Friday, November 2, 2007

Three Severe Blows To The Mind -MP3-

November 2nd 2007

In case you have just discovered this blog, the following three tracks might forever change your understanding of what African music can sound like. Try to forget all that "world music" crap you might have been accidentally exposed to earlier in your life, forget everything about hippies with dreadlocks and drums in the park. Just click onto the record cover or labels and listen:


I've played the Ferry Djimmy track on my last radio show with Mr. Finewine so some of you might already know it. Last week I found another copy of this 45 and it seems that this is an earlier release on Djimmy's own label. This man never ceases to blow my mind. Not only was he wearing an iron cross around his neck, four watches on one wristband and called his private record label "Revolution Records", he also rocked harder than the MC5! Djimmy definitely knew what time it was!


This unbelievably hard and funky version of "Sookie Sookie" by Orchestre African Fiesta was recorded in Congo around 1968. This also was included in an earlier mix but I've never seen this record in it's original form. The 1970s reissue on "African Records" is already close to impossible to find. I only ever came across two completely hammered copies until last week I found the OG on Congolese Decca! Not only does the OG version include an additional drum break but also it sounds much, much clearer and louder!


This last example of outrageously deep and heavy African Funk once more comes from Cotonou's mythical Orchestre Poly Rythmo. I guess by now, I own enough of their records (and I'm only talking about their funky stuff...) to spin two nights in a row without playing one record twice. "Ma Tafou Gnin O" leads us into new psychedelic depths. The sax and organ solos towards the end are simply killing it.

I'm currently busy cleaning up the records that I found on my last trip. New mixes and lots of cover scans will show up here within the next days.

12 comments:

Cyril said...

Hey Frank !!

Three 45T records as excellent as rare and an other killer Poly-Rythmo track. No doubt, that's a good introduction to african music ! Great stuff thanks.

Anonymous said...

yum yum wonderful tracks
many many thanks from mats in sweden

Mr Blister said...

Fantastic music - many thanks

jon said...

The guitar on that Djimmy track sounds like Talking Heads circa Fear of Music. Only better. African Funk played with garage rawness. Sookie Sookie sounds like it's going to break into Louie Loule any minute. Too cool for words. And Poly Rhythmo are Gods ;-) Thanks for this Frank. Fantastic! I can't wait for the next post.
Jon

The Squeegee said...

check out this single by Orchestre Picoby-Band, and hurry... a different one will be posted in a week...

http://www.radiodiffusion.net/7.html

Anonymous said...

I'm in total awe! Not the music (not my thing at all!) but by your dedication to collecting. Your exploits remind me of John Fahey's tales of collecting in the US South in the 50's. Utterly riviting, I reckon you need to reduce your words here and start taking notes for a book.

Anonymous said...

keep on digging & posting up these amazing tracks. i noticed theres always at least one of your mixes on my mp3-player that gets played almost everytime i leave the apartment.

Alan said...

AMAZING!!!
Excellent description about the perils of some 'world music'. That's EXACTLY how i feel too!!
I feel like i've finally found what i'd always hoped existed.
Please keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Hey Frank

Abso-Fu#*!-lutely fantastic music! Naturally, unless we stalked you, then mugged you for your records, we would have no way of being exposed this juicy music. Thanks again. You're doing a great service here.

J in Los Angeles

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afrojid said...

Just one word from France : THANX !!

stick said...

Amazingly funky. Heats up grey Berlin in no time. I have yet to hear a bad post from you, Frank - really amazing finds (and mixes) - thanxxx!!