Spiritual Singers “Ntsamina” – Kimia (Republic of the Congo, 1983, Not on Label)

The band Spiritual Singers Ntsamina (Spiritual Singers of the Light) was founded the 10 of October 1980 in Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo) by a group of christian teenagers from 13 to 24 years old.

The band was composed by :

Guitar Solo : Sylvain Loudi

Rhythm Guitar : Albert Loudi

Bass Guitar : Pierre Diakossama

Organ : Théodore Mbouaka

Drums : Samuel Ossama

Solo Vocals : Berthe Loudi, Samuel Ossama, Albert Loudi

Backing Vocals : Jeanne Nzibou, Berthe Loudi, Thomas Nsikouvoue, Albert Loudi, Aimérence Loulendo, Bernadette Mbemba Nlandou, Sylvain Loudi

The track presented here, “Kimia”, is a disco boogie christian gospel UFO-esque song taken from their one and only album recorded in 1983 – Enjoy !

Spiritual Singers “Ntsamina” – Kimia

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/ZTBZyvCq2jg

Best regards,

Armand

Barrel Coppet and Mister Lof – Rhum et Coutelas (Martinique, 1972, Hit Parade)

Anatole “Barrel” Coppet (a saxophone player) and Romuld “Mister” Lof (a singer) were two musicians from Martinique who used to play in the Antilles and in France from the 50’s.

They recorded several album together with great names of the French Caribbean Jazz scene back in the days (as Alain Jean-Marie, who play the piano on this album), and a few singles.

I decided to present you “Rhum et Coutelas”, a sweet jazzy biguine song taken from their first album recorded in 1972 on the great Hit Parade label – enjoy !

Barrel Coppet Mister Lof – Rhum et Coutelas

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/fldE94tX-PI

Have a nice evening,

Armand

El Hadrmy and L’Orchestre National de Mauritanie – Kamlat (Mauritania, 1973, Morico Records)

Hello Everyone !

To end this week, I wanted to make you discover “Kamlat”, one song taken the first single of one of the most famous Mauritanian Singer, El Hadrmy, and his band, L’Orchestre National de Mauritanie.

This single is really rare and very hard to find (200 singles were pressed at the time !), one of the very few records from Mauritania.

The song presented here is a deep and slow psychedelic ballad that turns nervous from the middle of the track – hope you’ll like it !

El Hadrmy and L’Orchestre National de Mauritanie – Kamlat

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

Have a nice sunday evening,

Armand

Roger Tchaou et l’Orchestre de La B.C.B – Safia (Benin, 1970’s, ORTB)

This 7 inches is the first one from Roger “Tchaou” Baba, a blind guitarist from Benin, who released later another single.

This recording was backed with “L’Orchestre de La Banque Commerciale Du Benin”,  a popular Beninese Orchestra leaded by Ambroise “D’almeida” Bluecky.

The song presented here, “Safia”, is a leadback Afro Psych track dedicated to his first love – Enjoy !

Roger Tchaou Et L’Orchestre de La B.C.B. – Safia

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/SsXzw-3YlP4

Kind Regards,

Armand.

Troupe Gaston Hoareau – Mon Patrie Mon Boucé Manzé (La Reunion, 1976, P.C.R.)

The song presented here, “Mon Patrie Mon Boucé Manzé”, is a beautiful Deep and Raw Maloya track, a musical genre that mixes together traditionnal rhythms, Poetry and political Creole claims that was forbidden by the authorities in the island until 1981.

It that was one the first recordings from Daniel Hoareau (Or Danyèl Waro in Creole langage), one of the most famous musicians from La Reunion, who is still active nowadays, and it was recorded during the 4th congress of the Communist Political Party from Reunion Island in 1976 – Enjoy !

Troupe Gaston Hoareau – Mon Patrie Mon Boucé Manzé

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/0GcGkVgAZVc

Best Regards,

Armand

Dossia Dassaboute – Le Message (Benin, 1970, Disques Tropiques)

Composed in 1970 in one night only, “Le Message” is the first song from Dossia Pierre Dassaboute, one of my favourite Beninese musician, acoustic guitar player, politician and writter.

This song comes from one of the earlier records of the “Disques Tropiques” record label from Benin.

At the time, Dossia wrote this track for his ex girlfriend, “Aminata”, who was cheating on him.
This song became his most popular song, and Dossia released after that two albums, one in 2004 and another one in 2012.
Dossia Dassaboute – Le Message
 You can also listen to this track on my youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/b1XmsNz24lc
Best regards
Armand

Coulibaly Tidiani – Sie Koumgolo (Burkina Faso, 1979, Sacodis)

 Coulibaly Tidiani, born on the 31th of December 1941 in Kankala town, was one of the most famous  singer from Burkina Faso (former Upper Volta) in the 70’s, as well as Amadou Balake.
He began his carrer in the 60’s playing with the Volta Jazz Orchestra, and founded his own band in the 70’s, the “Orchestre Dafra Star de Bobo-Dioulasso”, one of the most popular band at the time in the country.
He recorded three albums, and a few 7 inches records.
The song I wanted to present you today, “Sie Koumgolo”, an uplifting melancholic ballad with psychedelic guitars and wild piano parts, is taken from his last LP, recorded in 1979 in Ivory Coast.
Coulibaly Tidiani – Sie Koumgolo

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel : https://youtu.be/LQXeB6PsIUs

 Have a nice week,
Armand

Amadou Traore dit Balake – Bar Konon Mousso & other beautiful songs (Burkina Faso, 1974, Disques CVD)

Amadou Traore dit Balake is a burkinabé singer who recorded many songs from very different genre (mandingo rhythms, afrobeat, salsa, quiet balads, soukouss) and in many countries/cities all over the world (New york, Abidjan, Paris, Accra, Lagos..).
This beautiful 7 inch was recorded in 1969 with l’Orchestre Super Volta, in the country of Burkina Faso, on the great “La Compagnie Voltaique du Disque” label (CVD), known for its magical psych tracks.
This track deals with a musician (him, maybe ?), who performs every night at the Don Camillo Club. Each night, coming back from his show, this guy meets the same prostitute he is totally in love with, but the girl prefers to spend her night with white guys in Abidjan’s hotels, because they are rich, and musicians are poor (“Musicien c’est pas quelqu’un, tu es pauvre garçon”).
There are actually 2 different versions of this track (the lyrics are the same), because Amadou re-recorded it in the 70’s for one of his LP’s, out on the famous Ivory Coast’s SACODIS label, in an afrobeat way.
I definitely prefer the first quiet version, hope you’ll understand why (listen to this amazing hypnotic guitar..).
Amadou is still alive, and plays now with the famous Africando salsa band.

Amadou Balake – Bar Konou Mousso

 
As bonuses, two tracks :
To begin, here comes the other version of Bar Konou Mousso – the Afrobeat one – called Super Bar Konon Mousso.
Amadou Balake – Super bar Konon Mousso
Next, another song from Amadou Traore out on the CVD label, Johnny.
(all the copies of the Kambele ba / Johnny record I heard from now have the same pressing default, this Woush woush woush you can hear.. Shame but lovely in a way..)
Amadou Balake – Johnny
Enjoy !

Armand

Ali Farka Toure – Radio Mali (Mali, 1976, Sonafric)

Following to this former post, I decided to make you (re)discover one of my favourite Malian artists, Ali Farka Touré, with “Radio Mali”, a short but very nice deep desert blues song – Enjoy !
Ali Farka Touré – Radio Mali
Have a nice week,
Armand

Kojo N’dah and Soundz Connection – Ewule Ma Mbawu La (Ghana, 1981, Kojo N’dah)

 This week, I decided to share with you one of my favourite Highlife record from Ghana, very obscure (the record is a private pressing), from Kojo N’dah, an artist who used to live in Ivory Coast and who recorded a few LP.
The track presented here, “Ewule Ma Mbawu La”, is an awesome percussive and bouncing dancefloor highlife track, with rhodes keys and synths in Vis-a-Vis Orchestra vein – Enjoy !
Kojo N’dah and Soundz Connection – Ewule Ma Mbawu La
Have a nice weekend,
Armand