Missa Luba – Les Troubadours du Roi Baudouin (Phillips)

This is an odd record that somehow sounds exactly like you expect it too.  Backed by plangent congas and shaker accompaniment, full of improvised call and response, all in the tradition of Africa and her diaspora and devoid of any European feel otherwise, Missa Luba‘s Catholic message may be it’s strangest feature.  Pangs of post-Colonial guilt further muddy the waters regarding my feelings for this deep music.

I paid Oxfam £1.99 for Missa Luba (high for me, low for them), having been first attracted by its resemblance to the UK pressing of Jazzman’s fabulous Spiritual Jazz double Lp.

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Published in: on January 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Re Oxfam: “high for me, low for them”. Ha! Ha! Exactly my modus operandi.

  2. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Price it to move!


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