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

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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Armand de Preseau

Ferkat Al Ard / فرقة الأرض – Al An / الآن

( Lebanon , 1985 , Ferkat Al Ard Self-Produced )

posted on 05 / 05 / 2024

Following this former article, I wanted to share with you for today “الآن” (“Now” in Arabic langage), a spellbinding Middle-Eastern Soul Jazz Folk track with Brazilian influences, taken from the 3rd album of the legendary Lebanese band “Ferkat Al Ard” (فرقة الأرض) leaded by the guitar player Issam Hajali (عصام الحاج علي) and composed with :

Issam Hajali (عصام الحاج علي) : Vocals, Guitar ;

Toufic Farroukh (توفيق فرّوخ) : Flute, Saxophone ;

Elie Saba (ايلي سابا) : Bouzouki, Oud ;

This song was recorded at the mythical By-Pass Studio, located in Beirut, initially released on tape format, and re-released in 1995 on CD format.

A true Lebanese musical holy grail here, ultra hard to find, so hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !

Ferkat Al Ard – Al An (Lebanon, 1985, Ferkat Al Ard Self-Produced) / فرقة الأرض – الآن

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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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Armand de Preseau

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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Armand de Preseau

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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Armand de Preseau

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

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

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