Kongo Dia Ntotila

Bio

Kongo Dia Ntotila is an Afro-jazz band from the UK.

Their sound is a blend of Africa’s finest dance music styles, revived and modernised. They draw on a breadth of African rhythmic and sonic traditions, with influences of Congolese rumba and the sunshine sounds of seben guitar, seamlessly fused with a neat dose of jazz. It is pure Afro-joy: dance-inducing beats, polyrhythmic guitars, grooving bass and soaring brass.

The band comprises three UK jazz players on guitar, saxophone and trumpet; with drummer, bass player, and rhythm guitarist from Kinshasa, DRC. They have been described by Tom Robinson as “musicians of the very very highest standard,” and “totally authentic - as good as anything you get coming out of Africa,” while Max Reinhardt has called band leader Mulele, “a visionary bassist”.

Championed by BBC DJs Tom Robinson and Max Reinhardt, Kongo Dia Ntotila have featured on BBC Introducing, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio London, Soho Radio for a live session recording direct to vinyl and BBC6 Music where they performed a live session on the Tom Robinson Show. Tom has described the music as “a great combination of sophistication, energy, musicianship and pure life-affirming spiritual uplift!” while Max Reinhardt (BBC3) says of Kongo Dia Ntotila live shows: “Wherever they go they bring a raucously joyful party with them.”

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KDN Live at The Jazz Cafe - 360° (excerpt)
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Zouk
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Mobulu Te
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Kita na Velo / live from The Jam Jar, Bristol
Mathrobeat // Kongo Dia Ntotila // live and direct to vinyl at Soho Radio

Music

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Matondology
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Moyibi
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Mathrobeat
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Zouk
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Mobulu Te
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Naleli // 360° album track
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Mutwashi // 360° album track
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Mbongo // 360° album track
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Koupe Dekale // 360° album track
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Kongo // 360° album track
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Kinshasa Makambo // 360° album track
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Feti // 360° album track
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Faux Boss // 360° album track
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Agbwaya // 360° album track
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360°
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BBC 6 Music - live session // Moyibi
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Tom Robinson and Max Reinhardt talking about the band - (excerpt)
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Feti
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Addis Ababa
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Mutwashi
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Say Yeah
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Kimboka
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Kongo
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Videos

KDN Live at The Jazz Cafe - 360° (excerpt)
Kita na Velo / live from The Jam Jar, Bristol
Mathrobeat // Kongo Dia Ntotila // live and direct to vinyl at Soho Radio
Mandola // TPOK Jazz
New track 'Ingratitude' // Live from a rehearsal at The Jago
KDN live // 'Mbongo'
how we dance with you...!
Zouk // KDN live at The Jago, LDN (...are you ready to jump?!)
KONGO // Kongo Dia Ntotila live at The Jago
Kongo Dia Ntotila // Live for the people
New medley // live from Bristol
Agbwaya (live) at Folklore, London
Homage a Fela Kuti live at Folklore, London
Kinshasa Makambo // Live at Love Supreme Festival!
KDN live // 'Zouk'
'Mbongo' on BBC Radio London / Live & acoustic
Kita Na Velo
Kongo [2nd single] from new album 360°
Naleli (live) // Kongo Dia Ntotila
360° [single] // Official Music Video // Kongo Dia Ntotila
'Diantoti' // BBC6 Music live session - KDN on The Tom Robinson Show 17.11.18
BBC6 Music live session // KDN on The Tom Robinson Show 17.11.18
Mbongo (live) // Kongo Dia Ntotila
360° (live) // Kongo Dia Ntotila
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In operation since: 
2015

Contact

Mulele Matondo

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