Vis-A-Vis – The Best Of Vis-A-Vis In Congo Style (New Vinyl)
New sealed copy. 2021 remastered reissue. Remastered by Noah Mintz and pressed at Precision Record Pressing in Canada.
On their album The Best of Vis-A-Vis In Congo Style, the latest to be reissued by Toronto-based label We Are Busy Bodies (following the reissues of Odo Gu Ahorow, Di Wo Ho Ni, and the seminal Obi Agye Me Dofo), Vis-a-Vis depart from their trademark style and add a heavy dose of Congolese rumba to the mix. Born out of the Cuban son wave of the 1930s and ‘40s, Congolese rumba was taking over the continent by the ’70s, and became a major influence on many styles of African popular music. Few bands, though, took it in the direction Vis-a-Vis did on this record: with vocalist Isaac “Superstar” Yeboah, Sammy Cropper on guitar, Slim Manu on bass, Gybson “Shaolin Kung-Fu” Papra on drums, and a cast of other musicians, The Best of Vis-A-Vis In Congo Style effortlessly combines the sunny atmospheres of highlife with the harmonized vocals and nimble guitar playing of rumba.
A1 Medofo Pa
A2 Asalam Malekum
A3 Vic San Bra
B1 Cherie Bondowe
B2 Yere Fre Adofo
B3 Nsenkeka Adooso