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The Rumba Kings

Directed by Alan Brain
2021
Peru, USA
94 minutes
All Ages
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The stirring history of the Congolese rumba, a fusion of African rhythms and Afro-Cuban music that created an electrifying beat and inspired a nation to independence.
In the 1950s, the Democratic Republic of the Congo was under harsh Belgian rule. A generation of Léopoldville (now Kinshasa) and Brazzaville musicians decided to use popular music to fight colonial oppression. They created the Congolese rumba, an infectious groove that lifted their community's spirits. Outstanding performers such as Franco Luambo and the OK Jazz Orchestra, Le Grand Kallé, and Dr. Nico and the African Jazz Orchestra created music that was rousing – and made for dancing. The evocative archive footage in Alan Brain's compelling film showcases the amazingly gifted musicians, as well as the era's cool style. In 1960, rumba musicians wowed Europe and influenced the establishment, and the ‘Indépendance Cha Cha' became the soundtrack to Congo's historic declaration of independence.
This film shows that rumba is the bearer of life, enthusiasm and hope… Better than simply the soundtrack of resistance, Congolese rumba is resistance itself.
Vladimir Cagnolari, Pan African Music

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Sat 6 Nov
6pm
Dendy Newtown 1
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Tue 9 Nov
8:15pm
Dendy Newtown 3
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Sun 14 Nov
8pm
Event Cinemas George St 5
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Year
2021
Classification
All Ages
Country
Peru, USA
Language
In French and Lingala with English subtitles
Director
Alan Brain
Producer
Monica Carlson, Alan Brain
Cinematographer
Alan Brain, Cristopher Luna Victoria
Editor
Alan Brain
Genre
Documentary, Dance, Africa, Human Rights, Music
Company Credits
Festival Contact: Alan Brain
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