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... simply the best introduction

Together with the earlier "The Voice Of Lightness" covering the years 1961-1977, this Vol. 2 for 1977-1993 is simply the best introduction to Tabu Ley Rochereau you could hope for. If I'm honest, before coming to these albums, I think I'd probably been a bit snooty about Tabu Ley. I figured he didn't have the same raw energy as his friendly rival, Franco. And perhaps he didn't. But what these albums convinced me of was his ability to write and perform fabulous pop songs, whether the 3 minute jewels of his earlier years, or the longer, relaxed work-outs of his later, there's always a charm and a hook just waiting to lift you up. And if you download the whole album you get a PDF booklet with good photos and some of the best text I've ever read about this artist and his context? Recommended without reservation.


Born: 1940 in Bundundu, Zaire

Genre: World

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Tabu Ley Rochereau (born Tabu Ley) is one of Africa's most influential vocalists and one of its most prolific songwriters. Since making his professional debut, in 1954, as a member of Joseph "Grand Kalle" Kabasele's band, African Jazz, Rochereau has written more than two thousand songs. Together with his band, Orchestre Afrisa International, which he formed in 1970, Rochereau has continued to play a major role in the shift from Congolese, Cuban, and Caribbean rumba to faster-paced soukous. Describing...
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