Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga | Song and Dance

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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