July 16, 2023

Orchestre Elf Music
Elf Music
Togo Saga 1983

Today we find a quite unknown album released by Elf Congo.
Elf was a French petrol company until it went on under Total in
2021. In 1983 they released this record with their own Orchestre
Elf Music. Members are shown below. Their names are all new to
me. Maybe not the best orchestre Congolais we heard, but still,
this is a quite entertaining album. Give it a chance and let us
know what you think about it ..

De plaat die ik je vandaag wil laten horen is een tamelijk aparte.
Hij werd in 1983 uitgegeven door de Franse Elf Aquitaine, het
benzine bedrijf dat tot 2021 onder deze naam werkte en toen
verder ging onder Total. De groep hier heet Orchestre Elf Music.
Hieronder vind je de leden, geen bekende namen voor mij.
Misschien niet de allerbeste band, maar toch een tamelijk
onderhoudende plaat. Luister en laat ons weten
wat jij ervan vindt ..

click on it


01 – Elf congo
02 – S.S.
03 – Fany
04 – Gege
05 – Rosalie


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  1. Anonymous 16 July 2023 at 15:09 - Reply

    Thanks Moos. Very funny, I didn’t know that Elf (French petroleum company) had ever realized album from Congo ! Funny cause Elf was the French government non official master defense of France interests in Congo (in 60-70’s), Gabon and so on. We have a word in France to describe this relation between France and formers colonies in Africa : Françafrique (no traduction possible). If there is some African friends ont this blog they probably can explain what does Françafrique (or fric) means for them.
    No poets in Elf but musicians ;-)))

  2. Nick Beddow 19 July 2023 at 16:41 - Reply

    Charming (and it’s definitely not over-produced) :)

  3. Robert 21 July 2023 at 18:06 - Reply

    Companies in Africa, as well as wealthy individuals and corrupt politicians, certainly patronized musicians for publicity, I can’t think of another instance of a “house band” to promote the imperial power. IMHO it’s a fairly mundane recording that is but a shadow of the many brilliant Congolese recordings produced in that early 1980’s era.

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