Congolese Soukous Star Kanda Bongo Man at Symphony Space in New York City

The World Music Institute will open its 2008/09 world music concert season in New York City with Kanda Bongo Man, who is known as "The King of Congolese Soukous." The concert will take place Friday, September 19, 2008 at 8:00 PM.

Vocalist and bandleader Kanda Bongo Man, one of the giants in modern African pop, is a pioneer and superstar of modern Congolese soukous- joyful and uplifting dance music that combines African traditional melodies with African-rooted rhythms. He has been at the heart of the Parisian soukous scene since the 1980s, and popularized kwassa kwassa, the infectious Congolese dance style where the hips move back and forth while the hands move to follow the hips, throughout the world. His ensemble includes two dancers.

Peter Norton Symphony Space
Broadway at 95th Street, NYC
Tickets $30; students with college ID $18
Box office 212-864-5400
Info/tickets 212-545-7536 /


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