Thursday, January 31, 2008
Mzee Makassy formed the band Orchestra Makassy in Uganda and in 1975 the group left for Tanzania and took up residency at the New Africa Hotel in Dar-es-Salaam. Mose Se Fan Fan, a solo artist at the New Africa, joined the band and together they recorded a number of tracks for Radio Tanzania some of which turned up on a Retroafric compilation. They also recorded an album for Virgin records in Kenya but soon after the LP was released the band fell apart, with Mose Se Fan Fan and Remmy Ongala forming their own splinter groups.
A reissue of Makassy's material focusing on the Agwaya LP recorded for Virgin did find its way to CD a while back. Unfortunately the care taken by labels such as Blood and Fire, Numero, Soundway and others was missing and a number of song titles were incorrect and tracks that should have been on the release were omitted.
Anyway all this is beside the point. What I wanted to share with you today is the recording that will always be key to unlocking my heart to African rumba - Makassy's cassette recording that was passed on to me from Jumbo at Eathworks in London in 1983. Enjoy!
Limited Download (Sendspace)
For further information on Congolese bands in East Africa check out Alistair Johnson's MUZIKIFAN.
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