In the Congolese rumba movement, the guitarist Dizzy Mandjeku is considered a living legend. Before he became a member of the renowned Orchestre OK Jazz, directed by Franco Luambo Makiadi in the 60’s and 70’s, Dizzy had already formed numerous bands in his home country.
After Franco’s passing, Dizzy took over the lead of the band and became an indispensable part of the Congolese musical society, standing side by side with Papa Noël, Papa Wemba, Tshala Muana andVerckys. Under the artistic direction of Dizzy, the Orchestre African All Stars International released three albums, each considered true soukous monuments.
At a later stage, when Dizzy had moved to Brussels, he founded Odemba OK All Stars, preserving the unique sound of the traditional Congolese rumba. More recently, Dizzy collaborated with singers like Waldemar Bastos, Sam Mangwana, Zap Mama, Milow, Baloji and Stromae.
De Palenque à Matongé is the story of the transatlantic collaboration between the heart of the Afro-Colombian culture, the village Palenque de San Basilio, one of the many walled villages built by escaped African slaves, and Matongé, the heart of the Congolese community in Brussels, but even more the part of Kinshasa where the music never stops.
Uniting Colombian and Congolese musicians, Palenque Matongé revives and reinterprets the historical connection between two musical traditions that have travelled back and forth between the New World and the African motherland.
Alé Kumá, one of the most important Afro-Colombian bands, led by Leonardo Gómez Jattín, invited Dizzy Mandjeku for recordings and concerts in Bogotá which resulted in the participation in the Viña del Mar International Song Festival in 2016.
Later that year the musicians of Alé Kumá flew over and joined the finest Congolese musicians residence in Brussels. The result is called ‘De Palenque à Matongé, the first project and full album of Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá. The album will be released worldwide by the end of 2017 and in the summer of the same year, Dizzy Madjeku & Alé Kumá will be performing several live shows throughout Europe.
Visit www.dizzymandjeku.com for more information. Gri Gri Music represents Dizzy Mandjeku – de Palenque à Matongé worldwide.
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