Sunday, January 31, 2010

African Party Vol. 2 - Various Artists,
african 1969

Today's LP truly deserves the name, African Party. Opening
with Docteur Nico and African Fiesta, what can go wrong.
Next, only treasures here, Johnny Bokelo, O.K. Jazz, and
Grand Kalle's African Jazz. All beautiful. Tracks #s 6 and 8
could have used a little remastering but in 1969 they did
not have the same tools we have today I guess. Great comp.

tracks;

1 Orchestre African Fiesta - Tu más deçu Chouchou
2 Dr. Nico & l'Orchestre African Fiesta - Kiri kiri mabina ya sika
3 Don Pierro & l'Orchestre Conga 68 de Johnny Bokelo -
- Nalinga ya ngai cherie
4 Samy & l'Orchestre Conga 68 de Johnny Bokelo - Mabala ya Kinshasa
5 Johnny Bokelo & l'Orchestre Conga 68 - Ndeko na ngai okeba
6 Orchestre Vox-Africa - Mado
7 Johnny Bokelo & l'Orchestre Conga 68 - Tambola na mokili
8 Dewayon & l'Orchestre Cobantou - Tangana
9 Orchestre O.K. Jazz - Regina-Regina
10 Kalle & Orchestre African Jazz - B.B. 69

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sammy Cropper and his Wire Connections -
Papa Akwasi, Makossa International Records 1978

The founder of Vis-à-Vis Dance Band made this side-project
with the Wire Connection in the same period. Superb Ghana Highlife.

tracks;

1 Papa Akwasi
2 Meko a enko
3 Mensonomu
4 Onipa animuonyam
5 Akwantfi owuo

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Le Poète Simarro Massiya - Le Génial,
Alia Music

It always gives me a thrill to find another LP by
this great artist. Le Poète Simaro ( or Simarro ) was
one of Franco's most succesful songwriters. This LP
is very short but nice. Vocals by Pépé Kallé, Josky
Kiambukuta and the great Carlito. Hope U enjoy it.

tracks;

1 Kopo epasuki
2 Maya aboyi

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Les Loups Noirs - A Paris,
Editions Cleopatre

Yesterday I came home from a two day recordtrip to Paris.
I use to visit one of my favourite recordshops in the Quartier
Latin. I always meet there with my man Franck who is one
of a kind when it comes to knowledge of worldmusic.
He specially helps me out selecting music from his home-
country Haiti. I don't listen to Compas very long yet and can
use a little advise. Do you know this Soundway_Release ?
A highly recommended album, with great music from the French Antilles.
The LP I post for you tonight is by Les Loups Noirs, who also
appear on it. Franck says he helped out Soundway Records too in
selecting the tunes for this fine album. I had to promise him to
write in French for this occasion and eventhough it's been a long
time since I did, I managed to squeeze out a few lines.

Cette semaine j'allais a Paris pour acheter des disques 33. Il y
un ans déja que j'avais été lá. Je toujours vais a la même magasin
dans le Quartier Latin. Je ne veux pas dire leur nom. Aussi toujours
je lá rencontre mon ami Franck qui est un connaisseur de la musique
du monde. Je lui promettais de ecrir en Français, une chose que je
normalement jamais fais. Alors Franck, mon ami, merci beaucoup,
tu m'as aidé enorme, a partir de aujourd'hui, j' apelle toutes
postes compas, 'Franck's Selection'.

Let's use this good vibe to think of the people of Haiti.

tracks;

1 Rencontre
2 Chaque jour
3 Aye Doudou
4 Lydia
5 Echec
6 Bonsoir ma cherie
7 Demain je t'attends

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Huracan Bailable - Various Artists,
Discos Fuentes

I just got back from a two day recordsearch and came home
with a pile of music from Congo, Nigeria, Ghana, Haiti, Jamaica,
Mali, Guinée, Cabo Verde, Tchad, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Cuba,
Brazil and Colombia. Wow, now I look at it myself, not a bad score.
The journey back took me almost seven hours today while in fact
it's a 5 hour trip. Some big accident along the way. Tomorrow I'll
tell you more, for now start listening to this happy music.
Discos Fuentes brings this collector with all kind of cumbia-like
tropical dance music, fantastic stuff you don't want to miss.
An oldie but goodie so to say, do you know where I went ?
Demain Franck, demain plus.

tracks;

1 Pedro Laza y sus Pelayeros - Agua de panela ( mapalé )
2 Carlos Martelo y su Orquesta - Vacilando ( paseaíto )
3 La Sonora Cordobesa - El tapaboca ( paseaíto )
4 Monteria Swing - Juanché ( porro )
5 La Sonora Cienaguera - La jicara ( paseaíto )
6 Juan Piña y su Orquesta - La puyanga ( Puyanga )
7 La Sonora Cordobesa - La sobadera ( Gaita )
8 Carlos Martelo y su Orquesta - El totumo ( porro )
9 Pedro Laza y sus Pelayeros - Soy Pelayero ( porro )
10 Monteria Swing - El patoco ( Pupalé )
11 Juan Piña y su Orquesta - Suelta el gallo ( fandango )
12 La Sonora Cienaguera - Martinez Banda ( porro )

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Oriental Brothers International - Oriental's Special,
Afrodisia 1975

The Oriental Brothers International is one of Nigeria's most
important highlife bands, their popularity spanned some two
decades. On this LP from 1975 leadership is in the hands of
G. Kabaka Opara. The group's cast changed quite a few times.
I found this funny video to accompany this album's final track.
Hope U enjoy !

tracks;

1 Oriental's special
2 Osa enwe akwu
3 Onyeoma nmadu 'eji egbuya
4 Ihe onye eche
5 Ihe oma adighi onye oso
6 Otu'nwa

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Oliver de Coque and his Expo '76 - I Salute Africa,
Olumo 1979

From 1979 is this one by the great looking Oliver de Coque.
I love the background vocals on this LP and the stacato guitars
in track #3. It was requested by Alexsam and I was so lucky to
have it. Now everybody's happy, you, he and me too, enjoy it.

tracks;

1 People's Club of Nigeria
- Kayi bilibe ndu
2 I salute Africa
3 All fingers are not equal

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

l'Infatigable Johnny Bokelo - Au Revoir 81, Vol. 1
Shakara Music 1981

Lovers of Congolese music, here's one for you. Johnny Bokelo
goes around quite some time. Somehow his music is good without
exeption, I liked all the albums I heard untill today. This 1981 LP
is not his first, Johnny started out in the sixties with Orchestre
Conga Succes, we saw a couple of songs on one of the l'Afrique
Danse series as Orchestre Conga Succes de Jean Bokelo.
Spread the word, Johnny Bokelo must be heard.

tracks;

1 M'bongo = l'argent
2 Ngai nakoku fa
3 Ngalulawa wa mama
4 Yayo nini yaya

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Oliver de Coque and his Expo '76 Ogene Sound Super of Africa -
Identity, Olumo Records Limited 1980

Oliver de Coque was a master in appearing exentric on his covers.
How do you like this 1980 version of his majesty, complete with
feather- duster and crown, shining like a new crowned king. Even
the textual lay-out is totally cool, I just love these covers. And then
the music of course is about his identity among other topics.
Nigerian highlife with lots of splendid guitars, listen to Oliver
de Coque and his Expo 76 Ogene Sound Super of Africa.

tracks;

1 Uwa bu aja
- Ije ewele
- Kano / Gombe special
2 Identity
3 Nwa bu ife ukwu

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Orchestre Negro Succes - Les Merveilles du Passé
african 1970

Did you know Franco had a younger brother who was also lead guitarist ?
Bavon Marie Marie gained quite some popularity in the late sixties with
Leon Bholen and Orchestre Negro Succes. The band was formed by Vicky
Longomba in 1960 who came from Franco's OK Jazz. After he made up with
Franco and returned to OK jazz, Bavon Marie Marie and Leon Bholen took over.
On this record we hear Bavon Marie Marie as lead guitarist probably for the last
time. He died shortly after it on august 5, 1970 in a tragic car accident.
Bavon Luambo Siongo 1944 - 1970.

tracks;

1 Magie
2 Bila François
3 Nakota zebola
4 Ngai mwana 15 ans
5 Bholen mwana ya mama Helene
6 Mabe ya Mbila
7 Maboke temoin
8 Moyeke ya cherie
9 Maika
10 Savon ya sika astra

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Super Negro Bantous -
Marriage Promise,
Rogers All Stars





On Rogers All Stars this sweet LP by the Super Negro Bantous.
It is very hard to find some decent information on this group, I've
been looking around but did not really find any. Their sound is a
bright and strong sparkling Nigerian highlife with sublime guitar
and rhythms that make you wanna move, so give in and let go.
This Lp must be from around 1983 I guess. You can find another
one under this button. So put aside table and chairs,
these are the Super Negro Bantous!

tracks;

1 Marriage promise
2 When I lost my job
3 Trouble and jealousy
4 Bekosse

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Monday, January 18, 2010

OK Jazz - Authenticité Vol. 1,
african 360.070, 1976

Good evening, tonight's LP is one in Franco's Authenticité series.
Some time ago we had volumes 3 and 5, this is volume 1. It contains
numbers, recorded in 1961, 1962 and 1964 but was released in 1976.
Not the first time that while recording one of Franco's LP's, I think,
wow this is the nicest music I ever heard. More than beautyful!

tracks;

1 Liwa ya wech
2 Na likuanga na seli
3 Motema y fa fa
4 Amida muziki ya ok
5 Bomboko Justin
6 Isaac Ombele
7 Florette modele
8 Mpata ezangi mokengeli
9 Ona renseignement na bana ok
10 Ba katanga balingi toyo kana
11 Mboka nini okende
12 Nani ukunsimdila muana

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( oops, I now realize I tagged the file 1967
instead of 1976, can you change that ? )

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Baile con Cortijo y su Combo,
Palladium Latin Jazz & Dance Records

Do you still have your occasional dance in the livingroom sometimes ?
I have just the thing for a saturdaynight, Cortijo and his Combo are
here to brighten up the sphere. Percussionist and orchestral leader
Cortijo and singer Ismael Rivera are considered best interpreters
of the Plena, Danza and Bomba, three typical Puerto Rican styles.
A great dance album brought to us by Palladium Latin Jazz & Dance
Records. Recordings are from januari 10, 1958, year of release..?

tracks;

1 El negro bembon
2 Alegria y bomba
3 Dejalo que suba
4 Te lo voy a contar
5 El satelite
6 Huy que pote
7 El chivo de la campana
8 Con la punta del pie, Teresa
9 Lo deje llorando
10 A bailar mi bomba
11 Bailala bien
12 Lo tuyo es cronico

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Merveilles du Passé

Hommage au Grand Kalle
Joseph Kabassele et l'African Jazz, Vol. 1,
african 1984

I quote 'World Music, The Rough Guide' ; "The Congolese music scene really came
alive in 1953 with the inauguration of African Jazz, the first full-time recording and
performing orchestra, led by Joseph 'Le Grand Kalle' Kabassele." The acknowledged
'father of Congolese Rumba' started his musical career as a 19 year old in 1949, having
'an angel's voice'. Some of the greatest artists made their name in this group, names
like Jean Serge Essous, Nino Malapet but also Nico Kassanda, better known as Docteur
Nico and Pascal Tabu Ley Rochereau. Enjoy this 1986 compilation on african.

tracks;

1 African mokili mobimba
2 Bacara
3 Africa bola ngombi
4 Bombon sucre
5 Mayele mabe
6 Kayi Kayi
7 Succes African Jazz
8 Naboyi vie ya mbangu
9 Ennemi na ngai ya kala
10 El que siembra su maïz
11 Linda calegnita

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Friday, January 15, 2010

ranking joe - Natty Superstar, Joe Gibbs Music 1980

Here's the weekend, it's fridaynight and what's cooking ? It's the natty
superstar to rock it on and make you jump the fence. Pork in the corner,
Sister Pam, Arleen and Physical fittness. What great titles for great songs.
And how about Errol Thompson's engineering at Joe Gibbs Recording Plant.
I like it a lot, 'nough respect I and I would say, it's dancehall time.

tracks;

1 Pork in the corner
2 Sister Pam
3 Jump the fence
4 Rock it on
5 Something on my mind
6 Natty Superstar
7 Physical fitness
8 See a girls face
9 Arleen

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey
& his Inter-Reformers Band -
Eko Ila, Decca West Africa 1974

The juju-train rolls on and on, with those one track LP sides it's hard
to detemine where one title goes over into the next. This results in a
two track file where in fact we hear 12 songs. Since I also don't under-
stand a word of Nigerian, the voices are like instruments to me aswell.
Step on and let the Chief Commander take you on a Yoruba juju ride.

tracks;

1 Fimi lokan bale oluwa
2 Araiye e ma pa kadara mi da
3 Mase ri talent re mole
4 Ko seni to mola
5 Alhaji chief M.K.O. Abiola
6 Akorikoda
7 Epo ila gbara re lowo obe
8 Ise owo mi a to mi je
9 Ada tomu sansan
10 Ogun aiye kan kole ri wa mu
11 E se amin adura
12 Wundia ti ko ba loko

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Les Bantous de la Capitale -
Les Merveilles du Passé 1963,
african 1986

Now this is what I would call Rumba Congolesa. In african's great series
Les Merveilles du Passé, this beautyful collector with songs from 1963.
It contains three songs from the hand of Essou, who just recently
passed away, RIP. Other songs by Jojo, Papa Noël, Nino Malapet
and Kouka Celestin. If african opens up a box with historic material,
they make sure we're left with nothing to wish for, sweet selection.

tracks;

1 Tokumisa Congo
2 Ngai Muana ya Adele
3 Nakomi revoquee
4 Cadi-jiji
5 Mobali-Liboso
6 Liteya ya tata
7 Tu silencio
8 Camarade Mabe
9 Bantous de la Capitale
10 Albert Akeyi

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mighty Sparrow - the Calypso Genius vol. 1,
National Recording Company Limited 1966

When I was a youngster I used to listen to an LP by Van Dyke Parks,
called 'Discover America'. It opens with 'Jack Palance' by Mighty Sparrow,
it was my first encounter with the man eventhough I did not realize who
I was listening to in those days. Slinger Francisco alias Mighty Sparrow
is a local hero in Trinidad, with his 74 years of age he's still performing.
I saw him last year in Amsterdam's 'Paradiso'. It was great to see the
living legend in person eventhough the old pervert embarrassed the joint,
shaking his lower parts the whole evening through. It is inherent to calypso
music to speak words with double meaning, I guess if you sing that kind of
lyrics your whole life it becomes part of you. It was good fun to witness.
Check out this 1966 LP of 'Birdie' the Calypso Genius, it
contains his massive hit, 'Obeah Wedding'.

tracks;

1 Bag ah sugar
2 Shanty Town people
3 Going home tonight
4 The rebel
5 Honesty
6 B G Plantain
7 Obeah wedding
8 Papa Jack
9 Sir Garfield sobers
10 Bikini girl

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Oliver de Coque and his Expo 79 - Jomo Kenyatta,
Olumo 1979

We have seen a few Oliver de Coque's before at the GG but
today's LP has something different. I don't know how but
this one sounds somehow more original. And a funny thing
is the fact that his band is called Expo 79 on this LP, while
on all other albums it's called Expo 76. Maybe an occasional
joke, 1979 was the year of release.
I think Oliver displays superb guitarplay on this album, so all
together, beautiful LP. This one is for John Beadle, I saw you
were looking for it's titles John, here they are.

tracks;

1 Ife uwa abu nike
- Nke chi nyelonye
2 Jomo Kenyatta
3 It is good to be good

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots - Original Dairo Hits,
Afrodisia 1986

I've got a little extra for you tonight, I.K. Dairo's juju is different.
He uses guitar and accordeon and gives the songs a touch
of gospel while keeping the flowing beats and rhythms going.
Check this out Cole.

tracks;

1 Salome
2 Labutu yeke
3 Late Chief Shonibare
4 Ise aje
5 Omo alaro
6 Erere muture
7 Ladejola oginni
8 Ise owo-mi-mo-nje
9 Elele ture
10 Aye wa kale

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Orchestre Empire Bakuba - Show Times, Mélodie

To add a little contrast with yesterday's post, today an LP by
Orchestre Empire Bakuba but from the late eighties I am guessing.
Quite a different setting and sound, up tempo soukous this time.

tracks;

1 Amour Sanda
- Sango ya mawa
2 Trouble
- Ami cointro
3 Petshi pour Ida
- Moto pasi

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

l'Afrique Danse - Various Artists, african 360.085, 1976

What can I tell you about this LP ? It's another collector
in the l'Afrique Danse series on the african label. It's from
1976 and from the groups playing I only know Empire Bakuba,
I'm not sure if Pépé Kallé is already singing here, and Orchestre
Lipua-Lipua, the group in which Nyboma started. The other bands
passed by somewhere I remember but I can't say anything usefull
about them. An hour of subtle Congolese music from
the mid seventies.

tracks;

1 Orchestre Bella Bella - Yakani 1&2
2 Orchestre Amelia - Madja 1&2
3 Orchestre Les Kamale - Ngali 1&2
4 Orchestre Bella Bella - Zamba 1&2
5 Orchestre Empire Bakuba - Massa 1&2
6 Orchestre Lipua-Lipua - Mbondo 1&2

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Imo Brothers International Band - Uwa Ekwe Nmeta,
Led by Fiddey Onwuneme alias Babwire,
Afrodisia 1982

Last night I did not get through at Mediafire, they were exercising
some kind of maintanance. Today when I woke up, everything looked
normal again and I was able to upload.

They called him Babwire, the leader of this band, but his real name
is Fiddey Onwuneme. Another Nigerian Highlife group who made it to
go international, it seems all African groups had International
behind their name in those days, especially in Nigeria. Nevertheless
this is a fine group of musicians who deserve to be heard, it's their
fifth album and I like it a lot, sweet guitars, strong voices.

tracks;

1 Uwa ekwe nmeta
2 Ka anayo chukwu
3 Onwe ndidi nwe nmeri

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Les Shleu Shleu

At last,...news from Haiti. It's been a while but this one
is here to stay. I am not listening to 'compas' very long yet
but from the few LP's I've heard, this is absolutely one of the
best. It contains some of their most played tracks; Devin 'pa' ou,
Ce la ou yé and L'evangile to call a few. This one's for you Arnaud.

tracks;

1 Ce la ou yé
2 Haiti & Shleu Shleu
3 Devin 'pa' ou
4 Sept jours de la semaine
5 Ceremonie Loa
6 L'evangile
7 Plaisir vacance
8 Reve
9 Trois forces

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Dr. K. Gyasi & his Noble Kings - Epono Hini Me,
Sambo Records

On Sambo Records, I found this record by Dr. K. Gyasi
and his Noble Kings. Vocals are taken care of by Thomas
Frimpong. Rare piece of Ghana highlife.

tracks;

1 Odo yewu da baabi
2 Mansa wo mma
3 Obaa baako agyegye me
4 Epono hini me
- Adakateaa
- Anaamowaa

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P.S.
I want to show you the label of Franco & Josky. As I see it, Polygram
Records re-released it as a single Vol. 1 and a single Vol. 2 LP
in 1984. Sorry, I should have mentioned 'Vol. 1'.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Don Carlos - Harvest Time, Negus Roots 1982

One of the reggae LP's I played very much is this one by Don Carlos.
He's got a voice you can recognize from thousands, one of the sweetest
in Jamaica. Accompanied by the cream of the crop, Sly & Robbie, Leroy
Wallace, Loyd Parks, Ainsel Collins, R. Lynn, W. Wright, Dougie, Bo Peep,
Bubbler, Sky Juice and of course Goldie Locks (photo). Recorded at Tuff
Gong and Channel One Studios by E. Brown, S. Stewart and Bunnie Tom Tom.

tracks;

1 Fuss fuss
2 I love Jah
3 Harvest time
4 In pieces
5 White squal
6 Magic man
7 Young girl
8 Music crave
9 Hail the roots

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Rocafill Jazz 76, Rogers All Stars 1976

Do you know what song was the biggest African hit ever?
It was Prince Nico Mbarga's 'Sweet_Mother'. Today's album
must have been released not long before it, also in 1976
but Nico Mbarga was not yet mentioned on the cover, just
Rocafill Jazz. It is probably their first LP and personally
I think it is better than it's follower. What do you think ?

tracks;

1 Man don tire
2 Suffer de

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Franco et Josky Kiambukuta du T.P.O.K. Jazz -
Bonne Fête de Nouvel An a Tous nos Melomanes,
Edipop Production 1984

To start 2010, a little New Year's Party registration
with our good friend Franco. Opening with a suitable missile
Franco and Josky kick off this promising new year. Let's not
ignore this good example and look forward with confidence,
Happy New Year !

tracks;

1 Missile
2 Chacun pour soi
3 Partage no 1
- Partage no 2

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