There are a number of new posts on my audioblog Likembe
From "Why I'm an "Ebenezer Man'
". . .If Virgin Records had licensed some of Obey's great Nigerian
releases like Current Affairs (Decca WAPS 488), Sound of the Moment
(Decca WAPS 498) or Eyi Yato (Decca WAPS 508), they might have gotten
somewhere. Those records, all released in 1980, with their
soul-stirring Yoruba harmonies, mind-bending guitar work and echoes of
American rhythm and blues, display the great Obey at the peak of his
powers. In comparison Sunny Adé, as good as he is, is just
outclassed. . ."
From "Hummin' With the Bees!
". . .The Katenga Humming Bees, led by guitarist T.C. Katenga, were a
popular band in Malawi during the 1970s. Other than that, I can't tell
you anything about them. I love the rough and ready quality of these two
tracks, issued on the Zakwathu label (MX 104) circa 1973. . ."
From "Music From the Heart of Africa
". . .It turns out that Chad has a small but vibrant music industry,
and many of its artists are showcased on the website Ialtchad.com
> . As you might expect from a
country located in the geographical center of Africa, the musical
influences run the gamut: from soukous and hip-hop to highlife, mbalax
and even Ethiopian funk. Maitre Gazonga's LP Les Jaloux Saboteurs
(Tangent/Celluloid TAN LP 7003) was recorded in Abidjan, apparently
utilizing musicians from several African countries. . . "
From "Franco in the Age of Authenticité
". . .It just so happens that among the many hours of African 45s on
tape reels that I recently digitized are thirteen tracks that le Grand
Maitre recorded with his band le Tout Puissant OK Jazz in 1972-73. This
era is interesting for several reasons. In October 1971 President
Mobutu Sese-Seko proclaimed his policy of Authenticité, which had a
number of implications. For one thing, the name of the Democratic
Republic of Congo was changed to the Republic of Zaïre (it was
changed back following Mobutu's overthrow in 1997). The cultural
dimensions of authenticité are described by Graeme Ewens, in his
essential biography Congo Colossus: the Life and Legacy of Franco & OK
Jazz (Buku Press, UK, 1994). . ."
From "Another Mystery Tape
". . . Alèmayèhu Eshèté has been called "Ethiopia's Elvis"
or "The James Brown of Ethiopia" for his musical style and manner of
dress. He's been on the scene since the mid-1950s, when he revealed a
talent for imitating the singers Little Richard, Elvis Presley and Ray
Charles. In 1956 he joined the Police Orchestra in Addis Abeba, and
from 1961 onward has formed numerous bands and recorded uncounted songs
that have become popular standards. . ."
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