Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos

Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos

by Gary Stewart


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781859847442
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 04/17/2000
Pages: 436
Product dimensions: 6.49(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.59(d)

About the Author

Gary Stewart is a writer who has lived and worked in Africa. His articles on African and Caribbean music have appeared in numerous publications including The Beat, Option, and West Africa. He is the author of Breakout: Profiles in African Rhythm and Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos—for more information on the latter, visit

Table of Contents

Prologue: A mighty sound: Mobutu and the musicians, 19971
1Difficult delivery: Bowane, Leopold II, Stanley, Brazza, Kamba, Feruzi, and Wendo, 1946 and before3
2Why don't you make a record? Olympia, Ngoma, Opika, and Loningisa, 1946-195023
3The brains of the music: Jhimmy, Kabasele, and African Jazz, 1950-195534
4In need of a name: Essous, Franco, and O.K. Jazz, 1955-195649
5A change in mentality: Kasavubu, Lumumba, Rock'a Mambo, O.K. Jazz, and Orchestre Bantou, 1957-195960
6Celebrations and sorrows: Kasavubu, Lumumba, African Jazz, and O.K. Jazz, 1960-196183
7Congo music: Orchestre Bantou and Ry-Co Jazz, 1960-1963101
8Money changes everything: African Jazz, African Fiesta, Moise Tshombe, O.K. Jazz, and Orchestre Bantou, 1963-1965110
9Revolution: Mobutu, Franco, Bavon Marie Marie, Kwamy, Docteur Nico, Rochereau, and Essous, 1965-1967122
10Dances and disorder: Docteur Nico, Rochereau, Sam Mangwana, and Franco, 1968-1969135
11Rhythm of the time: Franco, Verckys, Bella Bella, Zaiko Langa Langa, Bavon Marie Marie, Franklin Boukaka, and Rochereau, 1969-1970148
12The name game: Veve, Trio Madjesi, Afrisa, Fiesta Sukisa, O.K. Jazz, and Bantous de la Capitale, 1971-1973169
13The guys have it: Abeti, Franco, and Mobutu, 1973-1974188
14What goes up...: Mobutu, George Foreman, Muhammad Ali, Tabu Ley, Bella Bella, and Zaiko Langa Langa, 1974-1976206
15...Must come down: Abeti, M'Pongo Love, Papa Wemba, Franco, and Tabu Ley, 1975-1978219
16Exodus: Bantous de la Capitale, Mobutu, African All Stars, Verckys, Koffi Olomide, and Docteur Nico, 1977-1980235
17Paris: Franco, Pamelo Mounk'a, Bopol, Pablo, M'Pongo Love, Kosmos, Kanda Bongo Man, and Les Quatre Etoiles, 1979-1982254
18Article 15: Kabasele, Sam Mangwana, Franco, Tabu Ley, Mbilia Bel, and Docteur Nico, 1980-1985276
19You can't tell the players without a program: Empire Bakuba and Clan Langa Langa, 1979-1985300
20Crossroads: Tshala Muana, Abeti, Rigo Star, Les Quatre Etoiles, Loketo, Kanda Bongo Man, Tabu Ley, and Mbilia Bel, 1985-1988314
21Get out your program again: Clan Langa Langa, Koffi Olomide, and Empire Bakuba, 1985-1989333
22Matters of life and death: Bantous de la Capitale and O.K. Jazz, 1985-1989350
23The gray nineties: O.K. Jazz, Wenge Musica, Bantous de la Capitale, Soukous Stars, Abeti, Papa Wemba, and Tabu Ley, 1989 and after369
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