Congolese Rumba giant, pan-Africanist, Sam Mangwana mixes styles with joy and energy. Born in 1945 in Kinshasa from Angolan parents, he draws a taste for travel from family exile, languages and a natural curiosity for other cultures. His knowledge of Portuguese, Lingala, Swahili, French, English and his learning of Spanish makes him the singer (between viola and bass) the most multilingual of the continent. After having made the happy days of the Franco and Tabu Ley Rochereau orchestras at the time of the splendor of the Congolese Rumba (the 60s) he participated in the expansion of Soukouss, becoming almost hegemonic on the African continent. Mangwana, however, is not one of those who stick to an unique style and quickly returns to the roots of his music, finding the charms of rumbas their swaying and nonchalant elegance. It also takes a real pleasure to highlight the Cuban fiber of Congolese rumba for a result of incredible richness and warmth. But it is also the fight against corruption and violence that drives his music, always carrying messages of peace, cultures and respect for others in their differences.
The release of « Galo Negro » in 1998 has an international impact such as he won the « Crossroads Music awards » World Music as « Gold Star 1999 ». With this electro-acoustic album, Sam Mangwana renews its roots with a strong predominance of traditional music while keeping a resolutely modern dimension.
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