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Jess Sah Bi & Peter OneOur Garden Needs Its Flowers

Jess Sah Bi - Our Garden Needs Its Flowers album cover
Label:Dedjay Broadcasting System – DBS 001
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:Ivory Coast
Released:
Genre:Folk, World, & Country
Style:Country, African, Folk

Tracklist

A1Clipo Clipo3:45
A2Katin3:38
A3Kango2:42
A4Minimanle?4:05
B1Our Garden Needs Its Flowers4:55
B2Apartheid4:20
B3African Chant3:15
B4Solution3:40
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Notes

8 track Afro-Country record, recorded in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Our Garden Needs Its Flowers (Cassette, Album)Showbiz12/07Ivory Coast1985
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Our Garden Needs Its Flowers (CD, Album, Reissue)Awesome Tapes From AfricaATFA033US2018
New Submission
Our Garden Needs Its Flowers (LP, Album, Reissue)Awesome Tapes From AfricaATFA033LPUS2018
New Submission
Jess Sah Bi & Peter One (Cassette, Album)Not On Label1940Unknown
New Submission
Our Garden Needs Its Flowers (CDr, Album, Promo)Awesome Tapes From AfricanoneUKUnknown

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  • FourthWorld's avatar
    FourthWorld
    What a wonderful little record this is! As mentioned below it has a wonderful sunny, laidback Laurel Canyon'esque vibe, though with a West African touch. Personally I'd place this record close to The Notorious Byrd Brothers over any other record, as the African influence adds an "angelic dreaminess" in a similar vein as the The Byrds-album's different phase-fx does. I'd love to DJ for instance "Clipo Clipo" in a tripped-out environment, I'm sure it would work wonders for an open minded crowd.
    • winchrecords's avatar
      winchrecords
      **** Recommended. Laidback folk, porch-swing tempo, acoustic guitars, vocal harmonies, understated African percussion, a mix of their homeland and American folk and hillbilly. Even with all that, it's a bit boring and thoroughly enjoyable.

      -- Winch (Winch Records: only the good ones...the good, the odd, and the wonderful)
      • pompopulus's avatar
        pompopulus
        This guitar-slinging duo from the Côte d’Ivoire sought to combine West African folk styles with American country music. Pulling harmonicas, twangy guitar riffs, and gentle, plunking bass-lines bring a flavor to their songs that is equal parts Spaghetti Western to classic ‘70s singer-songwriter. Their vocal harmonies are soulfully delivered; their melodies sing like well-crafted pop country hooks. Yet, Jess Sah Bi & Peter One sound original and genuine, never imitative.

        Our Garden Needs Its Flowers was a hit tape in West Africa when it came out in 1985. Its muted recording quality and uncanny resemblance to late ‘60s and ‘70s honky tonk is disarming and special because it’s clear Our Garden was made many, many miles from the Laurel Canyon. Peter One still makes music and on his website, it’s no surprise he cites Simon & Garfunkel, CSNY, and Creedence Clearwater Revival as influences for Our Garden. Even album’s cover—acoustic guitar cradled in a rocking chair—is a funny nod to home-on-the-range, singing-cowboy swagger. However Jess Sah Bi & Peter One’s rocking chair sits on a dirt patch amongst tropical vegetation rather than in a shotgun house on a stark, quiet prairie.

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