17 June 2016

Bamba Wassoulou Groove

Back again with a new CD (well, released in November 2015 already), but I bought it this week.

The French Label Bleu from Amiens put a large sticker on the bottom of the cover, with the following text:

BLUESY / HYPNOTIQUE / GROOVE

BAMBA WASSOULOU GROOVE : LE NOUVEAU SOUFFLE DE LA MUSIQUE DE BAMAKO

Le Bamba Wassoulou Groove est donc composé de 7 musiciens (3 guitares, 1 basse, 1 batterie, des percussions et un chanteur. (...)




I saw their concert on 9 April this year, in RASA, Utrecht and I was quite happy to witness this concert, especially because Bamba Wassoulou Groove create a modern version of the Bambara afro-rock by late Zani Diabaté's Super Djata Band, one of my all-time favourites.

23 June 2015

Back after years

It has been many years since our latest post. I received this album in the post today, and I actually thought of scanning it before opening and removing the shrink wrap.

The album is covered with a classic sticker with the name of the artist and the title of the album, plus mentioning a featured artist, singer Piers Faccini. To the right, there is a, seemingly, press text, although the origin is not known.

On the right top, there is a Quality Label, « un événement fff Télérama » (a fff, as in 3-Star event by the French Magazine Télérama).






 I will now unwrap and enjoy listening the album !


10 April 2009

African Pearls Collection


Syllart's African Pearls Collection comes with a uniform sticker to attract the attention of the potential buyer to the importance of the songs featured on these compilation CDs.

The Congo 70 volume comes with the text:
  • African Pearls Collection - Congo 70 - Rumba Rock
  • L'invention du son africain moderne...
  • Double CD
thus stating the 70-s Rumba Rock is the invention of modern African sound...


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The Mali 70 volume featuring some essential tracks that have never been released on CD (and even the LPs are hard to find), which is highlighted by the following text:
  • African Pearls Collection -Mali 70 - Electric Mali
  • Une folle décennie de création débridée


06 March 2009

Quality Labels : FIP


In France, one of the quality labels given to CD albums, are the Sélection FIP. FIP, one of the radio frequencies of Radio France, gives this label to six albums per two weeks in any of the musical genres, be they Jazz, Blues, French chansons, Anglo-saxon Pop-Rock or World Music.


The label aims to help choose the public among the numerous releases. The albums are promoted on the radio station during one month.

New 2009 examples...


I just received a new order with two outstanding albums from Mali, i.e. Oumou Sangaré's « Seya », and the latest album of Kasse Mady Diabaté.

I will start with the first one. On Oumou Sangaré's album, there are two stickers. The first is a small sticker with a very positive press comment by Howard Male (The World). On the bottom of the album, there is again a large sticker with various logo's, such as Arte TV, Mondomix, Inrockuptibles, Muziq, Le Monde, Vibrations and Séléction FIP. These organisations all recommend the album.

The album « Manden Djeli Kan » by one of my favorite singer Kassemady Diabaté comes with a simple artwork with few colours and nearly low-res graphics. Sticker-wise, there is just the Sélection FIP recommendation. But the music is great!

27 November 2008

A Recent Example: Amadou & Mariam's Welcome to Mali

It has been a while, I know. I am still not very sure that these promotional album stickers are indeed a passionate subject to have a blog about. I am afraid that the number of blog views reinforces this doubt, actually nobody is taking a look at this blog.

Anyaway, I take the latest album by Malian star blind couple Amadou & Mariam as a example. Here, you can see a sticker that is put on without much love, it is not at all put on straight, it is covering part of the art work of the album, and the typography, although stylish, turns out to be less fortunate: the visibility of the names of the featured artists (Damon Albarn, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Keziah Jones, K'Naan, M, and Juan Rozoff) is far from optimal.

The purpose of this sticker:

  • It is indicating that it is a new album
  • It mentions featured artists that are well-known
  • It mentions two songs that are put forward, i.e. Sabali and Masiteladi
  • It shows the logo of radio station France Inter (in some way involved in the promotion of this album)

But what a beauty when opening the gatefold CD, the inlay opens up as a mini-poster, it is too big for my A4 scanner...

16 August 2008

A Few Examples...

On Habib Koité's «Afriki» album, a large horizontal sticker in French announces two concerts in Paris, whereas the American label Cumbacha had already put a sticker with a New York Times review.





This a true beauty, the design of the album cover and the typography and the colour of the sticker...





On Tabu Ley's compilation, the sticker seems an integral part of the cover artwork...