Congo music legend Kanda Bongo Man for Kampala gig

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Kanda Bongo Man

Congolese music legend Kanda Bongo Man is coming to Kampala to close this year in style.

Kanda is a Congolese soukous musician born in Inongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

He became the singer for Orchestra Belle Mambo in 1973, developing a sound influenced by Tabu Ley.

Events promoter Balaam Barugahara says Kanda will be live in Uganda on December 31, 2019.

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He will perform at a Kanda Bongo Man concert held at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala with his full band.

Local singers like Jose Chameleone, Bebe Cool, Eddy Kenzo, John Blaq and others will also feature at the gig.

The concert is sponsored by Radio 4, Uganda Waragi, Bukedde, Sheraton hotel, Radio Akaboozi and MTN Uganda.

Kanda is known 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 revolutionised 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 in Europe and the United States. On July, 2005, he performed at the LIVE 8: Africa Calling concert in Cornwall.

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