Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music presents:

A toast to Le Grand Maitre, Brussels 1961

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Today we start off in honor of the late great Grand Maitre Luambo Makiadi “Franco” and his Tout Puissant OK Jazz.

October 12, 1989 was a sad day for the world when Franco passed. I was at work when I heard the news and it was like being stabbed in the heart.

So we start with three songs in his memory, one short to begin and two longer pieces, one a request from my friend Alan, maker of the famous “The Rumba Kings”  film which premiered here in Richmond last month.

Then…more.

We will have new music today as well so stay tuned!

 

    Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music    October 10th, 2021

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Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music presents:

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Featured today, another selection of dance music with the great guitar sebenes that we love.

Le KaRmapa, Choc Stars, Quartier Latin Integral, Wenge Musica and more!

 

    Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music    September 26th, 2021

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Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music presents:

The Rumba Kings has come and gone, but the music remains here on WRIR!

Starting with a song we heard a part of in the film, but here we get the whole song. Franco & Tp OK Jazz with the full version of “Locataire”! And more…Prince Youlou Mabiala, Orchestre Le Peuple and the original Mwana Molokai of Papa Wemba. Join in and enjoy the music!

    Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music    September 12th, 2021

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Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music presents:

La Poule Aux Œufs D’Or Bimi Ombale, Zaiko Langa-Langa ‎– Creuser L’Écart

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We will be playing music in different styles and from different ages today.

You may like some songs more than others, but it’s all good!

    Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music    August 15th, 2021

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Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music presents:

WELCOME!

Enjoy great Congolese music!

    Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music    August 1st, 2021

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Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music presents:

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Today we will provide a special edition of Ambiance Congo. I have a discussion this afternoon with Alan Brain, director of the wonderful new feature-length documentary, The Rumba Kings.

As a part of this year’s Richmond International Film Festival, The Rumba Kings will have its premiere USA showing right here in Richmond, Virginia on September 11 at the Byrd Theatre.

 

Listen in today to learn about this landmark film and to hear some great music from the era and beyond.

 

To learn more about the film, see pictures and view the film’s trailer please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/rumbakingsfilm/photos/?ref=page_internalat

or visit here:

therumbakingsfilm.com .

Find out more about the Richmond International Film Festival here: https://www.rvafilmfestival.com/

Please note:
I will not be able to take any requests today. Comments may be edited by content. Thank you!

    Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music    July 18th, 2021

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Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music presents:

More rare Zaiko for you today

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Congolese music for a hot day!

    Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music    June 20th, 2021

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Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music presents:

OK Jazz 1956

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Today marks the anniversary of OK Jazz, June 6, 1956.

So we start with some early OK Jazz from the era and take it from there.

We’ll have some newer music towards the end of this program, but we start with some great classics!

    Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music    June 6th, 2021

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Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music presents:

Welcome!

We start today with songs from two wonderful LPs by Orchestre Le Peuple.

 

 

    Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music    May 23rd, 2021

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Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music presents:

WELCOME!

It’s a beautiful day! Crank it up and let be your queen!

“Too bad for you” if you miss it!

    Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music    May 9th, 2021

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