Samba Mapangala & Virunga have announced live appearances scheduled for summer and fall 2009. In February, Samba headlined the Sauti za Busara Festival in Zanzibar, Tanzania to great acclaim, and made two well received live appearances in Nairobi at the Club Afrique and the Benga Blast concert at Nyayo Stadium.
A promotional tour to Los Angeles brought him to KPFK’s "Afrodicia" on Sat. May 16, 2 pm Pacific time, 90.7 FM, streaming and archived at KPFK.org, and KXLU’s "Groove Time" 88.9 FM, 6 pm Pacific time, streaming at KXLU.com, for interviews.
June 20: Kennedy Center, Washington DC, UN World Refugee Day 6 p.m.
July 9: Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA
July 10: Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center, New York City
July 11: Nyati Lounge, 543 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Jersey City, NJ
August: European tour, details to be announced
October 9-10: Richmond Folk Festival, Richmond VA
His latest releases are African Classics: Samba Mapangala & Virunga from Sheer Sound, a greatest-hits CD compilation available internationally, and Virunga Live on Tour, a digital-only release available from CDBaby.com and iTunes that captures the charismatic performance and sublime African dance grooves of East Africa’s most beloved singer.