Denis Loubassou Kifoueti is the man behind ‘African Kings’.
I have read somewhere, he worked with Pambou Tchicaya
Tchico at a certain point. I could be wrong but I think we hear
him in track 1 & 2. You know, golden voice. Sweet sound.
1 Gege qui es-tu 1
2 Gege qui es-tu 2
3 Banda ya likelele
5 Priere ya dasi
6 Ma Helene wa Loubassou
7 Fua dia sisa tata
8 Marie Thereze
9 Mama Kolelate
10 Marie Louise wa Loubassou
Thank you for sharing – I appreciate your generosity. Apurva from Pune, India.
As you know I am not found of Congolese music. Anyway, one word to thank you again for your work.
This is typical of the fine and obscure vinyl you post—since finding your blog a few weeks ago I’ve visited often and have rarely found anything that was less than excellent! Regarding Kings au Gabon, it has all the prime Congolese ingredients of the era: honey-dipped vocals, sinuous and rippling guitars, tasty, occasional horn parts, and above all, amazing rhythm sections. That snare drum player on the last track is brilliant. Please accept my long overdue thanks for doing the vital work of helping disseminate these extraordinary musical forms from around the world. music
Thank you for sharing.
An enjoyable album, track 1 & 2 my faves. I am assuming that the African Kings are a Congolese (Brazza?) outfit; haven’t been able to find much info about them. Stewart (Rumba on the River) mentions in passing that Rochereau once poached a guitarist from them…
That’s indeed Tchico; according to this page (scroll down for a complete discography) Tchico made at least three records with the African Kings; a fourth one is mentioned here. Very sweet music, thanks for sharing!
I love this. The echo just drips of the guitar parts!
What is the Gabon connection here ? Thanks for the record.
Please can you renew the link?