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Ray Stephen Oche & His Matumbo

Interpretation Of The Original Rhythm


His African Name Owoicho Oche means: “God is the King”.

Ray Stephen Oche is singer, drummer, flutist and mainly trumpet player from Nigeria. From the late 50s he spent time in Ganha meeting famous drummer Guy Warren “who is supposed to have deliver him the secret of the authentic African rythms”, toured in Sierra Leone with “Outer Space” band, went to Senegal and Gambia. He arrived in Paris in 1965 and played in Europe, worked with ORTF. Matumbo, the name of his band on this record means in Angola: “gifted with various talents”.

This LP has been recorded in Paris, musicians come from Congo, Togo, Guinea, Gambia, but also Brazil and “french” West Indies. The whole album is roots and groovy afrojazz, full of percussions and african singing (in Idoma language).

180gm LP includes full color inner sleeve with photos & liner notes.