Warmer Days #2 Rhumba & Juju

A busy, lazy summer has left me with little time for music. I was at least happy to find these two albums.

A Retrospective, Vol.1 is Congolese soukous/rhumba, once again borrowing a lot from Cuban music. Franco is a phenomenal guitar player. He wanders around the song with slick, clever riffs he just seems to come up with. Perfect summer jams.

Adé is a little stranger. He and Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey were the two main Juju acts in Nigeria in the 70s and the rivalry between them led to push some boundries, and Juju Music is a great example of that.

Sadly not enough time to learn and dig. I need to get some Chief Commander. I feel like I’m only skimming the surface here with a couple “essential” albums. They are both very good though…  I’ll check back when I find something good.

Two albums for your late summer heatwave:

FRANCO & LE TPOK JAZZ ”FRANCOPHONIC – A RETROSPECTIVE, VOL.1 (1953-1980)

King Sunny Adé – JUJU MUSIC

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