This time I am with a special guest who has chosen many of the songs you will hear.
Alan Brain is a Peruvian filmmaker who spent almost 8 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo filming for the United Nations. He was hired to document UN efforts to curtail human rights abuses in Eastern DRC, but he also made documentaries that highlighted positive aspects of Congolese culture, society and individuals.
Alan has a deep love for the Congolese people and a great appreciation for them, for their culture and for their music. Although he traveled the country, he was based in Kinshasa where, among other things like performing as a singer in a salsa band with Congolese musicians. He began working on a feature documentary about the golden era of Congolese Rumba called "The Rumba Kings".
The film includes interviews with such living legends as Lutumba Simaro from the OK Jazz, Nedule Montswet aka Papa Noel, Guvano from Tabu Ley band, Faugus Izeidi from African Fiesta, Moniania Roitelet from Rock a Mambo, Verckys Kiamanguana from Orchestre Veve, Pepe Fely Manuaku from Zaiko Langa Langa, Maproco and Bikounda from Wendo Kolosoi band, Nkuka Mathiu from African Jazz, and many others. A good sample of his documentary is a short film he made with the last 2 survivors of the legendary Congolese Rumba band African Jazz of Grand Kalle that played in the Congo independence in Belgium and that composed the famous song "Independance Cha Cha Cha".
You can check the trailer for "The Rumba Kings" here:
It was my pleasure to have Alan on the show, we talked history and music, some politics and opinions.
Comments are always welcome!
Listen to the program here: