MONSIEUR AFRIQUE, Black Dynamit, 1965Posted: March 6, 2015
Who is this mysterious Monsieur Afrique?. Was he actually from Africa, or was he an “invention” of local Berlin comedian/musician Frank Zander? There is an early release of Zander´s beat group “Q” together with Monsieur Afrique. This would fit his type of humour. But then who is the man on the front sleeve?
In 1965 Ariola launched a series of 45s with jackets that all seem to have been designed by the same graphic artist. Most of them showed very similar black and white characters cut out on white backgrounds with a touch of red. Ariola sure had a bunch of cool groups back then!
Here´s some great lost Afro-German weirdness! “Black Dynamit” is an up-tempo off-beat Blue Beat/Ska hit! A hit that has miraculously never been re-released in fifty years.
“AFRICA… IS WONDERFUL LAND!… ALL YOU PEOPLE… DANCE AND SWING AND CLUB THE HEART! OH, CAN YOU MAKE FUN… BLACK DYNAMIT!”