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Sunday, January 31, 2016

LMN-001 . EDMONY KRATER et ZEPISS "Tijan Pou Velo" - LP OUT NOW.

So that’s it! Here we are!
After 7 years feeding the blog with our musical and graphical researches, Les Mains Noires is now officially also a record label!
Humbly and unpretentiously, we’ll try to offer you on physical format - vinyl only - super selected official reissue of wonderful forgotten music from the past.
In a first moment, we’ll focus on a place we deeply love, the French West-Indies island of Guadeloupe and Martinique!

And so, for our first release, we are very proud and happy to present to you “Tijan Pou Velo”, a stellar gwo ka jazz fusion masterpiece recorded in 1988 by Edmony Krater, a former member of Gwakasonné (one of the most famous Gwo Ka modern group from Guadeloupe) with the help of the group Zepiss.
Through this long time underrated album, Edmony pays a tribute to the heroes of traditional music from Guadeloupe, starting with Marcel Lollia better known as Vélo.
Check it out!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

067° .TEMPERO BRASILEIRO "A Hora e a Vez do Samba" - selected by Edson Carvalho.

If you’re following us, you can only remember of São Paulo’s master digger Edson Carvalho and the portrait we made of him! That portrait came along with a selection of 7 inches named “Tempero Brasileiro”.
Well, good news, Edson is back with another “Tempero Brasileiro” extensive selection of 30 rare tracks, this time focusing on the different Samba’s style and once more made out of 'Compactos' only!
Samba Jazz, Sambalanço, Bossa Nova, Samba Soul and Afro Sambas bliss on menu for this 80 minutes delight that will please your ears and make your day!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

066° DIRTY CARIBBEAN JAZZ Vol.04 - selected by Les Mains Noires

Keeping on the French West Indies matter and four years after the last volume, we are very happy to now present to you the 4th Dirty Caribbean Jazz volume!
It could actually be volume 3.2 since this selection is again 100% focused and composed of recordings from Guadeloupe and Martinique islands.
45 minutes made of the 13 best tracks from the 60’s and early 70’s we found in the last 4 years! Biguine Jazz, GwoKa, Guaracha, Serenade, Afro-Guajira and more… Enjoy!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

065° BEL BIGUINE LA - selected by Les Mains Noires

At last! At last a new French West Indies compilation! And not the least!
We are very happy and quite proud to present “Bel Biguine La”, a special selection focusing on rare early Biguine dirty recordings from Guadeloupe and Martinique from late 50s and 60s!

12 rare tracks accompanied by liner notes about the songs, the musicians and the incredible Disques Emeraude, very first record label to record Guadeloupian music in Guadeloupe and run by Robert Mavounzy’s brother, Marcel Mavounzy.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

064° BERIMBAUS e ATABAQUES - selected by Gabriel RadioVitrola

Here is a super sweet selection of rare and less rare, known and less known Brazilian MPB under Berimbaus and Atabaques influences selected by Gabriel RadioVitrola, active digger from São Paulo, friend and partner on some projects at Goma Gringa Discos. Good news, you're just a click away from feeling good!

Saturday, September 5, 2015


Thiago França’s new record has just been released, and once more it sounds amazing! Record live within’ a day, R.A.N. - Rhythm And Noise - is a heavy, deep and percussive Jazz Lp! Must hear!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

063° CHABACHICHA - selected by Les Mains Noires

Here is a selection that is prepared since several years but that remained aside for too long!
Focusing on the Cuban music recorded and released in France only in the late 50s and early 60s, here are 13 tracks carefully selected and extracted from 7 inches records only.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Y15W27 .INDIANA HIGHWAY - We Three Kings.

Jazzman Records strikes again!
What might be - at least for us - the very best label from last decade keeps on digging and on offering us the very best of their discoveries.
This time, archivist and music historians Francis Gooding and Duncan Brooker has been diving into the unknown world of British Jazz private pressing. Result of this deep dive is the compilation “A New Life”, freshly released on Jazzman Records and presenting us some of the rarest and wildest British Jazz ever recorded.

Sunday, June 7, 2015


“Of the many jewels left scattered across the world by South Africa’s jazz diaspora, Ndikho Xaba and the Natives, the single album recorded by Ndikho Xaba in the US, is among the most lucent. A mesmerising blend of heavy spirituality and politicised avant-garde jazz seasoned with gutbucket soul, Ndikho Xaba and the Natives is arguably the most complete and complex South African jazz LP recorded in the US, making profound sonic and ideological links between the struggle against apartheid and the situation of African Americans in the era of Black Power. It is a critical document in the history of transatlantic black solidarity and in the jazz culture of the South Africa exiles, and until now its rarity has served to obscure both its beauty and its historical significance. With this reissue, Matsuli Music brings it back into print for the first time since its original release in 1971.” Francis Gooding

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Y15W21 .METÁ METÁ "MetaL MetaL".

Here is a band I wanted to talk about since quite a long time!
Sao Paulo's most sought after trio Metá Metá is launching on Goma Gringa Discos the 2nd edition of their LP "MetaL MetaL", they are starting today a tour in Europe and on this occasion, they've released on their site a 3 tracks EP available for free download to promote the Tour! Check it!

Monday, May 11, 2015

062° AIR AFRIQUE vol.01 - selected by Tristan Cordier

Tristan Cordier, better known as Melody Neslon in the little world of african records collectors, became very respected for his amazing record sells on eBay. Always strongly awaited, his records lists - as they are called - could be qualified as between the very best and the rarest of African music.
Along with his records, he offers us the image of someone truly in love with African music, truly in love with Africa.
Since we were in touch with him, we decided to propose him to realize a selection of tracks for the blog. Thing that he accepted with great enthusiasm.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

061° SPIRITUAL JAZZ - THE LOST TRACKS - selected by Gerald "Jazzman" Short

Those of you that has been following the blog for a while knows that we have a very special interest and respect for the English record label Jazzman Records. So it is with very great pleasure that we are pleased to present to you exclusively 9 Spiritual Tracks selected by Gerald Short, owner and creator of Jazzman Records.
When we asked him to tell us what has led his choice, he answered us "This is a selection of European modal & spiritual jazz tracks that for one reason or another did not make it onto our series of Spiritual Jazz albums on Jazzman. The quality is there for all to hear; these are not rejects."
We wish you a nice travel into Northern and Eastern European Jazz!

Monday, February 23, 2015


Freshly re-issued by São Paulo based record label Goma Gringa, Tribo Massáhi is considered as the Brazilian Holy Grail by records collectors around the globe.
But besides his hard to define sound - "Afro-Brasilian psych-funk fusion" to quote Now Again - a quite singular point about that LP is that until today, almost nothing was known about it or about the leader of the band, Embaixador. That was before one guy, Itamar Dantas, Brazilian journalist, decides to make the job and unscramble the story behind Embaixador and his band.
Along with the full remastered B side of the record, we are pleased to offer you, exclusively, the complete English version of the liner notes that came with the reissue! Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

060° DIRTY BRAZILIAN JAZZ - Vol° 02 - 78rpm Special - selected by LesMainsNoires

Something like 1 year ago, my good friend Edson Carvalho, who knew my interest in 78rpm, gave me a call telling me that a friend of him has just grab a radio stock of 78rpm, something like 3000 records! He also added that if I'm interested, we should be fast since there are some guys in São Paulo that are buying everything they can find in 78rpm, not matter what it is, they just buy! The answer I gave him was the only one conceivable: "I need to check that batch asap!" Half an hour and a few phone calls later and It was scheduled, we were going to get our hands dirty a couple of days later!

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Since a year, Les Mains Noires is also a record label named Goma Gringa Discos, based in São Paulo and runned by Frederic Thiphagne & Matthieu Hebrard. The good news is that has just been released the 3rd Lp, “Malagueta, Perus e Bacanaço” by São Paulo’s saxophonist Thiago França.
Inspired by the cult homonymous short story by writer João Antonio, the record was born as a tribute to the 50 years of publication. Between stories, codes and characters we are introduced to the three rogues (Malagueta, Perus and Bacanaço) that roam in São Paulo's night from a pool hall to another in search of games. A typical portrait of São Paulo, raw, gray and not quite hopeful, where the city is both background and character of the plot where are involved the protagonists.