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Jess Sah Bi & Peter One

Our Garden Needs Its Flowers

awesome tapes from africa


Released: 17th Aug 2018


LP + download

Released: 17th Aug 2018


blending elements of western roots music with their own Ivorian village tradition, their lush debut was a breath of fresh air in a decade saturated with funk, disco and reggae.

In the 1980s, Abidjan's Jess Sah Bi & Peter One became one of the most popular musical acts in West Africa, eventually performing with a full band to stadium-sized audiences. the catalyst for their success was their debut album, ‘Our Garden Needs Its Flowers’, recorded and released in 1985. singing in French, English and Gouro,  they deliver beautifully harmonised meditations on social injustice and inequality, calling for unity across the African continent, and an end to apartheid in South Africa, all set against lush guitar riffs, rustic harmonica and rollicking feel-good rhythms. this is a must for fans of amadou and Mariam, boubacar traore and ali farka toure.

Our Garden Needs Its Flowers


  1. Clipo Clipo
  2. Katin
  3. Kango
  4. Minmanle?
  5. Our Garden Needs Its Flowers
  6. Apartheid
  7. African Chant
  8. Solution