We know that Notting Hill Carnival is upon us and you only have thoughts about that. But, there’s another exciting community-driven event happening on the same long weekend. On Saturday 25th August, Rich Mix will go fully Congolese with the London Soukous Festival.
Organised by ACASN Ent, a non-profit organisation supporting African artists in England, and GOUT NA GOUT, the show will host on the Shoreditch venue’s stage a good and proper legend in Central Africa: Awilo Longomba.
You can hardly find anyone more quintessentially soukous than Longomba and his family. Vincent, Awilo’s father, was a founding member of T.P. OK Jazz, while Lovy, his elder brother, sang in Super Mazembe. On his part, Awilo started as a drummer for ensembles like Loketo, Stukas and eventually Viva La Music led by Papa Wemba. However, since 1995, he has given life to a successful solo career, which honed his own style, spread his name all over Africa and brought him to tour all around the world.
For the thirteenth year in a row, London becomes the northernmost African city. Twenty-six acts spread over ten days of “glorious music” and ten London vibrant venues will bring to life the 2015 edition of the London African Music Festival. The event, organized by Joyful Noise since 2003, has always…