Does Kampala still miss Congolese music?

Does Kampala still miss Congolese music?

General Defao takes crowd through Rhumba strokes

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General Defao sways for the crowd at Kampala Sheraton Hotel
General Defao sways for the crowd at Kampala Sheraton Hotel

Does Kampala still miss Lingala music, since it was kicked out in the early 2000’s? It still does, if the experience comes with free complimentary drinks.
In a month full of festivals, it was fingers crossed as Congolese maestro, Matumona Defao Lulendo, a.k.a General Defao performed at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel on Friday.
There were not as many Lingala lovers as anticipated but those in attendance indulged to the fullest, it was a case of nostalgia crowd with the likes of Roger Banye, who paid his first rent using proceeds from Lingala music in attendance.
As the evening drew on, it however seemed like an ode to the fallen Papa Wemba. The bleached Nairobi based Congolese musician took many fans down memory lane although a chunk of the songs were from Papa Wemba. At curtail call, it was more of a case of FOMO than the love for a music genre that was kicked out of Kampala’s mainstream music audiences.

Roge Banye, the Lingala dancer enjoyed the concert
Roge Banye, the Lingala dancer enjoyed the concert

 

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