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Cruise Control - 2023 Reissue

    Les Disques Bongo Joe are happy to announce the first official repress of L’Éclair acclaimed first album Cruise Control. Almost impossible to find a fair price, this album is the roots of L’Éclair well known poly-groove vibe. Back in the days, the guys were obsessed by afrobeat, funk and psychedelic music. Recorded live by Vincent Hänggi, Cruise Control has a totally unique sound. Witht this, you’ll understand everything you missed about the Geneva based crew!


    1. Funky Splash
    2. O Caminho Do Bem
    3. Epitaph B.B
    4. L'Internationale Prog
    5. G Love
    6. Safari In D 

    Pedro Lima

    Recordar É Viver: Antologia Vol. 1

      Pedro Lima was certainly the most iconic singer from Sao Tomé Island. Born in 1944, his career began at teenage, with his faithful band Os Leonenses, who were mostly members of his family and shared most of his musical life; and lasted until his death on January 31st, 2019. Until the very end, he kept performing big events all around the country, and was among the very few singers and bands from Sao Tomé & Principe that recorded in Luanda Angola for N'Gola and Merengue labels in the 70's, and in Lisbon for the essential IEFE imprint in the 80's.

      Respected father of 27 children from 4 different wives, people named him "A voz do povo de Sao Tomé", the people's voice of the island, as he always made very clear his political views on internal affairs and backed since day one the revolutionary party that took power after the independence obtained from Portugal on July 12th 1975. A powerful and free soul, expressing through his beautifully soft and deep voice range, the concerns of the poor, in this often-troubled country.

      His funerals were the biggest ever organized on the island, and were paid for by ex-president Pinto da Costa, gathering thousands to accompany him to his last home.

      His music is wonderfully rich and delicate, though quite minimalistic in arrangements, revealing the subtle melodies of the islands' harmonic and backing vocals traditions, laid on either incredibly energetic Puxa rhythms, or the sweetness of sensual Rumbas.

      Continuing our work on Sao Tomé and Principe with curator DJ Tom B., we are pleased to announce the release of « Recordar é viver - Antologia Vol.1 », the first volume of a retrospective of Pedro Lima’s work. You’ll find here some rare and unreleased tracks from the 80’s when he was at the top of his game.


      1. Ami Cu Manu Mu
      2. Philomene
      3. Inen Mina Fleguedja
      4. Sueste
      5. Meu
      6. Subocha
      7. Balança Cunxença
      8. Non Conveta Quâ
      9. Minha Cutchu
      10. Glavi Funçon
      11. Vida Sá Uâ Só
      12. Floli Xacla

      YĪN YĪN

      Haw Phin / Chong Ky

      “We wrote this song during the quarantine. ‘Haw pin’ is Maastricht dialect for ‘stay strong’, which you can see on a lot of windows at the moment in Maastricht, and we mixed it up because we used the phin lute from Thailand.”


      A1. Haw Phin
      B1. Chong Ky

      Guess What / Porest

      Al Khawarizmi / Hoyda

      Guess What: a transcontinental & interplanetary keys+drums duo, active since 2008; half of which is Graham Mushnik whose organ wizard powers can be heard in Grup Şimşek alongside Derya Yıldırım.


      A1. Guess What - Al Khawarizmi
      B1. Porest - Hoyda

      "June 2017, France. It’s 40° both inside and outside. At Studio Black Box, in the Haut Anjou, it is as if you were there, in Madagascar. And when the tape recorders start rotating, the musicians’ imagination feeds off the guts of their music : Malagasy bush, tropical heat, red dirt, sand, drought, corn, cassava, cockcrow, mooing zebus, lambahoany (fabric), leaf hut, fotaky house (mud), dust, portable generator, music, rhum, bodies frantically dancing whether in the dark or under the blazing sun…Tsapiky.

      The album shall be named "Valimbilo". Bilo is a disease which strikes one’s mental health, depression is what western societies call it. When one is diagnosed with « voany bilo », a precise medical treatment is engaged and performed without doctors, nor medicine. To vanquish bilo, one has to use music. The sorcerer solely decides upon the “good” day (the day which gathers the most positive aspects of the astrological conjuncture) to operate: the extended family hosts a ceremony ruled by many taboos, which can last up to a few days, and in which only one remedy is applied in high dosage : some Tsapiky.
      They are “doctor” musicians whom talent is source of the cure.
      They play for the patient, who has to be facing the orchestra : all of their attention is focused on the bilo, dancing in the sick person’s body : It has to be awaken, seduced, surprised and attacked from every angle before it is pressured, pressured until KO, until it can’t take the it anymore, stuffed with music. Then the patient is relieved, discharged, and the ceremony is over.

      During the entirety of the ceremony, the patient picks a person who helps him/her get the bilo out of his/her system, this is what we call “valimbilo”, literally “husband/wife of the bilo.” "


      01. Malay Nama
      02. Aomby Mazava Ioha
      03. Kalitaky
      04. Bekapamaky
      05. Fiaina Sarotsy
      06. Tsy Miroro
      07. Relela
      08. Mivaliky Tany Toy

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