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 :

Have a nice day !

Armand de Preseau

Jean Mary Tacko – Vovo Gbala (Ivory Coast, 1980, Papa Disco)

Taken from the one-and-only album recorded in the 80s by the obscure artist Jean Mary Tacko from Ivory Coast, “Vovo Gbala” is a great Afro Boogie Disco track that I wanted to make you discover today – Enjoy !!

Jean Mary Tacko – Vovo Gbala

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here :

All the best,


Jean Guehi – Pantalon Craque (Ivory Coast, 1984, GD Productions)


Following to this New Year’s Eve, I wanted to make you discover a track from Jean Gnamaka Guehi,  a singer from Ivory Coast.

“Pantalon craque” (“ripped pants”), the track presented here, is a kind of digital afrobeat with funny lyrics talking about used clothes – Enjoy !

Jean Guehi – Pantalon Craque

I wish you the best for 2017 !