As far as I know they don't have websites but you could
go the traditional way and give them a phone call!
Here's a list of Music Stores in Paris which carry
3, rue des plantes, Paris 14e.
Tel : 45 42 43 52
35, Bd de Rochechouard, Paris 9e.
Tel : 42 80 18 56
26, rue de Bruxelles, Paris 9e.
Tel : 45 96 03 10
Blue Moon Musique
7, rue Pierre Sarrazin, Paris 6e.
Tel : 46 34 63 89
170, rue du Fg Poissonière, Paris 9e.
Tel : 42 81 17 42
2, rue des Rasselins, Paris 20e.
Tel : 43 73 63 48
6 rue Etienne Dolet, Paris 20e.
Tel : 01 43 66 66 83
Klave (spécialiste Slasa)
6, rue Androuet, Paris 18e.
97, rue Paul Valérie, 95200 Sarcelles.
Tel : 39 92 21 69
6, rue de Dunkerque, Paris 9e.
Tel : 42 03 64 54
The website Pothole.com had an article about Paris Stores.
Unfortunately the site does not seem to be up and running.
However, I saved a copy of the article and have printed it
African record shop tour of Paris
Bill, this is going to be a long posting.
How I envy you! Paris is a great place to buy african music, not
least because of the numerous "used" CD shops. I would recommend to
start with those, because the regular prices are very steep, roughly
twice US prices. The 5th arrondissement is not a bad place to operate
from, there are lots of impecunious students with excellent tastes in
the neighbourhood. Now, to the heart of the matter:
I suggest that you start your hunt on the north side or R. des
Ecoles, coming from Bld. St. Michel towards Jussieu. The first shop
that you will find is Crocodisc. They have two outlets, you want the
one at no. 40, where they have their world music section. You will
see a huge selection of African stuff on the shelves on the left hand
side towards the back of the shop - but that's only the proverbial
tip of the icebeg. Tell the guy at the counter that you are seriously
interested in African music, and he will show you half a dozen of
cardboard boxes full of nice stuff that they keep in the cupboard
below the shelves. Some it is sort of mainstream (say, Koffi Olomide
and the likes), some is mindboggling obscure - bands from the Abidjan
club scene nobody has heard (/of) before. In addition, behind the
counter, they have an entire bookshelf with the stuff we all die for.
Prices would be around FFR 80. Raise the limit of the credit card
before you leave home - last time I walked out of the shop with some
20 of those precious gems...
The next shop is called O'CD, on no. 26. Head straight for the
basement. Much smaller selection than Crocodisc, but the discs are in
the jewel boxes so you can inspect them for scratches and best of all
they have set up a few CD-players with headphones so you can listen
before you buy. Prices vary more than at Crocodisc (cds are colour
coded) , but roughly speaking cds end up costing about FFR 80 on
Next you should continue down rue des Ecoles, then up rue de Jussieu
and to the left on rue Linne. (Linné if can see my accented e). On
that street there is a whole bunch of outlets of a shop called
Jussieu Music. The one you want is the first one on the north side of
the street, which is devoted to African and reggae. The cases are
empty, CDs are kept behind the counter, if you want to inspect them
you have to ask. Slightly cheaper perhaps than Crocodisc.
If you havn't got enough, cross the street, turn into rue des Arenes
and go up that street . Around the corner with rue de Navarre you
will find two shops called Paris Jazz Corner, the original one on the
street corner itself (hence the name, I suppose), which sells jazz
only and a new outlet further up the street where ou'll find world
music, including what you came for. The selection is not large, but
you may find extremely interesting things.
As far as I know, these would be the best bets in the 5th
arrondissement. By the time you have been to all these places you
will be broke and sick of shopping. Yet, another area of the city
that you may wish to explore is the intersection of the 9th, 10th and
18th arrondissements - the area around metro stations Anvers and
Barbès-Rochechouart. Here we are talking new CDs at full price and
up... The shops are generally unpleasant, everything is under lock
and key, some have their staff behind bullet proof glass, the whole
set-up screams combat zone de-luxe. This doesn't mean that you
shouldn't visit - in fact I think you should have a peek at a place
like Anvers Musique, at 35 Bld. Rochechouart. A few other addresses
are listed on the following web page:
Fabrice Gaillard's list of Record Store in Paris.
In the same genre (small shop, new cds, full price) but much more
pleasant surroundings I would recommend Afric'Music at 3 rue des
Plantes in the 14th, almost as far from the 18th as you can get. The
owner is a congenial chap and he will try his best to help.
For a real big treat, make the trek to the Most Holy Church of
Heavenly Sounds (and exceedingly brief liner notes), I mean Sonodisc.
It's located in the courtyard of 85 rue Fondary, in the 15th arr. I
don't think you can buy direct from them, but they will gladly give
you their catalogue. Keep it like I do on your night table and browse
yourself to sleep every so often, dreaming about all those
Franco/Rochereau re-issues. Just that catague is worth a trip to
Apart from the above, there are all those gigantic record/bookshops
like the ubiquitous FNAC and the Virgin Megastore on the Champs
Elysees or the music/book department in the basement of Galleries
Lafayette. You should visit them - aulthough perhaps more for the
architectural experience (the Megastore and several of the FNAC
outlets are brilliant) and the social thrill of late night shopping
on the Champs Elysees, rather than for content. Although of course
they do have more highly desirable cds than you could possibly afford
(and store). The selections in the various FNAC outlets are similar,
but not identical, so it's worth visiting several of them (I have
recently surveyed those at Les Halles, rue de Rennes, Bastille,
Champs Elysees but there are many more).
While in Paris, listen to Afrique Numero 1 on FM, broadcast by
satellite from Gabon. They are very Paris-oriented and in the morning
news programmes they often talk about upcoming concerts and stuff in
Paris. That's how I heard about the Diblo Dibala concert at the New
Morning for the release of Jugement Dernier around Easter earlier
this year - it wasn't advertised anywhere in the usual listing guides
and even the FNAC ticket office, which sells tickets for the New
Morning, knew nothing about it. So take your radio with you and
listen to Africa Numero 1.
Hope this helps and don't blame me if you find you need to sell your
house. Enjoy your trip and share your experiences with the group when
you come back.
Alisdair MacRae Birch
--- In african_music@y..., "Trond" <petrolema@c...> wrote:
> Hi again,
> Thanks for your answer!
> Does these Guinean shops in Paris have internet sale?
> Since I live in Norway it will be hard for me to find the tape...
> Hope you will help me again! Thanks!
> Best Wishes