Nouvelle Ambiance !​!​!

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R Deschamps This is The BEST compilation on 2018!! Kudos and Much respect.... Keep the 80's Zouk vibes comin' Favorite track: A Muto.
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Thomas Müller more than must have, just one of the best compilations EVER! thank you so much hugo mendez. music that makes you smile and dance, pure LOVE!
Joi La Frique
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Joi La Frique Amazing compilation. Stunning from start to finish! Favorite track: A Muto.
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V-I-R-A-G-E dope! remind me some good vibes on a boat in marseille!
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baptiste Absolut must have compilation! The Ali Baba track is my all time favorite, pure African joy and happy madness 😊
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kombaweekend These soukous and rumba hybrid tracks are still not well known outside of the francophone world. I'm glad to see that Nouvelle Ambiance is picking up the mantle, and I hope to see a Vol. 2 soon!
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    Deluxe double vinyl pressing with 28 page magazine format booklet featuring in-depth interviews with musicians and producers plus previously unpublished photos from the archive of photographer Bill Akwa Bétotè.

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Esa - A Muto 07:04
Tutu - Ayoyo 06:56


Paris - Brazzaville - Kinshasa - Abidjan - Douala.
A celebration of the underground Pan-African music scene centred around Paris in the 80s featuring never-before-reissued productions and dancefloor sure-shots taking in new forms of dancefloor-ready Rumba, Bikutsi, Soukous, Boogie and more.

In the early 80s a perfect storm of social, technological, political and cultural developments brought about a unique music scene centred around Paris, away from the major labels and pop charts. Musicians, ideas and styles flew between the small independent studios and labels of the French capital and Francophone Africa and the Caribbean, experimenting with new technology and drawing in a dizzying array of influences to soundtrack clubs, bars and radio stations.

Release comes with 28 page magazine format booklet featuring previsouly unpublished photos from the archives of photographer Bill Akwa Bétotè as well as interviews with producers Cyriaque Bassoka and Rigo Makengo, musicians Michel Alibo, Denis Hekimian & John Jongos and Studio Caroline owner Jacky Reggan.


released September 21, 2018

Researched & compiled by Hugo Mendez & Nico Skliris
Liner notes by Hugo Mendez
Interview transcription by Eduard Isar
Vinyl restoration by Frank Merritt at the Carvery, London
Mastered by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin


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