Docteur Nico – Dieu De La Guitare
2x180gram vinyl, restored and remastered tracks, limited and numbered edition + extensive liner notes in English & French
5. Bolingo Na Ngai Gigi (2:37)
6. Tshiandanda Ngalula (2:44)
7. Mabanzo Maleki Ngai (2:47)
8. Ambiance Du Daring (2:54)
1. Jose Bella Calypso (2:33)
2. Bolingo Na Ngai Aye (2:46)
7. Merengue Mathieu (2:12)
2. African Fiesta Congo (3:07)
3. Omeli Mayi Na Ntonga (3:47)
6. Souvenir Air-Congo (4:06)
3. Semeki Etali Yo Te (5:16)
5. Dieu De La Guitare outro (bonus track) (0:21)
Planet Ilunga is proud to present you an anthology of Nicolas Kasanda Wa Mikalayi (Docteur Nico) on a double vinyl album. With this new compilation, made in collaboration with Ignace Mukendi (Comite de gestion des œuvres musicales de Docteur Nico) and the children of Nico, Planet Ilunga recalls the life and musical career of the legendary Congolese guitar player and band leader Docteur Nico.
All tracks are coming from mostly hard to find 78 rpm or 45 rpm records, many of them reproduced on this album for the very first time. The double album vinyl comes with extensive liner notes (in French and English).
Nicolas Kasanda wa Mikalayi stood for over 20 years at the forefront of Congolese rumba. Backed through his whole career by his older brother Dechaud, Nico introduced numerous innovations to Congolese rumba such as a remarkable take on Dominican merengue, the use of the Hawaiian guitar, the introduction of new rhythms and dances such as the kiri-kiri and kono, and especially the shimmering, electrified modern versions of traditional tunes from his native Kasai.
Thirty-three years after his death, we remember him as the most gifted guitar soloist of Congo. In this anthology we present an original selection of 26 exquisite songs, made between 1954 and 1970 with the groups African Jazz, Rock-a-Mambo, African Jazz Aile Nico, African Fiesta and African Fiesta Sukisa, many of them reproduced for the first time and mostly taken from the original 78 rpm or 45 rpm shellac/vinyl.