Tabu Ley Rochereau – Maze

Tabu Ley Rochereau is very cool. He’s a Congolese singer and songwriter (calling him a “singer-songwriter” doesn’t sound right), leader of Orchestre Afrisa International, and a very significant figure in the history of modern African music. Starting in the ’60s, he pioneered a combination of Congolese folk music and Caribbean music, achieving a very cool new sound. He makes some of the most relaxing music I’ve ever heard in my life – you listen to one of his songs and you feel like you’re lying in a field in the Congo, it’s 80 degrees, and a light breeze is wafting over you. And he’s got one of the most beautiful male voices I’ve ever heard. This video also happens to be the most ’70s thing ever made.

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