This podcast is my way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Congo, through contemporary musicians from Kinshasa & the Congolese diaspora in Brussels. Including a re-take of the classic “Indépendance Cha-Cha” + the master of Congolese guitar Dizzy Mandjeku. In Belgium it’s mainly through rap & slam that the likes of Baloji, Fredy Massamba, Badi & Joy Slam express themselves, while in Kinshasa the artists let the modernity loose on their traditional rhythms.
Bantou Mentale from Kinshasa delivers the cd of the week, “Congo Animal”, the future sound of the Congo. A soundtrack for the new world, mashed together from bits of over-cranked kalimba, Kasai beat inspiration, keening vocals from the apocalypse, all looped, sequenced & cloned by Doctor L. We also listen to upcoming Congotronics band KOKOKO! ++ producer Poirier sampling soukouss legend Kanda Bongo Man.