Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb has unpacked some finds from a recent trip to Mogadishu and is preparing to drop a new compilation of music from Cameroon.
The tracklisting for the new compilation of Pop Makossa – The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976–1984 looks absolutely monstrous bringing together rare and in demand records from artists such as Bill Loko and Eko.
It is out on June 16 and features: (1) Dream Stars – Pop Makossa Invasion (2) Mystic Djim & The Spirits – Yaoundé Girls (3) Bill Loko – Nen Lambo (4) Pasteur Lappé – Sanaga Calypso (5) Eko – M’ongele M’am (6) Olinga Gaston – Ngon Engap (7) Emmanuel Kahe et Jeanette Kemogne – Ye Medjuie (8) Nkodo Si-Tony – Mininga Meyong Mese (9) Pasteur Lappé – The Sekele Movement (10) Bernard Ntone – Mussoliki (11) Pat’ Ndoye – More Love (12) Clément Djimogne – Africa
The Mogadishu finds are revealed in the recent and brilliant radio show for Worldwide FM by the Analog Africa main man as he passed through London to master the forthcoming Cameroon compilation and play the Love & Unity Party as Analog Africa Soundsystem.
Another solid year for Analog Africa is in store.
The rapidly growing Africa Seven label release their second edition of African Funk Experimentals 1979-1981 following their Tala AM release. This comp features the best of Cameroonian musician Pasteur Lappe’s Afro-fusion, sounding very fresh today and in keeping with the current wave of all things tropical.
Nicolas “Pasteur” Lappe found popularity on Radio Adele in Douala, Cameroon. Then become the editor of Douala Gazette newspaper. He also promoted new and upcoming local Cameroonian talent.
After moving to Paris, a stint in journalism school and publishing a book of poems Chansons Negres, he finally settled into a new life of music. It’s exactly the kind of back story we love at WTM. Expect percussive, bass-driven Sekele grooves and proto-zouk, influences of calypso and jazz, synthy funk and lots inbetween. Check!
More at Africa Seven.
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.
Hot Casa Records official reissue