African Grooves Soundcloud : Plenty of brand new vinyl selections to listen online & download !

From now, feel free to go on my Soundcloud account on the link below to listen online & download my past, present & future vinyl selections (more than 50 from now) !

African Grooves Soundcloud : www.soundcloud.com/armand_de_preseau

Enjoy !

Armand de Preseau

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

Alain Peters – Complainte Pour Mon Defunt Papa (La Réunion, 1985, Village Titan)

Died in 1995 at the age of 43, Alain Peters, poet, musician, singer and melodist of genius native of Reunion was for a long time one of the best kept secrets of the Indian Ocean.

First in a band (“Les Caméléons”) and then alone, he crossed the 70s and 80s like a shooting star, drowning his spleen and demons in alcohol, leaving behind a handful of recordings including this tape, “Mangé Pou Le Cœur”.

Produced in very few copies at the time by the association “Village Titan”, and accompanied with a selection of a few of his poems, this one sums up in itself the beauty of the inestimable heritage – and unfortunately still too confidential – left by Peters, through ten Blues, Jazz, Sega and Maloya tracks merging in a great way Creole, African, Indian and European sounds.

For today, I decided to share with you “Complainte Pour Mon Defunt Papa“, my favorite track from this tape, a sublime melancholic instrumental Maloya Jazz track – Enjoy !

Alain Peters – Complainte Pour Mon Defunt Papa

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/nO7VVHhM4rQ

Have a nice sunday !

Armand de Preseau

Love you, Daddy

Coulouce – Beau Pere (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.

For today, I wanted to share with you “Beau Pere“, a psychedelic Soul Sega track recorded in 1971, one of Coulouce’s biggest hits – Enjoy !

Coulouce – Beau Pere

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

Have a nice Sunday,

Armand de Preseau

Eugène Mona – 1700 (Martinique, 1975, Hit Parade)

For today, I wanted to share with you “1700“, an excellent west indian spiritual soul jazz track with a groove from the Martinican flute Master Georges Nilecam, better known as Eugene Mona – Enjoy !

Eugene Mona – 1700

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel “African Grooves” here : https://youtu.be/r6pb3IhbAI4

Have a nice sunday,

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

Akofa Akoussah – I Tcho Tchass (Togo, 1976, Sonafric)

For today, I wanted to share with you “I Tcho Tchass“, a very deep Psychedelic Afro Soul gem taken from the first album of the Togolese singer Akofa Akoussah and recorded in 1976 – Enjoy !

Akofa Akoussah – I Tcho Tchass

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/0SneUEoMQgE

Have a nice sunday !

Armand de Preseau

Piengpid Learvilai – Leum Chan Lean Rue (Thailand, 1960s, Super Star)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Leum Chan Lean Rue“, a Thai Funk / Luk Krung track recorded in the 60s by the singer Piengpid Learvilai, that would perfectly fit in the soundtrack of a Tarantino‘s movie – Enjoy !

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/oJAMe4ZDpnc

Best regards,

Armand de Preseau

Le Sahel – Khandiou (Senegal, 1975, Musiclub)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Khandiou“, a beautiful Afro Soul track, Senegalese answer to the classic “It’s A Man’s Man’s World” by the King James Brown, by former members of famous bands such as “Xalam” (Cheikh Tidiane Tall) or “Orchestre Cheikh Tall and Idrissa Diope” (Idrissa Diop) – Enjoy !

Le Sahel – Khandiou

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/jQlk5o8iWT0

Best regards,

Armand de Preseau

Simon Randria – Mitsangana (Madagascar, 1970s, Discomad)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Mitsangana“, a surprising Malagasy Funk track recorded in Madagascar in the 70s by Simon Randria on the mythical local record label Discomad – Enjoy !

Simon Randria – Mitsangana

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/XBld8om_fbc

Take care,

Armand