Kongo Dia Ntotila, 360° Review
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While studying music at Leeds College, band leader of Kongo Dia Ntotila, Mulele Matondo developed a musical partnership with jazz guitar tutor and future bandmate John Kelly. Lessons became musical exchanges as the duo collaborated and played with the intricate patterns of Sebene (Soukous) guitar. Fast forward ten years later the ensemble consists of Mulele Matondo (bass), John Kelly (guitar), Mbouta Kissangwa (drums), Diala Sakuba (guitar) and UK jazz horn players William Scott (saxophone) and Mike Soper (trumpet). With their first album Seben Steps To Heaven under their belt, the ensemble has a new impending album 360° coming in May of 2019. The 10-track album pays homage to some of Africa’s finest dance music styles – revived, urbanised, and seamlessly fused with a heavy injection of jazz.
Release Date: May 10, 2019
Kongo Dia Ntotila:
John Kelly -guitar
Mike Soper -trumpet
Will Scott -alto/tenor saxophone
David Lessie -drums, lead vocals
Mulele Matondo -bass, lead vocals
Danceable and immersive, the album takes you through a journey infused with international sounds.