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

vendredi 9 janvier 2015

Blo - Don't Pull The Form Under Me (Nigerian Afro funk, 1975, Afrodisia)


Hi !

Today, I decided to present you a Nigerian Afro Rock & Funk classic band, B.L.O.

B for Berkely "Ike" Jones, on the guitar and vocals
L for Laolu "Akins" Akintobi, on the drums
O for Mike "Gbenga" Odumosu

Blo was formed by 3 musicians that used to be very prolific on the Nigerian musical scene of the 70's.

They released 6 records, and played with some great Nigerian musicians, such as Segun Bucknor (Pianist), Tunde Williams (Trumpetist) or Joni Haastrup (Organist).

Here is an extract of their 3rd LP, hope you'll like it !

BLO - Don't Pull The Form Under Me




Best regards,

Armand

lundi 5 janvier 2015

New Selection - African All Stars (feat. Volta Jazz, Menelik Wossenachew, MBT, Ndo Clement..)




Hi dear readers !

Here comes the new selection I've prepared for you !

This week I take you with me on a ride for a musical Journey through 9 songs, taken from 9 7 inches from 9 African countries (is 9 your favourite number ?)

This selection took me a long time to prepare, hope you'll like it !!

Armand de Preseau - African All Stars



 

You can download the selection here (as always, right clic and "Save as")

Tracklist :

     - Kenya : The New Sunshine Band - Honey Baby
     - Guinea (Conakry) : Balla et Ses Balladins - Moi Ca Ma Fout
     - Congo : The MBT's - MBT's Sound
     - Benin : Phany Agboton - Allabiaboukata
     - Nigeria : Demono Rock Group : I'll Loose you Girl
     - Ethiopia : Menelik Wossenachew - Chereka
     - Central African Republic : Orchestre Typical Fiesta - Papa Got A Brand New Bag
     - Burkina Faso : Volta Jazz - Moussoko Robatike
     - Cameroon : Ndo Clement et Les Titans - Nkul Wo Nlon

See you very soon, and don't hesitate to leave some comments if you liked the selection, or if you have any questions !

Sincerely yours,

Armand

vendredi 2 janvier 2015

Freedom Family - Africa My Fathers Land

 

Happy New Year my dear reader reader !!!

To begin this new new year 2015, here is a little track taken from the second LP from the "Freedom Family" Band, a Nigerian Disco Funk group based in Lagos back from the 70's.

Their First LP, "Ayentsoo", was recorded in 1974 and has been reissued, you can find it easily at your favourite record store.

I decided to make you discover a track taken from their second LP, more obscure, out in 1979.

Hope you'll like it !

Freedom Family - Africa My Fathers Land




Sincerely yours, all the best for 2015,

Armand