A quintet of Ruby Jive, Lee Partis, Datsun Cherry, Bavon Wayne Wayne and ‘Chopper’, OK Jive made a brave attempt to conquer the charts in the early 80s with their brand of ‘Congo Pop’. The group was formed after the demise of the Plymouth, Hampshire, England group Cha-Cha Rhythms Kings. A conscious attempt to translate Afro-pop traditions such as high-life, rumba and cha-cha for an English audience, their debut single, ‘To You’, was released on their own Frenzy Records in 1981. Although they attracted a good deal of early press (photographs showed them wearing exotic clothes in front of leopard skin backdrops) the experiment failed and they returned to obscurity after a handful of small-scale releases and a single session for Radio 1 disc jockey Richard Skinner.
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