Empire Bakuba et Pepe Kalle – Atinze Mwana Popi

It’s New York City, 2010 and I’m feeling it so far. Could be more or less exciting than New York City, 1989, when a dancing midget accompanied this band onstage, but the music is definitely still here in some form.

I wonder what was happening in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1989. I mean, apart from blissfully fearless future-facing dance hits like those of Pepe Kalle and his colleagues.


Face A
Atinze Mwana Popi
Nadi Consoler Ngai


Face B
Jeudi Noir


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January 7, 2010 at 3:25 am

pepe’s got some pipes! happy 2k10, friend. hope you had a great birthday :)

January 7, 2010 at 6:27 am

Thank you for sharing music from Congo. More music from Congos and Zimbabwe please. Apurva from Pune, India.

January 7, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Empire Bakuba played Kampala when I was there in the early 1990s and he was epic. This was during the period when he appeared on stage with a dwarf or two as dancers, and there he was, a mountain, flanked so amazingly onstage.

Thanks for all the great sounds.

January 19, 2010 at 12:10 am

wow! great cut.

we saw Pepe Kalle in NYC (was it that same occasion?) Yes, the little man was dancing on stage…as were all of us who could not hold still! did PepeKalle play NYC more than once? I miss all the fantastic congolese zairean bands that used to play in the city. At least we got to hear Diblo play last month at SOBs.

the gauchoreply
January 23, 2010 at 1:48 am

his voice reminds me a lot of papa wembe. thank you!!

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