Balla et ses Balladins – Samba (Guinea, 1972, Editions Syliphone Conakry)

Samba” is a very well known traditional folk song from the Wassoulou area (situated between Ivory Coast, Guinea and Mali), adapted here by the national legendary “Balla et ses Balladins” Guinean orchestra, leaded by Balla Onivogui.

This song talks about Samba, a young and unlucky taxi driver from Conakry (Guinea) who fall in love with one of his customers. He steals the earings of the girl to see her again, but the father of the girl finds out the craftiness of the young Samba and casts out the boy. After many adventures, everything goes finally in order when Samba asks the girl in marriage.

Several covers of this song, in different musical styles, were recording during from the 70s to the 80s, to traditional from afro rock and funk way – Hope you’ll enjoy this one !!

Balla et ses Balladins – Samba

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

Take care,

Armand

Obiba Colins Marfo – Owuo Yi (Ghana, 1979, BHM)

Obiba Collins Marfo was an artist from Ghana that played in the famous Vis-a-Vis band, who backed Alhaji Kwesi Frimpong on several albums and who recorded a few albums himself.

Owuo Yi“, the track I decided to present you today, is taken from his first album and is a 16min long pure Ghanaian joyful jewel, in the same vein of Alhaji K Frimpong or Ebo Taylor best songs – Enjoy !

Obiba Collins Marfo – Owuo Yi

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/TKXpczl0T6s

Have a nice week,

Armand

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