Tag Archives: Congolese Rumba

Interview: Orchestra Baobab (September 2017)

Interview: Orchestra Baobab (September 2017)

Senégalese group Orchestra Baobab is a legend in its own lifetime, influencing generations of musicians and entertaining countless Afro-Cuban music lovers. Despite ups and downs in the group’s forty-five year history these dynamic and virtuosic musicians have continued to produce groundbreaking new music. Their latest album, Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (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...
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...
Preview: Mose ‘Fan Fan’ @ The Forge (London, 23 September 2015)

Preview: Mose ‘Fan Fan’ @ The Forge (London, 23 September 2015)

Back in the early 1980s, he was arguably the first musician to introduce the British audience to Congolese music. After having displayed his talent all around Africa, he moved from Kinshasa to London and quickly became a sincere music ambassador of his country. Today, thirty years after his move and...
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