Charles Rodriguez and The African Revolution – L’Amour Ne S’achete Pas (Benin, 1970s, Decca)

Today, let’s make you (re)discover an obscure single from the Beninese artist Charles Rodriguez.

Charles Rodriguez, an organ player, used to play at the time with several well known Beninese musical groups, such as “Ignace de Souza and the Black Santiagos” or “El Rego et ses commandos“.

He recorded only 4 tracks, and “L’amour ne s’achète pas” (“You can’t buy love”) is one of them. In this song, Charles tells prostitutes on a heavy Afrobeat rhythm to stop drinking and selling their body, they are wasting their lives this way.

Strangely, this single has the “DECCA” cover, but was pressed specialy for an Nigerian music shop based in Lagos called “Alofty” in August 73 – Enjoy !

Charles Rodriguez and The African Revolution – L’Amour Ne S’achete Pas

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/2mmO3Jl5Q4U

Best regards,

Armand

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – Simigwa Soca (Ghana, 1989, Simigwa Records)

Late track from the Ghanaian master that perfectly sounds like a hit from the Barbados – Enjoy !!

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – Simigwa Soca

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/v0ZvAB6kOUw

Best regards,

Armand

Baligh Hamdi – Layali (Egypt, 1970s, La Voix du Globe)

Today, I decided to present you “Layali“, a deep and melancholic psychedelic Oriental track with hauntingly organ parts and beautiful voices by the Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi – Enjoy !

Baligh Hamdi – Layali

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

Have a really nice sunday,

Armand

Abeti Masikini – Beya Beya (Congo, 1976, Pathe Marconi)

Abeti Masikini was one of the most famous Congolese singer, born on the 9 of October 1951 in Kisangani (Democratic Republic of Congo, former Zaire).

After being graduated of a secretary diploma, she integrated the Congolese Ministry of Culture and Arts in 1969.

She started to become known in 1970 thanks to a singing contest on the National Congolese TV, toured in 1971 in many African countries (Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, Niger..), in Europe (she performed in France in 1973 at the Olympia Concert Hall in Paris, in Belgium..) and also in the United States 1974 at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York.

She recorded her first album in 1973 and around 20 others and dozens of singles after that.

She died on the 28th of September 1994 in Paris.

The song presented here, “Beya Beya“, is a splendid deep and melancholic Afro psych fusion track taken from the live album that was recorded on the 7 and 8 of April 1975 at the Olympia Concert Hall in Paris – Enjoy !

Abeti Masikini – Beya Beya

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/Q0gY9OreKsY

Have a nice sunny sunday,

Armand

M.B.T’s – M.B.T’s Sound (Congo, 1970s, MB Sound)

Devastating Afrobeat track from M.B.T’s, a super obscure band who only released this single on a private record label..

I have no info on this band, just that they are apparently from Congo.. Have a listen to “M.B.T’s Sound“, what a track – Enjoy !

M.B.T’s – M.B.T’s Sound

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/mT2DgaV9jxw

Have a nice week,

Armand

Erick Cosaque et Les Voltages 8 – De Chate Cole (Guadeloupe, 1978, Capriccio)

For today, I decided to share with you another masterpiece from Eric Cosaque, one of my favourite musicians from the Guadeloupe island backed by one of his early band, “Les Voltages 8“.

The song presented here, “De Chate Cole“, is an uplifting Cadence with beautiful jazzy saxophone parts – Enjoy !

Erick Cosaque et Les Voltages 8 – De Chate Cole

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

Best regards,

Armand

Sali Sidibe – Delygueleman (Mali, 1982, Polydisc)

Let’s travel to Mali this time with the beautiful voice of Sali Sidibe, female answer to the great Malian blues musician Ali Farka Touré.

Sali Sidibe recorded a few albums and cassettes between the late 70s and the 90s, and was the leader of the Kamalein N’Gomi musical genre.

On this album, she is accompanied by Madou Traoré (Guitar) and Molobali Bakayoko (Zither).

I decided to make you rediscover “Delygueleman“, a splendid deep acoustic song with a groove about the family and the good-byes – Enjoy !

Sali Sidibe – Delygueleman

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/KFArdSeKxBs

Have a nice week !

Armand

De Frank Junior and the Professional Diggit Ways – Dankasa (Ghana, 1978, Societe Ivoirienne du Disque)

De Frank Kakrah was a musician from Ghana who played with several bands in the 70s, such as K. Frimpong Cubano Fiestas, The Barbecues, Okukuseku’s No.2 Guitar Band, Samdan’s 8 and his own band, De Frank Professionals.

He recorded several albums, including the one presented here “Jamaican Sounds“, recorded in Ivory Coast when he was employed as a band musician at the “Enuh Hotel”.

De Frank Junior and the Professional Diggit Ways were composed of :

De Frank Junior : Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals, Vocal Barking, Congas, Marracas.

Riky Ammed : Organ Synthesizer.

Joe Amanor : Lead Guitar.

Sammy Cropper Lee : Bass.

I decided to make you (re)discover “Dankasa”, a nervous Afrobeat track sung in English with catchy organ and guitar gimmicks – Enjoy !

De Frank Junior and the Professional Diggit Ways – Dankasa

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/n2aBf5ZfzdA

Have a nice Sunday,

Armand.

Orchestre du Bawobab – Saf Mana Dem (Senegal, 1975, Disques Buur Records)

Today, I wanted to present you one of my favourite track from L’Orchestre du Bawobab (or L’Orchestre Baobab), a Senegalese Afro Cuban influenced musical combo that plays since the early 70s.

The musicians recorded dozen of albums and singles since the 70s, and are still active today and touring all over the world.

Saf Mana Dem” is a splendid example of the Afro Latin musical blend this band manage to create – Enjoy !

Orchestre du Bawobab – Saf Mana Dem

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/GQt4F0hf0xA

Best regards,

Armand

Fania Basse Terrienne – Fania Basse Terrienne (Guadeloupe, 1970, Duli Disc)

Fania Basse Terrienne was a combo from Guadeloupe (French West Indies), leaded by the trumpeter and composer Astasie Philogene and composed by several great musicians from the bests bands of the island such as Les Aiglons, Typical Combo, Super Combo and Les Players.

The track presented here, “Fania Basse Terrienne“, is taken from their one and only album recorded live in 1970 and is an awesome hommage to the famous “Fania All Stars” latin band of Johnny Pacheco – Enjoy !

Fania Basse Terrienne – Fania Basse Terrienne

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/2E5vmcntg0M

Have a nice sunday,

Armand