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The Democratic Republic of Congo, as Zaire is now known, is home to a dazzling array of the most famous names in African music and to the captivating sounds of the Cuban influenced Congolese Rumba which evolved into today's vibrant Soukous dance music. Make sure you also have a look at the CONGO page, its next door neighbour across the great river and don't forget that KENYA and TANZANIA were home to many bands such as Mangelepa and Shama Shama etc. Check 'em out.

This page was last updated on 24/6/16.



ARTISTTITLENUMBERFMTPRICEBUY
ABEBA LIPORDO AND VIVA LA MUSICA MERCHANT GARCON FDB300185 CD 11.99 COL
AFRI-JAZZ ODEMBA JWSCD3 CD 12.35 COL
Abolute cracker as Papa Noel, Bopol, Wuta May, Caien Madoka, Shaba Kahamba and loads more knock out one of the sweetest albums that I've heard in ages. SUPERB. [8T/59M]
AIME BUANGA SOUKOUS KUMBELA: HUMANITE 50444-2 CD 11.99 COL
ASI KAPELA JOCKER AMR105 LP 9.00 COL
AURLUS MABELE STOP ARRETEZ 41021-2 CD 11.99 COL
AURLUS MABELE AND LOKETO GENERATION WACHIWA ENCAISSE TOUT 41032-2 CD 13.20 COL
AWILO LONGOMBA COUPE BIBAMBA JIP150CD CD 12.50 COL
AWILO LONGOMBA KAFOU KAFOU JIP181CD CD 12.50 COL
AWILO LONGOMBA MOTO PAMBA JIP073CD CD 11.99 COL
Magic...Syran Mbenza, Dally Kimoko, Rigo Star, Lokasa Ya Mbongo, Nguma Lokito, Miguel Yamba, Sam Mangwana, Dindi Yogo, Luchiana, Abby Suria, Ponpon, Ballou Canta and Shimita just to name a few! BRILLIANT.
BAVON MARIE MARIE NEGRO SUCESS Vol 1 CD009 CD 12.35 COL
Eight tracks from the marvelous Bavon and his group totaling 37 minutes with sweetly sung vocals, gorgeous guitaring and not a little bit of sax for added enjoyment. Track list: Muana 15 ans. Lucy. Fanny. Nabio. Kundi. Etabe. Balelaka Ngai Mingi. Fifi.
BELLA BELLA AND FRERES SOKI 1970 - 1973 CD36541 CD 11.99 COL
BELLA BELLA AND FRERES SOKI VOL. 1 JAMAIS DE LA VIE NG092 CD 12.35 COL
Tracks: Jamais De La Vie, Mpeve Santu, Ntumba Marie Jose, Marie Yeye, Jean Roger, Bolingo Ebanda Na Liyoto, Luta, Mamie Rita, Tuki Na Edition, Jamais De La Vie. Baboti Bapekisi, Lisolo, Elimo Santu.
BELLA BELLA AND FRERES SOKI VOL. 2 NONO NG093 CD 12.35 COL
Tracks: Nono, Sofele, Masanga, Lina, Nakweyi Ndeke, Suaze, Taty La Verite Blesse, Bana Balela Nzala, Julie Ya Ba Julie, Pete Pe Tosi Tolati, Mayanga.
BELLA BELLA AND FRERES SOKI VOL. 3 SOLA ET SOFELE NG094 CD 12.35 COL
Tracks: Sofele, Mbuta, Sola, Mwana Soki, Lipua Lipua, Marcelui, Mandendeli, Nga Na Yo Se Lilita, Masanga, Nono, Kalala, Na Kosuku Wapi.
BELLA BELLA AND FRERES SOKI VOL. 4 MUANA YOKA TOLI NG095 CD 12.35 COL
Tracks: Muana Yoka Toli, Musoso, Nzambe Mokonzi, Longola Ngai Soni, Silako, Mobali Akenda Voyage, Nzungu Ya Kala, Betu Munioka, Bipale Pembeni, Getou Salay.
BELLA BELLA AND FRERES SOKI VOL. 5 TIKELA NGAI MOBALI - MENGA NG096 CD 12.35 COL
Tracks: Houleux Houleux, Tikela Ngai Mobali, Menga Menga 1and2, Nganga 1and2, Made, Ndele Okozonga, De Base, Muana Yoka Toli, Horoscope 1and2, Youyou 1and2, Monie 1and2.
BELLA-BELLA - CAVACHA - MACCHI - LIPWA-LIPWA JEUNES ORCHESTRES ZAIROIS 71 - 73 - 74 - 75 CD36517 CD 11.99 COL
BELLA-BELLA - LIPWA-LIPWA - AFRICAN MUSIC COMPILATION ORCHESTRES DE LA GENERATION BELLA-BELLA 70 - 2 CD36532 CD 11.99 COL
BENZ-BOZI BOZIANA LA BELLE EPOQUE NGAPY404091 CD 13.20 COL
BIBI DENS ET LES MARYMBAS 668744 TC 6.50 COL
BIBI DEN'S TSHIBAYI THE BEST AMBIANCE SP008 LP 10.00 COL
BIBI DEN'S TSHIBAYI AND THE BEST SENSIBLE TANLP7001 LP 10.00 COL
BICKO TCHEKE AND COYABILE STAR BAND MORE SOUKOUS KLO076 CD 13.20 COL
BIKIKA MOBEMBO E029591-4 TC 6.00 COL
One of those albums that you can't quite define. Bikika and her group start out with a couple of soft and sweet 'Mayebo' tracks that will remind you somewhat of Tshala Muana but it then progresses into 'Soukous' proper. While still retaining their perfect vocal harmonies the group, generous throughout with the soukous style guitar riffing, mix in a fair bit of sax to spice things up. In fact the three tracks on side B are positively gorgeous. A real gem for guitar lovers.
BIMI-OMBALE BALLE DE MATCH LD01 LP 8.00 COL
BOPOL MANSIAMINA BOUCHIRA BM06 TC 6.50 COL
Paris based Soukous guitarist Bopol on another stunning outing with this his latest album. Gorgeous in all departments but with his brilliant guitar skills absolutely outstanding. No big band sound on this one to drown out the equally gorgeous vocals. Its wonderful all through but the smooth vocal harmonies of Mahele and the guitar on Bamako Night are wonderful. Dancewise, Koumbe Trahison is going to take a heck of a lot of beating as will the title track. Superb.
BOPOL MANSIAMINA CA C'EST QUOI SER113 EP 8.00 COL
BOPOL MANSIAMINA INNOVATION BM05 LP 10.00 COL
BOPOL MANSIAMINA SERREZ CEINTURE EFAC043 TC 8.00 COL
BOZI BOZIANA AND ANTI CHOC BA MERE YA CIRCUIT - MAMA NA BANA CD61405 CD 13.20 COL
BOZI BOZIANA AND ANTI CHOC PERE NOEL CONFIANCE FDB300271 CD 12.35 COL
Another smashing release from Bozi and L'Anti Choc which contains some gorgeous singing especially when the girls get in on the act as they do with stunning effect on 'Verite' and 'Va et Vient'. Rigo Star and Micha Brown's lead guitars shine throughout this bouncy and very lively album but they really start to sparkle when they shift into overdrive for the sebens. (F.T.Index: Rayon Soleil, Verite, Pere-Noel Confiance, Va et Vient. ) [9T/59M]
CHOC STARS KELEMANI C623 TC 6.50 COL
CHOC STARS A PARIS MOKILI NGONGA MOKILI CD 12.35 COL
DALLY KIMOKO DALLY KIMOKO AND LES TOP SWING 08740-2 CD 13.20 COL
DEFAO ALVARO 50392-2 CD 11.99 COL
DEFAO DU GENERAL DEFAO CD65052 CD 13.20 COL
DEFAO FAMILLE KIKUTA DEF001 CD 13.20 COL
DEFAO ET LES BIG-STARS DONAT FDB300187 CD 11.99 COL
DEFAO ET LES BIG-STARS SYSTEME D CBCCD20 CD 11.99 COL
DIBLO SUPER SOUKOUS SHANCD64016 CD £ 13.85
Track list: Super K, Etoula, Amour Et Souvenir, Bolinga, Kelele.
DIBLO AND LE GROUPE LOKETO MONDO RY JP014 LP 10.00 COL
DIBLO AND MATCHATCHA AIMER LA DANCE NYEKESSE 017CD CD 11.99 COL
DIBLO AND MATCHATCHA DERNIER JUGEMENT 08888-2 CD 12.50 COL
DIBLO AND MATCHATCHA LAISSEZ PASSER - BOUM TONNERRE 057CD CD 11.99 COL
DIBLO DIBALA MECHANT GARCON CDJPS144 CD 12.35 COL
DIDI KEMBOLA SOUKOUS MASTER - LYDIE CDS6835 CD 13.20 COL
DINDO YOGO O MONA WAPI FDB20059 TC 6.50 COL
A great album with an overwhelming profusion of sparkling Congolese guitar riffs and really superb singing that's totally irresistible. It's had me leaping around the loft like a lunatic, much to the wife's annoyance but once you put this on there's no stopping you. OK OK, I'll turn it down and no, I haven't got a herd of buffalo up here with me! Oh no, here comes the seben on 'Ye Nde Nami' again, must tie myself to the chair....HELP!! BRILLIANT DANCE ALBUM.
DINDO YOGO SOO WA 50461-2 CD 11.99 COL
Just the line-up alone makes this album a must for everyone who likes Soukous and especially guitars. How about, Alain Makaba, Awilo Longomba, Caen Madoka, Maika Munam, Miguel Yamba, Luciana, Abby Surya, Ballou Canta and Reddy Amisi. With that little lot getting together its no wonder there isn't a bad track on the album - brilliant guitaring throughout and pure dance floor magic. Big suprise was the wonderful styling given to the neo-traditional 'Siyo Siyo' and the title track - just gorgeous. (F.T.Index: Je T'aime, Papy Luntala, Maladie De Coeur, Bosana Boum's, Siyo Siyo. ) [10T/56M]
DINDO YOGO AND EMENEYA WILLO MONDO AND LA CONGOLAISE EPP09 CD 12.35 COL
DINDO YOGO AND LOLA LE DUO PERE ET FILS KL0165 CD 12.35 COL
Magic stuff as Dindo and son plus the rest of the group belt out their dance happy guitar driven soukous with gorgeous vocals throughout. [10T/59M]
DINO VANGU DE L'AFRISA INTERNATIONAL AVEC SON ENSEMBLE THE FUNKY STARS MK84001 LP 15.00 COL
1. EBUE
2. REVIENS, MON AMOUR
3. LONDA MBEKA
4. C'EST TROP TARD
DOMI KANKU BILLY MABIALLA MAYS008 TC 6.50 COL
When University student Domi gets together with Aurlus Mabele and Dom Louya there is only one thing that you could possibley get - a profusion of beautiful soukous guitar playing and vocals to match. Just listen to the riffing on 'Isabelle-Glah' or the vocals on 'Macy-Domingo'. What doesn't melt your heart will melt the soles off your shoes. Even the odd track out, 'Koya', has super sweet vocals and some lovely sax to make up for it's slower style. Definitely recommended.
DOMINIC KAKOLOBANGO AFRICAN ACOUSTIC AC9405CD CD 11.99 COL
DOMINIC KAKOLOBANGO HABARI ZA KWETU CDS6847 CD 13.20 COL
EMENEYA AND LE VICTORIA ELEISON MANHATTAN EVVI70 LP 10.00 COL
EMPIRE BAKUBA ALLAH REM550 LP 20.00 COL
1. ALLAH (PAPY TEX)
2. PLAINTE D'AMOUR (SOLO SITA)
3. MAMA YA ZANDO (DILU DILUMONA)
4. BOMENGO (KINANGA 737)
EMPIRE BAKUBA CHAMPION D'AFRIQUE - FLASH! 8979 CDx2 14.15 COL
EMPIRE BAKUBA OBOSINI KISOMELE SYL8322 LP 8.00 COL
EMPIRE BAKUBA SAVOIR VIVRE BMP950063 CD 13.20 COL
EMPIRE BAKUBA AND GRAND ZAIKO WAWA BLANCHE NEIGE REM670 LP 8.00 COL
EVOLOKO JOCKER LOLA FDB300106 CD 11.99 COL
EVOLOKO JOCKER LYDIA FDB300036 CD 11.99 COL
EVOLOKO JOCKER AND LANGA LANGA STARS MINGELINA B 52 FDB100058 LP 8.00 COL
FELIX WAZEKWA PAUVRES - MAIS... NWF9702 CD £ 12.35
They are all here - Tabu Ley, Bozi Boziana, Luchiana, Shimita, Nyboma, Wuta Mayi, Solo Sita, Caien Madoka, Popolipo, Dally Kimoko, Lokassa, Nguma Lokito and Awilo Longomba plus the silky smooth vocals of Felix. [10T/61M]
FRANCO 20eme ANNIVERSAIRE 1956 - 76 VOL I CD50382 CD 13.20 COL
FRANCO 20eme ANNIVERSAIRE 1956 - 76 VOL II CD50383 CD 13.20 COL
FRANCO - JOSKY AND TPOK JAZZ MISSILE 1983 GASS014 CD 12.35 COL
FRANCO - SIMARO AND TPOK JAZZ 1974 - 75 CD36519 CD 13.20 COL
FRANCO AND LE TPOK JAZZ 1972 - 73 - 74 ( AZDA ) CD36538 CD 13.20 COL
FRANCO AND LE TPOK JAZZ A L'ANCIENNE BELGIQUE POP031 LP 10.00 COL
FRANCO AND LE TPOK JAZZ CANDIDAT NA BISO MOBUTU POP030 LP 15.00 COL
Track: Candidat Na Biso Mobutu
FRANCO AND LE TPOK JAZZ LIVE EN EUROPE CD8477 CD 13.20 COL
FRANCO AND LE TPOK JAZZ MARIO CD8482 CD 13.20 COL
FRANCO AND LE TPOK JAZZ NABALA ATA MBWA - INEDITS ANNEES 70 CDS6953 CD 13.20 COL
The first five tracks are very nice but the sixth one about halfway through has nails down the blackboard touch. Sonodisc should have been shot for publishing it like that. 1. NAPEKISI YO KOBIMA
2. MANINGO, MWANA ANIEMA
3. AGETRAVEL MOBIKISI
4. NGAI KAKA BOMBOKO
5. NABALA ATA MBWA
6. VYCKINA
FRANCO AND LE TPOK JAZZ TRES IMPOLI - 3EME ANNIVERSAIRE CDS6851 CD 13.20 COL
FRANCO AND ROCHEREAU LETTRE A MONSIEUR LE DIRECTEUR GENERAL CDS6857 CD 13.20 COL
FRANCO AND ROCHEREAU OMONA WAPI SHANCD43024 CD 13.85 COL
FRANCO AND TPOK JAZZ AFRICAN PARTY 360096 TC 10.00 COL
From the old 360 series comes this absolutely magic rumba album from Franco and TP OK Jazz's early days. Beautiful vocals, gorgeous guitar, real drumming and not a keyboard in sight, now that's what I call music. Simply superb from end to end. ( F.T.Index: Mbongo Zi Ya Voni, Fula Nbombu Ngulu Kadia, Telegramme Maloba Mokuse, Accident Ya Cherie, Nani Apedelaki Te?, Awa Nazui Likambo Oyaki, Libongi Lizongi, Linzanza Ebongi Na Langi, Yaka Nalongolo Yo Botutu, Da Da De Tu Amor, Anny Sukisa Ngai Bandoto, Ata Mosika Yoka Mongongo Na Ngai. ) [12T/33M]
FRANCO AND TPOK JAZZ ORIGINALITE RETRO2CD CD £ 11.99
FRANCO AND TPOK JAZZ ORIGINALITE remastered + 4 extra tracks RETRO2XCD CD 11.99 COL
1. ON ENTRE OK, ON SORT KO
2. LA FIESTA
3. PASI YA BOLOKO
4. NINI CHERIE
5. NA BOSANI YO TE
6. MADO YA SANGO
7. LINA
8. SE PAMBA
9. MERENGUE
10. BOTIKA TEMBE
11. MABE NDE KOLIMWA
12. EPONI BANGANGA
13. TONDIMI LA MODE
14. AZALI MWASI BAPONELI NGAI
15. TANGO EKOKI NABATELA MWANA
16. MOSALA EKOMI MPASI-EMBONGA
17. TCHA TCHA TCHA DE MI AMOR
18. TCHA TCHAA TCHA MODERO
19. AH BOLINGO PASI
20. MOTINDO NA YO TE
FRANCO AND TPOK JAZZ - JOSKY - PEPE NDOMBE COUPE DU MONDE 70 - 80 (SAMBWA SAMBWA) CDS6952 CD 13.20 COL
FRERE CARLYTO LA RECONNAISANCE 0010601C CD £ 12.35
FRERES SOKI AND BELLA BELLA FRERES SOKI AND BELLA BELLA 1970-75 CD36602 CD 13.20 COL
Pure magic from start to finish as the sweet vocal harmonies of the brothers Vangu and Dianzenza Soki completely mesmerize you only to be snapped out of your dream by the gorgeous guitaring and scintillating horn lineup of the boys in the band. All recorded pre-1975 when the band broke up. [13T/72M]
GEO BILONGO AMBIANCE AU MALI EMK7001 TC 6.50 COL
Geo, a highly sought after Paris based session guitarist who has backed a host of big names now comes out with a solo album which he recorded at Studio Oubien in Bamako, Mali, hence the title. The superb guitar playing throughout the album is somewhat let down by the decidedly the worse for wear vocals on one track, 'Ali Mankiri', which must have been recorded after a hell of a binge on the local brew! Otherwise it's a delicious feast of soukous guitar from start to finish. Recommended.
GRAND KALLE AND AFRICAN JAZZ 1958 - 59 - 60 VOL. 1 CD36503 CD 13.20 COL
GRAND KALLE AND AFRICAN JAZZ MERVEILLES DU PASSE CD36506 CD 13.20 COL
GRAND KALLE AND L'AFRICAN TEAM 1967 - 68 - 70 CD36543 CD 13.20 COL
18 Tracks : Kokoko. Qui Est La?, Tozongela Dilanda, Barubatsie, Essous Spiritou, Kara Kara, Mokili Ngonga, Bebe llenda, Nzela Mosika, Ritmo African Team, Nafifa Bonbon Sucre, Giauche/Droite = Debordement, Africa D'Ambiance, Cambridge... Mayi Ya , Laurent Fantome, Safari Muzuri, Disipilini Na K.D.L, Valentina - Valentina, Miango.
GRAND KALLE AND L'AFRICAN TEAM ESSONS - KWAMY - MUJOS - EDO - CASINO CD36570 CD 13.20 COL
GRAND MARQUISARDS - VOX AFRICA - CONTINENTAL - CONGA SUCCES COMPILATION DES GRANDS ORCH'S ZAIROIS 68 - 71 CD36513 CD 13.20 COL
HENRI BOWANE DOUBLE TAKE-TALA KAKA RETRO6CD CD 11.99 COL
J P BUSE AND ZAIKO LANGA LANGA JETHY LA BELLE LP9103 LP 9.00 COL
J. P. MPIANA AND WENGE MUSICA FEUX DE L'AMOUR 29319 CD 12.35 COL
Is this absolutely gorgeous from end to end or am I in a dream. OUCH! Just pinched myself and I'm not dreaming. ABSOLUTELY ACE.....
JARRY'S FIMBO UN DEFI DE PLUS ATK125 TC £ 7.00
Eight track offering from top class singer Jarrys with soukous guitars going wild around him. Includes top hit Ambiance Non Stop. This is the sort of stuff that should come with its own oxygen mask.
JEAN BOSCO MWENDA MWENDA WA BAYEKE MOU00762 CD 13.50 COL
JOHNNY BOKELO ISABELLE WNL401 LP 10.00 COL
JOHNNY BOKELO AND MBONDA AFRICA ANTI BALLE ESP26989/94 LP 10.00 COL
JOHNNY BOKELO AND MBONDA AFRICA MWANA SELE KARI017 LP 10.00 COL
KANDA BONGO MAN NON STOP NON STOP CDORB005 CD 13.35 COL
Cracker of an album with Diblo on guitar and Domingo on drums to say nothing of Kanda's lovely vocals.
KANDA BONGO MAN SAI-LIZA BM0058 TC 6.50 COL
KANDA BONGO MAN SANA E03062924 TC £ 6.00
Loads of stunning guitar music cascading from the fingers of Nene Tshakou, Mimi Kazidonna and N'gouma Lokito. Not forgeting of course the beautiful vocals of Kanda and his girls. Talking of the girls, Jena Mandako, Odette Abby and Sylvie Aoun, wait till you hear them in action on 'Muchana', the zouk love song, it's an absolute cracker of a track. Mind you, that goes for the whole flipping album. An absolute must in any collection. 1. SANA
2. MUCHANA ( zouk love )
3. WAHITO
4. BILI
5. NZAMBE
6. TOKEI
KANDA BONGO MAN SANGO 79537-2 CD 13.20 COL
Another gorgeous dance album from Kanda and his crew. Beautiful vocals and wonderful guitars abound on all tracks. My favorite track has to be 'Sai' closely followed by 'Lowazo' for it's lovely guitar but it was a hard choice as they are all great tracks.(11T)
KANDA BONGO MAN SANGO 795374 TC £ 6.50
Another gorgeous dance album from Kanda and his crew. Beautiful vocals and wonderful guitars abound on all eleven tracks. My favorite track has to be 'Sai' closely followed by 'Lowazo' for it's lovely guitar but it was a hard choice as they are all great tracks.(11T)
KANDA BONGO MAN ZING ZONG HNCD1366 CD 9.15 COL
KASS KASS KASS TOUT 82417-1 LP 8.00 COL
KASS KASS MISTER OH! STERNS1018 LP 5.00 COL
KEKELE CONGO LIFE STCD1097 CD 12.50 COL
Syran Mbenza, Loko Massengo, Nyboma, Wuta Mayi, Bumba Massa, Rigo Star, Franco Luambo, Vicky Longomba and Edo Nganga. There's nothing either anachronistic or trendy about Kekele. They channel the Congolese Rumba of Franco's O.K. Jazz into the 21st century, not by adding electronic beats or digital samples but by scoring these electric guitar classics for acoustic guitars, flute, violins, saxophones and accordion. This is original, and it's thrilling.
KELELE RUMBA CONGO STCD1093 CD 12.50 COL
Like a Who's Who of Congolese music as Syran Mbenza, Nyboma, Loko Massengo, Papa Noel, J-P Ramazani, Bumba Massa, Wuta Mayi, Joseph Kabasele and Yves Ndjock get together to revive the golden era of rumba music. (14T/65M)
KING KESTER EMENEYA SUCCES FOU 08814-2 CD 12.50 COL
More, more, more. Yes definitely this is the bee's knees. Sweet singing from Kester and company plus some glittering soukous guitaring from Nene Tchakou, Faustino and Lokassa. Miss it at your peril. [11T/68M]
KOFFI OLOMIDE DIVA ESP1510 LP 10.00 COL
KOFFI OLOMIDE ET LE QUARTIER LATIN - PAS DE FAUX PAS CD92018 CD 11.99 COL
KOFFI OLOMIDE FORCE DE FRAPPE CDS8845 CD 13.20 COL
KOFFI OLOMIDE GOLDEN STAR KL031 TC 6.50 COL
KOFFI OLOMIDE HENRIQUET KLO7F139 TC 6.50 COL
KOFFI OLOMIDE KOWEIT. RIVE GAUCHE (HAUT DE GAMME) CD92007 CD 10.95 COL
KOFFI OLOMIDE LES PRISONNIERS KSP1990 TC 6.50 COL
One of Congo D. R.'s top artists today with a string of recent hits. This album was released back in 1990 and remains to this day a classic. The slower style of the introductions is perfect for bringing out the best in Koffi's wonderful voice while the music has an effortless beauty matched by some gorgeous rumba finishes. A superb album in every way. (F.T.Index:Les Prisonniers Dorment, Zero Faute, Kot Kot. ) [7T/41M]
KOFFI OLOMIDE NGOBILA AD221 LP 10.00 COL
KOFFI OLOMIDE TCHA TCHO STCD1031 CD 12.50 COL
KOFFI OLOMIDE TCHA TCHO STC1031 TC 6.50 COL
KOFFI OLOMIDE THE TOP FDB300100 CD 11.99 COL
KOFFI OLOMIDE V 12 CD76913 CD 13.20 COL
KOFFI OLOMIDE - SOKI VANGU HOMMAGE AUX FRERES SOKI VOL 1 BMP940016 CD 11.99 COL
KOFFI OLOMIDE AND PAPA WEMBA WAKE UP CDS8817 CD 13.20 COL
LADY ISA ALE MAMA ESPERA29063 LP 0.00 COL
Lovely album from sweet voiced singer Lady - Isa which was released back in 1990. The track Dunia gets me every time I play it 1. KUTELEZA
2. TAMA
3. TABOU YA AFRIKA
4. DUNIA
5. ALEMA
6. DJAMBO
L'AFRIQUE DANSE DR NICO AND SON ORCHESTRE 360005 TC 6.50 COL
L'AFRIQUE DANSE FRANCO VOL. V1 360006 TC 6.50 COL
Track list: 1 and 2. NGANDA MABOKE NABOYI and DEDE KABOLA MIKOLO (Likembe 4) 3. LA VERITE DE FRANCO (Likembe 1) 4 and 5. MATINDA and CESAR ABOYA YO (Boma Bango 22) 6. GARE A TOI MARIE (Epanza Makita 76) 7 and 8. CHALECO and CHICOTTE (Epanza Makita 48) 9. LISASO YA KRONEMBOURG (Epanza Makita 71) 10 and 11. TIMOTHEE ABAMGI MAKAMBO and YO MABALI TAPALE (Epanza Makita 42) The bit in brackets in case you are puzzled is the label and the number from the original 7' record. [51M]
L'AFRIQUE DANSE ORCH' CONGA SUCCESS - FRANCO - BOKELO 360001 TC 6.50 COL
Track list: 1. QUATRE BOUTONS, 2.SAVON REWARD CHEZ MARSAVCO, 3. BANA CONGA BALELI LIWA YA SINATRA, 4. REVOLVER MAWA NA BISO, 5. FINGA MAMA MUNU, 6. TONTON, 7. QUAND LE FILM EST TRISTE, 8. ALBERTO SIEMPRE CONGA, 9. SEMEKI NDE NDEKO, 10. TIMOTHEE ABANGI MAKAMBO, 11. OYO MOBALI TAPALE. A super set of tracks from Orchestre's Conga Succes and Conga 68 plus at least one from Franco. Pure magic. [52M]
L'AFRIQUE DANSE ORCH' CONGA SUCCESS - GRAND KALLE 360002 TC 6.50 COL
Track List: 1. POLE M'ZE 2. MOKOLO NAKOKUFA 3. MOSELEBENDE TOO BOLINGO 4. LIKALA YA MOTO 5.BANA YA LIPOPO 6. SAVON OMO 7. NGANDA YA DIALLO 8. MWANABE No.4 DE JEAN BOKELO 9.CAMARADE YA NOOKI 10. SEKELE EMONANI 11. RETROUSSONS LES MANCHES. Another smashing set of tracks from Orchestre's Conga Succes and Conga 68 and at least one from LeGrand Kalle. [46M]
L'AFRIQUE DANSE ORCH' CONGA SUCCESS - GRAND KALLE 360003 TC 10.00 COL
Tracks by Le Grand Kalle and Orchestre Negro Succes. What else can I tell you? Only that every track is superb. [53M] 1. KALLE ET L'AFRICAN JAZZ - JOLIE NANA 2. KALLE ET L'AFRICAN JAZZ - MBOMBO YA TSHIMBALANGA 3. KWAMI ET SON ORCHESTRE - CAMARADE YA KINSHASA 4. KWAMI ET SON ORCHESTRE - B.B.B. 5. KWAMI ET SON ORCHESTRE - NOUVEAU REGIME 6. KWAMI ET SON ORCHESTRE - SALA LOKOLO LINGA NGAI 7. ORCHESTRE NEGRO SUCCES - MOKOLO SE MOKOLO 8. ORCHESTRE NEGRO SUCCES - PALADO-PALADO 9. ORCHESTRE NEGRO SUCCES - MAGIE 10. ORCHESTRE NEGRO SUCCES - BILA FRANçOIS 11. ORCHESTRE LOS ANGEL - DIS JEANNE 12. ORCHESTRE LOS ANGEL – KAWA
L'AFRIQUE DANSE ORCH' S CAVACHA - AFRISA - MACCHI - SEC SEC - CONGO DE BOKELO 360061 TC 6.50 COL
Track list: 1. OKOMI KOLANGUA 1 and 2 (Mopero and L'Orchestre Cavacha) 2. KAFUL MAYAY 1 and 2 (Tabu ley Rochereau and L'Orchestre Afrisa) 3. LOLA MUANA 1 and 2 (Dindo Yogo and L'Orchestre Macchi) 4. SHAMA-SHAMA 1 and 2 (Mopero and L'Orchestre Cavacha) 5. SEC SEC 1 and 2 (Menga and L'Orchestre Sec Sec) 6. TOLIYA LIBALA 1 and 2 (Bokelo Isenge and L'Orchestre Conga De Bokelo) Definitely a real cracker, all the way through! [48M]
L'AFRIQUE DANSE ORCHESTRE BELLA BELLA WITH SOKI VANGU 360093 TC 6.50 COL
Track list: 1.PAMBI N'DONI 1 and 2 9'08 (Shaba Kahamba) 2. YAKANI 1 and 2 9'30 (Soki Vangu) 3. MEA CULPA 1 and 2 8'15 (Shaba Kahamba) 4. NZINGI ZONG 1 and 2 10'05 (Soki Vangu) 5. ZAMBA 1 and 2 9'20 (Soki Vangu) 6. NAKOMI MOTO 1 and 2 9'15 (Soki Vangu). The music is gorgeous but the recording could have done with a some editing and a good spray of record cleaner would have helped on the last track. Other than that its magic! [48M]
L'AFRIQUE DANSE VARIOUS ARTISTS 360050 TC 10.00 COL
The recording is a bit tinney in a couple of places but that's a small price to pay for some really gorgeous music. They don't make e'm like this anymore. [50M] My favorite track is definitely Tabu Ley's Aon-Aon. 1. NGOYA
BOKELO ~ ORCHESTRE CONGA
2. NGALULA MARTHE
BEDEREMOS ~ ORCHESTRE ELEGANCE-JAZZ
3. TATA NKENTO
MAKIADI SAMUEL ~ ORCHESTRE SURPRISE LOS ANGEL
4. MIBALI YA SIMBA
MOBUNDA MAWATU / ANIMO ~ ORCHESTRE SYMBA
5. NZAMBE MOKONZI
SOKI DIANZENZA ~ ORCHESTRE BELLA-BELLA
6. LISUMU LISANGO
BEDEREMOS ~ ORCHESTRE ELEGANCE-JAZZ
7. AON AON
TABU LEY ~ ORCHESTRE L'INTERNATIONAL AFRISA
8. MASSAMBA M.J.
FIDELE ZIZI ~ ORCHESTRE MANDO NEGRO KWALA-KWA
9. KENGE Nº 3
MODJOS ~ ORCHESTRE TP ZEMBE-ZEMBE
10. OU EST LE SERIEUX
LO KANGALWA / DJO PENE LWAMBO MAKIADI ~ ORCHESTRE TP O.K. JAZZ
LANGA LANGA STARS GEORGIA BT129-22 TC 6.50 COL
Aimedo Star Nyura of Clan Langa Langa shining throughout on this soukous starburst of an album. O.K. So you've read my write-ups before, so who's the stars you've heard of? Lokassa Ya Mbongo, Shimita, Luciana, Esperant Kisangani, N'gouma, Manu Lima. If that little lot doesn't get your mouth watering wait till you hear it! Cracking pace for the guitars to keep up with set by Aimedo on drums, warp (seben) speed strings on all tracks. great vocals but guitariously glorious all the way through. Six tracks plus two semi instrumental versions guaranteed to finish off all but the most enduring dancers. Anyone not buying this album will be receiving a call from the little men in white coats in due course. Hah, Hah, Hah, .........What!!!......get off, I've got my copy
LASKINO AND MATCHATCHA MABINA-M'BOKA 45325-2 CD 13.20 COL
LE GRAND TEKE-TEKE TSIMA CBCCD24 CD 11.99 COL
LE GRIOT CHANTE NGELEKA KANDANDA LE MONDE TOURNE 914 EP £ 2.50
A rather different sound from Congo D. R. as singer and likembe player Ngeleka Kandanda goes on tour to the U.S.A with his band. They play a variety of drums plus guitars and a bit of synth but up front is the wizard sound of Katombi Rigo's violin and Kandanda's likembe, which is like an mbira but here has the un-nerving sound of somebody stirring a bowl of wasps! Having said that it's a rather pleasant and rather unusual album. ( F.T.Index: Wandumbu-liwayabamissie, Kasala-tshinzemba, Liberte-africa, Banza-banza. ) [4T/31M] Track: Wandumbu - Liwayabamissie
LE THU-ZAINA BA PATRONS NA BA MBONGO 70/71. CD36576 CD 13.20 COL
LES COEURS BRISES DANY ENGOBO PRESENTE - DE PARTICULIER AF371 TC 7.00 COL
The vocals of lead singer Dany Engobo are magic but that is well matched by the spine tingling sebens delivered by the guitars of Caien Madoka and Dally Kimoko who really get things going. When the album first came out a year or so back the CD only got a very limited distribution and it disappeared from sale quite quickly. So this time round don't miss it. (F.T.Index: Ulthi, Mylene, Les Souffrances de Dany, Stelly. ) [8T/41M]
LES COEURS BRISES PA KITE MWEN JIP028 LP 7.00 COL
LISANGA AFRICA FORCE UNIE VOL. I 920410 TC 6.50 COL
LOKASSA AND SOUKOUS STARS MEGAMIX Vol I 38779-2 CD £ 12.95
LOKASSA YA M'BONGO ADIZA CEL8723 LP 10.00 COL
LOKASSA YA M'BONGO LOKASSA YA M'BONGO ( N'DAYA ) KLO128 CD 12.35 COL
YEAH! Quick now, polish up those old dancing clogs as Lokassa is about to set your carpet on fire. Absolutely tremendous pace right from the opening bars and whats more he refuses to let up. For those of you who love all those beautiful tinkling guitar sebens this is the album and as near to heaven as you're going to get. Dance until you drop time has arrived with superb style! (F.T.Index: Kouakou, Mace, Matti, Julie, Passi, Suzi )
LOKASSA YA M'BONGO THE BEST OF ... - MASSABA - MAIMA SER114 LP 10.00 COL
LOKETO SOUKOUS TROUBLE SHANCD64025 CD 13.85 COL
L'ORCHESTRE AFRI-JAZZ LES CROSSES TETES - FRAPPE AERIENNE CDS8805 CD 13.20 COL
LUBUMBASHI STARS DU ZAIRE AS COEUR DE LUBUMBASHI STARS 08698-2 CD 13.20 COL
LUKOKI DIATHO AND JOE MPOYI 100 - 1 MAILP1031 LP 10.00 COL
MADILU SYSTEM HUMEUR STCD1104 CD £ 12.70
MADILU SYSTEM SANS COMMENTAIRE SYL83175-4 TC 6.00 COL
MALAGE DE LUGENDO BAISER DE JUDAS SYL8359 LP 8.00 COL
MARECHAL RIVE-KONO AND AYATOLLAH PACHAMAC DE VIVA LA MUSICA 'JEUNES EN VOGUE' CD53902 CD 11.99 COL
MBILIA BEL BEL CANTO STCD3037-38 CDx2 14.95 COL
When Tabu Ley Rochereau decided to add another singer to his retinue in 1981, he can't have anticipated how successful she would become. As he watched Mbilia Mboyo on a popular TV music show, tucked away on backing vocals for another act, perhaps he thought she could be just another singer that would join for a few years and then one day go, unmourned by a public always wanting what's next. If so, he was wrong. With her name changed to Mbilia Bel, they recorded the duet 'Mpeve Ya Longo'. It was an instant hit with the Kinshasa crowd and also in Nairobi, Kenya, where she made her concert debut as featured singer with 'Afrisa International'. By the middle of 1982, the buzz about Mbilia was a roar and she was hailed as the country's brightest new star. They went on to marry and, for Tabu Ley's new label, Genidia, record a string of hits that help define the sound of an era. And not just for central Africa. From those very earliest concerts, East Africa always held a passionate fan-base and Mbilia's recordings reached South, West and out into the African diaspora beyond. She also touched a nerve in the women of her audience and to this day there is something about Mbilia Bel that gains that audience's loyalty. However the partnership, indeed the marriage, between Mbilia and Tabu Ley lasted only until 1988, when they parted ways and Tabu Ley introduced his next female discovery, Faya Tess. Mbilia moved to Paris and then on to the States but, as fashions changed, so has her music. She has never quite found the same run of success as on those key recordings from the 80s. These 2CDs contain those tracks and tell that story. Crucial recordings of Mbilia Bel, the queen of Congolese music and one of the most popular pan-African stars throughout the 1980s selected from Tabu Ley's 'Genidia' label by Gerald Seligman with additional notes by Ken Braun, these recordings represent an artist at the peak of her career includes a bonus track, the hard-to-get single version of 'Mpeve Ya Longo' - the recording that started her career plus full-colour, 44-page booklet with detailed notes, lyric translations, a discography and rare photos.
MBILIA BEL BELISSIMO STCD1098 CD 12.50 COL
MBILIA BEL DANS FAUX PAS GEN105 LP 8.00 COL
MBILIA BEL DESOLE 668874 TC 6.50 COL
One of those superb soft and sweet albums that has the curious affect of becoming absolutely totally addictive! No mind blowing sebens, just great guitaring, good solid music and beautiful singing from start to finish. M'Bilia is at her seductive best with a lovely set of songs composed by guitarist Virigo-Star Bamundele. The track 'Wynant' makes me go all weak at the knees (my other half says it's just too much lager!) (F.T.Index: Bandundu, Biu-Mando, Wynant, C'est Trop Tot, Desole, ) [9T/50M]
MBILIA BEL WELCOME BELDVD001 DVD £ 14.80
1. SENDA
2. NAZA
3. LES Z'ON-DIT
4. GALAXIE SENDA
5. AFRICA FEELING
6. SALE OU SUCRE
7. WELCOME M'BILIA
8. MUZANGILA
9. DILEMME
10. DOUCEUR
MBILIA BEL AND RIGO STAR IRONIE 66917-4 TC 7.00 COL
MBILIA BEL AND ROCHEREAU ESWI YO WAPI GENCD1002 CD 11.99 COL
META AND TEZA SURPRISE TANLP7004 LP 7.00 COL
MODOGO GIAN FRANCO FERRE STATUE DE LA LIBERTE ESP8485 LP 8.00 COL
MOSE FAN FAN BAYEKELEYE LAA001 CD 12.50 COL
MOSE FAN FAN - SOMO SOMO HELLO HELLO STCD1065 CD 15.00 COL
Superb album from Mose who is joined by a veritable Who's Who of African guitar players and singers. Youlou Mabiala, Nyboma, Wuta Mayi, Syran Mbenza, Bopol Mansiamina, Miguel Yamba, Saak Sakoul and last but not least Sam Mangwana. Magic...... 1. HELLO HELLO
2. MAMITA
3. ODILE
4. SHERITA
5. NDEMDELI
6. MANIOLO
MOSE SE FAN FAN BELLE EPOQUE RETRO7CD CD 11.99 COL
NGOUMA LOKITO THE BEST OF NGOUMA LOKITO BMP200147 CD 12.35 COL
N'GOUMA LOKITO AND SOUKOUS STARS LEDDY CDAT91 CD 10.95 COL
NICO DERNIERE MEMOIRE VA013CD CD 11.99 COL
NICO AND AFRICAN FIESTA SUKISA 1968 - 1973 CD36548 CD 13.20 COL
NOUVELLE ECRITURE A LA UNA ( 2 x CD ) RPM307600 CDx2 14.80 COL
NOUVELLE GENERATION SASA BA GRAISSE!!! - NYATA BIZETI!!! CDS6836 CD 13.20 COL
NSIMBA FOGUIS AND TAXI PATA PATA AIME BEBE CTAX1 TC 6.50 COL
NTESA DALIENST GRAND MAQUISARDS 1969 - 71 - 72 NG012 CD 12.35 COL
NTESA DALIENST GRAND MARQUISARDS VOL. 2 1969 - 71 - 72 NG034 CD 12.35 COL
Lovely album compiled from singles released back in 1969,71 and 72. Recorded straight from the original records and virtually untouched so a bit of background noise and a few clicks included. Tracks : Mamisa, Rosa, Essesse, Mbanza Velela, Benede 1ere and 2eme, Nzumba, Tina Nini ?, Yo, Biki. [9T/61M]
NTESA DALIENST IZA ISSA REM430 LP 8.00 COL
NTESA DALIENST MUNSI CASLP2026 TC 7.00 COL
NTESA DALIENST AND MAQUISARDS SANTU PETELO - THE VERY BEST OF 69-7 NG078 CD 12.35 COL
NYBOMA ANICET STCD1064 CD 12.50 COL
NYBOMA DOUBLE DOUBLE CEL6624 LP 8.00 COL
NYBOMA AND LES KAMALE PEPE SER117 LP 12.00 COL
ORCHESTRE VEVE VINTAGE VERCKYS RETRO15CD CD £ 11.99
PABLO LUBADIKA IDIE EFAC040 TC 7.00 COL
PABLO LUBADIKA MA COCO DARL019 LP 10.00 COL
PABLO LUBADIKA OKOMINIOKOLO STCD1052 CD 12.50 COL
PABLO LUBADIKA PABLO PABLO PABLO ORB008 LP 7.00 COL
PABLO LUBADIKA TYKA 'NGAI VA002 LP 10.00 COL
PABLO LUBADIKA Y'A PLUS CONFIANCE 1001 LP 10.00 COL
PAPA NOEL ET LE DUO HAUTE TENSION MPK001 CD 11.99 COL
PAPA WEMBA FOREVER LIVE AU ZENITH PARIS 2003 WEMBA2003DVD DVD £ 12.00
PAPA WEMBA MZEE FOULA-NGENGE CDS8836 CD 13.20 COL
PAPA WEMBA AND VIVA LA MUSICA BEAU GOSSE YA PARIS EPP20 CD 12.35 COL
Very nice album from Papa and the group with the title track being my favorite. 1. DIDO SENGA
2. ZEA
3. SULIYA
4. KALISIA
5. BEAU GOSSE YA PARIS
6. SAHEL AFRICA
7. CHERIE MAZENA
PAPA WEMBA AND VIVA LA MUSICA LOVE KILAWU CD8438 CD 13.20 COL
PAPA WEMBA AND VIVA LA MUSICA MWANA MOLOKAI - THE FIRST 20 YEARS ( 2 x CD ) STCD3019-20 CDx2 13.20 COL
Mwana Molokai (Mwana means master, Molokai is the region of Kinshasa where Viva La Musica started out) is a double CD compiled by Vincent Luttman presenting 18 of Papa Wemba's best recordings, made over a span of twenty years (1977 to 1997), during which he rose from cult following in Zaire to global stardom. It includes several rarities, never released outside their original 7in format. As well as Viva La Musica's extensive roll-call of musicians and vocalists, the tracks include contributions from Pepe Kalle, Koffi Olomide, Josky Kiambukuta, Wendo Kolosoy and Hector Zazou.
PAPA WEMBA ET VIVA LA MUSICA DESTIN YA MOTO ESP8449 LP 8.00 COL
PAPA WEMBA ET VIVA LA MUSICA M'FONO YAMI STERNS1026 LP 8.25 COL
PAPA WEMBA ET VIVA LA MUSICA POLE POSITION CDS8815 CD 13.20 COL
I thought his last album 'Foridoles' was going to be a hard one to follow but obviously not for Papa Wemba as this album is a total smash from start to finish. The guitar play of Dally Kimoko, Maika Munan and others is outstanding as their sparkling chords sweetly intertwine and fuse with the inovative keyboards and the mellow percussion. To top it all off there is the creme de la creme of Zaire's vocalists in Reddy Amisi, Gloria, Stino and of course the pure magic of Papa himself. SUPERB. (F.T.Index: Perdu De Vue, Kaokokokorobo, Endena, Sema Spraya, Apres Tout, Soul Gbemani.) [12T/68M]
PEPE KALLE ATINZE MWANA EO25691-4 TC 6.50 COL
A real stunner from Pepe with some of the most gorgeous guitars you're ever going to hear. This is what Congolese music is all about, magic vocals from Popi, Bidha Soleil, Papytex Matolu and Pepe singing some of the sweetest songs I've heard in a long, long time. Absolutelly fantastic on all four tracks, they could have made it fourty tracks and it still wouldn't have been long enough for music with this sort of quality. Classic from start to finish.
PEPE KALLE PON MOUN PAKA BOUGE AR1007 LP 10.00 COL
PEPE KALLE - NYBOMA - BOPOL HOMMAGE A EMORO 38117-2 CD 15.00 COL
A lovely album in memory of Empire Bakuba's tiny dancer Emoro who most of you will probably remember as the fried chicken seller in the Papa Wemba film 'La vie a belle'. A cracking set of tracks from Pepe Kalle and Nyboma backed by Bopol and Kayen's magic guitar picking sebens.
PEPE KALLE AND EMPIRE BAKUBA BONNE ANNE ALN17 TC £ 6.50
PEPE KALLE AND EMPIRE BAKUBA CE CHALE CARNAVAL AR10121 TC 6.50 COL
PEPE KALLE AND EMPIRE BAKUBA DIVISE PA DEUX BB012 TC 6.50 COL
PEPE KALLE AND EMPIRE BAKUBA GERANT 823487 CDx2 14.65 COL
22 track double album version 1. ROGER MILLA
2. ZONGA AIME
3. PEDRO
4. BITOTA
5. GERANT
6. SHIKAMO SEYE
7. BELI SEYO
8. MUYENGA
9. PEMBE
10. J. MUKELENGE
11. ENNEMI SONI
12. MOTEMA LIBANGA
1. MASSASSI CALCULE
2. O NAGER
3. MISS AFRICA
4. NANA HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY
5. PARDON FAINA
6. NAJI
7. AMBA
8. SAPUMBA
9. MUANA NDEKE
10. MOUSSA HYPOCRITE
PEPE KALLE AND EMPIRE BAKUBA LIYA LIYA FAINA KSL08/90 TC 6.50 COL
This is the stuff to get you dancing, a real thumping rhythm and loads of super fast guitar which leave you stunned with the speed and complexity of the music. 'D'Jamaica' is my favorite track, mind boggling with the speed, you'd think you've come in at the seben which luckily for dancers it dosn't have!
PEPE KALLE AND EMPIRE BAKUBA MILLA SYL83126 TC 6.50 COL
PEPE KALLE AND EMPIRE BAKUBA POTO MALILI-KINSHASA E190394-4 TC 6.50 COL
PEPE KALLE AND NYBOMA MOYIBI 38752-2 CD 12.50 COL
PEPE KALLE AND ROCHEREAU FEU D'ARTIFICE MCS5505 TC 6.50 COL
The two giants of Congolese music have got together to produce an remarkably outstanding album. More Orchestre Afrisa than Empire Bakuba in style so Tabu Ley's slower and sweeter style predominates. This is definitely 'Classic' material, love that seben on 'Bituide' and what a cracking duet on 'Olala'. Lashings of gorgeous guitar and some of the sweetest vocals that I've heard in years. Superb album in every way.
PHOTO MADJESI BY ORCHESTRE SOSOLISO CASLP2010 TC 10.00 COL
For a few years one of the hottest acts in Zaire of the early 1970s. Madjesi, a composition of Mario Matadidi Mabele, Loko Massengo 'Djeskain' and Saak 'Sinatra' Sakoul, the three prominent members of the band, made a joyful mix of Congolese music and soul music in the style of the then so popular James Brown. The actual tracks on the tape are not as listed on either the cassette or the different set listed on the inlay. Further info can be found on Frank Bessem's web site. 1. PHOTO MADJESI Pt 1 & Pt 2
2. MOUSA PHOTO NA YO
3. NALELI MOKILI Pt 1
4. NALELI MOKILI Pt 2
5. CARTE BLANCHE Pt 1
6. CARTE BLANCHE Pt 2
7. MAMA TSHIKA NGAI NALEMBI
8. MOSEKA
9. CINEMA
QUATRE ETOILES 6 HITS SYL8736 LP 8.00 COL
QUATRE ETOILES ADAMA COLY 08728-2 CD 11.99 COL
Fabulous dance album from four of the greatest names in Congolese music - Wuta May, Nyboma, Bopol Mansiamina and Syran Mbenza. Their sweet vocal harmonies have always been hard to better while their superb guitar playing just can't be beaten. Just listen to them playing the very life out of those strings on 'Antho' to say nothing of the crazy 'Speedy Gonzalez' style they give to the title track! The hot guitar picking on 'Nsangu Zimuangane' is guaranteed to turn the floor into an dancing inferno. HOT, HOT, HOT. (F.T.Index: Polygamie, Nsangu Zimuangane, Mini Tenkole, Antho, Alima, Adama Coly, Samba Samba, Zouzou.) [8T/49M] 1. ALIMA
2. ANTHO
3. POLYGAMIE
4. ADAMA COLY
5. NSANGU ZIMUANGANE
6. MIMI TENKOLE
7.SAMBA SAMBA
8. ZOUZOU
QUATRE ETOILES DANCE (Kabyby) TAN7009 LP 10.00 COL
QUATRE ETOILES ENFANT BAMILEKE 6706 LP 8.00 COL
QUATRE ETOILES SANGONINI STCD1049 CD 7.85 COL
RAY LEMA GAIA MLPS1055 LP 7.00 COL
REDDY AMISI COMPTEUR A ZERO DVDS8988 DVD £ 12.00
1. COMPTEUR A ZERO
2. TAMBARA
3. MAWE
4. AZIZA
5. GENERIQUE
6. LA GAMBA
7. YA JOSE NGWAKA
8. ASSISTANT SOCIAL
9. MONIMAMBU
REDDY AMISI PRUDENCE 50380-2 CD 11.99 COL
REDDY AMISI AND VIVA LA MUSICA QUEEN LINA FDB300046 CD 11.99 COL
ROCHEREAU - BOPOL - SYRAN BABY PANCAKE - ABA! (OTODI KOPLODO) CDS6829 CD 11.99 COL
ROCHEREAU AND L'AFRISA INT. 1973 - 74 - 75 - 76 CD36544 CD 13.20 COL
ROCHEREAU AND MBILIA BEL LOYENGHE GENCD1007 CD 13.20 COL
ROCHEREAU AND SAM MANGWANA L'AFRICAN FIESTA 1968 - 69 - 70 CD36535 CD 13.20 COL
ROCHEREAU/SAM MANGWANA TETE NAKOZONGA 1972/1973 823423 CD 12.50 COL
SAH'LOMON AISSA KUMBA AISSA TC 6.50 COL
SAKIS AND DYNAMIC SYSTEM QUE LE SOUKOUS SOIT AVEC VOUS AMEN 08684-2 CD 10.00 COL
SAKIS ET DYNAMIC SYSTEM AFRICA MUSIC SHOW FDB200065 TC 6.50 COL
SAKIS ET DYNAMIC SYSTEM SOUKOUS ABIDJAN CK7073 TC 6.50 COL
SAM MANGWANA ALADJI SYL8336 LP 10.00 COL
1. TRANS-BEROS
2. ALADJI
3. TOYAKI KOBINA
4. KABI BI
5. ANTONIO
6. SOWETO
SAM MANGWANA ALADJI 64017 TC £ 6.50
SAM MANGWANA BILINGA LINGA Vol. 1 1968 - 69 NG070 CD 12.35 COL
SAM MANGWANA CANTA MOCAMBIQUE PAM05 LP 8.00 COL
SAM MANGWANA FURAHA YA BIBI CASLP2045 TC £ 7.00
Released back in 1985 it became a smash hit and has been on my own wants list for some time. Sam's gentle and smooth as silk vocals, to say nothing of the rest of the group, are superb as they drift across a backround of beautifully played and brightly twinkling guitars and soft wire brush percussion. An absolutely superb album from one of Zaire's top stars, pure perfection, need I say more? ( F.T.Index: Lugha Ya Mapenzi, Furaha Ya Bibi, Masai, Saturday Night. ) [4T/36M]
SAM MANGWANA GEORGETTE ECKINS CDS7002 CD 13.20 COL
The four tracks of the original LP plus four more - Ata Basali Nakozonga from Dizy Mandjeku. Makengo from Lokassa. Les Champions from Sam Mangwana. La Fete Au Village from Ringo Moya. [8T/71M]
SAM MANGWANA MARIA TEBBO AND WAKA WAKA STCD3011 CD £ 12.50
SAM MANGWANA RUMBA MUSIC STCD9003 CD 12.50 COL
SAM MANGWANA THE VERY BEST OF 2001 BMP00158-2 CD 12.35 COL
1. AFRIQUE ANTILLES
2. BAMILEKE SANS PEINE
3. CANTA MOCAMBIQUE
4. MUANA Y'AFRIKA
5. MUASI YA BATO
6. BUAYIKI
7. LE PARISIEN
8. MARABENTA
SAM MANGWANA AND DINO VANGU SAM MANGWANA SINGS DINO VANGU STCD1077 CD 12.50 COL
SAM MANGWANA AND FRANCO FOR EVER 38775-2 CD 12.35 COL
SAM MANGWANA AND FRANCO FOR EVER 38775-4 TC 7.50 COL
SAM MANGWANA AND L'AFRICAN ALL STARS AFFAIRE VIDEO NG0 CD 12.35 COL
SAM MANGWANA AND L'AFRICAN ALL STARS SUZANA COULIBALY AMALP005 LP 10.00 COL
Recorded and released in the Ivory Coast back in 1979 it is a beautiful album of soft tinkling guitars with sweet vocal harmonies guaranteed to melt the heart of any listener. ( F.T.Index: Suzana Coulibaly, Eyebana, S. Maymouna, Edoh. ) [4T/31M]
SHABA KAHAMBA NON-STOP RUMBA SOUKOUS BMP940035 CD 11.99 COL
SHIMITA ET LE SOUKOUS STARS SYL381054 TC 10.00 COL
SHIMITA AND SOUKOUS STARS EL DIEGO - CHACUN POUR SOI CDS6839 CD 13.20 COL
SIMARO AND TPOK JAZZ SOMO TMS91006 LP 8.00 COL
SOKI VANGU AND ORCH' BELLA BELLA PETITE ZIZINA ASLP960 LP 9.00 COL
SOKI VANGU AND ORCH. BELLA BELLA PAMBINONI - NZING NZONG ETC. CASLP2018 TC 10.00 COL
SOMO SOMO PARIS STC1014 TC 10.00 COL
SOUKOUS STARS BOLINGO SONIA S1829 CD 12.35 COL
SOUKOUS STARS MORENITA IN HOLLYWOOD CD71616 CD 13.20 COL
SOUKOUS STARS PAS D'PANIQUE (KEEP COOL) 301251-2 CD 12.35 COL
SOUNDAMA - NEMBALE TAMBOULA AS1001 TC 6.50 COL
Smashing call and response vocals come booming out from lead singers Mbani Abel Nsita and Matuti Djo Roy backed by the sweetly sung harmonies of Ali Mabou, Dinganga, Jean-Claude Nembale and K. W. Mizos. The pounding beat of the mixed drum/percussion line-up is well complimented by Umba Sorozo's synth/harmonica and guitar playing. Although it still has the rural sound of 'Swede Swede' the addition of guitars and synth gives the album a much more interesting and danceable sound. You definitely ain't going to get bored with music as fast and hot as this. (The F.T.Index: Maman, Lola, Mopende, Mokili Ebebi)
STINO - PAPA WEMBA AND VIVA LA MUSICA FEMME SANS BIJOUX FDB300032 CD 11.99 COL
TABU LEY ROCHEREAU BABETI SOUKOUS RWCD5 CD 13.20 COL
TABU LEY ROCHEREAU EN AMOUR Y A PAS DE CALCUL SD16 LP 10.00 COL
TABU LEY ROCHEREAU FACE A FACE ESP91/20 TC 6.50 COL
TABU LEY ROCHEREAU IN AMERICA GENIDIA109 LP 12.00 COL
TABU LEY ROCHEREAU MUZINA CDS5059 CD 13.80 COL
The guitar of Huit-Kilos leads the voices of Tabu Ley, Wawali Bonane, Mayemba and Gisalu through some cracking soukous tracks.
TABU LEY ROCHEREAU THE VOICE OF LIGHTNESS STCD3027-28 CDx2 13.20 COL
The golden years from the very early 60s through to the late 70s when he wrote some of his finest songs and gave some of his greatest performances. A time when he was as happy to write jingles for OMO soap powder (Savon Omo - CD1), as he was unafraid to experiment with extended workouts and let his band have its way (e.g. Adeito - CD2 - parts 1 and 2 reunited here for the first time since they were recorded). These 2CDs are a confection of African pop at its very best; melodic, vibrant, beautifully crafted and while well aware of what was going on in the rest of the world - not least the rest of Africa - securely anchored in that mainstream of African music, Congolese rumba. And, above it all, floats the voice of Tabu Ley Rochereau, the voice of lightness. includes hits plus rare recordings never before released on CD full-colour, 44-page booklet with fascinating and detailed notes plus rare photos.
TABU LEY ROCHEREAU AND MBILIA BEL SARAH - NADINA GENCD1032 CD 13.20 COL
TABU LEY ROCHEREAU AND ORCH' AFRISA VOLUME 1. 460.097 TC 8.00 COL
TATOUAGES KASAI MWCD3024 CD 12.00 COL
This is her debut album for which she wrote most of the songs and is a journey from Central to Western Africa with songs in Lingala, Thiluba, Wolof, French and Soninke. Tatouages is a protege of Senegalese super group Toure Kunda who co-produced the album and who also appear as guest musicians which definitely makes it a must have for my own collection.
THE KINSHASA SOUND GUITAR CLASSICS FROM ZAIRE OMCD010 CD 11.99 COL
THU-ZAINA COUP DE CHAPEAU - NEW WAVE 69 - 74 RETRO14CD CD 11.99 COL
TONYE with DIBLO MISSIE BAKARI TPC008 CD 13.50 COL
TRIO MADJESI LE RETOUR DU TRIO MADJESI D'AFRIQUE SDI114 LP 15.00 COL
1. DEUXIEME MI-TEMPS
2. MONDJO
3. VILLAGE BLOKOSSO
4. MATINDA LUMIERE
TSHALA MUANA LA DIVINE ESPERA621 LP £ 10.00
TSHALA MUANA MUNANGA SYL8376 LP £ 10.00
TSHALA MUANA MUTUASHI STCD1069 CD £ 7.85
TSHALA MUANA NASI NABALI ESPERA620 LP 8.00 COL
UNKNOWN ARTISTS AFRICAN RETRO VOL I. PONT SUR LE ZAIRE 6215801 TC 10.00 COL
Great album of old Zairean rumba tracks but no mention of who is singing or playing, just the track titles and here they are: 1. Misele, 2. On A Ose Le Dire, 3. Polo, 4. Bolingo Ya Bougie, 5. Si Tu Bois Beaucoup, 6. Le Temps Passe, 7. Pa'vacillar, 8. Bantous Pachanga, 9. Mobili Ya Craneur, 10. Honole, 11. Endiable Merengue, 12. Tout Brazza. All the tracks have come off old vinyl and the sound has that beautifully atmospheric crackle.
VARIOUS ARTISTS AFRICA SYSTEM DANCE LPS12703 LP 10.00 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS AFRICAN PARTY VOL. 2 PC360090 TC £ 7.00
Recorded in Kenya back in the 60's and 70's this early rumba compilation is pure magic. There isn't any point in doing an 'F.T.Index:' for music like this, it's all gorgeous. Features Tu M'as Decus Chouchou and Kiri Kiri Mabina Ya Sika by Dr Nico, Nalinga Ya Ngai Cherie by Don Pierro, Mabala Ya Kinshasa by Samy, Ndeko Na Ngai Ikeba by Johnny Bokelo, Mado by Bombenga, Tambola Na Mokili by M. Bokelo, Tangana and Regina-Regina by Simarro and last but not least B.B. 69 by Mathieu Kuka. [10T/50M]
VARIOUS ARTISTS AFRICAN PARTY VOL. 3 C360129 TC £ 7.00
Bolingo Ya Telephone by Fidele Zizi and L'orchestre Los Nichelos provides a silky smooth intro to Dix Makuta from Franco and Orchestre O.K. Jazz. A real cracking track with something for everyone. Kiri Kiri Mabina Ya Sika from the great Dr. Nico come next with his Orchestre African Fiesta Sukisa. Following on is Marie Helena with Simaro taking over the reigns of O.K. Jazz for some great singing set to zinging guitar with a fair bit of brass. Over to the flip side and Ndeko Na Ngai Mokili introduces the lively guitar and velvet vocals of Johnny Bokelo and Orchestre Congo 68 De Bokelo. Maseke Ya Meme from Bavon Marie Marie and Orchestre Negro Success is next and deliverers with a perfection that would be hard to equal now over 30 years later. Johnny Bokelo's second track Tambola Na Mokili is also a real bit of magic in both the vocal and guitar departments to say nothing of its mean horn line up. Last is Marie Suzie from Franco and O.K. Jazz to provide a beautiful ending to a set of wonderful tracks from what I always reckon on as the golden age of African Music. [8T/43M]
VARIOUS ARTISTS CONGO 70 - RUMBA ROCK 6139342 CD 14.95 COL
CD 1
1. BOMA L'HEURE - FRANCO ET OK JAZZ
2. ZONGA ZONGA - PAPA WEMBA ET VIVA LA MUSICA
3. TU M'AS DéCU CHOUCHOU - DR NICO
4. TAMBOLA NA MOKILI -JOHNNY BOKELO ET CONGA SUCCESS
5. MARIA MBOKA - GRANDS MAQUISARDS
6. SEX MADJESI - TRIO MADJESI SOSOLISO
7. KAMALE - LIPUA LIPUA
8. FIEVRE MONDO - ZAIKO LANGA LANGA
9. KAMIKAZE - FRANCO ET OK JAZZ
10. MASSAMBA JM - MANDO NEGRO KWALA KWA
11. SIMONE - BOMBENGA ET VOX AFRICA
CD 2
1. NAZOKI - EMPIRE BAKUBA
2. MAZE - TABULEY ROCHEREAU
3. MAKAMBO MIBALE - BANTOUS DE LA CAPITALE
4. LIPUA LIPUA - BELLA BELLA
5. LE BUCHERON - FRANKLIN BOUKAKA ET MANU DIBANGO
6. CAMARADE YA KINSHASA - DEWAYON ET CO-BANTOU
7. NAKOMITUNAKA - VERCKYS
8. TOKO SENGA NA NZAMBE - GRANDS MAQUISARDS
9. NAGALULA MARTHE - ELEGANCE JAZZ
10. AZDA - FRANCO ET OK JAZZ
11. LIBANGANA LIBUMU - BAVON MARIE MARIE
12. BEYA MOKE - SAKADE BAND
VARIOUS ARTISTS EAST OF AFRICA ( DKS018 ) 2004241 CD 11.99 COL
From African Jazz - Mama Tsheba, Ngai Mobo Aye, Mama Kwela, Freigera, Mokole Okaya, Tika Kutupende Kolo and Africa Chachacha. From Negro Succes - Majo, Kokisa Confiance Te, Bolole, Vie Ya Kindumba and Yokoka Toli Nana. From African Fiesta - Mamu Wa Mpoy and Mireille Mwana. From African Team - Madou Whiskey Soda. [54M/15T]
VARIOUS ARTISTS EL CONGO BRAZZA KIN 46805-2 CD 14.95 COL
Fourteen rumba tracks from Rumbanella Band, Wendo Kolosoy, Victoria Bakolo Miziki and Antoine Moundanda.
VARIOUS ARTISTS L'AFRIQUE EN FETE Vol 2 SONO36501 TC £ 6.50
VARIOUS ARTISTS ROOTS OF RUMBA ROCK ZAIRE CLASSICS Vol. 1 CRAW4 CD 14.30 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS ROOTS OF RUMBA ROCK ZAIRE CLASSICS Vol. 2 CRAW10 CD 14.30 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS SAINT-CRO AM06 LP 8.00 COL
VARIOUS ARTISTS SIMARO - NTESA DALIENST - PEPE KALLE - NYBOMA CASLP2015 TC £ 7.00
Tracks : Simarro - Maya Kanisaka. Ntesa Dalienst - Mavata. Nyboma - Tobina Zouke. Pepe Kalle - Mbulla. Challal - Anna Leki. Sam Mangwana - Furaha Ya Bibi. Maliky - Testament.
VICTORIA ELEISON MARCELINE-NGUFULU AVEC FALE JAPAN JFSM91860 CD 11.99 COL
VICTORIA-ELEYSON REPONSE POLO-KINA REPONSE TC 10.00 COL
One of Zaire's top bands and one of his best releases ( so much better than their leader Emeneya's dodgy solo crossover disc 'Everybody'). Guitarist Auguy Lutula's 'Dandy' was the big hit off Reponse Polo-Kina but for me even better is El Chato's 'Ayite Sungu', vocally led by Malembe Chant surely one of Zaire's most under-rated singers. A classy band with a superb vocal front line have produced here a superb album. (MS - Sterns).
WAL JUNIOR With Shaba Kahamba AND Popolipo BI OMODE 29306 TC 6.50 COL
Never heard of Wal Ibrahim? Don't worry, he's probably not heard of you either! However its sheer delight from young Cameroonian Wal Ibrahim who has taken the high energy Makossa rhythm of Cameroon and mixed it with tasty Zaire soukous guitar licks and Paris pop/zouk vocals. Guitarist Popolipo (regular member of Zaiko Langa Langa Familia Dei and session player for Koffi Olomide) is joined by Caien Mandoka and Shaba Kahamba from Tabu Ley's Afrisa and between them they handle the soukous guitars. The makozouk instrumentation is taken care of by Camille Bretere, Guy N'Sangue and Wal's keyboard. Good vocals and horns with a nice variety of influences makes this a true Pan-African release. The guitar playing on the title track is just out of this world. (The F.T.Index: Bi Omode, Missie and Save Mache) Thanks to Martin Sinnock for help with this write-up.
WENGE MUSICA KIN E BOUGE BMP000159-2 CD 12.35 COL
The best of 1990-91 and it certainly is, great music with plenty of guitar and super smooth vocals backed up by a great horn section. "Kin E Bouge" is great but I still prefer "Kaskin" with its lovely vocals and tinkling guitars. Guaranteed to set your feet flying with all tracks especially the last track "Eve Sukali".
WENGE MUSICA AILE-PARIS KALA YI BOEING WIBE001CD CD 12.65 COL
WENGE MUSICA AILE-PARIS MOLANGI YA MALASI KL001 LP 8.00 COL
WENGE MUSICA AILE-PARIS NGANGA NZAMBE FDB200073 TC 6.50 COL
Released in Paris where part of the group is now based it swept through the nightclubs of West Africa. This album sees a departure from the style of the 90-91 album that was featured in a previous newsletter. A harder and more percussion orientated sound that's perfectly matched to the sharp edged guitar playing that sets the mood this time round. A great album all round, dance your feet off, drool over the guitars or just listen to those sweet vocals. Whatever you want it's got it.
WENGE MUSICA B.C.B.G. BOUGER BOUGER NACD9401 CD £ 10.95
Formed in July 1981 by a bunch of college students it wasn't until 1988 the 'Bon Chic Bon Genre' boys made their first recording. For two years the album 'Mulolo' held Wenge at the top of the Kinshasa charts. So successful was this session that they re-cut four of the songs live for a cassette only release 'Wenge Live', not to be confused with 'Wenge En Live' release by offshoot outfit 'Wenge Aile Paris'. The masterly 'Mulolo' session has never before received a proper European distribution and therefore it is of major importance that this album, re-titled 'Bouger Bouger' has now become available. Six songs including three of their in-concert sensations: 'Bakolo Budget', J.P. Mpiana's excellent title track 'Mulolo', and Werrason's 'Nicky D'. The sound is noticeably leaner than on their 1991 hit 'Kin E Bouge' with the voices of Werrason, J.P. Mpiana and Blaise Bula leading the session and co-founder Didier Masela's bass and guitarist of the year in 1989 Alain Makaba. Makaba's fluid crystaline lead lines are a revelation on this recording and if anything, combined with his subtle and sparing keyboard work, surpass his later musical achievements. It is no wonder that Wenge became the darlings of the new generation of Kinshasa bands to challenge the established order. Their performance here exudes a stunning youthful exuberance : Classy harmonies, devastating musical progressions and six immaculate titles. (MS) 1. MULOLO
2. FISOL
3. DODO LA ROSE
4. AMOI NICKY 'D'
5. BAKOLO BUDGET
6. LA FILLE DU ROI
WENGE MUSICA B.C.B.G. BOUGER BOUGER E02417924 TC £ 6.50
WENGE MUSICA B.C.B.G. LES ANGES ADORABLES VOLUME I CDS8801 CD £ 13.20
This is the Kinshasa based group Bon Chic Bon Genre not Aile Paris. Its 'Volume I' and its tremendous. I can't wait for Volume II. Six tracks and everyone a winner. The vocal harmonies are sheer perfection but then then so is their guitar playing. No wonder they are Congo D. R.'s premier group. (F.T. Index: Any order you want, they're all great. Hi Ho Ha New Image)
WENGE MUSICA B.C.B.G. PENTAGONE MC008 TC £ 7.00
WENGE MUSICA BCBG TITANIC SIPE29331 CD 12.35 COL
Gorgeous from start to finish and one I could listen to all day long. 1. TITANIC
2. R.D.C.
3. BARAKUDA
4. OMBA
5. PROCES MAMBIKA
6. LIKALA MOTO
7. TOUR EIFFEL
8. CHAMPION KAPANGALA
9. LIBERATION
10. SERGE PALMI
WENGE MUSICA BCBG with J.B. MPIANA INTERNET ( 2 x CD ) 29350CD CDx2 13.99 COL
WERRASON KIBUISA MPIMPA ( 2 x CD ) CDJPS132 CDx2 15.99 COL
WUTA-MAY LE BEACH 79419 LP 9.00 COL
YA NTESSA DALIENST AND LE MAQUISARD BELALO 3811002 CD 20.00 COL
Same 4 tracks as the LP - Belalo, Dangara, Difela and Dorothy but with an extra 20 minutes of Dangara and Dorothy instrumental versions. [6T/60M] 1. BELALO
2. DANGARA
3. DIFELA
4. DOROTHY
5. DANGARA (inst.)
6. DOROTHY (inst.)
YA NTESSA DALIENST AND LE MAQUISARD BELALO LP54414 LP £ 8.00
Wonderful stuff as Ntesa and Carlito sing their hearts out to to the guitars of Dizzy Mandjeku, Dieudos Makuanzi and Assani Corvin. Just a few in stock so grab it while you can. [4T/40M] 1. BELALO
2. DANGARA
3. DIFELA
4. DOROTHY
YONDO SISTER DERNIERE MINUTE ATK129 TC 6.50 COL
Soukous magic comes cascading from the guitars of Saladin, Dally Kimoko, Nene Tchakou and Lokito with equally spellbinding vocals from the gorgeous voices of Yondo Sister backed by Ballou Canta, Shimita and friends. If you missed the CD last year whatever you do don't miss the tape - its simply superb. (F.T.Index: Maweke, Jo, A chacun Son Gout, Perdue De Vue, Madi, Derniere Minute. ) [8T/41M]
ZAIKO LANGA LANGA L'OISEAU RARE 6155 CD 10.00 COL
ZAIKO LANGA LANGA MEILLEURS SOUVENIRS FDB300190 CD 13.20 COL
ZAIKO LANGA LANGA ZAIRE - GHANA 1976 RETRO5CD CD 11.99 COL




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