Remmy Ongala & Orchestre Super Matimila
Released 25 September 1995
Remmy Ongala and Orchestre Super Matimila are at their very best. Eleven years of touring have distilled the band into a potent performance vehicle that rightly conveys Remmy as one of Africa’s most buoyant and exciting musical stars. This music is called ‘bongo beat’ —the sound and the pulse of Tanzania and its people.
The live tracks were recorded in Sweden in 1994 and in the UK in 1995. Also featured are Radio Tanzania’s 1984 sessions and studio recordings made at Real World over three days following Matimila’s first American tour in September 1993.
Remmy speaks for the disenfranchised and detribalised, telling of their loss, their poverty, their sickness and their dreams in lyrics ranging from ghost stories and tribal histories through to the fable of studied ambiguity that is ‘Kilio’. In a country where mass communication has only very recently been liberalised, and with national television only introduced in 1995, the power of Remmy Ongala’s words is a phenomenon not easily understood here in the West.
But these songs are also celebrations of the joy that is to be found even in lives that teeter on the brink of starvation and despair. In a hard world they celebrate the indomitable spirit of humanity.Read more about this release »