To Scratch That Itch, Roots, Rock and Rhythm
Various Artists, Luaka Bop 1991

When the weather is changing and fall drops in on us, I always tend
to start playing more popmusic. Atmospheric stuff with lots of variety.
Something quite else is this cd on the prestigious Luaka Bop label of
David Byrne. His selections are outstanding and surprising. This album
is from 1991, already 28 years of age but feels like yesterday. Mr. Byrne
treats us with music from the UK, Brazil, the US and Cuba. A nice bunch
of songs in different styles and moods, listen ..

P.S. I discovered one strange mistake, track #9 is not Agepê as written
on the cd’s cover. It is Martinho da Vila with Claustrofobia.

Als het weer omslaat en de herfst zijn onstuimige intrede maakt, neig ik
steeds vaker naar popmuziek. Atmosferische mengeling van stijlen en
stemmingen. Iets tamelijk anders dan wat je hier gewend bent is dit. Op
het prestgieuze Luaka Bop label van David Byrne komt deze bonte ver-
zameling tracks die stammen uit het Verenigd Koninkrijk, Brazilië, de USA
en Cuba. Het gaat van links naar rechts en andersom, luister ..

P.S. Ik ontdekte een vreemde fout, track #9 is niet Agepê zoals de
cd omslag vermeldt. Het is Martinho da Vila met Claustrofobia.

tracks ;

01 – A.R. Kane – A love from outer space
02 – Jorge Ben – Ponte de lança africano (umbabarauma)
03 – David Byrne – Dirty old town
04 – Tom Zé – Augusta, Angélica e consolação
05 – Conjunto Rumbavana – No me llores
06 – Luiz Conzaga – O fole roncou
07 – Silvio Rodriguez – Nuestro tema
08 – Jack Dangers – Ava
09 – Martinho da Vila – Claustrofobia
10 – A.R. Kane – Miles apart
11 – Caetano Veloso – Um canto de afoxé para o bloco do ilê
12 – Trio Nordestino – Rejeição
13 – Celeste Mendoza – Mi rumba echando candela
14 – David Byrne – Make believe mambo (club mix)


Ry-Co Jazz – le Ry-Co Jazz
Disques Vogue CMDINT 9577

On Disques Vogue, probably from the sixties, we find this CMDINT 9577.
It is the very last one listed at their Discogs discography without year of
release. Ry-Co comes from Rythmes Congolais and was initiated in 1958.
Based in Martinique from 1966 to about 1971. Their records are kind of
hard to come by. Radio Martiko re-released one of their albums in 2018.

Op Disques Vogue , waarschijnlijk uit de 60’s, vinden we CMDINT 9577.
Het is de allerlaatste in het rijtje van Discogs dicografie zonder jaar van
uitgave. Ry-Co komt van Rythmes Congolais en werd opgericht in 1958.
Werkend vanuit Martinique van 1966 tot zo’n beetje 1971. Hun platen
zijn tamelijk moeilijk te vinden en gaan voor flinke prijzen op het web.
Radio Martiko uit België heeft in 2018 een van
hun albums her- uit gegeven.

Léopards et Ry-Co Jazz a Paris from 1973
Fantastic Ryco Jazz

tracks ;

01 – Ry-co band
02 – Buambo
03 – Oya lelo
04 – Mwana na ngai
05 – Bebe
06 – Benguala ngai freddy
07 – Kumbele
08 – Me na mora
09 – Marie pedro
10 – Caramba de ma vida
11 – Cunvana
12 – Bonne année


Casino-Kasingo – Afro-Succes
Soukous 1976

Hi groovers, so we had us two albums with singer Ryco from Guadeloupe.
Today we have a record with M’Bilia Casino who used to take part in Ry-Co
Jazz, something totally different. Ry-Co or Ryco Jazz a was founded in Congo
in 1858/59 by Henri Bowane. They spent four years in Martinique where their
music was very popular. After returning in Africa in 1971 the group split up.
Members like saxophone player Jean Serge Essous and others each went their
own way. M’Bilia Casino made this album in 1976. It contains styles like rumba
biguine, bolero and merengue. Enjoy listening ..

Hee groevers, we hadden dus twee platen met zanger Ryco uit Guadeloupe
gisteren en eergisteren. Vandaag een plaat met M’Bilia Casino die deel uit-
maakte van Ry-Co Jazz, iets heel anders. Ry-Co of Ryco Jazz werd opgericht
door Henri Bowane in 1958/59. Ze verbleven vier jaar in Martinique en na
terugkeer in Africa in 1971 ging de groep uit elkaar. Leden als saxofonist
Jean Serge Essous en anderen gingen ieder hun eigen weg. M’Bilia Casino
maakte dit album in 1976. Hij bevat nummers in stijlen als rumba, biguine,
bolero en merengue. Veel luister plezier weer ..

M’Bilia Casino discography
Ryco Jazz discography
Ryco Jazz Wikipedia

tracks ;

01 – Demaustration
02 – Olele
03 – Boyoka lolaka
04 – Djonga nori
05 – Makanisi mosika
06 – Mbwa na e kange
07 – Mondule afriqua
08 – Afro-succes
09 – Salingo alinga mosala
10 – Souvenir antigwa
11 – Mabina ya sika
12 – Mo sese mondole


Ignacio Piñeiro and his Septeto Nacional
Tumbao Cuban Classics 1992

Glorias de Cuba from 1976
Classicos del Son from 1987
Carlos Embales con Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro from 1990
Discogs Discography

tracks ;

01 – Entre preciosos palmeras
02 – Son que quita las penas
03 – Mustios amores
04 – Me han quemao
05 – De pelota no
06 – Me arrepiento
07 – Lindo yambu
08 – Como voy a sufrir
09 – Que bonito es
10 – A cogerlo
11 – Descanso
12 – No me perturbes
13 – Bardo
14 – No sufran corazones
15 – Viva el bongo
16 – Marisa o rascame aqui
17 – Ay mama inez


Super Eagles – Viva Super Eagles
Decca 1969


super-eagles-backsleeve-detail just click on


This Gambian group appears here with their debut album from
1969 on Decca. They play a mixture of styles from pop and soul
to rumba, bolero, pachanga and highlife, happy sound.
Unfortunately track nine has some nasty pops..

Super Eagles is een band uit Gambia die hier verschijnt met hun
eerste plaat uit 1969 op Decca. Ze spelen een bonte mix van pop
en soul tot rumba, bolero pachanga en highlife, happy sound.
Helaas heeft nummer negen wat lelijke tikken..

tracks ;

01 – Viva super eagles
02 – Dohi gudi bahut
03 – Gambia su nous raew
04 – Aduna poti ndala
05 – Love’s a real thing
06 – Hey jude
07 – Gambia zambia – african unity
08 – Don’t do that to me
09 – Tagu nein lein
10 – Alieu gori-mami
11 – False love
12 – Gail gain chi rabi


Alberto Montiel y su Conjunto
Acordeon Herido, ifv 1981

Alberto Montiel, front

The lp we have today has appearantly been property of Radio
Sincelejo. You can see how some enthousiastic worker changed
the frontsleeve, pitty but okay, it’s all about the music anyway.
The vallenato is from 1981 and you can hear it getting more
modern. Full bass and produced differently than in the earlier
seventies. The songs are strong however and the jumpy
basslines take you to the dancefloor automatically.
Listen to the wounded acordeon..


01 – Acordeon herido
02 – Amparito
03 – La rabiosa
04 – El hombre que llora
05 – La china idalide
06 – La india caderona
07 – El guayabito
08 – Matando plagas
09 – Honda herida
10 – El hijo ajeno as cabezon
11 – El martirio
12 – La rasquiñita


Jimmy Pedrozo con Franklin Ariza vol. 2
Paso la Vida Pensando, Discos Tropical 1985

Jimmy Pedrozo, front

In 1986 Globestyle released the album ‘Fiesta Vallenata’, part of
the series ‘Accordions that shook the world’. it contains a few
songs that captured me from the very start. Lo mas sabroso
by Jimmy Pedrozo & Franklin Ariza struck me like lightning.
I had never heard such music before and it was more or less
the beginning of my search for more. The lp is available here.

Other songs that hit me instantly were the other two Jimmy
pedrozo songs and ‘India Matea’ by Miguel Duran. I’m still on
the look out to find the album containing that song. Yesterday
my buddy Sanjay payed me a visit and a big surprise came
along with him. After 30 years finally I found volume 2 of Jimmy
Pedrozo & Franklin Ariza. In fact, Sanjay is the man that helped
me searching and he found it in Bogota. What a special moment
when listening to it first time. The song ‘Lo mas sabroso’ must be
on volume 1 so the search continues but for now we are so lucky
to be able to listen to “Paso la vida pensando” by Jimmy Pedrozo
con Franklin Ariza y su Conjunto, hope U like..


01 – Paso la vida pensando
02 – La visuaca
03 – Pa’ todo el año
04 – La huella de tu amor
05 – El loro
06 – Sirvientas modernas
07 – Por sapo
08 – Zumba que zumba
09 – Amor de papel
10 – Bello diciembre


Afro Rythmes présente Orchestre Stukas
Lita Bembo, Afro Rythmes 198?

Orchestre Stukas, front

Orchestre Stukas, on the floor in Club Rex

Lita Bembo’s Orchestre Stukas always finds a happy
listener. Only last week, one of our loyal visitors told me
how much they had changed his life. Well Matthew, I guess
this is your lucky day, I just found us this killer album
by them at the last big record fair in Utrecht. I think
it is super nice, hardly possible to stay in your chair,
those guitars keep going and going, man I bet
you’re bound to break loose, haha..
I challenge you..

I was playing this lp and studying the sleeve when my eye
fell on the words “photos réalisées au Rex Club”.
Was this really true? I know that place..I’ve been there..
Wow, it must have been in 1982 when I was on a trip to Paris by bus for
the weekend. We were with a large group of volunteers, all workers behind
the bar in ‘de Tagrijn’, a youth-center and stage in my old hometown.
It was on this trip that we accidentally ended up with a little group of four,
we were with two boys and two girls but just collegues and good friends.
Initially we thought we were going to a reggae-club. Some dread in the
subway had pointed us there. We came in a bit early I think, it was still
empty so we took a drink and waited for what became one of the greatest
nights of my life. When people started to fill the place, reality opened up
before us. We were the only white visitors in this wonderful African Club.
I remember like it was yesterday, saturday night at Club Rex, Rue des
Bonnes Nouvelles. A night, complete with Mister and Miss elections,
& dance competition. Now I come to think of it, it must have been just
around the time when Lita Bembo and his buddies were there.
We drank, smoked and danced till closing time, made plenty
of friends, oh my, it was such a wild, funny and happy
experience, I could never forget.. wow & damn..
how time flies, astonishing discovery..
I loved it there. Felt as black
as can be..


1 Guelord – 4 saisons
2 Muana pauvre
3 Djodjo
4 Lupiano


Global Sampler vol. 45 – Various Artists

Global Sampler vol. 45, front

Global Samplers are made to help you orientate
and navigate through our older files. This one points
back to the period before mid februari 2012. It contains
strictly African tracks, hope you like..


1 Ambassadeur International – Seydou bathily
2 Les Choc Stars – Ponini eza mpasi
3 Sir Victor Uwaifo & his Melody Maestros – Akwete
4 Les Bantous – Banoko ya mokili
5 Asiakwa Brass Band – Wo tese mawu a didi
6 Orchestre Sinza – Wa ba kandi tetoka
7 Orchestre Stukas – Esta bibisha
8 E.T. Mensah and his Tempo’s Band – Tea samba
9 Docteur Nico et l’Orchestre African Fiesta – La palomar
10 Kwamy – African club
11 Empire Bakuba – Sombokila
12 Rock a Mambo – Mi cancion
13 Tabu Ley et l’Afrisa International – On a raconté
14 Celestine Ukwu Philosophers National – Okwukwe na nchekwube


Orchestre les Djo-Djo
led by: Lusala Mavungu
Establishment Bonne Musique 1978

Orchestre les Djo-Djo, front

Orchestre les Djo-Djo led by Lusala Mavungu.
Mavungu is Mavos Meme Mavungu who we know of Orchestre
Micky-Micky for instance. The label speaks of L. Magungu.
Is L. Magungu in fact Lusala Mavungu ? If anyone can
clear up this matter, please do not hesitate to leave
us a message. The lp is in lingala and label states
‘sukus’, certainly no hard soukous but very nice it is.
Get it and spread it like always..cheers..


1 Kenge ya libala
2 Nabukodonozor
3 Mata ndioku


Les Stars des Années 50, Roitelet, Victor,
Roger, Franco, Marcelle Fylla,
Les Trois Caballeros & Salvador
Merveilles du Passé, african 360.164, 1986

Les Stars des Années 50, front

I received a message saying, this lp also disappeared
from the global groove. I dived into it and found it’s true.
So, no problem, we’ll bring it again, and this time it’s
here to stay. Some of the sweetest Congolese songs
from the fifties, Enjoy them once again..

..if anyone finds any other lp missing,
leave me a message and I’ll restore it..


1 Roitelet et Roger – Banga imana
2 Roitelet et Roger – Imana ya daring
3 Victor et Roger – Bolingo esuki
4 Marcelle Fylla – Pusana moke
5 Victor et Roger – Kobanga te
6 Victor, Roger & Franco – Josephine
7 Les Trois Caballeros – Antoinette
8 Roitelet et les coeurs CEFA – Tozo na Bozo
9 Salvador – E ya yo nlala
10 Salvador – E ndumba sakuba wata


Los Ases del Ritmo – Costa Brava vol.1

Ases del Ritmo, front

Goodmorning groovers, I have another appointment with one
of our contributors today, Sanjay is the man that brings us
these killer Colombian lp’s. Costa Brava vol.1 is such an
album. ( nothing to do with the Spanish costa brava ) It
contains songs by three great musicians to my opinion.
Anibal Velasquez is the most famous of the three but
Aniceto Molina and José Velasquez are not to be under-
estimated as well. There’s one cumbia track and futher we
find paseo, pase-goajiro, paseito, pasebol, rumba, guaracha
and merengue-joropo, all happy Colombian styles.
Very enjoyable stuff you’d better not miss..


1 Anibal Velasques – Caruya’
2 Anibal Velasquez – Mi destino
3 Aniceto Molina – El bailarin
4 José Velasquez – Juanita
5 Aniceto Molina – Mayo
6 Anibal Velasquez – Yolanda
7 José Velasquez – Caracol
8 Anibal Velasquez – Beso pagado
9 Aniceto Molina – Maria elisa
10 Anibal Velasquez – Dejala que sufra
11 Anibal Velasquez – En brazos de otro
12 Aniceto Molina – Nos vamos


Arsenio Rodríguez – Primitivo

Arsenio Rodríguez, front

One of the key figures in latin music was this great man.
Arsenio Rodríguez is considered father of the modern afro-cuban
sound. His musical roots lay in the Congolese rituals of his
family, instilled in him by his grandfather who was a slave,
and it is said that he brought many of the toques used to
adress deities into son. He was a predigious composer –
his sones remain dominant in the repertoire – and his group,
which he expanded with first congas and later an extra trumpet,
more percussion and piano, became the most influential of the
1940’s. Rodríguez also changed the structure of son, expanding
the montuno with a descarga section of improvised solos.
Arsenio Rodríguez ( 1911 – 1970 ) was blind from age eight,
he was kicked by a horse. He was a superb tres player and one
of Cuba’s all time great bandleaders and son composers. Arsenio
grew up in a ‘solar’, a small neighbourhood community. It was his
custom to play the guitar, his neighbours would join in both
vocally and instrumentally, using sticks, pieces of chairs, boxes
or anything they could find to create a musical sound. On such
a night, someone used a cowbell as their contribution to this
primitive music and it was from this that the cowbell evolved as
part of the instrumentation of today’s Latin-American rhythm
sections. ( Rough Guide and backsleeve )
Congolese composer Grand Kalle was called the father of rumba,
he became inspired by Cuban artists like Arsenio Rodríguez, so now
we can see the circle close, afro-cuban getting round and round.
tracks like Independence cha cha and Africa Boogaloo are typical
examples, from Congo to Cuba and back,
music works miracles don’t you think..
listen to Arsenio Rodríguez,
( do we hear Monguito
there ? )


1 La pasion
2 Me engañastes juana
3 Lo que dice justi
4 Rumba guajira
5 Coplas de españa
6 Que mala suerte
7 Fiesta en el solar
8 Me equivoque contigo
9 A gozar mujeres
10 No lo niegues
11 El lema del guaguancó
12 Guaguancó de puerta tierra


Les Bantous de la Capitale – “Hommage a Mujos”, Pathé Marconi 1978

Les Bantous de la Capitale, front

An lp from the seventies, Congolese on Pathé Marconi,
what’s the chance we won’t like it ? Very small indeed.
This one was first released in 1964 and re-released in
1978. Some of the tracks towards the end sound quite
dusty without any traces of being played a whole lot.
It seems they took the tracks from lp instead of from
the mothertapes. One way or the other,
as far as I’m concerned, 17
songs to lick your lips with,
Get it & Spread it.


1 Mbanda tolinga tomeka
2 Na zonga na motema
3 Na’ sombela yo eva
4 Tout brazza
5 Evolution merengue
6 Jalousie na nini
7 Destino
8 Na lembi bipale
9 Ah! que pena
10 Yambi cherie
11 Pa’vacillar
12 Brazza mbok’etumba
13 En diable merengue
14 Fatou akamue
15 Padrona de la musica
16 Una noche
17 Luiza