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

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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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

Orchestre Inoccupa Du Zaire – Arangomo (Part. 1 & 2)

( Democratic Republic Of Congo , 1976 , Authentic'Music )

 

 

For today, I wanted to share with you “Arangomo“, an frantic Afro Soukous Soul Funky track that begins as a straight Rumba to quickly go wild, recorded by the obscure Congolese band “Orchestre Inoccupa Du Zaire” (any further informations welcomed !), that seemed to have recorded only recorded 2 singles including that one, released in 1976 on the French record label “Authentic’Music“.

Personal favorite, always a dance floor burner when I play it in my DJ Sets – Enjoy !

Orchestre Inoccupa Du Zaire – Arangomo (Part. 1 & 2) (Democratic Republic Of The Congo, 1976, Authentic’Music)

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Armand de Preseau

Lady Isa – Tabou Ya Afrika

( Democratic Republic Of Congo , 1980s , Espera )

posted on 11 / 03 / 2024

For today, I wanted to share with you “Tabou Ya Afrika“, an instant catchy balearic 80s Afro Electro Boogie Funk Synth track with insane drum machines backing, taken from the 2nd album of the Congolese Diva Isabelle “Lady Isa” Kozonga, recorded in the late 80s in Belgium with the help of the producer & musician Emmanuel “Manu” Lima.

This track is taken from a record that has another pressing, with different versions & arrangements of the songs. The one presented here is my favorite, with musical flavors that reminds me a bit of the African anthem “Let Me Love You” composer in 1979 by the Sierra Leonean musician “Bunny Mack” (Cecil Bunting MacCormack).

Devastating dance floor weapon, this record never leaves my DJ Bag when I’m invited to play records in parties & clubs – Enjoy !

Lady Isa – Tabou Ya Afrika (Democratic Republic Of The Congo, 1980s, Espera)

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Armand de Preseau

The Funkees – Ole

( Nigeria , 1979 , Grandstar Records )

posted on 06 / 03 / 2024

For today, I wanted to share with you “Ole“, a 70s psychedelic Afro Rock Funk with Afrobeat flavors, taken from “Dancing In The Nude” the first album of the mythical Nigerian band “The Funkees“, initially recorded in 1974 in London, and repressed in 1979 (the version presented here).

Originating as an army band after the Nigerian Civil War (Biafran War), it contributed to the outpouring of upbeat music produced by young people in Nigeria in response to the darkness of the recently concluded civil conflict.

The band was composed with :

– Lead Vocals, Percussion : Mohammed Ahidjo ;

– Guitar [Lead], Organ, Piano, Vocals, Percussion [Miscellaneous] : Jake Sollo ;

– Guitar [2nd], Vocals, Percussion [Miscellaneous] : Harry Mosco ;

– Bongos, Percussion : Roli Paterson ;

– Congas, Vocals : Sonny Akpabio ;

– Drums, Vocals : Chyke Madu ;

– Electric Bass [Fender], Vocals, Percussion : Danny Heibs ;

Killer album from start to finish, hope you’ll enjoy it !

The Funkees – Ole (Nigeria, 1979, Grandstar Records)

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Armand de Preseau

Tjap's – Oa

( Cameroon , 1980s , OUM )

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

Papa Wemba Le Kuru Yaka & Les Djamuskets De Paris – Zea

( Democratic Republic Of Congo , 1982 , Le Passeport )

For today, I wanted to share with you “Zea“, an awesome deep African Soukous from the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire), that quickly turns after the first part to a Psychedelic Funky Soul track with mind-blowing guitar parts, taken from an album privately recorded & released in 1982 by the legendary Congolese composer & musician Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, better known as “Papa Wemba“.

Serious dancefloor stormer here, hope you’ll like it !

Papa Wemba Le Kuru Yaka & Les Djamuskets De Paris – Zea (Democratic Republic Of The Congo, 1982, Le Passeport)

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Armand de Preseau

The Jets – With Love Everything Is Easy

( Nigeria , 1976 , Anodisc )

For today, I wanted to share with you “With Love Everything Is Easy“, a killer Psychedelic 70s Afro Soul Funk track with mind-blowing synth & fuzzy guitars, taken from the only album recorded in 1976 by the Nigerian band “The Jets” on the legendary record label “Anodisc Records“, leaded and composed by Maxcy Chuku and that was composed with :

– Macxy Ludwig (Lead Vocals, Tambourine, Percussion, Tom Tom) ;

– Jimi Henshaw (Bass Guitar & Multi Bass, Backing Vocals) ;

– Simeon “Sim” Anaba (Congas, Bongos, Gong, Bells, Backing Vocals) ;

– Charlie Eze (Drums, Percussion, Bongos) ;

– Beni “Ben” Tudumey (Keyboards, Synthesizer, Piano, Backing Vocals) ;

– Ken Okogbue (Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Pedalboard) ;

Really hard to find album in the same vein as the Nigerian band “Black Children Sledge Funk Band“, hope you’ll like it !

The Jets – With Love Everything Is Easy (Nigeria, 1976, Anodisc Records)

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Armand de Preseau

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