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Sister Pili + 2 (Stern's Music)
cdRoots Code: st-3062

Still fondly remembered in Kenya, this is the first international release for Moreno Batamba since his sad death in 1993. Named for his girlfriend, a Tanzanian model, it contain his hit album of 1983 plus two ultra-rare tracks from 1977, all catching him at a peak of energy. Carefully mastered from the original magnetic audio tapes, it shows just why the music of this time and region retains its popularity today.

   

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"As more people discover African music, there's been a welcome move to the archives and a search for rare grooves. Moreno Batamba, who died in 1993 at the age of 38, certainly deserves to be heard. Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he moved around Uganda and Tanzania before settling in Kenya, where he played with Samba Mapangala and other Congolese musicians in the celebrated Orchestra Virunga, and also worked with his own bands. The first four tracks were recorded in Nairobi in 1983 as the Sister Pili album, dedicated to Moreno's girlfriend. This is timeless, exuberant dance music, with his husky, soulful vocals matched against the hypnotic intertwining playing of his three guitarists. The final tracks show he had developed his distinctive style even in his early 20s." - Robin Denselow, The Guardian (UK)

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01 Adidja 09:08
02 Kaka Punguza Wivu 09:23
03 Aoko (Danger Girl) 09:16
04 Sister Pili 09:05
05 Rehema - Piri 09:43
06 Teresia (edit) 05:56

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