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Haut de gamme / Koweït, rive gauche

Koffi Olomide

1992

Haut de gamme / Koweït, rive gauche

Album Summary

Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba (13 July 1956), known professionally as Koffi Olomidé, is a Congolese Soukus singer, dancer, producer, and composer. He has had several gold records in his career. He is the founder of the Quartier Latin International orchestra with many notable artists, including Fally Ipupa and Ferré Gola.

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Rating

2.57

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4550

Genres

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

I am truly impressed with the amount of non-western music that is on this list. I loved this album, a unique sound, and very melodic. You can hear some of the French/Belgian influences there, but this is really its own thing. As with a lot of African albums on this list, I do not really feel qualified to rate this in any sort of objective way. But I found this so groovy that I HAVE to give it at least 4.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
1

My opinion about the music is irrelevant. From the wikipedia page - 'In 2019, He was found guilty by a French court of statutory rape of one of his former dancers when she was 15 years old.[8] He was handed a two-year suspended jail sentence in absentia, as he did not attend court in France.'

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Great African music from the early 90s. My naive comparison would be the Paul Simon's Graceland but without Paul Simon.

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Thu Sep 03 2020
5

The white pants.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

This was such an unexpected and fun album. I didn't have my expectation high after looking at the cover but I'm glad I listened to it.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
1

One star haut of five

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Fri Sep 25 2020
4

Super groovy!! The music gave me lilo and stitch vibes. I tried to read more about the artist but literally every article is in french

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

This was awesome. Perfect relaxing music with bits of excitement. There was a great variety between each song but all felt perfect for the beach or a relaxing shindig. I've said it before but these are the albums I'm trying to get on this list. Really liked Desespoir but cruised through most of the rest as well.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

I must admit that this record immediately took a stranglehold of my heart. Its playful elegance put me in mind of when Ralf Little tickled my virgin anus with a feather duster all those years ago. What a little angel.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Interesting and pleasant enough but I really lack context for this to fully appreciate it. I dig the MS Paint cover though.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

I'll have to admit, this is very different from music I normally listen to. It was very refreshing. I don't know if I would put this on and listen to this every day, but I would imagine listening to it every so often; it was very "joyous."

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

I was instantly attracted to soukous when I first heard it decades ago. In the late 90s I got a pair of tickets to a soukous show at a very intimate venue. It was hard to find someone to come with me. The typical reaction was: "wtf is soukous?" I eventually found someone but from the looks of it many others attending the show were less successful finding a date; there were only around 50 people there. Travelling to another continent is much harder when you’re from the DRC. I expect the musicians that played that gig have to pursue a detailed Visa process from just about everywhere they travel to and it's unfortunate that a multicultural city like Toronto couldn't find more than a handful of people to attend. Unlike Mali and South Africa, DRC never had a Ry Cooder or Paul SImon to tell the North Americans they should check this out. I don't remember who was playing at the gig I went to, but they were much better than Koffi imo. The guitars were sizzling that evening. I'm not a big fan of the ballad-like songs that Koffi plays so only like half the songs. Nonetheless, the guitar licks that the soukous players all seem to have in their repertoire make this an enjoyable listen.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Ah yes, music for white people who have carved African salad tongs aka music played at free trade stores aka music written for white people who watch PBS aka music for anthropology and English professors to get their rocks off on the dance floor aka music played at the local Zoo’s summer concert series. I don’t want to tear this down because it is such happy music. It definitely got my toes tapping. But the dated 90s synth just assassinates any pleasure in my ears. I’m going to be nice though, 3.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

People giving this a 1 while criticizing the artist's past transgressions, at the same time handing out 5s to albums with Lennon, Paige, Bowie or James Brown, I see you.... If we manage to separate the art from the artist, we get a lively, upbeat, infectious, dance-able record that serves as the de facto representative of soukous music on the list. I don't know enough about the genre to judge weather it serves as a fair representation, but I do know that Congolese music as a whole is very much worth in depth exploration.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

First 2 songs were OK, the rest of the album went downhill and lost my interest.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
2

For years I'd wondered why The Kinks were so lauded, but it turns out this is it. Their legacy echoes through the 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond. The album itself paints a picture of Britain at a particular point in time, where things didn't feel so great, to the point where a young hopeful Brit might uproot their entire life and move to the other side of the world, in search of a better existence. Arthur is about what's left behind and also the things that you can't ever leave behind. Well crafted pop, including the scorching opening track "Victoria".

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Thu Feb 17 2022
2

med risk för att låta hemsk men det blir för mycket afrika.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

Love this! Need it in my veins!

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

Fuckin love this

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Cinco estrellas no son suficientes. Ya vi que ni les gustó tanto Os Mutantes, esto seguro les dio hueva. En fin, es hermoso.

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Fri May 14 2021
5

So upbeat and happy! Loved it

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

Nice change of pace

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

Great album. Had an amazing time and was fully relaxed.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Delightful album! Hard to feel anything but joyful, start to finish.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Hermoso

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

great!

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

I danced a little

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Fattede intet, men det lød okay

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Fri May 14 2021
4

The music was groovy with strong melodies

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Disco alegre (aunque esto pareciera estereotipo de la música de África o del Caribe), con ritmos que suenan a artistas de Senegal o Camerún que he escuchado antes. Quizá no aprecio mucho que haya pistas muy largas, pero definitivamente como música ambiental funcionan bien. Es un disco al que regresaría sólo en momentos específicos, pero no para oír diario. Mis canciones favoritas: "Koweït, Rive Gauche", "Qui cherche trouve" y "Conte de fées". 8.5/10

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Música "africana". A veces me recuerda a Juan Luis Guerra.

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Sun May 02 2021
4

This right here reeks of the 90s and makes me want to go to the beach, I love it

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Thu May 27 2021
4

La verdad me deleitan las guitarras en el soukous; sí me dan ganas de bailar jajaaj. En esta nota, me gustó bastante Qui cherche trouve y la segunda parte de Désespoir y el final de Conte de Fées. Mood: Kwassa Kwassa todo el día y toda la noche.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

No conocía al artista pero fue muy interesante encontrarlo en esta losta

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

I like this style of music.. not a compete triumph but I’m feeling generous!

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Sun Aug 01 2021
4

Enjoyable, uplifting

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

Rating: 7/10

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Eve is such a good influence :) I'm learning to appreciate this kind of music much more! Honestly super fun and unique, at least to me.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

I had no idea what to expect with this one but I bloody loved it.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Awesome music that feels nostalgic in a strange way, not that I ever visited the Congo but it really puts you in a specific time and place.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

Happy music! I love this style of music - call it soukous or jit, it's impossible not to want to dance

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

groovy as fuck, 8/10

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Some french, some other stuff. Pretty good

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Unexpected surprise. Couldn’t understand a word but really enjoyed the rhythm

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

This is some uplifting, upbeat, refreshing music. I listen to the album twice in a row.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Jammin

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Koffi Olomide is a new artist for me. This is a very happy sounding album, with some interesting rhythms throughout the album. I enjoyed listening to somethin new, even if I couldn't sing along. With only one listen, the album falls somewhere between 3 and 4 stars, but I did like it enough that I'd be willing to have a second listen.

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Sun May 29 2022
4

A lot of the music I really love is influenced by this style of music. I can hear early Vampire Weekend in this down to the tone of the guitar and the lines played (I think the mixolydian mode is used quite a bit in both). Overall, I found this album to be enjoyable and accessible and it helped me to connect Afrobeat as played by western musicians with how it’s played by Africans. Both forms are similar and involve borrowing from the traditions of the other.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

Really solid

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

7/10. Pretty good

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Conversational baritone singing - very nice and easy to listen to. Vairety of rhythms are fun. Enjoyed this one greatly.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Riktigt dansant och roligt. Det svänger!

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Liked very much

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Vampire Weekend owe a lot to this guy.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Jag njöt av de extra mycke då ja visste att ja aldri kan lyssna pånytt

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Nice vibes :)

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Loved it. French afropop? Yes

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Mon Nov 02 2020
3

3

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Mon Nov 09 2020
3

This is pretty catchy stuff, lot of easygoing vibes, I don't understand enough French to know what's being said but I can't imagine it's that super-serious "African man you don't know your identity!" crap like Femi Kuti. I guess it's just good time music? I can picture people getting drunk and partying/dancing to this in the Congo. 3/5

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Mon Sep 28 2020
3

Groovy

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Fri Nov 06 2020
3

It's always a pleasant surprise when you discover something relatively fresh where you expected something bland. A consistently entertaining album from French-speaking Africa. Perhaps a bit too mid-tempo across the entire runtime.

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Thu Nov 19 2020
3

Nice but quite samey. Probably won't listen again.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

African pop music from the early 90s.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

It wasn’t bad!

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

papa afrika

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Not bad, just not really my forte.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

3 stars

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Sounded like the background music in a Portuguese restaurant

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

I think I listened to the right album? Or at least its closest equivalent on Apple Music. This is really enjoyable music! Not sure why this one was picked, but I'm always happy to see something other than rock or new wave show up. I couldn't tell you if this is groundbreaking or influential, but it's a very pleasant listening experience. Lots of great grooves that make me want to dance. Favorite tracks: Papa bonheur, Porte monnaie, Dit jeannot. Album art: Released in the early '90s, but looks incredibly '80s. Good, colors, good font. Koffi's fit is astonishing. 3.5/5

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

I liked it because it's cool to know new artists that I never knew, but the album itself is so monochromatic. Good songs to dance to, maybe some important message that I don't understand, but just a good album.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

When I think of African music this is what I imagine. The music Paul Simon and Vampire Weekend obviously ripped off. BT: Papa Bonheur, Qui Cherche Trouve, Port-Monnaie

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Enjoyed this album…….easy listening

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Не, этнический чил я уважаю. Но латинский как-то пока больше заходит, нигерсий на его фоне теряется. Не особо интересно, порой надоедает однообразностью, хотя прогнал только пару раз. В целом, будь менее навязчивым, вполне себе видел бы как ост Цивилизации, возглавляешь нацию Зулулэнд, берёшь под контроль Шаку, и вот как в современность попадаешь, эта шляпа играет. В общем, имеет право на существование, на возвращаться, вероятно, не стану.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

Eh, I can appreciate it for being different. Doesn't blow my mind or anything, also it's not the best example of this genre

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Wed May 19 2021
3

New one to me (both the album and the artist). I enjoyed this one. Hard not to bob the head or tap the foot along to the whole album. I happen to really enjoy listening to the French language, spoken or sung, even though I can't speak it, so that added a sweet layer to the music for me. Great music.

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Fri May 21 2021
3

upbeat tropical, the music is good lyrics are in a language I don't understand. Not really my jam.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Not bad, but doesn't sound special to me. Dude's voice is damn great.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

I don’t know enough about genre to know how influential or important this genre is. It’s not really my type of vibe personally - but it’s kinda funky I guess. :)

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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

Good stuff

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

Didn’t know anything about Congolese music before listening. Can’t understand the language. Yet, I found the music’s joyous, uplifting rhythms and soothing vocals enjoyable!

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Sun Aug 29 2021
3

Étnica. Melódica.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

I didn’t give this much of listen due to time. I like the more rhythmic, call and response sections with guitar, less so the poppy pieces, where it sounds like he borrowed George Michaels’ electric piano player. I’ve probably listened with regularity to only about a dozen African artists. they would get higher score than Koffi.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

Major key jams with a nice mellow vibe. Quite same-ish after a few songs.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
3

Good tunes

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

Festive, not my usual. I appreciated hearing it but don't think I'd come back to it

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

French, early 90s sound.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

42. Haut de gamme / Koweït, rive gauche - Koffi Olomide 9 tracks. It's African Salsa if such a thing exists, but it's toe-tappingly catchy & decent. I wouldn't choose to listen to it, but I also wouldn't turn it off. 3/5

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

Disco raro e interesante. No sé si lo termine de escuchar pero voy a escucharlo de vez en cuando.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Great Jams

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Definitely out of left field. Not my type of music but not terrible.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
3

Listening to this my first thought was, "Ah, now I see where Paul Simon stole the music for Graceland!" But I see that this album was actually recorded quite a few years after Graceland. I guess that's just the style. I enjoyed the music, especially the more upbeat numbers. 3 stars.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

-Background of “Papa bonheur” sounds like the Bloons TD Music -Ok the whole album is just like reggae/dance-esque music in French lol -The bridge of “Conte de fées” actually picks up to be pretty groovy with the high pitched whatever grooving along -Very end of “Dit Jeannot” got kinda cool -The whole album is just like reggae/dance-esque music in French lol

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

I don't even know who you are. Jaunty album doe

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Kinda jovial music but ehhh.... sounds super cheesy. Does get a slightly better rating since it's from Africa and that is a nice change. 2.5/5

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Bluesy, sleazy, and fun. Jesus…Chicago, Waitin for the Bus, LaGrange all classics. This set them up for a lifetime of great boogie.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Very womad. Benign background music.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Never heard of this chap before but he's been making recordings since 1983 and I counted 29 albums on wikipedia. The music on Haut De Gamme is pleasant and unassuming, the polyrhythmic grooves provide an upbeat platform for Olomide to sing over. Meanwhile there is usually some exotic sounding instrument playing a cheery motif as a counter melody. As with a lot of what is classified "world music" it's sung in the local dialect, meaning you have no idea what the songs are about, so you concentrate on the mood of the music, which is joyous and feels a little bit spiritual. The vibe is relaxed and lacking bite so it does occasionally veer into lounge territory. Of course, whether that's good or bad depends on the listener. On the whole it is quite an enjoyable lightweight album and I relish the thought of seeing/hearing this performed in a live setting at an outdoor festival (with a beer or three) in the middle of summer instead of a cold winter's day in February (with a cuppa tea)! Terrible cover art mind.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Sounds like Ariel and Sebastian jammin it out.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

The enjoyment of music is tied to when you listen to it, where you listen to it and who you listen to it with. I listened to this on a Kenyan beach while sipping cocktails. That's the setting that this album is made for. I very much doubt I would have enjoyed it quite as much if I was listening to it on a wet Thursday in a Bolton Nandos.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

It sounds like we're in Nandos...apparently.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Best Song: Qui cherche trouve. Slow groovy dance rhythm yeah. Worst Song: Dit Jeannot. A bit too far out in space, instrumentally. Overall: Optimistic toe-tapping music that does nothing to grab your attention, for better or worse. Beautiful mess of an album cover though.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Felt like being on holiday

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Sun Mar 06 2022
3

Interesting, enjoyed the music, good Afro beat and upbeat

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Pretty good danceable African music.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

A bit like a Congolese Lionel Richie (in music vibe only - I can't imagine Lionel karate kicking a backing dancer). 2.5/5

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

I had to look this guy up on Wikipedia as I'd not heard of him. I can see that he's a bit of a cad from the antics listed on his page, but his music has a lightness of touch that makes it really pleasant listening

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

Interesante y agradable

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

jaunty! (reads bio) oh no

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Jaunty music from a dubious man who is probably available as a handyman at a price you can afford!

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Mostly enjoyable afrobeat. At least the parts where they've managed to keep the keyboardist away from E. PIANO 1 on his DX7.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

Love the mix of guitar and FM synths. Could see myself getting into this more.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

This is fine but I dont really have enough reference points to evaluate it in any fair way.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

Nice rhythms but without being able to understand the words much of this sounds the same to me.

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Admittedly I don’t speak French, but nothing sets this album apart from others in the genre

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Fri May 27 2022
3

I mean it's nice and all, but it just makes me think of background music in some gift shop.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

At first, I went into this record genuinely curious and was left feeling that this was mostly okay. Sounds samey at points but don't discard the craft that went into this album; the bright sounds that come out of this are worth the listen. Favorites: Papa Bonheur, Désespoir, Koweït, Rive Gauche.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

I like the music a lot. However, i don’t really like the vocal style. Feels like island music so it would be something good to listen to while sitting near the ocean while having a Mai Thai

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Pleasant

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Like Graceland without Paul Simon.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Pretty sweet , nothing amazing.very holiday buzz off it

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Sat Jun 11 2022
3

A pleasant listen. Soukous always makes me think of my college days, because the local college radio station played a lot of it. This is such joyful music, you can't help but be in a good mood listening to it. A little repetitive from song to song, but still pretty fun. Fave Songs: Papa bonheur, Qui cherche trouve; Desepoir; Obrigado, Conte de fees

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Definitely hard to fully appreciate everything in world music where you don't understand the lyrics. The vibe certainly seems very island and laid back... and i know I'm an idiot for saying this, but it makes me think of what an album would sound like if the Sebastian the Crab (from The Little Mermaid) made a smooth album. Enjoyable.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

All I need is a cold Kalik and I'm transported to the islands. It might actually be the wrong island, actually. Hmmm... well, I could listen to this while bonefishing with some Kalik in my cooler.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

MUSE MUSA! SASI U BOSA!

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Sun Jul 17 2022
3

Disco completo foi perdendo o interesse, mas fica claro a importância de se conhecer.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

I couldn’t discern what really distinguishes this from a whole lot of pop-ified World music I’ve heard by the by... It’s all competent musicianship, good singing (though of course I can’t comprehend a word). But it couldn’t help but fade into the background for me. Upbeat but relatively insubstantial.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Has some nice beats. Maybe heard a little zydeco in there? Wasn't really inspired by it. Just a reasonably nice listen.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Difficult to enjoy a lot of it, but it's not bad. It's just me.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

3.7 - High energy West African pop music. Bouncy guitar fills, flowing rhythms and rich bari-tenor vocals. A few cheesy-sounding ballads but overall a pleasant listen.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Really liked the sounds and rhythms of this album. I have to admit that my scant experience in African music has come from artists like Paul Simon, specifically his Graceland album. Loved the African music sensibility of Graceland and was happy to listen to Koffi Olomide for a lesson on what real Congolese Soukus music sounds like. I particularly liked Koweit Rive Gauches and Desespoir.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

I'm not the right person to give this a review, it sounded very good and musically was fine m, but I just know I won't listen to it again is its not my thing

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Chipper background music to work to

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

I liked this! I probably wouldn’t listen again but I enjoyed the uptempo, positive beats.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

New to me and enjoyed the something different, but probs not going to deep dive his catalog.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

It's obviously a big deal, but it really wasn't my kind of thing. I think it's the sound of the thing, which has a lot of the vagaries of the worst of the late eighties and nineties - flat synths and over emoting. That said, when the tunes get a beat on, you definitely want to shake your arse, so that wins it back for me a bit.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Good album, one and done for me but worth the listen.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

Super Mario Odessey OST

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

Nice, the synths and electronic drums haven’t aged too well

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

Það er ákveðinn ferskleiki sem fylgir þessari plötu. Góð tilbreyting frá vestrænu tónlistinni. Mæli með!

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

This actually had some really catchy bops on it, but I don't speak the language so hard to fully get behind the album. I was grooving along to the instrumentation though, so I'll give it a 3

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

J'ai bien aimé le vibe et cet album était très bon dans son style. J'ai bien aimé le francais aussi :P 3.85

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

struggling to think of much to say about this so im not going to

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

A sound very outside my comfort zone, but so far I'm kinda digging it. There's just enough French used in the dialect be8ng spoken that I keep expecting to understand it more than I do. Hmmm, overall I'm not huge on it but it was a pleasant new experience. 3/5

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

Cant rate

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Fri Jan 01 2021
2

I have no idea what is going on.

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Thu Oct 01 2020
2

Sarmadı

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Fri Nov 20 2020
2

Maybe I'm just super uncultured but I'd never heard of Soukus music (I even spelled it wrong just there). It's fine, seems like a lot of fun to dance to, but holy hell an hour of this was a lot. Especially for something so seemingly formulaic. Favorite track: "Papa bonheur"

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Not my jam, but an interesting listen

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

It feels like vacation!

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

Naaaaaah

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Sun Feb 07 2021
2

Super chill listen. Not something id reach for all the time, but i wouldn't turn it off if I was like at a dinner party with my in laws or my parents, and we were having like some charcuterie

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

Good varied instrumentation and voice leading, but French Tropicana is just not my thing.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Okay, not really a style I am into. Was on in the background and I didn't hate it.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Totally different to what I would listen to normally so that was cool but didn't hold my interest at all

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Realised very quickly it was not for me

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

Meh

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

Pussa pussy guy

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Fri May 07 2021
2

Dope

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Thu Apr 29 2021
2

Easy breezy. Not my thing but fine. Boy, you really realize just how insanely long most albums are doing this experiment, don’t you?

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Sun May 16 2021
2

I could not get into this one. It just doesn't feel like anything special to me: background music, and nothing more

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

A vibe

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Thu Apr 29 2021
2

This guy sounds like he's having a ripe old time of it, but the music got quite boring, quite quickly. I bet it's great to dance to, but I'm listening to this whilst I work. Any road, I can't dance. A quick look at this guy's Wikipedia page and, wow, he seems like a real piece of shit.

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Thu May 06 2021
2

Weird but well done

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

Fine, some songs were very good, but overall forgettable outside of those

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

It’s fun, it’s fresh, it’s different & its French!...I think? Anyhoo, I would’ve never listened to this album in any other instance than for this review so that in itself is a plus for broadening my mind. I am glad I listened to these European pop songs which induce a feel good vibe with their Caribbean calypso reggae flavour. Would I want to purchase this album or choose it out of line up to play again though?...probably not. 2 Stars!

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Sun May 02 2021
2

Fun vibes, but it is so 90’s it hurts, and the songs overstay their welcome every time.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

não é meu estilo de música, mas não é ruim

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Fri May 21 2021
2

Nice but sort of repetitive

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

Not my kind of music.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
2

It is to slow to be pop and to fast for slow music, so “not quite my tempo”. Don’t like the french 2.5/5

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

Det här var då inte något jag hade snubblat över i vanliga fall. Genren "soukous", är kongolesisk dansmusik. Jag fick scrolla igenom Koffi Olomides gigantiska diskografi (35 album, varav 30 egna, på 36 år) innan jag hittade denna, med vad jag antar är Koffi själv, iklädd någon sorts formel-1-jacka (???) osäkert pekandes mot mig på omslaget. Vill inte ge efter för klyschan som säger att all afrikansk musik måste beskrivas med "rytmisk", eller liknande adjektiv. Men, visst, det svänger väl ganska bra ibland. Och Koffi Olomides röst kan beröra en vid några få tillfällen, som t.ex. i slutet av Koweït, Rive Gauche. Det låter sorgligt när han pressar ur sig sina "Lewu lewu lewu", men jag vet inte vad något betyder i detta album. Jag tog mig igenom den knappa timmen utan att någonting gjort något större avtryck, tyvärr. Bästa låt: Koweït, Rive Gauche, då det enda jag minns direkt efter lyssningen är "Lewu lewu lewu"

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

2-3 star, can’t knock it but it’s not going to be something I’ll revisit, but still enjoyed aspects

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Mon May 24 2021
2

Boring and repetitive. Same tune throughout the album. Tries too hard to be poppy. But it's a series of groovy dance tracks, and I'd be willing to hear a track every once and a while. Just not the whole album at once.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

It was the same song 9 times. Giving it a 2 rather than a 1 because at least it was nice background music.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

This was a weird album. I liked Koffi's voice and the positive vibe of the music but it wasn't very interesting. One track in particular (Elixer) was 5 minutes of the the exact same riff and you can tell that they didn't even know how to end it because it just faded out. The album also suffered from some bad production. Mainly a little two much high end especially on the fake drums. Or maybe they were just over-produced real drums that sounded fake. Either way, not good. Some of the harmonies were nice, especially on the last 2 tracks but overall not an album or artist I would listen to again.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

I tried but just couldn't get into it. I love lyrics, it's part of my listening experience and my french is so out of practice. But unlike opera (or a good Rammstein tune), vocals didn't just fade into the background or blend in with the music. And I think that's because the music was also very cheesy; like Super Mario meets all inclusive Caribbean resort.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
2

Very pleasant African pop that makes you wanna shake your booty. Nice rhythms and good vocals. But I would reach for some Miriam & Amadou or Fela Kuti before this

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Sun Sep 19 2021
2

Ilk iki sarkiyi dinledim sadece, gercekten must miydi bu album

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Thu Oct 21 2021
2

Gut gemacht, auch ganz ideenreich, aber irgendwie nichtssagend. Mir will sich dazu keine richtige Meinung bilden. Auf ein 2. Mal habe ich keine Lust.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

Average beach vibes

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

I don't know the name of this genre of W African music. This sounds like a 90s generic version of its own genre. C

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

Fijn apart album met onbekende muziekstijl, maar zou het niet nogmaals aanzetten

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Fri Jan 07 2022
2

Its allright 2/5

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Thu Jan 13 2022
2

I didn’t like it as much as I thought I wouldn’t. I heard an african album once and they aren't all like this one. (4/10) FT: Désespoir

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Fri Jan 14 2022
2

Bonus point for best album cover

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

Was hard to finish, very Afro-French inspired, just not my speed

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Wed Feb 09 2022
2

Wow, l'œuvre d'art dit tout! J'ai d'abord aimé les rythmes pop, puis je me suis ennuyé.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
2

Just found myself switching off. Maybe live it was a set of great tunes to dance to sorry Koffi.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
2

Cool that this album is on this list but not much of a fan at all. Mostly boring 90s African music,

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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

great. i just love having some bloke whisper sweet nothings into my ear in french. the bits that sound like a nandos backing track were fun for a bit, but i hated the bits where he was doing western ballad style noncey R'n'B stuff. i retract my previous comment from songhoy blues, i am not a world music guy.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
2

Reminded me of when I had XM and they'd do a reggae/dance channel in the summers. Or dance lessons in college. Fine as a novelty, but very same-y over an hour.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

its Caribbean jams 2.5

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Sun Mar 27 2022
2

It felt kinda bland tbh

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Wed Apr 13 2022
2

Loverman soukous, it has its uses.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

keyboards are heavy on the 80s overproduction

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Fri Apr 22 2022
2

Música de Congo, admito que por mi propia iniciativa no la habría escuchado. En algunas partes parece canciones que hubiera compuesto Juan Luis Guerra (escuchar Desespoir).

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Wed Apr 27 2022
2

No thanks

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Fri May 20 2022
2

the non standard "world" music albums are always cool i guess kind of albums, as in its interesting to listen to but id probably never listen to it again.

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Sun May 29 2022
2

Not the sort of music I'd ever find myself going back to. It was fine though

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

I'm not wild about most foreign language music. If I was sitting at a coffee place in South Africa, I'd be game for hearing this music. Sitting in an office in MN? Not so much...

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