Twee bands verenigd op één elpee vandaag. Uit de studio’s van
Verckys in Kinshasa hebben we hier de Langa Langa Stars en de Choc
Stars die beiden deel vormden van de clan Langa Langa. Er zit en complex
stuk historie achter deze groepen. Ga het net op om deze te achterhalen
want ik doe niet eens een poging. Fantastische semi soukous uit 1983. Ik
ben gek op de ‘Voix Cassé’, de gebroken stem van Dindo Yogo in track 1&2
maar de hele plaat is heerlijk, luister zelf en kijk wat jij ervan vindt..
Two bands united on one album today. From the studios of Verckys
in Kinshasa we have the Langa Langa Stars and the Choc Stars who
were both part of the clan Langa Langa. The history behind these
groups is a complex story which I’m not even going to try tell you.
Go online and dig it up yourself. Fantastic semi soukous from 1983.
I love the ‘Voix Cassé’, the broken voice of Dindo Yogo in track 1&2
but the whole record is delightful, listen
and make up your own mind..
01 – Langa Langa Stars – Moyeké
02 – Langa Langa Stars – Mzembo élengui
03 – Choc Stars – Tshala
04 – Choc Stars – Labara
Op verzoek van Mouhamadou is hier Bopol uit 1986 met
Serrez Ceinture. Onvervalste soukous met vokalen door
Jean Papy Ramazani en Wuta Mayi. Solo gitaar door
Syran Mbenza. Klasse één dansmateriaal..
On special request by Mouhamadou, today we have an
album by Bopol, Serrez Ceinture. Vocals by Jean Papy
Ramazani and Wuta Mayi, Lead guitar by Syran Mbenza.
Very danceable soukous for your saturdaynight..
01 – Serrez ceinture
02 – Moi pas confiance
04 – Cousin cousine
05 – Motema mo vire
Voor liefhebbers van kaarsrechte soukous hebben we vandaag
Kanda Bongo Man op het menu. Met het sprankelende gitaarwerk
van Diblo en Rigo Star en Domingo Salsero op de trommeltjes. De
vorige plaat van deze man trok gretige aftrek hier op de groef dus
ik ga er vanuit dat deze het ook weer goed zal doen. Als vanouds
rammelt de biet stevig door, tijd voor een dansje wellicht, als je
er van houdt dan. Voor een schijf van zo’n dertig jaar terug klinkt
ie als een klok dus daar hoef je het niet voor te laten. Ik zeg
pak ‘m en donder nummer vier weg. Op de halleluja na
een lekker stukje Afrikaans rammelwerk.
English is still being spoken in the comment section.
Use a translator for the rest of the notes.
01 – Malinga
02 – E, mame
03 – J.t.
04 – ô. eternel
05 – Aimé
Is that a sweet voice or what ? Choc Stars are here with
Carlito, Roxy Tsimpaka, Defao..after posting the dusty
African Fiesta album I wanted to make up with one
that sounds clean and fresh. Four great songs that start
with ‘Premier Amour’, not my first love but it’s a jewel.
Listen and agree, sweeet stuff..
01 – Premier amour
02 – Meditation
03 – Celio
04 – Na ndimi na niokuama
Another group coming forth from Zaïko Langa-Langa is this one.
La Zaïkomania made this album in 1989. Recorded in Verckys’
24 track studio in Kinshasa, it sounds fresh as if recorded only
yesterday. Zangilu Popolipo’s guitar and the young voices of
Bebe and marius make this lp a true joy to listen to. Better get
it and give it a couple of spins, I’m quite sure you’ll agree..
01 – Olasi
02 – Wadeni
03 – Lutonzol
04 – Pajora
Good morning, how about some soukous to start up the week?
Kanda Bongo man is here first time with this 1981 slice of hot
African vinyl. With Diblo on guitar, what can go wrong? Listen
and make up your own mind, get & spread as usaual..
01 – Iyole
02 – N’sambi-carol
03 – Amina
04 – Mazina
We had us a few records with Empire Bakuba already
but this one is somehow different. It tells us frontman
is Papy Tex instead of Pépé Kallé. His name doesn’t
even appear. I am sure to hear him a few times though.
Papy Tex wrote the tracks on this album and comes
out strong to my opinion. I dare say this is a
typical Empire Bakuba slice and it rocks
like always, listen and dance away..
1 Livre d’or
2 Pebi ya pembe
4 Ce n’est pas ma faute
Lita Bembo’s Orchestre Stukas always finds a happy
listener. Only last week, one of our loyal visitors told me
how much they had changed his life. Well Matthew, I guess
this is your lucky day, I just found us this killer album
by them at the last big record fair in Utrecht. I think
it is super nice, hardly possible to stay in your chair,
those guitars keep going and going, man I bet
you’re bound to break loose, haha..
I challenge you..
I was playing this lp and studying the sleeve when my eye
fell on the words “photos réalisées au Rex Club”.
Was this really true? I know that place..I’ve been there..
Wow, it must have been in 1982 when I was on a trip to Paris by bus for
the weekend. We were with a large group of volunteers, all workers behind
the bar in ‘de Tagrijn’, a youth-center and stage in my old hometown.
It was on this trip that we accidentally ended up with a little group of four,
we were with two boys and two girls but just collegues and good friends.
Initially we thought we were going to a reggae-club. Some dread in the
subway had pointed us there. We came in a bit early I think, it was still
empty so we took a drink and waited for what became one of the greatest
nights of my life. When people started to fill the place, reality opened up
before us. We were the only white visitors in this wonderful African Club.
I remember like it was yesterday, saturday night at Club Rex, Rue des
Bonnes Nouvelles. A night, complete with Mister and Miss elections,
& dance competition. Now I come to think of it, it must have been just
around the time when Lita Bembo and his buddies were there.
We drank, smoked and danced till closing time, made plenty
of friends, oh my, it was such a wild, funny and happy
experience, I could never forget.. wow & damn..
how time flies, astonishing discovery..
I loved it there. Felt as black
as can be..
1 Guelord – 4 saisons
2 Muana pauvre
Global Samplers are made to help you orientate
and navigate through our older files. This one points
back to the period before mid februari 2012. It contains
strictly African tracks, hope you like..
1 Ambassadeur International – Seydou bathily
2 Les Choc Stars – Ponini eza mpasi
3 Sir Victor Uwaifo & his Melody Maestros – Akwete
4 Les Bantous – Banoko ya mokili
5 Asiakwa Brass Band – Wo tese mawu a didi
6 Orchestre Sinza – Wa ba kandi tetoka
7 Orchestre Stukas – Esta bibisha
8 E.T. Mensah and his Tempo’s Band – Tea samba
9 Docteur Nico et l’Orchestre African Fiesta – La palomar
10 Kwamy – African club
11 Empire Bakuba – Sombokila
12 Rock a Mambo – Mi cancion
13 Tabu Ley et l’Afrisa International – On a raconté
14 Celestine Ukwu Philosophers National – Okwukwe na nchekwube
Orchestre les Djo-Djo led by Lusala Mavungu.
Mavungu is Mavos Meme Mavungu who we know of Orchestre
Micky-Micky for instance. The label speaks of L. Magungu.
Is L. Magungu in fact Lusala Mavungu ? If anyone can
clear up this matter, please do not hesitate to leave
us a message. The lp is in lingala and label states
‘sukus’, certainly no hard soukous but very nice it is.
Get it and spread it like always..cheers..
1 Kenge ya libala
3 Mata ndioku
On popular demand we’ve got us a classic album by
four of the most prominent Congolese artists. It wasn’t
posted here yet so good idea Mouhamadou. Singers
Nyboma and Wuta-May formed this group with guitar
greats Syran Mbenza and Bopol Mansiamina. delicious
Congolese sounds and voices you don’t want to miss.
Tchico Tchicaya started in 1970 as a singer in the Brazzaville based
group called Manta Lokoka.
From 1972 to 1974 he was one of the lead singers in Les Bantous
de la Capitale. He occasionally collaborated with influential Zairean
group OK Jazz Band and recorded with le Groupe Kilimandjaro and Tchico
& the Officers. From 1977 to 1979 he stayed in Nigeria where he recorded
4 albums, Afro Festival, Amie Clara, Golden Voice and Méditation.
His nickname was ‘La Voix d’or’ and in that era he sang together with
Lolo Lolita with who he made one of his biggest hits ‘Jeannot’. Tchico
moved tp Paris in 1983. This lp is from 1987 and was made with Jacqueline
Brouta – vocals, Samba Kadhi Bell – backing vocals, Denis la Cloche –
solo guitar, Casanova de Ketchel – rhythm guitar, Remy Salomon – bass,
Denis Hekimian – drums, Lolitta Babind – percussion, Tony – keybords,
Jean-Marie Kabongo – Saxophone and Jean-Claude Léandre on trumpet.
I am affraid you will find dead links on all the older posts for now,
in the future however it’s promised to bring them all back. Listen…
1 Soukous machine
2 Mabele mboka etumba
3 Mamy rosa
4 Doudou pas quitté moin
If you are going to have a newyear’s party, may I suggest
some hot 1989 dance material ? Diblo’s soukous jives like
no other, sparkling guitar work and bubbling basses, tight
rhythms, what else do you need ? His supergroup’s name,
‘Loketo’, means ‘move your hips’ in lingala and I promise,
that is something you won’t be able to avoid.
Get it and spread it …
1 Super K
3 Amour et souvenir
Who remembers les Mangelepa ? It is one of those Congolese
groups that moved to Kenya and made lots of records there. This lp
is from 1989 and was released by Gramma and produced by Bothwell
Nyamhondera & Henry Peters. Label and first producer
I only knew from Zimbabwan artist Thomas Mapfumo, now
with Mangelepa. They call this music Kwasa-Kwasa
dance, a type of soukous also made by for
instance Pépé Kallé, listen
and dance away..
1 Cherie tracy
2 Tosambela nzambe