Pon Moun Paka Bougé
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||Pon Moun Paka Bougé||Pepe Kalle||9:36||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Djarabi Adjatou||Pepe Kalle||8:16||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Marché commun||Pepe Kalle||7:29||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Bilala - Lala||Pepe Kalle||7:42||$1.29||View in iTunes|
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.
What a voice!
If you were ever a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, then you will recognize some of these songs, especially "Pon Moun Paka Bouge." Pepe Kalle had one of the great singing voices in African pop, and wrote some of the most joyful, fun, and danceable music you will ever hear. If you spent your Peace Corps Saturday nights dancing the "kwassa kwassa" at a local bar, or just appreciate good songs, check this record out.
Good but mis-titled
Yes, RPCVs will love this one (as I do, having updated the cassettes I brought from Bukavu). However, I think the songs are mis-labeled. Track 2 is Marche Commun, or a version of it without the spoken "Testament au marche commun". Track 3 is Bilala-Lala, and track 4 is Adjatou. The Pon Moun Paka Bouge seems to be a variant, good, but not as good as available online.
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s
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