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World - Released April 10, 2020 | Real World Records

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Africa - Released February 6, 2014 | Sonodisc

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Africa - Released June 9, 2006 | Synchronies music

Think of this as a live greatest-hits disc, and you're remarkably close to the mark. What makes it special, however, is its lack of affectation. Papa Wemba simply sings, and when he opens his mouth, the listener is transported. How he can sing so high and clear is beyond any easy explanation, but he's in wondrous voice on many familiar cuts, even covering the late, great Otis Redding on "Fa Fa Fa," although he brings some changes to the soul classic. The band matches him step for step -- completely on the money, and for the most part playing with passion, rather than flash (the few solos are delicious and pertinent). Recorded in Paris, this is vintage Wemba, going through material that most fans know well (notably he sticks to this instead of his more African songs). He puts on a great show, but this time its not about appearance, but substance, he delivers that in spades. © Chris Nickson /TiVo
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World - Released May 1, 2015 | Real World Records

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World - Released May 1, 2015 | Real World Records

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Africa - Released January 1, 1994 | Papa Wemba

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World - Released May 1, 2015 | Real World Records

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Africa - Released July 18, 2011 | Flash Diffusion Business

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Africa - Released October 5, 2015 | Sonodisc

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Africa - Released October 8, 2015 | Sonodisc

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Africa - Released October 26, 2015 | Sonodisc

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Africa - Released October 28, 2016 | Papa Wemba

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Africa - Released January 1, 2014 | Papa Wemba

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Africa - Released October 17, 2011 | Flash Diffusion Business

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Africa - Released January 1, 2008 | Papa Wemba

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Africa - Released January 1, 2001 | Papa Wemba

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Africa - Released January 1, 2001 | Papa Wemba

The king of African fusion music, Papa Wemba, puts his magic to work on his 2001 CD release Bakala Dia Kuba. The title translates as "A Strong Man" and Wemba is indeed that, world famous for his eclectic music synthesizing the traditional Zairean music of Africa and the R&B sound of the United States. The CD features both of Wemba's orchestras: Nouvelle Ecriture and Viva la Musica/Cour des Grandes. There are also special guests, including Ray Lema on keyboards, Lokua Kanza on guitar and arrangements, Souzy Kasseya on guitar and arrangements, Alain Makaba on guitar, Caien Madoka on guitar, and Miguel Yamba on bass. Together, they put together a powerful recording full of joyous music. The rhumba and soukous of the Congo are there, and so is the steady drive of rhythm & blues. The master mixes it up, for Wemba knows his audience and they live all over the globe. Put it all together and Papa Wemba has got something to satisfy old fans and to make new ones. The opening track, "Porquoi Tu N'es Pas La," starts things off in this planetary spirit, with electrifying keyboards and acoustic guitar and Wemba's melodious voice. But even on the more traditional pieces, such as "Mawe," Wemba is always pushing the envelope, trading traditional instrumentation for horns. Wemba really gets down with the R&B inflection on "Toutou Ma Biche," while "Mere Premiere" takes a Congo standard to a new level. The CD goes out with a reprise of "Ainsi Soit-Il," leaving the listener with a pleasant memory of Papa Wemba's happy spirit. © Rose of Sharon Witmer /TiVo
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Africa - Released January 23, 1999 | Sonodisc

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World - Released September 19, 2005 | Sterns

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Africa - Released March 22, 2019 | Flash Diffusion Business