11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A longtime traditionalist of African music, Papa Wemba blew us away with this 1995 move into the Western sphere, bringing on noted synth-pop producer Stephen Hague (New Order, Pet Shop Boys) to round things out. The results are stunning. Wemba's historic African soukous dance rhythms and soaring, traditional vocalizations shine over Western instruments and infectiously catchy, R&B-inflected grooves on tracks like the uplifting "Yolele," the red-hot "Show Me the Way," and the heartening "Sala Keba (Be Careful)."

EDITORS’ NOTES

A longtime traditionalist of African music, Papa Wemba blew us away with this 1995 move into the Western sphere, bringing on noted synth-pop producer Stephen Hague (New Order, Pet Shop Boys) to round things out. The results are stunning. Wemba's historic African soukous dance rhythms and soaring, traditional vocalizations shine over Western instruments and infectiously catchy, R&B-inflected grooves on tracks like the uplifting "Yolele," the red-hot "Show Me the Way," and the heartening "Sala Keba (Be Careful)."

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