A treasure trove of work from the glory days of Congolese music – a time when local bands were really bridging a range of styles from outside, and managing to
create their own unique regional hybrid! There's elements of jazz, Latin, and other modes at play here – but the sound is decidedly unique, too – given the way the rhythms come across and the guitars dance freel
y – often accompanied by these other-worldly vocals that captivate our ears far beyond the boundaries of language! The quality of the set is every bit as high as other African Pearls titles – with loads of great images, and full notes in English and French – and the 2CD set features 24 tracks that include "Kamiki" by Orchestre Kiam, "Mwana Mburu 002" by Verckys, "Tangana" by Dewayon, "Jaria" by Grands Maquisards, "Kanu" by Empire Bakuba, "Ya Limbisa Bijou" by Bavon Marie Marie, "Regina" by OK Jazz, "Dialogue" by Tabu Ley, "Camiya" by Cepakos, and "Maloukoula" by Sinza Kotoko.
(Out of print.)