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Double Take -Tala Kaka

Henri Bowane

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Album Review

Bowane was the star of early '50s Zairian music, Franco's mentor and founder/manager of Ry-co Jazz. Yet his only album, recorded in Ghana in 1976 where he was working as a musical entrepreneur, was never released — until this album. Working with Accra horn-players, Bowane arrived at a mellow Ghana/Zaire fusion a little like the 1960s sound of Ignace De Souza. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi

Biography

Genre: World

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Guitarist Henri Bowane played an essential role in the development of Congolese rhumba in the 1950s. The resident bandleader and arranger at Loningisa Studios in Kinshasa (then Leopoldville), he provided Franco Luambo Makiadi with his first job as a musician. Combining a guitar style rooted in the folklore and zebola rhythms of the Mongo people and the Latin-American music he heard in the city, Bowane created a sound that blended the poly-rhythms of highlife and the melodic guitar tradition of soukous....
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Double Take -Tala Kaka, Henri Bowane
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  • 6,93 €
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: 31 May 1994

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