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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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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Armand de Preseau

Nkotti François & Les Black Styl – Muwaso Mwa Longe

( Cameroun , 1970s , Editions Retro 2000 )

posted on 18 / 04 / 2024

Following this former post, I would like to share with you “Muwaso Mwa Longe“, an uplifting instant feel-good frantic Afro Disco Soul Funk track with Makossa flavors, taken from one of the 1st albums recorded by the mythical Cameroonian band “Les Black Styl” the mythical Cameroonian band “Les Black Styl”.

This band, originally from the city of Douala, included the finest musicians of that era such as Toto GuillaumeEmile KangueGuy Lobe & Mouelle Jean and was leaded by the legendary composer & musician Nkotti François.

This post is dedicated to Nkotti François, my Cameroonian father who sadly passed away on August 2021. Miss you so much Baba, you’re always on my mind !

Nkotti François & Les Black Styl – Muwaso Mwa Longe (Cameroun, 1970s, Editions Retro 2000)

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Armand de Preseau

Tjap's – Oa

( Cameroon , 1980s , OUM )

posted on 06 / 03 / 2024

For today, I wanted to share with you “Oa“, an instant catchy Afro Boogie Funk Soul Synth track with Cosmic Makossa grooves, taken from the first single self-produced & recorded in Paris in the 80s by the Cameroonian artist Nicodème “Tjap’s” Trap Oum, native from Nkongsamba in the West region of the country, and who recorded several local hits such as “Tina miñem minan … inyu bonge” & “Tamboura” before slowing down his career due to a lung disease.

This track includes the following musicians :

– Bass Guitar : Abou Bass ;

– Chorus : Medy Dayas, Michele, Ngo Bavoï Charlotte (Ngo Nkol), Tonye Jackson ;

– Guitar : Yves N’Djock ;

– Keyboards : Jean Charles Jarrel ;

– Saxophone : Charly Bokher ;

– Trumpet : Jean-Claude Leandre ;

Always a nice track to warm up a dance floor, hope you’ll like it !

Tjap’s – Oa (Cameroun, 1980s, OUM 001)

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Armand de Preseau

Bill Loko – Ndolo

( Cameroon , 1981 , Bill Loko Self-Released )

posted on 05 / 03 / 2024

 

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

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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Armand de Preseau

Pasteur Lappé – Ashiko, Sekele, etc...

( Cameroon , 1981 , Disques Espérance )

posted on 20 / 09 / 2023

For today, I wanted to share with you “Ashiko, Sekele, etc…“, an instant killer Afro Disco Soul Funk track, taken from the third & last LP recorded in 1981 in Paris by the legendary Cameroonian composer & musician Nicolas Pasteur Lappé.

Native of the city of Douala, he began his musical career very young, becoming a local sensation at the age of 19 thanks to his songs broadcasted on “Radio Adele“, a local radio station. In the late 70s, after moving to Paris originally to study journalism, he settled into a new life of music where he befriends African music legends such as Fela Kuti, André-Marie Tala, Joe Mboule or Jacob Desvarieux from the mythical French West Indian Band “Kassav“.

Pasteur Lappé is known to have created the “Sekele Movement“, a blend of Funk, Disco, Afrobeat, Reggae, Soul and RnB.

His most prolific years were from 1979 to 1981, years he made his three flagship albums.

The album features the following musicians :

Bass, Producer : Christophe Zadire ;

Chorus : Maryse Lappé, Sylvie Draï ;

Album direction : Jean-Marie Ahanda ; Zulu Gang ;

Drums, Percussions : Philippe Draï ;

Sound engineering, Guitar, Synthesizers : Jacob Desvarieux ;

Keyboards, Pianos, Synthesizers : Douglas Mbida, Robert Benjamin ;

Lead Vocals – Pasteur Lappé, Mehdi Dayas (B2) ;

Saxophone : Alain Hatot, Jimmy Mvondo ;

Trombone : Alex Perdigon, Jacques Bolognesi ;

Trumpet : Jacques “Cake” Bessot, Antoine “Tony” Rousseau ;

Pasteur Lappé – Ashiko, Sekele, etc… (Cameroun, 1981, Disques Espérance)

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Armand de Preseau

Eko Roosevelt Louis – Phone Me Tonight

( Cameroon , 1981 , Eko Music )

posted on 26 / 07 / 2023

For today, I wanted to share with you “Phone Me Tonight“, a killer balearic Cosmic Afro Synth Disco Soul track with awesome organ parts, taken from an ultra rare single recorded in France in the early 80s by the legendary Cameroonian composer, musician & producer Eko Roosevelt Louis & produced in very small quantities, and that doesn’t appear on any of his albums.

Serious invisible holy grail here, hope you’ll enjoy !

Eko Roosevelt Louis – Phone Me Tonight (Cameroun, 1981, Eko Music)

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Armand de Preseau

Emmanuel Eteme – Impulse

( Cameroon , 1979 , Disques Espérance )

posted on 14 / 06 / 2023

For today, I wanted to share with you “Impulse“, a killer Afro Funk Boogie Fusion track, taken from the first album recorded in 1979 by the Cameroonian composer & musician Emmanuel Eteme, who was also a very-well known & gifted football player in the early 70s.

This album features :

Emmanuel Eteme : Vocals, Guitar & Percussions ;

Georges Neulemkam : Drums ;

Jacques Mbida : Synth, Drums & Bass ;

Jean-Claude Ebongue : Bass ;

Jimmy Mvondo Mvele : Saxophone ;

Samuel Ateba Mengue : Percussions & Bongos ;

Sammy Massamba : Guitar ;

This song reminds me the best tracks by the mythical Cameroonian duet “J.M. Tim & Foty” (Jean-Marie Tiam “Tim” & Maurice Fotié “Foty” Kembiwo) & includes awesome guitar parts by another Congolese legend, Sammy Massamba – Enjoy !

Emmanuel Eteme – Impulse (Cameroun, 1979, Disques Espérance)

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Armand de Preseau

Isidore Tamwo – Nouo Le Guea

( Cameroon , 1970's , Tamwo Records )

posted on 28 / 05 / 2023

For today, I wanted to share with you “Nouo Le Guea“, an instant feel-good punchy psychedelic Afro Funk Disco Soul track with crazy fuzzy guitars & organ parts, taken from the first album recorded in the 70s by the Cameroonian producer & composer Isidore Tamwo from Douala – Enjoy !

Isidore Tamwo – Nouo Le Guea (Cameroun, 1970s, Tamwo Records)

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Armand de Preseau

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