Congolese Music

The Democratic Republic of Congo is located in Central Africa. Popular musical genres include Congolese rumba and soukous.

Soukous – Congolese musical genre that grew out of 1950s Cuban rumba rhythms with jazz and kwassa kwassa dance rhythms, supported by electric guitar patterns. It is sung in a number of Congolese languages as well as Spanish. Soukous became popular in clubs and bars in Kinshasa and rapidly spread throughout Africa, later to Paris.

Congolese Musicians

Abby Surya Djai
African Fiesta
Annie Ebene
Diblo Dibala
Dominic Kanza
Kanda Bongo Man
Kiala Nzavotunga
Konono No1
Lokua Kanza
Mapumba HIDDEN
Mastaki Bafa
M’bilia Bel
Papa ‘Nono’ Noël
Papa Noel
Papa Wemba
Pitshou Lumiere Minsiomi with Rhumba La Musica(RLM)
Ray Lema
Ricardo Lemvo
Rodin Rodino
Robert Maseko
Sam Mangwana
Samba Ngo
Staff Benda Bilili
Tabu Ley
Wendo Kolosoy


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