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KONGO DIA NTOTILA

Congo/UK

ROOTS ARENA STAGE - SATURDAY 13th JULY

Kongo Dia Ntotila play a fusion of Afrikan roots inspired beats and bass grooves with jazzy guitars and bright sunshine brass. It is total afro-JOY!

The group recorded their first album as Congo Dia Ntotila. Released in July 2012, 'Seben Steps to Heaven' was based on Central Afrikan dance floor riffs combined with lively Kongolese style vocals and 'animation'.

After a short break, original founders Mulele Matondo (bass) and John Kelly (guitar) reformed the band with less of an emphasis on vocals. A tiny but mighty horn section, William Scott (saxophone) and Mike Soper (trumpet) joined them in 2015, bringing the brass to the forefront of the musical conversation, and a new synergy to the Kongo Dia Ntotila sound. 2018 saw Congolese guitarist Diala Sakuba add another layer and flavour of strings. Drummer Mbouta Kissangwa is the latest member to join the band. (His first performance with the band was exactly this time last year so happy bandiversary Mbouta!)

With old album favourites remixed and a refreshingly unforced fusion through their new material drawing on a variety of influences, the renamed Kongo Dia Ntotila has had a great response to their live shows, and have just finished working on putting that magic into a second studio record.

"Wherever they go they bring a raucously joyful party with them." Max Reinhardt

"...Musicians of the very very highest standard..." Tom Robinson