August 12, 2023

Rumba: Soul of Congo


Democratic Republic of Congo

Rumba soul of congo

Photo by Delphy Photography


Rumba: Soul of Congo features an all-star ensemble of musicians, singers and dancers who share a deep connection through the languages, stories and songs that define their Congolese heritage. Curated by Batuki Music Society, the repertoire will celebrate the artistry of some veterans and icons of Congolese music.  

About Rumba: Soul of Congo

The inspiration for this new creative work is the desire to explore the Rumba music traditions that have been passed down and evolved through the work of artists of Congolese heritage. The rumba is considered an essential and representative part of the identity of Congolese people and the diaspora. It is perceived as a means of conveying the social and cultural values of the region and of promoting inter-generational social cohesion and solidarity. The performing ensemble includes Mis Blandine, Pecosse Animations, Noel Mpiaza, Dauphin Mbuyi, Jean-Claude Kamina a.k.a. R9, Samuel Kasongo, Aron Tounga and Lionel Mukangu. Rumba: Soul of Congo will present repertoire to celebrate the artistry of veterans and icons of Congolese music; Dr. Nico, Grand Kalle, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Franco Luambo, Papa Wemba, Abeti Masikini, M’bilia Bel, Tshala Muana and more. A presentation to celebrate the UNESCO designation of Congolese rumba music as an intangible heritage. 

Dates & Times

August 12
9:30pm – 11pm


Concert Stage

235 Queens Quay W.
Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8