Band on the Wall presented a series of films about African music concerts which took place in Manchester from June to September, as part of the London 2012 Festival, called We Face Forward.
Kanda Bongo Man is one of Africa’s most joyful, mesmerising and hip-shaking pop stars. His solo career started in 1979 when he moved to Paris. He is most famous for revolutionising soukous music 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.
Soukous is a dance music which originated in the Belgian and French Congos during the 1930s and early 1940s.
At this gig we see and hear more about the man, the moves and the music, plus a very cool crowd enjoying every minute of an energy-filled, vibrant show at one of Manchester’s iconic venues.
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