Friends, somebody told me that maybe the trck we know as “Sambuluma” by Tabu Ley Rochereau may not actually be called that. We have searched far and wide, including having somebody in Nairobi try to track it down, but to no avail. Does any know which track we’re talking about? “Sambuluma”, “sambalalala”, those are the most repeated words in the song. It may have been Tabu Ley’s best recording, released around 1971-1972. Whatever help you may provide will be appreciated!
Dan Wilson Kuteesa
I like questions like this, they are hard to answer, very specific and demand good research or information if any kind of resolution is to be had.
So, I went online and found a more than decent Tabu Ley Rochereau discography courtesy of the good folks at AfricaAmbiance. I also took a bit of a dive into my copy of Rumba on the river.
Seems to me that there are only 2 tracks that could fit the bill here.
A.1. Cheri Samba (Ndombe Opetum) on GEN 127 – Tabu Ley, ‘Soum Djoum’:
B.1. Sombo Sombo (Kiesse Diambu) on DM 5001 – Rochereau vol. 8:
Unfortunately, I possess neither of these tracks. So, I appeal to you out there: can anyone help?
While we wait, two Tabu Ley tracks.
The first is off the 1983 collaboration album that he did with the Grand Maestro himself Omona Wapi. This is a smooth tune – dare I even call it a ballad – that just goes down oh so well. This tune is often overlooked especially since it comes from an album with so many other completely solid tracks including the classic Kabaselleh in Memoriam
The second track is a collaboration with Patience Dabany paying tribute to the Grand Maestro off the 1993 compilation Super Guitar Soukous.
In other completely (unrelated) news:
It is in pristine condition and I was really looking forward to listening to this. So, I fire up the old Dual 514 and …
I kid you not, the tonearm skates from the edge all the way to the center and up like it was on fire.
OK, lets try that again.
Same result, it does another Usain Bolt from edge to center.
So I take a gander at the tonearm and see this (click through to see the high res version)
Where’s my needle at?
So, I am now back in the market for a new turntable.
If you can help, drop me a line.