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

ADP029 – Nigeria Soul Sisters (Feat Mary Afi Usuah, Christiana Essien, Theadora Ifudu..)

Hi dear readers,
After a long time of searching, selecting, mixin and editing, I’m very proud to present you my new compilation !
Here are the best mental cuts of the best four (for me) Nigerian divas :
– Christiana “Christy” Essien
Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu, the twins Lijadu sisters
– Theadora Ifudu
– Mary Afi Usuah 
 Please listen this selection until the end to really enjoy this mix – Hope you’ll like it !!
Armand de Preseau – Nigeria Soul Sisters
You can download this new selection right here !
The next Selection will be Ghanaian or Arabic !
Sincerely yours,
Armand

ADP028 – Au Temps des Biguines // A Selection of early Biguines, Merengues and Boleros from the French West Indies

Hi Dear readers !
I’m proud to present you my 28th selection ! Ten early Buiguines, Merengues and Boleros songs, from the French West Indies.
Those tracks are taken from some quite hard to find seven inches of my personal collection, hope you’ll like them !

Armand de Preseau – Au Temps des Biguines

You can download this new selection right here !
Enjoy, and get ready for the next selection..
Armand

ADP025 – Nigerian Afrodeapness (feat. SJOB, Ikengas, Etubom Rex Williams..)

Hi dear readers !
As promise last week, here comes the new selection I’ve prepared for your little ears !
A selection of 6 afrobeat tracks taken from 6 veeery hard to find Nigerian records, especially in this condition !
I know that for many people “Afrobeat” word is mainly connected with the work of Fela Kuti, so I wanted to make you discover other, and deeper artists – Hope you’ll enjoy this mix !
Armand de Preseau – Nigerian Afrodeapness
You can download the selection here !
See you soon, and don’t hesitate to leave some comments if you liked the selection !
Sincerely yours,
Armand

ADP013 – The Senegambian Selection : A journey Into The 70’s Musical Scene of Gambia and Senegal (Baobab, Ifang Bondi, Laye Thiam..)

Hi dears readers !
Au menu cette semaine, here comes the new selection of the week. This time, we travel to the 70’s psych musical scene of West Africa, with two neighbouring countries, two “twin brothers” : Senegal and Gambia (which is called the “Senegambia”).
Hope you’ll enjoy the deepness of the tracks presented here !
Armand de Preseau – The Senegambian Selection
You can download this selection here !
Tracklist :
1 – Guelewar – Tasito
2 – Idrissa Diop – Massani Cisse
3 – Ifang Bondi – Atis-A-Tis
4 – Orchestre Baobab – Kelen Ati Len
5 – The Super Eagles – Feeling You Got
6 – Orchestre Laye Thiam – Kokorico
7 – Orchestre Baobab – Souleymane
8 – Orchestre Super Etoile de Dakar – Thiely
9 – Ifang Bondi – Yolele
10 – The Super Eagles – Love Is A Real Thing
11 – Le Sahel – Khandiou

 

See you next week for an Arabian Selection (or a Cameroonese one, we’ll see..) !
Armand