Friday, November 30, 2007

Big Mama Unice's Drinking Spot

November 30th 2007

I had posters put up all over Accra, radio announcements were made and ads were plugged in the local papers. The most rewarding result was a call from Big Mama Unice.

Big Mama Unice runs a small bar simply called "the drinking spot" where she also cooks rice with a different sauce each day.


A big freezer keeps beer and locally distilled sugar cane liqueur nicely chilled.


I was told to come around in the morning hours and when I arrived at around 10 am, I was given a large travel bag containing 45s from G to Mint, from Hi-Life to African Jazz, Soul, Psych and Afrobeat. Besides a large number of James Brown releases, everything else were African releases and what they all had in common was that they all were top tunes. I don't know much about Hi-Life and never cared much about this style but the stuff I found there is just incredible! There also was a small stack of LPs and we all had an amazing time, playing these records on the portable turntable. All the pieces below came from Big Mama Unice's Drinking Spot, most notable are the nice company 45 sleeves and of course the Psychedelic Alliens (sic) EP. I'm only posting a few selected LPs, no need to show off spares...
Click on images for a better view!









Nice philosophical liner note on backside of the Uhuru Dance Band sleeve:


Dubious nightclub outside another digging spot:


New mixes will follow in a few days. I'll make one Soul, Psych & Afrobeat mix and another one with Afro Jazz and Hi-Life.

13 comments:

Evan said...

Please tell me that on the Ashantis LP they actually cover Al Green's "Let's Stay Together"! At any rate, much drooling over your latest report on your finds.

Cyril said...

Hi Frank, nice dig i would be the happyest guy in the world only with the Kussum beat ! sure that Psychedelic Alliens got a very promising sleeve !! About generic company sleeve i'm 100% agree with you, at home i framed the Decca and the west african records philips ones ! Can't wait for they next mixes, thanks !!
ps : the links on pics are wrong there is still "medium/"... then they are not bigger after cliking (hard to read band names on 45T) ;)
Regards

Joe said...

That Ashantis LP is excellent, and I can't believe you found Kusum Beat and Psychedelic Aliens in one visit. Unbelieveable haul.

Joe

Frank said...

Hey Cyril, yeah, I noticed the messed up links for the enlarged pictures... it's fixed now!

Tim said...

Frank, mate, I will sure as hell stop by for a pint of sugar cane and a chat here on my travels. Awesome!
ps my neighbors hate you. I have wooden floors in my apartment and I guess the bass goes thru them like a knife thru butter.

MrC said...

whilst of course the music is usually great.. i am also a big fan of african sleeve artwork/pictures ... ... & you are living such a wonderful life!!

peace
MrC ;)

jon said...

DISCO SOCCER!!!!! What a concept! And what a sleeve pic! I'm looking forward to hearing your Big Mama Eunice mix when it finishes downloading. brilliant stuff.

Jordan W said...

Thanks for sharing this stuff... it's truly great!

Eamonn said...

I'm finding it very hard to locate some Sidiku Buari lps, not to mention cds - no one knows if he's stuff is available (whatever the format but vinyl preferable) anywhere?!?

Eamonn said...

Great blog by the way - killer sounds!

Ringo said...

Yeah Mon dis ah di Killer Sounds!!!

Steve said...

Dubious nightclub or not, they do fantastic and cheap chop. If you didn't stop there to eat, you should stop by next time you're in Accra.

Thanks for your great blog, and for making this music more widely available...do you have a day job, you lucky lucky git...

Cheers,
Steve

xensma said...

hi frank! i am looking for infoirmations about the ashantis.i have in mp3 file a lp ("disco play" or "ashantis" depending of the country,the one with the sleeve like garden of eden you know?)from this band but it seems that the backing is provided by italian musicians so i would like to know if they really come from ghana and if they moved later to italia...by the way do you know a lps from them called "please don't go" and "disco music"??i just read those names on differents selling sites and would like to know if they are good....thanks in advance and have a nice trip into west africa!!