The voice of lightness! Such a chill groove!
RIP Congolese Rumba and soukous phenomenon Tabu Ley Rochereau, known to some as the ‘African Elvis,’ to others as ‘The Voice of Lightness.’ Here are four favorite tunes of his. Of the four I think ‘Fetiche’ and ‘l’Age de l’Amour’ are the most ‘Voice of Lightness’-y. Great horns throughout, and because it’s African it must necessarily be in some wise danceable.
A pedigree so difficult to track it’s best left to the original source. Here’s the accompanying copy from a favorite World Music source ‘Global Groovers’ on the subject of Kongo Retro Band 83:
Kongo Retro Band 83 is a group or was, existing from artists from different countrys. Grand Kalle and Adou Elenga from Zaïre, ( Congo and Zaïre were seperated ) Manuel d’Oliveira & Les San-Salvador from Angola and Les Bantous et Guy Léon Fylla from Congo. The vocal parts are taken care of by Lutumba, ( is it ‘le Poete Simaro’ ? ) Elba and Diasi. Many names of which I know little, if anyone can enlighten us ? I do know this is a beautiful album, get it while you can.
Make sense? Me neither. Click play and you won’t care.
Download this tune free with other Congolese classics here.