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The item you've selected wasn't added to your basket. Watch this item Unwatch. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Articles Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. My Profile. We only Yeke Yeke - Various - 100% Carnival (CD) to be different and we identify ourselves with those African Americans the same way our elders or fathers identified with the Cubans and fell in love with Salsa. Time went on, dancers became rappers or some jump ship to become Rumba singers, the term became less pejorative but the sarcasm kept on.
We were laughed at and never taken seriously in our endeavours. Cultural influence are cyclic, trends come and go. The album will be free for download and there will be videos for some singles.
The revolution will not be televised, it will be digital. African Unplugged brought the best in Africa Pop music with artists that included Nigerian artists such as Femi Kuti and 2Face IdibiaGhanaian rapper Sarkodie and various other musicians from the motherland.
The line-up did not include your typical African artists that most Europeans believe represent the sound of Africa. These were musicians that mattered to the UK African diaspora and whose songs adorn every African party. The performance was in support of charities such as Save the Congo and War Child. According to the organisers, Africa Unplugged aimed to raise awareness to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The host was the very funny, stand-up comedian, Eddie Kadi who was born in the Congo. However, the biggest absentee of this historical event was Fally Ipupa. Combattants lobby concert promoters and producers and on few occasions, violence has erupted with alleged reports of rape and grievous body harm.
Their argument is that the fact that these musicians do not speak against the violence, poverty, human rights abuse and rape in the Congo, they must be supportting the current government of Joseph Kabila and implicitly, they are complicit to the suffering of the Congolese people.
For decades, Congolese Rumba has been African Pop music. The enchanting guitar rhythms and the intricate dance routines have moved the continent for many generations. This is the only genre that has cross-over to many African countries by even surpassing local acts. With all its success, music from the Congo is not mainstream in a way that Dancehall or Afrobeat is. Could that be different if Congolese artists sang in English rather than French, Lingala or other Yeke Yeke - Various - 100% Carnival (CD) So, why, after 6 decades, Congolese music has not gone mainstream in the English world?
I read Rumba on the river by Gary Stewart and a passage in that wonderful book mirrors the events that prevented Fally Ipupa to perform at Africa Unplugged. I have come to the conclusion that the people of Congo are responsible for their own demise. Inan emerging Congolese singer by the name of Abeti Masikini was in America on tour introducing Soukouss to her distant relatives after a successful campaign in Europe She played sold-out concerts in Olympia.
The tour was already a success when President Mobutu see picture requested that she performed at a conference in France where the despot was due to speak. The threat of unspecified consequences should she refuse the invitation was clear to foresee. She had to cancel the remainder of her US tour and a once in a lifetime chance to crack America. Begrudgingly, she went to Paris only to learn that the speech has been called off Yeke Yeke - Various - 100% Carnival (CD) her presence no longer required.
In a stroke, Congolese authorities turned her success into a disaster that American promoters will never forget. Today, for political reasons, Fally Ipupa has been denied the opportunity to take that Rumba music into the conscious of the UK crowd. He will not be carrying the torch as the next Yeke Yeke - Various - 100% Carnival (CD) thing and might not be lucky to sign for Akon or Kanye West. Now, I have reached the final part of the most influential albums in my life.
I have taken you down my memory lane, past the boulevard of my broken dreams and I hope I have kept you entertained. If you were not familiar with some of these artists, songs or albums, then I suggest that you go cop it. It made me a better DJ, a Hip Hop connoisseur and music aficionado.
Next, I will do the most influential songs in my life. This is New Jack Swing redefined and an album that me and my friends used for inspiration beats, melodies or lyrics. Motown 25 will always be engraved in my memory and after watching that performance, I so wanted to be Michael Jackson, even begging my dad to buy me a similar jacket.
Never before will I get young white girls requesting an African song, but his songs were the favourites. From the first track where he calls him The African Michael Jacksonyou honestly do not need to understand pidgin or Yoruba to like his music.
Now, signed to Kanye West G. Music, expect another influential album from Daniel Odebanjo…. The first Nas album I bought not copied and quite surprised not to find Nas is like.
This is what he was born to do. The video for the song is one of my all time favourite and the reason why I got rid of my high fade. Times were changing…. The quintessential Zouk album by the First Lady of Kassav. As kids, we used to change her lyrics to our vernacular and mean something saucy or down-right nasty! Never before have I heard guys sing so beautifully. Their acappella reminded me of Zulu chants isicathamiyayet it was so urban.
We wanted to sing like them, dressed like them and copy their music. I loved New Edition, but they were like an upgrade or even better version to boy bands. A new plateau has been reached and no other group have matched it ever since.
KRS One even appears on the compilation! The soundtrack is far superior than the movie and definitely a classic in French Hip Hop. The beats were Mobb Deep-esque, the poetry originally French and the flow was so ahead of its time that back in Kinshasa, we changed our slang and way of rapping to keep up with the Frenchies at least!
A different era and sonic space to when Joe released his succesful My name is Joe. With conscious lyrics and beautiful melodies, this was a mature Joe. An awesome relief for many Viva La Musica fans because this album came around the time Papa Wemba flirted for the third time with World music and Peter Gabriel.
Reddy Amisi revived the career of Dido Yongo 2 years later, he will die of an heart attack and produced an album full of parables, love songs and fancy guitar play from Rigo Starr not the drummer! Premier Gaou ought to be the most played African song at African parties. Social commentaries still poignant and relevant, they cannot be underestimated. For a long period of time, the Congolese market was flooded with singles rather than albums.
It is only later that singles will be put together to constitute albums. One of his biggest hit, Mario, will benefit from that. Garage had exploded and Craig David was his ambassador. I came in the UK around that time and this was the sound of the youth. Welcome to Great Britain! Alexandra Stan feat. Anya - Angels Extended Mix Luz Da Silva - Bamba Loca John De Sohn feat. Lara Loft feat. Slash-y Bootleg 2k14 Rico Bernasconi Ft. Mia Martina - Cabo Felix Cartal Feat.
Ofelia - New Scene Don Omar - Feeling Hot Sean Paul Feat. Rozalla feat. Albert Novo feat. Dale Saunders Feat. Alexandra Shine feat. Project Mix Gabry Ponte Ft. Inna Ft. Jason Derulo Feat. Mark Loverush Remix Icona Pop - All Night Matt Consola feat. Calvin Harris Feat. Dan Balan feat. Romano Official Remix Paul Oakenfold Ft. Becky G Ft. Original Club Mix Bioblitz - Globe Warmer Original Mix Arias - Andromeda Radio Edit Choc St Clair - Blast Off Cantoreggi - Sinners Heist Anthony Yarranton - Bohemian Groove Scotty.
A Remix Catope - Maya Original Mix Beat Maniacs - Parallel Original Mix Bodygrooverz - Memories Original Mix Benny Benassi Pres. Anthony L. Bsno - Orquesta Original Mix Capa - Chances Original Club Mix Sander Van Doorn] Ellie Goulding] Far East Movement] Hardwell - Apollo Radio Edit [Feat.
Amba Shepherd] Amadeas] Mad Mark 2K13 Radio Edit Ninetoes - Finder Radio Edit Mad Mark] Evelyn And Tony T] The Jackie Boyz] Zedd - Clarity Feat. Foxes William - Thatpower Feat. Justin Bieber Klangkarussell - Sonnentanz Radio Edit] Bontan Remix Yasha Sono - Keep Control H. Radio Edit Elkka] Ame] Alex C. Lisa Rowe] Showtek - Slow Down Radio Edit Kirsty - Hands High Afrojack Edit Flo Rida And Shun Ward] Michael S.
John Martin] Mariana Bell] Blasterjaxx - Fifteen Hardwell Edit Firebeatz - Wonderful Edit Daddy's Groove - Stellar Radio Edit Carlprit] Avicii - You Make Me Nuthin' Under A Million] Trevor Guthrie] Charli Xcx Yeke Yeke - Various - 100% Carnival (CD) Onerepublic Martin Garrix - Animals  Porter Robinson - Language  Avicii - Last Dance  Axwell - Center Of The Universe  Fedde Le Grand - Raw  Mat Zo ft Porter Robinson - Easy  Danny Avila - Tronco  Bobby Burns - MontBlanc  Steve Angello - Yeah  Firebeatz - Wonderful  CD 2 Moguai - PunkOmat  Sidney Samson ft Will.
Am - Better Than Yesterday  Mercer - Supreme  Rune RK - Burning Boombox  DubVision - Redux  Michel Cleis - Hey Lady Luck  Basto - Dance With Me  Justin Prime - Bring The Bass  Sander Van Doorn - Neon  Bakermat - Zomer  Hardwell ft Amba Shepherd - Apollo 
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