Cuba to Congo

Seawall

Registered User
Here's a sound file that a friend sent me that details the role of Afro Cuban music in the modernization of Congolese music (and the Congo influence on other African genres). It was sent to him by the late ethnomusicologist and label owner, John Storm Roberts. Note the parallels between what was going on in Africa between the 50's to the 70's and the musical upheavals in the Caribbean and Latin America during the same period. One commonality is the role of Afro Cuban music, and then the emergence of soul, disco, and funk during the early 70's. I've only uploaded side a, however, side b illustrated the r&b influence on the brass lines of various African genres, and also the disco influence on the Afro Cuban derived bass lines that were found in Congolese music.

About John Storm Roberts quoted from the NYT.
"Long before the term was bandied about, Mr. Roberts was listening to, seeking out and reporting on what is now called world music. He wrote several seminal books on the subject for a general readership, most notably “Black Music of Two Worlds” (Praeger, 1972) and “The Latin Tinge: The Impact of Latin American Music on the United States” (Oxford University, 1979).

“Black Music of Two Worlds” examines the cross-pollination — in both directions — between Africa and the Americas, from the influence of African music on jazz, blues, salsa and samba to the popularity in Nigeria and Zaire of American artists like James Brown and Jimi Hendrix.

In writing the book, Mr. Roberts sought to connect a diffuse web of existing studies by ethnomusicologists. The studies typically appraised local musical traditions while ignoring the reach of Africa as a whole.

“It was like a landscape with a large number of artesian wells, and nothing linking them,” he told The New York Times in 1992. “And I conceived of ‘Black Music of Two Worlds’ being more like canals joining.”

In “The Latin Tinge,” Mr. Roberts trained his ear on the influence of musical forms like tango, rumba, mambo and salsa on a wide range of American pop styles, among them ragtime, Tin Pan Alley, rhythm and blues, jazz, country and rock."

Side A of the cassette rip.
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Some of the records from Roberts' Original Music label.
 

shadepersia

New member
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am a huge fan of Roberts compilations and have gathered most of them over the years, but this tape "Afro-cuban comes home" was most elusive. The only track I had heard with Dibango and Dr Nico (on Original Music's sampler "Mbuki Mvuki") completely blew me away. But after many years of searching, I had completely given up on hearing it. So, thank you again. I would really appreciate your sharing the other side of the cassette.
Best regards,
Iago López

p.s.
I even wrote my personal hommage to Robert's work on my blog. It's in Spanish but here's the link anyway in case someone is interested in checking it out:
John Storm Roberts, un pirata bueno | bailar sobre arquitectura
 

Seawall

Registered User
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am a huge fan of Roberts compilations and have gathered most of them over the years, but this tape "Afro-cuban comes home" was most elusive. The only track I had heard with Dibango and Dr Nico (on Original Music's sampler "Mbuki Mvuki") completely blew me away. But after many years of searching, I had completely given up on hearing it. So, thank you again. I would really appreciate your sharing the other side of the cassette.
Best regards,
Iago López

p.s.
I even wrote my personal hommage to Robert's work on my blog. It's in Spanish but here's the link anyway in case someone is interested in checking it out:
John Storm Roberts, un pirata bueno | bailar sobre arquitectura
I spoke to John once, he was very generous with his time. I don't remember if I ever bought anything from him, but he sent me a catalog of Cds that he sold. I may still have it somewhere. Your site is interesting and can be translated. I'll p.m. you with the link to side b.
 

shadepersia

New member
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your sharing this marvelous music and your kind words about my humble blog.
Best regards,
Iago.
 
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