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Kanda Bongo Man (born 1955), from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a prominent soukous musician. He is most famous for the structural changes he implemented to soukous music. The previous approach was to sing several verses and have one guitar solo at the end of the song. Kanda Bongo Man revolutionized soukous by encouraging guitar solos after every verse and even sometimes at the beginning of the song. His form of soukous gave birth to the kwassa kwassa dance rhythm where the hips move back and forth while the hands move to follow the hips.

Kanda Bongo Man still tours frequently in Europe and the United States. On July, 2005 he performed at the LIVE 8: Africa Calling concert in Cornwall.


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  • MrFrooz

    Off the fucking chain, man. KWASSA KWASSA

    21 Jan 7:25am Reply
  • CDPETE01

    seen him three times but not recently

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ashleydrees

    If you know of a Kanda Bongo Man gig in the EU in 2013... i would like to know.. it has been too long since i heard him.

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Targetlive

    The Amazing Kanda Bongo Man will Play late on Saturday at Bridlington's Musicport Festival, which runs from the 4th-6th of November. More info here: Musicport was established in 2000 to promote live music and music education in Whitby and the surrounding area with its primary event being Musicport World Music Festival each autumn. Over the last eight years the festival has grown year on year and has established itself as a prestigious event in the festival calendar attracting major names such as Rachid Taha, The Buena Vista Social Club presents Cachaito Lopez etc, Toumani Diabate, Levellers,Misty In Roots, Courtney Pine, Talvin Singh, Richard Hawley, Chumbawamba, Altan, Rolf Harris, Mory Kante, Osibisa, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, & Los De Abajo

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • buslertq

    Was looking for some upbeat African pop music for a project... JACKPOT. This guy's outstanding!

    12 Dec 2010 Reply
  • kahsartori


    30 Nov 2010 Reply
  • themagicnumber7

    kwassa kwassa, kwassa!

    6 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Tucanista

    ♪♫♥ ♥ ♪♫♥ ♥ ♪♫♥ ♥ ♪♫♥ ♥ ♪♫♥ ♥ ♪♫♥ ♥ ♪♫♥ ♥ ♪♫♥ ♥ ♪♫♥ ♥ ♪♫♥ ♥ ♪♫♥ ♥♪♫♥ ♥ ♪♫ ♥ DANCE~DANCE~!DANCE~DANCE~DANCE~!DANCE~DANCE~DANCE~DANCE

    10 Oct 2009 Reply
  • StevePL

    great artist

    5 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Caneles

    Lela in Central Park

    27 Aug 2009 Reply
  • victorious44

    lela lela (9)

    28 May 2009 Reply
  • Belepsilon

    lela lela (8)

    10 Mar 2009 Reply
  • HalfCrazyGirl

    please, join Congolese Music Rocks!!!

    22 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Tabilulu

    Wow wow!

    24 Nov 2008 Reply
  • tadiwanashe

    muzik muzik wat's your flava.

    6 Nov 2008 Reply
  • beirao

    Optima musica africana para dançar. Bom ritmo

    15 Sep 2008 Reply
  • vinegarman

    My doctor has told me to stop dancing or everything is just gonna fall off me!!!!

    7 Sep 2008 Reply
  • doudoudarling

    Man, my hips are aching.........!

    20 Aug 2008 Reply
  • maxyzech

    just..can't stop the dancing!!!

    23 Oct 2007 Reply
  • The_Epitome

    Mr. Man, you hereby get this trophy: ***Foot-tappage first place***

    14 Sep 2007 Reply
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