Within one week we lost two Africans of great significance, first
Tabu Ley Rochereau, one of the most influential singers of the
continent and yesterday, Nelson Mandela, no need to explain
he was one of the most important African leaders. Thank you
Youssou N'dour, to make this ode to the great leader in 1985.
read Thabo Mbeki's farewell poem,
You have borne the pain of those who have known fear and learnt to conquer it.
You have marched in front when comfort was in the midst of the ranks
You have laughed to contend against a river of tears.
You have cried to broadcast a story of joy...
The accident of your birth should have condemned you to a village.
Circumstances you did not choose should have confined you to a district.
Your sight, your heart and your mind could have reached no further than the
horizon of the natural eye.
But you have been where you should not have been.
You have faced death and said - do your worst!
You have inhabited the dark, dark dungeons of freedom denied, itself a denial
to live in a society where freedom was denied.
You have looked at the faces of some of those who were your comrades, who
turned their eyes away from you because somewhere in their mortal being there
lingered the remnants of a sense of shame, always and for ever whispering softly
- no to treachery! A thing in the shadows, present at every dawn, repeating, repeating,
repeating - I am Conscience, to whom you have denied a home.
You have not asked - who indeed are these for whose lives I was prepared to die!
You have asked - who am I, that I too did not falter, so that I too could turn my own
eyes away from myself and another, who was a comrade.
You have stood at the brink, when you had to appeal to the gods about whether to win
a dishonourable peace or to lose the lives of your people, and decided that none among
these would exchange their lives for an existence without honour.
You have been where nobody should be asked to be.
You have carried burdens heavier than those who felt it their responsibility and right to
proclaim you an enemy of the state.
You have to convince your enemies to believe a story difficult to believe, because it
was true, that your burnished spear glittered in the rays of the sun, not to speak of
hatred and death from them, but because you prayed that its blinding brilliance would
tell them, whose ears would not hear, that you loved them as your own kith and kin.
You have had to bear the mantle of sainthood when all you sought was pride in the
knowledge that you were a good foot soldier for justice and freedom...
From "A Farewell to Madiba", a praise poem by Thabo Mbeki (president of South Africa from
1999 to 2008), delivered by him to the National Assembly, Cape Town, on 26 March 1999
1 Nelson Mandela
2 Moule moule
4 The rubberband man
6 Donkaasi gi
We find them all over the world, here in Amsterdam I heard them
for the first time when I was a little boy. It provides us with the
warmest sounds such as zydeco, forró, cumbia and like here,
in Haitian compas. I am talking about the accordeon off course.
This instrument practicly always turns a smile on my face, check
this lp by Les Vedettes d'Haiti, just what we need to warm
our autumn bones on a day like this.
1 Ti po a
2 Marie marthe
4 Ti jeanne
5 Le mal existe
6 Photo copie
Last saturdaynight the world has lost a great artist. Tabu Ley Rochereau
was a legend, at the age of 73 he died at the Saint-Luc hospital in Sint-
Lambrechts-Woluwe near Brussels, Belgium. He suffered from a stroke
some years ago and never really recovered. "His condition got worse a
lot since last monday.", his son in law Jean-Claude Muissa stated. Pascal
Tabu was born november 13, 1940 in Bandundu, Belgium Congo in those
days. He wrote his first song barely 14 years old for African Jazz. The lp
we've got here today is on Ngoma, a real gem.
Give it a couple of spins and remember
Tabu Ley Rochereau,
pass it on as much as you can..
P.S. This is a RE-POST.
3 Kashama nkoy
4 Caroline mama
7 Mon mari est capable
8 Bel Abidjan
We had some from Kenya and from Colombia and Congo,
today it is Ghana's turn to get a 'Seven 7" singles' compilation.
I recently found some so here they are. ET Mensah's tracks are
a bit noisy but the rest sounds fairly okay. Hope you like them,
1 Ramblers Dance Band - Oburoni woewu
2 Ramblers Dance Band - Antie christie
3 Dr. K. Gyasi's Noble Kings - Sama awo deme
4 Dr. K. Gyasi's Noble Kings - Sei na'zo
5 Ashanti Brothers - Me yonko awisia
6 Ashanti Brothers - Kae owuo
7 E.T. Mensah & his Tempos Band - Odo anigyina
8 E.T. Mensah & his Tempos Band - Abele
9 Yamoah's Band - Atemmuda
10 Yamoah's Band - Oyefo
11 Abongo Boys led by Sammy Kwampoh - Anka meye bi
12 Abongo Boys led by Sammy Kwampoh - Menko ofie ho
13 EK's no.1 Band - Efa woho ben ?
14 EK's no.1 Band - Ma agyanka nesu nye wosu
Who remembers les Mangelepa ? It is one of those Congolese
groups that moved to Kenya and made lots of records there. This lp
is from 1989 and was released by Gramma and produced by Bothwell
Nyamhondera & Henry Peters. Label and first producer
I only knew from Zimbabwan artist Thomas Mapfumo, now
with Mangelepa. They call this music Kwasa-Kwasa
dance, a type of soukous also made by for
instance Pépé Kallé, listen
and dance away..
1 Orchestre Kamale - Ayindjo
2 Angel Viloria - A lo escuro
3 Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe - Ndidi kanma
4 Akwasi Yeboah - Asuso atue
5 Sonora Ponceña - Suena tu bongo
6 Osvaldo Nunes - Bota samba nisso
7 Zaïko Langa-Langa - Viya
8 Jerry Hansen & the Ramblers Dance Band - Agboo ayee
9 André Pamomiel - Tedy na nga
10 Lord Nelson King Liar
11 Docteur Nico et l'African Fiesta Sukisa - Bandake mboka
12 Kongo Vox - Ambroise mon amour
13 Bezerra da Silva e Reyjordão - Lei de madeira
14 Victoria's King Jazz - Susana
15 Empire Bakuba - Trop c'est trop
On 'Blackspot', a division of Decca West Africa we find this
fine collector of Congolese tracks. It is a Nigerian pressing
and part from a little hum in between the numbers it sounds
swell. We know at least one of the tracks from albums that
have passed by in the past but most songs are new here.
Funny variation appears to be track #8 by Dr. Nico, his
'Dragon le montre' sounds a lot like Johnny Bokelo's
'F.C. Dragon' which we know from Deram's 'Stars
from Zaïre vol.4'. Compare them if you've got it.
..Dragon Oye !..First of the treasures I found
at this weekend's fair. You know the drill,
get it & spread it !
1 l'Orchestre Conga 68 de Johnny Bokelo - Tambola na mokili
2 Orchestre Vévé - Fifi
3 Orchestre OK Jazz - Lumumba heros national
4 l'Orchestre Comete Mambo Techeza - Monthana
5 Mando Negro Kwala-Kwa - Awouba
6 Orchestre Cercul Jazz - Sapato
7 Orchestre Conga de Johnny Bokelo - Tolela ba oyo bakenda
8 Dr. Nico & l'African Fiesta - Dragon le montre