Woweembeem Mixtape 35 — Eric Kalombo Kings

Hi hi!

We’re back after a brief hiatus with a killer mixtape. If fast, pulsating, hypnotising and beautiful music from the Congo is your thing, wrap yer ears around this.

Eric’s mix is “…basically following down the chain of the 3rd school of Congolese music from the 80’s through the 90’s to today. All the music in the mix descends from a style called Kavasha pioneered by Zaïko Langa Langa. There’s kavasha/tchatcho/ndombolo with heavy sebens throughout each style. A big highlight is JB Mpiana RDC. This tune features rhythms and folklore from some of the different tribes found in Congo (of which there are 200+).”

We’ve been sitting on this mixtape for a long time and had planned to finally release it to coincide with Eric’s performance at Woweembeem (with his outfit Elikya) last March. Sadly that gig was postponed due to Covid-19 so here we are, releasing it into the world amidst a global pandemic. Who’d of thunk it.

Shout out to Sean Montgomery Dietz for the link up and additional notes, and big thanks to Eric for compiling this – mad love to you both.

Tracklist from Robin’s mix —

01 the Pool – On Retinae (East Version)
02 Urban Dance – Hammer
03 Yukihiro Takahashi – Blue Colour Worker
04 Ryuichi Sakamoto – E
05 Magical Power Mako – Spring Storm
06 Yellow Magic Orchestra – Wild Ambitions
07 Interior – Giant Steps
08 Ippu-Do – Moonlight Magic
09 Portable Rock – ウツの (Hold Me)
10 Mari Iijima – Love Sick

Woweembeem Mixtape 035 was compiled by Eric Kalombo Kings and edited by Moving Still