Tag: afrofunk

Okoi Seka Athanase – Mambo Marie Madeleine Houi Bin (Ivory Coast, 1977, Disco 2000)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Mambo Marie Madeleine Houi Bin“, a mind-blowing deep melancholic Afro Soul Jazz track with gorgeous horns & Latin flavors, taken from one of the first albums recorded by the Ivorian composer Okoi Seka Athanase in 1977.

This album includes the following musicians (any further informations are welcomed) :

Okoi Seka Athanase : Lead Vocals ;

Léo : Bass Guitar ;

Christophe : Drums ;

N’Da Jo : Guitar ;

Bouadou Ernest : Solo Guitar ;

P. Lucien Dy : Percussion ;

Bader : Saxophone ;

Ahmed, Beugré Edouard : Trumpet ;

Assy Lucien, Lucien Achipo : Vocals ;

Really beautiful song, that reminds some of the best Afro Latin tracks by legendary Congolese bands & musicians (Tabu Ley Rochereau & L’Orchestre Afrisa International, Franco & his T.P. OK Jazz, Dr Nico, …). Enjoy !

Okoi Seka Athanase – Mambo Marie Madeleine Houi Bin (Ivory Coast, 1977, Disco 2000)

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The Smockers – Zeny Izy (Madagascar, 1970s, Discomad)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Zeny Izy“, a very interesting & groovy deep track from Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, really nice blend of Psychedelic Soul, Reggae, Pop, Rock, Folk & Fusion influences that only that specific geographical area has the secret.

This song is taken from the first single recorded by the band “The Smockers“, leaded by the composer & musician Roger Georges, and out on the mythical Madagascan record label “Discomad” in the late 70s – Enjoy !

The Smockers – Zeny Izy (Madagascar, 1970s, Discomad)

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Lady Isa – Tabou Ya Afrika (Democratic Republic Of The Congo, 1980s, Espera)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Tabou Ya Afrika“, an instant catchy balearic 80s Afro Electro Boogie Funk Synth track with insane drum machines backing, taken from the 2nd album of the Congolese Diva Isabelle “Lady Isa” Kozonga, recorded in the late 80s in Belgium with the help of the producer & musician Emmanuel “Manu” Lima.

This track is taken from a record that has another pressing, with different versions & arrangements of the songs. The one presented here is my favorite, with musical flavors that reminds me a bit of the African anthem “Let Me Love You” composer in 1979 by the Sierra Leonean musician “Bunny Mack” (Cecil Bunting MacCormack).

Devastating dance floor weapon, this record never leaves my DJ Bag when I’m invited to play records in parties & clubs – Enjoy !

Lady Isa – Tabou Ya Afrika (Democratic Republic Of The Congo, 1980s, Espera)

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Nicodème “Tjap’s” Tjap Oum – Oa (Cameroun, 1980s, OUM 001)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Oa“, an instant catchy Afro Boogie Funk Soul Synth track with Cosmic Makossa grooves, taken from the first single self-produced & recorded in Paris in the 80s by the Cameroonian artist Nicodème “Tjap’s” Trap Oum, native from Nkongsamba in the West region of the country, and who recorded several local hits such as “Tina miñem minan … inyu bonge” & “Tamboura” before slowing down his career due to a lung disease.

This track includes the following musicians :

Bass Guitar : Abou Bass ;

Chorus : Medy Dayas, Michele, Ngo Bavoï Charlotte (Ngo Nkol), Tonye Jackson ;

Guitar : Yves N’Djock ;

Keyboards : Jean Charles Jarrel ;

Saxophone : Charly Bokher ;

Trumpet : Jean-Claude Leandre ;

Always a nice track to warm up a dance floor, hope you’ll like it !

Tjap’s – Oa (Cameroun, 1980s, OUM 001)

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Gregoire Lawani – Africa Land Of Soul (Togo, 1977, BBZ Productions)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Africa Land Of Soul“, an instant catchy Afro Disco Funk Soul track, taken from the only album from the Togolese composer & musician Gregoire Lawani, recorded in 1977 in Paris and composed and produced by the mythical legendary French composer Andre Charles “Slim” Pezin.

One of my personal favorite of the genre with flavors that always reminds me the international hit “Soul Makossa” by the Cameroonian King Emmanuel N’Djoké “Manu” Dibango, and always perfect to rock a dance floor – Enjoy !

Gregoire Lawani – African Land Of Soul (Togo, 1977, BBZ Productions)

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Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako – Mali Denou (Mali, 1977, Sonafric)

Following this former article, I wanted to share with you for today “Mali Denou”, an mesmerizing 70s Afro Synth Soul Funk track with awesome organ parts, taken from an album recorded in 1977 by the mythical Malian band “Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako” that included the finest Malian musicians such as Salif KeitaAmadou BagayokoOusmane KouyatéMoussa Doumbia & Idrissa Soumaoro and out on the legendary french label Sonafric.

This band was one of the two main malian orchestras with “L’Orchestre Rail Band Du Buffet Hotel De La Gare De Bamako” in which Salif Keita (who wrote the song presented here) used to sing before joining “Les Ambassadeurs” – Enjoy !

Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako – Mali Denou (Mali, 1977, Sonafric)

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Edikanfo – Nka Bom (Ghana, 1981, Editions EG)


For today, I wanted to share with you “Nka Bom“, a devastating Afrobeat Funk Soul track with killers horns & synth parts, taken from the only album recorded in 1981 in Ghana at the mythical Studio One (Napoleon Club, Osu) of Accra by the Ghanaian band Edikanfo, formed in 1980.

Produced by the legendary British composer & musician Brian Eno in Ghana, this album features :

Paa Akrashie (Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flugelhorn, Percussion, Vocals) ;

Gilbert Amartey (Bass, Percussion, Vocals) ;

Albert Williams (Congas, Talking Drum, Vocals) ;

George Afriyie-Siaw (Design) ;

George Williams (Drums, Lead Vocals) ;

Osei Tutu (Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals) ;

Kwesi Okran (Lead Guitar, Vocals) ;

William Quist (Percussion, Drums, Vocals) ;

Ishmael Odai (Piano, Synthesizer, Ensemble, Vocals) ;

Brian Eno (Producer, Engineer) ;

Faisal Helwani (Executive-Producer, Arranger) ;

Sami Helwani (Assistant engineer) ;

Jacob Serdro (Engineer) ;

Instant dance floor stormer here, enjoy !

Edikanfo – Nka Bom (Ghana, 1981, Editions EG)

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Bill Loko – Ndolo (Cameroun, 1981, Bill Loko Self-Released)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Ndolo“, a stormer Afro Disco Synth Soul Makossa track, taken from an album recorded at studio Synthésis in Paris (France) & self-released by the mythical Cameroonian composer & musician Bill Loko, with the help of another great Cameroonian figure, the legendary composer & arranger Dhin Ndjocke-Ebongue, better known as “Michot Dinh” (on music, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar & percussion).

This album also features great Paris-living musicians of that era, such as : Joseph “Jo” Dikongue Jr., Mony Dhin, Sissy Dipoko, Brigitte Sarrus, Christine Poussy & Claude Vamur for the drums.

Instant dance floor anthem here, hope you’ll like it !

Bill Loko – Ndolo (Cameroun, 1981, Bill Loko Self-Released)

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Traoré Amadou dit Ballake & L’Orchestre Super Volta – Kambele Ba (Burkina Faso, 1970s, CVD Club Voltaïque du Disque)

Following to this former article, I wanted to share with you for today “Kambélé Ba“, a splendid deep West African slow Psychedelic Soul Funk track back with gorgeous electric guitar parts from the Super Volta Orchestra, recorded in the 70s by the legendary Burkinabe (Upper Volta) composer & musician Amadou Traoré Ballaké.

Amadou recorded and performed in different parts of Africa as well as New York and Paris and was part of the mythical Afro Latin Salsa Band “Africando” in the early 21st century before his death in 2014.

Gorgeous song and really hard to find single nowadays, enjoy !

Traoré Amadou dit Ballaké & L’Orchestre Super Volta – Kambele Ba (Burkina Faso, 1970s, CVD Club Voltaïque du Disque)

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Pasteur Lappé – Ashiko, Sekele, etc… (Cameroun, 1981, Disques Espérance)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Ashiko, Sekele, etc…“, an instant killer Afro Disco Soul Funk track, taken from the third & last LP recorded in 1981 in Paris by the legendary Cameroonian composer & musician Nicolas Pasteur Lappé.

Native of the city of Douala, he began his musical career very young, becoming a local sensation at the age of 19 thanks to his songs broadcasted on “Radio Adele“, a local radio station. In the late 70s, after moving to Paris originally to study journalism, he settled into a new life of music where he befriends African music legends such as Fela Kuti, André-Marie Tala, Joe Mboule or Jacob Desvarieux from the mythical French West Indian Band “Kassav“.

Pasteur Lappé is known to have created the “Sekele Movement“, a blend of Funk, Disco, Afrobeat, Reggae, Soul and RnB.

His most prolific years were from 1979 to 1981, years he made his three flagship albums.

The album features the following musicians :

Bass, Producer : Christophe Zadire ;

Chorus : Maryse Lappé, Sylvie Draï ;

Album direction : Jean-Marie Ahanda ; Zulu Gang ;

Drums, Percussions : Philippe Draï ;

Sound engineering, Guitar, Synthesizers : Jacob Desvarieux ;

Keyboards, Pianos, Synthesizers : Douglas Mbida, Robert Benjamin ;

Lead Vocals – Pasteur Lappé, Mehdi Dayas (B2) ;

Saxophone : Alain Hatot, Jimmy Mvondo ;

Trombone : Alex Perdigon, Jacques Bolognesi ;

Trumpet : Jacques “Cake” Bessot, Antoine “Tony” Rousseau ;

Pasteur Lappé – Ashiko, Sekele, etc… (Cameroun, 1981, Disques Espérance)

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