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The Congo is in fact two countries – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire) and the Republic of the Congo. Congo Revolution was first released as a sampler 7” box set for RSD, and this expanded release includes a 50-page booklet/double gatefold and inner sleeves containing extensive text explaining the evolution of the music and history of the two Congos, and how music, politics and popular culture intersected at the point of independence from the two Congos’ European colonisers – Belgium and France – through songs such as ‘Vive Patrice Lumumba,’ and ‘MNC Uhuru,’ which celebrated the Congolese independence leader prior to his political assassination.
Also included is the stunning images of the Congolese photographer Jean Depara who documented the Congo’s vibrant nightlife in the period 1955-65 as well as being the official photographer for the superstar Congolese artist Franco up until his death in 1989. Depara also documents the rise of the Bills (Congolese teenagers who dressed as cowboys) and sharp-suited évolués (which later gave rise to the fashion-conscious phenomenon of the Congolese ‘Sapeurs’). These images are reproduced in collaboration with Revue Noire in France.
This album comes as a deluxe heavyweight double vinyl with gatefold sleeve and individual inner sleeves, plus extensive sleeve notes & photography.
|A1||–Brazzos Et Ok Jazz||Cha Cha Cha Del Zombo||3:06|
|A2||–Brazzos Et Ok Jazz||Tcha Tcha De Mi Amour||3:09|
|A3||–Essous Et Rock-A-Mambo||Baila||2:33|
|A4||–Edo Et O.k. Jazz||Kumavula Tubakueto||3:08|
|A5||–Edo Et O.k. Jazz||Sois Sage Amour||3:07|
|B1||–Nino Et Rock-A-Mambo||Allegria||2:48|
|B2||–Ritmo Vedette Jazz||Ritmo VedetteJazz||2:42|
|B3||–Franco Et O.k. Jazz||Tokeyi Kobina Calypso||3:14|
|B4||–Essous Et Orchestre Bantou||Luiza||2:42|
|B5||–Beguen Band*||Yo Me Moero||2:50|
|C1||–African Jazz||Vive Patrice Lumumba||3:03|
|C2||–Dewayon Et Conga Jazz||Na Lingi Na Ngai Kubala Te||2:45|
|C3||–Kongo Jazz||La Belle Lucie Botayi||2:41|
|C4||–Grupo O.k. Jazz||Grupo O.k. Jazz||3:10|
|D1||–African Jazz||Flowers of Luckness||2:42|
|D2||–African Jazz||Merengue Nico||2:39|
|D4||–Wendo Kolosoy Avec Beguen Band||Marie Louise||3:05|
|D5||–African Jazz||Ngonga Ebeti Independence||2:29|
|D6||–African Jazz||Mnc Uhuru||2:57|
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