Hit After Hit

A 5 track africa album (43m 48s) — released October 30th 2018 on No Wahala Sounds

A selection of uptempo guitar-driven singles recorded by Congolese supergroup Shika Shika who formed in Kenya in 1981. While Shika Shika were only around for three years, during that short time they recorded four albums and over 80 singles on at least 16 labels. Members of the band had followed the trail of many Congolese musicians who headed to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi which was the man East African hub for recording and also offered plenty of opportunities for playing live. Bandmembers include main songwriter and singer Jimmy Monimambo, singers Lovy Longomba and Moreno Batamba and guitarist Siama Matuzungidi. As was typical in Kenya at the time, all songs were recorded with 45rpm singles in mind, and so the tracks were originally split into Parts 1 & 2 on either side of the disc.

Intricate interwoven guitar leads, bustling bass, the high-hat ticking along, saxes bleating in response to the vocals – nine-minute fables about passion, adultery, ambition, a girl's name – these songs echo the heartbeat of a generation.

pretty irresistible - David Hutcheon Mojo

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