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ARTIST
TITLE
Papa Wemba
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STCD 1026CD STCD 1026CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/16/2015

1989 release. Almost two decades into a career that had brought him super-stardom in Zaire, Papa Wemba made his international debut. He worked with the French producer Martin Meissonnier, who had helmed King Sunny Adé's first international releases with great success. Meissonnier put both African artists and their bands in first-class European studios, convinced them to tighten up their long songs, and filled out their sound with discreet synthesizers, but otherwise let them do what they knew best. In Papa Wemba's case, that was soukous with high-energy beats, hypnotic guitars and, of course, his distinctive tenor voice. With this album's release in 1989, Papa Wemba embarked on tours of Europe, North America, and Japan that made him one of the top stars of the new "world music" craze. He was soon signed by Warner Bros., but that would not have happened without this now-classic Sterns album.