Abeti Masikini – Beya Beya (Congo, 1976, Pathe Marconi)

Abeti Masikini was one of the most famous Congolese singer, born on the 9 of October 1951 in Kisangani (Democratic Republic of Congo, former Zaire).

After being graduated of a secretary diploma, she integrated the Congolese Ministry of Culture and Arts in 1969.

She started to become known in 1970 thanks to a singing contest on the National Congolese TV, toured in 1971 in many African countries (Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, Niger..), in Europe (she performed in France in 1973 at the Olympia Concert Hall in Paris, in Belgium..) and also in the United States 1974 at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York.

She recorded her first album in 1973 and around 20 others and dozens of singles after that.

She died on the 28th of September 1994 in Paris.

The song presented here, “Beya Beya“, is a splendid deep and melancholic Afro psych fusion track taken from the live album that was recorded on the 7 and 8 of April 1975 at the Olympia Concert Hall in Paris – Enjoy !

Abeti Masikini – Beya Beya

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/Q0gY9OreKsY

Have a nice sunny sunday,

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

Freddy et Le Ricco Jazz – Dark Night (Republic of Congo, 1973, Sonafric)

One of the few and early singles from the great Congolese composer Freddy Kebano, “Dark Night” was recorded with the “Ryco-Jazz” band (misspelled here as “Ricco Jazz”) that imported Congolese Rumba in the French Antilles in the late 60’s and that will greatly contribute to the evolution of Martinican music.

Hope you will like this early afro jerk track !

Freddy et le Ricco Jazz – Dark Night

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel : https://youtu.be/WyQ24wtXww0

Have a nice evening,

Armand

Siassia And Talk (Republic of Congo, 198?, Private Press)

For today, I wanted to present you a super obscure one and only 12 inches 4 track EP recorded in the 80’s in Paris by the Congolese artist Albert Siassa, originary from Pointe-Noire.

I decided to make you discover “Escale (Bolingo)”, a nice #Afro Boogie track recorded with drum machines – but the whole EP is great and in the same vein !!

Siassia & Talk – Escale (Bolingo)

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

Best regards,

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

Spiritual Singers “Ntsamina” – Kimia (Republic of the Congo, 1983, Not on Label)

The band Spiritual Singers Ntsamina (Spiritual Singers of the Light) was founded the 10 of October 1980 in Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo) by a group of christian teenagers from 13 to 24 years old.

The band was composed by :

Guitar Solo : Sylvain Loudi

Rhythm Guitar : Albert Loudi

Bass Guitar : Pierre Diakossama

Organ : Théodore Mbouaka

Drums : Samuel Ossama

Solo Vocals : Berthe Loudi, Samuel Ossama, Albert Loudi

Backing Vocals : Jeanne Nzibou, Berthe Loudi, Thomas Nsikouvoue, Albert Loudi, Aimérence Loulendo, Bernadette Mbemba Nlandou, Sylvain Loudi

The track presented here, “Kimia”, is a disco boogie christian gospel UFO-esque song taken from their one and only album recorded in 1983 – Enjoy !

Spiritual Singers “Ntsamina” – Kimia

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/ZTBZyvCq2jg

Best regards,

Armand

Samba Mascott – Mwana Angola (Congo, 1976, Sonafric)

Joseph Samba “Mascott” Mayanguila was a Congolese singer, born the 15 of August 1943 in the country of Loumou (Republic of Congo).

He played in several famous national orchestras such as “Les Bantous de la Capitale” (former musicians from Orchestre TP OK Jazz and Orchestre Rock-a-Mambo) or “Orchestre National du Congo” (read this article for more informations), and also released a few singles and albums by himself.
He died the 10 of April 1991 in Brazzaville, at the age of 48.
I selected for you “Mwana Angola”, a deep acoustic track track he released in 1976 on a Congolese compilation destinate to promote the Samay record Edition.
Samba Mascott – Mwana Angola
 Have a nice sunday evening,
Armand

Sebastien Marini – Fatou Bolingo (Congo, 197?, Sonafric)

Sebastien Marini was born on the 20th of January 1950 at Pointe-Noire (Congo-Brazzaville).
During his childhood, he learnt how to play music with the great Cameroonian producer Tino Baroza in Yaounde (Cameroon), then after with Gracia, the former drummer of the great congolese band Ryco-Jazz.
Arrived in Paris in 1969, he decided to travel to the United States in 1970 to try his luck.
Fatou Bolingo, the track presented here, is an interesting funky track with good breaks and solo guitar parts, taken from the only single I know from him !
Sebastien Marini – Fatou Bolingo
Regards,
Armand

Orchestre Super Mazembe – Samba (Kenya, 1982, Virgin)

The Orchestre Super Mazembe was a very popular band in Nairobi (Kenya) in the 80’s, as known on the Lingala Kenyan scene as Les Mangelepa and Baba Gaston.


The band was formed in Zaire in 1967 by Mutonkole Longwa Didos, and was called “Super Vox” at the time, but changed its name to Orchestra Super Mazembe when the members moved to Nairobi in 1974.

 The members decided to split in 1985, after more than 5 albums and several singles recorded.

Orchestre Super Mazembe – Samba

Have a nice sunday,

Armand

Les Cheveux Crepus – Pere Eternel Mette Moin En Haut (Congo, 1960’s, Fidsound)

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Founded in Brazzaville (Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1960 by Jacques Loubelo, Les Cheveux Crepus was a Christian Afro Folk band composed by Jacques Loubelo, Prosper Nkouri, Kinouani Kazis, Maxime Kibongui, May Yarkos and Bruno Ntelassamou.

The track presented here, “Pere Eternel Mette Moin En Haut” is taken from their first LP – Enjoy !

Les Cheveux Crepus – Pere Eternel Mette Moin En Haut

Have a nice day,
Armand