The story begins in the 60's with a charming 19 year old Nicolas "Pasteur" Lappe becoming a sensation on Radio Adele in Douala Cameroon. He goes on to become the editor of Douala Gazette newspaper and good friends with other African music stars such as Tala AM, J Moboule and Fela Kuti. He also works tirelessly promoting new and upcoming local Cameroonian talent. After moving to Paris, a stint in journalism school and publishing a book of poems Chansons Negres he finally settles into a new life of music in Paris.
Lappe makes a trio of albums from 1979 to 1981 with the backing band and production collective Zulu Gang which include Douglas Mbida (who goes onto release several top flight albums himself) and Jacob Desvariaux (who went on to form Kassav). The three albums are full of diverse sounds; from driving funk, sweeping disco grooves, syrupy ballads, reggae, Jackson-five-esque pop to finger-lickin' soul. At their core though is the "Sekele" groove...; a movement to encompass the dance, grooves and vibes from his native Douala.
This compilation album opens up with the pulsating percussion and floor-filling bass groove of "More Sekele Movement." We then move onto "Na Real Sekele Fo'Ya" which takes stabby moog bass synth to a whole new level of grooviness. "Sanaga Calkpso" is more experimental in comparison its moog groove would go on to form the basis of a highlight of the debut Kassav album. "Hiembi Nin" is a song in two parts; half Shaft groove and half synthy Calypso. "Back To Funky" is dance funk and features Maryse Lappe guesting on vocals.
Opening up on side two of the record is the Rhodes and sax led jazz funk of "Mbale," followed by the clavinet groove, sleezy brass and politically charged lyrics. "Sekelemania" is a cool piece of tropical, calypso funk. And "ABC," a stomping afro, pop funk delight closes the proceedings in style.