CUBANISMO | THE WORLD IS SHAKING | Double Vinyl LP Record
Sounds from The Congo, 1954-55.
WONDERFUL 2 ALBUM SET FROM HONEST JON'S RECORDS - various artists 'The World Is Shaking: Cubanismo From The Congo, 1954-55' Double LP (UK, Honest Jon's Records, Catalogue #HJRLP40) Brand new/unplayed copy of Double LP issue of amazing collection of mega-rare 78"s documenting the revolutionary pre-Rumba Congolese music era, circa 1954-1955 and collected from the EMI Hayes Archive. Honest Jon's Records does it again! British labels excel at this level of global archivism and presentation of worldwide recordings/rarities and here is another excellent UK label (along with Soul Jazz, Soundway, Blood & Fire, Pressure Sounds, et al) proferring their assemblages for all to hear. Gatefold cover contains copious liner notes, photographs, record cover & label scans, complete track annotations, etc. A superb package all around! '
This the fifth release in Honest Jon's series of albums exploring vintage recordings held in the EMI Hayes Archive. This album uncovers the dizzy beginnings of the golden age of African music zinging with the social and political ferment of the independence movement and anti-colonialism, after the Second World War and the daredevil origins of Congolese rumba -- the entire continent's most popular music in the '60s and '70s. The new music grew in concert with a burgeoning night life especially in the twin capitals of Leopoldville (today's Kinshasa) on the Belgian side, and Brazzaville on the French, where humming factories lured increasing numbers of rural Congolese with the offer of a steady, well-paying job.
Andre Denis and Albert Bongu both echo the sounds of palm-wine brought to the Belgian Congo by the coastmen. The sweet vocal harmonies of Vincent Kuli's track was learned, perhaps, in a mission church. Rene Mbu's nimble, likembe-like guitar plucking shines on "Boma Limbale", and is Laurent Lomande using a banjo as a backdrop to "Elisa"? Aren't those kazoos, buzzing along on Jean Mpia's "Tika"? It's as if the musicians, fired up by the times in their zeal for experimental self-experssion, tossed into a bottle some new elements and some old, some near and some far, and then shook it hard, to see what would happen. With rare photographs and notes by Gary Stewart, author of Rumba On The River. Sound restoration done at Abbey Road. Deluxe double LP in a beautiful gatefold sleeve WITH INSERT.
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