July 15, 2011

Monguito el Unico presents Laba ‘Sosseh’ in USA
Salsa Africana vol.1
Sacodis 1980

Salsa Africana vol.1, front

We had volume 2 in september 2009, use our search-bar
for a quick find. I was very honoured to receive a comment
by Mr. Sosseh’s nephew. Today’s turn goes to volume 1. Son
montuno and guaguanco Laba Sosseh’s way, a blend of latin
with African sauce and spices. Presented and accompanied
by the great Monguito, ‘el Unico’, enjoy..


1 Micorason
2 Ade-ade
3 Boniboni
4 Yatinama
5 Sitierra


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  1. Anonymous 16 July 2011 at 14:35 - Reply

    Perhaps my all time favorite album Moos. I have it on CD with a different track listing and minus “Ade Ade” and with ‘Boranito.” It was released on disc twice. I have a copy of the first higher quality digital release from the early 1990’s. All 5 volumes of Lassissi’s Salsa Africana are crucial.
    Thanks Moos.


  2. Anonymous 17 July 2011 at 11:52 - Reply

    it was four years that disappeared the salsero Laba Badara Sosseh. Indeed, it is Thursday, September 20, 2007 that Laba Sosseh died at the age of 64, following a long illness. But the anniversary of his death was nicknamed “El Maestro” by the Cubans, in recognition of “La Voz Africana” has passed almost unnoticed. His talent in the Afro-Cuban music has allowed Laba Sosseh to win a Gold Record with his Continental Op “Salsa Africana” sold over 100,000 copies. He became the first Gold Record Senegal.

    Born in Banjul (Gambia), Laba Sosseh took its first steps in music in 1963. He was a pioneer of Salsa in Senegal and began his career outside the borders of this country Ivory Coast. The international recognition will come from his meetings with Cuban stars in New York, birthplace of the “salsa”. Laba Sosseh be recorded in 1980 for Sacodis multiple discs, including “Akoguin Theresa” with the Orchestra Aragon in full and four volumes of “Salsa Africana”: “El Unico Presents Laba Monguito Sosseh in USA” with Monguito El Unico, Alfredito Valdes , Bomberito Zarzuela, Mario Rivera or Pupi Legarreta.

    He had a rich career of 40 years when success was the appointment with titles like “Guantanamera,” “El Manisero”, “The Sitia” and “What Funan.” But it was not until the publication of “El Sonero of Africa”, vol 2 with “El Manisero” and especially “Seyni kay fonema” dying to see the screen. Dexter Johnson & Laba Sosseh then released a 45 Tours sung in Wolof and English and includes a cover of the famous “Seyni fonema kay” or “Come my love.”
    Then comes the period of the wilderness that lasted several years before the maestro will redo his comeback in 2001 with the release in Africa Production / Sound compilation “El Maestro” composed of a dozen titles.
    Furthermore, we recall that Laba Sosseh died in difficult conditions of distress, ravaged by disease. It took a telethon to come to his bedside and help her family cope with medical expenses. To honor him, a memorial project Laba Sosseh will be organized soon in order to magnify his great participation in the building Senegalese and African music
    thx for that special album

  3. leonAzul 19 July 2011 at 14:43 - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this and Vol. I. This brings back some really strong memories. In addition to the wonderful interplay between the musicians and the voices, I particularly miss Mario Rivera.

    I was only aware of the meager 5-title compilation from the first two volumes. Could you please come back and post the UPC/EAN for the better quality so I can seek it?

    I agree with you completely. These are right up there with the Cesta/Alegre Allstars and Cachao sessions as to their impact on other musicians.

    Thanks for the additional info. Is this a translation from somewhere else?

  4. Anonymous 25 July 2011 at 23:43 - Reply

    Give me your email please, the Monguito CDs I have (which were distributed by Melodie Records in the early 1990’s) are out of print.
    This;;54 is the second reissue from 2005 and the quality isn’t as great.


  5. leonAzul 5 August 2011 at 03:21 - Reply


    Sorry for the delay: life is what happens while we’re making other plans ;)

    The url you included in your message refers to the “the meager 5-title compilation” of which I was aware. Of course, I am interested in hearing a better transcription from the original format to a more up-to-date format, yet I am also interested in properly archiving and documenting these recordings, which would include UPC/EAN data, as well as original session notes.

    If you’d still like to, please contact me at this email address: “bleulyon at gmail dot com”, and please include “Salsa Africana” in the subject field.


    Was that a “fly-by”, or can you provide us with some evidence in addition to your testimony?

  6. moos 5 August 2011 at 06:35 - Reply

    Hey guys, can you get in touch elsewhere ? This is no MSN, please leave notes to me or relevant to the music..thnks

  7. leonAzul 5 August 2011 at 07:26 - Reply


    Vergeef me.

    In the very best way that I knew how, I requested information concerning the very best and most legitimate way to enjoy the music. What I asked for was the proper URI, that is to say, the UPC/EAN, such that I could seek and properly pay for it.

    Honi soit qui mal y pense!



  8. Anonymous 11 September 2011 at 22:53 - Reply

    yo he encontrada “Monguito el Unico” agui!!!! muchas gracias por eso regalo!!! tanks four tha share!!!!

  9. Anonymous 11 September 2011 at 22:53 - Reply

    yo he encontrada “Monguito el Unico” agui!!!! muchas gracias por eso regalo!!! tanks four tha share!!!!

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