Founded in early 1969, Zaiko Langa Langa is celebrating their 50th Anniversary in a US/Canada tour early this year 2019. Afrika Yetu Inc and Mateo productions are pleased to announce the launch of Zaiko Langa Langa's Anniversary tour with two live performances in New York City on Friday, January 4th,2019 and Sunday, January 6th, 2019 at SOB's.
Joining them for the kick off is Champeta artists The Bazurto All Stars from Cartagena, Columbia, currently on tour in the US and local band Grupo ReBOLU (Friday's performance only).
Zaiko Langa Langa are a seminal Contemporary Congolese band from DR Congo. Their music and creativity has influenced Congolese and African music like no any other band has done. Voted and crowned band of the century in DR Congo " Zaiko remain the most influential band ever in the history of African music. Currently led by N'Yoka Longo, Zaiko Langa Langa is a 20 piece band on tour in the US and Canada first the first time in 20years.
The Bazurto All Stars was born in 2009 in the heart of Cartagena, Colombia in the Bazurto Market, amid the myriad colors, sounds and smells of that epicenter of Caribbean and African culture. They are known as the “pure party machine”, and the best Champeta band in Colombia whose 7 musicians put on an unrivaled stage show. Their concerts hook the audience from the first note with an explosive show full of contagious energy and dancing.
In 2016, they won the prestigious Congo de Oro, with their mega hit “La Pupileta” which became the 2016 anthem for the Carnaval de Barranquilla, the 2nd largest carnival in the world after Rio. They won a “Premio Shock” in the same year and began churning out #1 radio hits across Colombia. They collaborated with celebrated artists Peter Manjarrés, Kvrass and Wilfran Castillo on the hits “Carnaval de Amor, La Muchachita, and El Remix de La Borrachera”. The Bazurto All Stars recently won the esteemed Congo de Oro a second time for the 2018 Carnaval de Barranquilla.