Liza Ngwa – Alima (Cameroun, 1980, Editions Drums)

Liza Ngwa was a folk singer and guitar player from Yaoundé (Cameroon), who released 2 albums in the 70’s.

She was also involved into different form of art (sculpture, dress-making, sport..) and cultural performances (theater performances, concerts..).

I decided to make you (re)discover “Alima”, a very unique folk song with psychedelic bikutsi and cadence reminiscences, taken from her second album recorded in 1980.

Liza Ngwa – Alima

Have a nice week,

Armand

Martin Brothers – The World Of Music (Nigeria, 1978, Hobby Records)

The Martins Brothers were a musical band from Port Harcourt (Nigeria), who released 4 albums in 70’s and a few singles.
The track presented here, “The World Of Music”, is taken from my favourite album from them – What an amazing sleeve design, isn’t it ?
Martin Brothers – The World Of Music
 Best regards,
Armand

Bonga – Ngila (Angola, 1982, Philips)

José – Bonga – Adelino Barceló de Carvalho, one the most famous musician from Angola, was born the 5th of September 1942 in Kpiri (Angola).

He has lived in Angola, Portugal and France, forced to regularly move in the 70’s because of his commitment in struggle for the independence of Angola (former Portuguese colony).

He has released more than 30 albums (his last album was recorded in 2016), and he’s still active today.

I decided to make you discover “Ngila”, a raw and melancholic song taken from my favourite album (his 6th album), “Kualuka Kuetu”.

Bonga – Ngila

Have a nice sunday,
Armand

Atangana Pascal et Les Supers Volcans – Amayang Wom (Cameroun, 197?, Disques Cousin)

Debut album released at the end of the 70’s by the Cameroonian musician Atangana Pascal, personal favourite Bikutsi album, no weak tracks !
Atangana Pascal et Les Supers Volcans – Amayang Wom
Happy Easter,
Armand

Theadora Ifudu – Four In A Tangle (Nigeria, 1980, Theagart Records)

Splendid Afro Soul track to finish this beautiful sunday by the Nigerian Diva Theadora Ifudu – Enjoy !!

Theaodra Ifudu – Four In A Tangle

See you next week,
Armand

Zao – Ancien Combattant (Republic of Congo, 1984, Black Music)

One of the biggest African Anthems by the Congolese Artist Casimir “Zao” Zoba, taken from his first album.
This version is actualy an adaptation from “Petit Imprudent”, a song written and composed in 1969 by the guitarist and singer Idrissa Soumaoro, but Idrissa never succeded in his claim.
There is also another cover of this song, recorded in 1973 by the Guinean band Balla Et Ses Balladins.
Zao – Ancien Combattant 
Best regards,
Armand

Ebo Taylor – You Need Love (Ghana, 1980, Essiebons)

Instant feel good track by Ebo Taylor, one of the most important and prolific musician, arranger, composer from Ghana.
He relased dozens and dozens of singles and albums with Ghanaian bands and by himself, from the 60’s up to now, and is still touring today all over the world and releasing albums and compilations.
This track “You Need Love”, is taken from his 5th album, “Conflict Nkru”, which is my personnal favourite.
Ebo Taylor and Uhuru Yenzu – You Need Love
Have a nice sunday evening,
Armand

Itadi – Ayala (Togo, 1977, Sonafric)

Itadi K. Bonney was a singer and guitarist, born in Anonoe village (Togo) in 1948.

This track, Ayala, is a pure gem of afrosoul, taken from his first album, recorded live in Ghana in 1977.

In the early 1990’s, he has to flee Togo for the United States because of a song he recorded, “Mayi Africa”, that was against the political situation in Togo.

He recorded there several albums on his own record label “Bonney I. Productions”, and toured in the United States, West Africa and Europe.

He died in 2013 in Washington DC.

Itadi – Ayala

Have a nice sunday,
Armand

Sebastien Marini – Fatou Bolingo (Congo, 197?, Sonafric)

Sebastien Marini was born on the 20th of January 1950 at Pointe-Noire (Congo-Brazzaville).
During his childhood, he learnt how to play music with the great Cameroonian producer Tino Baroza in Yaounde (Cameroon), then after with Gracia, the former drummer of the great congolese band Ryco-Jazz.
Arrived in Paris in 1969, he decided to travel to the United States in 1970 to try his luck.
Fatou Bolingo, the track presented here, is an interesting funky track with good breaks and solo guitar parts, taken from the only single I know from him !
Sebastien Marini – Fatou Bolingo
Regards,
Armand

Segun Bucknor – The Price Of Your Love (Nigeria, 1975, Afrodisia)

Following to this article, I wanted to make you rediscover for this sunday another high level afrobeat track by the Nigerian master Segun Bucknor, who greatly influenced Fela Kuti at the time, but who was unfortunately less known.
Segun Buknor – The Price Of Your Love
All the best,
Armand