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African Night Fever presents An Evening with Kanda Bongo Man, The King of Soukous

Celebrating African Night Fever’s 19th year anniversary couldn’t be any nicer with the king of soukous at the helm. Kanda Bongo Man is one of the biggest stars in world music and one of the leading exponents of Africa, Kanda revolutionised the Congolese favourite music of soukous after parting with Orchestra Belle Mambo to take up a solo career in Paris in 1979. He is most famous for his structural changes he implemented to soukous music with mesmerising guitar solos that gave birth to the famous” KWASA KWASA” dance.

Championed by John Peel and Andy Kershaw in the late 80s, Kanda played a key role in introducing African and world music to the mainstream. Now with a huge and loyal fanbase, his music still receives regular airplay on stations including BBC Radio 3 and Radio 6 Music. Kanda’s music has always been driven by optimism and happiness. His exhilarating performances are exciting and energetic, yet deeply rooted in the Congolese tradition.

With his incredible seven-piece band behind him, Kanda Bongo Man will bring the joyous music and dance of central Africa to Ropetackle for an unforgettable sunshine experience!

African Caribbean Food will be on sale from the SOUL FOOD SISTERS.

Music, World Music

Friday 15th July 2022 - Starts 8pm


TICKET PRICE: £21 seated, £18.50 standing


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