Kanda Bongo Man Similar Artists

Sam Mangwana - 87% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 July 1945, Kinshasa, Congo. A protégé of Tabu Ley (aka Rochereau) and Franco, vocalist and composer Mangwana is one of Zaire’s least conventional stars. He is known as Le Pigeon Voyageur, the travelling pigeon, a musician who constantly travels, side-stepping the usual stereotypes. Big stars have regular bands - Mangwana has none. They buy hotels, house Read more

Samite - 45% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
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Thomas Mapfumo - 37% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1945, Marondera, Zimbabwe. Mapfumo, known domestically as ‘The Lion Of Zimbabwe’, is to the music of the Shona people what Fela Kuti is to Nigeria or Franco to Zaire: simultaneously a modernizer and preserver of tradition, and the single most important figure on the local music scene for decades (in Mapfumo’s case, since the early 70s). Brought up for the fir Read more

Thione Seck - 35% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 2000s
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Senegal. Clarinettist, drummer and singer Seck joined Orchestra Baobab (aka Orchestre Du Bawobab) during 1977. His break from the band two years later was reportedly owing to his ambitions to record in a more roots-orientated vein, contrasting mbalax with reggae undertones, while extolling the virtues of legendary Wolof heroes. This might have been anticipated given Seck Read more

Oliver Mtukudzi - 33% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1952, Highfield, Harare, Zimbabwe. Along with Thomas Mapfumo, Mtukudzi aka Tuku, and his band the Black Spirits, has played one of the most prominent roles in the modernization of traditional Zimbabwean music, mixing African-American soul with mbira and other traditional beats. He recorded his first single, ‘Pezuna’, in 1976, after which he joined the Wagon Wheels Read more

Mahotella Queens - 29% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Originally comprising Hilda Tloubatla, Mildred Mangxola and Nobesuthu Mbadu, the Mahotella Queens was South Africa’s leading mbaqanga harmony group of the late 60s and 70s. They frequently sing in support of ‘groaners’ (basso profundos), and at various times have backed the great Simon Nkabinde Mahlathini, Potatoes Mazambane, Mbazo Mkhize and Joseph Mthimkhulu. L Read more

Balla Et Ses Balladins - 25% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 2000s
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Formed in Guinea in 1964, the original seven-piece line-up of this government-sponsored group had previously been part of a 25-piece ensemble that split into two groups (the other being Keletigue And His Tambourinis). Led by trumpeter Balla Onivogui, the group also featured trombonist/saxophonist Pivi Moriba (Onivogui and Moriba were both teachers who had studied music in Seneg Read more

Lokua Kanza - 25% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Pascal Lokua Kanza, April 1958, Bukavu, Kivu, Zaire. Guitarist/vocalist Kanza studied at the Kinshasa Music Conservatory in his native Zaire, and in 1980 joined the band of superstar diva Abeti. The following year he relocated to the Ivory Coast where he worked as a guitar player with a number of bands, before becoming a singer in the Best Orchestra at the Hotel Ivoire in Ab Read more

Bembeya Jazz National - 23% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 2000s
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This group was formed in Beyla, Guinea, in 1961, under the patronage of President Sekou Toure, who was keen to foster indigenous musical expression, then under threat from the wholesale importation of western rock and soul. Bembeya Jazz arguably made the biggest contribution to the thriving state of local, traditionally based dance music in Guinea, establishing themselves as on Read more

Wendo Kolosoy - 21% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Antoine Kalosoy, 1925, Mushie, Belgian Congo. Both Kolosoy’s parents died before he was 10 years old and he was raised by white priests. He worked as a boatman and also boxed professionally. Meanwhile, he sang and taught himself to play guitar, piano and organ. He performed in the capital city, Leopoldville (now Kinshasa), where he built a following. Kolosoy wrote some Read more

Baaba Maal - 19% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: Dance World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 November 1953, Podor, Senegal. Vocalist and guitarist Maal had humble origins, growing up in the sparsely populated town of Podor, where his father worked in the fields, but also had the honour of calling worshippers to the mosque using song. The influence of Islam would remain central to his son’s activities too, both father and son being members of the Fulani commu Read more

Issa Bagayogo - 18% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1961, Korin, Mali. Converging the traditional sounds of griot and western dance music, Bagayogo has been nicknamed ‘Techno Issa’ in his home country. The singer-songwriter began singing and playing the kamelégoni (a six-stringed harp, traditionally associated with hunters in the Wassoulou region) and the daro (a metal bell) while working on the family farm. Read more

Oumou Sangaré - 18% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1968, Bamako, Mali. One of the new generation of female voices in Malian music, Sangaré made her first public appearance at the age of six at the Omnisports Stadium Hall in Bamako, encouraged by her mother, a sogoninkun singer who performed at weddings and rituals. She continued to sing through the rest of her adolescence and in 1986 she was recruited to the Malian tr Read more

Tarika - 18% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This roots music group come from Madagascar, purveying a traditional blend that evolved from Indonesian, African and Arabic influences on the Indian Ocean island’s culture. Tarika, whose name means ‘the group’ or ‘led by’, was initiated by Sammy (Samoela Adriamalalaharijaona), who had run a loose musical collective since the early 80s, and also built Read more

Vusi Mahlasela - 16% match to Kanda Bongo Man

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Vusi Sidney Mahlasela Ka Zwane, 1965, Lady Selbourne, Pretoria, South Africa. One of the most distinctive voices in South African music, Mahlasela carried the torch for his country in Europe and North America at a time when he was relatively unfêted at home.Growing up in Mamelodi township, Mahlasela began singing and playing home-made guitar at Read more


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