Jakarta have collated Habibi Funk Mixes 1-7 and thrown them on Bandcamp for free. To celebrate 20,000 Facebook followers, Jakarta Records are giving away all their Habibi Funk mixes for free on Bandcamp. We’ve been big fans of them so this is a must-download. Stream (and download) them below.

Jakarta release their 7th Habibi Funk album from an Egyptian band. Heavily encouraged by Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz, Hany Shenoda fathered Al Massrieen as a way of modernising Egyptian music. His influence helped increase their popularity in Egypt in the 1970s. The music has aged but it still twinkles with an air of happiness. Stream it below.

Habibi Funk 005 looks at the work of Ahmed Malek and restoration from Jakarta’s Flako. Ahmed Malek was in his 50s when he discovered synthesizers during their relative infancy in the 80s. His experimentations remained in boxes kept with his family but now they have been brought to earth with the help of Flako. The songs available are atmospheric; almost foreboding when the leads kick…

More Arabic funk from Jakarta Records. Carthago was founded in the late 1970s as a fusion of Dalton and a second band called Marhaba Band. Both bands frequently played at hotels and night clubs in Tunis and Sousse. They had similar musical influences and despite the fact that they were competition for the most part, they came up with the idea to join forces for…

Bob Fadoul – dubbed “Morocco’s James Brown Meets King Tubby” – threw some Arabic funk onto a reggae ridden and call it Fi Jamaïque. We can’t believe it either. This is arguably the most peculiar track we’ve featured on Sampleface but entertaining nonetheless. Not much is known about Bob Fadoul besides the Little Richard aesthetic and a penchant for hip hop and dub. Proving age…

In need of some funk from North Africa? Get yourself into this mix courtesy of Radio Jakarta. We’re hoping you’ve heard Mix #1 and #2 (if not, follow those links) from Jannis of Radio Jakarta. A year ago, he released #3 after another crate digging excursion in North Africa. It fears stone cold funk from Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon. Tracklist 1. Carthago –…