Kanda Bongo Man, South Street Arts, Reading

Kanda Bongo Man

The King of Soukous- Kanda Bongo Man is one of the biggest stars in world music and one of the leading exponents of central African music. After Kanda revolutionised the Congolese music of soukous, whilst parting with Orchestra Belle Mambo, he took up a solo career in Paris in 1979. He is most famous for the changes he made to soukous music with mesmerizing guitar solos that gave birth to the famous “kwasa kwasa” dance.

Championed by John Peel and Andy Kershaw in the late 80s, Kanda played a key role in introducing African music to the mainstream. Now with a huge and loyal fan base, his music still receives regular airplay on stations including BBC Radio 3 and 6Music.

Kanda’s music has always been driven by optimism and happiness. His exhilarating performances are exciting and energetic yet deeply rooted in the Congolese tradition.

With his incredible seven-piece band behind him, don’t miss Kanda Bongo Man bring the joyous music and dance of central Africa for an unforgettable sunshine experience.

Please note: This event is all standing.

Ticket information
£15, £13 South Street Members

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