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Soul Jazz Records presents CONGO REVOLUTION – Revolutionary and Evolutionary Sounds from the Two Congos 1955-62

Soul Jazz Records


Released: 4th Oct 2019

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2LP + download

Released: 4th Oct 2019


Congolese rumba, a wild combination of African, Jazz and Latin influences, created future stars of its now legendary creators - Franco, Grand Kalle, Tabu Ley, Dr.

Nico, Papa Wemba - and all feature here in their ground-breaking early groups such as O K Jazz, Brazzos, Rock-A-Mambo, African Jazz and The Beguen Band. This expanded release includes a 50-page booklet innersleeves containing extensive text explaining the evolution of the music and history of the two Congos and how music, politics and popular culture intersected at the point of independence from the Congos’ European colonisers - Belgium and France - through songs such as ‘Vive Patrice Lumumba’ and ‘MNC Uhuru’, which celebrated the Congolese independence leader prior to his political assassination. Also included are the stunning images of the Congolese photographer Jean Depara, who documented the Congo’s vibrant nightlife in the period 1955-65 as well as being the official photographer for the superstar Congolese artist Franco up until his death in 1989

Soul Jazz Records presents CONGO REVOLUTION – Revolutionary and Evolutionary Sounds from the Two Congos 1955-62


  1. Brazzos et OK Jazz - Cha Cha Cha Del Zombo
  2. Brazzos et OK Jazz - Tcha Tcha Tcha Mi Amor
  3. Essous et Rock-A-Mambo - Baila
  4. Edo et O.K. Jazz - Kumavula Tubakueto
  5. O.K. Jazz - Sois Sage Amour
  6. Nino & Rock-a-Mambo - Allegria Bagette et Le Vedette Jazz
  7. Orchestre - Rhythmo Vedette Jazz
  8. Franco et O.K. Jazz - Tokeyi Kobina Calypso
  9. Essous et Orchestre Bantou - Luiza
  10. Beguen Band - Yo Me Moera
  11. African Jazz - Vive Patrice Lumumba
  12. Dewayon & Conga Jazz - Na Lingi Na Ngai Kubala Te
  13. Kongo Jazz - La Belle Lucie Botayi
  14. Grupo O.K. Jazz - Grupo O.K. Jazz
  15. Rock-A-Mambo - Cherie Nini
  16. African Jazz - Flowers of Luckness
  17. African Jazz - Merengue Nico
  18. Rock-a-Mambo - Les Voyous
  19. Wendo Kolosoy with Beguen Band - Marie Louise
  20. African Jazz - Ngonga Ebeti Independance
  21. African Jazz - MNC Uhuru