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Haile Music presents
Kongo Dia Ntotila - Album Prelaunch Party
Thursday 24 May
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member
In a nutshell
Afro-JOY outfit, Kongo Dia Ntotila, perform outstanding new music from their forthcoming release. Expect a raucously joyful party.
Kongo Dia Ntotila will host a prelaunch party to celebrate their new album out this summer.
Entitled 360°, the album pays homage to some of Africa’s finest dance music styles - revived, urbanised, and seamlessly fused with a neat dose of jazz. Dancing to their sublime seben (soukous), agbaja, makossa and more, you might forget you were still in London!
Inspired by the Congos' golden age of 50s & 60s brassy pop music, the band play a modernised mashup of the African Jazz / OK Jazz greats: a foundation of Franco, with Dr Nico-style guitars, and a hint of Le Grand Kallé.
What to Expect
Melodic bass grooves interlock with polyrhythmic African beats. And intricate guitar parts shimmer around soaring brass choruses. You can hear jazz elements in the stunning solos and rich harmonic movement. It's a synergy of sound sprinkled with soulful vocals and sweet harmonies. It is total Afro-JOY!
Kongo Dia Ntotila comprises three UK jazz players on guitar, saxophone and trumpet, with drummer and bass guitarist both from ‘the capital of music’ Kinshasa, DRC
The band have been described by Tom Robinson as “musicians of the very very highest standard,” while Max Reinhardt has called band leader, Matondo, “a visionary bassist”.
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Haile Music is an independent label and production company founded in 2012 to produce and promote Mulele Matondo music, videos and events.
This event is supported by PRS for Music Foundation
What people are saying
'Totally authentic - as good as anything you get coming out of Africa.' - Tom Robinson (BBC6 Music)
'Wherever they go they bring a raucously joyful party with them.' - Max Reinhardt (BBC6 Music)
'Sensational' - Rita Ray (SOAS Radio)
Why does Rich Mix matter?
'Rich Mix hosts some of the best African music and culture events in London. Mulele and the band members have played the Main Space stage many times over the years, and it is a firm favourite for artists and audiences alike.'
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Things you should know
Suitable for ages 12+.
This event is wheelchair accessible.