Papa Noel: Bana Congo presents Papa Noel (Tumi/Elite)

 |   |  <1 min read

Papa Noel: Latin Reverie
Papa Noel: Bana Congo presents Papa Noel (Tumi/Elite)

Congolese rumba (or its pop imitations) accounts for around 70% of all music bought by Africans in Africa, a measure of the impact that the touring Cuban rumba bands of the Forties made, and how pervasive their horn-driven sound has become.

Papa Noel is a veteran of the Golden Age of Rumba in the Forties and Fifites, and his guitar sound and vocals have graced hundreds of albums.

For this lively outing Noel and a Cuban band -- plus a guest cast of African musicians which includes the legendary saxophonist Manu Dibango -- settled in to a Cuban studio (with later vocals added in France) and brought together traditional Cuban styles and their own Congolese take on them in sessions which are so high on rhythmic energy and mutual enjoyment as to be infectious.

Pass the rum and get ready to rumba.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Savina Yannatou/Primavera en Salonico: Songs of An Other (ECM)

Savina Yannatou/Primavera en Salonico: Songs of An Other (ECM)

Not going to lie to you: this one isn't easy and certainly won't be to everyone's taste -- but I guess you have to expect that when a Greek singer takes on Armenia, Bulgarian, Albania etc folk in... > Read more

Slim Ali and the Hodi Boys: 70s Pop! (Arc Music)

Slim Ali and the Hodi Boys: 70s Pop! (Arc Music)

The earlier companion volume to this collection (70s Soul!) was of real interest because of the sound of the Hodi Boys band behind the classic soul voice of Kenya's Slim Ali, and African artist... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Radiohead; 5 Album Set (EMI)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Radiohead; 5 Album Set (EMI)

Do the maths. If someone celebrated their 20th birthday this month, September 2012, they were born at the same time as Radiohead's first single Creep - with that distinctive lock'n'load guitar --... > Read more

Selina Tusitala Marsh: Fast Talking PI (2009)

Selina Tusitala Marsh: Fast Talking PI (2009)

Every time I have played this track on radio it has had an immediate and favourable response: people want to know who the writer/reader is, and what else has she done. Marsh has done a lot: she... > Read more