100 per cent female – that’s how the band describe themselves. And they are – practically – aside from their manager an co-founder Louis Onema. So 100 per cent female, is that something unusual in DRC? I asked around. And there are women who sing (Mbilia Bel for instance was one of the women who… Continue Reading
On my first weekend in Kinshasa I got to see the man himself perform. Now in his mid-60s, Papa Wemba is probably one of the most well-known masters of Soukous or Congolese rumba.
Yup so this wasn’t your usual sit-down concert. Instead it was a parade from the Centre Culturel M’eko through a neighbourhood in Ngaliema. Dusty streets, dozens of children – it kind of felt like we were following the pied pipers of Kinshasa. I was drenched and could only admire the stamina of the musicians with… Continue Reading