Ernesto Djédjé – Le Roi du Ziglibithy

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Zadie Bobo

I’d managed to live life blissfully ignorant of Ernesto Djédjé up until very recently. A trailblazer who combined indigenous Ivorian music with mainstream sounds (Congolese rumba aka soukous, which had been sweeping the continent), Djédjé blew peoples’ minds with this 1977 joint. Ziglibithy was his brainchild, a new musical style. I really like this. Thanks to Seth.

(There are other versions of this available around the web but this tape includes 4 extra songs not found on the original LP. Purchase a good quality digital version here)

Awesome Tapes from Africa DJ sets on Tuesday, September 7 at FADER Bowl aka free show at Brooklyn Bowl starring the band Happy Birthday, 8pm-12am.

I will be in the UK in December, let me know if there’s somewhere I should definitely bring my tapes.


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

August 31, 2010 at 3:47 am

lots of those tracks are only 1/4 of their actual length… Is this a sampler or something?

August 31, 2010 at 5:27 am

I have the LP, but of course, not the extra tracks.



August 31, 2010 at 8:55 am

Bought this tape in Mali, really great. Good to see someone else is enjoying it too

August 31, 2010 at 4:02 pm

A ziglibeat cheer for this one!
thx brian!

koffi from palmwine rec.

September 1, 2010 at 6:22 am

Nice! Zibote has been playing in my head for a month or so. I have it on the Golden Afrique 2 CD comp. Thanks for posting it in context, I had been hoping to find more and saw an unrelated link to your page. Great music all over your posts. Peace

John Siddiquereply
September 1, 2010 at 6:34 am

Hey Thanks for the great music.. when yr in UK you should really come to our tiny but cool town of Hebden Bridge, it’s one of those places where you say where but there is a real love of musical adventuring and art and literature etc.. you’d find a great gig at The Trades Club.. can have a word with them for ya if you like.. pop me a mail to js[at]

September 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm

come to manchester, I’ll see you. Plenty of great venues to DJ in…

September 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Thanks for this, it looks like the extra tracks come from the LP “golozo” more info here:

escalante bloggerreply
September 5, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I like African rhythm, so cool and nice to hear.

Sam Parkinreply
September 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Really great album.

Also, on the topic of coming to the UK, I’m part of a promotions group in Sheffield called Small Ideas, and we’d love for you to play at an event of ours this December. We have working relationships with a number of venues in the city, and there’s already a very enthusiastic world music audience up here so you would no doubt be very well recieved!

Drop us an e-mail at smallideas[at][at]; it’d be really great to sort something out.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Sam of Small Ideas Promotions.

September 10, 2010 at 2:28 am

Amazing stuff!

(If anyone is interested, the link on my name goes to a blogpost I just wrote about this music, with a discussion of the interplay between the Ivory Coast and Congolese rhythms.)

Thanks so much for uploading, Brian! I’ve never met you, but I’m pretty sure you’re nonetheless one of my favourite dudes in the world.

September 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Come to the School of Oriental and African Studies in London when you’re in the UK. I’m studying Ethnomusicology and African Studies there. Defo get somewhere for you to play some tunes there!

September 17, 2010 at 2:35 pm

thanks for all the comments!

and thanks for all the UK gig ideas.

hey sean, how do i contact you?

September 21, 2010 at 3:34 pm

looking forward to UK visit. Do you have dates already?

September 21, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Come to London! We’ll put on a party for you to play your tapes and we’ll make sure it’s all for a good cause! (As per the below)

September 21, 2010 at 4:23 pm

The Notting Hill Arts Club has a lot of ‘World’ and African music nights:

October 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm

definitely come to manchester!

November 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Come to Glasgow, please!

There are some pretty great bars/promoters like:

Huntleys & Palmers

Cry Parrot

Stereo Cafe/Bar

plus one of the UK’s best independent record stores, monorail music, the guys there might be able to help you out with a gig as well:

October 1, 2011 at 2:34 am

I just listened to that interview you did on npr and i systematically rushed into your site and what do i find????Ernesto Djedje???!!! Dude even my mother thinks you are the shit…she’s jamming to “zibote” right now!

February 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm

thanks for the info this is so good… i listened only part and already love it

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