Jess Sah Bi & Peter One :: Our Garden Needs Its Flowers

This guitar-slinging duo from the Cî´te d'Ivoire sought to combine West African folk styles with American country music. Pulling harmonicas, twangy guitar riffs, and gentle, plunking bass-lines bring a flavor to their songs that is equal parts Spaghetti Western to classic ‘70s singer-songwriter. Their vocal harmonies are soulfully delivered; their melodies sing like well-crafted pop country hooks. Yet, Jess Sah Bi & Peter One sound original and genuine, never imitative.

Our Garden Needs Its Flowers was a hit tape in West Africa when it came out in 1985. Its muted recording quality . . .

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