dinsdag 18 oktober 2016

Sekouba Bambino

Sékouba ‘Bambino’ Diabate (1964) was born in Kintiya, a village 25 km from Siguiri (North-East Guinea) not far from the border with Mali. His mother Mariama Samoura was a famous singer (griot) who died when Sékouba was only 3 years old. Raised by his grandmother the young boy started singing in  local bands around 1972. In 1980 president Touré asked ‘the boy from Siguiri’ to replace Bembeya Jazz lead singer Aboubakar Demba Camara who died after a car accident in 1973.
Sékouba Bambino stayed with Bembeya Jazz until 1989. In 1990 he released his first album - the K7 ‘Sama’ – followed by ‘Le destin’ in 1992, which sales reached 160.000 copies within 3 months in Guinea, Mali. Ivory Coast and Senegal alone. After several local K7’s, Sékouba’s first international album -  the CD ‘Kassa’ – was released in 1997 on the British Sterns label. His international breakthrough came with the release of the album Sinikan’ in 2002. Sékouba Bambino also participated in several projects founded by the late Senegalese producer Ibrahima Sylla, such as the Mandekalou recordings and the Panafrican salsa band Africando. In 2012 he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his solo career with the release of 2 CD’s, the semi-accoustic and neo-traditional ‘Diatiguyw’ and the modern, danceable ‘Innovation’.

 2012 Clip Officiel: Sinontena 3.52
 2011 Live at Stade de France: 18.01 
 2002 Live with Africando: Apollo 6.15

CD Discography

zondag 16 oktober 2016


Kwasi Frimpong (Kumasi 1939) started his musical career in the ‘50s as lead vocalist with the Axim Jokers. In 1963 he joined Dr. Gyasi’s Noble Kings as solo guitarist. Six years later he formed his own band, The Cubano Fiestas. In 1975 he released his first album Ahyewa backed by the Super Complex Sounds.
The succes came in 1976 with his second album. This so called ‘blue’ album known as Kyen yen bi adi mawu became one of the biggest hits of the decade in Ghana.
He repeated this success in 1977 with his third album Hwehwe mu na yi wo mpena.
In 1978 he recorded Aboagyewaa, an album that is today one of the most sought after collectors items, when it comes to African music.
 1978 Aboagyewaa
During the ‘80s the music culture of Ghana collapsed completely due tot the military coup led by Jerry Rawlings in 1979. As a result of the anti-corruption “house-cleaning” policy of the military gouvernment and very strict curfews, many local record stores, bars and venues closed. Many ghanian musicians left Ghana for Europe and tried their luck in countries such as Holland, the UK and particulary Germany. After having rerecorded some of his greatest hits for Polydor in 1980,  1980 Me Yee Owu Den Frimpong left Ghana in 1981 as well to record his sixth album Abrabo in Hamburg, Germany.  1981 Abrabo 

During the following years his musical productivity gradually decreased. His fans had to wait four years until 1985 before he released the album Mo tan me.
In 1990 he recorded the album Rikia and although some fellow musicians in Germany were successful with their so called “Burger” Highlife, Frimpong could not bring back the glorious days of the ‘70s.
Five years later Frimpong released his first CD under the title Okwantuni. This album would prove to be his last album. Kwesi Frimpong died on October 18th 2005 in Kumasi. With his death Ghana lost one of his greatest musical legends.
In the beginning of the new millennium some dj’s rediscovered the almost forgotten ‘funky’ music scene that existed in many African countries during the 70’s. This interest brought us also a revival of Frimpongs music. In 2001 Kyenkyen bi adi m’awi appeared on the sampler Afro-Rock, followed by Hwehwe mu na yi wo mpena and Aboagyewaa on the two Ghana Soundz samplers in 2002 en 2004. The resurgence of vinyl brought us the reissue of the 'blue' and 'black' album in 2011 by Continental Records. Hopefully Continental Records will surprise us a third time with the reissue of the 'Red' album.


donderdag 15 augustus 2013

A.B. Crentsil & (Super) Sweet Talks (International)



 From left to right: Tommy King, Nana Afful, Cropper (sitting), Arthur Kennedy, George Quansah,
Eric Agyeman, JW Thorty, AB Crentsil, John Koko, Ekow Tuyee, Kelly Koomson, Tony Mensah. 

The Sweet Talks were more than just a band, they were an institution, a training-ground for Ghanaian highlifers. The name has been imitated, taken in vain, stolen; there have been Sweet Beans and Talkative Sweets, but there was only one - or at the most, two - Sweet Talks.
The band was formed in late 1973, and shortly afterwards took up an extended residency at the Talk Of The Town Hotel in Tema. The key founder members were Pope Flynn and A.B.Crentsil (vocals) and Smart Nkansah (guitar). In the next few years, other major talents would join, including vocalist Jewel Ackah and guitarist Eric Agyeman. The band's early music had two distinct styles. One was a throwback to colonial days, with the band playing cover versions of European and North American chart hits, sung by Flynn. The other was Ghanaian cultural music, sung by Crentsil in a uniquely husky, red-blooded voice.
Born in the Western region, Crentsil had spent his early years listening to such roots styles as osode and palm wine. He worked as a railwayman, singing part-time with local bands such as the Eldoradoes and the Medican Lantics. He first met Nkansah when the latter was touring with Yamoah's Guitar Band in 1972; the two became friends and, recruiting Flynn, decided to form the Sweet Talks.

The group's first hit was the single "Adam And Eve" in 1975, which was followed by the successful album The Kusum Beat in 1976, an update of northern Ghanaian traditional music based around percussion and xylophones. In 1977, the band repeated this success with Spiritual Ghana, this time based on osode highlife rhythms. In 1979, when the band were about to set off on a tour of the USA, Nkansah left, to be replaced by another of Ghana's leading roots guitarists, Eric Agyeman, previously a member of Dr. K. Gyasi's Noble Kings. He had started his career in 1963, playing Beatles and Rolling Stones covers in Afro Boateng's Midnight Movers, and had joined Gyasi in 1972, combining the roles of lead guitarist and arranger.

 The new Sweet Talks line-up spent autumn 1979 in the USA, recording Hollywood Highlife Party with Wayne Henderson of the Crusaders (for whom they also recorded album backing tracks) and Sweet Talks. Deeply unhappy with the Californian winter, they then returned to Ghana, where they had a dispute with their manager and disbanded. Agyeman and Crentsil formed Super Brain, which lasted only a short time. Agyeman then returned to Gyasi and later went solo.

Crentsil picked up the pieces with a new line-up, Super Sweet Talks International, and released The Lord's Prayer, which included "Area Special", a hymn of praise to palm wine drinking. He then took the band to the Ivory Coast, where they recorded Tantie Alaba, which included another drinking classic in "Akpetchi Seller" (akpetchi being a form of Ghanaian gin).
In 1984, Crentsil moved temporarily to the UK, where - together with Agyeman, also visiting - he fronted a band put together by Mac Tontoh of Osibisa, which recorded Highlife Stars, released on Osibisa's own Flying Elephant label. Tontoh, Crentsil and Agyeman had hoped that Highlife Stars - also the name of the band which recorded it and gigged behind it - would make a major impact in the UK, then in the throes of a substantial explosion of interest in African music. But while the album made a huge impact on specialist audiences it failed to make any mainstream impression.

Crentsil and Agyeman accordingly returned to Ghana towards the end of 1984, Crentsil to form Ahenfo and Agyeman to form Kokroko. By this time, Ackah had formed a second, short-lived incarnation of the Sweet Talks, based in the Ivory Coast. The most successful ex-original Sweet Talks member was Nkansah who, following his departure from the band in 1979, formed the popular, highlife-based Sunsum Band, and enjoyed two top-selling albums with Disco Spiritual (1981) and the rootsier Odo (1985).

 Since Günther Gretz of the Popular African Music label released Hollywood Highlife Party on CD in 1991, several of the (Super) Sweet Talks albums have been re-released. However, this does not apply to the four 'LPs that Crentsil made between 1979 and 1983,under the name "Super Sweet Talks International." You can hear below that these albums also contain irrisistible danceable Highlife. Enjoy yourself !!!

♫   1980 OFBLS 1021 - Ode kae me   
   1981 RAS 014 - Rosina  
   1983 OIR 007 - Tantie Alaba



1975 - MEZ 100 - Adam & Eve


1976 - MEZ 100 - Kusum Beat

1976 - PH 635 4010 Spiritual Ghana

1976 - PH 635 4011 -
M'besiafo nto nsa

1978  - PH 635 4034 -
Hollywood Highlife Party

1979 - LS 53 - The Lord's Prayer

1979 - TKCLP 015 - Mewo Road

1980 - OFBLS 1021 - Srekye duku



1981 - RASLPS 014 - Rosina


1983 - ERT 1004 - Tantie Alaba


Line up (Super) Sweet Talks (International)

AB Crentsil - Lead Vocals (ST/SST/SSTI)
Smart Nkansah - Guitar, Vocals (ST)
Nana Afful - Organ, Synth, Vocals (ST)
Arthur Kennedy - Flugelhorn, Trumpet, (ST/SSTI)
JY Thorty - Drums, Percussion, Vocals (ST/SST)
Nat Arthur - (ST)
RS (pope) Flynn - Percussion, Vocals (ST)
Cropper - Rhythm & Bass Guitar (ST/SSTI)
Max Cozy - Keyboard, Violin, Percussion, (ST)
Tommy King - Trumpet (ST)
Asei Akoto - (ST)
Yaw Samuel - Conga (ST)
Eric Agyeman - Lead Guitar (ST)
Prince Kelly Komsoor - Trumpet (ST/SST/SSTI)
John Koko - Rhtthm Guitar, Vocals (ST)
George Quansah - Conga (ST)
Ekow Tuyee - Percussion (ST/SST/SSTI)
Tony Mensah - Lead Vocals (ST/SST)
Solo Mensah - Lead Guitar (SST/SSTI)
Tommy Sly Ampah - Bass Guitar (SST/SSTI)
Prince Foster - Organ (SST/SSTI)
Tex Korley - Alt & Tenorsax (SST/SSTI)
Lord Sekyi - (SST/SSTI)
Gibson Peprah - Drums (SSTI)
Evans Donkor (SSTI)
Uncle Brown (SSTI)

donderdag 25 oktober 2012

Eduardo Paim

His new CD entitled "Etu mu dietu''
The Angolan musician Eduardo Paim,  returned to the record market with his CD entitled "Etu mu dietu". "Etu mu dietu" means  "Between us," in the Kimbindu language and contains 13 songs in the Kizomba musical style.
  audio:   Etu mu dietu  2012

Eduardo Paim & Jacob Desvarieux (Kassav)

The album, which was launched last August in Lisbon (Portugal), counted on the participation of international stars as Kassav's Jacob Desvarieux, the Congolese star Papa Wemba, Cape Verdean musican Grace Evora, as well as Angolan Kuduristas Zoca Zoca and Agre G. Produced and directed by Eduardo Paim himself, "Etu mu dietu" is the result from the work of about a year and a half, which began in Namibia, through Luanda, Lisbon and Paris.
A short biography
Eduardo Paim was born in Congo Brazzaville, 47 years ago, where his parents had been exiled. As student he started  singing in 1979 with the group "Os Puros" together with Levi and Bruno Lara Marcellin. In 1982 Eduardo Paim founded a new band 'SOS', which became quite popular in Angola during the mid-eighties After he finished the course average electricity at Makarenko, Eduardo Paim devoted himself entirely to music.
In 1988 Eduardo Paim took a new step in the development of his musical career when he decided to leave Angola and to move to Portugal. In 1991 he made a successful debut with the album  "Luanda minha banda".
audio:   Som da banda - 1991
His real breakthrough, however, he reached in 1992 with his second record "Do kaiaia". The singer received his first golden disk for sales exceeding 50.000 copies.
audio:    Sao saudades - 1992
He continued his success with the albums "Kambuengo" (1994) which contained the  popular song "Rosa baila", "Chindu a tempo" (1995) and "Ka-Ne-La" (1996). 
Clip:             Rosa baile - 1994

Eduardo Paim & Paulo Flores

An accusation of involvement with drugs almost broke his career in 1997. From doing six shows a month his schedule was reduced to one per year. He decided to return to Angola in order to realise an old dream; building up his own record studio. With this new project  the "EP Studios" he soon earned a big name in the Angolan music business as producer. In this new role he supported the career of many Angolan singers and groups of the new generation such as Paulo Flores, Dog Murras and Banda Maravilha.

This focus on his producing activities reduced his own cd-output, so after the release of the cd "Mujimbus" (1998) his fans had to wait nearly eight years for a sucessor.

In fact the album "Maruva na taca" (2006) meant a real "come-back" of "General Kambuengo". With the participation of artists such as Bonga, Papytchulo, Nancy Vieira, Big Boss and Yuri da Cunha among many others, Paim gathered an impressive list of guest musicians on this album.

audio:    Maruva na taca - 2006
After "Maruva na taca"  Eduardo Paim took again a long period before he came with his new cd "Etu mu dietu".
Albums available at:
$ :   emusic
$ :   amazon