Taxi Pata Pata

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Driven by punchy horn charts and the silken vocals of Kinshasa, Zaire-born and London-based vocalist Nsimba Foggis Bitendi, Taxi Pata Pata has been called the "world's best soukous band." The New Music…
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Driven by punchy horn charts and the silken vocals of Kinshasa, Zaire-born and London-based vocalist Nsimba Foggis Bitendi, Taxi Pata Pata has been called the "world's best soukous band." The New Music Express described their sound as "a joyful rhythm, a light bouncing beat, and sweet vocals that get audiences jumping wherever they perform," while influential BBC DJs Charlie Gillett and Andy Kershaw proclaimed them "Britain's best African band." A member of the Bantu people, Bitendi formed Taxi Pata Pata shortly after moving to England in the mid-'80s. The group's debut album, Aime Bebe, was released in 1986. A decade later, Bitendi and the band embarked on a five-continent tour of the show Bingo: A Musical Extravaganza, which Bitendi composed based on the tales and legends of the Bakongo people of Central Africa. Together with members of the group, Bitendi founded the School of Rhythm and Sound, in London, where they offer a variety of courses in African music and culture.