Classics: Mory Kanté – Bankiero (Dimitri from Paris Long Disco Version) (Barclay)
One of the most popular artists in Africa, Guinean Kora harp player Mory Kanté started back in 1971 as a member of the Rail Band. He eventually replaced their lead singer – Salif Keita – 2 years after. He would though come to international recognition under his own banner back in 1987 with ‘Akwaba Beach’. His second album which featured ‘Yéké Yéké’, standing as his biggest classic ever.
Taken from his 1990 ‘Touma’ album which saw him flirting with electronic elements, ‘Bankiero’ received the remixing treatment by a then maturing Dimitri from Paris. A cut which he turned into a furious synth horn led jam, cleverly borrowing a part of Claude François‘s French Disco/Pop smash ‘Alexandrie Alexandra‘along with influences from Isaac Hayes‘s ‘Shaft’ in the rhythm line…
– Born in Turkey of a Greek descent, Dimitri Yerasimos has grown up in Paris. He started building his musical background while watching TV series and films such as ‘Impossible Mission’, ‘007’ among others. This is probably where he would get this inclination for cinematic atmospheres one can find on some of his productions. In the meantime, he became an avid fan of Bernard Schu‘s ‘Club Hits’ on RTL. One of the most significant shows ever broadcasted on a French speaking radio station back in the early 80’s. This would give birth to another of his favorite activities. Doing radio shows, successively on Radio 7, Skyrock, NRJ then later on on Radio Nova.
I first met him by the second half of the 80’s. He was then doin’ reedits for the DMC. And in the meantime he also started doin’ a lot of remixes for French Pop artists. His remix of Björk‘s ‘Human Behaviour’ came to the attention of David Morales who initially thought it’d been done by Deee-Lite‘s Super DJ Dimitri! Starting from then, Yerasimos would strengthen his reputation as Dimitri from Paris to avoid any confusion.
Dimitri‘s discography is the illustration of the many facets of his personality. With Disco and House Music counting as his favorite genres. But also Easy Listening and kitsh approaches.
Whatever he touches, Dimitri brings us to the idea of refinement which has been for much on the worldwide reputation of the French Fashion.
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