Working at Afropop comes with the occasional hazard. Inevitably, an earworm of epic proportion will lodge itself in my brain and drive me crazy. Well, crazier than my usual crazy, anyway.
The most recent, and potent, earworm I've come across at Afropop is from the first track of Stern Music's recent Congo collection: AFRICAN PEARLS: PONT SUR LE CONGO. The entire disk, which features the cream of the Golden Age crop of Congolese music, is excellent. But the first 20 seconds of the first track ("Kamaki" by Orchestre Kiam) sets the whole collection off with (and I'm no Sean Barlow or Banning Eyre, so you can feel free to take this with a grain of salt) perhaps one of the greatest breaks in Afropop history, starting at 0:12.
Check out this one minute sample from the Stern's Music player.
The polyrhythm is sick, that 4-on-the floor bass drum kills, the guitar shimmers and it all comes together in a way that makes your head nod and your eyes light up.
Listen at your own hazard...it will be stuck in your brain.
--Matt, with Gabe