Night in Kinshasha breathes life to francophonie culture


KAMPALA– In the early 80’s and late 90’s, Congolese music had big share in the entertainment space in Uganda and had a fair domination of the air waves in the country.

For the millennials like me and many out there may not understood notable musicians coupled with their dancers such as; Kanda Bongo man, Yondo  Sister, Oliver Ngoma, Tshala Muana, Aurlus Mabele and many others were the superstars in soukous, lingala and rumba.

Over the weekend,  the same old vibe was rejuvinated at Sheraton Kampala hotel under a theme party ” A night in Kishansha” which  gave the audience a perfect sensation  especially those who came out to have fun and loosen up.

The   event had great  Congolese performances  from a one Jolly Malonga and the band. What  stood up most was the dancer who was dressed in a Scottish kilt not forgetting the lead songstress of the night who delivered a powerful  rendition of songs such as ” Muchana”  by Kanda Bongo Man, “Missounwa”  from legendary Monique Seka, ” Ekotite or Selfie” by Kofi Olomide and many others.

To my  surprise, despite having a section of many  diplomats from Rwanda, South Africa, Cuba,  Congo and many corporates, the audiences had a blast and were able to unwind with group dances and some got the courage to step on stage which  was outstanding  in the middle of the swimming pool due to its  structural designs.

For those that came for food dates with their families and friends  while music was playing in the back ground, they were full catered for since all kinds of traditional food and  continental culinary  were available in a designated corner.

At  around mid night, most of the performances were done and DJ Nash took the audience away with his mixes for close to one hour.

The show was supported by French Embassy in collaboration with Alliance Francaise de Kampala, Bonjour Kampala ,TV 5 Monde and  Sheraton Kampala.