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Audio: DJ Zhao's Afro Rumba x Soukous Mixtape [Download]

Download DJ Zhao's stellar Congolese soukous and Afro rumba mixtape.


Berlin's eclectic DJ Zhaowho we've written about extensively for his excellent Punk In Africa, Juju-Juke and Arabian mixes, drops this guitar-laced, joy-of-a mix of Congolese soukous and Afro rumba. Stream and download Zhao's Heart of Light — named after "the last words uttered publicly by democratically elected president Patrice Lumumba at his inauguration address, 3 months before his murder by Belgium and CIA" — and read more about the mix below from Zhao.

Rumba traveled back to Africa via Cuba and Haiti in the 40s and 50s, later developing into Soukous, becoming the biggest African music export in history, arguably peaking in the 60s and 70s, but lived on well into the 90s with a more streamlined and modern sound. This mix is only a tiny slice of this glorious sound from the later periods: 4 on the floor, with enough bass for modern dance floors.

TRACKLIST

01 Sam Mangwana – Liwa Ya Niekesse

02 Orchestra Makassy – Kufulisika Sio Kilema

03 Papa Noel – Bel Ami

04 Kosmos Moutouari – Liberté

05 4 Etoiles – Mayanga

06 Kanda Bongo Man – Ebeneza

07 Mpongo Love – Femme Commerçante

08 Unknown – Zoum

09 Sam Mapangala – Dunia Tuna Pita (We’re Just Passing Through the World)

10 Kanda Bongo Man – J.T.

11 Bilenge Musica Du Zaire – Wazazi Wangu

12 Empire Bakuba – Nazingi Maboko

13 Alain Kounkou – Soukouss Grands Effets

14 Nyboma – Maya

15 Elali – Mawa (Ngai Mawa)

16 Synthez – Virée aux Antilles

17 Fifi Map – Libala Ya Bomwana

18 Africa Maestro – Na Decide

19 Bicko Tchéké – C’est chic

20 Kanda Bongo Man – Sango

21 Meiway – Nanan

22 Luambo Lwanza Makiadi & L’Orchestre TPOK Jazz (Franco) – Casier Judiciaire

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