D IS FOR DR CONGO and K IS FOR KENYA
Orchestre Les Mangelepa is an outfit consisting of musicians who were originally from Congo but moved to Nairobi and came to musical prominence there. They had been legendary across in East Africa for quite a while, but this is the first album released for the Western audience to coincide with the band beginning to tour Europe. I love how their music is very danceable and fiery, but the vocals make you sad. A very African kind of thing, where a wealth of culture mixes with postcolonial malaise.
Last Band Standing by Orchestre Les Mangelepa
Released by Strut Records in 2017