The radio show to listen to in Abidjan is Dj Saturday Night. Two hours of the most popular tunes in the Francophone world, frenetically mixed, no commercials. This post is in the same vein.
Ouvrer les frontieres – Tiken Jah Facoly by lionsinthetiles
This first track is from Tiken Jah Facoly. Cote D’Ivoire has produced two sons of reggae, Alpha Blondy and Tiken Jah. There are two reasons why I’m posting this:
1. The song’s called “Ouvrer les frontieres” (open the borders). I have been staying with the same Couchsurfing hosts for almost two weeks. They have been incredible. I want nothing more than to show them the same hospitality. Unfortunately, a tourist visa for the US is a tall order for someone from Cote D’Ivoire.
2. Tiken’s smoke inflected voice and effortless delivery.
Coupe-de-calle – Artist and track unknown as of writing. Ivorian music is dominated by two genres: coupe-de-calle and zouglou. Traveling from Ghana, the land of elastic guitar and highlife rhythms, this music lives in hyperspeed.
Dezy Champion – Track unknown. This is zouglou music. Cheesy synthesizers and female backing chorus. Love this.
07 Wayena – Oumou by lionsinthetiles
Oumou Sangare “Wayena” – Absolutely blistering version of this song. Ms. Sangare is Malian, but she is all over the radio in Cote D’Ivoire. I have been binging on the Music of Wassoulou divas as I gear up for Mali. This track was recorded at the annual Festival in the Desert that takes place north of Timbuktu. When Oumou shouts out Ali Farka Toure in the song’s opening you can tell she is not playing around. Pure power.
Again, my posting efforts are being compromised by slow internet. These four tracks will have to do for now. You can find Oumou Sangare and Tiken Jah on Itunes and Amazon. My days are winding down in Cote D’Ivoire and you can expect a few more posts about my time here. Till next time..