Bongo Man was the highlight of the evening” - John Peel (Glastonbury, UK
Bongo Man is a giant of African music and the artist credited with introducing
John Peel to African music. His
fans number Vampire Weekend (“Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”), Paul Simon and John
the tracks were recorded for Joe Boyd’s Hannibal records between 1984-91, an era
we can look back on today as the high watermark of Parisian soukous, and
showcase a band at the height of their powers.
his soaring voice Kanda employed Diblo Dibala and Rigo Star, two lead guitarists
who are widely considered as the best soukous guitarists who ever lived. Diblo was recruited from the band led by
the legendary Franco whilst Rigo’s scorching licks graced albums by Paul Simon
and it was their twinning that gave Kanda’s music a wonderfully joyous, ringing
quality. They both feature extensively on the “King of Kwassa
2CD set features tracks from the three studio albums Kanda recorded for Joe
Boyd’s Hannibal Record label plus earlier recordings making “King of Kwassa
Kwassa” the ultimate Kanda Bongo Man compilation.