Pline Mounzeo | Bou Nzenza (feat. Eugide Matondo, Teli Shabu & Ken Wilson)

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Bou Nzenza (feat. Eugide Matondo, Teli Shabu & Ken Wilson)

by Pline Mounzeo

Original songs from a world class Congolese musician sung to traditional Congolese drum music and accompanied by balafon and kora. This music was written in North Carolina and recorded by a group of immigrants from Congo joined by their friends from NC.
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1. Mobembo (feat. Eugide Matondo, Teli Shabu & Ken Wilson)
6:38 $0.99
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2. Bou Nzenza (feat. Florence Wulu, Eugide Matondo, Teli Shabu, Ken Wilson, Jay Manley & Jane Francis)
6:06 $0.99
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3. Kimbongela (feat. Florence Wulu, Eugide Matondo, Teli Shabu, Ken Wilson & Jane Francis)
5:15 $0.99
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4. Mbonda (feat. Florence Wulu, Eugide Matondo, Teli Shabu, Ken Wilson & Mabinti Shabu)
5:49 $0.99
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5. Mawa (feat. Florence Wulu, Eugide Matondo, Teli Shabu & Ken Wilson)
7:44 $0.99
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6. Limbisa (feat. Florence Wulu, Eugide Matondo, Teli Shabu & Ken Wilson)
3:56 $0.99
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7. Ma Ngoudi (feat. Florence Wulu, Eugide Matondo, Teli Shabu & Ken Wilson)
4:58 $0.99
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The music of Congo from the Brazzaville-Kinshasa region is known as one of the great musical traditions of the world. Due to protracted civil wars and economic stagnation, Congolese musicians have sought refuge outside their country so there are emerging ex patriot musical groups, particularly in France and the United States. The Congolese community in Raleigh, North Carolina, consists of around 1,000 immigrants and political refugees. It was to this community that Pline Mounzeo turned shortly after he came to the U.S. in 2008. A professional drummer, he had fled Congo Brazzaville some years earlier, when his father, a TV anchorman, was assassinated by government troops. He sent to Senegal, where he joined a musical group that toured Africa and Europe playing a hybrid of Congolese and Senegalese music. In Raleigh, he continued to play both throughout the U.S. and on a regular basis in France. At his home base in Raleigh, NC, he teaches traditional Congolese drum music and performs throughout the state. He composed the songs on this album and put them to traditional Congolese rhythms. For this album, Pline was the lead singer and lead drummer and he was joined by two singers from his country (Florence Wulu and Eugide Matondo), two of his students (professional drummer Teli Shabu and Dr. Ken Wilson) and Teli's sister Mabinti Shabu, a professional balafon player. Jay Manley played keyboard and guitar and Jane Francis was on bass. Coming from North Carolina, this album embodies Pline Mounzeo's work of introducing an art form that should have been part of our heritage for centuries as at least a quarter of enslaved people who came here were from Congo. He hopes you enjoy these rich rhythms and melodies.

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