“Look Up In The Sky” is a 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 Records reissued Ravissante Baby in February 2015.
Francis’s father – legendary highlife musician, Prince Nico Mbarga (born in Nigeria, parents from Nigeria and Cameroon) – 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 put out one more full-length album that found release in Nigeria and France – Crazy Tube – before retirement beckoned in 1978.