Afternoon Afrobeat (#4): "Indépendance Cha-Cha" by Le Grand Kalé

The majority of my past quarter in college has been spent researching independence-era Congo. Although my research has absolutely nothing to do with music (it actually deals with discourse and colonial representations justifying Western intervention), I felt the need to fully immerse myself in 1960s Congo. 

As a result of this feeling, I inevitably discovered some amazing independence-era music, mostly by Le Grand Kalé. The following first two songs below were released upon Congo’s independence – the first “Table Ronde” references the Roundtable discussions in Belgium, which brought together all Congolese political parties to determine how and when elections would take place. The second, “Indépendance Cha-Cha”, is simply a celebration of Congolese independence. In these, you can feel the hope and joy of 1960s Congo. 

The last video, “Le Jour d’Apres”, is actually not from the 1960s at all, but it's rather a contemporary version of “ Indépendance Cha-Cha ” by my favorite Francophone Congolese rapper, Baloji. 



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