July 4, 2015

Toto Nécessité – An Ba Besmint
Mini Records 1977

Toto Nécessité, front

Toto Nécessité et son groupe

This saturday the fourth of july weather predictions say it is going to
be the hottest day in history. With expected temperatures of more
than forty degrees it has never been so hot before. At least since the
beginning of measurements that is. The highest temperature ever
measured in the Netherlands was 38,6° C in 1944. Hang in there
everybody. What can we do.. ? least listen to some
mellow summer tunes like this, let’s see..

One of our Colombian visitors told me the music of Toto Nécessité
is very much in demand in Cartagena. He asked for this here record.
I can imagine for this is a hot slice of Haïtian vinyl. Toto’s sound is
very entertaining and a mellow listen, not too fast, just right for
a hot summer day like this one. Enjoy..


01 – An ba besmint
02 – Soso
03 – Pamela
04 – La vie new york
05 – Coq
06 – Mon compe
07 – O seigneur
08 – Gisele


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  1. Anonymous 7 July 2015 at 00:54 - Reply

    Huy Moos, la botaste de home rum,
    mil gracias por este registro, es una joya musical.
    si por allá no llueve por acá en Cartagena no escampa, temperaturas de 42 °c

  2. Ade Daramy 12 July 2015 at 02:21 - Reply

    The Toto Necessite album is considered a classic in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Gambia, Ivory Coast and Senegal. Where I come from (Sierra Leone) even to date, no decent party is complete without Ay Maman. We consider it one of our unofficial ‘National Anthems’.

  3. Ade Daramy 12 July 2015 at 02:24 - Reply

    By the way, I should point out that ‘Ay Maman’ refers to the track ‘Coq’, but no one calls it that – we all know it by the opening words of the song and the live version by the late Jeff Joseph and New Grammacks was often the highlight of their set.

  4. African Music Recycler 24 August 2015 at 00:36 - Reply

    thank you for Haitian treasure!


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