Assa Cica & L’Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Yokpo Wa Non Kpo Ha mi (Benin, 1970s, Echos Sonores du Benin / Grataidisc)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Yokpo Wa Non Kpo Ha mi“, a powerful Afro Funk Soukous track with powerful horns & frenetic guitar parts, recorded in the late 70s by the Beninese artist Michel “Assa Cica” Agadjan Kpodan, driven by the voice of the legendary singer Eskill Lohento and backed by his almighty Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Enjoy !

Assa Cica & L’Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Yokpo Wa Non Kpo Ha mi

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/4q0uN3AJrmk

Have a nice Wednesday, see you on next Sunday for another musical (re)discover !

Armand de Preseau

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