Remmy Ongala was a social justice warrior, a man whose lyrics articulated the socio-cultural concerns of his people. Born in the Belgian Congo before it became Zaire and then the DRC, the singer-guitarist rose to superstar status in his adopted country of Tanzania, where he was known, simply, as 'the Doctor'. With the sprawling Orchestre Super Matimila he mixed sparkling Congolese soukous with Tanzanian rhythms and touches of funk, soul and Latin music. He sang about the issues that had affected him growing up, the sole supporter of his family. 'Songs for the Poor Man' is their first album to feature lyrics in English as well as Swahili, and the first they'd record in the West. Here, then, is a band firing on all cylinders: a bassist, saxophonist, three percussionists and three guitarists delivering an East African take on soukous, while giving their leader's distinctive rasp the space to soar.

Remmy Ongala & Orchestre Super Matimila - Songs for the Poor Man

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Vinyl 03 2021
£ 21.09
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Number of Discs
1
Release Date
24/06/2022
Artist
Remmy Ongala & Orchestre Super Matimila
format
Vinyl / 12" Album Coloured Vinyl
Label / Studio
Real World Records

Remmy Ongala was a social justice warrior, a man whose lyrics articulated the socio-cultural concerns of his people. Born in the Belgian Congo before it became Zaire and then the DRC, the singer-guitarist rose to superstar status in his adopted country of Tanzania, where he was known, simply, as 'the Doctor'. With the sprawling Orchestre Super Matimila he mixed sparkling Congolese soukous with Tanzanian rhythms and touches of funk, soul and Latin music. He sang about the issues that had affected him growing up, the sole supporter of his family. 'Songs for the Poor Man' is their first album to feature lyrics in English as well as Swahili, and the first they'd record in the West. Here, then, is a band firing on all cylinders: a bassist, saxophonist, three percussionists and three guitarists delivering an East African take on soukous, while giving their leader's distinctive rasp the space to soar.

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Album
Songs for the Poor Man
Publisher
PIAS
Main Format
Vinyl
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
Songs for the Poor Man | Remmy Ongala & Orchestre Super Matimila
Catalogue Number
LPRW6AFS

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