Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

4 Black Brothers
July 9, 2012, 9:56 am
Filed under: Central African Republic

Otis Wafua

Muana Moto

As I have mentioned before, the best weapon for hunting records is information. But sometimes all you get conflicting accounts or faulty facts.

According to the person who sold me this record, 4 Black Brothers – or, as they are listed on the back cover, Quatre Black Brothers – were from the Central African Republic. I had been searching for anything from that country for quite some time. The only group that I had heard about from C. A. R. was L’Orchestre Centrafrican Jazz, whose records on the Disques France-Afrique label have eluded me for years. But now that I have this record in my hands, I’m cannot confirm where it may have come from – other than a pressing plant in France.

There is not a lot of information on the record sleeve itself. Other than the sentence “Prise de son: ZOUNDI FELIX DAVID – KAKLABAL”, it does credit the songwriters Augustin Zala Kanda Morin and Charles Malonga – who was the band leader. Apparently, Malonga was originally from Gabon, then moved to Upper Volta – now Burkina Faso. He is also listed as the guitarist for the Ivoirian band Jean Raph & Les Zoulous – who released a single on Société Ivoirienne Du Disque. Also, a discography for the label Sonafric lists 4 Black Brothers as having been from Upper Volta… But – at least to these ears – this doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever heard from there.

If you have any further information on 4 Black Brothers / Quatre Black Brothers, please contact me or leave a comment.

Catalog number SAF 61003, Sonafric records of Paris, France. Released 1978.