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Orchestra Super Mazembe

Using a varying line-up of between nine and 14 music artists, Mazembe (Zairois for earth movers) were perhaps one of the most popular Kenyan bands from the 80s, as well as for a brief within the mid-80s enjoyed a cult following in Europe, following their signing by Virgin Records and the united kingdom release from the album, Kaivaska. Although located in Kenya because the early 70s, the music group’s personnel is completely Zairean – it getting one of the outfits that made a decision to keep the overcrowded Kinshasa picture in the past due 70s to go towards the greener East African marketplaces of Kenya and Tanzania. Like fellow expatriates Orchestra Makassy, Mazembe possess recorded their most widely used materials in Nairobi with United kingdom manufacturer Norman Mighell. In 1984, they appreciated a sizeable worldwide hit using a cover edition of Nguashi Timbo’s East African evergreen, ‘Shauri Yako’, which have been included on Kaivaska. Another UK recording, Maloba D’Amor, repackaged a number of the Kaivaska paths – including ‘Shauri Yako’ – while fresh materials included a curiously faithful reading from the old Friend Holly strike ‘Phrases Of Like’ (the name track).

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