I just scored this groovy slice of Ivory Coast soul music via Ebay last week. I don’t know much about Ernesto Djédjé, but he was a huge star on the Ivory Coast in his day and listening to “Ziboté” (and the rest of the LP), it makes perfect sense. Catchy vocals (even though I don’t know a lick of Béte — the language he’s singing in), great instrumentation, groovy rhythms, and—although rare for West African records from the 70s—the recording is crystal clear and expertly mixed. One look at the cover and you know it’s gonna be funky.
you know Ziboté’s gonna be funky