CONGOLESE MUSIC maestro Awilo Longomba is set to perform in Kampala, we have been told.
The rumba superstar will perform in Kampala late this year in December if all goes according to plan.
Xclusive UG understands the show organizers are already engaging various corporate companies for sponsorship.
Sources tell us two companies, a telecom and brewery, have picked interest in the concert that is expected to bring back the memories of the 90s when Congolese music was the big thing.
According to Wikipedia, Awilo Longomba is a Congolese musician who was a drummer in Viva la Musica, Stukas, Nouvelle Generation and Loketo. In 1995, he finally quit drumming for singing and released his first album Moto Pamba with help from Shimita, Ballou Canta, Dindo Yogo, Dally Kimoko, Sam Mangwana, Syran Mbenza and Rigo Star.
His second CD, Coupe Bibamba (1998) made him known throughout Africa, Europe and America. This was followed by Kafou Kafou (2001) and an album, Mondongo (2004), which features Japponais, Dally Kimoko, Caen Madoka, Djudjuchet, Josky Kiambukuta and Simaro Lutumba. He is also credited as an atalaku (animateur) onsome soukous records. Awilo now lives in France and is engaged to musician Barbara Kanam.
Awilo’s relatives in the music industry include his father Victor Longomba a founding member of T.P OK Jazz as well as his late elder brother, Lovy the father to the Longombas who are a popular afro-fusion group based in Kenya. Lovy had a rich tenor voice and was a member of Super Mazembe led by the late Longwa Didos.
In 2008, Awilo Longomba released the new album Super-Man which was another success. Awilo continued his popularity in USA/ Canada while on tour with Nabtry International Cultural Dancers, an African dance group founded in 2007 by Grace Haukwa. The Super-Man tour was successful throughout 2008 and 2009. By popular votes and a historic win at the International Reggae and World Music Awards with over 120 countries voting in, Super-Man won the Best Soukous Entertainer Award 2009. CEO and founder of Nabtry Grace Haukwa, who represents Awilo in the US, received the award on Awilo’s behalf at the ceremony.
His versatility has been evident lately with his many collaborations with modern day and styles musicians in many African Countries, among them West Africa’s P Square, Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade.