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The First Case of the Guinea Revelation

12:00pm, 2-3-2019
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Guinea is an unusual case in the African playbook. It is one of those countries seemingly entirely hidden from our consciousness in the US (if you don't believe me, try naming one relevant fact about the country). The only time Guinea has made the news in my adult lifetime has been their unfortunate role in the 2014 ebola scare in West Africa. 

And yet this country produced some of my favorite African music in the 1970s and early 80s. Bordering both Senegal and Mali, the musical scene in Guinea was seemingly split between Afro-Latin influences and the desert blues styles of the Southern Sahara. While not on par with powerhouse nations like Nigeria and The Congo, Guinea had a musical output in the 1970s that is easily on par, both in quantity and quality, with better known countries such as Ivory Coast, Benin, or Burkina Faso (plus Senegal and Mali). For some reason, however, music from Guinea is almost never anthologized for modern reissues, and songs from Guinea rarely appear on compilations. 

Today I am here to remedy the situation with a full show dedicated to the music of Guinea. The show begins with a pair of Afro-Latin sets, with a bit of rumba and highlife mixed in. The middle sets are dedicated to the desert blues sound; we will go deep into these dunes. I'll share some intense psychedelic tracks before I send it out with some soaring Afro-Pop.

  • 12:04pm La Bycicletta by Keletigui & ses Tambourinis on Syliphone Discotheque 71 (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 12:09pm N'na Soba by Orchestre du Jardin on Orchestre du Jardin de Guinee (Sterns Music)
  • 12:13pm Mi Lumbay Dyooni by Tele-Jazz de Telemele on La Fete au Foutah (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 12:18pm Djarama Sinta by Tele-Jazz on Le 9eme Festival National (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 12:22pm Djanfamagni by Bembeya Jazz on Bembeya Jazz (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 12:27pm Zimai by Palm Jazz de Macenta on Special Xeme Festival National (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 12:32pm Mansane Cisse by Kaloum Star on single (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 12:37pm Tambourinis Cocktail by Keletigui et ses Tambourinis on Discotheque 70 (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 12:41pm Djamana Bara Sabati by Bembeya Jazz on Bembeya Jazz (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 12:44pm Doni Doni by Bembeya Jazz National on 10 Ans de Success (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 12:48pm N'Tan Gara by Super Boiro Band on single (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 12:53pm Kogno Koura by Pivi et les Balladins on Discotheque 72 (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 12:57pm Samba-Mana by Camayenne Sofa on La Percee (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 1:02pm Wayakangai by Camayenne Sofa on A Grand Pas (Editions Syliphone)
  • 1:07pm Sakhodougou by Balla et ses Balladins on Syliphone Discotheque 71 (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 1:13pm Kulumba by Camayenne Sofa on Discotheque 75 (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 1:21pm Nana by Sombory Jazz on Special Xeme Festival National (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 1:26pm Zoumana by Horoya Band National on Horoya Band National (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 1:37pm Temtemba by Bembeya Jazz on 10 Ans de Succes (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 1:45pm Douga by Quintette Guineenne on Musique Sans Paroles (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 1:48pm Lete Vani Zao by Tropical Djoli Band de Faranah on Tropical Djoli Band de Faranah (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 1:52pm N'Kanuwe by Bembeya Jazz on Le Defi (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 1:57pm Dya Dya by Bembeya Jazz National on Le Defi (Syliphone Conakry)
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