Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pepe Kalle - Chante le Poète Simaro Massiya (1989)

Time to turn attention back to the Congo. Here is a splendid Pepe Kalle album that shines on every front. All of the songs are strong, but "Diarrhee Verbale (Tuba Tuba)" is tout puissant. This album is as much a Carlito one as it is Pepe Kalle; the duets shine throughout. I've always considered this one of Diblo Dibala's finest outings, as well, and I just wait for him to break out on every song. He takes over the sebene on "Tuba Tuba," Pepe Kalle's rich baritone sailing above. Papa Noel contributes wonderfully on lead, too, as do Simaro, Makosso and Lokassa on rhythm guitar. This is a fantastic, classic album.


mela... said...


In two words : deli cious
(it's spanish slang, I know it's only a word)
but also it can be : mar velous

Really fantastic!

Thanks (again)

Apurva Bahadur said...

Thank you for this masterpiece. While I agree with your comments about the excellent sebene on 'Tuba Tuba', I find the one on Muana Ndeke that starts at 4'51" even better. I was surprised to know that this was Diblo Dibala at work - I always believed that this was Simaro's fretwork. Thanks once again. Apurva from Pune, India.

Anonymous said...

This is a classic i have loved for manyyrs
wuod k