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

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

ADP036 – Hold Fast The Biguine (A Journey into the Jazz Influenced French Antilles Sound)

For this 36th selection, we travel again to the French Antilles for a journey into the Jazz influenced French Antilles scene, hope you’ll like it !

Armand de Préseau – Hold Fast The Biguine

You can listen and download this selection by clicking here !

Tracklist :

Max Cilla – La Flute Des Mornes

Eugene Mona – Pote Bambou

Max Labor – Hold Fast The Biguine

Franck Valmont – Mimile

Caraïbe Jazz Ensemble – Sabel Sabel

Rony Siber – Ban Nous On Ti Biguine

Henry Pierre Noel – Back Home … Sweet Home

Synchro – Lambi

Francisco – Ba, Moin Lagent Moin

Hilaire Hartock – Le Moin Vini Voue

Have a nice week,

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

Freddy et Le Ricco Jazz – Dark Night (Republic of Congo, 1973, Sonafric)

One of the few and early singles from the great Congolese composer Freddy Kebano, “Dark Night” was recorded with the “Ryco-Jazz” band (misspelled here as “Ricco Jazz”) that imported Congolese Rumba in the French Antilles in the late 60’s and that will greatly contribute to the evolution of Martinican music.

Hope you will like this early afro jerk track !

Freddy et le Ricco Jazz – Dark Night

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel : https://youtu.be/WyQ24wtXww0

Have a nice evening,

Armand

Sissi Massila – Salif (Instrumental) (Togo, 1970s, Inter-Disque Fazao)

Sissi Massila was a singer from Togo who released one and only super obscure album in the late 70’s, produced by the great Togolese musician Mamo Lagbema.

I decided to make you discover the instrumental version of her track “Salif”, a deep track with haunting synths, guitar and saxophone parts – enjoy !

Sissi Massila – Salif (Instrumental)

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/-5dn83c_1EE

Best regards,

Armand

Siassia And Talk (Republic of Congo, 198?, Private Press)

For today, I wanted to present you a super obscure one and only 12 inches 4 track EP recorded in the 80’s in Paris by the Congolese artist Albert Siassa, originary from Pointe-Noire.

I decided to make you discover “Escale (Bolingo)”, a nice #Afro Boogie track recorded with drum machines – but the whole EP is great and in the same vein !!

Siassia & Talk – Escale (Bolingo)

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

Best regards,

Armand

Anne-Marie Nzie – Djih Yang (Cameroon, 1975, Pathe Marconi)

For today, I decided to present you “Djih Yang”, a very deep folk bikutsi track with jazz reminiscences taken from the first album from the great Anne-Marie Nzié, my favourite singer from Cameroon and considered by many (that includes me) as the Queen of the Bikutsi (a traditional Cameroonian musical genre).

She passed away last year in 2016, may she rest in peace..

Anne Marie Nzie – Djih Yang

 

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/2TE8RRcMaoo

Have a nice evening,

Armand