Tag: disco

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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Armand de Preseau

Gregoire Lawami – Africa Land Of Soul (Togo, 1977, BBZ Productions)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Africa Land Of Soul“, an instant catchy Afro Disco Funk Soul track, taken from the only album from the Togolese composer & musician Gregoire Lawani, recorded in 1977 in Paris and composed and produced by the mythical legendary French composer Andre Charles “Slim” Pezin.

One of my personal favorite of the genre with flavors that always reminds me the international hit “Soul Makossa” by the Cameroonian King Emmanuel N’Djoké “Manu” Dibango, and always perfect to rock a dance floor – Enjoy !

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Armand de Preseau

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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Armand de Preseau

Afia Mala – Koma (Togo, 1984, AM Production)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Koma“, an instant catchy balearic dancefloor Afro Boogie Funk track, taken from the 4th LP by the Togolese Diva Afiwavi Mawaulana Missohou (better known as “Afia Mala“) recorded in 1984 in Paris (her 1st album recorded out of Togo) at the mythical recording studio “Studio Harry Son“.

This LP features great musicians from France, Africa & the West Indies :

Arrangements, Keyboards, Synth, mix : Emmanuel “Manu” Lima ;

Bass : Michel Alibo (track : A2, B1), Miguel Yamba (track : B2), Emmanuel “Manu” Lima (track : A1) ;

Chorus : Jean-Paul Pognon, Marie-Céline Chroné, Sylvie Dray ;

Guitar : Lokassa Ya Mbongo (track : B2), Néné Fafa (track : B2), Yves N’Djock (tracks : A1, B1) ;

Lead Vocals : Solo Sita (tracks : B2) ;

Percussion : Michel Gomez (track : A2) ;

Piano : Mario Canonge (track : A2) ;

Saxophone : Mam Houari ;

Trombone : Alex Perdignon ;

Trumpet : Jacques “Kako” Bessot ;

Before releasing this LP, Afia Mala was severally rewarded through the African continent :

1974 : 3rd price of the Tologese national song competition ;

1980 : 2nd price of the Togolese Gold Star song competition ;

1981 : 1st price of the International Song Forum in Cotonou (Benin) ;

1984 : discovery listener’s prize of Radio France International contest ;

Afia Mala – Koma (Togo, 1984, AM Production)

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Gerard “PJ” Browne & G.I.’s Brass International – Sexy Lady (St Kitts & Nevis, 1980, PJAY Records)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Sexy Lady“, an astonishing Caribbean Boogie Disco Funk Soca track with catchy synth & horn parts, taken from the now ultra hard to find first recording (1980 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) of the composer & musician Gerard “PJ” Browne from St Kitts & Nevis islands (in the Caribbean Sea), member of the band G.I.’s Brass International.

This album, out at the time on very small promotional quantities, features :

Gerard “PJ” Browne ;

Lenford Hamilton ;

Kenrick Williams ;

Kenrick Georges ;

and musicians of the GI’s Brass International band.

Instant tropical club anthem that will rock any dance floor, hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !

Gerard “PJ” Browne & G.I.’s Brass International – Sexy Lady (St Kitts & Nevis, 1980, PJAY Records)

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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

Abdelkader “Free” Khodja – Nadim (Je Regrette) (Algeria, 1978, Disques Espérance)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Nadim (Je Regrette)“, an instant catchy Disco Soul Synth track from Maghreb, taken from the 2nd album recorded in 1978 in Paris by the musician (saxophone player) & composer Abdelkader “Freh” Khodja.

Abdelkader “Freh” Khodja was born in Sidi-Bel-Abbes (Algeria), on the 1st of January 1949.

At the age of fifteen, he began musical studies, entered the Conservatory, where he opted for the saxophone. Two years later, he began playing at open air dances, banquets, etc.

In March 1968, he travelled to France, and worked in different jobs to earn his living, including grill man in a restaurant. Then, he joined his brothers in Lyon, where he became a semi-professional performer at the city’s Winter Palace, and met his first band with whom he played Soul music.

Back in Paris, he and his group gradually appeared as stars at the “Bus Palladium” concert hall. After several tours in clubs, Freh abandoned Soul music for varieties, and left France for the United States, to Greenwich Village, to play in one of the most sumptuous establishments in the region. It was there that, by chance, improvising on his guitar & backed by his musicians, he sang for the first time in Arabic, which was instantly a big success.

Thus, was born an idyll : merging Arabic and pop influences in his music.

From that moment on, he made a point of honor to defend during all his musical career the promotion and acknowledgement of Arabic language in Western pop songs.

This album features :

Drums : Michel Galon ;

Guitar : Jean Lopez ;

Bass Guitar : Alex Sanders-Nace ;

Synth : Eko Roosevelt ;

Percussions : Sidney ;

Saxophone/Flute : Jean Bremzet ;

Saxophone (solo) : Freh Khodja ;

Trumpets : Michel Barrot, Jean Buzon ;

Trombone : Jacques Bolognesi ;

Violins : M. Berthier ;

Chorus : Tarik Chikhi, Grazellia Madrigal, Aïda Nassim ;

Grazellia Madrigal ;

Directed by : Eric Siota ;

(Yes, this album features the legendary Cameroonian keyboardist Eko Roosevelt, whom we reissued a few years earlier a vinyl compilation on Nubiphone, one of the record labels I run !)

One of my personal favorite track in the genre, that always set the dance floor on fire when I play it during my DJ sets – Enjoy !

Abdelkader “Free” Khodja – Nadim (Je Regrette) (Algeria, 1976, Disques Espérance)

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Armand de Preseau

Nana Ampadu’s African Brothers Band International – Wonka Ma Wo Nte (Ghana, 1989, African Brothers Band International)

Following this previous article, I wanted to share with you “Wonka Ma Wo Nte“, an instant catchy 80s percussive Afro Electro Soul Funk Highlife track with great synths & drum machines, recorded in the UK in the second half of the 80s by the legendary Ghanaian band “African Brothers International” leaded by the mythical guitarist Patrick Kwame “Nana” Ampadu, composer of more than 800 songs – Enjoy !

Nana Ampadu’s African Brothers Band International – Wonka Ma Wo Nte (Ghana, 1989, African Brothers Band International)

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Eusèbe Jaojoby – Taratasy Maitso (Madagascar, 1987, Pied Rouge)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Taratasy Maitso“, an incredible deep bouncy Island Afro Soul Salegy Funk Folk track with island Jazz flavors, recorded in the late 80s by the legendary Madagascan composer & musician Eusèbe Jaojoby & that only appears on this obscure compilation out in 1987, financed thanks to the support of the national airline company “Air Madagascar“.

Cherry on the cake : that simple but gorgeous cover art – Enjoy !

Eusèbe Jaojoby – Taratasy Maitso (Madagascar, 1987, Pied Rouge)

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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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Armand de Preseau