Malombo – Mbaqanga Blues

( South Africa , 1976 , Atlantic )

posted on 29 / 05 / 2024

For today, I wanted to share with you “Mbaqanga Blues“, a bewitching incredible Afro Folk Fusion Jazz Soul instumental with mesmerizing flute parts, taken from “Pele Pele” the 3rd album of the mythical South African band “Malombo“, one of South Africa’s longest standing groups that inspired the musical careers of many.

Initially operating as The Malombo Jazz Men with Abbey Cindi (flute) and Julian Bahula (percussion) in the 1960’s, the group evolved to Malombo, leaded by the composer, singer & multi-instrumentist Phillip Tabane, and backed by a succession of musicians through years, including the legendary drummer Gabriel Segwagwa “Mabi” Thobejane.

The instrumentation is unconventional – African drums and hand percussion, interplaying with Tabane’s unique guitar, vocal, and flute sounds.

An amazing dreamy album from start to finish, highly recommended and still affordable – Hope you’ll like it, enjoy !

Malombo – Mbaqanga Blues (South Africa, 1976, Atlantic)

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The Smockers – Zeny Izy

( Madagascar , 1970s , Discomad )

posted on 23 / 03 / 2024

For today, I wanted to share with you “Zeny Izy“, a very interesting & groovy deep track from Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, really nice blend of Psychedelic Soul, Reggae, Pop, Rock, Folk & Fusion influences that only that specific geographical area has the secret.

This song is taken from the first single recorded by the band “The Smockers“, leaded by the composer & musician Roger Georges, and out on the mythical Madagascan record label “Discomad” in the late 70s – Enjoy !

The Smockers – Zeny Izy (Madagascar, 1970s, Discomad)

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Max Cilla – Balade Dans La Foret D'Ajoupa Bouillon

( Martinique , 1981 , Apia )

posted on 06 / 03 / 2024

Following this former article, I wanted to share with you for today “Balade Dans La Foret D’Ajoupa Bouillon“, an incredible bewitching Soul Jazz Folk track with deep percussions from Martinique (French West Indies), taken from the first LP from the legendary flutist & poet Max Cilla recorded in 1981 on the French label “Apia“.

Backing Max Cilla, this album features many mythical musicians :

– Christian Bartouche : Bass ;

– Marie-Jo Prajet : Congas, Percussion [Ti Bois] ;

– Claude Vamur : Drums ;

– Sully Cally : Percussion [Tambour Bel Air] ;

– Michel Cilla ; Percussion [Tambour Di Bass] ;

– Patrick Theodose : Percussion [Tambour Ka] ;

– Eric Fleriag : Percussion [Ti Bois] ;

– Georges-Edouard Nouel : Piano ;

Cherry on the cake : the cover is designed by another great Martinican legend : the musician & poet Joby Bernabe – Enjoy !

Max Cilla – Balade Dans La Foret D’Ajoupa Bouillon (Martinique, 1981, Apia)

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Sana Nada – Allil Mawal El Ashaa

( Egypt , 1970s , Chandor )

posted on 19 / 11 / 2023

Following this former article, I wanted to share with you for today “Allil Mawal El Ashaa“, another fantastic groovy Middle-Eastern Soul Surf Jazz track with Belly Dance music flavors, taken from a single recorded in the 70s (I guess ?) by the singer Sana Nada (ثناء أحمد ندا) and written in the 70s by the Egyptian singer, actor & composer Mounir Mourad (منير مراد).

This song is actually a cover of the song “Mawal Al-Ashaa” (موّال العشاق), initially recorded by the Egyptian singer & actress Sherifa Fadel (شريفة فاضل), Sana’s sister.

And you, what is your favorite version ? Enjoy !

Sana Nada – Allil Mawal El Ashaa (Egypt, 1970s, Chandor)

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Afrika Wanda – God's Time's Best

( Cameroun , 1992 , Essimo'oh Productions )

posted on 08 / 11 / 2023

Following to this former article, I wanted to share with you for today “God’s Time’s Best“, a mesmerizing Afro Soul Funk track with catchy synths & folk flavors, taken from the only album of the Cameroonian band “Afrika Wanda“, recorded in 1992 in Nigeria at the legendary “EMI” studios by the mythical Nigerian sound engineers Pal Akalonu and Monday Oki, and out on the small local label “Essimo’oh” from Douala.

Really hard to find LP nowadays, hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !

Afrika Wanda – God’s Time’s Best (Cameroun, 1992, Essimo’oh Productions)

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Nâ Hawa Doumbia – Korô Dia

( Mali , 1982 , AS Records )

posted on 11 / 10 / 2023

For today, I wanted to share with you “Korô Dia“, an outstanding bewitching 10min long Afro Blues Soul Folk track with catchy guitar riffs & beautiful vocals & synths parts, taken from the 3rd album of the Malian Diva Nâ Hawa Doumbia (also spelled Nahawa Doumbia), recorded in 1982.

This album features the following musicians :

Moussa Traoré : Kamele Ngoni (kind of Malian harp) ;

N’Gou Bakayoko : acoustic guitar ;

One of my favorite album of the genre, gorgeous from start to finish, hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !

Nâ Hawa Doumbia – Korô Dia (Mali, 1982, AS Records)

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Gustave Gbenou “G. G.” Vikey – Je Vous Remercie

( Benin , 1976 , Riviera Afrique )

posted on 17 / 09 / 2023

For today, I wanted to share with you “Je Vous Remercie” (“I thank you”), a splendid Afro Soul Acoustic Folk track driven by beautiful guitar parts and with Latin flavors, taken from the first album recorded in 1976 by the Beninese guitarist & composer Gustave Gbenou “G.G.” Vikey on “Riviera Afrique“, the legendary African focused sub-label of “Riviera“, the well-known French record label owned by the mythical composer & musician Gilles Sala.

This song is dedicated to all of you dear followers (5000 subscribers on Youtube & 2000 on Instagram !), thank you for your kind support & beautiful messages since the beginning of this blog in June 2010 – 14 years of sharing with you tons of musical rediscoveries, vinyl selections & record digging trips all over the world !

And never forget, sharing is caring – Enjoy !

Gustave Gbenou “G. G.” Vikey – Je Vous Remercie (Benin, 1976, Riviera Afrique)

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Bana – Eternidade

( Cape verde , 1966 , Pathé )

posted on 06 / 09 / 2023

For today, I wanted to share with you “Eternidade“, a splendid melancholic early Afro Soul Folk Jazz ballad driven by gorgeous clarinet parts, one of the very first recordings of the legendary Cape Verdean composer & musician Adriano Gonçalves (better known as “Bana“).

Initially recorded in Dakar (Sénégal) in 1962 with the backing of another Cape Verdean legend, the songwriter, arranger and clarinetist Luis Morais and his Orchestre Du Saloum, the song presented here today is taken from this Pan-African compilation out in 1966 in the mythical French record label “Pathé” with this very cute cover art – Enjoy !

Bana – Eternidade (Cape Verde, 1966, Pathé)

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Adiss Harmandyan – Nouné

( Armenia , 1971 , Voice Of Stars )

posted on 23 / 08 / 2023

For today, I wanted to share with you “Nouné“, a killer uptempo Psychedelic 70s Jerk Mod Soul Breakbeat track, taken from the 1st album of the Armenian Lebanese composer & musician Adiss Harmandyan (“Ատիս Հարմանտեան“, in Armenian langage) recorded in 1971 on the legendary Armenian Lebanese record label “Voice Of Stars” – Enjoy !

Adiss Harmandyan – Nouné (Armenia, 1971, Voice Of Stars)

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Eusèbe Jaojoby – Taratasy Maitso

( Madagascar , 1987 , Pied Rouge )

posted on 20 / 08 / 2023

For today, I wanted to share with you “Taratasy Maitso“, an incredible deep bouncy Island Afro Soul Salegy Funk Folk track with island Jazz flavors, recorded in the late 80s by the legendary Madagascan composer & musician Eusèbe Jaojoby & that only appears on this obscure compilation out in 1987, financed thanks to the support of the national airline company “Air Madagascar“.

Cherry on the cake : that simple but gorgeous cover art – Enjoy !

Eusèbe Jaojoby – Taratasy Maitso (Madagascar, 1987, Pied Rouge)

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Armand de Preseau

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