Tabu Ley Rochereau
The Voice of Lightness 1961-77 (Stern's)
This 2 CD set is comprehensive look at trhe legendary Congolese artist's career in recordings from the 60s and 70s. Beautifually packaged with excellent notes by Ken Braun. Essential work by a ground breaking singer and bandleader. Highly recommended.
More recordings by Tabu Ley Rochereau
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If 'Franco & TPOK Jazz' were the Rolling Stones... then 'Tabu Ley Rochereau' is the Beatles or, at the very least, is Paul McCartney. Songwriter, singer, talent scout, music-publisher, record-company executive and even, most recently, a politician - it's clear he's one of the Greats.
Originally dubbed 'Rochereau' because he was the only one in his class who could identify a certain French hero as Colonel Pierre Denfert-Rochereau, the 'Tabu Ley' was gradually added as Congo's own 'Authenticite' programme got underway.
And it's at this period that our 2CD compilation catches him - the golden years from the very early 60s through to the late 70s when he wrote some of his finest songs and gave some of his greatest performances. A time when he was as happy to write jingles for OMO soap powder (Savon Omo - CD1), as he was unafraid to experiment with extended workouts and let his band have its way (e.g. Adeito - CD2 - parts 1 & 2 reunited here for the first time since they were recorded).
These 2CDs are a confection of African pop at its very best; melodic, vibrant, beautifully crafted and while well aware of what was going on in the rest of the world - not least the rest of Africa - securely anchored in that mainstream of African music, Congolese rumba. And, above it all, floats the voice of Tabu Ley Rochereau, the voice of lightness...
# key recordings from one of Africa's greatest songwriter, singer and band-leaders
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