In Conversation

Alain Mabanckou

Episode Summary

Author, journalist and educator, Alain Mabanckou, took a deep dive into the world of music production after publishing his book, Black Bazar. Inspired to adapt his book into a music project, he created two full length albums for the label, Lusafrica. Along with our host, author and ethnomusicologist, Samuel Lamontagne, Mabanckou traces the origins and wide ranging influence of several of Congo’s most important music genres, including Congolese Rumba, Soukous and Ndombolo. They also touch upon the overlapping nature of music and poetry, reflect on the new generation of Congolese musicians working in France today, and much more!

Episode Notes

Alain Mabanckou In Conversation with Samuel Lamontagne

Author, journalist and educator, Alain Mabanckou, took a deep dive into the world of music production after publishing his book, Black Bazar. Inspired to adapt his book into a music project, he created two full length albums for the label, Lusafrica. Along with our host, author and ethnomusicologist, Samuel Lamontagne, Mabanckou traces the origins and wide ranging influence of several of Congo’s most important music genres, including Congolese Rumba, Soukous and Ndombolo. They also touch upon the overlapping nature of music and poetry, reflect on the new generation of Congolese musicians working in France today, and much more!

In Conversation is produced by dublab. Sound editing and theme music is by Matteah Baim. Due to rights reasons music from the original broadcast has been shortened. To hear more, please visit dublab.com.