T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo (1978)

And one more LP for Poly-Rythmo, released in 1978 on the essential Albarika Store label. This song "Mede Magnin Messe" is composed and sung by Melomey Clement.

Et un album de plus pour les Poly-Rythmo, sorti en 1978 sur l'incontournable label Albarika Store. Ce morceau, "Mede Magnin messe" est composé et chanté par Mélomey Clément.

Solo Hit (Nigeria/1981)

I discovered this Solo Hit on Analog Africa label and I can't help sharing it

"Solo Hit's real name is Ohieirme, which means 'God gave me'. He was born in 1954 in Avbiosi, Western Nigeria. His father, Igbuan, was a popular guitar player and his mother composed and sang songs in the local idioms, while she worked at home. Legend has it the people of Avbiosi were known for their ability to soothsay.

After college Solo Hit went to the North to pursue a career playing rock music, but was lured back to play in Waziri Oshomah's highlife band before joining Sir Victor Uwaifo's Titibitis band in 1978 as the 2nd Rhythm guitarist. He stayed with the band for 5 years, before forming his own, which went under the names Solo Hits and his Ododo Soundz International. The word Ododo refers to the Edo people and is sometimes translated as the word 'rare truth' or 'beautiful flower'. He then began recording LP's with several of the top record labels in the area including: Iroube Records in Eruere, Atose records based in Sabongidda-Ora and Akpolla Records in Benin City.

Most of the music on these LP's is listed as Owan Native Blues or Luleha Native Highlife. The two tracks presented here were released on an earlier LP he did in 1981 when he was still a member of the Titibitis. Recorded at the Victor Uwaifo's Joromi studio, ths unique sound was dubbed Oba Afro Funk. According to Professor Victor Uwaifo it was a mixture of Ekassa music and pop sung in the Ora dialect of the Edo language. The sound on all his recordings reflects the way Solo Hit mined the local Edo folklore for rhythms and stories to use in his songs."

Stanislas Tohon (1982)

Stanislas Tohon left us one year ago, on february 26, and he will have had a huge impact on modern Beninese music. I like this son g from 1982, it has something special, could'nt tell.

Stanislas Tohon modernized the traditional Tchinkoumé rhythm and called it "Tchink System". His music is powerfull, all titles emit an energy coming from Tchinkoumé rhythm. The sound is heavy like Tohon himself.

Stanisals Tohon nous a quitté  il y a un an, le 26 février 2019, et il aura marqué la musique moderne béninoise. Ce morceau a quelque chose de spécial, je ne serais  dire quoi...

Stanislas Tohon a modernisé le rythme traditionnel Tchinkoumé et l'a renomé le "Tchink System". Je trouve que sa musique est vraiment puissante. Tous les morceaux dégagent une energie propre au Tchinkoumé.

Daga H. Georges & l'orchestre Poly-Rythmo (1973)

Daga H. Georges, also called Doctor Senan, has composed and sang backed by Poly-Rythmo and also Black Santiago. This record has been released by "Disque Sachey" label in 1973.

Daga H. Georges dit Docteur Senan a composé et chanté avec l'orchestre Poly-Rythmo ainsi que le Black Santiago. Ce disque a été édité sur le label Disque sachey en 1973.


Orchestra Les Sympathics was created in 1972 by Herman Laleye, the leader of the famous Black Dragons ' orchestra. This Albarika's opus is wonderful and I have been looking after it for a long time. Herman is still alive and sings every sunday in Porto-Novo, Benin. He is more than a singer and a composer. He became Balé. That means that he became chief of a Vodun Society of masks called Egungun, the masks of dead people. This album was recorded in 1978 and it has something special and different from the same period.

L'orchestre Les Sympathics a été fondé en 1972 par Herman Laléyé, le fameux leader de l'orchestre Black Dragons. Ce nouveau chapitre d'Albarika est prodigieux. Je le cherchais depuis un moment et c'est chose faite. Herman (à gauche sur la pochette) est toujours vivant et chante tous les dimanches à Porto-Novo, Bénin. Il est plus qu'un chanteur et compositeur, il est devnu Balé. Cela signifie qu'il est devenu chef de culte Vodoun, celui des revenants et de leur masques puissants: les Egungun. Cet album a été enregistré en 1978 et il a quelque chose de spécial come sa pochette.

Danialou Sagbohan (90's)

Sagbohan is called "one man band" because he plays both modern and traditional music. Here is an example with this song taken from a German CD compilation during the 90's. Sagbohan's traditional music from the 15 years will be the subject of a heavy post soon.

Sagbohan est appelé "l'homme orchestre" car il joue aussi bien de la musique moderne que de la musique traditionnelle.Voici un exemple avec  ce morceau tiré d'une compilation CD allemande durant les années 90. La musique traditionnelle chez Sagbohan durant les 15 dernières années sera le  lourd sujet d'un prochain courrier.

Akwaba Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire/70's)

I'm happy to share this short film I directed for Oriki Music and a special friend from school, Greg de Villanova. This interview with Catherine Loudes, founder and owner of the Sociétée Ivoirienne du Disque, and original producer of all tracks included in the Akwaba Abidjan compilation, was a strong moment. Catherine is a great lady of african music and her meeting with Greg had been written.

Je suis heureux de partager ce petit film que j'ai réalisé pour Oriki Music et mon ami de collège Greg de Villanova.  Cet interview avec Catherine Loudes, fondatrice et propriétaire de la Société Ivoirienne du Disque, et productrice de tous les titres sur la compilation, a été un moment fort. Catherine est une grande dame de la musique africaine et sa rencontre avec Greg était écrite...

De Frank Kakra (Togo/1979)

De Frank Kakra was born in Togo but he recorded a lot in Ghana. With his De Frank Professionals band he had been early produced in Ivory Coast by the SID (Ivory Coast records society) in 1978, with his "Jamaican sound". Here is a nice highlife title recorded in 1979. Thank's Digging For Gold.

De frank Kakra est né au Togo mais il a beaucoup enregistré au Ghana. Avec sa formation, les De Frank Professionals, il s'est d'abord fait produire en 1978 par la Société Ivoirienne du Disque avec son "Jamaican Sound". J'aime beaucoup le titre highlife suivant, enregistré en 1979. Merci Digging For Gold.

Poly-Rythmo & Amoussou William (1973)

Afrobeat piece sang in Mina language by Lohento Eskill and composed by William J Amoussou aka Jimmy Pop backed up by Poly-Rythmo in 1973.

Pépite Afrobeat chantée en langue Mina par Lohento Eskill et composé par William J Amoussou alia Jimmy pop avec l'orchestre Poly-Rythmo en 1973.

Babacar Sambe & Le Saraba Band (Senegal)

Babacar Sambe  was born in Dakar in 1945. From the age of 14, he launched the Rio Orquestra with a few friends but become famous with Saraba Band.

Babacar Sambe est né à Dakar en 1945. Dès l'âge de 14 ans, il lance avec quelques amis, Le Rio Orquestra. et se fait connaitre avec le Saraba Band.

Segun Bucknor & His Assembly (Nigeria)

I love this afrobeat tune "Adebo" of Nigerian pianist an guitarist Segun Bucknor.

Segun Bucknor (29 March 1946 – 11 August 2017) was a Nigerian musician and journalist active during the 1960s and 1970s. He was a pianist and guitarist specializing in genres ranging from soul music to pop music and to funk. Through their brief career, Segun Bucknor and the Assembly released a variety of music dealing with Nigerian culture or political influence.

J'adore ce "Adebo", morceau afrobeat "Adebo" du pianiste et guitariste nigérian Segun Bucknor.

Segun Bucknor (29 Mars 1946 - 11 aout 2017) était un musicien et journaliste actif durant les années 60s et 70s. Ses genres musicaux allaient de la soul à la pop an passant par la funk. A travers leur courte carrière, Segun Bucknor & The Assembly ont sorti beaucoup de titres engagés culturellement et politiquement.


- POLY-RYTHMO (1976)

- Orchestre Super Mande (Côte d'Ivoire, 1980)
- Super Tentemba Jazz (Mali)
- Ousmane Kouyaté (Mali/1982)
- Amadou Ballaké (Burkina-Faso/1975)
- Amadou Ballaké (1980)
- Cissé Abdoulaye (Burkina-Faso/1976)
- Orchestre Poly-Rythmo & Kabore Oger (Burkina-Faso/1976)
- Lemed Janvier & African All Stars (Congo-Benin/1982)
- Dossou Isaac & Ebenezer Obey & his International Brothers (1971)

- Sagbohan Danialou (1979)

- Sagbohan Danialou: Bio Guerra (1987)

- Stanislas Tohon (1977)
- Stanislas Tohon: King of Tchink System (1984)

- Ambroise Fidegnon

- Joel Lawani (1980)

- Super Star de Ouidah (1965)

- Super Star de Ouidah: "Feeling you got" (1965)

- Orchestre Les Volcans & Gnacadja Cyprien
- Orchestre Les Volcans & Miguelito (1984)
- Orchestre Les Volcans & Blueky d'Almeida

- Black Santiago & Sicko Appiah
- Black Santiago & Avohou Pierre (1978)
- Black Santiago (1979)

- Poly-Rythmo & Vicky (1981)
- Poly-Rythmo & Lohento eskill (1978)
- Poly-Rythmo & Lohento Eskill (1973)
- Poly-Rythmo & Eskill & Vicky (Benin/1980)
- Poly-Rythmo: "0+0=0" (1983)
- Poly-Rythmo: "Jolie Beauté Africaine"
- Poly-Rythmo & Sagbohan Danialou
- Poly-Rythmo & Adjaho Coffi feat. Sagbohan (1981)
- Poly-Rythmo & Adjaho Coffi (1982)
- Poly-Rythmo & Assa Sica

- Gnonnas Pedro (Benin/1980)
- Gnonnas Pedro "Africa Tei Cuba (1980)
- Gnonnas Pedro: "30 Novembre" (1975)

- Les Sympathics (1978)

- Yien's Gabriel (Benin/1982)

- Eddie Siagbo & El rego et ses Commandos

- Alokpon: King of Gotta

T.P. Poly-Rythmo & Lohento Eskill (Dahomey/1973)

Another Sato Rhythm so dear to Lohento Eskill on "Dieu Merci" (Thank's God) label. You never get tired of Lohento's hypnotic voice.

Encore un rythme Sato si cher à Lohento Eskill sur le label "Dieu Merci". On ne se lasse jamais de la vcoix hypnotique de Lohento.

FREDDY KEBANO & L'orchestre Inter Bantu du Congo (Congo/1972)

I love this tune "Fleurs de Mayombe", sang in english by congolese artist Freddy Kebano and his Inter Bantu of Congo band

J'adore ce morceau "Fleurs du mayombe" chanté en anglais par le chanteur congolais Freddy Kebano et son orchestre Inter Bantou du Congo.