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Wednesday 7 July 2021

Congo-A-Go-Go (Part 2)

We're back with Part 2 of our musical trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. We have some more smashing sounds then.

I actually spent 24 hours in Kinshasa the best part of 30 years ago. It is a long and complicated story but in brief we had made the mistake of booking cheap flights to Johannesburg with the late lamented Air Zaire, which was not best known for its reliability  

On the return journey the plane turned up a day late and the pilot then decided to terminate the flight in Kinshasa for some reason. Those of us lucky enough to find our luggage and nab a seat on the only coach that was available spent the night in a very dodgy hotel (better that than the floor of the transit lounge). Slightly to our surprise we were collected the next day and finally made it home 48 hours late. 

All in all I don't think I saw the best of Kinshasa in my brief time there. Hopefully one day there will be a chance for me to go back and take in its many delights properly. Until then, we have the wonderful music.

"Magerita" - Jupiter & Okwess International

"Bye Bye Julie" - J.B. Mpiana

"Depression Nerveuse" - Alain & Bouro Mpela

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