It’s been 35 years since we heard a full album of new material from England’s Post-Punkers, The Pop Group. If you were afraid of what the time passage has done to the guys, you won’t have to worry after listening to ‘Citizen Zombie,’ out now, via Freaks R Us.
We are fighting the frigid temps, as we get setup for the second Folk Alliance International Music Fair, at the Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City,Mo., February 19-22. Drop by and say hello.
Via Hot Casa Records, France:
Afro-Soul holy grail by the “Soul Brother From Benin“, featuring the famous “Vis à Vis” band from Ghana and recorded in Kumasi in 1979.
Stanislas Tohon aka Papy Grande was born in the “ Country of the kings ” (Benin), in Abomey 1955. He’s “Chevalier de la legion d’honneur” in Benin for his brilliant musical career.
The famous soul singer from Cotonou started his musical career at the age of 9, played with the greatest such as Gnonnas Pedro and recorded almost 35 albums. Influenced by the traditional “Tchingoume “ music, he invented his own rhythm called “Tchink Système”, a mix of soul and Beninese traditional rhythm .
“Dans le Tchink Système” is a four track album recorded in Ghana on 24 analog tracks channel with the incredible “Vis à Vis Band”, included a rare version of his first 7 inch “Africa “ that he recorded a year before with “Les Satelites” from Cotonou.
Sang in Fon, his native language from Benin, this album is a soulful call for peace and unity in Africa, a real definition of Afro Soul music!
This extremely scarce and obscure record is now remastered and strictly limited to 1000 copies.
Check out the a video for the track “Dja, Dja, Dja” below.
We have been so excited all week, once we learned about Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear’s upcoming appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. The performance brought tears to our eyes. Check out the video below and their single “Silent Movies” is now available, now, on iTunes: