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
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,
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
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.
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
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..
You can download this Selection here !
1 – Ignace de Souza et L’Orchestre Black Santiago – Paulina
2 – Orchestre Blacks Dragons de Cotonou – Se Djro
3 – Vincent Ahehehinnou – Kourougninda Wende
4 – Orchestre Anos Band de Parakou – Alassane Koda Maradi
5 – Orchestre Blacks Dragons de Cotonou – E Sa F’aiye
6 – Gnonnas Pedro y sus panchos de Cotonou – L’indomptable Gnonnas Pop
7 – Orchestre Anos band de Parakou – boro non andou nan
8 – D’almeida Blucky et L’orchestre Black Santiago – Les Nanes
9 – Melome Clement Et L’Orchestre Poly Rythmo – La Fin De L’Ete
10 – El Rego – Divogny Din Ton Le
It’s a loong time we didn’t seen each other uh ?
Here comes a special Mix of some of my personal favourite Afro songs sung in french, for your ears only ; ) – Enjoy !
Armand de Preseau – Kribi Kribi Twist
You can download this selection here !
2 – Innovation – Le Lycee
3 – D’Almeida Blucky & Les Blacks Santiagos – Les Nanes
4 – Le Tout Puissant Orchestre Du Poly Rythmo – Ecoute Ma Melodie
5 – El Rego & Ses Commandos De Cotonou -Dis Moi Oui
6 – Gnonnas Pedro – Finis Les Paves