Awilo Longomba - Live Concert Report from New York  



Awilo & his band performed to a packed crowd at Satalla

Awilo Longomba, a leading solo artist in Congolese music, is touring the USA during April 2005, bringing his band to New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Dallas and Houston.  On Friday, April 1, 2005 Awilo performed at New York's Satalla world music venue.  The band played two sets to a packed crowd that had come to Satalla to enjoy an evening of live Congolese music.  Awilo Longomba brought a top-notch group of musicians that included, among others, guitarist Caen Madoka, singer Omba and drummer Simolo.  Two female dancers livened up the stage during the sebenes.  The band performed many of Awilo's hits including the latest, "Karolina" from his album "Mondongo" which we highly recommend.  Bassist Ngouma Lokito, co-founder of the Soukous Stars, also made a guest appearance and played bass with the band on the song "Coupe Bibamba".  Awilo and his group thrilled the crowd and had them requesting that he return to New York again soon. 


"Coupe Bibamba"


"Kafou Kafou"



Awilo & his two dancers worked up the crowd

Guitarist Caen Makoda, AfricaSounds founder Hortense Fuller & Awilo Longomba

Hortense Fuller & Awilo Longomba