Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Choc Stars - Choc=Shock=Choc (1986)

The Choc Stars were one of the descendent bands of the extensive Zaiko Langa Langa family, formed in 1983 by Bozi Boziana and Ben Nyamo. During the mid-'80s wonderful singer Matumona Defao Lulendo joined, and a number of wonderful albums resulted. The pioneer "world music" label GlobeStyle, which had an exquisite ability to find and publish essential music from Africa and beyond, licensed two 1986 Afro Rythmes records, for nearly simultaneous UK and U$ releases. This spectacular record is one, and the other is queued for imminent posting.

One of my colleagues at The Beat, the Congolese music expert Martin Sinnock, devoted one of his first column's to the Choc Stars, and I recommend reading it here. Though none of the musicians are credited on the album sleeve, Martin identifies Koffi Olomide as a guest on this session. The harmonic singing throughout this record is fabulous, especially notable on "Lieven" and "Santa." The guitarists are great. Anyone who has further information on musicians, please share in comments. Others, just immerse yourself and...

Enjoy sometime soon!

4 comments:

Apurva Bahadur said...

A huge thanks even before I download the album. I appreciate your generosity! A happy Apurva from Pune, India.

FrancoPepeKalle said...

I love this work indeed Rhythm Connection. Let me help you a little bit, just so no one gets mad. Actually Defao joined Choc Stars when it was formed in November 1983 alongside with Bozi Boziana, and Ben Nyambo. Defao was originally part of Grand Zaiko led by Pepe felly in 1980. Defao would be with Choc Stars until 1990 when he formed his own band Les Big Stars.

This work is a masterpiece and I like it. Thanks Rhythm Connection.

Rhythm Connection said...

Thanks for your enthusiasm, Apurva. Thanks to you FPK, for the information you provide us. Funny that GlobeStyle didn't even mention him on the album sleeve, or the many other notables on the session.

glinka21 said...

Any chance of getting this link, and your other Choc Stars release, updated?