Kanda Bongo Man to visit Middlesbrough as part of Black History Month

As Tees Valley Arts’ contribution to Black History Month, Kanda Bongo Man and his legendary soukous band will be performing at The Hub, Teesside University Students Union, Middlesbrough on Saturday 29th October at 8.00 pm.

Kanda Bongo Man is the king of the highly infectious guitar-led Congolese soukous music. He is also responsible for his own special dance brand, known as kwassa kwassa. It has been said of Kanda “if Kanda Bongo Man doesn’t make you want to dance, call an ambulance, you’re dead.” Kanda Bongo Man was many people’s first introduction to African music in the late ’80s thanks to tireless championing by John Peel, Andy Kershaw and Charlie Gillett.

Maurice Dezou, Artist and Filmmaker based at Tees Valley Arts commented “We are delighted to bring Kanda Bongo Man back to the area after previous headline appearances at WorldFest. Please come along and dance the night away at this afro-pop spectacular!

Tickets are £5 on the door.

TVA are grateful to the Northern Rock Foundation and Baring Foundation for their support.

Peter is office co-ordinator at Tees Valley Arts. He has worked for over a decade as a freelance small business consultant @nealandco. You can follow him personally @pneal.