Last week at the Willy St/UW Madison World Music Fest, we saw bands like Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Mali's Khaira Arby, Cimarron (Colombia), Joan Soriano (Batchata band) sweep madisonians off their feet with their infectious rhythms and grooves, that brought the D back to dance in Madison. We follow up on Panafrica (WORT 89.9) this saturday (10/2) with Congo to Cuba Rumba Soukous Ndombolo as part of our series on exploring and celebrating the African music legacy. Long before "Salsa" emerge as a genre, Cubans played Son, Son montuno, Guaracha, mambo and other styles with strong African roots dating back to slavery.
The present African rumba emerges at that interphase and combines layers of traditional African music with elements of the various musical styles of Cuba and latin America such as Bachata, Cha Cha, Coumbia, etc. From Congo, artists like Wendo Kolosoy, Feruzi, Jean Bosco Mwenda, Francois Luambo Makiadi (Franco & OK Jazz), and Grand Kalle band led by Joseph Kabasele popularised Congolese rumba music. In Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Ghana, Benin and other states, legendary bands like Orchestra Baobab, Bembeya Jazz, Super Rail de Bamako, Balla et ses Balladins, E.T. Mensah, K. Frimpong & his Cubano fiestas, Super Etoile de Dakar (led by Youssou Ndour), Super Cayor de Dakar, Keletigui et ses Tambourin, Horoya, Gnonnas Pedro (Benin) played influential role. More recently, Africando, Ricardo Lemvo, Pape Fall and a slew of new artist have revived the genre and is becoming a major part of the musical scene in most African countries.
Congolese form of rumba spread to many countries including Kenya, Tanzania, and Cote D'ivoire (where Tchico Thicaya lived) and later metamorphosed into the heavily guitar driven, smooth mellow and sometimes funky sound of Soukous popularized by Zaiko Langa Langa, Pepe Kalle, Kanda Bongo Man, and Papa Wemba. Other notable legends in the transition from Congolese rumba to soukous include Tabuley Rochereau, Sam Mwangana, Mbilia Bel, Bella Bella, Shama Shama, etc. Soukous further metamorphosed into the energetic Ndombolo sound (often compared to Cameroun Makossa) popularized by Koffi Olomide, Awilo Longomba, and Fally Ipupa. New genres and offshoots of Soukous including Tshala Muana's Mutuashi and Madiaba have also achieved popularity.
Tune in and listen from 2-4 pm central time every saturdays.For those outside Madison area, you can listen to us online live at http://www.wort-fm.org/listen.php or if you miss the show through the archives at http://archive.wort-fm.org/ and use itunes or win media to play. Our line up guest african artist is on the rise and stay tune every saturdays 2-4 pm central time
Linda Vakunta (Dj Linda) & Alhaji N'jai
PanAfrica Show (Saturdays 2-4 pm CST)
WORT 89.9 FM Madison