This reissue was remastered from original analogue tapes. It includes a booklet with new notes by the participants, as well as 5 of the recently-unearthed original demos, which have never been released previously, and 3 original remixes from 1984 which will all be available via a digital download code.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Boasting the oft-bootlegged, but always exceptional ‘Lamuka’ alongside eight more mind-bending body-movers, ‘Noir Et Blanc’ pits Bony Biyake’s traditional Congolese vocals against Hector Zazou’s avant-jazz arrangements and CY 1’s deranged synth grooves. The result is nothing short of breath taking and still stands up as the finest Afro-cosmic record ever released.
FORMAT INFORMATION2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.
Deeply impressed by the music of Kasai Allstars, French-Senegalese director Alain Gomis drew inspiration from their music, and from the voice and character of their singer Muambuyi to write and direct his new fiction movie, entitled 'Félicité'. The film's eponymous protagonist is a proud, free-willed woman who sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of electric Kinshasa to save her son. Her profession: singer with the Kasai Allstars!
The band wrote and performed most of the soundtrack, and appears onscreen playing their own part. Muambuyi's voice is omnipresent, and is being heard every time Félicité (played by Congolese actress Vero Tshanda) sings in the bars of Kinshasa, backed by Kasai Allstars.
The 'Around Félicité' album includes the film's main pieces, performed by Kasai Allstars and by the Kinshasa Symphonic Orchestra (who specially arranged three works by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt), alongside new tracks by Kasai Allstars, as well as interludes consisting of fragments of dialogues and sound bites taken from the soundtrack.
'Around Félicité' comes with a companion piece: 'Félicité Remixes', a collection of ten remixes of Kasai Allstars tracks by electronic music producers from Europe, North America and Africa, including reworks by Clap! Clap!, Daedelus and Africaine 808. 'Félicité Remixes' is available as a bonus disc included in the CD version of the album, as well as a separate digital album available on all streaming and download platforms.
'Around Félicité' also comes out as a vinyl double-LP including the album plus five of the remixes.
FORMAT INFORMATION2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.
Juana Molina has been acclaimed as a deeply original and visionary artist who, “like Brian Wilson or Kevin Shields, pulls off the most out-there material with melodies nearly as accessible as conventional pop” (Rolling Stone). She has variously been described as “pure genius” (Les Inrockuptibles, France), “beguiling” (Pitchfork), and is said to be “one of the most extraordinary singers around” (Sunday Times), who is “creating a slippery soundtrack for the subconscious” (Spin, US) and “subtle, unclassifiable sonic magic” (Uncut). On her previous albums, Juana Molina deliberately used a defined, minimal array of elements (mostly guitar and layers of vocals, with some synth and percussion) to compose pieces which have gradually moved from folky acoustic songs to mesmerizing, “gorgeous reveries... [and] radiant clouds of sound” (the NY Times, about her previous album ‘UnDia’).
This time, she’s remarkably expanded her palette of instruments, incorporating electric guitars, bass, drums and inventive electronics, thus giving ‘Wed 21’ a richer, broader sonic spectrum. In some of the tracks, Juana comes as close to a pop song format and to a full band sound as she ever did...while some other pieces are sinuous excursions through gamuts of feelings and textures. As the album unfolds, each of the eleven songs reveals new, delightful ideas, unexpected turns and inspired atmospheres.
Known as Mchiriku, their music derives from popular dance styles, which underwent a transformation when the band adopted low-cost electronic keyboards and their gritty, distortion-laden sound. Jagwa Music and their peers were attracted by the Casio keyboard's lo-fi sound, hooking it up to vintage amps and megaphones. "Bongo Hotheads" was recorded live in front of a crowd of family, kids and curious neighbours at what has come to be called the Kuti Kavu Studio (but most still know it as Jolijo's backyard).
Jagwa Music are not only immensely popular in the poor suburbs of their hometown but their electrifying appearances at European festivals such as Roskilde have created a sensation. With their DIY attitude and creative use of noise they’ve been acclaimed as one of the most exciting bands around. ‘Bongo Hotheads’ includes two six minute bonus videos - ‘Live in the Streets of Dar’ and ‘Live at Roskilde Festival.’
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