Global Notes: The golden age of African acoustic guitar
This week on Global Notes we take you back to 1950’s Congo (the DRC today), for what many considered the Golden Age of African acoustic guitar music. Influences for what was known as Katanga guitar or ‘dry guitar’ music ranged from Cuba son and rhumba to American yodeling cowboys, gospel, and pop vocal groups. We’ll focus on some of the more notable names that are included in the new LP compilation Congo Guitars 1952 and 1957 with Morning Shift and Radio M host Tony Sarabia.
(photo: Jean Bosco Mwenda, cover art)