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
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
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
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.
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
3 Mata ndioku
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
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
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
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
8 Na lembi bipale
9 Ah! que pena
10 Yambi cherie
12 Brazza mbok’etumba
13 En diable merengue
14 Fatou akamue
15 Padrona de la musica
16 Una noche
Good morning, how are you groovers today ? I hope very well.
I’ve been holding quite some records with the idea to post them
as soon as the new page would be ready. Now the work takes
so much more time then assumed upfront, some of the treasure
needs to find you folks with precedence I reckoned. This swell
collector on Pathé Marconi contains some of the best rumba’s
by Franco’s O.K. Jazz. Tracks from the hand of Franco himself
but also by Edo, de la Lune, Vicky and Brazzos. Recorded in
1960, 1961 and 1962 but re-released in 1977. Don’t miss this
lp, another piece of Congolese musical inheritance.
Get it & Spread it !
1 Franco et O.K. Jazz – Bolingo ekoma niongo
2 Franco et O.K. Jazz – Mousica tellama
3 Franco et O.K. Jazz – Rumba de ondo ondo
4 Edo, Malape, Franco et O.K. Jazz – Zozo kobanga te
5 Edo, Malape, Franco et O.K. Jazz – Aimee wa bolingo
6 Orchestre O.K. Jazz – Cha-cha modeiro
7 Franco, Vicky et Edo – Micorasson
8 Vicky et O.K. Jazz – Cha cha cha de mi vida
9 Vicky, Rossignol, Franco et de la Lune – La fiesta
10 Brazzos et O.K. Jazz – Tcha tcha tcha de mi amor
11 Edo et O.K. Jazz – Taxi avalon
12 Groupe Rythmique O.K. Jazz – Aya la mode
Ryco-Jazz was founded by Henri Bowane in 1958. The name was
composed from Rythme Congolais, Ry-Co in short. From 1960 to
1964 they toured west Africa and later moved to Martinique where
they were very popular. Their styles varied from tumbele, biguine,
bolero and rumba. Back in Paris in 1971 the group splits up and
spreads. Jean Serge Essous for instance went back to join Les
Bantous de la Capitale..enjoy..
2 Bana biafra
3 Nabenga yo nani
4 An drole di chance
5 Blue sugar
6 Basi na angola
8 N’doto kitoko
9 M’puli mua munie
Despite all tragic happenings in the past weeks I am also
happy that we can still go on doing what we did. I wonder
if our buddies Owl and Nauma are okay. Didn’t hear a word
of them anymore. Leave us a message guys.
Meantime, a little reward for all our determination and patience.
This is a great album, the 1977 re-release of a probably 1966
predecessor. Sweet rumba from Congo’s sixties with some
heroes of the days; Nino Malapet, Jean Essous and Dewayon.
Bit by bit the older files re-appear. I am not hurrying but if you
want me to re-up something in particular, just leave a note and
I’ll try to keep up with requests, thnx & hang on…
1 Les voyous
2 Mi cancion
3 Maria valente
4 Rumba quiero
6 Serenade sentimentale
9 El rumba so
10 Esnghe zuke
11 Bonne annee
12 Oyambaka ngai
2012 is starting off with some serious artists at the GG. One of
our favourite Congolese bands is this one. Les Bantous are
back with some serious sh*t indeed. Eight songs of class A
quality to bring back some more of the good old days..
1 Bandoki na boyi
3 Annie ditsou
4 El loco
5 Banoko ya mokili
6 Mayele ya moto
1 Kiskedee Trio – Congo bara
2 J.B. Lenoir – Sitting down thinking
3 Buddie Johnson – It’s the gold
4 Orquesta casino de la Playa – Bruca manigua
5 Carmen Dela Dipini – Dimelo
6 Teddy Wilson – You showed me the way
7 Slim Gaillard – Beatin’ the board
8 Count Lasher – Talking parrot
9 Bemi – Nabosani ndako
10 Cab Calloway – Reefer man
11 Robert Johnson – Terraplane blues
12 Xavier Cugat & his Orchestra – Rumba rumbero
13 Roberto Ledesma – Con mi corazon te espero
14 Mildred Bailey – I see your face before me
15 Earl Hines – Blue drag
16 Alex Konadu – Owuo mpe silka
17 Wrangler – Limbo teacher
18 Effie Smith – Gettin’ out
19 Big Joe Turner – Lucille, Lucille
20 Louis Jordan – Psycho-loco
21 Edmundo Arias – Chituchi
22 Jimmy Pedroso – El loro
23 Angel Luis Torruellas – El abusador
24 Sunny Adé and his Green Spot Band – O le ku
25 Miguel Aceves Mejia – Orgullosa y bonita
26 Humphrey Eshitool – Jirani waganga