A couple of weeks ago I picked up two double albums by Franco et Orchestre T.P. O.K. Jazz in a junk shop for 50p. They're both African pressings from the early '80s, and both unfortunately completely knackered. I was dubious as to whether the records would be listenable, but you take a gamble on these things. I got them home and, being new to this stuff, was completely knocked out by the outrageous beauty of the music. I recorded this album on the computer and its been on rotation in the house ever since, despite the fact that there are a fair few jumps, pops and crackles. I was unsure as to whether to post this, considering the jumps, but decided that the quality of the music just shines through the crackle...so here it is in all its infectious glory!
Franco and the Orchestra were from Congo and their gorgeous, supple music made them one of the most famous and influential bands in Africa. Listening to this stuff, you can hear why.
|02||Matata Ya Muasi Na Mobali Ekok|
|04||Voyage Na Bandundu|
|06||Nzete Esololaka Na Motote|
|01||Baninga Tokolo Balingaka Ngai|
|04||Tosambi Bapejiyo Raison Na Qua|
|05||Bokolo Bana Ya Mbanda Na Yo Ma|
Get the whole lovely, crackly lot HERE.
Here's some old footage of the band playing Liberte: