© 2023 KZYX
redwood forest background
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Due to CalFire work at our primary transmission site, we will be experiencing periodic outages lasting approx. 30 minutes on various days of the week. We apologize for the inconvenience.

'Voice of Lightness' Revives African Pop in U.S.

In the 1970s and '80s, pop music fans in Africa were dancing to a Congo-based music known as Soukous.

One of the music's pioneers, Tabu Ley Rochereau, infused elements of American soul into the music — taking it to a new level. A major collection of his music — The Voice of Lightness: Congo Classics 1961-1977 — was just released in the United States.

Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Robert Christgau
Robert Christgau contributes regular music reviews to All Things Considered.