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Congolese Music / Help with new releases please
« on: October 07, 2020, 09:47 »
I don't follow new releases day by day, can you please mention some that were released recently?

I have known this song for a while, but I didn't wonder it was ever performed live as well with a band. I thought is was only done for the radio, being a mostly programmed song. They adapted it to band performance quite well, though.



Do you know if this song was ever released on a recording, or it is available only in concert version?

Who are the rhythmist and soloist in this video? I don't recognise them. Ficarre?

I have just noticed it. There is a seben right at the beginning from the Etat Major album.

Congolese Music / Who was the animator here?
« on: February 26, 2020, 00:07 »
I wonder who was the guy doing the animation in this song? It seems to me as if I could hear him on the album Revaloriser by Familia Dei:

Congolese Music / Combattant talking about something
« on: February 24, 2020, 20:47 »
I have just found this video:

So far I thoght combattants are angry with musicians because they praise corrupt politicans back home. But seeing the Zairean flag behind the guy, I am thinking about maybe the fact that they are angry is because the musicians who remained at home are not loyal to Mobutu and the Zairean clan any more but to the new president, Kabila and his successor.  So what is the situation actually? Are they motivated by humanitarian or political reasons?

Congolese Music / Dany Engobo - Le Baobab
« on: February 21, 2020, 00:39 »
I saw the trailer of this album back in 2014/15, but forgot about it afterwards, I thought these songs haven't been released in the end. But I have just checked Dany's Spotify library, and it was there. So this album is called Le Baobab, and it has some really nice sebens. Check them out if you haven't done so:

I guess the solo was played by Diblo Dibala. The quality is much better on Spotify.

Congolese Music / What is Durell Loemba talking about here?
« on: February 19, 2020, 22:56 »

CD Shops / Old Congolese and African records
« on: January 09, 2020, 19:34 »
If you are interested in Congolese or other African music from the countryside played around the 50's, check this out! This is a website that has lots of records from that era, full of valuable traditional and acoustic guitar music:

I have just came to these publications recently. The have been available from the Smithsonian Music Library for purchase in mp3 format for a long time, but have just found they are also available on CD and LP now. I have many tracks already that are listed on them, and I can recommend them to anyone who are interested in acoustic Congolese guitar music of the 50's. If you browse the website I link at the third place, you can find many more interesting publications, too:

I am mostly interested in pre 2005 Congolese releases, so I don't really follow the newest artists. I know about the opposition between J.B and Werra, but do not know about any opposition like this between recent artists. However from the debates that happened recently, it seems to me there are things like that. But maybe I just misunderstood it, and there is no opposition between artists recently, only between fans. Even if it is so, let me know which group of fans do you belong to? Which artist do you support the most? I see Manzambi did not like Fabregas, but I do not know whom he preferred. Who do you prefer personally? So let me know which clan you belong to. Your answer will have no negative consequence, just asking to be able to draw a kind of statistic.

CD Shops / Africtempo
« on: January 04, 2020, 19:28 » has been around for a while. They have quite a few interesting titles, some of which are already out of stock elsewhere. And prices are quite acceptable.

CD Shops / Fans Of Congo Webstore
« on: December 29, 2019, 19:14 »
If you wonder where you can find many Congolese releases on CD or DVD recently, check this place, they have a large stock:

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