Saturday, August 1, 2015

Colomach - 1974 - Colomach


01. Enoviyin    
02. Ottoto Shamoleda    
03. Cotocun Gba Gounke    
04. Bernadetta    
05. (Flute) Sweet Sounds From Colomachi    
06. K Assa Kpa Sama Kpa    
07. Kpanlongo (Folklore)    
08. Pipan    
09. Yebo Blues    
10. (Acoustic Guitar) Sonorites Sahelienne

An inspired cultural rock outing with Northern Togo musician Gneni Mamadou at the helm. With bristling bolts of fuzz streaking over beds of crunchy percussion accompanied by an epiphany of chants, Colomach helps map the Sahel soundscape of the 1970s. A top-drawer recording made at EMI Nigeria in 1974.

Pearl coming from Nigeria. The group Colomach was formed in the mid-70s in Lagos and launched a unique and rare album in 1974, with a very low number of copies and was only reissued in 2013, by Soundaway.
The eponymous album features 10 short tracks and quite similar to the rock that was in Africa 70s, garage rock with heavy influences from psychedelic, zam rock and afrobeat beyond traditional music made in the region. The fuzz guitar dominates, along with good passages of traditional percussion and drums. The lyrics are all in the local language, giving even more uniqueness to this record.



  2. Do you know or have: ASIKO ROCK GROUP ??

  3. I do have it, and I have it on the stack of albums ready to be ripped nd posted... so hold on in there... it will be up in a little bit... the afro beat flood has not ended yet!

  4. Yeeeeah baby! Thank YOU Drago! :0) Peace, Ites!!

  5. Great to see this included in your afro-rock/afro beat posts and good to read you have the Blo and Asiko Rock Group albums waiting in the wings - all absolutely essential and mind-blowing listens.

    One band I have never seen posted anywhere is Ozo, most probably because nothing has been reissued on CD. Given how popular they were here in the UK in the 70s (with even a TOTP's appearance for their Listen To The Buddha classic single which is backed by a wonderful version of Kites), I am really surprised none of the reissue labels have done anything, though I live in hope.