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Idrissa Soumaoro and L'Eclipse De L'I.J.A.

Le Tioko-Tioko

Le Tioko-Tioko

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Released 2022, UK

Idrissa Soumaoro's sought-after album 'Le Tioko-Tioko' by L'Eclipse de L'I.J.A. was originally released in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1978. This album has been a long-time favorite at Mr Bongo. Two tracks from the album were featured on our 2017 compilation 'The Original Sound Of Mali' (MRBLP135). Subsequently, we released the track 'Nissodia' on its own 12" (MRB12053) in 2020, complete with a dancefloor re-edit by Mike D of The Beastie Boys. 'Le Tioko-Tioko' is one of the rarest vinyl albums from the already scarce Malian vinyl discography. The album was never released commercially but was independently distributed via the Malian Association for the Blind in Bamako. Recorded at Radio Mali under the guidance of master engineer Boubacar Traoré, the album was originally released in East Germany. The tapes were taken by Malian students to East Berlin as part of a student exchange program, where it was manufactured and released on the East German stat.



  • A1: Fama Allah (Grand Dieu) (9:03)
  • A2: Djama (La Société) (4:55)
  • A3: Beni Inikanko (Chacun Son Ideal) (4:07)
  • B1: Nissodia (Joie De L'optimisme) (8:20)
  • B2: Ben (De L'entente À L'unité) (4:55)
  • B3: Bimoko (L'Homme De Nos Jours) (5:15)

Genres & Styles

Genres: Funk / Soul and Folk, World, & Country
Styles: African and Funk

Other Information

8-page booklet featuring photos and liner notes.

From the booklet notes: The original master tape was recorded at Radio Mali under the supervision of master engineer [a454552].

Cover and label replicated from the GDR first pressing [r3925059].

Hype sticker states: Licensed from [a1626478].

Runouts stamped, with "MRBLP242" etched.

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* Audio and tracklist in this preview may differ from the vinyl record. See tracklist for the vinyl record above.