August 6, 2022

The Rumba Kings


Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco

The rumba kings

Photo courtesy of the artist


The country formerly known as Zaïre, starting in the 1950s and continuing into the 1980s, was the vibrant musical heart of Sub-Saharan Africa, crammed with dancing bars and musical orchestras, bustling with record labels, and most importantly home to some of the biggest stars of African music such as Grand Kallé, Dr. Nico and Franco Luambo. Through the voices of an extensive array of Congolese historians, music experts, and a comprehensive cast of musicians that includes Congolese superstar Papa Wemba, world renowned saxophone player Manu Dibango, as well as the very last musicians that remain from that era, The Rumba Kings is an important tour de force for music lovers. The film also features never-before-seen footage of the historic performance of Franco Luambo and his OK Jazz orchestra for the 1974 Ali Foreman boxing match in Kinshasa, known as the Rumble in the Jungle. 

Dates & Times

August 6
45 mins


Studio Theatre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON

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