Saturday, January 31, 2009

Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey and his Inter-Reformers Band - Adventure of Mr. Wise, Decca West Africa 1973

A good day to you Groovers around the Globe, this last week
has been a little hectic. My old PC was getting slower and slower
by the day. It was going to crash, that much was certain, it was only
a matter of time. So I decided to get another one. I am now working
on a brand new and fast machine, very nice but with all that updated
software I am learning things all over again. I didn't use winrar on
this file, but winzip, hope it unpacks as usual for you.
If any problem appears, please let me know.

What we have today is another rare old Juju LP. Chief Ebenezer Obey
is back with a splendid album. It's been played quite a lot so it's
quality isn't perfect. During the 70's, Ebenezer Obey and Sunny Adé
were big rivals. Juju music was changing in high tempo because both
artists wanted to be the first to add new instruments and new styles.
Around 1980 they both released albums for European labels and broke
through internationally. I think both artists are winners and above
all, we are the lucky ones to enjoy such great music.

tracks;

1 Motun gbede
--Ita baba kan
--Ogbon loruko e
--Oluwa fun ni ohun merin
--Owo, suru, omo ati aiku lewe
--Suru lodara
2 Sikisiki mami
--Bi osi temi
--Iru oluwa ni osi
--Chief Henry Fajemirokun
--Chief I. S. Adewale
--Eleganza R. Okoya

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

King Sunny Adé and his African Beats - The Golden Mercury of Africa, Sunny Adé Organisation 1979

King Sunny Adé's juju is among the very best in Nigeria.
The Golden Mercury of Africa is one of his best albums
and not often to be seen. As usual in juju music, the numbers
are all melted together. Get it now !

tracks;

1 Isu joba lori iyan
-----Abu ni je dehin
-----Ma je koju ti mi
2 Sunny Adé gbe tuntun de
-----Dele adeyemo
-----Baba onigba
-----Ma jaiye ori e

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Global Sampler vol. 21

Volume 21 is here to help you choose from our global
fruittree. Whether you like strawberry or papaya,
sweet, salt or spicey. it samples the fruits from
first to twentyfirst of januari. pick your choice.
tracks;

1 Exporta Samba - A taxa
2 Docteur Nico - Angele ozali wapi
3 Sami Kamara and his Black Diamonds - Tete
4 Miguel Aceves Mejia - Ella
5 Miguel Aceves Mejia - El jinete
6 Sugar Belly Combo - Linstead market
7 Empire Bakuba du Grand Kallé - Massassi calculé
8 Franco et le TPOK Jazz - Kinzonzi kitata mbenda
9 Enrique Bofante - Soledad
10 Franco et l'Orchestre OK Jazz - Nganda maboke naboyi
11 Carmen Costa - Amor, pra que nasceu ?
12 Cortijo y su Combo con Ismael Rivera - Volare
13 African All Stars - Les champions
14 Martinho da Vila - Disritmia
15 Abana Ba Nasery - Atisa wangu
16 Ismael Rivera - Soy feliz

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Joseito Mateo - El Verdadero Rey del Merengue, Riney

José Tamárez Mateo was born in San Isidro in the Dominican Republic
in 1920. I have no idea from what year this LP is. If any one
can tell us, that would be nice. It is an oldie and it's been
played a lot. The final track has a little damage, you may ask
why post it ? Well, for the simple reason it contains eleven
great tracks, and they sound just fine. Give a fair chance
to the Real King of Merengue; Joseito Mateo.

tracks;

1 Jardinera
2 Asi es la vida
3 Me quiero emborrachar
4 Feliciana
5 Salve sabrosona
6 Mal de amores
7 Candela
8 Ellas
9 Adan y Eva
10 Salve Merecumbé
11 Too much tequila
12 A chin a chin

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Sam Mangwana, Franco & le T.P. O.K. Jazz,
Syllart Production 1989

Two of our heroes in Congolese music on this late 80's LP.
The great Franco and his old youthfriend Sam Mangwana, Forever.

tracks;

1 Toujours O.K.
2 Cherie B.B.
3 Bowane choc
4 Proces

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Benedito Nunes, Musicolor 1972

Benedito Nunes is from Bahia, but he moved to Rio de Janeiro
to record his music. Probably that's why his forró has a bit of
a samba sound. I kinda like those chorus parts and guitar walks.
Unfortunately the needle jumps one time during track #1, but I
think it's still worth a spin.

tracks;

1 Ouritimbó
2 Pra fazer bilú-bilú
3 Quando esse cabra morrer
4 Ou casa ou morre
5 Namoro escondido
6 Ai, Tertulina
7 Pensao da Rua Auróra
8 Que felicidade
9 Cabra mentiroso
10 Caititu enjoado
11 Vou fazer sucesso
12 Adeus gereré

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Carlos Embale, Egrem / Areito

Rumba is pure Afro-Cuban music for only voices and percussion.
It began with harber workers singing and dancing in their spare
time in the docks of Havana and Matanzas, playing rhythms on
cargo boxes. It comes in three styles, Guaguancó, Yambú and
Columbia. Carlos Embale is one of the main performers of the
guaguancó style, enjoy this rare LP.

tracks;

1 Timbalaye
2 Mañana te espero, niña
3 Donde estabas anoche
4 El mulato rumbero
5 Oh! Humanidad
6 Llora como llore
7 Tonache
8 Chambeleque
9 Genial compositor
10 Gongorongon

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Théo Blaise Kounkou - Nadia Soleil, TBK Likembe 1984

It took a while, but here's another Théo Blaise. After hearing
him again with Sam Mangwana this week, I thought it was his time.
Chef d'orchestre and solo guitar by Master Mwana Congo, all songs
written, arranged and mixed by Théo Blaise himself.
What can I say ? Just listen.

tracks;

1 Nadia Soleil
2 Viva O.U.A.
3 Mileni
4 Dovi na ngaï

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Ismael Rivera - Soy Feliz, Vaya 1975

Puerto Rican singer Ismael Rivera used to work with Latin
percussionist Rafael Cortijo for many years. On this solo
project, Rafael joins him again as an invited guest.
Rivera had a great voice, they called him 'el Sonero Mayor'.
Beautiful 70's piece of latin, a must have.

tracks;

1 Soy feliz
2 Son son sonero
3 Tonto del amor
4 Yo no quiero que te enamores
5 Las tumbas
6 No soy para ti
7 Parece que le gusta
8 Boriqueneando
9 Si yo pudiera
10 Los apuros de Miguel

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Abana Ba Nasery - Classic Acoustic Recordings
from Western Kenya, Globe Style 1989

From today we'll have us a brand new American president.
Barack Obama has his roots in Kenya so I thought it would
be appropriate to post some Kenyan music today.
Abana Ba Nasery was a succesful trio from Bunyore, they
made their sweet but primitive sound, using only two
acoustic guitars and a Fanta bottle. The rhythm was created
by scraping the ribs of the bottle with a metal rod. When this
LP was made the recordings were already 30 years old.
I wonder if Obama speaks some Swahili too, in any case
this is great music. Listen to the Roots of Obama.

tracks;

1 Atisa wangu
2 Khwatsia ebunangwe
3 Servanus andai
4 Nilimwacha muke risavu
5 Mapenzi kama karata
6 Noah Libuko
7 Omukhana meri
8 Abasiratsi muhulire
9 Ndakhomela
10 Ebijana bie bubayi
11 Mushalo ebutula
12 Rosey wangu

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Martinho da Vila - Canta canta, Minha gente, RCA Victor 1974

We saw quite some of Martinho da Vila's albums on this page, but
this one was still missing, untill now. Maybe because it gets a
little too sweet for me at the end. It starts out with a couple
of fantastic samba hits though. Topnotch musicians, beautifully
played. For all the fans of Martinho da Vila.

tracks;

1 Canta canta, minha gente
2 Disritmia
3 Dente por dente
4 Tribo dos carajas
5 Malandrinha
6 Renascer das cinzas
7 Patrao, prenda seu gado
8 Nego, vem cantar
9 Calango vascaindo
10 Visgo de jaca
11 Viajando
12 Festa de umbanda

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African All Stars - Les Champions, Badmos

Two of my favourite Congolese singers on one great album,
that's what we got here. Théo Blaise Kounkou and Sam Mangwana
in a sweet colaboration. Label and year are vague but the music
is absolutely not, don't miss this one !

tracks;

1 Ata bassali nakozonga
2 Makengo
3 Les champions
4 La fete au village

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Cortijo y su Combo con Ismael Rivera - Fiesta Boricua, Rumba Records 1960

WARNING !

Do you know that phenomena, you buy an LP, you check it properly
for being in a good condition. This one looks perfect, but when
I was recording it and came to the second side, it appeared
to be pressed almost 1 centimeter out of the center.
So, the first 6 tracks are just fine but tracks 7 to 12
sound a bit FALSE I'm affraid. The music is so nice however,
I didn't want to withhold it from you.

Rafael Cortijo was one of Puerto Rico's heroes of the 50's
and 60's. His plena's and bomba's were and are still among
the most respected in the world. This is his first stereo
recording from 1960. Volare is a well known song of which
he made his own version. If you are familiar wirh the music
of Brazil's singer Dorival Caymmi, you will recognize the last
song on this album. It used to be called 'Maracangalha'.
Cortijo's versions are great, they sound natural as if
they were his own. Like lots of Cortijo's albums, this one
is also with the great singer 'Ismael Rivera' with whom
he worked for many years.

tracks;

1 Oriza
2 Si te mueres no me lleves
3 Volare
4 Que le paso
5 La hija de la vecina
6 Madame Calalu
7 Y Pedro Flores
8 Mofongo pelao
9 Solavaya
10 Los chismosos
11 Dona Chana
12 Me voy a Marancagaya

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Global Sampler vol. 20





It is getting closer now, carnaval is on our doorstep. I took
this picture in Rio, 2 years ago, time sure flies. This is Global
Sampler vol. 20 already, it samples the LP's posted
between december 13 and december 28. There's plenty
variety on this one again, enjoy it.

tracks;

1 Young Tiger - Tiger in your tank
2 Ebenezer Obey & his International Brothers - Ijesha
3 Le Nimba de N'zerekore - Ziko
4 Los Guaracheros de Oriente - La fiesta de los feos
5 22 Band - Venez voir
6 Doble R Super Special Stars - Auto biew
7 Original Shleu Shleu - Toujou juré
8 Joseito Mateo - Quisqueya
9 Riachao - Pitada de tabaco
10 Israel Vibration - Why you so craven
11 Anibal Velásquez - Coqueto de agua
12 African System Orchestra - African system no 1
13 Sam Mangwana - Georgette Eckins
14 Ruts D.C. - Push yourself/Make it work
15 Miguel Aceves Mejia - Siete leguas
16 Pedro Laza y su Banda - La champeta
17 Martinho da Vila - Plim-plim
18 Syli Authentic - Aye na
19 Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited - Ndanzwa ngoma kurira

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Nova História da MPB - Martinho da Vila, Abril Cultural 1978

This is the second edition in the series 'Nova História da MPB'
about Martinho da Vila. The first was from 1970 when ( if I'm
correct ) it was still called História da MPB. It is a 10"
album with only 8 songs, 4 by Martinho and 4 of his songs
by other artists. Samba lovers should not miss it. Se gosta de
de sambar como eu, nao deixe este albun pasar. Vamos embora,
vamos a sambar.

tracks;

1 Martinho da Vila - Menina moça
2 Isaura Garcia - O pequeno Burgués
3 Roberto Silva - Tom Maior
4 Martinho da Vila - Quatro séculos de modas e costumes
5 MPB 4 - Iaiá do cais dourado
6 Martinho da Vila - Folia de reis
7 Martinho da Vila - Linha do ao
8 Cármen Costa - Amor, pra que nasceu ?

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Franco & Orchestre O.K. Jazz - l'Afrique Danse No 6, african 1968

As I just learned from the back sleeve, this is number 6 of a
series, 'african' brought out late sixties. there are at least 7
of which some by Franco, some by Rochereau, Kwami and Jean
Bokelo. Enjoy another great Franco LP.
just a little hiss hiss and crack crack.

tracks;

1 Nganda maboke naboyi
2 Dede kabola mikolo
3 La vérité de Franco
4 Matinda
5 César aboya yo
6 Gare á toi Marie
7 Chaleco
8 Chicotte
9 Lisaso ya Kronembourg
10 Timothée abamgi Makambo
11 Yo mabali tapale

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Various Artists - Más Cumbias, ECO/Discos Fuentes

Ain't much music in the world that makes me happy like cumbia.
This is a selection of Colombian cumbias, originally released
on Discos Fuentes. This one was made in cooperation with
Mexican label ECO, Mexico is a cumbia loving country.
Some time ago, our collegue Yoyo from 'listentoyourears'
launched an album with practically the same cover, but
different title and partly different songs. So get this
LP, play it out loud, and forget about winter !

P.S. I found out I forgot to rename track 11, it must be
track 06 in fact, sorry for the mistake.

tracks;

1 Enrique Bofante - Soledad
2 C. Pompeyo - Gaita Colombiana
3 Joaquin Betín - Cumbia sampuesana
4 Luis Pérez - La morena encarnacion
5 Climaco Sarmiento - Cumbia sabrosa
6 Pasqual Rovira - Cumbia del monte
7 José Cáceres - Suena la timba
8 César Castro - Cumbia sambranera
9 E. Guillén - Noche de estrellas
10 Calixto Ochoa - Cumbia campesina

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Franco & l'Orchestre TP OK Jazz - Editions Populaires, african 1974

Hey groovers, what's up ? It's been a crazy week here.
Must be the time of the year I guess. I am posting an album
worth a little waiting today, for those who were. This is a pearl
of an LP, it's got one small 'but' though, track #4 starts with a
little jump of the needle unfortunately. 1974 had a smooth sound
on it's plate, and that came to show. I must say, Franco never
really disappointed me but this one is a sweet treat. I was
impressed from the first notes, hope you will be too.

tracks;

1 Mabele
2 Kinsiona
3 Luka mobali moko
4 Monzo
5 Kinzonzi kitata mbenda
6 Muana oyo
7 Mambu ma miondo

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Empire Bakuba du Grand Kalle - Massasy Calculé, A.C.M.P.I. 1986

'Elephant and dwarf' they call them, Pepe Kalle and his little
stage dancing friend Emoro. This is one of Kishasa's most
popular dance bands of the 80's. The album was recorded in
Abidjan and contains fantastic dance material. Empire Bakuba
and Pepe Kalle are here to rock the place.

tracks;

1 Massassi calculé
2 O nager
3 Miss Africa
4 Nana Houphouet-Boigny

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sugar Belly Combo - Linstead Market, Port-O-Jam 1971 ( Re-release )

Track 12, Slide Mongoose, sounds very much like another well
known song. I first heard it as 'All for you' by E.T. Mensah,
being Highlife from Ghana. A couple of albums ago we heard Sami
Kamara from Sierra Leone doing it as 'All for you tete'.
Mento, Calypso and Highlife are very much alike, and with this
song, Sugar Belly demonstrates that fact very nicely.
Although this album is on 'Port-O-Jam', we could say it is an
early 'Studio One' recording, Clement Coxone Dodd is the man
behind it all.

tracks;

1 Linstead market
2 Wings of a dove
3 River Ben come down
4 Land of sea and sun
5 Soldering
6 Jamaica farewell
7 Archie
8 Rucumbine
9 John Tom
10 Yellow bird
11 My pussin
12 Slide Mongoose

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Miguel Aceves Mejia - Canta mi Tierra, RCA Victor 1953

This cover is so beautiful, I could impossibly resist posting
one more Miguel Aceves Mejia. This one has two of the tracks
the previous one has aswell. 'Serenata Huasteca', which was damaged
is here oncemore in a complete version, and 'El Jinete'.
Plenty of cracks and pops but still sweet.

tracks;

1 Ruega por nosotros
2 Siete leguas
3 El jinete
4 Que me toquen las golondrinas
5 Gorrioncito pecho amarillo
6 Vaya con dios
7 Escaleras de la carcel
8 Serenata huasteca

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Miguel Aceves Mejia - canta canciones de José Alfredo Jimenez, RCA Victor

Good evening, it's been a couple of days, I don't remember
exactly how many. The largest hiatus untill today, anyway.
Duty called upon me and priority's had to be taken.

Today, I felt like doing another Mexican 10", one of the
9 EP's I found on that recordfair in Utrecht, last November.
I am thrilled by Miguel's sound, how he cries them 'Ayayay's',
is just smashing. I'm a new fan. Unfortunately, the quality
of this old disc is not so well and I had to fade-intro track 5
because it got stuck. Although there's a short piece missing in
the beginning now, it's still worth spinning.
Cry out loud with 'Miguel Aceves Mejia', Ay Ay Ay !

tracks;

1 El jinete
2 Ella
3 Virgencita de Zapopan
4 Guitarras de media noche
5 Serenata Huasteca
6 Cuatro caminos
7 Tu recuerdo y yo
8 Camino de Guanajuato

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sami Kamara and his Black Diamonds - Songs and Rhythms from Sierra Leone, Afro Request

Sierra Leone is a country of many languages, part from Creole,
wich is spoken in the capital Freetown and is based on 'Pidgin
English', there are also 'Mende' and 'Timini'.
On this album by the Black Diamonds we hear all those languages.
Bandleader Sami Kamara claims that he invented the band's name
when he thought he tripped over a rock that appeared to be a
Diamond. Great coverpicture, the ladies are singers and drummers
in the group. And how about Sami with his kazoo.

tracks;

1 Enjo ma
2 Tete
3 Omea kweke kawumbu
4 E hallah wye
5 Oda
6 Pom pom lolo
7 Kisiyade
8 Egun dide
9 Objetebe
10 Yu too wowo
11 Nadeo
12 Mina stranger

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Docteur Nico & l'Orchestre African Fiesta, Sonafric 1975

Born Nicolas Kasanda in 1939 in Congo, this is Docteur Nico,
'Le Dieu de la Guitare' ( God of the guitar )they used to call him.
This LP was originally released in 1967 as 'African Fiesta, Sous
la direction de Docteur Nico' on Ngoma ( bottom photo ) and re-issued
by Sonafric in 1975 ( top photo ).
Remarkable about this album is, both sides end with a track on
which he immitates Van Morrison and 'Them'. Strange combination
which didn't bring the succes he had hoped for.
More info on Docteur Nico is to be found here.

tracks;

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Exporta Samba - Gabinete do Partido Alto, K-Tel 1981

Hello Groovers around the Globe, I want to wish everybody
a fantastic new year with loads of nice music and lots of luck.
The winter in the Netherlands is doing it's work properly
this year. It's freezing a couple of degrees for several days now
and skatelovers are getting ready for the big race already.
When it keeps freezing we might get to the point, they can
ride the 'Elfstedentocht' ( eleven cities skate ride ). It only
happens once in twenty years or so and the real skate diehards
are getting all nervous these days.

When it's so cold, I long for tropical temperatures and some Samba
always helps. This is the second LP by this group, Exporta Samba
is their name and I first met them through this album.
10 nice samba songs, uncomplicated and warm sounding, just what
we need on a cold New Years Day like this.

tracks;

1 A taxa
2 O esculacho
3 Lembrando a terra boa ( Sao José do Ribamar )
4 Família de vocês
5 Bilhete
6 Que onda que te levou
7 Raiva de tudo
8 Aqui se faz, aqui se paga
9 Fim de reinado
10 Chuva de amor

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