When visiting a country and getting an impression of the actual music, it always is a good idea to buy a compilation. So when visiting Guinea Conakry late 1993, went to the market and bought this cassette (K7). It was sealed in platic and the back part of the box was black, so couldn't see the K7 itself.
|front of K7|
|black K7 box|
|"Best American Hits Vol.2" used for |
"Super Selection - Les Hits du Guinea Vol.2"
|full sleeve (on request of Thomas)|
Here the tracklisting, with some links to info about the artists:
a1-Ousmane Kouyate - Kefimba - 1985 (rfimusique)
a2-Oumou Diabate - Bimolou - 1993 (radio-kankan / conakry-life.com)
a3-Damba Kante - Lanaya - ?? (no info)
a4-Les Amazones de Guinee - Samba - 1983 (guineeconakry.info)
a5-Ousmane Kouyate - Beni Hamnanko - 1982 (see a1)
b1-Doura Barry - Les Filles de Mon Pays - 1988 (musiques-afrique)
b2-Prince Diabate - Lamaranaa - 1993 (princediabate)
b3-Oumou Diabate - Christine - 1993 (see a2)
b4-Mory Djeli - Lamini Magasouba - 1990 (conakrypeople)
b5-Sekouba Kandia Kouyate - Ye Ye - ?? (guineeactu.info)
b6-Super Etoile du Fouta - Ce Lela - ?? (no info)
Note: most info is in French, if needed translation Google really likes to help!
The two outstanding tracks for me are Les Amazones de Guinee (with a cover of a 1972 hit by Balla/Pivi et ses Balladins), the intro gives me goosebumps (everytime!!) and Doura Barry (a big hit in the late 80s!!, would love to hear his whole tape!! short review here).
So for your full listening pleasure here is:
Super Selection - Les Hits du Guinea Vol.2 (1993, K7)!!
Enjoy the music!! And while listening, EAT THEM RAW!!
PS: if somebody has good additional info about any of featured artists, feel very free to leave it in a comment.