The sounds of soukous are alive and well in London town. Despite the fact that many Congolese artists who have moved to Europe have chosen to settle in Paris, still there is much talent to be discovered on the other side of the Channel.
Soukous music is one of the most popular genres of music in Africa, particularly in the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo). Now there is a relatively small but vibrant soukous music scene in London.
Soukous music has been played in London for many years, with a number of Congolese musicians and bands based in the city. These musicians have been able to perform in various venues, including clubs, bars and community centres, as well as at festivals and events.
One of the most famous soukous musicians in London is Kanda Bongo Man, who is based in the city and has been performing for several decades. Other notable artists include Loketo, Mose Fan Fan, and Diblo Dibala, and of course Kasai Masai.
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in soukous music in London, with new bands and musicians emerging on the scene. This has been driven in part by the popularity of African music more generally, as well as by the increasing visibility of Congolese and other African communities in London.
Soukous music is often characterised by its upbeat rhythms, complex guitar lines, and infectious dance beats. It is a genre that has a rich history and cultural significance, and it continues to thrive in London and other parts of the world.