Released 28 July 2017
Exploring the voice has always been an exciting part of the Real World Records catalogue and some outstanding vocal performances come courtesy of musicians from Africa who have recorded for the label.
Papa Wemba’s Emotion features as part of our Voices of Africa campaign where a selection of albums by our African artists can be purchased on CD or LP with a 25% discount by using the code >> realworld25 << at checkout.
Albums included are:
Les Amazones d’Afrique Republique Amazone CD / LP
Ayub Ogada En Mana Kuoyo CD / LP
Papa Wemba Emotion CD / LP
Geoffrey Oryema Exile CD /LP
Maryam Mursal The Journey CD
Thomas Mapfumo Rise Up CD
The Drummers of Burundi Live at Real World CD
By the time he recorded Emotion, his second album for Real World Records, Congolese band-leading legend Papa Wemba had made somewhere in the region of 25 records.
This 1995 album marked something of a departure. Rather than being another instalment of his trademark high-octane soukous, Emotion was an unashamed offering to the same international audience taking the likes of Youssou N’Dour and Baaba Maal to its hearts. Indeed, there’s even a cover of Otis Redding’s Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song).
No problem, though. These are irresistibly crystal-clear melodies wrapped in the crispest, most modern production.
Available on vinyl for the first time, the album also comes with a 16bit CD quality digital download card.
Also available as part of the Real World LP Bundle with six other classic albums for one great price, here.
Papa Wemba is not the first African artist to attempt to internationalize his sound…but he’s the rare artist who pulls it off.
Rolling Stone (USA)
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A brilliant blast of crisp soukous…pop and dance rhythms that bounce off the stratosphere.