samedi 15 juillet 2017

Kojo N'dah and Soundz Connection - Ewule Ma Mbawu La (Ghana, 1981, Kojo N'dah)



This week, I decided to share with you one of my favourite Highlife record from Ghana, very obscure (the record is a private pressing), from Kojo N'dah, an artist who used to live in Ivory Coast and who recorded a few LP.

The track presented here, "Ewule Ma Mbawu La", is an awesome percussive and bouncing dancefloor highlife track, with rhodes keys and synths in Vis-a-Vis Orchestra vein - Enjoy !

Kojo N'dah and Soundz Connection - Ewule Ma Mbawu La




Have a nice weekend,

Armand

samedi 8 juillet 2017

Mongo Ndouan - Okala Le Cri de La Rigueur (Cameroon, 1980, Tam Tam d'Afrique)



This week, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite Cameroonian tracks for a long time (and one of my secret weapons !) taken on this record from Mongo Ndouan from Cameroon, the one and only LP he recorded on a private local record label before totally disappearing.

The track I wanted to share with you, "Okala Le Cri de La Rigueur", is a full of energy 8 min afrobeat track, with crazy synth parts and nervous syncoped drums - Enjoy !

Mongo Ndouan - Okala Le Cri de La Rigueur




Have a nice weekend,

Armand

lundi 3 juillet 2017

New Selection - Au Pays des Merveilles



Hello everyone !
 
Here is a Soundcloud link to a PanAfrican vinyl only selection I did with my mate Adrien Michel for our Macabo Crew !
 
A 1h30 musical travel through the African dust - Enjoy !


Tracklist :

1 : Union de Douala - Champion 1976 (Cameroun)
2 : Joey Etondey - Africa (Vocal Version) (Cameroun)
3 : Mike Kounou - Klos Bivindi (Cameroun)
4 : Sweet Mary - Congossa (Cameroun)
5 : Mongo Ndouan - Okala Le Cri de La Rigueur (Cameroun)
6 : Eskill et Vicky - Ecoute Ma Melodie (Benin)
7 : Manuel Guysso - Bot Bua (Cameroun)
8 : Clement Djimogne - Africa (Cameroun/Nigeria)
9 : Los Camaroes - Boo A Nun Muna (Cameroun)
10 : Tjaps - O a (Cameroun)
11 : Esa - A Muto (Cameroun)
12 : Sweet Breeze - Igbaraka Bilum (Nigeria)
13 : Bongos Ikwue - Woman Made The Devil (Nigeria)
14 : Stora Stora - Stora Stora (Cap Vert)
15 : La Maison des Merengues - Abandon (Martinique)
16 : Africa Tentaçao - Fantaisia Do Tchingange (Angola)
17 : Anne Marie Nzie - Yeh Ye (Cameroun)
18 : Ziskakan - Zordi La Pli (La Réunion)
19 : Patrick Victor - Emmanuelle (Les Seychelles)
20 : Mary Afi Usuah - Ima Mma Uyem (Nigeria)
21 : Ahmed Malek - Omar Gatlato (Algerie)
22 : Alain Peters - Rest La Maloya (La Réunion)

All the best,

Armand

mercredi 28 juin 2017

Jerry Ella and The Sparklings - Why Can't You Party Down (Nigeria, 1985, Acn Ltd)



Jerry Ella was an obscure musician from Nigeria, who released only one album in 1985 with his band "The Sparklings", composed of Nigerian and Cameroonian musicians - No more infos on this one, sorry !

I decided to present you the track "Why Can't You Party Down", a perfect afro soul boogie stepper track to enjoy the beginning of this summer !

Jerry Ella and The Sparklings - Why Can't You Party Down




You can also listen to this track on my youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/8I8RO47ddXE

Take care,

Armand

lundi 12 juin 2017

Super Ensemble Nemours Jean Baptiste - Haiti Cumbia (Haiti, 1970, Marc Records)



Born on the 2 of February 1918 in Port-Au-Prince (Haiti), Jean-Baptiste Nemours was one of the most important figures of the Haitian musical scene.

He was member of many Haitian orchestra's (Jazz Guignard, Trio Atomique..) before founding his own in 1953, the "Ensemble aux Calebasses" (he will change the name of the orchestra later in 1958 for "Ensemble Nemours Jean-Baptiste" and in 1963 for "Super Ensemble Nemours Jean-Baptiste").

With his Ensemble, they are supposed to have invented the "Kompa Dirèk", later shortened to "Kompa" (compas) musical style.

Jean-Baptiste Nemours died the 18 of May 1985 in Port-Au-Prince.

I decided to present you "Haiti Cumbia", a latin song played with a lovely Haitian touch and Biguine reminiscences - Enjoy !

Super Ensemble Nemours Jean Baptiste - Haiti Cumbia




You can also listen to this song on my new Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/R41IkgUQeDQ

Have a nice week,

Armand.

mercredi 7 juin 2017

Liza Ngwa - Alima (Cameroun, 1980, Editions Drums)



Liza Ngwa was a folk singer and guitar player from Yaoundé (Cameroon), who released 2 albums in the 70's.

She was also involved into different forms of art (sculpture, dress-making, sport..) and cultural performances (theater performances, concerts..).

I decided to make you (re)discover "Alima", a very unique UFO-esque folk song with psychedelic bikutsi and cadence reminiscences, taken from her second album recorded in 1980.

Liza Ngwa - Alima

 


You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel : https://youtu.be/stPKdmR2kyQ

Have a nice week,

Armand

vendredi 26 mai 2017

Erick Cosaque et Les Voltages 8 - L'Heureux Noir (Guadeloupe, 1980, Franck R Records)



Following to this article, I wanted for this week to make you (re)discover another track from Erick Cosaque, one of my favourite musician from French Guadeloupe Island who is still active today.

"L'Heureux Noir", the track presented here, is a perfect example of early Cosaque's work, mixing perfectly Jazz and traditional Guadeloupean Gwo Ka percussions - Enjoy !

Erick Cosaque et Les Voltages 8 - L'Heureux Noir

 


Best regards,

Armand