Since its debut in 1981, Orchestra Virunga has delighted fans in East Africa and beyond with its uplifting style of rumba music. Warming hearts and drawing listeners to the dance floor, the sounds of Virunga continue to entertain us in the new millenium.
Bandleader and lead vocalist Samba Mapangala is pleased to present this compilation of Virunga hits of the '80s. From the chart-busting VUNJA MIFUPA, to the mutuashi number NTUMBA, this collection is sure to rekindle fond memories of the golden era of East Africa's top dance band of the '80s and '90s.
Listen, dance and enjoy...but save some energy for Volume 2!
"Africa Dance," "Ntumba," "L'Argent" and "Losako" were recorded in Nairobi, 1988, with Virunga's Kenyan lineup.
"Vunja Mifupa," "Tolinga Virunga," "Belle Femme," and "Marina" recorded at Studio Orano, Paris, 1989, with instrumental backing by the Quatre Etoiles.