Jean Raph Loumbet – Mbonge (Congo, 1983, Loukelo Samba)

For today, I decided to share with you “Mbonge“, one my favourite #Soukous track by the Congolese musician Jean Raph Loumbet, an instant feel-good track with catchy guitar riffs, perfect for make your dancefloor smile – Enjoy !

Jean Raph Loumbet – Mbonge

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

All the best,

Armand

 

Senay – Benim Olursan (Turkey, 1971, Sayan)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Benim Olursan“, one of my favourite track from the Turkish singer Senay, a beautiful melancholic Soul track with a killer bassline drove by the crystal voice of the diva – Enjoy !

Senay – Benim Olursan

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/Si8yApiGRr0

Have a nice day,

Armand

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Nadjinon (Benin, 1987, Albarika Store)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Nadjinon“, another late gem recorded in 1987 by the almighty Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, a mind-blowing 8min long syncopated Afrobeat Soukous track – Enjoy !

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Nadjinon

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/f8yrjMnxthQ

Best regards,

Armand

Pope Flyne – Aka Me Na Nyame (Ghana, 1982, Societe Ivoirienne du Disque)

Today, I wanted to share with you “Aka Me Na Nyame“, an obscure Afro Boogie Funk track recorded in 1982 by the Ghanaian musician Pope Flyne on the very well known Abidjan (Ivory Coast) based label Societe Ivoirienne du Disque (SID) – Enjoy !

Pope Flyne – Aka Me Na Nyame

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/P_7acdHSZq4

Best regards,

Armand

René Lacaille – Take Five (La Réunion, 1990, Creole Electric Music)

For today, I wanted to share with you a cover of “Take Five“, the very well known #Jazz classic standard, reinterpreted here in  a very interesting psychedelic creole way by the guitarist René Lacaille from La Réunion (Indian Ocean) – Enjoy !

René Lacaille – Take Five

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/XE2hWjuoWQs

Have a nice sunday evening,

Armand

Los Camaroes – Pitié (Cameroun, 2019, Nubiphone)

For today, I decided to share with you “Pitié“, a deep bluesy funky track taken from “Los Camaroes – A Journey Into Cameroonian Music“, the brand new compilation I’ve just reissued on vinyl record label Nubiphone, originally recorded and released in 1974 by this legendary Cameroonian band – Enjoy !

You can purchase the compilation (vinyl & digital format) on the bandcamp of my record label here :

 https://nubiphone.bandcamp.com/album/a-journey-into-cameroonian-music

Los Camaroes – Pitié

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/UQJtqYoNM80

All the best,

Armand

Les frères Mégri – El Harib (Morocco, 1971, Sudiphone)

For today, I wanted to share with you “El Harib“, a psychedelic progressive rock ballad with an oriental touch & beautiful haunted voices, recorded in 1971 by Mahmoud, Hassan & Younes Mégri, founders of the Moroccon band “Les frères Mégri” – Enjoy !

Les frères Mégri – El Harib

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/UiWut4v8xdE

All the best,

Armand

Derrick Harriott – Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys (Jamaica, 1982, Crystal D)

Great cover by Derrick Harriott (my favorite rocksteady artist) of this classic song from Eddy Grant and his Equals band !

Derrick Clinton Harriott, born on the 6 February 1939 in Jamaica, is a singer and record producer, who founded the famous Crystal records label.

This version sums up the Jamaican producing skills, mixing together disco, dub and roots music, and is for me a direct answer to the song Disco Devil, by Lee Perry.

Derrick Harriott – Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/0BogOwfHNTw

Best regards,

Armand

Tidiani Kone Et le T.P. Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Djanfa Magni (Benin, 1977, Albarika Store)

Another Afrobeat / Soukous hit track by Le Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou !!
Horns are played by the Malian musician Tidiani Kone, the bandleader, founder and member of l’Orchestre Super Rail Band du Buffet Hotel Del La Gare De Bamako (Mali), it explains the similarities in the trumpet playing between this track and “Mouo Dilo“, by the Super Rail Band.

The title of this awesome track, “Djanfa Magni“, can be translated in those words : “Betrayal isn’t good” – undoubtedly true, right ? 

Tidiani Kone Et le T.P. Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Djanfa Magni
 You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/-SvgyE2xsw0
Best regards,
Armand

Super Boiro Band – Samba (Guinea Conakry, 1976, 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 “Super Boiro Band” Guinean orchestra, leaded by the trumpetist Mamadou Niaissa.

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 psychedelic one !!

Super Boiro Band – Samba

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/3pHdltzm7po

All the best,

Armand