Camayenne Sofa – la Percée
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1976

camayenne-sofa-voorkant

Het vorige album van Camayenne Sofa was ook al zo’n killer.
Deze is van eerder in hetzelfde jaar en heet ‘la percée’, de
doorbraak. Zeer spaced out gitaarwerk en hoge lead vokalen,
kortom nog zo’n heerlijke release op het geliefde
Editions Syliphone label..

The previous album by Camayenne Sofa was also a huge killer.
The one we have today is from earlier the same year and is
called ‘la percée’, the break through. Very spaced out guitars
and wonderful high pitched vocals. In short, another great
release on the beloved Editions Syliphone label..

titels

01 – Tara
02 – Bomaro
03 – Mahwa
04 – Were-were
05 – Samba-mana
06 Kognoumalonbali

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Bembeya jazz National – “le Défi”
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1976

Bembeya jazz, voorkant

Na de tragische dood van Aboubacar Demba Camara in een
onnodig auto ongeluk was Bembeya Jazz aanvankelijk verlamd.
Deze elpee echter markeert de sterke come back van de groep.
Met Moussa Touré als nieuwe leadzanger, Mory Koyate I, Mory
Kouyate II en M’Bady Soumah was het grootste leed geleden en
maakten ze weer prachtige muziek. Luister naar ‘le retour
de Bembeya’ en beslis zelf of het waar is..

After the tragic death of Aboubacar Demba Camara in an
unnecessary carcrash Bembeya Jazz was initially parralised.
This lp however marks the strong comeback of the group.
With Moussa Touré as the new lead singer, Mory Koyate I,
Mory Kouyate II en M’Bady Soumah they left behind the
worst period and revived in wonderful sound again.
Listen to ‘le retour de Bembeya’
and see if it’s true..

titels ;

01 – N’kanuwe
02 – N’lanyö
03 – Toure
04 – Mussofing
05 – Dya dya
06 – Sina mosso

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Pivi et les Balladins
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1972

Pivi et les Balladins, voorkant

We kennen allemaal Balla et ses Balladins. In het citaat hieronder
kun je lezen waarom de groep tijdelijk onder een andere naam
opereerde. Mandingo muziek uit 1972, niet te missen..

We all know Balla et ses Balladins, read in the coming lines why the
group temporarily played under another name. Not to miss mandingo.

Much of ses & les Balladins’ success lies in the instrumentation: both
leaders, Balla & Pivi are horn players rather than guitarists or singers.
They were both serious musicologists, deeply into folkloric research.
In 1970, government interference with the bands personnel forced the
transfer of several band members to be part of Miriam Makeba’s
back-up band while she was living in Guinea. A new singer was
assigned to the band. Balla had a falling-out with some government
officials over their interference. He was briefly replaced as leader by
his friend & trombone player Pivi Moriba, to be restored following
the intervention of President Ahned Sékou Touré himself.

titels ;

01 – yahadi gere
02 – Fi sama
03 – Fon n’tan siga
04 – Keba mirima
05 – Sankaran ka
06 – Ka noutea
07 – Sakha a firma
08 – Responsable supreme

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Balla et ses Balladins
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1974/5

Balla et ses Balladins, voorkant

Balla et ses Balladins, label A-side

Op Editions Syliphone Conakry vinden we dit prachtige stukje
rumba-guinée. Balla et ses Balladins is een artiest die al jaren
enthousiaste luisteraars tekt. Gebruik onze zoekbalk en vind
meer van deze band. De plaat is uit 1974 en draagt wel wat
ruis met zich mee helaas. De trackvolgorde op de hoes is
niet hetzelfde als op het label, ik heb het label gevolgd.
Jaartal is ook verschillend, label 1974, hoes 1975..

On editions Syliphone Conakry we find this nice slice of
rumba-guinée. Balla et ses Balladins is an artist who pleases
lots of listeners for many years. Use our search-bar to find more
by this group. This album is from 1974 and sounds a little dusty
I’m afraid. Still wonderful to listen though. The trackorder on the
sleeve is not the same as on the label, I followed the latter.
Year of release also, label 1974, sleeve 1975..

titels ;

01 – Lumumba
02 – Leydi mendin
03 – Sankaran
04 – Mana mana
05 – Fadakudu
06 – Fissiri wali
07 – Mariama

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Camayenne Sofa – A Grands Pas
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1976

Camayenne Sofa, front

Mamady Camara with his high pitched voice (#6)
takes us on a trip to la République de Guinée today.
Together with Camayenne Sofa he brings us some
astonishing atmospheric mandingo with bluesy feel.
A special treat for your weekend. First track surprises
with Chaloub Riab doing harmonica solo.
Listen and drift away..

tracks;

01 – Soukou
02 – Wayakangaï
03 – Kini kini
04 – Sofa diaraby
05 – Kadija
06 – Kögnö koura
07 – Dia doni
08 – Labhante
09 – M’badenu
10 – Tonzoni

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Le Simandou de Beyla – La Confiance
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1980

Le Simandou de Beyla, front

liner notes
click on image

Today’s post concerns an album by another group from
la Republique de Guinée. It appears on the great Editions
Syliphone de Conakry and is from 1980. The record’s been
treated very good, it is still brand new. Le Simandou de Beyla
opens with an ode to the late Aboubacar Demba Camara, who
was the leader of Bembeya Jazz. Six fine songs in their favourite
themes as shown in the liner notes above, get it & spread it..

tracks;

01 – Demba
02 – Dyigui
03 – Sensenko
04 – Festival
05 – Kani ye sa
06 – Miriya

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Discotheque 76 – Various Artists
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1976

Discotheque 76, front

Delightful 1976 compilation of Guinéan songs, only one by
Super lion and the other four by Bembeya Jazz National.
Crazy laughing ballad ‘Petit Sekou’ stole my heart straight
away. Don’t forget to share it with your friends, killer stuff.

tracks;

01 – Super Lion – Kiti
02 – Bembeya Jazz – Telephone
03 – Bembeya Jazz – Petit sekou
04 – Bembeya Jazz – Ah kani
05 – Bembeya jazz – Kana sarakabö

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Guinée An XI – Various Artists
Editions Syliphone Conakry

Guinée An XI, front

On this special Re-edition from Guinée we find the
three greatest bands from the era.
Balla et ses Balladins, Bembeya Jazz and Kélétigui
et ses Tambourinis. Wonderful songs from beginning
to end. On Editions Syliphone de Conakry, République
de Guinée, this is a treat you better don’t miss..

tracks;

01 – Bembeya Jazz – Alalake
02 – Balla et ses Balladins – Limania
03 – Kélétigui et ses Tambourinis – Toubaka
04 – Bembeya Jazz – Boiro
05 – Kélétigui et ses Tambourinis – Manghoya
06 – Bembeya Jazz – Fatoumata
07 – Balla et ses Balladins – Sara “70”

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Bembeya Jazz National – 10 Ans de Succes
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1971

Bembeya Jazz National, front

I love this record. The band gets the audiance in the right
atmosphere from the first minutes. The group is only still
being introduced when the crowd starts cheering already.
A live registration from 1971 for their 10th anniversary,
one can hear these guys were extremely popular,
with the late and great Aboubacar Demba
Camara. Rumba-Guinée is the word..,
how sweet it is.

tracks;

1 Introduction
– Temtemba
– Wouloukolo
– Lefa
2 Camara mousso
– O.E.R.S.
– Doni doni
– Bembeya
– Festival national

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Discotheque 72 – Various Artists
Editions Syliphone Conakry SLP 40, 1973

Discotheque '72, front

When this lp came out in 1973 I was 15 years old and had no
idea of this music existing. I was listening to English and Ame-
rican popmusic, maybe some blues.. It took another five years
before the first African, Caribbean and South American music
came through to us. Fortunately we are looking at a much
broader spectrum of sounds and styles nowadays, the world
wide web is a huge support in that perspective. Listen to this
wonderful slice of Guinée vinyl, which is in great condition,
even after 41 years. It’s got some pops though in the middle of
track #3 and at the end of track #6, a small pressing error.
In this series we already had the 1970 and the 1973 versions.
Check them out, spectacular releases one by one..

tracks;

1 Pivi et les Balladins – Kogno koura
2 Bembéya Jazz National – Mme tolberg
3 Pivi et les Balladins – Samba
4 Kélétigui et ses Tambourini – Donsoké
5 Pivi et les Balladins – Djina mousso
6 Orchestre Les Frères Diabaté – Koumanfé
– Orchestre Les Frères Diabaté – Kéba mirima
7 Orchestre Les Frères Diabaté – N’fa

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Keletigui et ses Tambourinis Editions Syliphone Conakry, 1972

Keletigui, front

Like many of you groovers out there, I am thrilled
to find another lp by this great artist. It’s on Editions
Syliphone Conakry from Guinée. Keletigui et ses
Tambourinis have loads of followers and I am
certainly one of them. Listen to this lp and
join the club. I am pretty sure you won’t
be able to ignore..

tracks;

1 Bebe
2 Talassa
3 Donsoke
4 I dyoolaro
5 Mande
6 Samakoro
7 Mandjou
8 Bakary-dian
9 Boiro yankadi
10 I kanan n’djanfa

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Discotheque 70 – Various Artists Editions Syliphone Conakry SLP 23

Discotheque 70, front

If I am not mistaking, my French is not that good, Syliphone Records
made this compilation to please thousands of happy Guinéean radio
listeners. The tracks on side-a of this lp, 1 till 5, have all been tophits
at the various national radiostations in 1970. Tracks 6 and 7 are extra’s
making a compliment to the young instrumentalists that play authentic
melodies and rhythms in modern interpretations. I am sorry track 6 has
some hiss in the background, you must realise it is over 40 yrs. old.
Nevertheless, happy listening to yall, get it before it’s gone..

tracks;

1   Bembeya Jazz National – Waraba
2   Keletigui et ses Tambourinis – Tambourinis cocktail
3   Balla et ses Balladins – Kaira
4   Keletigui et ses Tambourinis – Nadia
5   Balla et ses Balladins – Moi je suis decourage
6   Papa et Sekou Diabate – Les virtuoses diabates
7   Demba Camara et son Groupe – Exhumation folklorique

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22 Band-Kankan – “dans le vent”,Editions Syliphone Conakry, SLP 51, 1976

22 Band, front

We saw them before. The 22 Band from Guinée. I am not the
person to give you a whole lot of background information. All I do
is sharing the stuff I listen to myself. Quite enjoyable listen this
one. If your French is sufficient the backsleeve might tell you
a bit more, if not, I’m quite sure you’ll like
it anyway, get it now.

tracks;

1   Baya
2   Mama
3   Sou
4   Wousse
5   Kouroussy
6   Deny

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Bembeya Jazz sous la directionde Diaoune Hamidou, EditionsSyliphone Conakry 1968

Bembeya Jazz, front

Something quite special for you today.
This is SLP 4 on the mighty ‘Editions Syliphone
Conakry’ label from Guinée. It’s from 1968
and a real treasure.

Diaoune Hamidou – Bassite
Kaba Achken Mohamed – Trompettiste soliste
Camara Sekhou Legrow – Trompettiste
Camara Mamadou – Guitare accompagement
Dioubate Sekou – Guitare solo
Dioubate Siaka – Tumbiste
Camara Demba – Chanteur soliste
Cone Mory – Batteur
Kaba Salifou – Guiros
Traore Bangaly – Saxo tenor

tracks;

1 Djanfamagni
2 Almamy mamaren
3 Dembaty galant
4 Guinée hety horémoun
5 Minuit
6 Bembeyako
7 Air Guinée
8 Djamana bara sabati
9 Trafiquant
10 Loi-cadre

Hope U enjoy !

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