Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga | Virunga Roots, Vol. 2

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Virunga Roots, Vol. 2

by Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga

Rare cuts from East Africa's most beloved singer, dating back to the '80s and '90s, available for the first time on digital platforms! The long-awaited follow-up to Virunga Roots Vol. 1.
Genre: World: African- East
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1. Fonseka
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2. Sister Ali
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3. Mabiala
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4. Tonga Zala
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5. Karibu Kenya
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6. To Coopere
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7. Ikolo Kolo
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8. Wajuku
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9. Weso Sina
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10. Aicha
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11. Africa Yetu
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12. Alimasi
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13. Mashariki
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14. Violeta
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15. Confusion
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16. Wabingwa
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rare cuts from Samba Mapangala’s deep catalogue, available for the first time on digital platforms! This compilation consists of 16 long-out-of-print songs, going as far back as the early 1980s, when the original lineup of Orchestra Virunga was at its peak, plus more from the mid-‘90s, from now-unavailable albums recorded in Paris and New York.

Recorded at Nairobi’s Polygram studio in the early ‘80s, (and originally released as 45 rpm singles on the Editions Virunga and ASL labels), “Fonseka,” “Mabiala” and “Sister Ali” featured musicians from the recently formed Orchestra Virunga, which at that time was in regular appearance at the legendary Starlight Club. Musicians included members of Orchestra Virunga's original lineup: singers Koko Zigo, Fataki Lokassa, Dago Mayombe, Kasongo Wa Kanema, Moreno Batamba, Mandala Muisa; guitarist Siama Matuzungidi; bass Nsilu wa ba Nsilu, Johnnyko wa Lengo; trumpet, Diana Kodila; and drums, Lava Machine.

From the album Karibu Kenya, released in 1995, we have a set of songs produced by the legendary Ibrahima Sylla in Paris’s Harry Son studio, and featuring many of the top soukous musicians of the era. Also in evidence are the tech effects and electronic embellishments then in vogue that marked this period of African dance music output. Participants on the session included vocals by Abby Surya, Wuta Mayi, Bibi Den’s; Diblo Dibala, Syran Mbenza and Caen Madoko on guitars; Miguel Yamba and Pablo Lubadika, bass; Komba Bellow, drums.

Sessions in New York, London and Paris in 1996 gave birth to five recordings, “Alimasi," “Mashariki," “Violeta,” “Confusion” and “Wabingwa,” largely forgotten until now, featuring members of Virunga’s England-based touring lineup, including vocalist Rissa Rissa; Rama Athumani and Twahir Mohamed on sax; Fiston Lusambo, John Onyango Raringo, Kawele Massupa, guitars; and Koko Kayinda, congas.

Many thanks to Douglas Paterson for his advice and equalization of the tracks. Album cover photo collage by Selwyn Price, Birmingham England, Aug. 1992

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