El Congo

COMPOSERS: Antoine Moundanda,Wendo Kolosoy
LABELS: Marabi
WORKS: El Congo
PERFORMER: Wendo Kolosoy, Antoine Moundanda; Rumbanella Band, Victoria Bakolo Miziki
CATALOGUE NO: 46805.2

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The migration of Latin-American music back to its African roots has had a high profile from Orchestre Baobab, and a release of Congolese Rumba, EL CONGO, should find a receptive public.

Laid-back Caribbean pace migrated along with the distinctive rhythms. Wendo Kolosoy and Antoine Moundanda, two veterans of the genre’s mid-20th-century heyday, get stuck in with vigour, while the young Rumbanella Band which has most of the tracks takes things more easily.

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The band’s textures are rather unvaried, but strong guitar solos and an expressive high-voiced finale keep the sequence alive.