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Democratic Republic of Congo Independence: 5 Congolese Songs to Add to your Playlist

Jun 30, 2021 09:00AM ● By Oga Africa

(Image by Paul Kagame via Flickr )

This is an ode to Congolese music, which has made a huge imprint on African culture and the African diaspora globally, by exploring 5 iconic Congolese songs to add to your playlist. This central African, francophone-speaking country has many prominent issues, including decades of armed conflict, and citizens have experienced terror over the rich resources found in the land.

In acknowledging their struggles, we also acknowledge the joy and culture that Congolese people have given to the world, specifically through music. This central African country is not to be confused with its neighboring country Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville.

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1. Koffi Olomide - Papa Nwgasuma

This song, by the legendary Congolese singer and choreographer Koffi Olomide, envelops you in a warm, upbeat melody that you can do the Kwassa Kwassa dance to. Kwassa Kwassa is a movement originated in Kinshasa, DRC, by a mechanic, that is done by rotating your hips in a circle with your hands mirroring your hips movements. If you are not the dancing type you can simply vibe out to the music. Check out the song and choreography in the ‘Papa Nwgasuma’ music video here, or at the end of this article. 

2. Awilo Longomba - Rosalina 

 (Dancers at a street carnival. Image by TJ Maphosphere via Wikimedia Commons )

This song is well known in the international African community. In 2018, the #RosalinaChallenge, also known as the ‘Break Your Back’ challenge, created a storm on social media, with submissions from dancers around the world reeling in the hundreds of thousands. 

Add this song to your playlist, and learn how to do the BM dance here, or at the end of this article.

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3. Diamond Platinumz ft. Fally Ipupa - Inama 

This song, by Tanzanian artist Diamond Platinumz, featuring Congolese artist Fally Ipupa, gives smooth sailing vibes while staying true to a danceable Congolese upbeat tempo. With choreography provided by Central African dancer ‘BadGyal Cassie’, this song merges Congolese, Tanzanian, and Central African dance forms, and sets the mood right!

Watch the video here, or at the end of the article.

4. Fally Ipupa - Un Coup

(Fally Ipupa. Image by Africa 717 via WikiCommons)

This romance song has a calming melody, and the music video celebrates the beauty of African nature, traditional African wear, and black women of all shapes and sizes. Fally Ipupa did not miss the mark with the visuals or sound. Check out this music video here, or at the end of this article.

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5. Papa Wemba - Analego

This Rumba Lingala tune, released in 1980, gives you a glimpse inside the famous Congolese Rumba music that once dominated the Congolese music scene. Rumba Lingala is a music form that originated in the 1950s, and was used to resist colonial identities thrust upon Congolese citizens during Belgian colonialism. Take a journey into the soul of Congo here, or at the end of this article.

Koffi Olomide - Papa Nwgasuma

Awilo Longomba - Rosalina

Diamond Platinumz ft. Fally Ipupa - Inama

Fally Ipupa - Un Coup

Papa Wemba - Analego