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The Voice of Lightness: Congo Classics 1961-1977

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
About time, too. The world has needed a good compilation of this great Congolese singer, and this two-disc set comes close to being just what the doctor ordered, focusing on the 1960s and '70s, when he was arguably at his best and most creative, with his voice emotional and supple, standing out from whatever group was behind him at the time -- and he led some of the classics of the period. At almost 90 minutes, this offers a lot of Tabu Ley Rochereau, with plenty of sublime moments of Congolese rhumba before it morphed into the faster, less delicate soukous. Rochereau could easily command, and does so often, with great songwriting ability (listen to the way the chorus ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
About time, too. The world has needed a good compilation of this great Congolese singer, and this two-disc set comes close to being just what the doctor ordered, focusing on the 1960s and '70s, when he was arguably at his best and most creative, with his voice emotional and supple, standing out from whatever group was behind him at the time -- and he led some of the classics of the period. At almost 90 minutes, this offers a lot of Tabu Ley Rochereau, with plenty of sublime moments of Congolese rhumba before it morphed into the faster, less delicate soukous. Rochereau could easily command, and does so often, with great songwriting ability (listen to the way the chorus lifts on "Pesa le Tout," for instance -- it's sublime). There are moments of hubris, of course, and not just in the music. The notes claim that Rochereau invented the instrumental break known as the sebene, which, according to many other sources, simply isn't true. But that's by the bye. The man sang like a dream, and these golden years really capture him at his peak: thrilling, and one of the classic African voices.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Sterns Arc Ltd
  • UPC: 740042302723
  • Catalog Number: 3027

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kelya - Orchestre African Jazz (4:44)
  2. 2 K.J. - Orchestre African Jazz (4:47)
  3. 3 Succès African Jazz - Orchestre African Jazz (3:58)
  4. 4 Pesa le Tout - Kwamy Munsi (4:38)
  5. 5 Nalembi Nalembi - Kwamy Munsi (2:57)
  6. 6 N'Daya Paradis - Kwamy Munsi (2:35)
  7. 7 Tabalissimo - Kwamy Munsi (3:20)
  8. 8 Mama Ida - Kwamy Munsi (3:46)
  9. 9 Mireille Mwana - Kwamy Munsi (3:02)
  10. 10 Mokolo Nakokufa - Henri "Fredos" Dongala (4:55)
  11. 11 Savon Omo - Henri "Fredos" Dongala (4:41)
  12. 12 Lily Mwana Ya Quartier - Henri "Fredos" Dongala (4:06)
  13. 13 Kasala - Samu Bakula (3:47)
  14. 14 Monano - Samu Bakula (4:38)
  15. 15 Ana Mokoy - Samu Bakula (2:58)
  16. 16 Mokitani Ya Wendo - Samu Bakula (5:55)
  17. 17 Christine - Samu Bakula (6:08)
  18. 18 Songo + Songo = Songi-Songi - Samu Bakula (5:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Aon Aon - Augustin "Hennesy" Malao (4:37)
  2. 2 Kimakango Mpe Libala - Augustin "Hennesy" Malao (7:51)
  3. 3 Mongali - Augustin "Hennesy" Malao (5:05)
  4. 4 Omanga - Augustin "Hennesy" Malao (5:01)
  5. 5 Nzale - Augustin "Hennesy" Malao (5:20)
  6. 6 Kaful Mayay - Augustin "Hennesy" Malao (7:47)
  7. 7 Karibou Ya Bintou - Augustin "Hennesy" Malao (5:48)
  8. 8 Mbanda Nayei - Augustin "Hennesy" Malao (5:21)
  9. 9 Adeito (Pts. 1 & 2) - Manuaku Waku (10:06)
  10. 10 Yombe - Manuaku Waku (7:53)
  11. 11 Likambo Ya Mokanda - Manuaku Waku (9:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tabu Ley Rochereau Primary Artist, Vocals
Sam Mangwana Percussion, Vocals
Manu Dibango Saxophone
Modero Mekanisi Saxophone, Master of Ceremonies
Ya Mbongo Lokassa Guitar
Tabu Ley Vocals
Seskain Molenga Drums
N'Yoka Longo Vocals
Dizy Mandjeku Guitar
Dino Vangu Guitar
Likinga Redo Vocals
Edouard "Edo Clari" Lutula Clarinet, Saxophone
Modero Mekanisi Saxophone, Vocals
Johnny Bokasa Guitar
Paul Mizele Vocals
Joseph "Kalle" Kabasele Percussion, Vocals
"Michelino" Mavatiku Visi Guitar
Kare Kasanda Vocals
Jeef Mingiedi Trumpet
Nyoka Longo Vocals
Antoine "Depuissant" Kaya Conga
Philo Kola Bass Guitar
"Philo" Kola Ntalulu Bass Guitar
Alphonse Biolo Trumpet
Willy Kuntima Trumpet
Albert Taumani Double Bass
Kanyama "Ringo" Moya Lotula Drums
Opetun "Pepe" Ndombe Vocals
Pascal "Rochereau" Tabou Vocals
Jean Pierre Nzenze Trumpet
"Dizzy" Mandjeku Lengo Guitar
Guvano Vangu Guitar
Likinga Redo Vocals
Dechaud Mwamba Guitar
Roger Izeidi Percussion, Vocals
Kimuanga Kawongolo Saxophone
Faugus Izeidi Guitar
Mbuta Mashakado Vocals
Empompo "Deyesse" Loway Saxophone
Charles "Dechaud" Mwamba Guitar
Armando Ama Conga
Lokassa "Ya Mbongo" Kasia Guitar
Fredos Dongala Percussion
Andre Menga Saxophone
Joseph Mwena Bass Guitar
Joseph "Mujos" Mulamba Vocals
Armand-Louis Samu Bakula Saxophone
Pierre Attel Mbumba Guitar
Nicolas Kasanda Guitar
Rene Kare Kassanda Vocals
Kwamy Munsi Vocals
Hennesy Malao Vocals
Paul "Bopol" Mansiamina Guitar
Muazik Nzuzi Vocals
Henri "Fredos" Dongala Percussion
Tino Baroza Guitar
Empompo Loway Saxophone
Dominique "Willy" Kuntima Trumpet
Manuaku Waku Guitar
Augustin "Hennesy" Malao Vocals
Denis Lokassa Kasia Guitar
Samu Bakula Saxophone
Technical Credits
Tabu Ley Rochereau Arranger, Composer
Ben Turner Mastering
Traditional Composer
Ken Braun Liner Notes
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