terça-feira, dezembro 02, 2008

I Know I’m A-frique But I Can’t Help Myself

I’ve got a big crush for African music and its offspring, whether it's Afro-American, Afro-Cuban or Afro-Brazilian. As a result I have some African records, mostly compilation. I listen quite often to them, but for some raison they never make it to these pages. Since I’m trying to do something about the usual ‘last in / last out’ principle lately, I cuffed up a couple of favourite tracks from all over the continent (mostly from West Africa and The Congo), from various decades and various compilations and records.
May this sort of inverted raindance bring some African sun. Thank god it's not Christmas yet.

Franco & Sam Mangwana – Cooperation
Shakalaode – Shakalaode
Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band – Bukom Mashie
Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band – Olufeme
The African Brothers – Self Reliance
Manu Dibango – New Bell
Alhaki K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas – Hwehwe Mu Na Yi Wo Mpena
K. Frimpong & Vis A Vis – Aboagyewaa
Apagya Show Band – Kwaku Ananse
Roy Ayers – Black Family
Babatunde Olatunji – Takuta
Antonio Carlos & Jocafi – Simbarer
Ginger Johnson & The African Messengers – Talking Drum
Letta Mbulu – Mahlalela
The Sweet Talks – Eyi Su Ngaangaa
The Sweet Talks – Kyekye Pe Aware
Black Star Soud – Nite Sfarie
Ebo Taylor – Atwer Abroba
CK Mann – Funky Hi-Life

Rob – Make It Fast, Make It Slow
Balla et Ses Balladins – Sara
Balla et Ses Balladins – Sara 70
Christy Azuma & Uppers International – Naam
Captain Yaba – Neribalankina
Boubacar Traoré – Bebe Bo Nadero
Orchestre Baobab – Mouhamadou Bamba
Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats – Heavy Heavy Heavy
Tabu Ley Rochereau – Aon-Aon
N°1 De Dakar – Yaye Boye
Super Mama Djombo – Dissan Na M'Bera (Suur Di No Pubis)
Etoile De Dakar – Thiely
T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – Hwe Towe Hun
T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Avoun Doupou Me Douga
Sir Victor Uwaifo – Joromi / Monkey Yanga

Les Amazones de Guinée – Reine Nyepou
Les Amazones de Guinée – Samba (without intro)
Samba – Les Amazones de Guinée en supershooooow
Miriam Makeba – Samba

This track was one of the first songs I posted on this blog, way back in March 2006 together with some other songs, but the earlier version was from a tape copy of a record and this one is a ripped CD version. Not from the same album (still desperately looking for it) but from a compilation called Golden Afrique. The sound is better but this version lacks that great and funny introduction to the original song from the live concert in Paris it was taken from.
I also have a version of it by Miriam Makeba, so as a form of tribute I added her version as well.

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