_1-185x1851Heart of Light” - the last words uttered publicly by democratically elected president Patrice Lumumba at his inauguration address, 3 months before his murder by the CIA, because he dared to oppose the global/US forces of oppression and planned to keep the wealth of the Congo for the Congo. Freedom of the congo was killed, with disastrous consequences, but The Heart of Light can never die…

Rumba traveled back to Africa via Cuba and Haiti in the 40s and 50s, later developing into Soukous, becoming the biggest African music export in history, arguably peaking in the 60s and 70s, but lived on well into the 90s with a more streamlined and modern sound. This mix is only a tiny slice of this glorious sound from the later periods: 4 on the floor, with enough bass for modern dance floors. Excluded are examples from the ocean of older, incredibly varied recordings, of supreme beauty and artistic merit but many of which sadly have poor sound quality, as the best musicians in the world were, and are, often recording under the worst conditions and with the worst equipment.

I grew up with Industrial Noise, Punk, and Metal, and it wasn’t until my late 20s/early 30s until i was emotionally mature enough to appreciate amazing sounds like this. Please leave your cynicism at the door and embrace this music, for the truth is, something Africans have known all along, that ultimately the most powerful revolutionary force, of which the powers are afraid, is love.