Bell’A Njoh – Ebolo (Cameroun, SOH, 1978)

Today, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite secret dancefloor weapon, a track from Bell’a Njoh, a Cameroonian artist native of Douala and a friend of mine who passed away a few years ago..

Bell’A Njoh was, with Nkotti François and his Black Styls, one of the father of the Makossa, a musical genre from the city of Douala, and he recorded several albums from the 70s to the 90s.

Ebolo“, the track presented here, is a unique Tropical Afro Disco Boogie song with crazy synths, taken from his first albums and that always set on fire all the dancefloors when I play it – Enjoy !!

Bell’A Njoh – Ebolo

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/6UHpU0RiyMQ

Best regards,

Armand

Akaeze’s International Band – It’s Tough To Be Rich (Nigeria, 1978, Afrodisia)

The Akaeze’s International Band from Nigeria was leaded by Eric “Showboy” Akaeze, a musician converted very early to the Afrobeat musical genre that he made his own version called “Ikoto Rock“.

Originally from the Delta State (Mid-West region of Nigeria), Akaeze moved to Lagos as a fairly young man and played for a while in Bobby Benson’s famous band and founded a few times after his first band, The Royal Ericos, and then recorded several albums with different groups as The Akaeze’s International Band or The Azagas.

The track I wanted to make you rediscover today, “It’s Tough To Be Rich“, is an awesome 9 minutes long kick ass deep Afrobeat track – Enjoy !!

The Akaeze’s International Band – It’s Tough To Be Rich

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

Have a nice week,

Armand

Daniel Forestal & Thibault Freydy Doressamy – Ace Mal Pale Moin (Guadeloupe, 1970s, Ssamy FT)

Super obscure Gwo Ka Jazzy Biguine track from this combo from Guadeloupe island (French West Indies), hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !!

Daniel Forestal & Thibault Freydy Doressamy – Ace Mal Pale Moin

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/l03_cNqXb6Q

See you soon,

Armand

Jean-Claude Vinson – RN7 (Madagascar, 2013, Self-production)

Jean-Claude Vinson is a Madagascan guitarist and singer, born in 1958 and who released 2 albums surrounded by the best musicians of the island, as Sylvin Marc or Jean Emilien Rakotonandrasana.

Strongly influenced by his idol Carlos Santana, he learnt to play the guitar by himself, and his music is a unique mixture of Rock, Traditionnal Madagascan Rhythms, Folk and Jazz music.

He lives between Madagascar and the south of France, and is also strongly involved into environmental care and Madagascan politics.

He also militates for the defense and recognition of the primitive people “Mikea” of Madagascar, a tribe of hunter-gatherers who live in the Mikea Forest, on the South of the Island.

He’s currently working on his next album, that will be out next year.

I decided to make you discover “RN7“, the first track of his second album “Blue Bird“, a perfect example of the musical genre he managed to create, halfway between tradition and modernity – Enjoy !

Jean-Claude Vinson – RN7

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

Feel free to contact me if you want to buy the “Blue Bird” album, all the benefits goes straight to the artist !

(You can also purchase the album here : https://www.discogs.com/fr/sell/item/801188260,all the benefits will also be redistribute to the artist).

Best regards,

Armand

Orchestre Rail Band – Marabayasa (Mali, 1973, RCAM)

Hi everyone !
Today, I decided to make you (re)discover one of the great African Orchestra, from the Mystical country of Mali : L’Orchestre Rail Band du Buffet Hotel de la Gare de Bamako, also nicknamed Le Rail Band.
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.
Here is the track “Marabayasa” (Mariba Yasa or Marba Yassah), an outsanding track taken from the first album of the band, driven by Mamadou Bagayoko‘s devastating drums, Alfred Coulibaly‘s savage saxophone and Salif Keita‘s holy voice – Enjoy !

Orchestre Rail Band – Marabayasa

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/BCBM6XDi9HI

Take care,

Armand

Picture Artwork from my friend Faud from Les Mains Noires

Baligh Hamdy – Mawal (Egypt, 1973, Soutelphan)

Following to this article, I wanted to share with you “Mawal“, another short but beautiful early 70s Oriental surf track a la Omar Khorshid with sweets violin and flute parts from the Egyptian master Baligh Hamdy – Enjoy !!

Baligh Hamdy – Mawal

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/N6LHPLp6Tfw

Have a nice week !

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

N’Draman Blintch – I First U Last (Armand de Preseau Edit) (Nigeria, 1979, Cosmic Sounds)

N’Draman Blintch was an artist from Nigeria who released three auto-produced obscure albums at the end of the 70s, and who was one of those very few precursors that experimented cosmic vintage synths in Africa back in 70s, as William Onyeabor also did.

I decided to present you an edit I made of “I First U Last“, the last track of his first album, a catchy cosmic Afro Funk track with crazy organ parts – Enjoy !

N’Draman Blintch – I First U Last (Armand de Preseau Edit)

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/u4JhFoC4Fqk

Or on my Soundcloud page here : https://soundcloud.com/armand_de_preseau/ndraman-blintch-i-first-u-last-armand-de-preseau-edit

Have a nice sunday,

Armand

Jeancky – Protestation (Armand de Preseau Extended Edit) (Haiti, 1977, Troubadour Musical Productions)

For today, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite Haitian songs (French West Indies) and taken from the second album from the singer and guitarist Jeancky.

This song, “Protestation“, is a deep protest folk song sung in French and Creole, full of poetry, with awesome Guitar, Violins, Congas and Vibraphone parts. I decided to share with you an extended edit I did of the track, mixing vocal and instrumental parts, because this song was way too beautiful to be presented in a short way – Enjoy !

Jeancky – Protestation (Armand de Preseau Extended Edit)

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/6LS-6VRlrMM

Or on my Soundcloud page here : https://soundcloud.com/armand_de_preseau/protestation-armand-de-preseau-extended-instrumental-edit

Have a nice week end,

Armand

Fangool – Nianing (Senegal, 1979, Discafrique Records)

Fangool was an obscure band from Senegal that released an only album in 1979. It was composed by :

Alioune Agbo (Lead guitar)

El Hadj Thiam (Bass guitar and drums)

Pap Camara (Saxophone and Clarinette)

Pap Samb (Lead vocal)

Fatou Kine N’Diaye (Lead vocal)

Max Dia (Lead Vocal and drums)

I decided to make you discover “Nianing“, a splendid 7min long deep track sung in Mbalax with awesome psychedelic fuzz guitar riffs – Enjoy !!

Fangool – Nianing

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/9JzBf7hq3X0

Best regards,

Armand