Nkono Teles is one of West Africa’s most prolific producers during the 1980s, credited with more than 150 productions, spanning the work of more than 100 artists and groups.
Cameroun-born and Nigeria-bred, Nkono is an innovative multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and engineer habitually called by producers and artists upon when they wanted a ‘modernist’ Afro-pop sound that would appeal across borders.
Of Nkono Teles’ three solo-artist LPs, Party Beats is, by far, the most innovative and characteristic. The raw electronic effects used here have always been sought-after by breaks and hip hop producers as well as DJs, with original copies of Party Beats regularly changing hands for anything up to $700.
Originally released on Tabansi in 1985 Party Beats is set to be release on June 28 via BBE Music. Pre-order here.