Le Grand Kallé et l'African Jazz
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|Le Grand Kallé et l'African Jazz|
|Also known as||African Jazz|
Republic of Congo
(modern-day Democratic Republic of Congo)
Grand Kallé et l'African Jazz (often referred to simply as African Jazz) was one of the first full-time, professional band in what was then called Belgian Congo, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was founded by Joseph Kabasele Tshamala, popularly known as Le Grand Kallé.
The band was invited to Brussels in 1960 to play at the Congolese Round Table Conference, where they were amongst the first bands to introduce modern African music to Europe.
Among their most popular songs was "Indépendance Cha Cha" (1960) the pan-African hit which, like much of their recorded output, used Latin American rhythms like the Cuban chachachá. They were, together with among others Franco Luambo's OK Jazz band, pioneers of the African variant of Rumba, that later evolved into Soukous.
- "Le Grand Kallé" (Joseph Kabasele) - vocals, bandleader
- Dr Nico Kasanda - Lead Guitar
- Sam Mangwana - vocals
- Tabu Ley Rochereau - vocals
- Youlou Mabiala - vocals
- Josky Kiambukuta - vocals
- Contributing artist
- (French) http://www.mondomix.com/actualite/725/independence-cha-cha-histoire-d-un-tube.htm "Indépendance Cha Cha" : Histoire d'un tube
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