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Congo Freedom, epilogue: the legacy of independence
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Congo Freedom, epilogue: the legacy of independence

1960-2020. Sixty years on from their hard-fought independence, the Congolese – much like other citizens of respective African countries – were revisiting their history. Amongst them were the artists, who chose to explore their reflection through music. Let’s take a closer look at what the songs of Jupiter and Baloji’s have to teach us today.

Tribute to Franco, 30 years after his death
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Tribute to Franco, 30 years after his death

The giant of Congolese music passed away on October 12, 1989 in Brussels. It was thirty years ago. His music and his heritage have remained alive, more than ever. “De mi amor”. Among the many […]

Sammy Massamba gets a new essential reedition
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Sammy Massamba gets a new essential reedition

British record label Vive la Musique is republishing a cult afro-disco dancefloor killer by Congolese artist Sammy Massamba. Five months after the release of Propriété privée on Secousse record label, Congolese producer Sammy Massamba gets another repress. Now, it is a two-track EP […]

Kinshasa-based band KOKOKO! announce their debut LP “Fongola”
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Kinshasa‑based band KOKOKO! announce their debut LP “Fongola”

The Congolese band just announced their first album with a new single, “Buka Dansa”. KOKOKO! is part of an effervescent new music scene of the country’s capital city where performers and artists decided to use […]

Pierre Kwenders: we are family
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Pierre Kwenders: we are family

After two EPs and a debut album (Le Dernier Empereur Bantou) that explored an eclectic range of music genres and themes, Pierre Kwenders asserts himself with elegance in a afro-futurist style on this second LP, aptly titled […]

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Sex, saxophone and retrofuturism for Pierre Kwenders’ new music video
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Sex, saxophone and retrofuturism for Pierre Kwenders' new music video

‘Sexus Plexus Nexus’ is the first single of MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time, Pierre Kwendle’s new album. Pierre Kwenders, is a canadian artist born in Kinshasha, Democratic Republic of Congo. He’s famous for […]