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With this lockdown ending, how can I find out about concerts coming up over the next 2 months if any? Planning to be in Europe at the end of this month and through august.  Even the smaller venues are of interest.

Congolese Music / Is the Gospel Sebene Better Than Secular?
« on: March 16, 2016, 16:00 »
Ive been listening to a lot of Congolese music over the past few years and one thing that Ive noticed with the more modern style of play is the Gospel groups especially those in Europe tend to produce better quality music and are far more innovative with their compositions vs the secular groups. Sometimes you may hear the gospel groups copy the likes of Fally and such but most of the times they do a pretty good job and I'd argue even better. I am not talking about the lyrics simply because I do not understand Lingala only the musicians and their arrangement/quality. What do you all think?

These are just a few that I am talking about.

How To Play It / Are there any other musicians on the board?
« on: January 25, 2016, 21:02 »
Pretty much as the title states, if you are a musician playing Congolese/West African music what do you do and where are you located?

Congolese Music / Spanish Cover of Extra Musica Etat Major!!!!
« on: September 19, 2015, 23:51 »


I have to say that when it comes to delivering quality music at a live performance I have yet to see anyone do it at a level like Victoria Eleison.  The 2008 Olympia concert was flawless from the sound quality to the arrangement of the concert and stage presence. RIP King Kester

Congolese Music / What Happened to Congolese Music?
« on: February 20, 2015, 02:20 »
Over the past few years, there seems to have been a bit of an emergence of West African music (mostly Ivory Coast/Ghana/Nigeria) that has dominated the airways across the board...a position if Im not mistaken was once held by Congolese musicians when it came to music from Africa.  I believe that most if not all have a foundation of their styles/genres based in Congolese artist of past and present. Many of these artist have managed to move out of their own market and gain popularity among the non African crowds including westerners and the Caribbean.  What makes their music seem more marketable now vs before?  What do you all think is the cause of it? 

Congolese Music / Who is most important in a group
« on: February 20, 2015, 02:09 »
Another question Ive wondered for a long time...who really makes the band?  I have seen in the past with many groups how various elements seem to make or break a group but in modern music, that seems to have shifted a little more so away from the soloist and into the atalaku's hands. What do you all think and why?

Congolese Music / How do people judge the music?
« on: February 20, 2015, 02:04 »
I listen to alot of Congolese music, old and new but I do not understand Lingala and my French isnt so great.  I always wonder what makes something a hit song or not.  To me many of the most popular vocalist sound wise dont really cut it but theyre still "the best".   Many times Ive heard tracks where I thought man this must be a total hit but it isnt as popular as I though it would be.  There also seems to be a genuine lack of interest in music from Congo-Brazza, why is that?  In my opinion, some of their artist produce music (instrumentally speaking) far better than many of the Congo-Kinshasa groups but they dont seem to be as popular.

-In a nutshell, what makes a group/song popular in you guys' ears?

Congolese Music / Where can the Extra Musica concert be found?
« on: September 03, 2014, 19:46 »
Does anyone know where I could find the full DVD of this concert

Im just wondering what are some of most popular/recognizable songs of all time. Especially those older 60s-80s songs that everyone knows (older people and younger ones).  Im particularly interested in those TPOK rumba styled songs.

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