Ofege – You Say No (Nigeria, 1973, EMI Nigeria)

OFEGE was a 70s psychedelic Rock band from Nigeria, composed of teenage students of the St. Gregory’s College of Lagos.

Led by Melvin Ukachi & largely influenced by artists such as Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck or Jimmy Page, they recorded 4 albums before splitting up.

For today, I wanted to present you the track “You Say No“, taken from their first album “Try And Love“, full of fuzzy electric guitar solos and Afrobeat-esque drums.

This album was a great musical snap when I found it in Kumba (Western Cameroon) more than a decade ago, and is still one of my favorite African record – Enjoy !

Ofege – You Say No

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/ULkzZ7fkFZw

Have a nice wednesday !

Armand de Preseau

Moussa Doumbia – Samba (Mali, 1980, Sacodis)

Samba” is a very well known West-African traditional folk song from the Wassoulou area (situated between Ivory Coast,Guinea and Mali).

This song talks about Samba, a young and unlucky taxi driver from Conakry (Guinea) who fall in love with one of his customers. He steals the earings of the girl to see her again, but the father of the girl finds out the craftiness of the young Samba and casts out the boy. After many adventures, everything goes finally in order when Samba asks the girl in marriage.

Several covers of this song, in differents musical styles, were recorded from the 70s to the 80s, to traditional from afro rock and funk way.

For today, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite version of this classic song, interpreted here in a raw Afro Funk way by the Malian James Brown Moussa Doumbia – Enjoy !

Moussa Doumbia – Samba

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/TwGuTJmvNJ4

Have a nice day !

Armand de Preseau

Mad Man Jaga – Hankuri (Nigeria, 1978, Joromi Records)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Hankuri“, a bouncy afrobeat track with explosive saxophone parts, taken from the second album of Mad Man Jaga, one of the musicians of the Nigerian superstar Sir Victor Uwaifo, and recorded in 1978 on Uwaifo’s record label, Joromi Records – Enjoy !

Mad Man Jaga – Hankuri

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/Ttb1bXPrJl8

Have a nice Wednesday,

Armand de Preseau

The Lijadu Sisters – Danger (Nigeria, 1976, Afrodisia)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Danger“, an uplifting afro rock track with awesome psychedelic organ & fuzz guitar parts, taken from the second album from the twin sisters Kehinde & Taiwo Lijadu – Enjoy !

The Lijadu Sisters – Danger

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/HuAkqbLs70Q

Have a nice wednesday,

Armand de Preseau

Nkotti François and The Black Styls 77 – Loko La Mboa (Cameroun, 1977, Disques Cousin)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Loko La Mboa“, a psychedelic Makossa Rock track taken from an album that has a very special meaning for me, the first album of the Cameroonian musician Nkotti François, backed by his band The Black Styl 77 – Enjoy !

This album is the very first one I’ve reissued on my vinyl record label “Nanga Boko Records” back in 2017, you can listen & purchase a copy here if interested : https://nangabokorecords.bandcamp.com/album/de-bonaberi-a-douala

Nkotti François and The Black Styls 77 – Loko La Mboa

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/OSZfmM1mHUg

Have a nice week,

Armand de Preseau

Bovick & L’Orchestre Veve – Venus (Democratic Republic Of Congo, 1970, African)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Venus“, a cover of the classic 60s song initially recorded the american band Shocking Blue, adaptated here in an funky Afro Jerk Rock version with french lyrics by the legendary Congolese artist Bovick, backed by the also very well known Orchestre Veve from the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaïre) – Enjoy !

Bovick & L’Orchestre Veve – Venus

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/QB19i7B7tFc

Have a great day !

Armand de Preseau

WITCH – Lazy Bones (Zambia, 1975, Zambezi)

For today, I wanted you to share with you “Lazy Bones“, a psychedelic Garage Zamrock track taken from the third album of the band WITCH (We Intend To Cause Havoc), the first Zambian band to ever record and release a commercial album – Enjoy !

WITCH – Lazy Bones

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel “African Grooves” here : https://youtu.be/GkIGfoiG_84

See you tomorrow,

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

Louise Kennedy – Puyai Lee (Thailand, 1967, Self-Produced)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Puyai Lee“, a very popular surf & rockabilly song back in the Thaïland of the 60s, strongly influenced by the occidental Ye Ye musical movement.

Sung in Thai, this song is a sarcastical reflection of miscommunication between folks, villagers and government, level of language & the way to communicate with people – Enjoy !

Louise Kennedy – Puyai Lee

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/3Ph037g9mQ4

Have a nice week,

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