Album artwork for Orchestre Massako by Orchestre Massako

The last time I found myself on the phone with Mack-Joss - founder of the Mighty Orchestra Massako, Gabon's national orchestra - I could hear gun-shots in the background. Shortly afterwards I found out that the baobab of Gabonese music had fallen.

An adept of folk rhythms, Mack-Joss quickly established himself as a staple of Libreville's nightlife scene and earned the respect of Franco, the legendary master of Congolese Rumba, transforming him into an ascendent figure of pan-African culture.

Mack-Joss's songwriting ability provided hit after hit. A few of these recordings featured a singer from Guinee Conakry by the name of Amara Toure. His specific voice, impossible not to recognise, left no one unmoved.

With a four decades spanned career, Mack-Joss's contribution to Gabonese culture cannot be overstated and continues to inspire the respect and devotion of people who knew him.

Orchestre Massako

Orchestre Massako

Analog Africa
Album artwork for Album artwork for Orchestre Massako by Orchestre Massako by Orchestre Massako - Orchestre Massako
Album artwork for Orchestre Massako by Orchestre Massako
LP

$34.99

Black
Released 08/12/2022Catalogue Number

LP-ANAF-14LE

Orchestre Massako

Orchestre Massako

Analog Africa
Album artwork for Album artwork for Orchestre Massako by Orchestre Massako by Orchestre Massako - Orchestre Massako
Album artwork for Orchestre Massako by Orchestre Massako
LP

$34.99

Black
Released 08/12/2022Catalogue Number

LP-ANAF-14LE

The last time I found myself on the phone with Mack-Joss - founder of the Mighty Orchestra Massako, Gabon's national orchestra - I could hear gun-shots in the background. Shortly afterwards I found out that the baobab of Gabonese music had fallen.

An adept of folk rhythms, Mack-Joss quickly established himself as a staple of Libreville's nightlife scene and earned the respect of Franco, the legendary master of Congolese Rumba, transforming him into an ascendent figure of pan-African culture.

Mack-Joss's songwriting ability provided hit after hit. A few of these recordings featured a singer from Guinee Conakry by the name of Amara Toure. His specific voice, impossible not to recognise, left no one unmoved.

With a four decades spanned career, Mack-Joss's contribution to Gabonese culture cannot be overstated and continues to inspire the respect and devotion of people who knew him.