Balla et ses Balladins – Samba (Guinea, 1972, Editions Syliphone Conakry)

Samba” is a very well known traditional folk song from the Wassoulou area (situated between Ivory Coast, Guinea and Mali), adapted here by the national legendary “Balla et ses Balladins” Guinean orchestra, leaded by Balla Onivogui.

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 different musical styles, were recording during from the 70s to the 80s, to traditional from afro rock and funk way – Hope you’ll enjoy this one !!

Balla et ses Balladins – Samba

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

Take care,

Armand

Ousmane Kouyaté Et Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux – Kefimba (Guinea Conakry, 1983, Musique Mondiale)

Ousmane Kouyaté is a composer, arranger and musician (balafon and guitar player) born in 1950 in Dabola (Guinea Conakry).

He released 5 albums, and played with many great African musicians, such as Salif Keïta, Kante Manfila, Cheikh Tidiane Seck or Mory Kante (he played the guitar on the African hit “Mandjou” with the Malian band “Les Ambassadeurs”) and played in the very well known “Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux” among with Salif Keïta (Mali) and Kante Manfila (Guinea Conakry).

The track I wanted to present you today, “Kefimba”, is a storming long afro funk track with crazy synth and furious guitar parts taken from the second album of Ousmane Kouyaté, recorded in 1983 in Mali with Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux.

Ousmane Kouyaté Et Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux – Kefimba

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/y9RjY-R2FU4

See you soon,

Armand