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Mwenda, Jean-Bosco – Jean-Bosco Mwenda (1952-1962) – New LP
Mwenda, Jean-Bosco – Jean-Bosco Mwenda (1952-1962) – New LP
Mississippi Records

Mwenda, Jean-Bosco – Jean-Bosco Mwenda (1952-1962) – New LP

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The first full-length LP dedicated to the early work of pioneering Congolese guitarist Jean-Bosco Mwenda!

Jean-Bosco created a totally unique approach to the acoustic guitar in the 1950s, and was perhaps the single greatest influence on early Central and East African guitarists. He was incredibly popular throughout the region, recording 200 sides for local release, and became known worldwide for the stunning guitar line on the song "Masanga."

Despite his renown, he was a private man who insisted that music was a side job, and he focused on running his small businesses in Lubumbashi. While still beloved in Congo, Mwenda's music fell out of popularity globally, and, with few exceptions, these early recordings have not been heard outside of small private collections.

This album features 12 rare songs of beautiful, complex fingerstyle guitar & Mwenda's warm voice, as well as two beloved classics. All tracks are restored from original 78 RPM discs.
Vinyl edition includes an insert with full lyric translations, bio, and photos.

"There are many musicians who play my songs, and me, I only play my own."


Songs by Jean-Bosco Mwenda, recorded 1952 - 1962

Original 78 RPM discs provided by Michael Kieffer
Transfers & Audio Restoration by Michael Kieffer
Swahili Translations by Dominic Kakolobango
Sanga & Kiyeke Translations by El Magambo Bin Ali Gulda
French Translations by Cyrus Moussavi & David Diaz Formidoni
Graphic Design by Gordon Ashworth
Cover Photo Provided by Jonathan Ward
Special Thanks to Stephane Mwenda and Elijah Wald

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