Mohamed Abdelwahab – Alqafila (Egypt, 1974, Cairophon, LPCXG 111)

Today, I decided to make you rediscover “Alqafila“, a particular song in the oriental catalogue of the Egyptian 20th century legend Mohamed Abdelwahab that doesn’t sounds like his other tracks, a beautiful orchestral track with magnificent violin, organ and oud parts – Enjoy !!

Mohamed Abdelwahab – Alqafila

You can also listen to this track on my #Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/lUt36ABp0JI

Regards,

Armand

Les Fantaisistes du Carrefour – Yoyo (Haiti, 1970s, Celini Disques, CEL 112)

Les Fantaisistes du Carrefour” was a famous band from #Haiti (French West Indies), that released a dozen of albums and singles in the 60s and the 70s.

For today, I decided to share with you “Yoyo“, a very interesting track sung in Creole mixing Jazz, Bossa Nova and Jerk influences – Enjoy !

Les Fantaisistes du Carrefour – Yoyo

You can also listen to this track on my #Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/DAGbUyN5Ewk

Have a nice sunday,

Armand

Medjahed Hamid – Lebghi (Algeria, 1970s, DDA)

Thachemlithe” is an obscure compilation of several Kabyle (Berber people from the mountains of Algeria) artists, privately pressed in Algeria in the 70s.

I decided to share with you today “Lebghi“, an outstanding track from Medjahed Hamid with beautiful guitar parts and haunting voices – Enjoy !!

Medjahed Hamid – Lebghi

You can also listen it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/Uhhqtg2CAxY

Best regards,

Armand

Lucien Sanzouango – Soul Mimbo (Brougé) (Cameroun, 1978, Le Kiosque d’Orphee)

Lucien Sanzouango was an obscure Cameroonian artist who released only two singles at the end on the 70s, including this one that he autoproduced on the mythical french record label “Le Kiosque d’Orphee“, this little Parisian shop founded in the 50s by Georges Batard and where every artists could go to press their songs on vinyl.

I devided to share with with you today “Soul Mimbo“, a minimal disco track with cosmic vibes – Enjoy !!

Lucien Sanzouango – Soul Mimbo (Brougé)

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/m1zhK4HGWlI

Best regards,

Armand

Mantra – Baile Mi Hermano (Martinique, 1970s, Hit Parade)

Mantra was a quite obscure band from the city of Fort-de-France (Martinique, in the French West Indies) that released only one album in the late 70s.

The band was composed by :

Julian Martin (Piano, organ, guitar)
Anison Rabess (Bass, vocals)
David Laville (2nd guitar)
Algernon Rabess (Guitar, vocals)
Alex Larocque (Drums, vocals)
Janet Azzouz (Vocals)
Archie James (Trumpet)
Leon Knibbs (Percussion)

I wanted to make you rediscover today “Baile Mi Hermano“, an incredible and irresistible West Indian Guaguanco track, one of my favorite of the genre – Enjoy !!!

Mantra – Baile Mi Hermano

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/N_FynG0WjEY

Best regards,

Armand

Liber et Andoche Gentile – Amour d’Un Negre (Guadeloupe, 1961, Disques Debs)

Firmin “Andoche” Gentille and Jean “Liber” Gentille were two brothers and musicians native of Guadeloupe, French West Indies.

They played in several bands in the 50s and the 60s, but released only one 4-tracks single together in the early 60s.

The song presented here, “Amour d’un Negre“, is a beautiful melancholic bolero with jazz influences that I wanted to make you rediscover – Enjoy !!

Liber et Andoche Gentile – Amour d’un Negre

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

Best regards,

Armand

Obiba Colins Marfo – Owuo Yi (Ghana, 1979, BHM)

Obiba Collins Marfo was an artist from Ghana that played in the famous Vis-a-Vis band, who backed Alhaji Kwesi Frimpong on several albums and who recorded a few albums himself.

Owuo Yi“, the track I decided to present you today, is taken from his first album and is a 16min long pure Ghanaian joyful jewel, in the same vein of Alhaji K Frimpong or Ebo Taylor best songs – Enjoy !

Obiba Collins Marfo – Owuo Yi

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/TKXpczl0T6s

Have a nice week,

Armand

Coulouce – Angela (Mauritius, 1971, Damoo)

Jean-Pierre Mohabeer was a Mauritian singer, one of the legends of the Sega (an important musical genre from the Indian Ocean).

He renamed himself “Coulouce” in the 60s to make his debuts as an amateur singer in the “Baie du Tombeau” region on the island of Mauritius, where he worked as a waiter in a hotel.

Street singer, he met on the road other musicians, with whom he formed at the begining of the 70s his first Orchestra, “Los Creolos“, to animate bals, dancings and weddings. With this Orchestra, he recorded his first singles (Sega Goblet, Angela, Soul Sega) that quickly became great hits on the island.

The divorce with his wife will be the beginning of his fall. He began to drink, and went for oblivion deep in glasses. A descent into hell in the bars, until his meeting with Anecy who became his second wife and helped him up the slope.

In 1992, he made an astonishing comeback with the K7 “Coulouce vine encore“, followed by another in 1994, “Séga socolat“. At the same time, he recorded the CD “Sega seggae” and the album “Coulouce” in 1994.

The singer, who then fell back into oblivion, died a few years ago, on February 2005.

I decided to make you rediscover “Angela“, a sweet deep Sega song – Enjoy !

Coulouce – Angela

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/MvuisZG7b50

Have a nice day,

Armand

Munir Bachir – Fouk Ennakhl (Iraq, 1974, Pathe Marconi)

Munir Bachir was an Iraqi musician, native of the city of Mossoul.

He began the Aoud (6 strings lute from Iraq) play at 5 years old and became teacher of this instrument at the Musical School of Bagdad at 15 years old.

He militate all his life in favor of the recognition of the Aoud in the Middle East, considering it as a more advanced musical instrument than the mandolin or the sitar.

He toured a lot in Europe (France, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany..)  before going back in Orient in the 70s, and recorded a many albums.

The song I wanted to present you today, “Fouk Ennakhl“, is a perfect crossover of Oriental and Occidental musical influences with sweets melancholic piano and violin parts that remind the recordings of the famous Rahbani Brothers from Lebanon – Enjoy !!

Munir Bachir – Fouk Ennakhl

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/MmXVqqdDfp8

Have a nice Sunday,

Armand

ADP003 – Yaounde, Douala, Bafia, Bonaberi, Kribi : Psych Records From Cameroun

Hi everyone !

“Au menu cette semaine” : a little special mix of 5 Cameroonian Psych songs, some of them taken from pretty good records digged during my last trip there – no tracklisting this time, for your ears only – Hope you’ll enjoy it !
You can download this mix here !
See you soon dear readers !
With love,
Armand