Recent trends and fashions in Congolese music have led to a lot of commentary about how bad these trends and fashions have been. The guitar-led sebene has been a rare element in new music, a lot of new albums are filled with yawn-inducing ballads and songs with incomprehensible tempo changes, noisy atalaku calls and growling, mabanga-filled lyrics. These are all valid complaints, but not all new music should be readily dismissed and there are, in fact, quite a number of good songs and good albums being made.
On today's progam, I've tried to present for you some examples of the good new songs out there on the Congo music scene, songs produced in the last year or two. For variety and comparison, the show starts and ends with some older tracks, most presented originally some ten to twenty years ago.
I'd love to hear your comments on today's selections. Thanks for listening!
Here the covers of a few of the albums you'll hear this time around on Ambiance Congo.
1)King Kester Emeneya & Victoria Eleison DTDB
sebene from DORIS ILOKO (this program’s theme song)
from the CD PAS DE CONTACT
from the LP THE BEST OF BETO BAYAYI
from the CD ZIGGY
4)General Defao & Big Stars
from the CD THE UNDERTAKER
5)Werrason & Wenge Maison Mere
from the CD TECHNO MALEWA SUITE ET FIN VOL. 2
6)JBlue “El Buddha”
from the CD PASSE PARTOUT
from the CD/DVD LIVE A L’OLYMPIA BRUNO COQUATRIX
8)Tabu Ley Rochereau
from the CD THE VOICE OF LIGHTNESS VOL. 2
from the CD VITRINE
from the CD QUI EST DERRIERE TOI?
NAZO KAMWA TE
from the CD EVOLUTION
12)Roga Roga & Extra Musica
BRICE ANGA GOLO
from the CD SOCELLERIE (KINDOKI)
13)Impression Des As
from the CD BANA LIBALA
from the CD UNITE CONGOLAISE
15)Young Bakuba Band
from the CD SACRIFICE