Kanda Bongo Man

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Soukous musician from Congo. Kanda Bongo Man (born 1955 in Inongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo) is a Congolese soukous musician.Kanda Bongo Man became the singer for Orchestra Belle Mambo in 1973, developing a sound influenced by Tabu Ley. His solo career only started to take off after moving to Paris in 1979, where his music started to incorporate elements of then-vibrant zouk music (originating in the French West Indies). His first solo albums, "Iyole" in 1981 and "Djessy" in 1982, were hits. He 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 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. Like many African rumba and soukous musicians before him, Kanda Bongo Man also had an entourage of musicians. Many of Kanda's musicians later moved on to start their own solo careers. Most notable of these was Diblo Dibala. Known as "Machine Gun", Diblo Dibala was a vital part of Kanda Bongo Man's lineup on several albums, including "Kwasa Kwasa" and "Amour Fou". Kanda Bongo Man still tours in Europe and the United States.
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AR 001-81 Afro Rythmes Présente Kanda-Bongo-Man — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Afro Rythmes Présente Kanda-Bongo-Man Afro-Rythmes AR 001-81 France 1981 Sell This Version
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AR 00981 Afro Rythmes Présente Kanda Bongo Man — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Afro Rythmes Présente Kanda Bongo Man Afro-Rythmes AR 00981 France 1981 Sell This Version
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BM 0055 Amour Fou - Ekipé — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Amour Fou - Ekipé (Album) Kanda Bongo Man BM 0055 France 1984 Sell This Version
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BM 0056 Malinga J.T. — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Malinga J.T. (Album) Kanda Bongo Man BM 0056 France 1985 Sell This Version
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BM 0057 Kanda Bongo Man — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man BM 0057 France 1986 Sell This Version
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BM0058 Sai-Liza (On Danse Le Kouassa-Kouassa On Y Va ?) — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Sai-Liza (On Danse Le Kouassa-Kouassa On Y Va ?) (Album) Not On Label, Not On Label BM0058 France 1987 Sell This Version
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CGC 4432 Amour Fou / Crazy Love — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Amour Fou / Crazy Love (Album) Hannibal Records CGC 4432 USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
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HNBL 1343 Kwassa Kwassa — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Kwassa Kwassa (Album) Hannibal Records HNBL 1343 US 1989 Sell This Version
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79511-2 Iyole — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Iyole(CD, Album) Mélodie 79511-2 France 1989 Sell This Version
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IVALP 102 Isambe - Monie — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Isambe - Monie (Album) Mélodie IVALP 102 1990 Sell This Version
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HNCD 1366 Zing Zong — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Zing Zong (Album) Hannibal Records HNCD 1366 US 1991 Sell This Version
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79537-2 Sango — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Sango Celluloid 79537-2 France 1992 Sell This Version
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HNBCD 1374 Soukous In Central Park — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Soukous In Central Park (Album) Hannibal Records HNBCD 1374 UK & US 1993 Sell This Version
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32004-1 Le Rendez-Vous Des Stades — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Le Rendez-Vous Des Stades (Album) Mélodie Distribution 32004-1 France 1993 Sell This Version
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CDAFR 146 Welcome To South Africa Bienvenue En Afrique Du Sud — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Welcome To South Africa Bienvenue En Afrique Du Sud (Album) B. Mas Production CDAFR 146 South Africa 1995 Sell This Version
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GWVCD 12 Sweet — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Sweet (Album) Air B.Mas Production GWVCD 12 South Africa 1999 Sell This Version
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GWVCD 32 Balobi — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Balobi (Album) Gallo Record Company GWVCD 32 South Africa 2001 Sell This Version
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GWVCD 43 Swalati — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Swalati(CD, Album) Gallo Record Company GWVCD 43 South Africa 2003 Sell This Version
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CDGURB 101 Soukous Time — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Soukous Time(CD, Album) Gallo CDGURB 101 South Africa 2007 Sell This Version
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none Non-Stop Feeling — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Non-Stop Feeling(CD, Album) Tabilulu Productions none US 2010 Sell This Version
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NWS14 Yolele! Live in concert. — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Yolele! Live in concert.(CD) No Wahala Sounds NWS14 UK 2021 Sell This Version
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32005-4 Welcome To Tanzania. Bienvenue En Afrique Du Sud — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Welcome To Tanzania. Bienvenue En Afrique Du Sud(Cass, Album) Mélodie 32005-4 France Unknown Sell This Version
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BM 0057 Les Hits De Kanda Bongo Man — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Les Hits De Kanda Bongo Man(Cass, Album) Not On Label BM 0057 Unknown Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

MC-05 Amani — Kanda Bongo Man Orch. Bana Mambo Cheri, Kanda Bongo Man Orch. Bana Mambo Cheri, Kanda Bongo Man - Amani(7") Music Center MC-05 Zaire 1977 Sell This Version
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IVAS 1017 Yolanda — Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Yolanda(7") ZMC IVAS 1017 Zimbabwe 1996 Sell This Version

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NikloHose

NikloHose

February 5, 2022
Je vous adore, Kanda Bongo Man ! Le meilleur chanteur soukous du CONGO RDC!
KoTchangou

KoTchangou

December 10, 2021
The best musician of Soukous, Kanda Bongo Man! Love this man!!

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