This week find a remix album of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Rainford, the first album from French-Senegalese duo Guiss Guiss Bou Bess, the golden era of séga by Bongo Joe and much more.
Guiss Guiss Bou Bess
Created in 2016, Guiss Guiss Bou Bess is a duo from Senegalese Mara Seck — son of well-known Alla Seck who carries the legacy of Sabar — and sociologist and French beatmaker Stéphane Costantini. On their first album, they delivers 12 tracks of electrosabar, between ritual percs and other global rhythms like trap, dubstep, UK garage, drum & bass, afrobass or kuduro.
Guiss Guiss Bou Bess will perform their album at Transmusicales festival in Rennes this Friday.
In the 17th century, slaves were deported from Africa, Madagascar and the pristine islands of Mauritius, Réunion and Seychelles to work on coffee and sugar cane plantations. To escape their daily woes, the slaves were singing, dancing and beating rhythms. Afro-Malagasy-inspired sega, or (t)chega music was born.
During the course of the 19th century, the Creole population’s gradual adoption of Western instruments and traditional melodies of old Europe, laid the foundation for contemporary sega. This crossroads of influences kept expanding, especially in the 50s, when the first gramophones hit the market and all sorts of records were played, from pop to jazz, soul, rock and roll, and even Cuban and Brazilian music. For sega music, this hailed the beginning of an intense period of creativity which would linger on into the 60s and 70s. Schweiz label Bongo Joe captures for the second time the most precious sega treasures on this new thrilling compilation.
The second part of the series directed by Guts will be released on December 6th featuring the work of DJ and producer iZem. While iZem usually spends his time connecting theLusophone musics of South America and Africa from his home in the Portuguese capital; he’ll now be tackling genuine afro-funk tracks.
On the A side, iZem sets his sights on the facetious and fiery environmentalist track ‘Ecolo Assiko’. In a tit for tat heated by the band’s insane afro groove, the female voices call for comfort by endlessly repeating : “toujours plus loin, toujours plus fort” (always further, always stronger) as mantra.