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Kass Kass & Kass Tout

by Kass Kass

Dynamic rumba soukouss music influenced by some of the most famous orchestras from the Congo; hot dance music with a cool streak.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mister Oh!
5:49 $0.99
2. Mbongo Passy
5:49 $0.99
3. Kass Kass
7:11 $0.99
4. Ba Boutons Rouges
5:37 $0.99
5. Mounga Nga
5:24 $0.99
6. Naye
5:54 $0.99
7. Eyengo
5:42 $0.99
8. Mena Mburu
5:46 $0.99
9. Yoyoe
5:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
The two original Kass Kass albums - Kass Kass and Kass Tout have been digitally re-mastered and re-released in one CD.

Kass Kass introduced dynamic, new dimension soukous from a trio of skilled musicians who came to light in some of the most influential orchestras from the Congo (formerly Zaire & Rep. Congo).

Kass Kass comprised master guitarist Syran Mbenza, and vocalists Jean Papy and Passi Jo. Syran Mbenza played with Tabu Ley's Afrisa and Sam Mangwana's African All Stars, before forming Les Quartres Etoiles, the first soukous supergroup. Jean Papy also sang with Afrisa and later replaced Nyboma in the "4 Stars". Passi Jo toured with Mangwana's African All Stars before helping to found Les Officiers of African Music, and the two vocalists have also appeared together with Mose Fan Fan's Somo Somo, and the African All Stars.

The three musicians pooled their talents under the Kass Kass banner with their debut album also titled Kass Kass, that heralded a new age of "hot licks" soukous. It was (in 1987, and still is in 2009) music of the moment in which the classic elegance of soukous guitar and the ebullient Lingala vocals got a booster charge from electronic rhythms and synthesizer. Recorded in Paris and mixed in Washington DC, this is hot music with a cool streak - it's Kass Kass!
(Original text - Ewenso, 1987)



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Charismatic African Rhumba music
The charismatic and well orchestrated African Rhumba music of “Kass Kass & Kass Tout” is artistic dance music created by an innovating group named Kass Kass. This CD is a compilation of two previous albums ingeniously re-mastered and presented as one. This genre of music, Soukous, is a combination of fusing traditional African music with Caribbean flavor. Presenting wonderful lead vocals complemented by delightful harmonies, the song “Kass Kass” is uplifting with its bright and cheery melody and lively percussion. Syncopated rhythms and effervescent guitar riffs keep the vibrant and energetic song “Ba Boutons Rouges” moving along with a solid, danceable tonality. Dazzling horn riffs embellish the memorable vocals and vibrant rhythms on “Mounga Nga” and “Yoyoe.” You won’t want to miss the catchy melodies and bouncy beats on the delicious and charming album, “Kass Kass & Kass Tout.”