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Nouvelle Ambiance : Sounds From The Pan-African Paris Underground

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Paris - Brazzaville - Kinshasa - Abidjan - Douala.

A celebration of the underground Pan-African music scene centred around Paris in the 80s featuring never-before-reissued productions and dancefloor sure-shots taking in new forms of dancefloor-ready Rumba, Bikutsi, Soukous, Boogie and more.

In the early 80s a perfect storm of social, technological, political and cultural developments brought about a unique music scene centred around Paris, away from the major labels and pop charts. Musicians, ideas and styles flew between the small independent studios and labels of the French capital and Francophone Africa and the Caribbean, experimenting with new technology and drawing in a dizzying array of influences to soundtrack clubs, bars and radio stations.

Comes with 28 page magazine format booklet featuring previsouly unpublished photos from the archives of photographer Bill Akwa Bétotè as well as interviews with producers Cyriaque Bassoka and Rigo Makengo, musicians Michel Alibo, Denis Hekimian & John Jongos and Studio Caroline owner Jacky Reggan.


Patrick says: Nouvelle Ambiance take us back in time to early 80s Paris here with a gorgeous primer of the African and Caribbean artists operating in the French capital. Expect floor filling disco, boogie, soukous and rumba amongst a wealth of unreleased gems.


01. Antoinette Konan - M'ackô
02. Nicky M'Poto - Komba
03. Jean-Paul Mondo - Zangalon
04. Ali Baba - Tcha! Tcha! Merengue Video
05. Esa - A Muto
06. Empire Bakuba & Papy Tex - Livre D'or
07. Siassia & Tokobina - Mama Africa
08. John Jongos - Djandè
09. Baba Bhy-Gao Dombia - Dawsi (instrumental)
10. Bovick & Cie - Bazombo
11. Tutu - Ayoyo
12. Jacques Loubelo - Ngando

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