Ofo The Black Company – Allah Wakbarr (Nigeria, 1972, London Records)

For today, and following to this former post, I wanted to share with you “Allah Wakbarr“, an uptempo psychedelic Afro Rock track recorded in 1972 by the nigerian band Ofo The Black Company – Enjoy !

Ofo The Black Company – Allah Wakbarr

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/UB60LDM-20A

Have a nice day,

Armand de Preseau

Omar Khorshid – Beyni Ou Beynak (Lebanon, 1978, Voice Of Lebanon)

Favourite cover by the great Omar Khorshid of this all time Oriental classic tune, composed by the Rahbani Brothers, Beyni Ou Beynak (Me and You) is a very sweet and quiet ballad, with electric guitar, piano and mind-blowing organ parts – Close your eyes, and enjoy !
Omar Khorshid – Beyni Ou Beynak

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

Best regards,

Armand de Preseau

Edip Akbayram & Dostlar – Yakar Inceden Inceden (Turkey, 1973, Sayan)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Yakar Inceden Inceden“, a psychedelic Rock Fuzz track from Edip Akbayram, one of my favourite Turkish composer, backed here with his band “Dostlar” – Enjoy !

Edip Akbayram & Dostlar – Yakar Inceden Inceden

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/O5c2qSfY8K8

All the best,

Armand de Preseau

Amadou Traore dit Balake – Bar Konou 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 psyché 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 Balake – Bar Konou Mousso

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/v2UjruuRWCg
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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 de Preseau

Orchestre Rail Band – Moko-Diolo (Mali, 1973, RCAM)

Following to this post, i wanted to share with you for today “Moko-Diolo“, a powerful Afro Jerk Funk track taken from the second single released in 1973 by the Malian orchestra “Orchestre Rail Band” from this band that Salif Keita, Mory Kanté & Tidiani Koné were part of – Enjoy !

State-sponsored by the national railroad Malian Company (it explains the name of the band), Le Rail Band was the most powerful Malian orchestra, that released more than ten LP’s and many 7′ from the 70’s to the late 80’s.
The Rail Band’s leader was the great Tidiani Koné, an outstanding musician who was also a griot (a kind of religious leader/ influent personality), who decided to give his chance at this time to a young albino singer, Salif Keita, that would become world famous in the future.

Orchestre Rail Band – Moko-Diolo

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/XHzR4n0OLIU

Best regard,

Armand de Preseau

Elias Rahbani – Lover’s Lane (Lebanon, 1974, Parlophone Voix de L’Orient Series)

Elias Rahbani, from Lebanon, is the youngest of the three Rahbani Brothers, well known for their contribution to the Lebanese – and more, Oriental – music scene.
His two older brothers, Assi and Mansour Rahbani, also known as “The Rahbani Brothers” (which Elias wasn’t be part of) were composers and songwriters, famous for their work with the Lebanese Diva, Fairuz (who was the wife of Assi).
Elias composed of over 700 songs, both in Eastern and Western styles.

This album is the 2nd volume of his masterpiece, “Mosaic of The Orient“, considered by many as Elias best album, a very eclectic instrumental record, with some psychedelic organ and bouzouk parts, oriental jazz and hip hoppy beats.

The cover art is designed by Nabil Mourani, who designed my favourite Oriental record covers (remember Babylon Mood by Munir Bachir ? That was him also !).

I decided to share with you “Lover’s Lane“, a beautiful melancholic organ ballad with a little psychedelic touch – Enjoy !
Elias Rahbani – Lover’s Lane

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/xhYC1Ca7UCQ

Have a nice sunday,

Armand de Preseau

The Identicals – Akwa Kayi Ji Bia Nuwa (Nigeria, 1977, Emi Nigeria)

The Identicals was a Nigerian band composed by two twins brothers, Peter (Bass) and Paul (Guitar) State, who played around Lagos clubs and studios (as backing members for other musicians) back in the 70’s.
The song presented here, “Akwa Kayi Ji Bia Nuwa” is taken from their one and only album, “Rock Exponent“, and is a sublime example of the local Psychedelic Afro Rock scene back in the Nigeria of the 70s.
The title of this song could be translated (in Igbo language) as “We Come Into This World Crying” – Enjoy !
The Identicals – Akwa Kayi Ji Bia Nuwa

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/EgiQZmHG9Nk

Take a good care of you,

Armand de Preseau

Djelmani Mahfoud – El Wahat (Algeria, 1982, Ministère de l’Information et de la Culture)

For today, I wanted to share with you”El Wahat“, an incredible psychedelic blend of Jazz, Fusion, Gnawa, Oriental & Bossa Nova influences, taken from an ultra rare & never commercialized boxset, edited in the early 80s by the Algerian Ministry of Culture & Information, and intended to be offered to a few Diplomats in order to promote the local musical scene – Enjoy !

Djelmani Mahfoud – El Wahat

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/xKDs0E0xI-E

Best regards,

Armand de Preseau

Thomas Fok – Salamender (Cameroon, 1970s, Sonafric)

For today, I wanted to share with you”Salamender“, one of my Cameroonian secret weapon, an incredible psychedelic Afrobeat Funk Rock track with dope organ parts & nervous guitar riffs, recorded in the 70s by Thomas Fok aka Tom Dollar and his band “Les Ducs” – Enjoy !

Thomas Fok – Salamender

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/zKQ94w9poC4

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