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Did you say Rumba and Jazz?!

FRANCO NA BISO ! A tribute to Franco Luambo, Congolese music giant

Presented as part of Francophonie 2014 and Institut Français African Tour

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

Free Entrance

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from left to right: Kojack Kossakamvwe, Jean-Rémy Guédon credit: Christophe Alary

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.

Inspired by the famous Congolese singer and guitarist Franco Luambo’s music, musicians Kojack Kossakamvwe and Jean-Rémy Guédon created Franco Na Biso !, an original music project which brings together French and Congolese top artists and combines the best of late 20th Century traditional Congolese music with today's European jazz. Musicians will play masterpieces made of rumba rhythm and saxophone improvisations.

The artistic team taking part in the tour gathers versatile musicians:Jean-Rémy Guédon (saxophone, singer), Christian Kossakamvwe Mpongo (solo guitar, soloist singer), Guy Tusiama Masiala (bass guitar, singer), Alberto Mapoto Kingunza (accompanying guitar, singer), and Christian Kamba Levi (drums).

Touring in 28 African cities, the Franco Na Biso ! project is taking place in South Africa from 19 to 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 ! project is presented in South Africa as part of Francophonie 2014 and as part of a 2-month long Institut Français Africa Tour. Many cultural events will take place in March as part of the annual celebrations of Francophonie around French language and Francophone cultural diversity in the network of Alliances françaises in Southern Africa. More info on www.alliance.org.za


Wednesday 19 March
12:00 Franco Na Biso ! Concert - As part of the French Day
VUT Amphitheatre, Vaal University of Technology,
Andries Potgieter Blvd, Vanderbijlpark
Free Entrance

Thursday 20 March
19:00 Opening act from Jozi: Malcolm Jiyane Tree’O
20:00 Franco Na Biso ! Concert
Eyethu Lifestyle Centre, Cnr Machaba Dr. & Kinini Str., Mofolo Central, Soweto
Free Entrance

Friday 21 March
14:30 Izindaba storytelling with Caroline Bustos (FR) and Thando Bezana (SA)
Open to children and their parents
16:00 Franco Na Biso! Concert ft. Les Fantastiques
Yeoville Recreation Centre, 26 Raleigh St, Yeoville
Free Entrance


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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.

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