July 10th 2007
I just got back to Guinea a few days ago.
The rainy season has begun and I'm spending most of my time indoors, reading books and drinking beer... today I bought a ticket to Cotonou for later this month. Haven't done any digging for several weeks now and I'm starting to get nervous.
There's a good chance I'll move to NYC next year and I'll do my best to unearth as many records as possible before my departure. No rock shall remain unturned.!
Here's a mix I put together a few weeks back. It's mostly tracks that I had sorted out for earlier mixes but ended up not using for various reasons, either "too long", "not obscure enough" or as with the last track "not quite funky enough".
I hope you all will have a good time listening to this anyway.
There hopefully will be another mix with brandnew stuff as soon as I get back from Cotonou early in August.
I also want to use this opportunity to thank all of you who left comments on this blog or wrote encouraging emails. Many thanx to all who showed up at one of my gigs in NY, Switzerland, Villingen Schwenningen and Berlin. I had an amazing time!
Special thanx to my man Rainer from KONZEPTLOS for his amazing DJ sets at my events in Switzerland and Southern Germany.
El Rego et ses Commandos -djobime
Poly Rythmo -yeye we nou mi
Manu Dibango -the panther
CK Mann -funky hi-life
Stanislas Tohon -mi tchinker
L'African Team -africa boogaloo
Christy Essien -mr. pride
Black Santiago -assounon dje dokoli
Poly Rythmo -djangfa magni
Soro N'Gana -kpa male mon sie
El Rego and his Commandos open up with another smoking slice of spicy Beninoise Funk. Track two is one of my favorite Poly Rythmo tunes fueled by possibly the filthiest organ south of the Sahara. Pretty clean sounding in contrast followed by Manu Dibango's "the Panther", almost has a European library feel to it... I did an edit of CK Mann's "funky hi-life", I hope this won't offend the purists amongst you. Next we have Stan Tohon from Cotonou, on "mi tchinker" he blesses us with some strange sounding traditional Beninoise percussion instruments. Manu Dibango returns for another track, this time he's joined by Le Grand Kalle & Don Gonzalo for a funky little boogaloo number. "Mr. Pride" by Christy Essien is next, some people don't like this track because it's more pop than anything else but hey, what's wrong with that? Next we have one of the most incredible peaces of music ever. The mythical Black Santiago with "assounon dje dokoli". There might still be a copy of this record at NYC's finest record store "Good Records"... another track by Poly Rythmo: "djangfa magni" has horns as sharp as machetes. Okay, I know this last track by Soro N'Gana kind of stands out as the probably unfunkiest track from all 6 mixes so far but come on, you like it too, right? How could you possibly deny the power of West African guitar shredding and organ grinding? How can a track be so ridiculously loose and so ballsqueezingly tight both at the same time? The perfect soundtrack for chilling on the porch with a liter of palm wine or two, or three...