Having never heard this particular track before, I have to let you know that for some reason, listening to it reminded me of an old Les Wanyika favourite of mine, Sina Makosa. Between the “in your face” horn section right at the introduction with the pause for dramatic effect followed by the bit when Tabu Ley does a line and horn punctuates, to the “ele le le lei lei le le li lo” chant, it seems clear to me where Les Wanyika received their inspiration for the opener to Sina Makosa from.
And as an extra bonus, here is Asambalela
Tabu Ley Rochereau – Asambalela
Sorry about that folks, the link to Asambalela is now fixed. However, sitewide file sharing is down. For right now, you can find the file at this link
One of the most interesting things to come out of the conversation about this track in the last post for me is the realization that there is a dire need for this music to be documented. Even the best discographies out there are incomplete for many artists who performed in East Africa over the middle part of the last century and it will be a terrible loss if it comes to pass that the music and the context in which it was made and enjoyed is just forgotten.
Enjoy the tracks and please post to thank David for providing these gems that I had never heard before and Daniel for asking for them.