Bembeya Jazz – Wâ Kélê
Sonodisc 1989

Bembeya Jazz national 1985
Le Défi 1976
10 Ans de Succes 1971
Sous la Direction de Diaoune Hamidou 1968
Special Recueil Souvenir 1974
Parade Africaine 1973
Regard sur le Passé 1977
Guinée An XII 1971
Guinée An XI 1970

01 – Wâ kélê
02 – Dia nara
03 – Dougna
04 – Mami wata
05 – I bolo ke n’na
06 – Den ye kassila


Guinée An XII – Various Artists
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1971

Uit 1971 stamt deze elpee op Editions Syliphone de Conakry.
Drie van de zangers hier gepresenteerd zijn afkomstig uit Guinée.
De vierde is Myriam Makeba die in Guiné woonde met haar toen-
malige echtgenoot Stokely Carmichael. Ze treedt hier wel op met
Quintette Guineen. Desondanks vallen haar twee songs wat uit de
toon. Kortom, zes goede en twee iets minder goede nummers.

From 1971 comes this album on Editions Syliphone Conakry.
Three out of the four singers presented are indeed from Guinée.
The fourth is Myriam Makeba who used to live in Guinée in those
days with her husband Stokely Carmichael. She does appear with
Quitette Guineen. In spite of this her two songs do not match with
the rest of the record. In short, six good and two less good songs.

tracks ;

01 – Balla et ses Balladins – Sama
02 – Bembeya Jazz National – Beni ibara
03 – Kandia, Keletigui – Tara
04 – Myriam Makeba – I phin dlela
05 – Myriam Makeba – Kadeya deya
06 – Balla et ses Balladins – Teningbe
07 – Bembeya Jazz National – La guinée
08 – Balla et ses Balladins – Kelemagnin


Camayenne Sofa – la Percée
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1976


Het vorige album van Camayenne Sofa was ook al zo’n killer.
Deze is van eerder in hetzelfde jaar en heet ‘la percée’, de
doorbraak. Zeer spaced out gitaarwerk en hoge lead vokalen,
kortom nog zo’n heerlijke release op het geliefde
Editions Syliphone label..

The previous album by Camayenne Sofa was also a huge killer.
The one we have today is from earlier the same year and is
called ‘la percée’, the break through. Very spaced out guitars
and wonderful high pitched vocals. In short, another great
release on the beloved Editions Syliphone label..


01 – Tara
02 – Bomaro
03 – Mahwa
04 – Were-were
05 – Samba-mana
06 – Kognoumalonbali


Bembeya jazz National – “le Défi”
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1976

Bembeya jazz, voorkant

Na de tragische dood van Aboubacar Demba Camara in een
onnodig auto ongeluk was Bembeya Jazz aanvankelijk verlamd.
Deze elpee echter markeert de sterke come back van de groep.
Met Moussa Touré als nieuwe leadzanger, Mory Koyate I, Mory
Kouyate II en M’Bady Soumah was het grootste leed geleden en
maakten ze weer prachtige muziek. Luister naar ‘le retour
de Bembeya’ en beslis zelf of het waar is..

After the tragic death of Aboubacar Demba Camara in an
unnecessary carcrash Bembeya Jazz was initially parralised.
This lp however marks the strong comeback of the group.
With Moussa Touré as the new lead singer, Mory Koyate I,
Mory Kouyate II en M’Bady Soumah they left behind the
worst period and revived in wonderful sound again.
Listen to ‘le retour de Bembeya’
and see if it’s true..

titels ;

01 – N’kanuwe
02 – N’lanyö
03 – Toure
04 – Mussofing
05 – Dya dya
06 – Sina mosso


Pivi et les Balladins
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1972

Pivi et les Balladins, voorkant

We kennen allemaal Balla et ses Balladins. In het citaat hieronder
kun je lezen waarom de groep tijdelijk onder een andere naam
opereerde. Mandingo muziek uit 1972, niet te missen..

We all know Balla et ses Balladins, read in the coming lines why the
group temporarily played under another name. Not to miss mandingo.

Much of ses & les Balladins’ success lies in the instrumentation: both
leaders, Balla & Pivi are horn players rather than guitarists or singers.
They were both serious musicologists, deeply into folkloric research.
In 1970, government interference with the bands personnel forced the
transfer of several band members to be part of Miriam Makeba’s
back-up band while she was living in Guinea. A new singer was
assigned to the band. Balla had a falling-out with some government
officials over their interference. He was briefly replaced as leader by
his friend & trombone player Pivi Moriba, to be restored following
the intervention of President Ahned Sékou Touré himself.

titels ;

01 – yahadi gere
02 – Fi sama
03 – Fon n’tan siga
04 – Keba mirima
05 – Sankaran ka
06 – Ka noutea
07 – Sakha a firma
08 – Responsable supreme


Balla et ses Balladins
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1974/5

Balla et ses Balladins, voorkant

Balla et ses Balladins, label A-side

Op Editions Syliphone Conakry vinden we dit prachtige stukje
rumba-guinée. Balla et ses Balladins is een artiest die al jaren
enthousiaste luisteraars tekt. Gebruik onze zoekbalk en vind
meer van deze band. De plaat is uit 1974 en draagt wel wat
ruis met zich mee helaas. De trackvolgorde op de hoes is
niet hetzelfde als op het label, ik heb het label gevolgd.
Jaartal is ook verschillend, label 1974, hoes 1975..

On editions Syliphone Conakry we find this nice slice of
rumba-guinée. Balla et ses Balladins is an artist who pleases
lots of listeners for many years. Use our search-bar to find more
by this group. This album is from 1974 and sounds a little dusty
I’m afraid. Still wonderful to listen though. The trackorder on the
sleeve is not the same as on the label, I followed the latter.
Year of release also, label 1974, sleeve 1975..

titels ;

01 – Lumumba
02 – Leydi mendin
03 – Sankaran
04 – Mana mana
05 – Fadakudu
06 – Fissiri wali
07 – Mariama


Camayenne Sofa – A Grands Pas
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1976

Camayenne Sofa, front

Mamady Camara with his high pitched voice (#6)
takes us on a trip to la République de Guinée today.
Together with Camayenne Sofa he brings us some
astonishing atmospheric mandingo with bluesy feel.
A special treat for your weekend. First track surprises
with Chaloub Riab doing harmonica solo.
Listen and drift away..


01 – Soukou
02 – Wayakangaï
03 – Kini kini
04 – Sofa diaraby
05 – Kadija
06 – Kögnö koura
07 – Dia doni
08 – Labhante
09 – M’badenu
10 – Tonzoni


Le Simandou de Beyla – La Confiance
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1980

Le Simandou de Beyla, front

liner notes
click on image

Today’s post concerns an album by another group from
la Republique de Guinée. It appears on the great Editions
Syliphone de Conakry and is from 1980. The record’s been
treated very good, it is still brand new. Le Simandou de Beyla
opens with an ode to the late Aboubacar Demba Camara, who
was the leader of Bembeya Jazz. Six fine songs in their favourite
themes as shown in the liner notes above, get it & spread it..


01 – Demba
02 – Dyigui
03 – Sensenko
04 – Festival
05 – Kani ye sa
06 – Miriya


Discotheque 76 – Various Artists
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1976

Discotheque 76, front

Delightful 1976 compilation of Guinéan songs, only one by
Super lion and the other four by Bembeya Jazz National.
Crazy laughing ballad ‘Petit Sekou’ stole my heart straight
away. Don’t forget to share it with your friends, killer stuff.


01 – Super Lion – Kiti
02 – Bembeya Jazz – Telephone
03 – Bembeya Jazz – Petit sekou
04 – Bembeya Jazz – Ah kani
05 – Bembeya jazz – Kana sarakabö


Guinée An XI – Various Artists
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1970

Guinée An XI, front

On this special Re-edition from Guinée we find the
three greatest bands from the era.
Balla et ses Balladins, Bembeya Jazz and Kélétigui
et ses Tambourinis. Wonderful songs from beginning
to end. On Editions Syliphone de Conakry, République
de Guinée, this is a treat you better don’t miss..


01 – Bembeya Jazz – Alalake
02 – Balla et ses Balladins – Limania
03 – Kélétigui et ses Tambourinis – Toubaka
04 – Bembeya Jazz – Boiro
05 – Kélétigui et ses Tambourinis – Manghoya
06 – Bembeya Jazz – Fatoumata
07 – Balla et ses Balladins – Sara “70”


Bembeya Jazz National – 10 Ans de Succes
Editions Syliphone Conakry 1971

Bembeya Jazz National, front

I love this record. The band gets the audiance in the right
atmosphere from the first minutes. The group is only still
being introduced when the crowd starts cheering already.
A live registration from 1971 for their 10th anniversary,
one can hear these guys were extremely popular,
with the late and great Aboubacar Demba
Camara. Rumba-Guinée is the word..,
how sweet it is.


1 Introduction
– Temtemba
– Wouloukolo
– Lefa
2 Camara mousso
– O.E.R.S.
– Doni doni
– Bembeya
– Festival national


Keletigui et ses Tambourinis Editions Syliphone Conakry, 1972

Keletigui, front

Like many of you groovers out there, I am thrilled
to find another lp by this great artist. It’s on Editions
Syliphone Conakry from Guinée. Keletigui et ses
Tambourinis have loads of followers and I am
certainly one of them. Listen to this lp and
join the club. I am pretty sure you won’t
be able to ignore..


1 Bebe
2 Talassa
3 Donsoke
4 I dyoolaro
5 Mande
6 Samakoro
7 Mandjou
8 Bakary-dian
9 Boiro yankadi
10 I kanan n’djanfa