From 1977 and featuring top musicians like bassist Victor Edimo and guitarist Toto Guillaume, here is seven-year-old Cameroonian, Francis Mbarga, chatting and singing over some deep, hypnotic grooves. All hail Francis The Great and his LP Ravissante Baby.
Go straight to Side B (Look Up In The Sky) for the highlight of the year so far. Expect mind-bending rapping, psychedelic synths and supreme musicianship, as well as being backed with beautiful soukous music on the flip. There is also a full interview with Francis himself in this officially licensed release. Francis, born 1970, is eloquent and humble about his childhood career and this welcome addition for the world again – the original record is extremely rare in a very good condition and has been sold for lots of money (see).
Hot Casa continue their run of supreme African reissues. Look out for this holy grail, it’s extraordinary.