World Arts West
SF Ethnic Dance Festival

Performers

KIAZI MALONGA and MBANZA KONGO

ORIGIN: Congo
GENRE: Traditional/Popular
MUSICIANS:
Justin Phipps - Guitar
Soji Odukogbe - Guitar
Jon Arkin - Drum set
Baba Ken -Bass
Aline Nkouankoua - Ngoma
Mohamed Kouyate - Ngoma
Arnaud Loubayi - Ngoma
Kiazi Malonga - Ngoma
Rashid Okili - Ngoma

Kiazi Malonga is a second generation Congolese American born into a family of artists. He was first introduced to the Ngoma at two by his father Malonga Casquelourd who was a world renowned traditional artist from Congo Brazzaville. Casquelourd traveled to the US in 1972 and shortly after began to build his empire in traditional arts in the US. It was in this is setting that Malonga was trained and learned about his Congolese culture heritage. He became the lead drummer of Fua Dia Congo at 16 and also began teaching at that age as well. He has taught and performed in the US, Canada, Costa Rica, Europe and Africa. Malonga currently teaches Congolese traditional music in Oakland, CA.

Mbanza Kongo's presentation will be two songs from Kiazi Malonga's debut album.