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Orchestre Anassoua-Jazz De Parakou-Nord - Bakassine Gabou (Albarika Store)

Orchestre Anassoua-Jazz De Parakou-Nord
Bakassine Gabou/Moumouni Bassina Borou Fo
(Albarika Store)

By now you should be acutely aware of our soft spot for anything that Acid Jazz Records have a handle in and with good reason. Each and every release deserves your full attention and this latest release on the Albarika Store label hits the sweet spot. Originally recorded in 1975, both tracks have been restored and remastered from the original 1/4 inch tape. The 45 is available now from Bandcamp. Another essential Acid Jazz release.

Here's what the label have to say:

Acid Jazz Records continue their exclusive licensing agreement with Albarika Store and issue a brand new single Orchestre Anassoua-Jazz De Parakou-Nord - Bakassine Gabou/Moumouni Bassina Borou Fo. 

Parakou is a remote town just over 400 km north of Cotonou and was home Orchestre Anassoua-Jazz de Parakou. The band recorded a series of singles and EPs for Albarika throughout the 70s (plus a handful for other labels) but never released a full album.

 These two tracks were released as a 45 in 1975, but this is so scarce that a copy is yet to surface on eBay and it isn't even listed on Discogs. But it’s not all about the rarity – 'Bakassine Gabou’ is highly-charged hypnotic dancer perfect for DJs, while 'Moumouni Bassina Borou Fo’ builds in sonic intensity by layering guitar, vocals and percussion.