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

D’Almeida Blucky et Les Black Santiago de Cotonou – Les Nanes (Benin, 1970s, LA aux Ecoutes)

D’Almeida Blucky is one of the greatests name of the Beninese musical scene, who composed several albums and singles from the 60s to the end of the 80s, backed by great bands such as “Les Black Santiago de Cotonou” or “L’Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou“.

Today, I decided to share with you “Les Nanes“, a raw jerk sung in French with catchy organ parts – Enjoy !!

D’Almeida Blucky et Les Black Santiago de Cotonou – Les Nanes

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/h7sY6hPmNCY

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

Charles Rodriguez and The African Revolution – L’Amour Ne S’achete Pas (Benin, 1970s, Decca)

Today, let’s make you (re)discover an obscure single from the Beninese artist Charles Rodriguez.

Charles Rodriguez, an organ player, used to play at the time with several well known Beninese musical groups, such as “Ignace de Souza and the Black Santiagos” or “El Rego et ses commandos“.

He recorded only 4 tracks, and “L’amour ne s’achète pas” (“You can’t buy love”) is one of them. In this song, Charles tells prostitutes on a heavy Afrobeat rhythm to stop drinking and selling their body, they are wasting their lives this way.

Strangely, this single has the “DECCA” cover, but was pressed specialy for an Nigerian music shop based in Lagos called “Alofty” in August 73 – Enjoy !

Charles Rodriguez and The African Revolution – L’Amour Ne S’achete Pas

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/2mmO3Jl5Q4U

Best regards,

Armand

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Kou Djessou (Benin, 197?, Disques Tropiques)

Taken from a very rare single from the Almighty Kings of Benin, “Kou Djessou” is a storming Afro Beat track with psychedelic organ breaks and killer horns !

The song was composed by Bernard “Papillon” Zoundegnon and sung by Eskill Lohento – Enjoy !

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Kou Djessou

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/sFc0eAESPx4

Have a really nice week end,

Armand

Vinyl Selection + Interview Armand de Preseau for Lost Grooves Radio Show #36 Rinse Fm

Hi everyone,

Here’s a repost of a 1h30 vinyl selection and French interview (sorry my dear English speaking friends !) I did for Rinse FM Radio on the 15 of October 2017 to present my two firsts reissues from Eko Roosevelt and Nkotti and to speak about my record labels Nubiphone and Nanga Boko Records – Enjoy !

You can download the selection right here !

Tracklist :

0 min 00 – Joseph Lacides – Invitation Aux Iles (Guadeloupe)
3 min 58 – Baligh Hamdi – Gada (Egypte)
6 min 06 – Hamad Kalkaba et le Grand Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine du Cameroun – Fouh Sei Allah (Cameroun)
10 min 52 – Chorale St Kisito – Nge Ni Kembela (Congo)
13 min 55 – Spiritual Singers – Kimia (Congo)
18 min 24 – Orchestre National du Congo – Ah ! Congo (Congo)
21 min 38 – Atomic Bomb Zigoto – Menyeckse (Cameroun)

22 min 54 – Interview about the Eko Roosevelt “1975 – 1982” compilation

28 min 40 – Eko Roosevelt Louis – Kilimandjaro My Home (Cameroun)
35 min 32 – Ousmane Kouyaté et les Ambassadeurs Internationaux – Kefimba (Mali)
41 min 15 – The Sea Lions – Akwa Idim (Nigeria)
46 min 10 – Cross River Nationale – Nyong Eyen Unen (Nigeria)

51 min 52 – Interview about the Nkotti François “De Bonaberi A Douala” first LP reissue

56 min 24 – Nkotti François and The Black Styls 77 – Loko La Mboa (Cameroun)
57 min 17 – Gnonnas Pedro – Pas de Pétard (Bénin)
1h 01 min 28 – Nkotti François and The Black Styls 77 – Muboledi (Cameroun)
1h 06 min 14 – The Ceejebs – Highway Mini Girl (Nigeria)
1h 09 min 21 – Dan Ian Spades – Wondering Lord (Nigeria)
1h 13 min 19 – Liza Ngwa – N’Kirre (Cameroun)
1h 18 min 31 – Firmin Viry – Ti Crie A Moin Anin (La Réunion)

Best regards,

Armand

Roger Tchaou et l’Orchestre de La B.C.B – Safia (Benin, 1970’s, ORTB)

This 7 inches is the first one from Roger “Tchaou” Baba, a blind guitarist from Benin, who released later another single.

This recording was backed with “L’Orchestre de La Banque Commerciale Du Benin”,  a popular Beninese Orchestra leaded by Ambroise “D’almeida” Bluecky.

The song presented here, “Safia”, is a leadback Afro Psych track dedicated to his first love – Enjoy !

Roger Tchaou Et L’Orchestre de La B.C.B. – Safia

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/SsXzw-3YlP4

Kind Regards,

Armand.

Dossia Dassaboute – Le Message (Benin, 1970, Disques Tropiques)

Composed in 1970 in one night only, “Le Message” is the first song from Dossia Pierre Dassaboute, one of my favourite Beninese musician, acoustic guitar player, politician and writter.

This song comes from one of the earlier records of the “Disques Tropiques” record label from Benin.

At the time, Dossia wrote this track for his ex girlfriend, “Aminata”, who was cheating on him.
This song became his most popular song, and Dossia released after that two albums, one in 2004 and another one in 2012.
Dossia Dassaboute – Le Message
 You can also listen to this track on my youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/b1XmsNz24lc
Best regards
Armand

Gnonnas Pedro and his Dadjes Band – Les Comediens (Benin, 1980, World Wide Music)

Following to this former article, I decided to make you (re)discover a cover of the classic French song “Les Comediens” (sung by the great singer Charles Aznavour) by my favourite Beninese singer Gnonnas Pedro, who was also a huge fan of Charles Aznavour !
Two of my heroes linked with the same song, hope you’ll like it !
Gnonnas Pedro and his Dadjes Band – Les Comediens

ADP032 – El Salsero (Gnonnas Pedro, The King Of Benin)

Gnonnas Sousou Pierre Kwasivi was born on the 10 of January 1943 in Cotonou, Benin.

Singing and playing music since his childhood, Gnonnas Pedro became in the 60’s one of the Beninese musical Kings (among with L’Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, Antoine Dougbe, Honore Avolonto or El Rego), and never stopped to play music beyond.

He led his own band in the 60’s, “Pedro y Sus Sanchos”, that later became “Gnonnas Pedro et ses Dadjes”.

Lover of the French language, he was strongly influenced by the French singer Charles Aznavour (he even recorded a cover of Aznavour’s song “Les Comediens” !).

From the 90’s to 2004, he was the singer of the interplanetary known Afro cuban band “Africando”, grouping of African Legends such as Boncana Maiga, Amadou Balake, Thione Seck, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Ismael Lo, Salif Keita or Koffi Olomide.

Known as “The man that speaks all African languages”, Pedro embraced many musical styles, including afrobeat, highlife, salsa, pachanga, juju or “Modern Agbadja” (an update og the traditional style of his home region, Lokassa).

Many of the tracks he composed are still big hits today, such as “Yiri Yiri Boum” (Afro Cuban Anthem) or “Von O Von Non” (Hymn of the Togolese national football team).

He died the 12 of August 2004, at the age in Cotonou, Benin.

Armand de Preseau – El Salsero
You can download this selection right here !
TRACKLIST :
1 – Pas De Petard
2 – Dadjê Von O Von Non (80’s version)
3 – I Feel Good
4 – How Much Love Naturally Cost
5 – Adigbedoto
6 – Yiri Yiri Bom
7 – Dadjê Von O Von Non (70’s version)
8 – La Musica En Verite
9 – Tu Es Tout Seul
10 – La Crocatuba
11 – Bon Anniversaire
12 – Finis Les Paves
I tried to present you all different genre played by Gnonnas, don’t hesitate to tell me if you enjoyed this selection !
Best regards,

Armand

This selection is dedicated to Jean, my cousin, who with we listened Gnonnas albums again and again and again. Miss you and think about you everyday, my little brother..