Various Artists

La Belle Epoque, Vol. 1

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Largely songs from Les Bantous de la Capitale, the band that invented "soukous" as a dance style, though the laidback early rumba they play here is far removed from the manic efforts of today. This stunning set begins with an a capella song from Pamelo Moun'ka and includes the unforgettable "Lizie," plus a few gems from the totally forgotten Orchestre Les Nzoy.