Various - Cameroon Garage Funk


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Cameroon's capital city, Yaoundé, in the 1970´s, was a-buzz in every neighbourhood with music spots, but, surprisingly, there was no infrastructure to immortalise those musical riches. Other than the national broadcasting company, which was not an option for underground artists with no cash, the country suffered from a lack of recording facilities. 

Luckily an alternative option emerged in form of an adventist church with some good recording equipment and many of the artists on this compilation recorded their first few songs, secretly, in these premises thanks to Monsieur Awono, the church engineer. He knew the schedule of the priests and, in exchange for some cash, he would arrange recording sessions. The artists still had to bring their own equipment, and since there was only one microphone, the amps and instruments had to be positioned perfectly. It was a risky business for everyone involved but since they knew they were making history, it was all worth it. 

At the end of the recording, the master reel would be handed to whoever had paid for the session, usually the artist themselves, but with no distribution nor record companies around, more often then not it was the french label Sonafric that would offer their manufacturing and distribution structure, and many Cameroonian artist used that platform to kickstart their career. 

What is particularly surprising in the case of Sonafric was their willingness to take chances and judge music solely on their merit rather than their commercial viability. Most of these artists recorded one or two songs before disappearing, never to be heard from again (and details of them remain a mystery to even the most seasoned veterans of the Cameroonian underground makossa music scene), but, despite the myriad difficulties involved in the process of making and releasing a record, left behind an extraordinary legacy of raw grooves and magnificent tunes. 

This great collection of songs recorded quickly in a church with a single microphone  is a testament to the timeless spirit of DIY creativity, ingenuity and innovation that produces the most trilling of music. 


  1. Jean-Pierre Djeukam - Africa Iyo 
  2. Joseph Kamga - Sie Tcheu 
  3. Los Camaroes - Ma Wde Wa 
  4. Los Camaroes - Esele Mulema Moam 
  5. Ndenga Andre Destin et Les Golden Sounds - Yondja 
  6. Damas Swing Orchestra - Odylife 
  7. Charles Lembe et Son Orchestra - Quiero Wapatcha 
  8. Louis Wasson et L'Orchestre Kandem Irenée - Song Of Love 
  9. Tsanga Dieudonne - Les Souffrances 
  10. Pierre Didy Tchakounte et les Tulipes Noires - Monde Moderne 
  11. Willie Songue et Les Showmen - Moni Ngan 
  12. Mballa Bony - Mezik Me Mema 
  13. Johnny Black et Les Jokers - Mayi Bo Ya? 
  14. Pierre Didy Tchakounte - Ma Fou Fou 
  15. Lucas Tala - Woman Be Fire 
  16. Ndenga Andre Destin et Les Golden Sounds - Ngamba 


  • Double-LP housed in gatefold jacket with 7mm spine; includes 12-page full-colour booklet with extensive liner notes, original artwork, artist biographies, and photographs; contains high-quality multi-format (WAV, MP3) download coupon   
  • CD housed in digipack with card slipcase; includes 28-page full-colour booklet with extensive liner notes, original artwork, artist biographies, and photographs 




also available on Analog Africa: 
Various - Edo Funk Explosion Vol.1   2LP | CD 
Manzanita Y Su Conjunto - Trujillo , Perú 1971-1974   LP 


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