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Song and Dance

by Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga

More great sounds from East Africa, as Samba Mapangala draws listeners to the dance floor with his soaring vocals and smooth melodies, flavored with the warm guitars of Virunga stalwarts Syran, Bopol, Caien and some new friends.
Genre: World: African- East
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1. Adija
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2. Kaa Chonjo
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3. Tafuta Kazi
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4. Kwa Nini
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5. Nyama Choma
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6. Pangeni Uzazi
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7. Siku Ya Mwisho
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Album Notes
Samba Mapangala began his singing career in Kinshasa in the early 1970’s. In 1975, he moved with other musicians to Kampala, where they formed the group Les Kinois. From 1977 to 1997, he was based in Nairobi, first with Les Kinois, then with his Orchestra Virunga, which he founded in 1981.

Samba returns in 2006 to please his listeners once again, this time with the music of “Song and Dance.” We invite you to enjoy the sounds that have taken the airwaves of East Africa by storm, with tracks like “Nyama Choma” and “Adija”.

Among those joining Samba to entertain you are guitarists Syran M’Benza, Bopol Mansiamina, Caien Madoka and Dally Kimoko; Jimmy Mvondo on sax; Komba Bellow and Deba Sungu on drums and percussion; and Nyboma Mwan’dido and Dodo Munoko on vocals.

In reviewing Samba’s album Ujumbe, distinguished music critic Robert Christgau wrote, ”Everywhere he's gone, from Matadi to Kinshasa to Kampala to Nairobi to Paris to his safe Maryland home, Mapangala has brought along a tenor as sweet as a licked frenum and a tune sense that knows what it wants--no wonder he found the sway of Swahili swing so amenable.”

Experience what everyone is talking about. Take a listen to “Song and Dance”, and dance “geuka”—turn round and round!


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daniel kagichu(meki daniel)

melodious and danceable songs
Hi, this is your friend Daniel from Nairobi, the one you gave the video dvd for nyama choma. When are we expecting another boomshell album from virunga. I know you might be having new records by now remember I had requested you to sing about ukabila and bad politics of greed in response to the violence we had witnessed in Kenya( and now in Zimbabwe) after the general election.


Very good CD as usual
Samba Mapangala has one of the smoothest voices in this genre and his lyrics are a thought- provoking commentary on everyday human nature. His melodious arrangements are undoubtedly quite uplifting.

Aaron Rosenberg

Samba has done it again!!
Another excellent bunch of tracks in Swahili by the maestro Mapangala. Smooth and sweet with just enough rough around the edges. Dancing guitar lines, deep messages and that crystal clear voice of his make this a keeper. Hear it on the Kumekucha African Music Radio Program on Saturdays from 8-11am on the east coast.


Keep it real
Ahsante kwa kuelimisha umati!! good to hear someone talk about real issues for a change


Song and Dance

Barry Eisenberg

Song and Dance
Samba Mapangala's critically acclaimed hit recording, Song and Dance (Virunga) is living testimony to the sweet, sophisticated and polished wizardry of Paris all-star soukous musicians curried by Mapangala's tasty East African rumba compositions and singing style.
Mapangala is a singular star in the Congolese pantheon, having performed with East African musicians for East African audiences and with the best of the Paris Congolese contingent for a European audience, masterfully succeeding in each style with international audiences for both. Song and Dance is the best new recording I've heard by Mapangala since his 1991 Feet on Fire (Stern's Africa STCD1036), which was recorded in London with Mapangala's Kenyan band. The other bookend of Mapangala's talented career has been documented by his recent remastered and released Virunga Roots, Vol. One (Virunga VS001). Virunga Roots compiles songs from Mapangala's early career with both his Kenyan and Paris bands. The Kenyan songs dominate the compilation, and the mutuashi-styled "Ntumba," a turbocharged send-up of Dr. Nico and African Fiesta's "Mamu Wa Mpoy," is just a Swahili rumba-blast, smoking.
Kinshasa, Nairobi, Paris, London, Uganda, Tanzania, a brief stint in Canada--Mapangala is an international, transcontinental, metropolitan popular music artist. Joining him on Song and Dance--guitarists Caien Mdoka, Syran Mbenza, Dally Kimoko and Bopol Mansiamina; and drummer Komba Bellow, conga, Deba Sungu, and sax, Jimmy Mvondo, many of whom toured with Kekele this summer in the United States--are among their generation's most definitive musical talents. Many have commented on how Kekele's Nyboma Mwan Dido with his super-smooth tenor style echoes and is echoed by Mapangala's similar, but East African-inflected vocals--and listen to them close out track five, "Nyama Choma," together--Mssrs. Suave et Savoir Faire. La crème de la crème!
The whole band cooks on this recording. "Kaa Chonjo," track two, starts out with a cheek-to-cheek-beat electric guitar. Then, like a genie jumping out of a bottle, Komba Bellow goes off on one of his gravel-voiced, gut-bucket animations. Komba Bellow Mafwala, star soukous drummer, a man who boxes beats with jabs, combinations, body blows and dead-on-the-money head shots, appears to know just whom his bandmembers are--he's played with them before--and who has brought them all together for one long, great soukous session. Virunga!
Mapangala breaks into song, and the romantic Caribbean tempo reasserts itself. Cameroonian Jimmy Mvondo introduces himself on the saxophone to the family of solo performers. Then Bopol Mansiamina, in a signature rhythm bridge, smooth, tasty, turns the tune over to the Paris soukous crew, picking up the tempo a touch too. And when the guitars are in tune and firing up and the smooth Parisian-inflected perfection of the chorus has it going on, I think to myself, "these guys really are the kings of this kind of music." Just then Komba again, bellowing and braying, bragging in powerful, percussive tempo, blasts it up a notch.
Ecoutez, Jimmy Sax-o! Jimmy Mvondo, a fine makossa and jazz man, is also one of the last great, great living Congolese-style saxophonists. Like his elder, Manu Dibango, who came to greatness with Joseph Kabasele's international bands, Mvondo has long been a celebrated regular with many Parisian all-star Congolese outfits, including Pamelo Mounka's bands and the early Quatre Etoiles. When Kekele goes on tour, Mvondo goes with them. On "Kaa Chonjo," he just walks in and steals the entire show, theft in broad daylight, theft in public.
Bopol with fuzztone and uptempo another notch; Sax-o and Bellow lead the band and all the dancers out behind them...Oh yes, perfectly paced and out-of-this-worldly animated--Virunga! Samba Mapangala! [;; ]
--Barry Eisenberg, The Beat, vol. 25 #5, 2006