Kanda Bongo Man (born 1955 in Inongo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo) is a Congolese soukous musician.
Kanda Bongo Man became the singer for Orchestra Belle Mambo in
1973, developing a sound influenced by Tabu Ley. His solo career
only started to take off after moving to Paris in 1979, where his
music started to incorporate elements of then-vibrant zouk music
(originating in the French West Indies). His first solo albums,
"Iyole" in 1981 and "Djessy" in 1982, were hits.
He is known for the structural changes he implemented to soukous
music. The previous approach was to sing several verses and have
one guitar solo at the end of the song. Kanda Bongo Man
revolutionized soukous by encouraging guitar solos after every
verse and even sometimes at the beginning of the song. His form of
soukous gave birth to the kwassa kwassa dance rhythm where the hips
move back and forth while the hands move to follow the hips.
Like many African rumba and soukous musicians before him, Kanda
Bongo Man also had an entourage of musicians. Many of Kanda's
musicians later moved on to start their own solo careers. Most
notable of these was Diblo Dibala. Known as "Machine Gun", Diblo
Dibala was a vital part of Kanda Bongo Man's lineup on several
albums, including "Kwasa Kwasa" and "Amour Fou".
Kanda Bongo Man still tours in Europe and the United States. In
2015, he performed live at Emperors Palace Johannesburg which was
recorded for this release.
Kanda Bongo Man
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