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Drums of Congo

Drums of Congo

August 2013 - Back in the US!  The mission of NGOMA ZA KONGO is to disseminate, discover and teach their African Music and Dance in other countries. After their successful American Tour 2011, the Dance group returned to Congo Brazaville. Today, they are back in New York City wishing to continue teaching and sharing their Congolose culture. For special classes and performances, please contact Leonard Baniekona at 1-848-228-0475 or via email at:

Created in November 1999 by the promoter Mr. Leonard Baniekona (member of Zone Franche) with the goal of promoting and improving the real Congo traditional music and chorographical creativity in the Republic of Congo, the Brazzaville based drums and dance group NGOMA ZA CONGO, meaning “Drums of Congo” is available for participation to festivals, tours, and performance of drums and dance throughout the world.

The NGOMA ZA CONGO group composed of many artists is in continuous research of new sounds and expressions inspired by different Congolese traditions.

As a result of this spirit of research, the group performance represents a real diversity of sounds and colors from different regions of Congo. Its work is an original fusion of traditional rhythms on one hand and a mixing of traditional and ritual dances on the other hand, all with some influence of contemporary environment.

Under the guidance of its Artistic Director and Founder Leonard Baniekona, its Chorographer Detmer NZABA, and its talented drummer Brice Severin Tchikebi, the artists of NGOMA ZA CONGO sing and play various sounds of African drums and dances. Their invasion of the scene drives you into the essence of their mythical rhythms, leaving you between a traditional and a modern world.

Enriched by the songs and different sounds of African drums, these rhythms and dances make NGOMA ZA CONGO an outstanding group beyond the common. Coming from different ethnic background, the members of Ngoma Za Kongo also naturally contribute in diversity of the group. Over 45 ethnic groups live in Congo and each of one has its own culture, music sounds, rhythms and dances.

Roger Muntu RM Show - Washington, DC: Ngoma za Kongo, African drumming musicRoger Muntu RM Show - Washington, DC: Ngoma za Kongo, African drumming music
Type: Drums and Dance
Artistic Director: Leonard BANIEKONA
Text: Leonard BANIEKONA
Chorographer: Detmer NZABA
Costume Design and Decoration: Leonard BANIEKONA

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