Assembly with Kolinga on the Rio Loco competition

Regardless of the scorching warmth of June, the twenty seventh version of Rio Loco took the type of a festive reunion between the general public and the Toulouse competition. Practically 50,000 individuals had been in a position to navigate with curiosity and happiness via the inexperienced oasis of the filter meadow on the banks of the Garonne, dancing to the digital beats of the Lisbon scene Nova Onda or to the ecstatic live shows of Emel Mathlouthi, Normal Elektriks, Jorge Drexler, Rodriguo Cuevas, Santrofi, Zanmari Baré, Lucie Antunes, Chico Cesar or Keziah Jones.

After being canceled final yr because of dangerous climate, the Kolinga group provided festival-goers an infectious and solar-powered live performance, carried out by singer and composer Rébecca M’Boungou and her virtuoso henchmen Arnaud Estor, Jérôme Martineau-Ricotti, Nico Martin, Jérémie Poirier-Quinot and Vianney Desplantes. A gripping gospel that turns into reggae, a bittersweet ballad piano voice in regards to the state of our world turning right into a dancing groove storm, African rhythms, rock riffs, jazz choruses, folkloric sweets or Congolese guitars, which no matter types, the sextet put all wealth of his common musical discourse on stage and offered a number of titles of his new album Legacy on September 2 by way of Underdogs Data. The primary title Mateya Disko pay attention now under:

Inform us about this primary title “Mateya Disko”:

Rébecca M’Boungou: It was my father-in-law, Congolese, who let me uncover this piece 5 years in the past. Soukous like this rocked my childhood. As a result of this title has not let go of me, I’ve listened to it a whole lot of occasions. Making a canopy was an actual problem as a result of I discovered it unsingable. These Congolese singers who sang within the villages, the streets to improvised melodies. The selection of melodic notes, the rhythmic placement appeared very tough to breed. It was unthinkable for me to make an album known as Legacy with out honoring this music. And it’s certainly a tribute, as a result of there is no such thing as a level in making a pale copy of music that’s already excellent.

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The temporal facet of this title was additionally essential as a result of it was within the 80’s that my dad and mom met in Brazzaville. The precise sound of Congolese sebene guitars is the one sound that makes you extraordinarily pleased and very unhappy on the identical time. The unique music has nothing to do with disco, it is good to go that manner. The size of this title (9mn) can also be a nod to the maxi-45s that had been recorded for the dance ground within the 80s.

Let’s return to the start, how was Kolinga born?

Rébecca M’Boungou: It was in 2014, music had all the time been part of my life, however I might moderately have left to check. Then I needed to jot down, compose, I used to be on the lookout for a musician. Due to buddies I met Arnaud Estor to whom I despatched my proposals. After a month of silence, the assembly was clear, in three periods we already had 5 songs that we largely nonetheless play.

How did the duo turn into a band?

Rébecca: We stayed as a duo for 4 or 5 years. We sampled dwell with loopers. It was a giant machine that ended up shutting us down just about within the tech. the selection of a gaggle was imposed and we made so many loops that we wanted not less than a sextet for our musical universe.

There have been already a whole lot of musical influences on this duo.

Arnaud Estor: Sure, we did not ask ourselves in regards to the types used. We nonetheless get requested at present what sort of music we make, however truthfully, that is the way it got here with lots of Rebecca’s influences or mine. Generally we had been loopy about reggae, pop or afro. It got here naturally to us. We’re not a one fashion group. Within the 60’s and 70’s we talked about fusion, these days we do not even use this time period anymore.

Rébecca: All musical genres have been pushed to date that at present, if you wish to be a little bit artistic, these crosses and crosses are in fact crucial. That is an strategy that’s in reality nothing new.

How has your music developed since your first duo album?

Rébecca: We launched the album earthquake in 2017 and after a primary life as a duo, the titles got a brand new lease of life by rearranging for the sextet. This winter we recorded a second album, this time all along with some visitors.

How do you’re employed inside Kolinga?

Arnaud: The inventive strategy was fully totally different this time. On the primary album, we labored on our songs on stage earlier than recording them. Safe LegacyRébecca determined to file them earlier than taking part in them dwell.

Rébecca: Sure, I needed to see via my imaginative and prescient. Write, compose, file with out excited about the circumstances of life, that the songs have their very own life. It’s a extra private album, with extra intimate lyrics. So within the precept of the composition I felt the necessity to take the titles so far as doable on their very own. I composed on guitar and piano after which labored with Jérôme Martineau-Ricotti, a multi-instrumentalist for the preparations, earlier than introducing the fashions to the members of the group, every along with his private contact.

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You’re speaking a few extra private subsequent album, which themes are developed there?

Rébecca: The album tells about all my household, private and religious legacies. Additionally it is a musical testimony to the influences of my roots, a tribute to all my cultural, conventional and musical heritage. An intimate journey the place we meet soul, hip-hop and in style Congolese music. I like people music like Joan Baez’s, which tells the life of straightforward individuals with sweetness. There may be additionally progressive rock like on this title I can see you speak about melancholy. It was essential for me to wander from one fashion to a different relying on the which means of the lyrics.

Safe motherFor instance, devoted to my mom, I selected a photo voltaic ambiance. I wrote a title about my father and extra usually on the theme of patriarchy. There’s a type of adolescent anger that I expressed in a rap. I additionally evoke this sense of disconnection with a society that appears extremely violent to me. It is a poem I wrote with my mom, a approach to reintegrate this world that does not need you. There’s this music Firework that could be very light and calms this anger that consumes us.

Kolinga is in live performance on October 13 at Nancy Jazz Pulsations.

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