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  • Hello Hello [Sterns, 1995] A-

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Hello Hello [Sterns, 1995]
Insofar as soukous has room to grow anymore, it rejects Paris hyperdrive for the confident understatement of the golden era, and too often the formal energy lags the second time around. Masterminded by a veteran Zairean guitarist who was once from Zaire, this exile supersession (Quatre Etoiles, Sam Mangwana) finds the balance: bold yet complex, lively yet reflective, scintillating yet groovesome, fast yet mellow--yet fast, you know? A-