The climate in Nairobi is cool and perfect all year round, despite being on the equator, due to its high altitude. The East African Rumba sound is also often cooler, sans the fiery horn sections of Congolese Soukous. The focus here is on a reduced palette of rhythmic guitar and vocal refrains over driving, insistent 4 on the floor kicks. The motorik, hypnotic motifs and modular progression of this original minimalist dance music here is mostly from 1950s to 1970s, and i play it in the seamless style of techno.
“Heart of Light” – the last words uttered publicly by democratically elected first president of newly independent Congo Patrice Lumumba at his inauguration address, 3 months before his murder by Belgium and CIA, because he dared to oppose the Western forces of oppression and planned to keep the wealth of the Congo for the Congo. Freedom and hope was killed in 1961, with disastrous consequences that last until today, but The Heart of Light can never die…
and here is a repost from the old blog, of classic Congolese Rumba, literally the sweetest sounds i have ever heard.
Big big thanks to Bolingo69 for the original upload. It is criminal that these heavenly sounds are out of print and commercially unavailable anywhere. Here are both volumes together on mediafire.
And I’ve been meaning to do an official NGOMA volume of modern dance floor Soukous for some time… it will happen soon. But until then, there are lots of awesome tunes in this episode of Radio Ngoma:
the first 8 volumes in this Reboot.fm radio series. for tracklisting please go to the soundcloud pages for each show. to download of course simply click the downward aarow on the right side of the player for each show.
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RADIO NGOMA 1 – Live from Krakow
RADIO NGOMA 2 – Mid Tempo Trip Around the World
RADIO NGOMA 3 – Moody Booty
RADIO NGOMA 4 – Righteousness and Rudeness (Reggae Special)
RADIO NGOMA 5 – Ancestral Rhythms
RADIO NGOMA 6 – Afro Futurism
RADIO NGOMA 7 – Global Dub Resistance
RADIO NGOMA 8 – Trans-Atlantic Rhythm Passage
here is one for the boogie: classic and soulful grooves designed for more intimate spaces.
i made this mix for smaller and “normal” local bars and clubs: really tried to make something both for the general public, meaning anyone from any walk of life, as well as the music heads. the ideal is a CD that almost any bar anywhere in the world can pop in their stereo at any given night and have people nod their heads, tap their feet, and maybe even get a little jiggy. how close the actual product ended up being to this ideal is yet to be tested, as well as my thesis that one does not have to succumb to lowest common denominators to appeal to everyone. (we will see, i have already started giving these out to local establishments in berlin)