Old African Music

T. P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou: Unité Africaine

Mélomé Clément Chef d’Orchestre

Unité Africaine will be rereleased this February:

Two monumental full-side tracks from a pair of late 70s Orchestre Poly-Rythmo albums, Unité Africane isn’t exactly a compilation, more a combination of the standouts at a time when the band was at the peak of its powers.

Originally released in 1977, the title track is an infectious Afro-Latin workout that is interwoven with driving horn stabs by master trumpet player Tidiani Kone. Unité Africaine was recorded over the Nigerian border at the state-of-the-art EMI Studios in Lagos, yielding majestic sonic results.

Mede Ma Gnin Messe is taken from the 1978 Special 30 Novembre, and this time Poly-Rythmo wore their Afro-funk hat to deliver almost sixteen minutes of dancefloor fire. Propelled by Poly-Rythmo’s super-tight beats and underpinned by a relentless keyboard refrain, the magic is the stellar horn parts that take this track to another level.

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Yehouessi Leopold & T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: Volume 4

The T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou was formed in 1966. Their output has been extremely prolific numbering upwards of 50 LPs and a hundred 45s.

This album from 1978, will be rereleased at the end of this month.

Old African Music

Fatai Rolling Dollar – Easy Motion Tourist

Fatai Rolling Dollar – Tribute Mix (Dj Vince Gbenga)

0.00 – Omolore Aiye
3.28 – Allah Na Tu Ba
7.41 – Easy Motion Tourist
11.10 – She Go Run Away
15.56 – I Am Not A Banker
19.47 – Won Kere Si Number Wa
24.19 – Morocco Special
29.01 – Feso Jaiye
34.12 – Omo Oloye
38.12 – Aduke
44.13 – Eko Akete
47.00 – Saworo
50.20 – To Ba Fe Mo Dollar
55.18 – Na Me Own You Dey See
59.00 – Sisi Jaiye Jaiye

There’s a long story behing this song: who created it, who made it famous…

What’s for sure is King Sunny Ade is not the original composer, but it featured on his Grammy-nominated 1998 album titled Odu.

The song “Easy Motion Tourist” belongs to a sub-genre of Highlife called Palmwine Highlife – a freestyle territory where lyrics are often unrelated and disjointed.

For more info, read this thread on Twitter.