Honore Avolonto – Tin Lin Non (Benin, 1983, LIR)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Tin Lin Non“, a powerful Afrobeat track by the Beninese singer Honore Avolonto, backed here by Eskill Lohento & Joseph Vicky, two vocalists of the legendary band “Le Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou” – Enjoy !

Honore Avolonto – Tin Lin Non 

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/_lZ8LXWmV_4

Best regards,

Armand de Preseau

Pat Thomas & Marijata – I Need More (Ghana, 1977, Gapophone)

Born in 1951 in Agona (Ashanti region of Ghana), Pat Thomas is, with Ebo Taylor (an old friend of him, who plays guitar on the track presented here), one the greatest figures of the Ghanaian music.
Immersed in the musical scene since his childhood, Pat Thomas has recorded more than 20 albums, dozens and dozens of singles, and has played with many bands through the years, from Highlife to Afrobeat : The Blue Monks, The Satellites, The Sweet Beans (his own band), Marijata..
Pat Thomas – who lives in Ghana today – is, as Ebo Taylor, still playing and recording nowadays, and is regularly on tour.
The track presented here, “I Need More“, is taken from his last album on the Gapophone music label (one of the best record label from Ghana) and was recorded back in the time by Kayode Salami and Monday Oki, the two mythical recording engineers of the EMI NIGERIA studios based in Lagos.

Pat Thomas & Marijata – I Need More

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/Gpo2tbIou2E

Have a nice sunday,

Armand de Preseau

Amadou Traore dit Balake – Bar Konou 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 psyché 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 Balake – Bar Konou Mousso

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/v2UjruuRWCg
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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 de Preseau

Orchestre Rail Band – Moko-Diolo (Mali, 1973, RCAM)

Following to this post, i wanted to share with you for today “Moko-Diolo“, a powerful Afro Jerk Funk track taken from the second single released in 1973 by the Malian orchestra “Orchestre Rail Band” from this band that Salif Keita, Mory Kanté & Tidiani Koné were part of – Enjoy !

State-sponsored by the national railroad Malian Company (it explains the name of the band), Le Rail Band was the most powerful Malian orchestra, that released more than ten LP’s and many 7′ from the 70’s to the late 80’s.
The Rail Band’s leader was the great Tidiani Koné, an outstanding musician who was also a griot (a kind of religious leader/ influent personality), who decided to give his chance at this time to a young albino singer, Salif Keita, that would become world famous in the future.

Orchestre Rail Band – Moko-Diolo

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/XHzR4n0OLIU

Best regard,

Armand de Preseau

Nord Cameroun Rythms – Astadjam Dada Sare (Cameroun, 1974, Sonafric)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Astadjam Dada Sare“, one of my favourite track from Cameroon, taken from one of the hardest to find vinyl record of this country, a marvelous blend of psychedelic raw funk and traditional elements from this band that Hamad Kalkaba & Maurice “Elamau” Elanga were part of – Enjoy !

Nord Cameroun Rythms – Astadjam Dada Sare

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/nX1y1_7a5-Q

Take care,

Armand de Preseau

The Identicals – Akwa Kayi Ji Bia Nuwa (Nigeria, 1977, Emi Nigeria)

The Identicals was a Nigerian band composed by two twins brothers, Peter (Bass) and Paul (Guitar) State, who played around Lagos clubs and studios (as backing members for other musicians) back in the 70’s.
The song presented here, “Akwa Kayi Ji Bia Nuwa” is taken from their one and only album, “Rock Exponent“, and is a sublime example of the local Psychedelic Afro Rock scene back in the Nigeria of the 70s.
The title of this song could be translated (in Igbo language) as “We Come Into This World Crying” – Enjoy !
The Identicals – Akwa Kayi Ji Bia Nuwa

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/EgiQZmHG9Nk

Take a good care of you,

Armand de Preseau

Thomas Fok – Salamender (Cameroon, 1970s, Sonafric)

For today, I wanted to share with you”Salamender“, one of my Cameroonian secret weapon, an incredible psychedelic Afrobeat Funk Rock track with dope organ parts & nervous guitar riffs, recorded in the 70s by Thomas Fok aka Tom Dollar and his band “Les Ducs” – Enjoy !

Thomas Fok – Salamender

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/zKQ94w9poC4

Armand de Preseau

Bright Engelberts & The B.E. Movement – Tolambo Funk (Cameroon, 1978, Discogram)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Tolambo Funk“, an incredible Afro Funk track recorded in 1978 by the Cameroonian musician Bright Engelberts – Enjoy !
Bright Engelberts and the B.E. Movement – Tolambo Funk
You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/psrwAHDYBIg
All the best,
Armand de Preseau

Simon Randria – Mitsangana (Madagascar, 1970s, Discomad)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Mitsangana“, a surprising Malagasy Funk track recorded in Madagascar in the 70s by Simon Randria on the mythical local record label Discomad – Enjoy !

Simon Randria – Mitsangana

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/XBld8om_fbc

Take care,

Armand

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