Fangool – Nianing (Senegal, 1979, Discafrique Records)

Fangool was an obscure band from Senegal that released an only album in 1979. It was composed by :

Alioune Agbo (Lead guitar)

El Hadj Thiam (Bass guitar and drums)

Pap Camara (Saxophone and Clarinette)

Pap Samb (Lead vocal)

Fatou Kine N’Diaye (Lead vocal)

Max Dia (Lead Vocal and drums)

I decided to make you discover “Nianing“, a splendid 7min long deep track sung in Mbalax with awesome psychedelic fuzz guitar riffs – Enjoy !!

Fangool – Nianing

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/9JzBf7hq3X0

Best regards,

Armand

Marmay – Ti Frer (La Reunion, 1985, Marmay)

Marmay” was a band from La Reunion island (Indian Ocean), composed by 3 members of the same family : Theresien Chamand (Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar), Clermont Chamand (Harmonica, Violin, Electric and Acoustic Guitar) and Pascale Chamand (Flute and Artwork).

They released only one autoproduced album in 1985, “Ote Kreol“.

As a tribute to the memory of Clement “l’Indien” Chamand, who died last week, I decided to make you discover “Ti Frer“, a splendid deep psychedelic Maloya song – Rest in Peace, l’Indien.

Marmay – Ti Frer

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/xvuuaOW4nX0

All the best,

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

The Sea Lions – Akwa Idim (Nigeria, 1978, Clover Sound)

The Sea Lions was a one of those many military affiliated bands that formed in Eastern Nigeria area after the Biafra civil war that divided the country from 1967 to 1970.

They took their name from the logo of the Army Marine Commando unit the band was attached to.

I decided to make you rediscover “Akwa Idim“, a powerful psychedelic Afro rock track taken from their one and only ultra rare album, recorded in 1978 on the mythical Clover Sound record label – Enjoy !

The Sea Lions – Akwa Idim

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/iVgvdLf2n6I

Have a nice day,

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

M.B.T’s – M.B.T’s Sound (Congo, 1970s, MB Sound)

Devastating Afrobeat track from M.B.T’s, a super obscure band who only released this single on a private record label..

I have no info on this band, just that they are apparently from Congo.. Have a listen to “M.B.T’s Sound“, what a track – Enjoy !

M.B.T’s – M.B.T’s Sound

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/mT2DgaV9jxw

Have a nice week,

Armand

Anoman Brouh Felix – Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast, 197?, Sonafric)

For today, I wanted to present you “Côte d’Ivoire”, an obscure track with funky influences from Anoman Brouh Felix, a very well known musician from Ivory Coast – Enjoy !

Anoman Brouh Felix – Côte d’Ivoire

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/oLccGf0Pw8o

See you soon,

Armand

Mahaleo – Izahay Mpamita (Madagascar, 1976, Discomad)

The band “Mahaleo” from Madagascar (in the Indian Ocean) was founded by Rasolofondraosolo “Dama” Razafimaheleo with six of his highschool classmates in the city of Antsirabe (in the center of the island), during the student protests against the neo-colonial power that took place on 13 May 1972.

Mahaleo is widely viewed as the most popular Malagasy group of all time, and it is composed of :

Acoustic Guitar, Vocals : Andrianabelina “Dada” Rakotobe

Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica : Rasolofondraosolo “Dama” Razafimaheleo

Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals : Andrianabela “Nono” Rakotobe

Flute, Vocals, Piano : Honore “Bekoto” Rabekoto

Rhythm Section, Vocals : Charles Bert “Charles” Andrianaivo

Violin, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar : Razafindranoa “Raoul” Raosolosolofo

Vocals : Famantanantsoa “Fafa” Rajaonarison

The musicians recorded more than ten albums together, between 1972 and 2010, they toured several times in France (Olympia Concert Hall in Paris) and they are still active today.

I decided to make you rediscover “Izahay Mpamita”, a deep poetic track about the Madagascan fishermen living conditions, with psychedelic flute and addictive guitar parts – Enjoy !

Mahaleo – Izahay Mpamita

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/69xbAMSWNlU

See you very soon,

Armand

Ousmane Kouyaté Et Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux – Kefimba (Guinea Conakry, 1983, Musique Mondiale)

Ousmane Kouyaté is a composer, arranger and musician (balafon and guitar player) born in 1950 in Dabola (Guinea Conakry).

He released 5 albums, and played with many great African musicians, such as Salif Keïta, Kante Manfila, Cheikh Tidiane Seck or Mory Kante (he played the guitar on the African hit “Mandjou” with the Malian band “Les Ambassadeurs”) and played in the very well known “Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux” among with Salif Keïta (Mali) and Kante Manfila (Guinea Conakry).

The track I wanted to present you today, “Kefimba”, is a storming long afro funk track with crazy synth and furious guitar parts taken from the second album of Ousmane Kouyaté, recorded in 1983 in Mali with Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux.

Ousmane Kouyaté Et Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux – Kefimba

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/y9RjY-R2FU4

See you soon,

Armand

Sissi Massila – Salif (Instrumental) (Togo, 1970s, Inter-Disque Fazao)

Sissi Massila was a singer from Togo who released one and only super obscure album in the late 70’s, produced by the great Togolese musician Mamo Lagbema.

I decided to make you discover the instrumental version of her track “Salif”, a deep track with haunting synths, guitar and saxophone parts – enjoy !

Sissi Massila – Salif (Instrumental)

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/-5dn83c_1EE

Best regards,

Armand