Francis The Great – Ravissante Baby (Négro Phasing)

• “Ravissante Baby (Négro Phasing)” set to a picture of the housing album. Thanks to finetunes World Music.

8.5 “Excellent Africana from Cameroon”

From his album “Ravissante Baby” (C-C Records CC.3.302) released in 1977.

This long out-of-print gem was reissued on Hot Casa Records in 2015. Their press-release was suitably enthusiastic:

One of the most amazing Afro Funk album ever!

Rare funk & Avant- Garde soul from a seven years old kid singer featuring best of French and Cameroonian musicians, recorded in Paris in 1977.

The album contains two nicely dramatic tracks.

“Look Up in the sky” (Negro nature) is a stretched funk groove with psyche synth by Michel Morose, bubbling bassline by the great Victor Edimo, the famous Toto Guillaume on guitar, and a brilliant poetic song by Francis the great who at that time studied in Menilmontant (Paris).

“Ravissante Baby” ( Negro Phasing) is a long hypnotic funky soukous track with a tremendous lead guitar with a long spoken word and soulful kid vocal about the beauty of nature.

Originally produced by his father, a great impresario of African artists in Paris during the 70s and coordinated by his mother, this album is unique, fresh and out of genre in a way! It’s universal Funk!

Hot Casa Records is proud to reissue this holy grail after years of research on a deluxe lp including interview and officially licensed with Francis Mbarga himself in Yaounde (Cameroon).