L'Orchestre Black Santiago, leaded by Ignace de Souza, was one of the most influent Beninese bands of the late 60's and the 70's.
Created in 1966 in Ghana (due to politics reasons of the time), the group was composed by musicians from Ghana and Benin, with some people that will become very famous later, like the drummer Danialou Sagbohan or the singer Honoré Avolonto.
The band used to play many different musical genre at the time, from Highlife to Boléro or Afrobeat (they even played a fex times with the King of Afrobeat, Fela Ransome Kuti !).
The track I wanted to make you discover here, "Paulina", is one of their first recordings, taken from one of their 7inches out in 1972.
Nervous drums, killer trumpet, syncopated organ, hope you will appreciate this very early Afrobeat song !
Ignace de Souza et L'Orchestre Black Santiago - Paulina