Nuit Douce (feat Jacob Desvarieux & Patrice Caratini)
Bossa De La Plage (feat Alain Jean-Marie & Vincent Segal)
Ballade A Ilet Perou (feat Alain Jean-Marie & Vincent Segal)
Papa Yaya (feat Dao)
Kalypso Ka (feat Anthony Joseph)
Oui Ce Vous (feat Patrice Caratini)
Anty Kaz La (feat Alain Jean-Marie & Vincent Segal)
Missier Woje La
Baye La Vwa (feat Dao)
Kalypso Ka (feat Anthony Joseph - version Carnavale - bonus track)
Review: French percussionist Roger Raspail has been active on the Parisian scene for decades, releasing his debut album - the CD-only Fanny's Dream - way back in 1997. This belated second set is a deliciously vibrant and internationally minded affair, with the 13 tracks variously touching on Afro-cuban grooves, jazz-funk, zouk, calypso, tango, samba and hard-to-pigeonhole musical fusions. A range of guest vocalists swing by to lend a hand, while Rapsail's brilliant drum work - which encompasses all manner of different percussion instruments - providing the glue that holds everything together. While there are a few deeper moments, for the most part Dalva is a joyous celebration of global rhythms.
Orchestre GMI - Groupement Mobil D'Intervention - "Africa"
Orchestre Bawobab - "Thiely"
Le Saourouba De Louga - "Bour Sine"
King N'Gom Et Les Perles Noires - "Viva Marvillas"
Orchestre Laye Thiam - "Massani Cisse"
Amara Toure Et Le Star Band De Dakar - "El Carretero"
Tropical Jazz - "Kiko Medina"
Orchestre Laye Thiam - "Kokorico"
Gestu De Dakar - "Ndiourel"
Orchestre Bawobab - "Ma Penda"
Orchestre Laye Thiam - "Sanga Te"
Review: Analog Africa's latest essential collection focuses on the Senegalese scene in the late sixties and early seventies, and features a wealth of rare and previously unreleased recordings. Musically, it's as vibrant and exciting as you'd expect, reflecting the Senegal scene's distinctive fusions of American, Cuban and West African influences. The story of the Dakar music scene, and the musicians involved, is told in great detail in the accompanying 44-page booklet, which was apparently the result of four years of research by both Analog Africa and local label Teranga. Of course, this would mean little if the music was so-so; happily, there's not a duffer to be found throughout.
Teta Lando - "Fuguei Na Escola (Para Jogar A Bola)"
Review: We're becoming accustomed to great compilations of rare and obscure African music, especially from Samy Ben Redjeb's impeccable Analog Africa label. Here, he delivers yet again, offering up a second superb retrospective of humid, tropical music from the golden age of Angola's little-known recording industry. Hypnotic, occasionally bluesy, always intoxicating and thoroughly enchanting, the 21 tracks that make up Angola 2 are rarely less than superb. There's a slinky, carnival-centric fluidity and, surprisingly, plenty of clear Latin influences, making the music showcased here decidedly different from the booming funk we've come to expect from many Afro compilations. For that reason alone, it should be essential viewing for anyone with even the slightest interest in vintage African music
Review: Eight years on from its previous reissue (that time courtesy of Analog Africa's "Limited Dance Edition" series), Mr Bongo is offering up a fresh, licensed re-press of Rob's eponymous 1977 Afro-funk masterpiece. If you missed out in 2011, the set is definitely worth picking up because it's rock solid heat from start to finish. Check, for example, the heavily percussive Afro-beat/Afro-funk fusion of "Funky Rob Way", the flanged funk guitars and heavy brass action of "Boogie On", the jazz guitars and loved-up vocals of "Your Kiss Stole Me Away" and the William Onyeabor-does-James-Brown heaviness of closing cut "More".