A great cabrette solo from French Auvergne by Martin Cayla

Today's post features a great solo of cabrette, the Auvergne’s traditional bagpipe, by Martin Cayla. Starting the late 1920's, Cayla recorded extensively on his own label "Le Soleil", which first shop was located 26, rue des Taillandiers, in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, before moving to 33, rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin in the 10th arrondissement (the … Continue reading A great cabrette solo from French Auvergne by Martin Cayla

A guest mix of North African 78s for the Vinyl Factory

I made a mix of North African 78 rpm records from my collection and wrote a piece on 78s collecting for The Vinyl Factory. It will let you hear both folk and popular music recordings made in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia from the 1930s to the 1950s. It starts and finishes with hypnotic gasba flute performances … Continue reading A guest mix of North African 78s for the Vinyl Factory

From Alger to Antananarivo – A selection of 78rpm records from Africa

This selection of 26 songs taken from my 78rpm record collection was created for the Paris Music Library. It is a subjective and modest journey through Africa’s sound heritage. It doesn’t aim at offering an exhaustive overview of the various forms of music that have been recorded on the African continent before the vinyl era. … Continue reading From Alger to Antananarivo – A selection of 78rpm records from Africa

Discovering the lost record stores of Paris

As a collector of 78rpm records, I often come across visual evidences of the activity of now disappeared record stores: illustrated sleeves, stickers, stamps, advertisements, postcards. That’s how I discovered that there used to be a lot of record stores all around Paris and had the idea of Disquaires de Paris. I wanted to provide … Continue reading Discovering the lost record stores of Paris

New Year’s 78 rpm records selection

I wish I could have posted more on Ceints de bakélite in 2014... Before this year ends, here is a new selection of 78 rpm records from my collection. Enjoy! Timothee Tibo Essombe - Moni Ma Man I didn't find any information about Timothee Tibo Essombe, the performer of this catchy song from Cameroon in … Continue reading New Year’s 78 rpm records selection

Sonar Senghor et ses Siccos – Samsee

Senghor might sound as a familiar name to you: Maurice Sonar Senghor was indeed the nephew of Léopold Sédar Senghor, the first President of Senegal after the country's independance. Maurice Sonar Senghor was born in 1926 in Dakar into an aristocratic family. In the mid 40's he moved to Paris, where he quickly dropped out … Continue reading Sonar Senghor et ses Siccos – Samsee

Ngọc Bảo – Cô Tú, a Vietnamese 78rpm

Finding Vietnamese 78rpm records is not that easy, even though a lot of them were pressed here in France during the colonial period, when Vietnam was still part of French Indochina. This one comes from a lot I bought from another collector in Paris. Thanks to Haji Maji and Excavated Shellac blogs, I was already familiar with … Continue reading Ngọc Bảo – Cô Tú, a Vietnamese 78rpm

Oea-Oea, an Exotica track by Dick Elgg and his Tahitians on 78 rpm record

This blog has been inactive for a few months... Well, I have often lacked time to post something, or was sometimes just too lazy and prefered listening to my records rather than writing about them. I'm back now and will try to be more dilligent ! As the weather is getting cold here in Paris, … Continue reading Oea-Oea, an Exotica track by Dick Elgg and his Tahitians on 78 rpm record

Aman Adanali

Sadan Adanali – Aman Adanali, a Turkish folk song on 78 rpm record

Here is a record found in a box of 78s I bought in a flea market near my place a few months ago. "Aman Adanali" (Aman Adanalı in Turkish) is a well known anonymous folk song in Turkey, as evidenced by the numerous old and modern versions that can be found on Youtube. This one was performed by the singer … Continue reading Sadan Adanali – Aman Adanali, a Turkish folk song on 78 rpm record