Just heard this track and I cannot get the funky beat in there out of my mind. Can anyone tell me who it is?
I initially thought that is might be African Stars of Twange Pepeta fame but I cannot find this track in their discography.
Some clues as to the artists do exist: in spite of the Lingala singing, the phraseology used on the lyrics almost certainly identifies the tune as being from a Tanzania-based group. In the closing riffs on the track, the singer mentions “African Beat”, a phrase that surely tells us something but unfortunately also comes with a guarantee to throw up a couple of bazillion Google hits.
Another interesting clue is in the melody: this is almost certainly based on an Koffi Olomide beat from some time in the 90s but I cannot remember which particular track it might be. Anyway, my thinking is that between the Koffi-esque lead guitar chords and the Lingala storytelling at the start and the Kwassa Kwassa chant later on just before the guitar solo, it might be that this track is a group with members from classic Soukous linage.
And how many tracks do you hear these days with as nice a sax solo as the one that starts at 5:30.
I have to let you know though, trying to dissect this track has been tough – it is just too enjoyable.
I’m sorry but this rip has some serious stutter from 6:30 to 7:50 which unfortunately is also where the track has an AWESOME in-your-face lead guitar and vocals solo.
Anyway, all things aside, a very nice hybrid track that lies squarely in the domain of music I really really dig.
As an aside, if you want to hear the classic funky rumba sound of artists like Bopol Mansiamina or even Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga style sound with an infusion of the “Bongo” beat that my friend Jeff is an authority on, African Stars Band are the group to listen to. Their sound can only be described on stupefyingly (sp?) authentic.
And you can quote me on that.