I've been on a tear lately digitizing Ivorian cassettes from the early '90s. A few days ago we heard Ze by Gueatan System, and today I present another outstanding work, Zol' Paye by Claude Romy & le Wassiato (EMI E 2411292-4, 1992).
As is often the case, I've been unable to find out much about Mr. Romy or his group. At some point Les Wassiato evolved into Super Wassiato and Claude Romy was joined by Blé Marius as co-leader of the band. Mr. Marius doen't seem to be involved in this earlier incarnation of the group. Le Wassiato are members of the Wé ethnic group, who also live in Liberia, where they are known as the Krahn.
I'm sure you'll agree with me that Zol' Paye is an example of Ivorian dance music at its best. Enjoy!
Claude Romy & le Wassiato - Sagnonweti
Claude Romy & le Wassiato - Zolepahi
Claude Romy & le Wassiato - Deblehi
Download Zol' Paye as a zipped file here. More great Ivorian music from the '90s is on the way!