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Tuesday 1 June 2010

Disco Elvis

Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it with chocolate and a miracle or two? Why, it must be Elvis Kemayo, the Cameroon's very own king of disco.

Today's selections come from a CD I picked up in Paris that goes by the name "Bibam: The Best of Kemayo 2". According to the sleeve notes all tracks date from 1975 and 1976, although searching on the Interweb revealed that ten of the thirteen tracks were released on an album called "Tam Tam Song" in 1978. Those ten are a mix of straight disco and disco with an African tinge. The three extra tracks are dreary ballads I could happily have done without.

Here are the two title tracks, both of which I am rather taken with. Special credit must go to Jo Tongo and/or J.C. Molites for the excellent guitar work.

"Bibam" - Elvis Kemayo

"Tam Tam Song" - Elvis Kemayo

For those of you who feel duped after being lured in by my opening line, here's Sammy with a shirt the colour of groovy lemon pie:

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