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Africa - Released February 6, 2014 | Sonodisc

An Afro-pop legend, Papa Wemba has been a template for world music synthesis since the 1970s, blending, over the course of several bands and solo albums, elements of traditional Zairean music, soukous, r&b, funk, jazz, and Caribbean rhythms, among other sounds. The two-disc BEST OF PAPA WEMBA serves as an overview of the icon’s output, offering 15 tracks of danceable, high-energy fusion music that showcases the man’s knack for accessible hybrids, and the full force of his wailing, passionate, powerhouse voice.
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Africa - Released October 28, 2016 | Papa Wemba

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Africa - Released October 8, 2015 | Sonodisc

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Africa - Released January 1, 1994 | Papa Wemba

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Africa - Released December 5, 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
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Africa - Released January 1, 2014 | Papa Wemba

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Africa - Released January 1, 2001 | Papa Wemba

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Africa - Released November 13, 2018 | Sonodisc

Africa - Released January 23, 1999 | Sonodisc

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Africa - Released January 1, 2008 | Papa Wemba

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Africa - Released January 1, 1991 | Editions Kaluila

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Africa - Released July 18, 2011 | Flash Diffusion Business

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Africa - Released October 26, 2015 | Sonodisc

No doubt that two CDs of Papa Wemba is like heaven for his fans (and probably a godsend for the legal bills he currently had, facing trial in Europe for transporting illegal immigrants). However, there's a definite caveat to this. The first CD is a bit of a mess, featuring Wemba with a relatively new band, Nouvelle Ecrita. It's soukous, which means fast beats and only occasional moments when that glorious voice rises above the fray of rhythm, speed, and guitar. Better to skip to the second CD, where Wemba is backed by Viva la Musica, his longtime partners, and where the pace slows to rumba and Wemba gets to emote properly over a more relaxed backdrop. This is the stuff indeed, with real songs and melodies that are a balm to the ears, and a reminder that Wemba has still got it (as does the band, who rise to any and every challenge along the way). ~ Chris Nickson
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Africa - Released March 22, 2019 | Flash Diffusion Business

Africa - Released June 13, 2001 | Sonodisc

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Africa - Released June 20, 2011 | Ngoyarto

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Africa - Released April 20, 2017 | Espérance

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Africa - Released November 6, 2015 | Blacks Stars - Glenn Music

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Africa - Released October 5, 2015 | Sonodisc

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Africa - Released January 1, 2009 | Cantos Music