Orchestre Kiam

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A while back, someone sent me a bunch of old tapes picked up in Kinshasa. This collection of 7-inches by the great, under-hyped Congolese group Orchestre Kiam makes a strong case for delving into the world of Central African melodic guitar ninjas and hi-hat samurais. I’ve got a tons of old soukous tapes like this that I often neglect. This one no longer. Good summertime music I plan to spin freely this week.

7 responses to “Orchestre Kiam”

  1. CMD says:


  2. Pete Ostridge says:

    Soukous,wonderful dancy summer music.

  3. Ale says:

    Great band!

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  5. Edward Yonnie says:

    This music boom over Sierra Leone in 70’s and up to this present moment people are eager for it. You can’t imagine one cassette seller was playing this music, mid age gather to listen to it.I wish this type music come back again.

  6. marcos says:

    Can you find me moni a finda to me that was the greatest track by kiam

  7. Lumumba says:

    Marcos,Moni Afinda is my best of all time hit from Congo.you can find on youtube where everyone is going crazy over it.

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