Afro-soul collector Frank Gossner hits paydirt with El Rego 

As the fable goes, Afro-soul collector Frank Gossner spent years combing through West Africa, trying to track down every last known recording of African R&B legend Theophile Do Rego, who performed simply as El Rego.

Not only did he accomplish his mission, he eventually met Rego face to face in his native Benin.

The result? “El Rego,” a 12-track greatest-hits anthology issued by the great Daptone Records on Oct. 25. One cut, “Hessa,” is already available for free download here.

Gossner’s findings have all been carefully remastered, and the vinyl edition will boast a bonus 45 of the ultrarare side “Se Na Min,” b/w “E Ma Non Tin Me,” the tale of two blind men who forge a suicide pact then leap to their deaths in a river.

The CD version will be issued in a 20-page hardcover bookcase edition, featuring El Rego’s story, pictures from his personal collection, and the original artwork from his singles.

Persistence quite often pays off. For more, go here.

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