The Sea Lions – Akwa Idim (Nigeria, 1978, Clover Sound)

The Sea Lions was a one of those many military affiliated bands that formed in Eastern Nigeria area after the Biafra civil war that divided the country from 1967 to 1970.

They took their name from the logo of the Army Marine Commando unit the band was attached to.

I decided to make you rediscover “Akwa Idim“, a powerful psychedelic Afro rock track taken from their one and only ultra rare album, recorded in 1978 on the mythical Clover Sound record label – Enjoy !

The Sea Lions – Akwa Idim

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/iVgvdLf2n6I

Have a nice day,

Armand

Baligh Hamdi – Layali (Egypt, 1970s, La Voix du Globe)

Today, I decided to present you “Layali“, a deep and melancholic psychedelic Oriental track with hauntingly organ parts and beautiful voices by the Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi – Enjoy !

Baligh Hamdi – Layali

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

Have a really nice sunday,

Armand

Abeti Masikini – Beya Beya (Congo, 1976, Pathe Marconi)

Abeti Masikini was one of the most famous Congolese singer, born on the 9 of October 1951 in Kisangani (Democratic Republic of Congo, former Zaire).

After being graduated of a secretary diploma, she integrated the Congolese Ministry of Culture and Arts in 1969.

She started to become known in 1970 thanks to a singing contest on the National Congolese TV, toured in 1971 in many African countries (Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, Niger..), in Europe (she performed in France in 1973 at the Olympia Concert Hall in Paris, in Belgium..) and also in the United States 1974 at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York.

She recorded her first album in 1973 and around 20 others and dozens of singles after that.

She died on the 28th of September 1994 in Paris.

The song presented here, “Beya Beya“, is a splendid deep and melancholic Afro psych fusion track taken from the live album that was recorded on the 7 and 8 of April 1975 at the Olympia Concert Hall in Paris – Enjoy !

Abeti Masikini – Beya Beya

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/Q0gY9OreKsY

Have a nice sunny sunday,

Armand

Ousmane – Takandaout (Morocco, 1976, Mawel)

Ousmane (“Lightning”) was a band from Morocco who used to play Amazighe (berber tribe from North Africa) Gnawa music in the 70s.

Really setter for the time, the band was composed of 6 members : Ammuri M’barek, Said Bijaaden, Said Butrufin, Belaid el-Akkaf, Tarik el-Maaroufi and Lyazed Qorfi.

They recorded two singles in 1976, toured all around the country and performed a concert in Paris (France) at the Olympia Concert Hall on the 5 of February 1977 (that was also recorded on vinyl).

They splitted in 1978.

I decided to make you (re)discover the track “Takandaout”, one of their hits, a deep psych track with beautiful vocals, splendid violins, catchy guitar riffs and haunted organ parts – Enjoy !

Ousmane – Takandaout

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/F_NGH_49ixc

Have a nice week,

Armand

Troupe Gaston Hoareau – Mon Patrie Mon Boucé Manzé (La Reunion, 1976, P.C.R.)

The song presented here, “Mon Patrie Mon Boucé Manzé”, is a beautiful Deep and Raw Maloya track, a musical genre that mixes together traditionnal rhythms, Poetry and political Creole claims that was forbidden by the authorities in the island until 1981.

It that was one the first recordings from Daniel Hoareau (Or Danyèl Waro in Creole langage), one of the most famous musicians from La Reunion, who is still active nowadays, and it was recorded during the 4th congress of the Communist Political Party from Reunion Island in 1976 – Enjoy !

Troupe Gaston Hoareau – Mon Patrie Mon Boucé Manzé

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/0GcGkVgAZVc

Best Regards,

Armand

Coulibaly Tidiani – Sie Koumgolo (Burkina Faso, 1979, Sacodis)

 Coulibaly Tidiani, born on the 31th of December 1941 in Kankala town, was one of the most famous  singer from Burkina Faso (former Upper Volta) in the 70’s, as well as Amadou Balake.
He began his carrer in the 60’s playing with the Volta Jazz Orchestra, and founded his own band in the 70’s, the “Orchestre Dafra Star de Bobo-Dioulasso”, one of the most popular band at the time in the country.
He recorded three albums, and a few 7 inches records.
The song I wanted to present you today, “Sie Koumgolo”, an uplifting melancholic ballad with psychedelic guitars and wild piano parts, is taken from his last LP, recorded in 1979 in Ivory Coast.
Coulibaly Tidiani – Sie Koumgolo

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel : https://youtu.be/LQXeB6PsIUs

 Have a nice week,
Armand

Amadou Traore dit Balake – Bar Konon Mousso & other beautiful songs (Burkina Faso, 1974, Disques CVD)

Amadou Traore dit Balake is a burkinabé singer who recorded many songs from very different genre (mandingo rhythms, afrobeat, salsa, quiet balads, soukouss) and in many countries/cities all over the world (New york, Abidjan, Paris, Accra, Lagos..).
This beautiful 7 inch was recorded in 1969 with l’Orchestre Super Volta, in the country of Burkina Faso, on the great “La Compagnie Voltaique du Disque” label (CVD), known for its magical psych tracks.
This track deals with a musician (him, maybe ?), who performs every night at the Don Camillo Club. Each night, coming back from his show, this guy meets the same prostitute he is totally in love with, but the girl prefers to spend her night with white guys in Abidjan’s hotels, because they are rich, and musicians are poor (“Musicien c’est pas quelqu’un, tu es pauvre garçon”).
There are actually 2 different versions of this track (the lyrics are the same), because Amadou re-recorded it in the 70’s for one of his LP’s, out on the famous Ivory Coast’s SACODIS label, in an afrobeat way.
I definitely prefer the first quiet version, hope you’ll understand why (listen to this amazing hypnotic guitar..).
Amadou is still alive, and plays now with the famous Africando salsa band.

Amadou Balake – Bar Konou Mousso

 
As bonuses, two tracks :
To begin, here comes the other version of Bar Konou Mousso – the Afrobeat one – called Super Bar Konon Mousso.
Amadou Balake – Super bar Konon Mousso
Next, another song from Amadou Traore out on the CVD label, Johnny.
(all the copies of the Kambele ba / Johnny record I heard from now have the same pressing default, this Woush woush woush you can hear.. Shame but lovely in a way..)
Amadou Balake – Johnny
Enjoy !

Armand

Admiral Dele Abiodun and his top Hitters Band – 1000 Miles (Nigeria, 1982, Adawa Super Records)

Dele Abiodun is one of the most important figures of the Juju scene, a musical genre from Nigeria between Jazz, Highlife and Traditionnal music.
He was born in 1948 in Sobe (Nigeria), a town on the boundary between West and Mid-West Nigeria.
He made his first steps in music as a drummer in his school band, and studied music has a teenager in Accra (Ghana) at the Young Pioneer School of Music.
In 1970, he founded his band, Prince Admiral Dele Abiodun and His Top Hitters Band (influenced by musicians such as Cardinal Rex Lawson or I.K. Dairo), and recorded more than 20 albums from the 70’s to the 90’s.

He stills lives and performs in Nigeria today and he’s the president of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria.

For today, I decided to presend you “1000 Miles”, an incredible track showing that Juju music can sometimes be as bouncing as Afrobeat does – Enjoy !

Admiral Dele Abiodun and his top Hitters Band – 1000 Miles
See you soon,
Armand

ADP022 – Anadolu Mysteries – A Trip into the Psychedelic Turkish Musical scene of the 70’s

Hi Everyone !

It’s been a long, too long time without selections !
Sincerely sorry for that, im working a lot at the moment on something I can’t talk.. I was also digging, cleaning and organizing my records, and, also, very busy with my job (that is faaar away with records !)
So today we travel to the beautiful country of Anatolia (Anadolu) – also known as Turkey today – with a selection of 20 tracks taken from several 7 inches from my collection.
Hope you’ll enjoy this trip into the Turkish Psychedelic scene of the 70’s through those Rock, Jazz, Disco and Groovy Fuzzy tracks..
Armand de Preseau – Anadolu Mysteries
You can download this selection here !
See you soon for a next selection,
Armand

ADP021 – Douala Express – A Cameroonese Afrobeat, Jerk and Mako Funk Selection

Hi dear readers !!!
It’s been a while !! I’m very proud to present you my new selection, another Cameroonese one, of Afrobeat, Jerk and Mako Funk tracks ! Hope you’ll enjoy them, those tracks are taken from unknown or ultra hard to find records !
Armand de Preseau – Douala Express

You can download this selection here !

(Sorry, no tracklist this time..)

All the best, and see you very soon !!!
Sincerely yours,
Armand