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ARTIST
TITLE
Giants of East Africa
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STEW 045CD STEW 045CD
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RELEASE DATE
10/2/2015

2001 release. Super Mazembe, whose name means "giant earth-movers," was a Congolese band that achieved widespread success outside of the Congo. Its single "Kassongo" (which kicks off this compilation) was a huge hit in Kenya in 1977, and for the next ten years the band produced hit after hit, toured East Africa almost constantly, and filled clubs, theaters, and stadiums wherever it appeared. Mazembe's biggest hit was "Shauri Yako" (written by Nguashi Ntimbo), which gained further popularity in a cover version by Tabu Ley Rochereau and Mbilia Bel. Super Mazembe reciprocated by recording -- and improving on -- Rochereau's "Jiji." Giants of East Africa is a perfect complement to the 2013 Sterns CD Mazembe @ 45RPM (STCD 3063CD).