Thursday, 2 October 2014

Togo 2013

Hi everybody !
This year my Girlfriend and I went by air to Togo .
We arrived 5th of may 2013 in Lome Airport and had a friend waiting ..
When we had exit the plane , we felt like entering a terrarium , humid and HOT Togo !
Impossible to come from Belgium and then go and try to sleep in a non airconditioned room was really not an option ! so we rented a nearby +-cheap hotel with AC and tried to survive the first week by spending alot of time in the hotel room ;)  and looking for old friends as the boy You could see in the foto , he is a streetkid , no family no house , just found him one day sleeping in some alley on the ground with his fellow friends.. feeling for them . This boy i knew from last travel last year and i promised him when i come back i will try to do what i can for you .. I took him in , to sleep in our hotelroom , on the sofa , he had a nice shower and good meal  , and freshly washed clothes ''to big for him'' but anyway he felt cosy , we went out and bought a dvd with cartoons and heenjoyed anyway , it didnt affect alot of his life still :/ Sometimes we hold little tiny party's for some streetchildren in Lome , buying them a softdrink and some food ...

People warned me that i could get in trouble with this , that some people might sew you for ''you know '' stupid mindsetting , '' maybe also harsh reality (pedo's etc..) :/ , but come on , we are there to look for recordz and to try to be nice to people even if its only for a glimps in their lives...

As the first days went by also little by little Recordz were brought by people who got to hear that a "Yovo" (white guy) is looking to buy their old records...
When we walked around and asked several people if they still know who would still have records in his possession . Most people gonna tell you that , Yes , they once had , but they have throwed them away , or burned them ..
We met several people staring at a corner in their yards with fire remains on the walls saying : ooh  damn , i just burned like 200 or 50 of them 1 month ago or 2 years ago , or 30 years ago ..
Leading to sometimes very painfull moments , for the previous owner and for the digger :/
Questioning : what would have been inside that collection that just went up in fire  or was used as some kind of frisbee for the children .. aiaiaiaiai , ...
One guy had u HUUUGEE , collection of ...sleeves :/ , he throwed away the records and kept the sleeves as souvenir... omg !
He had throwed them into a pit that they lighted up afterwards..
We met alot of people who once had records !

As the week passed we went to the harbour and looked to buy a good motorbike . I really do trust Myself alot more than any other guy driving some cheap chinese bike to transport my girlfriend or me .. well sometimes you dont have a choice and you have to trust and pray ... accidents happen everyday :(

When driving around alot in African country's , You'll see unfortunatly.. So heres the bike we found those days :) Honda Dominator 650cc !

Thursday, 28 November 2013

The Benin Mixes pt 1 and pt 2 / 2013

It has been a while since i updated this little blog .so...
This year 2013 i went to senegal , Gambia , Mauretanie , Guinea Bissau , Togo and Benin to go and look for records. Here you can listen a 2 mixes i've made from the last trip in Benin :

                                         This is Me and El Rego @ His house near Cotonou...

In my travels i always try to meet Artists who are still around , i met Moussa n'Gom , Laye n'Gom from Guelewar (Gambia) and more members from Ifang Bondi or super alligators etc.. , I met Atchutchi , The Composer and Guitarist of Super Mama Djombo (Guinea-Bissau) .And Mr. Zé Manel , who I visited in his studio in Bissau .
I've met the congaplayer from  the : B.b.'groups ' like : The barbecues ..
Mr. Amartey Hedzoleh , The composer of Hedzoleh sounds and flutist ... ( He was also the bassplayer of The Psychedelic Aliens. Who became a friend !
In Ghana also in the north 'Bolgatanga' i met some members from the Uppers International , like Samy Young , He was the guitar player in pt2 .. They were setting up a band , while we visited them , the drummer didnt show up as i kindly asked if i could try to play a little ..
They were happy and i tried to play the drum , it was a great evening 'with a bad vocalist ) but anyway :) maybe bad drummer to :p
Once in Casablanca airport i took the same airplane with Mr. Sir Shina Peters , chatted for hours while we waited for our flight and had a few beers , He than also invites me to come to Nigeria , as i will probably soon do..
In Benin i met Danialou Sagbohan , El Rego , Nel Oliver and Tohon Stanislas , and more unkown artist 1 for example who played the guitar on some Poly Rythmo tracks ...
Hoping to meet more of those people and records my travels will continue ! I will continiu to look for lost treasures in the future and am planning to  compile a record in the near future ..