Les Griots (w/ Serge Franklin) - Ouagadougou, Afrique: Exotissimo Vol. 8

On serious repeat. This Serge Franklin  seems to be something of a grandmaster OG in the ethnographic forgery game. ‘Exotissimo’ is right, no? Really though, this is a stunning record. Haven’t found much, however, by way of biography for Les Griots, but, it’d be reasonable to assume that the group would’ve hailed originally from Burkina Faso. The dimensions of the rhythms & sounds here are truly exquisite. Heavy grooves. And, these mid 70’s sessions, recorded in Paris, are subtlely realized; deep, resonant and spare. An hour or so of poking around the web has me reasonably convinced me that Loulendo is most likely Jean Loulendo. That’s mostly it, although he does seems to show up as in author in worldcat. I’ve had even less luck with Dolo, who’s also credited with an arrangement on this album. Anyone else know more? Enjoy.<

Release Information
Year: 1975.
Country: Burkina Faso + France.
Label: Pathé Marconi / EMI.
Side 1
1. Messe Noire (Franklin)
2. Mama Me Mwana (Trad, arrgt. Loulendo)

Side 2
1. Sumama
2. Liwa Wetche *Chant (Trad, arrgt. Loulendo)
3. Morgen *Chant (Trad, arrgt. Dolo)
4. Danse du Fleuve (Franklin)
5. Danse de Filles su Sable (Franklin)
6. Kio Kio *Chant (Franklin)
Comments (8)

8 Responses

  1. squirrelwhisperer says:

    Many thanks. Happy holidays to you.

  2. What’s fun is the design of the LP: “To receive your friends as in Ougadougou, Africa”, kind of post-exotism in this… But thanks for the record! Merry Christmas and everything that goes with!

  3. WRKB says:

    looks interesting. this blog is great anyway. stay black. peace.

  4. Dan Leo says:

    A belated thank you! Love these African records!

  5. Anonymous says:

    now this is what I call music…
    thank u.
    k from the north

  6. Likedeeler says:

    Thanks for a fantastic record and a great rip! All the best for your start into the new year. Regards from Berlin

  7. Flash Strap says:

    oh how wonderful. thanks man!

  8. Serge Franklin made some freakbeat & sitarxploitation in France, also under the alias of http://www.discogs.com/artist/Adjenar+Sidhar+Khan. In this exotissimo series, he realised the Japan, Morocco, India volumes. I own the Greek one, which is not by him, and & a Pacific (from San Francisco to Java) mostly exotica Lp which Franklin made & recorded. It is difficult to say wherever he duplicates traditional music or records it. On the “Pacifique” Lp for example, the SF track is totally weird, kind of Dylan’s inspiration, but doesn’t sound really authentic… This is one of his early freakbeat compositions : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBSOOMNfe8Y
    On this Lp, I notice that “Lima Wetche” is a cover of “Lima Ya Wech”, sung by Franco & OK Jazz in 1967 and by Ryco Jazz on a Caribbean 7″. 
    Kind regards
    Loïc – http://phonomundial.wordpress.com/

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