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Orchestra BaobabMouhamadou Bamba ... LP
Syllart (France), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
A classic album from the best years of Orchestra Baobab – a time when the group were maybe the greatest thing coming out of Dakar, and really helping to move a whole generation of West African sounds forward into new directions! The instrumentation is still relatively old school – no drum programs or beats, just this fantastic blend of quick guitar lines, tenor sax, and plenty of percussion – all topped by back/forth vocals from members of the group, but with an energy that's maybe thinking more globally than locally, with a really wonderful spirit throughout. Titles include "Yen Saay", "Gnawoe", "Doomou Baaye", "Boulmamine", "Mouhamadou Bamba", and "Ndiawolou". LP, Vinyl record album

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Orchestra BaobabSi Bou Odja (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Syllart (France), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99 36.99
An amazing classic from Orchestra Baobab – one of those records that reminds us why the group were always so different than anyone else! Some of the rhythms are familiar, but the execution is very unique – chopped up at times, so that the grooves are a perfect mix for the angular tenor and alto lines form Issa Cissokho, whose saxophone presence here may well be worth the price of admission alone! But all other aspects are great, too – from the sharp-but-snakey guitar solos of Barthelemy Attiso, to the sonorous vocals of the group – sometimes inflected in more of an east African style, but which maybe also belie the group's roots in the crossroads city of Dakar. Titles include "Autorail", "Sibou Odia", "Sotante Xalat", "Bon Bon I", and "Ndiambaane". LP, Vinyl record album
(50th Anniversary limited edition pressing!)

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✨✧ VariousAfrican Pearls – Congo 70 – Rumba Rock ... CD
Syllart/African Pearls (UK), 1970s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Killer work from the Syllart catalog of the 70s – tunes that are neither rumba, nor rock – but a strange hybrid of a number of different elements! Almost all the tracks here have a pronounced electric part – not really fuzzy, or rockish – but often played in a highly rhythmic way that also dips and turns with a great deal of melody too. The rhythms bring in some slight Latin influences at points – never as pronounced as other African work of the time with a straight Cuban influence, but still there in the rhythm lines, making for a really complicated sense of sound overall! There's a really seductive feel to all of these tunes – a vibe that doesn't hit you over the top like a funk compilation, but which instead kind of sneaks inward with a snakey, hypnotic sort of quality. Titles include "Azda" by Franco et OK Jazz, "Beya Moke" by Sakade Band, "Nazoki" by Epire Bakuba, "Tu M'As Decu Chouchou" by Dr Nico, "Zonga Zonga" by Papa Wemba et Viva La Musica, "Tambola Na Mokili" by Johnny Bokelo et Conga Success, and "Maria Mboka" by Grands Maquisards. 23 tracks in all – with great notes in English and French! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousAfro Latin Via Kinshasa ... CD
Syllart (France), 1960s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Latin grooves from the Congo – a fantastic collection of work from the city of Kinshasa – almost all of it influenced heavily by Cuban styles of the 20th Century! The influence here is possibly a bit more subtle than in other scenes, but still is felt strongly in the rhythms, if not the instrumentation – which often still echoes more familiar African modes, especially in the use of the guitar. Production modes are mighty nice – often a nice slurring of the rhythms and melodies at the same time, so that the vocals hypnotically circulate with the instrumentation, creating a wonderful sense of interplay that goes way beyond the boundaries of language. And as usual with this great series – and all releases on Syllart – there's a huge amount of notes in English and French, plus lots of images too. 39 tracks in all – including "Cheri Lovyi" by Franco OK Jazz, "Carrefour Addis Abeba" by Grand Kalle African Jazz, "Manbo Hawaien" by Docteur Nico Sukisa, "African Club" by Tabuley Rocherau African Fiesta, "Monsieur L'Argent" by Grand Kalle African Team, and "Aladji Baba" by Vox Africa. CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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