Tag Archives: Congo

Event Review: Kongo Dia Ntotila @ Rich Mix (London; 24th May 2018)

Event Review: Kongo Dia Ntotila @ Rich Mix (London; 24th May 2018)

From the first jazz-solo drum rhythms of David Lessie that opened the show, to the cyclical afro-lead from John Kelly’s guitar, every beat of each song resonated throughout the grooving crowd, and certainly through band leader Mulele Matondo, who I’m sure jived to every single note of the show, constantly...
Preview: Kongo Dia Ntotila @ Rich Mix (London; Thursday 24th May 2018)

Preview: Kongo Dia Ntotila @ Rich Mix (London; Thursday 24th May 2018)

Kinshasa’s calling! On Thursday, Haile Music and Rich Mix will host a quintessential Congolese music night, presenting Kongo Dia Ntotila on the Shoreditch venue’s stage. The London-based band, formed by Kinshasa-born Mulele Matondo (vocals and bass) and David Lessie (drums), plus British John Kelly (guitar), Will Scott and Mike Soper (trumpets),...
Preview: KOKOKO! @ Archspace (London, 12th & 13th November 2017)   

Preview: KOKOKO! @ Archspace (London, 12th & 13th November 2017)  

They said there will be two “intimate” shows, but when it comes to KOKOKO!’s vibe, there’s nothing intimate or cushy about it. You’ll jump up, dance and move relentlessly to their vibrant Afro-electro groove! Hailing from Kinshasa, the five-piece collective is one of the biggest up-and-coming names in today’s world...
Interview: Jupiter Bokondji – Jupiter & Okwess (July 2017)

Interview: Jupiter Bokondji – Jupiter & Okwess (July 2017)

There are musicians who follow the traditional styles of their country and those who create brand new ones, assembling together and evolving what their country has to offer. One of the best examples of the latter (not too densely populated) category is Jupiter Bokondji, founder and band leader of Jupiter...
Review: Songhoy Blues & Témé Tan @ Omeara (London, 23rd March 2017)

Review: Songhoy Blues & Témé Tan @ Omeara (London, 23rd March 2017)

If your music is strong enough to overcome religious fundamentalism and exile, how can a narrow-minded visa denial possibly harm it? That’s why Songhoy Blues, without their original bass player (who was stuck in Bamako because of an issue with his documents) performed a show to remember at Omeara. Introduced expertly,...
News: Juanita Euka – Winner of LUKAS Vocalist of the Year Award

News: Juanita Euka – Winner of LUKAS Vocalist of the Year Award

In three weeks’ time, Aurelio will bring his soothing Garifuna sound to London. Yet, that won’t be the only treat that we will offer you throughout the evening. Just one hour before Aurelio’s performance, another intriguing artist will make her appearance on stage and delight Rich Mix’s audience. Many of...
Your ticket to… Soukous

Your ticket to… Soukous

Deriving from the French term, ‘secousse’ literally meaning ‘to shake’, Soukous music has a simple aim, to make the people dance. Originating in Congo, Soukous spread its rhythms throughout Africa, eventually capturing the hearts and dancefloors of London and Paris in the 80’s, with Paris based musicians such as the...
Album Review: Konono No.1 meets Batida [Crammed Discs, March 2016]
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Album Review: Konono No.1 meets Batida [Crammed Discs, March 2016]

The group Konono No.1 and Angola-born, Lisbon-raised, artist Batida, have teamed up and released Konono No.1 meets Batida, an album that is both thought-provoking and also an enjoyable listen. The songs are engaging medleys of electronic instrumentation, along with sounds such as the thumb piano, that we assume that the Congolese listeners would already...
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