Kanda Bongo Man – Sai-Liza Bongo Man 1987 Posted on August 9, 2019 by Moos tracks ; 01 – Sai 02 – Bedy 03 – Liza 04 – Cantique 05 – Naloti
Hey, Moos now I’ve always asked for Congolese albums but this time I’m learning other rhythms from other genres I just wanted to ask do you have this album by Harry Belafonte?
Sorry Harris, don’t have it ..
No problem thanks.
Excellent. My wife entered the room and instantly shouted ‘kwasa kwasa’. It comes from the time we started to share music… and life. Then (late 80s) this kwasa kwasa sounded a bit unorthodox compared with the classics but it became immediately the thing to dance in the minuscule African scene in Madrid (in case there were even such a thing like a ‘scene’ at the time, nor now). I must have all the (published here) Kanda Bongo Man’s records somewhere but it is easier downloading it than searching I don’t exactly where. Thank you for the fond memories.
Very nice thank you this contains some of his best known tracks I think. Reminds me of Soukous in Central Park. Please upload that one if you are able.
This was at the time when the Kwassa Kwassa movement started to make an impact in Europe and later on in America as well. I still remember people back home shouting this monumental expression whenever the track Sai used to be played in parties and stuff. Thanks for bringing back this LP as a way to compensate for my loneliness during the Eid. By any chance, do you have Amour Fou? I think that’s one of the last LPs from Kanda Bongo Man that I got missing.
Hi Moos, sorry to hear your computer is messed up. I will try to cheer you up a bit with this you tube link. Hear the story. Kwasa kwasa became a big event in my life as it was the first Congolese dance I ever danced. It was 1987 and it became accidentally a big part of my youth as I entered a Kinshasa nightclub for the first time in my life. As a young man I sneaked out at night and went out to the quartier with hardly any money. I did what the locals did and danced kwasa kwasa. People were excited and I got free beers the whole night. I enjoyed it beyond and upto today I still love African nightclubs although I do not get free beers anymore. The dance Kwasa kwasa was invented by a mechanic Jannot Rat. One of the moves was like you change gears of a car. It was a dance craze which followed after the sousmarine from Emlpire Bakuba where swim movements were imitated. Kanda Bongo Man took the dance (as did a lot of Congolese bands) and made it popular world wide. He focused on the dance (sebene) rather than on the lyrics so that rumba became more accessible to non Lingala speakers. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WpVTHiVUUZg
I was lucky to be again in Congo in 1988 when Kwasa Kwasa was still a bit popular , although thca thco the dance gimmick of Koffi Olomide was taking over. Especially the ladies used to love Koffi’s music. The funny part is that I never heard Kanda Bongo Man’s music in the nightclubs or on the Congolese radio. In East and Southern Africa Kanda was very popular. This comments are just memories. Maybe Kanda was popular in Congo but the people I spoke to did not know him. Rik
Nice one Rik, I added the video, thank you very much ..