#African Weeks

Eight Songs from Ködörösêse tî Bêafrîka (République centrafricaine / Central African Republic)

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Jospin Pendere-Ye – Change / Changement

Bangui

Jospin Pendere-Ye is a Mbaka native who recorded his album Tomboka! Tomboka! together with Aka Pygmies. The traditional sounds of the music are backed by sounds of the forest close to the place of recording. The lyrics in this song are French and Sango, Jospin Pendere-Ye also sings in Aka and Mbaka.

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Idylle Mamba – Sango et Vous

Bangui

Mamba Lydia, also known as Idylle Mamba is an award-winning heroine of the Central African music scene. In her great hymn Sango et Vous, she masterfully combines artistic elements from French Jazz and Central African traditional music.

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Lydie Pace – World on our Shoulders

Bangui

Actress, teacher and musican Lydie Lamine is a true ambassadress for peace in her home country. In her music, she lets Gospel, Soul and Folk merge with her impressive soprano vocals.

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Laetitia Zonzambé – Mbi Nze

A rising star of music from the Central African Republic who is reaching for the stars. Laetitia Zonzambé sings in Sango and she combines musical themes from Central Africa, the Caribbean and Europe to create an atmospheric and emotional new sound.

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Zokela – Sesse So

Bangui

Emerged in the 1980s, Zokela became the rock stars of their home country. Zokela’s experimental approach merges the dances of the Lobaye with electric guuitars and thereby creates a unique sound.

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Ongo Trogodé – Kambali

This tune from 2005’s collection Centrafrique: trompes banda lina is an energetic accelerator for your breathing, heart beat and dancing feet. Ongo Trogodé wakes up the night and creates fantastic loops of celebration.

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Kaleka-Leka

This traditional tale from the Aka language is about a lizard in the forest. In this performance, the polyphony of the Aka Pygmy are brought to bear in a great way.

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Lea Ignanzi – Dédé Priscilla

Lea Ignanzi is not only known for his captivating vocals on dynamic rhythms and warm string sounds. Furthermore, Lea Ignanzi used to be a football star in his home country.

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Which artists from the Central African Republic do you also like to be featured in the playlist below?
Submit your suggestions in the commentary section or in an e-mail to raphael@mangowave-magazine.com
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