Kanda Bongo Man

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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Kanda Bongo Man Discography

Albums

AR 001-81 Kanda Bongo Man Afro Rythmes Présente Kanda-Bongo-Man(LP) Afro-Rythmes AR 001-81 France 1981 Sell This Version
AR 00981 Kanda Bongo Man Afro Rythmes Présente Kanda Bongo Man(LP) Afro-Rythmes AR 00981 France 1982 Sell This Version
BM 0055 Kanda Bongo Man Amour Fou - Ekipé(LP, Album) Kanda Bongo Man BM 0055 France 1984 Sell This Version
Kanda Bongo Man Malinga J.T. (Album) Kanda Bongo Man France 1985 Sell This Version
Kanda Bongo Man Non Stop Non Stop (Comp) Globe Style UK 1985 Sell This Version
Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man Kanda Bongo Man France 1987 Sell This Version
Kanda Bongo Man Amour Fou / Crazy Love (Album) Hannibal Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
BM 0058 Kanda Bongo Man Sai-Liza(LP) Kanda Bongo Man BM 0058 France 1987 Sell This Version
Kanda Bongo Man Kwassa Kwassa (Album) Hannibal Records France 1989 Sell This Version
Kanda Bongo Man Isambe - Monie (Album) Mélodie France 1990 Sell This Version
Kanda Bongo Man Zing Zong (Album) Hannibal Records France 1991 Sell This Version
Kanda Bongo Man Le Rendez-Vous Des Stades (Album) Mélodie Distribution France 1993 Sell This Version
HNCD 1374 Kanda Bongo Man Soukous In Central Park(CD, Album) Hannibal Records HNCD 1374 UK & US 1993 Sell This Version
Kanda Bongo Man Sweet (Album) Air B.Mas Production France 1999 Sell This Version
GWVCD 43 Kanda Bongo Man Swalati(CD, Album) Gallo Record Company GWVCD 43 South Africa 2003 Sell This Version
Kanda Bongo Man Welcome To South Africa Bienvenue En Afrique Du Sud (Album) B. Mas Production France Unknown Sell This Version
METRO359 Kanda Bongo Man Kwassa Kwassa(CD, Album) Not On Label METRO359 UK Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

IVAS 1017 Kanda Bongo Man Yolanda(7") ZMC IVAS 1017 Zimbabwe 1996 Sell This Version
61948-7 DK 010 Kanda Bongo Man Sai (Kwassa-Kwassa)(7") Celluloid 61948-7 DK 010 France Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

Kanda Bongo Man Sango (Comp) Celluloid France 1992 Sell This Version
CDAFR 090 Kanda Bongo Man Come Kwassa-Kwassa(CD, Comp) Africa CDAFR 090 South Africa 1994 Sell This Version
BMP990133 Kanda Bongo Man The Best Of Kanda Bongo Man(CD, Comp) Not On Label BMP990133 France 1999 Sell This Version
NSCD 089 Kanda Bongo Man The Very Best Of(CD, Comp) Nascente NSCD 089 UK 2001 Sell This Version
PM-259 Kanda Bongo Man Best(CD, Comp) Palace Minx PM-259 Tanzania 2009 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

EO 306292- 4 Kanda Bongo Man Sana(Cass) EMI EO 306292- 4 Ivory Coast 1982 Sell This Version

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