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Congo Funk! Sound Madness from the Shores of the Mighty Congo River (Kinshasa/Brazzaville 1969-1982) Image

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  • Summary: The latest compilation from the Analog Africa label features 14 tracks of Congolese rumba music from 1969-82.
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  1. May 15, 2024
    An indispensable addition not only to the Analog Africa catalog but to the burgeoning cultural conversation around the significance, import, and variety of techniques, innovations, aesthetics, and attitudes in African music-making from the era.
  2. Uncut
    May 1, 2024
    Ranging from explosive Afro-funk workouts by Petelo Vicka et Son Nzazi and Les Bantous de la Capitale to more psych-influenced stunners by Abeti et Les Redoutables and Zaiko Langa Langa, these rediscoveries are thrilling enough for Congo Funk! to deserve a place next to African Scream Contest among Analog Africa’s most indispensable collections. [May 2024, p.53]
  3. 80
    A beautifully packaged time capsule.
  4. May 1, 2024
    Analog Africa has created a compilation that’s less esoteric than some previous releases and more focused feeling. It’s a fascinating time capsule into not only the artists and studios of the time but the cities themselves and the Congolese spirit as a whole—another must-buy for those who get a kick of uncovering long-lost musical treasures.
  5. Record Collector
    Jun 10, 2024
    Another crack compilation from Analog Africa. [May 2024, p.99]
  6. Mojo
    May 1, 2024
    Impeccably sequenced, with fulsome liner notes, global groovers will find this seamless mix of the known and obscure frequently revelatory. [Jun 2024, p.101]