Akaeze’s International Band – It’s Tough To Be Rich (Nigeria, 1978, Afrodisia)

The Akaeze’s International Band from Nigeria was leaded by Eric “Showboy” Akaeze, a musician converted very early to the Afrobeat musical genre that he made his own version called “Ikoto Rock“.

Originally from the Delta State (Mid-West region of Nigeria), Akaeze moved to Lagos as a fairly young man and played for a while in Bobby Benson’s famous band and founded a few times after his first band, The Royal Ericos, and then recorded several albums with different groups as The Akaeze’s International Band or The Azagas.

The track I wanted to make you rediscover today, “It’s Tough To Be Rich“, is an awesome 9 minutes long kick ass deep Afrobeat track – Enjoy !!

The Akaeze’s International Band – It’s Tough To Be Rich

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

Have a nice week,

Armand

Orchestre Rail Band – Marabayasa (Mali, 1973, RCAM)

Hi everyone !
Today, I decided to make you (re)discover one of the great African Orchestra, from the Mystical country of Mali : L’Orchestre Rail Band du Buffet Hotel de la Gare de Bamako, also nicknamed Le Rail Band.
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.
Here is the track “Marabayasa” (Mariba Yasa or Marba Yassah), an outsanding track taken from the first album of the band, driven by Mamadou Bagayoko‘s devastating drums, Alfred Coulibaly‘s savage saxophone and Salif Keita‘s holy voice – Enjoy !

Orchestre Rail Band – Marabayasa

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/BCBM6XDi9HI

Take care,

Armand

Picture Artwork from my friend Faud from Les Mains Noires

N’Draman Blintch – I First U Last (Armand de Preseau Edit) (Nigeria, 1979, Cosmic Sounds)

N’Draman Blintch was an artist from Nigeria who released three auto-produced obscure albums at the end of the 70s, and who was one of those very few precursors that experimented cosmic vintage synths in Africa back in 70s, as William Onyeabor also did.

I decided to present you an edit I made of “I First U Last“, the last track of his first album, a catchy cosmic Afro Funk track with crazy organ parts – Enjoy !

N’Draman Blintch – I First U Last (Armand de Preseau Edit)

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/u4JhFoC4Fqk

Or on my Soundcloud page here : https://soundcloud.com/armand_de_preseau/ndraman-blintch-i-first-u-last-armand-de-preseau-edit

Have a nice sunday,

Armand

Jean Mary Tacko – Vovo Gbala (Ivory Coast, 1980, Papa Disco)

Taken from the one-and-only album recorded in the 80s by the obscure artist Jean Mary Tacko from Ivory Coast, “Vovo Gbala” is a great Afro Boogie Disco track that I wanted to make you discover today – Enjoy !!

Jean Mary Tacko – Vovo Gbala

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

All the best,

Armand

Super Biton de Segou – Nienema Mine (Mali, 1986, Bolibana Productions)

For today, I wanted to make you rediscover one of my favourite Malian tracks, “Nienema Mine“, an awesome and epic 7 min long psychedelic track taken from the third album of “Le Super Biton de Segou“, one of the most important Orchestras of the country.

It was leaded by the trumpetist Amadou Bâ and created in 1964 from the fusion of 3 bands : “Le Segou Jazz“, “L’Orchestre de l’Alliance Jazz” and “L’Orchestre Regional de Segou” – Enjoy !!

Super Biton de Segou – Nienema Mine

You can also listen  to this on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/Q_jB846VvWg

Regards,

Armand de Preseau

Trio Bydoli – Lalia (Ivory Coast, 1980, Sodogil Editions)

The “Tryo Bydoli” band was a composed of 3 Abidjan (Ivory Coast) based Congolese musicians : Lea Lignanzi, Domingo Salsero and Bhy Gao.

They released 2 very good and hard to find albums in the early 80s before splitting.

“Lalia”, the song presented here, is the last song of their first album, a deep Afro Psych Funk track with catchy horns and guitar parts – Enjoy !

Trio Bydoli – Lalia

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/5rgiKdzJiZc

Best regards,

Armand

Orchestre Les Sympathics de Porto Novo – Benin To (Benin, 1978, Albarika Store)

The Orchestra “Les Sympathics de Porto-Novo” was a band created in 1972 in Porto-Novo, Benin, by Herman F. Laleye, the former leader of the very well known “Black Dragons Orchestra“.
They recorded a few LP in the 70’s (three, as far as I know), and also backed other artists such as Singer Nahounou (Amédée Pierre).
The band was composed by :
Herman Laleye : Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar
Armand Pognon : Lead Guitar
Jean Apithy : Bass Guitar
Camille Zannou : Organ
Bonheur Gangbo : Vocals
Georges d’Assomption : Tumbas
Olivier Boke : Tumbas
Marc Laleye : Drums
Epiphane Zinsou : Drums
 This LP was recorded in Lagos, Nigeria, at the mythical EMI Studios Nigeria, and was engineered by Mister Ayo and Mister Kayode Salami, great names of the Nigerian musical scene at the time.
I decided to make you discover “Benin To”, a splendid slow Afrobeat and Sato Vodoun rhythm song – Enjoy !
Les Sympathics de Porto Novo – Benin To
You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/kBn2Ttd_RXs
See you soon,
Armand

Sammy Massamba – Propriete Privee (Congo, 1980s, SM Productions)

Ultra cool, fresh, groovy and funky afro boogie track from the very well known Paris based Congolese (former Zaïre) musician Sammy Massamba – Enjoy !

Sammy Massamba – Propriete Privee

You can also to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/vq9MEOlYgAU

Best regards,

Armand

International Soleil Band – Ta Lassa (Mali, 1983, West African Music)

The International Soleil Band was a bunch of Malian and Guinean musicians who recorded a unique album in 1983 on the French based label “WAM“.

Ta Lassa“, the song presented today, is a track I always play in club and parties, groovy as hell, a blend of traditionnal rhythms, syncoped guitar riffs and nervous organ solo parts that sounds a bit like a tropical Giorgio Moroder recording – Enjoy !

International Soleil Band – Ta Lassa

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

Best regards,

Armand

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