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Stock List - Afro-Funk-Beat-Jazz, Percussion & Caribbean Funk

Afro-Funk-Beat-Jazz, Percussion & Caribbean Funk

Fela Kuti claimed that James Brown heard his band and copied that funky sound from him, many suspect that it was the other way round. This remains open to debate but there is no doubt that both Fela Kuti and James Brown were hugely popular in countries like Nigeria and Ghana and influenced a number of bands. Many of them used funk as a base point, but added a distinctive African twist, sometimes recording straight covers, occasionally emulating Fela's Afrobeat sound, but also mixing funk with more traditional instruments and sounds.

The funky Afro sound has been a part of western club culture since Manu Dibango scored a huge hit in the clubs and discos with 'Soul Makossa' in the early seventies. Other African musicians had club hits too, such as Fela Kuti's 'Roforofo Fight' and Hugh Masekela's 'Dyambo'. These were musicians who secured record deals in the US and Europe and were able to get their music to a world audience. As in all genres of music, for the few bands that did succeed there were hundreds of others whose music was rarely heard outside their own country.

Thanks to the increasing popularity of the funky Afro sound on club dancefloors and the insatiable appetites of collectors of funk music to explore new avenues many of these old gems have been re-discovered in recent years. Some of the credit for much of this music finally being unearthed must go to Miles Cleret and Duncan Brooker who have taken on the role of modern day ethnomusicologists travelling to the heart of Africa to unearth these vinyl treasures. Their explorations have resulted in two fine compilations 'Ghana Soundz' and 'Afro Rock'. Another series of compilations that has unearthed some fine gems is the trilogy from France's Comet records compiled by Manu Boubli which featured many records from the Antillies and African artists based and recording in Europe.

We at DJ Friendly strive to bring you quality African music with a funky or dancefloor edge. From the better known masters like Fela to the more obscure artists who may have only recorded a handful of songs. We also occasionally manage to find the odd Caribbean funk gem. We also have a selection of percussion LPs that are popular sample material for producers from house to hip hop to techno.

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Featured Afro-Funk-Beat-Jazz, Percussion & Caribbean Funk

US MERCURY LP Gatefold - £45 Nr. Mint / small cut out & a small bit of sleeve wear on the open edge

afro-funk meets psychedelic rock with lots of strong cuts as well as AWADE as sampled by JOE CLAUSSEL!


 Alhaji K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiesta
Mo Tan Me
GERMANY AM KONTAMENS SOUND LTD. LP - £35 Strong EX / sleeve has some discolouration

Lovely highlife from early eighties


 Caiphus Semenya
Listen To The Wind
SOUTH AFRICA MUNJALE LP - £50 G+ / check clip from this copy / sleeve wear / split

Killer South African Boogie - Soul tune WITHOUT YOU... also GUMBA BOOGIE & UMOYA are quite fun


 Crosdale Juba And His Blue Echoes Band
Mo Ri Bodo System
NIGERIA EROYA SOUNDS LP - £35 G / lots of light scuffs / plays better as it progresses / check clip / light sleeve wear

G / lots of light scuffs / plays better as it progresses. Worst of the start of each side


 F. Kenya
The Power House
GHANA ESSIEBONS LP - £65 VG+ / check clip from this copy / sleeve also nice

Sweet highlife


 Ginger Baker
US ATCO LP - £20 EX / in partial shrink with saw cut / vintage price sticker

Feat. the man like FELA KUTI - ARIWO is so deep and features killer drum solo from Ginger!


 Ginger Baker & Friends
Eleven Sides Of Baker
US SIRE LP - £18 Nr. Mint in shrink / tiny cut corner / Check clip from this copy

A little bit of Afro vibes on N'KON KINI N'KON N'KON & a Funky Rock jam with tough drums on THE WINNER and more drums on DON'T STOP THE CARNIVAL


 Jean-Michel Rotin
FRANCE NEW DEAL LP - £40 Strict VG / plays fine as you can hear on the clip

Vibey Zouk styles on SWING


 Jewel Ackah
New York Connection
GHANA ABIBIRIM LP - £30 Nr. Mint in shrink!

African Reggae on ADZE WOARA WODZEA & Cool drum machine led Afro on KUNDUM


 Jimmie Raye
The Soul Thing
US ASANTE LP - £40 Strong EX in shrink

Also re-named himself MFALME and released the same LP under that name. Inc. the funky Swahili tune NAKU PENDA plus some nice US Soul & Funk cuts like GET OVER / IMAGE / JUNKMAN / Etc..


 Jonas Gwangwa & African Explosion
Who (Ngubani) ?
US JAMAL LP Gatefold - £55 Nr. Mint / Check clip from this copy

Raw funky South African jazz Inc. SWITCH No. 1 & 2 / CHANT(SENYAMO) / BENKELE / Etc..


 Mike Umoh
Getting On Getting Down
NIGERIA DUOMO LP - £45 G+ / plays better than it looks / Check clip from this copy / sleeve wear

Inc. the Funky Afro Disco anthem SHAKE YOUR BODY


 N.S.T Cophie's
N'Dolo N°3 / Dimbokro
US NST COPHIE'S LP - £45 Looks VG / plays VG+

Great early eighties Funk & Disco from Ivory Coast Inc. NST COPHIE'S N'GOLETIO / IVOIRIEN N'GNOAMELIKE and there is even a decent Reggae tune BEWAN ETIAKPA


 Ofo The Black Co.
Beautiful Daddy / Allah Wakbarr
UK LONDON 7 inch - £50 Nr. Mint - looks unplayed

Funky afro psyche with heavy guitar solo!


 One World
The Movement - Peace
NIGERIA EMI LP - £75 VG / Check clip from this copy / sleeve wear / taped & tears

Tough funky Afro-Beat LP from Nigeria with tight horns organ and fatback drums. So many good tunes - check the long clip


 Pozo Hayes
Looking Over There
FRANCE ISLAND LP - £35 EX / light sleeve wear / small sticker

You want something a bit different. As well as a couple of chill drum machine led Afro cuts how about some leftfield drum machine Reggae from Benin?


 Tau Ea Lesotho
Nyatsi Tloha Pela'ka
SOUTH AFRICA KAYA LP - £25 Mint in shrink

unusual sound where traditional meets Funk with harmonica Inc. NYATSI TLOHA PELA'KA / PULENG / BATHO KE BAO / Etc..


 The Sunshine Sisters Of Africa
African Dish
UK TABANSI LP - £90 Strong EX / Check clip from this copy

3 Quality Afro tunes hear. 1st cut you'll here is very New York influenced. Other 2 more African & deep


Le Ble Et Le Mil
CANADA KOT'AI LP Gatefold - £30 Strong EX / Check clip from this copy

Great African sounds here - heavy percussion storm on AMBUSH & DOUDOU N'DIAYE + traditional sound NOUMOULOU


 Various Artists
Super Hits
NIGERIA EMI LP - £25 G+ / Check clip from this copy / sleeve wear & writing sleeve & label

Several strong tunes on this 1975 comp out of Nigeria DANCING TIME - FUNKEES / I'VE BEEN LOVING YOU - THE WINGS / NOBODY FAILS - OFEGE - also most of side 2 were only ever released as singles


4 further items in stock

Afric Simone - Boogie Baby

Lamine Konte - Baara Soundtrack
Check the lovely funky afro jazz Instrumental cut with guitar solo which is MAMADOU

Mustapha Tettey Addy - Master Drummer From Ghana
US LYRICHORD LP - £12 Seam split - vinyl is clean
Drums - drums and more drums - works best on OO-YA!

Olatunji / Morehouse College Glee Club - In Memoriam 1894-1984
This lp wouldn't jump out at you until you notice the Nigerian master drummer Olatunji is present & adds his wall of drums to 3 tunes KERE-KERE / SHANGO & BETELEHEMU


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