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the rumba kings

(94 MIN.)

2021 Award Winning Best Feature Length Documentary at the Festival du Film Panafricain de Cannes and Best Music Documentary in the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.


The music documentary film The Rumba Kings celebrates the epic quest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an African nation that fought colonial oppression, found freedom, and forged a new identity through music.


In the 1950s, when the Democratic Republic of the Congo was a Belgian colony, a generation of Congolese musicians fused traditional African rhythms with Afro-Cuban music to create the electrifying beat of Congolese Rumba. A beat that would carry Congo through its independence and conquer the entire African continent with its infectious groove, captivating guitar licks, and smooth vocals.


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