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Kanda Bongo Man jets in ahead of dance party performance

Promoter Balaam Barugahara who is the organiser of the show welcoming Kanda Bongo man at the airport

Congolese soukous musician Bongo Kanda popularly known as Kanda Bongo Man is expected to perform on 31st December at Sheraton hotel gardens. The Soukous maestro jetted in the country early this morning ahead of a series of performances.

The Lingala singer was accompanied by his queen dancers and his band on arrival. The performance will be reminiscent of the early sixties’ Congolese invasion that saw them dominate the Kampala’s night space as instrumentalists playing both Lingala and also backing the nascent Ugandan local pop industry.

The 64-year-old Kanda who was last in Uganda in 1994 and has been here four times will be at Ugmix dance party slated for December 31, 2019, at Sheraton Gardens Kampala and Resort beach hotel Entebbe on January 1, 2020.

Kanda 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 popularized by Kassav (originating in the French West Indies). His first solo albums, Iyole in 1981 and Djessy in 1982, were hits and he’s expected to perform several songs on these albums when he visits Uganda. Kanda is known for the structural changes he implemented to soukous music.

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