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Tribute to Congolese music giant FRANCO NA BISO !

Tribute to Congolese music giant

FRANCO NA BISO ! celebrates Franco Luambo with a touch of Jazz

As part of Francophonie 2014 & Institut Français African Tour

19, 20 & 21 March 2014 | Yeoville, Soweto & VUT

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Often referred to as Franco, Franco Luambo Makiadi was a major figure in 20th century Congolese and African music.

Like Miles Davis with jazz, Franco dealt with stylistic novelty throughout his short life. As such, he developed a rumba style peculiar to him, and later developed a unique way of mastering the sukus or soukous which gave rise to today’s ndombolo. Franco’s repertoire is as lively in the mind of the young as in that of the older Congolese generations.

The Franco-Congolese original music project Franco Na Biso !, which was created by musicians Kojack Kossakamvwe and Jean-Rémy Guédon, combines the best of late 20th century traditional Congolese music which is based on the music of Franco Luambo, with today’s forms of European jazz.

The Franco Na Biso ! project is taking place in South Africa on 19, 20 and 21 March as part of a two-month long African tour with concerts in Kinshasa, Windhoek, Tananarive, Kigali, Bujumbura, Djibouti , Lusaka, Luanda, Malebo, Addis Abeba, Lubumbashi, Asmara, Abidjan, Lomé, Cotonou, Ouagadougou, Accra, Bamako, Dakar, Niamey, Ndjamena, Port-Gentil, Libreville, Yaoundé, Douala, Pointe-Noire and Brazzaville.

The Franco Na Biso ! artistic team taking part in the tour:
• Jean-Rémy Guédon: saxophone, singer.
• Christian Kossakamvwe Mpongo: solo guitar, soloist singer.
• Guy Tusiama Masiala: bass guitar, singer.
• Alberto Mapoto Kingunza: accompanying guitar, singer.
• Christian Kamba Levi: drums.

The Franco Na Biso ! project in South Africa:
• Wednesday 19 March at 12:00pm at VUT Amphitheatre, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, as part of the French Days.
• Thursday 20 March at 19:00 at Eyethu Lifestyle Centre, Cnr Machaba Dr. & Kinini Str., Mofolo Central, Soweto.
• Friday 21 March at 16:00 at Yeoville Recreation Centre, 26 Raleigh St, Yeoville.

The tribute concert is presented in South Africa as part of Francophonie 2014, which celebrates every year in March the French language and francophone culture worldwide, and as part of the Institut Français Africa Tour. In South Africa, several cultural events will take place in March as part of the monthly celebrations of Francophonie around French language and Francophone culture. More info on www.alliance.org.za

The Franco Na Biso ! project is brought to you in South Africa by the Institut Français and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), in collaboration with the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark as part of the French Days, and Eyethu Lifestyle Centre.

www.ifas.org.za / f: ifasculture / twitter: @IFAS_SouthAfrica

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