Francis the Great – Not Yet 8

Commanding slab of 1977 West African funk that was recorded in Paris and voiced by 7-year-old FrancisThe GreatMbarga:

Francis the Great     “look up in the sky”     1977

I wonder if the person who paid $750 last September for the original 1977 release will be chagrined to know that France’s Hot Casa reissued Ravissante Baby in February, 2015.

Francis the Great

Francis’s father – legendary highlife musician, Prince Nico Mbarga – served as producer on these two extended workouts, “Ravissante Baby” b/w “Look Up in the Sky,” that feature some of the top French and Cameroonian musicians of the day.

1977 & 1978 LPs, respectively

Prince Nico LP aPrince Nico LP b

Young Francis the Great would release one more title – Crazy Tube – before retirement beckoned in 1978.