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World Is Shaking – Cubanismo From The Congo 1954 to 1955

LP (Item 534270) Honest Jons (UK), Mid 50s — Condition: Very Good
2LP Gatefold

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.
(Includes inserts.)

Very Good

  • Vinyl can have some dirt, but nothing major.
  • May not shine under light, but should still be pretty clean, and not too dirty.
  • May have a number of marks (5 to 10 at most), and obvious signs of play, but never a big cluster of them, or any major mark that would be very deep. Most marks should still not click under a fingernail.
  • May not look near perfect, but should play fairly well, with slight surface noise, and the occasional click in part of a song, but never throughout a whole song or more.
  • This is clearly a copy that was played by someone a number of times, but which could also be a good "play copy" for someone new.

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