Labor Day weekend brings you two hours of 1960s Congolese music for your listening and dancing pleasure!
The era was before my initial exposure to any popular music that was not heard on the radio in USA.
It was the era just after Congolese independence and the music, fueled by a rich period in its development in the 1950s, exploded in style, in the number of bands or "orchestres" and exploded out of the Congos into popularity across Sub-Saharan Africa, to the Caribbean and beyond.
Fortunately, a lot of this music was recorded and issued first on 45s and then on LPs, reissued on CD from the 90s to now.
Today we have almost all music from the 1960s although there are a couple that may be from the early 70s.
Some is from original vinyl, some from CDs. The French African and Sonodisc labels issued many compilations and we'll hear a number of songs from those.
Listen here! I'm sure that you'll enjoy this collection of great songs.
The first song is a Beatles cover. I wasn't going to play it, but the show before Ambiance Congo on this day was all Beatles covers. I played it for the other DJ as he had never heard anything like it before.
Zip file with tracklist: