Born Nigerian, Dexter Johnson made his fortune in Senegal,
he was one of the founders of the legendary Star Band. They
played in several clubs in 60’s Dakar. After that Johnson
moved to Abidjan where he worked for the Record label
Disco Stock. This is one of the lp’s he made there.
With Cuban violin player Alfredo Delafe and singer
Raymond Fernandez they formed ‘Estrellas Africanas’.
Dexter Johnson who later also worked with Manu
Dibango and Monte Adentro was a monument of
African music and died in 1977, listen.
1 Estrellas africanas
2 Palomina mwanga
3 Asi tocamos guajira
4 Descarga africana
5 La vida continua
Mamadou Doumbia is a footballplayer from Côte d’Ivoire but we are not
talking about him. This Mamadou Doumbia is a guitarist from Côte d’Ivoire,
we have volume two here on Badmos Records.
1 Horonya sira
2 Mousso itelen
4 Komi ikalon
5 San kolo
6 San gara
7 Ani barrah
8 N’te rithie
West African sonero Laba Sosseh is here with a splendid album
from 1980. Together with the great Monguito he brings us some
son montuno African style. Produced by Aboudou Lassissi on the
Sacodis label from Abidjan. Best of both worlds I would say.
5 Marie Gomis
Pambou Tchicaya Denis or short, Tchico is back at the GG with an
album from 1983. It’s a very sweet sounding one by Africa’s Golden
Voice, produced on the smooth side this one goes in like honey.
Sam Mangwana, the Pigeon Voyageur, left Congo in 1976 and formed
the African All Stars in Abidjan. On this LP we hear only Stars,
Dizzy Mandjekou – Solo guitar,
Lokassa Ya Mbongo – Rhythm guitar
Kanyama ‘Ringo’ Moya Lotula – Drums
Syran Mbenza – 2nd Solo guitar
Bopol Mansiamina – Bass
Pablo Lubadika Porthos – Bass
David Diambouana – Saxophone
Tidiane – Saxophone
Sam Mangwana – Vocal
The music is in fact Congolese but being recorded in West Africa,
it has a more uptempo Nigerian-like sound with certain Highlife
elements. I saw this LP somewhere before but could not resist
ripping it oncemore, enjoy it !
2 Zamba y’Africa
3 Djamo djamo
4 Est ce que ça tourne ?