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Grant Phabao Afrofunk Arkestra | Paris DJs (PreOrder) (parisdjs.bandcamp.com)
Access to groovy, funkin', rockin', psychedelic, revolutionary (etc.) African music as we've grown to like it at Paris DJs was not for everyone before the internet age. For Paris DJs co-founder Loik, it began in the early 80s when he met with a former Fela Kuti horn player, who introduced him to Afrobeat. When Loik arrived at Radio Nova in 1986 (he was radio programmer there between 1987 and 1997), he then discovered marvels of African Music (other than Fela), through the radio's vast record collection, which soon led to the word-famous "La Sono Mondiale" concept. 

At the same time, Grant Phabao, in his late teens, discovered Congolese music through friends from Zaire. He gets access to Afrobeat in the mid-90s with a Fela Kuti CD gathering the "Zombie" and "He Miss Road" albums, which long-time friend Djouls brought back from his diggin' sessions in Paris. Many friends ripped and burned that CD, for sure. Then the legendary Daktaris album happened on Desco Records in 1998, followed by the beginning of the Antibalas, the Comet Records & Strut Records compilations in 2000, and soon after Soundway Records… the rest is history but that's roughly how African Music started for us at Paris DJs. 

At this point we met online with Calumbinho on the...  more

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releases June 15, 2018 

A1. Talking & Singing 
Lyrics written by Sandra Nkaké & Jî Drû 
Music composed by Grant Phabao 
Vocals by Sandra Nkaké & Jî Drû 
Flute by Jî Drû 
Hammond Organ by Guillaume Méténier 
Drums, percussion, bass, guitars, keyboards by Grant Phabao 

A2. The Wow 
Lyrics written by AFRODYETE 
Music composed by Grant Phabao & Ben Abarbanel-Wolff 
Vocals by AFRODYETE 
Drums by Tony Allen 
Percussion by Steve Haney, Oghene Kologbo & Alfred Sonou 
Tenor guitar by Adrian Quesada 
Clavinet by Will Rast 
Vox organ by Guillaume Méténier 
Baritone saxophone by Saké Smith 
Tenor saxophone & bass by Ben Abarbanel-Wolff 
Trumpet by Valentin Pellet & Sean Billings 
Guitars, keyboards by Grant Phabao 

A3. Ma Ndiongua Baloueti 
Lyrics written by Swala Emati 
Music composed by Grant Phabao & Sake Smith 
Drums by Tony Allen 
Percussion by Oghene Kologbo & Alfred Sonou 
Vox organ by Guillaume Méténier 
Baritone & alto saxophones by Saké Smith 
Tenor saxophone by Fab Smith 
Trumpet by Raphi Sake Smith 
Bass, guitars, keyboards by Grant Phabao 

A4. Feeling You Feeling Me 
Lyrics written by AFRODYETE 
Music composed by Grant Phabao 
Drums by Tony Allen 
Percussion by Oghene Kologbo & Alfred Sonou 
Baritone & alto saxophones by Saké Smith 
Trumpet by Raphi Sake Smith 
Bass, guitars, keyboards by Grant Phabao 

B1. Longi Kwa Tiena 
Lyrics written by Swala Emati & RacecaR 
Music composed by Grant Phabao & Muyiwa Kunnuji 
Percussion by Oghene Kologbo & Alfred Sonou 
Baritone saxophone by Saké Smith 
Tenor saxophone by Ben Abarbanel-Wolff & Pierre Pierrot 
Trumpet by Muyiwa Kunnuji & Valentin Pellet 
Drums, bass, guitars, keyboards by Grant Phabao 

B2. Fohunnonla 
Composed by Grant Phabao & Gregsky 
Percussion by Oghene Kologbo & Alfred Sonou 
Soprano & tenor saxophones by Gregsky 
Drums, bass, guitars, keyboards by Grant Phabao 

B3. Carib 
Lyrics written by Sandra Nkaké & Jî Drû 
Composed by Grant Phabao 
Vocals by Sandra Nkaké & Jî Drû 
Flutes & percussion by Jî Drû 
Drums, percussion, bass, guitars, keyboards by Grant Phabao 

Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Grant Phabao at Paris DJs studio 
Illustrated by Ben Hito 
A&R by. Djouls 
Published by T.I.M.E.C. 
(p) & (c) 2018 T.I.M.E.C. / Paris DJs
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