Orchestre Super Matimila Remmy Ongala

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        Led by Zaire-born guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Remmy Ongala (born in 1947), Orchestre Super Matimila crafted a rhythmic dance music by combining Zairean soukous and other modern East African music. The lyrics of Ongala's songs, however, remain as essential as the rhythms, addressing issues of poverty, diseases, and the loss of loved ones. In a late-'90s interview, Ongala explained, "My music is known as 'ubongo beat' because, in Swahili, "ubongo" means brain and my songs ... Read more

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