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Rumba 'Round Africa
FORMAT
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CATALOG #
RETRO 010CD RETRO 010CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/28/2015

Originally released in 1996. Ry-Co Jazz did just about as much as any band to popularize Congolese rumba internationally in the 1960s. Formed in 1959 by the pioneering guitarist, composer, and music businessman Henri Bowané, the band held its first rehearsal on a steamer heading up the Congo River and spent the next 18 years on the road (or on the river) beyond their home country. Bowané soon split off to start other bands and Ry-Co Jazz picked up new members of various nationalities along the way. The core of the band, though, was always three Congolese men: singers Freddy N'Kounkou and Casino Mbilia and guitarist Jerry Malekani. The Congolese saxophonist Jean-Serge Essous, a founding member of both OK Jazz and Les Bantous de la Capitale, joined Ry-Co Jazz in 1964, by which time the band was touring Europe. In 1967 it made the first of several long visits to the Caribbean. Everywhere it went it not only disseminated Congolese rumba but also absorbed sounds such as West African highlife, French rock 'n' roll, and Caribbean calypso and beguine. This compilation (the first of two from RetroAfric preceding Bon Voyage!! (RETRO 022CD)) covers 1961 to 1969.