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Mboottte ladies and gentlemen 8). Let's discuss the history of Rumba/Soukous and how it influence the Afro diaspora of today. We'll also discuss the introduction of Ndombolo, Congolese migration of East & West Africa, guitarists who changed the game, etc.

When people hear of Rumba, they identify it with Cuban-Son but Son is just one of the many variants of this interesting genre.

In the 1930's, a French Antillean man by the name of Jean Rèal of Brazzaville and a group of Pointe Noires called Kato were already using the name "Kongo Rumba"(https://books.google.com/books?id=gKEHO1z413EC&pg=PA19&lpg=PA19&dq=jean+real+congo+rumba&source=bl&ots=-xvffaHDxi&sig=cw3xWTymvaLJScgGPzeuvLy9law&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjqwMyw3aLcAhUJK8AKHdTABhUQ6AEwFXoECAcQAQ#v=onepage&q=jean%20real%20congo%20rumba&f=false). Unfortunately, I could not find any audio

Now, let's dive in. In the 1940's, they were two pioneers such as Paul Kamba and Wendo Kolosoy "Papa. Paul Kamba is depicted as the shaping Modern Congolese Music. In 1942, he discovers a group called "Victoria Brazza". (http://maziki.fr/histoire-de-la-musique-centrafricaine/viles-precurseurs-de-la-rumba-congolaise)



 In 1946, a young Wendo who was a self taught mechanic and boxer formed the band "Victoria Bakolo Miziki -- fusing traditional Congolese folklore with tibits of Cuban Son.  From returning from a fight, he joins up with a Greek business who signs him to then Leopoldville (Kinshasa) label-Ngoma. This lead to the recording of the timeless classic "Marie Louise" in 1948.


 Some say, this was the....first recorded song to have a "sebene".  Henri Bowane is credited as guitarist. The song "Marie Louise" is said to rise the dead from the cemetery. Due to Radio Congolia, this was a big hit in West Africa.

This form of Rumba known as "Rumba Sukuma". The other Latin tinctured Rumba is called Rumba Fiesta -- will later go into this.


Note that the name "Victoria"  still to prove democracies on the Nazis, where Brazzaville plays an eminent role: virtual capital of the "Free France", it hosts in 1944 the "African-French Conference" where a speech by the General de Gaulle shyly lays the foundations of emancipation. De Gaulle, aware that he owes everything to the radio, hastens to give considerable resources to the transmitter of Brazzaville, which becomes the most powerful of the continent.


 There was another pioneer that goes by the name of Elenga Zakari aka Jhimmy Le Hawaiean. He hails from Bangui, Central African Republic. He comes to Leopoldville (Kinshasa) in 1946 in where he meets with the Ngoma's label musicians such as Papa Wendo, Henri Bowane, Manuel D'olivera, Paul Mwanga and Adou Elenga. Around this time, singers are accompanied by two guitarists and percussionist. He revamped Congolese music by adding guitar solos into the mix of a complete band including 1 rhythm guitar, 1 solo guitar, 1 double bass, 1 saxophonists, singers and percussionist. He is responsible for training both Tino Barosa and Charles "Dechaud" Mwamba (http://www.congopage.com/Le-duo-memorable-Jhimmy-na-Mwanga).




Adou Elenga

Maria Tebbo "original" later reprise by Sam Mangwana "Le Pigeon Voyageur"

Paul Mwanga

Paul Mwanga is considered as one of the precursors of Modern Congolese music. He hails from Angola. He updated the traditional Maringa and fused with the Highlife of West Afrca, Polka Pike, etc (http://www.congopage.com/Le-duo-memorable-Jhimmy-na-Mwanga).



Part 2 will be addressing  the introduction of Grand Kalle & African Jazz, Docteur Nico, Dechaud, etc. Stay tuned!


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I mean it's not bad to drink. But you have to have control of it. That is sad.

He was such a good animator. No one is close to him to advise?
Even if he had though, Atalaku do not care when people spoke to them, do you know Bercy? Everyone before the Maître Richard murderer told him that he should stop drinking and smoking and behave crazy, he didn't listen, short after killed his homeboy, now he behave like he was am Angel, but why waiting until something bad happens? That is what I don't understand.
Kabuya will die soon I mean he have got 30 behave like 18 year old who drinks alcohol for the firs time?
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Congolese Music / Re: WORLD CUP 2018 THREAD
« Last post by Manzambi94 on Today at 05:19 »
Some of the hardest periods of my life was briefly living in Tours in the middle of France

People from French provinces are know to be very racist again blacks and muslims. Some people said to me i was paranoiac to say that but i don't give a f... as a black man from Paris that's how i feel.


Yes indeed. Imagine getting the stink eye everywhere you go. That’s why that Twitter post from Khaled Beydoun is poignant to those in hard celebration mode. But such is life

Man I feel you. That's why I always say to myself I would not try to live outside the Paris or Île-De-France. It would be hard for me to handle those type of situations since i'm not the type of person who have a self control (i'm not saying to make me look like a tough guy lol) especially when someone stares at me crazy because of my skin colour. You know there are some people in Paris who think the same way  about Blacks and muslims but they rather keep it for themselves instead of express it loudly they know they would have to face consequences.
That's the shit that gets me mad, they live off Africa resources and they still have the gutt of being racist? Can't wait to see when France will be totally black and the other white left would be foreigners
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Congolese Music / Re: WORLD CUP 2018 THREAD
« Last post by Bohemian Rhapsody on Today at 04:28 »
Last time I heard African victory..was when Roger Milla scored in 1990. This was for Cameroon. Pepe Kalle celebrated and made everybody shake their waist. Hehe

I never been there but..a lot of people say France is very racist, even though there's a lot of Black people. Only reason Ill visit is because of the lovely Francophone Afro women and the Afro culture, etc. Im from the states but not sure...how different it is from there.





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I mean it's not bad to drink. But you have to have control of it. That is sad.

He was such a good animator. No one is close to him to advise?
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Congolese Music / Re: WORLD CUP 2018 THREAD
« Last post by masatomo on Today at 02:36 »
Some of the hardest periods of my life was briefly living in Tours in the middle of France

People from French provinces are know to be very racist again blacks and muslims. Some people said to me i was paranoiac to say that but i don't give a f... as a black man from Paris that's how i feel.


Yes indeed. Imagine getting the stink eye everywhere you go. That’s why that Twitter post from Khaled Beydoun is poignant to those in hard celebration mode. But such is life

Man I feel you. That's why I always say to myself I would not try to live outside the Paris or Île-De-France. It would be hard for me to handle those type of situations since i'm not the type of person who have a self control (i'm not saying to make me look like a tough guy lol) especially when someone stares at me crazy because of my skin colour. You know there are some people in Paris who think the same way  about Blacks and muslims but they rather keep it for themselves instead of express it loudly they know they would have to face consequences.
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Congolese Music / Re: WORLD CUP 2018 THREAD
« Last post by Matebu on Today at 01:51 »
Some of the hardest periods of my life was briefly living in Tours in the middle of France

People from French provinces are know to be very racist again blacks and muslims. Some people said to me i was paranoiac to say that but i don't give a f... as a black man from Paris that's how i feel.


Yes indeed. Imagine getting the stink eye everywhere you go. That’s why that Twitter post from Khaled Beydoun is poignant to those in hard celebration mode. But such is life
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Why do this to himself? Didn't he have an album he was working on?

He relapsed. My cousin was also an addict/drunk in Kinshasa. We tried numerous times to get him through rehab and help by a church... for a while it seemed like he was becoming a changed man, then when we least expected it he said f*ck you and went back to hard drugs and devil worshiping. Soon after he was found dead on the street in Masina by some little kids.

Usually when addicts relapse hard like Kabuya is showing, they die shortly after. It’s sad

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Congolese Music / Re: WORLD CUP 2018 THREAD
« Last post by masatomo on Today at 01:21 »
Some of the hardest periods of my life was briefly living in Tours in the middle of France

People from French provinces are know to be very racist again blacks and muslims. Some people said to me i was paranoiac to say that but i don't give a f... as a black man from Paris that's how i feel.

But as black man who's born and live in France speaking on the World Cup i'm very happy and very glad to see Les Bleus won it was crazy to see Paris in such euphoria I was a pre-teen in 98. So I finally have the opportunity to see France win a major trophy as a young adult.
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Why do this to himself? Didn't he have an album he was working on?
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