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The musical tradition of East Africa is not the continent’s richest, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that one of the top groups in Kenyan music of the last 20 years should have been émigrés from the Congo. Yet once they had resettled in Nairobi during the early 1970s, Orchestra Super Mazembe swiftly absorbed the local rhythms known as benga and combined them with the familiar Cuban-influenced rumba of Congolese music to create a unique African dance style. Razor-edged guitars, soaring vocals and thrilling horns characterize these classic cuts, which come from the group’s heyday between the mid-1970s and the early 1980s.