Monday, November 30, 2015
These days I have been listening to older music of Pepe Kalle. I enjoy the 1980s and 1990s time of Pepe Kalle. I call Pepe Kalle "King of Soukous". I call Franco "King of Rumba". As I would put it, if you want Rumba, you get Franco. If you want Soukous, you get Pepe Kalle.
1970s are one other period that demonstrate the making of the king of Soukous. The mid and late 1970s, you see when Pepe Kalle start to insert his music more and more, you are seeing the making "Soukous genre". Pepe Kalle would become important but more in the Soukous department.
One great example of this was his song "Trahison Hadas". His voice is more "Pepe Kalle" like than the other songs. You start to see Pepe Kalle make his way of singing more prominent as he become the superstar that he was destined to be.
Early 1980s also gave you the great growth of Pepe Kalle. You can see that Pepe Kalle has almost reach his ceiling as soon as Soukous was about to give some Rumba some serious competition.
During the 1976-82 period, You start to see the guitars become more creative alongside with "real" voice of Pepe Kalle. Now you discovered Pepe Kalle as a special star in his own right.
This is why I am a big Pepe Kalle fanatic today. Not just his famous songs but his songs that show the great growth that led to his superstar fame later on in his life.
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