Le Grand Kallé
"If Franco was the finest musician in the Congo, and indeed Africa, then his rival Joseph Kabasele was the most influential band leader. Known as Le Grand Kallé, he was a singer, songwriter and businessman whose band African Jazz were the best-known exponents of Congolese rumba, and included such celebrities as guitarist Dr. Nico , singer Tabu Ley Rochereau and saxophonist Manu Dibango..." (from review by Robin Denselow in The Guardian).
Stern's Africa has recently released a terrific retrospective on the music of Kabasele, curated by Ken Braun. During the first hour on this week's Africa O-Yé! we will explore highlights from this collection. Listening to this new compilation inspired me to revisit other vintage Zaïrean rumba too, so I've put together a playlist of some of my favorites for the second hour of the show. host: Andy Hosch