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  • Doublé Doublé [Rounder, 1984] B+
  • Anicet [Sterns Africa, 1994] *
  • Nyboma & Kamalé Dynamique [Sterns Africa, 2005] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Doublé Doublé [Rounder, 1984]
Four eight-minute dance tracks plunked down into a standard African (also disco) album format, this features the almost feminine tenor of the leader of Zaire's Orchestre les Kamalé, but it's made by the guitar parts. The one that hooks the title track resolves a familiar African contradiction--it's both the trickiest and the most propulsive thing on the record, and well worth owning. The rest is at least worth hearing. B+

Anicet [Sterns Africa, 1994]
not soukous paradise--just a sweet stopover ("Anicet") *

Nyboma & Kamalé Dynamique [Sterns Africa, 2005]
Early-'80s soukous by one of Quatre count-'em Quatre étoiles ("Doublé Doublé," "Amba"). **