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With his rapid-fire soukous dance rhythms, six-foot three-inch frame and multi-octave range, Pepe Kalle more than earns his affectionate nickname The Elephant of African Music on this boisterous release. He lilts tremulously over the energetic "Djarabi Adjatou", and inspires us to get up and move something with his staccato delivery on "Marché commun". Each song bustles with a hyperactive Central African beat so spirited and lively that even Diblo Dibala's guitar sounds percussive in its perfectly timed fingerpicking.

Biography

Born: 1951

Genre: World

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

Pepe Kalle (born: Kabasele Yampanya) was musically and physically huge. Blessed with a multi-octave vocal range and a dynamic stage presence, the six foot three inch, three hundred pound, vocalist recorded more than three hundred songs and twenty albums during his two decade-long career. Known affectionately as "the elephant of African music" and "La Bombe Atomique", Kalle thrilled audiences with his robust performances. Learning to sing in a church choir, Kalle was mentored by Joseph Kabasele,...
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