Back in 1978, Bernard Treton recorded four 'tradi-modern' bands in Kinshasa. These sessions spawned the "Zaïre: Musiques Urbaines à Kinshasa" album (released in 1986 by the Ocora label), a record which, for the first time, presented to Western audiences the electrifying music which was later to be known as "Congotronics".
This new, twofold album comprises 80 minutes worth of previously-unreleased original recordings made during these 1978 sessions, as well as brand-new reconstructions made by Martin Meissonnier, the highly-respected French producer who worked with the likes of Fela Kuti, Haruomi Hosono & many more, and who has recently resumed his DJ activities.
The album comes as a vinyl LP with the Martin Meissonnier reconstructions, while the previously-unreleased recordings from 1978 appear on a CD which is enclosed in the vinyl cover.
I have been several times in Belém and around in the delta of the Amazon & Tocantins rivers, went to carimbó little festivals in the middle of Marajó Island, taking analog photos of these afro-delta traditions, between 2000-2010 ... this release is huge, I pay homage to Samy Ben Redjeb for suceeding such a project! I hope one day Analog goes for French Guyana, Martinique & Guadeloupe vintage sounds. These CARIMBÓ-SIRIA & candomblé songs are FANTASTIC ! Chat-verre
Just a note that I’ve had this in rotation since I bought it. I love finding these little micro-genres of awesome music. Thank you, Analog Africa, for taking the time to dig these up! \m/ The Defenestrator
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Acid Arab - “Jdid” - cassette album (2019)
The Parisian collective has been building bridges between the northern, southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean. Their collaborations with Algerian, Tunisian, Turkish & Syrian artists as well as their spectacular shows & DJ sets have set fire to clubs and festivals around the globe. This is a very limited cassette edition of their acclaimed new album’Jdid’ ILM x BC - ONLINE GLOBAL MARKET