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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Professional Uhuru Dance Band – Mumude

( Ghana , 1970 , Decca )

posted on 26 / 05 / 2024

For today, I wanted to share with you “Mumude“, a timeless Afro Highlife standard classic track from the Ghanian musical repertoire, interpreted in 1970 an explosive joyful Soul Jazz Funk way with Afrobeat flavors by the mythical Ghanaian band “Professional Uhuru Dance Band“, formed by former members of the “Broadway Dance Band” & who release 4 albums & plenty of singles in the 60s & 70s.

Nana Kobina Nketsia Essikadohene, gave the band the name Uhuru (“Freedom” in Swahili langage), which re-echoed the feeling on the 1957 gained independency of Ghana.

Not too long after the formation of Uhuru, Sammy Obot left for Nigeria and Stan Plange became the leader.

The band also included : Bob Yoko, George Amissah, Max Hammond, Loughty Lasisi Amao, Duke Duker, Tom Addo, Kpakpo Addo, Darko ‘Patato’ Adams, Mac Tontoh and lady vocalist Charlotte Dada.

An anthem that will turn any dance floor on fire – Enjoy !

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Los Camaroes – Angara

( Cameroun , 1973 , Sonafric )

posted on 19 / 05 / 2024

Following that former article, I wanted to share with you for today “Angara“, a catchy syncopated Afro Elak Soukous Funky Soul track with Bikutsi rhythm influences, taken from one of the numerous singles recorded in the 70s by the mythical Cameroonian band “Los Camaroes” leaded by the composer, musician & singer Messi Martin, and out on the legendary French Record label “Sonafric” – Enjoy !

To notice : I’ve released on Nubiphone (one of my 2 reissue record labels) in 2019 a compilation highlighting the amazing work of this band. Some copies are still available here (or PM !).

Los Camaroes – Angara (Cameroun, 1973, Sonafric)

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Guelawar Of Banjul – Kantintin

( Gambia , 1982 , Sonafric )

posted on 15 / 05 / 2024

Following to this former article, I wanted to share with you for today “Kantintin“, an epic mind-blowing Psychedelic Afro Folk Jazz Funk Fusion track, taken from the 4th album of the Gambian band Guelewar Band Of Banjul recorded in 1982 and out on the mythical French record label “Sonafric“, hardest to find album of the band.

Leaded by the Gambian composer & musician Laaye N’Gom, the group included many mythical Gambian & Senegalese musicians, as Pape Abdou Aziz Seck who arranged the titles of this album.

More, it was recorded with the help of the composer & musician Gora M’Baye (vocals) and the guitarist Pape Abdou Aziz Seck (arrangements), who were part of another legendary Gambian band, “Dieuf Dieul De Thies“.

Cherry on the cake : this gorgeous cover art painted by Moussa Diop – Enjoy !

Guelawar Of Banjul – Kantintin (Gambia / Senegal, 1982, Sonafric)

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Armand de Preseau

Charlston Marquis – Komba

( France , 1987 , Charlston Marquis Self-Released )

posted on 08 / 05 / 2024

For today, I wanted to share with you “Komba“, an instant catchy Afro Electronic Digital Soukous Funk track sung in Lingala (Congolese vernacular langage) with dope drum machines using, taken from the only album privately recorded in 1987 in Paris (France) by the mysterious composer & musician Charlston Marquis and that features legendary musical figures from Cameroon & Democratic Republic Of Congo (former Zaïre) such :

Vocals, Synthesizer, Percussion, Drum Programming, Arrangements : Charlston Marquis ;

Drum Programming : Charlston Marquis, Olivier Marot ;

Guitar : Boleta N’Zeza, Nya Soleil ;

Guitar, Bass Guitar : Pablo Lubadika Porthos ;

Always a dance floor burner when I play it on my DJ sets, hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !

To notice : this track has the same bass line as the track “Ennemi” by the Cameroonian composer Mister Bibi (listen here) recorded and released also in the 80s.. Just a musical coincidence ? Who’s inspired who ? We’ll never know !

Charlston Marquis – Komba (France / Cameroon / Dem. Rep. Of Congo, 1987, Charlston Marquis Self-Released)

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Rick Asikpo – Jam

( Nigeria , 1984 , Crosswaves )

posted on 01 / 05 / 2024

For today, I wanted to share with you “Jam“, an instant catchy Afro Electro Boogie Synth Disco Funk track, taken from the third LP recorded in 1984 by the Nigerian composer & musician Richard “Rick” Asikpo, and that features the following musicians :

Backing Vocals, Electric Piano, Guitar, Guitar Synthesizer, Handclaps, Lead Vocals, Percussion, Strings, Synthesizer : Rick Asikpo ;

Backing Vocals : Agnes Etim ;

Backing Vocals, Handclaps : Zack Roberts ;

Bass Drum : Mambo ;

Bass Guitar, Drum Programming : Mojo Isiodore ;

Congas, Percussion : Ondigin Louis ;

Electric Piano : Frankie Ntoh Song, Lesley Brunner ;

Saxophone : Nicco Ossomba ;

Synthesizer : Lesley Brunner ;

Bouncy feel-good deep & minimal track, hope you’ll like it !

Rick Asikpo – Jam (Nigeria, 1984, Crosswaves)

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Andre Tanker – Basement Party

( Trinidad & Tobago , 1980 , Contraband )

posted on 28 / 04 / 2024

For today, I wanted to share with you “Basement Party”, an incredible catchy Island Soul Reggae track with Rock Steady & Calypso flavors, taken from an hard to find single recorded in 1980 by the legendary  Calypso Trinidian composer & musician Andre Tanker and that features :

Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar, Flute, Blues Harp, Keyboards : Andre Tanker ;

Vocals : Charmaine Forde, Jocelyn Williams, Veno Edwards ;

Bass Guitar : Ron Reid ;

Drum, Bongos, Congas, Percussion : “Jabba” Brathwaite, Jajah Oga Onilu, The Hands Of The Orishas, Veni ;

Drums, Percussion : Tony Woodroffe ;

Keyboards : Carl “Beaver” Henderson ;

Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar : Stanley Chaman ;

Saxophone : Dennis Wilkinson, Hendron Boucaud ;

Killer breaks, gorgeous flute parts and, cherry on the cake : a splendid artwork by Gerry Besson, Stuart Hahn – Enjoy !

Andre Tanker – Basement Party (Trinidad & Tobago, 1980, Contraband)

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LE SAPHIR D’OR – An Evening With Mr. Mohamed Vall (Mauritanian Vinyl Collector Interview

Very special post today, with a video interview of 𝐌𝐨𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐎𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐒𝐢𝐝𝐢 𝐀𝐡𝐦𝐞𝐝, who was the historical 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐌𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐕𝐢𝐧𝐲𝐥 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 & owner of the very well legendary local record store “𝐋𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐢𝐫 𝐝’𝐎𝐫” (which was actually the only one of the country !).

I shot this interview back in June 2017 in 𝐍𝐨𝐮𝐚𝐤𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐭 (Mauritania) during one of my 𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐲𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐝𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐬 there, when I had the great chance to meet him & spend with him several days at his home welcomed as his own son, talking about him & his story, record collecting & dealing, past & present & future musical scene in Mauritania.. and, of course, sharing some good mint teas !

There are special encounters in life that change you forever, and so it was for this one – Hope you’ll enjoy this precious musical moment !

🅾️ 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐛𝐞 𝐋𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 (𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐡, 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞𝐬) : https://youtu.be/B0MqYUPHVfs

𝘐𝘯 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘔𝘰𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘝𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘖𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘚𝘪𝘥𝘪 𝘈𝘩𝘮𝘦𝘥. 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴, 𝘐’𝘷𝘦 𝘯𝘰 𝘥𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘦𝘯𝘫𝘰𝘺 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘶𝘱 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 !

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Starlight – Family Affair

( South Africa , 1983 , heads )

posted on 24 / 04 / 2024

For today, I wanted to share with you “Family Affair“, cover of the timeless classic originally recorded in 1971 by the American Band Sly & The Family Stone, reinterpreted here in a catchy dancefloor Afro Electronic Synth Disco Soul track, single only released in 1983 by the obscure South African band “Starlight” and produced by the composer & musician Peter ‘Hitman’ Moticoe – Enjoy !

Starlight – Family Affair (South Africa, 1983, Heads)

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Sory Bamba Du Mali – Nani Nani

( Mali , 1979 , Sonafric )

posted on 21 / 04 / 2024

For today, I wanted to share with you “Nani Nani“, a deep psychedelic Afro Soul Jazz Funk track with Dogon (Malian ethnic group) Folklore influences, recorded in 1979 by the mythical Malian composer & musician Bourama “Sory” Bamba on the legendary French record label “Sonafric“.

Marvelous Holygrail record from star to finish, pivotal piece of the history of the Malian music, hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !

Sory Bamba Du Mali – Nani Nani (Mali, 1979, Sonafric)

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Armand de Preseau

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