The roots of Congolese rumba – served up here in a host of cool recordings from the 50s, in a package that really sheds new light on these under-exposed years of the genre! As you'd guess from the title, there's a fair bit of Latin rhythms at play here – a key Cuban contribution back to the music of Africa, and one that would only get stronger as the independent nations later forged relations with Castro – yet already still quite strong here, blending local percussion and guitar with jazzy riffing and heavier conga parts. Some tracks are vocal, but the biggest charm comes from the instrumentation – which is often a bit more spare than later examples of the genre, with a fragile, honest quality we really love. Like some of the other Honest Jons archive sets, this one digs through the vaults of EMI records to come up with a treasure trove of rare material from the postwar years of the French and Belgian Congo – all beautifully remastered, and presented with rich notes on the music! Includes work by Jean Mpia, Vincent Kuli, Laurent Lomande, Adikwa Depala, Rene Mbu, Boniface Koufoudila, JP Ndgau, and Norbert Yakari. © 1996-2019, Dusty Groove, Inc.
We realize that there are many different interpretations of the standard grades used for pre-owned vinyl record albums & CD, so we thought we'd offer you the ones that we are working with, so you have an idea what we mean when we give the grade for a non-new item on our pages.
Below are stated conditions for a used vinyl records at Dusty Groove. Grading for the cover should be assumed to be near (within a "+" or "-") the grading for the vinyl. If there is significant divergence from the condition of the vinyl, or specific flaws, these will be noted in the comments section of the item. However, please be aware that since the emphasis of this site is towards the music listener, our main concern is with the vinyl of any used item we sell. Additionally, all of our records are graded visually; considering the volume of used vinyl we handle, it is impossible for us to listen to each record. If we spot any significant flaws, we make every attempt to listen through them and note how they play.
The following grading conditions apply to the vinyl component of an album or single:
If something is noteworthy, we try to note it in the comments — especially if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record. This might include, but isn't limited to, warped records, tracks that skip, cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.