TWO NEW SONGS PLUS BONUS TRACKS: DIGITAL-ONLY ADVANCE RELEASE. FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY ON CDBABY!
Samba Mapangala offers an advance taste of the new studio album to be released in Spring 2011: Maisha Ni Matamu. The joyous title track, aimed squarely at East Africa’s dance floors, bears the message: Life is sweet, but short. Let’s have some fun – Come dance with me! “Zanzibar” is a souvenir from Samba’s voyage to that beautiful island to appear at the Sauti za Busara festival, where he encountered the venerable Tanzanian legend Bi Kidude in Stone Town. The mighty Orchestra Virunga is joined here by guest vocalist Awillo Mike Otieno of Kenya’s Ja-mnazi Afrika band, and Zaiko Langa Langa guitarist Beniko Popolipo, who contributes sizzling guitar solos on both songs.
The bonus tracks presented here are remixes and instrumental versions of some of Samba's most popular recent compositions: "Tafuta Kazi" and "Adija," remixed and enhanced with new guitar and sax solos (by Syran Mbenza and Jimmy Mvondo, respectively); the original "Les Gorilles des Montagnes," written for the World Wildlife Fund but not available in digital distribution until now, and the first-time exclusive release of instrumental arrangements of "Gorilles," "Tafuta" and "Zanzibar."
The video clip for "Maisha Ni Matamu," available on YouTube, was filmed in the heart of New York City. It features the Nabtry Cultural Dancers and a guest appearance by the NYPD. Directed by Sam Epstein and Bob Coen, camera by Samantha Conti.
1. MAISHA NI MATAMU (Life Is Sweet) 5:22
Guitar solo Beniko Popolipo / Guitar rhythm Syran Mbenza / Bass John Bashengezi / Drums Komba Bellow Mafwala
Percussion Alfredo Mojica / Keyboard Fabio
Vocals Samba Mapangala, Jonal Buya di Lutete, Wuta Mayi / Animation John Bashengezi, Komba Bellow Mafwala
(Special thanks to Siama Matuzungidi )
2.-3. ZANZIBAR (Vocal and Instrumental) 5:32
Guitar solo Beniko Popolipo / Guitar rhythm John Bashengezi / Bass John Bashengezi / Drums Komba Bellow Mafwala
Percussion Alfredo Mojica / Saxophone Jimmy Mvondo / Vocals Samba Mapangala, Awillo Mike Otieno
Animation John Bashengezi
Recorded at Ketebul Studio, Nairobi; Art of Music, Arlington VA; Master Sun, Paris
Realization by Syran Mbenza / Art Direction: Saki Mafundikwa / Mastering: Douglas Paterson / Photo credit: CC Smith
Produced by Samba Mapangala / Executive Producer CC Smith
All compositions by Samba Mapangala © 2011
4.-5. LES GORILLES DES MONTAGNES
Lead vocal: Samba Mapangala / Harmony vocal: Dodo Munoko / Lead and rhythm guitar: Huit Kilos / Bass: Dante Pascuzzo
Drums: Kiko Cornejo / Congas: Papo Rodriguez / Saxophone: James King
Recorded at Ecuasound Studio, Hollywood, CA, Sept. 2009 / Engineer: Ivan Castro / Mastering: Douglas Paterson
Produced by Samba Mapangala for the World Wildlife Fund.
Executive producer: CC Smith / Author/composer: Samba Mapangala © 2009
6.-7. TAFUTA KAZI AND 8. ADIJA REMIXES
Vocals Samba Mapangala, Dodo Munoko / Lead guitar Caen Madoka, Syran Mbenza / Rhythm guitar Bopol Mansiamina
Drums Komba Bellow Mafwala / Bass Fiston / Animation Komba Bellow Mafwala / Congas Deba Sungu / Saxophone Jimmy Mvondo
Recorded at RMS Studio London, Studio Thierry Gallion, Paris. Remixed at Master Sun Studio, Paris
Mastering: Douglas Paterson
Produced by Samba Mapangala / Executive Producer Charlie Hart
Author/composer: Samba Mapangala © 2006