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World Music
Barely Breaking Records
July 12, 2019

Format: Vinyl (LP)



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Since the 60s, Congolese guitar combos and orchestras have always been popular across West and Central Africa. But the 'natural fit' element between East Nigerian Igbo highlife and Congolese rumba and soukous made for a unique beat: highlife-soukous. Although eclipsed internationally by Lagos, Yoruba, Fela Kuti and Afrobeat, it was highlife-soukous that you'd hear at parties all over southern Nigeria in the late 70s and early 80s. Outside Africa, the sound proved a special favourite with Colombia's Carnival Champeta and Pico Sound system DJs - where, even today, you can hear super-rare Bota International original vinyls booming out over 20-foot-high speaker stacks along Colombia's Caribbean coast, the records being 'covered up' in the style of British Northern Soul 45s, or reggae sound system dubplates, so that competitors can't discover the name of the tune or band.Welcome to the mysterious world of highlife-soukous - and Bota Tabansi International.

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Catalogue number BBE541ALP
Barcode 0193483620657
Number of items 1
Packaging type Slip Sleeve
Imported No
Weight 180g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 310mm x 5mm x 310mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Longe La Wenge -
2. Wonderful For Ashawo -
3. Meveg -