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Coup de Chapeau: The New Wave hits Kinshasha 1969-74
Thu Zahina
Coup de Chapeau: The New Wave hits Kinshasha 1969-74
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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All Artists: Thu Zahina
Title: Coup de Chapeau: The New Wave hits Kinshasha 1969-74
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Retroafric
Release Date: 10/1/1996
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 740042991422
 

CD Reviews

If I could give this more stars I would...!
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 07/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A beautiful set of dreamy, drifty early '70s Congolese pop, dominated by a gently hypnotic electric guitar. Thu-Zahina were one of the pivotal "youth" bands which brought American funk and acid rock influences into the already vibrant Kinshasha pop scene. With the expansive guitar work of Roxy Tshampaka, Thu-Zahina broke out of the tightly-arranged musical mould set by the older, established rumba bands led by Franco and Tabu Ley Rochereau. Later, bands such as Zaiko Langa Langa picked up this rock-influenced "new wave" and tightened the sound, re-establishing the dominance of intricate arrangements and precise musicianship in Congolese music. Here, though, the sound is new and still quite fluid, perhaps more expressive, if you're inclined to think of it that way. (In fact, after Thu-Zahina helped Zaiko Langa Langa get its start, the younger band eclipsed them, and stole their famed guitar player...) Anyway, this is a great record. It's pretty stuff, and it's a shame more of this band's classic catalog isn't available for us to check out. Highly recommended."