Orchestre Mando Negro Kwala Kwa
Les Grands Succès Africains vol. 1
Pathé Marconi EMI 1974

We had them on several occasions, Orchestre Mando Negro
Kwala Kwa. In the ‘Grands Succès Africains’ series we also had
several albums. I placed the links below as usual. On the great
Pathé Marconi label and from 1974 ..

Orchestre Mando Negro, Discogs
Les Grands Succès Africains, Discogs

Seven 7″ from Congo vol. 3
Seven 7″ from Congo vol. 5
Hit Parade Africain vol. 3 1973
Stars of Zaïre Verse Two 1977
l’Afrique Danse 1973
Holiday in Afrika

Les Bantous, Les Grands Succès Africains vol. 3 1975
Passy Mermans, Les Grands Succès Africains vol. 6 1976
African Kings au Gabon, Les Grands Succès Africains vol. 8 1977

01 – Voiture ya occasion
02 – Matumoli
03 – Melanie
04 – Anantso
05 – Massamba m.j.
06 – Akam-amifirme
07 – Milangi
08 – Regine

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Simba Wanyika Original – Baba Asiya
The African Music Gallery 1986

Tanzanian brothers Wilson and George Kinyonga formed
Orchestra Simba Wanyika in 1971. Earlier they worked under
the name Arusha Jazz with third brother William. The group
had several offshoots like Les Wanyika, Super Wanyika Stars
and others. They used the name Simba Wanyika Original to
ensure this was the first and original Simba Wanyika. Their
guitar driven sound was inspired by Dr. Nico and they combined
highly melodic rumba with Swahili lyrics. Simba Wa Nyika
means ‘Lions of the Savannah’. Infectious East African
candy you don’t want to miss, get it and spread it ..

De Tanzaniaanse broers Wilson en George Kinyonga vormden
Orchestra Simba Wanyika in 1971. Daarvoor werkten ze onder
de naam Arusha Jazz met derde broer William. De band had
diverse ‘offshoots’ zoals onder andere Les Wanyika en Super
Wanyika Stars. Ze gebruikten de naam Simba Wanyika Original
om duidelijk te maken dat dit de eerste en originele Simba
Wanyika betrof. Hun gitaar gedreven geluid was geïnspireerd
door Dr. Nico en ze combineerden zeer melodische rumba met
Swahili lyrics. Simba Wa Nyika betekent ‘Leeuwen van de
Savannah’. Aanstekelijk Oost Afrikaans snoepgoed dat je
zeker niet wilt missen. Haal binnen en deel ..

Muziekweb
Discogs
Arusha Jazz at Holland Tunnel Dive
Muziki Wa Dansi

01 – Baba asiya
02 – Marceline #2
03 – Tushirikiane
04 – Hasira hasara

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Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro
Clasicos del Son vol. 2
Areito / Egrem 1987

We had a couple of records with Ignacio Piñeiro and his
Septeto Nacional, today volume two of ‘Clasicos del Son’.
Son, bolero, guaracha and rumba from Cuba.
Don’t you just love his sound, voice
and music ? I certanly do ..

Wikipedia on Septeto Nacional
Wikipedia on Ignacio Piñeiro
Discogs
Tumbao Cubal Classics 1992
Glorias de Cuba 1976
Clasicos del Son vol. 1 1987
Carlos Embales & Septeto Nacional 1990

01 – Ruñidera
02 – La cumbancha
03 – Mujer tropical
04 – Llego el dulcerito
05 – Sol de verdad
06 – La plenaria de son
07 – Don ramon
08 – Suave murmullo
09 – Es de oriente el son compay
10 – No puedo conformarme
11 – Muñequita consentida
12 – Rumba a los embales

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Conjunto Matamoros with Beny Moré
Tumbao Cuban Classics 1992

We ended 2020 with Cuban music and
now we open 2021 with Cuban music.
Just for the fun of it ..
Wishing everybody a swell, happy
and healthy new year !
Let the music take you there ..
Cheers, Moos

Another album with Miguel Matamoros, today he appears
with Conjunto Matamoros instead of Trio Matamoros.
Guest singer is the great Beny
Moré with his golden voice ..

Beny Moré, Sonero Mayor vol. 4 1982
Beny Moré y sus Amigos
Trio Matamoros 1996
Los Matamoros, Vuelven
Roberto Torres Recuerda al Trio Matamoros 1981
Trio Matamoros, El Cubanisimo vol. 1 1982
Beny Moré, Wikipedia
Beny Moré, Discogs
Trio Matamoros, Wikipedia
Conjunto Matamoros, Discogs

01 – Buenos Hermanos
02 – La cazuelita
03 – Se va a morir
04 – Ofrenda criolla
05 – Sere dichoso
06 – Que sera eso ?
07 – Penicilina
08 – Me la llevo
09 – Las penas de mi alma
10 – Oyeme
11 – Camina y van pa’ la loma
12 – Cosas de ayer
13 – Mi unica boca
14 – Que estan mirando
15 – Baila mi pregon
16 – Mailare mi son
17 – Soy maraquero

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Los Matamoros – Vuelven
Metrópoli L.D.M. 5050

Found this record between my Cuban releases. At first I thought
it was an album with Miguel Matamoros. When checking Discogs
it became more confusing than it already was. The sleeve gives no
information and Discogs has a copy on the Colombian Fabuloso label.
My copy is on Metrópoli on which I can’t seem to find anything. The
music sounds very much from Cuba and personally I think the cover
also looks Cuban. We have no year of release and no info, what do
you think we have here ?
P.S. Studying the label, Metrópoli
also seems to be Colombian ..

Deze plaat stond tussen m’n Cubaanse uitgaven. Eerst dacht ik dat
we er een met Miguel Matamoros hadden. Toen ik Discogs raad-
pleegde werd de verwarring eerder groter dan kleiner. De hoes
geeft geen enkele info en Discogs heeft een een versie op het
Colombiaanse Fabuloso label. De mijne is op Metrópoli waarover
online niets te vinden is. De muziek klinkt mij Cubaans en ook de
hoes lijkt mij Cubaans. We vinden geen jaar van uitgifte en geen
informatie, wat denk jij dat we hier hebben ?
P.S. Het label bestuderend blijkt
Metrópoli ook Colombiaans te zijn.

Discogs

01 – Conciencia
02 – Mata y baby
03 – Puro amor
04 – Sangre de conga
05 – Tu veras
06 – Las ruinas de mi bohio
07 – El puerquito de la yuca
08 – Beso discreto
09 – La china de la rumba
10 – Bolichan
11 – Pobre bohemia
12 – El trio y el ciclon

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Rico’s Creole Band, 1931-1937
Mammy Bong, Harlequin 1993

On Harlequin we find this lovely cd with the music of Filiberto
Rico and his group Rico’s Creole Band. He was a Cuban clarinet
player and one of the first to bring Cuban music to Europe.
Read more in this Bio.

Blessed in Havana, Cuba, in 1910, Filiberto Rico was one of
the primary wave of music artists to popularize Latin American
music throughout north European countries. An alto saxophonist
who doubled on flute, youthful Rico gigged and documented with
several rings in Paris and Copenhagen through the past due ’20s,
especially Moises Simon’s Orquesta Tipica Cubana. Rico’s Creole
Music group was produced in 1930 and interested the Parisian
open public using the conga, the beguine, as well as the bolero
until a proliferation of Nazis (equipped with a racist Weltan-
schauung that criminalized the cultural variety embodied in
the word “Creole”) managed to get essential for this Afro-Cuban
musician to absent himself from the spot through the years
1941-1946. Rico’s postwar reputation in Paris and along the
France Riviera is renowned, and continues to be related to the
mixing of Western european and Latin American designs. His early
recordings had been reissued in two amounts on compact disk with
the Harlequin label in 1993-1994, and his postwar profession is
documented on the retrospective two-fer released in 2003 by
Fremeaux & Associes. ( MusicianBio)

01 – Viva la conga
02 – A una rosa
03 – Biguine d’amour
04 – Canto caribe
05 – Lagrimas negras
06 – Ce que j’aime
07 – Rumba seductora
08 – Quiero
09 – La complainte de l’esclave
10 – Chaparrita
11 – Alma de mujer
12 – Como una rosa
13 – Mammy bong
14 – Blanca rosa
15 – La conga
16 – Chiquita de cuba
17 – la sitiera
18 – Rumba galopante
19 – Paris soir
20 – 1-2-3 yep

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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)

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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

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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

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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
Wikipedia
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

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Super Eagles – Viva Super Eagles
Decca 1969

super-eagles-front

super-eagles-backsleeve-detail just click on

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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

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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..

tracks;

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

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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..

tracks;

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

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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..

tracks;

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

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