Latest mini mix for late summer parties.
Another mix of older and nearly lost sounds from Somalia.
Today’s post focus on an Ethiopian great – Tewodros Taddese. He has recorded music for over 30 years, starting singing in church in his native Addis Ababa, moving on to cover the likes of Muluken Melesse.
His first album had an immediate impact making him a household name in Ethiopia. I picked up this tape in Addis a couple of years ago and it has been a favourite ever since. It’s a great album overall with several strong tracks; none more so than the face-melting second track on the B side!
For this post I have decided to focus on the Caribbean, and more particularly Guadalupe. The music of this island in the French Antilles is rich and varied with folkloric music such as Biguine vidé, Gwo Ka as well as more popular music with roots in Haitian Kompas, including Cadence and Zouk.
I first came across Sartana Sinitambi when Sofrito featured Information Par Le Mistral on their International Soundclash LP. Sartana started off recording music in the 80s with his band Mistral and went on to release several Zouk hits in the latter part of the 80s and early 90s.
Today’s track is from his 1980 LP, Mecage Douvan Komansse Touche. It’s a real party tune featuring Sartana’s hypnotic vocals inter-playing with the backing singers. The track shifts dramatically midway through. Play loud on hot summer nights!
Lutte = Faculte Combative De L’Esprit
Sartana Et Son Groupe Mistral – Mecage Douvan Komansse Touche – Sartan’n Son (GP 4003) – 1980
Akwasi Beats is back again after a long hiatus. What better place to start than in Angola. Analog Africa have released a few wonderful compilations that are highly recommended tracking down for an entry point into the sounds of Lusophone Africa.
África Tentação (African Temptation) was set up in 1977 by José Paulo Serrao and Joka Serrao. The group’s aim was to introduce a Portuguese audience to the music of Angola; more particularly the sounds of Bailundo, a municipality in the centre of the country. The band were made up of Henrique (drums), Mario Bernardo “Sofia” (Voice, Percussion and Trumpet), Freitas (drums), Joe Mitchell (Bass), Joka (rhythm guitar), Zé Paulo (guitar), Botto (keyboard), Jaime Inácio “Bolinhas” (Congas), Nelo Carvalho (vocals and guitar), Nelson (guitar) and Nando Quental (Vocals).
The band recorded 5 LPs from the late 1970s to early 1980s:
Ufeku Ndalota La Do Si Discos (780320) 1978
Angola ’79 La Do Si Discos (790532) 1979
Mulher De Angola Arsom Records (801008) 1980
Quando Fui A Benguela Arsom Records (830423) 1983
Kissange -Saudade Negra Arsom Records (860633) 1986
The two tracks I have selected are from their 1980 release Mulher de Angola
Maria Nao Tem Vesido
Update – The translation to Maria is as follows:
Continuing the Somali vibes here is another mix that is sure to get the blood pumping and the body moving!
Play loud and invite the neighbours around!