The man who singlehandedly gave the world the infectious Kwasa Kwasa dance; Kanda Bongo Man is one of the best-known stars of world music, and one of the first pioneers of African Soukous
Joining Wilko on the music bill are Turin Brakes, responsible for several top 40 albums and singles; Upbeat folksters CC Smugglers, who will also be appearing on big stages this year at Cambridge Folk and Cropredy festivals; the Welsh Hip Hop brass ensemble Band Pres Llareggub; Congolese soukous
sensations Kasai Masai; and folk legend Seth Lakeman performing an intimate solo show.
In addition to Wilko, the all-star line-up includes Turin Brakes, Upbeat folksters CC Smugglers, the Welsh Hip Hop brass ensemble Band Pres Llareggub and Congolese soukous
sensations Kasai Masai, as well as folk legend Seth Lakeman performing an intimate solo show and a finale concert in the beautiful surrounds of Valle Crucis Abbey, headlined by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners 9 Bach.
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo from Benin will fill Sage Gateshead's Hall 2 on Saturday with pan-African sounds of Afrobeat, soukous
, funk and more.
The band plays crowd-favourites and also a multitude of music genres spanning across Rhumba, Afro-Cuban jazz, Salsa, Soukous
and Spanish fusion.
Cameron Duodu, an ardent aficionado of Congolese music all his life who, like most of Africa, became enchanted with the subtle guitar-playing and unbelievable displays of melodies and rhythmic changes of soukous
music, here pays tribute to the late Papa Wemba (pictured, right) with his own recollections of the man and his music.
Dancer of African Soukous
(also referred to as Lingala or Congois)--a person who moves rhythmically to a genre of music that originated from Congo and spread throughout Africa.
The sixth studio album by Austin-based keyboardist and singer/songwriter Paula Maya, Iluminar (meaning "To Shine) is a music CD celebration of Brazilian music, with world fusion, jazz, African soukous
and Latin rhythm elements.
And you will hear echoes of those musical styles of further afield--notably the ever-popular Congolese soukous
sound and even some hints of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian afrobeat.
2011) Created in collaboration with Flamme Kapaya, a central figure in the Congolese soukous
and ndombolo music scenes, and inspired by the Cameroonian philosopher Achille Mbembe, Linyekula's more more more .
4) Emerging just as the personal computer-based 'bedroom studio' was coming into common use in the Kenyan music industry, this new soundscape was soon met with a dialogical response in the form of locally produced, youth-oriented music genres grounded stylistically in hip-hop with inflections of Jamaican dancehall, Caribbean zouk, and Congolese soukous
Moderno Trio's music is enhanced by the fiery drumming of James Wesley Edwards, who draws from his passion for African Soukous
and jazz masters such as Elvin Jones and Tony Williams.