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Kékélé (a species of Lianes in Lingala language) is a
collective of older Congolese musicians trying to revitalise the old Congolese rumba of OK Jazz, Ry-Co Jazz
or Les Bantous de la Capitale. In a way comparable to what Buenavista Social Club was for Cuban music, but
much less a well-planned marketing project, Kékélé started as a lose ensemble a revival
that had its prelude in a couple of rumba albums of the 1990s by Mose Se Fan Fan and Wendo Kolosy. After a
period of casual jam sessions, they were ready to record a fist album in 2001, produced by Ibrahima Sylla.
The member list of Kékélé reads as a who-is-who in Congolese rumba music. Lead singers Bumba Massa (Orchestre Lovy du Zaire), Loko "Djeskain" Massengo (Trio Madjesi) are stars from the 1960s and 1970s. Jean-Papy Ramazani has been a singer in various bands like Vox Africa, Conga Succes, Orchestre Vévé and Kass-Kass. Nyboma, Wuta Mayi and guitarist Syran M'Benza are three of the four members of 1980s super group Les Quatre Etoiles. Other members include Nedule Papa Noel, a guitarist who had played in several bands before joining Franco's TPOK Jazz, and Cameroonian keyboard player, singer, and arranger Yves Ndjock.
|Kinavana||2006||Stern's STCD 1101||F: Cantos|
|Congo Life||2003||Stern's STCD 1097|
|Rumba Congo||2001||Stern's STCD 1093|