Home of one of the great African bands, Bembeya Jazz, adopted home of Stokely Carmichael and Miriam Makeba, Guinea ‘was the musical beacon of Africa’, as this splendid comp shows. Addictive.
Third in the African Pearls series charts the two decades following Malian independence. Besides the rail bands and orchestras, refreshingly strong on ‘folklore’.
What a start to this series! Wonderful Congolese rumba from Kinshasa and Brazzaville — the dazzling, voluptuous soundtrack to convulsive, bloody anti-colonial struggle — by Franco, Nico, Tabu Ley and full crew.