Franco & L'orchestre O.k. Jazz

La Rumba De Mi Vida (2lp)

Last copy! The 'La Rumba De Mi Vida' 2LP compilation displays the full extent to which O.K. Jazz and its bandleader Franco explored Congolese rumba in the sixties and early seventies. Each of the four sides on this double LP presents a different facet of O.K. Jazz. The songs presented on this album justify why Franco was (and still is) regarded as the greatest portraitist of Congolese society. Side A presents tracks published in the early seventies on Franco's label Editions Populaires. This was a period in which Franco took full control over the orchestra and was integrating a new sound into the band such as the return of the acoustic guitar and collaborations with artists from the first generation of Congolese rumba such as Manuel d'Oliveira and Camille Feruzi. Side B includes some of the first recordings O.K. Jazz made abroad, when the band went to Brussels in the early sixties to record for the Surboum African Jazz label. Side C features five charming covers that O.K. Jazz did, mostly of Cuban artists. Side D shows the band's sensitivity for composing songs firmly rooted in the vast universe of Congolese folklore, and for writing lyrics in languages other than Lingala, Kinshasa's lingua franca. Almost all of the 23 titles on this compilation have not been re-released previously and were restored and remastered from the original 45 rpm or 78 rpm release. SIDE 1: 1. Malata 2. Tika Kolela Chérie 3. Ba Mpangi Ya Matadi 4. Mosala Etindi 5. Casier Judiciaire SIDE 2: 1. La Mode Ya Pius Apiki Dalapo 2. Ngai Muana Na Weyi 3. Cha Cha Cha Erique 4. Baiser Na Litama 5. Lopango Ya Bana Na Ngai 6. Victoire de Bruxelles 7. Onzeteuna SIDE 3: 1. Revolver 2. Baila Charanga 3. El Paso De Encarnacion 4. El Pinazo 5. Na Mokili Mibale Na Mibale SIDE 4: 1. Ma Nkewa 2. Bandoki Kabasala Ye Nkenda Ko 3. Beno Bakongo Sika 4. Owawa 5. Camp Luka 6. Lokumu Ya Mwasi Mpo Na Mobali (Bonus Track)

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