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June 23, 2008, 1:39 pm
Filed under: Kenya

Angola Uhuru

Madico were from… Well, I’m not sure.

The person who sold me the record said that they were from Kenya, which is where the record says it was manufactured in the small print.

But, the language listed on the label says “Lingala”, which is spoken throughout the northwestern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaïre) and a large part of the Republic of the Congo, as well as to some degree in Angola and the Central African Republic.

I guess that they may have been from Angola, due to the song’s title. But if that was the case, the record would have been pressed either in that country or Portugal. Similarly, if they had been from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or the Republic of the Congo, the record would have been pressed in France. So that leaves the Central African Republic… But then why would the song have Angola in the title?

If you have any information, please contact me.

Catalog number PEA 200 on Pathé Records, manufactured in Kenya. No other information available.



Hey, great blog! As for this track: in the 1970’s there were many Congolese musicians recording and performing in Kenya. They sang in Lingala and Swahili.
Also, there were some Congolese-Angolan musicians such as Mário Matadidi who played with Congolese group Madjesi (I have a 7 inch he did in Portuguese in funk-style, also about the topic of Angolan independence) and Sam Mangwana who were both of Angolan parents.
So this could be a band with Angolan members, or it may simply be a song inspired by the events of the time: they are singing ‘Angola Uhuru’ which means freedom in/for Angola.

Comment by Thomas

Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

Comment by sandrar

The song is in both Swahili [spoken in Eastern Congo] and Lingala. Uhuru is a Swahili word. The song however is in a style too rough almost- annoyingly so – its hard to think it could be Congolese.

Comment by Kwela Kwela

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