This coming friday 16 May, Pantropical organises a super special Congolese night in Worm are totally psyched to finally be able to host a rare LIVE show by Color Rumba! They are masters at playing classic Congolese rumba soukous from the sixties to the eighties; super infectious and dancable music! Some of their bandmembers performed with famous Congolese bands such as Franco’s Orchestre T.P.O.K. Jazz, Zaiko Langa Langa and Demba. Don’t miss out on this one!
• Yan Koy & COLOR RUMBA (RDC/BE)
This band’s mastery of the Congolese soukous from the 1960s to 1980s will bring you to dance! Rumba is a genre of dance music that originated from Cuban Rumba in the Belgian and French Congo during the 1940s and later garnered popularity throughout Africa, followed by the Soukous style with a more modern upbeat sound from the late 70’s onwards. Led by singer Yan Koy, Color Rumba is a band with a revolving cast of members such as luminaries Petit Poisson (guitar), Pappy Muntu (bass), Alonzo Baba (drums) and others who played in famous Congolese bands like Franco’s TPOK Jazz and Zaiko Langa Langa. In their two hour live set, Color Rumba will take you to the Congolese nirvana of tropical rock with beautifully cascading, sparkling guitar melodies, a super tight and hypnotic rhythm section and polyphonic vocals. Absolutely essential!
• ALEX FIGUEIRA (VE – Vintage Voudou, Music with Soul)
Venezolan/Portugese Alex Figueira is a pleasantly obsessed vinyl junkie, label man, musician and dj. He is a true music specialist on afro-venezuelan culture and runs the Vintage Voudou vinyl shop in the midst of Amsterdam’s red light district; a treasure trove of obscure 2nd hand tropical gems. Alex also puts out 45’s on his label Music With Soul and plays in the bands Papa Upa and Fumaça Preta. At Pantropical, Alex will spin the dopest African and Caribbean music. Raw but dancable stuff, vinyl only!
• SEBCAT (BE – Rebel Up!)
This boss man selector operates from Bruxelles; unearthing, filtering and mixing the best diasporic & rougher sounds from the global underground. He’s the motor behind many great party and concert nights in wellknown clubs like the Recyclart and Bonnefooi. Sebcat also writes for Gonzo magazine and recently honoured the seminal Sublime Frequencies label with the ‘Rajasthan Street Music’ 2lp compilation.
• LA PANTHЀRE NOIRE (CIV/NL)
Upbeat local kid Dani who once twiddled knobs and rearranged cable salads at Worm as part of the technical team. Using the same moniker for his paintings, he will do the buildup of this night, with a mix of soukous and afrohouse. More of the latter.
+ live images VJ Alerta (CL/NL)
Boomgaardsstraat 71, 3012 XA Rotterdam, Netherlands
22:00 – 05:00
presale: 7 euro / door: 8 euro