Various – Cameroon Garage Funk 1964 - 1979 (Vinyl 2LP)

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Various – Cameroon Garage Funk 1964 - 1979 (Vinyl 2LP)

Label: Analog Africa

Cat No: AALP092

Yaoundé, in the 1970´s, was a buzzing place. Every neighbourhood of Cameroon´s capital, no matter how dodgy, was filled with music spots but surprisingly there were no infrastructure to immortalise those musical riches. The country suffered from a serious lack of proper recording facilities, and the process of committing your song to tape could become a whole adventure unto itself. Of course, you could always book the national broadcasting company together with a sound engineer, but this was hardly an option for underground artists with no cash. But luckily an alternative option emerged in form of an adventist church with some good recording equipment and many of the artists on this compilation recorded their first few songs, secretly, in these premises thanks to Monsieur Awono, the church engineer. He knew the schedule of the priests and, in exchange for some cash, he would arrange recording sessions. The artists still had to bring their own equipment, and since there was only one microphone, the amps and instruments had to be positioned perfectly. It was a risky business for everyone involved but since they knew they were making history, it was all worth it.

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A1   Jean-Pierre Djeukam –  Africa Iyo
A2   Joseph Kamga –  Sie Tcheu
A3   Los Camaroes –  Ma Wde Wa
A4   Los Camaroes –  Esele Mulema Moam
B1   Ndenga Andre Destin Et Les Golden Sounds  –  Yondja
B2   Damas Swing Orchestra –  Odylife
B3   Charles Lembe Et Son Orchestra –  Quiero Wapatcha
B4   Louis Wasson Et L'Orchestre Kandem Irenée  –  Song Of Love
C1   Tsanga Dieudonne  –  Les Souffrances
C2   Pierre Didy Tchakounte Et Les Tulipes Noires –  Monde Monderne
C3   Willie Song Et Les Showmen –  Moni Ngan
C4   Mballa Bony –  Mezik Me Mema
D1   Johnny Black Et Les Jokers –  Mayi Bo Ya?
D2   Pierre Didy Tchakounte – Ma Fou Fou
D3   Lucas Tala –  Woman Be Fire
D4   Ndenga Andre Destin Et Les Golden Sounds –  Ngamba

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