Nov. 27: The Legendary Zaïko Langa Langa in NYC

Just a few months ago, I thought that getting the chance to not only see but SING!! with the legendary Nyboma Mwan’dido (video footage coming soon!) would be the highlight of my year in Congolese music. But it’s gotten even better.

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album cover showing earliest Zaïko band members

In late September, a fellow Congolese music lover informed me that Zaïko Langa Langa—the band that’s been going since the ’60s, the self-proclaimed inventors of the cavacha rhythm, AND my next favorite band after OK Jazz—was performing in Los Angeles. Refusing to believe they’d come to the USA for one concert, I scoured the internet for tour dates, but found nothing nearby.

Unlike my fellow music friend, who caught a red-eye from LA to NYC to see Diblo Dibala in a concert announced last-minute a few years back, I wasn’t adventurous enough to fly to LA for Zaïko on a few days’ notice. And now, I no longer have regrets.

The legendary Zaïko, still fronted by one of its earliest members, Nyoka Longo, is coming to NYC later this month!! On DJ set will be dj.henri of Radio Africa Online fame, who once treated me to Zaïko’s amazing “Dede.” I expect that in just a few weeks, I’ll get to hear this famous song LIVE!

Concert details: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, 7:00 PM, @ (le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012

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Nyoka Longo, still going strong

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