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Grand Kalle

Joseph Kabasele Tshamala was born 1930, Matadi, Zaire, The father of modern Zairean music, Kalle's earliest musical experiences were as a member of the church choir in his home town of Matadi. Moving to Kinshasa in 1950, he worked with Orchestre De Tendence Congolaise, a band that specialized in acoustic polka and mazurka rhythms, derived from records brought to the country by colonial settlers. In 1953, keen to develop a genuinely Congolese style, he formed African Jazz, based on the Afro-Cuban tradition and in particular the rumba, samba and cha cha, all played in a distinctively Congolese fashion. Over the years, the group included many of the future stars of Zairean music, including Dr. Nico and Tabu Ley, and provided a training ground for the next generation of Zairean musicians.
       
Le Grand Kalle
His Life, His Music
2 CDs plus Booklet
Price: 24.99

Grand Kalle
1967 / 1968 / 1970
Track Listing
Price: $16.00
Grand Kalle
L'African Team
Volume 3
Price: $16.00
Grand Kalle
L'African Team
Volume 1
Price: $16.00
       
 
 
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