In the run-up to the US elections I keep having think about this EP from the early 1960s, in which G.G. Vikey urges us to elect him as president. He promises us change, plenty of jobs, good economic conditions, paradise on earth...
From the few records I have of this relatively unknown artist from Benin, he comes to me as the archetypal 'évolué'. Maybe he is just trying to please producer Gilles Sala (I would like to link to some info about this influential producer, but can only find info about his work as a singer).
The other tracks on the EP are worthwhile too, especially the track about Faceli Kanté, one of the founders of Les Ballets Africains, and influential as an artist who introduced the spanish guitar into African music.
Rivièrafrique 231.335 (new link June 10, 2013)
Almon Memela: Broken Shoes (1976)
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