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
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 !
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.
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
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..
Joseph Samba “Mascott” Mayanguila was a Congolese singer, born the 15 of August 1943 in the country of Loumou (Republic of Congo).
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,
Following to this New Year’s Eve, I wanted to make you discover a track from Jean Gnamaka Guehi, a singer from Ivory Coast.
“Pantalon craque” (“ripped pants”), the track presented here, is a kind of digital afrobeat with funny lyrics talking about used clothes – Enjoy !
Jean Guehi – Pantalon Craque