Tag: Afro Jazz

Okoi Seka Athanase – Mambo Marie Madeleine Houi Bin (Ivory Coast, 1977, Disco 2000)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Mambo Marie Madeleine Houi Bin“, a mind-blowing deep melancholic Afro Soul Jazz track with gorgeous horns & Latin flavors, taken from one of the first albums recorded by the Ivorian composer Okoi Seka Athanase in 1977.

This album includes the following musicians (any further informations are welcomed) :

Okoi Seka Athanase : Lead Vocals ;

Léo : Bass Guitar ;

Christophe : Drums ;

N’Da Jo : Guitar ;

Bouadou Ernest : Solo Guitar ;

P. Lucien Dy : Percussion ;

Bader : Saxophone ;

Ahmed, Beugré Edouard : Trumpet ;

Assy Lucien, Lucien Achipo : Vocals ;

Really beautiful song, that reminds some of the best Afro Latin tracks by legendary Congolese bands & musicians (Tabu Ley Rochereau & L’Orchestre Afrisa International, Franco & his T.P. OK Jazz, Dr Nico, …). Enjoy !

Okoi Seka Athanase – Mambo Marie Madeleine Houi Bin (Ivory Coast, 1977, Disco 2000)

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Salim “Sal Davis” Abdallah Salim – Unchain My Heart (Kenya, 1963, Teeny Records)

Following this former article, I wanted to share with you for today “Unchain My Heart“, an outstanding cover of the interplanetary hit originally recorded by the American singer Otis Williams in 1960, reinterpreted here in a frantic Twist Jerk Soul Rock way by the Kenya composer & singer Salim “Sal Davis” Abdallah Salim and recorded in Belgium in 1963.

This version – my favorite by far – is quite similar to the one sung by the legendary singer & pianist Ray Charles, but is slightly different, faster, warmer and soulful – Enjoy !

Salim “Sal Davis” Abdallah Salim – Unchain My Heart (Kenya, 1963, Teeny Records)

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Edikanfo – Nka Bom (Ghana, 1981, Editions EG)


For today, I wanted to share with you “Nka Bom“, a devastating Afrobeat Funk Soul track with killers horns & synth parts, taken from the only album recorded in 1981 in Ghana at the mythical Studio One (Napoleon Club, Osu) of Accra by the Ghanaian band Edikanfo, formed in 1980.

Produced by the legendary British composer & musician Brian Eno in Ghana, this album features :

Paa Akrashie (Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flugelhorn, Percussion, Vocals) ;

Gilbert Amartey (Bass, Percussion, Vocals) ;

Albert Williams (Congas, Talking Drum, Vocals) ;

George Afriyie-Siaw (Design) ;

George Williams (Drums, Lead Vocals) ;

Osei Tutu (Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals) ;

Kwesi Okran (Lead Guitar, Vocals) ;

William Quist (Percussion, Drums, Vocals) ;

Ishmael Odai (Piano, Synthesizer, Ensemble, Vocals) ;

Brian Eno (Producer, Engineer) ;

Faisal Helwani (Executive-Producer, Arranger) ;

Sami Helwani (Assistant engineer) ;

Jacob Serdro (Engineer) ;

Instant dance floor stormer here, enjoy !

Edikanfo – Nka Bom (Ghana, 1981, Editions EG)

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The Drive – Move With The Spirit (South Africa, 1975, RCA Victor)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Move With The Spirit“, a deep catchy Afro Jazz Funk Soul Instrumental with great saxophone parts, recorded in 1975 by the Southern African band “The Drive” founded in 1971 by Adolphus “Bunny” Luthuli and Henry Sithole.

The band was composed with :

Alto Saxophone : Henry Sithole ;

Bass Guitar : Tony Sauli ;

Drums, Percussion, Congas : Nelson Magwaza ;

Guitar : Adolphus ‘Bunny’ Luthuli ;

Producer : David Thekwane ;

Synthesizer, Electric Piano, Organ : Bhekumuzi “Beki” Mseleku ;

Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone : Stanley Sithole ;

Trumpet : Danny Sithole ;

Splendid & highly recommended music, hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !

The Drive – Move With The Spirit (South Africa, 1975, RCA Victor)

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

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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Le Diamono – M’Diaye Kandiourane (Senegal, 1975, Soul Posters/Musiclub)

For today, I wanted to share with you “M’Diaye Kandiourane“, a stunning psychedelic Afro Mbalax Soul Funk Jazz track, recorded by the mythical Senegalese band Le Diamono (or “Super Diamono” or “Super Diamono de Dakar“) founded by the mythical composer & musicien Omar Pene.

This song only appears on that single out in 1975 and distributed only in Senegal & France at the time, and that is probably the first recorded of the group.

This song tells the story of three young people who left the village of M’beri in search of fortune, but who found nothing but disappointment along the way.

This debut single of the band is virtually impossible to find nowadays, hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !

Le Diamono – M’Diaye Kandiourane (Senegal, 1975, Soul Posters/Musiclub)

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Guehi Jean – Didi Kowo (Ivory Coast, 1980s, GTK Production)

Following this former article, I wanted to share with you for today “Didi Kowo“, a powerful psychedelic Afro Psych Soul Funk track with killer organ parts & 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐤𝐨𝐮𝐬 flavors, recorded in the 80s by the Ivorian musician & composer Jean Gnamaka Guéhi, recorded in the 80s on the only maxi single from on the obscure local label “GTK Production“.

This album features the following musicians :

Marcellus Fender (Marcel Wazi) ;

Georges “Happy” Deulemkam ;

Bamba Moussa Yang ;

Kassaby Déhé ;

Jean Gnamaka Guéhi ;

Clémente Lozano ;

Guillermo Fellove ;

Guehi Jean – Didi Kowo (Ivory Coast, 1980s, GTK Production)

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Bana – Eternidade (Cape Verde, 1966, Pathé)

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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Walo – N’Guem (Senegal, 1980s, Artemuz)

For today, I wanted to share with you “N’Guem“, a splendid deep bouncy Afro Fusion Jazz from West Africa with catchy synths parts, taken from the only album of the Senegalese band “Walo” (“Nothing”), an obscure LP privately recorded in the city of Saint Louis du Sénégal (also called “Ndar” in wolof langage), probably released in the second part of the 80s and that features great musicians from several mythical bands (Diarama De Saint Louis, Super Etoile de Dakar,…) such as :

Bass : Albert Valfroy ;

Drums : Mark Valfroy ;

Guitar : Claude Guillabert ;

Keyboards : Benjamin Valfroy ;

Percussion : Ibrahima Diop ;

Vocals : Ami Bodian, Awa Cheikh Sow, Dida “Ibrahima” Sarr, Ndeye Fatou Sow, Pap “Beckr” Sow ;

Really hard to find record nowadays with a gorgeous cover art, hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !

Walo – N’Guem (Senegal, 1980s, Artemuz)

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Le Xalam – Mbaye Sasu (Senegal, 1975, Musiclub)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Mbaye Sasu“, an incredible deep beautiful West African Psychedelic Mbalax Fusion Jazz Funk track, taken from the first album of the Senegalese band “Le Xalam” founded in 1965 by the songwriter & guitarist Sakhir Thiam.

By the time, the members of the group have changed several times, including legendary artists as Idrissa Diop, Cheikh Tidiane Tall and Thierno Koité.

This LP includes the following musicians :

Georges Dieng (solo Guitar) ;

Sanoussi Sidibe (Rhythm Guitar) ;

Serge Alvez (Bass) ;

Henry Guillabert (Organ) ;

Moussa Diongue (Vocals) ;

Ibrahima Conudoul (Vocals) ;

Xalifa Cisse (Congas, Vocals) ;

Abdou Mboup (Percussion);

Prosper Niang (Drums);

Tonia Lo (Saxophone, Vocals) ;

Cheikh Diop (Trumpet) ;

Jean-Pierre Gandour (Guitar, Vocals) ;

Recorded live in June 1975 at “Le Sangomar” night club in the city of Thies, you can really feel you can really feel a special energy emanating from this beautiful & album – Highly recommended, enjoy !

Le Xalam – Mbaye Sasu (Senegal, 1975, Musiclub)

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