April 26, 2010

Les Grands Succes Africains vol. 8
Special African King’s au Gabon
Pathé Marconi / EMI 1977

Denis Loubassou Kifoueti is the man behind ‘African Kings’.
I have read somewhere, he worked with Pambou Tchicaya
Tchico at a certain point. I could be wrong but I think we hear
him in track 1 & 2. You know, golden voice. Sweet sound.


1 Gege qui es-tu 1
2 Gege qui es-tu 2
3 Banda ya likelele
4 Marynela
5 Priere ya dasi
6 Ma Helene wa Loubassou
7 Fua dia sisa tata
8 Marie Thereze
9 Mama Kolelate
10 Marie Louise wa Loubassou


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  1. Apurva Bahadur 28 April 2010 at 05:28 - Reply

    Thank you for sharing – I appreciate your generosity. Apurva from Pune, India.

  2. Oro 28 April 2010 at 11:07 - Reply

    As you know I am not found of Congolese music. Anyway, one word to thank you again for your work.

  3. Anonymous 28 April 2010 at 12:54 - Reply

    This is typical of the fine and obscure vinyl you post—since finding your blog a few weeks ago I’ve visited often and have rarely found anything that was less than excellent! Regarding Kings au Gabon, it has all the prime Congolese ingredients of the era: honey-dipped vocals, sinuous and rippling guitars, tasty, occasional horn parts, and above all, amazing rhythm sections. That snare drum player on the last track is brilliant. Please accept my long overdue thanks for doing the vital work of helping disseminate these extraordinary musical forms from around the world. music

  4. jahcisco 28 April 2010 at 18:26 - Reply

    Thank you for sharing.

  5. joe 29 April 2010 at 02:44 - Reply

    An enjoyable album, track 1 & 2 my faves. I am assuming that the African Kings are a Congolese (Brazza?) outfit; haven’t been able to find much info about them. Stewart (Rumba on the River) mentions in passing that Rochereau once poached a guitarist from them…

  6. Anonymous 29 April 2010 at 14:03 - Reply

    Hi Moos,

    That’s indeed Tchico; according to this page (scroll down for a complete discography) Tchico made at least three records with the African Kings; a fourth one is mentioned here. Very sweet music, thanks for sharing!


  7. Steve Pile 30 April 2010 at 20:40 - Reply

    I love this. The echo just drips of the guitar parts!

  8. KabakaMwangaII 2 May 2010 at 19:30 - Reply

    What is the Gabon connection here ? Thanks for the record.

  9. ralf2152 1 May 2012 at 20:19 - Reply

    Please can you renew the link?

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