lundi 29 décembre 2014

Francis The Great Mbarga - Ravissante Baby (Cameroonese Afro Disco Fusion)


Hi Everyone !

This week I decided to make a very special article on a Cameroonese artist, Francis "The Great" Mbarga, who released two Afro Disco records in 1977 ("Ravissante Baby") and in 1978 ("Crazy Tube"), at the age of 7.

Those two records were released on his father's label, "Cinafric Contacts", when the Mbarga family lived in Paris (France).

I decided to make you (re)discover one song taken from his first record, "Look Up In The Sky", an epic 13 minutes long afro disco track sung in English and French by the Mbarga kid, with some pychedelic synth moments - Enjoy !!

Francis The Great - Look Up In The Sky



 

Also, I had the greeeat chance to meet Mr. Mbarga ! So, as a BIG Bonus, here is the 45min long interview (sorry, it's in French..) I had with this great, interesting, nice, funny, natural and sincere man.


Thanks for all !!

Armand

dimanche 21 décembre 2014

Clement Melome et l'Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou - Nous Avons Gagné


Hi !

Today we stay in the beautiful country of Benin, with a veeeery well known band, l'Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, with a slow Afro rock track, "Nous avons gagné" ("we won"), out on the "Polydisco" label (actually the shop werecame out exclusively the records of the band at the time).

Not  a common track track but one of my favorite, because it's not "another jerk thing", its a track about love and evil..

Clement Melome et l'Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou - Nous Avons Gagné





Have a good sunday, take care of you,

Armand

dimanche 14 décembre 2014

Charles Rodriguez And The African Revolution - L'amour Ne S'achete Pas



Good Evening everyone !

Today I want to make you (re)discover an obscure 7inches from a Beninese artist : Charles Rodriguez.

Charles Rodriguez, an organ player, used to play at the time with several well known Beninese musical groups, such as "Ignace de Souza and the Black Santiagos" or "El Rego et ses commandos".

He recorded only 4 tracks, and "L'amour ne s'achète pas" (you can't buy love) is one of them. In this song, Charles tells prostitutes to stop drinking and selling their body, they are wasting their lives this way.

Strangely, this single has the "DECCA" cover, but was pressed specialy for an Nigerian music shop based in Lagos called "Alofty" in August 73 - Enjoy !

Charles Rodriguez and The African Revolution - L'amour Ne S'achete Pas



dimanche 7 décembre 2014

Vikings Martinique - Nidia



Hi everyone, hope your week was good !

To finish it, here comes "Nidia", an amazing psychedelic cadence taken from an obscure record by "Les Vikings Martinique".

Les Vikings Martinique - Nidia




Truly yours,

Armand.

jeudi 4 décembre 2014

New Selection : Nigerian Afrodeapness (feat. SJOB, Ikengas, Etubom Rex Williams..)


Hi dear readers !

As promise last week, here comes the new selection I've prepared for your little ears !

A selection of 6 afrobeat tracks taken from 6 veeery hard to find Nigerian records, especially in this condition !

I know that for many people "Afrobeat" word is mainly connected with the work of Fela Kuti, so I wanted to make you discover other, and deeper artists - Hope you'll enjoy this mix !

Armand de Preseau - Nigerian Afrodeapness



 

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

See you soon, and don't hesitate to leave some comments if you liked the selection !

Sincerely yours,

Armand