Towards the Forbidden City: Super Guitar Soukous


Strike while the iron is hot. Make hay while the sun shines. Post while you can for in Beijing all this stuff is banned.

Yes for the next week or so I will in the Forbidden City which is not named that for no good reason. Last time I was there nearly every website I’d made friends with over the years was unavailable. Certainly no Facebook, YouTube, WordPress, Blogspot

I will be otherwise preoccupied of course with official business, side meetings, drafting committees and the like, so it is probably a good thing that I will not be detracted.

So before I take that long flight I thought you all might like to groove to some wonderful bubbly soukous. An old favorite, this is a collection I picked in the deserted steet stalls in Bali about 3 days after the terrible 2002 bombings that left so many dead as they partied.   Grim way to introduce what is an addictive unavoidably intoxicating dance record of sparkling lilting moving music from Central Africa. Kanda Bongo Man opens with a rip-snorter tune that demonstrates the ‘new wave’ of soukous made so popular by him and other speed fanatics like Loketo a couple decades back. Over the next few tracks we glide safely to a more reasonable pace over several different styles of this guitar-driven dance music. And while there are some shining stars like the aforementioned Bongo Man and Empire Bakuba, really, this is music made by artists not widely known outside of Africa.

Whatever you’re doing today or this weekend, I’ve no doubt you’ll get some great company from this record. Many years from now you’ll find that you can’t get some of these tunes out of your head and you will remember the very day this wonderful disc came into your life!

Adios till next time!

Super Guitar Soukous

Track Listing:

01 Sana [Kanda Bongo Man]

02 Africa [Dave Depeu]

03 Sango ya Mawa [Patience Dabany]

04 Mukaji Wani [Dindo Yogo]

05 Guelo [Guetan System]

06 Pas Moi [Joyce Delly]

07 N’Nanele [Zoukunion]

08 Gueda Guina [Olive’s Gueda]

09 Mosolo Na Ngai [General Defao]

10 Soso ya Tongo [Empire Bakuba and Pepe Kalle]

11 Makoule [Seliko]

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