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Congo Revolution - Revolutionary and Evolutionary Sounds from the Two Congos 1955 - 62


From Soul Jazz Records :

"This stunning new release looks at the explosion of music that came out of the Congo in the years leading up to independence in 1960. Congolese rumba, a wild combination of African, Jazz and Latin influences, created future stars of its now legendary creators – Franco, Grand Kalle, Tabu Ley, Dr. Nico, Papa Wemba - and all feature here in their ground-breaking early groups such as O.K.Jazz, Brazzos, Rock-A-Mambo, African Jazz and The Beguen Band.

The Congo is in fact two countries – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire) and the Republic of the Congo. Congo Revolution was first released as a sampler 7” box set for RSD, and this expanded release includes a 50-page booklet/double gatefold and inner sleeves containing extensive text explaining the evolution of the music and history of the two Congos, and how music, politics and popular culture intersected at the point of independence from the two Congos’ European colonisers – Belgium and France – through songs such as ‘Vive Patrice Lumumba,’ and ‘MNC Uhuru,’ which celebrated the Congolese independence leader prior to his political assassination."

Tracklist :

1. Brazzos et OK Jazz – Cha Cha Cha Del Zombo
2. Brazzos Et OK Jazz – Tcha Tcha Tcha Mi Amor
3. Essous et Rock-A-Mambo – Baila
4. Edo et O.K. Jazz – Kumavula Tubakueto
6. Nino & Rock-a-Mambo – Allegria
7. Bagette et Le Vedette Jazz Orchestre – Rhythmo Vedette Jazz
8. Franco et O.K. Jazz – Tokeyi Kobina Calypso
9. Essous et Orchestre Bantou – Luiza
10. Beguen Band – Yo Me Moera
11. African Jazz – Vive Patrice Lumumba
12. Dewayon & Conga Jazz – Na Lingi Na Ngai Kubala Te
13. Kongo Jazz – La Belle Lucie Botayi
14. Grupo O.K Jazz – Grupo O.K Jazz
15. Rock-A- Mambo – Cherie Nini
16. African Jazz – Flowers of Luckness
17. African Fiesta – Merengue Nico
18. Rock-a-Mambo – Les Voyous
19. Wendo Kolosoy with Beguen Band – Marie Louise
20. African Jazz – Ngonga Ebeti Independance
21. African Jazz – MNC Uhuru