Two albums recorded in the early 70s by African singer Pierre Akendengue – both for the Saravah label, in the cross-global tradition that was being explored heavily in France in the post-1968 years! Afrika Obata is really unique – like most on Saravah, a genre-blending style that has roots in older cultures, but presents itself with a personal, almost poetic style – experimental at one level, but also quite captivating too! Akendengue plays guitar and sings – almost with a folksy quality at points, but with backings that shift in subtle ways throughout the set – using bits of percussion, electric piano, flute, and even additional voices to flesh out the tunes with some really heaven
ly touches. The tunes lilt along beautifully – far beyond the confines of language (although if you understand French, you'll find the record even more appealing) – and truly in the open-world style that we love from Saravah. Titles include "Evo", "Afrika Obota", "Sa Gunu Sa Gunu", "Mon Pays Entre Soliel Et Pluie", "Orema Ka Ka Ka", and "Considerable". The CD then follows with the equally compelling Nandipo album – one that has a lean, beautiful blend of spare percussion, guitar, and voice – possibly even more personal than Pierre's other work. Titles include "Poe", "Sesi", "Ogowe", "Nandipo", "Un Conte Du Roi Orei", and "Onaga Are Mie Bia".