Rounder Records has reissued Tabu Ley Rochereau’s et L’Orchestre Afrisa’s Africa Worldwide album. Recorded in Louisiana during an extended stay in the United States during the 1980s, this album recording celebrates the exciting legacy of the late soukous star and originator Tabu Ley Rochereau. The reissue is part of Rounder’s back catalog world music albums released into full digital distribution.
Along with several other musicians, including Papa Wemba and Pépé Kallé, in then-Zaire in the 1960s, Tabu Ley brought Cuban rumba rhythms back to Africa, adding shimmering electric guitar sounds, a horn section, and his sweet lead vocals.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.