Brazzaville Congo Music
For too long, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been known as the heart of darkness, but it is also known for its vibrant nightlife and lively music scene. The Bandal Matonge bar is well worth a visit to enjoy the local nightlife, and the city of Kinshasa, home to some of Congo's most popular nightclubs and bars, is known to be the heart of Central African music.
Brazzaville has always been an important music scene and has produced some of the most popular artists in Congo, such as Le Monde, Les D'Orsay, Le Cote d'Ivoire, La Travailleur and many others, as well as a number of international artists.
Several bands are known as "Congolese," such as Les Mamans du Congo, which dance, sing and laugh, as well as Le Monde, Le Cote d'Ivoire, La Travailleur, Les D'Orsay and Les Eminentes. One of the most famous artists in the Brazzaville music scene is Kosmo Miatsonama, named after his father, the founder of Les Mabele, a pop music group. Mi Watsonama was born in MABele, the son of Aurelien, one of the most famous musicians of the Congo, and his wife Elisabeth, in the town of Gueckedou near the border with Cameroon on the outskirts of Kinshasa. Les mamans de Congo is a collective led by the charismatic singer and percussionist Gladys Samba.
In the mid-1970s, Africans across the continent danced to the tune of the "Congolese rumba" (soukouss). This music revolution was based on a new hybrid sound that mixed calypso, which was also recorded in Ghana in the high life music. The music that emerged became known as "Rumba Congolais" and became one of the most popular musical genres in Africa and the world in general.
This music was created in Kinshasa, which was then called the capital of the Belgian (officially Democratic Republic of Congo or Democratic Republic of Congo). In the mid-1970s, factories mushroomed in the area around the city, which was then known as the "capital of the Belgian Congo" and officially as the "Democratic Republic."
This partly explains how Kinshasa's music, renamed in 1966, spread throughout the colony and the continent.
Contemporary African music is not only dominated, but also strongly influenced by Central African artists. In fact, Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon have become indisputable centers of influence for African music in the last decade. Congo is an influential country and when you go to Cameroon, Congo or the Democratic Republic of Congo, you have to take both into account.
There are many forms of traditional music in the country, which consists of several ethnic groups, and each group has its own music and dance. Cuban rumba is qube, but this particular dance is accompanied by a style of music known as Congolese rUMBA, soukous or ndombolo.
Cuban music, which itself has strong West African roots, is part of a new popular fusion of music by Congolese musicians. This is a time of cultural exchange, and Africans and descendants of Africa are moving elements of musical change, a process that eventually led to zouk music in the French Antilles. The Ikembe (thumb piano) has African roots, which influenced the way Congolese musicians plucked the guitar. East Africa - Congolese bands based on the Ndombolo have gradually added new elements such as Kenyan and Bengal music, and have produced the Swahili sound or the Congolese sound.
Bees, a group of people known in the southwest as Betes (part of Krou), already have a foundation. They play music that they resemble, but that has its origins in other parts of the world, such as South Africa, South America and Africa.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), also known as Congo Brazzaville, is a former French colony that gained its independence on 15 August 1960. They sit side by side at the mouth of the Congo River and new music is being created in Kinshasa (officially called Leopoldville in the Democratic Republic of Congo).
This musical cross of inspiration is led by the twin cities of Kinshasa, which is located directly opposite the Congo River, and Leopoldville, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is the birthplace of music in the Democratic Republic of Congo and one of the most important music centers in Africa. It is well established and the first spoken music festival in the world, the Congo Brazzaville Music Festival (CDM).
The difference, Mafuta says, is the result of different colonial histories; he also notes that many of the bands called Congo, which dominated from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s, originated in Kinshasa. Ndombolo - a Congolese music and dance genre - is popular in Cameroon and other parts of Africa, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just as in Congo, Cameroon has produced artists and genres that draw generations of Africans and young people to clubs and other social gatherings. Buroko says: "Mabanga is part of a music genre called 'NDDOMBolo' at the Congo Brazzaville Music Festival and many other music festivals.