"Miles Ahead (Toleki Bango)"

Five voices, two wild harmonicas, and an array of drums played by five percussionists... the originality of Classic Swede Swede was already apparent from their instrumentation. Initially a "groupe folklorique" based in Kinshasa (Congo / ex-Zaire), largely inspired by Mongo music and its famed vocal polyphonies, their style quickly evolved into a distinctively urban, modern sound that was the first to cross the ethnic borders and  the age barriers so massively without making any compromise with the prevailing aesthetics of the  “Kinshasa  Rumba”.

Swede Swede's big break came in 1989 when they launched the dance Sundama, an instant hit in Kinshasa.

"Miles Ahead (Toleki Bango)" was the first album wholly-produced by Vincent Kenis, who went on to produce Zap Mama, Taraf de Haidouks, Kocani Orkestar, and later returned to working with electro-traditional bands from the Congo: Konono no1, Kasai Allstars etc.


CLASSIC SWEDE SWEDE - Miles Ahead (Toleki Bango)
Miles Ahead (Toleki Bango)