Their music is the sublime aural equivalent of a firework display that put them at the centre of the classic East African rumba sound. Originally from the Swahili speaking Eastern Congo Les Mangelepa were formed 40 years ago in Kenya. They have released more than 13 albums and penned some of East Africa’s best-loved songs. At their peak they kept fans busy producing hit after hit; from Zambia to Uganda and from Kenya to Tanzania their brilliant arrangements and superbly crafted songs kept East Africa marching to their beat. In the 1970s their stage shows were breath-taking; afro hairdos, jump-suits, bell-bottoms and platform shoes. They looked the part and now in their 70s Mangelepa are the unsung elder statesmen of a classic sound that still shakes the dance-floor.