Tag: central africa

Nicodème “Tjap’s” Tjap Oum – Oa (Cameroun, 1980s, OUM 001)

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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Papa Wemba Le Kuru Yaka & Les Djamuskets De Paris – Zea (Democratic Republic Of The 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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Vincent Toko And Justin Naoussi – Fly No More (Nigeria, 1980s, Taretone)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Fly No More“, an obscure but catchy Afro Boogie Disco Synth track, taken from the only album recorded in 1980s by the Nigerian musicians Vincent Toko and Justin Naoussi, and produced by Jake Sollo, mythical figure of the Nigerian musical scene from the 70s to the 90s, and that includes many legendary figures from this era such as :

Vincent Toko (Arrangements & Composition, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals ) ;

Justin Naoussi (Arrangements & Composition, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals) ;

Christine Odita, Julia Aggrey, Kate Cambell, Lade Kong Gbulie, Ngozi Oraelosi, Princess Bunmi Olajubu, Teddy “Mens” Mensah, Tina Onwudiwe (Backing Vocals) ;

Friday Pozo (Congas) ;

Emmanuel “Emma Betsen” Onyenga Ogbonna (Drums) ;

Dotun « Candido » Obajimi (Percussion) ;

Leslie Brunner (Piano) ;

Ossomba “Nicco” Nicholas (Saxophone Alto and Tenor) ;

Joe “King” Ugokwe (Trombone) ;

Kofi Adjololo, Ray Stephen Oche (Trumpet) ;

A solid song that will rock any dancefloor, hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !

Vincent Toko And Justin Naoussi – Fly No More (Nigeria, 1980s, Taretone)

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Bill Loko – Ndolo (Cameroun, 1981, Bill Loko Self-Released)

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

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

Albert Siassia & Talk Hoby Night (Tokobina) – Pointe Noire (Republic of the Congo, 1980s, Self-Released)

Following this former post, I wanted to share with you for today “Pointe Noire“, an instant catchy underground Afro Electro Boogie Synth Funk track with nice drum machines use, recorded in Paris the 80s by the Congolese musician & composer Albert Siassia from Pointe Noire city (Republic of Congo), former dancer of the National Congolese Ballet.

One this album & backed by his band Talk Hoby Night or Tokobina (which means “We’ll dance !” in Lingala vernacular langage), a French group formerly known as “Dread Lion” and composed with :

Albert Siassia : Vocals, Drums ;

Philippe Benhamoux : Guitar ;

Pascale Bouchinet : Bass, Guitar ;

Franck Benhamou : Synths, Drums ;

Albert Siassia & Talk Hoby Night (Tokobina) – Pointe Noire (Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1980s, Self-Released)

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Armand de Preseau

Pierre Akendengue – Epuguzu (Gabon, 1991, Celluloid)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Epuguzu“, an instant catchy Afro Electro Synth Funk Soul track, taken from a late album recorded in Paris in the early 90s by the internationally known Gabonese composer, guitarist & poet Pierre-Claver Akendengue on the famous French record label “Celluloid“, featuring a great bunch of legendary African & West-Indian musicians (Sam Ateba, Roger Raspail, Mario Canonge, …).

Massive dance floor stormer favorite in the genre – Enjoy !

Pierre Akendengue – Epuguzu (Gabon, 1991, Celluloid)

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Edmund Spice – Baby Can I Hold You Tonite (Nigeria, 1991, Polygram)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Baby Can I Hold You Tonite“, a Nigerian cover of the international hit from the American singer Tracy Chapman, reinterpreted here in an uplifting 90s Afro Hip Hop New Jack House Soul version, taken from the (apparently) only album recorded by the mysterious Nigerian musician Edmund Spice, produced by the legendary Nigerian musician Lemmy Jackson & recorded at the mythical Nigeria Tabansi Studios.

This album features :

Writings & compositions : Edmund Spice ;

Rearrangements : Lemmy Jackson, Sonny & Charlie Charles ;

Computer Programming : Lemmy Jackson, Sonny & Charlie Charles ;

Key Board : Lemmy Jackson, Sonny & Charlie Charles ;

Lead Vocals : Edmund Spice ;

Back-Up Vocals : Manny Eke, Charles Enebili & Austin Okonkwo ;

Edmund Spice – Baby Can I Hold You Tonite (Nigeria, 1990, Polygram)

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Armand de Preseau

Abeti Masikini – Usisilike (Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1978, BBZ Productions)

Following this previous article, I wanted to share with you for today “Usisilike“, an instant feel-good Afro Boogie Soul Funk track, taken from the 6th album of the Congolese Diva Elisabeth Finant, better known as Abeti Maskini, out in 1978 on the French record label “BBZ Productions” with the help of legendary African & French legendary names :

Pierre Alain Dahan (Drums) ;

Sauveur Malia (Bass) ;

Slim Pezin (Producing, Arrangements, Guitars) ;

Marc Chantereau (Percussions)

Georges Taguere (Keyboards) ;

Gerard Akueson (Management) ;

Abeti Masiki – Usisilike (Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1978)

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