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VLM002 | 2020-02-28  
Vive La Musique presents two songs from prolific Congolese
talent, Sammy Massamba, taken from his cult self-released album
"1990 - Beni Soit Ton Nom". Title track "Azali" immediately
hooks you in with its mysterious intro, laden with early 90s
keyboards and drum machine. Sammy's funk guitar and anthemic
vocal lines turn this unique composition into an infectious afropop
masterpiece. Label founder Aroop Roy steps up with a
customary edit, extending the arrangement and giving the drums
and mix a modern-club touch.
Sammy describes the second track, "Birika", as a mix of
Congolese Rumba, Afrobeat. and Reggae. A mid-tempo bass and
guitar groove form the backdrop for Sammy's powerful vocals.
An exquisite rumba guitar line completes another high-class

"This is great!" - Gilles Peterson (BBC / Brownswood)
"Afro disco masterpiece! This is pure Gold!" - Mixmag
"Some serious summer heat here!" - Soul Clap
"This is very very good!" - Hunee (Rush Hour)
"Brilliant release! it's among the best examples of pop/dance music from the African diaspora" - DJ Mag
"You just sent me the heat right there" - Esa Williams

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