Afrobeat + Latin

We pride ourselves on our diverse and inclusive offering of classic and vintage records. We believe that no record collection is truly complete without the distinctive and mesmerising rhythms of Latin & Afrobeat vinyl.

Browse our ever-growing selection of classic and contemporary records! In our Afrobeat vinyl section, you’ll find legend and pioneer of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti and Africa 70, among many other notable artists in the genre.

If you love electric rhythms that are impossible to ignore, our Latin music vinyl records are for you. Along with records featuring giants in the genre, you’ll find some hidden gems.

Take our Venezuela 70 album, for example. It features little-known artists. They masterfully blend elements of funk, jazz, and old-world Latin beats to produce outstanding pieces of music. You are sure to start dancing as soon as the music reaches your ears!

Add to Your Latin & Afrobeat Vinyl Collection

Old, new, vintage, modern - you name it, we have it. But what if you don’t see the record that you’re looking for? No problem! We are more than happy to help you track down the Afrobeat and Latin vinyl that are on your wish list. We’ll even order them in for you.


What Is Afrobeat Music?

Afrobeat music is a recognisable genre of music that marries aspects of American jazz, salsa, funk, and soul, with traditional West African styles such as Highlife and Fuji.

The genre of music gained mass popularity in the 1970s, following the release of Afrobeat vinyl by Nigerian musician and political activist, Fela Kuti.

This style of music is highly political and is often performed in Pidgin English - a language, based on English, that is largely spoken in Nigeria.

Afrobeat vinyl brought this style of music to the west where it heavily influenced an entirely new style of music, Afrobeats. This new genre originated in the 1990s and is upbeat and has noticeably heavy percussion.

Although the influence of Afrobeat vinyl can be seen in this newer genre, they are not quite the same.

Where Did It Originate From?

Afrobeat music is a distinctive style of music that has roots in 1920s, Ghana. There, musicians took inspiration from elements of foreign swing-style, jazz music, which was popular at the time. One can also see an unmistakable hint of Afro-Caribbean Calypso music too.

The Afrobeat style that we know today is credited to musical genius, Fela Kuti. Inspired by post-colonial African politics and the Black Power movement, Fela took the genre to new heights and created a social commentary using his music.

Therefore, he is believed to be one of the founding fathers of Afrobeat music, popularising the style throughout African countries.

Where Can I Buy the Best Afrobeat Vinyl?

You can buy the best Afrobeat vinyl right here, at Classified Records! Not only do we stock the legendary Zombie album, by Fela Kuti and Africa 70, we also stock a wide range of other compilation Afrobeat vinyl.

Whilst we specialise in vintage and rare records, we may not have the particular Afrobeat vinyl that you’re after. But we can certainly help you track it down. We have links to record companies all over the world, meaning we can source and order even the rarest vinyl for our customers.

Simply drop us an email here, or pop into the store!