Monday, 15 May 2017
Oliver!: Emeneya - Ngonda (15 March 1992)
I'm so pleased that this wonderful soukous track was available to share, because a) it's been ages since any of my soukous picks have been available and b) Ngonda formed part of a wonderful trio of tracks on the 15/3/92 show. It's all subjective of course, but Peel's programmes were unmatchable whenever a sequence of melodic, thrilling and new (to the listener) records came together. This and the next two tracks that turn up on this blog over the coming days have had me aching with anticipation since I heard them.
Ngonda appears to be one of King Kester Emeneya's key songs, and it features a brilliantly extended outro, full of rippling guitar duelling from about 3:03 onwards. Peel praised the playing of guitarist Luttulle Lutus but felt that the Emeneya name, which I think he thought covered the band rather than the singer, sounded like "a rather grisly religious foundation".
Get on your dancing shoes and give praises.
Video courtesy of selino bwatshia.