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Old African Music

70s & 80s Kenyan Benga & Afro-Cuban Rumba

Playlist from the 3-LP set from Soundway Records’ release “Kenya Special – Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s and ’80s“.

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AfroJazz

Edikanfo – The Pace Setters

Nous sommes à la fin des années 70 en Afrique de l’Ouest. Avec Brian Eno à la production, ce groupe ghanéen né sur les cendres d’Hedzoleh Soundz souhaitait rivaliser avec Africa 70, le groupe derrière Fela Kuti, ou le Rail Band. L’histoire en a décidé autrement…

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Old African Music

Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke

Before becoming this international hit in 1987, due to its strong dance and pop arrangements (aka Manding Funk), Yekeke is a folk/traditional Guinean song.

It was first revisited in a tradi-modern style by Mory’s half-brother & griot Djeli Moussa Diawara on his first solo album (known as “Yasimika” – recorded in Abidjan in 1982).

Update 05/22/2020: RIP Mory Kanté, dead today (70yo)