SAM MANGWANA

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Sam Mangwana is one of the last of the great Zairean rumba (soukous) vocalists. A former member of such seminal groups as Tabu Ley Rocherau's Africa Fiesta and Franco's TPOK Jazz, Mangwana has steered soukous from the hard-edged sounds of his predecessors. According to the Washington Post, "While his former employers were the masters of the relentless, springy, soukous music of Central Africa, Mangwana employs a lighter, more acoustic, more Caribbean, sound." In a review of Mangwana's 1999 concert in New York, the New York Times took a similar view, writing, "It was gentle-spirited music, perfect for the dancers moving through the soupy summer air." Mangwana's soft-toned approach was equally noticeable during a performance at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., as www.salsamundo.com observed, "In a program rich with influences from Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, The Congo, and Cuba, Mr. Mangwana sang in a rich, weathered tenor about serious issues read more...
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SAM MANGWANA Sam Mangwana Et Le Festival Des Maquisards : Le Festival Des Maquisards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Mangwana Et Le Festival Des Maquisards : Le Festival Des Maquisards
African Fusion 1971
SAM MANGWANA Sam Manguana Du Zaire Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Manguana Du Zaire Vol. 1
African Fusion 1977
SAM MANGWANA Sam Mangwana Et L'African All Stars album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Mangwana Et L'African All Stars
African Fusion 1978
SAM MANGWANA Sam Mangwana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Mangwana
Afro-Cuban Jazz 1979
SAM MANGWANA Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vol. 1
African Fusion 1979
SAM MANGWANA Maria Tebbo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Maria Tebbo
African Fusion 1979
SAM MANGWANA Est-Ce Que Tu Moyens? Vol 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Est-Ce Que Tu Moyens? Vol 1
African Fusion 1979
SAM MANGWANA Kumba album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kumba
African Fusion 1979
SAM MANGWANA Sam Mangwana & L’African All Stars album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Mangwana & L’African All Stars
African Fusion 1979
SAM MANGWANA Sam Mangwana (Disques Sonics) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Mangwana (Disques Sonics)
African Fusion 1979
SAM MANGWANA L'International Sam - Mangwana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
L'International Sam - Mangwana
African Fusion 1981
SAM MANGWANA Desespoir Asabia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Desespoir Asabia
African Fusion 1982
SAM MANGWANA Affaire Video album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Affaire Video
African Fusion 1982
SAM MANGWANA Sam Mangwana Et L'African All Stars (Celluloid) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Mangwana Et L'African All Stars (Celluloid)
African Fusion 1982
SAM MANGWANA Consommez Local album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Consommez Local
African Fusion 1982
SAM MANGWANA Oriental 0.00 | 0 ratings
Oriental "X" de Sam Mangwana Et L'African All Stars 79 Suzana Coulibaly
African Fusion 1982
SAM MANGWANA Canta Mocambique album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Canta Mocambique
African Fusion 1983
SAM MANGWANA Cooperation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cooperation
African Fusion 1984
SAM MANGWANA Sam Mangwana, Empompo Loway : Tiers Monde Revolution album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Mangwana, Empompo Loway : Tiers Monde Revolution
African Fusion 1986
SAM MANGWANA Sam Mangwana Dans 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Mangwana Dans "Fatimata" Et "Capita General"
African Fusion 1986
SAM MANGWANA Aladji album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aladji
African Fusion 1987
SAM MANGWANA Megamix album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Megamix
African Fusion 1988
SAM MANGWANA Sam Mangwana, Franco Et TP OK Jazz : For Ever album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Mangwana, Franco Et TP OK Jazz : For Ever
African Fusion 1989
SAM MANGWANA Rumba Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rumba Music
African Fusion 1993
SAM MANGWANA No Me Digas No album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Me Digas No
African Fusion 1995
SAM MANGWANA Georgette Eckins album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Georgette Eckins
African Fusion 1996
SAM MANGWANA Galo Negro album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Galo Negro
African Fusion 1998
SAM MANGWANA Sam Mangwana Sings Dinu Vangu album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sam Mangwana Sings Dinu Vangu
African Fusion 2000
SAM MANGWANA Cantos De Esperança album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cantos De Esperança
African Fusion 2003
SAM MANGWANA Lubamba album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Lubamba
African Fusion 2016

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SAM MANGWANA Maria Tebbo & Waka Waka album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Maria Tebbo & Waka Waka
World Fusion 1995

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SAM MANGWANA Lubamba

Album · 2016 · African Fusion
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Sam Mangwana has lived, played and sang Rumba right through the golden period of African music accompanying and packing stadiums with Franco Luambo’s TPOK Jazz throughout the seventies to the early eighties and prior with Tabu Ley Rochereau in the late sixties in his African National Fiesta with another stint to follow in the late seventies with him. Considered one of the elder statesman of African music pertaining more to the Central area with his take on Congolaise music with touches of Angolan and Zimbabwean at times thrown in from his parents birth place one could say he pretty much had done it all within this genre with the popularity to go with it. Although Sam was in Franco’s TPOK Jazz and Tabu Ley’s band Afrisa he was still doing solo material and releasing his own albums as well with his second one giving him the big hit “Maria Tebbo” in 1982 albeit his biggest one with Franco was still to come in the same year being “Cooperation” ( Odongo). Still within all these bands and solo material Sam Mangwana has been far from one dimensional with Rumba being his staple and later heading towards a not so hard Soukous Sound as well as taking on Caribbean rhythms, Acoustic albums but in his later material he has returned to his Rumba roots which is what the majority of “Lubamba” contains with a beautiful laid back palm tree sound added with a slight Caribbean influence included.

It’s the album ‘s title track “Lubamba” with the horns opening within this Rumba having Sam’s smooth vocals to follow with mentions to his native Africa throughout with a delightful guitar solo placed within the song. The following “Felicite” the tempo picks up slightly with more of that beautiful Rumba guitar taking the song to a chorus with a beautiful guitar input. “Juventude Actual” based on today’s youth and sung in Portuguese has another African statesman present being the great Cameroon saxophonist Manu Dibango included within the song’s predominant guitar Latin influence with Manu just providing sax throughout the chorus and the addition of a beautiful solo included but no vocals with just Sam doing that job within this number. The tempo and bounce picks up for “Georgeta Marcory” with that Sam swing included and the following song has an electronic keyboard opening for “Luvueso” which quickly is put to the side for more of that Rumba guitar and great African chorus. “J.B. Kavungu”, “Lokossa Yo Nzombo”, Luzingu Ke Novela Ko” are the last three of the eight songs included and all are Rumba based of course within this delightful album keeping up the Tropical theme.

He has come a long way from singing in The Salvation Army choir as a child in Kinshasa up until today and I for one was pleased to see a new release from Sam Mangwana as I have always loved his take on Congolaise music with all its swing. It has been a long break for fresh material from Sam as his last prior album was “Cantos De Esperanca” in 2003 with only reissues that have followed to the release of “Lubamba” in 2016. Still the album is good but really it is for the fans and if you are looking for Soukous you won’t find any here just the old beautiful Rumba influence but really, Sam actually does not have a lot to say that’s new.

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