Mambo

Remmy Ongala, 1991

Remmy Ongala and the band in sparkling form at the 1991 Real World Recording Week. A soulful and uplifting set, nurtured and given space by producer Rupert Hine. Intricate four-part guitar patterns interlock with bubbling bass lines, while the rhythm shifts seamlessly from a gentle lope to a galloping rhumba.

Remmy's aim is to make people dance, but also to make them think. The voice of the Tanzanian always has something politically astute or deeply philosophical to say. His concerns are rooted in both the daily life of Dar es Salaam and politics on a global scale. By introducing English lyrics he widens his potential audience yet further.