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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.

Nick the Record

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

 Afro Funk
Body Music
UK KABANA LP - £110 VG+ cover wear

Monster Afro funk lp


 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


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

Vibey Zouk styles on SWING


 Lionel Pillay
Deeper In Black
SOUTH AFRICA THE SUN LP - £40 EX / sticker on label & sleeve / small tear

Great funky fusion set Inc. BLUES FOR YUSEF which featured on the Afrika Underground comp. as well as 2 other nice cuts DEEPER IN BLACK & KEEP YOUR SOUL (AGAIN)


 Manu Dibango
Makossa Man
US ATLANTIC LP - £17 Sealed with saw cut

Nuther great LP from the funky afrikan man Inc. WEYA / TOM TOM / SENGA / Etc...


 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


 Nando Da Cruz

Dead stock of this lively Zouk style Dabce cut LOCO - MIXE


 Onyeka Onwenu
For The Love Of You

1982 Nigeria disco boogie sound Inc. 'AM ON TO YOU


 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 Inne Lawes
Nzimande Soweto Soul Music
SOUTH AFRICA CBS LP - £425 Strict VG / plays great / sleeve wear

Legendary Mod style Soul-Funk sound out of SA 1969. Strict VG - plays great - check the clip!


7 further items in stock

Afric Simone - Boogie Baby

Henri Gruel - Musiques Des Aventures De Tarzan
Not strictly afro but check out the jungle grunts on the funky LA DANSE DES GRANDS SINGES NUS

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

Plunky and Oneness Of Juju - Every Way But Loose (Make A Change)
US SUTRA LP Promo - £10 G+ / sleeve wear
Same lp as MAKE A CHANGE but renamed & re-released on SUTRA. Inc. the original version EVERYWAY BUT LOOSE

Plunky and Oneness Of Juju - Make A Change
US BLACK FIRE LP Promo - £18 Strict VG / sleeve has some discolouration
Inc. the original version EVERYWAY BUT LOOSE


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