Friday, April 30, 2010

Victor Uwaifo and his Titibitis - 5 Days a Week Love,
african / Phonogram 1977

One of the funkiest, poppiest and most eclectic African artists
is without any doubt Victor Uwaifo. He used to have his own studio's,
and art-house and was an allround artist. This LP which starts with
some reggaetunes and turns more African along the way is from 1977.
Victor Uwaifo's guitar rocks as usual, check it yourself.

tracks;

1 Five days a week love
2 While the sun shines
3 Sagolomayo ( Titibiti beat )
4 You're my fire extinguisher
5 Arabade
6 Ominigie
7 Omalingwo
8 Titibiti tide

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K.K.'s No 2 Band - Mmarima Mmra,
Essiebons Enterprises Limited 1975

I can hardly say something useful about this LP.
The web doesn't give a lot of information and neither does
the sleeve. Sometimes, and I guess you must understand
what I mean, I think maybe it's best I don't understand a
word of any African language. I suppose, if you do, you
would not like half of the music you like today. As long as
you don't know what's been sung, you can't dislike it.
Of course I do not mean A.K. Yeboah or K. Mainoo,
the singers on this album, I'm almost sure these lyrics
breathe nothing but Ghanaian Rock and Roll.

tracks;

1 Nsabarima
- Minim se nipa bewu a
- Apitsi nko kwa
- Wote pupuu a
- Ayen reku me
- Hwe nea owu aye
- Bo me dua ma menwu
2 Osee, Mmarima mra
3 Ebeto da
4 Mede me koma bema yehowa
5 Dantuo mu awose
6 Akwantuo mu wo amane

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Fats Waller - Complete Recordings vol. 6
( 1930-1935 ), RCA Victor 1973

When I was a young boy, I listened to the music my parents used to play.
They were fond of old American jazz for instance and so I got to hear
this type of music. I guess it was the first contact with black music I had.
One of my heroes of those days is Fats Waller, being a viper today
I feel very familiar with his swing. The way he treats that old piano makes
me instantly happy. I've got a load of them jazz records and they itch.
Maybe it's a good idea to do some more jazz. Yesterdays post, although
downloaded over 200 times, didn't do what I expected. No single word.

tracks;

1 St. Louis blues
2 After you've gone
3 A porter's lovesong to a chamber maid
4 I wish I were twins
5 I wish I were twins
6 Armful of sweetness
7 Georgia May
8 Then I'll be tired of you
9 Believe it beloved
10 I'm growing fonder of you
11 If it isn't love
12 Breakin' the ice
13 I'm a hundred per cent for you
14 I'm a hundred per cent for you
15 Baby Brown
16 Night wind

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Les Grands Succes Africains vol. 8 -
Special African King's au Gabon,
Pathé Marconi / EMI 1977

Denis Loubassou Kifoueti is the man behind 'African Kings'.
I have read somewhere, he worked with Pambou Tchicaya
Tchico at a certain point. I could be wrong but I think we hear
him in track 1 & 2. You know, golden voice. Sweet sound.

tracks;

1 Gege qui es-tu 1
2 Gege qui es-tu 2
3 Banda ya likelele
4 Marynela
5 Priere ya dasi
6 Ma Helene wa Loubassou
7 Fua dia sisa tata
8 Marie Thereze
9 Mama Kolelate
10 Marie Louise wa Loubassou

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Le Retro de Boyibanda Michel,
Pathé Marconi / EMI 1978

Michel Boyibanda was one of the singers in Franco's O.K. Jazz and
on this 1978 re-issue we hear them perform together on at least eight
of the 12 songs. Tracks no. 1,2,11 and 12 are probably not with the
O.K. Jazz. Do we hear Verckys on saxophone ? This LP contains a
great version of the Cuban hitsong 'Ven y ven y ven', great cover.
One way or the other, the vinyl of this one is in very good condition,
still some of the numbers sound quite dusty. I guess in 1978 they
did not have the remastering techniques we've got today of course.
Another Pathé Marconi / EMI disc selected by Blaise Fayette Mikano.

tracks;

1 Equipement complet
2 Mokanda ya matala
3 Samba toko samba
4 Ata me ye bi
5 Masua enani
6 Envoutement
7 OK-Jazz elombe ngangate
8 Ven y ven y ven
9 Jeanine abimin'bue
10 Okomi na m'bemba
11 Sassa 1
12 Sassa 2

le Retro de Michel Boyibanda

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Kasongo - Muzimbabwe,
Gramma 1988

Another group we haven't heard before at this page is this one.
It's a recording on the great Gramma label from Zimbabwe.
Formed in 1977, Kasongo was comprised of former liberation
fighters who had sought exile in Tanzania before independence.
The band picked up local influences of East African music while
forming their distinctive chimurenga sound away from home.
read_more .
Enjoy Kasongo's 'Muzimbabwe'.

tracks;

1 Muzimbabwe
2 Soko murehwa
3 Umasikini
4 Amaiguru
5 Muke wangu
6 Mungu baba

k-m

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bembeya Jazz National - Regard sur le Passe,
Syliphone Conakry 1977

From 1977 we have this LP of Bembeya Jazz National. It is a
re-release from the 1969 album. In 1972 it was already subject
of a second release. Such relaxed atmosphere here, I love that
mellow Mandingo mood. Only two tracks on this album and it's
their first appearance at the GG. It was about time for another
post on the Syliphone Conakry label from la République de Guinée.

tracks;

1 Premiere partie
2 Deuxieme partie

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Mélome Clément & TP Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou,
ESB

tracks;

1 Miyimi kpo ji jo ce kpo
2 Je suis Nigérian
3 Gnon nu to min lin
4 L'amour passager
5 Laisser-les-dire

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sunny Adé and his Green Spot Band -
Nigerian's Juju-Highlife at it's Best,
African Songs Ltd. early 70's

Sunny Adé and his Green Spot Band made a series of 4 albums called
The Master Guitarist. They were recorded in the famous EMI Studio's
at Abbey Road London and this LP is 'The Best of Sunny Adé Master Guitarist'.
I am not sure but if we believe the text on the back, written by some former
owner, it could well be from 1973. Logically, we may conclude it is not from
after 1973. The 4 albums are a collection of his best songs in the first 5 years
of his fame. ( 1966 - 1971 ) Remarkable is the fact the LP contains 12 songs
that stand alone. We are used to find his albums with one or at most two tracks
on one LP-side. I read somewhere, the phenomenon develloped later and in the old
days the songs were much shorter. Also different from his later work is that the
music from this period is called Juju-Highlife instead of just Juju. These songs
are very fresh and expose a young Sunny Adé. Love the chorus.

tracks;

1 Ija pari
2 Challenge Cup 1967
3 Olalekan salami
4 O le ku
5 Afojudi
6 Ibi lekeleke ti nf'oso
7 Late Alao ( Baba Oja )
8 A nw'oba
9 Adura wa
10 Egbe igbimo
11 Sewele
12 Adeleke Oshinjinrin

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l'Afrique Danse - Various Artists,
african 360.050, 1973

What a lot of great bands early seventies in Congo. I am posting
the music but am learning just as much as you folks. This collector
on african brings us more obscure artists from those days and although
I planned to make a move to a different African direction, you convinced me
to do another Congolese album today. The album starts with a sublime
track by Johnny Bokelo and his Orchestre Conga, sweet guitarsound,
and it ends with Franco's O.K. Jazz and 'Ou est le serieux?'. In between
quite a few names that are new to me too. Elegance Jazz, Surprise
Los Angel, Symba, Mando Negro Kwala-Kwa or Zembe-Zembe.
I didn't know one of them and they all perform beautifully. We are also very
lucky the LP is in mint condition and sounds as new. I found this one at
the fair with a load of brothers and sisters, only now I slowly discover what
a treasurebox I bumped into. Happy to be in the opportunity to share
so much delightful music with you, we're all lucky bastards here.

tracks;

1 Orchestre Conga - Ngoya
2 Orchestre Elegance-Jazz - Ngalula Marthe
3 Orchestre Surprise Los Angel - Tata nkento
4 Orchestre Symba - Mibali ya simba
5 Orchestre Bella-Bella - Nzamba mokonzi
6 Orchestre Elegance-Jazz - Lisumu lisango
7 Orchestre l'International Afrisa - Aon-Aon
8 Orchestre Mando Negro Kwala-Kwa - Massamba M.J.
9 Orchestre TP Zembe-Zembe - Kenge No 3
10 Orchestre TP O.K. Jazz - Ou est le serieux?

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

l'Afrique Danse avec l'Orchestre Shama-Shama,
african 360.094, 1976

Groovers around the world,
another special find I recently did, is this one. It seems the entire
web was wondering what to find on african 360.094. I could not find
a single word about it. Well, here it is, and it's a beauty. Orchestre
Shama-Shama led by Mopero Wa Maloba. I found out Mopero also
was the man behind Orchestre Cavacha and was somehow connected
to Zaiko Langa Langa. Another piece of the african 360.series puzzle falls in
place. Although from 1976, the LP looks as new, it does sound quite 70's.
Can anyone give us some more information on Shama-Shama or Mopero?
Thank you very much in advance and enjoy listening to this rare gem.

tracks;

1 Basaleli ngai likita
2 Pamaphi
3 Bangambo ya moto
4 Mopaya loba
5 Mama aye
6 Kento emancipée

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Orchestre Sossa,
Pathé Marconi / EMI 1976

Formed around 1975 by Pierre Moutouari and his brother Michel.
Earlier he played in Orchestre Sinza with his other brother Kosmos
who was also a member of Les Bantous de la Capitale. Pierre
Moutouari moved on with his career in 1979 and went solo. Find
more on him at wiki .
The album also contains songs by Gabriel Dianzolo, Hyacinthe Malonga
and Gabriel Mienandi. Listen.

tracks;

1 Maria na lembi 1
2 Maria na lembi 2
3 Telex ya ba Sossa 1
4 Telex ya ba Sossa 2
5 Bolingo clemence 1
6 Bolingo clemence 2
7 Giza sokola motema
8 Zonguela ngai

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Orchestre Les Mangelepa - The Riot Continues,
Pathé Marconi EMI 1977

From 1977 comes this album by les Mangelepa, a Congolese band
that operated in Kenya. To give you some decent information I'd better
redirect you to muzikifan .
As you may have seen I started a little enquete to see what lives most
among our visitors, it runs untill the 6th of may when the page has it's two
year anniversary. Thanks for participating. Meantime we're gonna do some
dancing with Orchestre Les Mangelepa, hope u enjoy.

tracks;

1 Mangelepa kamili
2 Sakina
3 Nganga-kimetu
4 Ekubuku

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Orchestre Zaiko Langa Langa - l'Afrique Danse 360.121

My dear groovers, I am thrilled to present to you, one of
the missing links at Bolingo's african discography, a find
that makes me very happy. This is one of Congo's greatest
bands, african 360.121, Orchestre Zaiko Langa Langa
with two tracks of the hand of Teddy Sukami, one by Bimi
Ombale and one by Lengi Lenga, enjoy!
Bolingo's_great_discography

p.s. shady pic, waiting discs, see some u like?

tracks;

1 Bongo Bouger
2 Katshi
3 Miso lina
4 Dalo

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Chief Osadebe - 77, vol. 1,
african 1977

This is a special album, Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe & his
Nigeria Soundmakers on african, 'the' Congolese label. I have
become a fan of Stephen Osita since I discovered his music
hardly two years ago. It's the most mellow feelgood sound.
Listen to this 1977 beauty and agree, good stuff.

tracks;

1 Uche chukwu geme
2 Ogo di nkpa
3 People's club odogwu

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Ashanti Brothers Band - Kill me and Fly,
Philips West African Records 1978

I was trying to find me some usefull information on this topic,
but Ashanti Brothers Band's album 'Kill me and Fly' seemed
( how about this word ) ungoogleable. The leader of the band's called
Osei Vasco, and that's really all I know. Being from 1978, I must
say, the vinyl is in very good condition and spins beautiful.
And then, the music, I have seldom heard such great highlife,
I'm very fund of this sound with warm vocal harmony
and hammond organ !

tracks;

1 Kill me and fly
2 Onipa retu ne nan
3 Saa na yede beye wo
4 Asem bone se hiani
5 Gyae nkonta buo yi
6 Kusa wo bankye
7 Me wu a mo bebre

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Maître Dizzy Mandjèkou - Saïla, Papa Disco

Dizzy Mandjèkou's first solo project after being the lead guitarist
of les Grands Maquisards, Afrisa International of Tabu-Ley Rochereau
and the African All Stars. Dizzy dedicated it to his fans from those days.
I was not aware at the time but still feel adressed to, how about you ?

tracks;

1 Saïla
2 Fanta bolingo
3 Qui a creé l'argent ???
4 Mady motema

mdm-s

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Youssou Ndour et le Super Etoile -
Ndiadiane Ndiaye, MCA 1982

This LP by the great Youssou Ndour does not give us a single
word of information, we can only guess. Just name and titles are
displayed, and 'Production-B.Diagne-Bruxelles.Youssou's picture on
the front cover tells us he was still a youngster and the internet told
me it was released in 1982. If you can tell us who played on it
I would be very pleased. Enjoy Youssou Ndour et le Super Etoile.

tracks;

1 Ndakarou
2 Xarit
3 Atou
4 Tabaski
5 Ndiane Diaye
6 Sama yaye

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Celi Bittsu - Matinda, Sacodis

One of Europe's biggest recordfairs takes place in Utrecht twice
a year, this weekend is the next edition and I already had the
chance to pick a couple of gems from the enormous offer out there.
Go_here_to find_out_more. You can put it on English.
The first LP I want to share with you is this one, it hit me as soon as I
played it and recorded it straight away. I could not find any information
on Celi Bittsu on the web and ask you to fill me in on the subject.
Does the name concern a person or a group ?
It is released on the Sacodis label from Abidjan but the music sounds
Congolese, is it ? The language is quite certain Lingala, do you agree ?
A year of release maybe ? Track #3 is called after Sacodis' great producer
Aboudou Lassissi who did this album too of course. I am sure you're
gonna love this wonderful rarity, I certainly do, get it while you can.

tracks;

1 Matinda
2 Consalation
3 Lassissi
4 Okomi ndenge

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Maestro Laba Sosseh con l'Orquesta Aragon -
Akoguin Theresa, Disco Stock

We had a couple of Laba Sosseh LP's before but this is the
best one untill now to my humble opinion. With the famous
Orquesta Aragon, an African release but with a Cuban band.
Mellow son Cubano and Afro Cuban mingle, all relaxed
and ready for hot summer weather, let's have some.

tracks;

1 Akoguin Theresa
2 Viva Africa
3 Djarabi
4 Setileneko

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Oriental Brothers International Band - Ihe Eji Aku Eme,
Afrodisia 1984

Oriental Brothers albums always find their way to lovers
of Nigerian highlife. A band widely appreciated, that is led
by the brothers Opara. Sometimes by Warrior but this time
by his brother Dan-Satch. Both of them delivered great LP's
and scored loads of hits during the seventies and eighties.
Sometimes separate and sometimes together, enjoy this 1984
LP of the Oriental Brothers International Band.

tracks;

1 Ihe eji aku eme
2 Ego ka nma nna okoro'bia

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Puseletso Seema & Tau ea Linare - He O Oe Oe !
Globe Style 1985

2010, the year of another World Championship of football, or
soccer if you prefer. This time the greatest tournament will take
place in South Africa. The whole continent and in particular South
Africa of course, shall benefit of all the extra attention an event
like this harvests. A good opportunity also to promote African
music worldwide, all eyes and ears shall be wide opened. Today's
post concerns a group from Lesotho, a country completely surrounded
by South Africa that gained independence in 1966. In Globe Style's series
'Accordeons that shook the world', this LP by Puseletso Seema & Tau ea
Linare. The singer Puseletso Seema and the group Tau ea Linare normally
work separate but made this LP for the occasion, a collaboration worthwhile
I'd say. Originally released in 1981, this is the 1985 re-release on Globe Style.
Sweet 'South' African music, enjoy He O Oe Oe ! ( say; hay o way way ! )

tracks;

1 He o oe oe !
2 Leshano
3 Vatse halenone
4 Ha motsoane
5 Mathabo
6 Tsetala Linare
7 Thaba tsepe
8 Katla ka sotleha
9 Bajoetse saki
10 Kesetse mahlomolenu

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Tata Bambo - Djeli Mousso,
Syllart 1988

The Jelimusolu are Mali's women singers. Tata Bambo Kouyaté
is famous for her raw and strong voice, she is one of the diva's
from the Bamako wedding circuit. Her Mande jeli praise songs
are accompanied by traditional instruments like kora, balaphone
and such. Tata Bambo Kouyaté - Djely Mousso, just beautiful.

tracks;

1 Banga Diabate
2 Mah Drame
3 Alima Diawara
4 Diadie Diawara
5 Nene Sow
6 Fanta Toure

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Le Grand Maître Franco et ses Stars du T.P. O.K. Jazz -
In Nairobi, Edipop Production 1986

To spoil you a bit more, I'm in a good mood today, this
dynamite Franco album, it's one of his very best. Le Grand Maître
and his Stars in Nairobi rock like seldom before on this Edipop
Production. For the ultimate spring feeling of this first of april.
Volume up and dance around the place, pay attention to
that bass, let it rule your hips and let go.., enjoy.

tracks;

1 Franco & Madilu System - Boma ngai, ngai na boma yo
2 Franco & Gerry - Kuna okeyi obongisa
3 Franco & Kiwakana - Eperdement
4 Franco & Djompoy – Masikini

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Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & his Inter Reformers Band -
Solution, Stern's 1984

From the very first notes, the fast rolling subtle drums and the
more than funky guitars it becomes cristal clear ! This is one hell
of a juju record. Ever since the release of his hit album Eyi Yato
Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey followed this new way and focussed
on a younger public. Recorded in the Afrodisia Studio's in Lagos,
this 1984 LP on the London Stern's label stands out for it's freshness.
A real treat for juju lovers that will surely rock Miami tonight.

tracks;

1 Gbebe mi
- Olupese
- Ma kuku sise
- Oluwa ni mo gbojule
2 To ba nwa i re
- Ibi ai ye feni de
- O dowo oluwa
- Kai ye ma bere pe olorun mi da
- Di ro mo
- WAI

cceo-s