Soukous maestro Kanda Bongo Man on Thursday jetted into Uganda ahead of a series of performances.
He was flanked by his queen dancers notably Chantal, popularly known as Billi for her nice dance in the same song.
According to events promoter Balaam Balaam Barugahara, 64-year-old Kanda will be at Ugmix dance party slated for December 31, 2019, at Sheraton Gardens Kampala and Resort beach hotel Entebbe on January 1, 2020.
To many of elderly fans, the performance will be reminiscent of the early sixties’ Congolese invasion that saw them dominate the Kampala’s night space as instrumentalists playing both Lingala and also backing the nascent Ugandan local pop industry.
Kanda became the singer for Orchestra Belle Mambo in 1973, developing a sound influenced by Tabu Ley. His solo career only started to take off after moving to Paris in 1979, where his music started to incorporate elements of then-vibrant zouk music popularized by Kassav (originating in the French West Indies). His first solo albums, Iyole in 1981 and Djessy in 1982, were hits and he’s expected to perform several songs on these albums when he visits Uganda.
Kanda is known for the structural changes he implemented to soukous music.