Liza Ngwa – Alima (Cameroun, 1980, Editions Drums)

Liza Ngwa was a folk singer and guitar player from Yaoundé (Cameroon), who released 2 albums in the 70’s.

She was also involved into different form of art (sculpture, dress-making, sport..) and cultural performances (theater performances, concerts..).

I decided to make you (re)discover “Alima”, a very unique folk song with psychedelic bikutsi and cadence reminiscences, taken from her second album recorded in 1980.

Liza Ngwa – Alima

Have a nice week,

Armand

Martin Brothers – The World Of Music (Nigeria, 1978, Hobby Records)

The Martins Brothers were a musical band from Port Harcourt (Nigeria), who released 4 albums in 70’s and a few singles.
The track presented here, “The World Of Music”, is taken from my favourite album from them – What an amazing sleeve design, isn’t it ?
Martin Brothers – The World Of Music
 Best regards,
Armand

Bonga – Ngila (Angola, 1982, Philips)

José – Bonga – Adelino Barceló de Carvalho, one the most famous musician from Angola, was born the 5th of September 1942 in Kpiri (Angola).

He has lived in Angola, Portugal and France, forced to regularly move in the 70’s because of his commitment in struggle for the independence of Angola (former Portuguese colony).

He has released more than 30 albums (his last album was recorded in 2016), and he’s still active today.

I decided to make you discover “Ngila”, a raw and melancholic song taken from my favourite album (his 6th album), “Kualuka Kuetu”.

Bonga – Ngila

Have a nice sunday,
Armand

Admiral Dele Abiodun and his top Hitters Band – 1000 Miles (Nigeria, 1982, Adawa Super Records)

Dele Abiodun is one of the most important figures of the Juju scene, a musical genre from Nigeria between Jazz, Highlife and Traditionnal music.
He was born in 1948 in Sobe (Nigeria), a town on the boundary between West and Mid-West Nigeria.
He made his first steps in music as a drummer in his school band, and studied music has a teenager in Accra (Ghana) at the Young Pioneer School of Music.
In 1970, he founded his band, Prince Admiral Dele Abiodun and His Top Hitters Band (influenced by musicians such as Cardinal Rex Lawson or I.K. Dairo), and recorded more than 20 albums from the 70’s to the 90’s.

He stills lives and performs in Nigeria today and he’s the president of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria.

For today, I decided to presend you “1000 Miles”, an incredible track showing that Juju music can sometimes be as bouncing as Afrobeat does – Enjoy !

Admiral Dele Abiodun and his top Hitters Band – 1000 Miles
See you soon,
Armand

Gnonnas Pedro and his Dadjes Band – Les Comediens (Benin, 1980, World Wide Music)

Following to this former article, I decided to make you (re)discover a cover of the classic French song “Les Comediens” (sung by the great singer Charles Aznavour) by my favourite Beninese singer Gnonnas Pedro, who was also a huge fan of Charles Aznavour !
Two of my heroes linked with the same song, hope you’ll like it !
Gnonnas Pedro and his Dadjes Band – Les Comediens

ADP032 – El Salsero (Gnonnas Pedro, The King Of Benin)

Gnonnas Sousou Pierre Kwasivi was born on the 10 of January 1943 in Cotonou, Benin.

Singing and playing music since his childhood, Gnonnas Pedro became in the 60’s one of the Beninese musical Kings (among with L’Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, Antoine Dougbe, Honore Avolonto or El Rego), and never stopped to play music beyond.

He led his own band in the 60’s, “Pedro y Sus Sanchos”, that later became “Gnonnas Pedro et ses Dadjes”.

Lover of the French language, he was strongly influenced by the French singer Charles Aznavour (he even recorded a cover of Aznavour’s song “Les Comediens” !).

From the 90’s to 2004, he was the singer of the interplanetary known Afro cuban band “Africando”, grouping of African Legends such as Boncana Maiga, Amadou Balake, Thione Seck, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Ismael Lo, Salif Keita or Koffi Olomide.

Known as “The man that speaks all African languages”, Pedro embraced many musical styles, including afrobeat, highlife, salsa, pachanga, juju or “Modern Agbadja” (an update og the traditional style of his home region, Lokassa).

Many of the tracks he composed are still big hits today, such as “Yiri Yiri Boum” (Afro Cuban Anthem) or “Von O Von Non” (Hymn of the Togolese national football team).

He died the 12 of August 2004, at the age in Cotonou, Benin.

Armand de Preseau – El Salsero
You can download this selection right here !
TRACKLIST :
1 – Pas De Petard
2 – Dadjê Von O Von Non (80’s version)
3 – I Feel Good
4 – How Much Love Naturally Cost
5 – Adigbedoto
6 – Yiri Yiri Bom
7 – Dadjê Von O Von Non (70’s version)
8 – La Musica En Verite
9 – Tu Es Tout Seul
10 – La Crocatuba
11 – Bon Anniversaire
12 – Finis Les Paves
I tried to present you all different genre played by Gnonnas, don’t hesitate to tell me if you enjoyed this selection !
Best regards,

Armand

This selection is dedicated to Jean, my cousin, who with we listened Gnonnas albums again and again and again. Miss you and think about you everyday, my little brother..

Samba Mascott – Mwana Angola (Congo, 1976, Sonafric)

Joseph Samba “Mascott” Mayanguila was a Congolese singer, born the 15 of August 1943 in the country of Loumou (Republic of Congo).

He played in several famous national orchestras such as “Les Bantous de la Capitale” (former musicians from Orchestre TP OK Jazz and Orchestre Rock-a-Mambo) or “Orchestre National du Congo” (read this article for more informations), and also released a few singles and albums by himself.
He died the 10 of April 1991 in Brazzaville, at the age of 48.
I selected for you “Mwana Angola”, a deep acoustic track track he released in 1976 on a Congolese compilation destinate to promote the Samay record Edition.
Samba Mascott – Mwana Angola
 Have a nice sunday evening,
Armand

The Sweet Talks – Eyi Su Ngaangaa (Ghana, 1976, Philips)

The Sweet Talks were one of the most famous band from Ghana, formed in December 15th 1973 by Jonathan Abraham, proprietor of the Talk Of The Town Hotel in the city of Tema.
They recorded more than fifteen albums, toured all over Africa but also in America (Los Angeles in 1978), where they recorded their biggest selling record, Party Time In Hollywood.
The track presented here, “Eyi Su Ngaanga”, an outstanding afrobeat, is taken from their 2nd album from 1976.
The Sweet Talks – Eyi Su Ngaangaa
See you soon,
Armand

Segun Bucknor – The Price Of Your Love (Nigeria, 1975, Afrodisia)

Following to this article, I wanted to make you rediscover for this sunday another high level afrobeat track by the Nigerian master Segun Bucknor, who greatly influenced Fela Kuti at the time, but who was unfortunately less known.
Segun Buknor – The Price Of Your Love
All the best,
Armand

Orchestre Super Mazembe – Samba (Kenya, 1982, Virgin)

The Orchestre Super Mazembe was a very popular band in Nairobi (Kenya) in the 80’s, as known on the Lingala Kenyan scene as Les Mangelepa and Baba Gaston.


The band was formed in Zaire in 1967 by Mutonkole Longwa Didos, and was called “Super Vox” at the time, but changed its name to Orchestra Super Mazembe when the members moved to Nairobi in 1974.

 The members decided to split in 1985, after more than 5 albums and several singles recorded.

Orchestre Super Mazembe – Samba

Have a nice sunday,

Armand