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For the world, the biggest treasure of Congo has always been its mineral resources. Those that fueled one of the deadliest wars of our time and killed millions of people. But Congolese know different. For them, Congo's real treasure does not lie underground.
Located in the heart of Africa, The Democratic Republic of Congo has produced some of the greatest music in Africa. Its capital Kinshasa was known as Africa's undisputed musical heart and was home to mega music stars such as Franco Luambo, Grand Kalle, Dr. Nico or Tabu Ley Rochereau, that took Congolese songs to western dance floors and were worshipped as gods by millions of fans.
From the time Congolese music arrived in New Orleans and contributed to the birth of jazz and blues, to when it landed in Cuba and melted into the famous Cuban Son, or to when it conquered the whole African continent with the legendary Congolese Rumba, The Rumba Kings explores why music has always been the real treasure of Congo.
Unfortunately, this legacy is rapidly vanishing. Congolese Rumba's historical places are in ruins; most of the greatest rumba performances have already disappeared due to the lack of proper archives; and many of the Congolese Rumba greatest stars are living in extreme poverty.
To tell that story, we have already filmed more than 50 interviews in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Belgium and France with Congolese musicians and renowned music experts familiar with the history of Congolese Rumba in África, Europe and North America. We have also filmed several hours of documentary sequences including many musical performances of the last Congolese musicians that remain from that era.
In this movie, legendary Congolese Rumba stars such as Verckys Kiamanguana, Manu Dibango, Papa Noel, Bikunda, Guvano, Pepe Manuaku, Simaro Lutumba, Faugus Izeidi, Armando Brazzos, Petit Pierre, Nkuka Mathieu, Roitelet Moniania, Maproco, Papa Wemba, Lokua Kanza and Jean Goubald, among many others, bear witness to the magnetic rhythms of Congolese Rumba and its golden era.
Directed by: Alan Brain (alan-brain.com)
Photographed by: Alan Brain
Additional Photography: Junior Makolo, Cristopher Luna Victoria
Edited by: Alan Brain
Trailer Edited and Post produced by: Alan Brain
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