Roger “Dama” Damawuzan et Les As Du Bénin – Do You Know My Name ? (Unreleased Alternate Demo Take) (Togo, 1981, Tropical Sounds)

Happy New Year !!

For today, I wanted to share with you an extremely rare unreleased alternate take (maybe the only one copy existing ?) of the track “Do You Know My Name ?” by the legendary musician Roger “Dama” Damawuzan, Togo‘s answer to James Brown, backed here by “Les As du Bénin” orchestra.

That unique demo version includes awesome drum machines parts & crazy breaks that were finally not kept at the time for the final version of the album – Enjoy !

Roger “Dama” Damawuzan et Les As Du Bénin – Do You Know My Name ? (Unreleased Alternate Demo Take)

You can also listen to it on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/uCKAhFoTOL0

Have a nice Sunday, see you on next Wednesday for another musical (re)discovery !

Armand de Preseau

The Apostles – Disciple Funk (Nigeria, 1977, Love Day)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Disciple Funk“, a psychedelic mad Afro Rock Funk instrumental track taken from the 4th album of the legendary 70s nigerian band The Apostles –  Enjoy !

The Apostles – Disciple Funk

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/jrIl1MOMxnE

Have a nice Sunday, see you on next Wednesday for another musical (re)discovery !

Armand de Preseau

Orchestre T.P. Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Bénin – Wodeka Koe (Bénin, 1983, Albarika Store)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Wodeka Koe“, a mad percussive psychedelic afro jerk rock garage track taken from this very rare 80s compilation of previously singles released by the legendary Beninese band “Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou” – Enjoy !

Orchestre T.P. Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – Wodeka Koe

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/uMGMLNIuD34

Have a nice Sunday, see you on next Wednesday for another musical (re)discovery !

Armand de Preseau

Guelewars Band Of Banjul – Tasito (Gambia, 1980, Le Kiosque D’Orphee)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Tasito” (“Wake Up”), an outstanding Afro Psychedelic Fuzz track taken from the first album of the Gambian band Guelewars, illustrated by a splendid cover art from the senegalese painter Djibathen Sambou – Enjoy !

Guelewars Band Of Banjul – Tasito

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/odpoHaFA078

Have a nice sunday, see you on next wednesday !

Armand de Preseau

Wrinkar Experience – I Am A Natural Man (Nigeria, 1970s, EMI Nigeria)

For today, I wanted  to share with you “I Am A Natural Man“, an excellent psychedelic Afro Funk Rock Stormer from the Wrinkar Experience, one of my fave band of this genre, that was composed the nigerian Dan Ian(vocals and lead guitar) and the cameroonians Edjo’o Jacques Racine (bass & guitar) and Ginger Forcha (organ).

The band only existed six months from 1972 to 1973 before splitting up, & only released three singles produced by the mythical nigerian Odion Iruoje, including the hits “Fuel For Love” & “Soundway” – Enjoy !

Wrinkar Experience – I Am A Natural Man

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/ZTOh4-UgHPM

Have a nice Sunday !

Armand de Preseau

African Grooves Soundcloud : Plenty of brand new vinyl selections to listen online & download !

From now, feel free to go on my Soundcloud account on the link below to listen online & download my past, present & future vinyl selections (more than 50 from now) !

African Grooves Soundcloud : www.soundcloud.com/armand_de_preseau

Enjoy !

Armand de Preseau

The Vibrations – Onye Oriri (Nigeria, 1977, Anodisc)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Onye Oriri“, a slow psychedelic fuzzy nigerian Afro Rock track with afrobeat flavours, taken from the hard to find only album recorded in 1977 by the band The Vibrations leaded by Tex Soul – Enjoy !

The Vibrations – Onye Oriri

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/RVOYp3NXNR4

Have a nice Sunday !

Armand de Preseau

Ofege – You Say No (Nigeria, 1973, EMI Nigeria)

OFEGE was a 70s psychedelic Rock band from Nigeria, composed of teenage students of the St. Gregory’s College of Lagos.

Led by Melvin Ukachi & largely influenced by artists such as Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck or Jimmy Page, they recorded 4 albums before splitting up.

For today, I wanted to present you the track “You Say No“, taken from their first album “Try And Love“, full of fuzzy electric guitar solos and Afrobeat-esque drums.

This album was a great musical snap when I found it in Kumba (Western Cameroon) more than a decade ago, and is still one of my favorite African record – Enjoy !

Ofege – You Say No

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/ULkzZ7fkFZw

Have a nice wednesday !

Armand de Preseau

Moussa Doumbia – Samba (Mali, 1980, Sacodis)

Samba” is a very well known West-African traditional folk song from the Wassoulou area (situated between Ivory Coast,Guinea and Mali).

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 differents musical styles, were recorded from the 70s to the 80s, to traditional from afro rock and funk way.

For today, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite version of this classic song, interpreted here in a raw Afro Funk way by the Malian James Brown Moussa Doumbia – Enjoy !

Moussa Doumbia – Samba

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/TwGuTJmvNJ4

Have a nice day !

Armand de Preseau

Mad Man Jaga – Hankuri (Nigeria, 1978, Joromi Records)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Hankuri“, a bouncy afrobeat track with explosive saxophone parts, taken from the second album of Mad Man Jaga, one of the musicians of the Nigerian superstar Sir Victor Uwaifo, and recorded in 1978 on Uwaifo’s record label, Joromi Records – Enjoy !

Mad Man Jaga – Hankuri

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/Ttb1bXPrJl8

Have a nice Wednesday,

Armand de Preseau