African Brothers Band International Of Ghana – Hold Your Lover Tight (Ghana, 1970s, Happy Bird)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Hold Your Lover Tight“, a incredible refreshing & bouncy Afrobeat Highlife Soul Jazz track, taken from an ultra hard to find album recorded in the 70s by the legendary & very prolific Ghanaian band “African Brothers Band International of Ghana“, founded in 1963 by Patrick Nana Kwame Ampadu & Eddie Donkor amongst other mythical musicians.

This album features :

  • Guitar – Nana Kwame Ampadu
  • Bass Guitar – Joe Opoku Appiah
  • Drums – Baba Tunde
  • Guitar – Eddie Donkor, Jacob Osae, Nana Ampadu, Nana Amoako
  • Organ – Ancient Awuah (Kasepo)
  • Percussion – Offei Kwame, Kofi Amoah, Dan Owusu

Enjoy !

African Brothers International Band Of Ghana – Hold Your Lover Tight

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Ernesto Djedje – Aguisse (Ivory Coast, 1970s, Badmos)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Aguisse” (“We Know It“), a instant feel-good bouncy West African Soul Funk Soukous track with awesome horns & guitar parts, recorded in the 70s by the legendary prolific Ivorian composer, singer & musician Ernesto Djedje (founder of the Ziglibithy musical genre !) on the mythical Ivorian local label Badmos – Enjoy !

Cherry on the cake : a rare live footage of the artist and his band “Les Ziglibithiens” performing the track (with French translation of the lyrics) is available here : https://youtu.be/mOFn42-mbrg

Ernesto Djedje – Aguisse

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Amara Touré & L’Orchestre Massako – Fatou (Gabon, 1984, Mass Pro)

Following this former article, I wanted to share with you for today “Fatou“, an Afro Cuban Latin Jazz Soul masterpiece, initially recorded in the 70s by the legendary Guinean singer Amara Touré on the mythical record label Sonafric, re-interprated in 1984 in a gorgeous alternate superior version by Amara & the Gabonese band “Orchestre Massako” with sublime saxophone & piano parts (the version presented in this article), during the few years he spent in Libreville (Gabon) – Enjoy !

Amara Touré & L’Orchestre Massako – Fatou

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Maitre Gazonga & L’International Challal – Les Jaloux Saboteurs (Tchad, 1983, AS Records)

Ahmat Saleh Rougalta, betterly known as “Maître Gazonga” was born the 27 of May 1948 in Am-Timam (Republic of Chad, central Africa).

 During all of his childhood, he fully very involved into sports, but decided to become a musician at the age of 20. A few years later, he created his band, “L’international Challal“, that became soon one of the most popular groups of the country, always on tour.

For today, I wanted to share with you “Les Jaloux Saboteurs“, his most famous song, an instant feel-good & frantic uptempo Afro Soukous Funky track recorded in 1983 in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) that quickly became a huge African anthem in most of the countries of the continent, and still is nowadays – Enjoy !

Maitre Gazonga & L’International Challal – Les Jaloux Saboteurs

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Blo – Make Your Body Dance (Armand de Préseau NYE 2023 Edit) (Nigeria, 1979, Afrodisia)

For today, and to festively close 2022, I wanted to share with you an edit I made of “Make Your Body Dance“, an instant feel-good & powerful dancefloor friendly Afro Disco Boogie track, taken from the fifth album of the band BLO, in reference to the initials of its founders :

Berkley “Ike” Jones (guitar)

Olaoluwa “Laolu Akins” Akintobi (drums) ;

Mike “Gbenga” Odumosu (bass) ;

Odumosu left the band later and was replaced by Lemmy “Otu” Udofa (also known as “Lemmy Jackson” in his 80s solo carrer !)

I wish you all the best for 2023, and sincerely hope that this forthcoming year will be as sweet as 2022 was for you, enjoy !

Blo – Make Your Body Dance (Armand de Préseau NYE 2023 Edit) (Nigeria, 1979, Afrodisia)

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Armand de Preseau

Vincent Ahehehinnou & l’Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou – Kourougninda Wendé (Benin, 1970s, Disques Tropiques – Satel)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Kourougninda Wendé“, an awesome deep psychedelic Afro Soul Sato Funk track with devastating horns parts, taken from an early & ultra hard to find single from the all mighty Poly Rythmo de Cotonou legendary Beninese orchestra, driven by the warm voice of Vincent Ahehehinnou & out on the mythical “Disques Tropiques – Satel” local record label – Enjoy !

Vincent Ahehehinnou & l’Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou – Kourougninda Wendé

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Ali Farka Touré – Yer Sabou Yerkoy (Mali, 1977, Sonafric)

Following this former post, I wanted to share with you for today “Yer Sabou Yerkoy“, a deep Afro Desert Blues Soul track recorded by the legendary Mali composer & musician Ali Farka Touré (considered as one of the greatest African guitar player ever) & Malian answer to the American guitarist John Lee Hooker, & out in 1977 on the mythical French vinyl record label “Sonafric” – Enjoy !

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Armand de Preseau

Sorry Bamba – N’Diarabi Bedonna (Mali, 1960s, Djima Records)

For today, I wanted to share with you “N’Diarabi Bedonna, an irresistible West African Latin Boogaloo Manding Jazz track with wonderful horn parts, taken from one of the earliest recordings (maybe the first ?) of the legendary Malian composer & singer Sorry Bamba, out on the Ivorian record label “Djima Records” – Enjoy !

Sorry Bamba – N’Diarabi Bedonna (Mali, 1960s, Djima Records)

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Akoha Ambroise – Zedaga (Part 1) (Benin, 1990s, Editions Satel)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Zedaga“, an obscure killer Electronic Afro Funk Boogie track with killer Synth & drum machines breaks, taken from an ultra rare LP localy recorded by the Beninese composer & musician Akoha Ambroise apparently in the early 90s, and that never had a proper commercial release, out only at the time as a test press in the early 90s – Enjoy !

Akoha Ambroise – Zedaga (Part 1)

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Bella Bellow – O Se Nye (Togo, 1977, Sonafric)

For today, I wanted to share with you “O Se Nye“, a magnificent deep West African Soul track with gorgeous flute & killer breaks parts, taken from the only album of the Togolese Diva Bella Bellow, tragically died in a car accident near from Lome (Togo) the 10 of December 1973.

This album was released posthumously in 1977, first on the mythical record label Akueson (the first Parisian record label of that time run by an African guy, the Togolese producer & musician Gerard Akueson) & then more widely on the other legendary record label “Sonafric“, is an highly recommended one, full of great songs, including some arranged by the mythical Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango – Enjoy !

Bella Bellow – O Se Nye

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Armand de Preseau