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Feet on Fire

by Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga

With great guitars, horns and percussions, and the ever-present endearing voice of Samba Mapangala, this album is sure to get you moving. Sorry, CDs are now out of print but MP3 downloads are available here on CD Baby.
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1. Sungura
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2. Vidonge
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3. Toweli Nini
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4. Unisamehe
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5. M'Safiri
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6. Jaffar
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More than three decades into his storied career, Samba Mapangala’s soaring voice and uplifting melodies still bring joy to fans the world over. Those hearing Samba’s music for the first time frequently join the ranks of the enthusiasts whose collections are well stocked with Orchestra Virunga albums.

Samba began singing professionally 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.

FEET ON FIRE, recorded on the heels of Virunga’s 1991 European tour, captures the group at its best. Featurning a rich, live sound, this album has become legendary for hits like Vidonge—always a dance floor-filler among East African audiences—and Sungura, an adpation of the tortoise and the hare fable.

With great guitars, horns and percussions, and the ever-present endearing voice of Samba Mapangala, FEET ON FIRE is sure to get you moving!


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Robert Leaver

Feet On Fire
Samba Mapangala, a singer from Zaire, left for Uganda with his band Les Kinois (Kinshasa Boys) after struggling in the highly competitive Kinshasa music scene of the '70s. Two years later he settled in Nairobi, Kenya, and in 1980 formed L'Orchestre Virunga, named after a volcano in Zaire. They exploded onto the scene in 1982 with "Malako Disco," a massive East African and Congolese hit, recently re-released on Virunga Volcano (Earthworks).
Feet on Fire, recorded after their sensational European debut tour in 1991, demonstrates how Virunga's music is obviously rooted in the classic soukous of Zaire but with hints of Kenyan and Tanzanian styles. The rhythm section is tight like a well-fired drum , the guitar work is clean and dry as it weaves around and beside the rhythm bed, and Mapangala's high voice quivers with emotion. The live-sounding recording provides every instrument with its space--you can hear the full range from the deep bass to the riding of the cymbal.
The tempo starts slowly, compared to that of the new soukous, with "Sungura" (the Hare, patient in its course). Mokili Sesti plays fine lead guitar over Juma Kachenchy's bubbly active bass on "Toweli Nini" as drummer Abdallah Kodi provides a strong dance rhythm, jamming into the faster second part. My favorite cut is "M'Safiri" where the accordion is tastefully featured in the beginning, then stops ... the bass plays, the guitar enters and then the conga, the ecstatic groove continues, then the accordion re-enters and to top it off, the sax locks in with a soulful, sweaty tenor solo.
Feet on Fire recalls a time before production came to dominate the songwriting process. Live performance and traveling have made Virunga great, not heavyhanded, overembellished Paris production.
--Robert Leaver, The Beat vol. 11 #4, 1992