I remember it like it was yesterday. The furniture being moved around in the living room, the Aunties in the kitchen preparing lots Congolese food, the bottles of liquor and sodas being brought into the kitchen and yes the extra long freezer in the garage full of bottles of Heineken beers.
The DJ? Not sure who was at the spinning table or if DJs even “existed” then, all I know is that at some point (if not always) us the kids upstairs in the rooms, would hear some Rumba music style and by that time it was likely from Koffi Olomide, Zaiko Langa Langa or another well known African musician.
Rumba or Congolese Rumba
Rumba is a Congolese type of music also known Congolese Rumba. It is usally danced with a partner (man and woman) and it has a fairly slow pace. It is most oft than not found at the beginning of Congolese songs. Rumba is a very sensual dance. It originated from the Congo basin during the 1940s and is sang in Lingala. The main instrument is the guitar (fingerstyle) and like all other types of music, it is joined by other instruments.
And so, without further a due, here’s an example of one of my favorite. Let me know what you think.