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Ali & Tam's Avec l'Orchestre Malo

  • Ali & Tam's Avec l'Orchestre Malo [Planisphere, 1986] B+

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Ali & Tam's Avec l'Orchestre Malo [Planisphere, 1986]
In which two Kinshasa professors folkify and jazzify Zairean pop, thus defeating soukous's relentless professionalism--textures more acoustic, solos more personal, rhythms more relaxed. Contemporary and traditional, catchy and sweet--tries to improve on modernity rather than escape from it. B+