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

Agbo Bruno Vikass – Ganvie (Togo, 1980s, Les Editions A.B.V.)

To begin this new year, I wanted to share with you “Ganvie“, a super obscure deep laid back mid tempo afro synth minimal electro tune recorded in the early 80s by the Togolese musician “Agbo Bruno Vikass” – Enjoy !

Agbo Bruno Vikass – Ganvie

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/VAy-m90AonY

All the best, & happy new year !

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

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

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