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.

Orchestre du Bawobab – Saf Mana Dem (Senegal, 1975, Disques Buur Records)

Today, I wanted to present you one of my favourite track from L’Orchestre du Bawobab (or L’Orchestre Baobab), a Senegalese Afro Cuban influenced musical combo that plays since the early 70s.

The musicians recorded dozen of albums and singles since the 70s, and are still active today and touring all over the world.

Saf Mana Dem” is a splendid example of the Afro Latin musical blend this band manage to create – Enjoy !

Orchestre du Bawobab – Saf Mana Dem

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/GQt4F0hf0xA

Best regards,

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

Francisco – Mamaille Lévé (Martinique, 1978, 3A Production)

Frantz-Charles “Francisco” Denis was a singer, piano player, composer, drummer and dancer born on the 9th of november 1932 in Saint-Pierre (Martinique).

He opened and owned several cabaret in the island (La Paillote, Le Shango, La Cabane Bambou, La Plantation..) in which he played with his bands such as “The Blue Star”, recorded several albums and singles and became one of the most important icons of the West Indies latin sound.

He died on the 19 April 2013.

The song presented here, “Mamaille Leve“, is a brillant example of the sound he created, a mixture of Biguine, Creole and Latin influenced sound, recorded in 1978 with awesome piano arangements – hope you’ll like it !

Francisco – Mamaille Leve

You can also listen to this track on my youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/s_6_Yx3_mqw

Best regards,

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

Ofo Black Company – Not Easy (Nigeria, 1980, Afrodisia)

Ofo & The Black Company were one of countless student band’s playing in Lagos during the 70’s. They became famous with their “Allah Wakbarr” first single, recorded and released in 1972 in London.

It was leaded by Larry Ifedioranma Jr. and composed of :

Larry Ifedioranma Jr. : Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bells, Whisltes and Percussion

Santana Otu Bassy : Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals

Johnson Hart : Drums, Marracass, Clavinet Piano and Vocals

Marcel All-Well Opara : Vocals and Organ

Eddy Cox : Bass Guitar and backing Vocals

Pappowei Daniel : Backing Vocals and Percussion

Koffibok : Congas

Felix Lebarty : Lead Guitar

They released 3 albums between 1972 and 1980, a few singles and toured several times in Europe in the 70s (they even played with Carlos Santana, student at the time, on stage during one concert, realizing after the gig – but too late – who he really was).

The track presented here, “Not Easy”, taken from their last album “People’s law”, is an awesome Afro Rock track with fuzzy guitar parts and catchy vocals – Enjoy !

Ofo Black Company – Not easy

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/YBtrp0tVYKI

Best regards,

Armand