This a bonzer record.
Henri Bowane was a founding father of that strain of African music that has now become a heritage of the entire music loving world, soukous. He was a guitarist who played with Wendo Kolosy one of the early proponents and creators of Congolese rumba which later morphed, in the riverside and dark alley clubs of Kinshasa and Brazzaville, into the soukous.
Indeed, so influential was Bowane that we should recall a few of his many accomplishments.
1)He was arguably the first guitar god of Congo, playing long free-twirling lines that came to be known as sebene (seven) in reference to the 7th chord. Discos and dance parties where Bowane played would be interrupted mid-solo by shouts of “Sebene! Sebene!”
2) He was Franco’s first boss and mentor, again arguably, being labeled the man who ‘discovered’ Congo’s greatest guitar player.
3) He owned Kinshasa’s first Cadillac.
Not a bad resume if you ask me.
In the mid-70’s he recorded his sole solo album, which is what he share tonight. What a snorter. What a ripper. What a joy. Rumba, soukous and even an English language mid-60’s heavy garage grinder, are the delights you’ll discover here.
Go forth and listen. (Be prepared to grin!)
01 Sam Ba No
02 Cherie Natou
03 Natali Nato
05 Monoko Ya Mboka
06 Marie Louise
07 Wabon’kum Blues