De Frank Junior and the Professional Diggit Ways – Dankasa (Ghana, 1978, Societe Ivoirienne du Disque)

De Frank Kakrah was a musician from Ghana who played with several bands in the 70s, such as K. Frimpong Cubano Fiestas, The Barbecues, Okukuseku’s No.2 Guitar Band, Samdan’s 8 and his own band, De Frank Professionals.

He recorded several albums, including the one presented here “Jamaican Sounds“, recorded in Ivory Coast when he was employed as a band musician at the “Enuh Hotel”.

De Frank Junior and the Professional Diggit Ways were composed of :

De Frank Junior : Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals, Vocal Barking, Congas, Marracas.

Riky Ammed : Organ Synthesizer.

Joe Amanor : Lead Guitar.

Sammy Cropper Lee : Bass.

I decided to make you (re)discover “Dankasa”, a nervous Afrobeat track sung in English with catchy organ and guitar gimmicks – Enjoy !

De Frank Junior and the Professional Diggit Ways – Dankasa

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/n2aBf5ZfzdA

Have a nice Sunday,

Armand.

Fania Basse Terrienne – Fania Basse Terrienne (Guadeloupe, 1970, Duli Disc)

Fania Basse Terrienne was a combo from Guadeloupe (French West Indies), leaded by the trumpeter and composer Astasie Philogene and composed by several great musicians from the bests bands of the island such as Les Aiglons, Typical Combo, Super Combo and Les Players.

The track presented here, “Fania Basse Terrienne“, is taken from their one and only album recorded live in 1970 and is an awesome hommage to the famous “Fania All Stars” latin band of Johnny Pacheco – Enjoy !

Fania Basse Terrienne – Fania Basse Terrienne

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/2E5vmcntg0M

Have a nice sunday,

Armand

Randa – Vive L’Amour (Lebanon, 1966, Parlophone Voix de l’Orient Series)

Randa was a Lebanese singer and actress who released a few singles in the mid 60s and in the early 70s.

The track presented here, “Vive L’amour“, is one of the song compiled on an Egyptian record released in 1966 and is a very innovative for the time, mixing Oriental rhythms and Occidental Jerk influences – Enjoy !

Randa – Vive L’Amour

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/185yh7Pho94

Have a nice sunday evening,

Armand

Gwakasonné – Lovli (Guadeloupe, 1987, GKS)

Gwakasonne was a band from Guadeloupe island, composed by several great Jazz and Gwo Ka players such as José Bellerose and Edmony Krater, and leaded by Roger Oumaou.

They recorded 3 albums together in the 80’s, that are really hard to find nowadays.

The track presented here, “Lovli“, is taken from “Temwen“, their last album recorded in 1987, and is a great example of the unique kind of music they used to play, a perfect blend of Gwo Ka and Spiritual Jazz elements – Enjoy !

Gwakasonne – Lovli

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/83nJW5jzRRQ

Have a nice week end,

Armand

Derrick Harriott and The Chariot Riders – Float On (Jamaica, 1977, Crystal Records)

For today, I decided to make you rediscover the song “Float On“, originally recorded in 1977 by The Floaters (a band from Detroit), but that the Jamaican artist Derrick Harriott covered the same year with his band The Chariot Riders on his own “Crystal Records” label.

The result is a superior alternate Island version, a blend of Soul, Ska and Reggae, exactly the kind of Lovers Rock I like – Enjoy !

Derrick Harriott and The Chariot Riders – Float On

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

Best regards,

Armand

Floyd Lloyd Seivright – Check Out Your Mind (Jamaica, 1983, Tropic)

For today, I decided to make you rediscover a Reggae Disco track recorded in 1983 by the very well known Jamaican singer Floyd Lloyd, typically the kind of West Indian musical “Discolypso” mixed genre I like – Hope you’ll enjoy it too !!

Floyd Lloyd – Check Out Your Mind

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/GK5pFs83g6Q

Have a nice week end,

Armand

Tina – N’Goumbe (Gabon, 1976, Pathe-Marconi EMI)

Tina was a very obscure Gabonese singer who released an album and a single at the age of 18 years old in 1976, in the same vein of Myriam Makeba, Anne-Marie Nzie or Abeti.

I decided to make you discover “N’Goumbe“, a beautiful Folk track with melancholic guitar arrangements – Enjoy !

Tina – N’Goumbe

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/VQTFs5Xinwk

Have a nice week,

Armand

Ozobby Horn – Happy Joe (Nigeria, 1977, JBC)

Ozobby Horn was a very obscure band from Nigeria composed of three musicians that only released one and only very hard to find album, “Born To Move On”, before they totally disappear from the musical scene.

Among the 7 tracks that this LP contains , I decided to make you discover my favourite one, “Happy Joe”, a slow Afro Rock and Soul track with Fuzzy guitars and melancholic vocals – Enjoy !

Ozobby Horn – Happy Joe

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/35DocQJnhKo

Happy new year, I wish you the best for 2018 !

Armand

Ousmane Kouyaté Et Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux – Kefimba (Guinea Conakry, 1983, Musique Mondiale)

Ousmane Kouyaté is a composer, arranger and musician (balafon and guitar player) born in 1950 in Dabola (Guinea Conakry).

He released 5 albums, and played with many great African musicians, such as Salif Keïta, Kante Manfila, Cheikh Tidiane Seck or Mory Kante (he played the guitar on the African hit “Mandjou” with the Malian band “Les Ambassadeurs”) and played in the very well known “Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux” among with Salif Keïta (Mali) and Kante Manfila (Guinea Conakry).

The track I wanted to present you today, “Kefimba”, is a storming long afro funk track with crazy synth and furious guitar parts taken from the second album of Ousmane Kouyaté, recorded in 1983 in Mali with Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux.

Ousmane Kouyaté Et Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux – Kefimba

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/y9RjY-R2FU4

See you soon,

Armand

El Hadrmy and L’Orchestre National de Mauritanie – Kamlat (Mauritania, 1973, Morico Records)

Hello Everyone !

To end this week, I wanted to make you discover “Kamlat”, one song taken the first single of one of the most famous Mauritanian Singer, El Hadrmy, and his band, L’Orchestre National de Mauritanie.

This single is really rare and very hard to find (200 singles were pressed at the time !), one of the very few records from Mauritania.

The song presented here is a deep and slow psychedelic ballad that turns nervous from the middle of the track – hope you’ll like it !

El Hadrmy and L’Orchestre National de Mauritanie – Kamlat

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

Have a nice sunday evening,

Armand