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RUMBANELLA BAND/WENDO KOLOSOY/ANTOINE MOUNDANDA/VICTORIA BAKOLO MIZIKI
In March 2002, surviving pioneers of Africa's most beloved dance music - Congolese rumba - came together in a Kinshasa recording studio to recapture the glorious, sensuous music of their collective past.
In the 1950s, when Congolese rumba came of age, Cuban music was an important model, but the tangling, cyclic guitar lines and mellifluous mel·lif·lu·ous
1. Flowing with sweetness or honey.
2. Smooth and sweet: "polite and cordial, with a mellifluous, well-educated voice" H.W. Crocker III. vocal harmonies sung mostly in Lingala quickly came to define a sound that will be forever identified with this city on the banks of the Congo River Congo River
or Zaire River
River, west-central Africa. Rising in Zambia as the Chambeshi and flowing 2,900 mi (4,700 km) through the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the Atlantic Ocean, it is the second longest river in Africa. . The music on this CD offers a rare glimpse into one of the most potent and influential chapters in modern African music African music, the music of the indigenous peoples of Africa. Sub-Saharan African music has as its distinguishing feature a rhythmic complexity common to no other region. .
Rumbanella Band was formed in 1986 under the leadership of Madou Lebon Mulowayi, a guitarist and singer who got his start as the accompanist for the late John Bosco "Don Bosco" redirects here. For other uses, see Bosco (disambiguation).
Saint Don Bosco, born Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco, and known in English as John Bosco Mwenda, one of the founding fathers of Congolese music The term Congolese music can refer to the music of two different countries:
After a decade working with John Bosco Mwenda, Madou wanted to create his own band dedicated to keeping the classic rumba sound alive. Three other members of Rumbanella Band participated in this recording project: vocalist Lola Bivuatu, bassman Bolita Mzela Zimbika, and guitarist Kankonde Joseph, a.k.a. 'Serpent.'
Serpent actually won his nickname for his football moves as a boy in the 1950s. But when he picked up a guitar and began playing alongside Congolese guitar legend Docteur Nico, the epithet ep·i·thet
a. A term used to characterize a person or thing, such as rosy-fingered in rosy-fingered dawn or the Great in Catherine the Great.
b. applied just as well to his nimble finger work.
Like Nico and many other Congo music pioneers, both Madou and Serpent grew up and learned their musical skills in the mineral-rich Kasai region The Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is divided administratively into Kasai-Occidental and Kasai-Oriental. It shares its name with the Kasai River. , in the southeast of this vast Central African Central African may mean:
CLASSIC HITS RECREATED
After parting ways with Nico over money - a familiar story! Serpent played in a series of important bands before teaming up with Madou to create Rumbanella Band.
Rumbanella's recreation of classic hits, especially by the legendary African Jazz and African Fiesta, make up the core repertoire on this CD. There's also a version of John Bosco Mwenda's signature composition, Masanga Djiya, and an original composition by Serpent, Na Luki Motungisi.
Madou was raised on music recorded for Kinshasa's first record label, Ngoma Ngoma may refer to:
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Adv. 1. raise the dead and heal the sick The song also introduced the concept of the sebene, the instrumental bridge, which became a natural part of Congolese musk; and probably Kolosoy's greatest legacy to the genre.
"The sebene began for dancing," explains Kolosoy. "When we played, people wanted to dance more, and this gave them the chance to do, and it gave the musicians a real chance to play. So everyone was happy!"
This collection includes a Wendo composition, BotiakiTembe, performed by Victoria Bakolo Mizike, and a fresh version of Wendo's aforementioned classic 1948 song, Marie Louise, which he sings here backed by the Rumbanella Band. Also found on the album is the king of the likembe (thumb piano), Antoine Moundanda of Brazzaville who contributes a solo composition, and a spontaneous improvisation with his old friend and colleague Wendo, the perfect finishing touch for this rumba pioneers' summit.