Donnerstag, 18. Oktober 2012

Johnny Bokelo Isenge (Disques Espérance ESP 8420)

Coming back to Congo and Paris Johnny Bokelo is a good choice! Mid 1980s was the time when Congolese music used influences from Zouk and Cameroun to create a harder rhythm. Here Bokelo restists to produce two sides with only one rhythm but offers us four good and different tracks.

Who's in his orchstra, the "Mbonda Africa Music"? I don't know!

Anyway, enjoy this danceable music over the weekend!

Mittwoch, 17. Oktober 2012

Tighten Up!

Today is Rico Rodriguez' birthday - all the best, Rico!

Rico emigrated from his native Jamaica to the UK. 50 years ago, in 1962 he started recording in London!

Michael de Koningh reissued one of Rico's first records in the UK, originally released in 1962 on the Planetone label, Rico's Combo with "Youth Boogie", as well as two other tracks with his contribution, Joe Mansano's "Life on Reggae Planet" and "The Bullet" on a CD which came with his book "Tighten Up! The History of Reggae in the UK" (2003, now out of print and sold at Amazon for up to 100 €).