Commanding slab of 1977 West African funk that was recorded in Paris and voiced by 7-year-old Francis “The Great” Mbarga:
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’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
Young Francis the Great would release one more title – Crazy Tube – before retirement beckoned in 1978.