Lokua Kanza Toyebi T,
- Released: July 30, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Sunnyside
- $0.99 on iTunes1.Tika Ngai
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Ndagukunda Tshane
- $0.99 on iTunes3.Etre Heureux
- $0.99 on iTunes4.Le Bonheur
- $0.99 on iTunes5.Mbiffe
- $0.99 on iTunes6.Nkolo Akosunga
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Good Bye
- $0.99 on iTunes8.Kumbo
- $0.99 on iTunes9.Na Mileli
- $0.99 on iTunes10.Toyebi Te
- $0.99 on iTunes11.Mboka
- $0.99 on iTunes12.Come Back to Me
- $0.99 on iTunes13.Mbana Mboye
- $0.99 on iTunes14.Baselombo
- $0.99 on iTunes15.Je N'ai Pas Choisi
- $0.99 on iTunes16.Kumisaka Nkolo
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Personnel includes: Lokua Kanza (vocals, electric guitar); Didi Ekukuan (guitar, bass, percussion); Marcelin Yace (flute); Komba Bellow (percussion).
Recorded at Studio Piccolo, Paris, France.
Not a million miles from Geoffrey Oryema, Lokua Kanza, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has a lilting, pan-African style. He might not show the roots of his homeland, but this is ineffably an African record -- largely acoustic, melodic, and carried by Kanza's gentle voice. The record works best, perhaps surprisingly, when he doesn't sing in English -- in large part because the English lyrics are execrable ("Good Bye" being a prime example). He does veer into smooth jazz/R&B territory at times, which really doesn't serve him well; there's more to him than that, and the glibness has very little of the depth he manages elsewhere. He's really at his best when the sound is stripped-down, really allowing him to shine because his mellifluous voice is unmistakably the star of the show. Kanza has a future, that's beyond doubt. On the basis of this record, he'll never be a major name, but still one worth hearing across the years. ~ Chris Nickson
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