Indépendance cha-cha

This is a great tune and a brilliant video. It’s a new take on what is one of Congo’s (and perhaps even Africa’s) most famous tunes “Indépendance cha-cha”. This 2010 version is sung by the Congolese-born and Belgian-raised rapper/singer Baloji (formerly of the hiphop crew Starflam) and it’s taken from his album “Kinshasa Succursale” which is surely worth checking out as well.

Baloji talks about the days after (“le jour d’après”) the independence and the new lyrics he has written, calls for his fellow Congolese to leave the violence behind, to re-unite and to work together on a new future.

The video is produced by Spike and Jones and shot in the “Bon marché” (Barumbu) neighbourhood, at the heart of Kinshasa. It features the backing band of the late Wendo Kolosoy, a famous Congolese singer, and also shows Baloji and the others adopting a sapeur-like style.

The original “Indépendance cha-cha” was written in 1960 by Joseph Kabasele, aka Le Grand Kalé, and African Jazz. They wrote it while Congolese delegates Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Kasavubu negotiated the terms of independence with Belgian officials and drafted a provisional constitution. The song became an instant hit in Congo and abroad, and the most popular anthem for independence struggles across the African continent.

Here’s the original.

And to top things off, here’s a street brass version of the tune. Just to show that the tune is still very much alive in Congo.

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