinged feast out of Ghana which highlights sharp brass, energetic percussion and distinctive guitar work. Certainly one of the best of the West African productions of the era, the album now sees a re-issue on BBE Africa. 

Penya
Super Liminal

A long-awaited vinyl re-issue of Super Liminal, the debut album from Afrolatin collective Penya which was originally released at the start of 2018. While the band are in the studio working on a follow-up album, they deliver a new EP in collaboration with Msafiri Zawose alongside this timely re-pressing of their debut, a whirlwind of rhythms and different production techniques. 

Piper
Piper 3CD Collection

3CD Collection by Piper collects together three albums by the Japanese pop group. Included here are Summer Breeze (1983), Gentle Breeze (1983) and Sunshine Kiz (1984). The band claim to take inspiration from Wishbone Ash and Camel, although you’d have to listen very carefully to pick any of that up. They also take influences from fellow Japanese acts Masayoshi Takanaka and Tatsuro Yamashita and YMO.

Street Kids
Game No. 1 / Last Night (You Moved Me)

Game No.1 by South African 5-piece Street Kids was originally released in 1983. It features all the smooth, soulful, squelchy disco funk you could want on one track. On the other side you get (Last Night) You Moved Me, an even smoother tune to end the night with. Both tracks featured on the band’s 1984 album Dancin’ All Night. On Rush Hour.
  • Vinyl 12" (RH RSS 27)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)

Frank and His Sisters
Frank and His Sisters

Frank and his Sisters weren’t some ironically named goofball band from 1993, there was really a Frank and he was really backed up by his sisters. They were a family band from Tanzania. Frank mixed farming with recording and touring and once searched far and wide for all the copies of his record Yes/No so he could destroy them. This music has previously only been available on 78 rpm records. Frank retired from music in the ‘60s.

Super Mama Djombo
Na Cambança

Having formed in the late 1960s, Super Mama Djombo are the big name West African state Guiné Bissau's big name. 'Na Cambança' was their breakthrough record, inspired by children's songs yet politically conscious. An essential grass roots slab of history, reissued for modern day enjoyment.  

Various
Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973

This Light In The Attic compilation looks rather fantastic, historicising folk music from the tail-end of 1960s Japan. Cited as a period of growing political and cultural action amongst the country's younger demographic, Even A Tree Can Shed Tears arguably acts as a retrospective to music that was at its time unprecedented, with these artists seeking their own, particular sound through folk music.

Forest Law
Forest Law

Having signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label a couple of months back, London-based musician Forest Law introduces his self-titled debut EP for the imprint. Just like the work that generated such attention initially, the three tracks here are sonically eclectic yet warm and human, with Brazilian influences laced throughout. 
  • Vinyl 12" (BWOOD226EP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Various
The Sun Is Setting on the World

Rebetika is a form of urban Greek music. The Sun Is Setting On The World collects together songs from the rebetika movement recorded between the 1930s and the 1950s. The songs are all dark in their subject matter with sorrow, loss, poverty and the end of the world hanging heavy in their lyrics. Tape on Death Is Not The End.

Tony Allen
The Source

Tony Allen, legendary drummer and innovator of Afrobeat with Fela Kuti, releases his latest in a long line of solo albums. Perhaps surprisingly for such a legend with such a long career and lengthy catalogue, The Source is Tony's first for Blue Note. The statuesque label has been through so many changes, now representing a philosophy of quality and the analogue principles of its founders. Warm jazz sounds.

Erasmo Carlos
Carlos, ERASMO

Erasmo Carlos is a thoroughly big deal in Brazil, though somewhat lesser-known in the English-speaking world (damn the Anglophone public’s lack of enthusiasm for non-English pop!). But the albums now reissued by Light In The Attic are not so known even in Brazil, being the records on which Carlos indulged his interests in a variety of genres. Carlos, ERASMO is one of his most personal records and well worth your time.

Hailu Mergia
Yene Mircha

Hailu Mergia is an Ethiopian musician who has 6 decades of music making behind him. Starting out in Addis Ababa in the ‘60s, and into the ‘70s with Walias Band, he eventually moved to the US, where a musically fallow period was filled as a taxi driver. His 2018 album Lala Belu saw him reach new audiences, bringing the sound of Ethiopia to the West. Now he returns with Yene Mircha. He uses a whole host of Ethiopian musicians from his past and present, and at 74 shows no sign of his creativity waning.

Tamikrest
Tamotaït

Tamikrest are a blues / rock / world music band from Algeria. They are made up from the Sahara-dwelling Tuareg people. On Tamotait, their music gets louder as well as incorporating influences from further afield. Moroccan singer Hindi Zahra makes an appearance along with a group of traditional Japanese musicians. 

Ofege
How Do You Feel

Ofege began in early 1970s Nigeria smitten by the twiddly likes of Santana and Jeff Beck. How Do You feel was their fourth album originally released in 1978 and was seen as the high point in their career cementing their West African psych funk sound but blending it with reggae and disco. They have gained increased exposure over the years through appearances on compilations so this luxury re-issue of this Afrobeat classic is rather timely. 

The Daktaris
Soul Explosion

Cheeky white-boy afrobeat revivalists The Daktaris went so far as to assume fake Nigerian aliases for their debut and only album Soul Explosion. The whole thing looks like a crate-digger’s wet dream, but was actually released in 1998. But! it's still one hell of a funky afrobeat affair, it's been remastered, and the folk at Daptone are reissuing it. 
  • Vinyl LP (DAP-049-LPX)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl

Various
Uzelli Elektro Saz

Established in 1971 in Frankfurt and catering for Germany’s significant Turkish migrant population, the Uzelli Kaset label carefully maintained their largely cassette-based archive for decades as technology moved on. Now, the label dips into its archive for a new vinyl compilation titled Uzelli Elektro Saz. 

Onipa
We No Be Machine

Supergoup Onipa arrive on a funky wave of Afro-grooves and ferocious energy with a bunch of electronic equipment. They feature K.O.G. known for Kweku of Ghana of KOG and the Zongo Brigade and Tom Excell & Finn Booth of Nubiyan Twist along with Dwayne Klivington of Wonky Logic. We No Be Machine is an album that will make you wanna dance. 
  • More from:
  • Onipa
  • Strut
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

The Star Beams
Play Disco Specials

Known best for their dancefloor demolisher ‘Disco Stomp’, South African ensemble The Star Beams get a re-issue of their previously ultra-rare album Play Disco Specials, originally released in 1976 on JAS Records. Nearly 45 years after it came out, very little is known about the personnel behind this gem, but at least the wider availability will spread the knowledge of this immensely talented group. 

Sibusile Xaba
Ngiwu Shwabada

Guitarist and singer Sibusile Xaba hails from South Africa. He makes his own take on Maskandi (Zulu folk music) music, mixing it with the avant-garde. Ngiwu Shwabada his new album. It translates as I Am with Shwabada, Shwbada being a spiritual lineage. Features an 18 minute improvised track recorded with saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings of Sons of Kemet and Shabaka & the Ancestors.

Jeannette N'Diaye
Makom Ma Bobe

A first-ever re-issue for ‘Maom Ma Bobe’, the 1981 Afro-disco gem from Cameroonian singer Jeannette N'Diaye and one of the genre’s most sought-after 12” singles. With the Kalita label re-mastering the original’s lavish grooves, there’s also an extended remix by Dutch producer Mendel gracing the reverse. 

Black Market Brass
Undying Thirst

Undying Thirst is the second album by Minneapolis afrobeat / funk outfit Black Market Brass. It sees a scorching brass section ripped through with massive guitars, highly-charged percussion, and feverish electronics and synths. They take their influences from the likes of Fela Kuti, James Brown, Herbie Hancock and Outkast.

1-100 of 637 item(s) found.  Next »