If you’ve never given classic Guinean music a listen the band Camayenne Sofas is a good place to start. In fact I can’t recommend enough everything from the Guinean state-run record label Editions Syliphone Conakry which published an incredible catalog of Manding music that often sublimely combined traditional rhythms with modern instrumentation. Have a listen from their 1976 LP La Percee.
Just a little something for a quiet low-key Sunday afternoon. If you are already familiar with Ramsey Lewis‘ classic record Maiden Voyage then you know that this follow up LP Another Voyage from 1969 in his trio setup (Eldee Young on bass and Red Holt on drums) is not to be slept on.
Tonight in Oakland, CA we are DJing with the best known acordeonistas from Monterrey, Mexico, Celso Piña! (see previous post) As a dedication I’m selecting someone that I’m sure inspired Celso when he picked up his first accordion in the early 80s — Lisandro Meza. This 1983 record exemplifies the golden era of cumbia sonidera when the most famous Colombian cumbia artists were recording songs dedicated to their Mexican followers.
For#45Friday we have Sabanoh 75, from Sierra Leone who released a string of singles on the UK Rokel label in 70s, this being their last I one I believe. Be sure to listen through to the 1min 40sec mark for the dope rolling drum breakdown with call and response that oddly feels very NOLA.
Most folks know this as a Santana song, which is only half correct. Santana himself didn’t write this song, but rather Coke Escovedo who was a member of the band of the same name. After he left the group and released his first solo LP in 1975 he brought back his hit song in a more bluesy-funk version. Both are excellent, but I really love the inclusion of the powerhouse vocals of Julia Waters, who by the way has sung on over 400 albums😲, a bit more.
Posting this Abeti Masikini record later than I had hoped (8:30 pm CA time), but better late than never. In this track “Gogo” Abeti manages to create a song that is both soothing and emotional over an excellent drum break—a perfect song for a chilly winter night.