dimanche 23 mars 2014

New Selection : Douala Express - A Cameroonese Afrobeat, Jerk and Mako Funk Selection



Hi dear readers !!!

It's been a while !! I'm very proud to present you my new selection, another Cameroonese one, of Afrobeat, Jerk and Mako Funk tracks ! Hope you'll enjoy them, those tracks are taken from unknown or ultra hard to find records !

Armand de Preseau - Douala Express




You can download this selection here (as usual, right clic, "save as")

(Sorry, no tracklist this time..)

All the best, and see you very soon !!!

Sincerely yours,

Armand

dimanche 23 février 2014

Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako - Get Up James (unreleased recording)


Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako, Salif Keita in the center

"Bang", "bang", "bang" ! It takes two or three shots to clear the Bamako Motel dancefloor. Tiekoro Bagayoko, the venue boss, arrives to pick out a beauty of the night and ask her to dance. Under the leaves of a mango tree perched on the side of a stage, the orchestra adapts to the demands of a cosmopolitan crowd and an unpredictable boss with a penchant for American funk, a sign of modernity at the heart of Bamako nightlife. 

Formed in 1969 with musicians from Mali, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Senegal, Les Ambassadeurs du Motel are Mali's most cosmopolitan orchestra of the 70s. Led by Guinean guitarist Manfila Kanté who knows exactly how to direct the musical energy to bring about a modernist sound, adapting to a distinctly western musical repertoire. 
When Salif Keita leaves the Rail Band Orchestra to join Les Ambassadeurs in 1973, he establishes himself as a singer full of star quality and new emotions inspired by his own life and Mali's evolution 15 years after its independence. A musical bond is immediately formed between Salif and his new colleagues. Beidy Sacko sings the afro-cuban tracks, Ousmane Dia and Moussa Doumbia interpret the funk, R'n'B numbers. 

Drummer Nouhoun Keita and bassist Sékou Diabaté form one of the tightest rhythm sections on the continent. The musicians tirelessly rehearse 10 to 14 hours a day. Hits like James Brown's There was a time or Fela Kuti's Lady become their own pieces de resistance. Night after night, gig after gig, the musicians carefully observe the spontaneous dance moves of the Motel crowd and modify their music accordingly. 

Les Ambassadeurs excel at playing funk. Direct, deep and raw, their renditions evoque a pure, rootsy sound: that takes in nightlife fun, improvised dancing, saucy fun but also a tough economic reality. These numbers express a true touch of genius, as well as an ease at taking over the musical idiom invented by James Brown, Dyke and the Balzers, The Meters, Marvin Holmes, Rex Garvin and a handful of other afro-americans musicians. 

In the American vernacular, the term 'funk' denotes a particular type of smell often considered unpleasant, that of sweat or intimate relations. The idea of sweat remains at the roots of funk, the most raw form of black musical expression, it is to R'n'B and soul what free jazz is to jazz. A strong, pure, reclaiming sound which links back to the beginnings of African music and thereby to black identity. Mighty as an earthquake and cutting as a razor, this track by Les Ambassadeurs is the living proof of funk power. 


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« Boum », « boum », « boum » ! En deux ou trois coups de feu, la piste de danse du Motel de Bamako se vide prestement. Tiekoro Bagayoko, le patron des lieux vient de jeter son dévolu sur une belle de nuit et souhaite l’inviter à danser. Sous les frondaisons de manguier, juché sur une petite estrade en béton, l'orchestre s'adapte aux demandes d'une clientèle cosmopolite et d'un patron fantasque, qui apprécie particulièrement le funk américain, gage de modernité au cœur des nuits de Bamako. 

Formés en 1969 autour de musiciens maliens, ivoiriens, guinéens et sénégalais, Les Ambassadeurs du Motel est l’orchestre le plus cosmopolite du Mali des années 1970, dirigé par le guitariste guinéen Manfila Kanté. Ce dernier sait parfaitement fédérer les énergies, tout en donnant une orientation résolument moderniste aux Ambassadeurs, qui passe notamment par l’appropriation et l’adaptation d’un répertoire musical occidental. 

Lorsque Salif Keita quitte l’orchestre du Rail Band pour rejoindre Les Ambassadeurs en 1973, il s’y affirme comme un chanteur porteur d’émotions nouvelles par rapport à sa propre vie et à l’évolution que connaît le Mali, une quinzaine d’années après l’indépendance. L’entente musicale de Salif et de ses nouveaux collègues est immédiate. Salif s’impose naturellement comme chanteur vedette. Beidy Sacko chante les morceaux afro-cubain alors qu’Ousmane Dia et Moussa Doumbia interprètent les titres funk et rhythm’n’blues. 
Le batteur Nouhoun Keita et le bassiste Sékou Diabaté posent la base rythmique des Ambassadeurs, l’une des plus solides du continent. Les musiciens répètent et travaillent inlassablement leur répertoire chaque jour de dix heures à quatorze heures. Des tubes comme There was a time de James Brown ou Lady de Fela font les beaux jours de l’orchestre. Soir après soir, concert après concert, les musiciens observent attentivement le public du Motel pour retranscrire en musique ses moindres pas de danse, exécutés dans une ambiance de liberté totale. 

Les Ambassadeurs excellent en effet dans les morceaux funk. Directes, profondes et rauques, leurs interprétations évoquent un quotidien sans fard: distractions nocturnes, danses improvisées, plaisirs grivois, mais aussi une dure réalité économique. Ces chansons expriment de véritables éclairs de génie, ainsi qu’une facilité déconcertante à s’approprier un idiome musical inventé par James Brown, Dyke & The Blazers, les Meters, Marvin Holmes, Rex Garvin et une poignée d’autres musiciens noirs américains. 

Dans le langage vernaculaire noir américain, le terme funk désigne une odeur souvent jugée déplaisante, celle de la sueur et des rapports intimes. La sueur reste la base du funk, la forme d’expression la plus brute des musiques noires, qui est au rhythm’n’blues et à la soul ce que le free jazz est au jazz. À savoir un langage exacerbé de l’identité noire, vindicatif et pur, qui renvoie indirectement aux prémices des musiques africaines. Puissant comme une secousse tellurique et tranchant comme un rasoir, ce morceau des Ambassadeurs en est la preuve vibrante.



Special article this week (special because I didn't took the time to prepare a brand new selection..) with an awesome track from Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako (remember the young Salif Keita ?), unreleased until a small Label recording (from Swiss) managed to get the rights (from the band, I hope..) to press it on a 7 inch ! Really good initiative, because it's one of my favourite Malian band, and unkown tracks are always welcome !

Did you know that James Brown was from Mali ?

See you very very soon !!!

Sincerely yours,

Armand

vendredi 7 février 2014

New Selection of the Week - Loin du Congo (Far From Congo), featuring Franco, Orchestre Cobantou, OK Jazz, African Fiesta, Roi Champro, Orchestre Mabatalai, MBT's..


L'Orchestre OK Jazz, lead by the great Franco (1960)

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Hi Dear readers !

Hope that everything is ok and that you enjoyed the last Beninese Selection ! This week we travel to the Congoes (Congo Kinshasa / Congo Brazzaville).

Just Three Words : To Kumisa Congo ! (10 000 CFA Francs for the one who will manage to translate this !)

Armand de Preseau - Loin du Congo (Far from Congo)




You can download this selection here (as usual, right clic, "save as")

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See you in next Sunday for another selection of Oriental Mystic sounds, or maybe for another (that would be the third !) Cameroonese selection.. We'll see !

BONUS TRACK :  

Sincerely yours,

Armand

dimanche 2 février 2014

Happy 2014 !! Selection Of The Week : Voodoo In Cotonou (Anos Band de Parakou, Black Santiago, Vincent Ahehehinnou, Poly Rythmo..)


Happy 2014 to everyone, I wish you the best for this new year !!!!

Sincerely sorry for the delay, been reaaaally busy those days, preparing some good surprises for you my dear readers but.. it's a secret !

Let's begin 2014 with a brand new 7 inches selection from the beautiful country of Bénin, hope you'll enjoy those little treasures taken from my collection that I've cleaned, selected and masterized just for you !

The next selection will come quick ! (I hope..) Thanks for your support !

Armand de Préseau - Voodoo In Cotonou




You can download this Selection here (as usual, right clic and "Save as")

Sincerely yours,

Armand

Tracklist :

1 - Ignace de Souza et L'Orchestre Black Santiago - Paulina
2 - Orchestre Blacks Dragons de Cotonou - Se Djro
3 - Vincent Ahehehinnou - Kourougninda Wende
4 - Orchestre Anos Band de Parakou - Alassane Koda Maradi
5 - Orchestre Blacks Dragons de Cotonou - E Sa F'aiye
6 - Gnonnas Pedro y sus panchos de Cotonou - L'indomptable Gnonnas Pop
7 - Orchestre Anos band de Parakou - boro non andou nan
8 -  D'almeida Blucky et L'orchestre Black Santiago - Les Nanes
9 - Melome Clement Et L'Orchestre Poly Rythmo - La Fin De L'Ete
10 - El Rego - Divogny Din Ton Le

dimanche 3 novembre 2013

New Selection Soon !

                                     Picture by the great Malian Photographer Malick Sidibé

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the delay, I've been very very busy this last month - I will post some new selections and tracks soon, thanks a lot for your support !

See you soon for a Beninese selection !

Sincerely yours,

Armand

lundi 30 septembre 2013

Selection of the Week : Take Me Back To Lagos, Nigeria (Mansion /Celebrant / Identicals / Visitors / Mary Afi Usuah / Super Wings..)



Hi dear readers !

It's been a while since the last time we met ! This week, we travel to Nigeria, this strange and continuously moving country, with a few tracks from several well known Afro Rock / Funk and Disco bands back in the 70's ! Hope you'll enjoy this selection, it took me some time to prepare it, because those LP's are reaaally hard to find nowadays, especially in such exceptional condition !

See you really soon for another Selection !

You can download the selection here (as usual, right clic, "save as")

Armand de Preseau - Take Me Back To Lagos



Tracklist :

1 - The Visitors - Togetherness
2  - Mansion - Devil Woman
3 - The Identicals - Akwa Kayi Ji Bia Nuwa
4 - The Celebrant - Funky Music
5 - Mary Afi Usuah - What's A Woman to Do
6 - Clement Djimogne - Africa
7 - Etubom Rex William - Disco Baby
8 - MFB - Boredom Pain
9 - Super Wings - Men of the People

Sincerely yours,

Armand

mercredi 21 août 2013

Selection of the week : The Malian Selection (Orchestre Rail Band, Kene Star de Sikasso, Idrissa Soumaoro among others..)



Hi dear readers !

As promised (for a looong time), here comes the Malian Selection, 9 tracks of pure deepness from this beautiful country - Hope you'll like it !

Armand de Preseau - The Malian Selection



You can download the mix here (right clic, "save as")

Tracklist :

1 - Le Kene Star de Sikasso - Fitiriwale
2 - Rail Band - Mouo Dilo
3 - Idrissa Soumaoro et l'Eclipse de l'IJA - Nissodia
4 - Orchestre Kanaga de Mopti - N'do N'do
5 - Le Mystere Jazz de Tombouctou - Wale
6 - Le super Djata Band de Bamako - Zani Djabate
7 - Le Super Biton National de Segou - Siseni
8 - Idrissa Soumahoro - Toi que j'aime
9 - L'orchestre Rail Band du Buffet Hotel de la Gare de Bamako - Badialan Mallet

Sincerely yours,

Armand