I don't recall ever having to present this program on Christmas Day before. In an attempt to find some "seasonal" music, I pored through all kinds of resources and finally asked friends on Facebook for suggestions.
Ken Braun of Stern's Music suggested a program tracing the career of a musician born on December 25, 1940: Antoine Nedule Monswet aka Papa Noel. What a great idea to honor a living artist with a program dedicated to his long and illustrious career. Thanks, Ken!
Papa Noel is one of Congolese music's great guitarists and has been in some of the greatest bands ever. He worked with Leon Bukasa in the 1950s. He joined Les Bantous de la Capitale, Rock A Mambo, Vox Africa and African Jazz in the 60s and 70s and was featured in T.P. O.K. Jazz in the late 70s into the 80s.
I hope you'll enjoy this small selection of the music of Papa Noel!