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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Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako vol. 1
Sonafric 1977

Les Ambassadeurs, voorkant

We hebben tot nu toe reeds zo’n vijf van hum albums gezien.
Telkens in veranderde samenstelling en uit verschillende
periodes. Dit exemplaar is uit 1977 en met Salif Keita en
Ousmane Dia als front zangers. Hij kraakt en knispert wel
een beetje maar dat mag de beleving er toch niet minder
op maken. Ik hoop op een mooie dag een betere versie
te vinden, tot die tijd, geniet van dit Malinese oudje..

We had some five of their albums so far here at the GG.
From different periods and in different line-ups. The one
we have here today is from 1977 and presents Salif Keita
and Ousmane Dia as lead singers. I must say it does have
some snap, crackle and pops but that can’t spoil the
nice atmosphere. I hope to find a better copy some
day but for now..enjoy this Malinese oldie..

titels ;

01 – Yassoumouka
02 – Fatema
03 – Super pitie
04 – Bolola sanou
05 – Mali denou
06 – Sabar
07 – Saranfing

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Oumou Kouyate – Kala Djoula
Sacodis

Oumou Kouyate, voorkant

Uit Mali hebben we vandaag een schijf van jelimusolu
zangeres Oumou Kouyate. De eerste op haar naam
die hier langs komt. Uit welk jaar hij komt heb ik niet
kunnen vinden, misschien weet een van jullie het. De
plaat opent met een killer track die me direct over de
streep trok hem te plaatsen. Luister zelf..

Another great voice from the jelimusolu from Mali is her’s.
Oumou kouyate appears here first time with five tracks.
Lassissi and Sacodis arranged this recording, the year of
release is not quite clear. The lp opens with a killer track
which pulled me over the line of posting this album.

titels ;

01 – Kala djoula
02 – Founnou nanan
03 – Yougou ba
04 – Oumou nanan
05 – Ya woni

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Star Number One – Maam Bamba
Disques M.A.G. / Bellot Records

Star Number One, front

Long time since we had us some music from Senegal.
When going through my records, this one came out as
one I was going to post but still never did. Today is the
day it comes true, what a mellow sweet record, just the
thing for a peaceful easy weekend. Get it & spread it..

tracks;

01 – Waalo
02 – Senegaal jambaar
03 – Ndaga seeri boy
04 – Maryaama
05 – Maam bamba
06 – Kaniaane

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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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Rail Band – Melodias Rail Band
du Mali, Disques Kouma, 1976

Rail Band, front

How long has it been since I posted music from Mali ?
Too long I’d say. This is the Rail Band, we had several
of their records already, use our search-bar to find them.
This one is from 1976, some very nice tracks of which
I like number two the best, with Mory Kante and Salif
Keita both doing their part. Enjoy listening..

tracks;

01 – Kankoun
02 – Tiramakan
03 – Soyomba
04 – Soundiata ( nouvelle version )

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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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