A special episode of chOOn!! based on the guitar research lab that was 1970's Guinea.
When the French colonial administration pulled out of Guinea in 1958, they took everything: all their medicines, blueprints to the electricity grid, furniture, telephones, even the cutlery. It seemed that the passionate cry of soon-to-be president, Sekou Toure - made while addressing a public rally and standing right next to De Gaulle - of "We prefer freedom in poverty to riches in chains" had become more true than perhaps even he had hoped.
Undaunted and with optimism and vigour, the new government set about rebuilding the country. They established a campaign that encouraged artists to create new works, but based on traditional African roots. The policy was called authenticite - a special moment in African history when a new nation asserted itself and placed music at the forefront of its identity.
This week's episode features gems from this unique period, featuring many of the great bands, with key songs from such legendaries as Bembeya Jazz National and Balla et ses Balladins and what can only be described as the "ultimate chOOn!!".
Times like these can't last - and they didn't. But while they did, the party was jumping, the guitars were crazy and the music was glorious... chOOn!! in!08:00 - 10:00