Music icon Sam Mangwana revisits the stage to revive the spirit of African unity
- November 30, 2016
The acclaimed icon of Angolan and Congolese music, Sam Mangwana revived the spirit of African unity by returning to the stage in Congo’s second city, where he made his music debut 50 years ago. This was a gesture to endow his musical inheritance to the new generation. The 70s and 80s Rumba star was honored at the 3rd edition of the Soul Power Congo Festival in Pointe Noireo.
With his often colorful performances, Sam Mangwana attracted a profusion of cultural and artistic African talents and even from diaspora. The 2016 edition of this Soul Power festival had a pan-African theme, rooting for a United Africa.
Sylvie Mavoungou one of the event organisers said: “My team and I chose this theme to say that we can do things together as Africans. Here we have a Senegalese director Joseph Gai Ramaka. On the stage we have several DJs, Cameroonian Jean Assengue AP DJ Nodjok. We have Congolese choreographers Jacques Bayonne and Florent Mayokou … “.
The chosen theme spoke out for itself, conveying the message that Africans can do things together. There were several DJs on the stage, Cameroonian Jean Assengue AP DJ Nodjok and also Congolese choreographers Jacques Bayonne and Florent Mayokou
In the name of African unity, the Soul Power festival paid tribute to Papa Wemba, Prince and Billy Paul, who are some of the big names in African music and the diaspora who lost their lives earlier this year.