he late seventies and early eighties were an extremely creative time for Zairean groups. This period corresponded with the beginnings of Europe's interest in African music. During this time there was a continuing flow of Tanzanian musicians visiting Kenya to record and perform. The Tanzanian variety of rumba music was extremely popular and widely accessible through radio and records in Kenya. Many stellar groups and recordings emerged from the Kenyan music scene, such as Orchestra Super Mazembe, Orchestra Mitimila (later Super Mitimila) and the Dar es Salaam-based Tanzanian-Zairean soukous band Orchestra Makassy, led by Kitenzogu "Mzee" Makassy. The group included some of the most famous names in 'Tanzanian music, such as Mose Se Senga aka 'Fan Fan', Remmy Ongala and Tshimanga Assossa. The group's leader, Mzee Makassy was born in the early I940s, in a remote village in East Zaire. As a teenager he played bass in college groups. In 1967 he moved to Kampala and for years played regularly at the city's international hotel. He spent a year in Europe, mainly in ltaly. In 1975 he formed Orchestra Makassy with Ugandan and Zairean musicians in Kampala. Driven into Tanzanian exile by Idi Amin's regime the Orchestra Makassy established local status through exhaustive performing. They played six nights a week to maintain subsistence, performing their shows with sober and workmanlike persistence, be it at local dance clubs or classier hotel functions. For hotel ballroom audiences ...
Discussion - Mambo
- actually, the title is Mose Se 'Fan Fan' "Belle Epoque" no 'La' in there. subtitled 'Kinshasa 1970 Dar Esï»¿ Salaam 1979 Nairobi 1982.' RetroAfric is (was?) located at 26 Gassiot Rd., London SW 17. the serial number is Retro7CD, copyright 1994. universal bar code is 5 017742 990723. the greater Tokyo area, where i've lived for many years, has thousands of used CD shops. i saw a copy and it looked interesting. the 10 tracks are very good, from Julie la Petite to Suki Pembe Somo Somo. Good luck.
- Fanfan also comments: 'The CD name is "MoseSeï»¿ Fanfan La belle epoque" Retroafric'
- Fanfan Recommendsï»¿ looking at RetroAfric on the internet or Sterns music website for the back catalogue
- I will ask him if he knows when Iï»¿ speak to him in the next 2 days and let you know
- Do you by chance know where I can buy the very original songs done by FanFan when heï»¿ was with Makassy? I really miss his guitar in the remixes! For example, this is one of those originals I am talking about. Others include Mosese, Molema etc.
- Yes Fanfan is still making music, still the same style, If you search mose fanfan & feileafrica you'll find more info, orï»¿ contact through my youtube channel
- Fanfan is alive & well and based inï»¿ London. He's just produced a new album and toured the UK earlier this summer. Contact throughmy channel for more info
- Mose Fanfan's new album Musicatelama isï»¿ due out around the end of 2011. I talk with him regularly and have had the privelege to work with him since the mid 90s. contact me for more info
- This was a master piece. Where is Mose Fan Fan? I wish he could continue the Rumba generation. He is the only one who came close to picking strings the same style as Maestro Luambo Luanzo Makiadi. And I am talking about Acoustic guitar. It is the best.Merciï»¿ mingi!
Soukus is garbage, throw it away.
- Could somebody post promotion by this band. Is Mose an fanï»¿ still in music business?
- I am the firstï»¿ to hear this pearl- from the legendary Orchestra Makassy- which LP label is in color. Bravo tyty1794- from Brazil
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