Month: December 2023

Edikanfo – Nka Bom (Ghana, 1981, Editions EG)


For today, I wanted to share with you “Nka Bom“, a devastating Afrobeat Funk Soul track with killers horns & synth parts, taken from the only album recorded in 1981 in Ghana at the mythical Studio One (Napoleon Club, Osu) of Accra by the Ghanaian band Edikanfo, formed in 1980.

Produced by the legendary British composer & musician Brian Eno in Ghana, this album features :

Paa Akrashie (Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flugelhorn, Percussion, Vocals) ;

Gilbert Amartey (Bass, Percussion, Vocals) ;

Albert Williams (Congas, Talking Drum, Vocals) ;

George Afriyie-Siaw (Design) ;

George Williams (Drums, Lead Vocals) ;

Osei Tutu (Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals) ;

Kwesi Okran (Lead Guitar, Vocals) ;

William Quist (Percussion, Drums, Vocals) ;

Ishmael Odai (Piano, Synthesizer, Ensemble, Vocals) ;

Brian Eno (Producer, Engineer) ;

Faisal Helwani (Executive-Producer, Arranger) ;

Sami Helwani (Assistant engineer) ;

Jacob Serdro (Engineer) ;

Instant dance floor stormer here, enjoy !

Edikanfo – Nka Bom (Ghana, 1981, Editions EG)

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Armand de Preseau

Armen Quintet – Yerazi Bess (Armenia, 1971, Self-Released)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Yerazi Bess“, a bewitching Jazz Soul Funk track with Bossa Nova influences, taken from the only LP by the Armenian/Lebanese band Armen Quintet, recorded in 1971 at the mythical “Thunder” recording studios in Toronto (Canada), and that was composed with :

Garbis Libarian (Vocals, Band leading) ;

George Kallibjian (Drums, Congas) ;

Jack DerMagerdijian (Flute) ;

Kevork Maroukian (Guitar) ;

Hagop Artinian (Arrangements, Piano, Organ, Saxophone, Bass).

A really beautiful but sadly really hard to find LP nowadays, so hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !

Armen Quintet – Yerazi Bess (Armenia, 1971, Self-Released)

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Armand de Preseau

Lord Cobra And Panafro – Colon Colon (Panama, 1979, Tamayo)

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For today, I wanted to share with you “Colon Colon“, a gorgeous melancholic Tropical Latin Calypso Soul track with sweet Island Reggae flavors & bewitching guitar parts, recorded on the 30 of November 1970 by the mythical Panamanian producer, composer & musician Wilfred Methusiel Berry Gonin better known as “Lord Cobra“, one of the most important calypsonians, not only in Panama but throughout the Caribbean, standing out as a troubadour and as a composer.

Among dozens of pieces he composed, we can mention “Banana”, “The Man with the Big Suitcase” and the famous “Baptism”.

This track (my favorite from this artist by far !) was released on the mythical owned by the legendary producer Rodrigo De Jesús Escobar Tamayo – Hope you’ll like it, enjoy !

Lord Cobra And Panafro – Colon Colon (Panama, 1979, Tamayo)

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Armand de Preseau

Les Beryls – Tom Dooley (Madagascar, 1962, Rex)

Following this former post, I wanted to share with you for today “Tom Dooley“, a sweet catchy Soul Pop Chanson track with Jazz influences & nice banjo parts, French cover of a classic American song.

This song is taken from the 1st EP recorded in September 1962 on the legendary label “Discomad” run by the “De Comarmond” family on Madagascar island (that used to own the only pressing plant of all over Madagascar island !) by “Les Beryls“, a quite unknown group (until this time !) composed of 6 sisters & brothers : Coco, Dave, Monikya, Nicole, Pat and Rocky Rabaraona.

After changing their name for “Les Surfings” and releasing only one single under that name on the label “Discomad“, the band became very famous in France a few years later under the name “Les Surfs“, releasing many albums & singles in France including many covers in French of great American standards (including nice ones from Dusty Springfield or The Ronettes !) before splitting in 1971.

Rare as hen’s teeth only EP, real piece of Madagascar musical history with a gorgeous cover art, hope you’ll like – Enjoy !

Les Beryls – Tom Dooley (Madagascar, 1962, Rex)

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Armand de Preseau

Fitz Vaughn Bryan And His Orchestra – Moonbeam Serenade (Trinidad & Tobago, 1958, Kay)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Moonbeam Serenade“, an astonishing uptempo Island Calypso Latin Soul Mambo track, one of the very first recordings (1958, maybe the 3rd one) of the legendary Trinidadian musician, composer, arranger Fitzroy Vaughan Bryan, leader of the band “Fitz Vaughan Bryan Orchestra” that he formed in 1955 and that was composed with :

Fitzroy Vaughan Bryan (Leader, Arrangements) ;

Daniel Albert (Bongos) ;

Frank Pollard (Congas, Tumbas) ;

Anderson Perraud (Percussion) ;

Samuel Reid (Piano) ;

Annie Haynes, The Strollers (Vocals) ;

Terrific dance floor burner of the genre, hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !

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Armand de Preseau

Vincent Toko And Justin Naoussi – Fly No More (Nigeria, 1980s, Taretone)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Fly No More“, an obscure but catchy Afro Boogie Disco Synth track, taken from the only album recorded in 1980s by the Nigerian musicians Vincent Toko and Justin Naoussi, and produced by Jake Sollo, mythical figure of the Nigerian musical scene from the 70s to the 90s, and that includes many legendary figures from this era such as :

Vincent Toko (Arrangements & Composition, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals ) ;

Justin Naoussi (Arrangements & Composition, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals) ;

Christine Odita, Julia Aggrey, Kate Cambell, Lade Kong Gbulie, Ngozi Oraelosi, Princess Bunmi Olajubu, Teddy “Mens” Mensah, Tina Onwudiwe (Backing Vocals) ;

Friday Pozo (Congas) ;

Emmanuel “Emma Betsen” Onyenga Ogbonna (Drums) ;

Dotun « Candido » Obajimi (Percussion) ;

Leslie Brunner (Piano) ;

Ossomba “Nicco” Nicholas (Saxophone Alto and Tenor) ;

Joe “King” Ugokwe (Trombone) ;

Kofi Adjololo, Ray Stephen Oche (Trumpet) ;

A solid song that will rock any dancefloor, hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !

Vincent Toko And Justin Naoussi – Fly No More (Nigeria, 1980s, Taretone)

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Armand de Preseau

Bill Loko – Ndolo (Cameroun, 1981, Bill Loko Self-Released)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Ndolo“, a stormer Afro Disco Synth Soul Makossa track, taken from an album recorded at studio Synthésis in Paris (France) & self-released by the mythical Cameroonian composer & musician Bill Loko, with the help of another great Cameroonian figure, the legendary composer & arranger Dhin Ndjocke-Ebongue, better known as “Michot Dinh” (on music, keyboards, guitar, bass guitar & percussion).

This album also features great Paris-living musicians of that era, such as : Joseph “Jo” Dikongue Jr., Mony Dhin, Sissy Dipoko, Brigitte Sarrus, Christine Poussy & Claude Vamur for the drums.

Instant dance floor anthem here, hope you’ll like it !

Bill Loko – Ndolo (Cameroun, 1981, Bill Loko Self-Released)

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Armand de Preseau

Thibault “Freydy-Ahimsâ” Doressamy – O Fon A Kê An Nou (Guadeloupe, 1987, FREYDYANY D)

For today, I wanted to share with you “O Fon A Kê An Nou“, a gorgeous Island Synth Gwo-Ka Fusion Jazz Soul track, written in 1987 in Guadeloupe (French West Indies) by the Guadeloupean musician Thibault “Freydy-Ahimsâ” Doressamy.

The music on that record is composed by the legendary Guadeloupean composer Robert Oumaou (from the mythical band “Gwakasonne“), and backed by :

Klôd Kiavué : Vocals, Percussion ;

Jera Elice : Vocals, Percussion ;

Eddy Pitard : Saxophone, Flute, Guitar ;

Lambert Canneval : Percussion ;

Keyboards : Aurel Thams ;

Lowans : Bass, Percussion, Drums ;

One of my favorite record of the genre, hope you’ll like it too – Enjoy !

Thibault “Freydy-Ahimsâ” Doressamy – O Fon A Kê An Nou (Guadeloupe, 1987, FREYDYANY D)

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Armand de Preseau

Chaba Malika Meddah – Sid Houari Ya Mlah (Algeria, 1980s, MCPE)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Sid Houari Ya Mlah“, an insane groovy Electronic Synth Raï Funk Soul Boogie track taken from an obscure K7 tape recorded in France in the 80s & that is apparently the only album from the Algerian singer, horsewoman, theater actress and ex-academic scholar Chaba Malika Meddah.

This cassette was released on the mythical French tape label MCPE (or “Edition Production M.C.P.E.“) which brought together in the country the best productions of this style from this era.

Super obscure, hard to find and dancefloor tool here, hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !

Chaba Malika Meddah – Sid Houari Ya Mlah (Algeria, 1980s, MCPE)

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Armand de Preseau