Best of Sagbohan Danialou

Frank (Voodoo Funk) brought me a few Sagbohan Danialou tapes from Guinea. It’s an awfully impressive gift from someone who probably had a lot of other things to bring home, like, um, 6 million records. Not sure this is my favorite but there are a couple songs that move me, plus I found the cover to be idiosyncratic and I thought I should share it.

*—If you only listen to two-three songs


Face A
Commerce Triangulaire (A Qui la Faute)
Retour au Village
Foutou Banana
Tafè Yom’Tomè


Face B
Wan Gni Gni*
Djo Assou Tchédo (Laisse Moi Mon Mari)*
Adji Non Wé
Programme Change


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

December 9, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Thank you for this wonderful gift from Sagbohan.

The Idiosynchratic cover was made by Joseph Kpobly: the greatest african set designer. Joseph worked on 5 films, like Yeelen or from Souleyman Cissé, a fantastic movie which won the “Granp prix” at Canne’s festival in 1987.

I tink you forgot to mention great titles from Sagbohan Danialou. “Foutou Banana” was great hit in West Africa. The lyrics made him famous in many countries. “Tafè Yom Tomè” is an old salsa tune from Danialou. When people discovered the melody in 1990 all the country could not stop dancing on it. All the clubs from Cotonou play it until now.

You can find a great live version from “Tafe yom tomé” on my blog:


Thank you again


December 14, 2008 at 10:45 am

yes very nice cassette much thank yous

December 17, 2008 at 8:26 am

It’s so nice blog with informative world development. I like the them the song

December 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Yes, I agree those three tracks are particularly good, but I really like the whole tape. One little thing, though – is it in mono or is there something wrong with my player?

DJ Nevareply
February 8, 2009 at 7:04 am

Danialou Sagbohan is from Benin, not Guinea. It’s very common in Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast and that region to use the last name first. I haven’t found it anywhere else. In any event, thanks for posting this recording!

April 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm

When people discovered the melody in 1990 all the country could not stop dancing on it. All the clubs from Cotonou play it until now.

May 26, 2015 at 10:04 am

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January 22, 2016 at 10:12 am


This one is excellent.

thanks for the list!

February 23, 2016 at 3:48 am

Wonderful to find more music by Sagbohan Danialou.Such a beautiful voice. I like the way Afelele developes.Thanks for posting.

August 1, 2018 at 11:39 pm


January 2, 2020 at 2:56 am

I love his music

February 12, 2020 at 4:52 pm

I want it

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