Saturday, November 21, 2015

Musiques d'Afrique website

You might know our main website Frank Bessem's Musiques d'Afrique:

The site has not been updated since October 27. This has to with the web hosting company, Yahoo Small Business, which is in the process of being separated from Yahoo under a new name Aabaco Small Business. Renewal of another year has been done on our side, but but this has not been taken into account on their side, which means that we cannot update the site since more than 3 weeks now. 

Due to the very poor customer service no progress is made in solving this problem.

In case you are worried, the site is not going to disappear or being abandoned, we hope the problems will be solved and new content will be added soon.

Please be patient, because we are about to lose patience, but we will be back!

Update 28-11-2015: the problem has been taken to another level of customer support and should be taken care of in a few days. 

Update 02-12-2015: GOOD NEWS! Problems have been solved, and the website can be updated again as of today, and has been updated today!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Senemali In Amsterdam

Memory Lane..

I found this excerpt from a Senemali concert the other day, it was a gift that I was not expecting ever to see. The band, with lead singer Mola Sylla, was created in Senegal, but was later based in the Netherlands. They made two great albums, and Senemali was at the time referred to as a super band, but unfortunately the dream didn't last. 

Enjoy the video!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Zangalewa (this Time for Africa)

As Shakira was asked to compose a song for the 2010 football championship in South Africa, she acknowledged that he had been inspired by a song she heard as a little girl. When listening to « Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) », it becomes clear very soon that a part of the song stems from Cameroon's Golden Sounds' « Zangalewa », a song from 1986, that has become known throughout Africa. It was successful to the extent that the band even changed its name into Zangalewa.

The original song, also referred to as « Zamina » can be watched hereunder. The band, composed of members of the presidential gard had prominent members such as Jean Paul Zé Bella, Guy Dooh, Emile Kojidie, Luc Eyebe, and young singer Annie Anzouer who went solo later. Others, for example Benjamin Denga and Mathurin Oyono have died.

It was Emile Kojidie, who lives in the United States who contacted a lawyer, most other members are retired in their village in Cameroon. Apparently, some sort of an arrangement has been settled, although others speak of jealousy between members of the band. Rumour is that a new album for Zangalewa is being considered. Apparently, no money has been paid yet, but I was happy to hear the original song on Dutch television during a sports programme. This is surprising as the song is not available on the market (except on old cassettes in Cameroon)...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

R.I.P. Ramata Diakité

Only a few days ago I discovered that Malian singer Ramata Diakité (35) has died in the night of 30 October. Much too young to die, she just got married in September to a Burkinabe businessman, it was her third marriage. She has been burried in Burkina Faso.

Ramata was one of the more successful female singers from the Wassoulou region, just second to Oumou Sangaré. She sold in excess of 100,000 legal cassettes in her home country. Her biggest hit album was « Na », an album that was released worldwide in 1999.

She succeeded in combining the Wassoulou music with modern influences and the album still stands as a classic of Malian music, especially for this mix of the old and the new. Another hightlight was her contribution to the album « Kulanjan ». by Toumani Diabaté & Taj Mahal.
Here's one of her more recent songs, « Sigui » :

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Madilu 1950-2007

It has already been more than two years since he is gone: Le Grand Ninja, Madilu System. He started singing in 1969, rose to fame as one of the main singers of Franco's TPOK Jazz, where he contributed to the success of songs such as « Non », « Mario », « Réponse de Mario » (1985), « La Vie des hommes » (1986) and « Mamou (Tu Vois?) » (1984).

In the last two decades his solo albums encountered reasonable success.

In the following song, split in two videos, « Destin » (a later version called « Biya » was released on his « Sans commentaire » solo album), he sung about his love for his companion, that should never end. Especially in the second part they really rock. Singers are, besides Madilu, Josky Kiambukuta, Diatho Lukoki and the late Djo Mpoyi. The genius on guitar was Jerry (or Gerry) Dialungana, who is neither no longer with us.

The later version by Madilu can be watched here:

More info on Madilu on Musiques d'Afrique