Friday, June 02, 2006
Words of Love
We're back in East Africa this week with one of my favourite bands, Orchestra Super Mazembe. My introduction to them was with the Virgin release Kaivasha (check this feature and download the LP here) in 1982. Along with Samba Mapangala's "Its Disco Time" and Orchestra Makassy's Agwaya these discs continue to occupy a special place in my collection. In 1990 I picked up a white label promo from Discafrique entitled "Maloba D'Amor". I've reproduced the notes below. After this LP I found a greatest hits LP in Zimbabwe and later got a double LP of their hits called Gold. Trevor Herman at Sterns was behind the more recent CD retrospective The Giants of East Africa (buy here) but unfortunately the killer tune Words of Love/Maloba D'Amor was missing. So here it is along with Buddy Holly's original and the Beatles version. More from East Africa soon. Enjoy.
CARTEL NEW RELEASE
ARTIST: Orchestra Super Mazembe
TITLE: Maloba D'Amor
CATELOGUE NUMBER: AFRILP 007/AFRIZZ 007
DEALER PRICE: £4.29
RELEASE DATE: 21/5/90
One of the tope bands in Kenya. A brief excursion on Virgin with re-recorded and shortened versions of some of their classic tracks failed to set the world on fire. All the tracks on this album are the classic full length versions. Although this LP is in many ways a retrospective the sheer vitality and musicianship are as fresh and danceable as anything you'll hear this year (ref: African Dance). Current status of the band is confused to say the least, but they were a great band once.
More on Mazembe from Calabash
Listen - Buddy Holly: Words of Love [MP3]
Listen - Beatles: Words of Love[MP3]
Listen - Orchestra Super Mazembe: Maloba D'Amor[MP4]
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