Massako 84 – Temedy (Gabon, 1984, Mass Pro)

Massako was a Military orchestra from Libreville (Gabon) that recorded more than 10 albums in the 80s.

A lot of musicians took part of the project during the decade, as the Guinean singer Amara Toure, strongly involved into the Afro Cuban (or Afro Latin) musical movement, generated by the blend of local songs and the music imported by the Cuban sailors in West Africa in the 40s.

For today, I wanted to make you (re)discover an alternative version of “Temedy“, one of Amara Toure’s Afro Cuban masterpieces, covered in 1984 by the Gabonese band – Enjoy !

Massako 84 – Temedy

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/2Zaer9dXexk

Best regards,

Armand

Victorien Smith et Les Pyromanes – Quelle Tentation ! (Guadeloupe, 1970s, A3 Productions)

Victorien Smith et Les Pyromanes” was a band from Guadeloupe (French West Indies) composed by :

Smith Victorien : Vocals, Guitar, Production
Avenant Metry : Synths
Daniel Alger : Vocals, Guiro
Bod Guibert : Vocals, Triangle
Maurice Latouchant : Vocals, Campana
Daniel Nemorin : Guitar
Joyau Moy : Lead bass
Guy Nemorin : Vocals, Tambourine
Pivert Rodolphe : Drums, Percussion, Choir
Merkiled Willy : Guitar
Christian Picot : Organ
Letchoumayen Pierre : Congas

Quelle Tentation !” is a very nice Antillean Guaguanco Latin Jazz track with awesome Fender Rhodes organ parts – Enjoy !!

Victorien Smith et les Pyromanes – Quelle Tentation !

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/Cf7_r-CcuEc

Have a nice day,

Armand

Ziad Rahbani – First Introduction (Lebanon, 1978, Zida)

Awesome Bossa Nova Jazz track taken from the score of the legendary play “Bennesbeh Labokra.. Chou ?” from the Lebanese master – Enjoy !

Ziad Rahbani – First Introduction

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/sRC82K761Qo

Best regards,

Armand

Mantra – Baile Mi Hermano (Martinique, 1970s, Hit Parade)

Mantra was a quite obscure band from the city of Fort-de-France (Martinique, in the French West Indies) that released only one album in the late 70s.

The band was composed by :

Julian Martin (Piano, organ, guitar)
Anison Rabess (Bass, vocals)
David Laville (2nd guitar)
Algernon Rabess (Guitar, vocals)
Alex Larocque (Drums, vocals)
Janet Azzouz (Vocals)
Archie James (Trumpet)
Leon Knibbs (Percussion)

I wanted to make you rediscover today “Baile Mi Hermano“, an incredible and irresistible West Indian Guaguanco track, one of my favorite of the genre – Enjoy !!!

Mantra – Baile Mi Hermano

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/N_FynG0WjEY

Best regards,

Armand

Balla et ses Balladins – Samba (Guinea, 1972, Editions Syliphone Conakry)

Samba” is a very well known traditional folk song from the Wassoulou area (situated between Ivory Coast, Guinea and Mali), adapted here by the national legendary “Balla et ses Balladins” Guinean orchestra, leaded by Balla Onivogui.

This song talks about Samba, a young and unlucky taxi driver from Conakry (Guinea) who fall in love with one of his customers. He steals the earings of the girl to see her again, but the father of the girl finds out the craftiness of the young Samba and casts out the boy. After many adventures, everything goes finally in order when Samba asks the girl in marriage.

Several covers of this song, in different musical styles, were recording during from the 70s to the 80s, to traditional from afro rock and funk way – Hope you’ll enjoy this one !!

Balla et ses Balladins – Samba

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/DWneGfCaVps

Take care,

Armand

Liber et Andoche Gentile – Amour d’Un Negre (Guadeloupe, 1961, Disques Debs)

Firmin “Andoche” Gentille and Jean “Liber” Gentille were two brothers and musicians native of Guadeloupe, French West Indies.

They played in several bands in the 50s and the 60s, but released only one 4-tracks single together in the early 60s.

The song presented here, “Amour d’un Negre“, is a beautiful melancholic bolero with jazz influences that I wanted to make you rediscover – Enjoy !!

Liber et Andoche Gentile – Amour d’un Negre

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/BiCPGDmNg-E

Best regards,

Armand

Obiba Colins Marfo – Owuo Yi (Ghana, 1979, BHM)

Obiba Collins Marfo was an artist from Ghana that played in the famous Vis-a-Vis band, who backed Alhaji Kwesi Frimpong on several albums and who recorded a few albums himself.

Owuo Yi“, the track I decided to present you today, is taken from his first album and is a 16min long pure Ghanaian joyful jewel, in the same vein of Alhaji K Frimpong or Ebo Taylor best songs – Enjoy !

Obiba Collins Marfo – Owuo Yi

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/TKXpczl0T6s

Have a nice week,

Armand

Coulouce – Angela (Mauritius, 1971, Damoo)

Jean-Pierre Mohabeer was a Mauritian singer, one of the legends of the Sega (an important musical genre from the Indian Ocean).

He renamed himself “Coulouce” in the 60s to make his debuts as an amateur singer in the “Baie du Tombeau” region on the island of Mauritius, where he worked as a waiter in a hotel.

Street singer, he met on the road other musicians, with whom he formed at the begining of the 70s his first Orchestra, “Los Creolos“, to animate bals, dancings and weddings. With this Orchestra, he recorded his first singles (Sega Goblet, Angela, Soul Sega) that quickly became great hits on the island.

The divorce with his wife will be the beginning of his fall. He began to drink, and went for oblivion deep in glasses. A descent into hell in the bars, until his meeting with Anecy who became his second wife and helped him up the slope.

In 1992, he made an astonishing comeback with the K7 “Coulouce vine encore“, followed by another in 1994, “Séga socolat“. At the same time, he recorded the CD “Sega seggae” and the album “Coulouce” in 1994.

The singer, who then fell back into oblivion, died a few years ago, on February 2005.

I decided to make you rediscover “Angela“, a sweet deep Sega song – Enjoy !

Coulouce – Angela

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/MvuisZG7b50

Have a nice day,

Armand

Bell’A Njoh – Ebolo (Cameroun, SOH, 1978)

Today, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite secret dancefloor weapon, a track from Bell’a Njoh, a Cameroonian artist native of Douala and a friend of mine who passed away a few years ago..

Bell’A Njoh was, with Nkotti François and his Black Styls, one of the father of the Makossa, a musical genre from the city of Douala, and he recorded several albums from the 70s to the 90s.

Ebolo“, the track presented here, is a unique Tropical Afro Disco Boogie song with crazy synths, taken from his first albums and that always set on fire all the dancefloors when I play it – Enjoy !!

Bell’A Njoh – Ebolo

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/6UHpU0RiyMQ

Best regards,

Armand

Akaeze’s International Band – It’s Tough To Be Rich (Nigeria, 1978, Afrodisia)

The Akaeze’s International Band from Nigeria was leaded by Eric “Showboy” Akaeze, a musician converted very early to the Afrobeat musical genre that he made his own version called “Ikoto Rock“.

Originally from the Delta State (Mid-West region of Nigeria), Akaeze moved to Lagos as a fairly young man and played for a while in Bobby Benson’s famous band and founded a few times after his first band, The Royal Ericos, and then recorded several albums with different groups as The Akaeze’s International Band or The Azagas.

The track I wanted to make you rediscover today, “It’s Tough To Be Rich“, is an awesome 9 minutes long kick ass deep Afrobeat track – Enjoy !!

The Akaeze’s International Band – It’s Tough To Be Rich

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/FXc_ehLYEjQ

Have a nice week,

Armand