lundi 23 février 2015

New Selection - Thailand Grooves


Hi dear readers !

As promised, here is my new selection, 9 7inches brought back from my recent 2 weeks trip to Thailand ! Isan, Molam, Luk Thung and Folk Tunes, hope you'll like this deep selection !

This is my Third Selection of Thai records, always the same pleasure, hope this is the same for you !

Armand de Preseau - Thailand Grooves





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

Sorry, no tracklist this time, hope you'll understand why- But music doesn't need a name to groove..

I will be back soon with a special selection !

Sincerely yours,

Armand

dimanche 15 février 2015

William Onyeabor - Something you will never forget (Nigeria, 1978, Wilfilms Records)


"A Tragedy Of How An African Princess Rejects The Love That Money Buys"

Hi Everyone !

Sorry for the delay, I just came back from Thailand yesterday evening ! Found around dope 80 records there, listenend more than 2000 records.. I'm preparing right now a new Thai selection !

I selected for today a track from the great William Onyeabor, from Enugu, Nigeria.

Mr Onyabor was a very prolific composer and producer (9 records between 1977 and 1985), owner of the Wilfilms records label and who had his own record pressing plant.

Secret USSR agent, Businessman that became billionaire working in oil or movie producer, no one could say who is exactly William Onyeabor..

This song is taken from the first LP of Mr Onyeabor, originally out in 1977. Actually 2 versions of this LP exist, because it was "remixed" later in a more electronic way, with synths and drummachines.

 I decided to present you "Something you'll never forget", a groovy and catchy funky track taken from the 2nd version of his first LP, hope you'll like it !

William Onyeabor - Something You Will Never Forget




Take care,

Armand

dimanche 1 février 2015

Eskill et Vicky feat Le Tout Puissant Orchestre de Cotonou - Ecoute Ma Melodie (Benin, 1980, Omo Sun)


Hi dear readers !

A rainy sunday, perfect for the track of the week : "Ecoute Ma Melodie" (hear my melody), a Beninese afrobeat track about love, from 1980, sung by Eskill and Vicky, backed by the famous Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou !

Eskill et Vicky feat Le Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou - Ecoute Ma Melodie



 

Have a nice week-end,

Armand

dimanche 25 janvier 2015

Ignace de Souza et L'Orchestre Black Santiago - Paulina (Benin, 1972, Disques Tropiques)


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




Sincerely yours,

Armand

Maitre Gazonga et l'International Challal - Les Jaloux Saboteurs (Ivory Coast, 1984, Tangent)


Ahamat Saleh Rougalta, also called "Maître Gazonga" was born in 1948 in Chad.

 During all of his childhood, he was very involved into sports, but decided to become a musician at the age of 20. A few years later, he created his band, "L'international Challal", that became soon one of the most famous groups of the country, always on tour.

The track I wanted to present you today, "Les Jaloux Saboteurs" (his most popular song) was recorded in 1984 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and is an African classic song in most of the countries of the continent.

Maitre Gazonga et l'International Challal - Les Jaloux Saboteurs



 

Best regards,

Armand

dimanche 18 janvier 2015

Orchestre Les As du Benin feat Roger Damawuzan - Tropicana Souvenir (Benin, 1973, Philips West-African Records)


Hi !

Today let's hear a nice Afrobeat track taken from the first LP by L'Orchestre Les As du Bénin : Tropicana Souvenir.

Les As du Benin was a band that used to play at the Tropicana hotel, in Lome, Togo, and the band was composed by 7 musicians :

- Beaudouin Amegee on the lead guitar & vocals
- Georges Mensanh on the bass
- Kponton Venance on the second guitar
- Leon Awoumey on the Drums
- Celestin Eklou on the Organ & vocals
- Lucien Ayite on the Congas
- Roger Damawuzan on the Congas and vocals

You would notice that the last one, Roger (he will change his name later for Dama, because of politics), became later one of the most famous Togolese musicians (but this is another history..).

Orchestre Les As du Benin - Babaa Na Ayele




Have a good sunday,

Armand

mercredi 14 janvier 2015

Orchestre Gorom - Yen Djigue Gni (Senegal, 1977, Sonafric)


 Hi !

Today a quick post, just wanted to make you (re)discover one track from a Senegalese Orchestra, l'Orchestre Gorom, taken from their unique LP called : Senegal "Authentic1977".

That record, out on the famous Sonafric label, has 6 tracks, all winners !

The track that you will hear in a few seconds, "Yen Djigue Gni" is the first track of the record, an incredible afro fusion song- Enjoy !

Orchestre Gorom - Yen Djigue Gni




Sincerely yours,

Armand