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Le Grand Kalle: His Life, His Music

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Singer and composer Joseph Kabasele, aka Le Grand Kallé, is widely credited with the creation of “Congolese rumba," the most popular style in Central and East Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. In reality, Congolese rumba was born of several parents, but Kabasele's role in its creation was far reaching and has become the best documented. He was instrumental in blending traditional Congolese music with Cuban dance music--which was rooted in the music Congolese slaves had brought to the island during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries--and, in 1956, he was the first Congolese bandleader to include an electric guitar in ...

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Matteo Fraboni Quintet: This is My Music

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There is a fragile red line separating the concept of revolution from history. While the latter is strictly connected with time, the former is an exception to it: it is a nihilist diversion aimed at rebuilding our perspectives and ultimately our history. This is My Music is an intriguing challenge to the known canons of jazz. To be clear: this is no avant-garde music, but at the same time it is undeniable that the vibrancy of every single line of music the quintet produces is permeated with an element of restlessness, which makes the album a milestone in modern, urban ...



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