Senegal 70 review & interview with Samy Ben Redjeb - Analog Africa Mon, 2015-11-23 02:00

Interview with Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb

Analog Africa, the label that has become known for its popular re-issues and extended liner notes is releasing a new compilation this Friday, Nov 27th 2015: Senegal 70 ? Sonic Gems & Previously unreleased recordings.

The compilation is remarkable in showing the rich musical landscape of the country in the 1970s – partly thanks to the visionary and arts-friendly President Leopold Senghor, Dakar?s vibrant music scene began being exposed to international records and big stars such as Jackson 5 from the US, Celia Cruz from Cuba or Tabu Ley Rochereau from Congo. It was a distinctive burst of new creativity combined with older musical influences like Cuban Son Montuno, New Orleans Jazz and American Soul.

The record is also personally connected to Samy Ben Redjeb, the founder and main force behind Analog Africa. He lived in Senegal in 1994 and convinced the hotel he was working at in Mbour to host a African Music night which became a big hit. He used to spend his days off in Dakar crate-digging for records he could play, and remarkably, this was when Samy first got first obsessed with vinyl.

A few months ago we met up with Samy for a coffee in London and talked about his work and passion for music from the African continent.


1. Fangool – Mariama (Senegal 70)
2. Orchestre Laye Thiam – Massani Cisse (Senegal 70)
3. Amara Toure et le Star Band de Dakar – El Carretero (Senegal 70)
4. Orchestre Bawobab – Ma Penda (Senegal 70)
5. The Green Arrows – Madzangara Dzimu (Green Arrows)
6. Le Sourouba de Louga – Bour Sine (Senegal 70)
7. Orchestre Bawobab – Thiely (Senegal 70)
8. Amara Toure – N’ga Digne M’be feat. Ensemble Black & White (Amara Toure)
9. Orchestre Polyrythmo de Cotonou Dahomey – Gbeti Madjro (African Scream Contest)
10. Orchestre Laye Thiam – Sanga Te (Senegal 70)