Black Atlantic: Orchestre Les Mangelepa (Kenya/Congo)
Few bands can claim the long-standing respect and relentless spirit that makes for Kenya's celebrated Orchestre Les Mangelepa. Originally from the Congo, the group has become one of East Africa's most treasured sources of dance fusion, merging Kenyan benga and traditional Congolese rumba inspired by the band's expatriate background. The result? A vivacious yet harmonious blend of snare, heavy brass, and serenading vocals that categorizes the hallmark sound fans of Orchestre Les Mangelepa still cherish today. Now in its fifth decade, the group continues to move feet and uplift spirits in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, the band's official birthplace. Since forming in 1976, Orchestre Les Mangelepa has released thirteen albums and is responsible for several of Kenya's most popular East African dance songs. Orchestre Les Mangelepa pulls from its extensive catalog for this rare stateside show at Motorco Music Hall.