Tag Archives: Central Africa

Podcast: Rendez-Vous à Bobo – A Beginner’s Guide To Baloji (January 2021)

Podcast: Rendez-Vous à Bobo – A Beginner’s Guide To Baloji (January 2021)

Rendez-vous with Lucas for a beginner’s guide to Baloji – the multi-faceted artist from DRC via Belgium making some of the most inventive Afrofuturist music and visuals about. Track List 1. Baloji – Le Reste Du Monde [from Hotel impala, EMI Music Belgium, 2007] 2. Baloji – Congo Eza Ya Biso [from Kinshasa Succursale; Crammed Discs,...
Podcast: Radio Mukambo #456 – In/depen/dance

Podcast: Radio Mukambo #456 – In/depen/dance

This podcast is my way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Congo, through contemporary musicians from Kinshasa & the Congolese diaspora in Brussels. Including a re-take of the classic “Indépendance Cha-Cha” + the master of Congolese guitar Dizzy Mandjeku. In Belgium it’s mainly through rap & slam that the...
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),...
Playlist: Namvula – Songs to Inspire ‘Quiet Revolutions’

Playlist: Namvula – Songs to Inspire ‘Quiet Revolutions’

It’s been almost a year since we last saw the Scottish/Zambian singer-songwriter Namvula. This coming Friday the 20th April, Rich Mix is hosting her latest album launch Quiet Revolutions. She draws inspiration from her own life journey which has touched multiple countries and ethnicities. Her composition style intertwines metaphorical images...
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...