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

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

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Nadjinon (Benin, 1987, Albarika Store)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Nadjinon“, another late gem recorded in 1987 by the almighty Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, a mind-blowing 8min long syncopated Afrobeat Soukous track – Enjoy !

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Nadjinon

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/f8yrjMnxthQ

Best regards,

Armand

Tidiani Kone Et le T.P. Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Djanfa Magni (Benin, 1977, Albarika Store)

Another Afrobeat / Soukous hit track by Le Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou !!
Horns are played by the Malian musician Tidiani Kone, the bandleader, founder and member of l’Orchestre Super Rail Band du Buffet Hotel Del La Gare De Bamako (Mali), it explains the similarities in the trumpet playing between this track and “Mouo Dilo“, by the Super Rail Band.

The title of this awesome track, “Djanfa Magni“, can be translated in those words : “Betrayal isn’t good” – undoubtedly true, right ? 

Tidiani Kone Et le T.P. Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Djanfa Magni
 You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/-SvgyE2xsw0
Best regards,
Armand

The Martin Brothers Global Band – Mon Begye Nsa N’Nom (Nigeria, 1982, Global Records)

For today, and following to this post, I wanted to share with you “Mon Begye Nsa N’Nom”, a splendid deep & slow Highlife track by The Martin Brothers Global Band”, one of my favourite Nigerian band – Enjoy !

The Martin Brothers Global Band – Mon Begye Nsa N’Nom

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/Kvl0ak1eYc8

Regards,

Armand

Musi O Tunya – N’Gombe Shalaya (Zambia, 1970s, Pathé)

For today, I wanted to share with you “N’Gombe Shalaya” a slow trance & deep psychedelic Afrobeat-esque track from Musi O Tunya, one my favourite Zambian band – Enjoy !!

Musi O Tunya – N’Gombe Shalaya

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/u3cvfIIxI1c

Have a really nice sunday !

Armand