Legendary Congolese artist Papa Wemba discusses his work with Zaiko Langa Langa, the history surrounding Congolese independence, the cultural significance of La Sape, and much more in his 2015 RBMA Lecture. #RBMA

TOPICS:
17:18 – Congo’s Independence
26:37 – Zaiko Langa Langa
33:25 – Dancing
48:14 – Zaire ’74
1:05:47 – Sapeurs
1:11:37 – Paris

MUSIC:
7:57 – Papa Wendo – “Marie Louise”
19:21 – Le Grand Kallé – “Indépendance Cha Cha”
32:20 – Zaiko Langa Langa – “Ndonge”
50:45 – James Brown at Zaire ’74
56:14 – Viva la Musica (live)
1:17:58 – Viva La Musica live in Tokyo, 1986
1:22:25 – Papa Wemba – “Mandola”

One of the most prolific (and flamboyant) characters in Congolese music, Papa Wemba first shot to fame in 1969 with Zaiko Langa Langa and continued to soar throughout the ‘70s. With his project Viva La Musica, Papa Wemba took the Congo’s homegrown style of soukous to Europe and then the world. Notoriously one of the sharpest dressers in Congolese music, too, Papa Wemba became one of the central figures in promoting La Sape: a youth movement which empowered young Congolese people to turn the art of dressing well into a Congolese cultural identity.

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