Side A:
1. BELLA BELLA: "Made"
2. FRANCO & OK JAZZ: "Celina"
3. VERCKYS "Mama Ojele"


Side B:
1. FRANCO & OK JAZZ: "Marcelina"
2. LOLA & OK JAZZ: "Lulika"
3. FRANCO & OK JAZZ: "Infidélité"

Orchestre Les Génis de Cotonou (1974)

New band of Benin on Oro: "Les Génis de Cotonou". I had never heard of them and it is a very good surprise. Singer Lay José sings two great titles: The soul and djerk "E Non Ve Nou Kinto" and pachanga "Se Na Se Do". Have pleasure. 

Nouvel orchestre sur Oro: "Les Génis de Cotonou". Je n'avais jamais entendu parler d'eux et c'est une bonne surprise. Le chanteur Lay José chante deux superbes titres: Le djerk "E Nou Ve Nou Kinto" et le pachanga "Se Na Se Do".  Bonne écoute.

KONDE MANGUE feat. AMADOU BALLAKE (Burkina-Faso/1975)

It's always a pleasure to discover Amadou Ballaké's hidden voice hearing recordings of "Les 5 consuls"' band. For those who don't know Kondé Mangué, he was a major guitarist during the seventies in Burkina Faso.


C'est toujours un plaisir de découvrir la voix cachée d'Amadou ballaké derrière les différents enregistrements de l'orchestre "Les 5 Consuls". Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas Kondé Mangué, il était uj guitariste majeur durants les années 70 au Burkina Faso.

MARY AFI USUAH & the South Eastern State Cultural Band - Led by DAN SATCH (Nigeria/1975)

Having attended one of the most prestigious music conservatories in Rome in the ’60’s to study opera singing, Afi Usuah forged ties with a notable array of artists which included the likes of Duke Ellington and Led Zepellin. She forsook a budding and promising career abroad to return home to serve country and flag. Over the years, she mentored and paved the way for a remarkable number of Nigerian female singers.

Dan Satch Joseph leader of his The Atomic "8" Dance Band is a pure tone trumpeter and arranger. Dan Satch started playing the trumpet in 1959 and was the trumpeter leader of Bobby Benson & his Jam Session Band until 1961. In 1962 he moved to Aba and formed the Atomic "8" Dance Band.

Anos Band de Parakou (ASB 143)

Dear listeners i have updated Anos Band's post with a new record on label Albarika Store (ASB 143).  Have pleasure...

Chers auditeurs, je viens de mettre à jour le courrier d'Anos Band avec un nouveau disque sur le label Albarika Store (ASB 143).

K. FRIMPONG & His Cubano Fiestas (Ghana/1980)

Another great album shared by Ogoun Ferraille again. Thank you a thousand times to him.
K.Frimpong recorded this album backed by the Cubanos Fiesta was edited in 1980 on Polydor's label. This album is composed of beautiful highlife and afrobeat tunes. As you may notice, the title "Nye Mea" is a remake of "Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu". Very interesting piece. To finish, Alhaji K. Frimpong passed away in 2005. Long life to his music and soul...

Autre album sublime partagé encore par Ogoun Ferraille. Merci mille fois à lui.
K.Frimpong enregistre cet album avec l'orchestre The Cubanos Fiesta en 1980 sur le label Polydor. L'album est riche de rythmes highlife et afrobeat. Vous pourrez noter que le morceau "Nye Mea" est un remake de "Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu". Album très intéressant  Pour finir avec Alhaji K.Frimpong, sachez qu'il est décédé en 2005. Que âme et sa musique reposent en paix.

K. FRIMPONG & VIS-A-VIS (Ghana/1978)

Here is this the seriously rare album shared by Ogoun Ferraille. Thank you to him.
In the mid-70s, K. Frimpong recorded with two orchestras simultaneously. Let's begin with the Vis-A-Vis band. The first album was recorded in 1977 on the label Probisco Records (KBL 068). It has been reissued later on Makossa International Records (MA 7076). One of the best Vis-A-Vis album.


Vis-A-Vis was led by Isaac Yeboah, based in Kumasi and featuring some of the Ghana's finest musicians of the 70's: Sammy Cropper on lead guitar, Slim Yaw on bass and Kung-fu Kwaku on drums. This other album with Vis-A-Vis was recorded in 1978 on the label Ofori Brothers.

Bony Castro & LES AS DU BÉNIN (Ivory-Coast/Togo)

This rare album was composed and sung in 1980 by Ivory-Coast singer Bony Castro backed by togolese band "Les As du Bénin". The music is similar to Ernesto Djedje ziglibithy' style.


Cet album plutôt rare a été composé et chanté par Bony Castro, chanteur Ivoirien accompagné par l'orchestre togolais "Les As du Bénin". Une musique dans le style ziglibithy d'Ernest Djedje.

Lemed Janvier & AFRICAN ALL STARS (Congo-Bénin/1982)

This is a rare album of Lemed Janvier with African All Stars led by Sam Mangwana. Soukous as usual with Lemed.
Kpedjolemed Janvier was born in 1949 in Cove, benin. he started music at college. his father saw in him the desire to become a musician and asked him to go study at the INZA (National Arts Institute of Zaïre). But Janvier anticipates integrating the Poly-Rythmo orchestra with whom he recorded his first title: "Sais-tu que je t'aime". At the insistence of his father, he joined, in 1979, the orchestra "Les Volcans de la Capitale", which was the national orchestra, and recorded three albums. Finally, he went to study in Zaïre and joined, as singer, the Afrisa International Tabu Rey Rochereau's band. He recorded  three albums: "Mea Culpa", "Akuotowévo" and finally "Lemed in Kinshasa". Lemed janvier passed away on January 11, 2011 at the age of 62.

Cet album de Lemed Janvier et l'orchestre Africain All Stars de Sam Mangwana est plutôt rare. De la soukous comme toujours avec Lemed.
Kpedjolemed janvier est né en 1949 à Covè, Bénin. Il commence la musique dans la chorale de son collège. Son père voyant en lui le désir de devenir musicien lui propose de l'inscrire à l'INZA (Institut National des Arts du Zaïre) après son baccalauréat. Mais janvier anticipe en intégrant l'Orchestre Poly-Rythmo avec qui il enregistre son premier titre: "Sais-tu que je t'aime". Sur l'insistance de son père, il intègre, en 1979, l'orchestre des "Volcans de la Capitale", qui était l'orchestre national, et enregistre trois albums. Finalement, il part faire ses études au Zaïre et intègre en qualité de chanteur l'orchestre Afrisa International de Tabu Ley Rochereau. Il enregistre trois albums: "Mea Culpa", "Akuotowévo" et enfin "Lemed à Kinshasa". Lemed janvier nous a quitté le 11 Janvier 2011 à l'âge de 62 ans.

Tito Puente: "Homenaje A Beny" (Cuba/1979)

1979 release. Second in a series of tributes to one of Cubas' greatest songwriting soneros: Beny More. Tito Puente's 1970s and 80s recordings are best known for the straight ahead salsa, while the later material is more Latin jazz. His musical career lasted over 50 years.

Musicians include: Celia Cruz, Frankie Figueroa, Cheo Feliciano, Tito Allen, Luigi Texidor, Ismael Quintara, Hector Casanova, Adalberto Santiago, Junior Gonzalez, Nestor Sanchez, Santos Colon.